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Gabrielle Garcia

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Gabrielle Garcia commonly known as Gabi Garcia is the most dominant Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competitor in the female division’s history, where she won the vast majority of important tournaments before receiving her black belt rank. The famous Gaúcha (person from a southern region of Brazil) has since reached the degree of black belt under the illustrious Fábio Gurgel, quickly becoming one of the brightest stars in the Alliance Academy, a camp that is regarded as the strongest in the sport. In 2014 Gabi Garcia failed a test for illegal substances by the USADA and was stripped of her 2013 IBJJF Pan American and World Titles.

Gabi Garcia Jiu-Jitsu

Full Name: Gabrielle Lemos Garcia

Nickname: Gabi or Gabis, both short was of saying, Gabrielle.

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Rolls Gracie > Romero Cavalcanti > Fábio Gurgel > Gabrielle Garcia

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place ADCC World Championship (2019 / 2017 / 2013 / 2011)
  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship (2013***/2012**/2011**/2010**)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pans Championship (2019**/2013***/2011**/2010**)
  • 1st Place UAEJJF Abu Dhabi Pro Champion (2010/2011)
  • 1st Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals (2010**)
  • 1st Place IBJJF European Open (2015**/2011*)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World Championship (2021*)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship (2008 brown)
  • 1st Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals (2009 brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF World No-Gi Championship (2009/2008 brown)

* Absolute
** Weight and absolute
***Stripped of title

Favorite Position: Kimura lock & Americana

Weight Division: Pesado (Over 69kg/151lbs)

Team/Association: Alliance

Gabrielle Garcia Biography

Gabrielle Garcia was born on the 17th of November 1985 in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. She was very sporty from the get-go, practicing a variety of activities, namely volleyball, team handball, and field hockey, where she was most successful in her early and mid-teens, playing in a high-level team.

Gabrielle moved to Sao Paulo with her family when she was 13 years of age. Her uncle trained Jiu-Jitsu and she was curious to give it a try. She visited a local gym and took a class with a coach who went by the name “Johnny” and there she stayed for a while.

Gabrielle was very successful as a competitor from the start, but she didn’t seek a career in the sport. She kept a busy schedule trying to juggle both training and her studies, but after some time she came to terms with placing her advertising career on hold, on the last year of her university course. At the time she was already training with Fabio Gurgel and she had the full support of her family, especially her father who is a big BJJ enthusiast.

In 2009 Gabrielle fought the World No-Gi Championship, a competition she had won the previous year. Being the favorite to win, Gabrielle cruised to the final with ligament damage to the knee. She almost missed the final as the pain was getting close to unbearable, but again rising to the occasion, Gabrielle managed to fight and win in the final match against Emily Wetzel.

With her training schedule stretched to a maximum with training sessions 3 times per day, Gabrielle Garcia had an amazing competitive year, winning the Pan American, the “Brasileiro” and the World Pro Cup as well as the “Mundial”, receiving her long-awaited black belt from the hands of her master Fabio Gurgel on the podium of the World Championships.

On February 2014 the USADA (United States Anti-Doping Agency), the organization responsible for testing IBJJF’s athletes for Performance Enhancing Drugs (PED) announced that Gabrielle Garcia had used such substances during the course of her 2013 campaign. She was stripped of her titles for that year, however, she was found to have used PED’s unknowingly and as such was not suspended from the organization.

Gabrielle Garcia Grappling Record

    25 (35%)
    5 (7%)
    37 (52%)
    3 (4%)
    1 (1%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)


Clock choke
Shoulder Pressure
Darce choke
Bread cutter
Toe hold
    2 (22%)
    0 (0%)
    2 (22%)
    4 (44%)
    1 (11%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)


Choke from back

Gabrielle Garcia Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
2306Ana CordeiroAna CordeiroLPointsPan AmericanABSSF2009
2307Lana StefanacLPts: 16x0World Champ.ABSSF2009
7169Mackenzie DernMackenzie DernLPts: 0x0, PenWorld ProABSSF2015
7975Jessica OliveiraLReferee DecisionADCCO60KGSF2015
21304Nathiely JesusNathiely JesusLReferee DecisionF2W 121ABSSPF2019
25128Nathiely JesusNathiely JesusLReferee DecisionWNO 6ABSSPF2021
27835Amanda LeveAmanda LeveLReferee DecisionWNO Champ.ABS4F2021
29533Yara SoaresYara SoaresLChokeWorld Champ.ABSSF2021
29584Gabrieli PessanhaGabrieli PessanhaLChoke from backWorld Champ.O79KGSF2021
1896Maria do CarmoWChokeWorld Champ.O79KGF2008
2642Luzia FernandesLuzia FernandesWPts: 8x2World Pro.O63KGF2010
2643Luzia FernandesLuzia FernandesWPts: 4x2World Pro.O72KGF2010
2644Talita NogueiraTalita NogueiraWClock chokeWLPJJABSF2010
2656Katrina WeilbacherWPts: 7x0World Champ.O79KGF2010
2830Beatriz MesquitaBeatriz MesquitaWAmericanaEuropeanABSSF2011
2862Fabiana BorgesFabiana BorgesWPts: 2x0Pan AmericanABSF2011
2863Tammy GriegoWPts: 4x2Pan AmericanO79KGF2011
2930UnknownWAmericanaWorld Pro.O72KGRDS2011
2931Penny ThomasPenny ThomasWPts: 6x0World Pro.O72KGF2011
2965Penny ThomasPenny ThomasWAmericanaWorld Champ.ABSSF2011
3157Emily WetzelWShoulder PressureWorld Champ.O79KGF2011
3158Bia MesquitaWPts: 2x0World Champ.ABSF2011
3297Hanette StaackHanette StaackWPts: 2x0ADCCO60KGF2011
3316Penny ThomasPenny ThomasWAmericanaADCCO60KGSF2011
3317Hannette StaackWPointsADCCO60KGF2011
3525M. DernWClock chokePan AmericanABSSF2012
3663Emely WetzelWChokePan AmericanO79KGF2012
3748Maria MalyjasiakMaria MalyjasiakWPts: 7x0World Pro.ABSF2012
3828Maria MalyjasiakMaria MalyjasiakWPointsWorld Pro.O72KGF2012
3829Beatriz MesquitaBeatriz MesquitaWPts: 3x2World Pro.ABSF2012
3862Talita NogueiraTalita NogueiraWSubmissionWorld Champ.ABS4F2012
3863Beatriz MesquitaBeatriz MesquitaWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.ABSSF2012
3864Luiza MonteiroLuiza MonteiroWAmericanaWorld Champ.ABSF2012
4620Fabiana BorgesFabiana BorgesWAmericanaPan AmericanABS4F2013
4621Mackenzie DernMackenzie DernWClock chokePan AmericanABSSF2013
4623Beatriz MesquitaBeatriz MesquitaWN/APan AmericanABSF2013
4646Beatriz MesquitaBeatriz MesquitaWPts: 9x0World Pro.ABSF2013
4967Yurika NakakuraWDarce chokeADCCO60KG4F2013
4968Tammy GriegoWPointsADCCO60KGSF2013
4969Fernanda MazelliWN/AADCCO60KGF2013
5602Janni LarssonJanni LarssonWKimuraWorld Pro.ABSF2014
5603D. ObelenyteWPts: 3x0World Pro.O72KGF2014
5604Beatriz MesquitaBeatriz MesquitaWPts: 3x0World Pro.ABSF2014
5887Talita NogueiraTalita NogueiraWAmericanaSP OpenO79KGF2014
5888Luiza MonteiroLuiza MonteiroWAmericanaSP OpenABSF2014
5993Luiza MonteiroLuiza MonteiroWArmbarNoGi WorldsABSSF2014
5995Mackenzie DernMackenzie DernWAmericanaNoGi WorldsABSF2014
6461Anna Louise MayneWArmbarEuropeanABS4F2015
6464Shanti AbelhaShanti AbelhaWChokeEuropeanABSSF2015
6466Mackenzie DernMackenzie DernWClock chokeEuropeanABSF2015
6632Samuela LeiteWArmbarEuropeanO79KGSF2015
6634Venla LuukkonenVenla LuukkonenWAmericanaEuropeanO79KGF2015
6911Leanna DittrichWChokePan AmericanABS4F2015
6913Luiza MonteiroLuiza MonteiroWChokePan AmericanABSSF2015
6915Mackenzie DernMackenzie DernWBread cutterPan AmericanABSF2015
7155Maria MalyjasiakMaria MalyjasiakWPts: 8x0World ProO75KG4F2015
7156UnknownWAmericanaWorld ProO75KGSF2015
7157Vanessa OliveiraVanessa OliveiraWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld ProO75KGF2015
7158n/aWAmericanaWorld ProABSR12015
7163Ana CordeiroAna CordeiroWPts: 2x0World ProABSR22015
7166Luanna AlzuguirWPointsWorld ProABS4F2015
7170Beatriz MesquitaBeatriz MesquitaWPts: 3x0World ProABS3RD2015
7974Alison TremblayWArmbarADCCO60KG4F2015
7977Amanda SantanaWReferee DecisionADCCO60KG3RD2015
13933Amanda AlequinAmanda AlequinWToe holdADCC60+KG4F2017
13937Jessica FlowersJessica FlowersWPts: 2x0ADCC60+KGSF2017
13940Talita TretaWAmericanaADCC60+KGF2017
19672Jessica FlowersJessica FlowersWPts: 0x0, AdvPan AmericanO70KGSF2019
19673Carina SantiWChokePan AmericanO70KGF2019
19674Ana VieiraAna VieiraWPts: 0x0, AdvPan AmericanABS4F2019
19675Luiza MonteiroLuiza MonteiroWShoulder pressurePan AmericanABSSF2019
19676Nathiely JesusNathiely JesusWPts: 0x0, AdvPan AmericanABSF2019
20828Hillary OrnumWChokeF2W 114N/ASPF2019
21862Stefanie EggerWPts: 2x0ADCCO60KG4F2019
21863Ana CarolinaWReferee DecisionADCCO60KGSF2019
21864Carina SantiWKimuraADCCO60KGF2019
23697Kendall ReusingKendall ReusingWAmericanaF2W 142124KGSPF2020
24041Elisabeth ClayElisabeth ClayWReferee DecisionWNO 4ABSSPF2020
24372Claudia DovalClaudia DovalWPointsBJJ Stars 4ABSSPF2020
29531Ana VieiraAna VieiraWPts: 0x0, PenWorld Champ.ABS4F2021

Gabi Garcia vs Mackenzie Dern

Gabi Garcia vs Luzia Fernandes

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  • Golani says:

    The Bio Rocks Gabi , nice for you keep going champ !!!!!

  • Robert says:

    Gabi is awesome! Repeat in 2011!!!

  • Tawnda Thomas says:


    I was so glad to see your videos. You remind me so much of my daughter and I cannot wait to show your videos to her. She is 13 yrs old and started out so quiet and shy. She started taking BJJ two years ago and trains with Randall Phillips at Auburn MMA. ( http:// ) She has become a completely different person. She now has confidence and is proud of herself. She is about to test for her orange belt.

    In our area we do not have much Jiu Jitsu opportunities for tournaments so we do NAGA. Because of her age/weight she would always be placed against large boys. She did GREAT against the boys, she just did not have equal enough strength to pull in the wins. She had the technique, they had their strength and weight against her. ha ha

    Her last tournament she made the decision to enter in the teen division in hopes of fighting against girls. They still had a hard time finding a match for her, but did find some. She got second in no-gi and first in gi. So I think that helped her confidence come back.

  • Paul 90 says:

    Gabi absolutely crushes everyone!

  • tex says:

    is it true that the coach "Johnny" is Joao Faria?

  • Gabi will dominate the field just with her absolute size and strength. she will not find anybody in the ladies division who will really offer her a real challenge to test her skill…

  • Cris Cyborg says:

    Please add or correct the following errors;

    In the “2019 Pan American” she won 5 fights and not 3 as shown on the winning list. In addition to the three, she defeated Nathiely de Jesus and Carina Santi.

    Already in “Fight 2 Win 121”, she lost to Nathiely de Jesus.

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