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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

131 WINS
    46 (35%)
    7 (5%)
    73 (56%)
    5 (4%)
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)


North south choke
Triangle armbar
Estima lock
Choke from back
Toe hold
Clock choke
Calf slicer
    27 (55%)
    14 (29%)
    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
3443Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLPts: 0x0, AdvMundial CBJJEABSF2012
4328Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 15x4Pan Am. CBJJEABSNA2013
4381Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLOmoplataEuropean OpenABS4F2013
4552Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLChoke from backPan American88KGR22013
4641Manny DiazManny DiazLPts: 2x0Copa Podio88KGGP2013
4645Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoLPts: 0x0, AdvCopa Podio88KGGP2013
4647Paulo MiyaoPaulo MiyaoLChoke from backCopa Podio88KGGP2013
4688Abraham MarteAbraham MarteLBow and arrowWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4840Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLPts: 8x0Mundial CBJJE88KGF2013
5174Diogo SampaioDiogo SampaioLPts: 4x0World Pro Trial88KGF2014
5178Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLReferee DecisionWorld Pro TrialABSF2014
5319Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposLPts: 8x8, AdvPan American88KGSF2014
5457Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLPts: 2x0BrasileiroABSSF2014
5478Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLAdvBrasileiro88KGF2014
5587Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro.88KGSF2014
5754Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposLPts: 11x2World Champ.88KG4F2014
6336Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLPts: 0x0, AdvBrazil Nat. Pro85KG4F2015
6397Tarcisio JardimTarcisio JardimLPts: 0x0, AdvEuropeanABS4F2015
6494Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLPts: 4x0European88KGF2015
6745Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 5x2Pan American88KG4F2015
7012Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro85KGR22015
7157Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 0x0, PenBrasileiroABSF2015
7368Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 15x2World Champ.88KGSF2015
7953Igor SchneiderIgor SchneiderLPts: 5x2Brazil Nat. ProO77KGSF2015
8237Erberth SantosErberth SantosLAdvSP National Pro94KGF2015
8246Leandro PedrosaLPts: 4x2SP National ProO77KG4F2015
8439Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 4x2South AmericanABSSF2015
8457Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioLPts: 2x2, AdvSouth American88KGF2015
9169Leandro LoLeandro LoLToe holdPan American88KGSF2016
9349Lucio LagartoLReferee DecisionWorld ProABSR12016
9469Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 2x0World Pro85KGSF2016
9669Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPointsBrasileiroABSSF2016
9867Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 5x2World Champ.88KG4F2016
11014Igor SchneiderIgor SchneiderLPts: 8x4South AmericanABS4F2016
11925Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioLPts: 2x0Pan American88KGSF2017
12403Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 7x2BrasileiroABSSF2017
12487Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioLPts: 0x0, AdvBrasileiro88KGF2017
12842Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 4x4, AdvWorld Champ.88KG4F2017
14064Matheus SpirandeliMatheus SpirandeliLPts: 4x4, AdvSouth American88KGF2017
14350Admilson GobiAdmilson GobiLPts: 2x0European OpenABSR12018
14431Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroLPts: 8x0European Open88KGF2018
14588Igor SchneiderIgor SchneiderLPts: 2x0ACB S. AmericanABS4F2018
14811Tommy LangakerTommy LangakerLPts: 4x2Pan AmericanABS4F2018
14880Rudson MateusRudson MateusLPts: 8x2Pan American88KG4F2018
15622Rudson MateusRudson MateusLPts: 4x2Brasileiro88KGSF2018
15661Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLPts: 2x2, AdvBrasileiroABSSF2018
15921Gustavo BatistaGustavo BatistaLPts: 5x0World Champ.88KGSF2018
15996F. AlanoLPts: 4x0Copa PodioO94KGRR2018
16000Fellipe AndrewFellipe AndrewLPts: 9x0Copa PodioO94KGRR2018
3438Jaroslaw GajekWTriangleMundial CBJJE88KG4F2012
3439Anderson CyborgWBotinhaMundial CBJJE88KGSF2012
3440Vitor ToledoVitor ToledoWPts: 0x0, AdvMundial CBJJE88KGF2012
3441Mario HenriqueWTriangleMundial CBJJEABS4F2012
3442Leandro BrassotoWBotinhaMundial CBJJEABSSF2012
4331UnknownWPointsPre Pans FPJJO100KGR12013
4332UnknownWBotinhaPre Pans FPJJO100KG4F2013
4334Caio AlmeidaCaio AlmeidaWBotinhaPre Pans FPJJO100KGSF2013
4342UnknownWBotinhaManaus Pro Trials85KGR12013
4343UnknownWBotinhaManaus Pro Trials85KG4F2013
4344Felipe PreguiçaWKneebarManaus Pro Trials85KGSF2013
4377Nic RubenNic RubenWPts: 0x0, AdvEuropean OpenABSR12013
4379Jose JuniorJose JuniorWBotinhaEuropean OpenABSR22013
4551Felipe PenaFelipe PenaWPointsPan American88KGR12013
4633Travis StevensWTriangle armbarCopa Podio88KGGP2013
4672Nilson BragaWPointsWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4837Jurandir VieiraWBotinhaMundial CBJJE88KG4F2013
4839Anderson CyborgWBotinhaMundial CBJJE88KGSF2013
5171Sergio MoraesSergio MoraesWKneebarWorld Pro Trial88KG4F2014
5172Pedro MelloPedro MelloWTriangleWorld Pro Trial88KGSF2014
5197M. WisniewskiWN/AEuropean88KGSF2014
5313William ZumbroWPointsPan American88KGR12014
5316Vitor ToledoVitor ToledoWPointsPan American88KG4F2014
5453Cassio FrancisCassio FrancisWPointsBrasileiroABSR12014
5584Max CarvalhoWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro.88KG4F2014
5589Marcus ViniciusWPointsWorld Pro.88KG3PLC2014
5911UnknownWTriangleCamp. InternacionalABSSF2014
5912Paulo MiyaoPaulo MiyaoWPts: 3x0Camp. InternacionalABSF2014
6037Stefano GoiaWWristlockBJJ StarsABSSPF2014
6151Andre G.WKneebarSouth AmericanABS4F2014
6155Vinicius MarinhoVinicius MarinhoWBotinhaSouth AmericanABSSF2014
6157Tony FerrazWPts: 20x0South American88KG4F2014
6158Stefano CorreaWBotinhaSouth American88KGSF2014
6159Victor BomfimWKneebarSouth American88KGF2014
6168Stefano CorreaWKneebarSouth American88KGSF2014
6169Victor BomfimWKneebarSouth American88KGF2014
6376Jose JuniorJose JuniorWBotinhaEuropeanABSR22015
6390C. NegromonteC. NegromonteWReferee DecisionEuropeanABSR32015
6484Julien CazierWBotinhaEuropean88KGR22015
6490Thiago BragaWPts: 4x2European88KG4F2015
6493Max CarvalhoWPts: 7x0European88KGSF2015
6540Anderson WesileyWBotinhaWorld Pro Trials88KGF2015
6541Raphael NicolasWAdvWorld Pro TrialsABSF2015
6741Steven PetersonWPts: 0x0, AdvPan American88KG8F2015
7002Darragh OConaillDarragh OConaillWWristlockWorld Pro85KGR12015
7066Fabio PulitaWPointsWorld ProABSR12015
7136Adriano MelettoWChoke from backBrasileiro88KG4F2015
7137William LimaWReferee DecisionBrasileiro88KGSF2015
7138Pedro PimentaWArmbarBrasileiro88KGF2015
7146Stefano CorreaWEstima lockBrasileiroABSR12015
7149Ricardo RochaWBotinhaBrasileiroABSR22015
7152Felipe CesarFelipe CesarWTriangleBrasileiroABS4F2015
7156Pedro MouraWArmbarBrasileiroABSSF2015
7358Pedro MelloPedro MelloWBotinhaWorld Champ.88KG8F2015
7364Thiago SaThiago SaWTriangleWorld Champ.88KG4F2015
7613Gabriel VieiraWPts: 2x0Mundial CBJJEABS4F2015
7614Rodrigo RibeiroRodrigo RibeiroWReferee DecisionMundial CBJJEABSSF2015
7615Otavio NalatiWReferee DecisionMundial CBJJEABSF2015
7721F. ToshioWPts: 10x0SP Open88KG4F2015
7722Marcos CostaMarcos CostaWKneebarSP Open88KGSF2015
7723Stefano CorreaWBotinhaSP Open88KGF2015
7731UnknownWBotinhaSP OpenABS4F2015
7732Rodrigo RibeiroRodrigo RibeiroWPts: 14x2SP OpenABSSF2015
7733Caio AlmeidaCaio AlmeidaWPts: 6x0SP OpenABSF2015
7941Gilberto MedeirosWPts: 4x0Brazil Nat. Pro85KG4F2015
7942Igor MarquesWBotinhaBrazil Nat. Pro85KGF2015
7952UnknownWBotinhaBrazil Nat. ProO77KGR12015
8094UnknownWBotinhaFloripa OpenABSR12015
8098Otavio NalatiWPts: 3x0Floripa OpenABSF2015
8233UnknownWBotinhaSP National Pro94KG4F2015
8235UnknownWBotinhaSP National Pro94KGSF2015
8241UnknownWInjurySP National ProO77KGR12015
8422Thiago SouzaWWristlockSouth AmericanABSR12015
8432UnknownWBotinhaSouth AmericanABS8F2015
8436Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioWFootlockSouth AmericanABS4F2015
8454Marcus OliveiraWPts: 12x0South American88KG4F2015
8455Pedro HenriqueWKneebarSouth American88KGSF2015
9161Inacio NetoInacio NetoWPts: 9x2Pan American88KG8F2016
9167Rodrigo FrajardoWPts: 16x0Pan American88KG4F2016
9459C. NegromonteC. NegromonteWPts: 2x0World Pro85KG8F2016
9466Rodrigo ReisWBotinhaWorld Pro85KG4F2016
9609Wesley ArcheteWKneebarBrasileiro88KG8F2016
9614P. DiasWTriangleBrasileiro88KG4F2016
9618William MartinsWPts: 2x0Brasileiro88KGSF2016
9619Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioWPointsBrasileiro88KGF2016
9657Matheus CostaMatheus CostaWArmbarBrasileiroABSRD2016
9664Fernando GomesWBotinhaBrasileiroABS8F2016
9668Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoWWristlockBrasileiroABS4F2016
9862Giacomo ZaniniWTriangle armbarWorld Champ.88KG8F2016
10401B. CuppariWBotinhaSao Paulo Open94KGSF2016
10403Eduardo InojosaWPts: 2x0Sao Paulo Open94KGF2016
11011Romes RamosWPointsSouth AmericanABSR12016
11037UnknownWToe holdSouth American88KGR12016
11038William MartinsWPointsSouth American88KGF2016
11916Sebastian BroscheSebastian BroscheWArmbarPan American88KG8F2017
11922Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoWKneebarPan American88KG4F2017
12397Felipe CabralWBotinhaBrasileiroABSRDS2017
12401Max GimenisMax GimenisWClock chokeBrasileiroABS4F2017
12475Italo GolcalvesWTriangleBrasileiro88KGR12017
12477Marcos da SilvaWNorth south chokeBrasileiro88KGR22017
12484Diogo AlmeidaDiogo AlmeidaWPts: 8x2Brasileiro88KG4F2017
12486Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroWPointsBrasileiro88KGSF2017
12831Gregor GracieGregor GracieWSubmissionWorld Champ.88KG8F2017
14059Wellington LuisWellington LuisWPointsSouth American88KGR12017
14062William de LimaWN/ASouth American88KGSF2017
14428Luca AnacoretaLuca AnacoretaWPts: 6x0European Open88KG4F2018
14429Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioWReferee DecisionEuropean Open88KGSF2018
14561Eduardo TinocoEduardo TinocoWPts: 2x0ACB S. American85KGR12018
14566UknownWCalf slicerACB S. American85KGR22018
14571UknownWPts: 4x2ACB S. American85KG4F2018
14572Delson HelenoDelson HelenoWPts: 2x0ACB S. American85KGF2018
14730Lucas De MeloWSubmissionSA Continental Pro94KG4F2018
14731Jurandir ConceicaoWPts: 2x2, AdvSA Continental Pro94KGSF2018
14732Daniel AndradeWPts: 2x0SA Continental Pro94KGF2018
14805Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaWPts: 4x2Pan AmericanABSR22018
14876Nick SchrockNick SchrockWTrianglePan American88KG8F2018
15057Leonardo HenriqueWTriangleFloripa Fall Open88KG4F2018
15058Gustavo SantiagoWPointsFloripa Fall Open88KGSF2018
15059Rodrigo AcioliWPointsFloripa Fall Open88KGF2018
15063Erberth SantosErberth SantosWArmbarFloripa Fall OpenABSSF2018
15611Pedro HenriquesWNorth south chokeBrasileiro88KGR12018
15620Diogo AlmeidaDiogo AlmeidaWNorth south chokeBrasileiro88KG4F2018
15656Thiago SaThiago SaWEstima lockBrasileiroABS8F2018
15659Kitner MouraWTriangle armbarBrasileiroABS4F2018
15913Roberto DibWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.88KG8F2018
15919Esdras MendesWPts: 6x4World Champ.88KG4F2018
15988D. JohnsonD---Copa PodioO94KGRR2018
15993Perttu TepponenWPts: 2x0Copa PodioO94KGRR2018
16358Marcus FernandesWPointsVitoria Open94KGSF2018
16359Joao OliveiraWPointsVitoria Open94KGF2018
16432Richard GoncalvesWN/AFloripa Open94KG4F2018
16433Diogo NascimentoWN/AFloripa Open94KGSF2018

Cover picture by Gracie Mag

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