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Roberto “Roleta” Magalhaes

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Roberto Magalhães, commonly known by jiu-jitsu practitioners and fans as “Roleta”, is regarded as one of the All-Time Greatest BJJ competitors of the sport and one of the greatest innovators of the modern grappling game, particularly through his inverted guard, a position that revolutionized the sport in the 1990s. A 4x World Champion, Roleta earned his black belt training under Carlinhos Gracie in the Gracie Barra academy of Rio de Janeiro, later opening his own academy, Roleta BJJ.

Roberto Roleta Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Roberto Magalhães

Nickname: Roleta translates to Roulette from Portuguese. There is no data regarding the origin of this nickname.

Lineage: Carlos Gracie Sr. > Carlos Gracie Junior > Roberto Magalhaes

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship (1996, 1997, 1998, 2000)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pan Championship (1996, 1997, 1998, 1999)
  • 1st Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals (1996)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF World Championship (1998*, 1999**)

Weight Division: Meio-Pesado (88kg/194.5lbs)

Favorite Position: Inverted Guard

Team/Association: Roleta Jiu-Jitsu

Roberto Roleta Magalhães Biography

Roberto Magalhaes was born in Aracajú, in the Brazilian northern state of Sergipe.

During his pre-teens Magalhães became invested in karate, spending the following 5 dedicating his after school time to the Japanese martial, even though his older brothers practiced jiu-jitsu. Roberto’s resilience to grappling was based on the assumption that karate was the superior art for self-defense, but at the age of 17, while watching over a jiu-jitsu class Roleta noticed the instructor showing a move that could have saved him a while back in a street brawl. This led him to add jiu-jitsu to his weekly activities with coach Joe Moreira.

Moreira remained Roleta’s coach up until the student’s purple belt, a time in which Roberto won a few local tournaments while maintaining his contact with karate, however, after this rank Magalhães opted to relinquish the striking aspect of his life to pursue grappling greatness. With that in mind Roleta moved to Rio de Janeiro to train at the Gracie Barra team, with Carlos Gracie Junior, one of the most famous academies in Brazil.

During this period he also found that trusting on what he was being shown technique-wise would not be enough. He wasn’t an explosive guy and if everyone was learning the same techniques, the feeling was the most athletic guy would always have the advantage. Trusting his creativity, and being an engineering student, he started thinking of new positions, this became his obsession developing them 24/7. He stated on his website back in 2010 that he would often think of a position in the middle of the night and grab a piece of paper to write it down so he wouldn’t forget. This perseverance ended in Roberto creating many positions and being referenced by many as one of the revolutionary creators of the Inverted Guard.

In 1996 Roleta was given his black belt with the intent of fighting in the World Championships that year. The big duel between the Carlson Gracie Academy and Gracie Barra was on the horizon and Carlson Gracie had an Ace in the Meio Pesado category by the name of Walid Ismail who had been undefeated for a few years. Carlos Gracie planned to use his own “secret weapon” in Roleta Magalhaes, and it worked. Walid was surprised by Roleta’s “strange” new position and ended swept by Roleta which was enough to win the bout between the two. Roleta would go on to win the tournament which was the very first World Jiu-Jitsu Championship, a deed Roberto would savor 3 more times in his career.

Roberto Magalhaes continued his rampant career through the late 1990s and the early 2000’s getting the reputation of the best guard in Jiu-Jitsu during that period, a very impressive title as the guard has been arguably BJJ’s greatest contribution to Martial Arts. During this period, Roberto Magalhaes also reached academic prowess by finishing his masters in Industrial Engineering.  He retired after his glorious competitive period dedicating himself to teaching BJJ in both Brazil and the United States.

Roberto Roleta Grappling Record

21 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    7 (33%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    4 (19%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    8 (38%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (10%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

8 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Submission
25
2
#86e620
Armbar
25
2
#5AD3D1
Triangle
25
2
#d1212a
Inverted armbar
13
1
#fad11b
Katagatame
13
1
8
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
8 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    5 (63%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (25%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    1 (13%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

1 SUBMISSION LOSSES

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Toe hold
100
1
1
(100%) SUBMISSION

Roberto Roleta Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
80Rigan MachadoRigan MachadoLPts: 3x0Pan AmericanABS4F1996
89Fabio GurgelFabio GurgelLPts: 3x0Team NationalsO88KGRDS1996
244Mario SperryMario SperryLAdvWorld Champ.ABSF1998
260Leo DallaLeo DallaLPointsBrasileiro88KG4F1999
292Saulo RibeiroSaulo RibeiroLAdvWorld Champ.88KGF1999
301Rodrigo CompridoRodrigo CompridoLToe holdWorld Champ.ABSF1999
433Ricardo LiborioRicardo LiborioLPts: 9x0ADCC88KG4F2000
459Rodrigo CompridoRodrigo CompridoLPts: 10x0ADCCABSR12000
76Ricardo MillerRicardo MillerWInverted armbarPan American88KGSF1996
77Saulo RibeiroSaulo RibeiroWReferee DecisionPan American88KGF1996
86Carlos PedroWSubmissionBrasileiro88KGSF1996
88Saulo RibeiroSaulo RibeiroWArmbarBrasileiro88KGF1996
90Wallid IsmailWallid IsmailWPts: 4x0World Champ.88KGSF1996
91Luiz DuarteLuiz DuarteWTriangleWorld Champ.88KGF1996
119Anderson XavierWPts: 10x0World Champ.88KGSF1997
233Mario SperryMario SperryWPointsWorld Champ.100KG4F1998
234Leo DallaLeo DallaWAdvWorld Champ.100KGSF1998
240Vinicius CruzWSubmissionWorld Champ.ABS4F1998
242Murilo BustamanteMurilo BustamanteWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.ABSSF1998
259UnknownWTriangleBrasileiro88KGR11999
273GuigoWAdvPan AmericanABS4F1999
278Mario EsfihaMario EsfihaWArmbarPan AmericanO100KGSF1999
291Amaury BitettiAmaury BitettiWPts: 2x0World Champ.88KGSF1999
299Minotauro NogueiraMinotauro NogueiraWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.ABSSF1999
391Jorge PatinoJorge PatinoWPts: 6x0World Champ.88KG4F2000
393Eduardo JamelaoEduardo JamelaoWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.88KGSF2000
394Fernando MargaridaFernando MargaridaWPts: 4x0World Champ.88KGF2000
427Manu GarciaWPts: 9x2ADCC88KGR12000
481Eduardo JamelaoEduardo JamelaoWKatagatameRio x Sao PauloABSSPF2000

Roleta Magalhaes vs Rodrigo Minotauro Nogueira (1999 Mundial, Absolute Division)

Roberto “Roleta” Magalhaes vs Fernando “Margarida” Pontes

 

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