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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: N/A

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

57 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    7 (12%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    9 (16%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    35 (61%)
  • BY DECISION
    3 (5%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    2 (4%)

35 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke from back
57
20
#86e620
Armbar
11
4
#5AD3D1
Botinha
11
4
#d1212a
Submission
6
2
#fad11b
Triangle
6
2
#f58822
Straight ankle lock
3
1
#224aba
Violin armlock
3
1
#ff9124
Bow and arrow
3
1
35
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
22 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    9 (41%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    4 (18%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    5 (23%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (9%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (5%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (5%)

5 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Arm in Ezekiel
20
1
#86e620
Choke from back
20
1
#5AD3D1
Short choke
20
1
#d1212a
Straight ankle lock
20
1
#fad11b
Hashimoto choke
20
1
5
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Espen Mathiesen Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
13617Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseLPts: 0x0, PenCopa Podio82KGSPF2017
14080Max LindbladMax LindbladLPts: 6x4Swedish Nats76KGF2017
14092Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiLArm in EzekielSwedish NatsABSF2017
14913Edwin NajmiEdwin NajmiLPts: 2x2, AdvEuropean Open76KGR12018
15402JT TorresJT TorresLPts: 12x0, AdvPan American76KG4F2018
16514Lucas LepriLucas LepriLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.76KGSF2018
18530Luca AnacoretaLuca AnacoretaLPts: 4x0Dublin OpenABSF2018
18843Gabriel ArgesGabriel ArgesLChoke from backKing of Mats II85KGRR2019
18849Rudson MateusRudson MateusLPts: 2x0King of Mats II85KGRR2019
23123Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarLPts: 22x0European Open88KGR12020
24361Bradley HillD---Polaris Squads 2ABSRR2020
24373Jamie PaxmanD---Polaris Squads 2ABSRR2020
25525Luiz PauloLuiz PauloLShort chokeGrand Slam AD77KGSF2021
25668Pablo LavaselliPablo LavaselliLPts: 5x4World Pro77KGF2021
28009Sebastian RodriguezSebastian RodriguezLN/AEU Cont. Pro85KGSF2021
29210Mica GalvaoMica GalvaoLStraight ankle lockWorld Pro77KGF2021
29495Fabricio BarbarottiFabricio BarbarottiLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.76KGR12021
32923Victor NithaelVictor NithaelLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.76KG8F2022
33558Jed HueLPointsLondon NGO79KGSF2022
37262F. GodoyLDQEuropean Open82KG4F2023
38268Max LindbladMax LindbladLPts: 3x2AJPGD LDN77KG4F2023
38276Andre CantanhedeLPts: 3x2AJPGD LDN77KGRPC2023
40342Jackson NagaiJackson NagaiLHashimoto chokeWorld Champ.76KG4F2023
46339Elijah DorseyElijah DorseyLPts: 0x0, AdvEuropean Open76KGF2024
13986Kenji SetteWChoke from backCopenhagen Open76KGSF2017
13987Gareth NealeWArmbarCopenhagen Open76KGF2017
14078Marcus SchmidtWArmbarSwedish Nats76KGSF2017
14087Patryk WysockWPts: 21x0Swedish NatsABS4F2017
14090Nicolas PenzerWBotinhaSwedish NatsABSSF2017
15392Fred AlvesWChoke from backPan American76KGR12018
15394Yan LucasYan LucasWPts: 0x0, AdvPan American76KG8F2018
16140Matias AsencioWChoke from backWorld Pro77KGR12018
16145Edwin NajmiEdwin NajmiWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro77KG8F2018
16148Yan CabralWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Pro77KG4F2018
16151Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaWChoke from backWorld Pro77KGSF2018
16152Jake MackenzieJake MackenzieWViolin armlockWorld Pro77KGF2018
16408Sergio CalderonSergio CalderonWChoke from backZurich OpenABSSF2018
16410Nicolas PenzerWChoke from backZurich OpenABSF2018
16488Michael LieraMichael LieraWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.76KGR22018
16508Celso ViniciusCelso ViniciusWDQWorld Champ.76KGR32018
16510Edwin NajmiEdwin NajmiWChoke from backWorld Champ.76KG4F2018
18524Keji SetteWChoke from backDublin Open82KGSF2018
18525Jaakko VilanderWSubmissionDublin Open82KGF2018
18529Jonathon MaflinWSubmissionDublin OpenABSSF2018
18846Caio CaetanoCaio CaetanoWChoke from backKing of Mats II85KGRR2019
18851Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaWPts: 2x2, AdvKing of Mats II85KGRR2019
22723Bryn JenkinsWArmbarPolaris 1277KGSPF2019
23536Adrian KoziczWBotinhaLondon WO82KG4F2020
23537Oliver LovellWChoke from backLondon WO82KGSF2020
23538Adriano AraujoWBow and arrowLondon WO82KGF2020
25521Kevin CuervoWPts: 8x5Grand Slam AD77KG4F2021
25528Haidar AbbasWChoke from backGrand Slam AD77KGRPC2021
25529Pablo LavaselliPablo LavaselliWPts: 1x0Grand Slam AD77KG3RD2021
25663Abdel FaouriWChoke from backWorld Pro77KG4F2021
25666Bruno BorgesWChoke from backWorld Pro77KGSF2021
28007Jacopo PasquiniWChoke from backEU Cont. Pro85KG4F2021
29203Hassen MoussaWChoke from backWorld Pro77KGR12021
29207Leon LarmanLeon LarmanWPts: 5x4World Pro77KG4F2021
29209Ali MonfaradiAli MonfaradiWTriangleWorld Pro77KGSF2021
30569Ahmed LaaribiWInjuryEuropean Open76KGR12022
30575Lucas ProtasioLucas ProtasioWPts: 2x2, AdvEuropean Open76KG4F2022
30578Marcelo FaustoMarcelo FaustoWPts: 4x4, AdvEuropean Open76KGF2022
33548Bryn JenkinsWBotinhaLondon Open82KGSF2022
33549Oliver LovellWPts: 18x2London Open82KGF2022
35121Luca AnacoretaLuca AnacoretaWChoke from backPolaris85KGSPF2022
37259Bradley HillWPts: 4x4, AdvEuropean Open82KGR12023
37263F. GodoyWDQEuropean Open82KG4F2023
38264Andrew McGahonWChoke from backAJPGD LDN77KGR12023
38275Joao BezerraWPts: 3x0AJPGD LDN77KGRPC2023
38769Thomas ReesWArmbarDublin Open82KGSF2023
38771Bradley HillWChoke from backDublin Open82KGF2023
40328Wellington DiasWellington DiasWStraight ankle lockWorld Champ.76KGR12023
40337Alef BritoAlef BritoWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.76KG8F2023
44919Lasse MikaelWChoke from backGeneva Open82KGSF2023
44920Matheus RangelWTriangleGeneva Open82KGF2023
44930Pierre ManzoWPts: 6x0Geneva OpenABS4F2023
44932Jesse VuorioWChoke from backGeneva OpenABSSF2023
44934Charles AdorianWBotinhaGeneva OpenABSF2023
46328Guilherme RochaGuilherme RochaWPts: 4x4, AdvEuropean Open76KG8F2024
46334Lucas ProtasioLucas ProtasioWPts: 2x2, AdvEuropean Open76KG4F2024
46338Natan ChuengNatan ChuengWReferee DecisionEuropean Open76KGSF2024

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