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Gabrieli Pessanha

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Gabrieli Pessanha is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt under Marcio de Deus and a representative of the InFight team in the sport / martial-arts professional circuit. Pessanha became widely recognized as one of jiu-jitsu’s most promising athletes during her mid-teens, competing in both the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) and the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation (UAEJJF) circuits, where she conquered numerous titles, including World, European, Pan American, and Brazilian National gold medals.

Gabrieli Pessanha Jiu-Jitsu

Full Name: Gabrieli Pessanha de Souza Marinho

Nickname: N/A

Lineage:  C. Gracie > H. Gracie > Rickson Gracie > Renam Pitangui > ‘Pitoco’ JordanRogério Poggio > Marcio de Deus > Gabrieli Pessanha

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2021)
  • 1st Place IBJJF South American Championship (2020**)
  • 1st Place UAEJJF Queen Of Mats (2020)
  • 1st Place UAEJJF Grand Slam, RJ (2020)
  • 1st Place UAEJJF Grand Slam, LDN (2020)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • #1 Ranked Athlete, Fighter Of The Year 2018-2019
  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship (2018** purple, 2019 brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pans Championship (2018** purple, 2019** brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Brazilian Nationals (2018** purple, 2019 brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF European Open (2018** purple)
  • 1st Place UAEJJF Abu Dhabi World Pro (2019 brown)
  • 1st Place UAEJJF Grand Slam, LDN (2019 brown)
  • 1st Place UAEJJF Grand Slam, ABD (2019 brown)
  • 1st Place UAEJJF Grand Slam, TYO (2018 brown)
  • 1st Place UAEJJF Grand Slam, RJ (2018 brown)
  • 1st Place UAEJJF Grand Slam, LA (2018 brown)
  • 1st Place UAEJJF North America Continental Pro (2019 brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Juvenile World Championship (2016** / 2017** blue)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Juvenile Brazilian Nationals (2015 orange, 2016** / 2017** blue)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Juvenile Brazilian Nationals NoGi (2017** blue)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Juvenile European Open (2017 blue)

* Absolute
** Weight and absolute

Favorite Position/Technique: Open-Guard

Weight Division: Super Pesado (over 79,30 kg / 175.0 lbs)

Team/Association: InFight JJ

Gabrieli Pessanha Biography

Gabrieli Pessanha was born on August 08, 2000, in the famous Cidade de Deus neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, known by the Northern Hemisphere population by way of the famous movie “The City of God” (2002) film, which was based on the history of this region.

During her infancy, Gabrieli played a variety of extra-curricular, recreational sports such as football (soccer), ballet, and judo, though none of which competitively.

In 2010 a local BJJ athlete named Marcio de Deus started coaching free jiu-jitsu classes in the neighborhood, as a way of helping the community’s children remain active outside the school schedule and away from criminality while their parents were away, working. At the time when Marcio started offering his services, Gabrieli was not too impressed with grappling, as she saw the close contact nature of this sport as inappropriate.

Although Pessanha did not fancy jiu-jitsu, most of her football buddies started practicing BJJ with Marcio regularly, and she found herself going to class with them, remaining on the outside, watching and waiting for them to finish so they could go out and play. After a few sessions on the stands, Gabrieli finally accepted an invitation by de Deus to participate in class, she was 11 years old at the time and much to her surprise, she enjoyed it.

Coach Marcio de Deus was a powerful influence on Gabrieli from the very get-go and the person responsible for Pessanha’s very first gi, which, although old and used, made a world of difference for Gabrieli who started competing soon after.

Pessanha’s aptitude for BJJ was obvious from the start as she began winning local and national level tournaments such as her first Brazilian title in 2013 (juvenile, orange belt division). Although successful and seeming to have a bright future ahead in this sport, her desire to pursue jiu-jitsu as a career would come from her shortcomings. In 2016, Gabrieli’s IBJJF Pan American title run fell through to a hard loss that forced Pessanha to look inwards and assess where she wanted to go from there, as well as how far she was willing to push herself to achieve those goals.

After the aforementioned loss in 2016, Gabrieli became more focused and ambitious, opting to turn towards professionalism. Her work-rate led to her first IBJJF Grand Slam win in 2018 when she conquered the Brazilian Nationals, European Open, Pan, and World Championship as a purple belt.

Gabrieli’s many outstanding achievements in the lower belt divisions of the sport led coach Mauricio de Deus to promote Pessanha to black belt in June 2019, at the age of 18, this way becoming one of the youngest professional black belts in the world.

Gabrieli Pessanha Grappling Record

41 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    20 (49%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (2%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    17 (41%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (5%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (2%)

17 SUBMISSIONS WINS

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Choke from back
24
4
#86e620
Armbar
18
3
#5AD3D1
Triangle
12
2
#d1212a
Bow and arrow
12
2
#fad11b
RNC
6
1
#f58822
Kimura
6
1
#224aba
Toe hold
6
1
#ff9124
Arm in Ezekiel
6
1
#bf1f6c
Botinha
6
1
#22c9a5
Verbal tap
6
1
17
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
5 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    4 (80%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    0 (0%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

0 SUBMISSION LOSSES

Gabrieli Pessanha Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
26308Yara SoaresYara SoaresLPts: 4x2SA Cont. Pro95KGF2021
26878Tayane PorfirioTayane PorfirioLPts: 2x0BJJ BetABSSPF2021
27912Yara SoaresYara SoaresLPts: 6x4BrasileiroO79KGF2021
27918Yara SoaresYara SoaresLInjuryBrasileiroABSF2021
28437Yara SoaresYara SoaresLPts: 2x0Grand Slam RJ95KGF2021
21157Marcela CaiafaWChoke from backGrand Slam TYO95KGF2019
21610Kendall ReusingWReferee DecisionGrand Slam LA95KGF2019
22247Karla AlbuquerqueWPts: 7x0Grand Slam RJ95KG4F2019
22248Yara SoaresYara SoaresWPts: 4x2Grand Slam RJ95KGSF2019
22249Izadora CristinaWReferee DecisionGrand Slam RJ95KGF2019
22886Samatha CookWPts: 6x0Grand Slam AD95KGSF2020
22887Yara SoaresYara SoaresWPts: 10x7Grand Slam AD95KGF2020
22888Thamara FerreiraThamara FerreiraWRNCQueen Of Mats95KGRR2020
22890Martina GremaniusWPts: 3x1Queen Of Mats95KGRR2020
22892Kendall ReusingWKimuraQueen Of Mats95KGSF2020
22893Nathiely JesusNathiely JesusWPts: 2x1Queen Of Mats95KGF2020
23204Thamara FerreiraThamara FerreiraWAdvFrance Nat. Pro95KGF2020
23531Yasmira DiasWPts: 3x1Grand Slam LDN95KGSF2020
23532Yara SoaresYara SoaresWPts: 4x3Grand Slam LDN95KGF2020
23776Yara SoaresYara SoaresWPts: 12x10BJJ Bet85KGSPF2020
24639Iris SilvaWChoke from backGrand Slam RJ95KG4F2020
24642Roberta RibeiroWDQGrand Slam RJ95KGSF2020
24643Yara SoaresYara SoaresWPts: 1x0Grand Slam RJ95KGF2020
24784Joaquina BonfimWToe holdSouth AmericanO79KGF2020
24788Claire ThevenonWPointsSouth AmericanABS4F2020
24791Sabatha LaisWArmbarSouth AmericanABSSF2020
24792Amanda MonteiroAmanda MonteiroWPts: 19x0South AmericanABSF2020
25178Victoria AmaralWTriangleRio OpenO79KGF2021
25180Natalia ZumbaWArm in EzekielRio OpenABS4F2021
25181Bianca BasilioBianca BasilioWChoke from backRio OpenABSSF2021
25182Izadora CristinaWTriangleRio OpenABSF2021
25528E. ChristodoulouWPts: 8x2World Pro95KGRR2021
25530Yara SoaresYara SoaresWPts: 3x3World Pro95KGRR2021
25531Yasmira DiasWBow and arrowWorld Pro95KGRR2021
25535Kendall ReusingWPts: 4x0World Pro95KGRR2021
26304Graciele CarvalhoWPts: 4x0SA Cont. Pro95KG4F2021
26307Roberta RibeiroWPts: 3x0SA Cont. Pro95KGSF2021
26598Juliana AraujoWBotinhaRio Winter OpenABS4F2021
26599Natalia ZumbaWBow and arrowRio Winter OpenABSSF2021
26600Fernanda MazzeloWPts: 2x0Rio Winter OpenABSF2021
27460Yara SoaresYara SoaresWPts: 4x2Pan American84KGF2021
27911Joaquina BonfimWArmbarBrasileiroO79KGSF2021
27915Ingridd AlvesIngridd AlvesWVerbal tapBrasileiroABS4F2021
27916Sabatha LaisWChoke from backBrasileiroABSSF2021
28433Roberta RibeiroWPts: 13x0Grand Slam RJ95KG4F2021
28435Tamiris SilvaWArmbarGrand Slam RJ95KGSF2021

Gabrieli Pessanha vs Claire-France Thevenon (2019)

 

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