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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

146 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    53 (36%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    8 (5%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    78 (53%)
  • BY DECISION
    6 (4%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

78 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Botinha
37
29
#86e620
Triangle
13
10
#5AD3D1
Kneebar
13
10
#d1212a
Submission
6
5
#fad11b
Armbar
6
5
#f58822
Wristlock
5
4
#224aba
North south choke
4
3
#ff9124
Triangle armbar
4
3
#bf1f6c
Choke
3
2
#22c9a5
Estima lock
3
2
#fad223
Toe hold
1
1
#03861f
Clock choke
1
1
#039a1f
Calf slicer
1
1
#03b41f
Choke from back
1
1
#03c61f
Footlock
1
1
78
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
59 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    31 (53%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    16 (27%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    6 (10%)
  • BY DECISION
    5 (8%)
  • 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
3478Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLPts: 0x0, AdvMundial CBJJEABSF2012
4368Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 15x4Pan Am. CBJJEABSNA2013
4421Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLOmoplataEuropean OpenABS4F2013
4448Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLPointsEuropean Open88KGSF2013
4596Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLChoke from backPan American88KGR22013
4685Manny DiazManny DiazLPts: 2x0Copa Podio88KGGP2013
4689Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoLPts: 0x0, AdvCopa Podio88KGGP2013
4691Paulo MiyaoPaulo MiyaoLChoke from backCopa Podio88KGGP2013
4732Abraham MarteAbraham MarteLBow and arrowWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4884Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLPts: 8x0Mundial CBJJE88KGF2013
5225Diogo SampaioDiogo SampaioLPts: 4x0World Pro Trial88KGF2014
5229Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLReferee DecisionWorld Pro TrialABSF2014
5370Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposLPts: 8x8, AdvPan American88KGSF2014
5509Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLPts: 2x0BrasileiroABSSF2014
5530Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLAdvBrasileiro88KGF2014
5639Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro.88KGSF2014
5806Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposLPts: 11x2World Champ.88KG4F2014
6418Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLPts: 0x0, AdvBrazil Nat. Pro85KG4F2015
6479Tarcisio JardimTarcisio JardimLPts: 0x0, AdvEuropeanABS4F2015
6576Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLPts: 4x0European88KGF2015
6827Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 5x2Pan American88KG4F2015
7094Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro85KGR22015
7239Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 0x0, PenBrasileiroABSF2015
7453Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 15x2World Champ.88KGSF2015
8048Igor SchneiderIgor SchneiderLPts: 5x2Brazil Nat. ProO77KGSF2015
8335Erberth SantosErberth SantosLAdvSP National Pro94KGF2015
8344Leandro PedrosaLPts: 4x2SP National ProO77KG4F2015
8539Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 4x2South AmericanABSSF2015
8557Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioLPts: 2x2, AdvSouth American88KGF2015
9283Leandro LoLeandro LoLToe holdPan American88KGSF2016
9468Lucio LagartoLReferee DecisionWorld ProABSR12016
9588Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 2x0World Pro85KGSF2016
9788Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPointsBrasileiroABSSF2016
9986Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 5x2World Champ.88KG4F2016
11165Igor SchneiderIgor SchneiderLPts: 8x4South AmericanABS4F2016
12128Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioLPts: 2x0Pan American88KGSF2017
12618Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 7x2BrasileiroABSSF2017
12702Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioLPts: 0x0, AdvBrasileiro88KGF2017
13071Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 4x4, AdvWorld Champ.88KG4F2017
14349Matheus SpirandeliMatheus SpirandeliLPts: 4x4, AdvSouth American88KGF2017
14698Admilson GobiAdmilson GobiLPts: 2x0European OpenABSR12018
14779Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroLPts: 8x0European Open88KGF2018
14943Igor SchneiderIgor SchneiderLPts: 2x0ACB S. AmericanABS4F2018
15183Tommy LangakerTommy LangakerLPts: 4x2Pan AmericanABS4F2018
15252Rudson MateusRudson MateusLPts: 8x2Pan American88KG4F2018
16070Rudson MateusRudson MateusLPts: 4x2Brasileiro88KGSF2018
16110Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLPts: 2x2, AdvBrasileiroABSSF2018
16372Gustavo BatistaGustavo BatistaLPts: 5x0World Champ.88KGSF2018
16447F. AlanoLPts: 4x0Copa PodioO94KGRR2018
16451Fellipe AndrewFellipe AndrewLPts: 9x0Copa PodioO94KGRR2018
16953Fellipe TrovoFellipe TrovoLPointsFloripa W. OpenABSSF2018
18503Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiLPts: 2x2, AdvGrand Slam AD94KGF2019
19452Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiLPts: 7x2Rome OpenABSF2019
19642Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLPts: 2x0WP BR Qualifier94KGSF2019
20237Gustavo BatistaGustavo BatistaLChoke from backWorld Champ.88KGSF2019
20598Helton JoseHelton JoseLReferee DecisionACB World Champ.95KGSF2019
20601Gustavo BatistaGustavo BatistaLReferee DecisionACB World Champ.95KG3RD2019
20607Victor HugoVictor HugoLPts: 2x2, AdvACB World Champ.ABS4F2019
21839Matheus GodoyMatheus GodoyLReferee DecisionAl Ain Pro94KGF2019
3473Jaroslaw GajekWTriangleMundial CBJJE88KG4F2012
3474Anderson CyborgWBotinhaMundial CBJJE88KGSF2012
3475Vitor ToledoVitor ToledoWPts: 0x0, AdvMundial CBJJE88KGF2012
3476Mario HenriqueWTriangleMundial CBJJEABS4F2012
3477Leandro BrassotoWBotinhaMundial CBJJEABSSF2012
4371UnknownWPointsPre Pans FPJJO100KGR12013
4372UnknownWBotinhaPre Pans FPJJO100KG4F2013
4374Caio AlmeidaCaio AlmeidaWBotinhaPre Pans FPJJO100KGSF2013
4382UnknownWBotinhaManaus Pro Trials85KGR12013
4383UnknownWBotinhaManaus Pro Trials85KG4F2013
4384Felipe PreguiçaWKneebarManaus Pro Trials85KGSF2013
4417Nic RubenNic RubenWPts: 0x0, AdvEuropean OpenABSR12013
4419Jose JuniorJose JuniorWBotinhaEuropean OpenABSR22013
4447Eduardo RiosEduardo RiosWN/AEuropean Open88KG4F2013
4595Felipe PenaFelipe PenaWPointsPan American88KGR12013
4677Travis StevensWTriangle armbarCopa Podio88KGGP2013
4716Nilson BragaWPointsWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4881Jurandir ConceicaoJurandir ConceicaoWBotinhaMundial CBJJE88KG4F2013
4883Anderson CyborgWBotinhaMundial CBJJE88KGSF2013
5222Sergio MoraesSergio MoraesWKneebarWorld Pro Trial88KG4F2014
5223Pedro MelloPedro MelloWTriangleWorld Pro Trial88KGSF2014
5248M. WisniewskiWN/AEuropean88KGSF2014
5364William ZumbroWPointsPan American88KGR12014
5367Vitor ToledoVitor ToledoWPointsPan American88KG4F2014
5505Cassio FrancisCassio FrancisWPointsBrasileiroABSR12014
5636Max CarvalhoMax CarvalhoWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro.88KG4F2014
5641Marcus ViniciusWPointsWorld Pro.88KG3PLC2014
5971UnknownWTriangleCamp. InternacionalABSSF2014
5972Paulo MiyaoPaulo MiyaoWPts: 3x0Camp. InternacionalABSF2014
6100Stefano GoiaWWristlockBJJ StarsABSSPF2014
6216Andre G.WKneebarSouth AmericanABS4F2014
6220Vinicius MarinhoVinicius MarinhoWBotinhaSouth AmericanABSSF2014
6222Tony FerrazWPts: 20x0South American88KG4F2014
6223Stefano CorreaWBotinhaSouth American88KGSF2014
6224Victor BomfimWKneebarSouth American88KGF2014
6233Stefano CorreaWKneebarSouth American88KGSF2014
6234Victor BomfimWKneebarSouth American88KGF2014
6458Jose JuniorJose JuniorWBotinhaEuropeanABSR22015
6472C. NegromonteC. NegromonteWReferee DecisionEuropeanABSR32015
6566Julien CazierWBotinhaEuropean88KGR22015
6572Thiago BragaWPts: 4x2European88KG4F2015
6575Max CarvalhoMax CarvalhoWPts: 7x0European88KGSF2015
6622Anderson WesileyWBotinhaWorld Pro Trials88KGF2015
6623Raphael NicolasWAdvWorld Pro TrialsABSF2015
6823Steven PetersonWPts: 0x0, AdvPan American88KG8F2015
7084Darragh OConaillDarragh OConaillWWristlockWorld Pro85KGR12015
7148Fabio PulitaWPointsWorld ProABSR12015
7218Adriano MelettoWChoke from backBrasileiro88KG4F2015
7219William LimaWReferee DecisionBrasileiro88KGSF2015
7220Pedro PimentaWArmbarBrasileiro88KGF2015
7228Stefano CorreaWEstima lockBrasileiroABSR12015
7231Ricardo RochaWBotinhaBrasileiroABSR22015
7234Felipe CesarFelipe CesarWTriangleBrasileiroABS4F2015
7238Pedro MouraWArmbarBrasileiroABSSF2015
7443Pedro MelloPedro MelloWBotinhaWorld Champ.88KG8F2015
7449Thiago SaThiago SaWTriangleWorld Champ.88KG4F2015
7708Gabriel VieiraWPts: 2x0Mundial CBJJEABSR12015
7709Rodrigo RibeiroRodrigo RibeiroWReferee DecisionMundial CBJJEABS4F2015
7710Otavio NalatiWReferee DecisionMundial CBJJEABSSF2015
7816F. ToshioWPts: 10x0SP Open88KG4F2015
7817Marcos CostaMarcos CostaWKneebarSP Open88KGSF2015
7818Stefano CorreaWBotinhaSP Open88KGF2015
7826UnknownWBotinhaSP OpenABS4F2015
7827Rodrigo RibeiroRodrigo RibeiroWPts: 14x2SP OpenABSSF2015
7828Caio AlmeidaCaio AlmeidaWPts: 6x0SP OpenABSF2015
8036Gilberto MedeirosWPts: 4x0Brazil Nat. Pro85KG4F2015
8037Igor MarquesWBotinhaBrazil Nat. Pro85KGF2015
8047UnknownWBotinhaBrazil Nat. ProO77KGR12015
8192UnknownWBotinhaFloripa OpenABSR12015
8196Otavio NalatiWPts: 3x0Floripa OpenABSF2015
8331UnknownWBotinhaSP National Pro94KG4F2015
8333UnknownWBotinhaSP National Pro94KGSF2015
8339UnknownWInjurySP National ProO77KGR12015
8522Thiago SouzaWWristlockSouth AmericanABSR12015
8532UnknownWBotinhaSouth AmericanABS8F2015
8536Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioWFootlockSouth AmericanABS4F2015
8554Marcus OliveiraWPts: 12x0South American88KG4F2015
8555Pedro HenriqueWKneebarSouth American88KGSF2015
9275Inacio NetoInacio NetoWPts: 9x2Pan American88KG8F2016
9281Rodrigo FrajardoWPts: 16x0Pan American88KG4F2016
9578C. NegromonteC. NegromonteWPts: 2x0World Pro85KG8F2016
9585Rodrigo ReisWBotinhaWorld Pro85KG4F2016
9728Wesley ArcheteWKneebarBrasileiro88KG8F2016
9733P. DiasWTriangleBrasileiro88KG4F2016
9737William MartinsWPts: 2x0Brasileiro88KGSF2016
9738Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioWPointsBrasileiro88KGF2016
9776Matheus CostaMatheus CostaWArmbarBrasileiroABSRD2016
9783Fernando GomesWBotinhaBrasileiroABS8F2016
9787Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoWWristlockBrasileiroABS4F2016
9981Giacomo ZaniniWTriangle armbarWorld Champ.88KG8F2016
10533B. CuppariWBotinhaSao Paulo Open94KGSF2016
10535Eduardo InojosaWPts: 2x0Sao Paulo Open94KGF2016
11162Romes RamosWPointsSouth AmericanABSR12016
11188UnknownWToe holdSouth American88KGR12016
11189William MartinsWPointsSouth American88KGF2016
12119Sebastian BroscheSebastian BroscheWArmbarPan American88KG8F2017
12125Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoWKneebarPan American88KG4F2017
12612Felipe CabralWBotinhaBrasileiroABSRDS2017
12616Max GimenisMax GimenisWClock chokeBrasileiroABS4F2017
12690Italo GolcalvesWTriangleBrasileiro88KGR12017
12692Marcos da SilvaWNorth south chokeBrasileiro88KGR22017
12699Diogo AlmeidaDiogo AlmeidaWPts: 8x2Brasileiro88KG4F2017
12701Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroWPointsBrasileiro88KGSF2017
13059Gregor GracieGregor GracieWSubmissionWorld Champ.88KG8F2017
14344Wellington LuisWellington LuisWPointsSouth American88KGR12017
14347William de LimaWN/ASouth American88KGSF2017
14776Luca AnacoretaLuca AnacoretaWPts: 6x0European Open88KG4F2018
14777Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioWReferee DecisionEuropean Open88KGSF2018
14914Eduardo TinocoEduardo TinocoWPts: 2x0ACB S. American85KGR12018
14919UknownWCalf slicerACB S. American85KGR22018
14924UknownWPts: 4x2ACB S. American85KG4F2018
14925Delson HelenoDelson HelenoWPts: 2x0ACB S. American85KGF2018
15099Lucas De MeloWSubmissionSA Continental Pro94KG4F2018
15100Jurandir ConceicaoJurandir ConceicaoWPts: 0x0, AdvSA Continental Pro94KGSF2018
15101Daniel AndradeWPts: 2x0SA Continental Pro94KGF2018
15177Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaWPts: 4x2Pan AmericanABSR22018
15248Nick SchrockNick SchrockWTrianglePan American88KG8F2018
15462Leonardo HenriqueWTriangleFloripa Fall Open88KG4F2018
15463Gustavo SantiagoWPointsFloripa Fall Open88KGSF2018
15464Rodrigo AcioliWPointsFloripa Fall Open88KGF2018
15468Erberth SantosErberth SantosWArmbarFloripa Fall OpenABSSF2018
16059Pedro HenriquesWNorth south chokeBrasileiro88KGR12018
16068Diogo AlmeidaDiogo AlmeidaWNorth south chokeBrasileiro88KG4F2018
16105Thiago SaThiago SaWEstima lockBrasileiroABS8F2018
16108Kitner MouraWTriangle armbarBrasileiroABS4F2018
16364Roberto DibWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.88KG8F2018
16370Esdras MendesWPts: 6x4World Champ.88KG4F2018
16439D. JohnsonD---Copa PodioO94KGRR2018
16444Perttu TepponenPerttu TepponenWPts: 2x0Copa PodioO94KGRR2018
16854Marcus FernandesWPointsVitoria Open94KGSF2018
16855Joao OliveiraWPointsVitoria Open94KGF2018
16945Richard GoncalvesWSubmissionFloripa W. Open94KG4F2018
16946Diogo NascimentoWPointsFloripa W. Open94KGSF2018
16948Matheus GodoyMatheus GodoyWBotinhaFloripa W. Open94KGF2018
18417Matheus GodoyMatheus GodoyWReferee DecisionDubai Pro94KGSF2018
18418Felipe BobrickWSubmissionDubai Pro94KGF2018
18499Oriones NettoWPts: 20x0Grand Slam AD94KG4F2019
18502Helton JoseHelton JoseWPts: 2x0Grand Slam AD94KGSF2019
18901Flavio SerafinWChokeRas A. NoGi Pro92KGF2019
19441Oliver GeddesOliver GeddesWPointsRome Open94KGSF2019
19442Louis GlismannWN/ARome Open94KGF2019
19448Louis GlismannWN/ARome OpenABS4F2019
19451Sebastian BroscheSebastian BroscheWN/ARome OpenABSSF2019
19639Anderson LimaWChokeWP BR Qualifier94KG4F2019
20234Rudson MateusRudson MateusWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.88KG4F2019
20594Georgii EmelianovWPts: 6x0ACB World Champ.95KG4F2019
21838Eduardo MachadoWSubmissionAl Ain Pro94KGSF2019

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