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Espen Mathiesen is a Norwegian athlete in the sport/martial art of Brazilian jiu-jitsu and a black belt under José Carlos of Kimura – Nova Uniao. Mathiesen became one of the top grappling competitors in Europe while going through the ranks of BJJ in the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) circuit, there Espen conquered medals in important tournaments such as the World, Pan American, and European Open Championship as well as the prestigious Copa Pódio Grand Prix.

Espen Mathiesen Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Espen Mathiesen

Nickname: N/A

Lineage: Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Carlson Gracie > André Pederneiras > Jair Lourenço > José Carlos Granja > Espen Mathiesen

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place IBJJF European Open (2022)
  • 1st Place AJP Abu Dhabi World Pro (2018)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Copenhagen Open (2017)
  • 2nd Place Copa Pódio 76KG Grand Prix (2017)
  • 2nd Place AJP Abu Dhabi World Pro (2021 / 2021+)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World Championship (2018)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • 1st Place IBJJF Pans Championship (2017 brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF European Open (2017 brown)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF World Championship (2015 purple)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF European Open (2014 blue)

+ The AJP federation ran two Abu Dhabi World Pro events in 2021, one in April and another in November, the “+” sign represents the 2nd event, in November.

Favorite Position/Technique: Berimbolo

Weight Division: Peso Leve (76,00 kg / 168.0 lbs)

Team/Association: Kimura/Nova Uniao

Espen Mathiesen Biography

Espen Mathiesen was born on May 10, 1995, in Egersund, a small town on the west coast of Norway (10,000 people).

Like many other European kids Espen started playing competitive sports through football (soccer) at the age of 5, an activity he kept up until his 16th birthday. The reason why he decided to quit football was jiu-jitsu, a martial art he had started the previous year and with which he had fallen in love.

Although always interested in martial arts, Espen’s duties lied with soccer and skiing, keeping him away from any further pursuits. It was only at 15 years of age (after watching a film with a few jiu-jitsu moves he really enjoyed) that Mathiesen decided to give combat sports a try. Espen’s first instructor was Damoun Nassehi, a blue belt who had trained with Shimon Mochizuki at Checkmat/Arte Suave in Denmark and had relocated to Norway.

After 7 months of training only once or twice per week, Espen quit football to free himself of time for BJJ. His instructor – Damoun was a doctor with limited time to teach jiu-jitsu (only 3x per week), so Mathiesen decided to buy a few mats and started drilling jiu-jitsu moves every day with a friend at home.

Mathiesen’s relationship with José Carlos started when he visited Damoun Nassehi’s gym in 2011 for a seminar. Damoun’s team soon became affiliated with José’s Kimura – Nova Uniao academy, and not long after that Espen started visiting Carlos’ gym in Haugesund.

Being a good student with good grades in math and physics, Mathiesen was expected to become a civil engineer, a plan that was embedded in Espen’s mind for a while. Before entering University the Norwegian took a year off to focus fully on BJJ (2014), spending some time in the United States with the Guilherme and Rafael Mendes at the Art Of Jiu-Jitsu academy in California as well as Gustavo Dantas in Arizona. This project earned Mathiesen a silver medal at the IBJJF World Championship (purple belt), an excellent result that proved to Espen and his family he had the potential to ‘make it’ in this sport. After this result, Mathiesen decided to quit his academic aspirations and follow a full-time career with jiu-jitsu.

At the beginning of 2016, Espen moved to Haugesund to train in a more professional environment. Training with the likes of Tommy Langaker and Vegard Randeberg, under the guidance of José, helped raise Mathiesen’s game to another level. After a tremendously competitive year in 2017, where Espen conquered a silver medal at Copa Pódio’s Lightweight Grand Prix, as well as an IBJJF Pan American and European titles, Espen Mathiesen was promoted to black belt by his longtime coach José Carlos.

Cover photo by Flash Sport.

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Espen Mathiesen Grappling Record

38 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    4 (11%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    6 (16%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    25 (66%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (3%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (3%)

25 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke from back
60
15
#86e620
Armbar
12
3
#5AD3D1
Botinha
8
2
#d1212a
Submission
8
2
#fad11b
Violin armlock
4
1
#f58822
Bow and arrow
4
1
#224aba
Triangle
4
1
25
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
15 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    6 (40%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (20%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    4 (27%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (7%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (7%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

4 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Arm in Ezekiel
25
1
#86e620
Choke from back
25
1
#5AD3D1
Short choke
25
1
#d1212a
Straight ankle lock
25
1
4
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Espen Mathiesen Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
13610Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseLPts: 0x0, PenCopa Podio82KGSPF2017
14073Max LindbladMax LindbladLPts: 6x4Swedish Nats76KGF2017
14085Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiLArm in EzekielSwedish NatsABSF2017
14906Edwin NajmiEdwin NajmiLPts: 2x2, AdvEuropean Open76KGR12018
15395JT TorresJT TorresLPts: 12x0, AdvPan American76KG4F2018
16507Lucas LepriLucas LepriLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.76KGSF2018
18515Luca AnacoretaLuca AnacoretaLPts: 4x0Dublin OpenABSF2018
18828Gabriel ArgesGabriel ArgesLChoke from backKing of Mats II85KGRR2019
18834Rudson MateusRudson MateusLPts: 2x0King of Mats II85KGRR2019
23091Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarLPts: 22x0European Open88KGR12020
24322Bradley HillD---Polaris Squads 2ABSRR2020
24334Jamie PaxmanD---Polaris Squads 2ABSRR2020
25482Luiz PauloLuiz PauloLShort chokeGrand Slam AD77KGSF2021
25625Pablo LavaselliPablo LavaselliLPts: 5x4World Pro77KGF2021
27951Sebastian RodriguezSebastian RodriguezLN/AEU Cont. Pro85KGSF2021
29144Mica GalvaoMica GalvaoLStraight ankle lockWorld Pro77KGF2021
29429Fabricio BarbarottiFabricio BarbarottiLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.76KGR12021
13979Kenji SetteWChoke from backCopenhagen Open76KGSF2017
13980Gareth NealeWArmbarCopenhagen Open76KGF2017
14071Marcus SchmidtWArmbarSwedish Nats76KGSF2017
14080Patryk WysockWPts: 21x0Swedish NatsABS4F2017
14083Nicolas PenzerWBotinhaSwedish NatsABSSF2017
15385Fred AlvesWChoke from backPan American76KGR12018
15387Yan LucasYan LucasWPts: 0x0, AdvPan American76KG8F2018
16133Matias AsencioWChoke from backWorld Pro77KGR12018
16138Edwin NajmiEdwin NajmiWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro77KG8F2018
16141Yan CabralWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Pro77KG4F2018
16144Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaWChoke from backWorld Pro77KGSF2018
16145Jake MackenzieJake MackenzieWViolin armlockWorld Pro77KGF2018
16401Sergio CalderonSergio CalderonWChoke from backZurich OpenABSSF2018
16403Nicolas PenzerWChoke from backZurich OpenABSF2018
16481Michael LieraMichael LieraWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.76KGR22018
16501Celso ViniciusCelso ViniciusWDQWorld Champ.76KGR32018
16503Edwin NajmiEdwin NajmiWChoke from backWorld Champ.76KG4F2018
18509Keji SetteWChoke from backDublin Open82KGSF2018
18510Jaakko VilanderWSubmissionDublin Open82KGF2018
18514Jonathon MaflinWSubmissionDublin OpenABSSF2018
18831Caio CaetanoCaio CaetanoWChoke from backKing of Mats II85KGRR2019
18836Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaWPts: 2x2, AdvKing of Mats II85KGRR2019
22691Bryn JenkinsWArmbarPolaris 1277KGSPF2019
23502Adrian KoziczWBotinhaLondon WO82KG4F2020
23503Oliver LovellWChoke from backLondon WO82KGSF2020
23504Adriano AraujoWBow and arrowLondon WO82KGF2020
25478Kevin CuervoWPts: 8x5Grand Slam AD77KG4F2021
25485Haidar AbbasWChoke from backGrand Slam AD77KGRPC2021
25486Pablo LavaselliPablo LavaselliWPts: 1x0Grand Slam AD77KG3RD2021
25620Abdel FaouriWChoke from backWorld Pro77KG4F2021
25623Bruno BorgesWChoke from backWorld Pro77KGSF2021
27949Jacopo PasquiniWChoke from backEU Cont. Pro85KG4F2021
29137Hassen MoussaWChoke from backWorld Pro77KGR12021
29141Leon LarmanLeon LarmanWPts: 5x4World Pro77KG4F2021
29143Ali MonfaradiAli MonfaradiWTriangleWorld Pro77KGSF2021
30465Ahmed LaaribiWInjuryEuropean Open76KGR12022
30471Lucas ProtasioLucas ProtasioWPts: 2x2, AdvEuropean Open76KG4F2022
30474Marcelo FaustoMarcelo FaustoWPts: 4x4, AdvEuropean Open76KGF2022

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