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Jonathan Satava

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Jonathan Satava is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt under the legendary Marcelo Garcia, being part of the golden generation of grapplers produced inside Garcia’s New York Academy, a team which includes Satava, Dillon Danis, Matheus Diniz, Mansher Khera, Marcos Tinoco and Dominyka Obelenyte. Regarded as one of the top prospects in the 82kg (181lbs) weight class after his wins at the World (No-Gi) and Pan American Championships (Gi + No-Gi) in the lower belt divisions of the sport, Jonathan Satava solidified this claim in his 1st year competing as a black belt, with victories over established names of the grappling world such as Kayron Gracie, Marcelo Mafra and Marcos de Souza to name a few.

Jonathan Satava Jiu-Jitsu

Full Name: Jonathan T. Satava

Nickname: N/A

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Rolls Gracie > Romero Cavalcanti > Fabio Gurgel >Marcelo Garcia > Jonathan Satava

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place ADCC US East Coast Trials (2018)
  • 1st Place UAEJJF New York Pro (2017)
  • 1st Place UAEJJF Canada National Pro (2017**)
  • 1st Place IBJJF New York Spring Open (2015)
  • 1st Place IBJJF New York Summer Open (2015**)
  • 1st Place IBJJF New York Summer Open No-Gi (2015)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF World Championship No-Gi (2016/2015)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Pan Championship No-Gi (2015)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF New York Summer Open No-Gi (2015*)
  • 3rd Place ADCC US West Coast Trials (2017)

Main Achievements (Main Achievements):

  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship No-Gi (2012 purple, 2014 brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pan Championship No-Gi (2014 brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2012 purple, 2013/2014 brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF New York Spring Open (2014** brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF New York Summer Open (2014 brown)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF New York Open (2013 purple)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF New York Summer Open (2013 purple)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World Championship (2012 purple)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2014* brown)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Pan Championship No-Gi (2012 purple)

* Absolute
** Weight and absolute

Favorite Position/Technique: North-South Choke

Weight Division: Peso Médio (82kg/181lbs)

Team/Association: Alliance

Jonathan Satava Biography

Jonathan Satava was born in East Patchogue, New York (USA) on September 2, 1989.

While growing up Jonathan became an avid sports fan, gearing particularly towards skateboarding. He also tried to enter the freestyle wrestling world on two occasions, though those would abruptly be put to a stop: On his first attempt, Satava made his middle school team, competing on 3 occasions. His run that year would end due to an injury to the shoulder that forced him out for the remainder of the season. In high school, Jon returned to practice but broke his collarbone training before the start of the season. After such unfortunate injuries, his family convinced him to end his wrestling aspirations.

Satava returned to grappling at the age of 18, in his freshman year at college for the Stonybrook University – October 2007. The university ran an MMA class in the basement of it’s the racquetball courts, which caught the interest of Jonathan. When he first stepped into the room, he was informed that it was in fact a jiu-jitsu club and not a mixed martial arts one. Even though this was not Satava’s first choice, he did the class and enjoyed it, deciding to join the team.

Krishna Mirjah ran the jiu-jitsu class, becoming Jonathan’s instructor for a period of 3 years, with his coaching talent becoming a tremendous influence in shaping Jonathan’s own grappling style.

The group ran by Mr. Mirjah worked predominantly in a no-gi environment, where Jonathan together with his training partner Eddie Cummings developed their interest for this aspect of jiu-jitsu. Cummings, like Satava, would later become a revered figure in the sport.

As a blue belt, Jonathan switched camps and started working under Marcelo Garcia‘s supervision, a 5x IBJJF World Champion and 4x ADCC champion. With a similar body type and mobility to that of his instructor and plenty of success on the competitive scene, Satava quickly raised the interest of the general grappling audience as “Marcelo’s jiu-jitsu doppelganger”.

5 years into his training under Marcelo Garcia and after one of his best competitive years (2014) when Jonathan conquered important titles such as World No-Gi Champion, Pan American Champion, and Pan American No-Gi Champion, Satava was promoted to black belt (Jan. 2015).

His first year as black belt cemented Jonathan Satava as one of the top middleweights in jiu-jitsu with strong performances and medals at some of the world’s toughest tournaments such as a 2nd Place at the World No-Gi Championship, 3rd Place at the Pan American No-Gi Champion as well as important gold medals in the IBJJF New York Opens.

Banner photo was taken by John Ricard.

Jonathan Satava Modern Butterfly Guard

Jonathan Satava Grappling Record

88 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    46 (52%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    4 (5%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    32 (36%)
  • BY DECISION
    5 (6%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (1%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

32 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
RNC
34
11
#86e620
Armbar
19
6
#5AD3D1
North South Choke
9
3
#d1212a
Guillotine
9
3
#fad11b
Choke
6
2
#f58822
Kneebar
3
1
#224aba
Choke from back
3
1
#ff9124
Armlock
3
1
#bf1f6c
Submission
3
1
#22c9a5
Arm in Ezekiel
3
1
#fad223
Katagatame
3
1
#03861f
Triangle
3
1
32
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
37 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    17 (46%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    5 (14%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    10 (27%)
  • BY DECISION
    4 (11%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (3%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

10 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Armbar
20
2
#86e620
Choke from back
20
2
#5AD3D1
Darce choke
10
1
#d1212a
Guillotine
10
1
#fad11b
Gogoplata
10
1
#f58822
Flying armbar
10
1
#224aba
Reverse triangle
10
1
#ff9124
Botinha
10
1
10
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Jonathan Satava Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
7021Tanner RiceTanner RiceLAdvNY Spring OpenABS4F2015
7208Vagner RochaVagner RochaLPointsADCC US Trials77KGSF2015
7210Sergio ArdilaSergio ArdilaLBotinhaADCC US Trials77KG3RD2015
7288Javier YamuniLArmbarBoston Spring Open82KG4F2015
7452Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLPts: 3x0World Champ.82KG8F2015
7680Gilbert BurnsGilbert BurnsLPts: 4x0NY No Gi OpenABSSF2015
8077Dan SchonLDarce chokeGT Open82KGSPF2015
8177Marcelo MafraMarcelo MafraLPts: 4x0NoGi Pan Ams82KGSF2015
8431DJ JacksonDJ JacksonLPts: 3x0NoGi Worlds79KGF2015
9291Felipe CesarFelipe CesarLPts: 0x0, AdvPan American82KG8F2016
9596Luan CarvalhoLuan CarvalhoLReferee DecisionWorld Pro77KG8F2016
10001Otavio SousaOtavio SousaLPts: 10x0World Champ.82KG8F2016
10274Felipe CesarFelipe CesarLPointsNY Summer Open82KGSF2016
10280Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLN/ANY NoGi OpenABSSF2016
10915Marcelo MafraMarcelo MafraLGuillotineNoGi Worlds79KGF2016
11943Helton JoseHelton JoseLPts: 3x0UAEJJF NY ProU110KGF2017
12187Josh HingerJosh HingerLGogoplataPan American82KG8F2017
12516Vagner RochaVagner RochaLReferee DecisionADCC WC Trials77KGSF2017
12644Edwin NajmiEdwin NajmiLPts: 2x0World Pro77KGSF2017
12927Victor SilverioVictor SilverioLPts: 3x0Miami SPO82KGF2017
13142Gabriel ArgesGabriel ArgesLChoke from backWorld Champ.82KG8F2017
13411DJ JacksonDJ JacksonLN/ANY Summer Open88KGF2017
14016Lucas RochaLucas RochaLPts: 0x0, AdvNo Gi Pan Am.85KGF2017
14021Dustin AkbariLFlying armbarNo Gi Pan Am.ABSR12017
14682Michael LieraMichael LieraLPts: 4x0NoGi Worlds79KG4F2017
15204Nick CalvaneseNick CalvaneseLPts: 6x2Continental Pro85KGSF2018
15492Tommi PulkkanenLReferee DecisionGrand Slam LDN77KG8F2018
16144Espen MathiesenEspen MathiesenLChoke from backWorld Pro77KGSF2018
16153Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Pro77KGRPC2018
16536Ruan OliveiraRuan OliveiraLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.82KG8F2018
16854Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarLPointsNY BJJ Pro82KGF2018
21836Dante LeonDante LeonLPts: 3x0ADCC77KGR12019
22846Jeferson GuaresiJeferson GuaresiLReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds79KG4F2019
28089Caio CaetanoCaio CaetanoLArmbarCharlotte Open82KGF2021
28101Davi CabralDavi CabralLPts: 2x0Charlotte OpenABS4F2021
28806Kody SteeleKody SteeleLPts: 0x0, PenADCC EC Trials77KG4F2021
31348William TackettWilliam TackettLReverse triangleADCC WC Trials77KG4F2022
7012Tyler WarrenWRNCNY Spring Open82KG4F2015
7013Kayron GracieKayron GracieWNorth South ChokeNY Spring Open82KGSF2015
7201UnknownWGuillotineADCC US Trials77KG8F2015
7204UnknownWGuillotineADCC US Trials77KG4F2015
7269Pedro HenriqueWPts: 9x0Boca Raton Open82KGSF2015
7445Marcos SouzaMarcos SouzaWPts: 11x4World Champ.82KGR12015
7553Kyle SandfordWKneebarSub Series Pro82KGSPF2015
7657Sean FischerWPts: 10x0NY Summer Open82KG4F2015
7660Francisco IturraldeFrancisco IturraldeWPts: 5x2NY Summer Open82KGF2015
7661Jordan LutskyWArmbarNY Summer Open88KGSF2015
7669Todd BrandonWRNCNY Summer OpenABS4F2015
7671Jordan LutskyWArmbarNY Summer OpenABSSF2015
7674Youngam NohWRNCNY No Gi Open82KFF2015
7679Youngam NohWRNCNY No Gi OpenABS4F2015
8085Fernando MoyaWPts: 6x0GT OpenO76KGSF2015
8086Sean RobertsSean RobertsWReferee DecisionGT OpenO76KGF2015
8175Brian BeauryBrian BeauryWPts: 15x0NoGi Pan Ams82KG4F2015
8420Gabriel ProcópioWPts: 10x2NoGi Worlds79KG8F2015
8426Felipe CesarFelipe CesarWPts: 6x4NoGi Worlds79KG4F2015
8430Marcelo MafraMarcelo MafraWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds79KGSF2015
9056Q. RosenzweigWPts: 8x0US National ProABSSF2016
9058Abraham MarteAbraham MarteWPts: 3x0US National ProABSF2016
9278Robson SáWChoke from backPan American82KGR12016
9402Darragh OConaillDarragh OConaillD---Polaris 382KGSPF2016
9589William DiasWPts: 2x0World Pro77KGR22016
9995Brian BeauryBrian BeauryWArmbarWorld Champ.82KGR22016
10279Marcel GoncalvesMarcel GoncalvesWPointsNY NoGi OpenABS4F2016
10652Daniel DavisWRNCNoGi Pan Ams79KG4F2016
10657Sean FisherWRNCNoGi Pan Ams79KGSF2016
10658Felipe CesarFelipe CesarWReferee DecisionNoGi Pan Ams79KGF2016
10679Cassio FrancisCassio FrancisWReferee DecisionNoGi Pan AmsABSSF2016
10904Christian DellevagWArmbarNoGi Worlds79KGR12016
10910Felipe CesarFelipe CesarWPts: 2x2, AdvNoGi Worlds79KG4F2016
10913Francisco IturraldeFrancisco IturraldeWPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds79KGSF2016
11931Vinicius CabanezWChokeUAEJJF NY Pro85KGSF2017
11933Tio ChicoWReferee DecisionUAEJJF NY Pro85KGF2017
11941Tex JohnsonTex JohnsonWPointsUAEJJF NY ProU110KG4F2017
11942Tio ChicoWPointsUAEJJF NY ProU110KGSF2017
11996Benoit SecourWArmbarCanada Nat. Pro85KGF2017
11997Diego VazquezWRNCCanada Nat. ProU110KGSF2017
11998Jon-Tain HallWArmbarCanada Nat. ProU110KGF2017
12176Yago EspindolaWArmlockPan American82KGR12017
12482Logan ArguelloWPts: 5x0ADCC WC Trials77KGR12017
12500Matthew KwanWPts: 3x0ADCC WC Trials77KG8F2017
12512Ian MurrayWPts: 10x0ADCC WC Trials77KG4F2017
12518Oliver TazaOliver TazaWPts: 2x0ADCC WC Trials77KG3RD2017
12616AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWPts: 5x0WP US Qualifier77KGRR2017
12617AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWPts: 9x0WP US Qualifier77KGRR2017
12640Francisco IturraldeFrancisco IturraldeWPts: 3x0World Pro77KGR12017
12641Nuno MartinsNuno MartinsWPts: 3x0World Pro77KG4F2017
12647Hamzeh RashidWSubmissionWorld Pro77KGRPC2017
13134Leandro KussanoWPts: 8x0World Champ.82KGR12017
13409Gregor GracieGregor GracieWPointsNY Summer Open88KGSF2017
14013Michael TremblayWPts: 2x0No Gi Pan Am.85KG4F2017
14015Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoWPts: 4x0No Gi Pan Am.85KGSF2017
14389John CombsJohn CombsWPts: 10x0GT Open82KGSPF2017
14678Phillip AugustoWRNCNoGi Worlds79KGR22017
14974Diogo SampaioDiogo SampaioWPts: 2x0US National Pro85KGRR2018
14976Diogo SampaioDiogo SampaioWPts: 2x0US National Pro85KGF2018
15881Higor DinizWArm in EzekielAtlanta Sp. Open88KGF2018
15960Felipe CesarFelipe CesarWPointsNY Spring Open82KGR12018
15962Gabriel ProcopioGabriel ProcopioWPts: 9x0NY Spring Open82KGSF2018
16139Youngam NohWPts: 8x0World Pro77KG8F2018
16140Oliver LovellWPts: 2x0World Pro77KG4F2018
16151Max LindbladMax LindbladWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro77KGRPC2018
16515Robby MalofWPts: 5x0World Champ.82KGR12018
16528Otavio SousaOtavio SousaWPts: 4x2World Champ.82KGR22018
16853Johnny TamaJohnny TamaWPts: 7x0NY BJJ Pro82KGSF2018
18106Stanley RosaWChokeADCC EC Trials77KGR12018
18113Warren StoutWPts: 3x0ADCC EC Trials77KGR22018
18120Werther MarcialesWPts: 9x0ADCC EC Trials77KG8F2018
18125David GarmoDavid GarmoWRNCADCC EC Trials77KG4F2018
18128Jason RauJason RauWPts: 2x0ADCC EC Trials77KGF2018
21301K. SteeleWReferee DecisionF2W 12179KGSPF2019
22833Bobby MalofWPts: 6x0NoGi Worlds79KGR12019
28087Christopher RyanWNorth south chokeCharlotte Open82KG4F2021
28088Gialysson FreitasGialysson FreitasWPts: 2x2, AdvCharlotte Open82KGSF2021
28097Estevan MartinezEstevan MartinezWPts: 14x0Charlotte OpenABSR12021
28203Michael SalazarWPts: 5x0NoGi Worlds79KGR12021
28205Daniel SethWKatagatameNoGi Worlds79KGR22021
28218Stephen SimmsWPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds79KG8F2021
28776Nathan StatonWTriangleADCC EC Trials77KGR32021
28790Joe SoleckiWPts: 7x0ADCC EC Trials77KGR42021
28801M. HansonWRNCADCC EC Trials77KGR52021
31288Nicholas ReinerWGuillotineADCC WC Trials77KGR12022
31305Jimmy AltmanWNorth south chokeADCC WC Trials77KGR22022
31322Rob SullivanWRNCADCC WC Trials77KGR32022
31339Christos PapadelosWPts: 5x0ADCC WC Trials77KGR42022
31347Bobby MalofWPts: 0x0, PenADCC WC Trials77KG8F2022
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