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Kevin Mahecha is a Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt under Jonatas Gurgel, being widely regarded as one of the top lightweights of his generation. An American Top Team representative, Kevin and his twin brother Brian Mahecha (commonly known as the “Mahecha Bros”) embody the effectiveness of the new jiu jitsu style, a style heavily supportive of the sport’s modern day techniques which Kevin Mahecha has used to beat big grappling names such as Tim Spriggs, Michael Liera Jr, Rodrigo Freitas and many others.

Kevin Mahecha Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Kevin Javier Mahecha

Nickname: n/a

Lineage: Carlos Gracie Carlson G. >André PederneirasJoão Roque > Jonatas Gurgel > Kevin Mahecha

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place IBJJF Miami Open (2014*/2015)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Miami Fall Open (2016)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Miami Summer Open (2016)
  • 1st Place Guatemala Open (2016)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Boston Spring Open (2015)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Atlanta Winter Open(2016)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF American Nationals (2015)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Atlanta Spring Open (2017)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF New York Summer Open (2013*)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Miami Summer Open (2017)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Dallas Open (2021)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Atlanta Winter Open (2016)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF New York Pro Championship (2015)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF New York Spring Open (2015)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF New York Summer Open (2013)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • 2nd Place IBJJF Pans Championship (2014 brown)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Miami Open (2013 brown)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World Championship (2010** blue)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Pans No-Gi Championship (2012 purple, 2013 brown)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF American National No-Gi Championship (2012 brown)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Miami Open (2012 brown)

* Weight
** Weight and absolute

Favorite Position/Technique: Open Guard/Blitz Style Guard Passing

Weight Division: Peso Leve (76kg/167lbs)

Team/Association: American Top Team

Kevin Mahecha Biography

Kevin Mahecha was born on October 3rd, 1988 in Manhattan – New York, USA.

Growing up, both Kevin and his twin brother Brian felt strongly connected with martial arts/combat sports. This connection led Kevin Kevin to join a Kung Fu and Kickboxing club at the age of 15. His brother following his footsteps shortly after.

Over the next couple of years, the Mahecha brothers gravitated towards Kickboxing. With strong work ethics and a great mentor/role model by their side, coach Jarett “JP” Perelmutter, the two New Yorkers started making a name in the sport. Their strongest achievements being a silver medal at the prestigious IFK World Championship – 2008 (Kevin under muay Thai rules, Brian under international rules).

Mr. Perelmutter instilled in both athletes the drive to compete, pushing the Mahecha’s to their limits from their formative years, onwards. This developed the revered work ethics that would characterize the brothers in their jiu-jitsu careers.

Jiu-jitsu was gradually implemented in the Mahecha’s lives. The brothers first started playing with grappling concepts through Bas Rutten’s DVDs, attempting to implement the techniques watched between themselves and often with their striking coach, Mr. Perelmutter. That curiosity eventually led the Brian and Kevin to the American Top Team academy (ATT) on November 2007, where both introduced to a jiu-jitsu curriculum by the illustrious Ricardo Libório.

The initial contact with Libório helped cement the two brothers’ interest for jiu-jitsu. Another source of inspiration for the Mahechas was coach Emyr “Shark” Bussade who also led many of Brian and Kevin’s early classes.

July 2008 brought a defining moment in the Mahecha bros lives when Kevin and Brian were awarded their respective blue belts by Master Ricardo Libório. It was after this proud moment that the brothers decided to make the decisive switch from striking to grappling, committing 100% to Brazilian jiu-jitsu.

Early in 2009, when coach Bussade opened his own academy in Wellington (still under the ATT umbrella) both of the Mahecha’s followed the instructor, who promoted them to purple belt later that year. It was at ATT Wellington that the two brothers would start being a part of the coaching staff, developing a style of teaching heavily influenced by their coach.

In 2012 Kevin and his brother straightened their bond with another ATT coach, Jonatas “Tagarela” Gurgel who ran two team affiliates in the nearby area: Coconut Creek and Aventura. Tagarela and Shark both awarded the brothers their brown belts in a combined effort back in 2012. Two years later, on June 2014 it would be Gurgel who promoted the Mahecha clan to black belt.

Visit the Mahecha Brothers techniques website: mahechabjj.com

Kevin Mahecha Grappling Record

67 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    25 (37%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    10 (15%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    30 (45%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (1%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

30 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Armbar
70
21
#86e620
Toe Hold
17
5
#5AD3D1
RNC
3
1
#d1212a
Kneebar
3
1
#fad11b
Outside heel hook
3
1
#f58822
Choke from back
3
1
30
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
55 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    27 (49%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    6 (11%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    20 (36%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (4%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

20 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Armbar
25
5
#86e620
Choke from back
20
4
#5AD3D1
Botinha
15
3
#d1212a
Choke
10
2
#fad11b
Toe hold
10
2
#f58822
Kneebar
5
1
#224aba
Straight ankle lock
5
1
#ff9124
Wristlock
5
1
#bf1f6c
Straight armlock
5
1
20
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Kevin Mahecha Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
6096AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmLPts: 7x5NYC Pro82KG4F2014
6266Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeLPts: 2x0FIVE NAICABSF2014
6290Luan CarvalhoLuan CarvalhoLPts: 2x2Miami Open76KG4F2014
6404AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmLPointsWorld Pro Trials86KGSF2015
6794AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmLPointsPan American76KG4F2015
6996Ed RamosLKneebarNY Spring Open76KGSF2015
7007Francisco IturraldeFrancisco IturraldeLChokeNY Spring OpenABS4F2015
7082Lucas LepriLucas LepriLChokeWorld Pro75KGR22015
7273Renan BorgesLPointsBoston Spring Open76KGSF2015
7405Mario ReisMario ReisLArmbarWorld Champ.70KG8F2015
7603Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoLArmbarAmerican Nat.76KGSF2015
7984Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLPts: 2x2, AdvSanta Cruz Open82KG4F2015
8516Otavio SousaOtavio SousaLPts: 2x0IBJJF NY Pro82KGSF2015
8579Brian MahechaBrian MahechaLPointsHouston Nat. Pro77KGF2015
8582Brian MahechaBrian MahechaLPointsHouston Nat. ProO77KGF2015
8915Edwin NajmiEdwin NajmiLToe holdEuropean Open76KG4F2016
9031Diego BispoDiego BispoLN/AAtlanta W. Open76KGSF2016
9243Masahiro IwasakiMasahiro IwasakiLPts: 4x2Pan American76KGR12016
9524Dany GerardDany GerardLPts: 2x0World ProABS8F2016
9566AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmLPts: 2x0World Pro77KGR12016
9961Michael LanghiMichael LanghiLPts: 4x2World Champ.76KGR22016
10426Bruno AlvesBruno AlvesLPts: 4x2Grand Slam LA77KG4F2016
10669Edwin NajmiEdwin NajmiLStraight ankle lockGuatemala Open76KGSPF2016
10686G. BatistaLArmbarGuatemala OpenABSSPF2016
11550Luan CarvalhoLuan CarvalhoLBotinhaEuropean Open76KG4F2017
12140Andris BrunovskisAndris BrunovskisLArmbarPan American76KG8F2017
12852Gilson NunesGilson NunesLPts: 4x2Atlanta Spring O.76KGF2017
12908Gilson NunesGilson NunesLPts: 0x0, AdvMiami Spring Open76KGF2017
12917Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLArmbarMiami Spring OpenABS4F2017
13096Edwin NajmiEdwin NajmiLChoke from backWorld Champ.76KG8F2017
13318Renato CanutoRenato CanutoLWristlockAmerican Nats76KG4F2017
14163Thiago MacedoThiago MacedoLPts: 2x2, AdvMiami Fall Open70KGSF2017
14182Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLStraight armlockMiami Fall OpenABSR22017
14373Silvio DuranSilvio DuranLPts: 2x0BJJ NY Pro70KGSF2017
14502Alexandre MolinaroAlexandre MolinaroLPts: 2x0San Antonio Open76KGF2017
14860Isaac DoederleinIsaac DoederleinLChoke from backEuropean Open70KGR12018
15332Jonathan Van BurenLReferee DecisionPan American70KGR12018
15845Gilson NunesGilson NunesLPts: 13x2Atlanta Sp. Open76KGF2018
15859Alexandre MolinaroAlexandre MolinaroLPointsBoston Sp. Open76KGSF2018
16351Gilson NunesGilson NunesLPointsMiami Spring Open76KGSF2018
16432Marcio AndreMarcio AndreLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.70KGR22018
16655Thiago MacedoThiago MacedoLPts: 2x0American Nat.70KGSF2018
17212Alexandre MolinaroAlexandre MolinaroLPointsLas Vegas Open76KG4F2018
17799Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoLChoke from backMiami Fall Open76KGSF2018
18821Levi JonesLevi JonesLPts: 2x0European Open76KGR12019
19511Alexandre MolinaroAlexandre MolinaroLPts: 6x4Pan American76KG8F2019
20521Yan LucasYan LucasLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.76KGR12019
21338Alexandre MolinaroAlexandre MolinaroLPts: 4x2Las Vegas Open76KGSF2019
22099Lucas ValenteLucas ValenteLBotinhaMiami Fall Open76KGSF2019
25015Johnatha AlvesJohnatha AlvesLChoke from backDallas Open76KGSF2021
26071Johnatha AlvesJohnatha AlvesLBotinhaMiami Open76KGF2021
26457Italo LinsItalo LinsLPts: 2x2, AdvAmerican Nats76KG4F2021
27037Caio CaetanoCaio CaetanoLToe holdGrand Slam MIA77KG4F2021
27041Fabricio BarbarottiLPts: 3x2Grand Slam MIA77KGRPC2021
27367Rodrigo FreitasRodrigo FreitasLPts: 4x4, AdvPan American76KG4F2021
6250Michael LieraMichael LieraWPts: 6x0FIVE NAIC82KGF2014
6295Marcelo SalazarMarcelo SalazarWToe HoldMiami OpenABS4F2014
6296Diogo AlmeidaDiogo AlmeidaWPts: 12x0Miami OpenABSSF2014
6407AJ SousaAJ SousaWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro TrialsABS4F2015
6784Brian MillerWArmbarPan American76KGR12015
6995Nicollas WelkerWToe HoldNY Spring Open76KG4F2015
7077Higor AlmoWArmbarWorld Pro75KGR12015
7270Garrett BeckWPts: 10x0Boston Spring Open76KG4F2015
7272Diego BispoDiego BispoWToe HoldBoston Spring Open76KGSF2015
7274Renan BorgesWPointsBoston Spring Open76KGF2015
7597John LawrenceWArmbarAmerican Nat.76KGR12015
7600Rodrigo FreitasRodrigo FreitasWPts: 6x2American Nat.76KG4F2015
7602Vitor PaschoalWPointsAmerican Nat.76KGSF2015
8270Vitor RiciottiWArmbarMiami Open76KGSF2015
8271Marcel GoncalvesMarcel GoncalvesWToe holdMiami Open76KGF2015
8513Brian BeauryBrian BeauryWPointsIBJJF NY Pro82KG4F2015
8578Jose PortilloWPts: 6x2Houston Nat. Pro77KGSF2015
8581Spencer GuilliamWArmbarHouston Nat. ProO77KGSF2015
8910Rafael FernandesWArmbarEuropean Open76KGR12016
8913Sandro VieiraWPts: 2x0European Open76KGR22016
9030Jef. CummingsWAdvAtlanta W. Open76KG4F2016
9493Andre ArrudaWToe holdWorld ProABSR12016
9863Gabriel GoulartGabriel GoulartWPts: 2x2, AdvMiami Spring Open76KGSF2016
9864Matias SimonelliWArmbarMiami Spring Open76KGF2016
9947Choi ChoiWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.76KGR12016
10676Rodrigo BarrosWArmbarGuatemala Open76KG4F2016
10680Isaac DoederleinIsaac DoederleinWAdvGuatemala Open76KGSF2016
10682Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoWAdvGuatemala Open76KGF2016
11545Bruno MartinsWInjuryEuropean Open76KG8F2017
12121Frederico SilvaWPts: 4x2Pan American76KGR12017
12851Glaudiston SimczakWArmbarAtlanta Spring O.76KGSF2017
12905G. SimczakWArmbarMiami Spring Open76KG4F2017
12907Frederico AlvesWPts: 6x4Miami Spring Open76KGSF2017
13087Johnny TamaJohnny TamaWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.76KGR12017
13316Johnny TamaJohnny TamaWPts: 4x2American Nats76KGR12017
14180UnknownWPts: 2x0Miami Fall OpenABSR12017
14368Darson HemmingsDarson HemmingsWPts: 2x2, AdvBJJ NY Pro70KGR12017
14371Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWPts: 6x6, AdvBJJ NY Pro70KG4F2017
14500James GuytonWPointsSan Antonio Open76KGRR2017
15855Filipe DesouzaWN/ABoston Sp. Open76KG4F2018
16350Julio TavaresWArmbarMiami Spring Open76KG4F2018
16420Wellington DiasWellington DiasWPts: 5x0World Champ.70KGR12018
16651Eduardo BotegaWPts: 4x2American Nat.70KG4F2018
16824Chris KriebelWPointsNashville Open70KGSF2018
16826Deandre CorbeDeandre CorbeWArmbarNashville Open70KGF2018
16987Raphael CadenaWPointsOrlando Open70KGSF2018
17210Rafael DomingosWN/ALas Vegas Open76KGR12018
17791Eduardo MulkiWArmbarF2W 89N/ASPF2018
17796Rene ArangoWPointsMiami Fall Open76KG4F2018
19006Brandon OakesWArmbarADCC WC Trials77KGR12019
19010Enrique GalarzaWRNCADCC WC Trials77KGR22019
19509Rodrigo FreitasRodrigo FreitasWPts: 0x0, AdvPan American76KG8F2019
20115Sam EcksteinWArmbarSub Stars77KGR12019
20116Solan ThomasWArmbarSub Stars77KG4F2019
20117Benjamin KunzleWKneebarSub Stars77KGSF2019
20118Gabriel MeesWOutside heel hookSub Stars77KGF2019
20389Felipe LinharesFelipe LinharesWArmbarMiami Spring Open76KGSF2019
21332Joel SantiagoWArmbarLas Vegas Open76KGR12019
21336Thiago LemosWPts: 4x2Las Vegas Open76KG4F2019
22097Brian GomezWN/AMiami Fall Open76KG4F2019
25794Dylan WhyteWArmbarSUBVERSIV 577KGSPF2021
26066Rodrigo GortariWPointsMiami Open76KG4F2021
26070Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWReferee DecisionMiami Open76KGSF2021
26340Giovanni CarvalhoWChoke from backAtlanta Open76KGSF2021
26341Charles MurdockWArmbarAtlanta Open76KGF2021
27033Diego LopesWPts: 4x2Grand Slam MIA77KGR12021
27359Giann MoramarcoWArmbarPan American76KGR12021

Kevin Mahecha vs Tim Spriggs (2013)

Kevin Mahecha vs Marcel Goncalves (2015)

Roberto Jimenez BJJ Attacking The Back

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