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Johnny Tama

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Johnny Tama is an Equatorian grappler and a jiu-jitsu black belt under Juan Miguel Iturralde of the Alliance Academy. Tama earned his reputation as one of the top athletes of his generation after conquering medals at the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) Pan American Championship (gi and no-gi) and World Championships (also gi and no-gi) in both the purple and brown belt categories. Later, in December 2019, Johnny Tama became the first Hispanic athlete to conquer an IBJJF world title in the adult black belt division of this sport.

Johnny Tama Jiu-Jitsu

Full Name: Johnny Joachin Tama Apolinario

Nickname: N/A

Lineage: Carlos GracieHelio Gracie >Rolls GracieRomero CavalcantiFábio Gurgel > Fernando Di PieroJuan Miguel Iturralde > Johnny Tama

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship No-Gi (2019)
  • 1st Place SJJIF World Championship No-Gi (2018)
  • 1st Place SJJIF World Championship (2018)
  • Fight 2 Win 170 lbs Champion (2021)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Charleston Summer Open (2021)
  • 1st Place IBJJF NY Spring Open No-Gi (2019)
  • 1st Place IBJJF NY Spring Open (2018)
  • 1st Place Orange County Open (2018)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Houston Open (2017)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Austin Open (2018)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Charlotte Open (2017)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Boston Spring Open (2017)
  • 1st Place AJP Ecuador National Pro (2017)
  • 1st Place AJP NY National Pro (2017)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Pan Championship No-Gi (2019 / 2021)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF NY Spring Open (2019)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Dallas Open (2021)
  • 2nd Place Marianas Open (2017)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF American Nats No-Gi (2019**)
  • FIVE Grappling Superfight Winner (2018)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • 1st Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2014 purple)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pan Championship No-Gi (2016 brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Dallas International Open (2016 brown)
  • 1st Place UAEJJF Grand Slam, Los Angeles (2015 brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Miami Open (2013** / 2014 ** purple)
  • 1st Place IBJJF NY Spring Open (2015 brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Boston Spring Open (2015 brown)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF World Championship No-Gi (2014 brown)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World Championship (2014 purple, 2015 brown)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2015 brown)

* Absolute
** Weight and absolute

Favorite Position/Technique: Good overall game

Weight Division: Peso Leve (76,00 kg / 168.0 lbs)

Team/Association: Alliance

Johnny Tama Biography

Johnny Tama was born on October 20, 1992, in Guayaquil, Ecuador.

Growing up Johnny was not a fan of martial arts, with a short time spent doing taekwondo at the age of 12 being his only contact with any form of combat. That lack of interest would change after a street altercation in 2009, which saw Tama at the wrong end of a beating.

Following his stepfather’s advice, Johnny started paying attention to Brazilian jiu-jitsu. He finally decided to start taking grappling classes after witnessing Fernando Di Piero (also known as Soluço) defeat an opponent with ease inside the cage, using solely grappling.

In June of 2009 Tama joined the class of Juan Miguel Iturralde Aguirre, brother of Leonardo Iturralde, Francisco “Sinistro” Iturralde and a black belt under the aforementioned Di Piero. Juan Miguel would remain by Johnny’s side throughout his development as a grappler, though Tama was also assisted by other coaches throughout his many travels in search of high-level coaching and competition. One of his bigger influences was Rubens Charles, a legend of the sport with whom Johnny trained on many occasions while climbing the belt ranks of jiu-jitsu.

The growth of BJJ in Chile was also heavily influenced by Johnny Tama who visited the South American country on several occasions, both coaching and competing.

After many years competing in the world’s top jiu-jitsu tournaments in the lower belt divisions, Tama received his black belt from the hands of Juan Miguel Iturralde. The ceremony taking place on December 15 of 2016.

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Johnny Tama Grappling Record

85 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    26 (31%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    6 (7%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    43 (51%)
  • BY DECISION
    10 (12%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

43 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Estima lock
14
6
#86e620
Botinha
14
6
#5AD3D1
Armbar
12
5
#d1212a
Choke from back
12
5
#fad11b
Inside heel hook
9
4
#f58822
Choke
7
3
#224aba
Kneebar
7
3
#ff9124
RNC
7
3
#bf1f6c
Kimura
5
2
#22c9a5
Katagatame
2
1
#fad223
Triangle
2
1
#03861f
Bow and arrow
2
1
#039a1f
Inverted triangle
2
1
#03b41f
Flying armbar
2
1
#03c61f
Crucifix choke
2
1
43
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
60 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    26 (43%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    10 (17%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    10 (17%)
  • BY DECISION
    10 (17%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    1 (2%)

10 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Choke from back
30
3
#86e620
Submission
20
2
#5AD3D1
Bow and arrow
10
1
#d1212a
Botinha
10
1
#fad11b
Triangle
10
1
#f58822
Guillotine
10
1
#224aba
Darce choke
10
1
10
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Johnny Tama Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
11852Thiago MacedoThiago MacedoLPointsHouston OpenABS4F2017
11937Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoLSubmissionUAEJJF NY ProU77KGSF2017
12164Michael LieraMichael LieraLPts: 4x4, AdvPan American76KG8F2017
12378Marcio AndreMarcio AndreLBow and arrowNY Spring Open76KG4F2017
12395Samir AbdolkaderLPointsNY Spring OpenABSR12017
12830Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseLPts: 2x0Marianas82KGF2017
13105Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.76KGR12017
13334Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaLPts: 4x2American Nats76KGR12017
13511Victor SilverioVictor SilverioLPointsSan Jose Open82KGSF2017
13765Victor SilverioVictor SilverioLPts: 0x0, AdvSan Diego Pro82KG4F2017
13797Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoLPts: 2x0Grand Slam LA77KGR12017
14104Max GimenisMax GimenisLPts: 6x0Charlotte OpenABS4F2017
14721Kit DaleKit DaleLReferee DecisionNoGi WorldsABSR12017
15040Gilson NunesGilson NunesLPts: 2x0Atlanta W. Open76KG4F2018
15383Kauan BarbozaKauan BarbozaLPts: 4x2Pan American76KGR12018
15767Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoLPointsWashington SPO76KGF2018
16494Hugo MarquesHugo MarquesLPts: 6x2World Champ.76KGR22018
16853Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaLPts: 7x0NY BJJ Pro82KGSF2018
16938Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyLPointsAustin OpenABSSF2018
16955Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoLReferee DecisionW.S.O.G.81KG4F2018
17791J. GracieLChoke from backWSOG 281KG8F2018
18176Ben LeynardLBotinhaLong Beach OpenABSSF2018
18432Piter FrankLReferee DecisionF2W 9575KGSPF2018
18587Marcio AndreMarcio AndreLPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds73KGR12018
19208Alexandre PulgaAlexandre PulgaLAdvMiami W. Open76KGSF2019
19216Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLPts: 3x0Miami W. OpenABSSF2019
20150Jamil Hill-TaylorJamil Hill-TaylorLAdvNY Spring Open76KGF2019
20431Paulo GabrielPaulo GabrielLDQSan Diego Open76KGF2019
20891Paulo GabrielPaulo GabrielLReferee DecisionAmerican NG Nats73KGSF2019
20902Fellipe TrovoFellipe TrovoLPts: 4x4, AdvAmerican NG NatsABSSF2019
20914Alef BritoAlef BritoLPts: 0x0, AdvAmerican Nats76KGSF2019
21572Jeferson GuaresiJeferson GuaresiLPts: 0x0, AdvNo Gi Pan Am.79KGF2019
22360Kauan BarbozaKauan BarbozaLDQLong Beach Open76KGSF2019
22376Gabriel AlmeidaGabriel AlmeidaLReferee DecisionLong Beach OpenABS4F2019
23387Edwin NajmiEdwin NajmiLReferee DecisionF2W 13677KGSPF2020
23486Jonnatas GracieJonnatas GracieLEBI/OTBJJ Fanatics GP77KG4F2020
23698Dante LeonDante LeonLTriangleF2W 142N/ASPF2020
23730Valdir AraujoValdir AraujoLPointsJitz King84KGR12020
23769Pedro MarinhoPedro MarinhoLGuillotine3CG Kumite III81KG4F2020
23826Renato CanutoRenato CanutoLReferee DecisionKumite V81KG4F2020
23897Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoLReferee DecisionKumite 676KGSPF2020
23913Johnatha AlvesJohnatha AlvesLReferee DecisionF2W 15277KGSPF2020
23987Michael LieraMichael LieraLPts: 1x0Grand Slam MIA77KGSF2020
23992Pablo LavaselliPablo LavaselliLPts: 3x2Grand Slam MIA77KGRPC2020
24121Marcio AndreMarcio AndreLPts: 5x2Pan American76KG8F2020
24952Thiago MacedoThiago MacedoLPointsThird Coast70KGSPF2020
25154Johnatha AlvesJohnatha AlvesLPts: 2x0Dallas Open76KGF2021
25349Oliver TazaOliver TazaLReferee DecisionWNO 777KGSPF2021
25546Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoLPts: 4x2EUG 170KG4F2021
26072Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoLPts: 4x2NoGi Pan Am.73KGF2021
26215Johnatha AlvesJohnatha AlvesLAdvMiami Open76KGSF2021
26882Igor FelizIgor FelizLPts: 2x2, AdvAustin Open76KGSF2021
26898Max GimenisMax GimenisLPts: 5x0Austin OpenABS4F2021
27513Fabricio BarbarottiFabricio BarbarottiLDQPan American76KG8F2021
27844Tye RuotoloTye RuotoloLDarce chokeWNO Champ.84KG4F2021
29432Michael LieraMichael LieraLChoke from backWorld Champ.76KG8F2021
31531Andy MurasakiAndy MurasakiLChoke from backPan American76KGR12022
32314Daniel DinizDaniel DinizLPts: 4x2SD Open76KGSF2022
32333Guthierry BarbosaGuthierry BarbosaLPts: 3x2SD OpenABSSF2022
32354Vagner RochaVagner RochaLSubmissionSD NGOABSF2022
11772Armando CusmeWChokeEcuador Pro77KG4F2017
11774Marcus SuelWPts: 0x0, AdvEcuador Pro77KGSF2017
11775UnknownWEstima lockEcuador ProABS4F2017
11776F. RodriguezWBotinhaEcuador ProABSSF2017
11777Gaston ManzurWKneebarChile Open82KGF2017
11778Pelucio RamosWInverted triangleChile OpenABSF2017
11845Spenser GilliamWBotinhaHouston Open76KG4F2017
11846Thiago MacedoThiago MacedoWPts: 4x2Houston Open76KGSF2017
11847Frederico SilvaWArmbarHouston Open76KGF2017
11922Athos MirandaWPointsUAEJJF NY Pro77KGR12017
11925Joao FerreiraWPointsUAEJJF NY Pro77KG4F2017
11928Francisco TavaresWPointsUAEJJF NY Pro77KGSF2017
11936Joao MiyaoJoao MiyaoWPts: 3x2UAEJJF NY ProU77KG4F2017
11939Thiago BritoWBotinhaUAEJJF NY ProU77KG3RD2017
12150Victor de MatosWPts: 2x2, AdvPan American76KGR22017
12376Jonathan CorreaWBotinhaNY Spring Open76KGR12017
12691Julio AlmeidaWEstima lockBoston Sp. Open76KGSF2017
12692Renan BorgesWChoke from backBoston Sp. Open76KGF2017
12824Michael LieraMichael LieraWEstima lockMarianas82KG4F2017
12829Lucas RochaLucas RochaWPts: 2x2, AdvMarianas82KGSF2017
13434Yan LucasYan LucasWEstima lockFIVE Super LeagueN/ASPF2017
14100Kauan BarbozaKauan BarbozaWFlying armbarCharlotte Open76KGSF2017
15004Thiago LemosWKneebarLA Open76KG4F2018
15006Alexandre MolinaroAlexandre MolinaroWAdvLA Open76KGSF2018
15138Victor SilverioVictor SilverioWPointsHouston Open76KGSF2018
15959Felipe SimplicioWChoke from backNY Spring Open76KGRR2018
16931Rodrigo FreitasRodrigo FreitasWPointsAustin Open76KGF2018
16945Christopher H.WKneebarW.S.O.G.81KG8F2018
16950Vinicius WongWChoke from backW.S.O.G.81KG8F2018
17258Brian MahechaBrian MahechaWReferee DecisionLas Vegas Open76KG4F2018
17259Jeremy JacksonJeremy JacksonWReferee DecisionLas Vegas Open76KGSF2018
17785Dante LeonDante LeonWReferee DecisionWSOG 281KGR12018
18041Vitor MoraesWPts: 2x0SJJIF Worlds76KGSF2018
18042Piter FrankWPts: 2x0SJJIF Worlds76KGF2018
18058Dustn AkbariWPts: 4x0SJJIF NG World79KG4F2018
18059Erik CruzWPts: 4x2SJJIF NG World79KGSF2018
18060Jose SouzaWBotinhaSJJIF NG World79KGF2018
18173Victor CervantesWReferee DecisionLong Beach OpenABS4F2018
19137Joel SantiagoWArmbarOC Open76KG4F2019
19139Rodrigo FreitasRodrigo FreitasWAdvOC Open76KGSF2019
19568Eduard HohlWRNCPan American76KGR12019
20147Rodrigo GortariWN/ANY Spring Open76KG4F2019
20149Pedro FernandesWN/ANY Spring Open76KGSF2019
20171David GarmoDavid GarmoWPointsNY Spring NGO73KGSF2019
20172Khalil FadlallahWPointsNY Spring NGO73KGF2019
20429Victor PaschoalWCrucifix chokeSan Diego Open76KGRR2019
20592Pedro RamalhoPedro RamalhoWChokeWorld Champ.76KGR12019
20899John HansenWPts: 2x0American NG NatsABSR12019
20901Ben LenyardWPts: 8x0American NG NatsABS4F2019
20912Gabriel SilvaWKatagatameAmerican Nats76KG4F2019
21570Khalil FadlallahWPts: 4x0No Gi Pan Am.79KG4F2019
21571Breno MacielWEstima lockNo Gi Pan Am.79KGSF2019
21738Kevin BerbrichWReferee DecisionF2W 12674KGSPF2019
21934Diego SantanaWRNCF2W 12777KGSPF2019
22357Youngam NohWRNCLong Beach Open76KG4F2019
22373Nathan BarretoWArmbarLong Beach OpenABSR12019
22820Tomoshige SeraWTriangleNoGi Worlds73KGR12019
22826Natan ChuengNatan ChuengWPts: 4x2NoGi Worlds73KG4F2019
22831Fabio CaloiFabio CaloiWPts: 4x2NoGi Worlds73KGSF2019
22832Ygor RodriguesYgor RodriguesWPts: 7x0NoGi Worlds73KGF2019
23689Ethan CrelinstenEthan CrelinstenWReferee DecisionF2W 13975KGSPF2020
23984Mauricio GomezWKimuraGrand Slam MIA77KG4F2020
24115Mauricio EstebanWPts: 11x2Pan American76KGR12020
24921Jackson NagaiJackson NagaiWReferee DecisionF2W 15983KGSPF2020
25151Dylan WhyteWChoke from backDallas Open76KG4F2021
25153Tyler ScalisiWChokeDallas Open76KGSF2021
26061H. AbbasWInside heel hookNoGi Pan Am.73KG8F2021
26069Josh MurdockWPts: 2x0NoGi Pan Am.73KG4F2021
26071Kieran KichukKieran KichukWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Pan Am.73KGSF2021
26214Michael DanyusWKimuraMiami Open76KG4F2021
26879Tyler ScalisiWBow and arrowAustin Open76KG4F2021
27140Edwin NajmiEdwin NajmiWInside heel hookF2W 18077KGSPF2021
27272Daniel MairaDaniel MairaWPts: 7x4Charleston SO76KG4F2021
27273Fabricio BarbarottiFabricio BarbarottiWReferee DecisionCharleston SO76KGSF2021
27275Nick SallesNick SallesWPts: 4x0Charleston SO76KGF2021
27931Spyke CarlisleWArmbarBJJ FanaticsABSR12021
27937Nick RonanWReferee DecisionBJJ FanaticsABSSF2021
29427Adriano AraujoWBotinhaWorld Champ.76KGR12021
31869Eduardo RoqueEduardo RoqueWEstima lockNashville Open76KGSF2022
31871Theodore SandersWChoke from backNashville Open76KGF2022
31887Clay MayfieldWInside heel hookNashville NGO79KGSF2022
31888Oliver TazaOliver TazaWReferee DecisionNashville NGO79KGF2022
32311Patrick CahilWArmbarSD Open76KG4F2022
32351Thiago CesarWInside heel hookSD NGOABS4F2022
32353Antonio ZuazoWPts: 8x0SD NGOABSSF2022

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