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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

25 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    13 (52%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (12%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    8 (32%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (4%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

8 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Straight ankle lock
25
2
#86e620
Armbar
13
1
#5AD3D1
Verbal tap
13
1
#d1212a
Inside heel hook
13
1
#fad11b
Footlock
13
1
#f58822
Submission
13
1
#224aba
Choke from back
13
1
8
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
31 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    8 (26%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (6%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    21 (68%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

21 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Armbar
14
3
#86e620
Inside heel hook
10
2
#5AD3D1
Choke from back
10
2
#d1212a
Kneebar
10
2
#fad11b
Outside heel hook
5
1
#f58822
Footlock
5
1
#224aba
Mounted X choke
5
1
#ff9124
RNC
5
1
#bf1f6c
Choke
5
1
#22c9a5
50/50 armbar
5
1
#fad223
Short choke
5
1
#03861f
Anaconda choke
5
1
#039a1f
Toe hold
5
1
#03b41f
Triangle
5
1
#03c61f
Ezekiel
5
1
#03d61f
Cross choke
5
1
21
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Rodrigo Tatu Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
21085Caio CaetanoCaio CaetanoLToe holdBH Winter Open82KGSF2019
21100Marcos MartinsMarcos MartinsLPointsBH Winter NGO85KGSF2019
21284Wellington LuisWellington LuisLPointsVitoria OpenABSR12019
22120Ali MonfaradiAli MonfaradiLPointsRome Fall OpenABS4F2019
22176Marcelo GomideMarcelo GomideLPointsEuropean NoGiABS8F2019
23287Thiago MacedoThiago MacedoLArmbarNew Orleans Open100KGF2020
23938Ronaldo JuniorRonaldo JuniorLChoke from backAustin Open82KGF2020
23945Ronaldo JuniorRonaldo JuniorLTriangleAustin OpenABSSF2020
23971Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoLEzekielOklahoma OpenABSSF2020
24552Nathan MendelsohnNathan MendelsohnLArmbarAmerican Nats94KGF2020
24593Gabriel AlmeidaGabriel AlmeidaLKneebarAmerican NGN91KGF2020
25166Tainan DalpraTainan DalpraLCross chokeDallas Open82KG4F2021
25203Stanley RosaLInside heel hookDallas NGO85KGSF2021
25214Oliver TazaOliver TazaLOutside heel hookDallas NGOABSR12021
26106Joseph WatsonLInside heel hookNoGi Pan Am.85KGR12021
26490Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoLFootlockF2W 17383KGSPF2021
26915Fellipe AndrewFellipe AndrewLMounted X chokeAustin OpenABS4F2021
27570Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoLChoke from backPan American88KG4F2021
28266Jeferson GuaresiJeferson GuaresiLRNCNoGi Worlds85KGSF2021
29045Gabriel CastroLPointsJJ CON NG85KGSF2021
29050Stephen MartinezLPointsJJ CON NGABSSF2021
30508Shane FishmanLChokeEuropean Open88KGR12022
30707Enderson DiasEnderson DiasL50/50 armbarDallas Open88KGSF2022
31578Caio CaetanoCaio CaetanoLPts: 6x6, AdvPan American82KGR12022
32485Jansen GomesJansen GomesLArmbarChicago SPO88KGSF2022
32486Jansen GomesJansen GomesLShort chokeChicago SPO88KGF2022
33042Levi JonesLevi JonesLPts: 6x0EUG 482KG4F2022
33307Enderson DiasEnderson DiasLPts: 6x6, AdvAmerican Nat.94KG4F2022
33320Aaron TiegsLKneebarAmerican Nat.ABSR12022
33586Austin OrandayLN/AAustin SMNGO91KGF2022
34664Gabriel AlmeidaGabriel AlmeidaLAnaconda chokeJJ Con NG91KGF2022
22415Eduardo GaytanWPointsMexico City Open88KGSF2019
22416Anderson SousaWPointsMexico City Open88KGF2019
22421Damien NitkinWPointsMexico City NGO85KGSF2019
22422Anderson SousaWPointsMexico City NGO85KGF2019
23285Alexander YablongWArmbarNew Orleans Open100KGSF2020
23858Dylan WhyteWStraight ankle lockF2W 150N/ASPF2020
23937Dylan ScottWPointsAustin Open82KGSF2020
24550Inacio NetoInacio NetoWPts: 0x0, AdvAmerican Nats94KGSF2020
24592Vinicius WongWPointsAmerican NGN91KGSF2020
25727Solomon ChoranWStraight ankle lockF2W 169N/ASPF2021
26911Charles McGuireWVerbal tapAustin Open100KGF2021
27565Alec BauldingAlec BauldingWPts: 2x2, AdvPan American88KG8F2021
28253Sebastian GuevaraWInside heel hookNoGi Worlds85KGR22021
28260Gabriel AlmeidaGabriel AlmeidaWReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds85KG8F2021
28263Gregory PaulinoWFootlockNoGi Worlds85KG4F2021
29000Charles ParsonsWSubmissionJJ CON88KG4F2021
29003Alexander LaneWPointsJJ CON88KGSF2021
29004Thiago CesarWPointsJJ CON88KGF2021
29049Clay MayfieldWPointsJJ CON NGABS4F2021
30705Joao CizeskiJoao CizeskiWPts: 8x8, AdvDallas Open88KG4F2022
30741Juan ArmendarizWPts: 8x2Dallas NGO85KGSF2022
33306Nicholas GreeneWPointsAmerican Nat.94KGR12022
33551Joao MatosWChoke from backAustin SMO88KGSF2022
33553Matheus OliveiraWPts: 7x2Austin SMO88KGF2022
34663Thiago SaldanhaWPointsJJ Con NG91KGSF2022
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