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Pedro Dias

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Pedro Dias Clementino is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt under Douglas Rufino (Trator) and a former student José Leão Teixeira (Zé Beleza) who became one of the top light featherweight competitors of his generation. Although raised in the Santa Maria slum in Rio de Janeiro, Pedrinho is also a representative of the Cantagalo social project a work-group who produced numerous high-level BJJ competitors since its inception in 1997.

Pedro Dias Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Pedro Paulo Dias Clementino

Nickname: “Pedrinho” a friendly way of saying Pedro in Portuguese, similar to ‘Little Pedro’.

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Rolls Gracie > Romero Cavalcanti > Ricardo Vieira > Douglas Rufino > Pedro Dias

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place IBJJF Vitória Open (2017)
  • 1st Place IBJJF American Nationals (2019)
  • 2nd Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals No-Gi (2017)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF European Open (2019)
  • 3rd Place UAEJJF Grand Slam LA (2018)
  • 3rd Place UAEJJF Grand Slam LDN (2018)
  • 3rd Place UAEJJF Grand Slam, ABDB (2019)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • 1st Place IBJJF European Open (2016 / 2017 brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Rio Winter Open (2016 brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Rio BJJ Pro (2016 brown)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF World Championship (2015 purple, 2017 brown)
  • 2nd Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals (2017 brown)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF London Winter Open (2017 brown)
  • 2nd Place UAEJJF Grand Slam, RJ (2017 brown)
  • 3rd Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals (2016 purple)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Pans Championship (2015 purple)

Favorite Position/Technique: Guard Passing

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

Team/Association: CTA

Pedro Dias Biography

Pedro Dias was born in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro on April 13, 1995 growing up in the slum of Santa Maria located on the South Zone of the Marvellous City.

Dias’ parents were firm believers that in order to keep him away from gang-related crime they needed to occupy Pedro with either music or sports. With this in mind, at the age of 4 ‘Pedrinho’ was signed on to judo classes at a local association. The place also provided jiu-jitsu and it didn’t take long for Dias to enroll in those as well (around 1999/2000).

Michel Buiú Pereira was Dias’ very first instructor at this aforementioned social project in Pedro’s area. Buiú remained behind this project and in charge of Pedrinho’s tuition for 3 years, a time when he left the association and moved to the United States.

Believing in the benefits of jiu-jitsu, in Buiú’s absence, Pedro’s father looked for an alternative. He was friends with the doorman of the well known ‘Escola de Jiu-Jitsu’ – an academy with a big underage squad led by Zé Beleza. Through him, Pedrinho was introduced to the team leader who liked Dias’ demeanor and recognized his talent, deciding to give him a spot in his class.

Through common friends, Dias met Sandro Vieira (Sandrinho) and Douglas Rufino (Trator), who ran the classes at Cantagalo’s social project – a BJJ school for underprivileged kids in Cantagalo’s slums – a community close to Santa Maria. The project started by Ricardo Vieira in 1997 had developed several grappling talents including Sandrinho and Trator, but also Alan ‘Finfou’, Jackson Sousa, Bruno Matias, and many others. Given their similar interests Pedrinho started training with this work-group on a regular basis as a brown belt.

The proximity with the Cantagalo team and the competition focus carried by this group led Pedro to leave Escola de Jiu-Jitsu and settle with Vieira and Rufino – who had at the time split from Checkmat to join Caio Terra‘s Association. It was Douglas Rufino who awarded Dias his black belt on July 15, 2017.

Cover photo was taken by William Burkhardt of BJJPix.

Pedro Dias Grappling Record

    22 (76%)
    3 (10%)
    1 (3%)
    1 (3%)
    1 (3%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (3%)


Choke from back
    6 (33%)
    6 (33%)
    4 (22%)
    2 (11%)
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)


Choke from back
Violin armlock

Pedro Dias Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
13940Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeLPts: 2x0Brasileiro NoGi61KGF2017
14210Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeLArmbarGrand Slam RJ62KGSF2017
14214Tiago BarrosTiago BarrosLPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam RJ62KG3RD2017
14495Rodnei BarbosaRodnei BarbosaLReferee DecisionACB JJ Worlds60KGF2017
14513Helton JoseHelton JoseLPts: 4x0ACB JJ WorldsABS4F2017
15336Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeLPts: 2x2, AdvGrand Slam LDN62KGSF2018
16295Thomas LisboaThomas LisboaLPointsWorld Champ.64KGR12018
17361Gabriel SousaGabriel SousaLReferee DecisionGrand Slam LA62KGSF2018
17829Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeLPointsRio BJJ Pro70KGF2018
18538Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeLPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam AD62KG4F2019
18626Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeLViolin armlockEuropean Open64KGSF2019
19121Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeLChoke from backGrand Slam LDN62KG4F2019
19126Joao MiyaoJoao MiyaoLPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LDN62KGRR2019
19254Fernando SoaresLPts: 2x2, AdvPan American64KG8F2019
19595Joao NetoJoao NetoLN/ACuritiba Pro70KG4F2019
20246Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeLPts: 2x0World Champ.64KG4F2019
21242Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeLBotinhaGrand Slam LA62KG4F2019
22013Richar NogueiraRichar NogueiraLPts: 0x0, AdvSouth American70KGF2019
13403UnknownWPts: 2x0Curitiba W. Open64KG4F2017
13404Douglas MachadoWPts: 4x2Curitiba W. Open64KGSF2017
13455Fernando GomesWChoke from backVitoria Open64KG4F2017
13457Gustavo LealWPts: 6x0Vitoria Open64KGSF2017
13936Thales NakassuWPts: 2x0Brasileiro NoGi61KG4F2017
13938Kevlyn PontesWPts: 4x0Brasileiro NoGi61KGSF2017
14204Kevlyn PontesWPts: 5x0Grand Slam RJ62KGR12017
14208Hiago GamaHiago GamaWDQGrand Slam RJ62KG4F2017
14211Luis CostaWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam RJ62KGRPC2017
14493Leandro EscobarLeandro EscobarWPointsACB JJ Worlds60KGSF2017
15335Alexis AlduncinAlexis AlduncinWPts: 2x0Grand Slam LDN62KG4F2018
15339Jorge NakamuraWPts: 2x2, AdvGrand Slam LDN62KGRPC2018
15341Wellington LimaWPts: 4x0Grand Slam LDN62KGRPC2018
15535Bruno CelioWPointsRome Open64KGSF2018
15536Anthony OliveiraWPointsRome Open64KGF2018
17359G. CarvalhoWPts: 10x0Grand Slam LA62KG4F2018
17365Matheus MagalhaesWPts: 3x0Grand Slam LA62KGRR2018
17367Rene LopezWPts: 2x0Grand Slam LA62KG3RD2018
17827Pedro AzevedoWPointsRio BJJ Pro70KGSF2018
18620Yuta ShimadaYuta ShimadaWPts: 0x0, PenEuropean Open64KGR12019
18623Willian OliveiraWPts: 4x2European Open64KG4F2019
19232Nobuhiro SawadaNobuhiro SawadaWReferee DecisionPolaris 962KGSPF2019
20242Hideyuki YamadaWPts: 2x0World Champ.64KGR22019
20577Lucas PinheiroLucas PinheiroWPts: 2x2, AdvAmerican Nats64KGF2019
21023Douglas LimaWPointsLas Vegas Open64KG4F2019
21026Suraj BudhramWPointsLas Vegas Open64KGSF2019
22007Leandro GabrielWPts: 6x4South American70KGR12019
22008Felipe WolgaWPts: 10x0South American70KG4F2019
22011Edward HohlWPointsSouth American70KGSF2019

Pedro Dias vs Mário Leopoldo (2015)

Submission Back Attacks Instructional by John Danaher

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