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Adam Ferrara is a Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt under AJ Sousa, being also one of the top representatives of the GF Team academy in the United States of America. Widely accomplished in Gi and No-Gi competition, Adam and his brother Jake (another highly accomplished grappler) are known for incorporating high level wrestling to their jiu jitsu approach, a style often defined as American jiu jitsu.

Adam Ferrara Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Adam Paul Ferrara

Nickname: N/A

Lineage: M. Maeda > C. Gracie > Crolin Gracie > Jorge Popovitch > Pablo Popovitch > AJ Sousa > Adam Ferrara

Main Achievements:

  • 2nd Place IBJJF Houston Int. Open (2018)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Cincinnati Int. Open (2017)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Pans No-Gi Championship (2017 black)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • 1st Place IBJJF Pans No-Gi Championship (2015 brown)
  • 1st Place UAEJJF US National Pro (2017 brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Boca Raton Open (2015/2014 purple)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Miami Spring Open (2016 brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Long Beach Open (2013 purple)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Dallas Open (2013 blue)
  • 1st Place FIVE Grappling (2014 purple)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF World No-Gi Championship (2015 brown)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Pans Championship (2017 brown)

Favorite Position/Technique: Toe hold

Weight Division: Peso Pluma (64,00 kg / 141.5 lbs)

Team/Association: GF Team

Adam Ferrara Biography

Adam Ferrara was born on May 25, 1990 in Columbus, Ohio – United States of America.

Ferrara started learning the grappling trade through wrestling, a sport he pursued after he graduated from school, influenced by his younger brother Jake – who at the time was already a local wrestling standout. Adam started at a local club for which he competed for a couple of years before joining a mixed martial arts (MMA) academy named ‘The Armory’ in Florida. The BJJ class there was led by big names of the sport such as Rodrigo Cavaca, Gabriel Rollo (Palito), Marcus Almeida (Buchecha), and Marlon Moraes, and soon Adam was drawn to the gi.

The Armory project was short lived at this same venue where Adam and his younger brother Jake Ferrara started their jiu-jitsu training. The space was then taken over by Pablo Popovitch who became a coach to the Ferrara brothers for a while, awarding each their blue belts. Unfortunately, this initial academy was financially unstable and, as it crumbled, Adam and Jake switched camps joining Emyr Bussade‘s gym – American Top Team (ATT).

At Emyr’s American Top Team the siblings earned their purple belts. It was also there that they met Jonatas Gurgel (Tagarela), another well respected ATT instructor who worked with countless high-level competitors. Adam and Jake soon started spending more time with Tagarela, preparing for big and small events. Being highly regarded as a coach, Jonatas’ gym was often visited by many local top tier black belts. This was the case of AJ Sousa, who also became a regular help to the Ferrara’s game, awarding them their brown belts in a combined effort with Tagarela.

AJ Sousa’s influence grew stronger as the two brothers progressed through the brown belt category. The fact that Sousa joined the GF Team affiliation led his and Tagarela’s camps to grow slightly apart on a competitive level. The Ferrara’s then opted to become associated with AJ who guided them to important titles in their respective divisions. These achievements would lead to their black belts – a ceremony that took place immediately after the IBJJF World Championship, on July 1, 2017.

Adam Ferrara Grappling Record

15 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    2 (13%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    12 (80%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (7%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

12 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Toe hold
33
4
#86e620
RNC
17
2
#5AD3D1
Armbar
17
2
#d1212a
Triangle
8
1
#fad11b
Kneebar
8
1
#f58822
Calf slicer
8
1
#224aba
Triangle armbar
8
1
12
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
11 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    2 (18%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (27%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    4 (36%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (18%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

4 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
RNC
25
1
#86e620
Choke from back
25
1
#5AD3D1
Kneebar
25
1
#d1212a
Inside heel hook
25
1
4
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Adam Ferrara Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
13977Joao MiyaoJoao MiyaoLRNCNo Gi Pan Am.61KGSF2017
14598Silvio DuranSilvio DuranLPts: 4x2Cincinnati Open70KGSF2017
15095Thiago MacedoThiago MacedoLChoke from backHouston Open70KGF2018
15534Rene LopezLAdvChicago Sp. Open64KGSF2018
16341Thiago MacedoThiago MacedoLPts: 2x2, AdvMiami Spring Open70KGSF2018
17780Rodrigo FrancioniLReferee DecisionF2W 89N/ASPF2018
18506Samir ChantreSamir ChantreLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds67KGR22018
20716John OrtalaniLReferee DecisionG.I. Gi77KGRR2019
20998Orlando CastilloLPointsSub Stars70KGSPF2019
23006Emilio HernandezEmilio HernandezLKneebarJitzKing65KGR12020
24801Junny OcasioJunny OcasioLInside heel hookF2W 16061KGSPF2021
13974Tadashi TakashimaWRNCNo Gi Pan Am.61KG4F2017
14597Kris KriebelWToe holdCincinnati Open70KG4F2017
15094Samuel BragaSamuel BragaWKneebarHouston Open70KGSF2018
15533Carlos PerezWToe holdChicago Sp. Open64KG4F2018
15674Rodrigo OliveiraWReferee DecisionF2W 6865KGSPF2018
16339Yijad MoussaWToe holdMiami Spring Open70KG4F2018
18502Ighor LuisWToe holdNoGi Worlds67KGR12018
19592Martin DavillaWCalf slicerF2W 10670KGSPF2019
20715Clayton LyonWPts: 10x4G.I. Gi77KGRR2019
20717Clay SimonWTriangle armbarG.I. NoGi70KGRR2019
20718Sky MoischiekWRNCG.I. NoGi70KGRR2019
20719Zach DelilovikWArmbarG.I. NoGi70KGRR2019
25516Jason GatesWTriangleArte SuaveN/ASPF2021
25733Sean JosephWArmbarSUBVERSIV 570KGSPF2021
26018Thomas WaldronWN/AMiami NGO67KGSF2021

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