Nickname: He is often called “Zé” Mario, Zé is short for José in Portuguese.
Main Achievements in (BJJ/Grappling):
- 3x World BJJ Champion (1996, 1997, 1998 @absolute)
- 2x ADCC World Champion (1998 weight and absolute)
- 3x ADCC Superfight Champion (1999, 2000, 2011)
Most Famous Fight (in BJJ) : Against “Gordo” (final of the Mundial 1997), and his fight against Royler Gracie (in which he tapped the Gracie who had never been tapped before – See Video at bottom of the page).
Favorite Technique/Position: Guard Pass and Clock Choke.
Weight Division (in BJJ): Super Pesado (100kg)