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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 World Championship (2021**)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2021 / 2022**)
  • 1st Place IBJJF European Open (2022**)
  • 1st Place IBJJF South American Championship (2020**)
  • 1st Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals (2022**)
  • 1st Place AJP Abu Dhabi World Pro (2021)
  • 1st Place AJP Queen Of Mats (2020)
  • 1st Place AJP Grand Slam, RJ (2020)
  • 1st Place AJP Grand Slam, LDN (2020 / 2022)

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 AJP Abu Dhabi World Pro (2019 brown)
  • 1st Place AJP Grand Slam, LDN (2019 brown)
  • 1st Place AJP Grand Slam, ABD (2019 brown)
  • 1st Place AJP Grand Slam, TYO (2018 brown)
  • 1st Place AJP Grand Slam, RJ (2018 brown)
  • 1st Place AJP Grand Slam, LA (2018 brown)
  • 1st Place AJP 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

78 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    32 (41%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (4%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    38 (49%)
  • BY DECISION
    4 (5%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (1%)

38 SUBMISSIONS WINS

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Choke from back
29
11
#86e620
Armbar
13
5
#5AD3D1
Triangle
11
4
#d1212a
Bow and arrow
8
3
#fad11b
Botinha
5
2
#f58822
Verbal tap
5
2
#224aba
Choke
5
2
#ff9124
Kimura
5
2
#bf1f6c
Toe hold
3
1
#22c9a5
Arm in Ezekiel
3
1
#fad223
Straight ankle lock
3
1
#03861f
Mounted triangle
3
1
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Reverse triangle
3
1
#03b41f
Shoulder pressure
3
1
#03c61f
RNC
3
1
38
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
6 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    5 (83%)
  • 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
26458Yara SoaresYara SoaresLPts: 4x2SA Cont. Pro95KGF2021
27030Tayane PorfirioTayane PorfirioLPts: 2x0BJJ BetABSSPF2021
27621Ana VieiraAna VieiraLPts: 4x2Pan AmericanABS4F2021
28071Yara SoaresYara SoaresLPts: 6x4BrasileiroO79KGF2021
28077Yara SoaresYara SoaresLInjuryBrasileiroABSF2021
28597Yara SoaresYara SoaresLPts: 2x0Grand Slam RJ95KGF2021
21233Marcela CaiafaWChoke from backGrand Slam TYO95KGF2019
21692Kendall ReusingKendall ReusingWReferee DecisionGrand Slam LA95KGF2019
22331Karla AlbuquerqueWPts: 7x0Grand Slam RJ95KG4F2019
22332Yara SoaresYara SoaresWPts: 4x2Grand Slam RJ95KGSF2019
22333Izadora CristinaWReferee DecisionGrand Slam RJ95KGF2019
22985Samatha CookWPts: 6x0Grand Slam AD95KGSF2020
22986Yara SoaresYara SoaresWPts: 10x7Grand Slam AD95KGF2020
22991Thamara FerreiraThamara FerreiraWRNCQueen Of Mats95KGRR2020
22993Martina GremaniusWPts: 3x1Queen Of Mats95KGRR2020
22995Kendall ReusingKendall ReusingWKimuraQueen Of Mats95KGSF2020
22996Nathiely JesusNathiely JesusWPts: 2x1Queen Of Mats95KGF2020
23311Thamara FerreiraThamara FerreiraWAdvFrance Nat. Pro95KGF2020
23640Yasmira DiasWPts: 3x1Grand Slam LDN95KGSF2020
23641Yara SoaresYara SoaresWPts: 4x3Grand Slam LDN95KGF2020
23891Yara SoaresYara SoaresWPts: 12x10BJJ Bet85KGSPF2020
24762Iris SilvaWChoke from backGrand Slam RJ95KG4F2020
24765Roberta RibeiroWDQGrand Slam RJ95KGSF2020
24766Yara SoaresYara SoaresWPts: 1x0Grand Slam RJ95KGF2020
24911Joaquina BonfimWToe holdSouth AmericanO79KGF2020
24915Claire ThevenonWPointsSouth AmericanABS4F2020
24918Sabatha LaisWArmbarSouth AmericanABSSF2020
24919Amanda MonteiroAmanda MonteiroWPts: 19x0South AmericanABSF2020
25319Victoria AmaralWTriangleRio OpenO79KGF2021
25321Natalia ZumbaWArm in EzekielRio OpenABS4F2021
25322Bianca BasilioBianca BasilioWChoke from backRio OpenABSSF2021
25323Izadora CristinaWTriangleRio OpenABSF2021
25669E. ChristodoulouWPts: 8x2World Pro95KGRR2021
25671Yara SoaresYara SoaresWPts: 3x3World Pro95KGRR2021
25672Yasmira DiasWBow and arrowWorld Pro95KGRR2021
25676Kendall ReusingKendall ReusingWPts: 4x0World Pro95KGRR2021
26454Graciele CarvalhoWPts: 4x0SA Cont. Pro95KG4F2021
26457Roberta RibeiroWPts: 3x0SA Cont. Pro95KGSF2021
26751Juliana AraujoWBotinhaRio Winter OpenABS4F2021
26752Natalia ZumbaWBow and arrowRio Winter OpenABSSF2021
26753Fernanda MazzeloWPts: 2x0Rio Winter OpenABSF2021
27613Michele WeltiWStraight ankle lockPan American84KGSF2021
27614Yara SoaresYara SoaresWPts: 4x2Pan American84KGF2021
27617Erin JohnsonWTrianglePan AmericanABS8F2021
28070Joaquina BonfimWArmbarBrasileiroO79KGSF2021
28074Ingridd AlvesIngridd AlvesWVerbal tapBrasileiroABS4F2021
28075Sabatha LaisWChoke from backBrasileiroABSSF2021
28593Roberta RibeiroWPts: 13x0Grand Slam RJ95KG4F2021
28595Tamiris SilvaWArmbarGrand Slam RJ95KGSF2021
29102Tayane PorfirioTayane PorfirioWReferee DecisionBRA Qualifiers95KGRR2021
29103Tayane PorfirioTayane PorfirioWPts: 4x3BRA Qualifiers95KGRR2021
29215Lama QubbajWChoke from backWorld Pro95KGRR2021
29217Claire ThevenonWArmbarWorld Pro95KGRR2021
29219Yasmira DiasWPts: 4x1World Pro95KGRR2021
29221Yara SoaresYara SoaresWPts: 3x2World Pro95KGRR2021
29529Bridget McElieseWPts: 14x2World Champ.ABSR12021
29533Bianca BasilioBianca BasilioWPts: 4x2World Champ.ABS4F2021
29537Beatriz MesquitaBeatriz MesquitaWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.ABSSF2021
29538Yara SoaresYara SoaresWPointsWorld Champ.ABSF2021
29587Gabrielle GarciaGabrielle GarciaWChoke from backWorld Champ.O79KGSF2021
29588Yara SoaresYara SoaresWPts: 2x0World Champ.O79KGF2021
29809Milene SilvaWPts: 10x0Rio SMOABSSF2022
30547Andreia CavalcanteWTriangleEuropean OpenABS4F2022
30551Nathalie RibeiroWPts: 0x0, AdvEuropean OpenABSSF2022
30552Thalyta LimaWArmbarEuropean OpenABSF2022
30564Claire ThevenonWChoke from backEuropean OpenO79KGF2022
31091Silvia ScomparinWChoke from backGrand Slam LDN95KG4F2022
31093Barbara RuikenWBotinhaGrand Slam LDN95KGSF2022
31094Yara SoaresYara SoaresWPts: 2x0Grand Slam LDN95KGF2022
31607Janine MuttonWChoke from backPan AmericanABS4F2022
31612Melissa CuetoWReferee DecisionPan AmericanABSSF2022
31613Yara SoaresYara SoaresWN/APan AmericanABSF2022
31645Mayara CustodioWVerbal tapPan AmericanO79KGRR2022
31646Yara SoaresYara SoaresWPts: 4x0Pan AmericanO79KGF2022
31824Jessica BartolliWKimuraRio Fall OpenABS4F2022
31828Vitoria VieiraVitoria VieiraWChokeRio Fall OpenABSSF2022
31830Jessica CarolineJessica CarolineWChokeRio Fall OpenABSF2022
31833Victoria BorbaWMounted triangleRio Fall OpenO79KGF2022
32001Bruna SilvaWPts: 3x0SA Cont. Pro95KGRR2022
32002Bruna SilvaWChoke from backSA Cont. Pro95KGRR2022
32112Carina SantiWReverse triangleBrasileiroO79KGSF2022
32113Claire ThevenonWShoulder pressureBrasileiroO79KGF2022
32115Carina SantiWBow and arrowBrasileiroABSSF2022
32117Fernanda MazzelliFernanda MazzelliWChoke from backBrasileiroABSF2022

Gabrieli Pessanha vs Claire-France Thevenon (2019)

 

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