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|Born||Luiz Firmino de Carvalho Júnior
March 18, 1982
|Height||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
|Weight||154 lb (70 kg; 11.0 st)|
|Reach||69.5 in (177 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Boca Raton, Florida|
|Rank||Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Luiz Firmino de Carvalho Júnior (born March 18, 1982), commonly known as Luiz Buscapé, is a Brazilian mixed martial artist, who fights at Lightweight. He has spent the majority of his career in Japan and has fought in Dream, Pride FC and Shooto. He now fights for the Blackzilians camp out of JACO HYbrid Training Center in Boca Raton, Florida.
Firmino began his career at the tenth edition of the World Vale Tudo Championship in Recife, Brazil when he was 18 years old. The tournament was held in one night and was fought under Vale Tudo-style rules. After defeating Reginaldo Santana and Sergei Bytchkov, he reached the final and faced Eli Soares. The fight lasted for thirty minutes with no breaks and Soares won by decision.
Firmino then returned two years later at the M-1 Global event MFC: Russia vs the World 3 in Saint Petersburg, Russia where he again beat Sergei Bytchkov, by technical knockout in the second round. At Russia vs the World 5 the following year, he defeated Musail Allaudinov via unanimous decision after one fifteen-minute round. After winning his next four bouts - three by submission - he was given a chance to compete in the Pride Fighting Championships.
Pride Fighting Championships
Firmino faced off against Hiroyuki Abe at his first Pride fight, Pride Bushido 4 in July 2004, and won by using an arm triangle choke in the first round. Firmino then returned against Masakazu Imanari three months later at Pride Bushido 5 at won by unanimous decision. After this early success, he lost his next two bouts (against countryman Luiz Azeredo and Tatsuya Kawajiri) by decision in 2005. In November 2006, Firmono took on Nobuhiro Obiya at Pride Bushido 13 and won the fight by yet another unanimous decision.
Pride FC then shut down, however, and Firmino soon signed with Dream. He made his debut with the organization at its first event, Dream 1, in March 2008 where he submitted Kazuyuki Miyata with a rear-naked choke seven minutes into the first round. At Dream 3 two months later, he was given the opportunity to avenge his earlier loss to Tatsuya Kawajiri. He was unable to do this, however, and was beaten on a unanimous decision.
Firmino then left Dream after this, and won his first fight outside Japan in five years when he beat Ryan Healy in Miami, Florida at Shine Fights 2: ATT vs. The World in September 2009.
Firmino faced Bellator veteran Luis Palomino on January 19, 2013 for the CFA Lightweight Championship, Firmino dominated Palomino with his Wrestling and ground and pound to take home the CFA Lightweight Championship by unanimous decision. Firmino vacated the title in September 2013 when he signed with World Series of Fighting.
World Series of Fighting
Firmino made his WSOF debut against Jacob Volkmann at WSOF 6 on October 26, 2013. He won the fight via unanimous decision. He then faced UFC veteran Tyson Griffin at WSOF 10 on June 21, 2014. He won the back-and-forth fight via unanimous decision.
Firmino stepped in for an injured João Zeferino to take on WSOF Lightweight Champion Justin Gaethje at WSOF 34. After a back-and-forth three rounds, the bout was stopped by the doctor between rounds three and four due to Firmino's swollen right eye; the end result was a TKO loss for Firmino.
The Ultimate Fighter
Firmino was as a cast member for The Ultimate Fighter: American Top Team vs. Blackzilians representing Blackzilians He defeated Uros Jurisic by unanimous decision to win 25 points for his team.
Championships and accomplishments
- Championship Fighting Alliance
- CFA Lightweight Championship (One time)
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|27 matches||19 wins||8 losses|
|Loss||19–8||Justin Gaethje||TKO (doctor stoppage)||WSOF 34||December 31, 2016||3||5:00||New York City, New York, United States||For the WSOF Lightweight Championship.|
|Loss||19–7||Brian Foster||Submission (triangle choke)||WSOF 33||October 7, 2016||1||3:14||Kansas City, Missouri, United States|
|Win||19–6||Caros Fodor||Decision (unanimous)||WSOF 27||January 23, 2016||3||5:00||Memphis, Tennessee, United States|
|Win||18–6||Tyson Griffin||Decision (unanimous)||WSOF 10||June 21, 2014||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||17–6||Jacob Volkmann||Decision (unanimous)||WSOF 6||October 26, 2013||3||5:00||Coral Gables, Florida, United States||WSOF debut.|
|Win||16–6||Luis Palomino||Decision (unanimous)||CFA 09: Night of Champions||January 19, 2013||5||5:00||Coral Gables, Florida, United States||Won the CFA Lightweight Championship.|
|Win||15–6||Toby Imada||Decision (unanimous)||CFA 08: Araujo vs. Bradley||October 6, 2012||3||5:00||Hollywood, Florida, United States||CFA Lightweight Championship eliminator.|
|Win||14–6||Johnavan Vistante||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||CFA 07: Never Give Up||June 30, 2012||1||4:31||Coral Gables, Florida, United States|
|Loss||13–6||John Alessio||Decision (unanimous)||Superior Cage Combat 3||November 4, 2011||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||13–5||Francisco Trinaldo||Submission (kneebar)||Bitetti Combat MMA 6||February 25, 2010||1||2:03||Brasília, Brazil|
|Win||13–4||Ryan Healy||Decision (unanimous)||Shine Fights 2: ATT vs. The World||September 4, 2009||3||5:00||Miami, Florida, United States|
|Loss||12–4||Tatsuya Kawajiri||Decision (unanimous)||Dream 3: Lightweight Grand Prix 2008 Second Round||May 11, 2008||2||5:00||Saitama, Japan||DREAM Lightweight Grand Prix quarterfinal.|
|Win||12–3||Kazuyuki Miyata||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Dream 1: Lightweight Grand Prix 2008 First Round||March 15, 2008||1||7:37||Saitama, Japan||DREAM Lightweight Grand Prix opening round.|
|Win||11–3||Nobuhiro Obiya||Decision (unanimous)||Pride - Bushido 13||November 5, 2006||2||5:00||Yokohama, Japan|
|Loss||10–3||Tatsuya Kawajiri||Decision (unanimous)||Pride Bushido 8||July 17, 2005||2||5:00||Nagoya, Japan, Japan|
|Loss||10–2||Luiz Azeredo||Decision (split)||Pride Bushido 6||April 3, 2005||2||5:00||Yokohama, Japan|
|Win||10–1||Masakazu Imanari||Decision (unanimous)||Pride Bushido 5||October 14, 2004||2||5:00||Osaka, Japan|
|Win||9–1||Hiroyuki Abe||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||Pride Bushido 4||July 19, 2004||1||2:56||Nagoya, Japan|
|Win||8–1||Rafles la Rose||Submission (armbar)||Shooto: Switzerland 1||February 26, 2004||1||0:36||Zürich, Switzerland||Welterweight bout.|
|Win||7–1||Devanir Marques||Submission (punches)||Conquista Fight 1||December 20, 2003||1||1:10||Vitória da Conquista, Brazil|
|Win||6–1||Kohei Yasumi||Decision (unanimous)||Shooto - 9/5 in Korakuen Hall||September 5, 2003||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||5–1||Tom Kirk||Submission (armbar)||Shooto: Midwest Fighting||May 21, 2003||1||3:38||Hammond, Indiana, United States|
|Win||4–1||Musail Allaudinov||Decision (unanimous)||M-1 MFC - Russia vs. the World 5||April 6, 2003||1||15:00||St. Petersburg, Russia|
|Win||3–1||Sergei Bytchkov||TKO (punches)||M-1 MFC: Russia vs. the World 3||April 26, 2002||2||2:38||St. Petersburg, Russia||Welterweight bout.|
|Loss||2–1||Eli Soares||Decision||WVC: World Vale Tudo Championship 10||May 27, 2000||1||30:00||Recife, Brazil||WVC Welterweight Tournament finals.|
|Win||2–0||Sergei Bytchkov||Decision (unanimous)||WVC: World Vale Tudo Championship 10||May 27, 2000||2||14:00||Recife, Brazil||WVC Welterweight Tournament semifinals.|
|Win||1–0||Reginaldo Santana||Submission (verbal)||WVC: World Vale Tudo Championship 10||May 27, 2000||1||3:29||Recife, Brazil||WVC Welterweight Tournament quarterfinals.|
- "Luiz Firmino Profile". tapology.com. Retrieved July 9, 2014.
- Kazuyuki Miyata vs. Luis Buscape Video - Dream 1
- Tatsuya Kawajiri vs. Luiz Firmino - DREAM 3
- Luiz Firmino vs Francisco Trinaldo - Bitetti Combat 6
- "Superior Cage Combat". Retrieved 18 June 2012.
- "Jacob Volkmann vs. Luiz Firmino headlines WSOF 6 prelims". mmafighting.com. September 25, 2013.
- "WSOF 6 results: Steve Carl downs Josh Burkman in fourth to claim belt". mmajunkie.com. October 27, 2013.
- "Main Card Finalized For WSOF 10". mmafrenzy.com. May 5, 2014.
- "WSOF 10: Luiz Firmino vs. Tyson Griffin full fight video highlights". mmajunkie.com. June 22, 2014.
- "TUF 21 ATT vs Blackzilians". Retrieved 2014-01-28.