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Bruno Bastos - Top Notch 5th Degree Black Belt

Bruno Bastos - Top Notch 5th Degree Black Belt

1. Bruno Bastos’s Details

Bruno Bastos’s Details
Name Bruno Bastos Cruz
Nickname N/A
Born United States
Date of Birth 27th March, 1980
Weight Division Heavyweight
Last Weigh-in 204.0 lbs
Height 5'11"
College N/A
Rank 5th Degree Black Belt
Last Fight        2020
Favorite Position Half Guard
Head Coach Master Wendell Alexander
Lineage Luiz França > Oswaldo Fadda > Sebastião Ricardo > Wendell Alexander > Bruno Bastos
Fighting out of Dallas, Texas
Team Association Bruno Bastos Association / LEAD
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2. Bruno Bastos’s Biography

2.1. Who is Bruno Bastos?

Bruno Bastos is a 5th-degree Brazilian black belt and chief head of the Bruno Bastos Association.

2.2. Bruno Bastos’s Early Life

Bruno Bastos was born on 27th March 1980 in America. In 1990, Bastos first entered the BJJ world at the age of 10. He was first trained under Neury Gomes for about 1 and a half years and learned all basic grappling techniques. After some years, Bastos also learned advanced grappling techniques under Aílson Brites and Wendell Alexander. Bastos spent major time under the coaching of Alexander who followed him until his jiu-jitsu black belt. Bastos’s six family members were also part of BJJ which included Ricardo, Thiago, Fernanda, Andre, Bianca, and Felipe Bastos. His son Joao Bastos and daughter Maria Clara also competed in various jiu-jitsu tournaments. After securing a gold medal at the Pan American Championship, Maria said:

“I was hugging my dad, he was crying, I wanted to show him my medal, and I was thinking that he would be super excited,” ‘he said, “good job Juji,” (said Maria Bastos)

Bruno Bastos always motivated his daughter and encouraged her to work harder to achieve success goals. He said:

“I like to say that life is a competition, so every time she gets a loss, I remind her that’s not what tells her worth, her worth is what she will do after every win and or loss.”

2.3. Represented the Team Nova Uniao

Bruno Bastos’s entire jiu-jitsu career is filled with his top titles and accomplishments. He was also a part of the top famous two-time world champion team which was referred to as Nova Uniao. But in 2014, Bastos left this team and developed his own Bruno Bastos Association. After some time, Bastos also became a member of another LEAD Team.

2.4. Bruno Bastos Association

Bruno Bastos Association is renowned for its exceptional jiu-jitsu training facility in West Texas. Bruno Bastso, Yuri Santos, and Petya Bastos are the main instructors. Top-notch martial arts training is provided to both children and adults.

2.5. Bruno Bastos’s Achievements

Bruno Bastos stepped onto the mats at the yellow belt rank and amazed the entire BJJ community with his innate fighting skills.

Bastos is undoubtedly a competitive jiu-jitsu fighter and showcased his remarkable grappling skills in numerous tournaments including World Championships, Brazilian Nationals, Grapplers Quest ADCC, etc.

For Bastos, age is just a number. At the age of 41, Bastos participated in the World Pro Championship of Master 3 division and secured victory. Bastos won the gold in the Ultra Heavyweight division. Bastos competed against Vladimiro Afonso, Marcelo Mendes, Rodrigo Silva, and Marcio Silva. Among four matches, Bastos was declared the winner in 3 battles by securing points. In one match, victory was announced based on the judges' opinion. Once Bastos said:

“I did fights without getting a single point scored against me,” he said. “I believe it was my best performance since I became a master. I’m feeling very good and I see that my BJJ has evolved with time. It’s like wine: I got even better with time. I fought moving forward in all matches; I dominated all my opponents to win the title.”

2.6. Favorite Position

Bruno Bastos is renowned for having one of the finest half-guards that he amazingly applied as opposed to his competitors. Bastos competed in various tournaments with his amazing grips and applied strategies that he mastered over his entire BJJ career.

Bruno Bastos’s Charity Organization

Bastos not only learned the jiu-jitsu from his coach Wendell Alexander but also learned moral values. In 2005, Bastos took the initiative to open a charity organization, Arte Suave. The main goal of this organization was to protect the children from drugs or any illegal activities by developing their interest in BJJ. Bastos and a few Nova Unuao students also developed a project which was referred to as “Projeto Atos”.

2.7. Black Bet Promotion

In January 2001, Bruno Bastos secured the black belt under Master Wendell Alexander.

2.8. Bruno Bastos’s Motivation

Once Bruno Bastos was asked about his motivation, he shared the names of his children. Bastos was also concerned about the feasible mental preparation for any competition. He said:

Everything, there is no way that I would not believe in myself. You are going to win and lose, but you have to know that you did everything in that process. There are no shortcuts! I think that many people embrace the idea of being champions, but not a lot of people will embrace the idea of having to go through the process, go through hardships, and understand winning/losing. I say win and lose because a lot of people say:

“Oh! You have to know how to lose!”

But you have to know how to win as well. I think when you understand all of that, and you put it all together, you will always be confident in yourself.

3. Bruno Bastos’s Top Fight History

3.1. Bruno Bastos vs Luigi Fioravanti

In the 2020 Austin Open Championship, Bruno Bastos faced Luigi Fioravanti. Both fighters attempted the takedown numerous times but Bastos amazingly resisted the opponent’s techniques and secured the victory based on the points.

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Stage Weight Class
2020 Austin Open Luigi Fioravanti Win Points Final Ultra Heavyweight

3.2. Roger Gracie vs Bruno Bastos

In the 2009 World Championship, Bastos competed against Roger Gracie. In the initial few minutes, Bastos tried to attempt the techniques multiple times but Gracie secured the victory by successfully attempting the choke submission.

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Stage Weight Class
2009 World Championship Roger Gracie Loss Submission QF Super Heavyweight

4. Bruno Bastos’s Main Achievements ( Black Belt)

Year Event Belt Position
2013 IBJJF World NOGI Championship Black 3rd
2012  IBJJF Pro League GP Black 2nd
2011 IBJJF Pan Championship Black 2nd
2011 CBJJ Brazilian Nationals NOGI Black 1st
2010  IBJJF American Nationals Black 1st
2010  IBJJF NY Open Black 1st
2010 IBJJF World Championship Black 3rd
2010 IBJJF World NOGI Championship Black 3rd
2009 CBJJE World Cup Black 1st
2009 Grapplers Quest All-Star Black 3rd
2008 CBJJE World Championship Black 1st
2008 CBJJE Brazilian Nationals Black 1st
2008  IBJJF Rio Open Black 1st
2007 CBJJE World Cup Black 1st
2007 CBJJO Brazilian Cup Black 1st
2007 CBW BR National Grappling Championship Black 1st
2005  CBJJO Brazilian Cup Black 1st
2005 Copa Cyclone Submission Grand Prix Black 1st
2004 CBJJO Brazilian Cup Black 1st
2004 Submission Wrestling de Campos Black 1st
2004 CBJJO World Cup Black 3rd
2002 Submission Wrestling de Campos Black 1st
2002 Duelo de Titans Jiu-Jitsu vs Luta-Livre Black 1st
2002 CBJJO World Cup Black 2nd
2002 CBJJO World Cup Black 3rd
2001 Submission Wrestling de Campos Black 1st
2001 Duelo de Titans Jiu-Jitsu vs Luta-Livre Black 1st

4.1. Bruno Bastos’s Main Achievements (Masters)

Year Event Position Belt
2020 IBJJF Masters World Championship 1st Black
2020 IBJJF American Nationals 1st Black
2019 IBJJF Pan Championship NOGI 1st Black
2019 IBJJF European Open NOGI 1st Black
2019 IBJJF American Nationals 1st Black
2018 IBJJF World Championship NOGI 1st Black
2018 IBJJF American Nationals 1st Black
2017 IBJJF European Open NOGI 1st Black
2016 IBJJF World Championship NOGI 1st Black
2016 IBJJF Pan Championship 1st Black
2016 IBJJF European Open 1st Black
2016 CBJJ Brazilian Nationals 1st Black
2015 IBJJF World Championship NOGI 1st Black
2014 IBJJF European Open 1st Black
2014 IBJJF Master and Seniors Championship 3rd Black
2013  IBJJF Masters World Championship 1st Black
2013 IBJJF Pan Championship NOGI 1st Black
2013 IBJJF Pan American Championship 2nd Black
2012 IBJJF World Championship NOGI 1st Black
2012 IBJJF Pan Championship 1st Black
2010  IBJJF Master and Seniors Championship 1st Black

5. Bruno Bastos MMA Professional Record Breakdown

Matches Wins Losses
By KO/TKO 0 1
By Submission 1 0
By Decision 1 3

5.1. Bruno Bastos BJJ Professional Record Breakdown

Matches Wins Losses
By Submission 0 5
By Decision 1 5
By points 1 0
Others 0 4

6. Bruno Bastos BJJ Fight History

Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
Ricardo Evangelista L Decision Submission Hunter Pro 87 Heavyweight N/A 2023
Chris Roberson L Decision FTW Super Heavyweight Championship Super Heavyweight N/A 2020
Nick Rodriguez L Outside Heel Hook Kasai Pro 7 Heavyweight N/A 2020
Roberto Abreu L Decision Kasai Pro 7 Heavyweight N/A 2020
Luigi Fioravanti W Points Austin Open Ultra-Heavyweight F 2020
Thiago Reinaldo L Choke Oklahoma City Open N/A SF N/A
Tom DeBlass W Decision KASAI Super Series Super Heavyweight N/A 2019
Fabiano Scherner L N/A Submission Underground 7 N/A N/A 2018
Roger Gracie L Submission World Championship Super Heavyweight QF 2009
Roger Gracie L Submission World Championship Super Heavyweight SF 2010
Vinny Magalhães L Decision ADCC Championships Open Weight N/A 2011
James Puopolo L Referee Decision No gi Worlds Absolute Division N/A 2013
Marcus "Buchecha" Almeida L Submission Pan Championship Super Heavyweight F 2011
Rafael Lovato Jr L N/A ADCC Championships Ultra Heavyweight N/A 2009
Marcelo Garcia L N/A ADCC Championships Open Weight N/A 2009
Roberto Alencar L N/A World Jiu-Jitsu No-Gi IBJJF Championship Heavyweight N/A 2008

6.1. Bruno Bastos MMA Fight History

Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
Gabriel Garcia W Decision Legacy FC 22 Light Heavyweight N/A 2013
Ricardo McCall L KO/TKO Self Made Light Heavyweight R3 2012
Yosif Petrov W Submission Bulgaria Regional N/A N/A 2012
Rousimar Palhares L Decision Santa Catarina Regional N/A N/A 2006
Marcos Henrique L Decision Brazil Regional N/A N/A 2006
Edgar Castaldelli Filho L Decision X-Fight MMA N/A N/A 2005

7. Bruno Bastos Top Fights

Bruno Bastos VS Felipe Pacces / World Championship 2010

Marcio "Pe de Pano" Cruz v Bruno Bastos / Tampa Open 2023

Ricardo Feliciano VS Bruno Bastos / Pan NoGi Championship 2020

Tim Spriggs (Lloyd Irvin) x Bruno Bastos (Bastos BJJ) - Match 3

Thiago Reinaldo x Bruno Bastos - 2020 Oklahoma City Open

Photo Credit: @brunobastosbjj

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