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Gabriel Moraes, most commonly known as Gabrielzinho Moraes, is a historical figure for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, having won the world championship on three separate occasions while being the first and only competitor to date to win BJJ’s most prestigious tournament consecutively as a blue belt (2003) and as a black belt the following year (2004), jumping two belt categories in the process. Gabriel Moraes is also one of the very selected group of competitors to have submitted Caio Terra in competition.

Gabriel Moraes Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Gabriel Moraes

Nickname: Moraes is usually called “Gabrielzinho”, which is a friendly was of saying Gabriel.

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Royler Gracie/Rolker Gracie > Guto Monteiro > Gabriel Moraes

Main Achievements:

  • World Champion (2002*, 2003 blue, 2004 & 2013 black)
  • Brazilian National Champion (2004 purple)
  • Amazing Meeting Champion (2011**)
  • World Championship Runner-up (2005 black)
  • Pan American Championship Runner-up (2016)

* closed bracket with team mate Fernando Vieira.
**closed bracket with team mate Carlos Vieira Holanda.

Favourite Technique: Choke from Back.

Weight Division: Peso Galo (58kg/126lbs)

Team/Association: Alliance

Gabriel Moraes Biography

Gabriel Moraes started practicing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at the age of 15 in his city of Manaus. He was taught by the Monteiro Brothers who ran one of the strongest teams in the Amazonas region, the “Academia Monteiro”, where Gabriel quickly made a name for himself has a talented competitor in the lower ranks. After winning the world championship tournament as a blue belt twice, Gabriel was promoted to purple belt, he quickly became one of the most successful purple belts in the country, winning the Brazilian National Championship.

Gabriel Moraes’ career was also heavily influenced by Carlos Vieira Holanda, who accompanied Moraes regularly on his trips to compete around the country. Shortly after Gabriel Moraes won the purple belt national championship, he was ready to quit jiu jitsu, finding no sponsors and no way to sustain the lifestyle of a competitor in Jiu Jitsu, however, on Gabriel’s return to Manaus, his long time coach Augusto “Guto” Monteiro awarded the young prodigy his black belt, jumping from purple straight to black belt, a rare case in BJJ (although not unheard of as were the cases of: Sergio Penha and Fredson Paixao).

Being a black belt, opened the doors for sponsorships (helped by the good contacts of Carlos Holanda), these sponsorships helped maintain Gabriel Moraes’ in Jiu Jitsu. It was also Carlos Holanda who introduced Gabriel to Ricardo Vieira and Checkmat, a team he trained with during his trips to Rio de Janeiro and which he started representing in competitions up until 2015.

In 2004, only a few months after he received his black belt, Gabriel Moraes won the world championships, an unprecedented event that catapulted the Gabrielzinho to the rings of BJJ history.

Regarding Gabriel Moraes Record
Please note the information compiled for Gabriel Moraes’ grappling record as an adult black belt is incomplete. There are dozens of matches from his early days as a black belt that remain unaccounted due to lack of information regarding those tournaments. This is, however, the best assessment of his competitive career we have found through research.

Gabriel Moraes Grappling Record

24 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    15 (63%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (8%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    4 (17%)
  • BY DECISION
    3 (13%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

4 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Cross choke
25
1
#86e620
Choke
25
1
#5AD3D1
Clock choke
25
1
#d1212a
Americana
25
1
4
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
13 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    9 (69%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (8%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    2 (15%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (8%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

2 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Choke
50
1
#86e620
Injury
50
1
2
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Gabriel Moraes Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
1275Samuel BragaSamuel BragaLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.57KGF2005
1394Ivaniel OliveiraIvaniel OliveiraLChokeWorld Champ.57KG4F2006
2635Guilherme MendesGuilherme MendesLPts: 4x0Brasileiro64KGF2010
2927Ary FariasAry FariasLPts: 2x0Brasileiro64KGF2011
4185Henrique RezendeLPointsNoGi Worlds64KGSF2012
5087Caio TerraCaio TerraLPts: 0x0, AdvIBJJF Pro League70KGF2013
5691Paulo MiyaoPaulo MiyaoLPointsWorld Champ.64KGSF2014
7910Joao MiyaoJoao MiyaoLPointsSanta Cruz Pro70KGF2015
9139Joao MiyaoJoao MiyaoLPts: 2x0Pan American64KGF2016
9822Ary FariasAry FariasLPts: 2x0World Champ.64KG4F2016
11383Mikey MusumeciMikey MusumeciLPts: 2x0European Open64KGF2017
12871Joao MiyaoJoao MiyaoLPts: 8x4World Champ.64KGSF2017
16044Yuta ShimadaYuta ShimadaLInjuryWorld Champ.64KGR22018
1045Geremias MaiaWPts: 7x0World Champ.57KGF2004
1145Jeremias MaiaWPts: 16x2Brasileiro57KGF2005
1260Samuel BragaSamuel BragaWPts: 3x2World Cup57KGF2005
1486Daniel OteroDaniel OteroWPts: 4x2Brasileiro57KGF2006
4733Thomas LisboaThomas LisboaWAdvWorld Champ.64KG8F2013
4735Gabriel WilcoxWPts: 6x4World Champ.64KG4F2013
4738Daniel BelezaDaniel BelezaWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.64KGSF2013
4739Ary FariasAry FariasWAdvWorld Champ.64KGF2013
5085Laercio FernandesLaercio FernandesWPts: 2x0IBJJF Pro League70KGSF2013
5681Yushuto YamadaWPointsWorld Champ.64KG8F2014
5687Thomas LisboaThomas LisboaWPts: 11x2World Champ.64KG4F2014
7909Kim TerraKim TerraWPointsSanta Cruz Pro70KGSF2015
8640Luis Felipe PintoWCross chokeIrvine Open64KGSF2015
8641Gustavo CarpioWChokeIrvine Open64KGF2015
9128Kazuhiro MiyachiWPts: 7x2Pan American64KGR12016
9136Gabriel MarangoniGabriel MarangoniWClock chokePan American64KG4F2016
9138Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeWReferee DecisionPan American64KGSF2016
9758Alex LiraWN/ALas Vegas Open64KGSF2016
9759Rafael FreitasRafael FreitasWAmericanaLas Vegas Open64KGF2016
9817Mayko BorgesWPts: 7x0World Champ.64KGR22016
11378Lucas DantasWPts: 4x2European Open64KG4F2017
11381Joao MiyaoJoao MiyaoWPts: 5x4European Open64KGSF2017
12859Hideyuki YamadaWPts: 4x0World Champ.64KG8F2017
12867Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.64KG4F2017

Gabriel Moraes vs Caio Terra

Gabriel Moraes vs Bernardo Pitel

 

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2 Comments

  • cynthia mcardle says:

    Oh my! This post is absolutely so informative! Jiu-jitsu really rocks! This Gabriel Moraes seems great in this kind of martial arts! So cool!

  • claude patrick says:

    blue to black belt.. that’s awesome I didn’t realize that had been done before..

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