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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

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

58 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Cross choke
28
16
#86e620
Cross ck. f/ mount
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
Armlock
2
1
#fad223
North south choke
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
37 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    23 (62%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (5%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    7 (19%)
  • BY DECISION
    5 (14%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

7 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Choke
14
1
#86e620
Footlock
14
1
#5AD3D1
Choke from back
14
1
#d1212a
Cross choke
14
1
#fad11b
Leglock
14
1
#f58822
Verbal tap
14
1
#224aba
Kneebar
14
1
7
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Romulo Barral Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
1359Demian MaiaDemian MaiaLPts: 4x2Pan American88KGSF2006
1464Delson HelenoDelson HelenoLChokeWorld Cup88KGF2006
1496Demian MaiaDemian MaiaLReferee DecisionBrasileiroABS4F2006
1635Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysLPointsADCC Trials88KGSF2007
1690Flavio AlmeidaFlavio AlmeidaLPointsADCC88KGSF2007
1691Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysLFootlockADCC88KG3PLC2007
1767Roger GracieRoger GracieLChoke from backWorld Champ.ABSF2007
1774Saulo RibeiroSaulo RibeiroLReferee DecisionNoGi Pan Am.88KGF2007
2166Braga NetoBraga NetoLN/APan AmericanABSSF2009
2257Saulo RibeiroSaulo RibeiroLPointsADCCO99KG4F2009
2347Roger GracieRoger GracieLCross chokeWorld Champ.ABSF2009
2609Alexandre CeconiAlexandre CeconiLPts: 3x2World Pro.92KGF2010
2674Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysLLeglockWorld Champ.88KGF2010
2856Vinicius CorralesVinicius CorralesLPts: 6x4World Pro.83KGSF2011
2922Rodrigo CaporalRodrigo CaporalLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.ABSR22011
3086Sergio MoraesSergio MoraesLPts: 4x2World Champ.88KGF2011
3162Kyle GriffinLPts: 2x0ADCC88KGR12011
3648Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLPts: 2x0SD World Trials92KGF2012
3759Nivaldo OliveiraNivaldo OliveiraLPointsBrasileiro88KGSF2012
3764Antonio CarlosAntonio CarlosLPts: 4x0BrasileiroABSSF2012
3818Antonio CarlosAntonio CarlosLPts: 2x0World Champ.ABS4F2012
4157Pablo PopovitchPablo PopovitchLPts: 3x0NoGi Worlds88KGF2012
4493Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposLPts: 10x4Pan American88KGR12013
4539Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLVerbal tapWorld Pro88KGF2013
5488Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLPts: 2x0World Pro.88KGF2014
7661Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPts: 3x0ADCC88KGSF2015
7663Rustam ChsievLReferee DecisionADCC88KG3RD2015
7716Vagner RochaLPts: 2x0ADCCABSR12015
8253Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLPts: 1x0Berkut 2ABSSPF2015
8992Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 2x0Pan American88KGF2016
9292Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLKneebarWorld Pro85KGSF2016
9692Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 5x0World Champ.88KGF2016
9755Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 11x2World Champ.ABS4F2016
9989Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLReferee DecisionBerkut 3ABSSPF2016
10685Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam - Rio94KGSF2016
11661Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseLPts: 4x2Pan American82KGSF2017
12575Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.88KGSF2017
1331UnknownWNorth south chokeGrapplers QuestNANA2005
1357Joao FariaJoao FariaWArmbarPan American88KG4F2006
1429Joao OliveiraWKimuraWorld Champ.88KG4F2006
1487Demian MaiaDemian MaiaWBrabo chokeBrasileiro88KGSF2006
1488Fabio TrindadeWCross chokeBrasileiro88KGF2006
1578Alexandre SouzaAlexandre SouzaWReferee DecisionBrasileiro88KGF2007
1603F. SabatiniWCross ck. f/ mountPan American88KG4F2007
1605Marcel LouzadoMarcel LouzadoWPointsPan American88KGSF2007
1606Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWPts: 2x2, AdvPan American88KGF2007
1619Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWPointsPan AmericanABSSF2007
1620Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWPts: 6x6, AdvPan AmericanABSF2007
1633Thales LeiteWPointsADCC Trials88KG4F2007
1684Travers GrubbWPointsADCC88KGR12007
1688Chris MoriartyChris MoriartyWHeel hookADCC88KG4F2007
1737Rogel MonsalveWFlying triangleWorld Champ.88KG4F2007
1740Joao FelipeWCross ck. f/ mountWorld Champ.88KGSF2007
1741Saulo RibeiroSaulo RibeiroWPts: 6x0World Champ.88KGF2007
1756Uematsu NaoyaWChoke from backWorld Champ.ABSR12007
1763Luis TheodoroWCross chokeWorld Champ.ABS4F2007
1765Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.ABSSF2007
2146Cameron DiffleyWCross chokePan American88KG4F2009
2160UnknownWCross chokePan AmericanABS8F2009
2163Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWPts: 3x0Pan AmericanABS4F2009
2253Denis RobertsWKneebarADCCO99KGR12009
2316Eduardo SantoroEduardo SantoroWPts: 6x0World Champ.88KG4F2009
2319Victor EstimaVictor EstimaWChokeWorld Champ.88KGSF2009
2321Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.88KGF2009
2395Jared NathasonWKimuraNoGi Worlds88KG4F2009
2667Paulo AzambujaWBrabo chokeWorld Champ.88KGR12010
2668Jared NathansonWKnee on bellyWorld Champ.88KGR22010
2671Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPointsWorld Champ.88KG4F2010
2672Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposWCross chokeWorld Champ.88KGSF2010
2707Diego HerzogWChokeWorld Champ.ABSR12010
2710Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWTriangleWorld Champ.ABS4F2010
2713Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.ABSSF2010
2855Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWPts: 3x0World Pro.83KG4F2011
2916Zak MaxwellZak MaxwellWPts: 7x4World Champ.ABSR22011
2991UnknownWSubmissionWorld Champ.88KGRDS2011
3000UnknownWSubmissionWorld Champ.88KGRDS2011
3053Eduardo TellesEduardo TellesWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.88KG4F2011
3076Eduardo SantoroEduardo SantoroWPts: 5x0World Champ.88KGSF2011
3647Kevin CaseyWPointsSD World Trials92KGSF2012
3758Paulinho BaraúnaWPts: 17x2Brasileiro88KG4F2012
3762Alexandre CeconiAlexandre CeconiWReferee DecisionBrasileiroABSR12012
3803Tatsuya KondoWSubmissionWorld Champ.ABSR22012
3814Diego HertzogWPointsWorld Champ.ABSR22012
3989Gabriel RochaWChokeWorld Champ.88KGR12012
3993Marcos SouzaMarcos SouzaWPointsWorld Champ.88KGR22012
3996Diego HertzogWPts: 4x2World Champ.88KG4F2012
3999Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWPts: 5x2World Champ.88KGSF2012
4000Diogo SampaioDiogo SampaioWCross ck. f/ mountWorld Champ.88KGF2012
4077Raul CastilloWPts: 21x0IBJJF Pro League94KG4F2012
4080Otavio SousaOtavio SousaWArmbarIBJJF Pro League94KGSF2012
4081Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoWReferee DecisionIBJJF Pro League94KGF2012
4113Gesse FilhoWInverted armbarRio Open88KG4F2012
4114Rodrigo FajardoRodrigo FajardoWCross chokeRio Open88KGF2012
4115Abdelhakim GouramWDQRio OpenABS4F2012
4116Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWCross ck. f/ mountRio OpenABSF2012
4152UnknownWPts: 26x0NoGi Worlds88KG4F2012
4156Felipe BobrickWRNCNoGi Worlds88KGSF2012
4280Marcel GonclavesWPointsMiami Pro Trials85KGNA2013
4345Rodrigo FajardoRodrigo FajardoWCross ck. f/ mountEuropean Open88KGF2013
4485Matt JuberaWPointsPan American88KGR12013
4491Abmar BarbosaAbmar BarbosaWCross chokePan American88KGR22013
4675Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposWPts: 3x0World Champ.88KGSF2013
4881Kim DongWKneebarADCC88KGR12013
4885Lucas LeiteLucas LeiteWPointsADCC88KG4F2013
4887Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusWPointsADCC88KGSF2013
4889Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWPointsADCC88KGF2013
5485Nivaldo OliveiraNivaldo OliveiraWKimuraWorld Pro.88KG4F2014
5486Marcus ViniciusWCross chokeWorld Pro.88KGSF2014
5651Adeildo José SilvaWChokeWorld Champ.88KGRDS2014
5652Abmar BarbosaAbmar BarbosaWSubmissionWorld Champ.88KG4F2014
5656Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposWDQWorld Champ.88KGSF2014
7649Craig JonesWKimuraADCC88KGR12015
7657Nieman GracieWKimuraADCC88KG4F2015
8632Martin AedmaWKimuraEuropean Open88KGR12016
8642Josh HingerJosh HingerWCross ck. f/ mountEuropean Open88KG4F2016
8643Diogo SampaioDiogo SampaioWCross ck. f/ mountEuropean Open88KGSF2016
8663Andreas PeralesWCross ck. f/ mountEuropean OpenABSR12016
8670Daniel CobbWCross chokeEuropean OpenABSR22016
8676Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioWCross chokeEuropean OpenABS4F2016
8680Jackson SousaJackson SousaWChoke from backEuropean OpenABSSF2016
8979Ruan OliveiraRuan OliveiraWCross chokePan American88KG8F2016
8986Pedro MelloPedro MelloWChokePan American88KG4F2016
8990Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPts: 4x2Pan American88KGSF2016
9273Romario MartinsWArmlockWorld Pro85KGR12016
9279Arturi SalasWPts: 14x0World Pro85KG8F2016
9290Igor SousaWCross chokeWorld Pro85KG4F2016
9678Vicente CavalcantiWCross chokeWorld Champ.88KG8F2016
9688Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPts: 2x0World Champ.88KG4F2016
9690Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioWCross chokeWorld Champ.88KGSF2016
9745Nathan MendlesohnWChokeWorld Champ.ABSR22016
9747Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWCross chokeWorld Champ.ABS8F2016
10679Erick BarbosaWPointsGrand Slam - Rio94KGR12016
10680Helton JoseHelton JoseWPts: 5x0Grand Slam - Rio94KG4F2016
11652Piter FrankWBow and arrowPan American82KG8F2017
11658Josh HingerJosh HingerWCross chokePan American82KG4F2017
12565Adriano CandidoWArmbarWorld Champ.88KG8F2017
12571Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.88KG4F2017

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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