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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
Choke
10
6
#d1212a
Kimura
10
6
#fad11b
Submission
7
4
#f58822
Armbar
5
3
#224aba
Choke from back
3
2
#ff9124
Kneebar
3
2
#bf1f6c
Brabo choke
3
2
#22c9a5
Knee on belly
2
1
#fad223
Triangle
2
1
#03861f
Inverted armbar
2
1
#039a1f
RNC
2
1
#03b41f
Armlock
2
1
#03c61f
North south choke
2
1
#03d61f
Bow and arrow
2
1
#03f61f
Heel hook
2
1
#82ff5f
Flying triangle
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
1356Demian MaiaDemian MaiaLPts: 4x2Pan American88KGSF2006
1461Delson HelenoDelson HelenoLChokeWorld Cup88KGF2006
1493Demian MaiaDemian MaiaLReferee DecisionBrasileiroABS4F2006
1632Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysLPointsADCC Trials88KGSF2007
1687Flavio AlmeidaFlavio AlmeidaLPointsADCC88KGSF2007
1688Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysLFootlockADCC88KG3PLC2007
1764Roger GracieRoger GracieLChoke from backWorld Champ.ABSF2007
1771Saulo RibeiroSaulo RibeiroLReferee DecisionNoGi Pan Am.88KGF2007
2163Braga NetoBraga NetoLN/APan AmericanABSSF2009
2254Saulo RibeiroSaulo RibeiroLPointsADCCO99KG4F2009
2344Roger GracieRoger GracieLCross chokeWorld Champ.ABSF2009
2606Alexandre CeconiAlexandre CeconiLPts: 3x2World Pro.92KGF2010
2671Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysLLeglockWorld Champ.88KGF2010
2853Vinicius CorralesVinicius CorralesLPts: 6x4World Pro.83KGSF2011
2919Rodrigo CaporalRodrigo CaporalLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.ABSR22011
3083Sergio MoraesSergio MoraesLPts: 4x2World Champ.88KGF2011
3159Kyle GriffinLPts: 2x0ADCC88KGR12011
3645Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLPts: 2x0SD World Trials92KGF2012
3756Nivaldo OliveiraNivaldo OliveiraLPointsBrasileiro88KGSF2012
3761Antonio CarlosAntonio CarlosLPts: 4x0BrasileiroABSSF2012
3815Antonio CarlosAntonio CarlosLPts: 2x0World Champ.ABS4F2012
4154Pablo PopovitchPablo PopovitchLPts: 3x0NoGi Worlds88KGF2012
4490Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposLPts: 10x4Pan American88KGR12013
4536Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLVerbal tapWorld Pro88KGF2013
5484Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLPts: 2x0World Pro.88KGF2014
7656Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPts: 3x0ADCC88KGSF2015
7658Rustam ChsievLReferee DecisionADCC88KG3RD2015
7711Vagner RochaLPts: 2x0ADCCABSR12015
8245Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLPts: 1x0Berkut 2ABSSPF2015
8982Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 2x0Pan American88KGF2016
9282Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLKneebarWorld Pro85KGSF2016
9680Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 5x0World Champ.88KGF2016
9743Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 11x2World Champ.ABS4F2016
9977Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLReferee DecisionBerkut 3ABSSPF2016
10672Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam - Rio94KGSF2016
11645Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseLPts: 4x2Pan American82KGSF2017
12556Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.88KGSF2017
1328UnknownWNorth south chokeGrapplers QuestNANA2005
1354Joao FariaJoao FariaWArmbarPan American88KG4F2006
1426Joao OliveiraWKimuraWorld Champ.88KG4F2006
1484Demian MaiaDemian MaiaWBrabo chokeBrasileiro88KGSF2006
1485Fabio TrindadeWCross chokeBrasileiro88KGF2006
1575Alexandre SouzaAlexandre SouzaWReferee DecisionBrasileiro88KGF2007
1600F. SabatiniWCross ck. f/ mountPan American88KG4F2007
1602Marcel LouzadoMarcel LouzadoWPointsPan American88KGSF2007
1603Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWPts: 2x2, AdvPan American88KGF2007
1616Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWPointsPan AmericanABSSF2007
1617Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWPts: 6x6, AdvPan AmericanABSF2007
1630Thales LeiteWPointsADCC Trials88KG4F2007
1681Travers GrubbWPointsADCC88KGR12007
1685Chris MoriartyChris MoriartyWHeel hookADCC88KG4F2007
1734Rogel MonsalveWFlying triangleWorld Champ.88KG4F2007
1737Joao FelipeWCross ck. f/ mountWorld Champ.88KGSF2007
1738Saulo RibeiroSaulo RibeiroWPts: 6x0World Champ.88KGF2007
1753Uematsu NaoyaWChoke from backWorld Champ.ABSR12007
1760Luis TheodoroWCross chokeWorld Champ.ABS4F2007
1762Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.ABSSF2007
2143Cameron DiffleyWCross chokePan American88KG4F2009
2157UnknownWCross chokePan AmericanABS8F2009
2160Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWPts: 3x0Pan AmericanABS4F2009
2250Denis RobertsWKneebarADCCO99KGR12009
2313Eduardo SantoroEduardo SantoroWPts: 6x0World Champ.88KG4F2009
2316Victor EstimaVictor EstimaWChokeWorld Champ.88KGSF2009
2318Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.88KGF2009
2392Jared NathasonWKimuraNoGi Worlds88KG4F2009
2664Paulo AzambujaWBrabo chokeWorld Champ.88KGR12010
2665Jared NathansonWKnee on bellyWorld Champ.88KGR22010
2668Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPointsWorld Champ.88KG4F2010
2669Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposWCross chokeWorld Champ.88KGSF2010
2704Diego HerzogWChokeWorld Champ.ABSR12010
2707Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWTriangleWorld Champ.ABS4F2010
2710Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.ABSSF2010
2852Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWPts: 3x0World Pro.83KG4F2011
2913Zak MaxwellZak MaxwellWPts: 7x4World Champ.ABSR22011
2988UnknownWSubmissionWorld Champ.88KGRDS2011
2997UnknownWSubmissionWorld Champ.88KGRDS2011
3050Eduardo TellesEduardo TellesWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.88KG4F2011
3073Eduardo SantoroEduardo SantoroWPts: 5x0World Champ.88KGSF2011
3644Kevin CaseyWPointsSD World Trials92KGSF2012
3755Paulinho BaraúnaWPts: 17x2Brasileiro88KG4F2012
3759Alexandre CeconiAlexandre CeconiWReferee DecisionBrasileiroABSR12012
3800Tatsuya KondoWSubmissionWorld Champ.ABSR22012
3811Diego HertzogWPointsWorld Champ.ABSR22012
3986Gabriel RochaWChokeWorld Champ.88KGR12012
3990Marcos SouzaMarcos SouzaWPointsWorld Champ.88KGR22012
3993Diego HertzogWPts: 4x2World Champ.88KG4F2012
3996Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWPts: 5x2World Champ.88KGSF2012
3997Diogo SampaioDiogo SampaioWCross ck. f/ mountWorld Champ.88KGF2012
4074Raul CastilloWPts: 21x0IBJJF Pro League94KG4F2012
4077Otavio SousaOtavio SousaWArmbarIBJJF Pro League94KGSF2012
4078Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoWReferee DecisionIBJJF Pro League94KGF2012
4110Gesse FilhoWInverted armbarRio Open88KG4F2012
4111Rodrigo FajardoRodrigo FajardoWCross chokeRio Open88KGF2012
4112Abdelhakim GouramWDQRio OpenABS4F2012
4113Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWCross ck. f/ mountRio OpenABSF2012
4149UnknownWPts: 26x0NoGi Worlds88KG4F2012
4153Felipe BobrickWRNCNoGi Worlds88KGSF2012
4277Marcel GonclavesWPointsMiami Pro Trials85KGNA2013
4342Rodrigo FajardoRodrigo FajardoWCross ck. f/ mountEuropean Open88KGF2013
4482Matt JuberaWPointsPan American88KGR12013
4488Abmar BarbosaAbmar BarbosaWCross chokePan American88KGR22013
4672Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposWPts: 3x0World Champ.88KGSF2013
4878Kim DongWKneebarADCC88KGR12013
4882Lucas LeiteLucas LeiteWPointsADCC88KG4F2013
4884Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusWPointsADCC88KGSF2013
4886Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWPointsADCC88KGF2013
5481Nivaldo OliveiraNivaldo OliveiraWKimuraWorld Pro.88KG4F2014
5482Marcus ViniciusWCross chokeWorld Pro.88KGSF2014
5647Adeildo José SilvaWChokeWorld Champ.88KGRDS2014
5648Abmar BarbosaAbmar BarbosaWSubmissionWorld Champ.88KG4F2014
5652Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposWDQWorld Champ.88KGSF2014
7644Craig JonesWKimuraADCC88KGR12015
7652Nieman GracieWKimuraADCC88KG4F2015
8622Martin AedmaWKimuraEuropean Open88KGR12016
8632Josh HingerJosh HingerWCross ck. f/ mountEuropean Open88KG4F2016
8633Diogo SampaioDiogo SampaioWCross ck. f/ mountEuropean Open88KGSF2016
8653Andreas PeralesWCross ck. f/ mountEuropean OpenABSR12016
8660Daniel CobbWCross chokeEuropean OpenABSR22016
8666Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioWCross chokeEuropean OpenABS4F2016
8670Jackson SousaJackson SousaWChoke from backEuropean OpenABSSF2016
8969Ruan OliveiraRuan OliveiraWCross chokePan American88KG8F2016
8976Pedro MelloPedro MelloWChokePan American88KG4F2016
8980Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPts: 4x2Pan American88KGSF2016
9263Romario MartinsWArmlockWorld Pro85KGR12016
9269Arturi SalasWPts: 14x0World Pro85KG8F2016
9280Igor SousaWCross chokeWorld Pro85KG4F2016
9666Vicente CavalcantiWCross chokeWorld Champ.88KG8F2016
9676Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPts: 2x0World Champ.88KG4F2016
9678Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioWCross chokeWorld Champ.88KGSF2016
9733Nathan MendlesohnWChokeWorld Champ.ABSR22016
9735Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWCross chokeWorld Champ.ABS8F2016
10666Erick BarbosaWPointsGrand Slam - Rio94KGR12016
10667Helton JoseHelton JoseWPts: 5x0Grand Slam - Rio94KG4F2016
11636Piter FrankWBow and arrowPan American82KG8F2017
11642Josh HingerJosh HingerWCross chokePan American82KG4F2017
12546Adriano CandidoWArmbarWorld Champ.88KG8F2017
12552Lucas 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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