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Austin Baker is a jiu-jitsu black belt under Flávio Almeida who represents the Gracie Barra Academy in the sport’s international circuit. Baker first made waves in grappling as a colored belt, a time when he conquered a Pan American title with the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) as well as a silver medal at the World Championships, also with the IBJJF. During his black belt debut year (2021), Austin conquered important medals at the American Nationals and other International Open tournaments, further cementing his place as one of the top ultra-heavyweight (over 222.0 lbs) prospects in grappling.

Austin Baker Jiu-Jitsu

Full Name: Austin Baker

Nickname: N/A

Lineage: Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Carlos Gracie Junior > Flávio Almeida > Austin Baker

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place IBJJF New Orleans Open (2021**)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Boise Open (2021)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Boise Open (2021*)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF American Nationals (2021)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF American Nationals (2021*)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF American Nationals NOGI (2021)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • 1st Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2020 brown)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF World Championship (2018 purple)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2017 purple)

* Absolute
** Weight and Absolute

Favorite Position/Technique: Blitz Passing Style

Weight Division: Pesadíssimo (+100,50 kg / +222.0 lbs)

Team/Association: Gracie Barra

Austin Baker Biography

Austin Baker was born on August 9th, 1994, in San Francisco’s Bay Area, in the United States, but lived in many different locations within the state of California while growing up.

An active kid from early in his development, (American) Football was Austin’s first sporting love, one he played competitively from middle school all the way to college, with the Riverside City College Tigers.

Ending his football career at the age of 20, Austin was at a crossroads as there was no prospect for a fruitful career in the sport he had practiced for the past decade, but there was still plenty of competitive drive in him. As he was a big fan of mixed martial arts, he decided to gear his athletic potential towards a career in cage fighting.

In preparation for his MMA career, Baker joined a local Gracie Barra gym (GB Corona) where he learned jiu-jitsu from coach AJ Polder. Austin spent 2 years training with Polder, where he earned his blue and purple belt rank promotions.

As his love for jiu-jitsu slowly outgrew his interest in MMA, Austin started dedicating more of his time to grappling. This led the California native to switch gyms after 2 years with GB Corona in the pursuit of a more challenging training environment, then joining Philipe Della Monica’s Gracie Barra Headquarters Academy as a purple belt.

The fact that Baker was gaining plenty of traction as a grappler came with a predicament. As his mat prowess became known, finding fighters willing to compete against him at entry-level shows (Austin was 1-0-0 at the time) for experience began to be an arduous endeavor.

With this and a few other obstacles in the way of a profitable MMA career, and considering Austin was growingly interested in jiu-jitsu, the table was set for a complete career change. As such, in 2018, Baker moved to Arizona to be part of the growing Gracie Barra squad there, led by Flávio Almeida.

In January 2021, Austin finally took a complete dive and turned pro, quitting his job at a game shop to dedicate all his time to jiu-jitsu. Only a few days later, Baker was promoted to black belt alongside his teammates Thiago Aso and Lucas Norat.

Austin Baker Grappling Record

24 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    5 (21%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (13%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    15 (63%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

15 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Katagatame
20
3
#86e620
Choke from back
20
3
#5AD3D1
Short choke
13
2
#d1212a
Kimura
7
1
#fad11b
Bow and arrow
7
1
#f58822
Armbar
7
1
#224aba
Violin armlock
7
1
#ff9124
RNC
7
1
#bf1f6c
Americana
7
1
#22c9a5
No arm triangle
7
1
15
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
10 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    10 (100%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    0 (0%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

0 SUBMISSION LOSSES

Austin Baker Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
25616Diego FerreiraLPts: 4x2Houston OpenO100KGSF2021
26370Ronaldo JuniorRonaldo JuniorLPts: 2x0Boise OpenABSF2021
26467Fellipe AndrewFellipe AndrewLPts: 33x0American NatsO100KGF2021
26473Bruno LimaBruno LimaLPts: 7x0American NatsABSSF2021
26519John HansenLPts: 13x4American NGNO97KGSF2021
26523Bruno LimaBruno LimaLPts: 7x4American NGNABSR12021
27034Max GimenisMax GimenisLPts: 11x4Grand Slam MIA120KG4F2021
27039Helton JoseHelton JoseLPts: 2x1Grand Slam MIA120KG3RD2021
27291Fellipe AndrewFellipe AndrewLPts: 6x0Pan AmericanABSSF2021
27406Rodrigo RibeiroRodrigo RibeiroLPts: 4x0Pan AmericanO100KG4F2021
25526Michael EstesWShort chokeSub May DayABSN/A2021
25527Justin FabacWKatagatameSub May DayABSN/A2021
25529Jacob CouchWShort chokeSub May DayABSF2021
25535Justin FabacWKimuraSS May Day GIABS4F2021
25537Nate FentonWBow and arrowSS May Day GIABSSF2021
25539Kieran KichukKieran KichukWInjurySS May Day GIABSF2021
25806Caio CaetanoCaio CaetanoWKatagatameN.Orleans OpenO100KGF2021
25814Giancarlo BodoniGiancarlo BodoniWPts: 0x0, AdvN.Orleans OpenABSSF2021
25815Caio CaetanoCaio CaetanoWPts: 12x2N.Orleans OpenABSF2021
26366Renato TagliariWPts: 0x0, AdvBoise Open100KGF2021
26369Renato TagliariWPts: 9x0Boise OpenABSSF2021
26465Victor BarretoWChoke from backAmerican NatsO100KGSF2021
26469Victor BarretoWChoke from backAmerican NatsABS4F2021
26757Jose MunozWArmbarF2W 178100KGSPF2021
26825Marlon TanakaWViolin armlockPhoenix OpenABS4F2021
26828Antonio ZuazoWRNCPhoenix OpenABSSF2021
26829Jake WatsonJake WatsonWPts: 0x0, AdvPhoenix OpenABSF2021
26840Yuri SantosWPts: 13x0Phoenix NGOO97KGF2021
26841Damon MorganWPts: 25x0Phoenix NGOABSR12021
26843Estevan GarciaWKatagatamePhoenix NGOABS4F2021
26844Kevin BerbrichWAmericanaPhoenix NGOABSSF2021
26846Andre PorfirioAndre PorfirioWNo arm trianglePhoenix NGOABSF2021
27279Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoWChoke from backPan AmericanABS8F2021
27286Mathias LunaMathias LunaWPts: 5x0Pan AmericanABS4F2021

Austin Baker Performance at Sub Spectrum 2021

 

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