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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 Polaris Grand Prix (2023)
  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship NOGI (2021, 2022**)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pan Championship NOGI (2021**, 2022**)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2023)
  • 1st Place IBJJF American Nationals (2022)
  • 1st Place IBJJF American Nationals NOGI (2023*)
  • 1st Place SUBVERSIV Tournament (2020)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF World Championship NOGI (2021*)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2021)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF American Nationals (2022* / 2023)
  • 2nd Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals (2022)
  • 2nd Place AJP Grand Slam, MIA (2022)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF European Open (2023)

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 12 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

65 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    7 (11%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (3%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    51 (78%)
  • BY DECISION
    4 (6%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (2%)

51 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Toe hold
18
9
#86e620
Straight ankle lock
14
7
#5AD3D1
Outside heel hook
12
6
#d1212a
Inside heel hook
12
6
#fad11b
Kneebar
8
4
#f58822
RNC
8
4
#224aba
Gogoplata
6
3
#ff9124
Armbar
4
2
#bf1f6c
Choke from back
4
2
#22c9a5
Guillotine
4
2
#fad223
Violin armlock
2
1
#03861f
Toe hook
2
1
#039a1f
Estima lock
2
1
#03b41f
Short choke
2
1
#03c61f
Triangle armlock
2
1
#03d61f
Ezekiel choke
2
1
51
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
28 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    12 (43%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    6 (21%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    2 (7%)
  • BY DECISION
    8 (29%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

2 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Toe hold
50
1
#86e620
Choke
50
1
2
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Elisabeth Clay Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
24080Gabrielle GarciaGabrielle GarciaLReferee DecisionWNO 4ABSSPF2020
24537Rafaela GuedesRafaela GuedesLReferee DecisionF2W 15870KGSPF2020
25218Jennifer CaseLReferee DecisionDallas OpenABS4F2021
26921Ana VieiraAna VieiraLPts: 2x0Road to ADCCO60KGSPF2021
27664Ana VieiraAna VieiraLPts: 6x0Pan American74KGF2021
27675Bianca BasilioBianca BasilioLPts: 5x0Pan AmericanABS4F2021
27895Rafaela GuedesRafaela GuedesLReferee DecisionWNO Champ.ABS4F2021
28373Rafaela GuedesRafaela GuedesLPts: 10x0NoGi WorldsABSF2021
28735Thamara FerreiraThamara FerreiraLToe holdF2W 18670KGSPF2021
29594Izadora CristinaLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.ABSR12021
29642Ana VieiraAna VieiraLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.74KGF2021
31571Amy CampoAmy CampoLPts: 13x0ADCC WC TrialsO60KGSF2022
32226Sabatha LaisLPts: 0x0, AdvBrasileiro74KGF2022
32232Carina SantiLPts: 2x0BrasileiroABS4F2022
33095Thalyta SilvaThalyta SilvaLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.69KG4F2022
33464Amy CampoAmy CampoLPts: 4x4, AdvAmerican Nat.ABSF2022
34221Beatriz MesquitaBeatriz MesquitaLReferee DecisionWNO 14NASPF2022
34699Izadora CristinaLPts: 5x2Grand Slam MIA70KGF2022
35096Amy CampoAmy CampoLPts: 3x0ADCCO60KG4F2022
37326Gabrieli PessanhaGabrieli PessanhaLChokeEuropean OpenABS4F2023
37357Vannessa GriffinVannessa GriffinLPts: 8x6European Open69KGSF2023
38394Tamiris SilvaLPts: 0x0, AdvPan AmericanABSR12023
39665Thalyta SilvaThalyta SilvaLPts: 2x2, AdvBrasileiroABSSF2023
39700Thalyta SilvaThalyta SilvaLReferee DecisionBrasileiro69KGSF2023
40518Vannessa GriffinVannessa GriffinLPts: 4x4, AdvWorld Champ.69KG4F2023
40551Amy CampoAmy CampoLPts: 17x0World Champ.ABS4F2023
41291Thamara FerreiraThamara FerreiraLPts: 2x0American Nats64KGF2023
41300Thamara FerreiraThamara FerreiraLPts: 12x10American NatsABSSF2023
23747Chelsah LyonsWOutside heel hookWNO68KGSPF2020
23759Kendall ReusingKendall ReusingWReferee DecisionF2W 143ABSSPF2020
23835Luiza MonteiroLuiza MonteiroWOutside heel hookF2W 14770KGSPF2020
23857Maggie GrindattiMaggie GrindattiWGogoplataWNO70KGSPF2020
24303Jacquelyn GolaWInside heel hookSubversiv 4ABSR12020
24317Tara WhiteWInside heel hookSubversiv 4ABS4F2020
24323Britney ElkinWGogoplataSubversiv 4ABSSF2020
25214Melisa CuetoWPts: 4x2Dallas Open74KGF2021
25252Maria MalyjasiakMaria MalyjasiakWToe holdF2W 16570KGSPF2021
25989Andressa CintraWKneebarSUBVERSIV 570KGSPF2021
26189Bridget McelieceWToe holdNoGi Pan Am.71KGF2021
26221Bridget McelieceWStraight ankle lockNoGi Pan Am.ABSR12021
26223Vannessa GriffinVannessa GriffinWOutside heel hookNoGi Pan Am.ABS4F2021
26226Maria MalyjasiakMaria MalyjasiakWStraight ankle lockNoGi Pan Am.ABSSF2021
26228Kendall ReusingKendall ReusingWViolin armlockNoGi Pan Am.ABSF2021
26707Alessandra MossWArmbarAmerican Nats74KGSF2021
26708Melissa CuetoWStraight ankle lockAmerican Nats74KGF2021
26709Mayara CustodioWStraight ankle lockAmerican NatsABS4F2021
26712Janaina LebreJanaina LebreWStraight ankle lockAmerican NatsABSF2021
27672Fernanda FigueiraWChoke from backPan AmericanABS8F2021
27936Erin HarpeErin HarpeWReferee DecisionWNO Champ.ABS3RD2021
28354Jordan PatrickWToe holdNoGi Worlds71KGSF2021
28356Bridget GraceWGuillotineNoGi Worlds71KGF2021
28368Bridget GraceWKneebarNoGi WorldsABS4F2021
28372Gabi McCombWOutside heel hookNoGi WorldsABSSF2021
29640Chloe McNallyChloe McNallyWToe holdWorld Champ.74KGSF2021
31561Jordan PatrickWGuillotineADCC WC TrialsO60KGR12022
31562Joanna DinevaWToe hookADCC WC TrialsO60KG8F2022
31568H. CrevarWKneebarADCC WC TrialsO60KG4F2022
32225Raiane SantosWEstima lockBrasileiro74KGSF2022
33091Fernanda EliasWChoke from backWorld Champ.69KGR12022
33457Gloria ArmasWStraight ankle lockAmerican Nat.69KGSF2022
33458Raquel CanutoWPts: 4x0American Nat.69KGF2022
33463Luciana MotaLuciana MotaWPts: 2x2, AdvAmerican Nat.ABSSF2022
33499Nikki SullivanWDQAmerican NGN67KGF2022
34696Ingridd AlvesIngridd AlvesWPts: 1x1Grand Slam MIA70KG4F2022
34697Amanda HeningWStraight ankle lockGrand Slam MIA70KGSF2022
35642Isa ReiberWRNCNoGi Pan66KGRR2022
35644Vannessa GriffinVannessa GriffinWShort chokeNoGi Pan66KGF2022
35649Emily FernandezEmily FernandezWRNCNoGi PanABS4F2022
35654Janine MuttonWGogoplataNoGi PanABSSF2022
36805Ane SvendsenWArmbarNoGi WorldsABS4F2022
36807Luciana MotaLuciana MotaWInside heel hookNoGi WorldsABSSF2022
36808Amy CampoAmy CampoWPts: 2x0NoGi WorldsABSF2022
36946Fernanda FigueiredoWOutside heel hookNoGi Worlds66KG4F2022
36948Rachel RanschauWInside heel hookNoGi Worlds66KGSF2022
36950Vanessa GriffinWRNCNoGi Worlds66KGF2022
37321Gabriele SchuckWToe holdEuropean OpenABSR12023
37355Beatrice FrauxWToe holdEuropean Open69KG4F2023
38227Joanna DinevaWTriangle armlockPolaris 2366KG4F2023
38230Ffion DaviesFfion DaviesWToe holdPolaris 2366KGSF2023
38232Amy CampoAmy CampoWPts: 1x0Polaris 2366KGF2023
38570Raquel CanutoWPts: 2x0Pan American69KG4F2023
38571Thamara FerreiraThamara FerreiraWReferee DecisionPan American69KGSF2023
38573Thalyta SilvaThalyta SilvaWKneebarPan American69KGF2023
39659J RafaellyWToe holdBrasileiroABS8F2023
39663Maria MalyjasiakMaria MalyjasiakWToe holdBrasileiroABS4F2023
39697Graciele FavaWEzekiel chokeBrasileiro69KG4F2023
40549Luciana MotaLuciana MotaWPts: 4x2World Champ.ABSR12023
41290Lunna SilvaWPts: 4x4, AdvAmerican Nats64KGSF2023
41355Isa Bruno-ReiberWRNCAmerican NNG66KGF2023
41358Maria RuffattoMaria RuffattoWOutside heel hookAmerican NNGABSSF2023
41360Thamara FerreiraThamara FerreiraWInside heel hookAmerican NNGABSF2023
43295Brianna Ste-MarieBrianna Ste-MarieWReferee DecisionWNO 2065KGSPF2023
45866Luiza MonteiroLuiza MonteiroWInside heel hookUFC FPI 565KGSPF2023
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