Robson Moura Fonseca - IBJJF Hall of Famer

Robson Moura Fonseca - IBJJF Hall of Famer

1. Robson Moura’s Details

Robson Moura’s Details
Name Robson Moura Fonseca
Nickname Robinho
Born Teresópolis, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Age 44
Date of birth 23-3-1978
Weight 64kg (161 lbs)
Weight Division Super Featherweight (64 kg/161 lbs)
Last Weigh in 70kg
Height 5’4’’
Current Coach Professor Ailson Jucão Brites
Foundational Style BJJ
Career Disclosed Earnings N/A
College University N/A
Rank 6th Degree Black Belt
Head Coach Andre Pederneiras
Last Fight Polaris 21, 2022
Favorite Technique Good Overall Game
Lineage Mitsuyo Maeda -> Carlos Gracie -> Carlson Gracie -> Andre Pederneiras -> Robson Moura
Team Association RMNU
website Logo Facebook Logo Tweeter Logo Instagram Logo

2. Robson Moura’s Biography

Robson Moura, also known as Robinho is a six times World Champion and top competitor in the Super Featherweight category. He is also inducted into the IBJJF Hall of Fame. Now he is coaching in his own BJJ academy in Florida.

He was born in the small town of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Now Robson Moura lives in Florida and runs his academy there. He just competed and won in 2022 Polaris 21. 

2.1. Joined Jiu-Jitsu in Early Childhood

Robson Moura was fond of Jiu-Jitsu from an early age. His family especially, his father supported him to join BJJ. In 1988, Robson’s father sent him to a local gym in Teresopolis when he was 10 years old.

He was a very passionate student who wanted to become like his idols. From his first day at the gym, he dreamed of becoming a Black Belt and winning a World Championship.  

2.2. First Coach

Ailson Jucao Brites was the first coach of Robson Moura. For Robson, he proved to be a very good and dedicated coach and trained Robson very well. But he is not the one who promoted him to Black Belt because he left Teresopolis and went to Rio de Janeiro.

2.3. Competed for the First Time at The Age of 13

To fulfill his dream of becoming a Black Belt, Robson Moura started hard training three times a day. His sheer toil attracted the attention of his coach, Jucao. Robson’s extraordinary skills and hard work took him to the mat when he competed in a local competition when he was only 13 years old. 

2.4. Joined Nova União

After the relocation of Jucao from Teresopolis, Robson once again started searching for an excellent coach to fill the colors in his dreams. His search took him to a good result and he joined Nova Uniao. Here he trained under a well-known coach, Master Andre Pederneiras.

Nova Uniao had two coaches, Andre Pederneiras and Wendell Alexander. Both these coaches proved very valuable in the uprising of Robson Moura, the great competitor. Robson won various championships when he was training in this academy.    

2.5. Nick Named “Robinho”

Robinho is the nickname of Robson Moura which is a little funny style of saying Robsons in Portuguese. This means “Little Robson”. This might be due to his short height compared to other fighters.  

2.6. Robson’s BJJ Pro Combats

Three Times Champion in 1996

Under the coaching of Andre, Robson Moura won various Championships in 1996. He was IBJJF World Champion in his Purple Belt level. After promotion to Brown Belt he also became IBJJF Pan American Champion and CBJJ Brazilian National Champion the same year. 

Promoted to Black Belt

Andre wanted Robson to compete in the World Championship after his continuous performance in 1996. He was promoted to Black Belt at the age of 18 against Jiu-Jitsu Federation minimum time frame guidelines.

As Andre planned, Robson competed in the 1997 Black Belt World Championship and became champion in the super featherweight category.

Remain World Champion for Five Consecutive Years

Robson Moura defended his title of super featherweight champion for five consecutive years from 1996 to 2000. He won five World Championships. After that, he wanted to focus on his RMNU association and his coaching career.

After five years, he again took part in the world championship and again recalled history by winning the world championship.

Motivational Incident

In an interview, Robson Moura recalled an untold story of his life that showed his dedication to BJJ. He said this when he was on the way to Rio De Janeiro for the world championship with his wife and two students, Ricardo “Demente” Abreu and Rodrigo Ribas. He was driving the car.

Their car crashed and no one thought that the passengers could survive. But they came out alive. Rodrigo got injured so they left him at his house and took a bus. They did not tell anyone about their accident.

Robson said that he was the champion that year. And his student Demente got the silver medal in the Blue Belt division.         

IBJJF Hall of Famer

Robson Moura was inducted into the IBJJF Hall of fame in 2014. He was six times IBJJF World Champion, Brazilian National Champion, and IBJJF Pan Champion.

On 18 May 2022, IBJJF gave honor to Robson Moura and again posted his big achievements on the official Instagram page of IBJJF.

Coaching Career

Robson Moura has some reputable schools in Brazil which are giving BJJ classes under well-known Black Belt coaches. Ribeiro Preto Academy is one of the most famous institutes of Robson in Brazil.

He knew that the USA would be the main center of sports in the coming years. So he decided to establish a well-known BJJ academy there. Now, Robson RMNU’s association is now a very well-established and reputed BJJ institution in the USA. Ricardo Abreu and August Cruz are acknowledged Black Belts under Robson Moura.  

Online Coaching

Along with his RMNU association and schools in Brazil, Robson also gives online sessions. Various websites have his instructional videos to teach BJJ techniques.

2.7. Robson’s MMA Career

Robson also appeared in Mix Martial Arts. he has a 2-1-1 record in MMA. Now he is a head instructor at an academy in Tampa, Florida named Martial Arts Advantage. Here is the record of his MMA fights.

2.8. Robson’s MMA Fights

Date Event Opponent W/L/D Method Round Time Location
September 26, 2004 Shooto - Year End Show 2003 Mamoru Yamaguchi Draw Draw 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
December 14, 2003 Shooto - Year End Show 2003 Junji Ikoma Win Decision (Unanimous) 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
July 3, 2003 Shooto - 5/4 in Korakuen Hall Yasuhiro Urushitani Loss Decision (Split) 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
September 26, 2002 Shooto - Treasure Hunt 10 Mamoru Yamaguchi Win Decision (Unanimous) 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan

3. Robson Moura’s Historic Fights

3.1. Robson Moura Vs. Samuel Braga

Robson Moura faced Samuel Braga in the 2007 World Championship. After dominating the Light Featherweight division for five years, Robson took a break from competition. After 5 years, Robson appeared on the World Championship mat.

He took down and overcame Samuel from the start of the match. Samuel tried his best for a long time to escape from Robson’s grip. But Robson did not let him. Samuel strangled his leg. Robson sensed the danger and tried to free his leg.

After escaping from Samuel’s grip, Robson again overcame. Samuel tried to apply the armbar twice. But Robson defended well. At the end of the match, Robson became the world champion and won the match with an advantage.

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Stage Weight Class
2007 IBJJF World Championship Samuel Braga Win Advantage Final Light-Feather Weight

3.2. Robson Moura Vs. Armando Conde

Robson Moura faced Armando Conde in the 1997 IBJJF Worlds final. Robson took down Conde at the beginning of the match. Conde tried to strangle Robson’s head with his legs but Robson escaped and overcame him. Conde pushed Robson’s right leg with his left hand so that he lost his balance.

But Robson did not let him do any counter move. Robson actively overcame Conde. He did not let him escape. At the end of the match, Robson submitted Conde with Armbar in just one and a half minutes.     

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Stage Weight Class
1997 IBJJF World Championship Armando Conde Win Armbar Final 63kg

3.3. Robson Moura Vs. Ulysses Gomez

Robson Moura faced Ulysses Gomez in Grappler Quest IBJJF. Robson started the fight with an unsuccessful Guillotine attempt. After a few moments, he took down Ulysses, mounted him, and scored four points. Ulysses escaped after struggling as Robson was very active and warmed up.

Ulysses tried to take him down. Robson grabbed his leg and tried his best to apply a leg lock. But Ulysses escaped again. Ulysses got another takedown opportunity and mounted Robson but Robson countered with full guard.

At the end of the match, Robson strangled Ulysses’s leg and went for a Kneebar. Robson submitted Ulysses with Kneebar.  

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Stage Weight Class
2007 GQ All-Star Pro Ulysses Gomez Win Kneebar Final 64kg

4. Robson Moura’s Main Achievements

4.1. Robson’s Achievements in International Tournaments

Year Event Weight Division
1996 IBJJF World Championship N/A
1996 IBJJF Pan American Championship N/A
1996 CBJJ Brazilian National Championship N/A
1997 IBJJF World Championship 64kg
1998 IBJJF World Championship 61kg
1998 CBJJ Brazilian National Championship 64 kg/Absolute
1999 IBJJF World Championship 70kg
2000 IBJJF World Championship 64kg
2002 CBJJO World Cup Championship 64kg
2007 IBJJF World Championship 64kg

4.2. Robson’s Achievements as Black Belt

Year Event Belt Position
1997 IBJJF World Championship Black Belt 1st
1998 IBJJF World Championship Black Belt 1st
1998 CBJJ Brazilian National Champion Black Belt 1st
1999 IBJJF World Championship Black Belt 1st
2000 IBJJF World Championship Black Belt 1st
2001 IBJJF World Championship Black Belt 3rd
2002 CBJJO World Cup Championship Black Belt 1st
2007 IBJJF World Championship Black Belt 1st

4.3. Robson’s Achievements as Colored Belt

Year Event Belt Position
1996 IBJJF World Championship Purple 1st
1996 IBJJF Pan American Championship Brown 1st
1996 CBJJ Brazilian National Championship  Brown 1st

5. Robson Moura’s Professional Record Breakdown

5.1. Robson’s Professional Record Break

35 Matches 28 Wins 6 Losses
By Submissions 10 2
By  Points 11 4
By Advantages 4 0
By Decision 3 0
Draw 1

5.2. Robson’s Submission Methods

Method 10 Wins 2 Lose
Choke from Back 2 1
Armbar 1 0
Kneebar 1 0
Heel Hook 1 0
Choke 2 0
RNC 1 0
Guillotine 1 1
Clock Choke 1 0

6. Robson Moura Fight History

Year Competition Opponent W/L Method Weight
1997 World Champ. Armando Conde W Armbar 64KG
1998 Super Liga Luis Renato W Choke from back 64KG
1998 Super Liga Renato Sampaio W Adv ABS
1998 World Champ. Unknown W Choke 61KG
1998 World Champ. Fredson Alves W Points 61KG
1999 Brasileiro Unknown W Points 70KG
1999 Brasileiro Alexandre Soca L Choke from back 70KG
2000 World Champ. Marcos Matta W Pts: 2x0 64KG
2000 Rio x São Paulo Fredson Paixao W Points NA
2001 ADCC Hiroyuko Abe W RNC 66KG
2001 ADCC Joe Guilbert W Referee Decision 66KG
2001 ADCC Royler Gracie L Pts: 2x0 66KG
2001 ADCC Alexandre Soca W Points 66KG
2001 World Champ. Ricardo Vieira L Pts: 6x5 64KG
2002 World Cup Douglas Plata W N/A 64KG
2002 World Cup Ricardo Vieira W Pts: 2x2, Adv 64KG
2006 LA Sub-X Jeff Glover W Pts: 6x3 ABS
2007 GQ All Star Pro Ulysses Gomez W Kneebar 63KG
2007 GQ All Star Pro Ricky Lundell W Guillotine 63KG
2007 GQ All Star Pro Wilson Reis W Heel hook 63KG
2007 Pan American Tomoya Yanagisawa W Choke 64KG
2007 Pan American Dai Yoshioka W Pts: 0x0, Adv 64KG
2007 World Champ. Dai Yoshioka W Pts: 5x2 64KG
2007 World Champ. Carlos Esquisito W Referee Decision 64KG
2007 World Champ. Samuel Braga W Pts: 0x0, Adv 64KG
2009 World Pro. Bernardo Cruz W Points 65KG
2009 World Pro. Rafael Mendes L Points 65KG
2010 Arizona Open Nobuhiko Kitahara W Choke from back 64KG
2011 ADCC Greger Forsell W Pts: 3x0 66KG
2011 ADCC Ryan Hall W Pts: 3x0 66KG
2011 ADCC Rafael Mendes L Points 66KG
2011 ADCC Jeff Glover L Guillotine 66KG
2014 World Expo Marcos Matta W Clock choke ABS
2015 Polaris 2 Baret Yoshida D N/A 70KG
2022 Polaris Tom Barlow W Referee Decision 70KG

7. Robson Moura’s Top Fight Links

Robson Moura VS Samuel Braga / World Championship 2007

Robson Moura vs Baret Yoshida - Polaris Pro 2 - OFFICIAL


Kneebar Submission - Robson Moura vs. Ulysses Gomez at 2007 Grapplers Quest IBJJF ADCC TapouT

Photo Credit: @robinhomoura

Reading next

Larissa Campos - BJJ Black Belt
The 11 Best Free BJJ Apps For Your Phone

Leave a comment

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.