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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 recognized as one of the top light-featherweight competitors of his generation after a series of good placements at the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) global circuit. Although raised in the Santa Maria Favela (slum) in Rio de Janeiro, Pedrinho is also a representative of the Cantagalo Social Project a work-group that 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: 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 IBJJF Pan Championship (2020 / 2021)
  • 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: N/A

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 crimes 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

    31 (74%)
    5 (12%)
    1 (2%)
    3 (7%)
    1 (2%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (2%)


Choke from back
    6 (23%)
    8 (31%)
    5 (19%)
    6 (23%)
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)


Violin armlock
Choke from back

Pedro Dias Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
14036Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeLPts: 2x0Brasileiro NoGi61KGF2017
14315Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeLArmbarGrand Slam RJ62KGSF2017
14319Tiago BarrosTiago BarrosLPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam RJ62KG3RD2017
14600Rodnei BarbosaRodnei BarbosaLReferee DecisionACB JJ Worlds60KGF2017
14618Helton JoseHelton JoseLPts: 4x0ACB JJ WorldsABS4F2017
15470Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeLPts: 2x2, AdvGrand Slam LDN62KGSF2018
16438Thomas LisboaThomas LisboaLInjuryWorld Champ.64KGR12018
17537Gabriel SousaGabriel SousaLReferee DecisionGrand Slam LA62KGSF2018
18019Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeLPointsRio BJJ Pro70KGF2018
18776Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeLPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam AD62KG4F2019
18864Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeLViolin armlockEuropean Open64KGSF2019
19398Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeLChoke from backGrand Slam LDN62KG4F2019
19403Joao MiyaoJoao MiyaoLPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LDN62KGRR2019
19544Fernando SoaresLPts: 2x2, AdvPan American64KG8F2019
19895Joao NetoJoao NetoLN/ACuritiba Pro70KG4F2019
20566Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeLPts: 2x0World Champ.64KG4F2019
21630Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeLBotinhaGrand Slam LA62KG4F2019
22530Richar NogueiraRichar NogueiraLPts: 0x0, AdvSouth American70KGF2019
23036Diego OliveiraDiego OliveiraLTriangleEuropean Open64KG4F2020
23966Suraj BudhramLReferee DecisionGrand Slam MIA62KGSF2020
23970Bebeto OliveiraLPts: 2x0Grand Slam MIA62KG3RD2020
24087Josh CisnerosJosh CisnerosLPts: 2x2, AdvPan American64KGF2020
26929Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoLReferee DecisionF2W 17870KGSPF2021
29395Malachi EdmondMalachi EdmondLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.64KG4F2021
31496Tomoyuki HashimotoTomoyuki HashimotoLPts: 2x2, AdvPan American64KG4F2022
32287Pedro SerranoPedro SerranoLReferee DecisionSD Open70KGSF2022
13494UnknownWPts: 2x0Curitiba W. Open64KG4F2017
13495Douglas MachadoWPts: 4x2Curitiba W. Open64KGSF2017
13546Fernando GomesWChoke from backVitoria Open64KG4F2017
13548Gustavo LealWPts: 6x0Vitoria Open64KGSF2017
14032Thales NakassuWPts: 2x0Brasileiro NoGi61KG4F2017
14034Kevlyn PontesWPts: 4x0Brasileiro NoGi61KGSF2017
14309Kevlyn PontesWPts: 5x0Grand Slam RJ62KGR12017
14313Hiago GamaHiago GamaWDQGrand Slam RJ62KG4F2017
14316Luis CostaWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam RJ62KGRPC2017
14598Leandro EscobarLeandro EscobarWPointsACB JJ Worlds60KGSF2017
15469Alexis AlduncinAlexis AlduncinWPts: 2x0Grand Slam LDN62KG4F2018
15473Jorge NakamuraWPts: 2x2, AdvGrand Slam LDN62KGRPC2018
15475Wellington LimaWPts: 4x0Grand Slam LDN62KGRPC2018
15671Bruno CelioWPointsRome Open64KGSF2018
15672Anthony OliveiraWPointsRome Open64KGF2018
17535G. CarvalhoWPts: 10x0Grand Slam LA62KG4F2018
17541Matheus MagalhaesWPts: 3x0Grand Slam LA62KGRR2018
17543Rene LopezWPts: 2x0Grand Slam LA62KG3RD2018
18017Pedro AzevedoWPointsRio BJJ Pro70KGSF2018
18858Yuta ShimadaYuta ShimadaWPts: 0x0, PenEuropean Open64KGR12019
18861Willian OliveiraWPts: 4x2European Open64KG4F2019
19519Nobuhiro SawadaNobuhiro SawadaWReferee DecisionPolaris 962KGSPF2019
20562Hideyuki YamadaWPts: 2x0World Champ.64KGR22019
20904Lucas PinheiroLucas PinheiroWPts: 2x2, AdvAmerican Nats64KGF2019
21251Emilio HernandezEmilio HernandezWPts: 4x0Chicago SMO70KGF2019
21259Emilio HernandezEmilio HernandezWPts: 2x0Chicago SMNGO67KGF2019
21389Douglas LimaWPointsLas Vegas Open64KG4F2019
21392Suraj BudhramWPointsLas Vegas Open64KGSF2019
22524Leandro GabrielWPts: 6x4South American70KGR12019
22525Felipe WolgaWPts: 10x0South American70KG4F2019
22528Edward HohlWPointsSouth American70KGSF2019
23969Connor WelleWPts: 5x0Grand Slam MIA62KGRPC2020
24080Vinny SaenzWPts: 2x0Pan American64KGR12020
24083Bebeto OliveiraWPts: 2x0Pan American64KG4F2020
24085Taniel JesusWPts: 10x0Pan American64KGSF2020
26594Joao SoeiroWPts: 0x0, AdvAmerican Nats64KGF2021
27472Gabriel GaudioGabriel GaudioWPts: 5x0Pan American64KG8F2021
27475Keven CarrascoKeven CarrascoWPts: 0x0, AdvPan American64KG4F2021
27479Jordan VaismanJordan VaismanWPts: 2x0Pan American64KGSF2021
28363Lucas PinheiroLucas PinheiroWReferee DecisionSUBVERSIV 665KGSPF2021
29389Matheus OndaWPts: 4x2World Champ.64KG8F2021
31489Vinny SaenzWReferee DecisionPan American64KGR22022

Pedro Dias vs Mário Leopoldo (2015)

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