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Brenda Larissa

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Brenda Larissa is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt under  Michael Langhi and Fábio Gurgel, who worked extensively with coach Melqui Galvão while representing the Alliance Team in the sport’s global circuit during the early stages of her career (later playing for Fight Sports). Larissa earned the reputation of being one of the prime competitors of her generation through her many wins in grappling’s top events, particularly those included in the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) and UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation (UAEJJF) calenders where she conquered multiple world titles. Brenda Larissa is also well known for her willingness to compete in the open weight class, one of the very few rooster weight competitors to do so.

Brenda Larissa Jiu-Jitsu

Full Name: Brenda Larissa

Nickname: N/A

Lineage 1: C. Gracie > H. Gracie > Rolls Gracie > Romero Cavalcanti > Fábio Gurgel > Brenda Larissa

Lineage 2: Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Rolls Gracie > Romero Cavalcanti > Alexandre Paiva > Fernando Augusto > Rubens Charles > Michael Langhi > Brenda Larissa

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place AJP Abu Dhabi World Pro (2021 / 2021+ / 2022)
  • 1st Place AJP Abu Dhabi World Pro BRA Qualifier (2021)
  • 1st Place AJP South American Continental Pro (2021)
  • 1st Place AJP Grand Slam, RJ (2020 / 2022)
  • 1st Place AJP Grand Slam, LDN (2020)
  • 1st Place AJP Grand Slam, MIA (2022)
  • 1st Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals (2022 / 2023)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF World Championship Open (2022)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF European Open (2023)
  • 2nd Place AJP Grand Slam, RJ (2023)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World Championship (2021)
  • 3rd Place AJP Grand Slam, MIA (2020)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship (2017 blue, 2018 purple)
  • 1st Place IBJJF South American Championship (2019 brown)
  • 1st Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals (2017 blue, 2018 purple, 2019 brown)
  • 1st Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals Juvenile (2016** blue)
  • 1st Place IBJJF São Paulo BJJ Pro (2019 brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Curitiba BJJ Pro (2019 brown)
  • 1st Place AJP Abu Dhabi Pro (2018 purple)
  • 1st Place AJP Grand Slam, LA (2017 purple, 2019 brown)
  • 1st Place AJP Grand Slam, RJ (2018 purple)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2019 brown)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World Championship (2017* blue)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF São Paulo BJJ Pro (2019* brown)

+ The AJP federation ran two Abu Dhabi World Pro events in 2021, one in April, and another in November, the “+” sign represents the 2nd event, in November.

Favorite Position/Technique: Well Rounded

Weight Division: Peso Galo (48,50 kg / 107.0 lbs)

Team/Association: Alliance

Brenda Larissa Biography

Brenda Larissa was born on February 09, 1999, in Manaus, the capital city of the Brazilian state of Amazonas.

Grappling is a big part of Brazilian culture and is well-engrained in day-to-day life through thousands of social projects scattered across the country, aimed to occupy kids from impoverished areas in their time off school. It was through one of these programs that Brenda first connected with jiu-jitsu when she was 10 years old.

Led by coach Melqui Galvão, one of the top talent producers in the region, Larissa quickly climbed the ladder of success in the Manaus’ kids’ tournament scene, earning the “competitor” status in the team and becoming part of Galvão’s athlete sponsorship.

After being denied her US visa during her first year training full-time (2016), and being unable to compete in the sport’s main event (the World Jiu-Jitsu Championship in California), Larissa focussed on the Brazilian Nationals, winning her weight class and the absolute (no weight limit) as a rooster-weight, a tremendous achievement for the young prodigy. During the following year, Brenda’s visa application was finally accepted and her talent was exposed to a global grappling audience.

After being noticed by the senior management of the Alliance international team, Brenda was offered a full scholarship to train and compete for the most accomplished academy in the jiu-jitsu world, an offer she accepted, moving to the team’s headquarters in São Paulo as a purple belt in 2017.

Under the guidance of coaches Michael Langhi, Fábio Gurgel, and Fernando Andrade Reis, Brenda had 2 extraordinary years in the colored belt divisions, an experience that led to her black belt promotion in December 2019, then becoming Master Gurgel’s #135th black belt promotion.

In 2021, Brenda returned to Manaus, and coach to coach Melqui’s training center. While there, Galvão became an affiliate of the Fight Sports team, which meant Larissa also represented the well-known Miami-based team on the international circuit.

In August 2023 Larissa severed ties with his longtime coach, Melqui Galvão, in a somewhat contentious ordeal. By her side, leaving the squad were also Fabricio Andrey (her husband) and  Luiz Paulo, two of the main figures in Galvão’s squad.

Brenda Larissa Grappling Record

    42 (62%)
    7 (10%)
    15 (22%)
    2 (3%)
    1 (1%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (1%)


Choke from back
Outside heel hook
Bow and arrow
Toe hold
    11 (50%)
    3 (14%)
    3 (14%)
    4 (18%)
    1 (5%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)


Choke from back
Triangle armlock

Brenda Larissa Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
22256Mayssa BastosMayssa BastosLPts: 4x4, AdvGrand Slam RJ49KGF2019
22964Mayssa BastosMayssa BastosLPts: 10x8Grand Slam AD49KGF2020
24804Duda TozoniDuda TozoniLReferee DecisionGrand Slam RJ49KGF2020
25155Duda TozoniDuda TozoniLPts: 2x1Brazil Nat. Pro49KGF2021
27282Abbygaile PontesLPts: 1x1Grand Slam MIA49KGSF2021
29365Duda TozoniDuda TozoniLPts: 0x0, AdvBalneario Open53KGF2021
29392Beatriz MesquitaBeatriz MesquitaLChoke from backQueen Of Mats62KGRR2021
29397Nathalie RibeiroLTriangle armlockQueen Of Mats62KGSF2021
29398Bianca BasilioBianca BasilioLPts: 10x0Queen Of Mats62KG3RD2021
29621Mayssa BastosMayssa BastosLChoke from backWorld Champ.49KGSF2021
33073Mayssa BastosMayssa BastosLPts: 6x4World Champ.49KGF2022
37360Mayssa BastosMayssa BastosLPts: 11x4European Open53KGF2023
38571Jhenifer AquinoJhenifer AquinoLReferee DecisionPan American49KGSF2023
40503Jhenifer AquinoJhenifer AquinoLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.49KGSF2023
40796Eliana CarauniEliana CarauniLReferee DecisionGrand Slam RJ49KGF2023
43110Duda TozoniDuda TozoniLPts: 4x4ADGS Miami49KGF2023
44923Mayssa BastosMayssa BastosLPts: 1x0World Pro49KGSF2023
47751Franciele SantosLPts: 0x0, PenADCC BRA255KG4F2024
48048Jessica CarolineJessica CarolineLPts: 2x0Pan American53KGSF2024
49258Mayssa BastosMayssa BastosLPts: 14x6Brasileiro53KGF2024
49642Diana TeixeiraLPts: 1x0ADGS ABD49KGF2024
50405Emily NicholsonLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.53KG4F2024
21652Ni Ni HoangWPts: 9x2Grand Slam LA49KGSF2019
21654Mayssa BastosMayssa BastosWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LA49KGF2019
24801Carolina OchotorenaWPts: 3x0Grand Slam RJ49KG4F2020
24803Polyana AraujoWPts: 2x1Grand Slam RJ49KGSF2020
25154Duda TozoniDuda TozoniWPts: 2x1Brazil Nat. Pro49KGRR2021
25575Isadora MaggioniWBow and arrowGrand Slam AD49KGSF2021
25576Eliana CarauniEliana CarauniWPts: 1x0Grand Slam AD49KGF2021
25651Isadora MaggioniWToe holdWP BR Qualifier49KGRR2021
25652Sayuri ToledoWPts: 6x0WP BR Qualifier49KGRR2021
25653Dina SouzaWPts: 6x0WP BR Qualifier49KGRR2021
25710Eliana CarauniEliana CarauniWPts: 2x1World Pro49KGRR2021
25712Mayssa BastosMayssa BastosWPts: 3x2World Pro49KGRR2021
26486Jessica CarolineJessica CarolineWPts: 2x0SA Cont. Pro49KGSF2021
27285Julia BalmanteWPts: 8x2Grand Slam MIA49KGRPC2021
27286Jessa KhanJessa KhanWPts: 7x4Grand Slam MIA49KG3RD2021
27745Alexa YanesWPts: 1x0Grand Slam MSK55KGRR2021
27746Alexa YanesWPts: 1x0Grand Slam MSK55KGRR2021
27976Duda TozoniDuda TozoniWPts: 1x0Brasilia Pro49KGF2021
28613Mariana RolsztMariana RolsztWChoke from backGrand Slam RJ49KG4F2021
28617Jessica CarolineJessica CarolineWPts: 2x2Grand Slam RJ49KGSF2021
28619Duda TozoniDuda TozoniWPts: 2x2Grand Slam RJ49KGF2021
29263Serena GabrielliSerena GabrielliWPts: 2x0World Pro49KGSF2021
29264Eliana CarauniEliana CarauniWPts: 1x1World Pro49KGF2021
29364Dayane SouzaWTriangleBalneario Open53KGRR2021
29373Luciane SilvaWPts: 6x2Balneario OpenABS4F2021
29394Alexa YanesWPts: 4x1Queen Of Mats62KGRR2021
29619Lavinia BarbosaWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.49KG4F2021
31178Sabrina MigliozziWChoke from backGrand Slam LDN49KG4F2022
31179Ni Ni HoangWPts: 5x4Grand Slam LDN49KGSF2022
31180M. IwatWPts: 2x0Grand Slam LDN49KGF2022
32227Jessica CarolineJessica CarolineWChoke from backBrasileiro53KGF2022
33068Lavinia BarbosaWPts: 2x0World Champ.49KG4F2022
33071Jhenifer AquinoJhenifer AquinoWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.49KGSF2022
34101Flavia SoaresWSubmissionGrand Slam RJ49KG4F2022
34106Diana TeixeiraWPts: 3x0Grand Slam RJ49KGSF2022
34107Jessica CarolineJessica CarolineWPts: 3x1Grand Slam RJ49KGF2022
34685Rawanna DasilvaWPts: 2x0Grand Slam MIA49KGSF2022
34687Thamires AquinoWPts: 3x2Grand Slam MIA49KGF2022
36444Serena GabrielliSerena GabrielliWPts: 2x0World Pro49KG4F2022
36448Diana TeixeiraWPts: 2x0World Pro49KGSF2022
36454Margarita OchoaWPts: 5x2World Pro49KGF2022
37110Eliana CarauniEliana CarauniWPts: 0x0, AdvRio SMO53KGSF2023
37111Nathalie GomesWChoke from backRio SMO53KGF2023
37359Rose SharouniRose SharouniWChokeEuropean Open53KGSF2023
38569Giulia GregorutGiulia GregorutWChoke from backPan American49KG4F2023
39702Giulia GregorutGiulia GregorutWPts: 0x0, AdvBrasileiro49KGSF2023
39703Jessica CarolineJessica CarolineWPts: 0x0, AdvBrasileiro49KGF2023
40500Giulia GregorutGiulia GregorutWChoke from backWorld Champ.49KG4F2023
40793Flavia SoaresWSubmissionGrand Slam RJ49KG4F2023
40794Jessica CarolineJessica CarolineWPts: 2x0Grand Slam RJ49KGSF2023
41442Beatriz MariaWPts: 2x2, AdvSP BJJ Pro53KGSF2023
41443Flavia SantosWPts: 14x0SP BJJ Pro53KGF2023
43107Ana Da SilvaWPts: 3x2ADGS Miami49KG4F2023
43109Diana TeixeiraWReferee DecisionADGS Miami49KGSF2023
44922Kacie TanKacie TanWPts: 4x2World Pro49KG4F2023
44930Eliana CarauniEliana CarauniWReferee DecisionWorld Pro49KGRPC2023
44931T. VictoriaWPts: 4x1World Pro49KG3RD2023
47372Mariana AndradeWOutside heel hookADCC BRA 155KG4F2024
47374Raquel FerreiraWPenADCC BRA 155KGSF2024
47376Gabi MendesWRNCADCC BRA 155KGF2024
48047Polyanna AraujoWPts: 6x0Pan American53KG4F2024
48784Kaisa PaunuWChoke from backADGS Rome49KG4F2024
48786Scout ShalonWPts: 9x1ADGS Rome49KGSF2024
48787Diana TeixeiraWPts: 1x0ADGS Rome49KGF2024
49254Nathalie TousonWPts: 8x2Brasileiro53KG4F2024
49256Jessica CarolineJessica CarolineWPointsBrasileiro53KGSF2024
49640Margarita OchoaWDQADGS ABD49KGSF2024
50400Patricia FontesWPts: 4x2World Champ.53KG8F2024
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