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Sergio Rios - 3rd Degree BJJ Black Belt

Sergio Rios - 3rd Degree BJJ Black Belt

1. Sergio Rios’s Details

Sergio Rios’s Details
Name Sergio Raimundo Rios da Silva
Nickname “Pichilinga”
Born Campo Formoso
Date of Birth July 31, 1988,
Net worth NA
Weight Division Medium Heavyweight
Last Weigh-in N/A
Height N/A
College N/A
Rank 3rd Degree Black Belt
Last Fight N/A
Favorite Position Armbar
Head Coach Marcos Matos
Lineage Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Rickson Gracie > Helder Menezes > Marcos Matos > Sergio Rios
Fighting out of N/A
Team Association Rasai Jiu-Jitsu Academy
Affiliation N/A
Current Streak N/A
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2. Sergio Rios’s Biography

Sergio Rios is considered a powerful black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Rios effectively worked on his athletic skills by training under the top renowned BJJ instructors including Marcos Matos, Eduardo Telles, and Helder Menezes.

2.1. Sergio Rios's Early Life and Career

On 31 July 1988, Sergio Rios was born in Campo Formoso. Rios spent his childhood playing football and started practicing jiu-jitsu at the age of 15. His brother, Junior Rios motivated him to indulge in BJJ activities, and then in 2003, he started practicing BJJ at the Academia Dojô Jiu-Jitsu school.

Once Sergio Rios was asked about his inspiration, he said:

My brother Junior and my first BJJ professor Marcos Matos. I have trained with them from white to black belt, so I always have looked up to them for how to be a good competitor and a good person.

Rios always remained motivated and he had a strong belief that a fighter learns more by losing in a competition. He said:

“There is no losing in jiu-jitsu. You either win or you learn.” I like this quote because it’s true. I feel like I learn more when I lose than when I win. Train hard with consistency and good results will come.

Rios was trained under the supervision of Marcos Matos. By working hard and developing the perfect fighting skills, Rios made his impressive mark in both BJJ and Mixed Martial Arts. He defeated various top competitors and secured multiple titles in various IBJJF Championships.

2.2. Migration to San Diego

The main founder of the Academia Dojô Jiu-Jitsu team was the late Helder Menezes, a famous BJJ instructor. Although he built that institute but Helder shifted to America due to some personal reasons and led the charge of the Academy in the hands of his student, Marcos Matos. Although Helder was not there but he always had contact with the institute and Marcos. In 2013, Helder noticed the rising talent of Sergio Rios so he challenged him to move to America to fight there by displaying his professional grappling skills. Rios accepted the offer and immediately migrated to California. After moving to the United States, Rios joined the Ninety-Nine (99) team headquarters and trained under the top coaches. One of his instructors was Helder’s best friend whose name was Eduardo Telles. Then in 2014, Helder Menezes passed away but Rios continued his training at the Ninety-Nine (99) team.

2.3. Initiation of MMA Career

After some time, Sergio Rios decided to start his career in Mixed Martial Arts by maintaining an active connection in jiu-jitsu with and without gi. Rios practiced in the Muai Thay program and secured victory by competing as a Muai Thay fighter. He earned a red rank at Blue Ocean Muay Thai under the head instructor Alex Palm. Then in 2022, Rios laid the foundation of his coaching school in San Diego, California. Besides the academy, he also developed his own BJJ team, Rasai Jiu Jitsu.

2.4. Sergio’s Black Belt

On 20 November 2009, Sergio earned the black belt under Marcos Matos.

3. Sergio Rios’s Top Historic Fights

3.1. Sergio Rios vs Jonnatas Gracie

In the 2022 IBJJF Absolute Grand Prix Championship, Sergio Rios faced the Jonnatas Gracie. Both fighters displayed their tremendous grappling skills but the battle ended with Gracie’s victory based on the points.

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Stage Weight Class
2022 IBJJF Absolute Grand Prix Jonnatas Gracie L Points Super Fight Medium Heavyweight

3.2. Sergio Rios vs Josh Guerra

In the 2022 Phoenix Open Championship, Sergio Rios competed against Josh Guerra. Both fighters tried to apply their BJJ techniques but the match ended with Rios’s victory when he applied the Leg Triangle Choke.

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Stage Weight Class
2022 Phoenix Open Josh Guerra W Leg Triangle Choke QF Open Class

3.3. Sergio Rios vs Mateus Rodrigues

In the 2022 Phoenix Open Championship, Sergio Rios defeated Mateus Rodrigues by applying the Cross Collar Choke technique.

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Stage Weight Class
2022 Phoenix Open Mateus Rodrigues W Cross Collar Choke F Medium Heavyweight

4. Sergio Rios’s Main Achievements ( Black Belt)

Year Event Belt Position
2018 ACBJJ North American Championship Black 1st
2018 Master 1 AJP Grand Slam, TYO Black 1st
2018 ACBJJ World Championship Black 2nd
2017 SJJIF World Championship Black 3rd

4.1. Sergio Rios’s Main Achievements (Masters)

Year Event Position Belt
2022 IBJJF Masters World Championship 1st Black
2022 IBJJF Pan Championship NOGI 1st Black
2022 IBJJF European Open 1st Black
2022 IBJJF American Nationals 1st Black
2022 IBJJF Masters North America 1st Black
2022 IBJJF European Open 2nd Black
2022 IBJJF Masters World Championship 3rd Black
2021 IBJJF World Championship NOGI 1st Black
2021 IBJJF Pan Championship 1st Black
2021 IBJJF American Nationals 1st Black
2020 IBJJF Masters World Championship 1st Black
2020 IBJJF Pan Championship NOGI 1st Black
2020 IBJJF European Open 1st Black
2020 AJP Grand Slam, LDN 1st Black
2020 AJP Grand Slam, RIO 1st Black
2020 AJP Grand Slam, MSW 1st Black
2020 AJP Grand Slam, ABD 1st Black
2019 IBJJF Pan Championship 1st Black
2019 AJP Abu Dhabi World Pro 1st Black
2019 AJP Grand Slam, LA 1st Black
2019 AJP Grand Slam, ABD 1st Black
2018 IBJJF World Championship NOGI 1st Black
2018 AJP Grand Slam, LDN 3rd Black

5. Sergio Rios’s BJJ Professional Record Breakdown

Matches 21 Wins 28 Losses
By Points 10 11
By advantages 0 2
By Submission 7 9
By Decision 2 4
Other 2 2

5.1. Methods of Submission W/L

Methods Wins Losses
Choke from back 2 0
Choke 1 2
Kneebar 0 1
Triangle 1 1
Ezekiel 0 1
Straight Ankle Lock 0 1
Heel Hook 0 1
Armbar 1 1

6. Sergio Rios Fight History

Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
Jonnatas Gracie L Referee Decision 2022 IBJJF Absolute Grand Prix Absolute Division Super Fight 2022
Ty Freeman W Points 2022 Warrior Challenge Mediumweight N/A 2022
Vinicius "Trator" Ferreira L Other 2019 World IBJJF Jiu-Jitsu No-Gi Championship Absolute Division Eliminator 2019
Servio Tulio L Other 2019 World IBJJF Jiu-Jitsu No-Gi Championship Medium Heavyweight N/A 2019
Todd Mueckenheim W Other 2019 World IBJJF Jiu-Jitsu No-Gi Championship Absolute Division Eliminator 2019
PJ Barch W Armbar Fight 2 Win 126 Ultra-Heavyweight N/A 2019
Ronaldo Junior L Decision Fight 2 Win 117 Ultra-Heavyweight N/A 2019
Rene Karamanites W Other 2019 Continental Pro South America Medium Heavyweight N/A 2019
Kevin Cuervo W Points 2019 Continental Pro South America Medium Heavyweight N/A 2019
Kevin Cuervo W Choke 2019 IBJJF Orange County Open Absolute Division Qualifier 2019
Fellipe Trovo W Points 2019 IBJJF Orange County Open Absolute Division Final 2019
Jaime Canuto W Points 2019 IBJJF Orange County Open Absolute Division N/A 2019
Michael Trasso W Decision Fight 2 Win Pro 95 Ultra-Heavyweight N/A 2018
Piter Frank W Decision World Series of Grappling 2 Ultra-Heavyweight N/A 2018
Manuel Ribamar L Decision World Series of Grappling 2 Ultra-Heavyweight N/A 2018
Adam Wardzinski L Points 2019 ACB JJ Polish Championship Absolute Division N/A 2018
Fernando Pena W Points ACB JJ World Open Championship Lightweight N/A 2018
Leo Lara L Decision ACB JJ World Open Championship Lightweight N/A 2018
Max Lindblad L Advantage 2018 World IBJJF Jiu-Jitsu Championship Mediumweight N/A 2018
Fellipe Trovo W Points 2018 IBJJF Mexico City Winter Open Absolute Division Final 2018
M.Perez L Kneebar 2018 IBJJF Mexico City Winter Open Medium Heavyweight N/A 2018
Fellipe Andrew L Triangle 2018 IBJJF Mexico City Winter Open Absolute Division N/A 2018
Jackson Sousa L Points 2018 European Jiu-Jitsu IBJJF Championship Absolute Division N/A 2018
Dante Leon L Advantage 2017 World IBJJF Jiu-Jitsu No-Gi Championship Mediumweight N/A 2017
Keenan Cornelius L Choke 2017 IBJJF Long Beach International Open Absolute Division N/A 2017
Victor Silverio L Points 2017 IBJJF Long Beach International Open Mediumweight N/A 2017
Felipe Silva L Ezekiel 2017 SJJIF World Championships Mediumweight
2017
Keenan Cornelius L Points 2017 SJJIF World Championships Absolute Division
2017
Max Lindblad L Points 2017 IBJJF London Fall Open Mediumweight Final 2017
Jackson Sousa L Points 2017 Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Los Angeles Absolute Division N/A 2017
Dante Leon W Points 2017 Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Los Angeles Medium Heavyweight N/A 2017
Steven Silva W Points 2017 Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Los Angeles Medium Heavyweight N/A 2017
Otavio Sousa L Points 2017 Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Los Angeles Medium Heavyweight N/A 2017
Otavio Sousa L Points 2017 IBJJF San Diego Pro Championship Medium Heavyweight N/A 2017
Yan Lucas L Points 2017 5 Super League Light Heavyweight Pro Invitational  N/A N/A 2017
Renato Canuto L Decision 2017 IBJJF Mexico City No-Gi Open Absolute Division N/A 2017
Isaque Bahiense W Choke 2017 IBJJF Mexico City Open Heavyweight N/A 2017
C.Costa L Armbar 2016 Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Los Angeles Medium Heavyweight N/A 2016
Lucas Barbosa L Other 2016 Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Los Angeles Medium Heavyweight N/A 2016
C.Ryan W Traingle Fight 2 Win Pro 5 Medium Heavyweight N/A 2016
Diego Ramalho L Straight Ankle lock 2014 Pan Jiu-Jitsu IBJJF Championship Mediumweight N/A 2014
Bruno Borges W Other 2014 Pan Jiu-Jitsu IBJJF Championship Mediumweight N/A 2014
S.Vieira W Other 2014 Pan Jiu-Jitsu IBJJF Championship Mediumweight N/A 2014
Gabriel Sousa W Points 2014 Pan Jiu-Jitsu IBJJF Championship Mediumweight N/A 2014
Dan Martinez L Heel Hook 2014 Pan Jiu-Jitsu IBJJF Championship Ultra-Heavyweight N/A 2014
Yuri Simoes L Points FIVE Grappling California 1 Absolute Division N/A 2014

7. Sergio Rios’s Top Fights

Fellipe Andrew v Sergio Rios / Los Angeles Open 2022

Sergio Rios v Sebastian Rodriguez / Orlando Summer Open 2022

Marcos Tinoco VS Sergio Rios / World Master 2019

Sergio Rios v Shane Woosley / World Master 2021

Sergio Rios VS Marc Adami / World Master 2019

Photo credit: @sergiopichilinga

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