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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 (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

144 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    52 (36%)
  • 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
Estima lock
3
2
#22c9a5
Choke
3
2
#fad223
Footlock
1
1
#03861f
Toe hold
1
1
#039a1f
Clock choke
1
1
#03b41f
Calf slicer
1
1
#03c61f
Choke from back
1
1
77
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
55 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    31 (56%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    15 (27%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    6 (11%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (4%)
  • 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
3463Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLPts: 0x0, AdvMundial CBJJEABSF2012
4353Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 15x4Pan Am. CBJJEABSNA2013
4406Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLOmoplataEuropean OpenABS4F2013
4433Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLPointsEuropean Open88KGSF2013
4581Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLChoke from backPan American88KGR22013
4670Manny DiazManny DiazLPts: 2x0Copa Podio88KGGP2013
4674Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoLPts: 0x0, AdvCopa Podio88KGGP2013
4676Paulo MiyaoPaulo MiyaoLChoke from backCopa Podio88KGGP2013
4717Abraham MarteAbraham MarteLBow and arrowWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4869Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLPts: 8x0Mundial CBJJE88KGF2013
5210Diogo SampaioDiogo SampaioLPts: 4x0World Pro Trial88KGF2014
5214Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLReferee DecisionWorld Pro TrialABSF2014
5355Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposLPts: 8x8, AdvPan American88KGSF2014
5494Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLPts: 2x0BrasileiroABSSF2014
5515Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLAdvBrasileiro88KGF2014
5624Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro.88KGSF2014
5791Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposLPts: 11x2World Champ.88KG4F2014
6396Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLPts: 0x0, AdvBrazil Nat. Pro85KG4F2015
6457Tarcisio JardimTarcisio JardimLPts: 0x0, AdvEuropeanABS4F2015
6554Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLPts: 4x0European88KGF2015
6805Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 5x2Pan American88KG4F2015
7072Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro85KGR22015
7217Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 0x0, PenBrasileiroABSF2015
7431Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 15x2World Champ.88KGSF2015
8026Igor SchneiderIgor SchneiderLPts: 5x2Brazil Nat. ProO77KGSF2015
8313Erberth SantosErberth SantosLAdvSP National Pro94KGF2015
8322Leandro PedrosaLPts: 4x2SP National ProO77KG4F2015
8517Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 4x2South AmericanABSSF2015
8535Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioLPts: 2x2, AdvSouth American88KGF2015
9261Leandro LoLeandro LoLToe holdPan American88KGSF2016
9446Lucio LagartoLReferee DecisionWorld ProABSR12016
9566Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 2x0World Pro85KGSF2016
9766Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPointsBrasileiroABSSF2016
9965Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 5x2World Champ.88KG4F2016
11139Igor SchneiderIgor SchneiderLPts: 8x4South AmericanABS4F2016
12097Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioLPts: 2x0Pan American88KGSF2017
12585Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 7x2BrasileiroABSSF2017
12669Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioLPts: 0x0, AdvBrasileiro88KGF2017
13036Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 4x4, AdvWorld Champ.88KG4F2017
14310Matheus SpirandeliMatheus SpirandeliLPts: 4x4, AdvSouth American88KGF2017
14652Admilson GobiAdmilson GobiLPts: 2x0European OpenABSR12018
14733Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroLPts: 8x0European Open88KGF2018
14897Igor SchneiderIgor SchneiderLPts: 2x0ACB S. AmericanABS4F2018
15137Tommy LangakerTommy LangakerLPts: 4x2Pan AmericanABS4F2018
15206Rudson MateusRudson MateusLPts: 8x2Pan American88KG4F2018
16024Rudson MateusRudson MateusLPts: 4x2Brasileiro88KGSF2018
16064Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLPts: 2x2, AdvBrasileiroABSSF2018
16326Gustavo BatistaGustavo BatistaLPts: 5x0World Champ.88KGSF2018
16401F. AlanoLPts: 4x0Copa PodioO94KGRR2018
16405Fellipe AndrewFellipe AndrewLPts: 9x0Copa PodioO94KGRR2018
16905Fellipe TrovoFellipe TrovoLPointsFloripa W. OpenABSSF2018
18441Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiLPts: 2x2, AdvGrand Slam AD94KGF2019
19377Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiLPts: 7x2Rome OpenABSF2019
19570Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLPts: 2x0WP BR Qualifier94KGSF2019
20160Gustavo BatistaGustavo BatistaLChoke from backWorld Champ.88KGSF2019
3458Jaroslaw GajekWTriangleMundial CBJJE88KG4F2012
3459Anderson CyborgWBotinhaMundial CBJJE88KGSF2012
3460Vitor ToledoVitor ToledoWPts: 0x0, AdvMundial CBJJE88KGF2012
3461Mario HenriqueWTriangleMundial CBJJEABS4F2012
3462Leandro BrassotoWBotinhaMundial CBJJEABSSF2012
4356UnknownWPointsPre Pans FPJJO100KGR12013
4357UnknownWBotinhaPre Pans FPJJO100KG4F2013
4359Caio AlmeidaCaio AlmeidaWBotinhaPre Pans FPJJO100KGSF2013
4367UnknownWBotinhaManaus Pro Trials85KGR12013
4368UnknownWBotinhaManaus Pro Trials85KG4F2013
4369Felipe PreguiçaWKneebarManaus Pro Trials85KGSF2013
4402Nic RubenNic RubenWPts: 0x0, AdvEuropean OpenABSR12013
4404Jose JuniorJose JuniorWBotinhaEuropean OpenABSR22013
4432Eduardo RiosEduardo RiosWN/AEuropean Open88KG4F2013
4580Felipe PenaFelipe PenaWPointsPan American88KGR12013
4662Travis StevensWTriangle armbarCopa Podio88KGGP2013
4701Nilson BragaWPointsWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4866Jurandir ConceicaoJurandir ConceicaoWBotinhaMundial CBJJE88KG4F2013
4868Anderson CyborgWBotinhaMundial CBJJE88KGSF2013
5207Sergio MoraesSergio MoraesWKneebarWorld Pro Trial88KG4F2014
5208Pedro MelloPedro MelloWTriangleWorld Pro Trial88KGSF2014
5233M. WisniewskiWN/AEuropean88KGSF2014
5349William ZumbroWPointsPan American88KGR12014
5352Vitor ToledoVitor ToledoWPointsPan American88KG4F2014
5490Cassio FrancisCassio FrancisWPointsBrasileiroABSR12014
5621Max CarvalhoMax CarvalhoWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro.88KG4F2014
5626Marcus ViniciusWPointsWorld Pro.88KG3PLC2014
5956UnknownWTriangleCamp. InternacionalABSSF2014
5957Paulo MiyaoPaulo MiyaoWPts: 3x0Camp. InternacionalABSF2014
6085Stefano GoiaWWristlockBJJ StarsABSSPF2014
6201Andre G.WKneebarSouth AmericanABS4F2014
6205Vinicius MarinhoVinicius MarinhoWBotinhaSouth AmericanABSSF2014
6207Tony FerrazWPts: 20x0South American88KG4F2014
6208Stefano CorreaWBotinhaSouth American88KGSF2014
6209Victor BomfimWKneebarSouth American88KGF2014
6218Stefano CorreaWKneebarSouth American88KGSF2014
6219Victor BomfimWKneebarSouth American88KGF2014
6436Jose JuniorJose JuniorWBotinhaEuropeanABSR22015
6450C. NegromonteC. NegromonteWReferee DecisionEuropeanABSR32015
6544Julien CazierWBotinhaEuropean88KGR22015
6550Thiago BragaWPts: 4x2European88KG4F2015
6553Max CarvalhoMax CarvalhoWPts: 7x0European88KGSF2015
6600Anderson WesileyWBotinhaWorld Pro Trials88KGF2015
6601Raphael NicolasWAdvWorld Pro TrialsABSF2015
6801Steven PetersonWPts: 0x0, AdvPan American88KG8F2015
7062Darragh OConaillDarragh OConaillWWristlockWorld Pro85KGR12015
7126Fabio PulitaWPointsWorld ProABSR12015
7196Adriano MelettoWChoke from backBrasileiro88KG4F2015
7197William LimaWReferee DecisionBrasileiro88KGSF2015
7198Pedro PimentaWArmbarBrasileiro88KGF2015
7206Stefano CorreaWEstima lockBrasileiroABSR12015
7209Ricardo RochaWBotinhaBrasileiroABSR22015
7212Felipe CesarFelipe CesarWTriangleBrasileiroABS4F2015
7216Pedro MouraWArmbarBrasileiroABSSF2015
7421Pedro MelloPedro MelloWBotinhaWorld Champ.88KG8F2015
7427Thiago SaThiago SaWTriangleWorld Champ.88KG4F2015
7686Gabriel VieiraWPts: 2x0Mundial CBJJEABSR12015
7687Rodrigo RibeiroRodrigo RibeiroWReferee DecisionMundial CBJJEABS4F2015
7688Otavio NalatiWReferee DecisionMundial CBJJEABSSF2015
7794F. ToshioWPts: 10x0SP Open88KG4F2015
7795Marcos CostaMarcos CostaWKneebarSP Open88KGSF2015
7796Stefano CorreaWBotinhaSP Open88KGF2015
7804UnknownWBotinhaSP OpenABS4F2015
7805Rodrigo RibeiroRodrigo RibeiroWPts: 14x2SP OpenABSSF2015
7806Caio AlmeidaCaio AlmeidaWPts: 6x0SP OpenABSF2015
8014Gilberto MedeirosWPts: 4x0Brazil Nat. Pro85KG4F2015
8015Igor MarquesWBotinhaBrazil Nat. Pro85KGF2015
8025UnknownWBotinhaBrazil Nat. ProO77KGR12015
8170UnknownWBotinhaFloripa OpenABSR12015
8174Otavio NalatiWPts: 3x0Floripa OpenABSF2015
8309UnknownWBotinhaSP National Pro94KG4F2015
8311UnknownWBotinhaSP National Pro94KGSF2015
8317UnknownWInjurySP National ProO77KGR12015
8500Thiago SouzaWWristlockSouth AmericanABSR12015
8510UnknownWBotinhaSouth AmericanABS8F2015
8514Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioWFootlockSouth AmericanABS4F2015
8532Marcus OliveiraWPts: 12x0South American88KG4F2015
8533Pedro HenriqueWKneebarSouth American88KGSF2015
9253Inacio NetoInacio NetoWPts: 9x2Pan American88KG8F2016
9259Rodrigo FrajardoWPts: 16x0Pan American88KG4F2016
9556C. NegromonteC. NegromonteWPts: 2x0World Pro85KG8F2016
9563Rodrigo ReisWBotinhaWorld Pro85KG4F2016
9706Wesley ArcheteWKneebarBrasileiro88KG8F2016
9711P. DiasWTriangleBrasileiro88KG4F2016
9715William MartinsWPts: 2x0Brasileiro88KGSF2016
9716Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioWPointsBrasileiro88KGF2016
9754Matheus CostaMatheus CostaWArmbarBrasileiroABSRD2016
9761Fernando GomesWBotinhaBrasileiroABS8F2016
9765Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoWWristlockBrasileiroABS4F2016
9960Giacomo ZaniniWTriangle armbarWorld Champ.88KG8F2016
10507B. CuppariWBotinhaSao Paulo Open94KGSF2016
10509Eduardo InojosaWPts: 2x0Sao Paulo Open94KGF2016
11136Romes RamosWPointsSouth AmericanABSR12016
11162UnknownWToe holdSouth American88KGR12016
11163William MartinsWPointsSouth American88KGF2016
12088Sebastian BroscheSebastian BroscheWArmbarPan American88KG8F2017
12094Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoWKneebarPan American88KG4F2017
12579Felipe CabralWBotinhaBrasileiroABSRDS2017
12583Max GimenisMax GimenisWClock chokeBrasileiroABS4F2017
12657Italo GolcalvesWTriangleBrasileiro88KGR12017
12659Marcos da SilvaWNorth south chokeBrasileiro88KGR22017
12666Diogo AlmeidaDiogo AlmeidaWPts: 8x2Brasileiro88KG4F2017
12668Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroWPointsBrasileiro88KGSF2017
13024Gregor GracieGregor GracieWSubmissionWorld Champ.88KG8F2017
14305Wellington LuisWellington LuisWPointsSouth American88KGR12017
14308William de LimaWN/ASouth American88KGSF2017
14730Luca AnacoretaLuca AnacoretaWPts: 6x0European Open88KG4F2018
14731Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioWReferee DecisionEuropean Open88KGSF2018
14868Eduardo TinocoEduardo TinocoWPts: 2x0ACB S. American85KGR12018
14873UknownWCalf slicerACB S. American85KGR22018
14878UknownWPts: 4x2ACB S. American85KG4F2018
14879Delson HelenoDelson HelenoWPts: 2x0ACB S. American85KGF2018
15053Lucas De MeloWSubmissionSA Continental Pro94KG4F2018
15054Jurandir ConceicaoJurandir ConceicaoWPts: 0x0, AdvSA Continental Pro94KGSF2018
15055Daniel AndradeWPts: 2x0SA Continental Pro94KGF2018
15131Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaWPts: 4x2Pan AmericanABSR22018
15202Nick SchrockNick SchrockWTrianglePan American88KG8F2018
15416Leonardo HenriqueWTriangleFloripa Fall Open88KG4F2018
15417Gustavo SantiagoWPointsFloripa Fall Open88KGSF2018
15418Rodrigo AcioliWPointsFloripa Fall Open88KGF2018
15422Erberth SantosErberth SantosWArmbarFloripa Fall OpenABSSF2018
16013Pedro HenriquesWNorth south chokeBrasileiro88KGR12018
16022Diogo AlmeidaDiogo AlmeidaWNorth south chokeBrasileiro88KG4F2018
16059Thiago SaThiago SaWEstima lockBrasileiroABS8F2018
16062Kitner MouraWTriangle armbarBrasileiroABS4F2018
16318Roberto DibWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.88KG8F2018
16324Esdras MendesWPts: 6x4World Champ.88KG4F2018
16393D. JohnsonD---Copa PodioO94KGRR2018
16398Perttu TepponenPerttu TepponenWPts: 2x0Copa PodioO94KGRR2018
16806Marcus FernandesWPointsVitoria Open94KGSF2018
16807Joao OliveiraWPointsVitoria Open94KGF2018
16897Richard GoncalvesWSubmissionFloripa W. Open94KG4F2018
16898Diogo NascimentoWPointsFloripa W. Open94KGSF2018
16900Matheus GodoyWBotinhaFloripa W. Open94KGF2018
18358Matheus GodoyWReferee DecisionDubai Pro94KGSF2018
18359Felipe BobrickWSubmissionDubai Pro94KGF2018
18437Oriones NettoWPts: 20x0Grand Slam AD94KG4F2019
18440Helton JoseHelton JoseWPts: 2x0Grand Slam AD94KGSF2019
18835Flavio SerafinWChokeRas A. NoGi Pro92KGF2019
19366Oliver GeddesOliver GeddesWPointsRome Open94KGSF2019
19367Louis GlismannWN/ARome Open94KGF2019
19373Louis GlismannWN/ARome OpenABS4F2019
19376Sebastian BroscheSebastian BroscheWN/ARome OpenABSSF2019
19567Anderson LimaWChokeWP BR Qualifier94KG4F2019
20157Rudson MateusRudson MateusWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.88KG4F2019

Cover picture by Gracie Mag

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