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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

105 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    32 (30%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    8 (8%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    53 (50%)
  • BY DECISION
    12 (11%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

53 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Inside heel hook
13
7
#86e620
Estima lock
11
6
#5AD3D1
Botinha
11
6
#d1212a
Kneebar
9
5
#fad11b
Armbar
9
5
#f58822
Choke from back
9
5
#224aba
RNC
9
5
#ff9124
Choke
6
3
#bf1f6c
Kimura
4
2
#22c9a5
Bow and arrow
2
1
#fad223
Submission
2
1
#03861f
Guillotine
2
1
#039a1f
Toe hold
2
1
#03b41f
Inverted triangle
2
1
#03c61f
Flying armbar
2
1
#03d61f
Crucifix choke
2
1
#03f61f
Katagatame
2
1
#82ff5f
Triangle
2
1
53
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
76 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    35 (46%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    12 (16%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    12 (16%)
  • BY DECISION
    13 (17%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    1 (1%)

12 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Choke from back
33
4
#86e620
Submission
8
1
#5AD3D1
Bow and arrow
8
1
#d1212a
Botinha
8
1
#fad11b
Triangle
8
1
#f58822
Guillotine
8
1
#224aba
Darce choke
8
1
#ff9124
Aoki lock
8
1
#bf1f6c
Estima lock
8
1
12
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Johnny Tama Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
11858Thiago MacedoThiago MacedoLPointsHouston OpenABS4F2017
11943Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoLSubmissionUAEJJF NY ProU77KGSF2017
12170Michael LieraMichael LieraLPts: 4x4, AdvPan American76KG8F2017
12384Marcio AndreMarcio AndreLBow and arrowNY Spring Open76KG4F2017
12401Samir AbdolkaderLPointsNY Spring OpenABSR12017
12837Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseLPts: 2x0Marianas82KGF2017
13112Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.76KGR12017
13341Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaLPts: 4x2American Nats76KGR12017
13518Victor SilverioVictor SilverioLPointsSan Jose Open82KGSF2017
13772Victor SilverioVictor SilverioLPts: 0x0, AdvSan Diego Pro82KG4F2017
13804Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoLPts: 2x0Grand Slam LA77KGR12017
14111Max GimenisMax GimenisLPts: 6x0Charlotte OpenABS4F2017
14728Kit DaleKit DaleLReferee DecisionNoGi WorldsABSR12017
15047Gilson NunesGilson NunesLPts: 2x0Atlanta W. Open76KG4F2018
15390Kauan BarbozaKauan BarbozaLPts: 4x2Pan American76KGR12018
15774Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoLPointsWashington SPO76KGF2018
16501Hugo MarquesHugo MarquesLPts: 6x2World Champ.76KGR22018
16865Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaLPts: 7x0NY BJJ Pro82KGSF2018
16950Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyLPointsAustin OpenABSSF2018
16967Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoLReferee DecisionW.S.O.G.81KG4F2018
17803J. GracieLChoke from backWSOG 281KG8F2018
18191Ben LeynardLBotinhaLong Beach OpenABSSF2018
18447Piter FrankLReferee DecisionF2W 9575KGSPF2018
18602Marcio AndreMarcio AndreLPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds73KGR12018
19225Alexandre PulgaAlexandre PulgaLAdvMiami W. Open76KGSF2019
19233Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLPts: 3x0Miami W. OpenABSSF2019
20169Jamil Hill-TaylorJamil Hill-TaylorLAdvNY Spring Open76KGF2019
20450Paulo GabrielPaulo GabrielLDQSan Diego Open76KGF2019
20910Paulo GabrielPaulo GabrielLReferee DecisionAmerican NG Nats73KGSF2019
20921Fellipe TrovoFellipe TrovoLPts: 4x4, AdvAmerican NG NatsABSSF2019
20933Alef BritoAlef BritoLPts: 0x0, AdvAmerican Nats76KGSF2019
21591Jeferson GuaresiJeferson GuaresiLPts: 0x0, AdvNo Gi Pan Am.79KGF2019
22392Kauan BarbozaKauan BarbozaLDQLong Beach Open76KGSF2019
22408Gabriel AlmeidaGabriel AlmeidaLReferee DecisionLong Beach OpenABS4F2019
23419Edwin NajmiEdwin NajmiLReferee DecisionF2W 13677KGSPF2020
23519Jonnatas GracieJonnatas GracieLEBI/OTBJJ Fanatics GP77KG4F2020
23736Dante LeonDante LeonLTriangleF2W 142N/ASPF2020
23768Valdir AraujoValdir AraujoLPointsJitz King84KGR12020
23807Pedro MarinhoPedro MarinhoLGuillotine3CG Kumite III81KG4F2020
23864Renato CanutoRenato CanutoLReferee DecisionKumite V81KG4F2020
23935Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoLReferee DecisionKumite 676KGSPF2020
23951Johnatha AlvesJohnatha AlvesLReferee DecisionF2W 15277KGSPF2020
24026Michael LieraMichael LieraLPts: 1x0Grand Slam MIA77KGSF2020
24031Pablo LavaselliPablo LavaselliLPts: 3x2Grand Slam MIA77KGRPC2020
24160Marcio AndreMarcio AndreLPts: 5x2Pan American76KG8F2020
24992Thiago MacedoThiago MacedoLPointsThird Coast70KGSPF2020
25196Johnatha AlvesJohnatha AlvesLPts: 2x0Dallas Open76KGF2021
25392Oliver TazaOliver TazaLReferee DecisionWNO 777KGSPF2021
25589Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoLPts: 4x2EUG 170KG4F2021
26120Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoLPts: 4x2NoGi Pan Am.73KGF2021
26264Johnatha AlvesJohnatha AlvesLAdvMiami Open76KGSF2021
26938Igor FelizIgor FelizLPts: 2x2, AdvAustin Open76KGSF2021
26954Max GimenisMax GimenisLPts: 5x0Austin OpenABS4F2021
27570Fabricio BarbarottiFabricio BarbarottiLDQPan American76KG8F2021
27900Tye RuotoloTye RuotoloLDarce chokeWNO Champ.84KG4F2021
29498Michael LieraMichael LieraLChoke from backWorld Champ.76KG8F2021
31650Andy MurasakiAndy MurasakiLChoke from backPan American76KGR12022
32448Daniel DinizDaniel DinizLPts: 4x2SD Open76KGSF2022
32468Guthierry BarbosaGuthierry BarbosaLPts: 3x2SD OpenABSSF2022
32492Vagner RochaVagner RochaLAoki lockSD NGOABSF2022
32912Marcelo FaustoMarcelo FaustoLEstima lockWorld Champ.76KGR12022
33900Joshua BacallaoLN/APhoenix NGO79KGF2022
33912Emilio HernandezEmilio HernandezLPts: 2x0Phoenix NGOABSSF2022
35551Jonata GomesJonata GomesLPts: 2x0NoGi Pan73KG4F2022
36871Igor FelizIgor FelizLReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds79KG4F2022
38006Johnatha AlvesJohnatha AlvesLPts: 6x0LA Open82KGSF2023
38033Caio ViniciusCaio ViniciusLPts: 0x0, AdvLA OpenABSR12023
38461Ademir BarretoAdemir BarretoLChoke from backPan American76KGR12023
39409Jonathan WilsonLReferee DecisionADCC OC76KGR12023
43399Kieran KichukKieran KichukLReferee DecisionNoGi Pan79KG4F2023
44198Inacio SantosInacio SantosLPointsCharleston FNGABSSF2023
45737Matheus GalvaoLPts: 2x0NoGi World79KGR22023
46805Alexandre MolinaroAlexandre MolinaroLPts: 2x0Atlanta WO82KG4F2024
46818Luccas LiraLuccas LiraLPts: 4x2Atlanta WOABSF2024
46889Max HansonMax HansonLPts: 2x0Enigma Inv84KG4F2024
47929Ariel TabakAriel TabakLPts: 4x4, AdvPan American76KGR22024
11778Armando CusmeWChokeEcuador Pro77KG4F2017
11780Marcus SuelWPts: 0x0, AdvEcuador Pro77KGSF2017
11781UnknownWEstima lockEcuador ProABS4F2017
11782F. RodriguezWBotinhaEcuador ProABSSF2017
11783Gaston ManzurWKneebarChile Open82KGF2017
11784Pelucio RamosWInverted triangleChile OpenABSF2017
11851Spenser GilliamWBotinhaHouston Open76KG4F2017
11852Thiago MacedoThiago MacedoWPts: 4x2Houston Open76KGSF2017
11853Frederico SilvaWArmbarHouston Open76KGF2017
11928Athos MirandaWPointsUAEJJF NY Pro77KGR12017
11931Joao FerreiraWPointsUAEJJF NY Pro77KG4F2017
11934Francisco TavaresWPointsUAEJJF NY Pro77KGSF2017
11942Joao MiyaoJoao MiyaoWPts: 3x2UAEJJF NY ProU77KG4F2017
11945Thiago BritoWBotinhaUAEJJF NY ProU77KG3RD2017
12156Victor de MatosWPts: 2x2, AdvPan American76KGR22017
12382Jonathan CorreaWBotinhaNY Spring Open76KGR12017
12698Julio AlmeidaWEstima lockBoston Sp. Open76KGSF2017
12699Renan BorgesWChoke from backBoston Sp. Open76KGF2017
12831Michael LieraMichael LieraWEstima lockMarianas82KG4F2017
12836Lucas RochaLucas RochaWPts: 2x2, AdvMarianas82KGSF2017
13441Yan LucasYan LucasWEstima lockFIVE Super LeagueN/ASPF2017
14107Kauan BarbozaKauan BarbozaWFlying armbarCharlotte Open76KGSF2017
15011Thiago LemosWKneebarLA Open76KG4F2018
15013Alexandre MolinaroAlexandre MolinaroWAdvLA Open76KGSF2018
15145Victor SilverioVictor SilverioWPointsHouston Open76KGSF2018
15966Felipe SimplicioWChoke from backNY Spring Open76KGRR2018
16943Rodrigo FreitasRodrigo FreitasWPointsAustin Open76KGF2018
16957Christopher H.WKneebarW.S.O.G.81KG8F2018
16962Vinicius WongWChoke from backW.S.O.G.81KG8F2018
17270Brian MahechaBrian MahechaWReferee DecisionLas Vegas Open76KG4F2018
17271Jeremy JacksonJeremy JacksonWReferee DecisionLas Vegas Open76KGSF2018
17797Dante LeonDante LeonWReferee DecisionWSOG 281KGR12018
18056Vitor MoraesWPts: 2x0SJJIF Worlds76KGSF2018
18057Piter FrankWPts: 2x0SJJIF Worlds76KGF2018
18073Dustn AkbariWPts: 4x0SJJIF NG World79KG4F2018
18074Erik CruzWPts: 4x2SJJIF NG World79KGSF2018
18075Jose SouzaWBotinhaSJJIF NG World79KGF2018
18188Victor CervantesWReferee DecisionLong Beach OpenABS4F2018
19154Joel SantiagoWArmbarOC Open76KG4F2019
19156Rodrigo FreitasRodrigo FreitasWAdvOC Open76KGSF2019
19586Eduard HohlWRNCPan American76KGR12019
20166Rodrigo GortariWN/ANY Spring Open76KG4F2019
20168Pedro FernandesWN/ANY Spring Open76KGSF2019
20190David GarmoDavid GarmoWPointsNY Spring NGO73KGSF2019
20191Khalil FadlallahWPointsNY Spring NGO73KGF2019
20448Victor PaschoalWCrucifix chokeSan Diego Open76KGRR2019
20611Pedro RamalhoPedro RamalhoWChokeWorld Champ.76KGR12019
20918John HansenWPts: 2x0American NG NatsABSR12019
20920Ben LenyardWPts: 8x0American NG NatsABS4F2019
20931Gabriel SilvaWKatagatameAmerican Nats76KG4F2019
21589Khalil FadlallahWPts: 4x0No Gi Pan Am.79KG4F2019
21590Breno MacielWEstima lockNo Gi Pan Am.79KGSF2019
21758Kevin BerbrichWReferee DecisionF2W 12674KGSPF2019
21955Diego SantanaWRNCF2W 12777KGSPF2019
22389Youngam NohWRNCLong Beach Open76KG4F2019
22405Nathan BarretoWArmbarLong Beach OpenABSR12019
22852Tomoshige SeraWTriangleNoGi Worlds73KGR12019
22858Natan ChuengNatan ChuengWPts: 4x2NoGi Worlds73KG4F2019
22863Fabio CaloiFabio CaloiWPts: 4x2NoGi Worlds73KGSF2019
22864Ygor RodriguesYgor RodriguesWPts: 7x0NoGi Worlds73KGF2019
23727Ethan CrelinstenEthan CrelinstenWReferee DecisionF2W 13975KGSPF2020
24023Mauricio GomezWKimuraGrand Slam MIA77KG4F2020
24154Mauricio EstebanWPts: 11x2Pan American76KGR12020
24961Jackson NagaiJackson NagaiWReferee DecisionF2W 15983KGSPF2020
25193Dylan WhyteWChoke from backDallas Open76KG4F2021
25195Tyler ScalisiWChokeDallas Open76KGSF2021
26109H. AbbasWInside heel hookNoGi Pan Am.73KG8F2021
26117Josh MurdockWPts: 2x0NoGi Pan Am.73KG4F2021
26119Kieran KichukKieran KichukWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Pan Am.73KGSF2021
26263Michael DanyusWKimuraMiami Open76KG4F2021
26935Tyler ScalisiWBow and arrowAustin Open76KG4F2021
27197Edwin NajmiEdwin NajmiWInside heel hookF2W 18077KGSPF2021
27329Daniel MairaDaniel MairaWPts: 7x4Charleston SO76KG4F2021
27330Fabricio BarbarottiFabricio BarbarottiWReferee DecisionCharleston SO76KGSF2021
27332Nick SallesNick SallesWPts: 4x0Charleston SO76KGF2021
27987Spyke CarlisleWArmbarBJJ FanaticsABSR12021
27993Nick RonanWReferee DecisionBJJ FanaticsABSSF2021
29493Adriano AraujoWBotinhaWorld Champ.76KGR12021
31989Eduardo RoqueEduardo RoqueWEstima lockNashville Open76KGSF2022
31991Theodore SandersWChoke from backNashville Open76KGF2022
32007Clay MayfieldWInside heel hookNashville NGO79KGSF2022
32008Oliver TazaOliver TazaWReferee DecisionNashville NGO79KGF2022
32445Patrick CahilWArmbarSD Open76KG4F2022
32489Thiago CesarWInside heel hookSD NGOABS4F2022
32491Antonio ZuazoWPts: 8x0SD NGOABSSF2022
33899Gabriel SilvaWN/APhoenix NGO79KGSF2022
33910Thiago AmorimWRNCPhoenix NGOABS4F2022
35546Eric CoeWInside heel hookNoGi Pan73KG8F2022
36866Servio TulioServio TulioWInside heel hookNoGi Worlds79KG8F2022
38005Daniel DonahueWN/ALA Open82KG4F2023
39419A. Mirzakha.WSubmissionADCC OC76KGRPC2023
39420Anthony FrieseWKneebarADCC OC76KGRPC2023
39421Benjamin HouWGuillotineADCC OC76KGRPC2023
39422Ricky SemigliaWInside heel hookADCC OC76KGRPC2023
39423Chris VukajWReferee DecisionADCC OC76KG3RD2023
43254Andrew PardeeWRNCEnigma Inv77KGR12023
43261Harrison WoodsWToe holdEnigma Inv77KG4F2023
43391James VafiadesWKneebarNoGi Pan79KG8F2023
44196Gialysson FreitasGialysson FreitasWN/ACharleston FNGABS4F2023
45045Heitor SenraWReferee DecisionNashville FO82KGSF2023
45047Breno MacielWN/ANashville FO82KGF2023
45728Alika VillatoraWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi World79KGR12023
46817Vinicius CoimbraWPts: 3x0Atlanta WOABSSF2024
46885Shawn MelansonWPts: 2x0Enigma Inv84KGR12024
49918Rehan MuttalibWPts: 2x2, AdvSDiego SPO76KGF2024

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