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Diogo Araujo “Moreno”- Third Degree Black Belt

Diogo Araujo “Moreno”- Third Degree Black Belt

1. Diogo Sampaio’s Details

Diogo Sampaio’s Details
Name Diogo Sampaio Araújo
Nickname Moreno
Born Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Date of Birth April 30th, 1984
Weight 94 kg (207 lbs)
Weight Division Peso Pesado (Heavyweight)
Last Weigh-in 88 kg
Height N/A
Foundational Style BJJ
Career Disclosed Earnings N/A
College University N/A
Rank 3rd Degree Black Belt
Head Coach Augusto Mendes
Last Fight 2023 IBJJF Pan Championship
Favorite Technique Sweep from Guard
Lineage Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Francisco Mansor > Augusto Mendes > Diogo Araujo
Team Association Soul Fighters
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2. Diogo Araújo’s Biography

Diogo Araújo was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on April 30, 1984. He represents Soul Fighters Academy in the Jiu-Jitsu circuit. Souler Fighter’s competitors won major medals like silver and gold medals at the world championships and Rio Open.    

2.1. Introduction to BJJ

Diogo Araújo started Jiu-Jitsu  training because of his father. His father was a big fan of martial arts but he never found time to train. Therefore he wanted his son to be a martial artist. 

2.2. Moreno’s BJJ Coaches

Moreno started BJJ training at Vila da Penha, situated in Rio de Janeiro under the superb coaching of Professor Munir. Later he switched his academy and joined Marcos Carvalho. In Marcos’s Academy Moreno met the future members of The Soul Fighter Academy. After the formation of the Soul Fighter Team, Moreno started training under Augusto Tanquinho. He received his blue and purple belt under Master Carvalho while Moreno’s later belt promotions took place under Augusto Tanquinho, including black belt promotion.     

2.3. Diogo’s Black Belt Promotion

Diogo received his black belt on the podium of the Rio Open by Augusto Tanquinho after receiving his gold medal in 2010.  

2.4. Coaching Career

Diogo Sampaio started his coaching career when he started teaching Jiu-Jitsu at Evidence Academy in Tijuca situated in Rio de Janeiro. Later he relocated to the USA where Jiu-Jitsu was spreading quickly. Now he is working as a BJJ coach at Underdog MMA.  

2.5. Nicknamed ‘Moreno’

Diogo Araújo was nicknamed ‘Moreno’. Moreno is a Portuguese word that means dark-skinned. Diogo used to play water polo when he was a child and he was named so due to the presence of more than one Diogo. So he was named Moreno while another Diogo was called ‘Negão’.       

3. Diogo Sampaio’s Historic Fights 

3.1. Diogo Araujo Vs. Brian Beaury II

Diogo Araujo faced Brian Beaury II in the final of the Boston Summer Open. Diogo Araujo started the fight with a pulling guard and tried to apply a full guard. But he could not succeed and Beaury took the top position. Now Beaury tried to dominate and control Diogo Araujo but Araujo encountered it in a very good manner. He used the Gi of his opponent and took him down. This takedown earned him two points.

Now he was in the top position but his one leg was in between the legs of Beaury. The next few minutes passed in the struggle to free his leg from the grip of Beaury and he succeeded. Now Araujo was in the top position and he tried to control Brian Beaury. Beaury on the other hand tried his best to escape but he did not lift his back from the ground in the last minutes. Finally, Diogo Araujo won this fight with points.

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Stage Weight Class
2018 Boston Summer Open Brain Beaury Win Pts: 2x0 Final Medium-Heavyweight

3.2. Diogo Araujo Vs. Angel Cicero

Diogo Araujo faced Angel Cicero in the final of the Dallas Spring Open in the medium-heavyweight division. Both fighters tried to dominate each other. A few minutes later, Angel Cicero was on the ground and Araujo was in the standing position. Now he tried to dominate and take control but Cicero encountered by grippinghis Gi. A few minutes passed but Araujo remained unable to overcome Cicero.

Finally, Araujo took the side control and then started making efforts to take his back. Cicero escaped from his grip. Now Araujo started making a continuous struggle to dominate Cicero and take his back. Once again he took side control and scored three points for this impressive move.  After struggling for a few minutes, Araujo took Cicero’sback and applied a collar choke. He submitted Angel Cicero with a collar choke. 

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Stage Weight Class
2018 Dallas Spring Open Angel Cicero Win Collar Choke Final Medium-Heavyweight

3.3. Diogo "Moreno" Araujo vs. Felipe Cesar Silva

Diogo Araujo faced Felipe Cesar, the ADCC Champion in the New Heaven Fall Open 2022. Both the fighters had strong cores and  did not let the other take them down. Both of them tried in the complete match to take down each other. Firstly Felipe Cesar tried to apply a successful pulling guard but he could not make his legs grip around Diogo Araujo.

Araujo successfully escaped. Secondly, Araujo tried to apply full guard which was not successful. He tried to transition its full guard into a triangle but he could not. Contrarily, Felipe Cesar tried to overcome him but Araujo successfully put him on the ground. Diogo Araujo defeated Felipe Cesar Silva with a referee decision.

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Stage Weight Class
2022 New Heaven Fall Open Felipe Cesar Silva Win Referee’s Decision Final Medium Heavy

4. Diogo Sampaio’s Main Achievements

4.1. Diogo Sampaio’s Main Achievements in International Tournaments 

Year Event Belt Weight Division
2003 FJJR Rio de Janeiro State Championship N/A N/A
2009 FJJR Rio de Janeiro State Championship N/A N/A
2010 FJJR Rio de Janeiro State Championship Brown Belt N/A
2010 IBJJF Rio International Open Brown Belt Heavyweight
2010 FJJR Brazilian State No-Gi Championship Black Belt N/A
2011 IBJJF Rio International Open Championship Black Belt Medium Heavyweight

4.2. Diogo Sampaio’s Achievements as Black Belt

Year Event Belt Position
2010 FJJR Brazilian State No-Gi Championship Black Belt 1st
2011 IBJJF Rio International Open Championship Black Belt 1st
2012 IBJJF World Championship Black Belt 2nd
2018 IBJJF Pan No-Gi Championship Black Belt 3rd

4.3. Diogo Sampaio’s Achievements as Colored Belt

Year Event Belt Position
2003 FJJR Rio de Janeiro State Championship N/A 1st
2009 FJJR Rio de Janeiro State Championship  N/A 1st
2009 CBJJ Brasileiro Championship Brown Belt 2nd
2010 FJJR Rio de Janeiro State Championship  Brown Belt 1st
2010 IBJJF Rio International Open Championship Brown Belt 1st
2010 IBJJF Pans Championship Brown Belt 2nd
2010 CBJJ Brasileiro Championship Brown Belt 2nd

5. Diogo Sampaio’s Professional Record Break

5.1. Diogo Sampaio’s Professional Record Break Down

95 Matches 55 Wins 39 Losses 1 Draw
By Points 33 19 0
By Advantages 5 7 0
By Submission 10 4 0
By Decision 6 7 0
By Penalties 0 1 0
By DQ 1 0 0
Draw 0 0 1

5.2. Method of Submission

Method 10 Wins 4 Losses
Choke from Back 8 0
Bow and Arrow 1 0
Choke 1 0
Mounted X Choke 0 2
Triangle 0 2

6. Diogo Sampaio’s Fight History

Year Competition Opponent W/L Method Weight Stage
2012 World Champ. Joao Moncalvo W Points 88KG R1
2012 World Champ. Nivaldo Oliveira W Points 88KG R2
2012 World Champ. Eduardo Santoro W Pts: 2x0 88KG 4F
2012 World Champ. Rodrigo Pinheiro W Pts: 0x0, Adv 88KG SF
2012 World Champ. Romulo Barral L Mounted X choke 88KG F
2013 Pan American Ricardo Bastos W Points 88KG R1
2013 Pan American Gustavo Campos L Points 88KG R2
2013 Copa Podio Davi Ramos W Pts: 2x0 88KG GP
2013 Copa Podio Kit Dale W Pts: 5x2 88KG GP
2013 Copa Podio Felipe Pena L Triangle 88KG GP
2013 Copa Podio Paulo Miyao W Pts: 4x2 88KG SF
2013 Copa Podio Felipe Pena L Pts: 4x2 88KG F
2014 World Pro Trial Rubens Pedroso W Choke 88KG SF
2014 World Pro Trial Renato Cardoso W Pts: 4x0 88KG F
2014 Rio Open Victor Neves W Pts: 11x2 88KG F
2014 Copa Podio Jon Satava W Pts: 6x0 85KG GP
2014 Copa Podio Luiz Panza D --- 85KG GP
2014 Copa Podio Luis Gustavo W Pts: 2x0 85KG GP
2014 Copa Podio Claudio Calasans L Points 85KG GP
2015 Brasileiro Felipe Cesar L Referee Decision ABS R2
2015 Brazil Nat. Pro RJ Alberto Ramos W Choke from back 94KG 4F
2015 Brazil Nat. Pro RJ Wesley Santos W Choke from back 94KG SF
2015 Brazil Nat. Pro RJ Ruan Oliveira W Choke from back 94KG F
2015 Austin Open Ricardo Bastos L Referee Decision 94KG F
2015 Brasileiro NoGi Ricardo Mesquita W Points 94KG SF
2015 Brasileiro NoGi Gustavo Saraiva W Pts: 2x0 94KG F
2015 IBJJF Rio Pro Mauricio Antunes W Points 94KG 4F
2015 IBJJF Rio Pro Dimitrius Souza L Points 94KG SF
2015 Grand Slam RJ George da Silva W Choke from back 85KG 8F
2015 Grand Slam RJ Wellington Luis W Referee Decision 85KG 4F
2015 Grand Slam RJ Patrick Gaudio L Points 85KG SF
2015 Grand Slam RJ Vinicius Marinho L Referee Decision 85KG 3RD
2016 European Open Cleidson Ramos W Choke from back 88KG R2
2016 European Open Max Carvalho W Choke from back 88KG 4F
2016 European Open Romulo Barral L Mounted X choke 88KG SF
2016 European Open Juha Leppanen W Pts: 0x0, Adv ABS R1
2016 European Open Alan Finfou L Pts: 2x0 ABS R2
2016 Las Vegas Open Gottrell King W Choke from back 88KG SF
2016 Las Vegas Open Lucas Barbosa L Pts: 0x0, Adv 88KG F
2016 World Champ. Alec Baulding W Referee Decision 82KG R2
2016 American Nats Daniel Cobb W N/A 88KG 4F
2016 American Nats Daniel Hampton W N/A 88KG SF
2016 American Nats Tanner Rice W N/A 88KG F
2016 F2W 12 Daniel Hampton W Referee Decision 58KG SPF
2016 NoGi Worlds C. Negromonte L Pts: 0x0, Adv 85KG R1
2016 NoGi Worlds Josh Hinger L Referee Decision ABS R1
2016 NY BJJ Pro Danilo Cherman W Points O94KG R1
2017 F2W 22 Dustin Snow W Bow and arrow 88KG SPF
2017 Pan American Arnaldo Maidana W Referee Decision 88KG 8F
2017 Pan American Rodrigo Fajardo L Triangle 88KG 4F
2017 Dallas Open Jose Portillo W Points 88KG SF
2017 Dallas Open Inacio Neto W Adv 88KG F
2017 World Champ. Romulo Azevedo W Pts: 0x0, Adv 88KG R1
2017 World Champ. Lucas Barbosa L Pts: 4x2 88KG 8F
2017 F2W 37 Flavio Almeida L Referee Decision ABS SPF
2017 Copenhagen Open Nicolas Penzer W Points 94KG F
2017 Copenhagen Open Adam Wardzinski L Injury 94KG F
2018 US National Pro Jonathan Satava L Pts: 2x0 85KG RR
2018 US National Pro Pedro Palhares W Pts: 6x0 85KG RR
2018 US National Pro Jonathan Satava L Pts: 2x0 85KG F
2018 Continental Pro Nick Calvanese L Pts: 5x0 85KG 4F
2018 Pan American Gabriel Kitober W Pts: 2x0 88KG 8F
2018 Pan American Matheus Diniz L Pts: 0x0, Adv 88KG 4F
2018 Boston Sp. Open Michael Tremblay W Choke from back 88KG SF
2018 Boston Sp. Open Gabriel Kitober W N/A 88KG F
2018 NY Spring Open Murilo Santana L Points 88KG F
2018 NY Spring Open Murilo Santana L N/A ABS SF
2018 Dallas SPO Tim Spriggs W Points ABS SF
2018 World Champ. Gabriel Kitober W Points 88KG R1
2018 World Champ. Matheus Spirandeli L Pts: 4x0 88KG 8F
2018 World Champ. Gutemberg Pereira L Pts: 8x8, Adv ABS RD
2018 No Gi Pan Am. Tex Johnson W DQ ABS 8F
2018 No Gi Pan Am. Thiago Sa L Referee Decision 91KG SF
2018 NY Fall Open Nisar Loynab W Points 88KG SF
2018 NY Fall Open Gabriel Almeida L Pts: 2x2, Adv 88KG F
2018 NoGi Worlds Dan Borovic L Pts: 4x4, Pen 85KG R2
2019 Washington DCO Devhonte Johnson L Referee Decision 88KG SF
2019 Washington DCO Felipe Linhares W Referee Decision ABS 4F
2019 Washington DCO DJ Jackson L Pts: 0x0, Adv ABS SF
2019 NY Spring Open Nathan Santos W Points 88KG SF
2019 NY Spring Open Murilo Santana L Pts: 0x0, Adv 88KG F
2019 Dallas SPO Vinicius Garcia W Points 88KG SF
2019 Dallas SPO Yan Cathalat W N/A 88KG F
2022 Charleston Open Gialyson Freitas W Pts: 4x4, Adv 88KG 4F
2022 Charleston Open Sebastian Rodriguez L Pts: 2x0 88KG SF
2022 Orlando SMO Kevin Cuervo L N/A 88KG 4F
2022 Orlando SMO Juan Romero W N/A ABS R1
2022 Orlando SMO Juan Romero W N/A ABS 8F
2022 Orlando SMO Sebastian Rodriguez L Points ABS 4F
2022 N. Haven Open M. Al-Asbahi W Points 88KG F
2022 N. Haven Open Justin Primrose W Points ABS 4F
2022 N. Haven Open Max Gimenis L Pts: 3x0 ABS SF
2022 N. Haven FO Felipe Cesar W Referee Decision 88KG F
2023 Pan American Uanderson Ferreira L Pts: 10x0 ABS R1
2023 Pan American Wellington Luis L Pts: 6x4 88KG R1

7. Diogo Sampaio’s Top Fight Links

Diogo Araujo v Felipe Cesar Silva / New Haven Fall Open 2022

Diogo Araujo vs Angel Cicero / Dallas Spring Open 2018

Diogo Araujo vs Yann Cathalat / Dallas Spring Open 2019

Diogo Araujo vs Gabriel Kitober / Boston Spring Open 2018

Photo Credit: @moreno_bjj

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