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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 who was particularly successful competing in the North American 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. More recently Enrico Cocco became the head instructor and founder of the Zen Jiu-Jitsu Academy, 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: Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Francisco Mansor > Joe Moreira > Ricardo Teixeira > Marcos/David Avellan > Enrico Cocco

Main Achievements:

  • #1 Ranked Fight 2 Win 170lbs (2019)
  • 1st Place ADCC US Trials (2009 / 2011 / 2014)
  • 1st Place Grapplers Quest Pro Stars (2009)
  • 2nd Place Pan Championship NoGi (2014)
  • 2nd Place Sapateiro Invitational (2016)
  • 3rd Place World Championship NoGi (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

43 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    11 (26%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (2%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    29 (67%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (2%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

29 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Inside heel hook
34
10
#86e620
Guillotine
10
3
#5AD3D1
Toe hold
10
3
#d1212a
Armbar
10
3
#fad11b
Outside heel hook
7
2
#f58822
Heel hook
7
2
#224aba
RNC
3
1
#ff9124
North south choke
3
1
#bf1f6c
Katagatame
3
1
#22c9a5
Reverse triangle
3
1
#fad223
Triangle armbar
3
1
#03861f
Submission
3
1
29
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
28 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    16 (57%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (4%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    6 (21%)
  • BY DECISION
    4 (14%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    1 (4%)

6 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Inside heel hook
50
3
#86e620
Inside heel hool
17
1
#5AD3D1
Outside heel hook
17
1
#d1212a
Guillotine
17
1
6
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Enrico Cocco Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
2088Brian McLaughlinLPts: 2x0GQ Pro StarABSN/A2009
2471Daniel MoraesDaniel MoraesLPointsGQ Europa77KGF2010
2477Renan BorgesLPts: 4x0GQ UFC ExpoABSN/A2010
2765Bill CooperBill CooperLPts: 2x0GQ UFC ExpoABSNA2010
3234Leonardo VieiraLeonardo VieiraLPts: 6x0ADCC77KGR12011
4347Vagner RochaVagner RochaLReferee DecisionADCC US Trials77KGSF2013
5120AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmLPts: 4x0NoGi WorldsABSR12013
6040Thiago AbreuThiago AbreuLPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds79KGSF2014
7367Eddie CummingsEddie CummingsLInside heel hookEBI 377KG4F2015
7947Gabriel RolloGabriel RolloLPts: 8x0ADCC77KGR12015
9131Gordon RyanGordon RyanLInside heel hookSapateiro Inv.ABSF2016
10543Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLPts: 6x1Grappling Pro77KGSF2016
10546Garry TononGarry TononLInside heel hookGrappling Pro77KG3RD2016
10904AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmLPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds73KG4F2016
10948Felipe CesarFelipe CesarLPts: 8x6NoGi WorldsABSR12016
11480Dan MartinezLEBI/OTSapateiro 6ABSR12017
13896Celso ViniciusCelso ViniciusLPts: 3x0ADCC77KGE12017
14575Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoD---Kasai Pro70KGRR2017
14586Celso ViniciusCelso ViniciusLGuillotineKasai Pro70KGRR2017
17394Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 2x0No Gi Pan Am.ABS8F2018
17426Enrique GalarzaLPointsNo Gi Pan Am.79KG4F2018
18620Felipe CesarFelipe CesarLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds79KGR12018
19092W. TacketLPts: 2x0ADCC WC Trials77KGSF2019
19095Stephen SimmsLReferee DecisionADCC WC Trials77KG3RD2019
20831Kevin CraneLPointsHigh RollerzABSF2019
20958Mansher KheraMansher KheraLInside heel hoolKASAI SS Florida77KGSPF2019
20973William TackettWilliam TackettLOutside heel hookJitz King75KG4F2019
23422Ethan CrelinstenEthan CrelinstenLReferee DecisionSub StarsN/ASPF2020
29760Yuri VillefortLReferee DecisionF2W 191N/ASPF2022
33428Daniel ManasoiuD---UFC Inv. 2ABSRR2022
2087Seph SmithWArmbarGQ Pro StarABSN/A2009
2205UnknownWSubmissionADCC US Trials77KGR12009
2206UnknownWPointsADCC US Trials77KG4F2009
2207Brian McLaughlinWGuillotineADCC US Trials77KGSF2009
2208Jacob VolkmannWToe holdADCC US Trials77KGF2009
2467Chris WestfallWInjuryGQ Europa77KG4F2010
2470Edson DinizEdson DinizWInside heel hookGQ Europa77KGSF2010
2472Kevin MacmullenWOutside heel hookGQ US Nationals76KGN/A2010
2473Rob GreenidgeWRNCGQ US Nationals76KGN/A2010
2474J. SatavaWN/AGQ US Nationals76KGN/A2010
2475Andre VaughanWNorth south chokeGQ UFC Expo76KGN/A2010
2476Javier ValencianoWArmbarGQ UFC ExpoABSN/A2010
3207Santino FrancoWInside heel hookADCC WC Trials77KGR12011
3208Dustin AkbariWToe holdADCC WC Trials77KG4F2011
3209Jason ManlyWPointsADCC WC Trials77KGSF2011
3210Shawn WilliamsShawn WilliamsWPointsADCC WC Trials77KGF2011
4346UnknownWHeel hookADCC US Trials77KG4F2013
5689Nathan OrchardWPointsADCC US Trials77KGR12014
5690UnknownWInside heel hookADCC US Trials77KG4F2014
5691Matt SkaffWInside heel hookADCC US Trials77KGSF2014
5692E. CummingsWPointsADCC US Trials77KGF2014
7362Stephen MartinezWHeel hookEBI 377KGR12015
9125Adam CollarlieWOutside heel hookSapateiro Inv.ABS4F2016
9129Jason HaydenWInside heel hookSapateiro Inv.ABSSF2016
10540Anderson MeloWInside heel hookGrappling Pro77KG4F2016
10902Fabio CaloiFabio CaloiWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds73KGR22016
14576Edwin OcasioD---Kasai Pro70KGRR2017
15719John CombsJohn CombsWInside heel hookF2W 6877KGSPF2018
17389Steven BarerreWPts: 21x0No Gi Pan Am.ABS8F2018
17422Dustin AkbariWPts: 10x0No Gi Pan Am.79KGR12018
17841Ricky SemigliaWKatagatameF2W 89N/ASPF2018
19085Edmund KimWInside heel hookADCC WC Trials77KGR32019
19087Dustin CastleberryWReverse triangleADCC WC Trials77KGR42019
19088N. DomgjoniWPts: 3x0ADCC WC Trials77KG8F2019
19091Thomas KeenanWPts: 2x0ADCC WC Trials77KG4F2019
19684Travis MagalitWArmbarF2W 10677KGSPF2019
20194Mauricio GomezWReferee DecisionSub Stars77KGSPF2019
20829N/AWGuillotineHigh RollerzABS4F2019
20830Jose DiazWGuillotineHigh RollerzABSSF2019
20832Dany ChavezWTriangle armbarMMA LiveN/ASPF2019
20970Jake FerraraJake FerraraWPts: 6x0Jitz King75KGR12019
21351Rafael DomingosWInside heel hookKinektic 1ABSR12019
21352Gabriel CheccoD---Kinektic 1ABSR22019
22016Mike PadillaWToe holdF2W 12877KGSPF2019
23146Richie MartinezRichie MartinezWInside heel hookJitzKing84KGSPF2020
33423Ryan LoderD---UFC Inv. 2ABSRR2022

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