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Enrico Cocco

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Enrico Cocco is a Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt under Marcos and David Avellan, who specialized in the no-gi facet of the sport, particularly in the American competitive circuit. Cocco was regarded as a grappling prodigy as a teenager, a reputation earned through his repeated victories in adult divisions of local and national tournaments. Enrico Cocco is also the head instructor and founder of Zen Jiu Jitsu, as well as a role model and active spokesperson for the benefits of plant based diets in our sport.

Enrico Cocco Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Enrico Daniel Cocco

Nickname: “Teenage Phenom” a name often used to describe Cocco during his early jiu jitsu days.

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Francisco Mansor > Joe Moreira > Ricardo Teixeira > Marcos/David Avellan > Enrico Cocco

Main Achievements:

  • ADCC US Trials Champion (2009, 2011, 2014)
  • Grapplers Quest Pro Star Champion (2009)
  • Pan American No-Gi Championship Runner-up (2014)
  • Sapateiro Invitational Runner-up (2016)
  • World No-Gi Championship 3rd Place (2014)

Favorite Position/Technique: Open Guard

Weight Division: Peso Médio (82kg/181lbs)

Team/Association: Zen Jiu Jitsu / Fight Sports

Enrico Cocco Biography

Enrico Cocco was born on October 8, 1987 in Miami, Florida – United States.

His parents owned a taekwondo school since 1985, and instilled in Enrico a love for martial arts from early on, formally introducing him to structured classes at the age of 4. Cocco would go on to be an assistant instructor at the academy as a child and earn his black belt in TKD as a teenager.

When Enrico was 13 years old, one of the Avellan brothers started dating his older sister. Through that relationship Cocco was introduced to jiu jitsu, starting his grappling classes at Avellan’s Freestyle Fighting Academy.

The Avellan brothers were both former high school wrestlers who transitioned to shootfighting (a form of mixed martial arts [MMA]) while training under Randy Ibarra. Highly versed in grappling, the brothers also sought out formal jiu jitsu instruction, finding it in Ricardo Teixeira. The man who promoted the Avellan’s to black belt.

By the time he was 15 years old, Enrico was already being pointed as a future star in the sport of grappling, thanks to his competitive accolades. It was also around that time that Cocco started coaching jiu jitsu at the Avellan brother’s gym, a job he held until his 21st birthday – 2007. The same year when Enrico earned his black belt.

Around 2009 Enrico Cocco opened the doors of his own academy – Zen Jiu Jitsu, distancing himself from the Freestyle Fighting Academy. Working almost exclusively with his own students, Cocco conquered some important wins in prestigious tournaments such as the ADCC US Trials.

In 2013, after losing a 0-0 referee decision to Vagner Rocha at the ADCC North American trials. Enrico was invited by Vagner, to come and train at Fight Sport’s pro class, a group supervised by Roberto “Cyborg” Abreu. Enrico accepted the invitation and was pleased with the group, starting a relationship with the team that led Cyborg to offer Cocco his IBJJF black belt certificate.

Enrico Cocco Grappling Record

27 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    6 (22%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (4%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    20 (74%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

20 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Inside heel hook
35
7
#86e620
Outside heel hook
10
2
#5AD3D1
Heel hook
10
2
#d1212a
Armbar
10
2
#fad11b
Toe hold
10
2
#f58822
Injury
5
1
#224aba
RNC
5
1
#ff9124
North south choke
5
1
#bf1f6c
Submission
5
1
#22c9a5
Guillotine
5
1
20
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
18 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    13 (72%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    4 (22%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (6%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

4 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Inside heel hook
75
3
#86e620
Guillotine
25
1
4
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Enrico Cocco Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
2076Brian McLaughlinLPts: 2x0GQ Pro StarABSN/A2009
2456Daniel MoraesDaniel MoraesLPointsGQ Europa77KGF2010
2462Renan BorgesLPts: 4x0GQ UFC ExpoABSN/A2010
2749Bill CooperBill CooperLPts: 2x0GQ UFC ExpoABSNA2010
3194Leonardo VieiraLeonardo VieiraLPts: 6x0ADCC77KGR12011
4299Vagner RochaVagner RochaLReferee DecisionADCC US Trials77KGSF2013
5062AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmLPts: 4x0NoGi WorldsABSR12013
5955Thiago AbreuThiago AbreuLPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds79KGSF2014
7252Eddie CummingsEddie CummingsLInside heel hookEBI 377KG4F2015
7821Gabriel RolloGabriel RolloLPts: 8x0ADCC77KGR12015
8982Gordon RyanGordon RyanLInside heel hookSapateiro Inv.ABSF2016
10361Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLPts: 6x1Grappling Pro77KGSF2016
10364Garry TononGarry TononLInside heel hookGrappling Pro77KG3RD2016
10703AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmLPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds73KG4F2016
10748Felipe CesarFelipe CesarLPts: 8x6NoGi WorldsABSR12016
11220Dan MartinezLPointsSapateiro 6ABSR12017
13495Celso ViniciusCelso ViniciusLPts: 3x0ADCC77KGE12017
14096Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoDPts: 0x0Kasai Pro70KGRR2017
14107Celso ViniciusCelso ViniciusLGuillotineKasai Pro70KGRR2017
2075Seph SmithWArmbarGQ Pro StarABSN/A2009
2190UnknownWSubmissionADCC US Trials77KGR12009
2191UnknownWPointsADCC US Trials77KG4F2009
2192Brian McLaughlinWGuillotineADCC US Trials77KGSF2009
2193Jacob VolkmannWToe holdADCC US Trials77KGF2009
2452Chris WestfallWInjuryGQ Europa77KG4F2010
2455Edson DinizWInside heel hookGQ Europa77KGSF2010
2457Kevin MacmullenWOutside heel hookGQ US Nationals76KGN/A2010
2458Rob GreenidgeWRNCGQ US Nationals76KGN/A2010
2459J. SatavaWN/AGQ US Nationals76KGN/A2010
2460Andre VaughanWNorth south chokeGQ UFC Expo76KGN/A2010
2461Javier ValencianoWArmbarGQ UFC ExpoABSN/A2010
3167Santino FrancoWInside heel hookADCC WC Trials77KGR12011
3168Dustin AkbariWToe holdADCC WC Trials77KG4F2011
3169Jason ManlyWPointsADCC WC Trials77KGSF2011
3170Shawn WilliamsShawn WilliamsWPointsADCC WC Trials77KGF2011
4298UnknownWHeel hookADCC US Trials77KG4F2013
5612Nathan OrchardWPointsADCC US Trials77KGR12014
5613UnknownWInside heel hookADCC US Trials77KG4F2014
5614Matt SkaffWInside heel hookADCC US Trials77KGSF2014
5615E. CummingsWPointsADCC US Trials77KGF2014
7247Stephen MartinezWHeel hookEBI 377KGR12015
8976Adam CollarlieWOutside heel hookSapateiro Inv.ABS4F2016
8980Jason HaydenWInside heel hookSapateiro Inv.ABSSF2016
10358Anderson MeloWInside heel hookGrappling Pro77KG4F2016
10701Fabio CaloiFabio CaloiWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds73KGR22016
14097Edwin OcasioD---Kasai Pro70KGRR2017
15089John CombsJohn CombsWInside heel hookF2W Pro 6877KGSPF2018

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