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Yuri Simões

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Yuri Simões is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt under Ricardo Vieira, who is widely regarded as one of the top competitors of his generation. Simões made a name for himself while competing in the lower ranks of the sport, where he won several important competitions such as the IBJJF Mundial, World No-Gi Championship, European Open before earning his black belt, going on to conquer the most important No-Gi tournament of all, the ADCC (2015). Yuri Simões is also the adopted brother of another BJJ star, Ary Farias.

Yuri Simoes Jiu-Jitsu

Full Name: Yuri Costa Simoes Martins da Silva

Nickname: “Novinho” which can mean Youngster or Brand New depending on the context. At this point, BJJ Heroes cannot assert the reason for the nickname.

Lineage: Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Rolls Gracie > Romero Cavalcanti > Ricardo Vieira > Yuri Simões

Main Achievements:

  • ADCC Champion (2017/2015)
  • IBJJF World Champion (2011 brown, 2009** purple)
  • IBJJF World No-Gi Champion (2016**/2014** black, 2011** brown)
  • IBJJF Pan American Champion (2012/2014*)
  • IBJJF European Open Champion (2010/2011 brown, 2009** purple)
  • IBJJF South American Champion (2007 junior)
  • CBJJ Brazilian National Championship Runner-up (2010)
  • FIVE Grappling Super League Runner-up (2015)
  • IBJJF European Open Championship Runner-up (2011** brown)
  • IBJJF World Championship 3rd Place (2010 brown)
  • IBJJF Pan American Championship 3rd Place (2016, 2010* brown)
  • IBJJF Rio Open Championship 3rd Place (2010)

* Absolute
** Weight and absolute

Favorite Position/Technique: Drop Seoi Nage & Open Guard

Weight Division: Meio Pesado (88kg/194lbs).

Team/Association: Caio Terra Association (CTA)

Yuri Simoes Biography

Yuri Simões was born on June 18, 1990, in Rio de Janeiro – Brazil. He started practicing through his father’s influence who already trained BJJ, he was 9 years old when he first put on a kimono. Although Yuri’s first instructor’s name has been lost in the corners of his mind, his second coach, Maurício “Behring”, was truly fundamental in Simoes’s life as a competitor, it was Behring who instigated Yuri to compete and where he found his true calling.

In 2006 Mauricio Behring was shot and killed by the father of his ex-fiancé. After the shock and a natural grieving period, Yuri returned to the mats, seeking Ricardo Vieira as his new master and earning his purple and brown belt from Ricardinho at the famous Fight Zone. At Checkmat, Yuri Simoes’s career started to shine with several fantastic wins at the world’s most important tournaments. After a series of good results, Yuri Simoes spent some time in and out of Europe, namely in England where he trained and competed extensively in 2009.

In 2010 Yuri Simoes had a change of heart and switched camps moving with his brother to the rival Atos academy in Rio Claro (Sao Paulo). This move, however, was short-lived and he returned to Checkmat and Ricardinho Vieira’s guidance.

After a tremendous year of 2011 when Yuri Simoes won the Mundial, the No-Gi Worlds (weight and absolute), and the European Open, he was awarded his long-awaited black belt by the hands of his instructor on the 29th of December, 2011. In 2013 he moved away from Checkmat, once again and joined the Caio Terra Association.

Yuri Simoes Instructional

Yuri Simoes Grappling Record

77 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    38 (49%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    4 (5%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    21 (27%)
  • BY DECISION
    11 (14%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (1%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    2 (3%)

21 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Armbar
43
9
#86e620
RNC
10
2
#5AD3D1
Cross choke
5
1
#d1212a
Bow and arrow
5
1
#fad11b
Mounted X choke
5
1
#f58822
Choke from back
5
1
#224aba
Katagatame
5
1
#ff9124
Submission
5
1
#bf1f6c
Choke
5
1
#22c9a5
Toe Hold
5
1
#fad223
Inverted triangle
5
1
#03861f
Ezekiel
5
1
21
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
21 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    12 (57%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (10%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    4 (19%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (10%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    1 (5%)

4 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Armbar
25
1
#86e620
Choke from back
25
1
#5AD3D1
RNC
25
1
#d1212a
Reverse omoplata
25
1
4
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Yuri Simoes Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
4100Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLPts: 3x0World Champ.94KG4F2012
4797Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLPts: 8x0World Champ.94KG4F2013
5250Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 2x0European94KGF2014
5259Alexander TransAlexander TransLArmbarEuropeanABSF2014
5439Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 4x0FIVE Cali. 1ABSF2014
5825Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 8x5World Champ.100KGSF2014
6191Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusD---Metamoris 5ABSSPF2014
6740Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 4x2Pan AmericanABS4F2015
7478Joao RochaJoao RochaLChoke from backWorld Champ.100KGSF2015
7556Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaLPts: 4x2US OpenABSF2015
7739Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsLPts: 2x0FIVE SLABSF2015
7967Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLReferee DecisionADCCABSSF2015
8518Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 4x2Berkut 2ABSSPF2015
9305Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaLPts: 9x0Pan American100KGSF2016
9632Gordon RyanGordon RyanLEBI/OTEBI 6ABSSF2016
14446Gordon RyanGordon RyanLRNCKasai ProABSSPF2017
16163Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLReverse omoplataACBJJ 1395KGSPF2018
16429Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.ABSRD2018
17582Gustavo BatistaGustavo BatistaLReferee DecisionWSOG 2O81KG8F2018
18400Gordon RyanGordon RyanLPts: 11x0NoGi WorldsO97KGSF2018
18425Gordon RyanGordon RyanLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi WorldsABSF2018
21317Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLPts: 3x0ADCCO99KG4F2019
3636Leonardo IturraldeWArmbarPan American94KGR12012
3640Gustavo PiresGustavo PiresWChokePan American94KGR22012
3644Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWAdvPan American94KGSF2012
4084Nathan ZiglerWToe HoldWorld Champ.94KGR12012
5254Oliver GeddesOliver GeddesWInverted triangleEuropeanABSR12014
5256Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWArmbarEuropeanABS4F2014
5257Jackson SousaJackson SousaWPts: 2x0EuropeanABSSF2014
5373Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaWPts: 17x0Pan American94KG8F2014
5378Jackson SousaJackson SousaWAdvPan American94KG4F2014
5382Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWAdvPan American94KGSF2014
5436Sergio RiosSergio RiosWPointsFIVE Cali. 1ABS4F2014
5438JT TorresJT TorresWPointsFIVE Cali. 1ABSSF2014
5822Gustavo PiresGustavo PiresWPts: 3x2World Champ.100KG4F2014
5881Alessandro SilvaWArmbarSF OpenO100KGF2014
5983Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeWPts: 2x0NoGi WorldsABSRDS2014
5988Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsWPts: 8x2NoGi WorldsABS4F2014
5990Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWArmbarNoGi WorldsABSSF2014
5991Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusWPts: 4x0NoGi WorldsABSF2014
6039Felipe BuenoWPts: 7x0NoGi WorldsO100KG4F2014
6043Abraham MarteAbraham MarteWPointsNoGi WorldsO100KGSF2014
6044Gabriel LucasGabriel LucasWPts: 2x0NoGi WorldsO100KGF2014
6265Carlos FariasCarlos FariasWPts: 8x0Long Beach ProO94KGSF2014
6266James PuopoloJames PuopoloWEzekielLong Beach ProO94KGF2014
6431Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaWPointsJJ World League94KGSF2015
6432Gabriel CheccoWN/AJJ World League94KGF2015
6697Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaWArmbarSF OpenABS4F2015
6702Tanner RiceTanner RiceWArmbarSF OpenABSSF2015
6703Magid HageWCross chokeSF OpenABSF2015
6728Vinicius AgudoWBow and arrowPan AmericanABSR22015
6737Gabriel LucasGabriel LucasWPts: 10x2Pan AmericanABSR32015
7473James PuopoloJames PuopoloWPts: 7x4World Champ.100KG4F2015
7542Many DiasWPts: 13x0American CupABS4F2015
7543Diego HerzogWPts: 7x0American CupABSSF2015
7544Carlos MelloWMounted X chokeAmerican CupABSF2015
7552Eliot KellyEliot KellyWChoke from backUS Open94KGF2015
7553Eliot KellyEliot KellyWPts: 5x2US OpenABSGP2015
7555David RoblesWArmbarUS OpenABSGP2015
7735James PuopoloJames PuopoloWPts: 6x2FIVE SLABS4F2015
7738Joao AssisJoao AssisWReferee DecisionFIVE SLABSSF2015
7896Ricardo MesquitaWPts: 3x0ADCC88KGR12015
7903Zbigniew TyszkaWRNCADCC88KG4F2015
7905Romulo BarralRomulo BarralWPts: 3x0ADCC88KGSF2015
7908Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusWPts: 3x0ADCC88KGF2015
7957ShrekWReferee DecisionADCCABSR12015
7962Dean ListerDean ListerWPts: 5x3ADCCABS4F2015
9301Guybson SaGuybson SaWArmbarPan American100KG4F2016
9621Evandro NunesEvandro NunesWEBI/OTEBI 6ABSR12016
9628Garry TononGarry TononWEBI/OTEBI 6ABS4F2016
10261Dean ListerDean ListerWReferee DecisionF2W Pro 886KGSPF2016
10306Romulo BarralRomulo BarralWReferee DecisionBerkut 3ABSSPF2016
10892Aaron JohnsonAaron JohnsonWPts: 19x0NoGi WorldsO97KGSF2016
10894Gustavo DiasGustavo DiasWPts: 4x0NoGi WorldsO97KGF2016
10903Marcus WilsonWKatagatameNoGi WorldsABS8F2016
10911Thiago SaThiago SaWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi WorldsABS4F2016
10913Augusto MendesAugusto MendesWReferee DecisionNoGi WorldsABSSF2016
10915Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPts: 0x0, PenNoGi WorldsABSF2016
13416Felipe AbadWSubmissionSan Jose OpenO100KGF2017
13419Breno BittencourtBreno BittencourtWPointsSan Jose OpenABSSF2017
13420Victor SilverioVictor SilverioWPts: 2x0San Jose OpenABSF2017
13509Travis StevensWReferee DecisionF2W Pro 44ABSSPF2017
13754Roman DolidzeWPts: 2x0ADCC99KGE12017
13760M. PerezWReferee DecisionADCC99KG4F2017
13763Jackson SousaJackson SousaWPts: 3x0ADCC99KGSF2017
13765Felipe PenaFelipe PenaWPts: 2x0ADCC99KGF2017
14823Abdurakhman BilarovAbdurakhman BilarovWReferee DecisionACB 1095KGSPF2018
15590Nisar LoynabNisar LoynabWPointsSan Jose OpenABS4F2018
15591Breno BittencourtBreno BittencourtWPointsSan Jose OpenABSSF2018
15592Victor SilverioVictor SilverioWReferee DecisionSan Jose OpenABSF2018
15599Edmund KimWPts: 7x0San Jose NGOABSSF2018
18074Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsWReferee DecisionF2W Pro 94ABSSPF2018
18397Jared DoppJared DoppWPts: 19x0NoGi WorldsO97KG4F2018
18405S. ThometzWRNCNoGi WorldsABSR12018
18413Robby MalofWPts: 9x0NoGi WorldsABSR22018
18419Aaron JohnsonAaron JohnsonWPts: 5x0NoGi WorldsABSR32018
18423Thiago SaThiago SaWPts: 4x2NoGi WorldsABSSF2018
19108Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWReferee DecisionF2W Pro 104ABSSPF2019
21307Elliot MarshalWArmbarADCCO99KGR12019

Yuri Simoes vs JT Torres (2014)

Submission Back Attacks Instructional by John Danaher

3 Comments

  • Checkmat says:

    Yuri Simoes is a future black belt Jiu-Jitsu World Champion! I had the pleasure of training with him when was at Orange County Jiu-Jitsu with Lucas Leite, getting ready for the no-gi Mundials.

  • Johannes says:

    Yuri has very intelligent and well thought out views on training and is a keen instructor. His english is pretty good too and I would definitely recommend attending a seminar with him.

  • Graplo says:

    Yuri has always been an inspiration to us. He is relentless on his attacks, has a heart of a lion, and he loves his team. Grateful to have him as an instructor at CTA.

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