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Renato Cardoso

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Trained by coach extraordinaire Rodrigo Cavaca, Renato Cardoso made a big name for himself in late 2012 being revered by jiu jitsu’s media as the new “crown jewel” of the Checkmat Team. This status came after a series of positive performances in his first couple of months as a black belt, a time when Renato Cardoso conquered the medium heavyweight world jiu jitsu title (CBJJE) as well as the Sao Paulo International Open (IBJJF), only a few weeks later in both his weight class and the absolute by submitting every one of his 9 opponents. In mid 2014 Cardoso switched training camps and moved to the Alliance academy in Sao Paulo.

Renato Cardoso Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Renato Guimarães Cardoso

Nickname(s): Renato has a few nicknames, such as “Paraíba” (the name of a state, but also the equivalent to Red Neck) or “Pernambuco” both names attributed to him due to the region where Renato grew up, and also Côco (Coconut in Portuguese) due to the shape of his head.

Lineage:  Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Carlson Gracie > Élcio Figueiredo > Rodrigo Cavaca > Renato Cardoso

Main Achievements:

  • IBJJF South American Champion (2014**)
  • IBJJF Sao Paulo Open Champion (2012**)
  • CBJJE World Champion (2012)
  • CBJJ Brazilian National Championship Runner-up (2017/2015*)
  • IBJJF South American Championship Runner-up (2017)
  • IBJJF World Championship 3rd Place (2018/2015)
  • IBJJF Pan American Championship 3rd Place (2016)
  • CBJJ Brazilian National Championship 3rd Place (2018/2017*)
  • IBJJF European Open Championship 3rd Place (2018)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • IBJJF Pan American Champion (2012 brown belt)
  • CBJJ Brazilian National Champion (2012 brown, 2009* purple)
  • FPJJ Sao Paulo State Champion (2011** brown)
  • XII Copa Internacional Champion (2011 brown)

* Absolute
** Weight and absolute

Favourite Position/Technique: 50/50 guardTriangle Choke and “Botinha” Footlock

Weight Division: Peso Médio/Peso Meio-Pesado

Team/Association: Alliance academy

Renato Cardoso Biography

Renato Cardoso was born on the 13th of April, 1988 in São Paulo, Brazil, though he moved to Pernambuco when he was 6 years old. Renato started training martial arts through judo, when he was 13 years old and competed in the sport, winning a Pernambuco State championship when he was a blue belt. His interest for jiu jitsu came through a few of his friends and neighbours who practiced BJJ, they took Renato to his first class when he was in his late 15’s, and he immediately fell in love with jiu jitsu and started training consistently.

His first academy was at the garage of a weight lifting gym, which had a very small matted area of 2×2 meters. The coaches were Adriano Stanislau and Denis “Deninho” Mitchael, both were very big influences in Renato Cardoso’s jiu jitsu career, and Cardoso defended the colours of “Boca-De La Riva” during the guidance of the Stanislau/Mitchael duo; these two coaches graduated Renato with his blue and purple belts.

The “Boca-De La Riva” team split with Denis Mitchael’s move to Florida, US, and Renato Cardoso found a new team to train with, Nova União, training under Vitor Hugo and Bruno Novaes, who later awarded Cardoso his brown belt.

Renato Cardoso’s friendship with Rodrigo Cavaca dates from 2009, they met at the Brazilian National Championships, a tournament Renato won in the absolute division winning against none other then future team mates Antonio Junior “Cara de Sapato” (in the semi final) and Marcus Almeida “Buchecha” in the final. Renato met Checkmat’s coach, Cavaca at this competition, and the two became friends. In 2010, Cavaca and Cardoso met again at the same tournament, after failing to medal that year Renato complained to Cavaca that there was not enough sparring partners and hard training at his town for him to push for the top spots at the major tournaments, and that though he wanted to make a living of BJJ, it just wasn’t happening for him given the state of jiu jitsu where he lived. Rodrigo Cavaca offered him a spot at his academy in Santos, Sao Paulo, and proposed him to teach at one of his affiliated academies as a way to earn a living, Rodrigo Cardoso immediately accepted and joined the Cavaca training centre, sharing the mats with BJJ phenomenon’s like Marcus “Buchecha”, Michelle Nicolini, “Cara de Sapato”, Bernardo Tavolaro, Nivaldo Oliveira and many others. With high level training partners, Renato’s jiu jitsu level sky rocketed, and he started making an impression once again, his hard work earned him his black belt from Cavaca on the 15th of June, 2012.

A month later after receiving his black belt, Renato Cardoso made his debut at the World Championships of CBJJE, he passed the test with flying colours, submitting all of his opponents on the way to the final of the medium heavyweight division, which he won, and the absolute division, falling short at the final of the open weight against heavy favourite Claudio Calasans, losing by 1 advantage (2×2 points on scoreboard and 2×3 advantages). He would fight again in August at the Sao Paulo International Open, submitting all of his opponents in both his weight and the absolute division.

On the second semester of 2014, Renato Cardoso decided to cut his ties with the Checkmat team, moving to the Alliance academy.

Renato Cardoso Grappling Record

137 WINS
    48 (35%)
    7 (5%)
    76 (55%)
    6 (4%)
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)


Triangle armbar
North south choke
Estima lock
Calf slicer
Choke from back
Toe hold
Clock choke
    29 (56%)
    15 (29%)
    5 (10%)
    2 (4%)
    1 (2%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)


Choke from back
Bow and arrow
Toe hold

Renato Cardoso Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
3450Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLPts: 0x0, AdvMundial CBJJEABSF2012
4339Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 15x4Pan Am. CBJJEABSNA2013
4392Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLOmoplataEuropean OpenABS4F2013
4419Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLPointsEuropean Open88KGSF2013
4567Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLChoke from backPan American88KGR22013
4656Manny DiazManny DiazLPts: 2x0Copa Podio88KGGP2013
4660Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoLPts: 0x0, AdvCopa Podio88KGGP2013
4662Paulo MiyaoPaulo MiyaoLChoke from backCopa Podio88KGGP2013
4703Abraham MarteAbraham MarteLBow and arrowWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4855Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLPts: 8x0Mundial CBJJE88KGF2013
5188Diogo SampaioDiogo SampaioLPts: 4x0World Pro Trial88KGF2014
5192Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLReferee DecisionWorld Pro TrialABSF2014
5333Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposLPts: 8x8, AdvPan American88KGSF2014
5471Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLPts: 2x0BrasileiroABSSF2014
5492Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLAdvBrasileiro88KGF2014
5601Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro.88KGSF2014
5768Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposLPts: 11x2World Champ.88KG4F2014
6361Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLPts: 0x0, AdvBrazil Nat. Pro85KG4F2015
6422Tarcisio JardimTarcisio JardimLPts: 0x0, AdvEuropeanABS4F2015
6519Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLPts: 4x0European88KGF2015
6770Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 5x2Pan American88KG4F2015
7037Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro85KGR22015
7182Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 0x0, PenBrasileiroABSF2015
7396Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 15x2World Champ.88KGSF2015
7987Igor SchneiderIgor SchneiderLPts: 5x2Brazil Nat. ProO77KGSF2015
8273Erberth SantosErberth SantosLAdvSP National Pro94KGF2015
8282Leandro PedrosaLPts: 4x2SP National ProO77KG4F2015
8477Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 4x2South AmericanABSSF2015
8495Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioLPts: 2x2, AdvSouth American88KGF2015
9220Leandro LoLeandro LoLToe holdPan American88KGSF2016
9405Lucio LagartoLReferee DecisionWorld ProABSR12016
9525Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 2x0World Pro85KGSF2016
9725Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPointsBrasileiroABSSF2016
9922Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 5x2World Champ.88KG4F2016
11094Igor SchneiderIgor SchneiderLPts: 8x4South AmericanABS4F2016
12040Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioLPts: 2x0Pan American88KGSF2017
12526Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 7x2BrasileiroABSSF2017
12610Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioLPts: 0x0, AdvBrasileiro88KGF2017
12973Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 4x4, AdvWorld Champ.88KG4F2017
14245Matheus SpirandeliMatheus SpirandeliLPts: 4x4, AdvSouth American88KGF2017
14550Admilson GobiAdmilson GobiLPts: 2x0European OpenABSR12018
14631Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroLPts: 8x0European Open88KGF2018
14791Igor SchneiderIgor SchneiderLPts: 2x0ACB S. AmericanABS4F2018
15017Tommy LangakerTommy LangakerLPts: 4x2Pan AmericanABS4F2018
15086Rudson MateusRudson MateusLPts: 8x2Pan American88KG4F2018
15865Rudson MateusRudson MateusLPts: 4x2Brasileiro88KGSF2018
15905Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLPts: 2x2, AdvBrasileiroABSSF2018
16165Gustavo BatistaGustavo BatistaLPts: 5x0World Champ.88KGSF2018
16240F. AlanoLPts: 4x0Copa PodioO94KGRR2018
16244Fellipe AndrewFellipe AndrewLPts: 9x0Copa PodioO94KGRR2018
16734Fellipe TrovoFellipe TrovoLPointsFloripa W. OpenABSSF2018
18211Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiLPts: 2x2, AdvGrand Slam AD94KGF2019
3445Jaroslaw GajekWTriangleMundial CBJJE88KG4F2012
3446Anderson CyborgWBotinhaMundial CBJJE88KGSF2012
3447Vitor ToledoVitor ToledoWPts: 0x0, AdvMundial CBJJE88KGF2012
3448Mario HenriqueWTriangleMundial CBJJEABS4F2012
3449Leandro BrassotoWBotinhaMundial CBJJEABSSF2012
4342UnknownWPointsPre Pans FPJJO100KGR12013
4343UnknownWBotinhaPre Pans FPJJO100KG4F2013
4345Caio AlmeidaCaio AlmeidaWBotinhaPre Pans FPJJO100KGSF2013
4353UnknownWBotinhaManaus Pro Trials85KGR12013
4354UnknownWBotinhaManaus Pro Trials85KG4F2013
4355Felipe PreguiçaWKneebarManaus Pro Trials85KGSF2013
4388Nic RubenNic RubenWPts: 0x0, AdvEuropean OpenABSR12013
4390Jose JuniorJose JuniorWBotinhaEuropean OpenABSR22013
4418Eduardo RiosWN/AEuropean Open88KG4F2013
4566Felipe PenaFelipe PenaWPointsPan American88KGR12013
4648Travis StevensWTriangle armbarCopa Podio88KGGP2013
4687Nilson BragaWPointsWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4852Jurandir VieiraWBotinhaMundial CBJJE88KG4F2013
4854Anderson CyborgWBotinhaMundial CBJJE88KGSF2013
5185Sergio MoraesSergio MoraesWKneebarWorld Pro Trial88KG4F2014
5186Pedro MelloPedro MelloWTriangleWorld Pro Trial88KGSF2014
5211M. WisniewskiWN/AEuropean88KGSF2014
5327William ZumbroWPointsPan American88KGR12014
5330Vitor ToledoVitor ToledoWPointsPan American88KG4F2014
5467Cassio FrancisCassio FrancisWPointsBrasileiroABSR12014
5598Max CarvalhoMax CarvalhoWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro.88KG4F2014
5603Marcus ViniciusWPointsWorld Pro.88KG3PLC2014
5927UnknownWTriangleCamp. InternacionalABSSF2014
5928Paulo MiyaoPaulo MiyaoWPts: 3x0Camp. InternacionalABSF2014
6053Stefano GoiaWWristlockBJJ StarsABSSPF2014
6169Andre G.WKneebarSouth AmericanABS4F2014
6173Vinicius MarinhoVinicius MarinhoWBotinhaSouth AmericanABSSF2014
6175Tony FerrazWPts: 20x0South American88KG4F2014
6176Stefano CorreaWBotinhaSouth American88KGSF2014
6177Victor BomfimWKneebarSouth American88KGF2014
6186Stefano CorreaWKneebarSouth American88KGSF2014
6187Victor BomfimWKneebarSouth American88KGF2014
6401Jose JuniorJose JuniorWBotinhaEuropeanABSR22015
6415C. NegromonteC. NegromonteWReferee DecisionEuropeanABSR32015
6509Julien CazierWBotinhaEuropean88KGR22015
6515Thiago BragaWPts: 4x2European88KG4F2015
6518Max CarvalhoMax CarvalhoWPts: 7x0European88KGSF2015
6565Anderson WesileyWBotinhaWorld Pro Trials88KGF2015
6566Raphael NicolasWAdvWorld Pro TrialsABSF2015
6766Steven PetersonWPts: 0x0, AdvPan American88KG8F2015
7027Darragh OConaillDarragh OConaillWWristlockWorld Pro85KGR12015
7091Fabio PulitaWPointsWorld ProABSR12015
7161Adriano MelettoWChoke from backBrasileiro88KG4F2015
7162William LimaWReferee DecisionBrasileiro88KGSF2015
7163Pedro PimentaWArmbarBrasileiro88KGF2015
7171Stefano CorreaWEstima lockBrasileiroABSR12015
7174Ricardo RochaWBotinhaBrasileiroABSR22015
7177Felipe CesarFelipe CesarWTriangleBrasileiroABS4F2015
7181Pedro MouraWArmbarBrasileiroABSSF2015
7386Pedro MelloPedro MelloWBotinhaWorld Champ.88KG8F2015
7392Thiago SaThiago SaWTriangleWorld Champ.88KG4F2015
7647Gabriel VieiraWPts: 2x0Mundial CBJJEABSR12015
7648Rodrigo RibeiroRodrigo RibeiroWReferee DecisionMundial CBJJEABS4F2015
7649Otavio NalatiWReferee DecisionMundial CBJJEABSSF2015
7755F. ToshioWPts: 10x0SP Open88KG4F2015
7756Marcos CostaMarcos CostaWKneebarSP Open88KGSF2015
7757Stefano CorreaWBotinhaSP Open88KGF2015
7765UnknownWBotinhaSP OpenABS4F2015
7766Rodrigo RibeiroRodrigo RibeiroWPts: 14x2SP OpenABSSF2015
7767Caio AlmeidaCaio AlmeidaWPts: 6x0SP OpenABSF2015
7975Gilberto MedeirosWPts: 4x0Brazil Nat. Pro85KG4F2015
7976Igor MarquesWBotinhaBrazil Nat. Pro85KGF2015
7986UnknownWBotinhaBrazil Nat. ProO77KGR12015
8130UnknownWBotinhaFloripa OpenABSR12015
8134Otavio NalatiWPts: 3x0Floripa OpenABSF2015
8269UnknownWBotinhaSP National Pro94KG4F2015
8271UnknownWBotinhaSP National Pro94KGSF2015
8277UnknownWInjurySP National ProO77KGR12015
8460Thiago SouzaWWristlockSouth AmericanABSR12015
8470UnknownWBotinhaSouth AmericanABS8F2015
8474Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioWFootlockSouth AmericanABS4F2015
8492Marcus OliveiraWPts: 12x0South American88KG4F2015
8493Pedro HenriqueWKneebarSouth American88KGSF2015
9212Inacio NetoInacio NetoWPts: 9x2Pan American88KG8F2016
9218Rodrigo FrajardoWPts: 16x0Pan American88KG4F2016
9515C. NegromonteC. NegromonteWPts: 2x0World Pro85KG8F2016
9522Rodrigo ReisWBotinhaWorld Pro85KG4F2016
9665Wesley ArcheteWKneebarBrasileiro88KG8F2016
9670P. DiasWTriangleBrasileiro88KG4F2016
9674William MartinsWPts: 2x0Brasileiro88KGSF2016
9675Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioWPointsBrasileiro88KGF2016
9713Matheus CostaMatheus CostaWArmbarBrasileiroABSRD2016
9720Fernando GomesWBotinhaBrasileiroABS8F2016
9724Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoWWristlockBrasileiroABS4F2016
9917Giacomo ZaniniWTriangle armbarWorld Champ.88KG8F2016
10462B. CuppariWBotinhaSao Paulo Open94KGSF2016
10464Eduardo InojosaWPts: 2x0Sao Paulo Open94KGF2016
11091Romes RamosWPointsSouth AmericanABSR12016
11117UnknownWToe holdSouth American88KGR12016
11118William MartinsWPointsSouth American88KGF2016
12031Sebastian BroscheSebastian BroscheWArmbarPan American88KG8F2017
12037Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoWKneebarPan American88KG4F2017
12520Felipe CabralWBotinhaBrasileiroABSRDS2017
12524Max GimenisMax GimenisWClock chokeBrasileiroABS4F2017
12598Italo GolcalvesWTriangleBrasileiro88KGR12017
12600Marcos da SilvaWNorth south chokeBrasileiro88KGR22017
12607Diogo AlmeidaDiogo AlmeidaWPts: 8x2Brasileiro88KG4F2017
12609Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroWPointsBrasileiro88KGSF2017
12962Gregor GracieGregor GracieWSubmissionWorld Champ.88KG8F2017
14240Wellington LuisWellington LuisWPointsSouth American88KGR12017
14243William de LimaWN/ASouth American88KGSF2017
14628Luca AnacoretaLuca AnacoretaWPts: 6x0European Open88KG4F2018
14629Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioWReferee DecisionEuropean Open88KGSF2018
14764Eduardo TinocoEduardo TinocoWPts: 2x0ACB S. American85KGR12018
14769UknownWCalf slicerACB S. American85KGR22018
14774UknownWPts: 4x2ACB S. American85KG4F2018
14775Delson HelenoDelson HelenoWPts: 2x0ACB S. American85KGF2018
14936Lucas De MeloWSubmissionSA Continental Pro94KG4F2018
14937Jurandir ConceicaoWPts: 2x2, AdvSA Continental Pro94KGSF2018
14938Daniel AndradeWPts: 2x0SA Continental Pro94KGF2018
15011Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaWPts: 4x2Pan AmericanABSR22018
15082Nick SchrockNick SchrockWTrianglePan American88KG8F2018
15287Leonardo HenriqueWTriangleFloripa Fall Open88KG4F2018
15288Gustavo SantiagoWPointsFloripa Fall Open88KGSF2018
15289Rodrigo AcioliWPointsFloripa Fall Open88KGF2018
15293Erberth SantosErberth SantosWArmbarFloripa Fall OpenABSSF2018
15854Pedro HenriquesWNorth south chokeBrasileiro88KGR12018
15863Diogo AlmeidaDiogo AlmeidaWNorth south chokeBrasileiro88KG4F2018
15900Thiago SaThiago SaWEstima lockBrasileiroABS8F2018
15903Kitner MouraWTriangle armbarBrasileiroABS4F2018
16157Roberto DibWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.88KG8F2018
16163Esdras MendesWPts: 6x4World Champ.88KG4F2018
16232D. JohnsonD---Copa PodioO94KGRR2018
16237Perttu TepponenWPts: 2x0Copa PodioO94KGRR2018
16637Marcus FernandesWPointsVitoria Open94KGSF2018
16638Joao OliveiraWPointsVitoria Open94KGF2018
16726Richard GoncalvesWSubmissionFloripa W. Open94KG4F2018
16727Diogo NascimentoWPointsFloripa W. Open94KGSF2018
16729Matheus GodoyWBotinhaFloripa W. Open94KGF2018
18149Matheus GodoyWReferee DecisionDubai Pro94KGSF2018
18150Felipe BobrickWSubmissionDubai Pro94KGF2018
18207Oriones NettoWPts: 20x0Grand Slam AD94KG4F2019
18210Helton JoseHelton JoseWPts: 2x0Grand Slam AD94KGSF2019

Cover picture by Gracie Mag

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