Pedro Marinho - The BJJ No-Gi Champion

Pedro Marinho - The BJJ No-Gi Champion

1. Pedro Marinho’s Details

Pedro Marinho’s Details
Name  Pedro Filipe Serra Marinho
Nickname  N/A
Born  Angra dos Reis, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  
Age  26
Date of Birth  10-09-1996
Weight  88.45 kg (195.0 lbs)
Weight Division Meio Pesado (88.45 kg / 195.0 lbs)
Last Weigh-in 92 kg
Height  5’8’’
Foundational Style  BJJ
Career Disclosed Earnings  N/A
College University  N/A
Rank Black Belt
Head Coach  Ulpiano Malachias
Last Fight  2023 WNO
Favorite Technique Guillotine
Lineage  Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Carlos Gracie Junior >  Ulpiano Malachias > Pedro Marinho
Team Association  Gracie Barra
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2. Pedro Marinho’s Biography

Pedro Marinho was born in Rio de Janeiro Brazil on the 9th of October 1996. He started Jiu-Jitsu at the age of 17 and then never looked back. Marinho started his professional career as a purple belt competitor and earned a name in the list of elite grapplers.

2.1. Marinho as an Athletic Child

Pedro Marinho was an incredibly active and athletic child from a very early age. He spent his childhood in various sports like surfing, soccer, and skating. He loved to participate in combat sports as well.

2.2. Introduction to Mixed Martial Arts

Pedro’s interest in sports became the reason for him to join MMA. He started his MMA journey with Capoeira at the age of 7. Then his interest shifted to various other martial arts. He also practiced Thai Boxing as well as Western boxing. In his teenage years, he was much involved in martial arts.

2.3. Started His BJJ Journey Along with the Brazilian Top Team (BTT)

At the age of 17, he was introduced to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and joined Brazilian Top Team. BTT was founded and coached by Master Reinaldo Fernandes who was Pedro Marinho’s first coach. Next four years, Pedro Marinho trained under the supervision of this great instructor.

2.4. Got Scholarship at FP Golden Team

In 2017, Pedro Marinho was introduced to a project, FP Golden Team started by Felipe Pena. The main theme of the project was to pick out the emerging talent of Brazil in BJJ and then provide them with a full scholarship and give them all the BJJ training free in Belo Horizonte (BH) situated in Minas Gerais, Brazil.

Pedro Marinho passed through the complete process of selection. The selection process includes an internship consisting of two days and fight competitions. Pedro Marinho was one of the selected competitors out of a thousand competitors. Master Fernandes supported Marinho in his decision.

2.5. Invited by Ulpiano Malachias

Felipe Pena and his team had close relations with Gracie Barra’s franchise, Red Shield Academy. The Red Shield Academy was under Ulpiano Malachias as his head instructor. Pedro Marinho met with Ulpiano Malachias during his training in FP Golden.

Ulpiano was very impressed with Pedro and he invited him to train together. Marinho was seeking new ways to pursue his BJJ training in a more competitive environment, took advantage of this golden opportunity, and joined Ulpiano in his academy situated in Houston, Texas in November 2018.

2.6. Pedro Marinho’s BJJ Pro Combats

Marinho’s Brown Belt Promotion

In 2018, Felipe Pena became No-Gi World, CBJJ Gi, and No-Gi champion. Due to his consecutive achievements, Marinho was promoted to the brown belt by both Felipe Pena and Ulpiano Malachias in 2019. 

Marinho’s Black Belt Promotion

As a Brown Belt, Marinho performed fabulously, and on various occasions, he defeated black belts. Furthermore, he also won the No-Gi World Championship and No-Gi Pan Championship. After seeing his fabulous record, Ulpiano promoted Marinho to black belt on the 13th of March 2021.

World Champion Thrice

Pedro Marinho earned a name in the list of No-Gi champions. He won three times at the No-Gi World Championship in the Purple, Brown, and Black Belt divisions. After receiving his black belt, he won the No-Gi world championship in both weight and absolute divisions in the same year.  

Pro Grappling Achievements as a Colored Belt

Pedro Marinho was one of the elite grapplers who executed their best grappling skills even in their purple belt division and fought against black belts. In the same way, in the 2019 Elite Grappling 3 and 2020 Jitz King Tournament, Marinho became the champion by defeating various black belts.

Best Guillotine Submissions

Pedro Marinho is very well known for his guillotine submission technique. He did 12 out of 28 submissions with the guillotine technique. His guillotine lessons available on BJJ Fanatics’ official website help many grapplers to improve their technique.

Pedro Marinho’s IBJJF Record

According to IBJJF records , Pedro Marinho was top-ranked IBJJF No-Gi competitor in 2022 and now he is second-ranked No-Gi competitor with 441 points and 8th ranked No-Gi Grand Slam competitor with 315 points.

Coaching Career

Pedro Marinho is now serving the BJJ world with his grappling skills as an athlete and also as a coach. He is coaching in Gracie Barra Westchase and producing various new BJJ athletes and black belts.

3. Pedro Marinho’s Historic Fights

3.1. Pedro Marinho Vs. Giancarlo Bodoni

Pedro Marinho faced Giancarlo Bodoni in the 2023 WNO in Light Heavyweight Division. Giancarlo Bodoni, who is a World, Pans, and ADCC Champion was very warm and energetic. On the other hand, Pedro Marinho is also an elite grappler.

A few minutes at the start of the match, both fighters remained in the standing position and tried to take down each other. After a few minutes, Marinho went for a single leg. He trapped one of Bodoni’s legs and tried to take him down. But Bodoni maintained his balance and escaped Marinho’s takedown attempt. Again, a few minutes passed in their struggle to take the other one to the ground.

Marinho again went for double legs and this time he pushed Bodoni to the ground. He tried to overcome Bodoni who did not give Marinho any chance to dominate. Marinho also tried an armbar but Bodoni escaped. Marinho took the top position for more than 7 to 8 times and Bodoni was on the ground till the end.

At the end of the match, both fighters did not score any points. Marinho was very dynamic and took down Bodoni and secured the top position. So he won the match due to the referee's decision.

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Weight Stage
2023 WNO Giancarlo Bodoni Win Referee’s Decision Light Heavyweight SPF

3.2. Pedro Marinho Vs. Giancarlo Bodoni

Pedro Marinho and Giancarlo Bodoni faced each other in the final of the Orlando Open No-Gi 2021. Both fighters started the fight in a standing position and for a few minutes tried to put each other on the mat. A few minutes later, Marinho went for the single leg and took down Bodoni in a fabulous manner. Now Marinho was in the top position and Bodoni applied full guard.

Marinho later escaped from his full guard and tried to overcome Bodoni. In the next few minutes, Bodoni tried to escape from Marinho's control but he did not let him escape. Marinho tried for arm lock and leg lock but Bodoni's high potential and strong core helped him to resist. After a short while, Bodoni escaped and also tried to take the back of Pedro Marinho but the latter freed his back and subdued Bodoni.

Both fighters again took standing positions and tried to overcome each other. Bodoni tried to strangle one leg of Marinho but Marinho grasped his neck and applied for a guillotine. At the end of the fight, Pedro Marinho submitted Giancarlo Bodoni with his famous guillotine.

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Weight Stage
2021 Orlando Open No-Gi Giancarlo Bodoni Win Submission by Guillotine Heavyweight Final

3.3. Pedro Marinho v Benjamin Silva

Pedro Marinho faced Benjamin Silva in the final of the Santa Cruz Open NoGi 2022. This was one of the historic fights of Pedro Marinho. He started aggressively and put down Silva on the surface. He controlled him from the back and scored points for back control. Marinho made his grip strong around his neck of Silva and applied an RNC. At the end of the match, Marinho submitted Benjamin Silva with RNC.

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Weight Stage
2022 Santa Cruz Open NoGi Benjamin Silva Win Submission by RNC Absolute Final

4. Pedro Marinho’s Main Achievements

4.1. Marinho’s Main Achievements in International Circuit

Year Event Belt Weight Division
2015 CBJJ Brazilian Nationals NOGI Blue Belt N/A
2017 CBJJ Brazilian Nationals NOGI Purple Belt N/A
2018 CBJJ Brazilian Nationals NOGI Purple Belt N/A
2018 CBJJ Brazilian Nationals Purple Belt N/A
2018 IBJJF No-Gi World Championship Purple Belt Heavyweight
2019 IBJJF No-Gi World Championship Brown Belt Heavyweight
2019 IBJJF Pan Championship NOGI Brown Belt Absolute
2019 Elite Grappling 3 Brown Belt Absolute
2020 Jitz King Tournament Brown Belt Absolute
2021 IBJJF American Nationals Black Belt Heavyweight
2021 IBJJF World Championship NO-GI Black Belt Heavyweight
2022 WNO Black Belt 93 kg

4.2. Marinho’s Main Achievements as Black Belt

Year Event Belt Position
2021 IBJJF World Championship NOGI Black Belt 1st
2021 IBJJF American Nationals Black Belt 1st
2021 IBJJF Pan Championship Black Belt 2nd
2022 Who’s #1 Champion Black Belt 1st
2022 IBJJF Pan Championship Black Belt 3rd

4.3. Marinho’s Main Achievements as Colored Belt

Year Event Belt Position
2015 CBJJ Brazilian Nationals NOGI Blue Belt 1st
2017 CBJJ Brazilian Nationals NOGI Purple Belt 1st
2017 IBJJF World Championship NOGI Purple Belt 3rd
2018 IBJJF World Championship NOGI Purple Belt 1st
2018 CBJJ Brazilian Nationals Purple Belt 1st
2018 CBJJ Brazilian Nationals NOGI Purple Belt 1st
2018 IBJJF World Championship NOGI Purple Belt 3rd

5. Pedro Marinho’s Professional Record Break

5.1. Pedro’s Professional Record Break Down

Matches 52 Wins 21 Losses
By Points  15 7
By Advantages  1 1
By Submission  28 9
By Decision  8 3
By Penalties  0 0
By DQ 0 1
Draw 1

5.2. Method of Submission

Method 28 Wins 9 Losses
Guillotine  12 0
Kneebar  3 0
Outside Heel Hook  1 1
Choke from Back  1 0
Kata Gatame  1 1
RNC 6 1
Inside Heel Hook  2 0
Botinha  1 1
Short Choke  1 0
Armbar  0 2
Armlock  0 2
Arm in RNC  0 1

6. Pedro Marinho’s Fight History

Year Competition Opponent W/L Method Weight Stage
2019 Sub Hunter Pro Mike Torres W RNC ABS SPF
2019 Elite Grappling 3 Alec Hooben W Guillotine ABS R1
2019 Elite Grappling 3 Q. Rosenzweig W Pts: 12x0 ABS 4F
2019 Elite Grappling 3 Amr Ghoneim W Guillotine ABS SF
2019 Elite Grappling 3 Vinicius Trator W Pts: 3x2 ABS F
2019 Kasai 5 Craig Jones D --- 93KG RR
2019 Kasai 5 Kaynan Duarte L Pts: 11x0 93KG RR
2019 Kasai 5 Jon Blank L Armlock 93KG RR
2019 ADCC Matheus Diniz L Pts: 5x0 88KG R1
2019 ADCC Gordon Ryan L Outside heel hook ABS R1
2020 3CG Kumite William Tackett W Points 88KG 4F
2020 3CG Kumite Roberto Jimenez L Armbar 88KG SF
2020 Jitz King David Garmo W Guillotine 84KG R1
2020 Jitz King Jason Rau W Pts: 3x0 84KG 4F
2020 Jitz King Roberto Jimenez W Outside heel hook 84KG SF
2020 Jitz King Oliver Taza W Pts: 2x0 84KG F
2020 3CG Kumite II Jonnatas Gracie L Points ABS 4F
2020 3CG Kumite III Johnny Tama W Guillotine 81KG 4F
2020 3CG Kumite III Vagner Rocha L Points 81KG SF
2020 Kumite V Andre Porfirio W Referee Decision ABS SPF
2020 Third Coast John Combs L Points 88KG SPF
2021 F2W 160 Gabriel Almeida W Referee Decision 84KG SPF
2021 F2W 163 Matheus Luna W Referee Decision 88KG SPF
2021 F2W 167 Jake Watson L Referee Decision 88KG SPF
2021 Orlando NGO Diego Ramalho W Guillotine 91KG SF
2021 Orlando NGO Giancarlo Bodoni W Guillotine 91KG F
2021 3CG 6 Absolute Nick Rodriguez L Referee Decision ABS 4F
2021 3CG MW GP Pat Downey W Kneebar 85KG 4F
2021 3CG MW GP Roberto Jimenez W Points 85KG SF
2021 3CG MW GP Mica Galvao L Armlock 85KG F
2021 American Nats Rafael Vasconcelos W Botinha 94KG 4F
2021 American Nats Nathan Mendelshon W Guillotine 94KG SF
2021 American Nats Bruno Lima W Pts: 6x2 94KG F
2021 SUG 24 Andrew Sidelinger W Inside heel hook ABS 4F
2021 SUG 24 Roberto Jimenez W Inside heel hook ABS SF
2021 SUG 24 Kyle Boehm L EBI/OT ABS F
2021 F2W 177 Davi Ramos W Referee Decision N/A SPF
2021 SUG 25 Andy Varela W Guillotine ABS SPF
2021 Pan American Jake Watson W Pts: 4x2 88KG 8F
2021 Pan American Gabriel Almeida W Referee Decision 88KG 4F
2021 Pan American Jaime Canuto W Guillotine 88KG SF
2021 Pan American Andre Porfirio L Botinha 88KG F
2021 NoGi Worlds Brian Giorgio W RNC ABS 8F
2021 NoGi Worlds Victor Hugo W Pts: 0x0, Adv ABS 4F
2021 NoGi Worlds Adam Wardzinski W Pts: 5x0 ABS SF
2021 NoGi Worlds Roberto Abreu W Referee Decision ABS F
2021 NoGi Worlds Adam Bradley W Pts: 2x0 91KG 8F
2021 NoGi Worlds Yuri Santos W RNC 91KG 4F
2021 NoGi Worlds Adam Wardzinski W Pts: 6x0 91KG SF
2021 NoGi Worlds Vagner Rocha W Pts: 4x2 91KG F
2022 WNO 11 Craig Jones W Referee Decision 93KG SPF
2022 LA Open Italo Costa W Kneebar 94KG 4F
2022 LA Open Fellipe Trovo L Kata Gatame 94KG SF
2022 Pan American Guthierry Barbosa W Choke from back ABS R2
2022 Pan American Erich Munis L Pts: 11x4 ABS 4F
2022 Pan American Gabriel Almeida W Kneebar 94KG R2
2022 Pan American Andre Porfirio W Pts: 4x2 94KG 4F
2022 Pan American Dimitrius Souza L Armbar 94KG SF
2022 World Champ. Andre Gois W Guillotine 88KG R1
2022 World Champ. Sebastian Rodriguez L Pts: 4x4, Adv 88KG 8F
2022 World Champ. Guilherme Cordiviola W Pts: 2x0 ABS R1
2022 World Champ. Gustavo Batista L Pts: 17x0 ABS 8F
2022 WNO 13 Gordon Ryan L RNC O93KG SPF
2022 Santa Cruz NGO Jackson Douglas W Guillotine ABS SF
2022 Santa Cruz NGO Benjamin Silva W RNC ABS F
2022 ADCC Jacob Rodriguez W Pts: 3x2 88KG R1
2022 ADCC Vagner Rocha L Referee Decision 88KG 4F
2022 ADCC Tye Ruotolo L Arm in RNC ABS 8F
2022 Charleston FNGO Charles Lynch W Short choke 85KG SF
2022 Charleston FNGO Diego Ramalho W RNC 85KG F
2022 Charleston FNGO Emilio Hernandez W Guillotine ABS SF
2022 Waco NGO Austin Oranday W Kata Gatame ABS SF
2022 Waco NGO Francisco Cuneo W RNC ABS F
2023 WNO Giancarlo Bodoni W Referee Decision 92KG SPF

7. Pedro Marinho’s Top Fights Links

Pedro Marinho vs B-Team's Jay Rodriguez | 2022 ADCC World Championships

Pedro Marinho v Diego Ramalho / Orlando Open NoGi 2021

Pedro Marinho v Giancarlo Bodoni / Orlando Open NoGi 2021

Pedro Marinho v Roberto "Cyborg" Abreu / World NoGi 2021

Photo Credit: @pedromarinhojj

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