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Andy Varela is a grappler and a mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter who holds the rank of black belt in jiu-jitsu under Casey Halstead of the 10th Planet team. Varela first made waves in the sport of grappling while competing in the Submission Underground (SUG) event, a promotion led by former UFC middleweight Chael Sonnen. Varela would later cement his claim as one of the top 170 lbs (77 kg) competitors in the sport after a superb performance at the 2022 ADCC West Coast Trials.

Andy Varela Jiu-Jitsu

Full Name: Andrea Varela

Nickname: “Andy”

Lineage: Carlos Gracie > Hélio Gracie > Carlos Gracie Júnior > Jean Jaques Machado > Eddie Bravo > Casey Halstead > Andy Varela

Main Achievements:

  • 2nd Place ADCC USA West Coast Trials (2022)

Favorite Position/Technique: RNC

Weight Division: Peso Médio (82,30 kg / 181.5 lbs)

Team/Association: 10th Planet

Andy Varela Biography

Andy Varela was born on March 20, 1992, in El Paso, Texas, where he grew up.

As a child, Andy played a variety of sports with basketball being the one he was most fond of, and the one that sparked his interest in physical activities. Varela also had basic combat training given by his father, who was a mixed martial artist himself, but it wasn’t until high school that the young Texan started officially working with a team, that team being the J.M. Hanks High School wrestling squad. Despite joining Hanks HS wrestling training room as a junior, Andy only competed for the team as a sophomore due to his poor grades.

Two years after he finished high school, 19-year-old Varela joined an MMA gym, making his amateur debut one year into his training – around the same time he joined his first jiu-jitsu class. Varela would go on to win the KOTC at the age of 22 and turn pro at 23.

Despite being well-known as a representative of the 10th Planet gym in Las Vegas, Varela started his grappling career in his hometown under Cristobal Davila at 10th Planet El Paso and earned all his belts up to brown from another well-known member of the 10P family, Mr. Victor Davila. Once he moved to Las Vegas, Andy Varela joined Vegas’ 10P affiliate under coach Casey Halstead who promoted him to black belt on November 24, 2019.

Although a black belt under the 10th Planet system, Varela is known in the grappling world for having a style of grappling that greatly differs from the traditional 10P methodology. When asked about how he developed his approach to grappling while climbing the ranks of the sport, Varela explained:

My style comes from watching a lot of different guys in the sport. Although I came up white to black under 10P, since I wrestled I always studied other players online that best fit my style or liking, athletes like Marcelo Garcia, Rafa Mendes, GSP, Jordan boroughs, etc. I traveled to compete and trained often at other gyms so it was easy to soak up different information from every style.

Andy Varela Grappling Record

37 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    10 (27%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (3%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    15 (41%)
  • BY DECISION
    6 (16%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (3%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    3 (8%)

15 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
RNC
60
9
#86e620
Reverse triangle
7
1
#5AD3D1
Submission
7
1
#d1212a
Armbar
7
1
#fad11b
Choke
7
1
#f58822
Anaconda
7
1
#224aba
Triangle
7
1
15
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
14 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    5 (36%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    3 (21%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (14%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (7%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    3 (21%)

3 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Guillotine
33
1
#86e620
Armlock
33
1
#5AD3D1
RNC
33
1
3
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Andy Varela Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
23790Kody SteeleKody SteeleLEBI/OTSUG 15ABS4F2020
25952Mason FowlerMason FowlerLEBI/OTSUG 22ABSSPF2021
26982Pedro MarinhoPedro MarinhoLGuillotineSUG 25ABSSPF2021
28716Jeferson GuaresiJeferson GuaresiLReferee Decision3CG Underdogs84KG4F2021
31465William TackettWilliam TackettLPts: 4x2ADCC WC Trials77KGF2022
32691Jansen GomesJansen GomesLArmlockWNXABSR12022
35031Roberto JimenezRoberto JimenezLRNCADCC77KGR12022
35102Nick RodriguezNick RodriguezLPts: 17x0ADCCABS8F2022
36963Luke GriffithLuke GriffithLEBI/OTUFC FP Inv.ABS4F2022
40187Oliver TazaOliver TazaLPts: 0x0, PenEnigma TV77KGSPF2023
41325Eduardo AvelarEduardo AvelarLPts: 2x0American NNG79KGF2023
42528Giancarlo BodoniGiancarlo BodoniLReferee DecisionBlue CollarABSSF2023
45862Achilles RochaLPts: 6x1UFC FPI 584KGSPF2023
48197Andrew TackettAndrew TackettLPts: 2x0ADCC WC Trials77KGSF2024
22950Amos RamosWRNCSub HunterN/ASPF2020
23886Alex LarmeyWReferee DecisionF2W 150N/ASPF2020
24085Nick RonanWEBI/OTSUG 18N/ASPF2020
24995Cris LencioniWEBI/OTSUG 19N/ASPF2020
25000Ben EgliWChokeSUG 20ABSSPF2020
25490Satoshi IshiiWEBI/OTSUG 21ABSSPF2021
26292Rafael DomingosWRNCSUG 23ABSSPF2021
28710Gabriel SantosWPoints3CG Underdogs84KGR12021
31211Oliver TazaOliver TazaWReferee DecisionF2W198N/ASPF2022
31408Ryan HooverWRNCADCC WC Trials77KGR12022
31426Joel GedersWRNCADCC WC Trials77KGR22022
31438Josiah IwamizuWPts: 3x0ADCC WC Trials77KGR32022
31449Nasif McPhersonWPts: 2x0ADCC WC Trials77KGR42022
31451Magid HageWPts: 3x0ADCC WC Trials77KG8F2022
31462Alan SanchezAlan SanchezWPts: 0x0, PenADCC WC Trials77KG4F2022
31463PJ BarchPJ BarchWReferee DecisionADCC WC Trials77KGSF2022
33522Daniel ManasoiuD---UFC Inv. 2ABSRR2022
41321Michael LaciWRNCAmerican NNG79KG4F2023
41324Jackson NagaiJackson NagaiWPts: 0x0, AdvAmerican NNG79KGSF2023
42063Ryan CarlWRNCADCC Arizona83KGR12023
42065Angelo ClaiborneAngelo ClaiborneWReferee DecisionADCC Arizona83KG8F2023
42067Cameron HurdWAnacondaADCC Arizona83KG4F2023
42069D. AsareWPts: 3x0ADCC Arizona83KGSF2023
42070Ernesto RiveraWPts: 2x0ADCC Arizona83KGF2023
42525Jay RodWReferee DecisionBlue CollarABS4F2023
42617Eduardo AvelarEduardo AvelarWPts: 2x0EUG JJB82KG4F2023
42621A. GranadosWPts: 19x0EUG JJB82KGSF2023
42622Oliver TazaOliver TazaWN/AEUG JJB82KGF2023
46262Mason EaglinWTriangleADCC LB83KG8F2024
46265Noah ChenWReverse triangleADCC LB83KG4F2024
46268Michael SalazarWSubmissionADCC LB83KGSF2024
46270Kyle ChambersWReferee DecisionADCC LB83KGF2024
48151Jordan JulianoWRNCADCC WC Trials77KGR12024
48165Sergio MartinezWArmbarADCC WC Trials77KGR22024
48184Chase VaughnWPts: 6x0ADCC WC Trials77KGR42024
48191Jon BaileyWRNCADCC WC Trials77KGR52024
48192John CombsJohn CombsWDQADCC WC Trials77KG4F2024
48199Max HansonMax HansonWRNCADCC WC Trials77KG3RD2024
5050 Guard Instructional by Lachlan Giles

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