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Gabrielle Garcia, commonly referred to as Gabi Garcia, is the most dominant Brazilian Jiu Jitsu competitor in the female division’s history, where she won the vast majority of important tournaments before receiving her black belt rank. The famous Gaúcha (person from a southern region of Brazil) has since reached the degree of black belt under the illustrious Fábio Gurgel, quickly becoming one of the brightest stars in the Alliance Academy, a camp that is regarded as the strongest in the sport. In 2014 Gabi Garcia failed a test for illegal substances by the USADA and was stripped of her 2013 IBJJF Pan American and World Titles.

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 Achievements:

  • 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 (2015 weight & absolute, 2011 absolute black)

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

Favourite Position: Kimura lock & Americana

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, namely volleyball, team handball and field hockey, where she was most successful 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 in the sport. She kept a busy schedule trying to juggle both training and her studies, but after some time she came to terms with placing her advertising career on hold, on the last year of her university course. 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.

In 2009 Gabrielle fought the World No Gi 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.

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

55 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    22 (40%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (4%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    30 (55%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (2%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

30 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Americana
40
12
#86e620
Choke
17
5
#5AD3D1
Clock choke
13
4
#d1212a
Armbar
13
4
#fad11b
Shoulder Pressure
3
1
#f58822
Submission
3
1
#224aba
Darce choke
3
1
#ff9124
Kimura
3
1
#bf1f6c
Bread cutter
3
1
30
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
4 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    2 (50%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    0 (0%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (25%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (25%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

0 SUBMISSION LOSSES

Gabrielle Garcia Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
2245Ana CordeiroAna CordeiroLPointsPan AmericanABSSF2009
2246Lana StefanacLPts: 16x0World Champ.ABSSF2009
6719Mackenzie DernMackenzie DernLPts: 0x0, PenWorld ProABSSF2015
7469Jessica OliveiraLReferee DecisionADCCO60KGSF2015
1851Maria do CarmoWChokeWorld Champ.O79KGF2008
2567Luzia FernandesLuzia FernandesWPts: 8x2World Pro.O63KGF2010
2568Luzia FernandesLuzia FernandesWPts: 4x2World Pro.O72KGF2010
2569Talita NogueiraTalita NogueiraWClock chokeWLPJJABSF2010
2581Katrina WeilbacherWPts: 7x0World Champ.O79KGF2010
2724Beatriz MesquitaBeatriz MesquitaWAmericanaEuropeanABSSF2011
2755Fabiana BorgesFabiana BorgesWPts: 2x0Pan AmericanABSF2011
2756Tammy GriegoWPts: 4x2Pan AmericanO79KGF2011
2823UnknownWAmericanaWorld Pro.O72KGRDS2011
2824Penny ThomasPenny ThomasWPts: 6x0World Pro.O72KGF2011
2854Penny ThomasPenny ThomasWAmericanaWorld Champ.ABSSF2011
3045Emily WetzelWShoulder PressureWorld Champ.O79KGF2011
3046Bia MesquitaWPts: 2x0World Champ.ABSF2011
3160Hanette StaackHanette StaackWPts: 2x0ADCCO60KGF2011
3179Penny ThomasPenny ThomasWAmericanaADCCO60KGSF2011
3180Hannette StaackWPointsADCCO60KGF2011
3371M. DernWClock chokePan AmericanABSSF2012
3509Emely WetzelWChokePan AmericanO79KGF2012
3592Maria MalyjasiakWPts: 7x0World Pro.ABSF2012
3673Maria MalyjasiakWPointsWorld Pro.O72KGF2012
3674Beatriz MesquitaBeatriz MesquitaWPts: 3x2World Pro.ABSF2012
3699Talita NogueiraTalita NogueiraWSubmissionWorld Champ.ABS1/4F2012
3700Beatriz MesquitaBeatriz MesquitaWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.ABSSF2012
3701Luiza MonteiroLuiza MonteiroWAmericanaWorld Champ.ABSF2012
4394Fabiana BorgesFabiana BorgesWAmericanaPan AmericanABS1/4F2013
4395Mackenzie DernMackenzie DernWClock chokePan AmericanABSSF2013
4397Beatriz MesquitaBeatriz MesquitaWN/APan AmericanABSF2013
4410Beatriz MesquitaBeatriz MesquitaWPts: 9x0World Pro.ABSF2013
4724Yurika NakakuraWDarce chokeADCCO60KG1/4F2013
4725Tammy GriegoWPointsADCCO60KGSF2013
4726Fernanda MazelliWN/AADCCO60KGF2013
5300Janni LarssonJanni LarssonWKimuraWorld Pro.ABSF2014
5301D. ObelenyteWPts: 3x0World Pro.O72KGF2014
5302Beatriz MesquitaBeatriz MesquitaWPts: 3x0World Pro.ABSF2014
5570Talita NogueiraTalita NogueiraWAmericanaSP OpenO79KGF2014
5571Luiza MonteiroLuiza MonteiroWAmericanaSP OpenABSF2014
5661Luiza MonteiroLuiza MonteiroWArmbarNo Gi WorldsABSSF2014
5663Mackenzie DernMackenzie DernWAmericanaNo Gi WorldsABSF2014
6046Anna Louise MayneWArmbarEuropeanABS1/4F2015
6049Shanti AbelhaShanti AbelhaWChokeEuropeanABSSF2015
6051Mackenzie DernMackenzie DernWClock chokeEuropeanABSF2015
6217Samuela LeiteWArmbarEuropeanO79KGSF2015
6219Venla LuukkonenVenla LuukkonenWAmericanaEuropeanO79KGF2015
6488Leanna DittrichWChokePan AmericanABS1/4F2015
6490Luiza MonteiroLuiza MonteiroWChokePan AmericanABSSF2015
6492Mackenzie DernMackenzie DernWBread cutterPan AmericanABSF2015
6705Maria MalyjasiakWPts: 8x0World ProO75KG1/4F2015
6706UnknownWAmericanaWorld ProO75KGSF2015
6707Vanessa OliveiraVanessa OliveiraWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld ProO75KGF2015
6708n/aWAmericanaWorld ProABSR12015
6713Ana CordeiroAna CordeiroWPts: 2x0World ProABSR22015
6716Luanna AlzuguirWPointsWorld ProABS1/4F2015
6720Beatriz MesquitaBeatriz MesquitaWPts: 3x0World ProABS3RD2015
7468Alison TremblayWArmbarADCCO60KG1/4F2015
7471Amanda SantanaAmanda SantanaWReferee DecisionADCCO60KG3RD2015

Gabi Garcia vs Mackenzie Dern

Gabi Garcia vs Luzia Fernandes

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7 Comments

  • Golani says:

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

  • Robert says:

    Gabi is awesome! Repeat in 2011!!!

  • Tawnda Thomas says:

    Gabrielle,

    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:// http://www.auburnmma.com ) 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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