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Romulo Barral is one of the top Brazilian Jiu Jitsu fighters in the “Meio Pesado” weight division. Tipped as “The Number 1 BJJ fighter in the world” in 2007 by Gracie Mag, Romulo Barral maintained this high class black belt status in the years that followed with consistent medals at the top BJJ tournaments in the world reaching BJJ Heroes’ Top 10 Competitors of All Time ranking. Originally from Belo Horizonte in Brazil, Romulo Barral established his own successful jiu jitsu academy in the United States, proving that he was also a talented coach.

Romulo Barral Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Rômulo Claudio Barral

Nickname: Rominho. The suffix “inho” in Portuguese is as an endearing way of saying someone’s name.

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie Sr. > Helio Gracie > Carlos Gracie Junior > Vinicius Magalhães > Romulo Barral

Main Achievements:

  • ADCC Champion (2013)
  • IBJJF World Champion (2014/2013/2012/2009/2007)
  • IBJJF World Masters Champion (2016 Master 1)
  • IBJJF Pan American Champion (2007**)
  • IBJJF European Open Champion (2016**)
  • CBJJ Brazilian National Champion (2006/2007)
  • IBJJF World No-Gi Champion (2009)
  • IBJJF European Open Champion (2013)
  • IBJJF World Championship Runner-up (2016/2014/2011/2010**/2009*/2007*)
  • IBJJF Pan American Championship Runner-up (2016/2009)
  • IBJJF World Championship 3rd Place (2017/2006)
  • IBJJF Pan American Championship 3rd Place (2017/2013/2013*/2006)

* Absolute
** Weight and absolute

Weight Category: Meio Pesado (88kg-194lbs)

Favourite Position/Technique: Spider Guard and Triangle

Team/Association: Gracie-Barra

Romulo Barral Biography

Romulo Barral was born on May 3, 1982 in Belo Horizonte, state of Minas Gerais – Brazil.

Like many young boys, Romulo fell in love with martial arts through the movies, joining a taekwondo academy when he was 8 years old. Barral carried on training for many years, achieving a black belt in the striking based combat style, though he eventually stopped training by the time he was 19.

“Rominho” started training jiu jitsu when he was 15 years old, at the Gracie Barra BH academy. His first coach there being Cristiano Lazzarini and Vinicius Magalhaes. Barral’s true intentions behind joining a grappling club were to learn enough to start fighting mixed martial arts (MMA), a wish that came through in 2004 when he was invited to fight at the Arena BH, a successful debut won by mata Leão choke (RNC).

A strong believer in the benefits of the gi game (kimono) for submission wrestling and MMA, he never stopped training with the Gi, even when preparing for this type of events, progressing through Gracie Barra’s belt system and earning his black belt on December 2005 from the hands of Vinicius “Draculino”.

As a black belt Romulo quickly established himself as one of the top figures in the medium-heavyweight division of jiu jitsu, through numerous victories at an international level. These victories that didn’t pass unnoticed by many MMA aces who invited Romulo do be their BJJ coach, fighters like Dan Henderson, King Mo, Jason “Mayhem” Miller among others had the privilege to train and be taught in the gentle art by Romulo.

Romulo Barral moved to the United States in the early 2010’s where he taught at Alberto Crane’s school in the Los Angeles area. He then opened his own Gracie Barra academy in Northridge, California, a gym that became a hub for GB’s top talent.

Romulo Barral Grappling Record

101 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    30 (30%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    6 (6%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    58 (57%)
  • BY DECISION
    5 (5%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    2 (2%)

58 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Cross choke
28
16
#86e620
Mounted X choke
14
8
#5AD3D1
Kimura
10
6
#d1212a
Choke
10
6
#fad11b
Submission
7
4
#f58822
Armbar
5
3
#224aba
Brabo choke
3
2
#ff9124
Choke from back
3
2
#bf1f6c
Kneebar
3
2
#22c9a5
North south choke
2
1
#fad223
Armlock
2
1
#03861f
Bow and arrow
2
1
#039a1f
Heel hook
2
1
#03b41f
Flying triangle
2
1
#03c61f
Knee on belly
2
1
#03d61f
Triangle
2
1
#03f61f
Inverted armbar
2
1
#82ff5f
RNC
2
1
58
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
38 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    23 (61%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (5%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    8 (21%)
  • BY DECISION
    5 (13%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

8 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Choke
13
1
#86e620
Footlock
13
1
#5AD3D1
Choke from back
13
1
#d1212a
Cross choke
13
1
#fad11b
Leglock
13
1
#f58822
Verbal tap
13
1
#224aba
Kneebar
13
1
#ff9124
RNC
13
1
8
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Romulo Barral Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
1368Demian MaiaDemian MaiaLPts: 4x2Pan American88KGSF2006
1473Delson HelenoDelson HelenoLChokeWorld Cup88KGF2006
1505Demian MaiaDemian MaiaLReferee DecisionBrasileiroABS4F2006
1644Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysLPointsADCC Trials88KGSF2007
1699Flavio AlmeidaFlavio AlmeidaLPointsADCC88KGSF2007
1700Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysLFootlockADCC88KG3PLC2007
1776Roger GracieRoger GracieLChoke from backWorld Champ.ABSF2007
1783Saulo RibeiroSaulo RibeiroLReferee DecisionNoGi Pan Am.88KGF2007
2183Braga NetoBraga NetoLN/APan AmericanABSSF2009
2274Saulo RibeiroSaulo RibeiroLPointsADCCO99KG4F2009
2364Roger GracieRoger GracieLCross chokeWorld Champ.ABSF2009
2627Alexandre CeconiAlexandre CeconiLPts: 3x2World Pro.92KGF2010
2692Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysLLeglockWorld Champ.88KGF2010
2885Vinicius CorralesVinicius CorralesLPts: 6x4World Pro.83KGSF2011
2954Rodrigo CaporalRodrigo CaporalLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.ABSR22011
3118Sergio MoraesSergio MoraesLPts: 4x2World Champ.88KGF2011
3199Kyle GriffinLPts: 2x0ADCC88KGR12011
3688Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLPts: 2x0SD World Trials92KGF2012
3809Nivaldo OliveiraNivaldo OliveiraLPointsBrasileiro88KGSF2012
3814Antonio CarlosAntonio CarlosLPts: 4x0BrasileiroABSSF2012
3868Antonio CarlosAntonio CarlosLPts: 2x0World Champ.ABS4F2012
4207Pablo PopovitchPablo PopovitchLPts: 3x0NoGi Worlds88KGF2012
4552Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposLPts: 10x4Pan American88KGR12013
4606Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLVerbal tapWorld Pro88KGF2013
5565Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLPts: 2x0World Pro.88KGF2014
7757Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPts: 3x0ADCC88KGSF2015
7759Rustam ChsievLReferee DecisionADCC88KG3RD2015
7812Vagner RochaVagner RochaLPts: 2x0ADCCABSR12015
8352Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLPts: 1x0Berkut 2ABSSPF2015
9093Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 2x0Pan American88KGF2016
9393Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLKneebarWorld Pro85KGSF2016
9793Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 5x0World Champ.88KGF2016
9856Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 11x2World Champ.ABS4F2016
10090Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLReferee DecisionBerkut 3ABSSPF2016
10792Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam RJ94KGSF2016
11778Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseLPts: 4x2Pan American82KGSF2017
12692Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.88KGSF2017
13322Gordon RyanGordon RyanLRNCADCC88KG4F2017
1336UnknownWNorth south chokeGrapplers QuestNANA2005
1366Joao FariaJoao FariaWArmbarPan American88KG4F2006
1438Joao OliveiraWKimuraWorld Champ.88KG4F2006
1496Demian MaiaDemian MaiaWBrabo chokeBrasileiro88KGSF2006
1497Fabio TrindadeWCross chokeBrasileiro88KGF2006
1587Alexandre SouzaAlexandre SouzaWReferee DecisionBrasileiro88KGF2007
1612F. SabatiniWMounted X chokePan American88KG4F2007
1614Marcel LouzadoMarcel LouzadoWPointsPan American88KGSF2007
1615Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWPts: 2x2, AdvPan American88KGF2007
1628Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWPointsPan AmericanABSSF2007
1629Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWPts: 6x6, AdvPan AmericanABSF2007
1642Thales LeiteWPointsADCC Trials88KG4F2007
1693Travers GrubbWPointsADCC88KGR12007
1697Chris MoriartyChris MoriartyWHeel hookADCC88KG4F2007
1746Rogel MonsalveWFlying triangleWorld Champ.88KG4F2007
1749Joao FelipeWMounted X chokeWorld Champ.88KGSF2007
1750Saulo RibeiroSaulo RibeiroWPts: 6x0World Champ.88KGF2007
1765Uematsu NaoyaWChoke from backWorld Champ.ABSR12007
1772Luis TheodoroWCross chokeWorld Champ.ABS4F2007
1774Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.ABSSF2007
2163Cameron DiffleyWCross chokePan American88KG4F2009
2177UnknownWCross chokePan AmericanABS8F2009
2180Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWPts: 3x0Pan AmericanABS4F2009
2270Denis RobertsWKneebarADCCO99KGR12009
2333Eduardo SantoroEduardo SantoroWPts: 6x0World Champ.88KG4F2009
2336Victor EstimaVictor EstimaWChokeWorld Champ.88KGSF2009
2338Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.88KGF2009
2412Jared NathasonWKimuraNoGi Worlds88KG4F2009
2685Paulo AzambujaWBrabo chokeWorld Champ.88KGR12010
2686Jared NathansonWKnee on bellyWorld Champ.88KGR22010
2689Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPointsWorld Champ.88KG4F2010
2690Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposWCross chokeWorld Champ.88KGSF2010
2725Diego HerzogWChokeWorld Champ.ABSR12010
2728Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWTriangleWorld Champ.ABS4F2010
2731Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.ABSSF2010
2884Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWPts: 3x0World Pro.83KG4F2011
2948Zak MaxwellZak MaxwellWPts: 7x4World Champ.ABSR22011
3023UnknownWSubmissionWorld Champ.88KGRDS2011
3032UnknownWSubmissionWorld Champ.88KGRDS2011
3085Eduardo TellesEduardo TellesWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.88KG4F2011
3108Eduardo SantoroEduardo SantoroWPts: 5x0World Champ.88KGSF2011
3687Kevin CaseyWPointsSD World Trials92KGSF2012
3808Paulinho BaraúnaWPts: 17x2Brasileiro88KG4F2012
3812Alexandre CeconiAlexandre CeconiWReferee DecisionBrasileiroABSR12012
3853Tatsuya KondoWSubmissionWorld Champ.ABSR22012
3864Diego HertzogWPointsWorld Champ.ABSR22012
4039Gabriel RochaWChokeWorld Champ.88KGR12012
4043Marcos SouzaMarcos SouzaWPointsWorld Champ.88KGR22012
4046Diego HertzogWPts: 4x2World Champ.88KG4F2012
4049Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWPts: 5x2World Champ.88KGSF2012
4050Diogo SampaioDiogo SampaioWMounted X chokeWorld Champ.88KGF2012
4127Raul CastilloWPts: 21x0IBJJF Pro League94KG4F2012
4130Otavio SousaOtavio SousaWArmbarIBJJF Pro League94KGSF2012
4131Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoWReferee DecisionIBJJF Pro League94KGF2012
4163Gesse FilhoWInverted armbarRio Open88KG4F2012
4164Rodrigo FajardoRodrigo FajardoWCross chokeRio Open88KGF2012
4165Abdelhakim GouramWDQRio OpenABS4F2012
4166Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWMounted X chokeRio OpenABSF2012
4202UnknownWPts: 26x0NoGi Worlds88KG4F2012
4206Felipe BobrickWRNCNoGi Worlds88KGSF2012
4339Marcel GonclavesWPointsMiami Pro Trials85KGNA2013
4404Rodrigo FajardoRodrigo FajardoWMounted X chokeEuropean Open88KGF2013
4544Matt JuberaWPointsPan American88KGR12013
4550Abmar BarbosaAbmar BarbosaWCross chokePan American88KGR22013
4742Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposWPts: 3x0World Champ.88KGSF2013
4948Kim DongWKneebarADCC88KGR12013
4952Lucas LeiteLucas LeiteWPointsADCC88KG4F2013
4954Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusWPointsADCC88KGSF2013
4956Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWPointsADCC88KGF2013
5562Nivaldo OliveiraNivaldo OliveiraWKimuraWorld Pro.88KG4F2014
5563Marcus ViniciusWCross chokeWorld Pro.88KGSF2014
5728Adeildo José SilvaWChokeWorld Champ.88KGRDS2014
5729Abmar BarbosaAbmar BarbosaWSubmissionWorld Champ.88KG4F2014
5733Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposWDQWorld Champ.88KGSF2014
7745C. JonesWKimuraADCC88KGR12015
7753Nieman GracieWKimuraADCC88KG4F2015
8733Martin AedmaWKimuraEuropean Open88KGR12016
8743Josh HingerJosh HingerWMounted X chokeEuropean Open88KG4F2016
8744Diogo SampaioDiogo SampaioWMounted X chokeEuropean Open88KGSF2016
8764Andreas PeralesWMounted X chokeEuropean OpenABSR12016
8771Daniel CobbWCross chokeEuropean OpenABSR22016
8777Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioWCross chokeEuropean OpenABS4F2016
8781Jackson SousaJackson SousaWChoke from backEuropean OpenABSSF2016
9080Ruan OliveiraRuan OliveiraWCross chokePan American88KG8F2016
9087Pedro MelloPedro MelloWChokePan American88KG4F2016
9091Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPts: 4x2Pan American88KGSF2016
9374Romario MartinsWArmlockWorld Pro85KGR12016
9380Arturi SalasWPts: 14x0World Pro85KG8F2016
9391Igor SousaWCross chokeWorld Pro85KG4F2016
9779Vicente CavalcantiWCross chokeWorld Champ.88KG8F2016
9789Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPts: 2x0World Champ.88KG4F2016
9791Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioWCross chokeWorld Champ.88KGSF2016
9846Nathan MendlesohnWChokeWorld Champ.ABSR22016
9848Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWCross chokeWorld Champ.ABS8F2016
10786Erick BarbosaWPointsGrand Slam RJ94KGR12016
10787Helton JoseHelton JoseWPts: 5x0Grand Slam RJ94KG4F2016
11769Piter FrankWBow and arrowPan American82KG8F2017
11775Josh HingerJosh HingerWCross chokePan American82KG4F2017
12682Adriano CandidoWArmbarWorld Champ.88KG8F2017
12688Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.88KG4F2017
13317Kit DaleWReferee DecisionADCC88KGE12017

Banner Picture by Ross Finlayson.

Romulo Barral vs Demian Maia (Brazilian Nationals 2006)

Romulo Barral vs Cristiano Ribeiro (2007 World Championships)

Romulo Barral vs Eduardo Santoro

Romulo Barral MMA Fight Against Adrian Valdez

 

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