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Valdir Araújo “BB Monstro”

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Valdir Araújo Junior, often referenced as BB Monstro (which means Baby Monster in Portuguese), is a well-known grappler and former professional mixed martial arts (MMA) cage fighter, who competed in The Ultimate Fighter (TUF 21) in 2015 and Bellator MMA. In grappling, BB Monster has a black belt in judo and jiu-jitsu – awarded by Daniel Valverde, with important medals to his credit, including at several ADCC Brazilian Trials podium placements. Competitively Valdir Araújo has represented a range of teams, including Masters MMA, Blackzillians, Blackhouse and Fight Sports.

BB Monster Jiu-Jitsu

Full Name: Valdir Araújo de Lima Junior

Nickname: Araújo is commonly mentioned as “Baby Monster” or BB Monster, in Portuguese BB Monstro. The nickname was given by a senior teammate of Valdir named Fabio Dória, in Brazil, when Araújo first started training BJJ at the age of 12. At the time Valdir was very big and athletic for his age and used all his physical prowess when rolling. His physicality combined with his age earned him the name Baby Monster, which would be shortened to BB Monster.

Lineage: Carlos Gracie > Reyson Gracie > Osvaldo Alves > Daniel Valverde > Valdir Araújo Jr.

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place IBJJF European Open (2009)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF American Nationals (2017)
  • 2nd Place ADCC São Paulo Trials (2017 / 2019)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World Championship NoGi (2016)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF American Nationals NoGi (2016)
  • 3rd Place ADCC Rio de Janeiro Trials (2017)

Favorite Position/Technique: Kataguruma

Weight Division: Peso Pesado (94,30 kg /208.0 lbs)

Team/Association: Fight Sports

Valdir Araújo Biography

Valdir Araújo was born on December 14, 1984, in Gama, Brasilia – Brazil, moving to one the state of Bahia as a child.

Throughout his childhood, Valdir Araújo was always involved in sports, practicing swimming and capoeira for years, as well as football (soccer), the latter at a high competitive level prior to him focussing on a martial arts career.

Valdir was introduced to jiu-jitsu by Helio Moura, a well known Bahia black belt. The relationship between the two came to fruition after Araújos’ father – a successful entrepreneur, sponsored Helio for a few jiu-jitsu events. Sometime after this exchange, Moura bumped into 12-year-old Valdir at the beach and recognizing the youngster, cordially invited him to train at his gym. After the very first class, in December 1998, Araújo realized grappling was something he wanted to pursue.

Only a few months into Araújo’s training, Helio Moura moved from Bahia, leaving Valdir without a tutor. In a search for Moura’s successor, BB Monster discovered Daniel Valverde’s gym – a popular judoka and BJJ black belt, with whom Araújo remained from white to black belt, the latter a rank attributed by coach Daniel in 2007.

In 2001, after coach Daniel Valverde moved to the United States to form an alliance with Rodrigo Nogueira, Valdir decided to go out and seek an adventure of his own, spending the following year in the state of São Paulo training and competing exclusively in judo, earning his brown belt in the Japanese art of throwing with 1 year of training. His love for judo would have him returning to the sport numerous times, including extended periods training with Flamengo’s famous judo club in Rio de Janeiro, earning his black belt in this Olympic combat sport in 2006.

In late 2008 Daniel Valverde joined Rodrigo Minotauro’s coaching staff for The Ultimate Fighter: Team Nogueira vs. Team Mir reality TV/MMA show. To cover his gym’s classes, considering he would be relocating to Las Vegas for the shooting of the series, Valverde called on BB Monster. Valdir moved to the United States to cover the classes and taking full advantage of the multiple disciplines at his disposal in the US, he started adding striking to his training, quickly joining the world of MMA.

Valdir Araújo kept a busy schedule inside the cage for the next few years, joining the famous Blackzillians MMA team in 2015 to further his cage fighting career, a move that earned him a spot in the Ultimate Fighter (TUF 21) – American Top Team vs. Blackzilians, going 1-1 in the show.

After the death of Glenn Robinson, the founder of Blackzillians, the team was dispersed and Araújo made a more vehement comeback to the grappling world, earning important medals while training and representing the Fight Sports Academy of Florida, US.

Valdir Araujo Grappling Record

38 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    26 (68%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (5%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    5 (13%)
  • BY DECISION
    5 (13%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

5 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Kneebar
20
1
#86e620
Inside heel hook
20
1
#5AD3D1
Heel hook
20
1
#d1212a
RNC
20
1
#fad11b
Armbar
20
1
5
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
33 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    18 (55%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (3%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    3 (9%)
  • BY DECISION
    11 (33%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

3 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Outside heel hook
33
1
#86e620
RNC
33
1
#5AD3D1
Guillotine
33
1
3
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Valdir Araujo Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
2096Jeff MonsonLReferee DecisionCopa Atlantica NGABSF2009
6274Ezra LenonLGuillotineFIVE NAICABSRR2014
6280Joao AssisJoao AssisLPointsFIVE NAICABSRR2014
10225Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaLPointsAmerican NG Nats91KGF2016
10228Eliot KellyEliot KellyLPts: 2x0American NG NatsABSSF2016
10928C. NegromonteC. NegromonteLReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds85KGSF2016
11716Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLPts: 2x0ADCC SP Trials88KGF2017
11765Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioLReferee DecisionADCC RJ88KGSF2017
12071Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 6x2Grand Slam LDN94KG4F2017
12943DJ JacksonDJ JacksonLPointsMiami SPOABSSF2017
13031Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 16x0World Champ.ABS8F2017
13158Rodrigo FajardoRodrigo FajardoLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.88KGR12017
13314Lucas RochaLucas RochaLPointsAmerican NG Nats85KGSF2017
13322Dany GerardDany GerardLPointsAmerican NG NatsABSR12017
13357Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLPts: 2x0American Nats88KGF2017
13375Dany GerardDany GerardLN/AAmerican NatsABS4F2017
18657Kit DaleKit DaleLReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds85KGR22018
18710Thiago SaThiago SaLReferee DecisionNoGi WorldsABSR22018
18752Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeLPointsSubStarsABSRR2018
19765Gabriel AlmeidaGabriel AlmeidaLReferee DecisionADCC SP Trials88KGF2019
19791Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 2x1Kasai 593KGRR2019
19793Tex JohnsonTex JohnsonD---Kasai 593KGRR2019
19796Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 5x1Kasai 593KGRR2019
20970M. LutesLPts: 6x3KASAI SS Florida88KGSPF2019
21844Mason FowlerMason FowlerLReferee DecisionADCC88KGR12019
22034Dylan RoyceLReferee DecisionF2W 12892KGSPF2019
22519Kyle BoehmKyle BoehmLOutside heel hookBJJ FanaticsABSR12019
23777Oliver TazaOliver TazaLReferee DecisionJitz King84KGSF2020
24493Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLRNCNo Gi Pan Am.92KG4F2020
24515Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLPts: 16x0No Gi Pan Am.ABS8F2020
26151John CombsJohn CombsLPts: 6x2NoGi Pan Am.85KG4F2021
30069Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseLReferee DecisionADCC BR1 Trials88KGSF2022
30071Andre PorfirioAndre PorfirioLPts: 2x0ADCC BR1 Trials88KG3RD2022
30360Rafael PaganiniRafael PaganiniLReferee DecisionADCC BR2 Trials88KGSF2022
1853N/AWPointsEuropean Open94KG4F2008
1854Marcelo BernardoWPointsEuropean Open94KGSF2008
1855Renato MoraesWPointsEuropean Open94KGF2008
2097Ian McPhersonIan McPhersonWArmbarCopa Atlantica94KGN/A2009
2098Alexandre CeconiAlexandre CeconiWPts: 2x0Copa Atlantica94KGF2009
6272Dan HorbbuckleWPointsFIVE NAICABSRR2014
6275N/AWKneebarFIVE NAICABSRR2014
6277N/AWPointsFIVE NAICABSRR2014
10224Daniel HamptonWPointsAmerican NG Nats91KGSF2016
10226N/AWPointsAmerican NG NatsABS4F2016
11710N/AWPointsADCC SP Trials88KGR12017
11712N/AWPointsADCC SP Trials88KG4F2017
11714C. NegromonteC. NegromonteWReferee DecisionADCC SP Trials88KGSF2017
11758N/AWInside heel hookADCC RJ88KGR12017
11759Thiago SaThiago SaWPts: 2x0ADCC RJ88KGR22017
11764N/AWPts: 2x0ADCC RJ88KG4F2017
12940N/AWPointsMiami SPOABS4F2017
13020Pedro PalharesWPts: 2x0World Champ.ABSR12017
13354N/AWPointsAmerican Nats88KG4F2017
17846Marcos MacielWHeel hookF2W 8985KGSPF2018
18646Ezra LenonWAdvNoGi Worlds85KGR12018
19756N/AWPointsADCC SP Trials88KGR12019
19758N/AWPointsADCC SP Trials88KGR22019
19760N/AWPointsADCC SP Trials88KGR32019
19763T. VicenteWPointsADCC SP Trials88KGSF2019
20979Jose LaguerWPointsJitz King77KGSPF2019
23768Johnny TamaJohnny TamaWPointsJitz King84KGR12020
23774John CombsJohn CombsWPts: 4x2Jitz King84KG4F2020
24510Jeovany OrtizWPts: 0x0, AdvNo Gi Pan Am.ABSR12020
26141Joao CizeskiJoao CizeskiWReferee DecisionNoGi Pan Am.85KGR12021
26147Pedro RochaPedro RochaWPts: 2x0NoGi Pan Am.85KG8F2021
30050Thiago ViniciusWRNCADCC BR1 Trials88KGR12022
30059Rafael PaganiniRafael PaganiniWReferee DecisionADCC BR1 Trials88KGR22022
30066Manuel PortoWPts: 3x0ADCC BR1 Trials88KG4F2022
30318Sterven EksonWPts: 2x0ADCC BR2 Trials88KGR22022
30336Gustavo BorgesWReferee DecisionADCC BR2 Trials88KGR32022
30350Ricardo RamosWPts: 5x0ADCC BR2 Trials88KG8F2022
30357Luan CarvalhoLuan CarvalhoWReferee DecisionADCC BR2 Trials88KG4F2022

 

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