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Renato Canuto - The King of ArmBar

Renato Canuto - The King of ArmBar

1. Renato Canuto’s Details

Renato Canuto’s Details

Name Renato Forasieppi Alves Canuto
Nickname N/A
Born São Vicente, São Paulo, Brazil
Date of Birth June 13, 1996
Weight Division Lightweight
(76kg/ 168lbs)
Last Weight-in N/A
Height N/A
Disclosed Career Earnings N/A
Rank  Black Belt
Favorite Position Armbar
Head Coach Valdir Canuto
University N/A
Lineage C. Gracie > H. Gracie > Carlson Gracie > M. Bustamante/Kiko Veloso > Leonardo Costa > Valdir Canuto > Renato Canuto
Fighting out of Brazil
Team Association Checkmat

2. Renato Canuto Biography

Renato Forasieppi Canuto is a top BJJ black belt produced by Checkmat Jiu Jitsu Academy under his father and 5th-degree BJJ black belt, Valdir Canuto. He has also trained under Robert Drysdale, Rodrigo Cavaca, and Leonardo Vieira. He started his training in Jiu-Jitsu at an early age securing numerous titles in the IBJJF World, IBJJF Pan, CBJJ Brazilian Nationals, Kasai Pro, UAEJJF Grand Slam, IBJJF International Open and American Nationals Championships to date. Renato Canuto married the IBJJF World Champion, Raquel Canuto.

2.1. Renato Canuto’s Childhood

Renato Canuto was born on June 13, 1996, in Sao Vicente, an island in southern Sao Paulo, Brazil. When Canuto was born, his dad, Valdir Canuto, was already a BJJ athlete and was training, so Canuto grew up playing the sport. Valdir Canuto was the first to start a martial arts training academy in Sao Vicente. In 2004, at eight, his father introduced him to jiu-jitsu, and he was the first student in his class. For one whole year, he practiced Karate and Judo. Then, he started training in Jiu-Jitsu. After a few months of training, he competed in a national tournament and won the fight. This victory made him desire more advanced competitions, and he started working hard. He used to spend most of his day in the gym on the mats, with just one goal in his mind: to become a world champion one day. When he was young, he wanted to be a funk singer. Therefore, he kept jumping and dancing during training because the rhythm played in his mind.

2.2. Renato Canuto’s Rank Promotion

“Whenever I saw people doing flying submissions, moving a lot, or doing tricky stuff, I always thought that was cool. It always caught my attention. Flying armbars, flying triangles, the cartwheel stuff, some front rolls to the mount. I was already doing tricky stuff like that when I was a kid.”

Renato Canuto has never spent his time playing games or socializing. Instead, he has always been focused on sports. Initially trained in his father’s academy, he got promoted from white to brown belt. At his colored belt, from age 12, he started traveling to the US to compete in BJJ tournaments. In 2012, he won a silver medal in the CBJJ Juvenile Brazilian Nationals at Blue Belt. After that, he competes in the IBJJF Pan, CBJJ South American, and IBJJF Sao Paulo Championships, winning titles. At his brown belt in 2016, he moved to Las Vegas. For the first time, this young boy won the gold medal in the IBJJF World Championship Gi and Nogi.

2.3. Renato Canuto’s BJJ Career

Canuto is one of the most powerful and entertaining BJJ black belt athletes because of his acrobatic guard passing style and flying armbar technique. In 2016, Canuto moved to Las Vegas for better opportunities and with the dream to win the World IBJJF title. He joined the Zenith Academy and trained under Robert Drysdale and Rodrigo Cavaca. In that same year, three life-changing events happened in his life. First, he won the gold in the World Jiu-Jitsu Championship. Secondly, he met the love of his life, Raquel Paalhui, and they married. And finally, by the end of the year, in December, his father, Valdir Canuto, traveled to the US to promote him to BJJ black belt. After that, he won multiple titles in the world’s top BJJ tournaments: IBJJF World, IBJJF Pan, Kasai Pro, and UAEJJF Grand Slam. He became the rising athlete of his era. He also started training in Drysdale’s Academy.


In 2018, before the Pan Championship, Canuto and his wife left the Zenith, joined the Checkmat Academy in Las Vegas under Leonardo Vieira, and competed from the Checkmat Team. Later on, they became the head coach there.

“I fight against this notion. I don’t stick to a game for too long. If I get too comfortable in any position, I leave it behind and move on. Even if I lost by a sweep, I wouldn’t consider it a loss, just another step on my learning experience.”

2.4. Renato Canuto’s Personal Life

After moving to Las Vegas for international tournaments and to win the World Championship in 2016, Canuto met Raquel Paalhui, an elite BJJ black belt female grappler at his training academy. Since 2016, they have been together. After a few months of dating, the couple got married. Both the fighters were World Championship winners and had very different fighting styles. In his interview, he said:

“We have similar styles in many ways, but very different styles when you watch because she’s trying to pressure through the whole time. I like to go around the guard more. When she plays guard, she’s trying to suck you in. I’m trying to do more tricky types of stuff and different kinds of moves. I do learn a lot from her’’.

2.5. Renato Canuto’s Current Status

In 2019, Renato Canuto and his wife, Raquel, were offered to join the Venum Training Center, aka the Checkmat Las Vegas, as BJJ head coaches. They accepted the offer and trained athletes there for two years while competing in tournaments. Unfortunately, on August 06, 2021, the gym got closed. However, on August 16, 2021, the couple opened their own BJJ academy, Hybrid Jiu-Jitsu, in Las Vegas. They are currently training jiu-jitsu to young athletes and active competitors in IBJJF competitions.


In 2022, Canuto announced that he would soon start his career in MMA, and he prepared the whole year training and improving his martial arts skills for his debut fight. On August 26, 2022, Canuto debuted in the ONE Championship against Tommy Langaker. Before the match, he said:

“I’m super excited to be competing at ONE. It is a great opportunity for grappling in general.”

He will soon appear on MMA mats.

“Because I still have to teach and have my academy, I train in jiu-jitsu daily. I never go all day without training in jiu-jitsu and then MMA. I’ll train every morning. I truly feel like it has been my cardio, not that it was ever too bad, but it made it even better. It helped me with the explosive part of my game.”

2.6. Renato Canuto’s Professional Record

The BJJ black belt fighter Renato Canuto is famous for his acrobatic style of fighting that no other fighter has ever shown on the mats. That’s the reason he has become the dynamic grappler today. Canuto has a professional record of 66 wins and 25 losses. His majority wins are via his favorite position, the armbar. Canuto’s grappling journey to date has been remarkable, as he has secured top-ranked titles by competing against the best BJJ fighters.

3. Renato Canuto’s Historic Fights

3.1. Renato Canuto vs Mica Galvao

In the 2022 ADCC World Championship, Renato Canuto competes against Mica Galvao. Canuto took a back flip and takedown Galvao on the mat. Galvao attempted a heel hook followed by an armbar and, via submission, won the fight.


Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Stage Weight Class
2022 ADCC World Championship Mica Galvao Loss Armbar 4F 77KG

3.2. Renato Canuto vs Levi Jones

In the 2021 IBJJF World Championship, an exciting match was held between Renato Canuto and Levi Jones. Both fighters looked for foot sweeps to drag their opponent down. Canuto came on top and got an advantage. Jones’s guard-pulling techniques were spectacular, taking grip of Canuto’s pants and collar. But Canuto is quite strong, so he easily releases the grip, takes control over his opponent, and attacks him back, winning the fight via points.


Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Stage Weight Class
2021 IBJJF World Championship  Levi Jones Win Pts: 3x0 4F 76KG

3.3. Renato Canuto vs Alexander Lane

In the 2020 IBJJF Pan Championship, a thrilling ten-minute bout took place between Renato Canuto and Alexander Lane. At first, Canuto dragged down his opponent and secured two points. He attacked Lane via reverse armlock followed by a triangle choke and armbar. Within a few seconds of the grapple ending, Canuto choked his opponent from behind until he tapped on the mat, and Canuto won the fight.


Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Stage Weight Class
2020 IBJJF Pan Championship Alexander Lane Win Choke from back 8F 76KG

3.4. Renato Canuto vs Tainan Dalpra

In the 2021 IBJJF World GP, a ten-minute grappling fight occurred between Tainan Dalpra and Renato Canuto. Dalpra pulled an open guard with Canuto on top. Dalpra held his opponent via toe hold, but Canuto performed a cartwheel guard. Dalpra submitted his opponent with powerful leg lock techniques and won the fight by points and advantages.


Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Stage Weight Class
2021 IBJJF GP Tainan Dalpra Loss Pts: 9x2 SF 76Kg

4. Renato Canuto’s National and International Achievements

Year Event Medal Weight
2014 IBJJF Pan Championship Silver Silver Medal Icon 76kg
2014 IBJJF São Paulo International Open Gold Gold Medal Icon 76kg
2015 IBJJF São Paulo International Open Gold Gold Medal Icon 76kg
2016 IBJJF World Championship Gold Gold Medal Icon 76kg
2016 IBJJF World Championship NoGi Gold Gold Medal Icon 76kg
2016 IBJJF Pan Championship Bronze Bronze Medal Icon 76kg
2017 IBJJF Pan Championship Bronze Bronze Medal Icon 76kg
2017 IBJJF American Nationals Gold Gold Medal Icon 76kg
2017  IBJJF World Championship No-Gi Gold Gold Medal Icon 76kg
2018 IBJJF World Championship Silver Silver Medal Icon 76kg
2019 BJJF Pan Championship Silver Silver Medal Icon 76kg
2019 IBJJF World Championship Bronze Bronze Medal Icon 76kg
2020 IBJJF Pan Championship Bronze Bronze Medal Icon 76kg
2021 IBJJF World Championship Gold Gold Medal Icon 76kg

4.1. Renato Canuto’s Main Achievements (Black Belt)

Year Event Belt Position
2017  IBJJF Pan Championship Black 3rd place
2017   UAEJJF Grand Slam, LA Black 1st place
2017  Marianas Open Black 3rd place
2017  IBJJF American Nationals Black 1st place
2017   KASAI Pro 150lbs Grand Prix Black 1st place
2017   IBJJF World Championship No-Gi Black 1st place
2018 Marianas Open Black 1st place
2018  KASAI Pro 150lbs Grand Prix Black 1st place
2018 IBJJF World Championship Black 2nd place
2019 BJJF Pan Championship Black 2nd place
2019 IBJJF World Championship Black 3rd place
2020 IBJJF Pan Championship Black 3rd place
2021 IBJJF World Championship Black 1st place
2021  3CG The Underdogs Grand Prix Black 1st place

4.2. Renato Canuto’s Main Achievements (Colored Belt)

Year Event Belt Position
2011 CBJJ Juvenile Brazilian Nationals Green 2nd place
2012 CBJJ Juvenile Brazilian Nationals Blue 2nd place
2014 CBJJ South American Championship Purple 2nd place
2014  IBJJF Pan Championship Purple 2nd place
2014 IBJJF São Paulo International Open Purple 1st place
2015 CBJJ South American Championship Purple 2nd place
2015 IBJJF São Paulo International Open Purple 1st place
2016 IBJJF World Championship Brown 1st place
2016 IBJJF World No-Gi Championship Brown 1st place
2016 IBJJF Las Vegas International Open Brown 1st place
2016  IBJJF Seattle International Open Brown 1st place
2016 UAEJJF Las Vegas Pro Brown 1st place
2016 UAEJJF Grand Slam – Los Angeles Brown 1st place
2016 IBJJF Pan Championship Brown 3rd place

5. Renato Canuto’s BJJ Professional Breakdown

94 matches 66 wins 25 losses
By points 33 13
By advantages 8 3
By submission  19 3
By decision  5 5
By penalties 1 1
Draw   3

5.1. Methods of Submission

Methods 19 Wins 3 Loss
Armbar  7 1
Choke from back  3 0
Choke  2 0
Bow and Arrow  2 0
Wrist Lock 1 0
Inside Heel Hook  1 0
Mounted X Choke  1 0
Arm in Ezekiel 1 0
Estima lock  1 0
Knee Bar 0 1
Triangle Armbar  0 1

6. Renato Canuto’s BJJ Fight History

Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
Espen Mathiesen L Pts: 2x2, Adv Copa Podio 77KG RR 2017
Pedro Paquito D --- Copa Podio 77KG RR 2017
Diego Borges L Pts: 4x2 Copa Podio 77KG RR 2017
Hugo Marques L Pts: 0x0, Adv Copa Podio 77KG RR 2017
Sergio Rios W Referee Decision FIVE SL 76KG SPF 2017
Juan Kamezawa W Choke from back Pan American 76KG 8F 2017
Gabriel Rollo W Pts: 2x2, Adv Pan American 76KG 4F 2017
Marcio Andre L Pts: 6x4 Pan American 76KG SF 2017
Mike Sanchez W Choke Marianas 82KG 4F 2017
Isaque Bahiense L Pts: 4x0 Marianas 82KG SF 2017
Lucas Rocha W Pts: 2x0 Marianas 82KG 3RD 2017
Lucas Valle W Pts: 2x2, Adv World Champ. 76KG R1 2017
Jake Mackenzie L Pts: 9x2 World Champ. 76KG 8F 2017
Kevin Mahecha W Wristlock American Nats 76KG 4F 2017
Rodrigo Freitas W Pts: 4x2 American Nats 76KG SF 2017
Bret Russell W Pts: 11x2 Grand Slam LA 77KG R1 2017
John Combs W Pts: 2x0 Grand Slam LA 77KG 4F 2017
Jaime Canuto W Pts: 2x2, Adv Grand Slam LA 77KG SF 2017
Francisco Iturralde W Pts: 8x2 Grand Slam LA 77KG F 2017
Daniel Davis W Pts: 2x0 No Gi Pan Am. 73KG 4F 2017
Francisco Daniel W Pts: 8x0 No Gi Pan Am. 73KG SF 2017
Frederico Augusto W Pts: 2x0 No Gi Pan Am. 73KG F 2017
Ben Buttars W Bow and arrow Long Beach Open 76KG 4F 2017
Piter Frank W Armbar Long Beach Open 76KG SF 2017
Francisco Iturralde W Pts: 9x0 Long Beach Open 76KG F 2017
AJ Agazarm D --- Kasai Pro 70KG RR 2017
Mansher Khera W Pts: 12x0 Kasai Pro 70KG RR 2017
Garry Tonon W Pts: 2x0 Kasai Pro 70KG RR 2017
Celso Vinicius W Referee Decision Kasai Pro 70KG F 2017
Tommi Pulkkannen W Armbar NoGi Worlds 73KG R2 2017
Isa Able W Pts: 4x0 NoGi Worlds 73KG 4F 2017
Rodrigo Freitas W Pts: 18x0 NoGi Worlds 73KG SF 2017
AJ Agazarm W Pts: 0x0, Adv NoGi Worlds 73KG F 2017
John Combs W Pts: 4x2 European Open ABS R1 2018
Admilson Gobi W Pts: 2x0 European Open ABS 8F 2018
Tommy Langaker L Triangle armbar European Open ABS 4F 2018
K. Marek W Pts: 6x0 European Open 76KG R1 2018
Masahiro Iwasaki L Pts: 2x0 European Open 76KG 4F 2018
Eddie Cummings L Referee Decision Kasai Pro 2 72KG SPF 2018
Diego Ramalho W Points Marianas Open 81KG 4F 2018
Servio Tulio W Pts: 9x0 Marianas Open 81KG SF 2018
Isaque Bahiense L Pts: 2x0 Marianas Open 81KG F 2018
Roberto Satoshi W Points King of Mats 85KG RR 2018
Clark Gracie W Armbar King of Mats 85KG RR 2018
Charles Negromonte L Referee Decision King of Mats 85KG SF 2018
Michael Douglas W Armbar WP Br Qualifier 85KG 4F 2018
Gustavo Batista L Referee Decision WP Br Qualifier 85KG SF 2018
Tommi Pulkkanen W Armbar World Champ. 76KG R2 2018
Michael Langhi W Pts: 2x2, Adv World Champ. 76KG R3 2018
Victor Silverio W Pts: 0x0, Adv World Champ. 76KG 4F 2018
Vitor Oliveira W Referee Decision World Champ. 76KG SF 2018
Lucas Lepri L Pts: 4x0 World Champ. 76KG F 2018
Jason Rau W Pts: 11x0 Kasai Pro 3 77KG RR 2018
PJ Barch W Pts: 1x0 Kasai Pro 3 77KG RR 2018
Victor Silverio D --- Kasai Pro 3 77KG RR 2018
Vagner Rocha W Pts: 1x1, Pen Kasai Pro 3 77KG F 2018
Vagner Rocha W Pts: 3x0 Kasai Pro 4 77KG SPF 2018
Marcio Andre W Inside heel hook Kasai Dallas 76KG SPF 2019
Piter Frank W Choke from back Pan American 76KG 8F 2019
Athos Miranda W Pts: 0x0, Adv Pan American 76KG 4F 2019
Osvaldo Moizinho W Pts: 4x0 Pan American 76KG SF 2019
Levi Jones L Pts: 6x4 Pan American 76KG F 2019
Wellington Dias W Choke World Champ. 76KG R1 2019
Alef Brito W Pts: 4x2 World Champ. 76KG R2 2019
Michael Langhi W Pts: 2x0 World Champ. 76KG 4F 2019
Lucas Valente L Pts: 0x0, Adv World Champ. 76KG SF 2019
Dante Leon W Pts: 5x4 KASAI SS Florida 77KG SPF 2019
Oliver Taza W Pts: 2x0 ADCC 77KG R1 2019
Garry Tonon L Pts: 0x0, Pen ADCC 77KG 4F 2019
Dante Leon L Pts: 5x4 Kasai Pro 7 77KG SPF 2020
Johnny Tama W Referee Decision Kumite V 81KG 4F 2020
Tye Ruotolo L Referee Decision Kumite V 81KG SF 2020
Alexander Lane W Choke from back Pan American 76KG 8F 2020
Paulo Gabriel W Pts: 2x2, Adv Pan American 76KG 4F 2020
Michael Liera L Pts: 2x0 Pan American 76KG SF 2020
Vinicius Wong W Bow and arrow Orlando Open 82KG 4F 2021
Jeferson Guaresi L Pts: 4x2 Orlando Open 82KG SF 2021
Alexander Lane W Mounted X choke Orlando Open ABS 4F 2021
Thiago Abud W Arm in Ezekiel Orlando Open ABS SF 2021
Michael Liera W Pts: 4x0 Orlando Open ABS F 2021
Andre Cantanhede L Kneebar WP BR Qualifier 77KG 4F 2021
Joseph McKay W Armbar NoGi Worlds 79KG R2 2021
JZ Cavalcanti L Pts: 2x0 NoGi Worlds 79KG 8F 2021
Thiago Aso W Estima lock 3CG Underdogs 84KG R1 2021
Aaron Wilson W Points 3CG Underdogs 84KG 4F 2021
Jake Shields W Armbar 3CG Underdogs 84KG SF 2021
Jefferson Guaresi W Referee Decision 3CG Underdogs 84KG F 2021
Tainan Dalpra L Pts: 9x2 IBJJF GP 82KG SF 2021
Fabricio Barbarotti W Pts: 7x2 World Champ. 76KG 8F 2021
Levi Jones W Pts: 3x0 World Champ. 76KG 4F 2021
Murilo Amaral W Pts: 2x0 World Champ. 76KG SF 2021
Tommy Langaker L Referee Decision One FC 77KG SPF 2022
Nicky Ryan W Pts: 5x0 ADCC 77KG R1 2022
Mica Galvao L Armbar ADCC 77KG 4F 2022

7. Renato Canuto BJJ Top Fights

Renato Canuto v Vitor Oliveira / World Championship 2018

Nicky Ryan vs Renato Canuto - 2022 ADCC World Championships

Lucas Lepri vs Renato Canuto / World Championship 2018

Michael Liera Jr. VS Renato Canuto / Pan Championship 2020

Tommy Langaker vs Renato Canuto / European Championship 2018

Renato Canuto VS Alexander Lane / Pan Championship 2020

Renato Canuto v Murilo Amaral / World Championship 2021


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