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Fredson Paixao

Fredson Paixao (Paixão) is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt under master Osvaldo Alves. A former World BJJ Champion with numerous other important titles in the sport of Jiu Jitsu, Fredson Paixao was also famed for going from purple belt straight to black belt without stopping at brown belt. A natural athlete, Paixão picked up a career in MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) in the mid 2000′s. first fighting in local shows such as Jungle Fight, then moving to the WEC and later hitting the big stage – UFC.

Fredson Paixao Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Fredson Paixão Melo

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Reyson Gracie > Osvaldo Alves > Fredson Paixao

Main Achievements/Record:

  • 3x World Jiu Jitsu Champion (2001, 2002, 2005);
  • 8x Brazilian Jiu Jitsu National Champion (1997, 1998 and 1999 as purple belt, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 as black belt);
  • Copa Osvaldo Alves Champion (2000);
  • Desafio Olivertur de Lutas Casadas (2002 – victory over Robson Moura)

Weight Division: Peso Pena (featherweight) 70kg-154lbs

Favourite Position: Wristlock

Team: Osvaldo Alves/Gracie Barra

Fredson Paixão Biography

Fredson Paixao was born on the 13th of May 1979 in Parintins a town close to Manaus in the State of Amazonas. He first heard of Jiu Jitsu in 1992 after a friend told of this new gym where he was training, this same friend invited Paixao to train but Fredson had preconceived ideas about the efficiency of grappling and preferred the striking aspect of martial arts, influenced by his favorite Bruce Lee films (although he didn’t train any martial art/combat sport at the time). Years passed and more of Paixão’s friends joined that same local Jiu Jitsu academy. At one point, in 1994 Fredson was invited by his buddies to go and help restructure that same club. He came by and lend his hand with the painting and placing the new matted arena, in the process Paixão ended rolling around on the new mats with his friends, under the coach’s (Orley Lobato) supervision. This was enough to get Fredson hooked in BJJ, having started to train regularly from there on.

The first tournament Fredson Paixão entered he reached the semi finals, being tapped by a blue belt via Ezekiel choke. He was a white belt at the time with only 4 months training but reaching the semi finals of a mixed division (whites and blues) showed he had potential, and in fact, Fredson didn’t tap again for several years.

Almost two years later, he came to Rio de Janeiro to compete at the World Championships as a blue belt under his instructor Orley, who fought for the Osvaldo Alves academy. Unfortunately (or rather fortunately for Fredson), the team already had the 2 team member quota filled for his weight division, so Master Osvaldo Alves invited Paixao to fight in the purple belt division, a belt promotion immediately accepted by the Manauara. After the experience at the World Championship and with a tremendous belief in himself, Fredson Paixão made the decision not to come back to Manaus and stay in Rio de Janeiro, the Meca of Jiu Jitsu, in an attempt to become the best fighter he possibly could. He stayed at a friend’s house for a while, and later moved to his master’s (Osvaldo Alves) flat where he lived for several years, training day and night.

Fredson Paixão took 3 Brazilian National gold medals on a row as a purple belt, from 1997 until 1999, and many expected to see Paixao be at the podium of the brown belt division in 2000, but Master Osvaldo had other plans as he decided to promote the prodigy to black belt straight from purple belt by the end of 1999.

Fredson went on to have an extremely successful career in BJJ winning the Brazilian Nationals 5 times and the Mundial 3 times as a black belt fighting for both Osvaldo Alves and Gracie Barra (from 2001 on wards). From 2004 Paixao started dedicating more time to MMA training, making his debut that same year against a very tough and experienced Rany Yahya, winning the fight by decision.

Fredson Paixao vs Takashi Watanabe

Fredson Paixao vs De La Riva

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