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Gabrielle Garcia

Gabrielle Garcia, commonly referred to as Gabi Garcia, is a powerhouse competitor in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu‘s female division, having won the vast majority of important tournaments before even receiving her black belt rank. The Gaúcha (person from a southern region of Brazil) has since reached the degree of black belt under the illustrious ‘General’ Fábio Gurgel, becoming one of the brightest stars in the Alliance Academy, a camp that is regarded as the strongest in the sport of the 2010′s decade.

Gabi Garcia Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Gabrielle Lemos Garcia

Nickname: Gabi or Gabis, both short was of saying Gabrielle.

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Rolls Gracie > Romero Cavalcanti > Fábio Gurgel > Gabrielle Garcia

Main Titles:

  • World Champion (2013 weight & absolute*, 2012, 2011 & 2010 weight and absolute, 2008)
  • Pan American Champion (2013*, 2011 & 2010 weight/absolute);
  • Brazilian National Champion (2011 black, 2010 brown weight & absolute, 2009 brown)
  • World No Gi Champion (2009, 2008);
  • World Jiu Jitsu Pro Cup Champion (2010, 2011);
  • ADCC Champion (2011)
  • European Champion (2011 absolute black)

*Stripped out of her titles in 2013 due to the use of PED’s.

Favourite Position: Kimura lock from side control

Weight Division: Pesado (Over 69kg/151lbs)

Team/Association: Alliance

Gabrielle Garcia Biography

Gabrielle Garcia was born on the 17th of November 1985 in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. She was very sporty from the get go, practicing a variety of activities such as volleyball, team handball and she was a very successful hockey player in her early and mid teens, playing in a high level team.

Gabrielle moved to Sao Paulo with her family when she was 13 years of age. Her uncle trained Jiu Jitsu and she was curious to give it a try. She visited a local gym and took a class with a coach who went by the name “Johnny” and there she stayed for a while.

Gabrielle was very successful as a competitor from the start, but she didn’t seek a career as a Jiu Jitsu fighter straight away. She kept a busy schedule trying to juggle both training and her studies. She finally decided to put her advertising career on hold on the last year of her university course to dedicate herself fully to Jiu Jitsu. At the time she was already training with Fabio Gurgel and she had full support of her family, specially her father who is a big BJJ enthusiast.

Due to her size (Gabi is 1.87cm/6’2″ and around 107kg/236lbs) she always felt that more than often the audience at BJJ tournaments rooted against her. The Jiu Jitsu crowd is famed for loving to watch David vs. Goliath mismatches and always enjoys when the smaller fighter wins. This sort of adversity always brought the competitor in Gabrielle to rise to the occasion, and it is this sort of emotion that she uses to push herself even further.

In 2009 Gabrielle fought the World Nogi Championship, a competition she had won the previous year. Being the favourite to win, Gabrielle cruised to the final with ligament damage to the knee. She almost missed the final as the pain was getting close to unbearable, but again rising to the occasion, Gabrielle managed to fight and win in the final match against Emily Wetzel.

With her training schedule stretched to a maximum with training sessions 3 times per day, Gabrielle Garcia had an amazing competitive year, winning the Pan American, the “Brasileiro” and the World Pro Cup as well as the “Mundial”, receiving her long awaited black belt from the hands of her master Fabio Gurgel on the podium of the World Championships (picture above).

On February 2014 the USADA (United States Anti-Doping Agency), organization responsible for testing IBJJF’s athletes for Performance Enhancing Drugs (PED) announced that Gabrielle Garcia had used such substances during the course of her 2013 campaign. She was stripped of her titles for that year, however she was found to have used PED’s unknowingly and as such was not suspended from the organization.

Gabrielle Garcia Grappling Record

105 WINS
    57 (54%)
    0 (0%)
    48 (46%)
    0 (0%)
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)


Clock choke
Shoulder Pressure
    6 (100%)
    0 (0%)
    0 (0%)
    0 (0%)
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)


Gabrielle Garcia Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
7649Ana CordeiroAna CordeiroLPointsPan Am.AbsoluteSemi f.2009
7653Lana StefanacLPts: 16x0World Champ.AbsoluteSemi f.2009
118658Ana CordeiroAna CordeiroLPointsPan Am.AbsoluteSemi f.2009
118665Lana StefanacLPts: 16x0World Champ.AbsoluteSemi f.2009
121110Ana CordeiroAna CordeiroLPointsPan Am.AbsoluteSemi f.2009
121115Lana StefanacLPts: 16x0World Champ.AbsoluteSemi f.2009
7283Maria do CarmoWChokeWorld Champ.O79kgFinal2008
7916Luzia FernandesLuzia FernandesWPts: 8x2World Pro.O63kgFinal2010
7918Luzia FernandesLuzia FernandesWPts: 4x2World Pro.O72kgFinal2010
7920Talita NogueiraTalita NogueiraWClock chokeWLPJJAbsoluteFinal2010
7943Katrina WeilbacherWPts: 7x0World Champ.O79kgFinal2010
7988Katrina WeilbacheWPts: 7x0World Champ.O80kgFinal2010
8043Beatriz MesquitaBeatriz MesquitaWAmericanaEuropeanAbsoluteSemi f.2011
8062Fabiana BorgesFabiana BorgesWPts: 2x0Pan AmericanAbsoluteFinal2011
8064Tammy GriegoWPts: 4x2Pan AmericanO79kgFinal2011
8124UnknownWAmericanaWorld Pro.O72kgRounds2011
8128Penny ThomasPenny ThomasWPts: 6x0World Pro.O72kgFinal2011
8162Penny ThomasPenny ThomasWAmericanaWorld Champ.AbsoluteSemi f.2011
8515Emily WetzelWShoulder PressureWorld Champ.O79kgFinal2011
8516Bia MesquitaWPts: 2x0World Champ.AbsoluteFinal2011
8668Hanette StaackHanette StaackWPts: 2x0ADCCOver 60Final2011
8700Penny ThomasPenny ThomasWAmericanaADCCO60kgSemi f.2011
8702Hannette StaackWPointsADCCO60kgFinal2011
8900Mackenzie DernMackenzie DernWClock chokePan AmericanAbsoluteSemi f.2013
9153Emely WetzelWChokePan AmericanO79kgFinal2012
9170Maria MalyjasiakWPts: 7x0World Pro.AbsoluteFinal2012
9325Maria MalyjasiakWPointsWorld Pro.O72kgFinal2012
9327Beatriz MesquitaBeatriz MesquitaWPts: 3x2World Pro.AbsoluteFinal2012
10390Fabiana BorgesFabiana BorgesWAmericanaPan AmericanAbsolute1/4 final2013
10392Mackenzie DernMackenzie DernWClock chokePan AmericanAbsoluteSemi f.2013
10396Beatriz MesquitaBeatriz MesquitaWN/APan AmericanAbsoluteFinal2013
10416Beatriz MesquitaBeatriz MesquitaWPts: 9x0World Pro.AbsoluteFinal2013
10775Tammy GriegoWPointsADCCO60kgSemi f.2013
10777Fernanda MazelliWN/AADCCO60kgFinal2013
11468Janni LarssonJanni LarssonWKimuraWorld Pro.AbsoluteFinal2014
11470Dominyka ObelenyteWPts: 3x0World Pro.O72kgn/a2014
11472Beatriz MesquitaBeatriz MesquitaWPts: 3x0World Pro.AbsoluteFinal2014
11866Talita NogueiraTalita NogueiraWAmericanaSao Paulo OpenO79kgFinal2014
11868Luiza MonteiroWAmericanaSao Paulo OpenAbsoluteFinal2014
11985Luiza MonteiroWArmbarNo Gi WorldsAbsoluteSemi f.2014
11989Mackenzie DernMackenzie DernWAmericanaNo Gi WorldsAbsoluteFinal2014
118027Maria do CarmoWChokeWorld Champ.O79kgFinal2008
119106Luzia FernandesLuzia FernandesWPts: 8x2World Pro.O63kgFinal2010
119109Luzia FernandesLuzia FernandesWPts: 4x2World Pro.O72kgFinal2010
119112Talita NogueiraTalita NogueiraWClock chokeWLPJJAbsoluteFinal2010
119145Katrina WeilbacherWPts: 7x0World Champ.O79kgFinal2010
119209Katrina WeilbacheWPts: 7x0World Champ.O80kgFinal2010
119284Beatriz MesquitaBeatriz MesquitaWAmericanaEuropeanAbsoluteSemi f.2011
119312Fabiana BorgesFabiana BorgesWPts: 2x0Pan AmericanAbsoluteFinal2011
119314Tammy GriegoWPts: 4x2Pan AmericanO79kgFinal2011
119401UnknownWAmericanaWorld Pro.O72kgRounds2011
119404Penny ThomasPenny ThomasWPts: 6x0World Pro.O72kgFinal2011
119439Penny ThomasPenny ThomasWAmericanaWorld Champ.AbsoluteSemi f.2011
119974Emily WetzelWShoulder PressureWorld Champ.O79kgFinal2011
119977Bia MesquitaWPts: 2x0World Champ.AbsoluteFinal2011
120229Hanette StaackHanette StaackWPts: 2x0ADCCOver 60Final2011
120283Penny ThomasPenny ThomasWAmericanaADCCO60kgSemi f.2011
120286Hannette StaackWPointsADCCO60kgFinal2011
120495Maria do CarmoWChokeWorld Champ.O79kgFinal2008
120567Mackenzie DernMackenzie DernWClock chokePan AmericanAbsoluteSemi f.2013
120915Emely WetzelWChokePan AmericanO79kgFinal2012
120942Maria MalyjasiakWPts: 7x0World Pro.AbsoluteFinal2012
121161Maria MalyjasiakWPointsWorld Pro.O72kgFinal2012
121164Beatriz MesquitaBeatriz MesquitaWPts: 3x2World Pro.AbsoluteFinal2012
121492Luzia FernandesLuzia FernandesWPts: 8x2World Pro.O63kgFinal2010
121494Luzia FernandesLuzia FernandesWPts: 4x2World Pro.O72kgFinal2010
121496Talita NogueiraTalita NogueiraWClock chokeWLPJJAbsoluteFinal2010
121522Katrina WeilbacherWPts: 7x0World Champ.O79kgFinal2010
121582Katrina WeilbacheWPts: 7x0World Champ.O80kgFinal2010
121659Beatriz MesquitaBeatriz MesquitaWAmericanaEuropeanAbsoluteSemi f.2011
121691Fabiana BorgesFabiana BorgesWPts: 2x0Pan AmericanAbsoluteFinal2011
121694Tammy GriegoWPts: 4x2Pan AmericanO79kgFinal2011
121779UnknownWAmericanaWorld Pro.O72kgRounds2011
121782Penny ThomasPenny ThomasWPts: 6x0World Pro.O72kgFinal2011
121810Penny ThomasPenny ThomasWAmericanaWorld Champ.AbsoluteSemi f.2011
122320Emily WetzelWShoulder PressureWorld Champ.O79kgFinal2011
122323Bia MesquitaWPts: 2x0World Champ.AbsoluteFinal2011
122541Fabiana BorgesFabiana BorgesWAmericanaPan AmericanAbsolute1/4 final2013
122542Mackenzie DernMackenzie DernWClock chokePan AmericanAbsoluteSemi f.2013
122547Beatriz MesquitaBeatriz MesquitaWN/APan AmericanAbsoluteFinal2013
122575Beatriz MesquitaBeatriz MesquitaWPts: 9x0World Pro.AbsoluteFinal2013
122598Hanette StaackHanette StaackWPts: 2x0ADCCOver 60Final2011
122646Penny ThomasPenny ThomasWAmericanaADCCO60kgSemi f.2011
122649Hannette StaackWPointsADCCO60kgFinal2011
122923Mackenzie DernMackenzie DernWClock chokePan AmericanAbsoluteSemi f.2013
123133Tammy GriegoWPointsADCCO60kgSemi f.2013
123136Fernanda MazelliWN/AADCCO60kgFinal2013
123232Emely WetzelWChokePan AmericanO79kgFinal2012
123259Maria MalyjasiakWPts: 7x0World Pro.AbsoluteFinal2012
123461Maria MalyjasiakWPointsWorld Pro.O72kgFinal2012
123464Beatriz MesquitaBeatriz MesquitaWPts: 3x2World Pro.AbsoluteFinal2012
124122Janni LarssonJanni LarssonWKimuraWorld Pro.AbsoluteFinal2014
124126Dominyka ObelenyteWPts: 3x0World Pro.O72kgn/a2014
124130Beatriz MesquitaBeatriz MesquitaWPts: 3x0World Pro.AbsoluteFinal2014
124702Talita NogueiraTalita NogueiraWAmericanaSao Paulo OpenO79kgFinal2014
124703Luiza MonteiroWAmericanaSao Paulo OpenAbsoluteFinal2014
124805Fabiana BorgesFabiana BorgesWAmericanaPan AmericanAbsolute1/4 final2013
124808Mackenzie DernMackenzie DernWClock chokePan AmericanAbsoluteSemi f.2013
124814Beatriz MesquitaBeatriz MesquitaWN/APan AmericanAbsoluteFinal2013
124834Beatriz MesquitaBeatriz MesquitaWPts: 9x0World Pro.AbsoluteFinal2013
124862Luiza MonteiroWArmbarNo Gi WorldsAbsoluteSemi f.2014
124867Mackenzie DernMackenzie DernWAmericanaNo Gi WorldsAbsoluteFinal2014
125372Tammy GriegoWPointsADCCO60kgSemi f.2013
125376Fernanda MazelliWN/AADCCO60kgFinal2013
126005Janni LarssonJanni LarssonWKimuraWorld Pro.AbsoluteFinal2014
126007Dominyka ObelenyteWPts: 3x0World Pro.O72kgn/a2014
126009Beatriz MesquitaBeatriz MesquitaWPts: 3x0World Pro.AbsoluteFinal2014
126389Talita NogueiraTalita NogueiraWAmericanaSao Paulo OpenO79kgFinal2014
126391Luiza MonteiroWAmericanaSao Paulo OpenAbsoluteFinal2014
126502Luiza MonteiroWArmbarNo Gi WorldsAbsoluteSemi f.2014
126505Mackenzie DernMackenzie DernWAmericanaNo Gi WorldsAbsoluteFinal2014

Gabi Garcia vs Mackenzie Dern

Gabi Garcia vs Luzia Fernandes

This post is also available in: Portuguese (Brazil)


  • Golani says:

    The Bio Rocks Gabi , nice for you keep going champ !!!!!

  • Robert says:

    Gabi is awesome! Repeat in 2011!!!

  • Tawnda Thomas says:


    I was so glad to see your videos. You remind me so much of my daughter and I cannot wait to show your videos to her. She is 13 yrs old and started out so quiet and shy. She started taking BJJ two years ago and trains with Randall Phillips at Auburn MMA. ( http:// ) She has become a completely different person. She now has confidence and is proud of herself. She is about to test for her orange belt.

    In our area we do not have much Jiu Jitsu opportunities for tournaments so we do NAGA. Because of her age/weight she would always be placed against large boys. She did GREAT against the boys, she just did not have equal enough strength to pull in the wins. She had the technique, they had their strength and weight against her. ha ha

    Her last tournament she made the decision to enter in the teen division in hopes of fighting against girls. They still had a hard time finding a match for her, but did find some. She got second in no-gi and first in gi. So I think that helped her confidence come back.

  • Paul 90 says:

    Gabi absolutely crushes everyone!

  • tex says:

    is it true that the coach "Johnny" is Joao Faria?

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