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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

132 WINS
    45 (34%)
    7 (5%)
    75 (57%)
    5 (4%)
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)


North south choke
Triangle armbar
Estima lock
Choke from back
Toe hold
Clock choke
Calf slicer
    28 (56%)
    14 (28%)
    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
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
5183Diogo SampaioDiogo SampaioLPts: 4x0World Pro Trial88KGF2014
5187Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLReferee DecisionWorld Pro TrialABSF2014
5328Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposLPts: 8x8, AdvPan American88KGSF2014
5466Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLPts: 2x0BrasileiroABSSF2014
5487Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLAdvBrasileiro88KGF2014
5596Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro.88KGSF2014
5763Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposLPts: 11x2World Champ.88KG4F2014
6355Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLPts: 0x0, AdvBrazil Nat. Pro85KG4F2015
6416Tarcisio JardimTarcisio JardimLPts: 0x0, AdvEuropeanABS4F2015
6513Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLPts: 4x0European88KGF2015
6764Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 5x2Pan American88KG4F2015
7031Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro85KGR22015
7176Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 0x0, PenBrasileiroABSF2015
7390Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 15x2World Champ.88KGSF2015
7981Igor SchneiderIgor SchneiderLPts: 5x2Brazil Nat. ProO77KGSF2015
8267Erberth SantosErberth SantosLAdvSP National Pro94KGF2015
8276Leandro PedrosaLPts: 4x2SP National ProO77KG4F2015
8471Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 4x2South AmericanABSSF2015
8489Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioLPts: 2x2, AdvSouth American88KGF2015
9213Leandro LoLeandro LoLToe holdPan American88KGSF2016
9398Lucio LagartoLReferee DecisionWorld ProABSR12016
9518Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 2x0World Pro85KGSF2016
9718Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPointsBrasileiroABSSF2016
9915Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 5x2World Champ.88KG4F2016
11075Igor SchneiderIgor SchneiderLPts: 8x4South AmericanABS4F2016
12016Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioLPts: 2x0Pan American88KGSF2017
12500Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 7x2BrasileiroABSSF2017
12584Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioLPts: 0x0, AdvBrasileiro88KGF2017
12942Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 4x4, AdvWorld Champ.88KG4F2017
14201Matheus SpirandeliMatheus SpirandeliLPts: 4x4, AdvSouth American88KGF2017
14500Admilson GobiAdmilson GobiLPts: 2x0European OpenABSR12018
14581Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroLPts: 8x0European Open88KGF2018
14741Igor SchneiderIgor SchneiderLPts: 2x0ACB S. AmericanABS4F2018
14967Tommy LangakerTommy LangakerLPts: 4x2Pan AmericanABS4F2018
15036Rudson MateusRudson MateusLPts: 8x2Pan American88KG4F2018
15793Rudson MateusRudson MateusLPts: 4x2Brasileiro88KGSF2018
15833Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLPts: 2x2, AdvBrasileiroABSSF2018
16093Gustavo BatistaGustavo BatistaLPts: 5x0World Champ.88KGSF2018
16168F. AlanoLPts: 4x0Copa PodioO94KGRR2018
16172Fellipe AndrewFellipe AndrewLPts: 9x0Copa PodioO94KGRR2018
16631Otavio 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
5180Sergio MoraesSergio MoraesWKneebarWorld Pro Trial88KG4F2014
5181Pedro MelloPedro MelloWTriangleWorld Pro Trial88KGSF2014
5206M. WisniewskiWN/AEuropean88KGSF2014
5322William ZumbroWPointsPan American88KGR12014
5325Vitor ToledoVitor ToledoWPointsPan American88KG4F2014
5462Cassio FrancisCassio FrancisWPointsBrasileiroABSR12014
5593Max CarvalhoMax CarvalhoWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro.88KG4F2014
5598Marcus ViniciusWPointsWorld Pro.88KG3PLC2014
5922UnknownWTriangleCamp. InternacionalABSSF2014
5923Paulo MiyaoPaulo MiyaoWPts: 3x0Camp. InternacionalABSF2014
6048Stefano GoiaWWristlockBJJ StarsABSSPF2014
6164Andre G.WKneebarSouth AmericanABS4F2014
6168Vinicius MarinhoVinicius MarinhoWBotinhaSouth AmericanABSSF2014
6170Tony FerrazWPts: 20x0South American88KG4F2014
6171Stefano CorreaWBotinhaSouth American88KGSF2014
6172Victor BomfimWKneebarSouth American88KGF2014
6181Stefano CorreaWKneebarSouth American88KGSF2014
6182Victor BomfimWKneebarSouth American88KGF2014
6395Jose JuniorJose JuniorWBotinhaEuropeanABSR22015
6409C. NegromonteC. NegromonteWReferee DecisionEuropeanABSR32015
6503Julien CazierWBotinhaEuropean88KGR22015
6509Thiago BragaWPts: 4x2European88KG4F2015
6512Max CarvalhoMax CarvalhoWPts: 7x0European88KGSF2015
6559Anderson WesileyWBotinhaWorld Pro Trials88KGF2015
6560Raphael NicolasWAdvWorld Pro TrialsABSF2015
6760Steven PetersonWPts: 0x0, AdvPan American88KG8F2015
7021Darragh OConaillDarragh OConaillWWristlockWorld Pro85KGR12015
7085Fabio PulitaWPointsWorld ProABSR12015
7155Adriano MelettoWChoke from backBrasileiro88KG4F2015
7156William LimaWReferee DecisionBrasileiro88KGSF2015
7157Pedro PimentaWArmbarBrasileiro88KGF2015
7165Stefano CorreaWEstima lockBrasileiroABSR12015
7168Ricardo RochaWBotinhaBrasileiroABSR22015
7171Felipe CesarFelipe CesarWTriangleBrasileiroABS4F2015
7175Pedro MouraWArmbarBrasileiroABSSF2015
7380Pedro MelloPedro MelloWBotinhaWorld Champ.88KG8F2015
7386Thiago SaThiago SaWTriangleWorld Champ.88KG4F2015
7641Gabriel VieiraWPts: 2x0Mundial CBJJEABSR12015
7642Rodrigo RibeiroRodrigo RibeiroWReferee DecisionMundial CBJJEABS4F2015
7643Otavio NalatiWReferee DecisionMundial CBJJEABSSF2015
7749F. ToshioWPts: 10x0SP Open88KG4F2015
7750Marcos CostaMarcos CostaWKneebarSP Open88KGSF2015
7751Stefano CorreaWBotinhaSP Open88KGF2015
7759UnknownWBotinhaSP OpenABS4F2015
7760Rodrigo RibeiroRodrigo RibeiroWPts: 14x2SP OpenABSSF2015
7761Caio AlmeidaCaio AlmeidaWPts: 6x0SP OpenABSF2015
7969Gilberto MedeirosWPts: 4x0Brazil Nat. Pro85KG4F2015
7970Igor MarquesWBotinhaBrazil Nat. Pro85KGF2015
7980UnknownWBotinhaBrazil Nat. ProO77KGR12015
8124UnknownWBotinhaFloripa OpenABSR12015
8128Otavio NalatiWPts: 3x0Floripa OpenABSF2015
8263UnknownWBotinhaSP National Pro94KG4F2015
8265UnknownWBotinhaSP National Pro94KGSF2015
8271UnknownWInjurySP National ProO77KGR12015
8454Thiago SouzaWWristlockSouth AmericanABSR12015
8464UnknownWBotinhaSouth AmericanABS8F2015
8468Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioWFootlockSouth AmericanABS4F2015
8486Marcus OliveiraWPts: 12x0South American88KG4F2015
8487Pedro HenriqueWKneebarSouth American88KGSF2015
9205Inacio NetoInacio NetoWPts: 9x2Pan American88KG8F2016
9211Rodrigo FrajardoWPts: 16x0Pan American88KG4F2016
9508C. NegromonteC. NegromonteWPts: 2x0World Pro85KG8F2016
9515Rodrigo ReisWBotinhaWorld Pro85KG4F2016
9658Wesley ArcheteWKneebarBrasileiro88KG8F2016
9663P. DiasWTriangleBrasileiro88KG4F2016
9667William MartinsWPts: 2x0Brasileiro88KGSF2016
9668Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioWPointsBrasileiro88KGF2016
9706Matheus CostaMatheus CostaWArmbarBrasileiroABSRD2016
9713Fernando GomesWBotinhaBrasileiroABS8F2016
9717Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoWWristlockBrasileiroABS4F2016
9910Giacomo ZaniniWTriangle armbarWorld Champ.88KG8F2016
10455B. CuppariWBotinhaSao Paulo Open94KGSF2016
10457Eduardo InojosaWPts: 2x0Sao Paulo Open94KGF2016
11072Romes RamosWPointsSouth AmericanABSR12016
11098UnknownWToe holdSouth American88KGR12016
11099William MartinsWPointsSouth American88KGF2016
12007Sebastian BroscheSebastian BroscheWArmbarPan American88KG8F2017
12013Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoWKneebarPan American88KG4F2017
12494Felipe CabralWBotinhaBrasileiroABSRDS2017
12498Max GimenisMax GimenisWClock chokeBrasileiroABS4F2017
12572Italo GolcalvesWTriangleBrasileiro88KGR12017
12574Marcos da SilvaWNorth south chokeBrasileiro88KGR22017
12581Diogo AlmeidaDiogo AlmeidaWPts: 8x2Brasileiro88KG4F2017
12583Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroWPointsBrasileiro88KGSF2017
12931Gregor GracieGregor GracieWSubmissionWorld Champ.88KG8F2017
14196Wellington LuisWellington LuisWPointsSouth American88KGR12017
14199William de LimaWN/ASouth American88KGSF2017
14578Luca AnacoretaLuca AnacoretaWPts: 6x0European Open88KG4F2018
14579Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioWReferee DecisionEuropean Open88KGSF2018
14714Eduardo TinocoEduardo TinocoWPts: 2x0ACB S. American85KGR12018
14719UknownWCalf slicerACB S. American85KGR22018
14724UknownWPts: 4x2ACB S. American85KG4F2018
14725Delson HelenoDelson HelenoWPts: 2x0ACB S. American85KGF2018
14886Lucas De MeloWSubmissionSA Continental Pro94KG4F2018
14887Jurandir ConceicaoWPts: 2x2, AdvSA Continental Pro94KGSF2018
14888Daniel AndradeWPts: 2x0SA Continental Pro94KGF2018
14961Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaWPts: 4x2Pan AmericanABSR22018
15032Nick SchrockNick SchrockWTrianglePan American88KG8F2018
15213Leonardo HenriqueWTriangleFloripa Fall Open88KG4F2018
15214Gustavo SantiagoWPointsFloripa Fall Open88KGSF2018
15215Rodrigo AcioliWPointsFloripa Fall Open88KGF2018
15219Erberth SantosErberth SantosWArmbarFloripa Fall OpenABSSF2018
15782Pedro HenriquesWNorth south chokeBrasileiro88KGR12018
15791Diogo AlmeidaDiogo AlmeidaWNorth south chokeBrasileiro88KG4F2018
15828Thiago SaThiago SaWEstima lockBrasileiroABS8F2018
15831Kitner MouraWTriangle armbarBrasileiroABS4F2018
16085Roberto DibWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.88KG8F2018
16091Esdras MendesWPts: 6x4World Champ.88KG4F2018
16160D. JohnsonD---Copa PodioO94KGRR2018
16165Perttu TepponenWPts: 2x0Copa PodioO94KGRR2018
16544Marcus FernandesWPointsVitoria Open94KGSF2018
16545Joao OliveiraWPointsVitoria Open94KGF2018
16622Richard GoncalvesWSubmissionFloripa W. Open94KG4F2018
16623Diogo NascimentoWPointsFloripa W. Open94KGSF2018
16625Matheus GodoyWBotinhaFloripa W. Open94KGF2018

Cover picture by Gracie Mag

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