11-3-0( W-L-D )

Fight History

Skill Breakdown

Charts are compiled based on results from 5 fights.
Record: 11-3-0
Summary: Submissions

Fighter Info

Nickname: Ceara
From: Nova Friburgo, Rio de Janeiro Brazil
Fights Out Of: Pembroke Pines, FL USA
Age: 32
Height: 5' 10" ( 177 cm )
Weight: 155 lb ( 70 kg )


Total Attempted Strikes
42% Successful
Types of Successful Strikes
85% Standing
Striking Defense
The percentage of total strikes avoided


Total Takedowns
33% Successful
Grappling Totals by Type
Takedown Defense
The percentage of total takedowns avoided
Result Fighters Event Str TD Sub Pass Method Replay
Jake Matthews Nov 7, 2014
-- -- -- -- --
Vagner Rocha -- -- -- --
Jonathan Brookins Feb 15, 2012
18 1 0 0 R1 KO/TKO
Vagner Rocha 7 0 0 0
Cody McKenzie Sep 17, 2011
15 0 1 0 R2 Submission
Vagner Rocha 18 2 4 5
Vagner Rocha Jun 11, 2011
46 1 0 0 R3 Decision - Unanimous
Donald Cerrone 86 0 0 0
Bret Bergmark
Strikeforce - Fedor vs. Werdum
Jun 26, 2010
-- -- -- -- R3 Decision - Unanimous
Vagner Rocha -- -- -- --


TRAINING: Every day it changes, but usually I do sparring in the morning, conditioning in the afternoon and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to finish the day.

Thoughts on opponent, Jake Matthews? He is a tough young fighter from Australia.

When and why did you start training for fighting? I started training years after the first UFC. I watched the Gracie family showcase their BJJ in the Octagon and I quickly became a fan. Then I realized that I wanted to learn the art of fighting and there was no other way but to learn BJJ with it. Eventually I found a BJJ gym in Florida, Team Popovitch, who helped guide me into my dreams today.

What ranks and titles have you held? Fight Time Lightweight Championship and ISKA Lightweight Championship. I also have lots of titles in BJJ such as: North American ADCC Trials Champion, 3rd Abu Dhabi World Pro Weight & Absolute, several times NAGA and Grapplers Quest Champion, Brown Belt Pan American Champion, 3rd Brown Belt Gi Worlds.

Do you have any heroes?
I'm a really big fan of Renzo Gracie, Wanderlei Silva, Minotauro.

What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC?
It means everything. It means I will have the chance to show people what I do best and to be recognized for my talent. I want to build a legacy, to be remembered and not quickly forgotten like a lot of other guys. That's why fighting in the UFC is so important to me because once I step into that Octagon, people will never forget me.

Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? Only college I went to was the BRAZILIAN JIU JITSU CENTER, that's where I got my Black Belt degree.

What was your job before you started fighting? Back in the days I used to work in construction. Now I teach BJJ.

Specific accomplishments in pro competition? Victory over Igor Gracie. It had to be a turning point in my MMA career.

Ranks in any martial arts styles: Second degree Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt

Favorite grappling technique: Full guard

Favorite striking technique: Straight right hand


  • Eight wins by submission (2 triangle, 3 rear naked, 3 armbar), one by knockout


  • Pro since 2009


  • Defeated Igor Gracie via decision in 2009 bout


  • On four fight winning streak (three submissions) since last UFC bout in 2012


  • Five first round finishes


  • Origin of nickname: “Ceara is a city of Northern Brazil, where most men from this city are hard-working and tough.”


Key Opponents

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