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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 (2019/2018/2015)
  • 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

145 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    53 (37%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    8 (6%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    77 (53%)
  • BY DECISION
    6 (4%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

77 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Botinha
38
29
#86e620
Triangle
13
10
#5AD3D1
Kneebar
13
10
#d1212a
Armbar
6
5
#fad11b
Submission
5
4
#f58822
Wristlock
5
4
#224aba
North south choke
4
3
#ff9124
Triangle armbar
4
3
#bf1f6c
Choke
3
2
#22c9a5
Estima lock
3
2
#fad223
Calf slicer
1
1
#03861f
Choke from back
1
1
#039a1f
Footlock
1
1
#03b41f
Toe hold
1
1
#03c61f
Clock choke
1
1
77
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
58 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    31 (53%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    16 (28%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    6 (10%)
  • BY DECISION
    4 (7%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (2%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

6 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Choke from back
50
3
#86e620
Omoplata
17
1
#5AD3D1
Bow and arrow
17
1
#d1212a
Toe hold
17
1
6
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Renato Cardoso Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
3469Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLPts: 0x0, AdvMundial CBJJEABSF2012
4359Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 15x4Pan Am. CBJJEABSNA2013
4412Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLOmoplataEuropean OpenABS4F2013
4439Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLPointsEuropean Open88KGSF2013
4587Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLChoke from backPan American88KGR22013
4676Manny DiazManny DiazLPts: 2x0Copa Podio88KGGP2013
4680Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoLPts: 0x0, AdvCopa Podio88KGGP2013
4682Paulo MiyaoPaulo MiyaoLChoke from backCopa Podio88KGGP2013
4723Abraham MarteAbraham MarteLBow and arrowWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4875Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLPts: 8x0Mundial CBJJE88KGF2013
5216Diogo SampaioDiogo SampaioLPts: 4x0World Pro Trial88KGF2014
5220Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLReferee DecisionWorld Pro TrialABSF2014
5361Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposLPts: 8x8, AdvPan American88KGSF2014
5500Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLPts: 2x0BrasileiroABSSF2014
5521Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLAdvBrasileiro88KGF2014
5630Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro.88KGSF2014
5797Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposLPts: 11x2World Champ.88KG4F2014
6402Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLPts: 0x0, AdvBrazil Nat. Pro85KG4F2015
6463Tarcisio JardimTarcisio JardimLPts: 0x0, AdvEuropeanABS4F2015
6560Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLPts: 4x0European88KGF2015
6811Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 5x2Pan American88KG4F2015
7078Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro85KGR22015
7223Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 0x0, PenBrasileiroABSF2015
7437Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 15x2World Champ.88KGSF2015
8032Igor SchneiderIgor SchneiderLPts: 5x2Brazil Nat. ProO77KGSF2015
8319Erberth SantosErberth SantosLAdvSP National Pro94KGF2015
8328Leandro PedrosaLPts: 4x2SP National ProO77KG4F2015
8523Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 4x2South AmericanABSSF2015
8541Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioLPts: 2x2, AdvSouth American88KGF2015
9267Leandro LoLeandro LoLToe holdPan American88KGSF2016
9452Lucio LagartoLReferee DecisionWorld ProABSR12016
9572Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 2x0World Pro85KGSF2016
9772Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPointsBrasileiroABSSF2016
9971Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 5x2World Champ.88KG4F2016
11145Igor SchneiderIgor SchneiderLPts: 8x4South AmericanABS4F2016
12103Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioLPts: 2x0Pan American88KGSF2017
12591Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 7x2BrasileiroABSSF2017
12675Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioLPts: 0x0, AdvBrasileiro88KGF2017
13042Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 4x4, AdvWorld Champ.88KG4F2017
14316Matheus SpirandeliMatheus SpirandeliLPts: 4x4, AdvSouth American88KGF2017
14658Admilson GobiAdmilson GobiLPts: 2x0European OpenABSR12018
14739Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroLPts: 8x0European Open88KGF2018
14903Igor SchneiderIgor SchneiderLPts: 2x0ACB S. AmericanABS4F2018
15143Tommy LangakerTommy LangakerLPts: 4x2Pan AmericanABS4F2018
15212Rudson MateusRudson MateusLPts: 8x2Pan American88KG4F2018
16030Rudson MateusRudson MateusLPts: 4x2Brasileiro88KGSF2018
16070Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLPts: 2x2, AdvBrasileiroABSSF2018
16332Gustavo BatistaGustavo BatistaLPts: 5x0World Champ.88KGSF2018
16407F. AlanoLPts: 4x0Copa PodioO94KGRR2018
16411Fellipe AndrewFellipe AndrewLPts: 9x0Copa PodioO94KGRR2018
16912Fellipe TrovoFellipe TrovoLPointsFloripa W. OpenABSSF2018
18446Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiLPts: 2x2, AdvGrand Slam AD94KGF2019
19384Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiLPts: 7x2Rome OpenABSF2019
19575Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLPts: 2x0WP BR Qualifier94KGSF2019
20170Gustavo BatistaGustavo BatistaLChoke from backWorld Champ.88KGSF2019
20526Helton JoseHelton JoseLReferee DecisionACB World Champ.95KGSF2019
20529Gustavo BatistaGustavo BatistaLReferee DecisionACB World Champ.95KG3RD2019
20535Victor HugoVictor HugoLPts: 2x2, AdvACB World Champ.ABS4F2019
3464Jaroslaw GajekWTriangleMundial CBJJE88KG4F2012
3465Anderson CyborgWBotinhaMundial CBJJE88KGSF2012
3466Vitor ToledoVitor ToledoWPts: 0x0, AdvMundial CBJJE88KGF2012
3467Mario HenriqueWTriangleMundial CBJJEABS4F2012
3468Leandro BrassotoWBotinhaMundial CBJJEABSSF2012
4362UnknownWPointsPre Pans FPJJO100KGR12013
4363UnknownWBotinhaPre Pans FPJJO100KG4F2013
4365Caio AlmeidaCaio AlmeidaWBotinhaPre Pans FPJJO100KGSF2013
4373UnknownWBotinhaManaus Pro Trials85KGR12013
4374UnknownWBotinhaManaus Pro Trials85KG4F2013
4375Felipe PreguiçaWKneebarManaus Pro Trials85KGSF2013
4408Nic RubenNic RubenWPts: 0x0, AdvEuropean OpenABSR12013
4410Jose JuniorJose JuniorWBotinhaEuropean OpenABSR22013
4438Eduardo RiosEduardo RiosWN/AEuropean Open88KG4F2013
4586Felipe PenaFelipe PenaWPointsPan American88KGR12013
4668Travis StevensWTriangle armbarCopa Podio88KGGP2013
4707Nilson BragaWPointsWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4872Jurandir ConceicaoJurandir ConceicaoWBotinhaMundial CBJJE88KG4F2013
4874Anderson CyborgWBotinhaMundial CBJJE88KGSF2013
5213Sergio MoraesSergio MoraesWKneebarWorld Pro Trial88KG4F2014
5214Pedro MelloPedro MelloWTriangleWorld Pro Trial88KGSF2014
5239M. WisniewskiWN/AEuropean88KGSF2014
5355William ZumbroWPointsPan American88KGR12014
5358Vitor ToledoVitor ToledoWPointsPan American88KG4F2014
5496Cassio FrancisCassio FrancisWPointsBrasileiroABSR12014
5627Max CarvalhoMax CarvalhoWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro.88KG4F2014
5632Marcus ViniciusWPointsWorld Pro.88KG3PLC2014
5962UnknownWTriangleCamp. InternacionalABSSF2014
5963Paulo MiyaoPaulo MiyaoWPts: 3x0Camp. InternacionalABSF2014
6091Stefano GoiaWWristlockBJJ StarsABSSPF2014
6207Andre G.WKneebarSouth AmericanABS4F2014
6211Vinicius MarinhoVinicius MarinhoWBotinhaSouth AmericanABSSF2014
6213Tony FerrazWPts: 20x0South American88KG4F2014
6214Stefano CorreaWBotinhaSouth American88KGSF2014
6215Victor BomfimWKneebarSouth American88KGF2014
6224Stefano CorreaWKneebarSouth American88KGSF2014
6225Victor BomfimWKneebarSouth American88KGF2014
6442Jose JuniorJose JuniorWBotinhaEuropeanABSR22015
6456C. NegromonteC. NegromonteWReferee DecisionEuropeanABSR32015
6550Julien CazierWBotinhaEuropean88KGR22015
6556Thiago BragaWPts: 4x2European88KG4F2015
6559Max CarvalhoMax CarvalhoWPts: 7x0European88KGSF2015
6606Anderson WesileyWBotinhaWorld Pro Trials88KGF2015
6607Raphael NicolasWAdvWorld Pro TrialsABSF2015
6807Steven PetersonWPts: 0x0, AdvPan American88KG8F2015
7068Darragh OConaillDarragh OConaillWWristlockWorld Pro85KGR12015
7132Fabio PulitaWPointsWorld ProABSR12015
7202Adriano MelettoWChoke from backBrasileiro88KG4F2015
7203William LimaWReferee DecisionBrasileiro88KGSF2015
7204Pedro PimentaWArmbarBrasileiro88KGF2015
7212Stefano CorreaWEstima lockBrasileiroABSR12015
7215Ricardo RochaWBotinhaBrasileiroABSR22015
7218Felipe CesarFelipe CesarWTriangleBrasileiroABS4F2015
7222Pedro MouraWArmbarBrasileiroABSSF2015
7427Pedro MelloPedro MelloWBotinhaWorld Champ.88KG8F2015
7433Thiago SaThiago SaWTriangleWorld Champ.88KG4F2015
7692Gabriel VieiraWPts: 2x0Mundial CBJJEABSR12015
7693Rodrigo RibeiroRodrigo RibeiroWReferee DecisionMundial CBJJEABS4F2015
7694Otavio NalatiWReferee DecisionMundial CBJJEABSSF2015
7800F. ToshioWPts: 10x0SP Open88KG4F2015
7801Marcos CostaMarcos CostaWKneebarSP Open88KGSF2015
7802Stefano CorreaWBotinhaSP Open88KGF2015
7810UnknownWBotinhaSP OpenABS4F2015
7811Rodrigo RibeiroRodrigo RibeiroWPts: 14x2SP OpenABSSF2015
7812Caio AlmeidaCaio AlmeidaWPts: 6x0SP OpenABSF2015
8020Gilberto MedeirosWPts: 4x0Brazil Nat. Pro85KG4F2015
8021Igor MarquesWBotinhaBrazil Nat. Pro85KGF2015
8031UnknownWBotinhaBrazil Nat. ProO77KGR12015
8176UnknownWBotinhaFloripa OpenABSR12015
8180Otavio NalatiWPts: 3x0Floripa OpenABSF2015
8315UnknownWBotinhaSP National Pro94KG4F2015
8317UnknownWBotinhaSP National Pro94KGSF2015
8323UnknownWInjurySP National ProO77KGR12015
8506Thiago SouzaWWristlockSouth AmericanABSR12015
8516UnknownWBotinhaSouth AmericanABS8F2015
8520Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioWFootlockSouth AmericanABS4F2015
8538Marcus OliveiraWPts: 12x0South American88KG4F2015
8539Pedro HenriqueWKneebarSouth American88KGSF2015
9259Inacio NetoInacio NetoWPts: 9x2Pan American88KG8F2016
9265Rodrigo FrajardoWPts: 16x0Pan American88KG4F2016
9562C. NegromonteC. NegromonteWPts: 2x0World Pro85KG8F2016
9569Rodrigo ReisWBotinhaWorld Pro85KG4F2016
9712Wesley ArcheteWKneebarBrasileiro88KG8F2016
9717P. DiasWTriangleBrasileiro88KG4F2016
9721William MartinsWPts: 2x0Brasileiro88KGSF2016
9722Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioWPointsBrasileiro88KGF2016
9760Matheus CostaMatheus CostaWArmbarBrasileiroABSRD2016
9767Fernando GomesWBotinhaBrasileiroABS8F2016
9771Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoWWristlockBrasileiroABS4F2016
9966Giacomo ZaniniWTriangle armbarWorld Champ.88KG8F2016
10513B. CuppariWBotinhaSao Paulo Open94KGSF2016
10515Eduardo InojosaWPts: 2x0Sao Paulo Open94KGF2016
11142Romes RamosWPointsSouth AmericanABSR12016
11168UnknownWToe holdSouth American88KGR12016
11169William MartinsWPointsSouth American88KGF2016
12094Sebastian BroscheSebastian BroscheWArmbarPan American88KG8F2017
12100Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoWKneebarPan American88KG4F2017
12585Felipe CabralWBotinhaBrasileiroABSRDS2017
12589Max GimenisMax GimenisWClock chokeBrasileiroABS4F2017
12663Italo GolcalvesWTriangleBrasileiro88KGR12017
12665Marcos da SilvaWNorth south chokeBrasileiro88KGR22017
12672Diogo AlmeidaDiogo AlmeidaWPts: 8x2Brasileiro88KG4F2017
12674Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroWPointsBrasileiro88KGSF2017
13030Gregor GracieGregor GracieWSubmissionWorld Champ.88KG8F2017
14311Wellington LuisWellington LuisWPointsSouth American88KGR12017
14314William de LimaWN/ASouth American88KGSF2017
14736Luca AnacoretaLuca AnacoretaWPts: 6x0European Open88KG4F2018
14737Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioWReferee DecisionEuropean Open88KGSF2018
14874Eduardo TinocoEduardo TinocoWPts: 2x0ACB S. American85KGR12018
14879UknownWCalf slicerACB S. American85KGR22018
14884UknownWPts: 4x2ACB S. American85KG4F2018
14885Delson HelenoDelson HelenoWPts: 2x0ACB S. American85KGF2018
15059Lucas De MeloWSubmissionSA Continental Pro94KG4F2018
15060Jurandir ConceicaoJurandir ConceicaoWPts: 0x0, AdvSA Continental Pro94KGSF2018
15061Daniel AndradeWPts: 2x0SA Continental Pro94KGF2018
15137Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaWPts: 4x2Pan AmericanABSR22018
15208Nick SchrockNick SchrockWTrianglePan American88KG8F2018
15422Leonardo HenriqueWTriangleFloripa Fall Open88KG4F2018
15423Gustavo SantiagoWPointsFloripa Fall Open88KGSF2018
15424Rodrigo AcioliWPointsFloripa Fall Open88KGF2018
15428Erberth SantosErberth SantosWArmbarFloripa Fall OpenABSSF2018
16019Pedro HenriquesWNorth south chokeBrasileiro88KGR12018
16028Diogo AlmeidaDiogo AlmeidaWNorth south chokeBrasileiro88KG4F2018
16065Thiago SaThiago SaWEstima lockBrasileiroABS8F2018
16068Kitner MouraWTriangle armbarBrasileiroABS4F2018
16324Roberto DibWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.88KG8F2018
16330Esdras MendesWPts: 6x4World Champ.88KG4F2018
16399D. JohnsonD---Copa PodioO94KGRR2018
16404Perttu TepponenPerttu TepponenWPts: 2x0Copa PodioO94KGRR2018
16813Marcus FernandesWPointsVitoria Open94KGSF2018
16814Joao OliveiraWPointsVitoria Open94KGF2018
16904Richard GoncalvesWSubmissionFloripa W. Open94KG4F2018
16905Diogo NascimentoWPointsFloripa W. Open94KGSF2018
16907Matheus GodoyWBotinhaFloripa W. Open94KGF2018
18363Matheus GodoyWReferee DecisionDubai Pro94KGSF2018
18364Felipe BobrickWSubmissionDubai Pro94KGF2018
18442Oriones NettoWPts: 20x0Grand Slam AD94KG4F2019
18445Helton JoseHelton JoseWPts: 2x0Grand Slam AD94KGSF2019
18840Flavio SerafinWChokeRas A. NoGi Pro92KGF2019
19373Oliver GeddesOliver GeddesWPointsRome Open94KGSF2019
19374Louis GlismannWN/ARome Open94KGF2019
19380Louis GlismannWN/ARome OpenABS4F2019
19383Sebastian BroscheSebastian BroscheWN/ARome OpenABSSF2019
19572Anderson LimaWChokeWP BR Qualifier94KG4F2019
20167Rudson MateusRudson MateusWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.88KG4F2019
20522Georgii EmelianovWPts: 6x0ACB World Champ.95KG4F2019

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