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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

132 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    45 (34%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    7 (5%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    75 (57%)
  • BY DECISION
    5 (4%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

75 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Botinha
39
29
#86e620
Triangle
13
10
#5AD3D1
Kneebar
13
10
#d1212a
Armbar
7
5
#fad11b
Wristlock
5
4
#f58822
Submission
4
3
#224aba
Triangle armbar
4
3
#ff9124
North south choke
4
3
#bf1f6c
Estima lock
3
2
#22c9a5
Calf slicer
1
1
#fad223
Choke from back
1
1
#03861f
Injury
1
1
#039a1f
Footlock
1
1
#03b41f
Toe hold
1
1
#03c61f
Clock choke
1
1
75
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
50 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    28 (56%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    14 (28%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    5 (10%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (4%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (2%)
  • 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
3449Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLPts: 0x0, AdvMundial CBJJEABSF2012
4338Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 15x4Pan Am. CBJJEABSNA2013
4391Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLOmoplataEuropean OpenABS4F2013
4562Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLChoke from backPan American88KGR22013
4651Manny DiazManny DiazLPts: 2x0Copa Podio88KGGP2013
4655Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoLPts: 0x0, AdvCopa Podio88KGGP2013
4657Paulo MiyaoPaulo MiyaoLChoke from backCopa Podio88KGGP2013
4698Abraham MarteAbraham MarteLBow and arrowWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4850Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLPts: 8x0Mundial CBJJE88KGF2013
5184Diogo SampaioDiogo SampaioLPts: 4x0World Pro Trial88KGF2014
5188Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLReferee DecisionWorld Pro TrialABSF2014
5329Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposLPts: 8x8, AdvPan American88KGSF2014
5467Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLPts: 2x0BrasileiroABSSF2014
5488Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLAdvBrasileiro88KGF2014
5597Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro.88KGSF2014
5764Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposLPts: 11x2World Champ.88KG4F2014
6347Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLPts: 0x0, AdvBrazil Nat. Pro85KG4F2015
6408Tarcisio JardimTarcisio JardimLPts: 0x0, AdvEuropeanABS4F2015
6505Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLPts: 4x0European88KGF2015
6756Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 5x2Pan American88KG4F2015
7023Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro85KGR22015
7168Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 0x0, PenBrasileiroABSF2015
7379Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 15x2World Champ.88KGSF2015
7970Igor SchneiderIgor SchneiderLPts: 5x2Brazil Nat. ProO77KGSF2015
8254Erberth SantosErberth SantosLAdvSP National Pro94KGF2015
8263Leandro PedrosaLPts: 4x2SP National ProO77KG4F2015
8458Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 4x2South AmericanABSSF2015
8476Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioLPts: 2x2, AdvSouth American88KGF2015
9190Leandro LoLeandro LoLToe holdPan American88KGSF2016
9372Lucio LagartoLReferee DecisionWorld ProABSR12016
9492Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 2x0World Pro85KGSF2016
9692Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPointsBrasileiroABSSF2016
9889Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 5x2World Champ.88KG4F2016
11037Igor SchneiderIgor SchneiderLPts: 8x4South AmericanABS4F2016
11953Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioLPts: 2x0Pan American88KGSF2017
12432Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 7x2BrasileiroABSSF2017
12516Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioLPts: 0x0, AdvBrasileiro88KGF2017
12871Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 4x4, AdvWorld Champ.88KG4F2017
14102Matheus SpirandeliMatheus SpirandeliLPts: 4x4, AdvSouth American88KGF2017
14387Admilson GobiAdmilson GobiLPts: 2x0European OpenABSR12018
14468Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroLPts: 8x0European Open88KGF2018
14627Igor SchneiderIgor SchneiderLPts: 2x0ACB S. AmericanABS4F2018
14851Tommy LangakerTommy LangakerLPts: 4x2Pan AmericanABS4F2018
14920Rudson MateusRudson MateusLPts: 8x2Pan American88KG4F2018
15665Rudson MateusRudson MateusLPts: 4x2Brasileiro88KGSF2018
15704Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLPts: 2x2, AdvBrasileiroABSSF2018
15964Gustavo BatistaGustavo BatistaLPts: 5x0World Champ.88KGSF2018
16039F. AlanoLPts: 4x0Copa PodioO94KGRR2018
16043Fellipe AndrewFellipe AndrewLPts: 9x0Copa PodioO94KGRR2018
16495Otavio NalatiLPointsFloripa W. OpenABSSF2018
3444Jaroslaw GajekWTriangleMundial CBJJE88KG4F2012
3445Anderson CyborgWBotinhaMundial CBJJE88KGSF2012
3446Vitor ToledoVitor ToledoWPts: 0x0, AdvMundial CBJJE88KGF2012
3447Mario HenriqueWTriangleMundial CBJJEABS4F2012
3448Leandro BrassotoWBotinhaMundial CBJJEABSSF2012
4341UnknownWPointsPre Pans FPJJO100KGR12013
4342UnknownWBotinhaPre Pans FPJJO100KG4F2013
4344Caio AlmeidaCaio AlmeidaWBotinhaPre Pans FPJJO100KGSF2013
4352UnknownWBotinhaManaus Pro Trials85KGR12013
4353UnknownWBotinhaManaus Pro Trials85KG4F2013
4354Felipe PreguiçaWKneebarManaus Pro Trials85KGSF2013
4387Nic RubenNic RubenWPts: 0x0, AdvEuropean OpenABSR12013
4389Jose JuniorJose JuniorWBotinhaEuropean OpenABSR22013
4561Felipe PenaFelipe PenaWPointsPan American88KGR12013
4643Travis StevensWTriangle armbarCopa Podio88KGGP2013
4682Nilson BragaWPointsWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4847Jurandir VieiraWBotinhaMundial CBJJE88KG4F2013
4849Anderson CyborgWBotinhaMundial CBJJE88KGSF2013
5181Sergio MoraesSergio MoraesWKneebarWorld Pro Trial88KG4F2014
5182Pedro MelloPedro MelloWTriangleWorld Pro Trial88KGSF2014
5207M. WisniewskiWN/AEuropean88KGSF2014
5323William ZumbroWPointsPan American88KGR12014
5326Vitor ToledoVitor ToledoWPointsPan American88KG4F2014
5463Cassio FrancisCassio FrancisWPointsBrasileiroABSR12014
5594Max CarvalhoMax CarvalhoWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro.88KG4F2014
5599Marcus ViniciusWPointsWorld Pro.88KG3PLC2014
5921UnknownWTriangleCamp. InternacionalABSSF2014
5922Paulo MiyaoPaulo MiyaoWPts: 3x0Camp. InternacionalABSF2014
6047Stefano GoiaWWristlockBJJ StarsABSSPF2014
6161Andre G.WKneebarSouth AmericanABS4F2014
6165Vinicius MarinhoVinicius MarinhoWBotinhaSouth AmericanABSSF2014
6167Tony FerrazWPts: 20x0South American88KG4F2014
6168Stefano CorreaWBotinhaSouth American88KGSF2014
6169Victor BomfimWKneebarSouth American88KGF2014
6178Stefano CorreaWKneebarSouth American88KGSF2014
6179Victor BomfimWKneebarSouth American88KGF2014
6387Jose JuniorJose JuniorWBotinhaEuropeanABSR22015
6401C. NegromonteC. NegromonteWReferee DecisionEuropeanABSR32015
6495Julien CazierWBotinhaEuropean88KGR22015
6501Thiago BragaWPts: 4x2European88KG4F2015
6504Max CarvalhoMax CarvalhoWPts: 7x0European88KGSF2015
6551Anderson WesileyWBotinhaWorld Pro Trials88KGF2015
6552Raphael NicolasWAdvWorld Pro TrialsABSF2015
6752Steven PetersonWPts: 0x0, AdvPan American88KG8F2015
7013Darragh OConaillDarragh OConaillWWristlockWorld Pro85KGR12015
7077Fabio PulitaWPointsWorld ProABSR12015
7147Adriano MelettoWChoke from backBrasileiro88KG4F2015
7148William LimaWReferee DecisionBrasileiro88KGSF2015
7149Pedro PimentaWArmbarBrasileiro88KGF2015
7157Stefano CorreaWEstima lockBrasileiroABSR12015
7160Ricardo RochaWBotinhaBrasileiroABSR22015
7163Felipe CesarFelipe CesarWTriangleBrasileiroABS4F2015
7167Pedro MouraWArmbarBrasileiroABSSF2015
7369Pedro MelloPedro MelloWBotinhaWorld Champ.88KG8F2015
7375Thiago SaThiago SaWTriangleWorld Champ.88KG4F2015
7630Gabriel VieiraWPts: 2x0Mundial CBJJEABS4F2015
7631Rodrigo RibeiroRodrigo RibeiroWReferee DecisionMundial CBJJEABSSF2015
7632Otavio NalatiWReferee DecisionMundial CBJJEABSF2015
7738F. ToshioWPts: 10x0SP Open88KG4F2015
7739Marcos CostaMarcos CostaWKneebarSP Open88KGSF2015
7740Stefano CorreaWBotinhaSP Open88KGF2015
7748UnknownWBotinhaSP OpenABS4F2015
7749Rodrigo RibeiroRodrigo RibeiroWPts: 14x2SP OpenABSSF2015
7750Caio AlmeidaCaio AlmeidaWPts: 6x0SP OpenABSF2015
7958Gilberto MedeirosWPts: 4x0Brazil Nat. Pro85KG4F2015
7959Igor MarquesWBotinhaBrazil Nat. Pro85KGF2015
7969UnknownWBotinhaBrazil Nat. ProO77KGR12015
8111UnknownWBotinhaFloripa OpenABSR12015
8115Otavio NalatiWPts: 3x0Floripa OpenABSF2015
8250UnknownWBotinhaSP National Pro94KG4F2015
8252UnknownWBotinhaSP National Pro94KGSF2015
8258UnknownWInjurySP National ProO77KGR12015
8441Thiago SouzaWWristlockSouth AmericanABSR12015
8451UnknownWBotinhaSouth AmericanABS8F2015
8455Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioWFootlockSouth AmericanABS4F2015
8473Marcus OliveiraWPts: 12x0South American88KG4F2015
8474Pedro HenriqueWKneebarSouth American88KGSF2015
9182Inacio NetoInacio NetoWPts: 9x2Pan American88KG8F2016
9188Rodrigo FrajardoWPts: 16x0Pan American88KG4F2016
9482C. NegromonteC. NegromonteWPts: 2x0World Pro85KG8F2016
9489Rodrigo ReisWBotinhaWorld Pro85KG4F2016
9632Wesley ArcheteWKneebarBrasileiro88KG8F2016
9637P. DiasWTriangleBrasileiro88KG4F2016
9641William MartinsWPts: 2x0Brasileiro88KGSF2016
9642Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioWPointsBrasileiro88KGF2016
9680Matheus CostaMatheus CostaWArmbarBrasileiroABSRD2016
9687Fernando GomesWBotinhaBrasileiroABS8F2016
9691Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoWWristlockBrasileiroABS4F2016
9884Giacomo ZaniniWTriangle armbarWorld Champ.88KG8F2016
10424B. CuppariWBotinhaSao Paulo Open94KGSF2016
10426Eduardo InojosaWPts: 2x0Sao Paulo Open94KGF2016
11034Romes RamosWPointsSouth AmericanABSR12016
11060UnknownWToe holdSouth American88KGR12016
11061William MartinsWPointsSouth American88KGF2016
11944Sebastian BroscheSebastian BroscheWArmbarPan American88KG8F2017
11950Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoWKneebarPan American88KG4F2017
12426Felipe CabralWBotinhaBrasileiroABSRDS2017
12430Max GimenisMax GimenisWClock chokeBrasileiroABS4F2017
12504Italo GolcalvesWTriangleBrasileiro88KGR12017
12506Marcos da SilvaWNorth south chokeBrasileiro88KGR22017
12513Diogo AlmeidaDiogo AlmeidaWPts: 8x2Brasileiro88KG4F2017
12515Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroWPointsBrasileiro88KGSF2017
12860Gregor GracieGregor GracieWSubmissionWorld Champ.88KG8F2017
14097Wellington LuisWellington LuisWPointsSouth American88KGR12017
14100William de LimaWN/ASouth American88KGSF2017
14465Luca AnacoretaLuca AnacoretaWPts: 6x0European Open88KG4F2018
14466Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioWReferee DecisionEuropean Open88KGSF2018
14600Eduardo TinocoEduardo TinocoWPts: 2x0ACB S. American85KGR12018
14605UknownWCalf slicerACB S. American85KGR22018
14610UknownWPts: 4x2ACB S. American85KG4F2018
14611Delson HelenoDelson HelenoWPts: 2x0ACB S. American85KGF2018
14770Lucas De MeloWSubmissionSA Continental Pro94KG4F2018
14771Jurandir ConceicaoWPts: 2x2, AdvSA Continental Pro94KGSF2018
14772Daniel AndradeWPts: 2x0SA Continental Pro94KGF2018
14845Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaWPts: 4x2Pan AmericanABSR22018
14916Nick SchrockNick SchrockWTrianglePan American88KG8F2018
15097Leonardo HenriqueWTriangleFloripa Fall Open88KG4F2018
15098Gustavo SantiagoWPointsFloripa Fall Open88KGSF2018
15099Rodrigo AcioliWPointsFloripa Fall Open88KGF2018
15103Erberth SantosErberth SantosWArmbarFloripa Fall OpenABSSF2018
15654Pedro HenriquesWNorth south chokeBrasileiro88KGR12018
15663Diogo AlmeidaDiogo AlmeidaWNorth south chokeBrasileiro88KG4F2018
15699Thiago SaThiago SaWEstima lockBrasileiroABS8F2018
15702Kitner MouraWTriangle armbarBrasileiroABS4F2018
15956Roberto DibWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.88KG8F2018
15962Esdras MendesWPts: 6x4World Champ.88KG4F2018
16031D. JohnsonD---Copa PodioO94KGRR2018
16036Perttu TepponenWPts: 2x0Copa PodioO94KGRR2018
16408Marcus FernandesWPointsVitoria Open94KGSF2018
16409Joao OliveiraWPointsVitoria Open94KGF2018
16486Richard GoncalvesWSubmissionFloripa W. Open94KG4F2018
16487Diogo NascimentoWPointsFloripa W. Open94KGSF2018
16489Matheus GodoyWBotinhaFloripa W. Open94KGF2018

Cover picture by Gracie Mag

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