Antônio Braga Neto

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Antônio Braga Neto
Born (1987-10-29) October 29, 1987 (age 31)
Águia Branca, Espírito Santo, Brazil
Height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)
DivisionWelterweight (current)
Light Heavyweight (2006-2009)
Heavyweight (2009-2010)
Reach77 in (196 cm)[1]
Fighting out ofSingapore
TeamGracie Morumbi (2012)
Evolve MMA (2010-present)
Gracie Fusion (2006-present)
Team Brasa (2008)
Gracie Barra Cerritos (2009-2012)
RankBlack belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Roberto "Gordo" Correa[2]
Years active2006-present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout1
By submission7
By decision1
By knockout1
By decision2
No contests1
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
Antônio Braga Neto
Medal record
Representing  Brazil
Men's Black Belt Jiu-Jitsu
World Jiu-Jitsu Championship
Gold medal – first place 2008 Long Beach, California -100 kg
Gold medal – first place 2011 Long Beach, California +100 kg
Pan Jiu-Jitsu Championship
Gold medal – first place 2009 Long Beach, California -100 kg
Gold medal – first place 2009 Long Beach, California Absolute
Gold medal – first place 2010 Long Beach, California -100 kg
Gold medal – first place 2011 Long Beach, California +100 kg

Antônio Braga Neto (born October 29, 1987) is a Brazilian mixed martial artist and grappler currently signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He is a gold medalist in both the World Jiu-Jitsu Championship and Pan American Championship.

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

A Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt World Champion under Roberto "Gordo" Correa, Neto currently trains out of Evolve MMA in Brazil and Singapore.

Early career[edit]

Neto made his professional MMA debut in October 2006 in his native Brazil. He was undefeated for the first five fights of his career, with only one fight going to a decision.

In 2008, Neto made his debut in Japan when he signed with the Sengoku promotion. He faced Ryo Kawamura and lost by decision, the first loss of his professional career.

In 2009, Neto signed with the Chinese organization Art of War Fighting Championship. He made his debut against Dutch fighter Rodney Glunder; the fight was cut short when a takedown from Neto sent Glunder through the ring ropes onto the floor and some tools and electrical equipment. Glunder suffered injuries to his back and was taken away from the ring on a stretcher by ringside physicians and doctors. Neto competed in the 2011 ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship, losing to veteran grappler and current UFC fighter Sergio Moraes in his ADCC debut.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

In April 2013, Neto signed a three fight deal with the Ultimate Fighting Championship.[3] He made his UFC debut at UFC on Fuel TV: Nogueira vs. Werdum against former Strikeforce fighter Anthony Smith.[4][5] He won the fight in quick fashion, finishing via a kneebar submission at 1:52 of the first round.

Neto was expected to face Derek Brunson on November 6, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 31.[6] However, Neto pulled out of the bout citing an injury and was replaced by Brian Houston.[7]

Neto faced Clint Hester on June 28, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 44.[8] He lost the back and forth fight via split decision.

Neto was expected to face Zak Cummings on July 25, 2015 at UFC on Fox 16.[9] However, Neto pulled out of the fight in early July and was replaced by promotional newcomer Dominique Steele.[10]

Neto returned from an extended hiatus and faced Trevin Giles on December 9, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 123.[11][12] He lost the fight via knockout in the third round.[13]

Neto was scheduled to face Andrew Sanchez on August 25, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 135.[14] However, Neto was removed from the bout on August 2 for undisclosed personal issues and replaced by Markus Perez Echeimberg.[15]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 9–3 (1) Trevin Giles KO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Swanson vs. Ortega December 9, 2017 3 2:27 Fresno, California, United States
Loss 9–2 (1) Clint Hester Decision (split) UFC Fight Night: Swanson vs. Stephens June 28, 2014 3 5:00 San Antonio, Texas, United States
Win 9–1 (1) Anthony Smith Submission (kneebar) UFC on Fuel TV: Nogueira vs. Werdum June 8, 2013 1 1:52 Fortaleza, Brazil
Win 8–1 (1) Brock Larson Submission (kneebar) MMA Against Dengue 2 March 4, 2012 1 1:04 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Win 7–1 (1) Maiquel Falcão Submission (kimura) Amazon Forest Combat 1 September 14, 2011 2 4:26 Manaus, Brazil
Win 6–1 (1) Douglas Cristian Submission (verbal) Top Fighter MMA March 6, 2010 2 N/A Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
NC 5–1 (1) Rodney Glunder No Contest Art of War 14 September 26, 2009 1 0:24 Macau, China
Loss 5–1 Ryo Kawamura Decision (unanimous) World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku First Battle March 5, 2008 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 5–0 Fabiano Astorino Submission (kimura) Fury FC 5: Final Conflict December 6, 2007 1 2:25 São Paulo, Brazil
Win 4–0 Renato Matos TKO (punches) Detonaco Fight Championship November 20, 2007 1 4:55 Brazil
Win 3–0 Cezar Ferreira Decision (unanimous) XFC: Brazil April 29, 2007 3 5:00 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Win 2–0 Eduardo Camilo Submission (armbar) XFC: Brazil April 29, 2007 1 1:46 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Win 1–0 Lolito Lolito Submission (armbar) Top Fighter MMA 2 October 25, 2006 1 N/A Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Fight Card - UFC Fight Night Swanson vs. Stephens". Retrieved June 29, 2014.
  2. ^ "Antonio Braga Neto". BBJ Heroes. Retrieved January 3, 2018.
  3. ^ Bicampeão mundial de Jiu-Jitsu, Braga Neto assina com o UFC 1 April 2013 "Antônio Braga Neto recebeu a notícia que qualquer lutador sonha. No domingo, foi comunicado que era o novo contratado do Ultimate Fighting Championship."
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  6. ^ "Derek Brunson vs. Antonio Braga Neto joins UFC Fight Night 31 lineup". Retrieved September 16, 2013.
  7. ^ Staff. "Brian Houston in for Antonio Braga Neto vs. Derek Brunson at UFC Fight Night 31". Retrieved 2013-09-24.
  8. ^ Jacob Cooper (2014-04-23). "Clint Hester vs. Antonio Braga Neto added to UFC Fight Night 44". Retrieved 2014-04-23.
  9. ^ Tristen Critchfield (2015-04-24). "UFC on Fox 16 Update: Zak Cummings agrees to bout with Antonio Braga Neto". Retrieved 2015-04-24.
  10. ^ Staff (2015-07-09). "Antonio Braga Neto out, Dominique Steele in against Zak Cummings at UFC on FOX 16". Retrieved 2015-07-09.
  11. ^ Guilherme Cruz (2015-07-04). "Injuries, poker and UFC fights: Three years later, where's Antonio Braga Neto?". Retrieved 2015-07-04.
  12. ^ Thomas Gerbasi (2015-09-29). "Five bouts set for Fresno card". Retrieved 2015-09-29.
  13. ^ "UFC Fight Night 123 results: Trevin Giles' boxing on point for third-round TKO of Antonio Braga Neto". MMAjunkie. 2017-12-10. Retrieved 2017-12-10.
  14. ^ DNA, MMA. "TUF 23 winnaar Andrew Sanchez treft Antonio Braga Neto tijdens UFC Lincoln". Retrieved 2018-05-04.
  15. ^ Marcel Dorff (2018-08-02). "Markus Perez replaces Antonio Braga Neto against Andrew Sanchez at UFC Lincoln". Retrieved 2018-08-02. (in Dutch)

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