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Jorge Pereira (fighter)

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Jorge Pereira
Born (1964-11-29) November 29, 1964 (age 59)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
ResidenceMiami Beach, Florida
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight180 lb (82 kg; 12 st 12 lb)
DivisionMiddleweight (180 lb)
StyleGracie Jiu-Jitsu, judo
TeamRio Heroes
Teacher(s)Rickson Gracie, Carlos Gracie Jr., Georges Mehdi
Rank7th degree coral belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Black belt in judo
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

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Jorge Pereira Pinto is a Brazilian Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Coral belt (7th degree).[1][2] In 1986 Pereira was promoted to Black belt by Rickson Gracie after trained with him for several years. Pereira was one of top fighters in Vale Tudo (no holds barred) matches throughout the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s.[3] In 2007 Pereria founded the Vale Tudo Rio Heroes (No Rules) and brought back the values of the old NHB fights. In 2018 Fox Premium made a TV series about Rio Heroes and true story of Jorge Pereira.


Jorge Pereira was born in Volta Redonda municipality, state of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1964, son of Nilce Pereira Pinto and Alberto Carvalho Pinto.

Early life[edit]

At the age of 11, he moved to Barra da Tijuca, one the south beaches in Rio de Janeiro. Being a kid from a small town where kids only play outside on safe roads moving to a Condo where other kids were more mature for living in a big city and practice sports, he had to work on his confidence and skills in order to avoid neighbors that used to clash often against him and other easy going kids. This scenario forced Jorge to look for martial arts instruction. After a few years practicing Judo with Sensei Mehdi he met Marcelo Behring, son of the Red Belt Flavio Behring, also his neighbor and already famous in the grappling world as a teen. Marcelo introduced Jorge to the Jiu Jitsu world at the age of 15 and later to the Gracie family under Rickson Gracie.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at the time was already very popular in Brazil with way too many practitioners per academy to enter on the tournaments, which would only allow 2 athletes per division, so academies used to do their own internal trials to pick who would represent their flag. Those trials many times were tougher than the actual tournaments, considering the level and volume of the fighters inside the academies such as the Gracie academies. From the Blue Belt all the way to his Black Belt (1986) Jorge represented Rickson Gracie’s squad, an elite position earned by fighting in those trials.

Vale Tudo[edit]

Pereira also believes that the main purpose of Jiu Jitsu is self-defense, is to prepare the practitioner against real life situations, so he got deep into the Vale Tudo world (no-holds-barred) circuit during the 1990s. At the time, this circuit was a challenge between the many martial arts styles such as Karate, Capoeira, Muay Thai, and Jorge was competing as a representative of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. One of the most memorable moments in the Vale Tudo world was Jorge’s reply to a journalist sarcastic comment after his fight against Alessandro Stefano in 1995 at Circuito de Lutas 2,[4] where he says that Jorge won the fight but he bled a lot, so Jorge famously replied

“ A warrior does not bleed, his honor overflows “.[5][6]

Jorge was also Brazilian Champion of Vale tudo in 1996 in Sao Paulo - Brazil, fighting 3 matches on the same night and winning against Roberto Godoy.[7] After an invitation to fight in Atlanta, US for the first time against the future UFC welterweight champion Matt Hughes in 1999, he decided to move to Miami in order to establish his Jorge Pereira Team academy.

Vale Tudo (Rio Heroes)[edit]

In 2007 he was introduced to Jason Atkins, an American entrepreneur that created an extreme events online channel ( Tough Sports ) where you could watch Cockfighting, models shooting guns and no-holds-barred matches as its core entertainment. This way Rio Heroes event was born as a raw version of mixed martial arts (MMA ) or Vale Tudo) with no time limits for matches, no protections such as gloves and with rules that would allow headbutts, elbows, knees and all other strikes. The event had 14 editions with fights being held inside favelas (slums) and was financed by gambling companies outside Brazil, with all the transactions promoting the event being dealt by these companies internationally, but the media and the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation strongly criticized the event until a report from "Folha de Sao Paulo" by the journalist Marlene Bergamo in 2008, that made police shut down the event for suspicion that some gambling exchanges were happening inside the event. None of the allegations were proven but the event never returned after that. RioHeroes is known by today as the most true and raw martial arts event in the history of Vale Tudo.[8]


Today Jorge Pereira is a Coral Belt, 7th degree, a graduation earned from the American BJJ Federation led by Joe Moreira on December 9 of 2013 and also recognized by the IBJJF ( Brazilian Jiu Jitsu International Federation) in 2017, after 31 years as a black belt and an important list of famous black belts under him such as Leo Dalla, Otavio Duarte, Wander Braga, Paulo Guimaraes, Pedro Cabral, Paulo Guilhobel and Luis Guilherme “ Guigo “.

TV series[edit]

The series is based on the real story of the Brazilian wrestler Jorge Pereira, who decided to create a Vale tudo championship.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Pereira has two children Manuella Maria Pereira Pinto (32 years old), Zyon Gravina de Pereira Pinto (12 years old) and he is married to Danielle Gravina.

Pereira running Rio Heroes Gracie Jiu Jitsu, MMA and self defense academy in Miami Beach since 2000.

Rio Heroes academy focusing in teaching the fundamental of Gracie Jiu Jitsu self defense for group classes (men, women, children) and so private classes with master Jorge Pereira.

Pereira gives Jiu Jitsu seminars around the world.

Achievements and awards[edit]


  • No Limits Project – Handicapped Kids, Miami City Hall, Florida
  • Exceptional Children’s Colibri School, Miami, FL (Psychology Teacher and Jiu Jitsu Instructor)


See also[edit]


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  4. Vale Tudo Final do Circuito Nacional de Lutas 2.Evento realizado em 05/07/1995 no Ginásio do Ibirapuera em SP. Jorge Pereira x Alessandro Steffano - Luta de Vale Tudo
  5. Vale Tudo Luta final do torneio do Campeonato Brasileiro de Vale Tudo realizado em 01/11/1996. Jorge Pereira x Roberto Godoi - Luta de Vale Tudo
  6. Final do Circuito Nacional de Lutas3.Evento realizado em 12/09/1995 no Ginásio do Ibirapuera em São Paulo. Jorge Pereira x Ebenezer Braga - Luta de Vale Tudo
  7. Campeonato Brasileiro de Vale Tudo 1 Jorge Pereira vs Roberto Godoi
  8. Jorge conta sua história e um pouco da história da luta no Brasil. LutadorJorge Pereira : luta de rua, sem luvas, sem regras
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