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Daniel Moraes - 3rd Degree BJJ Black Belt Champion

Daniel Moraes - 3rd Degree BJJ Black Belt Champion

1. Daniel Moraes Details

Daniel Moraes Details
Name Daniel Correia
Nickname Moraes
Date of Birth 18 August 1981
Nationality Brazilian
Born Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Age 41 Years
College/University N/A
Profession Martial Artist
Last Fight 2016 in Copa Helio Gracie
Last Weigh in 82 Kg (181 lbs)
Weight Class Division Peso Leve (76 Kg / 167 lbs)
Height 5’6”
Career Disclosed Earning N/A
Fought Out of Brazil
Foundational Style Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Favorite Technique Pressure Passing
Belt Rank Black Belt
Awarded by Royler Gracie and Marcelo Clemente
Head Coach Royler Gracie and Marcelo Clemente
Lineage Mitsuyo Maeda -> Carlos Gracie -> Helio Gracie -> Royler Gracie -> Daniel Moraes
Team/Association Relson Gracie
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2. Daniel Moraes Biography

Finding a world-class coach with a successful sporting background and versatile coaching skills  is challenging and involves a bit of luck. Exceptional athletes or competitors who are still developing their instructing and coaching talents are common. In contrast, Daniel Moraes is considered among the exceptional top-class coaches and athletes of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Daniel Moraes is the dreamer, dedicated, illustrious, and 3rd degree Black Belt icon of BJJ. He set an exceptional record by 5 times winning the title of World Champion and also winning medals in 11 World Championships.

Moraes is an enthusiastic grappler and an experienced coach who helps Jiu-Jitsu lovers to excel in their careers. During his grappling career, he faced and put down the brightest stars of grappling, including Terere, Marcelo Garcia, and Marcio Feitosa. Besides his phenomenal record in the BJJ, he also maintained a good reputation in the MMA.

2.1. Daniel Moraes’s Early Life

Daniel Moraes opened his eyes in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He was born on 18th August 1981.

2.2. Started Grappling Career

At the age of 5, Daniel Moraes had the chance to attend the Jiu-Jitsu program in the Late Clube Jardim Guanabara which is a family club in Brazil. Daniel grew up in a place where Jiu-Jitsu was flourishing. As time passed, he took full advantage of all the opportunities and became an emerging grappler of his time.

2.3. First Instructors

Daniel Moraes's first exposure to Jiu-Jitsu proved to be very beneficial and helped him to pursue his Jiu-Jitsu career. He decided to start his career as a martial artist with the motive to achieve a big name in combat sports. This motivation led him to the Royler Gracie academy. He joined the Jiu-Jitsu academy and started training under the elite mentorship of Marcelo Clemente and Royler Gracie.

2.4. Awarded Blue Belt

Moraes also participated in several championships and was awarded the Blue Belt in 1999.

2.5. Promoted Purple Belt

After winning the IBJJF World Championship in 2000, he was promoted to Purple Belt by his coaches.

2.6. Awarded a Black Belt

Moraes was also awarded multiple titles and medals during his Jiu-Jitsu career. His phenomenal performance made him a talented BJJ enthusiast.

As the reward of his winning streak, in 2002 Moraes was awarded Black Belt by his coaches Marcelo Clemente and Royler Gracie.

2.7. Get Great BJJ Mentorship

He was also honored to have great mentorship from Darrel Gholar, and Relson Gracie that played an instrumental role in his BJJ success.

2.8. Daniel Moraes’s Dream

Almost every one grows up with a big dream in mind. All dreams become reality when dreamers work with dedication and persistence toward their goals. Also, motivation and persistence play a key role in the success of an idealist.

2.9. Relocated to the USA

To fulfill his dream and turn it into reality, Moraes moved to the US and joined the Relson Gracie academy and became an affiliate at Relson’s academy.

2.10. Career in MMA

Daniel Moraes didn’t limit his martial art career to Jiu-Jitsu. He actively partook in mixed martial arts from 2006 to 2008. He also secured multiple wins in UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship).

2.11. Coach at Florida Combat Academy

Florida Combat Academy is a mixed martial arts institution that is owned by Dennis Davidson. Dennis Davidson is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Champion who received Black Belt under Daniel Moraes. Daniel Moraes joined the Florida academy and upscale the grappling skills of BJJ practitioners. Under the great leadership of Moraes, Florida academy became the fastest-growing BJJ academy in the southeastern region of the USA.

2.12. A Passionate Mentor

As a coach, he conducted some seminars and trained some of the prominent names in the Jiu-Jitsu world like Alan Belcher, and Urijah Faber. Daniel Moraes always proved his elite BJJ skills as a fighter and a coach.

2.13. Won World Championship

Daniel has a phenomenal record of winning a high number of titles in the world championships. He is a 3rd degree Black Belt holder and earned 11 Medals in the world championships under different categories. He also had a phenomenal record in Jiu-Jitsu with a list of accolades.

2.14. An Exemplary Wrestler

Besides having elite grappling skills, Daniel Moraes had extraordinary wrestling skills. He proved it by the successful takedown of the veteran wrestlers of his time.

3. Historic Fights of Daniel Moraes

3.1. Daniel Moraes Vs. Nakapan Phungephorn

This was a No-Gi grappling bout between the best lightweight competitor Daniel Moraes, and the Thailandese BJJ champion Nakapan Phungephorn.

Both fighters showcased their elite level of technical BJJ game in this fight which was a feast for the eyes of spectators.

Nakapan Phungephorn put down the Moraes through a strong close guard. At one point, the  final result seemed to be in Phungephorn's favor. However, Daniel is an excellent competitor putting on his extraordinary defensive and offensive skills.

In the end, Daniel Moraes won the match by points.

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Weight Class
2016 Arnold Gracie World Championship Nakapan Phungephorn Win Points Lightweight

3.2. Daniel Moraes Vs. Matt Arroyo

In 2009, this fight was between Daniel Moraes, and the UFC fighter Matt Arroyo.

This match was worth watching and an interesting display of No-Gi skills. Matt Arroyo controlled Daniel Moraes from standing close guard. The elite grappling skills of Matt amused the audience. Daniel Moraes tried to escape but his opponent strangled him. Matt Arroyo maintained his dominant position for 3 minutes.

After that, Daniel Moraes was successful in his effort to escape from the strong grip of Matt Arroyo. Moraes controlled Matt with a strong grip of his arms around his neck. He maintained his dominant mount position for almost 2 minutes. In the end, Moraes got the submission and won the match. 

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method
2009 Copa American National Championship Matt Arroyo Win By Arm Triangle

3.3. Daniel Moraes Vs. Roberto Abreu

In 2008, the Copa American Championship was held between Daniel Moraes and Roberto Abreu. Moraes and Roberto Abreu tried their grappling skills to pull each other down. However, Moraes succeeded in his attempt to pull down his opponent. He also tried a leg lock that was not successful. Then Moraes tightly controlled the neck of  Roberto Abreu with his arms. Roberto tried to escape from the strong grip of Daniel Moraes.

At the end, Daniel Moraes won by points. 

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method
2008 Copa America Championship Roberto Abreu Win Points

4. Main Achievements

Year Event Medal
1999 IBJJF World Championship Gold Gold Medal Icon
2000 IBJJF World Championship Gold Gold Medal Icon
2003 IBJJF World Championship Gold Gold Medal Icon
2003 ADCC Brazilian Trials Championship Gold Gold Medal Icon
2004 IBJJF World Championship Gold Gold Medal Icon
2004 Pan American Championship Gold Gold Medal Icon
2005 Gracie World’s Championship Gold Gold Medal Icon
2005 Brazilian No-Gi National Championship Gold Gold Medal Icon
2006 Gracie World Championship Gold Gold Medal Icon
2006 Brazilian No-Gi National Championship Gold Gold Medal Icon
2007 Gracie World Championship Gold Gold Medal Icon
2007 Brazilian No-Gi National Championship Gold Gold Medal Icon
2008 Copa America Championship Gold Gold Medal Icon
2008 World No-Gi Championship Gold Gold Medal Icon
2008 Copa America Championship Gold Gold Medal Icon
2009 Copa America Championship Gold Gold Medal Icon
2010 World No-Gi Championship Silver Silver Medal Icon

5. Main Achievements (Belts)

5.1. Daniel Moraes Colored Belts Achievements

Year Event Belt Medal
1999 IBJJF World Championship Blue Gold Gold Medal Icon
2000 IBJJF World Championship Purple Gold Gold Medal Icon

5.2. Daniel Moraes Black Belts Achievements

Year Event Belt Medal
2003 IBJJF World Championship Black Gold Gold Medal Icon
2003 ADCC Brazilian Trials Championship Black Gold Gold Medal Icon
2004 IBJJF World Championship Black Gold Gold Medal Icon
2004 Pan American Championship Black Gold Gold Medal Icon
2005 Gracie World’s Championship Black Gold Gold Medal Icon
2005 Brazilian No-Gi National Championship Black Gold Gold Medal Icon
2006 Gracie World’s Championship Black Gold Gold Medal Icon
2006 Brazilian No-Gi National Championship Black Gold Gold Medal Icon
2007 Gracie World’s Championship Black Gold Gold Medal Icon
2007 Brazilian No-Gi National Championship Black Gold Gold Medal Icon
2008 Copa America Championship Black Gold Gold Medal Icon
2008 World No-Gi Championship Black Gold Gold Medal Icon
2008 Copa America Championship Black Gold Gold Medal Icon
2009 Copa America Championship Black Gold Gold Medal Icon
2010 World No-Gi Championship Black Silver Silver Medal Icon

6. Accomplishments and Positions

Year Event Position
1999 IBJJF World Championship 1st
2000 IBJJF World Championship 1st
2003 IBJJF World Championship 1st
2003 ADCC Brazilian Trials Championship 1st
2004 IBJJF World Championship 1st
2004 Pan American Championship 1st
2005 Gracie World Championship 1st
2005 Brazilian No-Gi National Championship 1st
2006 Gracie World Championship 1st
2006 Brazilian No-Gi National Championship 1st
2007 Gracie World Championship 1st
2007 Brazilian No-Gi National Championship 1st
2008 Copa America Championship 1st
2008 World No-Gi Championship 1st
2008 Copa America Championship 1st
2009 Copa America Championship 1st
2010 World No-Gi Championship 2nd

7. Daniel Moraes Professional Record Breakdown

101 Matches 79 Wins 22 Losses
By Submission 14 2
By Points 57 15
By Advantage 3 2
By Decision 4 1
By DQ 0 2
By Penalty 1 0

8. Daniel Moraes Submission Method Breakdown

Submission Techniques 14 Wins 2 Loss
Submission 12 0
Guillotine 1 0
RNC 1 1
Choke from Back 0 1

9. Daniel Moraes Fight History

Year Event Opponent W/L Method Stage Weight
2001 Arnold Classic Hermes Franca W Points R1 73KG
2001 Arnold Classic Jeff Curran W Points 4F 73KG
2001 Arnold Classic Anthony Tolene W Points SF 73KG
2001 Arnold Classic Marcio Feitosa L Points F 73KG
2002 Arnold Classic Shawn Williams W Points R1 73KG
2002 Arnold Classic Jeff Curran W Points 4F 73KG
2002 Arnold Classic Alberto Crane W Pts: 11x0 SF 73KG
2002 Arnold Classic Vitor Shaolin L Points F 73KG
2002 Pan American Wander Braga W Pts: 6x0 R1 73KG
2002 Pan American Marcelo Queiroz W Submission 4F 73KG
2002 Pan American Alberto Crane W Pts: 3x0 SF 73KG
2002 Pan American Carlos Portugues L Adv F 73KG
2002 Estadual RJ Alexandre Dantas L Points 4F 88KG
2002 Gracie Pac. Rim Joao Silva W Pts: 8x2 4F ABS
2002 Gracie Pac. Rim Baret Yoshida W Pts: 11x0 SF ABS
2002 Liga Niteroi Gabriel Willcox W Points SF 73KG
2002 Liga Niteroi Suyan Queiroz L Adv F 73KG
2002 Bud Cup Pedro Brandao W Points SF ABS
2002 Bud Cup Carlos Lemos W Points F ABS
2003 ADCC Trials Johil de Oliveira W Pts: 21x0 R1 77KG
2003 ADCC Trials Fernando Terere W Pts: 2x0 4F 77KG
2003 ADCC Trials Marcelo Garcia W Pen SF 77KG
2003 ADCC Trials Otto Olsen L Points F 77KG
2003 Bud Cup Jorge Gurgel W Pts: 8x0 SPF 73KG
2003 Arnold Classic Jeff Curran W Points R1 73KG
2003 Arnold Classic N. Phungephorn W Pts: 6x0 4F 73KG
2003 Arnold Classic Vitor Shaolin L Pts: 2x0 SF 73KG
2003 World Champ. Peter deBeen W Injury R1 76KG
2003 World Champ. Frederico Ribeiro W Pts: 5x0 4F 76KG
2003 World Champ. Bruno de Paula W Points SF 76KG
2003 World Champ. Marcio Feitosa W Adv F 76KG
2004 Arnold Classic Wagney Fabiano L Points R1 73KG
2004 Pan American Armando Guedes W Submission 4F 76KG
2004 Pan American Edson Diniz W Pts: 14x0 SF 76KG
2004 Pan American Carlos Portugues W Referee Decision F 76KG
2004 World Champ. Diego Asenjo W Points 4F 76KG
2004 World Champ. Bruno de Paula W Pts: 4x0 SF 76KG
2004 World Champ. Rodrigo Magalhaes W Pts: 4x0 F 76KG
2004 GP Blackbelt Ocimar Costa W Pts: 13x0 R1 70KG
2004 GP Blackbelt Mario Reis W Adv 4F 70KG
2004 GP Blackbelt Reinaldo Ribeiro L Choke from Back SF 70KG
2005 Arnold Classic Rafael Assuncao W Points 4F 73KG
2005 Arnold Classic Jack McVicker W Points SF 73KG
2005 Arnold Classic Edson Diniz W Points F 73KG
2005 World Champ. Tiago Alves L Points R1 76KG
2005 Copa Cyclone Rodrigo Damm W Pts: 5x0 SPF ABS
2005 Liga Niterói Theodoro Canal W Submission R1 76KG
2005 Liga Niterói Andre Bastos L DQ 4F 76KG
2005 Arnold Classic Chris Moriaty W Referee Decision R1 73KG
2005 Arnold Classic Matt Jones W Submission 4F 73KG
2005 Arnold Classic Kurt Pellegrino L Referee Decision SF 73KG
2006 World Champ. Mike Fowler W Pts: 5x0 R1 82KG
2006 World Champ. Yan Cabral W Pts: 3x0 4F 82KG
2006 World Champ. Marcelo Garcia L DQ SF 82KG
2006 Copa Cyclone Rodrigo Damm W Points 77KG SPF
2006 Copa Cyclone Edson Chulapa W RNC SPF 77KG
2007 ADCC Trials Carlos Eduardo W Points R1 77KG
2007 ADCC Trials Bernardo Magalhaes W Submission 8F 77KG
2007 ADCC Trials Marcelo Azevedo W Points 4F 77KG
2007 ADCC Trials Lucas Leite W Points SF 77KG
2007 ADCC Trials Andre Galvao L Pts: 16x2 F 77KG
2007 World NoGi V. Rocha W Points 4F 79KG
2007 World NoGi Bill Cooper W Guillotine SF 79KG
2007 World NoGi Pablo Popovitch L Points F 79KG
2007 FILA Trials Bruno de Paula W Points SF 77KG
2007 FILA Trials Denilson Soldani W Points F 77KG
2008 NoGi Worlds Raphael Chaves W Referee Decision R1 79KG
2008 NoGi Worlds Jonatas Novaes W Pts: 11x0 4F 79KG
2008 NoGi Worlds Carlos Ferreira W Points SF 79KG
2008 NoGi Worlds Lucas Lepri W Pts: 0x0, Adv F 79KG
2009 ADCC Trials Alexandre Pulga W Submission 4F 77KG
2009 ADCC Trials Murilo Santana L Points SF 77KG
2009 Copa America Roberto Abreu W Points SF ABS
2009 Copa America Mike deBartolo W Submission F ABS
2009 NoGi Worlds Nik Ruben W Points 8F 79KG
2009 NoGi Worlds Marcelo Mafra W Referee Decision 4F 79KG
2009 NoGi Worlds Carlos Ferreira L Points SF 79KG
2009 Copa America Alan Berube W Submission 4F ABS
2009 Copa America Matt Arroyo W Points SF ABS
2009 Copa America Reby Donofrio W Points F ABS
2010 GQ Europa Jordan Schultz W Points 4F 77KG
2010 GQ Europa Andrew Mcinnes W Points SF 77KG
2010 GQ Europa Enrico Cocco W Points F 77KG
2010 No Gi Pan Ams James Clingerman W Submission R1 79KG
2010 No Gi Pan Ams Bruno Tostes W Submission 8F 79KG
2010 No Gi Pan Ams Mike Camarillo W Points 4F 79KG
2010 Copa America Reby Donofrio W Points R1 ABS
2010 Copa America Matt Arroyo W Points 8F ABS
2010 Copa America Fred Moncaio W Points 4F ABS
2010 Copa America Marcus Almeida L RNC SF ABS
2010 No Gi Worlds Kleber Buiú W Pts: 8x0 SF 86KG
2010 No Gi Worlds Pablo Popovitch L Pts: 6x0 F 86KG
2010 Rupture Houston Tony Tipton W Pts: 3x0 4F 92KG
2010 Rupture Houston Carlo Prater W Pts: 4x0 SF 92KG
2010 Rupture Houston Frost Murphy W Pts: 20x0 F 92KG
2014 Ilha Sports Jonathan Valle W Pts: 9x0 SPF ABS
2015 ADCC RJ Delson Heleno L Pts: 6x0 8F 88KG
2015 Aberto de verão Marcos Grael W Pts: 5x0 SF 88KG
2015 Aberto de verão Romulo Azevedo L Points F 88KG
2015 Copa Podio Gregor Gracie L Points SPF ABS
2016 Copa Helio Gracie Leonardo Ramos W Submission SF 82KG
2016 Copa Helio Gracie Everton Luis W Submission F 82KG

10. Top Fight Links of Daniel Moraes

Daniel Moraes x Bill Cooper

Daniel Moraes // Rhalan Gracie // Copa America 2010

Daniel Moraes vs. Roberto 'Cyborg' Abreu 9/20/2008

Daniel Moraes vs Pedro Brandao purplebelt match Oscar de JJ 2

Daniel Morais vs Manoel Baiano Semifinal- Interno de Jiu-Jitsu Nova União(Sobral)2012

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