He grew up in Brazil, where he trained in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and earned his black belt. After moving to Hawaii, he became involved in mixed martial arts through BJ Penn, who he instructed.
After fighting in Rumble on the Rock, his UFC debut was a decision victory over Carlos Newton at UFC 46, which earned him the chance to face former UFC Welterweight Champion Matt Hughes at UFC 48. Charuto lost do to Hughes' top control in a controversial decision after Hughes spent most of the fight defending submissions.
Charuto then returned to Hawaiian events, fighting for Rumble On The Rock and ICON Sport.
Charuto was featured in the August 8, 2007 episode of the Versus reality television series TapouT. In his last ever MMA fight, he lost to Jake Shields via TKO due to elbows in the first round on the September 15th card EliteXC: Uprising.
Charuto was also featured in Marshal D. Carper's 2010 book titled "The Cauliflower Chronicles", detailing Marshal's experience training at the BJ Penn Academy in Hilo, largely training under Charuto.