Michelle Nicolini is one of the elite fighters in womens jiu jitsu. A 6x jiu jitsu world champion, European open weight champion and World Pro Cup Champion, Michelle Nicolini is also a black belt under ADCC 2007 absolute champion Robert Drysdale and one of the main stars in the Checkmat BJJ team. Michele Nicolini’s rampant competitive career has had its shiniest moments since 2010 when she started training under Rodrigo Cavaca at his Santos academy, an academy she left in October 2013 due to some differences regarding the leadership of professor Cavaca.
Michelle Nicolini Jiu Jitsu
Full Name: Michelle Zonato Nicolini
Main Titles (Black Belt):
- 6x World Champion (2012, 2011, 2010, 2007 weight & absolute, 2006);
- 2x World Nogi Champion (2010, 2008);
- World Pro Cup Champion (2012)
- 2x European Champion (2012 weight & absolute)
- 3x Pan American Champion (2011, 2010, 2008);
Favourite Technique: Triangle & Toe Hold
Weight Division: Pluma (Light Featherweight) 53kg-118lbs
Michelle Nicoline Biography
Michelle Nicolini was born on the 1st of January, 1982, in the city of Itú – State of Sao Paulo – Brazil. Her chosen door of entry in the martial arts world was Capoeira, which she started at the age of 14. She stopped training Capoeira 3 years later and changed her focus to jiu jitsu, training under Robert Drysdale, who awarded her all belts, including her black belt.
In 2010, after she joined Rodrigo Cavaca’s gym in Santos, Michelle Nicolini surprised everyone by showing up at the “Mundials” fighting 4 divisions above her usual weight category. She explained the peculiar event by saying that she was prepared to fight in her traditional light-featherweight division, but after a friendly challenge was proposed by one of her Checkmat colleagues – to fight in the same division and close up the final together for the team – she decided to go and compete in this division.
Michelle left the Cavaca Fight Centre allegedly due to a difference of opinions regarding the leadership of professor Cavaca.
Photo credits to: Bruno Polengo
Michelle Nicolini vs Marina Ribeiro
Michelle Nicolini vs Bia Mesquita