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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

28 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    14 (50%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (11%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    10 (36%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (4%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

10 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Katagatame
20
2
#86e620
Straight ankle lock
20
2
#5AD3D1
Footlock
10
1
#d1212a
Submission
10
1
#fad11b
Choke from back
10
1
#f58822
Armbar
10
1
#224aba
Verbal tap
10
1
#ff9124
Inside heel hook
10
1
10
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
35 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    9 (26%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (6%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    24 (69%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

24 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Armbar
17
4
#86e620
Kneebar
13
3
#5AD3D1
Inside heel hook
8
2
#d1212a
Choke from back
8
2
#fad11b
Ezekiel
4
1
#f58822
Cross choke
4
1
#224aba
Outside heel hook
4
1
#ff9124
Footlock
4
1
#bf1f6c
Mounted X choke
4
1
#22c9a5
RNC
4
1
#fad223
Choke
4
1
#03861f
50/50 armbar
4
1
#039a1f
Short choke
4
1
#03b41f
Anaconda choke
4
1
#03c61f
Toe hold
4
1
#03d61f
Botinha
4
1
#03f61f
Triangle
4
1
24
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Rodrigo Tatu Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
21087Caio CaetanoCaio CaetanoLToe holdBH Winter Open82KGSF2019
21102Marcos MartinsMarcos MartinsLPointsBH Winter NGO85KGSF2019
21286Wellington LuisWellington LuisLPointsVitoria OpenABSR12019
22126Ali MonfaradiAli MonfaradiLPointsRome Fall OpenABS4F2019
22182Marcelo GomideMarcelo GomideLPointsEuropean NoGiABS8F2019
23301Thiago MacedoThiago MacedoLArmbarNew Orleans Open100KGF2020
23957Ronaldo JuniorRonaldo JuniorLChoke from backAustin Open82KGF2020
23964Ronaldo JuniorRonaldo JuniorLTriangleAustin OpenABSSF2020
23990Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoLEzekielOklahoma OpenABSSF2020
24571Nathan MendelsohnNathan MendelsohnLArmbarAmerican Nats94KGF2020
24612Gabriel AlmeidaGabriel AlmeidaLKneebarAmerican NGN91KGF2020
25185Tainan DalpraTainan DalpraLCross chokeDallas Open82KG4F2021
25222Stanley RosaLInside heel hookDallas NGO85KGSF2021
25233Oliver TazaOliver TazaLOutside heel hookDallas NGOABSR12021
26125Joseph WatsonLInside heel hookNoGi Pan Am.85KGR12021
26509Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoLFootlockF2W 17383KGSPF2021
26934Fellipe AndrewFellipe AndrewLMounted X chokeAustin OpenABS4F2021
27589Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoLChoke from backPan American88KG4F2021
28286Jeferson GuaresiJeferson GuaresiLRNCNoGi Worlds85KGSF2021
29067Gabriel CastroLPointsJJ CON NG85KGSF2021
29072Stephen MartinezLPointsJJ CON NGABSSF2021
30542Shane FishmanLChokeEuropean Open88KGR12022
30747Enderson DiasEnderson DiasL50/50 armbarDallas Open88KGSF2022
31619Caio CaetanoCaio CaetanoLPts: 6x6, AdvPan American82KGR12022
32535Jansen GomesJansen GomesLArmbarChicago SPO88KGSF2022
32536Jansen GomesJansen GomesLShort chokeChicago SPO88KGF2022
33098Levi JonesLevi JonesLPts: 6x0EUG 482KG4F2022
33366Enderson DiasEnderson DiasLPts: 6x6, AdvAmerican Nat.94KG4F2022
33379Aaron TiegsLKneebarAmerican Nat.ABSR12022
33666Austin OrandayLN/AAustin SMNGO91KGF2022
34750Gabriel AlmeidaGabriel AlmeidaLAnaconda chokeJJ Con NG91KGF2022
35497Francisco LoFrancisco LoLKneebarNoGi Pan85KG4F2022
35524Igor SchneiderIgor SchneiderLPts: 5x0NoGi PanABS8F2022
35808Tainan DalpraTainan DalpraLArmbarIBJJF GP88KGSPF2022
36616Arthur DetanicoArthur DetanicoLBotinhaWaco OpenABSSF2022
22428Eduardo GaytanWPointsMexico City Open88KGSF2019
22429Anderson SousaWPointsMexico City Open88KGF2019
22434Damien NitkinWPointsMexico City NGO85KGSF2019
22435Anderson SousaWPointsMexico City NGO85KGF2019
23299Alexander YablongWArmbarNew Orleans Open100KGSF2020
23877Dylan WhyteWStraight ankle lockF2W 150N/ASPF2020
23956Dylan ScottWPointsAustin Open82KGSF2020
24569Inacio NetoInacio NetoWPts: 0x0, AdvAmerican Nats94KGSF2020
24611Vinicius WongWPointsAmerican NGN91KGSF2020
25746Solomon ChoranWStraight ankle lockF2W 169N/ASPF2021
26930Charles McGuireWVerbal tapAustin Open100KGF2021
27584Alec BauldingAlec BauldingWPts: 2x2, AdvPan American88KG8F2021
28273Sebastian GuevaraWInside heel hookNoGi Worlds85KGR22021
28280Gabriel AlmeidaGabriel AlmeidaWReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds85KG8F2021
28283Gregory PaulinoWFootlockNoGi Worlds85KG4F2021
29022Charles ParsonsWSubmissionJJ CON88KG4F2021
29025Alexander LaneWPointsJJ CON88KGSF2021
29026Thiago CesarWPointsJJ CON88KGF2021
29071Clay MayfieldWPointsJJ CON NGABS4F2021
30745Joao CizeskiJoao CizeskiWPts: 8x8, AdvDallas Open88KG4F2022
30781Juan ArmendarizWPts: 8x2Dallas NGO85KGSF2022
33365Nicholas GreeneWPointsAmerican Nat.94KGR12022
33631Joao MatosWChoke from backAustin SMO88KGSF2022
33633Matheus OliveiraWPts: 7x2Austin SMO88KGF2022
34749Thiago SaldanhaWPointsJJ Con NG91KGSF2022
35491Guthierry BarbosaGuthierry BarbosaWKatagatameNoGi Pan85KG8F2022
36611Jean PierreWKatagatameWaco OpenABSR12022
36613Jackson DouglasJackson DouglasWPts: 6x4Waco OpenABS4F2022
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