Augusto Tanquinho: Record, Net Worth, Weight, Age & More!
Who is August Tanquinho?
In 2014, Tranquinho changed directions again to focus on a new sport: mixed martial arts. He took an amateur bout, which he won easily, and was immediately elevated to pro status where he earned a respectable 6-3 record, including an outing in the UFC against future bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt.Unsweepable & Unsubmitable by Augusto Tanquinho Mendes
Tranquinho continues to compete, referee, coach, operate his business, and create instructionals in order to share the deep knowledge that he’s picked up while navigating the sport for the better part of 20 years.
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How Old is Augusto Tanquinho?
Augusto “Tanquinho” Mendes is 38 years old as of 2021. He was born on the 3rd of March in 1983 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Augusto Tanquinho Family
Augusto Mendes nickname, “Tranquinho”, is actually a play on his older brother Bruno’s nickname, “Tanque”. They mean “Little Tank” and “Tank”, respectively.
How Much is Augusto Tanquinho Worth?
Augusto’s net worth is not available at this time.
How Tall is Augusto Tanquinho?
Augusto is 5’6” and has a 66.5 inch reach. Both are average for a bantamweight MMA fighter.
How Much Does Augusto Tanquinho Weigh?
Tanquinho competed at different weights in BJJ and MMA. In BJJ, he primarily competed as an IBJJF featherweight at 70kg, or 154 pounds. As an MMA fighter, he cut considerably more weight to compete at bantamweight with a limit of 135 pounds, or just 61 kg.
Augusto Tanquinho FWho is Augusto Tanquinho?
Augusto Mendes, also known simply as “Tranquinho” in the world of martial arts, is a professional Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu player. He is a multi-time, black belt world champion in both gi and no-gi styles. Tranquinho is also an active MMA fighter and a UFC veteran who is currently signed with the Russian promotion Absolute Championship Akhmat. In addition to his efforts as a combat sports athlete, Augusto gives back to the sport as a referee, a coach, and the owner of his own academy.
Mendes was born in the spring of 1983 in the State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The second of two children, Augusto happened to find his way to the mats through his older brother Bruno, who started training about a year before him. By 1997, both brothers were training at Kioto gym in the Tijuca district of Rio de Janeiro. It didn’t take long for Augusto to become obsessed with the sport, dedicating a significant portion of his time and energy to training.
He began his daily training under Alvaro and Krauss Mansor, relatives and affiliates of the legendary Brazilian figure Francisco Mansor. After only four months of dedicated training, Mendes competed in the Rio State Championships and was able to come away with the bronze medal. This competitive experience was just what Augusto had been searching for, and he committed himself to a life of competition.
That same year, still only months into his training, Tanquinho was the runner-up in the Brazilian Championships and the victor of many smaller, local promotions. By the time he turned 15, about a year into his career, Augusto was training three times a day and had begun to live the life of a professional fighter.
After just a few years of training and competing, in 1999, Tanquinho was offered an opportunity to teach some classes at his gym in Kioto. It was here that he started down the path as a coach and instructor while still under the direct tutelage of the Mansor cousins, Alvaro and Krauss. He also worked closely with another of Mansor's rising stars, Marcos Carvalho, who was instrumental in helping to develop Tanquinho’s teaching style.
By the year 2000, Augusto Mendes was a blue belt competing in the juvenile division and performing very well. He competed in 5 hard-fought matches and brought his first world title back to his mentors in Rio. After winning this tournament Tanquinho was again inspired to dive deeper into the world of competitive grappling; this time through education. He decided to put his prize money towards a degree in physical education in order to compliment his grappling prowess.
While earning his degree, Tanquinho did not slow down in the training room. In fact, he entered the World Championships again in 2002 and again won all his matches to secure his second world title, this time as a purple belt. In an attempt to repeat, he earned a silver medal in the 2003 Mundials as a brown belt.
The year 2004 marks the beginning of Augusto Mendes’ professional career, as he was promoted to black belt under the head of his affiliation, Francisco Mansor, a 9th-degree black belt under Helio Gracie himself. He completed his masters degree during this time as well, rededicating himself to a sole focus on competition grappling.
In 2005, about a year after receiving his black belt, Tanquinho decided to branch off from Kioto gym. He and his brother, Bruno Mendes, had differing ideas about how to steer the competition team and the two left in order to start their own Jiu-Jitsu association, Renovacao BJJ.
The summer of 2005 was a decisive moment for Tanquinho, who decided to separate from Kioto. This was due to diverging ideas with regards to the direction of the team. With his brother Bruno Mendes, also a black belt at this point, the two left and founded Renovação BJJ. This project would last for a couple of tough years, with the brothers struggling to find time for their own training amidst a host of new responsibilities as gym owners.
The brothers decided to redirect their efforts after meeting with Leandro Escobar and Rafael Barbosa about their frustrations. The four blaight List
Tanquinho has competed constantly for the better part of 20 years, and across multiple sports. Instead of a match-by-match breakdown, take a look at his gold medal finishes as a black belt grappler. Note that neither his silver and bronze medals at black belt, nor his world championships at blue and purple, are included on this list:
- 2008 FJJR Rio State Champion
- 2008 CBJJ Brazilian Team National Champion
- 2009 CBJJ Brazilian Team National Champion
- 2009 IBJJF Rio Open Champion
- 2010 IBJJF Rio Open Champion
- 2010 CBJJ Brazilian Team National Champion
- 2010 FJJR Rio State Champion
- 2010 CBJJ/IBJJF South American Champion (Double Gold)
- 2011 UAEJJF Abu Dhabi World Pro Champion
- 2012 IBJJF World NoGi Champion
- 2012 IBJJF Las Vegas Open Champion
- 2012 USBJJF/IBJJF American National Champion
- 2013 IBJJF World Champion
- 2013 UAEJJF Abu Dhabi World Pro Champion
- 2015 IBJJF World NoGi Champion
- 2019 ADCC World Champion
Augusto Tanquinho's Best Fight of All Time
Tanquinho’s best tournament outing ever came at the 2010 World Pro Cup in Abu Dhabi. In just three matches, Augusto racked up an incredible 47 points. He defeated his first round matchup with an armbar while he was up on points 15-0. The second round ended with Tanquinho choking his opponent from mount while up 14-0. The final round was decided by points, with an astounding 18-0 score.
Who Did Augusto Tanquinho Lose To?
In October of 2018, Augusto Tanquinho competed against the notorious Vagner Rocha on Fight 2 Win 89. The two squared off for the F2W Featherweight title in a match that was evenly fought at first, but saw Rocha take over with dominant top position in the latter part of the match. Neither competitor was submitted but Rocha came away with the victory to claim the championship.
Augusto Tanquinho Record
Augusto Mendes’ record in submission grappling tournaments is 68-30. He has submitted 17 of his opponents, with five coming via armbar. He has only been submitted in competition 4 times as a black belt. Tanquinho has also competed in MMA, earning a 6-3 pro record inside the octagon. Of his six victories, four came by way of submission.
Augusto Tanquinho Injuries
Augusto Mendes has had a long road with injury, beginning with a shredded right elbow in 2009. After cleanly tearing all of the ligaments in his elbow, he underwent reconstructive surgery and four months of physical therapy in order to recover.
Disaster struck again just two years later in 2011, when Mendes was diagnosed with a hernia-induced nerve issue that required emergency surgery. This recovery five months before he could even get back on the mats. Eventually he would recover and continue to compete.
Tanquinho’s final bout with injury came more recently, in 2017. He was scheduled to face Boston “Boom Boom” Salmon on a UFC card headlined by Derrick Brunson and Lyoto Machida, but had to pull out of the fight due to a leg injury suffered in training. He was released from the UFC following this incident, and has signed with the overseas promotion ACA.
Is Augusto Tanquinho Retired?
Although he has slowed down the pace of his Jiu-Jitsu competitions, Tanquinho is not retired. He was the 2019 ADCC World Champion at 66 kg and continues to compete in MMA as well. He is still active under Russian MMA promotion Absolute Championship Akhmat (ACA).
In addition to his competitive career, Mendes is also a certified CBJJ referee who can be found matside at many tournaments. He also owns and operates his own BJJ gym in Arizona, AT Academy. Finally, Tanquinho has systematized some of his understanding into video content available through BJJ Fanatics. His aptly titled "Unsweepable & Unsubmitable: How to Shutdown & Pass from Beginner through the Highest Levels" will help tighten up every aspect of your ground game.
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