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

Main Achievements:

  • UAEJJF Abu Dhabi Pro Champion (2018)
  • IBJJF Copenhagen Open Champion (2017)
  • IBJJF World Championship 3rd Place (2018)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • IBJJF Pans Champion (2017 brown)
  • IBJJF European Open Champion (2017 brown)
  • IBJJF World Championship Runner-up (2015 purple)
  • IBJJF European Open Championship Runner-up (2014 blue)
  • Copa Pódio LW Runner-up (2017)
  • Copa Pódio Vikings vs CDP Challenge Champion (2016)

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

22 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    1 (5%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    4 (18%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    15 (68%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (5%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (5%)

15 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke from back
60
9
#86e620
Armbar
13
2
#5AD3D1
Submission
13
2
#d1212a
Botinha
7
1
#fad11b
Violin armlock
7
1
15
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
9 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    3 (33%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (33%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    2 (22%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (11%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

2 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Arm in ezekiel
50
1
#86e620
Choke from back
50
1
2
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Espen Mathiesen Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
13471Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseLPts: 0x0, PenCopa Podio82KGSPF2017
13928Max LindbladMax LindbladLPts: 6x4German Nationals76KGF2017
13939Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiLArm in ezekielGerman NationalsABSF2017
14708Edwin NajmiEdwin NajmiLPts: 2x2, AdvEuropean Open76KGR12018
15188JT TorresJT TorresLPts: 12x0, AdvPan American76KG4F2018
16272Lucas LepriLucas LepriLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.76KGSF2018
18165Luca AnacoretaLuca AnacoretaLPts: 4x0Dublin OpenABSF2018
18454Gabriel ArgesGabriel ArgesLChoke from backKing of Mats II85KGRR2019
18460Rudson MateusRudson MateusLPts: 2x0King of Mats II85KGRR2019
13838Kenji SetteWChoke from backCopenhagen Open76KGSF2017
13839Gareth NealeWArmbarCopenhagen Open76KGF2017
13926Marcus SchmidtWArmbarGerman Nationals76KGSF2017
13935Patryk WysockWPts: 21x0German NationalsABS4F2017
13937Nicolas PenzerWBotinhaGerman NationalsABSSF2017
15178Fred AlvesWChoke from backPan American76KGR12018
15180Yan LucasYan LucasWPts: 0x0, AdvPan American76KG8F2018
15904Matias AsencioWChoke from backWorld Pro77KGR12018
15909Edwin NajmiEdwin NajmiWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro77KG8F2018
15912Yan CabralWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Pro77KG4F2018
15915Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaWChoke from backWorld Pro77KGSF2018
15916Jake MackenzieJake MackenzieWViolin armlockWorld Pro77KGF2018
16167Sergio CalderonSergio CalderonWChoke from backZurich OpenABSSF2018
16169Nicolas PenzerWChoke from backZurich OpenABSF2018
16246Michael LieraMichael LieraWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.76KGR22018
16266Celso ViniciusCelso ViniciusWDQWorld Champ.76KGR32018
16268Edwin NajmiEdwin NajmiWChoke from backWorld Champ.76KG4F2018
18159Keji SetteWChoke from backDublin Open82KGSF2018
18160Jaakko VilanderWSubmissionDublin Open82KGF2018
18164Jonathon MaflinWSubmissionDublin OpenABSSF2018
18457Caio CaetanoCaio CaetanoWChoke from backKing of Mats II85KGRR2019
18462Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaWPts: 2x2, AdvKing of Mats II85KGRR2019

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