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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 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

51 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    18 (35%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    5 (10%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    24 (47%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (4%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    2 (4%)

24 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Triangle
29
7
#86e620
Botinha
21
5
#5AD3D1
Submission
13
3
#d1212a
Choke from back
8
2
#fad11b
Heel hook
8
2
#f58822
Wristlock
4
1
#224aba
Footlock
4
1
#ff9124
Gogoplata
4
1
#bf1f6c
Bow and arrow
4
1
#22c9a5
Omoplata
4
1
24
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
35 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    18 (51%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    5 (14%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    11 (31%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (3%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

11 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Choke from back
27
3
#86e620
Triangle
18
2
#5AD3D1
Armbar
18
2
#d1212a
Toe hold
9
1
#fad11b
Cross choke
9
1
#f58822
Submission
9
1
#224aba
Heel hook
9
1
11
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Rodrigo Cavaca Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
1455Roger GracieRoger GracieLCross chokeWorld Champ.ABS4F2006
1571Luiz TheodoroLAdvBrasileiroABSF2007
1755Roger GracieRoger GracieLArmbarWorld Champ.ABSR12007
1947Roger GracieRoger GracieLSubmissionWorld Champ.O100KGR12008
2008Gabriel VellaGabriel VellaLPts: 2x0NoGi WorldsO100KGF2008
2154Marcio CorletaMarcio CorletaLArmbarPan AmericanO100KGF2009
2241Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesLHeel hookADCC99KGR12009
2342Gabriel VellaGabriel VellaLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.O100KGF2009
2359Bill CooperBill CooperLTriangleGQ Del MarABSNA2009
2471Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposLTriangleEuropeanABSF2010
2538Marcel FortunaMarcel FortunaLPts: 0x0, AdvPan American100KGSF2010
2554Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPointsPan AmericanABSSF2010
2714Roger GracieRoger GracieLChoke from backWorld Champ.ABSSF2010
2779Sergio MoraesSergio MoraesLToe holdEuropeanABSSF2011
2864Caio AlencarLPointsWorld Pro.O92KG4F2011
3089Braga NetoBraga NetoLPts: 7x0World Champ.O100KGF2011
4352Alexander TransAlexander TransLPts: 3x0European OpenO100KGF2013
5455Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaLChoke from backWorld Pro.ABSR22014
5505Alexander TransAlexander TransLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro.O100KGSF2014
6049Dimitrus SouzaLPts: 4x2South AmericanABSSF2014
6758Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarLPts: 3x0ADCC RJ99KG4F2015
6904Alexander TransAlexander TransLPts: 2x0World ProO95KG4F2015
6998Erberth SantosErberth SantosLChoke from backBrasileiro100KGF2015
7258Alexander TransAlexander TransLPts: 4x2World Champ.O100KG4F2015
7628Jared DoppJared DoppLPts: 2x0ADCCO99KG4F2015
9461Bruno NovaesLN/ABrasileiroO100KG4F2016
9492Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 11x8BrasileiroABSF2016
9711Igor SilvaIgor SilvaLPts: 4x0World Champ.100KG4F2016
9757Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPointsWorld Champ.ABS4F2016
10370Alexander TransAlexander TransLPts: 2x0Copa Podio105KGRR2016
10378Gabriel LucasGabriel LucasLPts: 3x2Copa Podio105KGRR2016
11706Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 3x0Pan American100KGF2017
12241Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 13x4Brasileiro100KGSF2017
12314Abdurakhman BilarovLReferee DecisionACBJJ HW GP95KG4F2017
12611Otavio NalatiLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.O100KG4F2017
2007Ulpiano MalachiasUlpiano MalachiasWPointsNoGi WorldsO100KGSF2008
2076Lucio LagartoWPointsEuropean100KGF2009
2152Andre FreitasWN/APan AmericanO100KGSF2009
2155Jay PagesWTrianglePan AmericanABSR12009
2159Roberto ToziRoberto ToziWOmoplataPan AmericanABS8F2009
2335Rick MigaWTriangleWorld Champ.O100KGR12009
2336Bruno BastosBruno BastosWChoke from backWorld Champ.O100KGR12009
2337Charles CachoeiraWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.O100KG4F2009
2340Marcio CorletaMarcio CorletaWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.O100KGSF2009
2343Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWPointsWorld Champ.ABSR12009
2344UnknownWTriangleWorld Champ.ABSR12009
2358UnknownWHeel hookGQ Del MarABSNA2009
2465Rogent LloretWWristlockEuropeanO100KGNA2010
2466Antonio PeinadoAntonio PeinadoWPointsEuropeanO100KGF2010
2468Rodrigo CaporalRodrigo CaporalWTriangleEuropeanABS4F2010
2469Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWPointsEuropeanABSSF2010
2552Marcel FortunaMarcel FortunaWTrianglePan AmericanABS4F2010
2623Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWFootlockBrasileiroO100KGF2010
2694Petrus MeloWTriangleWorld Champ.O100KGR22010
2696Marcio CruzMarcio CruzWTriangleWorld Champ.O100KG4F2010
2697Antonio PeinadoAntonio PeinadoWBotinhaWorld Champ.O100KGSF2010
2699Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWBotinhaWorld Champ.O100KGF2010
3081Marcio CruzMarcio CruzWSubmissionWorld Champ.O100KGSF2011
4104Derek LeyrerWPointsGrapplers QuestABSNA2012
4350Jose JuniorJose JuniorWN/AEuropean OpenO100KGSF2013
4356Rodrigo CandidoWHeel hookADCC TrialsO99KGSF2013
4357Kitner MouraWGogoplataADCC TrialsO99KGF2013
4546Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaWPts: 7x2World ProO100KGF2013
4694Gustavo EliasGustavo EliasWBotinhaWorld Champ.O100KG4F2013
4697Abraham MarteAbraham MarteWDQWorld Champ.O100KGSF2013
5114R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWPts: 4x2EuropeanO100KGF2014
5439Piotr WojtkowskiWPts: 7x0World Pro.ABSR12014
6042Jackson RatigueriWSubmissionSouth AmericanABSRDS2014
6047Tony FerrazWPts: 38x0South AmericanABS4F2014
6059Frederico ZaganelliWChoke from backSouth American100KGF2014
6756Cristiano LazzarinniWPts: 2x0ADCC RJ99KGR12015
6899Pablo AgaraoWPts: 2x0World ProO95KGR12015
7622Hideki SekineWReferee DecisionADCCO99KGR12015
9460Fernando GomesWSubmissionBrasileiroO100KG4F2016
9471Eric MedeirosWBow and arrowBrasileiroABSRD2016
9481Ruan OliveiraRuan OliveiraWBotinhaBrasileiroABS8F2016
9487Guilherme AugustoGuilherme AugustoWAdvBrasileiroABS4F2016
9707Felipe BuenoWPts: 4x0World Champ.100KGR12016
9730Felipe BuenoWN/AWorld Champ.ABSR12016
9741Dany GerardDany GerardWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.ABSR22016
9748R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWBotinhaWorld Champ.ABS8F2016
10361Diego BorgesDiego BorgesD---Copa Podio105KGRR2016
10373Nelton PontesNelton PontesWPts: 0x0, AdvCopa Podio105KGRR2016
11703Dany GerardDany GerardWPts: 4x4, AdvPan American100KG4F2017
11705Paul ArdilaPaul ArdilaWPts: 10x0Pan American100KGSF2017
12235Tiago CarvalhoWDQBrasileiro100KGR12017
12237Igor MarquesWPointsBrasileiro100KG4F2017

Picture by Gracie Mag.

Rodrigo Cavaca vs Roberto Abreu

 

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