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Rodrigo Cavaca is one of the top fighters in the “Pesadissimo” jiu jitsu division, who became one of the main coaches of the  Checkmat team, producing several high end athletes through his academy in Santos (Sao Paulo), competitors such asMarcus AlmeidaNivaldo OliveiraMichelle Nicolini. In 2010 Cavaca had one of his best years as a competitor, winning the world title and the Brazilian national title, cementing his name as one of the great jiu jitsu fighters of his generation, this success was closely tied with Cavaca’s advancements on the Straight Ankle Lock, a position he made popular in the sport after working with the American grappling coach Roli Delgado. On October 2013 however, coach Rodrigo Cavaca abandoned the Checkmat team to lead his own team, Zenith Jiu Jitsu alongside Robert Drysdale.

Rodrigo Cavaca Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Rodrigo Henriques Cavaca

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Carlson Gracie > Élcio Figueiredo > Rodrigo Cavaca

Main Achievements:

  • IBJJF World Champion (2010)
  • IBJJF European Champion (2010/2009)
  • CBJJ Brazilian National Champion (2010/2008)
  • IBJJF World Championship Runner-up (2009)
  • IBJJF Pan American Championship Runner-up (2009/2017)
  • IBJJF Pan American Championship 3rd Place (2010/2008)

Favourite Position/Technique: Straight Ankle Lock

Weight Division: Super Pesado (under 221lbs), Pesadíssimo (over 221lbs)

Association/Team: Cavaca Fight Trainer/Zenith

Rodrigo Cavaca Instructional

Rodrigo Cavaca Biography

Rodrigo was born in Santos, Brazil, on the 27th of January 1981. Growing up Cavaca had always been a football (soccer) buff, having played competitively in Futebol de Salao (also known as 5-a-side). It was only when Rodrigo reached 19 years of age that he decided to take a shot at Jiu Jitsu, he had a couple of very good friends who were blue belts and were always talking about BJJ, challenging the big man to train with them, one day he finally said yes.

His first training was at his home town of Santos with an instructor called Sarruço in a satellite academy of Alliance. He stayed with Sarruço for the most part of two years, achieving the blue belt at this academy. With time his footballing career seemed to be going nowhere and he decided to start enjoying the benefits of Jiu Jitsu, a sport where he already showed tremendous potential.

After these two years with Sarruço he decided to move on to the Integração Jiu Jitsu Team in Santos as the training in his previous academy was just not competitive enough for Cavaca. At the Integração he found new, more challenging training partners and also his new instructor, Élcio Figueiredo, a Carlson Gracie black belt who ran the academy. With a new academy and a lot of hard work, Cavaca managed to ad some big wins to his BJJ curriculum, such as 2 titles in the “Brasileiro” (the Brazilian National Championships) and two “Mundial” titles in the purple and brown belt divisions. After 5 years with Figueiredo he received his black belt (28th of October 2005).

Having reached two World titles in the lower belts, it was time to put his black belt to the ultimate test, at the Worlds. Unfortunately in the Jiu Jitsu game, if you are not evolving you are regressing and the small Integração team in Santos wasn’t big enough for Cavaca’s hopes of one day becoming a World champion, and so he sought out Leonardo Vieira who at the time was one of the head teachers of the Brasa team in Sao Paulo. This was one of the best teams in the World at the time, with a cartel of fighters such as Vieira himself, Robert Drysdale, Demian Maia, André Galvão, Lucas Leite, Felippe Porto “Linguica” (rest in peace), and many, many others. Cavaca started training there 3 times per week, making the travel between the two cities.

After 2 years fighting for the Brasa banner, there was a split in the team. Leonardo Vieira then founded another team with his brother called Checkmat and Rodrigo followed his instructor. Cavaca then opened an affiliate academy of Checkmat’s in Santos and a few more around the World. On October 2013 however, coach Rodrigo Cavaca anounced he was leaving Checkmat team to lead his own team.

Rodrigo Cavaca Grappling Record

53 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    19 (36%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    5 (9%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    25 (47%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (4%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    2 (4%)

25 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Triangle
28
7
#86e620
Botinha
20
5
#5AD3D1
Submission
16
4
#d1212a
Heel hook
8
2
#fad11b
Choke from back
8
2
#f58822
Wristlock
4
1
#224aba
Footlock
4
1
#ff9124
Gogoplata
4
1
#bf1f6c
Bow and arrow
4
1
#22c9a5
Omoplata
4
1
25
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
38 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    20 (53%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    5 (13%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    12 (32%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (3%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

12 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Choke from back
33
4
#86e620
Triangle
17
2
#5AD3D1
Armbar
17
2
#d1212a
Heel hook
8
1
#fad11b
Toe hold
8
1
#f58822
Cross choke
8
1
#224aba
Submission
8
1
12
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Rodrigo Cavaca Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
1467Roger GracieRoger GracieLCross chokeWorld Champ.ABS4F2006
1584Luiz TheodoroLAdvBrasileiroABSF2007
1768Roger GracieRoger GracieLArmbarWorld Champ.ABSR12007
1964Roger GracieRoger GracieLSubmissionWorld Champ.O100KGR12008
2025Gabriel VellaGabriel VellaLPts: 2x0NoGi WorldsO100KGF2008
2181Marcio CorletaMarcio CorletaLArmbarPan AmericanO100KGF2009
2268Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesLHeel hookADCC99KGR12009
2369Gabriel VellaGabriel VellaLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.O100KGF2009
2386Bill CooperBill CooperLTriangleGQ Del MarABSNA2009
2500Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposLTriangleEuropeanABSF2010
2568Marcel FortunaMarcel FortunaLPts: 0x0, AdvPan American100KGSF2010
2584Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPointsPan AmericanABSSF2010
2744Roger GracieRoger GracieLChoke from backWorld Champ.ABSSF2010
2835Sergio MoraesSergio MoraesLToe holdEuropeanABSSF2011
2921Caio AlencarLPointsWorld Pro.O92KG4F2011
3151Braga NetoBraga NetoLPts: 7x0World Champ.O100KGF2011
4457Alexander TransAlexander TransLPts: 3x0European OpenO100KGF2013
4640R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaLPts: 4x0BrasileiroO100KGF2013
5604Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaLChoke from backWorld Pro.ABSR22014
5659Alexander TransAlexander TransLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro.O100KGSF2014
6221Dimitrus SouzaLPts: 4x2South AmericanABSSF2014
6977Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarLPts: 3x0ADCC RJ99KG4F2015
7127Alexander TransAlexander TransLPts: 2x0World ProO95KG4F2015
7225Erberth SantosErberth SantosLChoke from backBrasileiro100KGF2015
7489Alexander TransAlexander TransLPts: 4x2World Champ.O100KG4F2015
7877Jared DoppJared DoppLPts: 2x0ADCCO99KG4F2015
9781Bruno NovaesLN/ABrasileiroO100KG4F2016
9811Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 11x8BrasileiroABSF2016
10032Igor SilvaIgor SilvaLPts: 4x0World Champ.100KG4F2016
10078Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPointsWorld Champ.ABS4F2016
10746Alexander TransAlexander TransLPts: 2x0Copa Podio105KGRR2016
10754Gabriel LucasGabriel LucasLPts: 3x2Copa Podio105KGRR2016
12217Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 3x0Pan American100KGF2017
12785Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 13x4Brasileiro100KGSF2017
12864Abdurakhman BilarovAbdurakhman BilarovLReferee DecisionACBJJ 595KG4F2017
13183Otavio NalatiLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.O100KG4F2017
14915Igor SilvaIgor SilvaLChoke from backACB 1095KGSPF2018
20556Igor SchneiderIgor SchneiderLPts: 10x4World Champ.100KGR12019
2024Ulpiano MalachiasUlpiano MalachiasWPointsNoGi WorldsO100KGSF2008
2103Lucio LagartoWPointsEuropean100KGF2009
2179Andre FreitasWN/APan AmericanO100KGSF2009
2182Jay PagesWTrianglePan AmericanABSR12009
2186Roberto ToziRoberto ToziWOmoplataPan AmericanABS8F2009
2362Rick MigaWTriangleWorld Champ.O100KGR12009
2363Bruno BastosBruno BastosWChoke from backWorld Champ.O100KGR12009
2364Charles CachoeiraWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.O100KG4F2009
2367Marcio CorletaMarcio CorletaWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.O100KGSF2009
2370Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWPointsWorld Champ.ABSR12009
2371UnknownWTriangleWorld Champ.ABSR12009
2385UnknownWHeel hookGQ Del MarABSNA2009
2494Rogent LloretWWristlockEuropeanO100KGNA2010
2495Antonio PeinadoAntonio PeinadoWPointsEuropeanO100KGF2010
2497Rodrigo CaporalRodrigo CaporalWTriangleEuropeanABS4F2010
2498Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWPointsEuropeanABSSF2010
2582Marcel FortunaMarcel FortunaWTrianglePan AmericanABS4F2010
2653Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWFootlockBrasileiroO100KGF2010
2724Petrus MeloWTriangleWorld Champ.O100KGR22010
2726Marcio CruzMarcio CruzWTriangleWorld Champ.O100KG4F2010
2727Antonio PeinadoAntonio PeinadoWBotinhaWorld Champ.O100KGSF2010
2729Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWBotinhaWorld Champ.O100KGF2010
2805UnknownWSubmissionWorld Pro TrialO92KGSF2011
2806Radek TurekRadek TurekWPointsWorld Pro TrialO92KGF2011
3143Marcio CruzMarcio CruzWSubmissionWorld Champ.O100KGSF2011
4189Derek LeyrerWPointsGrapplers QuestABSNA2012
4455Jose JuniorJose JuniorWN/AEuropean OpenO100KGSF2013
4461Rodrigo CandidoWHeel hookADCC TrialsO99KGSF2013
4462Kitner MouraWGogoplataADCC TrialsO99KGF2013
4665Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaWPts: 7x2World ProO100KGF2013
4815Gustavo DiasGustavo DiasWBotinhaWorld Champ.O100KG4F2013
4818Abraham MarteAbraham MarteWDQWorld Champ.O100KGSF2013
5254R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWPts: 4x2EuropeanO100KGF2014
5588Piotr WojtkowskiWPts: 7x0World Pro.ABSR12014
6214Jackson RatigueriWSubmissionSouth AmericanABSRDS2014
6219Tony FerrazWPts: 38x0South AmericanABS4F2014
6238Frederico ZaganelliWChoke from backSouth American100KGF2014
6975Cristiano LazzarinniWPts: 2x0ADCC RJ99KGR12015
7122Pablo AgaraoWPts: 2x0World ProO95KGR12015
7871Hideki SekineWReferee DecisionADCCO99KGR12015
9780Fernando GomesWSubmissionBrasileiroO100KG4F2016
9791Eric MedeirosWBow and arrowBrasileiroABSRD2016
9801Ruan OliveiraRuan OliveiraWBotinhaBrasileiroABS8F2016
9807Guilherme AugustoGuilherme AugustoWAdvBrasileiroABS4F2016
10028Felipe BuenoWPts: 4x0World Champ.100KGR12016
10051Felipe BuenoWN/AWorld Champ.ABSR12016
10062Dany GerardDany GerardWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.ABSR22016
10069R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWBotinhaWorld Champ.ABS8F2016
10737Diego BorgesDiego BorgesD---Copa Podio105KGRR2016
10749Nelton PontesNelton PontesWPts: 0x0, AdvCopa Podio105KGRR2016
12214Dany GerardDany GerardWPts: 4x4, AdvPan American100KG4F2017
12216Paul ArdilaPaul ArdilaWPts: 10x0Pan American100KGSF2017
12779Tiago CarvalhoWDQBrasileiro100KGR12017
12781Igor MarquesWPointsBrasileiro100KG4F2017

Picture by Gracie Mag.

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