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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)
  • IBJJF Pan American Champion (2016/2015/2014)
  • IBJJF Pan American No-Gi Champion (2015)
  • ACB JJ 65 KG Champion (2018)
  • ACB JJ 6 Grand Prix Champion (2017)
  • ACB JJ 8 Grand Prix Champion (2017)
  • CBJJ Brazilian Champion (2014)
  • IBJJF World Championship 2nd Place (2014)
  • IBJJF European Open 2nd Place (2016)
  • ADCC 3rd Place (2017)
  • IBJJF World No-Gi Championship 3rd Place (2015)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • IBJJF World Champion (2013** brown, 2012/2011 purple)
  • IBJJF European Open Champion (2013 brown)
  • CBJJ Brazilian Champion (2013** brown, purple 2012)
  • CBJJ Brazilian No-Gi Champion (2012 brown)
  • IBJJF World Championship Runner-up (2012* purple)
  • IBJJF Pan American Championship Runner-up (2013* brown)
  • 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
* Absolute
** Weight and absolute

Position/Technique Favorite: Berimbolo

Weight Division: Pluma (64,00 kg/141.5 lbs)

Academy: Unity JJ – 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

147 WINS
    72 (49%)
    14 (10%)
    56 (38%)
    4 (3%)
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (1%)


Choke from back
Clock choke
Calf slicer
7YO choke
Heel hook
Short choke
Reverse triangle
    4 (25%)
    7 (44%)
    1 (6%)
    3 (19%)
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (6%)



Paulo Miyao Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
4643Diogo SampaioDiogo SampaioLPts: 4x2Copa Podio88KGSF2013
5168Rafael MendesRafael MendesLPts: 3x0European70KGF2014
5437Lucas LepriLucas LepriLReferee DecisionBrasileiroABS4F2014
5542Thiago BarretoLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro.64KG4F2014
5655Guilherme MendesGuilherme MendesLAdvWorld Champ.64KGF2014
5811Alexandre SouzaAlexandre SouzaLPts: 0x0, AdvFloripa BB IIABSSPF2014
5820Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLPts: 2x2, AdvMundial CBJJEABSSF2014
5884Renato CardosoRenato CardosoLPts: 3x0Camp. InternacionalABSF2014
5971Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoLReferee DecisionIBJJF Pro League70KGF2014
6290Tiago BarrosTiago BarrosLArmbarBrazil Nat. Pro65KGF2015
8229Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoLPts: 8x8, AdvNoGi Worlds70KGSF2015
8731Marcio AndreMarcio AndreLReferee DecisionEuropean Open70KGF2016
9364Marcio AndreMarcio AndreLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro69KGF2016
10051Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoLPts: 0x0, AdvNY Summer OpenABSSF2016
11366Thalison S.LDQADCC SP Trials66KGR22017
13425Rubens CharlesRubens CharlesLPts: 0x0ADCC66KGSF2017
4327Jon FitchD---World ExpoABSSPF2013
4627Manny DiazManny DiazWPts: 2x0Copa Podio88KGGP2013
4630Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoD---Copa Podio88KGGP2013
4640Renato CardosoRenato CardosoWChoke from backCopa Podio88KGGP2013
4645Travis StevensWPts: 2x2, AdvCopa Podio88KG3PLC2013
4818Claudio MattosClaudio MattosWAdvBrasileiro CBJJENANA2013
4819João RafaelWDQBrasileiro CBJJENANA2013
4820Thiago RodriguesWChoke from backBrasileiro CBJJENANA2013
4822Augusto GaldezWChoke from backBrasileiro CBJJENANA2013
5060Daisuke AmazonWPts: 24x0Bull Terrier70KGF2013
5146Nicolas WelkerWPts: 4x0World Pro Trial70KGSF2014
5147Fernando VieiraFernando VieiraWAdvWorld Pro Trial70KGF2014
5167S. FranceschiniWClock chokeEuropean70KGSF2014
5247John NamWArmbarPan American64KG4F2014
5249Vitor PaschoalWChoke from backPan American64KGSF2014
5433Andre SimoesWChoke from backBrasileiroABSR12014
5434Alexandre CeconiAlexandre CeconiWPts: 2x2, AdvBrasileiroABSR12014
5445David LemesDavid LemesWChoke from backBrasileiro70KGSF2014
5446Leo SaggioroLeo SaggioroWPts: 4x0Brasileiro70KGF2014
5645Tomoya YanagisawaWChoke from backWorld Champ.64KGRDS2014
5651Dai YoshiokaWAdvWorld Champ.64KG4F2014
5654Gabriel MoraesGabriel MoraesWPointsWorld Champ.64KGSF2014
5774Leo SaggioroLeo SaggioroWPts: 8x0Rio Open70KGF2014
5787Isaque PaivaIsaque PaivaWPointsSP Open70kgF2014
5812Ricardo LimaWClock chokeSul Brasil.ABS4F2014
5813Gustavo AlmeidaWTriangleSul Brasil.ABSSF2014
5814Jurandir VieiraWChoke from backSul Brasil.ABSF2014
5818Manoel OliveiraWReferee DecisionMundial CBJJEABSR12014
5819Alan RegisWPts: 2x2, AdvMundial CBJJEABS4F2014
5970Koji ShibamotoKoji ShibamotoWPts: 14x2IBJJF Pro League70KGSF2014
6016Leo SaggioroLeo SaggioroWReferee DecisionRio BJJ Pro70KGF2014
6132Leo SaggioroLeo SaggioroWPts: 4x2South American70KGF2014
6137Isaque PaivaIsaque PaivaWN/ASouth American70KGSF2014
6138Leo SaggioroLeo SaggioroWPts: 4x2South American70KGF2014
6288Jorge NakamuraWKimuraBrazil Nat. Pro65KG4F2015
6289Jackson FaveroWChoke from backBrazil Nat. Pro65KGSF2015
6381Luis LopesWCalf slicerEuropean64KG4F2015
6384Thomas LisboaWPts: 11x0European64KGSF2015
6527Luiz FelipeWPts: 6x4All Star Pro65KGF2015
6528Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaWPts: 10x6All Star ProABSF2015
6639Yoshihiko MatsumotoWChoke from backPan American64KG4F2015
6642Joao SomaliaJoao SomaliaWArmbarPan American64KGSF2015
6818Rafael PereiraWPointsChicago Spring76KGF2015
6863Andre MonteiroAndre MonteiroWPointsNY Spring Open70KGSF2015
6864Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWAdvNY Spring Open70KGF2015
7071Onefre LimaWPts: 23x0Brasileiro70KG4F2015
7072Victor MatosWPts: 10x0Brasileiro70KGSF2015
7074Isaque PaivaIsaque PaivaWPts: 8x6Brasileiro70KGF2015
7134Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWPts: 9x2Boston Spring Open70KGF2015
7184Tom BarlowWPts: 3x0Las Vegas Open70KGSF2015
7185Eduardo RamosWPts: 4x4, AdvLas Vegas Open70KGF2015
7261Victor PaschoalWChoke from backWorld Champ.64KG4F2015
7263Kim TerraKim TerraWPts: 8x2World Champ.64KGSF2015
7264Daniel BelezaDaniel BelezaWChoke from backWorld Champ.64KGF2015
7414Luiz TeixeiraWPts: 6x4BJJ TourABSF2015
7416Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaWPts: 10x6BJJ Tour88KGF2015
7439Wanki ChaeWPts: 8x4US No Gi Nat.70KGF2015
7446Jerold ShapiroWChoke from backAmerican Nat.70KG4F2015
7450Kim TerraKim TerraWPointsAmerican Nat.70KGSF2015
7451Samir ChantreSamir ChantreWChoke from backAmerican Nat.70KGF2015
7506Joao FerreiraWPts: 10x2NY Summer Open76KGF2015
7512Sidemar HonorioWArmbarNY No Gi Open70KGF2015
7581Travis OrrWPointsAustin Open76KGSF2015
7582Thiago MacedoThiago MacedoWPts: 4x4, AdvAustin Open76KGF2015
7651D. DrzymkowskiWChoke from backChicago S. Open76KGSF2015
7652Diego BispoWChoke from backChicago S. Open76KGF2015
7655Steven PattersonWPts: 6x0Chicago S. OpenABSF2015
7656Diego BispoWCalf slicerChicago No Gi76KGF2015
7702Ichitaro TsukadaWChoke from backGrand Slam Tokyo69KG4F2015
7704Charles GasparWPts: 4x0Grand Slam Tokyo69KGSF2015
7705Tiago BravoTiago BravoWPts: 8x2Grand Slam Tokyo69KGF2015
7885Fabio CaloiFabio CaloiWPointsBrazil Nat. Pro69KG4F2015
7886UnknownWOmoplataBrazil Nat. Pro69KGSF2015
7887Rodrigo CardosoWChoke from backBrazil Nat. Pro69KGF2015
7901Caio GregorioWPts: 10x0Brazil Nat. ProU77KG4F2015
7902Felipe CesarFelipe CesarWPointsBrazil Nat. ProU77KGSF2015
7904Gabriel RolloGabriel RolloWPts: 4x2Brazil Nat. ProU77KGF2015
8002Edson OliveiraWTriangleNoGi Pan Ams70KGSF2015
8003Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWReferee DecisionNoGi Pan Ams70KGF2015
8072Matthew MaganaWPts: 13x0Grand Slam LA69KG4F2015
8074Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoWPts: 6x4Grand Slam LA69KGSF2015
8076Samir ChantreSamir ChantreWPts: 5x0Grand Slam LA69KGF2015
8222Thiago MacedoThiago MacedoWPts: 4x0NoGi Worlds70KG8F2015
8228Wilson ReisWilson ReisWPts: 6x4NoGi Worlds70KG4F2015
8369Samir ChantreSamir ChantreWReferee DecisionBerkut 2ABSSPF2015
8444Roberto JunotWChoke from backGrand Slam RJ69KG8F2015
8450Raphael CadenaWPts: 6x6, AdvGrand Slam RJ69KG4F2015
8452Fernando VieiraFernando VieiraWPts: 8x8, AdvGrand Slam RJ69KGF2015
8726Masahiro IwasakiMasahiro IwasakiWPts: 5x0European Open70KG4F2016
8729Brian MahechaBrian MahechaWChoke from backEuropean Open70KGSF2016
9043Jordan GomezWChoke from backPan American70KG8F2016
9048Jon Van BurenWPts: 15x2Pan American70KG4F2016
9052Bruno FrazattoBruno FrazattoWPts: 4x2Pan American70KGSF2016
9053Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoWPts: 6x6, AdvPan American70KGF2016
9250Joel BurgessWChoke from backNY Spring Open70KGSF2016
9251Isaac DoederleinIsaac DoederleinWPts: 3x0NY Spring Open70KGF2016
9352Vitor MatosWChoke from backWorld Pro69KGR12016
9358Brian MahechaBrian MahechaWPointsWorld Pro69KG4F2016
9362Tiago BravoTiago BravoWChoke from backWorld Pro69KGSF2016
9514Bruno FonsecaWChoke from backBrasileiro70KG8F2016
9517Leon AmancioWPointsBrasileiro70KG4F2016
9520Fabio CaloiFabio CaloiWPts: 10x4Brasileiro70KGSF2016
9521Isaque PaivaIsaque PaivaWPts: 10x4Brasileiro70KGF2016
9711Paulo SantanaWChoke from backWorld Champ.64KGR22016
9717Takuto KakoWPts: 24x0World Champ.64KG4F2016
9722Isaac DoederleinIsaac DoederleinWPts: 4x0World Champ.64KGSF2016
9723Ary FariasAry FariasWPts: 4x2World Champ.64KGF2016
9918Felipe BritoWArmbarBH Open70KGF2016
9924Felipe BritoWPts: 12x0BH No-Gi Open70KGF2016
9978Rene LopezWChoke from backAmerican Nats70KG4F2016
9981Orlando MachadoWN/AAmerican Nats70KGSF2016
9983Thiago MacedoThiago MacedoWPts: 4x4, AdvAmerican Nats70KGF2016
10057Felipe SimoesWChoke from backNY Summer Open70KGSF2016
10204H. SongWArmbarGrand Slam LA69KG4F2016
10206Felipe SimplicioWArmbarGrand Slam LA69KGSF2016
10207Isaac DoederleinIsaac DoederleinWPts: 2x0Grand Slam LA69KGF2016
10235J. CloptonWN/AG. Slam NG LA67KGSF2016
11365UnknownWRNCADCC SP Trials66KGR12017
11389Denver SantosWPointsADCC RJ66KGR12017
11390Rafael GomesWOmoplataADCC RJ66KGR22017
11391Mateus VieiraWRNCADCC RJ66KG8F2017
11392Fernando CarsaladeWRNCADCC RJ66KG4F2017
11393Pedro NobreW7YO chokeADCC RJ66KGSF2017
11394Bruno SilvaWRNCADCC RJ66KGF2017
12564Urijah FaberWPointsSUG 470KGSPF2017
12822Nick RyanWPts: 8x0UGA66KGSPF2017
13021Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoWPointsACBJJ 665KG4F2017
13023Augusto MendesAugusto MendesWPointsACBJJ 665KGSF2017
13024Gabriel MarangoniGabriel MarangoniWChoke from backACBJJ 665KGF2017
13415Janus AndrejczukWPts: 10x0ADCC66KGE12017
13422Geo MartinezGeo MartinezWPts: 8x2ADCC66KG4F2017
13427Pablo MantovaniPablo MantovaniWPts: 10x0ADCC66KG3RD2017
13694Bruno CélioWHeel hookACBJJ 865KG4F2017
13699Gabriel MarangoniGabriel MarangoniWPointsACBJJ 865KGSF2017
13700Kim TerraKim TerraWPointsACBJJ 865KGF2017
14021Asadulaev AgateWShort chokeACB JJ Worlds65KGSF2017
14023Pablo MantovaniPablo MantovaniWPts: 2x0ACB JJ Worlds65KGF2017
14167Daniel VieiraWChoke from backGrand Slam AD69KGSF2018
14168Tiago BravoTiago BravoWPts: 5x0Grand Slam AD69KGF2018
14306Augusto MendesAugusto MendesWPointsACB 1065KGSPF2018
14393UknownWPointsACB S. American65KGR12018
14395UknownWArmbarACB S. American65KG4F2018
14397UknownWReverse triangleACB S. American65KGSF2018
14398Isaque PaivaIsaque PaivaWPts: 4x2ACB S. American65KGF2018
14513Silvio DuranWPts: 4x0Continental Pro69KGSF2018
14515Pablo MantovaniPablo MantovaniWPts: 4x4, AdvContinental Pro69KGF2018
14759Max CamposWChoke from backGrand Slam LDN69KG4F2018
14761Jan BassoWPts: 9x0Grand Slam LDN69KGSF2018
14762Victor MoraesWChoke from backGrand Slam LDN69KGF2018

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