Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Team History, Fighter Stats, Biographies and News

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Luiz Panza is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt under Marco Barbosa who is one of the top heavyweight competitors of his generation. A former professional model, Luiz Panza traded the catwalk for Jiu Jitsu, turning professional in 2013. On his first year as a black belt competitor, Luiz immediately made a name for himself piling up medals at the highest level of BJJ, including the Mundial, Pan American (gi and no gi), Brazilian Nationals AKA the Brasileiro (gi and no gi) as well as the world pro cup trials. In October 2014, after a successful year as a black belt where Panza won the Pan American Championship, Luiz decided to change teams, moving to Checkmat.

Luiz Panza Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Luiz Fernando de Azevedo Panza

Nickname: n/a

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Rickson Gracie > Marcelo Behring > Waldomiro Perez > Roberto Godoi > Marco Barbosa > Luiz Panza

Main Achievements:

  • Pan American Champion (2016/2014 black belt)
  • Pan American Champion No Gi (2013 black belt weight & absolute)
  • Brazilian National Champion No Gi (2013 black belt weight & absolute)
  • World Jiu Jitsu Pro Cup Trials Winner – Gramado, Brazil (2013)
  • World Jiu Jitsu Pro Cup Trials Winner – New York, US (2013 weight & absolute)
  • World Bronze Medallist (2013 black belt)
  • Pan American Bronze Medallist (2013 black belt)
  • Brazilian Nationals Bronze Medallist (2013 black belt)

Favorite Position/Technique: Closed Guard & 50/50 Guard

Weight Division: Super Pesado (up to 100kg/223lbs)

Team/Association: Checkmat Jiu Jitsu

Luiz Panza Biography

Luiz Panza was born on the 2nd of February 1990 in the north side of São Paulo, growing up in a middle class neighborhood. Being a very energetic kid, the Panza family hold decided to introduce Luiz to martial arts early on, and by the age of 7 he started practicing Kung Fu, later moving on to Karate (Shotokan), a style he practiced for many years, earning a black belt in the Japanese fighting art.

Panza always envisioned competing in MMA but being a teenager (around 15 at the time) he could not afford to pay for a membership at an MMA gym. With that in mind, he saved up money given by his family in festive events such as birthdays/Christmas and by the age of 16 he had a decent sum of cash with which he walked into the Lotus academy. At Lotus he asked if he could train there with their MMA fighters. The money wasn’t enough for him to take classes for too long, so instead he asked if he could just come in during the MMA sparring sessions and spar with their athletes, a request that was accepted by the gym administration.

This MMA training went on for a while until the moment when Luiz had a street fight (with a guy who was trying to mess with his girfriend). Luiz hurt the other man badly and was forbidden to train by his mother who believed that training MMA made him more aggressive. At the time Luiz’ best friend, Felipe Marques, trained BJJ and the two (Felipe and Luiz) got together with Mrs Panza and managed to convince her to let Luiz start Jiu Jitsu. This was in 2007 and Luiz Panza started training with coach Edilberto da Ponte, of A.O.A. team. Luiz became a big fan of Jiu Jitsu and started competing regularly reaching his blue and purple belts under the supervision of Mr Ponte.

At purple belt level, Luiz Panza started looking for a more competitive team where he could continue to grow in the sport, Panza decided to switch to Barbosa Jiu Jitsu, one of the top teams in the state where he received both his brown belt and his black belt (on the 17th of December, 2012).

Before deciding on becoming a professional athlete, Luiz Panza was an emerging model who was also finishing his degree while working at a bank. With a bright future ahead of him as both a model or a banker, Panza decided to give up on these well paid professions to dedicate himself fully to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. His first year as a black belt was a huge success and proved that the young Panza had what was necessary to make in among the elite grapplers of the world, stacking up an impressive medal tally.

Luiz Panza Grappling Record

38 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    10 (26%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (3%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    26 (68%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (3%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

26 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Botinha
42
11
#86e620
Armbar
19
5
#5AD3D1
Kneebar
12
3
#d1212a
Triangle
8
2
#fad11b
Footlock
8
2
#f58822
Flying triangle
4
1
#224aba
Submission
4
1
#ff9124
Choke from back
4
1
26
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
20 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    8 (40%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (10%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    8 (40%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (10%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

8 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Triangle
25
2
#86e620
Choke from back
25
2
#5AD3D1
Choke
13
1
#d1212a
Armbar
13
1
#fad11b
RNC
13
1
#f58822
Toe hold
13
1
8
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Luiz Panza Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
4294Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLPointsPan AmericanABSR12013
4587Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLTriangleWorld Champ.100KGSF2013
4878Jackson SousaJackson SousaLTriangleNoGi Worlds94KGSF2013
5036Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 8x6Pan AmericanABSR32014
5180Magid HageLReferee DecisionFIVE CaliforniaABSSF2014
5275Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsLPts: 3x2Copa Podio94KGGP2014
5294Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 6x4Copa Podio94KGSF2014
5341Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLChokeWorld Pro.ABSR32014
5386Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLArmbarWorld Pro.100KGF2014
5423Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.ABSR32014
5542Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLChoke from backWorld Champ.94KG1/4F2014
5699Garry TononGarry TononLRNCNo Gi WorldsABS1/4F2014
5781Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLChoke from backIBJJF Pro LeagueO100KGF2014
5890Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 2x2, AdvCopa Podio85KGF2014
6372Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 9x4Pan AmericanABS1/4F2015
6722Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 4x2World Pro95KGSF2015
6760Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLToe holdWorld ProABSR12015
8933Jose JuniorJose JuniorLPts: 4x2World ProABS1/8F2016
9428Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraLPts: 2x0World Champ.100KGSF2016
9461Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 8x8, AdvWorld Champ.ABS1/8F2016
4584Joao AssisJoao AssisWBotinhaWorld Champ.100KG1/4F2013
4734Daniel SimmlerWN/ANoGi Pan American100KGF2013
4837Mikeias BezerraWFlying triangleBrasileiro NoGi94KGF2013
4841Mikeias BezerraWSubmissionBrasileiro NoGiABSSF2013
4843AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWArmbarBrasileiro NoGiABSF2013
5138Tiago DeclavoWPointsPan American100KG1/4F2014
5140Tarcisio JardimTarcisio JardimWPointsPan American100KGSF2014
5141Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWArmbarPan American100KGF2014
5279Rico BastosWTriangleCopa Podio94KGGP2014
5284Travis StevensWBotinhaCopa Podio94KGGP2014
5291Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraD---Copa Podio94KGGP2014
5296Travis StevensWBotinhaCopa Podio94KG3PLC2014
5331Lucas LeiteLucas LeiteWArmbarWorld Pro.ABSR12014
5338Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesWBotinhaWorld Pro.ABSR22014
5380UnknownWTriangleWorld Pro.100KG1/4F2014
5383Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWArmbarWorld Pro.100KGSF2014
5416Karim KalifahWChoke from backWorld Champ.ABSR32014
5746James PuopoloJames PuopoloWFootlockNo Gi Worlds100KGSF2014
5779R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWArmbarIBJJF Pro LeagueO100KGSF2014
5868Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWBotinhaCopa Podio85KGGP2014
5873Diogo SampaioDiogo SampaioD---Copa Podio85KGGP2014
5877Jon SatavaWBotinhaCopa Podio85KGGP2014
5885Luis GustavoWBotinhaCopa Podio85KGGP2014
5887Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioWPts: 11x4Copa Podio85KGGP2014
5888Gregor GracieGregor GracieWBotinhaCopa Podio85KGSF2014
6351Rodrigo RibeiroWPointsPan AmericanABSR22015
6496Joao RochaJoao RochaWPointsPan AmericanO100KG1/4F2015
6715Erico PintoWBotinhaWorld Pro95KGR12015
6719Nelton PontesWBotinhaWorld Pro95KG1/4F2015
6724Faisal AlKitbeFaisal AlKitbeWPointsWorld Pro95KG3RD2015
8528Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyWPts: 2x2, AdvUAEJJF NYC ProO94KGRR2016
8529Abraham MarteAbraham MarteWReferee DecisionUAEJJF NYC ProO94KGRR2016
8747Eliot KellyWPts: 4x0Pan American100KG1/4F2016
8750Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesWPts: 9x0Pan American100KGSF2016
8751Alexandro CeconiWFootlockPan American100KGF2016
8913Luiz SantosWKneebarWorld ProABSR12016
8923Otavio NalatiWPts: 6x0World ProABSR22016
9426Paul ArdillaWKneebarWorld Champ.100KG1/4F2016
9762Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyWKneebarGrand Slam - LA110KGSF2016
9764Jose JuniorJose JuniorWBotinhaGrand Slam - LA110KGF2016

Luiz Panza vs Rafael Zilio

Luiz Panza vs Diogo Almeida

Luiz Panza vs Pedro Henrique

Luiz Panza vs Ronnie Wuest

Luiz Panza vs Rodrigo Faria

 

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