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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 magnificent performances in his first couple of months as a black belt, 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, this time 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)
  • IBJJF Pan American Champion (2012 brown belt)
  • CBJJ Brazilian National Champion (2012 brown, 2009* purple)
  • FPJJ Sao Paulo State Champion (2015 black, 2011** brown)
  • XII Copa Internacional Champion (2011 brown)
  • CBJJ Brazilian National Championship Runner-up (2017/2015*)
  • IBJJF World Championship 3rd Place (2015)
  • IBJJF Pan American Championship 3rd Place (2016)
  • CBJJ Brazilian National Championship 3rd Place (2017*)

* 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

101 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    30 (30%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    5 (5%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    62 (61%)
  • BY DECISION
    4 (4%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

62 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Botinha
45
28
#86e620
Triangle
13
8
#5AD3D1
Kneebar
13
8
#d1212a
Armbar
6
4
#fad11b
Wristlock
6
4
#f58822
Triangle armbar
3
2
#224aba
Estima lock
2
1
#ff9124
Injury
2
1
#bf1f6c
Footlock
2
1
#22c9a5
Toe hold
2
1
#fad223
Clock choke
2
1
#03861f
North south choke
2
1
#039a1f
Submission
2
1
#03b41f
Choke from back
2
1
62
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
38 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    18 (47%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    12 (32%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    5 (13%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (5%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (3%)
  • 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
3405Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLPts: 0x0, AdvMundial CBJJEABSF2012
4270Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 15x4Pan Am. CBJJEABSNA2013
4323Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLOmoplataEuropean OpenABS4F2013
4488Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLChoke from backPan American88KGR22013
4567Manny DiazManny DiazLPts: 2x0Copa Podio88KGGP2013
4571Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoLPts: 0x0, AdvCopa Podio88KGGP2013
4573Paulo MiyaoPaulo MiyaoLChoke from backCopa Podio88KGGP2013
4614Abraham MarteAbraham MarteLBow and arrowWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4764Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLPts: 8x0Mundial CBJJE88KGF2013
5086Diogo SampaioDiogo SampaioLPts: 4x0World Pro Trial88KGF2014
5090Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLReferee DecisionWorld Pro TrialABSF2014
5231Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposLPts: 8x8, AdvPan American88KGSF2014
5367Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLPts: 2x0BrasileiroABSSF2014
5383Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLAdvBrasileiro88KGF2014
5487Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro.88KGSF2014
5653Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposLPts: 11x2World Champ.88KG4F2014
6213Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLPts: 0x0, AdvBrazil Nat. Pro85KG4F2015
6274Tarcisio JardimTarcisio JardimLPts: 0x0, AdvEuropeanABS4F2015
6371Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLPts: 4x0European88KGF2015
6616Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 5x2Pan American88KG4F2015
6875Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro85KGR22015
7016Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 0x0, PenBrasileiroABSF2015
7226Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 15x2World Champ.88KGSF2015
7801Igor SchneiderIgor SchneiderLPts: 5x2Brazil Nat. ProO77KGSF2015
8073Erberth SantosErberth SantosLAdvSP National Pro94KGF2015
8082Leandro PedrosaLPts: 4x2SP National ProO77KG4F2015
8272Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 4x2South AmericanABSSF2015
8290Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioLPts: 2x2, AdvSouth American88KGF2015
8990Leandro LoLeandro LoLToe holdPan American88KGSF2016
9170Lucio LagartoLReferee DecisionWorld ProABSR12016
9290Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 2x0World Pro85KGSF2016
9490Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPointsBrasileiroABSSF2016
9688Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 5x2World Champ.88KG4F2016
10807Igor SchneiderIgor SchneiderLPts: 8x4South AmericanABS4F2016
11678Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioLPts: 2x0Pan American88KGSF2017
12142Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 7x2BrasileiroABSSF2017
12225Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioLPts: 0x0, AdvBrasileiro88KGF2017
12573Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 4x4, AdvWorld Champ.88KG4F2017
3400Jaroslaw GajekWTriangleMundial CBJJE88KG4F2012
3401Anderson CyborgWBotinhaMundial CBJJE88KGSF2012
3402Vitor ToledoVitor ToledoWPts: 0x0, AdvMundial CBJJE88KGF2012
3403Mario HenriqueWTriangleMundial CBJJEABS4F2012
3404Leandro BrassotoWBotinhaMundial CBJJEABSSF2012
4273UnknownWPointsPre Pans FPJJO100KGR12013
4274UnknownWBotinhaPre Pans FPJJO100KG4F2013
4276Caio AlmeidaCaio AlmeidaWBotinhaPre Pans FPJJO100KGSF2013
4284UnknownWBotinhaManaus Pro Trials85KGR12013
4285UnknownWBotinhaManaus Pro Trials85KG4F2013
4286Felipe PreguiçaWKneebarManaus Pro Trials85KGSF2013
4319Nic RubenNic RubenWPts: 0x0, AdvEuropean OpenABSR12013
4321Jose JuniorJose JuniorWBotinhaEuropean OpenABSR22013
4487Felipe PenaFelipe PenaWPointsPan American88KGR12013
4559Travis StevensWTriangle armbarCopa Podio88KGGP2013
4598Nilson BragaWPointsWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4761Jurandir VieiraWBotinhaMundial CBJJE88KG4F2013
4763Anderson CyborgWBotinhaMundial CBJJE88KGSF2013
5083Sergio MoraesSergio MoraesWKneebarWorld Pro Trial88KG4F2014
5084Pedro MelloPedro MelloWTriangleWorld Pro Trial88KGSF2014
5109M. WisniewskiWN/AEuropean88KGSF2014
5225William ZumbroWPointsPan American88KGR12014
5228Vitor ToledoVitor ToledoWPointsPan American88KG4F2014
5363Cassio FrancisCassio FrancisWPointsBrasileiroABSR12014
5484Max CarvalhoWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro.88KG4F2014
5489Marcus ViniciusWPointsWorld Pro.88KG3PLC2014
5806UnknownWTriangleCamp. InternacionalABSSF2014
5807Paulo MiyaoPaulo MiyaoWPts: 3x0Camp. InternacionalABSF2014
5931Stefano GoiaWWristlockBJJ StarsABSSPF2014
6046Andre G.WKneebarSouth AmericanABS4F2014
6050Vinicius MarinhoVinicius MarinhoWBotinhaSouth AmericanABSSF2014
6052Tony FerrazWPts: 20x0South American88KG4F2014
6053Stefano CorreaWBotinhaSouth American88KGSF2014
6054Victor BomfimWKneebarSouth American88KGF2014
6253Jose JuniorJose JuniorWBotinhaEuropeanABSR22015
6267C. NegromonteC. NegromonteWReferee DecisionEuropeanABSR32015
6361Julien CazierWBotinhaEuropean88KGR22015
6367Thiago BragaWPts: 4x2European88KG4F2015
6370Max CarvalhoWPts: 7x0European88KGSF2015
6414Anderson WesileyWBotinhaWorld Pro Trials88KGF2015
6415Raphael NicolasWAdvWorld Pro TrialsABSF2015
6612Steven PetersonWPts: 0x0, AdvPan American88KG8F2015
6865Darragh OConaillDarragh OConaillWWristlockWorld Pro85KGR12015
6929Fabio PulitaWPointsWorld ProABSR12015
6995Adriano MelettoWChoke from backBrasileiro88KG4F2015
6996William LimaWReferee DecisionBrasileiro88KGSF2015
6997Pedro PimentaWArmbarBrasileiro88KGF2015
7005Stefano CorreaWEstima lockBrasileiroABSR12015
7008Ricardo RochaWBotinhaBrasileiroABSR22015
7011Felipe CesarFelipe CesarWTriangleBrasileiroABS4F2015
7015Pedro MouraWArmbarBrasileiroABSSF2015
7216Pedro MelloPedro MelloWBotinhaWorld Champ.88KG8F2015
7222Thiago SaThiago SaWTriangleWorld Champ.88KG4F2015
7467Gabriel VieiraWPts: 2x0Mundial CBJJEABS4F2015
7468Rodrigo RibeiroWReferee DecisionMundial CBJJEABSSF2015
7469Otavio NalatiWReferee DecisionMundial CBJJEABSF2015
7573F. ToshioWPts: 10x0SP Open88KG4F2015
7574Marcos PauloWKneebarSP Open88KGSF2015
7575Stefano CorreaWBotinhaSP Open88KGF2015
7583UnknownWBotinhaSP OpenABS4F2015
7584Rodrigo RibeiroWPts: 14x2SP OpenABSSF2015
7585Caio AlmeidaCaio AlmeidaWPts: 6x0SP OpenABSF2015
7789Gilberto MedeirosWPts: 4x0Brazil Nat. Pro85KG4F2015
7790Igor MarquesWBotinhaBrazil Nat. Pro85KGF2015
7800UnknownWBotinhaBrazil Nat. ProO77KGR12015
7932UnknownWBotinhaFloripa OpenABSR12015
7936Otavio NalatiWPts: 3x0Floripa OpenABSF2015
8069UnknownWBotinhaSP National Pro94KG4F2015
8071UnknownWBotinhaSP National Pro94KGSF2015
8077UnknownWInjurySP National ProO77KGR12015
8255Thiago SouzaWWristlockSouth AmericanABSR12015
8265UnknownWBotinhaSouth AmericanABS8F2015
8269Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioWFootlockSouth AmericanABS4F2015
8287Marcus OliveiraWPts: 12x0South American88KG4F2015
8288Pedro HenriqueWKneebarSouth American88KGSF2015
8982Inacio NetoInacio NetoWPts: 9x2Pan American88KG8F2016
8988Rodrigo FrajardoWPts: 16x0Pan American88KG4F2016
9280C. NegromonteC. NegromonteWPts: 2x0World Pro85KG8F2016
9287Rodrigo ReisWBotinhaWorld Pro85KG4F2016
9430Wesley ArcheteWKneebarBrasileiro88KG8F2016
9435Pedro DiasWTriangleBrasileiro88KG4F2016
9439William MartinsWPts: 2x0Brasileiro88KGSF2016
9440Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioWPointsBrasileiro88KGF2016
9478Matheus CostaMatheus CostaWArmbarBrasileiroABSRD2016
9485Fernando GomesWBotinhaBrasileiroABS8F2016
9489Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoWWristlockBrasileiroABS4F2016
9683Giacomo ZaniniWTriangle armbarWorld Champ.88KG8F2016
10200B. CuppariWBotinhaSao Paulo Open94KGSF2016
10202Eduardo InojosaWPts: 2x0Sao Paulo Open94KGF2016
10804Romes RamosWPointsSouth AmericanABSR12016
10828UnknownWToe holdSouth American88KGR12016
10829William MartinsWPointsSouth American88KGF2016
11669Sebastian BroscheSebastian BroscheWArmbarPan American88KG8F2017
11675Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoWKneebarPan American88KG4F2017
12136Felipe CabralWBotinhaBrasileiroABSRDS2017
12140Max GimenisMax GimenisWClock chokeBrasileiroABS4F2017
12213Italo GolcalvesWTriangleBrasileiro88KGR12017
12215Marcos da SilvaWNorth south chokeBrasileiro88KGR22017
12222Diogo AlmeidaDiogo AlmeidaWPts: 8x2Brasileiro88KG4F2017
12224Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroWPointsBrasileiro88KGSF2017
12562Gregor GracieGregor GracieWSubmissionWorld Champ.88KG8F2017

Cover picture by Gracie Mag

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