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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

21 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    10 (48%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (14%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    7 (33%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (5%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

7 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Straight ankle lock
29
2
#86e620
Verbal tap
14
1
#5AD3D1
Inside heel hook
14
1
#d1212a
Footlock
14
1
#fad11b
Submission
14
1
#f58822
Armbar
14
1
7
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
26 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    6 (23%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (4%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    19 (73%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

19 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Armbar
16
3
#86e620
Choke from back
11
2
#5AD3D1
Inside heel hook
11
2
#d1212a
Triangle
5
1
#fad11b
Ezekiel
5
1
#f58822
Kneebar
5
1
#224aba
Cross choke
5
1
#ff9124
Outside heel hook
5
1
#bf1f6c
Footlock
5
1
#22c9a5
Mounted X choke
5
1
#fad223
RNC
5
1
#03861f
Choke
5
1
#039a1f
50/50 armbar
5
1
#03b41f
Short choke
5
1
#03c61f
Toe hold
5
1
19
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Rodrigo Tatu Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
21079Caio CaetanoCaio CaetanoLToe holdBH Winter Open82KGSF2019
21094Marcos MartinsMarcos MartinsLPointsBH Winter NGO85KGSF2019
21278Wellington LuisWellington LuisLPointsVitoria OpenABSR12019
22114Ali MonfaradiAli MonfaradiLPointsRome Fall OpenABS4F2019
22170Marcelo GomideMarcelo GomideLPointsEuropean NoGiABS8F2019
23281Thiago MacedoThiago MacedoLArmbarNew Orleans Open100KGF2020
23932Ronaldo JuniorRonaldo JuniorLChoke from backAustin Open82KGF2020
23939Ronaldo JuniorRonaldo JuniorLTriangleAustin OpenABSSF2020
23965Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoLEzekielOklahoma OpenABSSF2020
24546Nathan MendelsohnNathan MendelsohnLArmbarAmerican Nats94KGF2020
24587Gabriel AlmeidaGabriel AlmeidaLKneebarAmerican NGN91KGF2020
25158Tainan DalpraTainan DalpraLCross chokeDallas Open82KG4F2021
25195Stanley RosaLInside heel hookDallas NGO85KGSF2021
25206Oliver TazaOliver TazaLOutside heel hookDallas NGOABSR12021
26098Joseph WatsonLInside heel hookNoGi Pan Am.85KGR12021
26482Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoLFootlockF2W 17383KGSPF2021
26900Fellipe AndrewFellipe AndrewLMounted X chokeAustin OpenABS4F2021
27554Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoLChoke from backPan American88KG4F2021
28250Jeferson GuaresiJeferson GuaresiLRNCNoGi Worlds85KGSF2021
29029Gabriel CastroLPointsJJ CON NG85KGSF2021
29034Stephen MartinezLPointsJJ CON NGABSSF2021
30487Shane FishmanLChokeEuropean Open88KGR12022
30684Enderson DiasEnderson DiasL50/50 armbarDallas Open88KGSF2022
31552Caio CaetanoCaio CaetanoLPts: 6x6, AdvPan American82KGR12022
32455Jansen GomesJansen GomesLArmbarChicago SPO88KGSF2022
32456Jansen GomesJansen GomesLShort chokeChicago SPO88KGF2022
22409Eduardo GaytanWPointsMexico City Open88KGSF2019
22410Anderson SousaWPointsMexico City Open88KGF2019
22415Damien NitkinWPointsMexico City NGO85KGSF2019
22416Anderson SousaWPointsMexico City NGO85KGF2019
23279Alexander YablongWArmbarNew Orleans Open100KGSF2020
23852Dylan WhyteWStraight ankle lockF2W 150N/ASPF2020
23931Dylan ScottWPointsAustin Open82KGSF2020
24544Inacio NetoInacio NetoWPts: 0x0, AdvAmerican Nats94KGSF2020
24586Vinicius WongWPointsAmerican NGN91KGSF2020
25719Solomon ChoranWStraight ankle lockF2W 169N/ASPF2021
26896Charles McGuireWVerbal tapAustin Open100KGF2021
27549Alec BauldingAlec BauldingWPts: 2x2, AdvPan American88KG8F2021
28237Sebastian GuevaraWInside heel hookNoGi Worlds85KGR22021
28244Gabriel AlmeidaGabriel AlmeidaWReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds85KG8F2021
28247Gregory PaulinoWFootlockNoGi Worlds85KG4F2021
28984Charles ParsonsWSubmissionJJ CON88KG4F2021
28987Alexander LaneWPointsJJ CON88KGSF2021
28988Thiago CesarWPointsJJ CON88KGF2021
29033Clay MayfieldWPointsJJ CON NGABS4F2021
30682Joao CizeskiJoao CizeskiWPts: 8x8, AdvDallas Open88KG4F2022
30718Juan ArmendarizWPts: 8x2Dallas NGO85KGSF2022
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