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Rodrigo Lopes Martins, also known as Rodrigo “Tatu”, is a jiu-jitsu black belt under Leandro Escobar (also named Tatu) and a representative of the Double Five Academy in the sport’s international circuit. Rodrigo Lopes gained worldwide notoriety after winning double silver (gi and no-gi) at the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) American National Championships in 2020.

Rodrigo Lopes Jiu-Jitsu

Full Name: Rodrigo Lopes Martins

Nickname: Commonly known today as “Tatu” (the Portuguese word for armadillo), Rodrigo was mostly known as “Tatuzinho” (little Tatu in Portuguese) while growing up, a name that derived from his older brother Leandro “Tatu” Escobar, who was a well-known jiu-jitsu figure already, when Rodrigo began his grappling tuition. As time passed and Leandro stopped competing in the adult division, Lopes decided to take over the family tradition and represent his brother’s brand by adopting the Tatu name.

Lineage: Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie >Carlson Gracie > Ricardo LibórioAndré Almeida > Leandro Escobar > Rodrigo Lopes

Main Achievements:

  • 2nd Place IBJJF American Nationals (2020)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF American Nationals NOGI (2020)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World Championship NOGI (2021)

Favorite Position/Technique: Open Guard

Weight Division: Meio Pesado (88,30 kg / 195.0 lbs)

Team/Association: Double Five

Rodrigo Lopes “Tatu” Biography

Rodrigo Lopes was born on December 19, 1994, growing up in the Tijuca neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Martial arts appeared in Rodrigo’s life during primary school as part of Lopes’ curriculum, a period when all students were required to practice one combat sport. Lopes opted to choose judo. Because his older brother, Leandro Escobar was an avid jiu-jitsu athlete at the time, Rodrigo soon added BJJ to his list of sporting activities, starting around the age of 8 or 9.

His life in jiu-jitsu began at the famous Tijuca Tenis Clube sports complex where Lopes had in Augusto “Tanquinho” Mendes his first instructor. Although Mendes taught Rodrigo early on, the young boy’s promotions were done by his brother, who was a good friend of Tanquinho. As Rodrigo grew older, he started training with his brother, Leandro, on a regular basis and gradually gained a more serious interest in the sport, particularly during his mid-to-late teens.

Although invested in the sport, Rodrigo did not compete very often as a blue and purple belt. Instead, Lopes valued the party life too much to compete on a regular basis. The love for the quiet life arrived later, as a brown belt, a time when he decided to settle and marry. The decision paved the way for Lopes to kickstart a more serious focus on the competitive scene.

On June 23, 2019, Rodrigo Lopes was promoted to black belt by his brother, Leandro Escobar. Soon after the promotion, Rodrigo was invited by Rafael Formiga to come and teach at the Double Five gym in Texas, USA, an opportunity ceased by the young Brazilian.

Rodrigo Tatu Grappling Record

32 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    17 (53%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (9%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    10 (31%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (6%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

10 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Straight ankle lock
20
2
#86e620
Katagatame
20
2
#5AD3D1
Armbar
10
1
#d1212a
Verbal tap
10
1
#fad11b
Inside heel hook
10
1
#f58822
Footlock
10
1
#224aba
Submission
10
1
#ff9124
Choke from back
10
1
10
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
45 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    12 (27%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (7%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    28 (62%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (2%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (2%)

28 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Armbar
18
5
#86e620
Kneebar
14
4
#5AD3D1
Inside heel hook
14
4
#d1212a
Choke from back
7
2
#fad11b
Anaconda choke
4
1
#f58822
Toe hold
4
1
#224aba
Botinha
4
1
#ff9124
Triangle
4
1
#bf1f6c
Ezekiel
4
1
#22c9a5
Cross choke
4
1
#fad223
Outside heel hook
4
1
#03861f
Footlock
4
1
#039a1f
Mounted X choke
4
1
#03b41f
RNC
4
1
#03c61f
Choke
4
1
#03d61f
50/50 armbar
4
1
#03f61f
Short choke
4
1
28
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Rodrigo Tatu Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
21105Caio CaetanoCaio CaetanoLToe holdBH Winter Open82KGSF2019
21120Marcos MartinsMarcos MartinsLPointsBH Winter NGO85KGSF2019
21304Wellington LuisWellington LuisLPointsVitoria OpenABSR12019
22147Ali MonfaradiAli MonfaradiLPointsRome Fall OpenABS4F2019
22203Marcelo GomideMarcelo GomideLPointsEuropean NoGiABS8F2019
23321Thiago MacedoThiago MacedoLArmbarNew Orleans Open100KGF2020
23977Ronaldo JuniorRonaldo JuniorLChoke from backAustin Open82KGF2020
23984Ronaldo JuniorRonaldo JuniorLTriangleAustin OpenABSSF2020
24011Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoLEzekielOklahoma OpenABSSF2020
24596Nathan MendelsohnNathan MendelsohnLArmbarAmerican Nats94KGF2020
24637Gabriel AlmeidaGabriel AlmeidaLKneebarAmerican NGN91KGF2020
25210Tainan DalpraTainan DalpraLCross chokeDallas Open82KG4F2021
25247Stanley RosaLInside heel hookDallas NGO85KGSF2021
25258Oliver TazaOliver TazaLOutside heel hookDallas NGOABSR12021
26156Joseph WatsonLInside heel hookNoGi Pan Am.85KGR12021
26541Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoLFootlockF2W 17383KGSPF2021
26966Fellipe AndrewFellipe AndrewLMounted X chokeAustin OpenABS4F2021
27621Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoLChoke from backPan American88KG4F2021
28318Jeferson GuaresiJeferson GuaresiLRNCNoGi Worlds85KGSF2021
29100Gabriel CastroLPointsJJ CON NG85KGSF2021
29105Stephen MartinezLPointsJJ CON NGABSSF2021
30602Shane FishmanLChokeEuropean Open88KGR12022
30808Enderson DiasEnderson DiasL50/50 armbarDallas Open88KGSF2022
31681Caio CaetanoCaio CaetanoLPts: 6x6, AdvPan American82KGR12022
32606Jansen GomesJansen GomesLArmbarChicago SPO88KGSF2022
32607Jansen GomesJansen GomesLShort chokeChicago SPO88KGF2022
33169Levi JonesLevi JonesLPts: 6x0EUG 482KG4F2022
33443Enderson DiasEnderson DiasLPts: 6x6, AdvAmerican Nat.94KG4F2022
33456Aaron TiegsLKneebarAmerican Nat.ABSR12022
33749Austin OrandayAustin OrandayLInside heel hookAustin SMNGO91KGF2022
34836Gabriel AlmeidaGabriel AlmeidaLAnaconda chokeJJ Con NG91KGF2022
35620Francisco LoFrancisco LoLKneebarNoGi Pan85KG4F2022
35647Igor SchneiderIgor SchneiderLPts: 5x0NoGi PanABS8F2022
35936Tainan DalpraTainan DalpraLArmbarIBJJF GP88KGSPF2022
36754Arthur DetanicoArthur DetanicoLBotinhaWaco OpenABSSF2022
38005Austin OrandayAustin OrandayLDQDallas NGO85KGSF2023
39900Bruno BressanLPts: 2x0Atanta SPO88KGF2023
40010Sebastian RodriguezSebastian RodriguezLReferee DecisionHouston Open88KG4F2023
40048Pedro AlexPedro AlexLPointsHouston OpenABSSF2023
40444Marcos MartinsMarcos MartinsLArmbarWorld Champ.88KGR12023
41882Gilberto HenriqueLPointsDallas SNGO85KGF2023
43224Iago DuarteLPts: 0x0, AdvBrasileiro NoGi85KGSF2023
43449Enrique MarchLPts: 4x2NoGi Pan85KGR12023
44122Austin OrandayAustin OrandayLInside heel hookHouston FNGO85KGF2023
44128Emilio HernandezEmilio HernandezLKneebarHouston FNGOABS4F2023
22449Eduardo GaytanWPointsMexico City Open88KGSF2019
22450Anderson SousaWPointsMexico City Open88KGF2019
22455Damien NitkinWPointsMexico City NGO85KGSF2019
22456Anderson SousaWPointsMexico City NGO85KGF2019
23319Alexander YablongWArmbarNew Orleans Open100KGSF2020
23897Dylan WhyteWStraight ankle lockF2W 150N/ASPF2020
23976Dylan ScottWPointsAustin Open82KGSF2020
24594Inacio NetoInacio NetoWPts: 0x0, AdvAmerican Nats94KGSF2020
24636Vinicius WongWPointsAmerican NGN91KGSF2020
25773Solomon ChoranWStraight ankle lockF2W 169N/ASPF2021
26962Charles McGuireWVerbal tapAustin Open100KGF2021
27616Alec BauldingAlec BauldingWPts: 2x2, AdvPan American88KG8F2021
28305Sebastian GuevaraWInside heel hookNoGi Worlds85KGR22021
28312Gabriel AlmeidaGabriel AlmeidaWReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds85KG8F2021
28315Gregory PaulinoWFootlockNoGi Worlds85KG4F2021
29055Charles ParsonsWSubmissionJJ CON88KG4F2021
29058Alexander LaneWPointsJJ CON88KGSF2021
29059Thiago CesarWPointsJJ CON88KGF2021
29104Clay MayfieldWPointsJJ CON NGABS4F2021
30806Joao CizeskiJoao CizeskiWPts: 8x8, AdvDallas Open88KG4F2022
30842Juan ArmendarizWPts: 8x2Dallas NGO85KGSF2022
33442Nicholas GreeneWPointsAmerican Nat.94KGR12022
33712Joao MatosWChoke from backAustin SMO88KGSF2022
33714Matheus OliveiraWPts: 7x2Austin SMO88KGF2022
34835Thiago SaldanhaWPointsJJ Con NG91KGSF2022
35614Guthierry BarbosaGuthierry BarbosaWKatagatameNoGi Pan85KG8F2022
36749Jean PierreWKatagatameWaco OpenABSR12022
36751Jackson DouglasJackson DouglasWPts: 6x4Waco OpenABS4F2022
37982Nicholas MartinezWPts: 6x2Dallas OpenABSR12023
40008Chad RossWN/AHouston Open88KG4F2023
43216Luiz DionisioWPts: 10x0Brasileiro NoGi85KGR12023
43221Gabriel CostaGabriel CostaWReferee DecisionBrasileiro NoGi85KG4F2023
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