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Pedro Ramalho

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Pedro Ramalho, commonly known as “Paquito” is a Portuguese, Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt under Manoel Neto and a representative of team Focus in the sport/martial art’s international circuit. Referenced as one of Europe’s Hottest Prospects by BJJ Heroes in 2015, Paquito quickly became established himself as one of the best lightweight (76,00 kg / 168.0 lbs) competitors of his generation, a reputation earned through his repeated success on the mats.

Pedro Ramalho Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Pedro Alves Douteiro Cranfield Ramalho

Nickname: “Paquito” is a nickname attributed to Pedro when he first started training by his coach Manoel Neto. The label started as a joke, referring to Pedro as a lookalike for the female backstage dancers (called Paquitas) of a popular Kids Tv program named “O Show da Xuxa”.

Lineage: M. Maeda > C. Gracie > R. Gracie > Nonato Machado > Kleber Repolho > Manoel Neto > Paquito

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place IBJJF Madrid International Open (2017)
  • 1st Place FPJJB Portuguese National Open (2017*/2019**)
  • 3rd Place UAEJJF Grand Slam – London (2019)

Main Achievements (Coloured Belts):

  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship (2015 purple)
  • 1st Place UAEJJF Abu Dhabi World Pro (2015 purple)
  • 1st Place IBJJF European Open (2016 brown, 2015 purple)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Juvenile European Open (2011 blue)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Spanish National Open (2016 brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Madrid International Open (2016 brown)
  • 2nd Place UAEJJF Abu Dhabi World Pro (2015* purple)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF European Open (2017 brown)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF European Open (2013 blue)

* Absolute
** Weight and absolute

Favourite Position/Technique: Open Guard

Weight Division: Peso Leve (76,00 kg / 168.0 lbs)

Team/Association: Focus Academy

Pedro Paquito Biography

Pedro Ramalho was born on April 22, 1994 in Porto, a coastal city in northwest Portugal where he grew up.

During his early teens Ramalho had a few friends who practiced jiu jitsu and regularly challenged him to get started in this martial art. Pedro, however, showed no interest in grappling and jokingly labelled it a “men hugging men activity” (as he described it in an interview to BJJ Heroes 12/2017).

Ramalho was eventually convinced to give jiu jitsu a try, and at the age of 15 finally accepted the challenge to participate in his first BJJ class. Paquito felt a connection with the sport/martial art from very early in his learning process, and with only a couple of weeks of training he decided to compete (against his instructor’s advice), resulting in his first, first round loss by submission.

The defeat did not cause a dent in his desire to test himself in battle again, in fact it took Pedro a few tries before he had his hand raised: “The first time I submitted anyone in class I must’ve been 5 months deep into my training. In competition I lost about 5 tournaments in the first round before I won” – Paquito to Jiu Jitsu Portugal (May 21, 2015).

With the stream of positive results Paquito became even more and more embedded in the sport’s competitive scene, and from soon decided to dedicate all his spare time to training, juggling between his studies (a masters in engineering) and regular 3 training sessions per day.

Pedro Ramalho’s first and only coach from white to black belt was Manoel Neto, founder of Team Focus – one of the most successful academies in Europe in terms talent production and competition results. It was Neto who graded Paquito to black belt on June 6, 2017 – shortly after the IBJJF World Championship.

Pedro Ramalho Grappling Record

27 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    6 (22%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (11%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    18 (67%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

18 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke from back
50
9
#86e620
Triangle
17
3
#5AD3D1
Submission
11
2
#d1212a
Darce choke
6
1
#fad11b
Armbar
6
1
#f58822
Anaconda choke
6
1
#224aba
RNC
6
1
18
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
6 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    3 (50%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    1 (17%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (33%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

1 SUBMISSION LOSSES

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

Pedro Ramalho Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
15934Yan CabralLReferee DecisionWP Pt Qualifier77KGRR2018
15936Yan CabralLPts: 4x2WP Pt Qualifier77KGRR2018
16304Dainis NguyenLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.76KGR12018
18590Levi JonesLevi JonesLPts: 4x2European Open76KG4F2019
19087Max LindbladMax LindbladLPts: 2x0Grand Slam LDN77KGSF2019
20199Johnny TamaJohnny TamaLChokeWorld Champ.76KGR12019
14299Michael HawkinsWChoke from backMadrid Open76KG4F2017
14300Mathias RibeiroWPts: 2x0Madrid Open76KGSF2017
14301Kenji SetteWDarce chokeMadrid Open76KGF2017
14512Pedro MendonçaWArmbarPT National Open82KGF2017
14513Diego CavalcanteWAnaconda chokePT National OpenABSSF2017
14514Ruben FonsecaWChoke from backPT National OpenABSF2017
15935Yan CabralWPts: 2x2, AdvWP Pt Qualifier77KGRR2018
18225Mizael FragaWChoke from backPortugal National94KGSF2018
18226Suleiname DjanguiteWChoke from backPT National Open94KGF2018
18227Bruno BorgesWChoke from backPT National OpenABSSF2018
18228S. DjanguiteWRNCPT National OpenABSF2018
18585Yan LucasYan LucasWTriangleEuropean Open76KGR12019
18798Bruno B.WPts: 8x0Netherlands Pro77KGSF2019
18799Cedric AkakpoviWTriangleNetherlands Pro77KGF2019
18917Cedric AkakpoviWTriangleEU Continental77KGSF2019
18918Bruno BorgesWChoke from backEU Continental77KGF2019
19081Leonardo LaraLeonardo LaraWChoke from backGrand Slam LDN77KGR12019
19085Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoWPts: 6x0Grand Slam LDN77KG4F2019
19089Martin AedmaWPts: 4x2Grand Slam LDN77KGRPC2019
19091Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoWPts: 2x2, AdvGrand Slam LDN77KG3RD2019
21408Juliano RochaWChoke from backLisbon Open76KGSF2019
21409Tommi PulkkanenWPointsLisbon Open76KGF2019
21481Jonathon MaflinWChoke from backUKBJJA Open76KGF2019
21482Dinu BucaletWSubmissionUKBJJA OpenABS4F2019
21484Leandro LimaWSubmissionUKBJJA OpenABSSF2019
21486Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeWPts: 2x0UKBJJA OpenABSF2019
22115Bruno LimaBruno LimaWPts: 0x0, AdvPT National Open88KGF2019

Pedro Ramalho Highlight

Submission Back Attacks Instructional by John Danaher

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