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Paulo Miyao
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Paulo Miyao

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Paulo Miyao is a black belt in Jiu Jitsu under Cicero Costha. Considered a phenomenon of the sport since his teens, Paulo and his twin brother João Miyao, conquered all major titles in this sport while climbing its ranks, including a gold medal in the open weight division of the IBJJF World Championship (2013 brown belt), an amazing accomplishment for a light featherweight competitor (64kg/141lbs).

Paulo Miyao Jiu Jitsu

Full name: Paulo Henrique Bordignon Miyao

Nickname: n/a

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Rickson Gracie > Marcelo Behring > Waldomiro Perez > Roberto Godoi > Marco Barbosa > Cicero Costha > Paulo Miyao

Main Achievements :

  • IBJJF World Champion (2016/2015 black, 2013** brown, 2012/2011 purple)
  • IBJJF Pan American Champion (2016/2015/2014 black, 2013 brown, purple 2012)
  • IBJJF Pan  American No Gi Champion (2015)
  • IBJJF European Champion (2013 brown)
  • CBJJ Brazilian Champion (2014 black, 2013** brown, purple 2012)
  • CBJJ Brazilian No Gi Champion (2012 brown)
  • IBJJF World Championship Runner-up (2014 black, 2012* purple)
  • IBJJF European Open Runner-up (2016)
  • IBJJF Pan American Championship Runner-up (2013* brown)
  • IBJJF World No-Gi Championship 3rd Place (2015)
  • IBJJF Pan American Championship 3rd Place (2012* purple)
  • IBJJF European Open Championship 3rd Place (2013* brown)
  • CBJJ Brazilian No-Gi National Championship 3rd Place (2013* brown)

2016 stripped of title due to failed PED test
* Absolute
** Weight and absolute

Position/Technique Favorite: Berimbolo

Weight Division: Pluma (64kg/141lbs)

Academy: PSLPB Cicero Costha

Biography of Paulo Miyao

Paulo Miyao was born on May 11, 1991 in the city Andirá in the state of Paraná – Brazil, along with his twin brother João Miyao. They are 3rd generation Japanese descendants with humble beginnings, being the sons of a farmer and a housewife.

The Miyao’s began their martial arts instruction through Judo, but found Jiu Jitsu at the age of 16 and never looked back. The Miyao bros first teacher was Adriano Carvalho, who early on recognized the talent these two boys possessed and encouraged them to train and fight more regularly. With the Jiu Jitsu “bug” growing and growing, the two brothers decided they wanted to become Jiu Jitsu fighters professionally and so as they soon as they were of age they moved to São Paulo (against the wishes of their parents) to pursue their dream.

In São Paulo the Miyao brothers found a home in Cicero Costha’s social project, the PSLPB or Projeto Social Lutando Pelo Bem (Fighting for Good Social Project), a place that has brought to BJJ great quality fighters such as Leandro Lo or Mauricio Cristo. Living within the academy along with other eager athletes, the brothers began winning many championships focusing many of their techniques on the Mendes brothers (Rafael and Guilherme). Their sharp and bendy guards and the fact the Miyao’s were consistently medalling in the absolute divisions weighing only 64 kilos brought the curiosity of the media to the Paraná duo, and with this curiosity/recognition came the sponsorships needed for siblings to showcase their skills in the top competitions of the world, a test they passed with flying colors.

Although Paulo Miyao has received a brown belt before João, João caught up with his brother and the two ended up getting the desired black belt together on June 2013.

Failed USADA Test

During April 2017 news Paulo released a statement explaining he had tested positive for an illegal performance enhancing drug (PED), during a USADA routine test after the International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) World Championship of 2016. Miyao took full responsibility for the act and was suspended for 2 years by the federation, being also stripped of the title he had won.

Paulo Miyao Grappling Record

121 WINS
    57 (47%)
    11 (9%)
    48 (40%)
    4 (3%)
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (1%)


Choke from back
Clock choke
Calf slicer
7YO choke
    3 (20%)
    7 (47%)
    1 (7%)
    3 (20%)
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (7%)



Paulo Miyao Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
4573Diogo SampaioDiogo SampaioLPts: 4x2Copa Podio88KGSF2013
5093Rafael MendesRafael MendesLPts: 3x0European70KGF2014
5361Lucas LepriLucas LepriLReferee DecisionBrasileiroABS4F2014
5465Thiago BarretoLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro.64KG4F2014
5573Guilherme MendesGuilherme MendesLAdvWorld Champ.64KGF2014
5730Alexandre SouzaAlexandre SouzaLPts: 0x0, AdvFloripa BB IIABSSPF2014
5739Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLPts: 2x2, AdvMundial CBJJEABSSF2014
5803Renato CardosoRenato CardosoLPts: 3x0Camp. InternacionalABSF2014
5890Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoLReferee DecisionIBJJF Pro League70KGF2014
6198Tiago BarrosTiago BarrosLArmbarBrazil Nat. Pro65KGF2015
8105Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoLPts: 8x8, AdvNoGi Worlds70KGSF2015
8594Marcio AndreMarcio AndreLReferee DecisionEuropean Open70KGF2016
9225Marcio AndreMarcio AndreLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro69KGF2016
9908Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoLPts: 0x0, AdvNY Summer OpenABSSF2016
11183Thalison S.LDQADCC SP Trials66KGR22017
4265Jon FitchD---World ExpoABSSPF2013
4557Manny DiazManny DiazWPts: 2x0Copa Podio88KGGP2013
4560Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoD---Copa Podio88KGGP2013
4570Renato CardosoRenato CardosoWChoke from backCopa Podio88KGGP2013
4575Travis StevensWPts: 2x2, AdvCopa Podio88KG3PLC2013
4748Claudio MattosClaudio MattosWAdvBrasileiro CBJJENANA2013
4749João RafaelWDQBrasileiro CBJJENANA2013
4750Thiago RodriguesWChoke from backBrasileiro CBJJENANA2013
4752Augusto GaldezWChoke from backBrasileiro CBJJENANA2013
4990Daisuke AmazonWPts: 24x0Bull Terrier70KGF2013
5072Nicolas WelkerWPts: 4x0World Pro Trial70KGSF2014
5073Fernando VieiraFernando VieiraWAdvWorld Pro Trial70KGF2014
5092S. FranceschiniWClock chokeEuropean70KGSF2014
5172John NamWArmbarPan American64KG4F2014
5174Vitor PaschoalWChoke from backPan American64KGSF2014
5357Andre SimoesWChoke from backBrasileiroABSR12014
5358Alexandre CeconiAlexandre CeconiWPts: 2x2, AdvBrasileiroABSR12014
5368David LemesDavid LemesWChoke from backBrasileiro70KGSF2014
5369Leo SaggioroWPts: 4x0Brasileiro70KGF2014
5563Tomoya YanagisawaWChoke from backWorld Champ.64KGRDS2014
5569Dai YoshiokaWAdvWorld Champ.64KG4F2014
5572Gabriel MoraesGabriel MoraesWPointsWorld Champ.64KGSF2014
5692Leo SaggioroWPts: 8x0Rio Open70KGF2014
5705Isaque PaivaIsaque PaivaWPointsSP Open70kgF2014
5731Ricardo LimaWClock chokeSul Brasil.ABS4F2014
5732Gustavo AlmeidaWTriangleSul Brasil.ABSSF2014
5733Jurandir VieiraWChoke from backSul Brasil.ABSF2014
5737Manoel OliveiraWReferee DecisionMundial CBJJEABSR12014
5738Alan RegisWPts: 2x2, AdvMundial CBJJEABS4F2014
5889Koji ShibamotoKoji ShibamotoWPts: 14x2IBJJF Pro League70KGSF2014
5935Leonardo SaggioroWReferee DecisionRio BJJ Pro70KGF2014
6052Leonardo SaggioroWPts: 4x2South American70KGF2014
6196Jorge NakamuraWKimuraBrazil Nat. Pro65KG4F2015
6197Jackson FaveroWChoke from backBrazil Nat. Pro65KGSF2015
6289Luis LopesWCalf slicerEuropean64KG4F2015
6292Thomas LisboaWPts: 11x0European64KGSF2015
6431Luiz FelipeWPts: 6x4All Star Pro65KGF2015
6432Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaWPts: 10x6All Star ProABSF2015
6541Yoshihiko MatsumotoWChoke from backPan American64KG4F2015
6544Joao SomaliaJoao SomaliaWArmbarPan American64KGSF2015
6719Rafael PereiraWPointsChicago Spring76KGF2015
6763Andre MonteiroAndre MonteiroWPointsNY Spring Open70KGSF2015
6764Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWAdvNY Spring Open70KGF2015
6966Onefre LimaWPts: 23x0Brasileiro70KG4F2015
6967Victor MatosWPts: 10x0Brasileiro70KGSF2015
6969Isaque PaivaIsaque PaivaWPts: 8x6Brasileiro70KGF2015
7029Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWPts: 9x2Boston Spring Open70KGF2015
7079Tom BarlowWPts: 3x0Las Vegas Open70KGSF2015
7080Eduardo RamosWPts: 4x4, AdvLas Vegas Open70KGF2015
7155Victor PaschoalWChoke from backWorld Champ.64KG4F2015
7157Kim TerraKim TerraWPts: 8x2World Champ.64KGSF2015
7158Daniel BelezaDaniel BelezaWChoke from backWorld Champ.64KGF2015
7308Luiz TeixeiraWPts: 6x4BJJ TourABSF2015
7310Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaWPts: 10x6BJJ Tour88KGF2015
7333Wanki ChaeWPts: 8x4US No Gi Nat.70KGF2015
7340Jerold ShapiroWChoke from backAmerican Nat.70KG4F2015
7344Kim TerraKim TerraWPointsAmerican Nat.70KGSF2015
7345Samir ChantreSamir ChantreWChoke from backAmerican Nat.70KGF2015
7400Joao FerreiraWPts: 10x2NY Summer Open76KGF2015
7406Sidemar HonorioWArmbarNY No Gi Open70KGF2015
7473Travis OrrWPointsAustin Open76KGSF2015
7474Thiago MacedoWPts: 4x2Austin Open76KGF2015
7543D. DrzymkowskiWChoke from backChicago S. Open76KGSF2015
7544Diego BispoWChoke from backChicago S. Open76KGF2015
7547Steven PattersonWPts: 6x0Chicago S. OpenABSF2015
7548Diego BispoWCalf slicerChicago No Gi76KGF2015
7593Ichitaro TsukadaWChoke from backGrand Slam Tokyo69KG4F2015
7595Charles GasparWPts: 4x0Grand Slam Tokyo69KGSF2015
7596Tiago BravoTiago BravoWPts: 8x2Grand Slam Tokyo69KGF2015
7774Fabio CaloiFabio CaloiWPointsBrazil Nat. Pro69KG4F2015
7775UnknownWOmoplataBrazil Nat. Pro69KGSF2015
7776Rodrigo CardosoWChoke from backBrazil Nat. Pro69KGF2015
7790Caio GregorioWPts: 10x0Brazil Nat. ProU77KG4F2015
7791Felipe CesarFelipe CesarWPointsBrazil Nat. ProU77KGSF2015
7793Gabriel RolloGabriel RolloWPts: 4x2Brazil Nat. ProU77KGF2015
7881Edson OliveiraWTriangleNoGi Pan Ams70KGSF2015
7882Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWReferee DecisionNoGi Pan Ams70KGF2015
7948Matthew MaganaWPts: 13x0Grand Slam LA69KG4F2015
7950Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoWPts: 6x4Grand Slam LA69KGSF2015
7952Samir ChantreSamir ChantreWPts: 5x0Grand Slam LA69KGF2015
8098Thiago MacedoWPts: 4x0NoGi Worlds70KG8F2015
8104Wilson ReisWilson ReisWPts: 6x4NoGi Worlds70KG4F2015
8242Samir ChantreSamir ChantreWReferee DecisionBerkut 2ABSSPF2015
8317Roberto JunotWChoke from backGrand Slam - Rio69KG8F2015
8323Raphael CadenaWPts: 6x6, AdvGrand Slam - Rio69KG4F2015
8325Fernando VieiraFernando VieiraWPts: 8x8, AdvGrand Slam - Rio69KGF2015
8589Masahiro IwasakiMasahiro IwasakiWPts: 5x0European Open70KG4F2016
8592Brian MahechaBrian MahechaWChoke from backEuropean Open70KGSF2016
8904Jordan GomezWChoke from backPan American70KG8F2016
8909Jon Van BurenWPts: 15x2Pan American70KG4F2016
8913Bruno FrazattoBruno FrazattoWPts: 4x2Pan American70KGSF2016
8914Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoWPts: 6x6, AdvPan American70KGF2016
9111Joel BurgessWChoke from backNY Spring Open70KGSF2016
9112Isaac DoederleinIsaac DoederleinWPts: 3x0NY Spring Open70KGF2016
9213Vitor MatosWChoke from backWorld Pro69KGR12016
9219Brian MahechaBrian MahechaWPointsWorld Pro69KG4F2016
9223Tiago BravoTiago BravoWChoke from backWorld Pro69KGSF2016
9375Bruno FonsecaWChoke from backBrasileiro70KG8F2016
9378Leon AmancioWPointsBrasileiro70KG4F2016
9381Fabio CaloiFabio CaloiWPts: 10x4Brasileiro70KGSF2016
9382Isaque PaivaIsaque PaivaWPts: 10x4Brasileiro70KGF2016
9570Paulo SantanaWChoke from backWorld Champ.64KGR22016
9576Takuto KakoWPts: 24x0World Champ.64KG4F2016
9581Isaac DoederleinIsaac DoederleinWPts: 4x0World Champ.64KGSF2016
9582Ary FariasAry FariasWPts: 4x2World Champ.64KGF2016
9775Felipe BritoWArmbarBH Open70KGF2016
9781Felipe BritoWPts: 12x0BH No-Gi Open70KGF2016
9835Rene LopezWChoke from backAmerican Nats70KG4F2016
9838Orlando MachadoWN/AAmerican Nats70KGSF2016
9840Thiago MacedoWN/AAmerican Nats70KGF2016
9914Felipe SimoesWChoke from backNY Summer Open70KGSF2016
10054H. SongWArmbarGrand Slam - LA69KG4F2016
10056Felipe SimplicioWArmbarGrand Slam - LA69KGSF2016
10057Isaac DoederleinIsaac DoederleinWPts: 2x0Grand Slam - LA69KGF2016
10085J. CloptonWN/AG. Slam NG - LA67KGSF2016
11182UnknownWRNCADCC SP Trials66KGR12017
11205Denver SantosWPointsADCC RJ66KGR12017
11206Rafael GomesWOmoplataADCC RJ66KGR22017
11207Mateus VieiraWRNCADCC RJ66KG8F2017
11208Fernando CarsaladeWRNCADCC RJ66KG4F2017
11209Pedro NobreW7YO chokeADCC RJ66KGSF2017
11210Bruno SilvaWRNCADCC RJ66KGF2017
12364Urijah FaberWPointsSUG 470KGSPF2017

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