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ONE Championship signs pair of high-profile decorated Brazilian jiu-jitsu champions

Welcome to the show, Thalison Soares and Lucas Pinheiro.

ONE Championship has signed two more Brazilian jiu-jitsu grapplers, inking Thalison Soares and Lucas Pinheiro to multi-fight deals, has learned.

Their opponents and debuts are to be determined at a later date.

Soares, 25, is a jiu-jitsu black belt under Cicero Costha and is a multi-time IBJJF world champion, most recently winning in 2022. The Brazilian also became a gi- and no-gi world champion at every belt level. According to, Soares — who competes at Roosterweight (127 pounds) — has never been submitted in his professional grappling career and holds an impressive 28-7 record.

It is unknown what weight he will compete for ONE Championship.

Pinheiro, 29, is a first-degree jiu-jitsu black belt under grappling legend, Andre Galvao. He is a multi-time IBJJF world champion gi- and no-gi IBJJF Pans champion, CBJJ Brazilian national champion, and he recently earned first place in ADCC’s Las Vegas Open in 2022.

He competes at Roosterweight and Light Featherweight (141 pounds), but it is unknown what weight he will compete for ONE Championship.

According to, he holds a 122-44 record with 52 submission wins.

Meanwhile, ONE Fight Night 12: Superlek Vs. Khalilov goes down this Friday (July 14, 2023) exclusively on Amazon Prime.

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