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Rômulo Azevedo, commonly known as Romulo “Caju” is a Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt under Welton Ribeiro. One of the top medium-heavyweight grappling competitors of his generation – a reputation earned through his many medals in some of the sport’s top tournaments (Brazilian Nationals [gi and no-gi], Pan American and South American Championships, etc), Rômulo is also known as the cousin of jiu jitsu legend Victor “Shaolin” Ribeiro.

Rômulo Azevedo Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Rômulo de Souza Azevedo

Nickname: Rômulo is known as Caju, which stands for “cashew nut” in Portuguese. The name started as a joke between Azevedo’s friends when he was around 14 to 15 years old during carnival season. Rômulo tried to dress up and dye his hair, but the look when completely wrong and he ended up shaving his hair last minute without the aid of a mirror. His head was lumpy and odd shaped so his friends made a reference to a cashew nut. The name picked up from there.

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Amélio Arruda > Welton Ribeiro > Rômulo Azevedo

Main Achievements:

  • IBJJF Pan No-Gi Champion (2018)
  • IBJJF Boston International Open Champion (2016/2015)
  • IBJJF Belo Horizonte International Open No Gi Champion (2016)
  • IBJJF New York Open International Champion (2016)
  • IBJJF Chicago International Open Champion (2015)
  • FJJ-Rio Rio de Janeiro State Champion (2015/2013)
  • IBJJF New York International Open No-Gi Champion (2015)
  • IBJJF Long Beach International Open Champion (2014)
  • CBJJO South American Champion (2013)
  • IBJJF World Championship 2nd Place (2005 blue)
  • CBJJ Brazilian National Championship 2nd Place (2012)
  • IBJJF Pan American No-Gi Championship 2nd Place (2016)
  • UAEJJF NYC International Pro 2nd Place (2016)
  • IBJJF Rio Winter Open 2nd Place (2015)
  • IBJJF São Paulo Open 2nd Place (2013)
  • CBJJ Brazilian No-Gi Championship 2nd Place (2015*)
  • IBJJF Floripa International No-Gi Open 2nd Place (2015*)
  • UAEJJF World Pro Trials 3rd Place (2011)
  • CBJJ Brazilian Championship 3rd Place (2010)
  • IBJJF South American Championship 3rd Place (2016)
  • IBJJF Pan American No-Gi Championship 3rd Place (2014)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • CBJJ Brazilian No-Gi Champion (2009 brown)
  • IBJJF World Championship 2nd Place (2005 blue)

* Absolute
** Weight and absolute

Favorite Position/Technique: n/a

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

Team/Association: Welton Ribeiro

Rômulo “Caju” Azevedo Biography

Rômulo Azevedo was born on June 11, 1987 in Niterói, a municipality of the state of Rio de Janeiro – Brazil.

Although Rômulo was drawn to fighting from early in his life, he didn’t show any particular interest in training combat sports as a child – exception made to a brief spell in judo at the age of 8. His curiosity for this sporting avenue only grew during his mid teens (14) by influence of his cousin Vitor “Shaolin” Ribeiro, who’s huge success in jiu jitsu opened Caju’s eyes to grappling.

It was his brother who introduced Caju to jiu jitsu by bringing him to Welton Ribeiro’s academy in Niterói. Ribeiro would stand by Rômulo’s side throughout his career – from white to black belt, a promotion that took place in 2009 when Azevedo was 22 years old.

While climbing the ranks of jiu jitsu’s sporting circuit, Rômulo started gaining an interest in mixed martial arts (MMA), making his pro debut in 2011. Although he had a promising start in MMA, Azevedo decided to put his 4 ounce gloves to rest by the end of 2012, choosing to focus on improving his jiu jitsu.

Understanding the need to be close to the most competitive jiu jitsu circuit in order to progress in the sport, in 2013 Caju started spending more time in the United States of America at his cousin “Shaolin” academy in New York.

Cover photo by FlashSport.

Romulo Azevedo Grappling Record

23 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    15 (65%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (4%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    7 (30%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

7 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
RNC
29
2
#86e620
Triangle
14
1
#5AD3D1
Choke
14
1
#d1212a
Katagatame
14
1
#fad11b
Armbar
14
1
#f58822
North south choke
14
1
7
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
18 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    9 (50%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    4 (22%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    5 (28%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

5 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Choke from back
60
3
#86e620
Wristlock
20
1
#5AD3D1
RNC
20
1
5
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Romulo Azevedo Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
6995Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLPointsNY Spring Open88KGSF2015
7626Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoLAdvBrazil Nat. Pro RJ82KG4F2015
8211Felipe CesarFelipe CesarLPts: 4x2Floripa NoGi Open82KGF2015
8295Ronys TorresLPts: 6x0Brasileiro NoGi85KGSF2015
8309Dimitrius SouzaDimitrius SouzaLPts: 6x0Brasileiro NoGiABSF2015
9085Gregor GracieGregor GracieLN/AUAEJJF NYC Pro94KGF2016
9090Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyLWristlockUAEJJF NYC ProHWABSSF2016
9590Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposLPts: 4x2World Pro85KGR12016
10114Erberth SantosErberth SantosLRNCBH No-Gi OpenABSF2016
10649Todd MueckenheimLPts: 2x0NoGi Pan Ams91KGF2016
11219Guilherme AugustoGuilherme AugustoLPointsSouth American94KGSF2016
12366Matheus DinizMatheus DinizLChoke from backNY Spring Open94KGF2017
12578Felipe BrobrickLPts: 0x0, AdvWP BR Qualifier94KGR12017
13129Diogo SampaioDiogo SampaioLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.88KGR12017
15758Ruan OliveiraRuan OliveiraLChoke from backRio Open88KGSF2018
16199Matheus SpirandeliMatheus SpirandeliLChoke from backBrasileiro88KG8F2018
17641Thiago SaThiago SaLPointsBrasileiro NoGi91KGF2018
19101Ruan OliveiraRuan OliveiraLAdvC. Podio Trials85KGSF2019
6981Daniel MoraesDaniel MoraesWPointsAberto de verão88KGF2015
7219Andre BastosWPts: 7x2Brasileiro88KGR12015
7796Steven PattersonWTriangleChicago S. Open88KGF2015
8293Ruan OliveiraRuan OliveiraWRNCBrasileiro NoGi85KG4F2015
8303Cassio FrancisCassio FrancisWPts: 2x0Brasileiro NoGiABSR12015
8304Tiago BarrosTiago BarrosWPts: 2x0Brasileiro NoGiABS4F2015
8307Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioWRNCBrasileiro NoGiABSSF2015
9083Aaron JohnsonAaron JohnsonWN/AUAEJJF NYC Pro94KGSF2016
9092Abraham MarteAbraham MarteWPts: 5x2UAEJJF NYC ProHWABS3RD2016
9448Diego BispoDiego BispoWChokeNY Spring Open94KGF2016
10115Gabriel AlvesWKatagatameBH No-Gi Open85KGF2016
10379Nathan MendelsohnNathan MendelsohnWPts: 2x0Boston SIO88KGSF2016
10380Vinicius AgudoWPts: 3x0Boston SIO88KGF2016
10645Roberto TorralbasWPts: 2x0NoGi Pan Ams91KG4F2016
10648Robson G. JrWArmbarNoGi Pan Ams91KGSF2016
12248Marcus ViníciusWPts: 2x0Rio Fall Open94KGSF2017
12249Vinicius GimenesWNorth south chokeRio Fall Open94KGF2017
12364Todd MueckenheimWPointsNY Spring Open94KGSF2017
13526Christofer FeijoWN/AVitoria Open88KGSF2017
13527Marcos AurélioWN/AVitoria Open88KGF2017
15756Christopher BiudeWN/ARio Open88KG4F2018
17377Thiago SaThiago SaWPts: 0x0, AdvNo Gi Pan Am.91KGF2018
21634Lucas AlvesLucas AlvesWPts: 2x0Brasileiro NoGi91KGF2019

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