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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 (2015 weight & absolute, 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

    19 (46%)
    0 (0%)
    22 (54%)
    0 (0%)
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)


Clock choke
Shoulder Pressure
    2 (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
1652Ana CordeiroAna CordeiroLPointsPan AmericanAbsoluteSemi f.2009
1654Lana StefanacLPts: 16x0World Champ.AbsoluteSemi f.2009
1405Maria do CarmoWChokeWorld Champ.O79kgFinal2008
1836Luzia FernandesLuzia FernandesWPts: 8x2World Pro.O63kgFinal2010
1837Luzia FernandesLuzia FernandesWPts: 4x2World Pro.O72kgFinal2010
1838Talita NogueiraTalita NogueiraWClock chokeWLPJJAbsoluteFinal2010
1850Katrina WeilbacherWPts: 7x0World Champ.O79kgFinal2010
1921Katrina WeilbacheWPts: 7x0World Champ.O80kgFinal2010
1966Beatriz MesquitaBeatriz MesquitaWAmericanaEuropeanAbsoluteSemi f.2011
1976Fabiana BorgesFabiana BorgesWPts: 2x0Pan AmericanAbsoluteFinal2011
1977Tammy GriegoWPts: 4x2Pan AmericanO79kgFinal2011
2014UnknownWAmericanaWorld Pro.O72kgRounds2011
2015Penny ThomasPenny ThomasWPts: 6x0World Pro.O72kgFinal2011
2028Penny ThomasPenny ThomasWAmericanaWorld Champ.AbsoluteSemi f.2011
2220Emily WetzelWShoulder PressureWorld Champ.O79kgFinal2011
2221Bia MesquitaWPts: 2x0World Champ.AbsoluteFinal2011
2327Hanette StaackHanette StaackWPts: 2x0ADCCO60kgFinal2011
2345Penny ThomasPenny ThomasWAmericanaADCCO60kgSemi f.2011
2346Hannette StaackWPointsADCCO60kgFinal2011
2468Mackenzie DernMackenzie DernWClock chokePan AmericanAbsoluteSemi f.2012
2604Emely WetzelWChokePan AmericanO79kgFinal2012
2613Maria MalyjasiakWPts: 7x0World Pro.AbsoluteFinal2012
2694Maria MalyjasiakWPointsWorld Pro.O72kgFinal2012
2695Beatriz MesquitaBeatriz MesquitaWPts: 3x2World Pro.AbsoluteFinal2012
3247Fabiana BorgesFabiana BorgesWAmericanaPan AmericanAbsolute1/4 final2013
3248Mackenzie DernMackenzie DernWClock chokePan AmericanAbsoluteSemi f.2013
3250Beatriz MesquitaBeatriz MesquitaWN/APan AmericanAbsoluteFinal2013
3263Beatriz MesquitaBeatriz MesquitaWPts: 9x0World Pro.AbsoluteFinal2013
3490Yurika NakakuraWDarceADCCO60kg1/4 final2013
3491Tammy GriegoWPointsADCCO60kgSemi f.2013
3492Fernanda MazelliWN/AADCCO60kgFinal2013
3963Janni LarssonJanni LarssonWKimuraWorld Pro.AbsoluteFinal2014
3964Dominyka ObelenyteWPts: 3x0World Pro.O72kgn/a2014
3965Beatriz MesquitaBeatriz MesquitaWPts: 3x0World Pro.AbsoluteFinal2014
4181Talita NogueiraTalita NogueiraWAmericanaSao Paulo OpenO79kgFinal2014
4182Luiza MonteiroWAmericanaSao Paulo OpenAbsoluteFinal2014
4251Luiza MonteiroWArmbarNo Gi WorldsAbsoluteSemi f.2014
4253Mackenzie DernMackenzie DernWAmericanaNo Gi WorldsAbsoluteFinal2014
4541Anna Louise MayneWArmbarEuropeanAbsolute1/4 final2015
4544Shanti AbelhaShanti AbelhaWChokeEuropeanAbsoluteSemi f.2015
4546Mackenzie DernMackenzie DernWClock chokeEuropeanAbsoluteFinal2015
4713Samuela LeiteWArmbarEuropeanO79kgSemi f.2015
4715Venla LuukkonenWAmericanaEuropeanO79kgFinal2015

Gabi Garcia vs Mackenzie Dern

Gabi Garcia vs Luzia Fernandes

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  • 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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