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Mario Reis- The Formidable BJJ Black Belt Monster!

Mario Reis- The Formidable BJJ Black Belt Monster!

1. Mario Reis Details

Mario Reis Details
Name Mario Sergio Names Reis
Nickname N/A
Born Porto Alegre, Brazil
Date of Birth February 23, 1979
Nationality Brazilian
College/University N/A
Last Fight BJJ Stars 5 Superfight in 2021
Last Weigh In 70 kg
Weight Class Featherweight (70kg/154lbs)
Weight 70 kg
Height N/A
Career Disclosed Earnings $1.5 Million
Foundational style Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
FavoriteTechnique Triangle
Rank Black Belt
Awarded By Sylvio Behring
Head Coach Sylvio Behring
Lineage Mitsuyo Maeda -> Carlos Gracie -> Helio Gracie -> Alvaro Barreto -> Sylvio Behring -> Mario Reis
Team/Association Alliance (formerly BTT, Winner-Behring, and Gracie Barra)
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2. Mario Reis’s Biography

Mario Reis has won numerous competitions on the BJJ platform. Reis’s aggressive fighting style has made him prominent in the Jiu-Jitsu world. He is famous for using the triangle choke and is also admired for his remarkable guard passes in BJJ fights. Mario is one of the most entertaining jiu-jitsu athletes in the featherweight division and is famous among students for his fabulous dance steps.

2.1. Mario Reis’s Early Life & Amateur Fighting

An Eventful Childhood

Mario Reis was born to Raul Meireles Reis in southern Brazil in 1979, and was raised in Porto Alegre in the Gaucho state of Brazil. Little is known about Reis’s childhood, even his mother’s name is unknown.

Beginning of BJJ Journey

Reis' BJJ journey started with the legendary BJJ coach Zé Mario Sperry who is the co-founder of Brazilian Top Team. He remained under training with Sperry for many years and was awarded a blue and purple belt from him. Time brought a boom in Mario’s life and he eventually became the most widely acknowledged fighter in BJJ history.

2.2. Mario and Fabricio Werdum

Mario's interest in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu was piqued when he met a local Jiu-Jitsu practitioner, Fabricio Werdum, at a Jiu–Jitsu gathering. Their friendship grew stronger day by day, and then Mario decided to join Werdum's academy named Winner-Behring, where Sylvio Behring became the new coach Mario Reis.

2.3. Mario Reis’s Pro BJJ Combat

In 2003, Reis’s success graph reached new heights when he was promoted to the black belt level by his coach Behring after he won the IBJJF World Championship and the CBJJ World Cup. At that time, he was 23 years old, and secured a win against featherweight champions Fredson Paixao in the semifinal and Alexander “Soca” in the final.

2.4. Mario Reis’s Efforts for BJJ Schools

In 2006, Mario Reis traveled to Europe to participate in seminars organized for the awareness and growth of the Jiu-Jitsu community. In all his plans, Fabricio Wedrum constantly supported him. It was Wedrum’s guidance that Mario was able to open a few BJJ schools in England and Spain.

2.5. Mario Reis’s Union with Gracie Barra

In 2006, when Mario came back to Brazil, Reis joined the Gracie Barra, a move well-received by his sponsors. In the same year, he was offered to join the MMA roster but he refused as he wanted to focus on Jiu-Jitsu. Afterward, Reis joined the Alliance Team.

2.6. Mario Reis’s Passion for Jiu-Jitsu

Mario Reis, two-time world champion, Pan-American, and European Champion took a short break from BJJ and dedicated all the time to his gym in Porto Alegre. He decided to come back in 2015 and won the fight against black belt Leon Amancio.

After his remarkable victory, Mario shared his views about his super fight with BJJ stars.
“I kept the competitive energy alive inside me.”

About Reis's fitness level he shared,

“I do my physical, emotional, and mental preparation. I also train with my toughest students to know how to control emotions, where the energy is heavier but fighting, is extinct, so I usually train my state of mind in those moments, so that I can get to the fight and seek what is mine. I don't have expectations, because expectations generate frustrations. I prefer to focus on bringing my best version to the fight. I try to do my best in training, physically and mentally, in the technical part and connect with myself, so that I can perform better within my preparation as a whole. This is my focus.”

MarioReis has not taken part in any fights since 2015. When inquired about his little participation in the competitions, he shared that training with my IBJJF World Champion student Nicholas Meregali energized my passion for Jiu-Jitsu.

“The fact that I haven't fought in a long time won't be a problem because I kept the competitive energy alive inside me. When a student of mine struggles, I try to enter on the same frequency as him. So that energetic frequency, I know many won't understand what I'm talking about, but it's a frequency like I'm living inside their body. I try to get into exactly the same vibe. By being present at all World Cups since 1999, I kept that World Cup energy. Even if it's there with a student, I feel the same adrenaline he is feeling. It's like I'm playing video games and I have an emotional joystick. This vibe is very much alive inside of me, and I believe that time will not interfere with anything.”

2.7. Mario Reis’s Secret to BJJ Success

In his 13 year- long BJJ career, Mario Reis has won two gold medals, three silver medals, and eight bronze medals. He revealed his secret to remaining on the black belt podium for more than a decade:

“I have actually been on the podium since 2000, as a blue belt. I guess my secret is to keep motivated and to hang around the right people, including my Professors throughout my career. Ze Mario Sperry taught me to live like an athlete; Silvio Behring taught me to deal with my self-confidence; The time I spent at Gracie Barra was unique, as I drank straight from the source with Master Carlos Gracie Jr. Now, at Alliance, with Fabio Gurgel I sharpened my Jiu-Jitsu with modern techniques and also it helped me become a better Professor and academy owner. I am always around people that believe in my potential and are able to extract the best in me. God has blessed me to be with people who always motivated me to be not just another one. Another key point is to set up goals and work hard to achieve them.”

Furthermore, he shared: “I have never had rivals. My goal was to always be the best I could. I had great opponents and all of them helped me to be stronger and go after my weakness. I kept with me the notion that I am my biggest opponent. The dearest moment was the first world title in 2003 when I finished Fredson with the triangle and then beat Soca in the final. That result allowed me to get international exposure. It was the event that gave me the boom I needed in my career. Other than that, I also hold dear the open class title at the 2006 European. That was also a milestone in the history of the sport, as I am still the lightest athlete to win an open class division in the male black belt in one of the four most important events of the calendar [European, Pan, Brazilian Nationals, Worlds].”

2.8. Mario Reis’s Instructorship

Mario Reis’s Instructorship

Reis retired in 2021 after winning the BJJ Stars 5 superfight against Leon Amancio and became the head coach of Core Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy. The other qualified instructors of his team are David Ross, Dan Novaes, and Ed Wilson in the US.

Mario Reis’s BJJ library digital course, the guard series, is also available online.

2.9. Mario Reis’s Historic Fights

Mario Reis vs Roberto Satoshi


Roberto Satoshi won this fight by points in the third round. Mario Reis attempted to control the opponent by guard pass, but Satoshi escaped from it well. Satoshi's efforts to mount Reis and attempt a triangle choke made this fight memorable.

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Stage Weight Class Location
2015 World Pro Roberto Satoshi Loss Points 3RD 75KG Abu Dhabi

Mario Reis vs Rafael Mendes


In 2015, Rafael Mendes showed an outstanding performance against Mario Reis in the 70kg division. Mario’s submission attempts were ruthless, but Rafa successfully countered all of Reis’s attacks and subdued Reis.

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Stage Weight Class Location
2015 World Champ Kevin Mahecha Loss Wristlock SF 70kg Long Beach, California

Mario Reis vs Leon Amancio

In 2015, Rafael Mendes showed an outstanding performance against Mario Reis in the 70kg division. Mario’s submission attempts were ruthless, but Rafa successfully countered all of Reis’s attacks and subdued Reis.

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Stage Weight Class Location
2021 BJJ Stars 5: Heavyweight Grand Prix Leon Amancio Win Decision SPF Heavyweight São Paulo

3. Mario Reis’s Main Achievements ( Belts)

3.1. Black Belt

Year Event Belt Position
2003, 2004 World Championship Black 1st
2008 World Cup Championship Black 1st
2010 World Cup Championship Black 1st
2005 Pan-American Championship Black 1st
2014 Pan-American Championship Black 1st
2006 European Championship Black 1st
2009 European Championship Black 1st
2005 World Championship Black 2nd
2006 World Championship Black 2nd
2007 World Championship Black 2nd
2008,2009, 2010, 2014 World Championship Black 3rd
2006, 2007, 2009 Pan American Championship Black 2nd

3.2 Colored Belts

Year Event Belt Position
2000 World Champion Blue 1st
2002 World Champion Brown Belt 1st
2002 World Cup Champion Brown Belt 1st
2002 Brazilian National Champion Brown Belt 1st

4. Mario Reis’s BJJ Professional Record Breakdown

Professional Jiu-Jitsu Record Breakdown
81 Matches 57 Wins 24 Losses
By Submission 26 8
By Points 25 10
By Decision 1 2
By Penalties 0 0
By Advantage 5 3
By DQ 0 1

4.1. Submission Methods W/L

Submission Method 26 Wins 8 Losses
Bow and Arrow 0 2
Wristlock 0 2
Choke 3 1
Armbar 9 1
Choke from Back 2 2
Brabo Choke 1 0
Baseball Choke 1 0
Triangle 5 0
Submission 2 0
Omoplata 1 0
Verbal Tap 1 0
Kneebar 1 0

5. Mario Reis’s BJJ Fight History

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Stage Weight
2003 World Champ. Fredson Paixao W Triangle SF 70KG
2003 World Champ. Alexandre Soca W Pts: 8x4 F 70KG
2003 World Cup Unknown W Injury R1 70KG
2003 World Cup Gabriel Willcox W Armbar 4F 70KG
2003 World Cup Marcelino Freitas W Pts: 8x2 F 70KG
2004 World Champ. Fredson Paixao W Pts: 2x0 F 70KG
2004 World Cup Rani Yahya W Omoplata R1 70KG
2004 World Cup Reinaldo Ribeiro W Pts: 5x0 F 70KG
2004 GP Blackbelt Unknown W Armbar R1 70KG
2004 GP Blackbelt Daniel Moraes L Adv 4F 70KG
2005 World Champ. Gabriel Cataide W N/A R1 70KG
2005 World Champ. T. Omore W Baseball choke R2 70KG
2005 World Champ. Renato Migliaccio W Armbar 4F 70KG
2005 World Champ. Fredson Alves W Triangle SF 70KG
2005 World Champ. Fredson Paixao L Armbar F 70KG
2006 Pan American Joao Silva W Verbal tap 4F 76KG
2006 Pan American Carlos Portugues W Pts: 0x0, Adv SF 76KG
2006 Pan American Tiago Alves L Choke F 76KG
2006 World Champ. Paulo Ubiratan W Triangle R1 76KG
2006 World Champ. Rafael Barbosa W Pts: 2x2, Adv 4F 76KG
2006 World Champ. Claudio Calasans W Referee Decision SF 76KG
2006 World Champ. Celso Vinicius L Pts: 5x0 F 76KG
2007 Pan American Unknown W Armbar 4F 70KG
2007 Pan American Bibiano Fernandes W Points SF 70KG
2007 Pan American Rubens Charles L Pts: 2x0 F 70KG
2007 World Champ. Gabriel Willcox W Choke R1 70KG
2007 World Champ. Wilson Reis W Armbar 4F 70KG
2007 World Champ. Jonatas Gurgel W Armbar SF 70KG
2007 World Champ. Rubens Charles L Bow and arrow F 70KG
2008 World Champ. Wellington Dias W Pts: 4x2 4F 70KG
2008 World Champ. Bruno Frazatto L Points SF 70KG
2008 Capital Challenge Bernardo Pitel W Submission 4F 70KG
2008 Capital Challenge Rafael Mendes L Points SF 70KG
2009 European Takumi Nakayama W Choke SF 70KG
2009 European Wellington Dias W Armbar F 70KG
2009 Pan American Wellington Dias W Triangle 4F 70KG
2009 Pan American Guilherme Mendes W Pts: 10x10, Adv SF 70KG
2009 Pan American Rubens Charles L Bow and arrow F 70KG
2009 World Champ. Rodrigo Ranieri W Pts: 2x2, Adv 4F 70KG
2009 World Champ. Bruno Frazatto L Pts: 2x0 SF 70KG
2010 Mundial CBJJE Isaque Paiva W Points F 70KG
2010 WPC Gr Trials Celso Vinicius L Referee Decision SF 74KG
2010 World Champ. Koji Shimasaki W Kneebar R1 70KG
2010 World Champ. Renan Borges W Choke from back 4F 70KG
2010 World Champ. Rubens Charles L Choke from back SF 70KG
2010 South American Augusto Mendes L Pts: 0x0, Adv F 76KG
2010 South American Felipe Teixeira W N/A SF ABS
2010 South American Augusto Mendes L DQ F ABS
2011 World Champ. Gustavo Ernesto W Choke RDS 70KG
2011 World Champ. Marcelino Freitas W Pts: 4x2 4F 70KG
2011 World Champ. Rafael Mendes L Pts: 4x2 SF 70KG
2011 CBJJE Brasileiro Gilson Nunes W Choke from back F 70KG
2012 Mundial CBJJE Isaque Paiva W Points F 70KG
2012 Pan American Spenser Gilliam W N/A 4F 70KG
2012 Pan American Rafael Mendes L Wristlock SF 70KG
2012 World Champ. Takuto Kako W Submission R2 70KG
2012 World Champ. Samir Chantre W Armbar R3 70KG
2012 World Champ. Marcelino Freitas W Triangle 4F 70KG
2012 World Champ. Rafael Mendes L Pts: 2x0 SF 70KG
2013 Pan American Masahiro Iwasaki W Points R1 70KG
2013 Pan American Rafael Mendes L Pts: 2x0 SF 70KG
2013 Brasileiro Isaque Paiva W N/A SF 70KG
2013 Brasileiro Leo Saggioro L Referee Decision F 70KG
2013 World Champ. Osvaldo Moizinho W Pts: 6x2 4F 70KG
2013 World Champ. Rafael Mendes L Adv SF 70KG
2014 Pan American Spencer Gilliam W N/A R1 70KG
2014 Pan American Mayko Borges W Brabo choke 4F 70KG
2014 Pan American Osvaldo Moizinho W Pts: 6x4 SF 70KG
2014 World Champ. Charles Gaspar W N/A RDS 70KG
2014 World Champ. Wellington Dias W N/A RDS 70KG
2014 World Champ. Denilson Pimenta W Adv 4F 70KG
2014 World Champ. Rafael Mendes L Choke from back SF 70KG
2015 Brazil Nat. Pro Rodrigo Almeida W N/A R1 75KG
2015 Brazil Nat. Pro Mauricio Ferreira W N/A 4F 75KG
2015 Brazil Nat. Pro Isaque Paiva W Pts: 10x0 SF 75KG
2015 World Pro Bruno Cezar W Points R1 75KG
2015 World Pro Unknown W Points 4F 75KG
2015 World Pro Gabriel Rollo L Pts: 3x0 SF 75KG
2015 World Pro Roberto Satoshi L Pts: 2x0 3RD 75KG
2015 World Champ. Kevin Mahecha W Armbar 8F 70KG
2015 World Champ. Rafael Mendes L Wristlock SF 70KG
2021 BJJ Stars 5 Leon Amancio W Pts: 3x0 SPF 70KG

6. Mario Reis’s Top Fights (Video Links)

Mario Reis VS Rodrigo Faria / World Championship 2009

Bruno Frazatto VS Mario Reis / World Championship 2008

Mundial de Jiu-Jitsu 2012 - Mário Reis x Caio Gregório by X-COMBAT

Mario Reis VS Marcelino Freitas / World Championship 2012

Mario Reis v Charles Gaspar / World Championship 2014

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