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Renato Canuto

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Renato Forasieppi Canuto is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt under his father Valdir “Tio Chico” Canuto, being also one of the top representatives of team Checkmat JJ in the sport’s international circuit. Canuto, who has worked extensively under Robert Drysdale, Rodrigo Cavaca, as well as Leonardo Vieira is widely regarded as one of the most exciting grapplers of his generation having proved his worth in a wide spectrum of grappling rules.

Renato Canuto Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Renato Forasieppi Alves Canuto

Nickname: n/a

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Carlson Gracie > Murilo Bustamante/Kiko Veloso > Leonardo Costa > Valdir Canuto > Renato Canuto

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place IBJJF World No-Gi Championship (2017)
  • 1st Place KASAI Pro 150lbs Grand Prix (2017)
  • 1st Place KASAI Pro 170lbs Grand Prix (2018)
  • 1st Place USBJJF/IBJJF American Nationals (2017)
  • 1st Place UAEJJF Grand Slam – Los Angeles (2017)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF World Championship (2018)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2019)
  • 2nd Place Marianas Open (2018)
  • 3rd Place Marianas Open (2017)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World Championship (2019)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2017)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship (2016 brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF World No-Gi Championship (2016 brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF São Paulo International Open (2014/2015 purple)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Las Vegas International Open (2016 brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Seattle International Open (2016 brown)
  • 1st Place UAEJJF Las Vegas Pro (2016 brown)
  • 1st Place UAEJJF Grand Slam – Los Angeles (2016 brown)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2014 purple)
  • 2nd Place CBJJ Juvenile Brazilian Nationals (2011 green, 2012 blue)
  • 2nd Place CBJJ South American Championship (2014/2015 purple)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2016 brown)

Favorite Position/Technique: Armbar

Weight Division: Peso Leve (76.0 kg / 168.0 lbs)

Team/Association: Tio Chico Jiu Jitsu / Zenith

Renato Canuto Biography

Renato Forasieppi Canuto was born on June 13, 1996, in São Vicente – a coastal municipality in southern São Paulo, Brazil.

Even though Renato’s father (Valdir “Tio Chico”) was a great jiu-jitsu enthusiast and practitioner, Canuto didn’t start his grappling experience through the famous arte suave, having instead picked up judo during his early childhood. It was only once Valdir started coaching a kids BJJ class (around 2004) that Renato was introduced to this style, on his dad’s mats – being the very first student on that class.

Within just a few months of training “Tio Chico” signed his boy on to the state tournament (Campeonato Paulista – FPJJ), an event that Renato won well, thus proving he was a real talent in the sport. This victory would instill in the young Canuto the desire to seek more competitive outlets in which to test himself. A sentiment that only grew with time.

Unlike most children his age, Renato didn’t spend much of his time playing games or socializing. Driven to the sport from early on, Canuto spent most of his spare time on the mats training or traveling to tournaments. This lifestyle was envisioned with one goal in mind, that of one day becoming a world jiu-jitsu champion – an accomplishment achieved as a brown belt in 2016. This much was explained by Renato himself in an interview given to BJJ Heroes that year.

Classing himself as a student of the game, Renato Canuto took elements out of many of the top grapplers of the older generations by analyzing their games to the most minute details. In the process, Renato created a very unique style. a style that many regarded as the most eye-pleasing jiu-jitsu of his generation, with submission and forward moving frame of mind and with no room for stalling.

During 2016 Renato went to the United States in order to prepare for the IBJJF Pan American Championship, working with Robert Drysdale for that effect. His talent shined through among the workgroup and followed a proposal to remain in Las Vegas and become one of the coaches at Drysdale’s academy. An offer accepted by Canuto. Later that year Renato’s father traveled to the US to award him his black belt in a ceremony held on December 2016.

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Renato Canuto Grappling Record

    27 (54%)
    7 (14%)
    12 (24%)
    3 (6%)
    1 (2%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)


Choke from back
Bow and arrow
Inside heel hook
    9 (56%)
    3 (19%)
    1 (6%)
    2 (13%)
    1 (6%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)


Triangle armbar

Renato Canuto Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
11800Espen M.LPts: 2x2, AdvCopa Podio77KGRR2017
11808Pedro PaquitoD---Copa Podio77KGRR2017
11811Diego BorgesDiego BorgesLPts: 4x2Copa Podio77KGRR2017
11815H. MarquesLPts: 0x0, AdvCopa Podio77KGRR2017
12089Marcio AndreMarcio AndreLPts: 6x4Pan American76KGSF2017
12738Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseLPts: 4x0Marianas82KGSF2017
13018Jake MackenzieJake MackenzieLPts: 9x2World Champ.76KG8F2017
14734Tommy LangakerTommy LangakerLTriangle armbarEuropean OpenABS4F2018
14771Masahiro IwasakiMasahiro IwasakiLPts: 2x0European Open76KG4F2018
15699Eddie CummingsEddie CummingsLReferee DecisionKasai Pro 272KGSPF2018
15848Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseLPts: 2x0Marianas Open81KGF2018
15889C. NegromonteC. NegromonteLReferee DecisionKing of Mats85KGSF2018
15917Gustavo BatistaGustavo BatistaLPts: 0x0WP Br Qualifier85KGSF2018
16333Lucas LepriLucas LepriLPts: 4x0World Champ.76KGF2018
19232Levi JonesLevi JonesLPts: 6x4Pan American76KGF2019
20218Lucas ValenteLucas ValenteLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.76KGSF2019
21352Garry TononGarry TononLPts: 0x0, PenADCC77KG4F2019
11951Sergio RiosSergio RiosWReferee DecisionFIVE SL76KGSPF2017
12079Juan KamezawaJuan KamezawaWChoke from backPan American76KG8F2017
12086Gabriel RolloGabriel RolloWPts: 2x2, AdvPan American76KG4F2017
12735Mike SanchezWChokeMarianas82KG4F2017
12741Lucas RochaLucas RochaWPts: 2x0Marianas82KG3RD2017
13010Lucas ValleWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.76KGR12017
13239Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaWWristlockAmerican Nats76KG4F2017
13244Rodrigo FreitasRodrigo FreitasWPts: 4x2American Nats76KGSF2017
13693Bret RussellWPts: 11x2Grand Slam LA77KGR12017
13696John CombsJohn CombsWPts: 2x0Grand Slam LA77KG4F2017
13700Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoWPts: 2x2, AdvGrand Slam LA77KGSF2017
13702Francisco IturraldeFrancisco IturraldeWPts: 8x2Grand Slam LA77KGF2017
13897Daniel DavisWPts: 2x0No Gi Pan Am.73KG4F2017
13900Francisco DanielWPts: 8x0No Gi Pan Am.73KGSF2017
13902Frederico AugustoWPts: 2x0No Gi Pan Am.73KGF2017
14158Ben ButtarsWBow and arrowLong Beach Open76KG4F2017
14161Piter FrankWArmbarLong Beach Open76KGSF2017
14162Francisco IturraldeFrancisco IturraldeWPts: 9x0Long Beach Open76KGF2017
14452AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmD---Kasai Pro70KGRR2017
14454Mansher KheraMansher KheraWPts: 10x2Kasai Pro70KGRR2017
14458Garry TononGarry TononWPts: 2x0Kasai Pro70KGRR2017
14461Celso ViniciusCelso ViniciusWReferee DecisionKasai Pro70KGF2017
14540Tommi PulkkannenWArmbarNoGi Worlds73KGR22017
14544Isa AbleWPts: 4x0NoGi Worlds73KG4F2017
14548Rodrigo FreitasRodrigo FreitasWPts: 18x0NoGi Worlds73KGSF2017
14550AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds73KGF2017
14723John CombsJohn CombsWPts: 4x2European OpenABSR12018
14731Admilson GobiAdmilson GobiWPts: 2x0European OpenABS8F2018
14769K. MarekWPts: 6x0European Open76KGR12018
15844Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoWPointsMarianas Open81KG4F2018
15847Servio TulioServio TulioWPts: 9x0Marianas Open81KGSF2018
15884Roberto SatoshiRoberto SatoshiWPointsKing of Mats85KGRR2018
15886Clark GracieClark GracieWArmbarKing of Mats85KGRR2018
15914Michael DouglasWArmbarWP Br Qualifier85KG4F2018
16308Tommi PulkkanenWArmbarWorld Champ.76KGR22018
16322Michael LanghiMichael LanghiWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.76KGR32018
16328Victor SilverioVictor SilverioWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.76KG4F2018
16332Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.76KGSF2018
17019Jason RauJason RauWPts: 11x0Kasai Pro 377KGRR2018
17023PJ BarchPJ BarchWPts: 1x0Kasai Pro 377KGRR2018
17028Victor SilverioVictor SilverioD---Kasai Pro 377KGRR2018
17032Vagner RochaVagner RochaWPts: 1x1, PenKasai Pro 377KGF2018
17928Vagner RochaVagner RochaWPts: 3x0Kasai Pro 477KGSPF2018
18694Marcio AndreMarcio AndreWInside heel hookKasai Dallas76KGSPF2019
19220Piter FrankWChoke from backPan American76KG8F2019
19229Athos MirandaWPts: 0x0, AdvPan American76KG4F2019
19231Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoWPts: 4x0Pan American76KGSF2019
20206Wellington DiasWellington DiasWChokeWorld Champ.76KGR12019
20213Alef BritoAlef BritoWPts: 4x2World Champ.76KGR22019
20216Michael LanghiMichael LanghiWPts: 2x0World Champ.76KG4F2019
20556Dante LeonDante LeonWPts: 5x4KASAI SS Florida77KGSPF2019
21346O. TazaWPts: 2x0ADCC77KGR12019

Renato Canuto vs Bill Cooper

Renato Canuto vs Pedro Ramalho (2016)

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