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Gabriel Costa, commonly known as “Maranhão”, is a jiu-jitsu black belt under Luiz Guilherme and a member of the Guigo Jiu-Jitsu Team of São Paulo, one of the top international squads in the sport. Costa became widely recognized as one of Brazil’s rising grappling stars after his performances on the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation’s (IBJJF) circuit, namely at the European Open, South American Championships, and Brazilian National Championships.

Gabriel Costa Jiu-Jitsu

Full Name: Gabriel Silva Costa

Nickname: “Maranhão” which is the name of the birth state of Gabriel. The name started as a way to differentiate him from other same-name athletes at Guigo’s academy in São Paulo.

Lineage:  Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Rickson G. > Jorge Pereira > Luiz Guilherme > Gabriel Costa

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place AJP Grand Slam, RJ (2021)
  • 3rd Place AJP South America Continental Pro (2021)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • 1st Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals (2019 purple)
  • 1st Place CBJJE World Championship (2017** / 2018** / 2019* purple)
  • 1st Place ACBJJ South American Championship (2018 purple)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF European Open (2020 brown)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF South American Championship (2016 blue, 2017 purple)
  • 2nd Place CBJJE World Championship (2019 purple)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Brazilian Team Nationals (2016 blue)
  • 3rd Place UAEJJF Grand Slam, LDN (2020 brown)
  • 3rd Place UAEJJF Grand Slam, RJN (2020 brown)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF South American Championship (2017* purple)

Favorite Position/Technique: Distance Passing / Closed-Guard Bump-Sweep

Weight Division: Peso Médio (82,30 kg / 181.5 lbs)

Team/Association: Guigo

Gabriel Costa Biography

Gabriel Costa was born on April 22, 1998, in Bacabal, a small town in the Brazilian state of Maranhão, located in the Northeast region of the country.

Growing up in the remote countryside, there were no sporting activities to play, and Gabriel’s only outlet was jiu-jitsu, a sport he started at the age of 12, after moving to the state capital of São Luis to live with his stepfather and mother. It was by his stepdad’s influence that Costa joined a Guigo Jiu-Jitsu Team affiliate near his new home, where he started training under Roberto Ferreira.

The proximity to the gym meant “Maranhão” spent the majority of his days, outside of school time, at the academy, training and watching the adults train. This day-to-day proximity with jiu-jitsu inspired Gabriel to pursue a professional career in the sport.

Competing under the guidance of coach Roberto Ferreira – himself a black belt under Luiz Guilherme “Guigo” – Gabriel Costa quickly started making his name known in the local circuit. His good performances as a blue belt led the youngster down to São Paulo to compete in the local circuit, arguably one of the strongest grappling tours in the world. When in São Paulo, “Maranhão” trained at the Guigo Headquarters, the team to which coach Ferreira was affiliated with.

After a few trips to São Paulo to compete, team leader Luiz Guilherme invited Gabriel to remain in São Paulo and train on a full-time jiu-jitsu scholarship, an offer accepted by Costa.

Gabriel “Maranhão” immediately made his talent known on a national level under the watchful eye of coach Guigo, conquering every major tournament on the Brazilian Gi circuit, but, unfortunately, he was unable to compete in the most important tournaments on the international circuit during his rise to black belt as he was not granted a visa to enter the United States, where the World and Pan American Championships are held.

After dominant performances in Brazil and an impressive run at the European Open Championship of 2020, where Costa earned a silver medal, Costa was finally promoted to black belt by Luiz Guigo in a ceremony that took place on November 2020.

Gabriel Costa vs Oliver Dillon (2020)

Gabriel Costa Grappling Record

33 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    13 (39%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    15 (45%)
  • BY DECISION
    4 (12%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (3%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

15 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke from back
53
8
#86e620
Triangle
13
2
#5AD3D1
Submission
7
1
#d1212a
Armbar
7
1
#fad11b
Short choke
7
1
#f58822
RNC
7
1
#224aba
Choke
7
1
15
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
13 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    9 (69%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    4 (31%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

4 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Kneebar
25
1
#86e620
RNC
25
1
#5AD3D1
Triangle
25
1
#d1212a
Armbar
25
1
4
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Gabriel Costa Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
24697Marcos MartinsMarcos MartinsLPts: 2x0Grand Slam RJ85KG8F2020
24786Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLKneebarMundial CBJJE88KGF2020
24942Rider ZuchiRider ZuchiLRNCSul. Am. CBJJEN/ASF2020
25941Natan ChuengNatan ChuengLPts: 2x0The New Star82KGSF2021
26377Matheus GodoyMatheus GodoyLPts: 4x2SA Cont. Pro85KG4F2021
26468Erich MunisErich MunisLTriangleSA Cont. ProHWASF2021
26469Yatan BuenoYatan BuenoLPts: 1x0SA Cont. ProHWA3RD2021
27343Andre YgorLArmbarSul Americano82KG4F2021
27389Herico HesleyLPointsSul AmericanoABS4F2021
28372Alex MunisAlex MunisD---Fenajitsu88KGSPF2021
28373Alex MunisAlex MunisD---Fenajitsu88KGSPF2021
28374Alex MunisAlex MunisLPts: 2x0Fenajitsu88KGSPF2021
29083Catriel OliveiraCatriel OliveiraLPts: 4x3BRA Qualifiers85KGSF2021
29348Pedro MaiaPedro MaiaLPts: 3x3Florianopolis Pro85KGSF2021
30229Ricardo RamosLPts: 2x0ADCC BR2 Trials88KGR32022
24796Manolito ChagasWChoke from backMundial CBJJEABSR12020
24799Maique AzevedoWPointsMundial CBJJEABSR22020
24941N/AWPointsSul. Am. CBJJEN/A4F2020
25806Lucas BarrosWChoke from backThe New Star82KGR12021
26374Bruno TostoWChoke from backSA Cont. Pro85KGR22021
26384Joao CerqueiraWPts: 3x0SA Cont. Pro85KGRPC2021
26385T. SilvaWReferee DecisionSA Cont. Pro85KG3RD2021
26466Wallace CostaWallace CostaWChoke from backSA Cont. ProHWA4F2021
27336Ronieri PintoWPts: 6x4Sul Americano82KG8F2021
27385Cleyton FloresWPts: 2x0Sul AmericanoABS8F2021
28478Erick ViniciusWTriangleGrand Slam RJ85KGR12021
28485Marcello LemelleWChoke from backGrand Slam RJ85KG8F2021
28491Yan LucasYan LucasWReferee DecisionGrand Slam RJ85KG4F2021
28495Alex MunisAlex MunisWReferee DecisionGrand Slam RJ85KGSF2021
28497Athos MirandaWPts: 3x2Grand Slam RJ85KGF2021
29080Matheus LunaMatheus LunaWPts: 4x1BRA Qualifiers85KG4F2021
29347Matheus DauriaWPts: 4x0Florianopolis Pro85KGSF2021
29350Agnelo SalesWChoke from backFlorianopolis Pro85KG3RD2021
29351Rhuan DuarteWTriangleFlorianopolis ProABSSF2021
29352Lucas SilvaWChoke from backFlorianopolis ProABSF2021
29842Weiddy SouzaWArmbarGuarapari Pro85KGSF2022
29844Gustavo BorgesWPts: 1x0Guarapari Pro85KGF2022
29945Vicente HeresiWShort chokeADCC BR1 Trials88KGR12022
29953Alexandre JesusAlexandre JesusWReferee DecisionADCC BR1 Trials88KGR22022
30207Natan AlmeidaWRNCADCC BR2 Trials88KGR22022
30601Wellington LuisWellington LuisWPts: 0x0, PenGramado Pro85KGRR2022
30603Wellington LuisWellington LuisWChokeGramado Pro85KGF2022
31956Vinicius ReisWPts: 2x0SA Cont. Pro85KG4F2022
31958Erick SouzaWSubmissionSA Cont. Pro85KGSF2022
31959Iago MartinsWPts: 2x0SA Cont. Pro85KGF2022
32223Seonghun YooWPts: 1x0Grand Slam AD85KG4F2022
32227C. NegromonteC. NegromonteWPts: 2x2Grand Slam AD85KGSF2022
32229Uanderson FerreiraUanderson FerreiraWChoke from backGrand Slam AD85KGF2022
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