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Renan Cruz is a jiu-jitsu black belt and a representative of the R1NG / MCBJJ teams in the sport’s global circuit. Renan is widely recognized as one of the top grapplers of his generation, a reputation earned while competing in the colored belt divisions of the sport where he conquered important medals on both the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) circuit and the Abu Dhabi Jiu-Jitsu Pro Tour, including Pan American and World Pro gold medals as a brown belt. Renan is also the son of a jiu-jitsu legend and former 2x IBJJF open weight world champion Márcio Cruz, also known as Pé de Pano.

Renan Cruz Jiu-Jitsu

Full Name: Renan Cruz

Nickname: N/A

Lineage: Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Carlos Gracie Junior > Márcio Cruz > Renan Cruz

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2021 brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF American Nationals (2017** blue)
  • 1st Place AJP Abu Dhabi World Pro (2021 brown)
  • 1st Place AJP Grand Slam, ABD (2021 brown)
  • 1st Place AJP Grand Slam, MIA (2020 / 2021 brown)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF World Championship (2019 purple)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF European Open (2019 brown)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World Championship (2018 purple, 2020 brown)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF European Open (2018 purple, 2020 brown)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2019 purple, 2020** / 2021* brown)

Favorite Position/Technique: Traditional Guard-Player

Weight Division: Super-Pesado (100,50 kg / 222.0 lbs)

Team/Association: Marcio Cruz BJJ

Renan Cruz Biography

Renan Cruz was born on September 30, 1997, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, growing up in the Merck complex of the Jacarépagua parish.

Despite not spending the formative years of his life with his father – Márcio Cruz, who lived abroad – being the son of jiu-jitsu royalty meant an early introduction to the sport for Renan. As such, Cruz became a student of coach Serginho at a local GFTeam school as a child. Despite the natural talent he possessed, grappling was not something that interested him at an early age and he would skip class often until he finally gave up altogether at the age of 13.

When Renan turned 18, he moved to the United States to live with his father where he was reacquainted with grappling. His maturity allied with the methodology applied by his dad in the classes led the young Brazilian to focus more seriously during this second experience, ultimately leading to a full-time commitment by Renan within a year of his stay.

With positive results across all 3 major events of the IBJJF circuit, Renan advanced through the belt system, with his black belt promotion taking place on December 2021, from the hands of his father, Márcio Cruz.

Renan Cruz Grappling Record

13 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    8 (62%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    5 (38%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

5 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Triangle
40
2
#86e620
Choke from back
40
2
#5AD3D1
Mounted X choke
20
1
5
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
7 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    2 (29%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (14%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    4 (57%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

4 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Triangle
25
1
#86e620
Armbar
25
1
#5AD3D1
Toe hold
25
1
#d1212a
Choke from back
25
1
4
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Renan Cruz Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
30653Fellipe AndrewFellipe AndrewLTriangleEuropean OpenABS8F2022
32547Roosevelt SousaRoosevelt SousaLArmbarAtlanta SPOABSR12022
32611Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiLPts: 2x2, AdvChicago SPO100KGF2022
33023Fellipe AndrewFellipe AndrewLPts: 15x2World Champ.100KG8F2022
44884Fellipe AndrewFellipe AndrewLToe holdWorld Pro94KGF2023
47876Guilherme AugustoGuilherme AugustoLChoke from backPan AmericanABS8F2024
48016Anderson MunisAnderson MunisLPts: 4x2Pan American100KGR12024
27274Joao CostaJoao CostaWTriangleGrand Slam MIA94KGF2021
30645Ioannis ProiosWChoke from backEuropean OpenABSR12022
32543Jae McIntoshWMounted X chokeAtlanta SPO100KGF2022
33016Joshua GuerraWPts: 2x0World Champ.100KGR12022
37884Jackson DouglasJackson DouglasWTriangleTampa Open100KGF2023
43510Nicolas HandWN/ACharlotte Open100KGRR2023
43512Justin PrimroseWN/ACharlotte Open100KGRR2023
43520Justin PrimroseWN/ACharlotte OpenABS4F2023
43522Karl PegersWN/ACharlotte OpenABSSF2023
44877Roko TopicWPts: 8x2World Pro94KGR12023
44880Bartosz ZawadzkiWPts: 5x2World Pro94KG4F2023
44882Adrian SebastianWChoke from backWorld Pro94KGSF2023
47871Dory AounWPts: 2x0Pan AmericanABSR12024
5050 Guard Instructional by Lachlan Giles

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