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AJ Agazarm is a leading figure of an amazing generation of black belt Brazilian Jiu Jitsu competitors to have come from the United States of America. Being a former D1 wrestler, AJ Agazarm became known in the lower belt divisions of jiu jitsu for his fast paced game, his scrambles and his takedown ability, which earned him numerous titles and his black belt, awarded in 2013 by Eduardo de Lima and Carlos Gracie Junior.

AJ Agazarm Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: AJ Agazarm

Nickname: “Leão” (lion), a name that started being mentioned when AJ began his BJJ training due to his attitude on the mat. “Açaí” is also a name, often associated with Agazarm, this is due to his love for the famous Brazilian berry. He has several recipes for the fruit, and even some tutorials on youtube.

Lineage:  Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie Sr. > Helio Gracie > Carlos Gracie Junior (> Eduardo de Lima) > AJ Agazarm

Main Achievements:

  • IBJJF World No-Gi Champion (2014)
  • IBJJF Pan American No-Gi Champion (2013)
  • IBJJF Brazilian National No-Gi Champion (2013)
  • IBJJF European No-Gi Open Champion (2017/2014**/2013)
  • ADCC 2nd Place (2017)
  • ADCC US West Coast Trials 2nd Place (2017)
  • IBJJF World No-Gi 2nd Place (2017)
  • IBJJF Pan American No-Gi 2nd Place (2018/2014*)
  • IBJJF Pan American 2nd Place (2015)
  • CBJJ Brazilian National No-Gi 2nd Place (2013*)
  • IBJJF American Nationals 2nd Place (2013**)
  • IBJJF Rome International Open 2nd Place (2017)
  • IBJJF European No Gi Open 2nd Place (2017*)
  • IBJJF Pan American No-Gi 3rd Place (2014/2013*)
  • IBJJF World No-Gi 3rd Place (2016/2013)
  • IBJJF European Open 3rd Place (2014)
  • IBJJF European No-Gi Open 3rd Place (2013*)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • IBJJF World Champion (2007 blue)
  • IBJJF Pan American Champion (2012 brown)
  • IBJJF American National Champion (2012 brown)
  • IBJJF Pan American 2nd Place (2013 brown)
  • IBJJF Pan American No-Gi 2nd Place (2012* brown)
  • IBJJF Brazilian National 2nd Place (2013* brown)
  • IBJJF Pan American No-Gi 3rd Place (2012 brown)
  • IBJJF World Championship 3rd Place (2012 brown)
  • IBJJF European Open 3rd Place (2013 brown)
  • CBJJ Brazilian National 3rd Place (2013 brown)

* Absolute
** Weight and absolute

Favorite Position/Technique: Sweep Single Leg Takedown, Lasso Guard

Weight Division: Peso Leve (76kg/168lbs)

Team/Association: Gracie Barra

AJ Agazarm Biography

AJ Agazarm was born in Hollywood, Florida – US.

AJ competed in a wide variety of sports when growing up, becoming acquainted with wrestling in his teens, through a friend and fellow football teammate who believed Agazarm would do well if he applied for the wrestling team. At the time (9th grade) AJ participated in a class but chose to not follow through.

The following year AJ’s parents placed him in the public school system ahead of his 10th grade. Agazarm immediately signed up to the swimming and the cross country running team. Shorty after the start of the year AJ noticed a flyer on the school hall, advertising the wrestling team’s trials. He decided to participate and made the team, this would represent the beginning of a major shift in AJ’s sporting career, as he went on to win important championships during his high school career, these earned him a scholarship to a NAIA school in Williamsburg, KY.

During AJ Agazarm’s first year in college, one of his teammates had become involved with mixed martial arts (MMA) and was preparing for a fight. AJ traveled with him to the fight venue on the day of the bout. After one of the competitors failed to show up, and knowing of Agazarm’s success in wrestling, the promoter asked AJ if I would be willing to enter the ring. Agazarm accepted, and was successful, winning his fight by way of first round rear naked choke, although by his own admission: “I didn’t even know what that was at the time”.

Telling his father of his MMA achievement, Agazarm’s patriarch asked AJ to start training jiu jitsu, believing it would be more suited for a career in the sport. When AJ returned from college for his summer vacation (2006), his dad took him to a neighbouring Gracie Barra school, led by Eduardo de Lima. During that summer, AJ attended every single one of Eduardo’s classes, twice a day for 6 days a week. It was also during that period that Agazarm met Master Carlos Gracie Jr. who was in town for a seminar at Eduardo’s school.

The atmosphere of Gracie Barra Clearwater, made AJ feel like he was part of a family, more than ‘just’ a team of competitors. the coach and the students genuinely cared for one another, which helped Agazarm train harder and move forward in the sport, as he felt he was not only doing it for himself, but for his Master and his comrades.

Carlinhos Gracie was so impressed with AJ’s drive and ability to learn, he asked Agazarm if he wanted to move to Brazil with him where he could turn him into a champion. At that time, AJ had his own goals, which included a transfer to the Ohio State University where he could wrestle in Division 1 and earn a degree in finance. For those reasons, he declined the offer

AJ continued training under Eduardo’s guidance, being awarded his blue belt after 3 months. He participated in many local tournaments as well as the Pan American Championships in 2007, achieving a gold medal in his first year of Jiu Jitsu.

When he arrived in Ohio to follow his dream, on the summer of 2007, he started training at a Relson Gracie‘s Academy affiliate there, led by Robin Gieseler. He spent the following two months training with Gieseler in preparation for the World Championship that year, doing his strength and conditioning with Aaron Fry of Team Edge in New Albany, OH. With solid guidance from all coaches AJ won his first world title.

After the 2007 title, Agazarm was approached by Relson Gracie who explained that if he wanted to continue to train at Gieseler’s academy, he would have to switch teams. AJ felt very closely bonded with Gracie Barra and professor de Lima, so he chose to to put BJJ on hold for a while.

AJ showed up at the World Championship in 2008 still bearing his blue belt. Upon his arrival, AJ’s coach Eduardo was contacted by the federation which informed him that people had written letters complaining, they mentioned that it was unfair for AJ to compete at blue belt again as he had won the division the previous year. As a result, coach de Lima promoted Agazarm to purple belt on the event.

Agazarm continued to compete and train as a purple belt, getting promoted to brown belt in 2011 by Master Carlos and Eduardo de Lima. AJ finished his career at Ohio State, earning his degree in finance, after which Kayron Gracie offered him a job in California at his academy, meaning a second chance to teach and train full time. This time, AJ fully embraced the offer. The opportunity gave him a chance to travel all over the world competing and training in jiu jitsu, establishing himself as one of the top American prospects in the sport, which earned him his black belt in 2013, 7 years after he started Jiu Jitsu. He hit the ground running, winning the Brazilian National No Gi Championship that year, becoming the first foreigner to achieve the title.

AJ Agazarm Grappling Record

114 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    62 (54%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    4 (4%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    39 (34%)
  • BY DECISION
    6 (5%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    1 (1%)

39 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke
28
11
#86e620
Armbar
23
9
#5AD3D1
Toe hold
18
7
#d1212a
Choke from back
8
3
#fad11b
Triangle armbar
5
2
#f58822
Triangle
5
2
#224aba
Wristlock
3
1
#ff9124
Darce choke
3
1
#bf1f6c
Kimura/armbar
3
1
#22c9a5
Submission
3
1
#fad223
Inside heel hook
3
1
39
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
69 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    32 (46%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    12 (17%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    10 (14%)
  • BY DECISION
    12 (17%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    2 (3%)

10 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Choke from back
40
4
#86e620
Armbar
30
3
#5AD3D1
RNC
20
2
#d1212a
Choke
10
1
10
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

AJ Agazarm Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
4898Alan FinfouAlan FinfouLReferee DecisionEuropean NoGiABSSF2013
4912Claudio MattosClaudio MattosLAdvRio Open76KGF2013
4932Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLArmbarAmerican NationalsABSF2013
4959Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLChokeNoGi Pan AmericanABSSF2013
4988Leonardo VieiraLeonardo VieiraLReferee DecisionADCC77KG4F2013
5065Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaLArmbarBrasileiro NoGiABSF2013
5092Marcelo MafraMarcelo MafraLReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds76KGSF2013
5106Lucas LeiteLucas LeiteLAdvNoGi WorldsABS4F2013
5145Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoLAdvLas Vegas Open76KGSF2013
5241Francisco IturraldeFrancisco IturraldeLPointsEuropean76KGSF2014
5279James PuopoloJames PuopoloLChoke from backPan AmericanABSR22014
5488Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoLPts: 4x0NY Spring OpenABSF2014
5522Sandro VieiraLDQBrasileiro76KG4F2014
5659Gilbert BurnsGilbert BurnsLPointsADCC Florida77KGSPF2014
5675Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLChoke from backWorld Champ.ABSR22014
5760Roberto SatoshiRoberto SatoshiLChoke from backWorld Champ.76KG8F2014
5937Josh HingerJosh HingerLPointsAm. Nat. NoGiABSSF2014
5948Garry TononGarry TononLRNCNo Gi Pan Am.73KGSF2014
5970Jackson SousaJackson SousaLArmbarNo Gi Pan Am.ABSF2014
5979Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeLPts: 2x2, AdvNoGi WorldsABSRDS2014
6050Bruno FrazattoBruno FrazattoLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld ExpoABSSPF2014
6088Otavio SousaOtavio SousaLChoke from backNYC Pro82KGSF2014
6396AJ SousaAJ SousaLAdvWorld Pro Trials86KGF2015
6400AJ SousaAJ SousaLPts: 6x2World Pro TrialsABSF2015
6533Rafael PereiraLPts: 4x2European76KG4F2015
6732Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPointsPan AmericanABSR32015
6786JT TorresJT TorresLPts: 10x0Pan American76KGF2015
7075Lucas LepriLucas LepriLPts: 2x0World Pro75KG4F2015
7147Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 2x0World ProABSR12015
7181Sergio ArdilaSergio ArdilaLPts: 2x0ADCC US Trials77KG4F2015
7909Otavio SousaOtavio SousaLRNCADCC77KGR12015
7961Joao RochaJoao RochaLReferee DecisionADCCABSR12015
8517Augusto MendesAugusto MendesLReferee DecisionBerkut 2ABSSPF2015
9562Roberto SatoshiRoberto SatoshiLPts: 4x0World Pro77KGSF2016
9565Jhonny LoureiroJhonny LoureiroLPts: 4x4, AdvWorld Pro77KG3RD2016
9701Juan KamezawaJuan KamezawaLPts: 11x2Brasileiro76KG4F2016
9925Mansher KheraMansher KheraLPts: 4x2World Champ.76KGR12016
10855Marcio AndreMarcio AndreLPts: 2x2, AdvNoGi Worlds73KGSF2016
11253Thiago MacedoThiago MacedoLPts: 2x0Long Beach Open76KGF2016
11261Nick SchrockNick SchrockLPts: 0x0, AdvLong Beach OpenABSSF2016
11593Dillon DanisDillon DanisLEBI/OTSUG 3ABSSPF2017
11691Garry TononGarry TononLReferee DecisionF2W 2476KGSPF2017
11860Davi RamosDavi RamosLPointsACBJJ 475KG4F2017
11897Stephen MartinezLPointsLA National Pro77KGSF2017
11906Isaac DoederleinIsaac DoederleinLPointsLA National ProU77KGF2017
12053Joao AlvesLPts: 2x0Pan American76KGR12017
12202Jake MackenzieJake MackenzieLPts: 2x0Rome Open76KGF2017
12215Rodrigo ReisLPts: 10x3Rome OpenABS4F2017
12276Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyLPts: 21x0European NoGiABSF2017
12424Vagner RochaVagner RochaLReferee DecisionADCC WC Trials77KGF2017
12523Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaLPts: 5x0WP US Qualifier77KGRR2017
12524Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaLPts: 9x0WP US Qualifier77KGRR2017
12660Jose CarlosJose CarlosLPts: 22x2Brasileiro76KGR22017
12777Dillon DanisDillon DanisLPts: 10x0Atlanta Spring O.88KGF2017
12987Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoLPts: 2x0World Champ.70KG8F2017
13159Ben HendersonLReferee DecisionF2W Pro 37ABSSPF2017
13386Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLReferee DecisionF2W Pro 4182KGSPF2017
13805Rubens CharlesRubens CharlesLPts: 3x0ADCC66KGF2017
14422Nathan OrchardLEBI/OTSUG 676KGSPF2017
14444Renato CanutoRenato CanutoD---Kasai Pro70KGRR2017
14447Garry TononGarry TononLPts: 2x0Kasai Pro70KGRR2017
14448Mansher KheraMansher KheraLPts: 2x0Kasai Pro70KGRR2017
14542Renato CanutoRenato CanutoLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds73KGF2017
15000Ben HendersonLReferee DecisionPolaris 684KGSPF2018
15211Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoLPts: 0x0, AdvPan American70KG4F2018
15530Alexandre PulgaAlexandre PulgaLReferee DecisionF2W Pro 6877KGSPF2018
16264Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoLPts: 10x0World Champ.70KGR12018
16717Inseong JangInseong JangLPts: 0x0, AdvSpider Inv. 4F76KGSPF2018
16995Gilbert BurnsGilbert BurnsLReferee DecisionKasai Pro 3ABSSPF2018
17183Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoLPts: 9x0No Gi Pan Am.73KGF2018
4888Daniel MendoncaWChokeRome Open76KGF2013
4889Oliver GeddesOliver GeddesWPts: 6x0Rome Open76KGSF2013
4896UnknownWArmbarEuropean NoGiABS4F2013
4902Daniel MendoncaWWristlockEuropean NoGi76KGF2013
4907UnknownWChokeRio Open76KGR12013
4908UnknownWPointsRio Open76KG4F2013
4910Theodoro CanalTheodoro CanalWPts: 2x0Rio Open76KGSF2013
4922Choi ChoiWPts: 32x0American Nationals76KG4F2013
4925Choi ChoiWPts: 32x0American Nationals76KG4F2013
4926Oliver GeddesOliver GeddesWPts: 4x0American Nationals76KGSF2013
4929Antonio AntnioliWPts: 4x0American NationalsABS4F2013
4930Samir ChantreSamir ChantreWPointsAmerican NationalsABSSF2013
4934Denny ProkoposDenny ProkoposWPts: 4x0NoGi American Nat.76KGSF2013
4935Diogo FreitasWReferee DecisionNoGi American Nat.76KGF2013
4940James PuopoloJames PuopoloWPts: 9x4NoGi American Nat.ABS4F2013
4943Samir ChantreSamir ChantreWPointsNoGi American Nat.ABSSF2013
4944Eduardo TellesEduardo TellesWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi American Nat.ABSF2013
4948Steven BarnettWChokeNoGi Pan American76KGSF2013
4949Nicolas MoraesWToe holdNoGi Pan American76KGF2013
4950Luciano CristovaoWPts: 6x0NoGi Pan AmericanABS4F2013
4978DJ JacksonDJ JacksonWReferee DecisionADCC77KGR12013
5055UnknownWArmbarBrasileiro NoGi76KGR12013
5056UnknownWToe holdBrasileiro NoGi76KG4F2013
5057Sandro VieiraWPts: 6x2Brasileiro NoGi76KGSF2013
5058Kim TerraKim TerraWChokeBrasileiro NoGi76KGF2013
5061UnknownWChokeBrasileiro NoGiABSR12013
5062Kim TerraKim TerraWPts: 23x0Brasileiro NoGiABS4F2013
5064Gabriel LucasGabriel LucasWPts: 9x0Brasileiro NoGiABSSF2013
5090Peter RunezWPts: 4x0NoGi Worlds76KGR12013
5105Enrico CoccoEnrico CoccoWPts: 4x0NoGi WorldsABSR12013
5237UknownWArmbarEuropean76KG4F2014
5460Ryan DurbinWArmbarChicago Open NoGi82KGF2014
5461Oliver GeddesOliver GeddesWPts: 23x0Chicago Open NoGi82KGSF2014
5462Briklin WelchWArmbarChicago Sp. Open82KGF2014
5463Briklin WelchWPts: 9x0Chicago Sp. Open82KGSF2014
5464Paulo HenriqueWPts: 4x0Rome Open73KGSF2014
5465Oliver GeddesOliver GeddesWPointsRome Open73KGF2014
5466Ralf CarneburnWChokeEuropean NoGi73KGSF2014
5467Paulo HenriqueWToe holdEuropean NoGi73KGF2014
5469UnknownWArmbarEuropean NoGiABS4F2014
5470UnknownWPts: 6x0European NoGiABSSF2014
5471Mauricio HenriqueWChokeEuropean NoGiABSF2014
5484Briklin WelchWPts: 15x2NY Spring Open76KGF2014
5485Washington LimaWChokeNY Spring OpenABS4F2014
5487Antonio AntonioliWPts: 13x6NY Spring OpenABSSF2014
5521UnknownWChokeBrasileiro76KGR12014
5750Marcel GoncalvesMarcel GoncalvesWPts: 4x0World Champ.76KGR12014
5963Jorge EliasWDarce chokeNo Gi Pan Am.ABSR12014
5967Nik NikolaisenWPts: 4x0No Gi Pan Am.ABS4F2014
5969Abraham MarteAbraham MarteWPts: 4x2No Gi Pan Am.ABSSF2014
6006Luiz RosaWPts: 4x0NoGi Worlds73KG4F2014
6007Rafael BeneditoWPts: 12x0NoGi Worlds73KGSF2014
6009Rodrigo FreitasRodrigo FreitasWPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds73KGF2014
6086Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaWPts: 7x5NYC Pro82KG4F2014
6369Oliver GeddesOliver GeddesWTriangle armbarPolarisABSSPF2015
6393Ruben DarioWToe holdWorld Pro Trials86KG4F2015
6394Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaWPointsWorld Pro Trials86KGSF2015
6399UnknownWChokeWorld Pro TrialsABSSF2015
6528Choi ChoiWPts: 14x0European76KGR22015
6714Eduardo TellesEduardo TellesWPointsPan AmericanABSR12015
6776Luan CarvalhoLuan CarvalhoWPts: 2x2, AdvPan American76KGR22015
6783Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaWPointsPan American76KG4F2015
6785Gabriel RolloGabriel RolloWPts: 2x0Pan American76KGSF2015
7053Rich RyuWTriangle armbarOhio ChallengeABS4F2015
7054Paulo SantanaWToe holdOhio ChallengeABSSF2015
7055BJ NelsonWPts: 10x0Ohio ChallengeABSF2015
7066Ygor DantasWPointsWorld Pro75KGR12015
7069Alex CabanesWPointsWorld Pro75KGR22015
7174Yao NkromahWToe holdADCC US Trials77KGR12015
7178Richie MartinezRichie MartinezWToe holdADCC US Trials77KG8F2015
7770Karo ParisyanD---Metamoris UGABSSPF2015
8005Daniel StraussD---Polaris 294KGSPF2015
9368Jake ShieldsJake ShieldsD---Polaris 382KGSPF2016
9537Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaWPts: 2x0World Pro77KGR12016
9545Carlos CostaWKimura/armbarWorld Pro77KGR22016
9550Felipe CesarFelipe CesarWPts: 2x0World Pro77KG8F2016
9559Davi RamosDavi RamosWPts: 2x0World Pro77KG4F2016
9691Pedro HenriqueWSubmissionBrasileiro76KGR12016
9699Robson BorgesWArmbarBrasileiro76KG8F2016
10311Marat GafurovWReferee DecisionBerkut 3ABSSPF2016
10432Ituã SalesWChokeBrasileiro Equipes76KGF2016
10636Vagner RochaVagner RochaWDQF2W Pro 1477KGSPF2016
10824Ikuhisa MinowaWTrianglePolaris 480KGSPF2016
10849Andreas PeralesWArmbarNoGi Worlds73KGR22016
10852Enrico CoccoEnrico CoccoWPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds73KG4F2016
11252Nicollas WelkerWArmbarLong Beach Open76KGSF2016
11259Piter FrankWPointsLong Beach OpenABS4F2016
11896John CombsJohn CombsWPts: 2x0LA National Pro77KG4F2017
11899Bret RusselWPts: 10x0LA National Pro77KG3RD2017
11902Ronald HendersonWChoke from backLA National ProU77KG4F2017
11904Robert MalofWChoke from backLA National ProU77KGSF2017
12201Andreas PeralesWPointsRome Open76KGSF2017
12251Andreas PeralesWPts: 44x0European NoGi73KGSF2017
12253Ashley WilliamsAshley WilliamsWPts: 12x0European NoGi73KGF2017
12272Jakub WitkowskiWTriangleEuropean NoGiABS4F2017
12274Muslim PatsarigovMuslim PatsarigovWDQEuropean NoGiABSSF2017
12397Stanley RosaWPts: 4x0ADCC WC Trials77KGR22017
12405Issa AbleWReferee DecisionADCC WC Trials77KG8F2017
12417Magid HageWPts: 6x0ADCC WC Trials77KG8F2017
12420Jason HaydenWPts: 2x0ADCC WC Trials77KG4F2017
12422Oliver TazaWPts: 2x0ADCC WC Trials77KGSF2017
12652Samuel DiasWPts: 4x2Brasileiro76KGR12017
12979Caio NunesWPts: 4x0World Champ.70KGR12017
13542Lloyd CooperWChoke from backPolaris 578KGSPF2017
13795Nicky RyanWPts: 2x0ADCC66KGE12017
13801Ethan CrelinstenWPts: 2x0ADCC66KG4F2017
13803Pablo MantovaniPablo MantovaniWReferee DecisionADCC66KGSF2017
13916Phil BaroniWEBI/OTSUG 5ABSSPF2017
14537John CombsJohn CombsWPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds73KG4F2017
14541Lachlan GilesLachlan GilesWPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds73KGSF2017
14898Chai SirisuteWReferee DecisionF2W Pro 6177KGSPF2018
15205Thiago MacedoThiago MacedoWPts: 2x2, AdvPan American70KG8F2018
15678Marcos GalvaoMarcos GalvaoWInside heel hookKasai Pro 270KGSPF2018
15808Alex HuddlestonWPointsDenver OpenO100KGF2018
17173Pierpaolo ChiappeWPts: 0x0, AdvNo Gi Pan Am.73KG8F2018
17180Daniel SethWPts: 2x0No Gi Pan Am.73KG4F2018
17182Herbert BurnsHerbert BurnsWPts: 2x0No Gi Pan Am.73KGSF2018

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