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Elisabeth Clay is a professional jiu-jitsu athlete as well as a black belt under Osvaldo Moizinho (Queixinho) and Samir Chantre, who represents the Ares BJJ Association. Clay first made waves in the sport at the age of 16, a time when the (then) Alaska-based athlete conquered the ADCC West Coast Trials (2017) – one of the toughest tournaments in the sport. Elisabeth Clay continued her rise to the top of the grappling ladder during the years that followed, conquering numerous important titles on the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF amateur circuit) while also having successful runs as a professional in events such as Who’s #1, Fight 2 Win and SUBVERSIV.

Elisabeth Clay Jiu-Jitsu

Full Name: Elisabeth Ann Clay

Nickname: N/A

Lineage 1: Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Francisco Mansur > Augusto Mendes > Osvaldo Moizinho > Elisabeth Clay

Lineage 2: Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Carlson Gracie > Carlson Gracie Jr > Alan Moraes > Samir Chantre > Elisabeth Clay

Main Achievements:

  • F2W Heavyweight Champion (2021)
  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship NOGI (2021)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pan Championship NOGI (2021**)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Dallas Open (2021)
  • 1st Place SUBVERSIV Tournament (2020)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF World Championship NOGI (2021*)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2021)
  • 2nd Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals (2022)

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship (2018* blue)
  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship Juvenile (2016** / 2017)
  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship NOGI (2018** purple, 2019** brown)
  • 1st IBJJF Pan Championship (2018** blue)
  • 1st IBJJF Pan Championship Juvenile (2016**)
  • 1st IBJJF Pan Championship NOGI (2018** blue, 2019 purple)
  • 1st Place ADCC American Trials (2017)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF World Championship (2018 blue)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Pan Championship Juvenile (2017**)
  • 1st IBJJF Pan Championship NOGI (2019* purple)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2019** purple)
  • 3rd Place ADCC American Trials (2019)

* Absolute
** Weight and Absolute

Favorite Position/Technique: Closed Guard

Weight Division: Meio-Pesado (74,00 kg / 163.00 lbs)

Team/Association: Ares

Elisabeth Clay Biography

Elisabeth Clay was born on June 10, 2000, in Katy, Texas, USA, where she lived up to her 8th birthday. Clay then moved to Oklahoma where she spent 2 years before setting in Alaska with her family.

Connected with sports from the time she was a toddler, Clay joined gymnastics classes when she was 18 months old, following her older siblings’ footsteps into the competitive side of the sport soon after.

As a young athlete, Elisabeth hoped to represent her country at the Olympic Games. Unfortunately, once the Clay family relocated to Soldotna, Alaska, the level of coaching and the team’s lack of ambition led Elisabeth to abandon her Olympic dream. Clay was 11 years old when she started looking for an alternative sport, finding the competitiveness she looked for in mixed martial arts at a small, local club. It was while training all aspects of MMA that Elisabeth discovered her preference for grappling.

Committed to everything she loved, Clay started dedicating 100% of her spare time to jiu-jitsu, under the guidance of coach Mason Ryder Spadafore. After 4 years of training in her hometown, the teenager was ready to step it up and join a bigger team with a more diverse practice room. For that, Elisabeth opted to join Jordan Kontra’s Legacy Jiu-Jitsu in Anchorage, a gym affiliated with the international grappling team, Ares. Under the guidance of Kontra, a 16-year-old, Clay rose to grappling stardom after her medals at the World, Pan, and ADCC trials.

After showing tremendous potential on the international circuit, Clay opted to move to the Ares Jiu-Jitsu Team headquarters in Modesto, California, midway through 2018. There she continued to progress and show her skill set while working with two of the top grappling coaches in the nation – Osvaldo Moizinho and Samir Chantre.

Although forced to return to Alaska in 2019 for family reasons, Elisabeth continued to make regular trips to the Ares basecamp, while competing against some of the toughest athletes in our sport. Her tremendous achievements on the professional circuit, particularly in no-gi, earned Clay her black belt from coaches Samir Chantre and Osvaldo Moizinho, in November 2020.

NOTE REGARDING ELISABETH CLAY’S RECORD

Traditionally BJJ Heroes has only accounted for adult black belt records as they signify an athlete’s entry into our sport’s elite ranks. Clay, however, is a special case as she’s been competing in the pro-grappling circuit since prior to her ranked status. Not only was she competing against the upper echelon of our sport, Clay was also beating those top-tier athletes on a regular basis despite her lack of experience. This has left BJJ Heroes with a delicate predicament of defining when to start accounting for the young prodigy’s match records.

Considering the historic value some of these matches had, we have decided to add Clay’s 2020 clashes in the pro-circuit to the list found here.

Elisabeth Clay Grappling Record

37 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    3 (8%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (3%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    30 (81%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (5%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (3%)

30 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Straight ankle lock
23
7
#86e620
Toe hold
13
4
#5AD3D1
Outside heel hook
13
4
#d1212a
Kneebar
10
3
#fad11b
Inside heel hook
7
2
#f58822
Choke from back
7
2
#224aba
Guillotine
7
2
#ff9124
Gogoplata
7
2
#bf1f6c
Violin armlock
3
1
#22c9a5
Armbar
3
1
#fad223
Toe hook
3
1
#03861f
Estima lock
3
1
30
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
19 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    8 (42%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (16%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    1 (5%)
  • BY DECISION
    7 (37%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

1 SUBMISSION LOSSES

#214eb8
Toe hold
100
1
1
(100%) SUBMISSION

Elisabeth Clay Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
24050Gabrielle GarciaGabrielle GarciaLReferee DecisionWNO 4ABSSPF2020
24506Rafaela GuedesRafaela GuedesLReferee DecisionF2W 15870KGSPF2020
25187Jennifer CaseLReferee DecisionDallas OpenABS4F2021
26883Ana VieiraAna VieiraLPts: 2x0Road to ADCCO60KGSPF2021
27626Ana VieiraAna VieiraLPts: 6x0Pan American74KGF2021
27638Bianca BasilioBianca BasilioLPts: 5x0Pan AmericanABS4F2021
27858Rafaela GuedesRafaela GuedesLReferee DecisionWNO Champ.ABS4F2021
28334Rafaela GuedesRafaela GuedesLPts: 10x0NoGi WorldsABSF2021
28694Thamara FerreiraThamara FerreiraLToe holdF2W 18670KGSPF2021
29549Izadora CristinaLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.ABSR12021
29597Ana VieiraAna VieiraLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.74KGF2021
31483Amy CampoAmy CampoLPts: 13x0ADCC WC TrialsO60KGSF2022
32137Sabatha LaisLPts: 0x0, AdvBrasileiro74KGF2022
32143Carina SantiLPts: 2x0BrasileiroABS4F2022
32987Thalyta SilvaThalyta SilvaLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.69KG4F2022
33346Amy CampoAmy CampoLPts: 4x4, AdvAmerican Nat.ABSF2022
34074Beatriz MesquitaBeatriz MesquitaLReferee DecisionWNO 14NASPF2022
34547Izadora CristinaLPts: 5x2Grand Slam MIA70KGF2022
34944Amy CampoAmy CampoLPts: 3x0ADCCO60KG4F2022
23718Chelsah LyonsWOutside heel hookWNO68KGSPF2020
23730Kendall ReusingKendall ReusingWReferee DecisionF2W 143ABSSPF2020
23806Luiza MonteiroLuiza MonteiroWOutside heel hookF2W 14770KGSPF2020
23828Maggie GrindattiMaggie GrindattiWGogoplataWNO70KGSPF2020
24273Jacquelyn GolaWInside heel hookSubversiv 4ABSR12020
24287Tara WhiteWInside heel hookSubversiv 4ABS4F2020
24293Britney ElkinWGogoplataSubversiv 4ABSSF2020
25183Melisa CuetoWPts: 4x2Dallas Open74KGF2021
25221Maria MalyjasiakMaria MalyjasiakWToe holdF2W 16570KGSPF2021
25952Andressa CintraWKneebarSUBVERSIV 570KGSPF2021
26151Bridget McelieceWToe holdNoGi Pan Am.71KGF2021
26183Bridget McelieceWStraight ankle lockNoGi Pan Am.ABSR12021
26185Vannessa GriffinVannessa GriffinWOutside heel hookNoGi Pan Am.ABS4F2021
26188Maria MalyjasiakMaria MalyjasiakWStraight ankle lockNoGi Pan Am.ABSSF2021
26190Kendall ReusingKendall ReusingWViolin armlockNoGi Pan Am.ABSF2021
26669Alessandra MossWArmbarAmerican Nats74KGSF2021
26670Melissa CuetoWStraight ankle lockAmerican Nats74KGF2021
26672Mayara CustodioWStraight ankle lockAmerican NatsABS4F2021
26675Janaina MenezesWStraight ankle lockAmerican NatsABSF2021
27634Fernanda FigueiraWChoke from backPan AmericanABS8F2021
27899Erin HarpeErin HarpeWReferee DecisionWNO Champ.ABS3RD2021
28315Jordan PatrickWToe holdNoGi Worlds71KGSF2021
28317Bridget GraceWGuillotineNoGi Worlds71KGF2021
28329Bridget GraceWKneebarNoGi WorldsABS4F2021
28333Gabi McCombWOutside heel hookNoGi WorldsABSSF2021
29595Chloe McNallyChloe McNallyWToe holdWorld Champ.74KGSF2021
31473Jordan PatrickWGuillotineADCC WC TrialsO60KGR12022
31474Joanna DinevaWToe hookADCC WC TrialsO60KG8F2022
31480Helena CrevarWKneebarADCC WC TrialsO60KG4F2022
32136Raiane SantosWEstima lockBrasileiro74KGSF2022
32983Fernanda EliasWChoke from backWorld Champ.69KGR12022
33339Gloria ArmasWStraight ankle lockAmerican Nat.69KGSF2022
33340Raquel CanutoWPts: 4x0American Nat.69KGF2022
33345Luciana MotaLuciana MotaWPts: 2x2, AdvAmerican Nat.ABSSF2022
33381Nikki SullivanWDQAmerican NGN67KGF2022
34544Ingridd AlvesIngridd AlvesWPts: 1x1Grand Slam MIA70KG4F2022
34545Amanda HeningWStraight ankle lockGrand Slam MIA70KGSF2022
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