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Gianni Grippo is widely regarded as one of the leading figures of the ‘Berimbolo Generation‘ of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, having built that reputation in the lower belt divisions of the sport where he conquered 6 world titles (4 with the gi and 2 without). Grippo competed under Renzo Gracie‘s academy banner, in New York City up until brown belt, but switched to the neighboring Marcelo Garcia academy who ultimately awarded Gianni his black belt on October 2013.

Gianni Grippo Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Gianni Paul Grippo

Nickname: n/a

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Rolls Gracie > Romero Cavalcanti > Fabio Gurgel > Marcelo Garcia > Gianni Grippo

Main Achievements:

  • Pan American Champion (2015, 2014* black, 2012 brown, 2011 purple)
  • Pan American Champion No Gi (2013 & 2012 brown)
  • World Champion (2013/2012 brown, 2011 purple, 2009 blue)
  • World Pro Champion – UAEJJ (2015 black)
  • World Champion No Gi (2011 purple, 2007 blue)
  • World No-Gi Championship 3rd Place (2015)

*closed bracket with team mate

Favorite Position/Technique: Berimbolo, Leg Drag Guardpass

Weight Division: Peso Pena (70kg/154lbs)

Team/Association: Alliance

DVD Releases: Next Gen De La Riva Guard / Embrace the Grind

Gianni Grippo Biography

Gianni Grippo grew up in the New York area, from a very young age he started practicing and competing in sporting events, strongly influenced by his father, a former triathlete. Before discovering Jiu Jitsu, Grippo was an accomplished junior swimmer with a great track record, making it to the Junior Olympics for his team three years in a row, he also made it to his team’s varsity roster in his freshman year of high school. But Grippo’s athletic prowess did not stop at ‘pure sports’, he also competed in boxing with several amateur bouts under his gloves.

Jiu Jitsu appeared in Gianni’s life through his father, who first heard about Renzo Gracie‘s gym through a friend. The novelty factor of Jiu Jitsu lit some fire under Gianni, who fell in love with grappling from his first class, a class led by Magno Gama of RGA.

The Grippo family was very supportive of Gianni’s Jiu Jitsu activity and commuted daily to Manhattan so their son could have the best training possible in the area. Grappling remained as a secondary hobby (swimming being the first) until the family traveled to Brazil, for the Jiu Jitsu World Championship of 2004. There, after watching Ronaldo Souza beat Roger Gracie in one of the most epic open weight finals of that year, Grippo decided he wanted to become a professional fighter and relinquished swimming.

With a very competitive personality, a hard working mentality and a genetic sporting ability, Grippo quickly became a big name in the US national circuit at the lower belts, carrying the RGA flag high, winning almost every major competition in Jiu Jitsu’s calendar. But as Gianni advanced in the belt system, he started seeking more sport specific training. training that (arguably) the Renzo Gracie Academy – an academy with a strong MMA/No Gi focus, could not provide. This ultimately led Grippo to move to the Alliance Academy of Marcelo Garcia. The spit at the time was taken very harshly by many in the Jiu Jitsu community, especially those close to Renzo Gracie such as Rafael Correa and Garry Tonon who voiced their opinion. It was also mentioned that Gianni announced the switch via social media and no one at the gym knew of the decision, this happened during March, 2012.

Controversy aside, Gianni’s choice to move to a more Brazilian Jiu Jitsu sporting orientated academy raised his profile and the wins continued happening for Gianni who received his black belt on the 1st of October 2013. His a victory at the Pan American Championship in 2014, only a few months after receiving the rank, cemented his name as one of the top competitors of his generation.

Gianni Grippo Grappling Record

54 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    29 (54%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    4 (7%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    16 (30%)
  • BY DECISION
    5 (9%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

16 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke from back
50
8
#86e620
Bow and arrow
13
2
#5AD3D1
Ezekiel
6
1
#d1212a
Submission
6
1
#fad11b
RNC
6
1
#f58822
Cross choke
6
1
#224aba
Armbar
6
1
#ff9124
Inside heel hook
6
1
16
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
26 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    9 (35%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    8 (31%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    2 (8%)
  • BY DECISION
    6 (23%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (4%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

2 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Armbar
50
1
#86e620
Choke from back
50
1
2
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Gianni Grippo Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
5034Rafael MendesRafael MendesLPts: 3x0European70KGSF2014
5281Otavio SousaOtavio SousaLPts: 0x0, AdvWP MontrealABSSF2014
5351M. AndreDN/ACopa Podio77KGGP2014
5358Gilbert BurnsGilbert BurnsLArmbarCopa Podio77KGGP2014
5365Fernando VieiraFernando VieiraDPts: 2x2Copa Podio77KGGP2014
5530Rafael MendesRafael MendesLChoke from backWorld Champ.70KG1/4F2014
5659Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoLReferee DecisionSF OpenABSSF2014
5717Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoLPts: 2x2, AdvNo Gi Pan Am.70KGSF2014
5739Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 2x0No Gi Pan Am.ABSSF2014
5773Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoLReferee DecisionNo Gi Worlds70KGSF2014
5818Augusto MendesAugusto MendesLReferee DecisionWorld ExpoABSSPF2014
5824Samir ChantreSamir ChantreLAdvLas Vegas Open70KGF2014
5852Joao MiyaoJoao MiyaoLPts: 6x4NYC Pro70KGF2014
5928Joao MiyaoJoao MiyaoLPenCopa Podio70KGSPF2014
6231Marcio AndreMarcio AndreLAdvEuropean70KGF2015
6413Magid HageLReferee DecisionSF OpenABSSF2015
6690Paulo MiyaoPaulo MiyaoLAdvNY Spring Open70KGF2015
6946Paulo MiyaoPaulo MiyaoLPts: 9x2Boston Spring Open70KGF2015
7596Rubens CharlesRubens CharlesLPts: 3x0ADCC66KG1/4F2015
7787Paulo MiyaoPaulo MiyaoLReferee DecisionNoGi Pan Ams70KGF2015
7814Garry TononGarry TononLPts: 6x6, AdvNoGi Pan AmsABSSF2015
8011Augusto MendesAugusto MendesLPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds70KGSF2015
8131Kim TerraKim TerraLReferee DecisionIBJJF NY Pro70KGF2015
8944Bruno FrazattoBruno FrazattoDN/APolaris 370KGSPF2016
9097Rafael MansurRafael MansurLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro69KG1/8F2016
9443Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeLPts: 4x0World Champ.64KG1/4F2016
10303Marcio AndreMarcio AndreLPts: 2x2, AdvNoGi Worlds73KG1/4F2016
10525Joao MiyaoJoao MiyaoLPts: 2x0NY BJJ Pro70KGF2016
10840Rubens CharlesRubens CharlesLPts: 5x0European Open70KGF2017
5033UnknownWChoke from backEuropean70KG1/4F2014
5119Zachary AdamsonWPointsPan American70KGR12014
5128Isaque PaivaIsaque PaivaWPts: 5x0Pan American70KG1/4F2014
5131Samir ChantreSamir ChantreWPts: 2x0Pan American70KGSF2014
5218Steven BarrettWCross chokeNY Summer Op.ABS1/4F2014
5220Eliot KellyEliot KellyWPts: 11x2NY Summer Op.ABSSF2014
5221Rodrigo FreitasRodrigo FreitasWReferee DecisionNY Summer Op.ABSF2014
5223Steven BarnettWChoke from backNY Summer Op.76KGSF2014
5224Rodrigo FreitasRodrigo FreitasWN/ANY Summer Op.76KGF2014
5226D. HemmingsWPts: 2x0FIVE70KGSPF2014
5286AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWPts: 4x0NY Spring OpenABSF2014
5367Victor SilverioVictor SilverioD---Copa Podio77KGGP2014
5410Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoWPts: 2x0World Pro.70KGR12014
5519S. FranceschiniWPointsWorld Champ.70KGRDS2014
5522Vugner SilvaWChoke from backWorld Champ.70KGRDS2014
5657S. FranceschiniWArmbarWorld Pro.70KG3PLC2014
5658Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoWPts: 2x0SF Open70KGF2014
5733Garry TononGarry TononWPts: 6x4No Gi Pan Am.ABSR12014
5735Mauro SantiagoWPts: 0x0, AdvNo Gi Pan Am.ABS1/4F2014
5770Yukito iosadaWPts: 5x0No Gi Worlds70KG1/4F2014
5822Vitor PaschoalWPointsLas Vegas Open70KGSF2014
5826N. MendelsohnWPointsLas Vegas OpenABSSF2014
5827Ranieri PaivaWN/ALas Vegas OpenABSF2014
5849Jonathan ThomasWReferee DecisionNYC Pro70KG1/4F2014
5850Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoWReferee DecisionNYC Pro70KGSF2014
6228Guilherme NevesWBow and arrowEuropean70KG1/4F2015
6230Guilherme NevesWBow and arrowEuropean70KGSF2015
6412Darragh OConaillDarragh OConaillWPointsSF OpenABS1/4F2015
6416Rodrigo FreitasRodrigo FreitasWPts: 6x4SF Open76KGF2015
6479Mayko BorgesWChoke from backPan American70KG1/4F2015
6482Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoWPts: 6x4Pan American70KGF2015
6688Brian MahechaBrian MahechaWPointsNY Spring Open70KGSF2015
6764Isaque PaivaIsaque PaivaWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro65KGF2015
7084Leo SaggioroWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.70Kg1/4F2015
7591Gabriel MarangoniWPts: 2x0ADCC66KGR12015
7660Tom BarlowWInside heel hookPolaris 270KGSPF2015
7783Michael WackerWPts: 13x0NoGi Pan Ams70KG1/4F2015
7785Mayko AraujoWChoke from backNoGi Pan Ams70KGSF2015
7812Rodrigo FreitasRodrigo FreitasWReferee DecisionNoGi Pan AmsABS1/4F2015
8002Geoffrey VillarealWChoke from BackNoGi Worlds70KG1/8F2015
8007Isaque PaivaIsaque PaivaWPts: 15x10NoGi Worlds70KG1/4F2015
8130Paulo SilvaWN/AIBJJF NY Pro70KGSF2015
8994Darson HemmingsDarson HemmingsWPts: 4x4, AdvNY Spring Open76KGSF2016
8996Masahiro IwasakiWPts: 2x0NY Spring Open76KGF2016
9088Wanki ChaiWPts: 4x4, AdvWorld Pro69KGR12016
9417Brian StuebnerWChoke from backRespect Pro65KGSF2016
9418Gabriel MartinsWChoke from backRespect Pro65KGF2016
9968Felipe SimplicioWEzekielRollmore SPC70KGSPF2016
10076Vinicius SoaresWSubmissionNoGi Pan Ams73KGSF2016
10077Rodrigo FreitasRodrigo FreitasWPts: 4x0NoGi Pan Ams73KGF2016
10295Marcus WilsonWRNCNoGi Worlds73KGR12016
10523Bruno FrazattoBruno FrazattoWPts: 4x2NY BJJ Pro70KGSF2016
10828Wanki ChaeWPts: 5x2European Open70KG1/8F2017
10834Tiago BravoTiago BravoWPts: 4x2European Open70KG1/4F2017
10838Isaque PaivaIsaque PaivaWPts: 10x8European Open70KGSF2017

Gianni Grippo v Vugner Silva

Gianni Grippo vs AJ Agazarm

 

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