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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:

  • 1st Place ADCC World Championship (2013)
  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship (2014/2013/2012/2009/2007)
  • 1st Place IBJJF World Masters Championship (2016 Master 1)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2007**)
  • 1st Place IBJJF European Open (2016**)
  • 1st Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals (2006/2007)
  • 1st Place IBJJF World No-Gi Championship (2009)
  • 1st Place IBJJF European Open (2013)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF World Championship (2016/2014/2011/2010**/2009*/2007*)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2016/2009)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World Championship (2017/2006)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2017/2013/2013*/2006)

* Absolute
** Weight and absolute

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

Favorite 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 2010s 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.

Spider Guard Instructional by Romulo Barral

Romulo Barral Grappling Record

105 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    32 (30%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    6 (6%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    61 (58%)
  • BY DECISION
    4 (4%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    2 (2%)

61 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Cross choke
28
17
#86e620
Mounted X choke
15
9
#5AD3D1
Choke
10
6
#d1212a
Kimura
10
6
#fad11b
Submission
7
4
#f58822
Armbar
5
3
#224aba
Kneebar
3
2
#ff9124
Brabo choke
3
2
#bf1f6c
Choke from back
3
2
#22c9a5
Knee on belly
2
1
#fad223
Triangle
2
1
#03861f
Inverted armbar
2
1
#039a1f
RNC
2
1
#03b41f
North south choke
2
1
#03c61f
Armlock
2
1
#03d61f
Bow and arrow
2
1
#03f61f
Short choke
2
1
#82ff5f
Heel hook
2
1
#a4ff5f
Flying triangle
2
1
61
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
40 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    25 (63%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (5%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    8 (20%)
  • 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
1370Demian MaiaDemian MaiaLPts: 4x2Pan American88KGSF2006
1475Delson HelenoDelson HelenoLChokeWorld Cup88KGF2006
1507Demian MaiaDemian MaiaLReferee DecisionBrasileiroABS4F2006
1647Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysLPointsADCC Trials88KGSF2007
1702Flavio AlmeidaFlavio AlmeidaLPointsADCC88KGSF2007
1703Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysLFootlockADCC88KG3PLC2007
1779Roger GracieRoger GracieLChoke from backWorld Champ.ABSF2007
1786Saulo RibeiroSaulo RibeiroLReferee DecisionNoGi Pan Am.88KGF2007
2192Braga NetoBraga NetoLN/APan AmericanABSSF2009
2283Saulo RibeiroSaulo RibeiroLPointsADCCO99KG4F2009
2373Roger GracieRoger GracieLCross chokeWorld Champ.ABSF2009
2638Alexandre CeconiAlexandre CeconiLPts: 3x2World Pro.92KGF2010
2703Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysLLeglockWorld Champ.88KGF2010
2912Vinicius CorralesVinicius CorralesLPts: 6x4World Pro.83KGSF2011
2982Rodrigo CaporalRodrigo CaporalLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.ABSR22011
3147Sergio MoraesSergio MoraesLPts: 4x2World Champ.88KGF2011
3234Kyle GriffinLPts: 2x0ADCC88KGR12011
3723Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLPts: 2x0SD World Trials92KGF2012
3844Nivaldo OliveiraNivaldo OliveiraLPointsBrasileiro88KGSF2012
3849Antonio CarlosAntonio CarlosLPts: 4x0BrasileiroABSSF2012
3903Antonio CarlosAntonio CarlosLPts: 2x0World Champ.ABS4F2012
4241Pablo PopovitchPablo PopovitchLPts: 3x0NoGi Worlds88KGF2012
4601Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposLPts: 10x4Pan American88KGR12013
4657Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLVerbal tapWorld Pro88KGF2013
5640Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLPts: 2x0World Pro.88KGF2014
7905Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPts: 3x0ADCC88KGSF2015
7907Rustam ChsievLReferee DecisionADCC88KG3RD2015
7960Vagner RochaVagner RochaLPts: 2x0ADCCABSR12015
8519Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLPts: 1x0Berkut 2ABSSPF2015
9284Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 2x0Pan American88KGF2016
9589Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLKneebarWorld Pro85KGSF2016
9989Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 5x0World Champ.88KGF2016
10052Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 11x2World Champ.ABS4F2016
10306Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLReferee DecisionBerkut 3ABSSPF2016
11040Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam RJ94KGSF2016
12110Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseLPts: 4x2Pan American82KGSF2017
13072Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.88KGSF2017
13769Gordon RyanGordon RyanLRNCADCC88KG4F2017
16529Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLPointsACBJJ 1485KGSPF2018
19385Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoLPts: 4x1Kasai 579KGSPF2019
1338UnknownWNorth south chokeGrapplers QuestNANA2005
1368Joao FariaJoao FariaWArmbarPan American88KG4F2006
1440Joao OliveiraWKimuraWorld Champ.88KG4F2006
1498Demian MaiaDemian MaiaWBrabo chokeBrasileiro88KGSF2006
1499Fabio TrindadeWCross chokeBrasileiro88KGF2006
1590Alexandre SouzaAlexandre SouzaWReferee DecisionBrasileiro88KGF2007
1615F. SabatiniWMounted X chokePan American88KG4F2007
1617Marcel LouzadoMarcel LouzadoWPointsPan American88KGSF2007
1618Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWPts: 2x2, AdvPan American88KGF2007
1631Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWPointsPan AmericanABSSF2007
1632Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWPts: 6x6, AdvPan AmericanABSF2007
1645Thales LeiteWPointsADCC Trials88KG4F2007
1696Travers GrubbWPointsADCC88KGR12007
1700Chris MoriartyChris MoriartyWHeel hookADCC88KG4F2007
1749Rogel MonsalveWFlying triangleWorld Champ.88KG4F2007
1752Joao FelipeWMounted X chokeWorld Champ.88KGSF2007
1753Saulo RibeiroSaulo RibeiroWPts: 6x0World Champ.88KGF2007
1768Uematsu NaoyaWChoke from backWorld Champ.ABSR12007
1775Luis TheodoroWCross chokeWorld Champ.ABS4F2007
1777Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.ABSSF2007
2172Cameron DiffleyWCross chokePan American88KG4F2009
2186UnknownWCross chokePan AmericanABS8F2009
2189Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWPts: 3x0Pan AmericanABS4F2009
2279Denis RobertsWKneebarADCCO99KGR12009
2342Eduardo SantoroEduardo SantoroWPts: 6x0World Champ.88KG4F2009
2345Victor EstimaVictor EstimaWChokeWorld Champ.88KGSF2009
2347Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.88KGF2009
2421Jared NathasonWKimuraNoGi Worlds88KG4F2009
2696Paulo AzambujaWBrabo chokeWorld Champ.88KGR12010
2697Jared NathansonWKnee on bellyWorld Champ.88KGR22010
2700Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPointsWorld Champ.88KG4F2010
2701Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposWCross chokeWorld Champ.88KGSF2010
2736Diego HerzogWChokeWorld Champ.ABSR12010
2739Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWTriangleWorld Champ.ABS4F2010
2742Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.ABSSF2010
2911Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWPts: 3x0World Pro.83KG4F2011
2976Zak MaxwellZak MaxwellWPts: 7x4World Champ.ABSR22011
3052UnknownWSubmissionWorld Champ.88KGRDS2011
3061UnknownWSubmissionWorld Champ.88KGRDS2011
3114Eduardo TellesEduardo TellesWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.88KG4F2011
3137Eduardo SantoroEduardo SantoroWPts: 5x0World Champ.88KGSF2011
3722Kevin CaseyWPointsSD World Trials92KGSF2012
3843Paulinho BaraúnaWPts: 17x2Brasileiro88KG4F2012
3847Alexandre CeconiAlexandre CeconiWReferee DecisionBrasileiroABSR12012
3888Tatsuya KondoWSubmissionWorld Champ.ABSR22012
3899Diego HertzogWPointsWorld Champ.ABSR22012
4072Gabriel RochaWChokeWorld Champ.88KGR12012
4076Marcos SouzaMarcos SouzaWPointsWorld Champ.88KGR22012
4079Diego HertzogWPts: 4x2World Champ.88KG4F2012
4082Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWPts: 5x2World Champ.88KGSF2012
4083Diogo SampaioDiogo SampaioWMounted X chokeWorld Champ.88KGF2012
4160Raul CastilloWPts: 21x0IBJJF Pro League94KG4F2012
4163Otavio SousaOtavio SousaWArmbarIBJJF Pro League94KGSF2012
4164Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoWReferee DecisionIBJJF Pro League94KGF2012
4197Gesse FilhoWInverted armbarRio Open88KG4F2012
4198Rodrigo FajardoRodrigo FajardoWCross chokeRio Open88KGF2012
4199Abdelhakim GouramWDQRio OpenABS4F2012
4200Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWMounted X chokeRio OpenABSF2012
4236UnknownWPts: 26x0NoGi Worlds88KG4F2012
4240Felipe BobrickWRNCNoGi Worlds88KGSF2012
4378Marcel GonclavesWPointsMiami Pro Trials85KGNA2013
4446N/AWN/AEuropean Open88KG4F2013
4448Renato CardosoRenato CardosoWPointsEuropean Open88KGSF2013
4449Rodrigo FajardoRodrigo FajardoWMounted X chokeEuropean Open88KGF2013
4593Matt JuberaWPointsPan American88KGR12013
4599Abmar BarbosaAbmar BarbosaWCross chokePan American88KGR22013
4795Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposWPts: 3x0World Champ.88KGSF2013
5000Kim DongWKneebarADCC88KGR12013
5004Lucas LeiteLucas LeiteWPointsADCC88KG4F2013
5006Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusWPointsADCC88KGSF2013
5008Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWPointsADCC88KGF2013
5637Nivaldo OliveiraNivaldo OliveiraWKimuraWorld Pro.88KG4F2014
5638Marcus ViniciusWCross chokeWorld Pro.88KGSF2014
5804Adeildo José SilvaWChokeWorld Champ.88KGRDS2014
5805Abmar BarbosaAbmar BarbosaWSubmissionWorld Champ.88KG4F2014
5809Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposWDQWorld Champ.88KGSF2014
7893C. JonesWKimuraADCC88KGR12015
7901Nieman GracieWKimuraADCC88KG4F2015
8911Martin AedmaWKimuraEuropean Open88KGR12016
8921Josh HingerJosh HingerWMounted X chokeEuropean Open88KG4F2016
8922Diogo SampaioDiogo SampaioWMounted X chokeEuropean Open88KGSF2016
8942Andreas PeralesWMounted X chokeEuropean OpenABSR12016
8949Daniel CobbWCross chokeEuropean OpenABSR22016
8955Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioWCross chokeEuropean OpenABS4F2016
8959Jackson SousaJackson SousaWChoke from backEuropean OpenABSSF2016
9271Ruan OliveiraRuan OliveiraWCross chokePan American88KG8F2016
9278Pedro MelloPedro MelloWChokePan American88KG4F2016
9282Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPts: 4x2Pan American88KGSF2016
9570Romario MartinsWArmlockWorld Pro85KGR12016
9576Arturi SalasWPts: 14x0World Pro85KG8F2016
9587Igor SousaWCross chokeWorld Pro85KG4F2016
9975Vicente CavalcantiWCross chokeWorld Champ.88KG8F2016
9985Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPts: 2x0World Champ.88KG4F2016
9987Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioWCross chokeWorld Champ.88KGSF2016
10042Nathan MendlesohnWChokeWorld Champ.ABSR22016
10044Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWCross chokeWorld Champ.ABS8F2016
11034Erick BarbosaWPointsGrand Slam RJ94KGR12016
11035Helton JoseHelton JoseWPts: 5x0Grand Slam RJ94KG4F2016
12101Piter FrankWBow and arrowPan American82KG8F2017
12107Josh HingerJosh HingerWCross chokePan American82KG4F2017
13061Adriano CandidoWArmbarWorld Champ.88KG8F2017
13068Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.88KG4F2017
13764Kit DaleKit DaleWShort chokeADCC88KGE12017
14805Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaWMounted X chokeACB 1085KGSPF2018
16147AJ SousaAJ SousaWCross chokeACBJJ 1385KGSPF2018

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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One Comment

  • Rafael says:

    Hi, I believe you could also put IBJJF World Championship 2nd Place (2016) into his “Main Achievements” section. That’ s quite a big one missing.
    Thans! Keep the good job.

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