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Rafael Mansur

Rafael Mansur

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Rafael Mansur is an accomplished Brazilian jiu jitsu athlete, and black belt under Pedro Mello, also revered as one of the most talented representatives of the New School Brotherhood academy. Virtually unknown to the sport’s mainstream media until reaching the black belt division, Mansur turned heads his way with amazing performances and wins over household names such as Herbert Burns and Gianni Grippo, while earning podium spots at tournaments such as the Brazilian No-Gi Championship and the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam.

Rafael Mansur

Full Name: Rafael Machado Mansur

Nickname: n/a

Lineage:  Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Rolls Gracie > Romero Cavalcanti > Paulo Sérgio Santos > Pedro Mello > Rafael Mansur

Main Achievements:

  • CBJJ Brazilian National Champion (2018)
  • CBJJ Brazilian National Championship 2nd Place (2017)
  • CBJJ Brazilian National No-Gi Championship 2nd Place (2015)
  • UAEJJF Abu Dhabi Grand Slam – Rio de Janeiro 2nd Place (2017/2016)
  • IBJJF Curitiba International Open 2nd Place (2016)
  • IBJJF Pan American 3rd Place (2019)
  • UAEJJF Abu Dhabi Grand Slam – Rio de Janeiro 3rd Place (2015)
  • UAEJJF Abu Dhabi World Pro Championship 4th Place (2016)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • IBJJF South American Champion (2011 purple)
  • IBJJF Rio International Open (2014 brown)
  • IBJJF Floripa International Open Champion (2013/2014 brown)
  • CBJJ Brazilian National Championship 2nd Place (2014 brown)
  • IBJJF South American Championship 2nd Place (2012/2013 brown)

Favorite Position/Technique: Open Guard

Weight Division: Peso Leve (76kg/167lbs), Peso Pena (70kg/154lbs)

Team/Association: Ns Brotherhood

Rafael Mansur Biography

Rafael Mansur was born on June 21, 1990 in Florianópolis, state of Santa Catarina – Brazil.

Jiu jitsu entered Rafael’s life at the age of 15, more precisely on February 2006, influenced by a friend from school who introduced Mansur to his first instructor, Alexandre Reis. Under Reis’ guidance Mansur progressed through the rank system, all the way to brown belt.

After a series of internal problems at Alexandre’s academy, Rafael made the hard decision of switching camps, then joining Pedro Mello’s team. He continued his sporting success and remained with Pedro for 1.5 years, until coach Mello moved to the United States.

After Mello moved from Santa Catarina, Rafael was met with a chance to follow his dream of being a professional athlete by joining Cicero Costha‘s jiu jitsu program. At the time Mansur had two team mates (Gustavo Batista and Rafael Babilônia) who had been scouted by the famous Projeto Social Lutando Pelo Bem (Fighting for Good Social Project) – also known as PSLPB, making his move to São Paulo a smoother process.

While training at PSLPB, where he stayed from December 2014 to September 2015, Mansur earned his black belt from Pedro Mello with whom he still shared a strong bond. His black belt promotion taking place on June 2015.

After the PSLPB academy split on September 2015, Rafael followed his teammates – particularly Leandro Lo who became Mansur’s head coach – out of the academy and helped establish the New School Brotherhood.

Cover photo by Anderson Almeida.

Rafael Mansur Grappling Record

46 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    19 (41%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    6 (13%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    12 (26%)
  • BY DECISION
    6 (13%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (2%)

12 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke from back
67
8
#86e620
Estima lock
17
2
#5AD3D1
Toe hold
8
1
#d1212a
Triangle
8
1
12
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
25 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    16 (64%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (12%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    3 (12%)
  • BY DECISION
    3 (12%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

3 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Estima lock
33
1
#86e620
Choke from back
33
1
#5AD3D1
Triangle
33
1
3
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Rafael Mansur Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
8258Thiago GaiaThiago GaiaLPts: 4x0Brasileiro NoGi73KGF2015
8595Lucas ValleLPts: 2x0Grand Slam RJ77KGSF2015
9200Edwin NajmiEdwin NajmiLEstima lockPan American76KG8F2016
9507Marcio AndreMarcio AndreLPts: 6x2World Pro69KGSF2016
9509Tiago BravoTiago BravoLPts: 2x0World Pro69KG3RD2016
9837Caio AlmeidaCaio AlmeidaLPts: 4x2Curitiba Open76KGF2016
10491Julio AnjosJulio AnjosLPts: 6x2Sao Paulo Open76KGR12016
10962Isaque PaivaIsaque PaivaLReferee DecisionGrand Slam RJ69KGF2016
11158Michael LanghiMichael LanghiLChoke from backSouth American76KGSF2016
12007Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoLPts: 4x2Pan American70KG8F2017
12297Michael LanghiMichael LanghiLN/AFloripa Fall Open76KG4F2017
12613Rubens CharlesRubens CharlesLPts: 4x2Brasileiro70KGF2017
13311Augusto MendesAugusto MendesLPointsACBJJ 665KG4F2017
14164Joao NetoJoao NetoLTriangleGrand Slam RJ69KGF2017
14438Hugo MarquesHugo MarquesLPts: 2x0ACB JJ Worlds75KGF2017
14863Hugo MarquesHugo MarquesLPts: 4x0ACB S. American75KG4F2018
15275Marcos CostaMarcos CostaLPts: 2x0Grand Slam LDN77KGSF2018
15327Jan BasoLPts: 4x2ACB European75KGSF2018
16228Leo SaggioroLeo SaggioroLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.70KG4F2018
16879Joao MendesJoao MendesLAdvFloripa W. Open76KGSF2018
17252Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoLReferee DecisionGrand Slam LA69KG4F2018
17259Vitor MoraesLPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LA69KGRR2018
17917Joao MendesJoao MendesLReferee DecisionGrand Slam RJ69KGSF2018
19098Matheus GabrielMatheus GabrielLPts: 4x2Pan American70KGSF2019
19481Paulo GabrielLN/ASan Jose Open76KG4F2019
8254Vitor MattosWPts: 4x0Brasileiro NoGi73KG4F2015
8257Herbert BurnsHerbert BurnsWInjuryBrasileiro NoGi73KGSF2015
8579M. CavalcanteWTriangleGrand Slam RJ77KGR12015
8585Rodrigo BarbosaWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam RJ77KG8F2015
8590Rene LimaWEstima lockGrand Slam RJ77KG4F2015
8597Matheus CostaMatheus CostaWPts: 6x3Grand Slam RJ77KG3RD2015
9196Joao FerreiraWPts: 6x2Pan American76KGR12016
9499Sergio CalderonSergio CalderonWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Pro69KGR12016
9503Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro69KG8F2016
9832Edu ConceiçãoWChoke from backCuritiba Open76KG4F2016
9835Diego VivaldoDiego VivaldoWPts: 2x0Curitiba Open76KGSF2016
10946Raphael CadenaWPts: 7x0Grand Slam RJ69KGR12016
10951Mackson CamaraWPts: 2x0Grand Slam RJ69KGR22016
10957Alexandre VieiraAlexandre VieiraWAdvGrand Slam RJ69KG4F2016
10960Tiago BravoTiago BravoWReferee DecisionGrand Slam RJ69KGSF2016
11153UnknownWPts: 4x0South American76KGR12016
11155UnknownWChoke from backSouth American76KG4F2016
12004Bruno ValdivinoWToe holdPan American70KGR12017
12295Juliano RochaWChoke from backFloripa Fall Open76KGR12017
12604Andre RibeiroWEstima lockBrasileiro70KGR12017
12606Caio NunesWChoke from backBrasileiro70KGR22017
12608Victor MoraesWPointsBrasileiro70KG4F2017
12612Isaque PaivaIsaque PaivaWPointsBrasileiro70KGSF2017
14159Victor MoraesWReferee DecisionGrand Slam RJ69KG4F2017
14163Fernando VieiraFernando VieiraWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam RJ69KGSF2017
14436Fernando PenaWReferee DecisionACB JJ Worlds75KGSF2017
15273Youngam NohWPts: 2x0Grand Slam LDN77KG4F2018
15278Bruno BorgesWPts: 2x2, AdvGrand Slam LDN77KGRPC2018
15279Youngam NohWPts: 2x0Grand Slam LDN77KGRPC2018
15322K. SuchorabskiWReferee DecisionACB European75KGR12018
15324Robert HenekWPts: 2x0ACB European75KG4F2018
15329Kacper RotWPts: 4x2ACB European75KG3RD2018
15700Lucas BarrosWPts: 11x2Curitiba Open76KG4F2018
15703Rhayan NascimentoWPts: 6x2Curitiba Open76KGSF2018
15704Victor MatosWDQCuritiba Open76KGF2018
15960Rodrigo CardosoWChoke from backBrasileiro70KGR12018
15966Nielton SoaresWChoke from backBrasileiro70KG4F2018
15967Marcio AndreMarcio AndreWInjuryBrasileiro70KGSF2018
15969Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWReferee DecisionBrasileiro70KGF2018
16223Brandon WalenskyBrandon WalenskyWPts: 2x0World Champ.70KGR22018
16875Rodrigo PaixaoWPointsFloripa W. Open76KG4F2018
17249Filipe SimplicioWPts: 2x0Grand Slam LA69KGR12018
17910Ricardo RochaWReferee DecisionGrand Slam RJ69KG8F2018
17914Thiago RosaWChoke from backGrand Slam RJ69KG4F2018
19089S. RoyceWChoke from backPan American70KG8F2019
19096Samir ChantreSamir ChantreWPts: 2x0Pan American70KG4F2019

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