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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 (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

98 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    30 (31%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    5 (5%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    57 (58%)
  • BY DECISION
    4 (4%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    2 (2%)

57 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Cross choke
28
16
#86e620
Cross ck. f/ mount
14
8
#5AD3D1
Choke
11
6
#d1212a
Kimura
11
6
#fad11b
Submission
7
4
#f58822
Choke from back
4
2
#224aba
Kneebar
4
2
#ff9124
Armbar
4
2
#bf1f6c
Brabo choke
4
2
#22c9a5
Heel hook
2
1
#fad223
Flying triangle
2
1
#03861f
Knee on belly
2
1
#039a1f
Triangle
2
1
#03b41f
Inverted armbar
2
1
#03c61f
RNC
2
1
#03d61f
North south choke
2
1
#03f61f
Armlock
2
1
#82ff5f
Bow and arrow
2
1
57
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
36 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    23 (64%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (6%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    7 (19%)
  • BY DECISION
    4 (11%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

7 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

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

Romulo Barral Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
1356Demian MaiaDemian MaiaLPts: 4x2Pan American88KGSF2006
1461Delson HelenoDelson HelenoLChokeWorld Cup88KGF2006
1493Demian MaiaDemian MaiaLReferee DecisionBrasileiroABS1/4F2006
1632Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysLPointsADCC Trials88KGSF2007
1687Flavio AlmeidaFlavio AlmeidaLPointsADCC88KGSF2007
1688Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysLFootlockADCC88KG3PLC2007
1764Roger GracieRoger GracieLChoke from backWorld Champ.ABSF2007
1771Saulo RibeiroSaulo RibeiroLReferee DecisionNoGi Pan Am.88KGF2007
2164Braga NetoBraga NetoLN/APan AmericanABSSF2009
2255Saulo RibeiroSaulo RibeiroLPointsADCCO99KG1/4F2009
2345Roger GracieRoger GracieLCross chokeWorld Champ.ABSF2009
2607Alexandre CeconiAlexandre CeconiLPts: 3x2World Pro.92KGF2010
2672Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysLLeglockWorld Champ.88KGF2010
2854Vinicius CorralesVinicius CorralesLPts: 6x4World Pro.83KGSF2011
2920Rodrigo CaporalRodrigo CaporalLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.ABSR22011
3084Sergio MoraesSergio MoraesLPts: 4x2World Champ.88KGF2011
3160Kyle GriffinLPts: 2x0ADCC88KGR12011
3646Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLPts: 2x0SD World Trials92KGF2012
3757Nivaldo OliveiraNivaldo OliveiraLPointsBrasileiro88KGSF2012
3762Antonio CarlosAntonio CarlosLPts: 4x0BrasileiroABSSF2012
3816Antonio CarlosAntonio CarlosLPts: 2x0World Champ.ABS1/4F2012
4155Pablo PopovitchPablo PopovitchLPts: 3x0NoGi Worlds88KGF2012
4491Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposLPts: 10x4Pan American88KGR12013
4537Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLVerbal tapWorld Pro88KGF2013
5485Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLPts: 2x0World Pro.88KGF2014
7658Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPts: 3x0ADCC88KGSF2015
7660Rustam ChsievLReferee DecisionADCC88KG3RD2015
7713Vagner RochaLPts: 2x0ADCCABSR12015
8247Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLPts: 1x0Berkut 2ABSSPF2015
8984Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 2x0Pan American88KGF2016
9284Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLKneebarWorld Pro85KGSF2016
9682Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 5x0World Champ.88KGF2016
9745Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 11x2World Champ.ABS1/4F2016
9979Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLReferee DecisionBerkut 3ABSSPF2016
10674Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam - Rio94KGSF2016
11645Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseLPts: 4x2Pan American82KGSF2017
1328UnknownWNorth south chokeGrapplers QuestNANA2005
1354Joao FariaJoao FariaWArmbarPan American88KG1/4F2006
1426Joao OliveiraWKimuraWorld Champ.88KG1/4F2006
1484Demian MaiaDemian MaiaWBrabo chokeBrasileiro88KGSF2006
1485Fabio TrindadeWCross chokeBrasileiro88KGF2006
1575Alexandre SouzaAlexandre SouzaWReferee DecisionBrasileiro88KGF2007
1600F. SabatiniWCross ck. f/ mountPan American88KG1/4F2007
1602Marcel LouzadoMarcel LouzadoWPointsPan American88KGSF2007
1603Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWPts: 2x2, AdvPan American88KGF2007
1616Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWPointsPan AmericanABSSF2007
1617Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWPts: 6x6, AdvPan AmericanABSF2007
1630Thales LeiteWPointsADCC Trials88KG1/4F2007
1681Travers GrubbWPointsADCC88KGR12007
1685Chris MoriartyChris MoriartyWHeel hookADCC88KG1/4F2007
1734Rogel MonsalveWFlying triangleWorld Champ.88KG1/4F2007
1737Joao FelipeWCross ck. f/ mountWorld Champ.88KGSF2007
1738Saulo RibeiroSaulo RibeiroWPts: 6x0World Champ.88KGF2007
1753Uematsu NaoyaWChoke from backWorld Champ.ABSR12007
1760Luis TheodoroWCross chokeWorld Champ.ABS1/4F2007
1762Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.ABSSF2007
2144Cameron DiffleyWCross chokePan American88KG1/4F2009
2158UnknownWCross chokePan AmericanABS1/8F2009
2161Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWPts: 3x0Pan AmericanABS1/4F2009
2251Denis RobertsWKneebarADCCO99KGR12009
2314Eduardo SantoroEduardo SantoroWPts: 6x0World Champ.88KG1/4F2009
2317Victor EstimaVictor EstimaWChokeWorld Champ.88KGSF2009
2319Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.88KGF2009
2393Jared NathasonWKimuraNoGi Worlds88KG1/4F2009
2665Paulo AzambujaWBrabo chokeWorld Champ.88KGR12010
2666Jared NathansonWKnee on bellyWorld Champ.88KGR22010
2669Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPointsWorld Champ.88KG1/4F2010
2670Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposWCross chokeWorld Champ.88KGSF2010
2705Diego HerzogWChokeWorld Champ.ABSR12010
2708Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWTriangleWorld Champ.ABS1/4F2010
2711Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.ABSSF2010
2853Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWPts: 3x0World Pro.83KG1/4F2011
2914Zak MaxwellZak MaxwellWPts: 7x4World Champ.ABSR22011
2989UnknownWSubmissionWorld Champ.88KGRDS2011
2998UnknownWSubmissionWorld Champ.88KGRDS2011
3051Eduardo TellesEduardo TellesWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.88KG1/4F2011
3074Eduardo SantoroEduardo SantoroWPts: 5x0World Champ.88KGSF2011
3645Kevin CaseyWPointsSD World Trials92KGSF2012
3756Paulinho BaraúnaWPts: 17x2Brasileiro88KG1/4F2012
3760Alexandre CeconiAlexandre CeconiWReferee DecisionBrasileiroABSR12012
3801Tatsuya KondoWSubmissionWorld Champ.ABSR22012
3812Diego HertzogWPointsWorld Champ.ABSR22012
3987Gabriel RochaWChokeWorld Champ.88KGR12012
3991Marcos SouzaMarcos SouzaWPointsWorld Champ.88KGR22012
3994Diego HertzogWPts: 4x2World Champ.88KG1/4F2012
3997Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWPts: 5x2World Champ.88KGSF2012
3998Diogo SampaioDiogo SampaioWCross ck. f/ mountWorld Champ.88KGF2012
4075Raul CastilloWPts: 21x0IBJJF Pro League94KG1/4F2012
4078Otavio SousaOtavio SousaWArmbarIBJJF Pro League94KGSF2012
4079Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoWReferee DecisionIBJJF Pro League94KGF2012
4111Gesse FilhoWInverted armbarRio Open88KG1/4F2012
4112Rodrigo FajardoRodrigo FajardoWCross chokeRio Open88KGF2012
4113Abdelhakim GouramWDQRio OpenABS1/4F2012
4114Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWCross ck. f/ mountRio OpenABSF2012
4150UnknownWPts: 26x0NoGi Worlds88KG1/4F2012
4154Felipe BobrickWRNCNoGi Worlds88KGSF2012
4278Marcel GonclavesWPointsMiami Pro Trials85KGNA2013
4343Rodrigo FajardoRodrigo FajardoWCross ck. f/ mountEuropean Open88KGF2013
4483Matt JuberaWPointsPan American88KGR12013
4489Abmar BarbosaAbmar BarbosaWCross chokePan American88KGR22013
4673Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposWPts: 3x0World Champ.88KGSF2013
4879Kim DongWKneebarADCC88KGR12013
4883Lucas LeiteLucas LeiteWPointsADCC88KG1/4F2013
4885Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusWPointsADCC88KGSF2013
4887Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWPointsADCC88KGF2013
5482Nivaldo OliveiraNivaldo OliveiraWKimuraWorld Pro.88KG1/4F2014
5483Marcus ViniciusWCross chokeWorld Pro.88KGSF2014
5649Adeildo José SilvaWChokeWorld Champ.88KGRDS2014
5650Abmar BarbosaAbmar BarbosaWSubmissionWorld Champ.88KG1/4F2014
5654Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposWDQWorld Champ.88KGSF2014
7646Craig JonesWKimuraADCC88KGR12015
7654Nieman GracieWKimuraADCC88KG1/4F2015
8624Martin AedmaWKimuraEuropean Open88KGR12016
8634Josh HingerJosh HingerWCross ck. f/ mountEuropean Open88KG1/4F2016
8635Diogo SampaioDiogo SampaioWCross ck. f/ mountEuropean Open88KGSF2016
8655Andreas PeralesWCross ck. f/ mountEuropean OpenABSR12016
8662Daniel CobbWCross chokeEuropean OpenABSR22016
8668Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioWCross chokeEuropean OpenABS1/4F2016
8672Jackson SousaJackson SousaWChoke from backEuropean OpenABSSF2016
8971Ruan OliveiraRuan OliveiraWCross chokePan American88KG1/8F2016
8978Pedro MelloPedro MelloWChokePan American88KG1/4F2016
8982Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPts: 4x2Pan American88KGSF2016
9265Romario MartinsWArmlockWorld Pro85KGR12016
9271Arturi SalasWPts: 14x0World Pro85KG1/8F2016
9282Igor SousaWCross chokeWorld Pro85KG1/4F2016
9668Vicente CavalcantiWCross chokeWorld Champ.88KG1/8F2016
9678Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPts: 2x0World Champ.88KG1/4F2016
9680Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioWCross chokeWorld Champ.88KGSF2016
9735Nathan MendlesohnWChokeWorld Champ.ABSR22016
9737Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWCross chokeWorld Champ.ABS1/8F2016
10668Erick BarbosaWPointsGrand Slam - Rio94KGR12016
10669Helton JoseHelton JoseWPts: 5x0Grand Slam - Rio94KG1/4F2016
11636Piter FrankWBow and arrowPan American82KG1/8F2017
11642Josh HingerJosh HingerWCross chokePan American82KG1/4F2017

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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