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Diogo Reis - The BJJ Baby Shark from Manaus

Diogo Reis - The BJJ Baby Shark from Manaus

1. Diogo Reis’s Details

Name  Diogo Pinheiro dos Reis
Nickname  Baby Shark
Born  Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil 
Age  21 Years
Date of Birth  20-3-2002
Weight  57.5 Kg (127.0 lbs)
Weight Division Galo (57.5 Kg / 127.0 lbs)
Last Weigh-in 64 kg
Height  N/A
Foundational Style  BJJ
Career Disclosed Earnings  N/A
College University  N/A
Rank Black Belt
Head Coach  Melquisedeque Galvão
Last Fight  Pan American 2023
Favorite Technique Well Rounded
Lineage  Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Royler Gracie / Rolker Gracie > Augusto Monteiro > Ronnie Melo > Melquisedeque Galvão > Diogo Reis
Team Association  Melqui Galvão

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2. Diogo Reis’s Biography

Diogo Reis was born in Manaus, a city in the Amazonas in Brazil on 20 March 2002. Diogo Reis earned a name in the grappling world at a very little age. Twenty-one-year-old grappler is already a two-time World Champion, CBJJ Champion, and ADCC Champion.  

2.1. Athletic Childhood

Diogo Reis was an athletic child from an early age. He started his sports career with soccer and football. Before he was 10 years old, Diogo loved to take part in sports competitions. He discovered combat sports when he was 10 years old.  

2.2. Introduction to Jiu-Jitsu and First BJJ Coach

Diogo became familiar with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu when his elder brother started training under coach Alexandre Oliveira. Diogo used to watch his brother with keen interest. Alexandre Oliveira noticed his interest in Jiu-Jitsu and invited him to train with them. That’s how the Jiu-Jitsu gem was introduced to the grappling world. Alexandre Oliveira was his first Jiu-Jitsu coach.   

2.3. Joined Melqui Galvao as his Coach

After a few years of training, Diogo decided to join Jiu-Jitsu as a profession. He decided to be more dedicated to Jiu-Jitsu. He met with Melqui Galvao in a tournament. Melqui Galvao was a well-known coach of Manaus and a very talented Black Belt. Their first meeting proved very fruitful as Diogo joined Melqui Galvao as his second coach and started training under him.    

2.4. Nicknamed Baby Shark

One of Diogo’s friends started calling him a baby shark during a tournament in Abu Dhabi. Other people also started calling him Baby Shark. The name stuck with him and Diogo became famous as a baby shark. Now Diogo often wears shirts with his nickname on them. 

2.5. Diogo Reis BJJ Pro Combat

Diogo Reis’s Yellow Belt Promotion 

Diogo Reis received his first Juvenile belt, Yellow Belt, during training with Alexandre Oliveira. This was the only Belt Diogo received from his first coach, Alexandre Oliveira.

Diogo Reis’s Color Belt Promotions

Diogo Reis received his all-color belts including Orange, Blue, Purple, and Brown belt from his second and everlasting coach, Melqui Galvao. 

Two-Times World Champion as a Juvenile

In the IBJJF World Championship of 2018 and 2019, Diogo Reis gave a fabulous performance and won both weight and absolute categories. He won four gold medals in two consecutive years as a Blue Belt in the most major BJJ championship.

Diogo Reis Black Belt Promotion

On 13 December 2020, Diogo Reis was promoted to the Black Belt by his mentor and coach, Melqui Galvao. He received his Black Belt just seven months after his Brown Belt promotion at the age of 18. He was already two times world champion during the promotion of his Black Belt. 

Diogo Reis CBJJ Championship as a Black Belt

Diogo Reis won three CBJJ championships in 2015, 2016, and 2019 as a Juvenile Blue Belt. After receiving Black Belt, Diogo Reis appeared in CBJJ Brazilian Nationals in 2022. He submitted three of his four opponents and once again become CBJJ Brazilian National Champion.   

Diogo Reis ADCC Journey

Diogo Reis appeared in ADCC Brazilian Trials in 2022 along with his teammates. Diogo won all five matches and was selected for the ADCC World Championship. In the ADCC World Championship, Diogo Reis gave his best performance.


He defeated various rising stars and big names including Ashley Williams, Fabricio Andrey, Gabriel Sousa, and Josh Cisneros in the ADCC Championship to win the tournament. In the quarterfinal of the ADCC tournament, Diogo faced one of his teammates, Fabricio Andrey, and defeated him. He became ADCC Champion at the age of 20.


In his emotional speech with his coach, Melqui Galvao after winning the ADCC championship he expressed his gratitude to his family, friends, teammates, and most importantly his coach.     

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Diogo Reis Grappling Style 

Diogo Reis is a well-rounded BJJ competitor. He has command of the complete game style. But in the ADCC World Championship, he executed a fantastic open guard. He showcased his best hand-fighting skills, takedown, standup, and great control of his opponent.

3. Diogo Reis’s Historic Fights

3.1. Diogo Reis Vs. Lucas Pinheiro

Video Credit: @IBJJF


Diogo Reis faced Lucas Pinheiro in the Quarterfinals of the World Championship 2022. Baby Shark started the match with a fabulous pulling guard. Lucas tried to escape from the grip of the Diogo and succeeded to do so.


But Diogo did not let him free completely and strangled his leg. Lucas countered by taking side control with his leg strangled in between both legs of the Diogo. Lucas tried and succeeded to escape his leg.


Once again Diogo applied for pulling guard and succeeded. Diogo tried to use his Gi but Lucas once again succeeded to escape. Diogo successfully applied full guard. Lucas tried to escape from the full guard. Diogo countered by strangling his leg and applying a foot lock. This proved to be the last move by Diogo and he submitted Lucas with a Toe Hold.


Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Stage Weight Class
2022 IBJJF World Championship  Lucas Pinheiro Win Toe Hold Quarter-Finals Light Featherweight

3.2. Diogo Reis Vs. Paulo Cesar

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Diogo Reis faced Paulo Cesar in the semifinal of the Curtibia Open 2022. Both fighters had a fantastic winning history in the previous fights. They started the fight with their top energy level.


At the start of the match, Paulo Cesar executed a fantastic takedown and put Diogo to the ground in just one move. He tried to grab Diogo’s foot but Diogo Reis did not let him do so. He maintained his balance in a few next seconds and applied for full guard.


Failing to apply full guard, he changed his strategy. He moved Cesar with the help of his legs, reverted his position, and strangled one of his feet. He submitted Paulo Cesar within just a minute with Toe Hold.


Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Stage Weight Class
2022 Curitiba Open  Paulo Cesar Win Submission by Toe Hold Semi-Finals Light Featherweight

3.3. Diogo Reis Vs. Matheus Rossi

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Diogo Reis faced Matheus Rossi in the semifinals of the Brasileiro in 2022. Diogo Reis started the fight with a takedown followed by a guillotine attempt and secured the top position. Both fighters tried to control each other by capturing each other’s Gi Diogo grabbed the solve of Rossi while Rossi captured the lapels of Diogo.


Rossi succeeded to escape his sleeves but Diogo could not escape his Gi. For a few minutes, he tried to get his lapels free. After a few minutes, Diogo escaped his Gi with a jerk and rapidly applied a Triangle choke. He strangled the neck and left arm of Rossi in his grip. Diogo submitted Rossi with a Triangle choke in just three and a half minutes.    


Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Stage Weight Class
2022 Brasileiro Matheus Rossi Win Triangle Choke Semi-Finals Light Featherweight

4. Diogo Reis’s Main Achievements

4.1. Diogo Reis Achievements in International Tournaments

Years Events Weight Division
2015 CBJJ Brazilian Nationals Teen 1 N/A
2016 CBJJ Brazilian Nationals Teen 2 N/A
2017 IBJJF American Nationals Teen 3 Lightweight
2017 IBJJF Pan Kids Championship Featherweight
2018 IBJJF World Championship Juvenile Featherweight
2019 IBJJF World Championship Juvenile Featherweight
2019 IBJJF Pan Championship Juvenile Featherweight
2019 IBJJF European Open Juvenile Featherweight
2019 CBJJ Brazilian Nationals Juvenile N/A
2020 FAJJ Copa America GI N/A
2020 FAJJ Copa America NOGI N/A
2021 ADCC Balneário Brazil Trials 66 kg
2021 AJP Abu Dhabi World Pro 62 kg
2021 AJP Grand Slam, MIA 62 kg
2021 AJP Grand Slam, RJ 62 kg
2022 ADCC 66 kg
2022 CBJJ Brazilian Nationals 64 kg
2023 IBJJF Pan Championship 64 kg

4.2. Diogo Reis Achievements as Black Belt

Year Event Belt Position
2020 AJP Grand Slam, RJ Black Belt 2nd
2021 ADCC Balneário Brazil Trials Black Belt 1st
2021 AJP Abu Dhabi World Pro Black Belt 1st
2021 AJP Grand Slam, MIA Black Belt 1st
2021 AJP Grand Slam, RJ Black Belt 1st
2022 ADCC Black Belt 1st
2022 CBJJ Brazilian Nationals Black Belt 1st
2023 IBJJF Pan Championship Black Belt 1st

4.3. Diogo Reis’s Achievements as Colored Belt

Year Event Belt Position
2020 FAJJ Copa America GI Brown Belt 1st
2020 FAJJ Copa America NOGI Brown Belt 1st

4.4. Diogo Reis's Achievements as a Teen / Juvenile

Year Event Belt Position
2015 CBJJ Brazilian Nationals Teen 1 Blue Belt 1st
2016 CBJJ Brazilian Nationals Teen 2 Blue Belt 1st
2017 IBJJF American Nationals Teen 3 Blue Belt 1st
2017 IBJJF Pan Kids Championship Blue Belt 1st
2018 IBJJF World Championship Juvenile Blue Belt 1st
2018 IBJJF European Open Juvenile Blue Belt 2nd
2019 IBJJF World Championship Juvenile Blue Belt 1st
2019 IBJJF Pan Championship Juvenile Blue Belt 1st
2019 IBJJF European Open Juvenile Blue Belt 1st
2019 CBJJ Brazilian Nationals Juvenile Blue Belt 1st

5. Diogo Reis’s Professional Record Break

5.1. Diogo Reis Professional Record

73 Matches 64 Wins 6 Losses
By Points  35 4
By Advantages  3 0
By Submission  20 1
By Decision  6 1
Draw 3

5.2. Methods of Submission

Method 20 Wins 1 Loss
Toe Hold  3 0
Triangle  2 0
RNC 2 0
Yoko Sankaku 1 0
Tarikoplata 1 0
Choke from Back  1 0
Inside Heel Hook  1 1
Armbar  3 0
Submission  2 0
Hashimoto Choke  1 0
Bow and Arrow  1 0
Armlock  1 0
Katagatame  1 0

6. Diogo Reis Fight History

Year Competition Opponent W/L Method Weight Stage
2020 Grand Slam RJ Andre Militao W Tarikoplata 56KG R1
2020 Grand Slam RJ Emerson Monteiro W Armlock 56KG 4F
2020 Grand Slam RJ Yuri Hendrex W Pts: 11x2 56KG SF
2020 Grand Slam RJ Jonas Andrade L Referee Decision 56KG F
2021 VP Cup - 2R M. Al Menhali W Choke from back 69KG R1
2021 VP Cup - 2R A. Al Marzouqi W Toe hold 69KG 4F
2021 VP Cup - 2R Ahmed Ali W Submission 69KG SF
2021 VP Cup - 2R Giovanny Lemos W Pts: 0x0, Adv 69KG F
2021 VP Cup R3 Pedro Conceicao W Pts: 3x0 69KG R1
2021 VP Cup R3 K. Al Marzouqi W Armbar 69KG 4F
2021 VP Cup R3 G. Lemos W Pts: 2x0 69KG SF
2021 VP Cup R3 Khalid Al-Ali W Armbar 69KG F
2021 EUG 2 Joao Mendes L Pts: 2x0 65KG SPF
2021 3CG MW GP Noah Wyatt L Inside heel hook 70KG SPF
2021 Grand Slam MIA Gabriel Gaudio W Pts: 3x0 62KG 4F
2021 Grand Slam MIA Kalel Santos W Pts: 3x1 62KG SF
2021 Grand Slam MIA Bebeto Oliveira W Pts: 1x0 62KG F
2021 Grand Slam MSK Hiago George W Pts: 5x3 62KG F
2021 VP Cup Saeed Fahad W Pts: 6x2 69KG 4F
2021 VP Cup P. Conceicao W Points 69KG SF
2021 VP Cup Mo Al Menhali W Submission 69KG F
2021 Grand Slam RJ Andre Moura W Pts: 6x1 62KG 4F
2021 Grand Slam RJ Lucas Pinheiro W Pts: 8x6 62KG SF
2021 Grand Slam RJ Ronald Alves W Pts: 4x1 62KG F
2021 BRA Qualifiers Valcemir Junior W Pts: 16x0 62KG RR
2021 BRA Qualifiers Matheus Fonseca W Pts: 7x0 62KG RR
2021 BRA Qualifiers Lucas Pinheiro W Pts: 2x1 62KG RR
2021 BRA Qualifiers Meyram Maquine W Referee Decision 62KG RR
2021 World Pro Hyeon Woo Han W Pts: 2x0 62KG R1
2021 World Pro Mani Tavanaei W Pts: 7x3 62KG 4F
2021 World Pro Hiago George W Pts: 1x0 62KG SF
2021 World Pro Giorgi Razmadze W Pts: 7x3 62KG F
2021 President Cup Mohamed H. W Katagatame 77KG RR
2021 President Cup Lucas Pinheiro W Pts: 2x0 77KG RR
2021 President Cup Pedro Conceicao W Pts: 10x10 77KG RR
2021 Teams Cup Ademir Barreto L Pts: 5x4 N/A RR
2021 Teams Cup Rafael Mansur D --- N/A RR
2021 Teams Cup Pedro Conceicao W Pts: 2x1 N/A RR
2021 Teams Cup C. Lara W Points N/A RR
2021 Teams Cup G. Nascimento W Points N/A RR
2022 ADCC BR1 Trials Dinei Souza W RNC 66KG R1
2022 ADCC BR1 Trials Kaua Gabriel W Referee Decision 66KG R2
2022 ADCC BR1 Trials Rodrigo Francioni W Referee Decision 66KG 4F
2022 ADCC BR1 Trials Fabricio Andrey W Inside heel hook 66KG SF
2022 ADCC BR1 Trials Diego Oliveira W Referee Decision 66KG F
2022 Curitiba Open Paulo Oliveira W Toe hold 64KG 4F
2022 Curitiba Open Fernando Favari W Hashimoto choke 64KG F
2022 Pan American Matheus Fonseca W Pts: 6x2 64KG R1
2022 Pan American Meyram Maquine L Pts: 12x10 64KG R2
2022 Rio Fall Open Carlos Geovani W Yoko Sankaku 64KG 4F
2022 Rio Fall Open Kaique Affonso W Pts: 31x0 64KG SF
2022 Brasileiro Suraj Budhram W Triangle 64KG 4F
2022 Brasileiro Matheus Rossi W Triangle 64KG SF
2022 Brasileiro Cleber Fernandes W Pts: 8x0 64KG F
2022 World Champ. Joao Soeiro W Pts: 2x0 64KG 8F
2022 World Champ. Lucas Pinheiro W Toe hold 64KG 4F
2022 World Champ. Diego Oliveira L Pts: 2x0 64KG SF
2022 Polaris 20 Nick Ronan D --- ABS RR
2022 Polaris 20 Nathan Orchard D --- ABS RR
2022 WNO 14 Estevan Martinez W Referee Decision NA SPF
2022 ADCC Ashley Williams W Pts: 2x0 66KG R1
2022 ADCC Fabricio Andrey W Referee Decision 66KG 4F
2022 ADCC Josh Cisneros W Pts: 2x0 66KG SF
2022 ADCC Gabriel Sousa W Pts: 3x0 66KG F
2023 Curitiba SMO Leonardo Lucindo W N/A 70KG 4F
2023 Curitiba SMO Rafael Campos W Pts: 10x0 70KG SF
2023 Curitiba SMO Luis Barroso W Armbar 70KG F
2023 Curitiba SMNGO Felipe Dexheimer W Pts: 6x0 67KG SF
2023 Curitiba SMNGO Kennedy Silva W RNC 67KG F
2023 Pan American Marcus Beddor W Bow and arrow 64KG 8F
2023 Pan American Keven Carrasco W Pts: 2x0 64KG 4F
2023 Pan American Zach Kaina W Pts: 2x2, Adv 64KG SF
2023 Pan American Diego Oliveira W Pts: 0x0, Adv 64KG F

7. Diogo Reis’s Top Fight Links

Diogo Reis X Diego Pato - Final Pan Championship 2023

Diogo Reis X Carlos Alberto(Bebeto) - ADGS MIAMI 2021

Diogo Reis v Matheus Fonseca / Pan Championship 2022

Diogo Reis vs Gabriel Sousa Full Match - Finals Adcc 2022


Photo Credit: @diogoreisbjj

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