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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 Pan Championship NOGI (2021**)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Dallas Open (2021)
  • 1st Place SUBVERSIV Tournament (2020)

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, 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

19 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    1 (5%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    17 (89%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (5%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

17 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Straight ankle lock
29
5
#86e620
Outside heel hook
18
3
#5AD3D1
Gogoplata
12
2
#d1212a
Inside heel hook
12
2
#fad11b
Toe hold
12
2
#f58822
Kneebar
6
1
#224aba
Violin armlock
6
1
#ff9124
Armbar
6
1
17
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
4 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    1 (25%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    0 (0%)
  • BY DECISION
    3 (75%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

0 SUBMISSION LOSSES

Elisabeth Clay Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
23875Gabrielle GarciaGabrielle GarciaLReferee DecisionWNO 4ABSSPF2020
24320Rafaela GuedesRafaela GuedesLReferee DecisionF2W 15870KGSPF2020
24976Jennifer CaseLReferee DecisionDallas OpenABS4F2021
26636Ana VieiraAna VieiraLPts: 2x0Road to ADCCO60KGSPF2021
23553Chelsah LyonsWOutside heel hookWNO68KGSPF2020
23565Kendall ReusingWReferee DecisionF2W 143ABSSPF2020
23641Luiza MonteiroLuiza MonteiroWOutside heel hookF2W 14770KGSPF2020
23662Maggie GrindattiMaggie GrindattiWGogoplataWNO70KGSPF2020
24092Jacquelyn GolaWInside heel hookSubversiv 4ABSR12020
24105Tara WhiteWInside heel hookSubversiv 4ABS4F2020
24111Britney ElkinWGogoplataSubversiv 4ABSSF2020
24972Melisa CuetoWPts: 4x2Dallas Open74KGF2021
25010Maria MalyjasiakMaria MalyjasiakWToe holdF2W 16570KGSPF2021
25729Andressa CintraWKneebarSUBVERSIV 570KGSPF2021
25927Bridget McelieceWToe holdNoGi Pan Am.71KGF2021
25958Bridget McelieceWStraight ankle lockNoGi Pan Am.ABSR12021
25960Vannessa GriffinVannessa GriffinWOutside heel hookNoGi Pan Am.ABS4F2021
25963Maria MalyjasiakMaria MalyjasiakWStraight ankle lockNoGi Pan Am.ABSSF2021
25965Kendall ReusingWViolin armlockNoGi Pan Am.ABSF2021
26422Alessandra MossWArmbarAmerican Nats74KGSF2021
26423Melissa CuetoWStraight ankle lockAmerican Nats74KGF2021
26424Mayara CustodioWStraight ankle lockAmerican NatsABS4F2021
26427Janaina MenezesWStraight ankle lockAmerican NatsABSF2021
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