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AJ Agazarm

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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 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 Championship 2nd Place (2017)
  • IBJJF Pan American No Gi Championship 2nd Place (2014*)
  • IBJJF Pan American Championship 2nd Place (2015)
  • CBJJ Brazilian National No Gi Championship 2nd Place (2013*)
  • IBJJF American National Championship 2nd Place (2013**)
  • IBJJF Rome International Open 2nd Place (2017)
  • IBJJF European No Gi Open Championship 2nd Place (2017*)
  • IBJJF Pan American No Gi Championship 3rd Place (2014/2013*)
  • IBJJF World No Gi Championship 3rd Place (2016/2013)
  • IBJJF European Open 3rd Place (2014)
  • IBJJF European No Gi Open 3rd Place (2013*)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • IBJJF World No Gi Champion (2014)
  • IBJJF World Champion (2007 blue)
  • IBJJF Pan American Champion (2012 brown)
  • IBJJF American National Champion (2012 brown)
  • IBJJF Pan American Championship 2nd Place (2013 brown)
  • IBJJF Pan American No-Gi Championship 2nd Place (2012* brown)
  • IBJJF Brazilian National Championship 2nd Place (2013* brown)
  • IBJJF Pan American No Gi Championship 3rd Place (2012 brown)
  • IBJJF World Championship 3rd Place (2012 brown)
  • IBJJF European Open 3rd Place (2013 brown)
  • CBJJ Brazilian National Championship 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

109 WINS
    60 (55%)
    3 (3%)
    38 (35%)
    6 (6%)
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    2 (2%)


Toe hold
Choke from back
Triangle armbar
Darce choke
    32 (50%)
    11 (17%)
    10 (16%)
    10 (16%)
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (2%)


Choke from back

AJ Agazarm Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
4845Alan FinfouAlan FinfouLReferee DecisionEuropean NoGiABSSF2013
4859Claudio MattosClaudio MattosLAdvRio Open76KGF2013
4879Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLArmbarAmerican NationalsABSF2013
4906Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLChokeNoGi Pan AmericanABSSF2013
4935Leonardo VieiraLeonardo VieiraLReferee DecisionADCC77KG4F2013
5013Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaLArmbarBrasileiro NoGiABSF2013
5040Marcelo MafraLReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds76KGSF2013
5054Lucas LeiteLucas LeiteLAdvNoGi WorldsABS4F2013
5093Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoLAdvLas Vegas Open76KGSF2013
5173Francisco IturraldeFrancisco IturraldeLPointsEuropean76KGSF2014
5211James PuopoloJames PuopoloLChoke from backPan AmericanABSR22014
5419Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoLPts: 4x0NY Spring OpenABSF2014
5448Sandro VieiraLDQBrasileiro76KG4F2014
5585Gilbert BurnsGilbert BurnsLPointsADCC Florida77KGSPF2014
5601Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLChoke from backWorld Champ.ABSR22014
5685Roberto SatoshiRoberto SatoshiLChoke from backWorld Champ.76KG8F2014
5849Josh HingerJosh HingerLPointsAm. Nat. NoGiABSSF2014
5860Garry TononGarry TononLRNCNo Gi Pan Am.73KGSF2014
5882Jackson SousaJackson SousaLArmbarNo Gi Pan Am.ABSF2014
5891Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeLPts: 2x2, AdvNo Gi WorldsABSRDS2014
5958Bruno FrazattoBruno FrazattoLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld ExpoABSSPF2014
5996Otavio SousaOtavio SousaLChoke from backNYC Pro82KGSF2014
6282AJ SousaAJ SousaLAdvWorld Pro Trials86KGF2015
6286AJ SousaAJ SousaLPts: 6x2World Pro TrialsABSF2015
6417Rafael PereiraLPts: 4x2European76KG4F2015
6616Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPointsPan AmericanABSR32015
6670JT TorresJT TorresLPts: 10x0Pan American76KGF2015
6955Lucas LepriLucas LepriLPts: 2x0World Pro75KG4F2015
7027Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 2x0World ProABSR12015
7061Sergio ArdilaSergio ArdilaLPts: 2x0ADCC US Trials77KG4F2015
7769Otavio SousaOtavio SousaLRNCADCC77KGR12015
7821Joao RochaJoao RochaLReferee DecisionADCCABSR12015
8370Augusto MendesAugusto MendesLReferee DecisionBerkut 2ABSSPF2015
9394Roberto SatoshiRoberto SatoshiLPts: 4x0World Pro77KGSF2016
9397Jhonny LoureiroJhonny LoureiroLPts: 4x4, AdvWorld Pro77KG3RD2016
9533Juan KamezawaJuan KamezawaLPts: 11x2Brasileiro76KG4F2016
9757Mansher KheraMansher KheraLPts: 4x2World Champ.76KGR12016
10649Marcio AndreMarcio AndreLPts: 2x2, AdvNoGi Worlds73KGSF2016
11037Thiago MacedoThiago MacedoLPts: 2x0Long Beach Open76KGF2016
11045Nick SchrockNick SchrockLPts: 0x0, AdvLong Beach OpenABSSF2016
11347Dillon DanisDillon DanisLPointsSUG 3ABSSPF2017
11426Garry TononGarry TononLReferee DecisionF2W 2476KGSPF2017
11586Davi RamosDavi RamosLPointsACBJJ 475KG4F2017
11621Stephen MartinezLPointsLA National Pro77KGSF2017
11630Isaac DoederleinIsaac DoederleinLPointsLA National ProU77KGF2017
11776Joao AlvesLPts: 2x0Pan American76KGR12017
11922Jake MackenzieJake MackenzieLPts: 2x0Rome Open76KGF2017
11935Rodrigo ReisLPts: 10x3Rome OpenABS4F2017
11994Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyLPts: 21x0European NoGiABSF2017
12131Vagner RochaVagner RochaLReferee DecisionADCC WC Trials77KGF2017
12228Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaLPts: 5x0WP US Qualifier77KGRR2017
12229Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaLPts: 9x0WP US Qualifier77KGRR2017
12362Jose CarlosJose CarlosLPts: 22x2Brasileiro76KGR22017
12479Dillon DanisDillon DanisLPts: 10x0Atlanta Sp. Open88KGF2017
12671Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoLPts: 2x0World Champ.70KG8F2017
12843Ben HendersonLReferee DecisionF2W Pro 37ABSSPF2017
13053Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLReferee DecisionF2W Pro 4182KGSPF2017
13428Rubens CharlesRubens CharlesLPts: 3x0ADCC66KGF2017
13985Nathan OrchardLPointsSUG 676KGSPF2017
13993Renato CanutoRenato CanutoDPts: 0x0Kasai Pro70KGRR2017
13996Garry TononGarry TononLPts: 2x0Kasai Pro70KGRR2017
13997Mansher KheraMansher KheraLPts: 2x0Kasai Pro70KGRR2017
14084Renato CanutoRenato CanutoLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds73KGF2017
14487Ben HendersonLReferee DecisionPolaris 684KGSPF2018
14670Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoLPts: 0x0, AdvPan American70KG4F2018
4835Daniel MendoncaWChokeRome Open76KGF2013
4836Oliver GeddesOliver GeddesWPts: 6x0Rome Open76KGSF2013
4843UnknownWArmbarEuropean NoGiABS4F2013
4849Daniel MendoncaWWristlockEuropean NoGi76KGF2013
4854UnknownWChokeRio Open76KGR12013
4855UnknownWPointsRio Open76KG4F2013
4857Theodoro CanalTheodoro CanalWPts: 2x0Rio Open76KGSF2013
4869Choi ChoiWPts: 32x0American Nationals76KG4F2013
4872Choi ChoiWPts: 32x0American Nationals76KG4F2013
4873Oliver GeddesOliver GeddesWPts: 4x0American Nationals76KGSF2013
4876Antonio AntnioliWPts: 4x0American NationalsABS4F2013
4877Samir ChantreSamir ChantreWPointsAmerican NationalsABSSF2013
4881Denny ProkoposDenny ProkoposWPts: 4x0NoGi American Nat.76KGSF2013
4882Diogo FreitasWReferee DecisionNoGi American Nat.76KGF2013
4887James PuopoloJames PuopoloWPts: 9x4NoGi American Nat.ABS4F2013
4890Samir ChantreSamir ChantreWPointsNoGi American Nat.ABSSF2013
4891Eduardo TellesEduardo TellesWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi American Nat.ABSF2013
4895Steven BarnettWChokeNoGi Pan American76KGSF2013
4896Nicolas MoraesWToe holdNoGi Pan American76KGF2013
4897Luciano CristovaoWPts: 6x0NoGi Pan AmericanABS4F2013
4925DJ JacksonDJ JacksonWReferee DecisionADCC77KGR12013
5003UnknownWArmbarBrasileiro NoGi76KGR12013
5004UnknownWToe holdBrasileiro NoGi76KG4F2013
5005Sandro VieiraWPts: 6x2Brasileiro NoGi76KGSF2013
5006Kim TerraKim TerraWChokeBrasileiro NoGi76KGF2013
5009UnknownWChokeBrasileiro NoGiABSR12013
5010Kim TerraKim TerraWPts: 23x0Brasileiro NoGiABS4F2013
5012Gabriel LucasGabriel LucasWPts: 9x0Brasileiro NoGiABSSF2013
5038Peter RunezWPts: 4x0NoGi Worlds76KGR12013
5053Enrico CoccoEnrico CoccoWPts: 4x0NoGi WorldsABSR12013
5392Ryan DurbinWArmbarChicago Open NoGi82KGF2014
5393Oliver GeddesOliver GeddesWPts: 23x0Chicago Open NoGi82KGSF2014
5394Briklin WelchWArmbarChicago Sp. Open82KGF2014
5395Briklin WelchWPts: 9x0Chicago Sp. Open82KGSF2014
5396Paulo HenriqueWPts: 4x0Rome Open73KGSF2014
5397Oliver GeddesOliver GeddesWPointsRome Open73KGF2014
5398Ralf CarneburnWChokeEuropean NoGi73KGSF2014
5399Paulo HenriqueWToe holdEuropean NoGi73KGF2014
5401UnknownWArmbarEuropean NoGiABS4F2014
5402UnknownWPts: 6x0European NoGiABSSF2014
5403Mauricio HenriqueWChokeEuropean NoGiABSF2014
5416Briklin WelchWPts: 15x2NY Spring Open76KGF2014
5417Washington LimaWChokeNY Spring OpenABS4F2014
5418Antonio AntonioliWPts: 13x6NY Spring OpenABSSF2014
5675Marcel GoncalvesMarcel GoncalvesWPts: 4x0World Champ.76KGR12014
5875Jorge EliasWDarce chokeNo Gi Pan Am.ABSR12014
5879Nik NikolaisenWPts: 4x0No Gi Pan Am.ABS4F2014
5881Abraham MarteAbraham MarteWPts: 4x2No Gi Pan Am.ABSSF2014
5917Luiz RosaWPts: 4x0No Gi Worlds73KG4F2014
5918Rafael BeneditoWPts: 12x0No Gi Worlds73KGSF2014
5920Rodrigo FreitasRodrigo FreitasWPts: 2x0No Gi Worlds73KGF2014
5994Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaWPts: 7x5NYC Pro82KG4F2014
6258Oliver GeddesOliver GeddesWTriangle armbarPolarisABSSPF2015
6279Ruben DarioWToe holdWorld Pro Trials86KG4F2015
6280Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaWPointsWorld Pro Trials86KGSF2015
6285UnknownWChokeWorld Pro TrialsABSSF2015
6412Choi ChoiWPts: 14x0European76KGR22015
6598Eduardo TellesEduardo TellesWPointsPan AmericanABSR12015
6660Luan CarvalhoLuan CarvalhoWPts: 2x2, AdvPan American76KGR22015
6667Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaWPointsPan American76KG4F2015
6669Gabriel RolloGabriel RolloWPts: 2x0Pan American76KGSF2015
6933Rich RyuWTriangle armbarOhio ChallengeABS4F2015
6934Paulo SantanaWToe holdOhio ChallengeABSSF2015
6935BJ NelsonWPts: 10x0Ohio ChallengeABSF2015
6946Ygor DantasWPointsWorld Pro75KGR12015
6949Alex CabanesWPointsWorld Pro75KGR22015
7054Yao NkromahWToe holdADCC US Trials77KGR12015
7058Richie MartinezRichie MartinezWToe holdADCC US Trials77KG8F2015
7632Karo ParisyanD---Metamoris UGABSSPF2015
7865Daniel StraussD---Polaris 294KGSPF2015
9205Jake ShieldsJake ShieldsD---Polaris 382KGSPF2016
9369Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaWPts: 2x0World Pro77KGR12016
9377Carlos CostaWKimura/armbarWorld Pro77KGR22016
9382Felipe CesarFelipe CesarWPts: 2x0World Pro77KG8F2016
9391Davi RamosDavi RamosWPts: 2x0World Pro77KG4F2016
9523Pedro HenriqueWSubmissionBrasileiro76KGR12016
9531Robson BorgesWArmbarBrasileiro76KG8F2016
10130Marat GafurovWReferee DecisionBerkut 3ABSSPF2016
10248Ituã SalesWChokeBrasileiro Equipes76KGF2016
10432Vagner RochaVagner RochaWDQF2W Pro 1477KGSPF2016
10619Ikuhisa MinowaWTrianglePolaris 480KGSPF2016
10643Andreas PeralesWArmbarNoGi Worlds73KGR22016
10646Enrico CoccoEnrico CoccoWPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds73KG4F2016
11036Nicollas WelkerWArmbarLong Beach Open76KGSF2016
11043Piter FrankWPointsLong Beach OpenABS4F2016
11620John CombsJohn CombsWPts: 2x0LA National Pro77KG4F2017
11623Bret RusselWPts: 10x0LA National Pro77KG3RD2017
11626Ronald HendersonWChoke from backLA National ProU77KG4F2017
11628Robert MalofWChoke from backLA National ProU77KGSF2017
11921Andreas PeralesWPointsRome Open76KGSF2017
11969Andreas PeralesWPts: 44x0European NoGi73KGSF2017
11971Ashley WilliamsWPts: 12x0European NoGi73KGF2017
11990Jakub WitkowskiWTriangleEuropean NoGiABS4F2017
11992Muslim PatsarigovMuslim PatsarigovWDQEuropean NoGiABSSF2017
12104Stanley RosaWPts: 4x0ADCC WC Trials77KGR22017
12112Issa AbleWReferee DecisionADCC WC Trials77KG8F2017
12124Magid HageWPts: 6x0ADCC WC Trials77KG8F2017
12127Jason HaydenWPts: 2x0ADCC WC Trials77KG4F2017
12129Oliver TazaWPts: 2x0ADCC WC Trials77KGSF2017
12354Samuel DiasWPts: 4x2Brasileiro76KGR12017
12663Caio NunesWPts: 4x0World Champ.70KGR12017
13172Lloyd CooperWChoke from backPolaris 578KGSPF2017
13418Nicky RyanWPts: 2x0ADCC66KGE12017
13424Ethan CrelinstenWPts: 2x0ADCC66KG4F2017
13426Pablo MantovaniPablo MantovaniWReferee DecisionADCC66KGSF2017
13525Phil BaroniWPointsSUG 5ABSSPF2017
14079John CombsJohn CombsWPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds73KG4F2017
14083Lachlan GilesLachlan GilesWPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds73KGSF2017
14388Chai SirisuteWReferee DecisionF2W Pro 6177KGSPF2018
14664Thiago MacedoThiago MacedoWPts: 2x2, AdvPan American70KG8F2018

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