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|Born||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight||170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)|
|Fighting out of||Hilo, Hawaii, United States|
|Team||BJ Penn's MMA|
|Rank||4th degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Renato Verissimo is a 4th degree Black belt in Brazilian Jiu jitsu under Andre Pederneiras and also a retired mixed martial artist, who has fought in the Ultimate Fighting Championship and Elite Xtreme Combat. He is known throughout the MMA community by the nickname of "Charuto", meaning "cigar" in Portuguese.
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.
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|13 matches||7 wins||5 losses|
|Loss||7–5 (1)||Jake Shields||TKO (elbows and punches)||EliteXC: Uprising||September 15, 2007||1||4:00||Honolulu, Hawaii, United States|
|Win||7–4 (1)||Lars Haven||TKO (punches)||Icon Sport: Epic||March 31, 2007||1||2:09||Honolulu, Hawaii, United States|
|Win||6–4 (1)||Kris Fleurstil||TKO (punches)||Icon Sport: All in||February 9, 2007||1||2:19||Honolulu, Hawaii, United States|
|Loss||5–4 (1)||Kuniyoshi Hironaka||TKO (punches)||Rumble on the Rock 9||April 21, 2006||2||3:03||Honolulu, Hawaii, United States|
|Loss||5–3 (1)||Carlos Condit||KO (knee and punches)||Rumble on the Rock 8||January 20, 2006||1||0:17||Honolulu, Hawaii, United States|
|Win||5–2 (1)||Yuichi Nakanishi||TKO (Doctor Stoppage)||Rumble on the Rock 7||May 7, 2005||2||2:32||Honolulu, Hawaii, United States|
|Loss||4–2 (1)||Frank Trigg||TKO (elbows)||UFC 50||October 22, 2004||2||2:11||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Loss||4–1 (1)||Matt Hughes||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 48||June 19, 2004||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||4–0 (1)||Carlos Newton||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 46||January 31, 2004||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||3–0 (1)||Gil Castillo||TKO (corner stoppage)||Rumble on the Rock 4||October 10, 2003||2||5:00||Honolulu, Hawaii, United States|
|Win||2–0 (1)||Ray Elbe||TKO (punches)||Rumble on the Rock 3||August 9, 2003||1||1:41||Hilo, Hawaii, United States|
|NC||1–0 (1)||Shannon Ritch||No Contest (illegal headbutt)||Rumble on the Rock 2||March 15, 2003||1||3:09||Hilo, Hawaii, United States||Ritch cut Verissimo above the left eye with an inadvertent headbutt|
|Win||1–0||Roland Fabre||TKO (punches)||Warriors Quest 4: Genesis||March 29, 2002||1||3:50||Honolulu, Hawaii, United States|