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Gabriel Vella is one of Jiu Jitsu’s elite competitors today. This Ryan Gracie black belt was part of the first successful BJJ generation to have come out of Sao Paulo – Brazil, when the sport was dominated by their Rio de Janeiro counterparts. Gabriel Vella has been linked with a few different Jiu Jitsu academies: Ryan Gracie Academy, Alliance and now the brand new Gracie Elite team

 

Gabriel Vella Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Gabriel Vella de Freitas

Nickname: n/a

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie Sr. > Carlos Gracie Junior > Ryan Gracie > Gabriel Vella

Main Titles:

  • World Champion (2009, 2002)
  • Pan American Champion (2010, 2004, 2000 – brown belt division, 1998 – purple belt division)
  • World Nogi Champion (2008)
  • Brazilian National Champion (1998 – purple belt division)
  • World Pro Cup Champion (2010)

Weight Category: Pesadíssimo (Over 221lbs)

Favourite Position/Technique: Guard Passing, Baseball Choke

Team/Association: Gracie Elite/Ryan Gracie

Gabriel Vella Biography

Gabriel Vella de Freitas was born on the 30th of April 1981 in Sao Paulo. Gabriel came from a sporting family (his father Luiz Otavio Batista de Freitas was a South American Swimming Champion) and it did not come as a surprise that him and his brother Thiago were sports fanatics as well from an early age, practicing several sports such as Water Polo, Team Handball, Football (soccer), Karate and Judo.

When Gabriel was 14 years old he found Jiu Jitsu (BJJ). He was training Judo at the time while his brother had started training BJJ at Ryan Gracie’s gym in Sao Paulo (the Gracie’s first in that state). Gabriel came over to check his brother’s (Thiago) training. Ryan saw the young Vella standing at the side of the mat and invited him to train. Gabriel took the invite and liked the training so much he joined the gym.

Gabriel and his brother were hooked to BJJ from the get go, they started training two times per day and were terrorizing the lower belt divisions by 1997 with their aggressive style always looking for the finish. This success did not pass unnoticed by the media who soon started requesting interviews with the wiz kid from Sao Paulo. At the time Sao Paulo had very few fighters that got close to competing with the elite of Rio de Janeiro, the exceptions were Godoi and Patino “Macaco”, but this new breed of fighters led by the Vella brothers would bring a little of the attention to Sao Paulo.

In 2000 after sweeping pretty much every important trophy there was to win in the lower belt divisions, Gabriel Vella was awarded his Black Belt from the hands of Ryan Gracie. In 2003 after winning the World Title in 2002 he decided to test BJJ’s efficiency by shifting to MMA. Straight off the bat he found himself competing with Yuki Kondo, the king of pancrase, a fight that ended in a draw.

Gabriel Vella spent the new few years away from the main stream competitive Jiu Jitsu. having difficulties in finding the drive to fight at the Ryan Gracie academy. He ended taking drastic measures to ensure the progression of his BJJ career by shifting to their Sao Paulo rivals, the Alliance, who at the time had a more professional team that provided a coverage impossible to obtain at the Gracie Academy. Though criticized by the BJJ community he left and found his competitive edge again winning the Nogi World tournament and reaching the finals of many important tournaments. Though Gabriel Vella found success at Alliance, his ideas clashed with those of the Alliance management and so he left, coming back to the RG academy, now led by Celso Vinicius after the death of Ryan Gracie.

Back to his old roots, Gracie continued to progress in his BJJ career, winning the World Championship, the Pan American and the World Pro Cup tournament.

Gabriel Vella Grappling Record

19 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    10 (53%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (16%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    4 (21%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (11%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

4 SUBMISSIONS WINS

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Baseball choke
50
2
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Cross choke
25
1
#5AD3D1
Armbar
25
1
4
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
7 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    6 (86%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (14%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    0 (0%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

0 SUBMISSION LOSSES

Gabriel Vella Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
1781Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLPointsSuper ChallengeABS1/4F2007
1943Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLPointsWorld Champ.ABSSF2008
1985Braga NetoBraga NetoLPts: 2x2, AdvNoGi WorldsABSF2008
2510Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 2x0Pan AmericanABS1/4F2010
2569Ricardo AbreuRicardo AbreuLPts: 2x0World Pro.O92KGF2010
2789Antonio PeinadoAntonio PeinadoLPointsPan AmericanO100KGSF2011
4305DJ JacksonDJ JacksonLPts: 2x0Pan AmericanABSR22013
668Hugo CarioniWBaseball chokeWorld Champ.100KGR12002
669Lucio LinharesWCross chokeWorld Champ.100KG1/4F2002
672Roberto ToziRoberto ToziWBaseball chokeWorld Champ.100KGSF2002
961Adriano MacielWPts: 2x0BB Challenge 3100KGSPF2004
993Eduardo TellesEduardo TellesWPts: 0x0, AdvPan American94KGSF2004
1776Eduardo TellesEduardo TellesWReferee DecisionSuper ChallengeABSR12007
1924Eduardo PaulistaWPointsWorld Champ.O100KGR12008
1931Daniel AguilarWArmbarWorld Champ.ABSR12008
1981Andre FreitasWPts: 7x0NoGi WorldsO100KG1/4F2008
1982Bruno PaulistaBruno PaulistaWReferee DecisionNoGi WorldsO100KGSF2008
1984Rodrigo CavacaRodrigo CavacaWPts: 2x0NoGi WorldsO100KGF2008
2004Fabricio WerdumFabricio WerdumWPointsCapital ChallengeO99KGSF2008
2006Charles CachoeiraWPointsCapital ChallengeO99KGF2008
2065Charles CachoeiraWPointsBrasileiroABSSF2009
2309Marcel FortunaMarcel FortunaWPts: 2x0World Champ.O100KG1/4F2009
2311Andre FreitasWPts: 8x0World Champ.O100KGSF2009
2312Rodrigo CavacaRodrigo CavacaWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.O100KGF2009
2498Luiz TheodoroWAdvPan AmericanO100KGF2010
4299Matt JuberaWN/APan AmericanABSR12013

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