Antônio Carlos Júnior
Antônio Carlos Júnior (born March 16, 1990), known professionally by his ring name Cara de Sapato, 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). He is the winner of The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 3 Heavyweight tournament.
|Antônio Carlos, Jr.|
|Born||Antônio Carlos Coelho de Figueiredo Barbosa Júnior|
March 16, 1990
João Pessoa, Paraíba, Brazil
|Other names||Cara de Sapato (Shoe Face)|
|Height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
|Weight||185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)|
|Division||Heavyweight (2013– 2014)|
Light Heavyweight (2014)
|Reach||79 in (201 cm)|
|Style||Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai|
|Fighting out of||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Team||American Top Team (2015–present)|
|Rank||Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Hélder "Bob Esponja" Medeiros|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
|2010 California, USA||-94kg|
|2010 California, USA||Absolute|
|2011 California, USA||-94kg|
|2012 California, USA||Absolute|
|Pan American Championship|
|2012 California, USA||Absolute|
|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. Cara de Sapato defeated Guilherme Viana via TKO (punches) to move into the Ultimate Fighter house, and become an official cast member.
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. 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).
Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit
Carlos Júnior made his promotional debut on May 31, 2014, at The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 3 Finale against Vitor Miranda to determine the winner of The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 3 Heavyweight Tournament. He won the fight via unanimous decision.
Carlos Júnior made his light heavyweight debut against Patrick Cummins on December 20, 2014, at UFC Fight Night: Machida vs. Dollaway. He lost the one-sided fight by unanimous decision. After the defeat, he decided to move to the middleweight division for his next fight.
Carlos Júnior faced Kevin Casey on December 10, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 80. 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.
Carlos Júnior was expected to face Derek Brunson on August 4, 2018, at UFC 227. 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. Subsequently, Carlos Júnior was quickly rescheduled was expected to face Elias Theodorou on September 22, 2018, at UFC Fight Night 137. However, Júnior pulled out on August 28 due to injury. The pairing was expected to be left intact and was rescheduled for December 8, 2018, at UFC 231. 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.
Carlos Júnior was scheduled to face Brad Tavares on March 14, 2020 at UFC Fight Night 170. However, Tavares was forced to pull out of the fight due to an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury, and he was replaced by Makhmud Muradov. In turn, Carlos Júnior suffered from an unspecified injury and the bout was cancelled from the event. The bout with Brad Tavares was rescheduled for January 24, 2021 at UFC 257. Carlos Júnior lost the fight via unanimous decision.
On February 4, 2021, it was announced that Carlos Júnior was released from his UFC contract.
Championships and accomplishmentsEdit
Mixed martial artsEdit
Mixed martial arts recordEdit
|Professional record breakdown|
|16 matches||10 wins||5 losses|
|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
|Exhibition record breakdown|
|3 matches||3 wins||0 losses|
|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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