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
- F2W Heavyweight Champion (2021)
- 1st Place IBJJF Dallas Open (2021)
- 1st Place SUBVERSIV Tournament (2020)
- 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)
** Weight and Absolute
Favorite Position/Technique: Closed Guard
Weight Division: Meio-Pesado (74,00 kg / 163.00 lbs)
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
- BY DQ
6 SUBMISSIONS WINS
- BY DQ
0 SUBMISSION LOSSES
Elisabeth Clay Fight History
|23847||Gabrielle GarciaGabrielle Garcia||L||Referee Decision||WNO 4||ABS||SPF||2020|
|24292||Rafaela GuedesRafaela Guedes||L||Referee Decision||F2W 158||70KG||SPF||2020|
|24936||Jennifer Case||L||Referee Decision||Dallas Open||ABS||4F||2021|
|23526||Chelsah Lyons||W||Outside heel-hook||WNO||68KG||SPF||2020|
|23538||Kendall Reusing||W||Referee Decision||F2W 143||ABS||SPF||2020|
|23614||Luiza MonteiroLuiza Monteiro||W||Outside heel-hook||F2W 147||70KG||SPF||2020|
|23635||Maggie GrindattiMaggie Grindatti||W||Gogoplata||WNO||70KG||SPF||2020|
|24064||Jacquelyn Gola||W||Inside heel hook||Subversiv 4||ABS||R1||2020|
|24077||Tara White||W||Inside heel hook||Subversiv 4||ABS||4F||2020|
|24083||Britney Elkin||W||Gogoplata||Subversiv 4||ABS||SF||2020|
|24932||Melisa Cueto||W||Pts: 4x2||Dallas Open||74KG||F||2021|