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José Matheus Macedo de Lira Luna, commonly known as Matheus Luna, is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt under Ricardo Feliciano (Pantcho) and Lucas Leite of the Checkmat Team, who worked extensively at the Barreto Brothers Academy in Natal, RN – Brazil, namely with Bruno and Thiago Barreto. Matheus and his twin brother Mathias Luna ascended to the top of jiu-jitsu’s competitive rankings as purple and brown belts, cementing that status during their very first year competing in the professional circuit.

Matheus Luna Jiu-Jitsu

Full Name: José Matheus Macedo de Lira Luna

Nickname: N/A

Lineage: Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Rolls Gracie > Romero Cavalcanti > Leonardo Vieira > Lucas Leite / Ricardo Feliciano > Matheus Luna

Main Achievements:

  • 2nd Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2020)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship NoGi (2019 brown)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF World Championship (2019 brown)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2017 purple, 2019 brown)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World Championship (2017 / 2018 purple)

* Absolute
** Weight and Absolute

Favorite Position/Technique: Guard Passing

Weight Division: Meio Pesado (88,30 kg / 195.0 lbs)

Team/Association: Checkmat

Matheus Luna Biography

Matheus Luna was born on February 21, 1995, together with his twin brother Mathias Luna, in Recife, the capital of Brazil’s northeastern state of Pernambuco, moving to Natal – state of Rio Grande do Norte at the age of 8.

Growing up both brothers were extremely sporty, playing a variety of ball sports, from football (soccer) to handball, to volleyball and basketball throughout the school system. At the age of 16, however, influenced by a neighbor who had started grappling at a local social project, Matheus joined jiu-jitsu, a sport that immediately consumed Luna.

At the local social project, Matheus met coaches Fábio Rodrigues and Júlio e Rodrigo Salustino, who taught there, but it didn’t take long before the Luna brothers started becoming more serious about their intentions in the sport, then joining the Barreto Brother’s Academy (Thiago and Bruno), one of the most successful gyms in the region.

Luna went from white to purple belt under Thiago and Bruno Barreto, however, in 2017 the brothers accepted an offer by coach Ricardo Feliciano – a member of the Checkmat association to which the Barreto brothers were affiliated, and moved to the United States, a country that provided the best tournament circuit in the world, where the Luna’s had more opportunities to earn a living from this sport.

Matheus would earn his brown belt from Pantcho and in 2018 join the academy of another famed Checkmat coach, Lucas Leite, spreading his training between both gyms. It would be Leite and Feliciano who promoted Matheus and his brother, Matheus, to black belt on August 24, 2019.

Matheus Luna Grappling Record

19 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    3 (16%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (5%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    8 (42%)
  • BY DECISION
    3 (16%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (5%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    3 (16%)

8 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke from back
38
3
#86e620
Choke
25
2
#5AD3D1
Cross choke
25
2
#d1212a
Shoulder lock
13
1
8
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
12 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    4 (33%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    1 (8%)
  • BY DECISION
    6 (50%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    1 (8%)

1 SUBMISSION LOSSES

#214eb8
Armbar
100
1
1
(100%) SUBMISSION

Matheus Luna Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
21426Guilherme AugustoGuilherme AugustoLPts: 4x2Dallas SMOABSF2019
21627Ronaldo JuniorRonaldo JuniorLReferee DecisionF2W 12684KGSPF2019
23655Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLReferee DecisionF2W 14891KGSPF2020
23990Otavio SousaOtavio SousaLPts: 4x0Pan American88KGF2020
24070Jake WatsonJake WatsonLReferee DecisionF2W 15588KGSPF2020
24321Fellipe TrovoFellipe TrovoLReferee DecisionF2W 15892KGSPF2020
24653Ethan CrelinstenEthan CrelinstenLEBI/OTTMS GP83KGF2020
24862Pedro MarinhoPedro MarinhoLReferee DecisionF2W 16388KGSPF2021
25177AJ SousaAJ SousaLPts: 2x0Orlando Open88KGSF2021
25194Michael LieraMichael LieraLPts: 4x2Orlando OpenABSSF2021
25603Jonnatas GracieJonnatas GracieLReferee DecisionF2W 17083KGSPF2021
25694Tainan DalpraTainan DalpraLArmbarArtista JJN/ASPF2021
21419Damien NitkinWChokeDallas SMO94KGF2019
21420Rennik KamaWChokeDallas SMOABSR12019
21424Igor PaivaIgor PaivaWPts: 3x0Dallas SMOABSSF2019
21792Bruno BorgesWCross chokeLisbon Open82KGSF2019
21793Alberto GuzmanWShoulder lockLisbon Open82KGF2019
21797Bruno LimaBruno LimaWPts: 6x2Lisbon OpenABS4F2019
21798Arturo SalasWReferee DecisionLisbon OpenABSSF2019
21799Bruno BorgesWChoke from backLisbon OpenABSF2019
21864Evyatar PaperniWChoke from backTel Aviv Open88KGF2019
21868Eldar RafigaevEldar RafigaevWPts: 3x0Tel Aviv OpenABSSF2019
21869Matheus GodoyMatheus GodoyWCross chokeTel Aviv OpenABSF2019
23982Nathan BarretoWReferee DecisionPan American88KGR12020
23984Jake WatsonJake WatsonWPts: 0x0, AdvPan American88KG4F2020
23989Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarWPts: 2x2, PenPan American88KGSF2020
24642Saar ShemeshWEBI/OTTMS GP83KGR12020
24648Max NedoshchakWEBI/OTTMS GP83KG4F2020
24651Roman NepotaWEBI/OTTMS GP83KGSF2020
25186William ShannonWChoke from backOrlando OpenABSR12021
25193Jeferson GuaresiJeferson GuaresiWReferee DecisionOrlando OpenABS4F2021
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