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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

43 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    10 (23%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (2%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    20 (47%)
  • BY DECISION
    6 (14%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (2%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    5 (12%)

20 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
RNC
70
14
#86e620
Reverse triangle
5
1
#5AD3D1
Submission
5
1
#d1212a
Armbar
5
1
#fad11b
Choke
5
1
#f58822
Anaconda
5
1
#224aba
Triangle
5
1
20
(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
23800Kody SteeleKody SteeleLEBI/OTSUG 15ABS4F2020
25965Mason FowlerMason FowlerLEBI/OTSUG 22ABSSPF2021
26995Pedro MarinhoPedro MarinhoLGuillotineSUG 25ABSSPF2021
28729Jeferson GuaresiJeferson GuaresiLReferee Decision3CG Underdogs84KG4F2021
31480William TackettWilliam TackettLPts: 4x2ADCC WC Trials77KGF2022
32709Jansen GomesJansen GomesLArmlockWNXABSR12022
35051Roberto JimenezRoberto JimenezLRNCADCC77KGR12022
35122Nick RodriguezNick RodriguezLPts: 17x0ADCCABS8F2022
37003Luke GriffithLuke GriffithLEBI/OTUFC FP Inv.ABS4F2022
40239Oliver TazaOliver TazaLPts: 0x0, PenEnigma TV77KGSPF2023
41377Eduardo AvelarEduardo AvelarLPts: 2x0American NNG79KGF2023
42580Giancarlo BodoniGiancarlo BodoniLReferee DecisionBlue CollarABSSF2023
45922Achilles RochaLPts: 6x1UFC FPI 584KGSPF2023
48261Andrew TackettAndrew TackettLPts: 2x0ADCC WC Trials77KGSF2024
48995Davis AsareD---PGF 679KGR22024
49031PJ BarchPJ BarchD---PGF 679KGR52024
49085Renato CanutoRenato CanutoD---PGF 679KGR92024
22960Amos RamosWRNCSub HunterN/ASPF2020
23896Alex LarmeyWReferee DecisionF2W 150N/ASPF2020
24098Nick RonanWEBI/OTSUG 18N/ASPF2020
25008Cris LencioniWEBI/OTSUG 19N/ASPF2020
25013Ben EgliWChokeSUG 20ABSSPF2020
25503Satoshi IshiiWEBI/OTSUG 21ABSSPF2021
26305Rafael DomingosWRNCSUG 23ABSSPF2021
28723Gabriel SantosWPoints3CG Underdogs84KGR12021
31226Oliver TazaOliver TazaWReferee DecisionF2W198N/ASPF2022
31423Ryan HooverWRNCADCC WC Trials77KGR12022
31441Joel GedersWRNCADCC WC Trials77KGR22022
31453Josiah IwamizuWPts: 3x0ADCC WC Trials77KGR32022
31464Nasif McPhersonWPts: 2x0ADCC WC Trials77KGR42022
31466Magid HageWPts: 3x0ADCC WC Trials77KG8F2022
31477Alan SanchezAlan SanchezWPts: 0x0, PenADCC WC Trials77KG4F2022
31478PJ BarchPJ BarchWReferee DecisionADCC WC Trials77KGSF2022
33540Daniel ManasoiuD---UFC Inv. 2ABSRR2022
41373Michael LaciWRNCAmerican NNG79KG4F2023
41376Jackson NagaiJackson NagaiWPts: 0x0, AdvAmerican NNG79KGSF2023
42115Ryan CarlWRNCADCC Arizona83KGR12023
42117Angelo ClaiborneAngelo ClaiborneWReferee DecisionADCC Arizona83KG8F2023
42119Cameron HurdWAnacondaADCC Arizona83KG4F2023
42121D. AsareWPts: 3x0ADCC Arizona83KGSF2023
42122Ernesto RiveraWPts: 2x0ADCC Arizona83KGF2023
42577Jay RodriguezJay RodriguezWReferee DecisionBlue CollarABS4F2023
42669Eduardo AvelarEduardo AvelarWPts: 2x0EUG JJB82KG4F2023
42673A. GranadosWPts: 19x0EUG JJB82KGSF2023
42674Oliver TazaOliver TazaWN/AEUG JJB82KGF2023
46322Mason EaglinWTriangleADCC LB83KG8F2024
46325Noah ChenWReverse triangleADCC LB83KG4F2024
46328Michael SalazarWSubmissionADCC LB83KGSF2024
46330Kyle ChambersWReferee DecisionADCC LB83KGF2024
48215Jordan JulianoWRNCADCC WC Trials77KGR12024
48229Sergio MartinezWArmbarADCC WC Trials77KGR22024
48248Chase VaughnWPts: 6x0ADCC WC Trials77KGR42024
48255Jon BaileyWRNCADCC WC Trials77KGR52024
48256John CombsJohn CombsWDQADCC WC Trials77KG4F2024
48263Max HansonMax HansonWRNCADCC WC Trials77KG3RD2024
48985Cam HurdWRNCPGF 679KGR12024
49000Jamie CarnallWRNCPGF 679KGR32024
49015K. BeuhringD---PGF 679KGR42024
49036Nathan HaddadD---PGF 679KGR62024
49068Ben EddyD---PGF 679KGR72024
49077Cody FritzWRNCPGF 679KGR82024
49090Alvaro PenedoDRNCPGF 679KGR102024
49098Elijah CarltonD---PGF 679KGR112024
49108Max HansonMax HansonD---PGF 679KGR122024
49119K. BeuhringWRNCPGF 679KG4F2024
49122PJ BarchPJ BarchWEBI/OTPGF 679KGSF2024
49124J. ThompsonWEBI/OTPGF 679KGF2024
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