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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 magnificent performances in his first couple of months as a black belt, 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, this time 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)
  • IBJJF Pan American Champion (2012 brown belt)
  • CBJJ Brazilian National Champion (2012 brown, 2009* purple)
  • FPJJ Sao Paulo State Champion (2015 black, 2011** brown)
  • XII Copa Internacional Champion (2011 brown)
  • CBJJ Brazilian National Championship Runner-up (2017/2015*)
  • IBJJF World Championship 3rd Place (2015)
  • IBJJF Pan American Championship 3rd Place (2016)
  • CBJJ Brazilian National Championship 3rd Place (2017*)

* 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

101 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    30 (30%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    5 (5%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    62 (61%)
  • BY DECISION
    4 (4%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

62 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Botinha
45
28
#86e620
Triangle
13
8
#5AD3D1
Kneebar
13
8
#d1212a
Armbar
6
4
#fad11b
Wristlock
6
4
#f58822
Triangle armbar
3
2
#224aba
Choke from back
2
1
#ff9124
Estima lock
2
1
#bf1f6c
Injury
2
1
#22c9a5
Footlock
2
1
#fad223
Toe hold
2
1
#03861f
Clock choke
2
1
#039a1f
North south choke
2
1
#03b41f
Submission
2
1
62
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
38 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    18 (47%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    12 (32%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    5 (13%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (5%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (3%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

5 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Choke from back
40
2
#86e620
Omoplata
20
1
#5AD3D1
Bow and arrow
20
1
#d1212a
Toe hold
20
1
5
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Renato Cardoso Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
3402Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLPts: 0x0, AdvMundial CBJJEABSF2012
4267Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 15x4Pan Am. CBJJEABSNA2013
4320Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLOmoplataEuropean OpenABS4F2013
4485Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLChoke from backPan American88KGR22013
4564Manny DiazManny DiazLPts: 2x0Copa Podio88KGGP2013
4568Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoLPts: 0x0, AdvCopa Podio88KGGP2013
4570Paulo MiyaoPaulo MiyaoLChoke from backCopa Podio88KGGP2013
4611Abraham MarteAbraham MarteLBow and arrowWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4761Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLPts: 8x0Mundial CBJJE88KGF2013
5082Diogo SampaioDiogo SampaioLPts: 4x0World Pro Trial88KGF2014
5086Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLReferee DecisionWorld Pro TrialABSF2014
5227Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposLPts: 8x8, AdvPan American88KGSF2014
5363Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLPts: 2x0BrasileiroABSSF2014
5379Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLAdvBrasileiro88KGF2014
5483Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro.88KGSF2014
5649Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposLPts: 11x2World Champ.88KG4F2014
6210Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLPts: 0x0, AdvBrazil Nat. Pro85KG4F2015
6271Tarcisio JardimTarcisio JardimLPts: 0x0, AdvEuropeanABS4F2015
6368Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLPts: 4x0European88KGF2015
6613Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 5x2Pan American88KG4F2015
6872Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro85KGR22015
7013Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 0x0, PenBrasileiroABSF2015
7223Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 15x2World Champ.88KGSF2015
7797Igor SchneiderIgor SchneiderLPts: 5x2Brazil Nat. ProO77KGSF2015
8066Erberth SantosErberth SantosLAdvSP National Pro94KGF2015
8075Leandro PedrosaLPts: 4x2SP National ProO77KG4F2015
8265Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 4x2South AmericanABSSF2015
8283Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioLPts: 2x2, AdvSouth American88KGF2015
8981Leandro LoLeandro LoLToe holdPan American88KGSF2016
9161Lucio LagartoLReferee DecisionWorld ProABSR12016
9281Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 2x0World Pro85KGSF2016
9479Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPointsBrasileiroABSSF2016
9677Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 5x2World Champ.88KG4F2016
10795Igor SchneiderIgor SchneiderLPts: 8x4South AmericanABS4F2016
11663Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioLPts: 2x0Pan American88KGSF2017
12127Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 7x2BrasileiroABSSF2017
12208Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioLPts: 0x0, AdvBrasileiro88KGF2017
12555Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 4x4, AdvWorld Champ.88KG4F2017
3397Jaroslaw GajekWTriangleMundial CBJJE88KG4F2012
3398Anderson CyborgWBotinhaMundial CBJJE88KGSF2012
3399Vitor ToledoVitor ToledoWPts: 0x0, AdvMundial CBJJE88KGF2012
3400Mario HenriqueWTriangleMundial CBJJEABS4F2012
3401Leandro BrassotoWBotinhaMundial CBJJEABSSF2012
4270UnknownWPointsPre Pans FPJJO100KGR12013
4271UnknownWBotinhaPre Pans FPJJO100KG4F2013
4273Caio AlmeidaCaio AlmeidaWBotinhaPre Pans FPJJO100KGSF2013
4281UnknownWBotinhaManaus Pro Trials85KGR12013
4282UnknownWBotinhaManaus Pro Trials85KG4F2013
4283Felipe PreguiçaWKneebarManaus Pro Trials85KGSF2013
4316Nic RubenNic RubenWPts: 0x0, AdvEuropean OpenABSR12013
4318Jose JuniorJose JuniorWBotinhaEuropean OpenABSR22013
4484Felipe PenaFelipe PenaWPointsPan American88KGR12013
4556Travis StevensWTriangle armbarCopa Podio88KGGP2013
4595Nilson BragaWPointsWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4758Jurandir VieiraWBotinhaMundial CBJJE88KG4F2013
4760Anderson CyborgWBotinhaMundial CBJJE88KGSF2013
5079Sergio MoraesSergio MoraesWKneebarWorld Pro Trial88KG4F2014
5080Pedro MelloPedro MelloWTriangleWorld Pro Trial88KGSF2014
5105M. WisniewskiWN/AEuropean88KGSF2014
5221William ZumbroWPointsPan American88KGR12014
5224Vitor ToledoVitor ToledoWPointsPan American88KG4F2014
5359Cassio FrancisCassio FrancisWPointsBrasileiroABSR12014
5480Max CarvalhoWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro.88KG4F2014
5485Marcus ViniciusWPointsWorld Pro.88KG3PLC2014
5802UnknownWTriangleCamp. InternacionalABSSF2014
5803Paulo MiyaoPaulo MiyaoWPts: 3x0Camp. InternacionalABSF2014
5927Stefano GoiaWWristlockBJJ StarsABSSPF2014
6043Andre G.WKneebarSouth AmericanABS4F2014
6047Vinicius MarinhoVinicius MarinhoWBotinhaSouth AmericanABSSF2014
6049Tony FerrazWPts: 20x0South American88KG4F2014
6050Stefano CorreaWBotinhaSouth American88KGSF2014
6051Victor BomfimWKneebarSouth American88KGF2014
6250Jose JuniorJose JuniorWBotinhaEuropeanABSR22015
6264C. NegromonteC. NegromonteWReferee DecisionEuropeanABSR32015
6358Julien CazierWBotinhaEuropean88KGR22015
6364Thiago BragaWPts: 4x2European88KG4F2015
6367Max CarvalhoWPts: 7x0European88KGSF2015
6411Anderson WesileyWBotinhaWorld Pro Trials88KGF2015
6412Raphael NicolasWAdvWorld Pro TrialsABSF2015
6609Steven PetersonWPts: 0x0, AdvPan American88KG8F2015
6862Darragh OConaillDarragh OConaillWWristlockWorld Pro85KGR12015
6926Fabio PulitaWPointsWorld ProABSR12015
6992Adriano MelettoWChoke from backBrasileiro88KG4F2015
6993William LimaWReferee DecisionBrasileiro88KGSF2015
6994Pedro PimentaWArmbarBrasileiro88KGF2015
7002Stefano CorreaWEstima lockBrasileiroABSR12015
7005Ricardo RochaWBotinhaBrasileiroABSR22015
7008Felipe CesarFelipe CesarWTriangleBrasileiroABS4F2015
7012Pedro MouraWArmbarBrasileiroABSSF2015
7213Pedro MelloPedro MelloWBotinhaWorld Champ.88KG8F2015
7219Thiago SaThiago SaWTriangleWorld Champ.88KG4F2015
7463Gabriel VieiraWPts: 2x0Mundial CBJJEABS4F2015
7464Rodrigo RibeiroWReferee DecisionMundial CBJJEABSSF2015
7465Otavio NataliWReferee DecisionMundial CBJJEABSF2015
7569F. ToshioWPts: 10x0SP Open88KG4F2015
7570Marcos PauloWKneebarSP Open88KGSF2015
7571Stefano CorreaWBotinhaSP Open88KGF2015
7579UnknownWBotinhaSP OpenABS4F2015
7580Rodrigo RibeiroWPts: 14x2SP OpenABSSF2015
7581Caio AlmeidaCaio AlmeidaWPts: 6x0SP OpenABSF2015
7785Gilberto MedeirosWPts: 4x0Brazil Nat. Pro85KG4F2015
7786Igor MarquesWBotinhaBrazil Nat. Pro85KGF2015
7796UnknownWBotinhaBrazil Nat. ProO77KGR12015
7925UnknownWBotinhaFloripa OpenABSR12015
7929Otavio NataliWPts: 3x0Floripa OpenABSF2015
8062UnknownWBotinhaSP National Pro94KG4F2015
8064UnknownWBotinhaSP National Pro94KGSF2015
8070UnknownWInjurySP National ProO77KGR12015
8248Thiago SouzaWWristlockSouth AmericanABSR12015
8258UnknownWBotinhaSouth AmericanABS8F2015
8262Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioWFootlockSouth AmericanABS4F2015
8280Marcus OliveiraWPts: 12x0South American88KG4F2015
8281Pedro HenriqueWKneebarSouth American88KGSF2015
8973Inacio NetoInacio NetoWPts: 9x2Pan American88KG8F2016
8979Rodrigo FrajardoWPts: 16x0Pan American88KG4F2016
9271C. NegromonteC. NegromonteWPts: 2x0World Pro85KG8F2016
9278Rodrigo ReisWBotinhaWorld Pro85KG4F2016
9419Wesley ArcheteWKneebarBrasileiro88KG8F2016
9424Pedro DiasWTriangleBrasileiro88KG4F2016
9428William MartinsWPts: 2x0Brasileiro88KGSF2016
9429Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioWPointsBrasileiro88KGF2016
9467Matheus CostaWArmbarBrasileiroABSRD2016
9474Fernando GomesWBotinhaBrasileiroABS8F2016
9478Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoWWristlockBrasileiroABS4F2016
9672Giacomo ZaniniWTriangle armbarWorld Champ.88KG8F2016
10189B. CuppariWBotinhaSao Paulo Open94KGSF2016
10191Eduardo InojosaWPts: 2x0Sao Paulo Open94KGF2016
10792Romes RamosWPointsSouth AmericanABSR12016
10816UnknownWToe holdSouth American88KGR12016
10817William MartinsWPointsSouth American88KGF2016
11654Sebastian BroscheSebastian BroscheWArmbarPan American88KG8F2017
11660Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoWKneebarPan American88KG4F2017
12121Felipe CabralWBotinhaBrasileiroABSRDS2017
12125Max GimenisMax GimenisWClock chokeBrasileiroABS4F2017
12196Italo GolcalvesWTriangleBrasileiro88KGR12017
12198Marcos da SilvaWNorth south chokeBrasileiro88KGR22017
12205Diogo AlmeidaDiogo AlmeidaWPts: 8x2Brasileiro88KG4F2017
12207Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroWPointsBrasileiro88KGSF2017
12544Gregor GracieGregor GracieWSubmissionWorld Champ.88KG8F2017

Cover picture by Gracie Mag

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