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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+)
  • 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)
  • 1st Place AJP Grand Slam, LDN (2020)
  • 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, 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: Fight Sports

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 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.

Brenda Larissa Grappling Record

    21 (78%)
    2 (7%)
    4 (15%)
    0 (0%)
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)


Bow and arrow
Toe hold
Choke from back
    4 (40%)
    2 (20%)
    3 (30%)
    1 (10%)
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)


Choke from back
Triangle armlock

Brenda Larissa Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
22187Mayssa BastosMayssa BastosLPts: 4x4, AdvGrand Slam RJ49KGF2019
22883Mayssa BastosMayssa BastosLPts: 10x8Grand Slam AD49KGF2020
24693Duda TozoniDuda TozoniLReferee DecisionGrand Slam RJ49KGF2020
25029Duda TozoniDuda TozoniLPts: 2x1Brazil Nat. Pro49KGF2021
27131Abbygaile PontesLPts: 1x1Grand Slam MIA49KGSF2021
29197Duda TozoniDuda TozoniLPts: 0x0, AdvBalneario Open53KGF2021
29224Beatriz MesquitaBeatriz MesquitaLChoke from backQueen Of Mats62KGRR2021
29229Nathalie RibeiroLTriangle armlockQueen Of Mats62KGSF2021
29230Bianca BasilioBianca BasilioLPts: 10x0Queen Of Mats62KG3RD2021
29451Mayssa BastosMayssa BastosLChoke from backWorld Champ.49KGSF2021
21595Ni Ni HoangWPts: 9x2Grand Slam LA49KGSF2019
21597Mayssa BastosMayssa BastosWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LA49KGF2019
24690Carolina OchotorenaWPts: 3x0Grand Slam RJ49KG4F2020
24692Polyana AraujoWPts: 2x1Grand Slam RJ49KGSF2020
25028Duda TozoniDuda TozoniWPts: 2x1Brazil Nat. Pro49KGRR2021
25444Isadora MaggioniWBow and arrowGrand Slam AD49KGSF2021
25445Eliana CarauniWPts: 1x0Grand Slam AD49KGF2021
25520Isadora MaggioniWToe holdWP BR Qualifier49KGRR2021
25521Sayuri ToledoWPts: 6x0WP BR Qualifier49KGRR2021
25522Dina SouzaWPts: 6x0WP BR Qualifier49KGRR2021
25579Eliana CarauniWPts: 2x1World Pro49KGRR2021
25581Mayssa BastosMayssa BastosWPts: 3x2World Pro49KGRR2021
26347Jessica DantasWPts: 2x0SA Cont. Pro49KGSF2021
27134Julia BalmanteWPts: 8x2Grand Slam MIA49KGRPC2021
27135Jessa KhanJessa KhanWPts: 7x4Grand Slam MIA49KG3RD2021
27589Alexa YanesWPts: 1x0Grand Slam MSK55KGRR2021
27590Alexa YanesWPts: 1x0Grand Slam MSK55KGRR2021
27820Duda TozoniDuda TozoniWPts: 1x0Brasilia Pro49KGF2021
28454Mariana RolsztWChoke from backGrand Slam RJ49KG4F2021
28458Jessica CarolineWPts: 2x2Grand Slam RJ49KGSF2021
28460Duda TozoniDuda TozoniWPts: 2x2Grand Slam RJ49KGF2021
29095Serena GabrielliSerena GabrielliWPts: 2x0World Pro49KGSF2021
29096Eliana CarauniWPts: 1x1World Pro49KGF2021
29196Dayane SouzaWTriangleBalneario Open53KGRR2021
29205Luciane SilvaWPts: 6x2Balneario OpenABS4F2021
29226Alexa YanesWPts: 4x1Queen Of Mats62KGRR2021
29449Lavinia BarbosaWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.49KG4F2021
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