Antônio Carlos Júnior

Antônio Carlos Júnior (born March 16, 1990), known professionally by his ring name Cara de Sapato,[5] is a Brazilian mixed martial artist who competes in the Middleweight division. Carlos Júnior is most known for his time spent fighting in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), where he competed in the Light Heavyweight division is addition to Middleweight. A multiple time champion in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Carlos Júnior was World Cup Champion in 2006 (at blue junior) and 2x World Champion in 2010 (weight & absolute at brown belt).[5] He is the winner of The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 3 Heavyweight tournament.[4]

Antônio Carlos, Jr.
BornAntônio Carlos Coelho de Figueiredo Barbosa Júnior
(1990-03-16) March 16, 1990 (age 30)
João Pessoa, Paraíba, Brazil
Other namesCara de Sapato (Shoe Face)
Height6 ft 2 in (188 cm)[1]
Weight185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
DivisionHeavyweight (2013– 2014)
Light Heavyweight (2014)
Middleweight (2015-present)
Reach79 in (201 cm)[2]
StyleBrazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai
Fighting out ofRio de Janeiro, Brazil
TeamAmerican Top Team (2015–present)[3]
RankBlack belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[4] under Hélder "Bob Esponja" Medeiros[5]
Years active2013–present
Mixed martial arts record
By submission8
By decision2
By knockout1
By decision4
No contests1
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
Antônio Carlos Júnior
Medal record
Representing  Brazil
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
World Championship
Gold medal – first place 2010 California, USA   -94kg
Gold medal – first place 2010 California, USA   Absolute
Bronze medal – third place 2011 California, USA   -94kg
Bronze medal – third place 2012 California, USA   Absolute
Pan American Championship
Gold medal – first place 2012 California, USA   Absolute
World Cup
Bronze medal – third place 2012 Abu Dhabi, UAE   -100kg

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

The Ultimate FighterEdit

On February 26, 2014 it was revealed that Carlos Júnior was selected to be a participant on The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 3.[6] Cara de Sapato defeated Guilherme Viana via TKO (punches) to move into the Ultimate Fighter house, and become an official cast member.[7]

Carlos Júnior was selected as the first pick (second overall) of coach Wanderlei Silva to be a part of Team Wanderlei. In his second Heavyweight fight of the season, Cara de Sapato was selected to fight Edgard Castaldelli Filho and won via knockout (punch) with only twelve seconds of fight in the first round.[8] He was then scheduled to face Marcos Rogério de Lima for a spot in the final against Vitor Miranda He defeated Lima by submission (rear-naked choke).[9]

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

Carlos Júnior made his promotional debut on May 31, 2014, at The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 3 Finale against Vitor Miranda[10] to determine the winner of The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 3 Heavyweight Tournament. He won the fight via unanimous decision.[11]

Carlos Júnior made his light heavyweight debut against Patrick Cummins on December 20, 2014, at UFC Fight Night: Machida vs. Dollaway.[12] He lost the one-sided fight by unanimous decision.[13] After the defeat, he decided to move to the middleweight division for his next fight.

Carlos Júnior faced Eddie Gordon in a middleweight bout on June 27, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 70[14] He won the fight via submission in the third round.[15]

Carlos Júnior faced Kevin Casey on December 10, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 80.[16] The bout was deemed a No Contest just 11 seconds into the first round when Carlos Júnior accidentally poked Casey in both eyes and Casey was unable to continue.[17]

Carlos Júnior next faced Dan Kelly on March 20, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 85.[18] He lost the bout via TKO in the third round.[19]

Carlos Júnior returned to face Leonardo Augusto Guimarães on September 17, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 94.[20] He won the fight via submission in the third round.[21]

Carlos Júnior faced Marvin Vettori on December 30, 2016 at UFC 207.[22] He won the fight by unanimous decision.[23]

Carlos Júnior faced Eric Spicely on June 3, 2017, at UFC 212.[24] He won the fight by submission due to a rear-naked choke in the second round.[25]

Carlos Júnior faced Jack Marshman on October 28, 2017, at UFC Fight Night 119.[26] Carlos won the fight by submission due to a rear-naked choke in round one.[27]

Carlos Júnior faced Tim Boetsch on April 14, 2018, at UFC on Fox 29.[28] He won the fight via a rear-naked choke in round one.[29]

Carlos Júnior was expected to face Derek Brunson on August 4, 2018, at UFC 227.[30] However, Brunson pulled out of the fight in early July citing an eye injury. In turn, Carlos Júnior was removed from the card entirely and is expected to be rescheduled for a future event.[31] Subsequently, Carlos Júnior was quickly rescheduled was expected to face Elias Theodorou on September 22, 2018, at UFC Fight Night 137.[32] However, Júnior pulled out on August 28 due to injury.[33] The pairing was expected to be left intact and was rescheduled for December 8, 2018, at UFC 231.[34] On September 13, 2018, it was reported that Carlos Júnior withdrew from his bout with Theodorou yet again, citing a surgery is required on the injury that caused the cancellation of his first scheduled bout with Theodorou.[35]

Carlos Júnior faced Ian Heinisch at UFC Fight Night: dos Anjos vs. Lee on May 18, 2019.[36] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.[37]

Carlos Júnior faced Uriah Hall on September 14, 2019 at UFC on ESPN+ 16.[38] He lost the fight via split decision.[39]

Carlos Júnior was scheduled to face Brad Tavares on March 14, 2020 at UFC Fight Night 170.[40] However, Tavares was forced to pull out of the fight due to an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury,[41] and he was replaced by Makhmud Muradov.[42] In turn, Carlos Júnior suffered from an unspecified injury and the bout was cancelled from the event.[43] The bout with Brad Tavares was rescheduled for January 24, 2021 at UFC 257.[44] Carlos Júnior lost the fight via unanimous decision.[45]

On February 4, 2021, it was announced that Carlos Júnior was released from his UFC contract.[46]

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

Mixed martial artsEdit

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
16 matches 10 wins 5 losses
By knockout 0 1
By submission 8 0
By decision 2 4
No contests 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 10–5 (1) Brad Tavares Decision (unanimous) UFC 257 January 24, 2021 3 5:00 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Loss 10–4 (1) Uriah Hall Decision (split) UFC Fight Night: Cowboy vs. Gaethje September 14, 2019 3 5:00 Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Loss 10–3 (1) Ian Heinisch Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: dos Anjos vs. Lee May 18, 2019 3 5:00 Rochester, New York, United States
Win 10–2 (1) Tim Boetsch Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC on Fox: Poirier vs. Gaethje April 14, 2018 1 4:28 Glendale, Arizona, United States
Win 9–2 (1) Jack Marshman Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs. Machida October 28, 2017 1 4:30 São Paulo, Brazil
Win 8–2 (1) Eric Spicely Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC 212 June 3, 2017 2 3:49 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Win 7–2 (1) Marvin Vettori Decision (unanimous) UFC 207 December 30, 2016 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 6–2 (1) Leonardo Augusto Guimarães Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC Fight Night: Poirier vs. Johnson September 17, 2016 3 4:46 Hidalgo, Texas, United States Júnior was deducted a point in round 1 due to an illegal knee.
Loss 5–2 (1) Dan Kelly TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs. Mir March 20, 2016 3 1:36 Brisbane, Australia
NC 5–1 (1) Kevin Casey NC (accidental eye poke) UFC Fight Night: Namajunas vs. VanZant December 10, 2015 1 0:11 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Casey was rendered unable to continue after an eye poke.
Win 5–1 Eddie Gordon Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC Fight Night: Machida vs. Romero June 27, 2015 3 4:37 Hollywood, Florida, United States Middleweight debut.
Loss 4–1 Patrick Cummins Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Machida vs. Dollaway December 20, 2014 3 5:00 Barueri, Brazil Return to Light Heavyweight.
Win 4–0 Vitor Miranda Decision (unanimous) The Ultimate Fight Brazil 3 Finale: Miocic vs. Maldonado May 31, 2014 3 5:00 São Paulo, Brazil Won The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 3 Heavyweight Tournament.
Win 3–0 Ednaldo Novaes Submission (armbar) Champion Fights 2 October 26, 2013 1 4:16 Salvador, Brazil Heavyweight debut.
Win 2–0 Gerônimo Oliveira Submission (arm-triangle choke) Imperium: MMA Pro 6 September 14, 2013 1 1:41 Feira de Santana, Brazil
Win 1–0 Celivaldo da Silva Submission (arm-triangle choke) Nordeste MMA 1 July 20, 2013 1 1:02 Salvador, Brazil Light Heavyweight debut.


Mixed martial arts exhibition recordEdit

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 3–0 Marcos Rogério de Lima Submission (rear-naked choke) The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 3 May 18, 2014 (airdate) 1 3:22 São Paulo, Brazil The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 3 semifinal round.
Win 2–0 Edgard Castaldelli Filho KO (punch) The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 3 March 30, 2014 (airdate) 1 0:12 São Paulo, Brazil The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 3 preliminary round.
Win 1–0 Guilherme Viana TKO (punches) The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 3 March 9, 2014 (airdate) 1 2:32 São Paulo, Brazil The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 3 elimination round.


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