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Fábio Santos
Born April 4, 1956 (1956-04-04) (age 53)
Brazil Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Residence San Diego, California, United States
Style Gracie Jiu-Jitsu
Teacher(s) Rolls Gracie, Rickson Gracie
Rank 7th Degree Black and Red Belt
Notable students Dean Lister, Jeffrey Higgs, Alex Brandao, Rodrigo Salazar, Eric Dasilva, Kevin Hosseini website =

Fábio Santos (born April 4, 1956) is a red and black belt instructor in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Santos was a good friend of Rolls Gracie. Santos graduated with a BA in physical education from the Universidade Gama Filho [1]. Upon immigrating to the United States, Santos taught in Rorion Gracie's academy in Torrance, California. He later opened his own academy in San Diego, California.

In the early UFC events, Santos can be seen ringside with the Gracie family and Pedro Sauer, most notably in UFC 3 when he entered the ring to yell at Joe Son who had been taunting the corner after a fatigued and dehydrated Royce Gracie defeated Joe's friend, Kimo Leopoldo.

Many people believe that Dean Lister received his black belt from Santos, since Santos was Dean's jiu jitsu instructor up through Dean's brown belt. However, Santos's black belt student Jeffrey Higgs actually gave Dean his black belt[2].

Instructor Lineage

Mitsuyo "Count Koma" MaedaCarlos Gracie, Sr.Helio GracieRolls Gracie → Fábio Santos


  • 1996 World Jiu-Jitsu Champion
  • 1996 Pan American Champion
  • 1999 Gameness Champion
  • 2000 World Jiu-Jitsu Champion
  • 2003 Pan American Champion
  • 2003 US Open- Black Belt Masters Champion
  • 2004 United Gracie- Black Belt Superfight Champion
  • 2005 Black Belt Pro Am- Superfight Champion



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