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Roberto “Cyborg” Abreu

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Half Guard Anthology Instructional by Lachlan Giles

Roberto Abreu, also known as “Cyborg”, is a Brazilian born Jiu Jitsu competitor and instructor who earned his black belt training with the Nova Geracao Team, having since started his own successful academy (Fights Sports) from which he has produced several talented grapplers such as Jake Mackenzie, Ricardo Rezende, Hunter Edward and many others. Since he moved to Miami in the US, Cyborg has become a household name for Jiu Jitsu fans through his unique style and his trademark position, the Tornado Guard, made famous in fights against Abmar Barbosa and Braulio Estima.

Roberto Abreu Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Roberto de Abreu Filho

Nickname: Roberto had a tough Car accident back in 2000 when he was a Blue Belt. The car accident shattered his left arm, and the doctors told Cyborg he probably wouldn’t move his arm again (he took over 300 stitches and still has broken glass on his arm today). 4 months after the accident, Roberto took 2nd in the Brazilian Nationals. Because Roberto had never been to a major tournament final before, Isaias, a black belt from Carlson Gracie’s academy gave him the nickname Cyborg.

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Carlson Gracie > Francisco Albuquerque > Roberto Abreu

Main Achievements:

  • ADCC Champion (2013*)
  • IBJJF World Masters Champion (2018 Master 2)
  • IBJJF World No-Gi Champion (2017/2012/2011/2010**)
  • IBJJF Pans Champion (2008)
  • IBJJF European Champion (2005)
  • Grappling Pro Champion (2016)
  • ADCC Runner-up (2009)
  • IBJJF World Championship Runner-up (2010)
  • IBJJF World No-Gi Championship Runner-up (2008)
  • IBJJF Pans Championship Runner-up (2009)
  • CBJJ Brasileiro Championship Runner-up (2007)
  • UAEJJF King of Mats Runner-up (2018)
  • ADCC 3rd Place (2017/2013/2011)

* Absolute
** Weight and absolute

Favorite Technique/Position: Tornado Guard and Reverse Triangle

Weight Division: Super Pesado and Pesadíssimo (Under 100kg/221 and over 100kg/221lbs).

Association/Team: CYBORG Fight Sports Team.

Roberto Cyborg Abreu Biography

Roberto Abreu was born on the 20th of December, in 1980 on a city named Campo Grande in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso do Sul. Roberto’s first contact with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu came by way of play-fighting with a friend. This friend challenged Roberto for a fight jokingly which Cyborg accepted. Roberto found the challenge amusing because his friend was very small and skinny.

His skinny friend ended finishing Roberto 3 times with moves that he couldn’t comprehend, Abreu had never heard of Jiu Jitsu but after his friend told him that he just used the ‘Arte Suave’ on him, Roberto was convinced this was something he wanted to pursue, following his friend to Claudionor Cardoso’s gym the following day, where he started his tuition.

Roberto Abreu won his first competition with just two weeks of training, that win got Cyborg hooked to the sporting aspect of Jiu Jitsu, an enthusiasm he carried throughout his competitive career.

Competing became one of Cyborg’s prime goals in life. He often travelled to Rio de Janeiro to compete at the top tournaments in the world. When in Rio, Abreu prepared at Nova Geração, of  Francisco Albuquerque, with who he created a strong bond.

As a purple belt, Roberto opened his own gym and remained affiliated with Albuquerque. The school prospered quickly in a land eager to learn the arte suave, raising a strong team with hundreds of students and several world class competitors. Students that earned titles at important tournaments such as the Brazilian Nationals, the Mundial (World Championships), Pan American Championships as well as other important tournaments.

Abreu receiving his black belt on Dec. 2004

Abreu receiving his black belt on Dec. 2004

Abreu remained one year as a purple belt, winning many important tournaments at this belt division, moving up to brown belt, where he remained for only 9 months, being awarded his black belt, on the day of his birthday (December 20, 2004) after 5 years of training. Master Francisco “Toco” Albuquerque tied the belt around Abreu’s waist himself.

In 2010 Roberto Cyborg joined forces with a few world class competitors and friends, such as Rodrigo Cavaca and Marcus Buchecha (who were then coaching at ‘The Armory” in Florida), to form a different team named ‘The Avengers’.

The team competed in a few local tournaments as well as at an international stage and was doing well, but as Rodrigo returned to Santos in Brazil, taking with him Buchecha, and the partnership ended.

Roberto Abreu Grappling Record

105 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    45 (43%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    9 (9%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    44 (42%)
  • BY DECISION
    5 (5%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    2 (2%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

44 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Armbar
20
9
#86e620
Choke from back
18
8
#5AD3D1
Submission
9
4
#d1212a
Choke
7
3
#fad11b
Knee choke
7
3
#f58822
Straight armlock
7
3
#224aba
Kneebar
5
2
#ff9124
Leglock
2
1
#bf1f6c
Cross face
2
1
#22c9a5
Triangle
2
1
#fad223
Inverted Triangle
2
1
#03861f
Cross choke
2
1
#039a1f
RNC
2
1
#03b41f
Clock choke
2
1
#03c61f
North-south choke
2
1
#03d61f
Kimura
2
1
#03f61f
Katagatame
2
1
#82ff5f
Choke from mount
2
1
#a4ff5f
Armlock
2
1
44
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
36 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    17 (47%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    6 (17%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    11 (31%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (3%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (3%)

11 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Armbar
18
2
#86e620
Choke from back
18
2
#5AD3D1
Mounted X choke
9
1
#d1212a
Crucifix choke
9
1
#fad11b
Ezekiel
9
1
#f58822
Botinha
9
1
#224aba
Choke
9
1
#ff9124
Inside heel hook
9
1
#bf1f6c
Cross choke
9
1
11
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Roberto Abreu Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
1124Roger GracieRoger GracieLCross chokeEuropean OpenABS4F2005
1305Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLArmbarWorld Champ.100KGR12005
1467Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLMounted X chokeWorld Champ.ABSSF2006
1502Marcelo GarciaMarcelo GarciaLCrucifix chokeBrasileiroABSR12006
1591Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoLPts: 4x0Brasileiro100KGF2007
1767Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLEzekielWorld Champ.ABSR12007
1954Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoLPts: 8x4World Champ.100KGSF2008
1970Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLPointsWorld Champ.ABSR22008
2014Braga NetoBraga NetoLPts: 6x0NoGi Worlds100KGF2008
2166Braga NetoBraga NetoLChoke from backPan American100KGF2009
2180Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLPts: 3x0Pan AmericanABS4F2009
2278Fabricio WerdumFabricio WerdumLPointsADCCO99KGF2009
2339Alexandre CeconiAlexandre CeconiLPts: 4x4, AdvWorld Champ.94KG4F2009
2386Daniel MoraesDaniel MoraesLPointsCopa AmericaABSSF2009
2719Rodrigo CavacaRodrigo CavacaLBotinhaWorld Champ.O100KGF2010
2769Lucas LepriLucas LepriLPts: 6x2Long Island PrideABSF2010
2963Alexandre CeconiAlexandre CeconiLAdvWorld Champ.ABSR22011
3125Braga NetoBraga NetoLPts: 9x0World Champ.O100KGSF2011
3268Fabricio WerdumFabricio WerdumLPointsADCCO99KGSF2011
3888Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLArmbarWorld Champ.ABS4F2012
4117R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaLPointsWorld Champ.O100KGR22012
4491Nivaldo OliveiraNivaldo OliveiraLChokePan AmericanABSR22013
4653Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLPts: 4x3World ProABS4F2013
5021Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLPointsADCCO99KGSF2013
5672Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaLPointsWorld Champ.ABSR32014
7946Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLPts: 6x0ADCCABSSPF2015
8220R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaLPts: 10x0Grand Slam LAO94KGF2015
9460Alexander TransAlexander TransLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld ProABSR22016
9592R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld ProO94KG4F2016
10153Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoLReferee DecisionF2W Pro 7O100KGSPF2016
12892Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.ABS8F2017
13061Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.100KG4F2017
13461Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroD---Copa PodioABSSPF2017
13701Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLPts: 4x0ADCC99+KGSF2017
13776Gordon RyanGordon RyanLInside heel hookADCCABSE12017
15758Alexander TransAlexander TransLChoke from backKing of Mats110KGF2018
18208Gordon RyanGordon RyanLDQNoGi WorldsO97KGF2018
1123Leonardo RamosWN/AEuropean Open100KGF2005
1462Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaWArmbarWorld Champ.ABSR12006
1466Demian MaiaDemian MaiaWPts: 4x0World Champ.ABS4F2006
1510Waldir NetoWChokeTeam NationalsO88KG4F2006
1590Rodrigo CompridoRodrigo CompridoWPts: 8x0Brasileiro100KGSF2007
1870Marcel FortunaMarcel FortunaWAdvPan American100KGSF2008
1871Arthur JacintoWAdvPan American100KGF2008
2013Cristiano LazzariniCristiano LazzariniWPointsNoGi Worlds100KGSF2008
2175Felipe PaccesWChoke from backPan AmericanABS8F2009
2272Tom DeBlassTom DeBlassWPointsADCCO99KGR12009
2275Asa FullerWPointsADCCO99KG4F2009
2276Jeff MonsonWPointsADCCO99KGSF2009
2377Bill CooperBill CooperWPointsGQ Del MarABSF2009
2379Bill CooperBill CooperWPts: 4x4, AdvGrapplers QuestABSF2009
2590Stephen HalWN/AMiami OpenO100KGF2010
2606Joao PinhoWN/ANo Gi WorldsO100KGSF2010
2607David HerzogWKnee chokeNo Gi WorldsO100KGF2010
2612JT TorresJT TorresWPointsNo Gi WorldsABSR22010
2616Fabricio CamoesWPointsNo Gi WorldsABS8F2010
2621Lucas LeiteLucas LeiteWPointsNo Gi WorldsABSSF2010
2718Braga NetoBraga NetoWTriangleWorld Champ.O100KGSF2010
2767Renan BorgesWChoke from backLong Island PrideABSSF2010
2954Diego VivaldoDiego VivaldoWAdvWorld Champ.ABSR12011
3071Helton NogueiraWPts: 2x0World Champ.O100KGRDS2011
3108Carlos FariasCarlos FariasWPts: 11x0World Champ.O100KG4F2011
3145Warren StoutWKnee chokeMiami OpenABSSF2011
3146Vitor HenriqueWArmbarMiami OpenABSF2011
3233Sekine HidekiWArmbarADCCO99KGR12011
3256Glover TeixeiraWPointsADCCO99KG4F2011
3273Gerardi RinaldiGerardi RinaldiWKneebarADCCO99KG3PLC2011
3356Luis PedroWArmbarNo Gi WorldsO100KGSF2011
3366Ricardo FelicianoRicardo FelicianoWInverted TriangleNo Gi WorldsO100KGF2011
3693K. CorneliusWPointsNYC World TrialsO92KGN/A2012
3694UnknownWArmbarNYC World TrialsO92KGSF2012
3695Abraham M.WArmbarNYC World TrialsO92KGF2012
3870Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPts: 6x4World Champ.ABSR22012
3881Marcio CruzMarcio CruzWPts: 12x4World Champ.ABSR22012
4108Gustavo EliasGustavo EliasWChokeWorld Champ.O100KGR12012
4176Diego SilvaWChoke from backMiami OpenABS4F2012
4178Vitor ToledoVitor ToledoWChoke from backMiami OpenABSSF2012
4180Leonardo DavilaLeonardo DavilaWCross chokeMiami OpenABSF2012
4238Leonardo DavilaLeonardo DavilaWRNCNoGi WorldsO100KGSF2012
4239Gustavo EliasGustavo EliasWPts: 6x0NoGi WorldsO100KGF2012
4449Brendan SchaubWReferee DecisionMetamoris 2ABSSPF2013
4471UnknownWChoke from backNYC World TrialsO92KGN/A2013
4472Keneth BrownWPts: 10x0NYC World TrialsO92KGF2013
4482Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaWPointsPan AmericanABSR12013
5014Mike MartelleWArmbarADCCO99KGR12013
5019Orlando SanchezOrlando SanchezWPenADCCO99KG4F2013
5022Jared DoppJared DoppWPointsADCCO99KG3PLC2013
5028Kamil HuminskiWPointsADCCABSR12013
5029Garry TononGarry TononWPointsADCCABSR12013
5033Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusWPointsADCCABSSF2013
5036Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaWPts: 10x0ADCCABSF2013
5658Tanner riceTanner riceWN/AWorld Champ.ABSR22014
5827Lincoln PereiraWPts: 7x0Boca Raton OpenABSF2014
8216Joseph MokuWClock chokeGrand Slam LAO94KG4F2015
8219Andre CamposWPts: 3x0Grand Slam LAO94KGSF2015
8222Alec BauldingAlec BauldingWPts: 6x0Grand Slam LAABS8F2015
8227Erberth SantosErberth SantosWChoke from backGrand Slam LAABS4F2015
8230R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWPts: 4x2Grand Slam LAABSSF2015
8232Andre CamposWChokeGrand Slam LAABSF2015
8416Joseph MokuWPts: 4x2NoGi WorldsO100KG4F2015
9451Luan CarvalhoLuan CarvalhoWPts: 2x0World ProABSR12016
9586Daniel BaiaWPts: 6x0World ProO94KGR12016
9822Francisco SantoroWArmbarMiami Spring OpenO100KGSF2016
9823Jollyson FrancinoWNorth-south chokeMiami Spring OpenO100KGF2016
9825Jurandir ConceicaoJurandir ConceicaoWSubmissionMiami Spring OpenABS4F2016
9828Ruan OliveiraRuan OliveiraWKimuraMiami Spring OpenABSSF2016
11210Paulo RibeiroWKatagatameGrappling Pro 2120KG4F2016
11214J. FriedrichWKnee chokeGrappling Pro 2120KGSF2016
11217Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyWKneebarGrappling Pro 2120KGF2016
12437Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesWPts: 3x0ADCC WC TrialsO99KGSPF2017
12797Gabriel LucasGabriel LucasWChoke from mountMiami Spring OpenO100KGF2017
12802Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaWArmbarMiami Spring OpenABS4F2017
12804Samir AbdolkaderWStraight armlockMiami Spring OpenABSSF2017
12805DJ JacksonDJ JacksonWPts: 25x0Miami Spring OpenABSF2017
12808Joao RodriguesWStraight armlockMiami Spring NGOABSF2017
12884Carlos FariasCarlos FariasWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.ABSR12017
13059Eliot KellyEliot KellyWPts: 22x2World Champ.100KG8F2017
13694Khazmat StambulovWPts: 0x0, PenADCC99+KGE12017
13699Victor HonorioVictor HonorioWReferee DecisionADCC99+KG4F2017
13702Jared DoppJared DoppWReferee DecisionADCC99+KG3RD2017
14038Max GimenisMax GimenisWPts: 2x2, AdvMiami Fall OpenO100KGF2017
14041Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaWStraight armlockMiami Fall OpenABSR22017
14042Thomas MacMahonWN/AMiami Fall OpenABS4F2017
14044Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroWChoke from backMiami Fall OpenABSSF2017
14046Max GimenisMax GimenisWChoke from backMiami Fall OpenABSF2017
14522Raymond SeraileWArmlockNoGi WorldsO97KG4F2017
14524Adam SachnoffWPts: 29x0NoGi WorldsO97KGSF2017
14526Joao RochaJoao RochaWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi WorldsO97KGF2017
15749Andre CamposWReferee DecisionKing of Mats110KGRR2018
15751Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesWPts: 0x0, AdvKing of Mats110KGRR2018
15754Alexandre SouzaAlexandre SouzaWLeglockKing of Mats110KGRR2018
16021Erberth SantosErberth SantosWPointsACBJJ 13O95KGSPF2018
17455Rene ArangoWSubmissionMiami Fall OpenABSSF2018
17456Fabricio BarbarottiWCross faceMiami Fall OpenABSF2018
18205Gustavo EliasGustavo EliasWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi WorldsO97KG4F2018
18206Max GimenisMax GimenisWPts: 2x0NoGi WorldsO97KGSF2018
18219Nick CalvaneseNick CalvaneseWPts: 10x0NoGi WorldsABSR12018
18224John CombsJohn CombsWPts: 4x2NoGi WorldsABSR22018
18659Afranio SilvaWSubmissionMiami W. OpenO100KGF2019
18660Johnny TamaJohnny TamaWN/AMiami W. OpenABSSF2019
18662Alexandre MolinaroAlexandre MolinaroWSubmissionMiami W. OpenABSF2019
19076Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaWReferee DecisionF2W Pro 106100KGSPF2019

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