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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
Katagatame
20
2
#86e620
Straight ankle lock
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
Inside heel hook
14
4
#5AD3D1
Kneebar
14
4
#d1212a
Choke from back
7
2
#fad11b
Outside heel hook
4
1
#f58822
Footlock
4
1
#224aba
Mounted X choke
4
1
#ff9124
RNC
4
1
#bf1f6c
Choke
4
1
#22c9a5
50/50 armbar
4
1
#fad223
Short choke
4
1
#03861f
Anaconda choke
4
1
#039a1f
Toe hold
4
1
#03b41f
Botinha
4
1
#03c61f
Triangle
4
1
#03d61f
Ezekiel
4
1
#03f61f
Cross choke
4
1
28
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Rodrigo Tatu Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
21098Caio CaetanoCaio CaetanoLToe holdBH Winter Open82KGSF2019
21113Marcos MartinsMarcos MartinsLPointsBH Winter NGO85KGSF2019
21297Wellington LuisWellington LuisLPointsVitoria OpenABSR12019
22137Ali MonfaradiAli MonfaradiLPointsRome Fall OpenABS4F2019
22193Marcelo GomideMarcelo GomideLPointsEuropean NoGiABS8F2019
23311Thiago MacedoThiago MacedoLArmbarNew Orleans Open100KGF2020
23967Ronaldo JuniorRonaldo JuniorLChoke from backAustin Open82KGF2020
23974Ronaldo JuniorRonaldo JuniorLTriangleAustin OpenABSSF2020
24001Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoLEzekielOklahoma OpenABSSF2020
24583Nathan MendelsohnNathan MendelsohnLArmbarAmerican Nats94KGF2020
24624Gabriel AlmeidaGabriel AlmeidaLKneebarAmerican NGN91KGF2020
25197Tainan DalpraTainan DalpraLCross chokeDallas Open82KG4F2021
25234Stanley RosaLInside heel hookDallas NGO85KGSF2021
25245Oliver TazaOliver TazaLOutside heel hookDallas NGOABSR12021
26143Joseph WatsonLInside heel hookNoGi Pan Am.85KGR12021
26528Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoLFootlockF2W 17383KGSPF2021
26953Fellipe AndrewFellipe AndrewLMounted X chokeAustin OpenABS4F2021
27608Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoLChoke from backPan American88KG4F2021
28305Jeferson GuaresiJeferson GuaresiLRNCNoGi Worlds85KGSF2021
29087Gabriel CastroLPointsJJ CON NG85KGSF2021
29092Stephen MartinezLPointsJJ CON NGABSSF2021
30589Shane FishmanLChokeEuropean Open88KGR12022
30795Enderson DiasEnderson DiasL50/50 armbarDallas Open88KGSF2022
31668Caio CaetanoCaio CaetanoLPts: 6x6, AdvPan American82KGR12022
32590Jansen GomesJansen GomesLArmbarChicago SPO88KGSF2022
32591Jansen GomesJansen GomesLShort chokeChicago SPO88KGF2022
33153Levi JonesLevi JonesLPts: 6x0EUG 482KG4F2022
33427Enderson DiasEnderson DiasLPts: 6x6, AdvAmerican Nat.94KG4F2022
33440Aaron TiegsLKneebarAmerican Nat.ABSR12022
33733Austin OrandayAustin OrandayLInside heel hookAustin SMNGO91KGF2022
34818Gabriel AlmeidaGabriel AlmeidaLAnaconda chokeJJ Con NG91KGF2022
35584Francisco LoFrancisco LoLKneebarNoGi Pan85KG4F2022
35611Igor SchneiderIgor SchneiderLPts: 5x0NoGi PanABS8F2022
35900Tainan DalpraTainan DalpraLArmbarIBJJF GP88KGSPF2022
36718Arthur DetanicoArthur DetanicoLBotinhaWaco OpenABSSF2022
37969Austin OrandayAustin OrandayLDQDallas NGO85KGSF2023
39858Bruno BressanLPts: 2x0Atanta SPO88KGF2023
39968Sebastian RodriguezSebastian RodriguezLReferee DecisionHouston Open88KG4F2023
40006Pedro AlexPedro AlexLPointsHouston OpenABSSF2023
40402Marcos MartinsMarcos MartinsLArmbarWorld Champ.88KGR12023
41840Gilberto HenriqueLPointsDallas SNGO85KGF2023
43182Iago DuarteLPts: 0x0, AdvBrasileiro NoGi85KGSF2023
43407Enrique MarchLPts: 4x2NoGi Pan85KGR12023
44077Austin OrandayAustin OrandayLInside heel hookHouston FNGO85KGF2023
44083Emilio HernandezEmilio HernandezLKneebarHouston FNGOABS4F2023
22439Eduardo GaytanWPointsMexico City Open88KGSF2019
22440Anderson SousaWPointsMexico City Open88KGF2019
22445Damien NitkinWPointsMexico City NGO85KGSF2019
22446Anderson SousaWPointsMexico City NGO85KGF2019
23309Alexander YablongWArmbarNew Orleans Open100KGSF2020
23887Dylan WhyteWStraight ankle lockF2W 150N/ASPF2020
23966Dylan ScottWPointsAustin Open82KGSF2020
24581Inacio NetoInacio NetoWPts: 0x0, AdvAmerican Nats94KGSF2020
24623Vinicius WongWPointsAmerican NGN91KGSF2020
25760Solomon ChoranWStraight ankle lockF2W 169N/ASPF2021
26949Charles McGuireWVerbal tapAustin Open100KGF2021
27603Alec BauldingAlec BauldingWPts: 2x2, AdvPan American88KG8F2021
28292Sebastian GuevaraWInside heel hookNoGi Worlds85KGR22021
28299Gabriel AlmeidaGabriel AlmeidaWReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds85KG8F2021
28302Gregory PaulinoWFootlockNoGi Worlds85KG4F2021
29042Charles ParsonsWSubmissionJJ CON88KG4F2021
29045Alexander LaneWPointsJJ CON88KGSF2021
29046Thiago CesarWPointsJJ CON88KGF2021
29091Clay MayfieldWPointsJJ CON NGABS4F2021
30793Joao CizeskiJoao CizeskiWPts: 8x8, AdvDallas Open88KG4F2022
30829Juan ArmendarizWPts: 8x2Dallas NGO85KGSF2022
33426Nicholas GreeneWPointsAmerican Nat.94KGR12022
33696Joao MatosWChoke from backAustin SMO88KGSF2022
33698Matheus OliveiraWPts: 7x2Austin SMO88KGF2022
34817Thiago SaldanhaWPointsJJ Con NG91KGSF2022
35578Guthierry BarbosaGuthierry BarbosaWKatagatameNoGi Pan85KG8F2022
36713Jean PierreWKatagatameWaco OpenABSR12022
36715Jackson DouglasJackson DouglasWPts: 6x4Waco OpenABS4F2022
37946Nicholas MartinezWPts: 6x2Dallas OpenABSR12023
39966Chad RossWN/AHouston Open88KG4F2023
43174Luiz DionisioWPts: 10x0Brasileiro NoGi85KGR12023
43179Gabriel CostaGabriel CostaWReferee DecisionBrasileiro NoGi85KG4F2023
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