Elite BJJ competitor and Fight Sports founder Roberto ‘Cyborg’ Abreu has just been promoted to 5th degree BJJ black belt by Alexandre Pimentel. Abreu has been competing at the highest level of the sport ever since he was first awarded his black belt back at the end of 2004. Although he has competed in both gi and no gi events throughout the course of his career, it has been in no gi competition that Abreu really excelled and earned the majority of his accolades.
Abreu has been a permanent fixture on the podium of both ADCC and the IBJJF No Gi World Championship for over a decade, becoming known for his incredibly longevity in competition. Although he won several medals at different editions of ADCC, his crowning achievement there came in 2013 when he won a bronze medal in the over 99kg division and a gold medal in the absolute division. In the IBJJF No Gi World Championship, his best performance was in 2010 when he won both the ultra-heavyweight division and the absolute division. He didn’t stop there though, as he went on to add another 5 ultra-heavyweight titles from the event to his collection.
Although Abreu did originally win an 8th IBJJF No Gi World Championship in 2022, he was later stripped of this title due to a failed PEDs test. He was then banned from IBJJF competition for 3 years as a result of this failed test but he has continued facing the best grapplers on the planet on a regular basis in other promotions. He’s also announced that he intends to return to the tournament after his suspension is served and win it again, eventually making it to 10 titles in order to equal the record set by Caio Terra.
Roberto ‘Cyborg’ Abreu announced the news that he had been promoted to 5th degree BJJ black belt in a recent post to his official Instagram account: