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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

28 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    22 (79%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (4%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    4 (14%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (4%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

4 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Armbar
25
1
#86e620
Kneebar
25
1
#5AD3D1
Inside heel hook
25
1
#d1212a
Heel hook
25
1
4
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
27 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    15 (56%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (4%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    2 (7%)
  • BY DECISION
    9 (33%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

2 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Guillotine
50
1
#86e620
Outside heel hook
50
1
2
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Valdir Araujo Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
2091Jeff MonsonLReferee DecisionCopa Atlantica NGABSF2009
6251Ezra LenonLGuillotineFIVE NAICABSRR2014
6257Joao AssisJoao AssisLPointsFIVE NAICABSRR2014
10191Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaLPointsAmerican NG Nats91KGF2016
10194Eliot KellyEliot KellyLPts: 2x0American NG NatsABSSF2016
10893C. NegromonteC. NegromonteLReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds85KGSF2016
11666Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLPts: 2x0ADCC SP Trials88KGF2017
11715Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioLReferee DecisionADCC RJ88KGSF2017
12013Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 6x2Grand Slam LDN94KG4F2017
12884DJ JacksonDJ JacksonLPointsMiami Spring OpenABSSF2017
12969Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 16x0World Champ.ABS8F2017
13096Rodrigo FajardoRodrigo FajardoLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.88KGR12017
13251Lucas RochaLucas RochaLPointsAmerican NG Nats85KGSF2017
13259Dany GerardDany GerardLPointsAmerican NG NatsABSR12017
13294Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLPts: 2x0American Nats88KGF2017
13312Dany GerardDany GerardLN/AAmerican NatsABS4F2017
18507Kit DaleKit DaleLReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds85KGR22018
18560Thiago SaThiago SaLReferee DecisionNoGi WorldsABSR22018
18602Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeLPointsSubStarsABSRR2018
19573Gabriel AlmeidaGabriel AlmeidaLReferee DecisionADCC SP Trials88KGF2019
19596Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 2x1Kasai 593KGRR2019
19598Aaron JohnsonAaron JohnsonD---Kasai 593KGRR2019
19601Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 5x1Kasai 593KGRR2019
20750M. LutesLPts: 6x3KASAI SS Florida88KGSPF2019
21588Mason FowlerLReferee DecisionADCC88KGR12019
21773Dylan RoyceLReferee DecisionF2W 12892KGSPF2019
22209Kyle BoehmKyle BoehmLOutside heel hookBJJ FanaticsABSR12019
23328O. TazaLReferee DecisionJitz King84KGSF2020
1848N/AWPointsEuropean Open94KG4F2008
1849Marcelo BernardoWPointsEuropean Open94KGSF2008
1850Renato MoraesWPointsEuropean Open94KGF2008
2092Ian McPhersonIan McPhersonWArmbarCopa Atlantica94KGN/A2009
2093Alexandre CeconiAlexandre CeconiWPts: 2x0Copa Atlantica94KGF2009
6249Dan HorbbuckleWPointsFIVE NAICABSRR2014
6252N/AWKneebarFIVE NAICABSRR2014
6254N/AWPointsFIVE NAICABSRR2014
10190Daniel HamptonWPointsAmerican NG Nats91KGSF2016
10192N/AWPointsAmerican NG NatsABS4F2016
11660N/AWPointsADCC SP Trials88KGR12017
11662N/AWPointsADCC SP Trials88KG4F2017
11664C. NegromonteC. NegromonteWReferee DecisionADCC SP Trials88KGSF2017
11708N/AWInside heel hookADCC RJ88KGR12017
11709Thiago SaThiago SaWPts: 2x0ADCC RJ88KGR22017
11714N/AWPts: 2x0ADCC RJ88KG4F2017
12881N/AWPointsMiami Spring OpenABS4F2017
12958Pedro PalharesWPts: 2x0World Champ.ABSR12017
13291N/AWPointsAmerican Nats88KG4F2017
17727Marcos MacielWHeel hookF2W 8985KGSPF2018
18496Ezra LenonWAdvNoGi Worlds85KGR12018
19564N/AWPointsADCC SP Trials88KGR12019
19566N/AWPointsADCC SP Trials88KGR22019
19568N/AWPointsADCC SP Trials88KGR32019
19571T. VicenteWPointsADCC SP Trials88KGSF2019
20759Jose LaguerWPointsJitz King77KGSPF2019
23319Johnny TamaJohnny TamaWPointsJitz King84KGR12020
23325John CombsJohn CombsWPts: 4x2Jitz King84KG4F2020

 

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