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Kevin Mahecha

Kevin Mahecha

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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: M. Maeda > 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 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

57 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    21 (37%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    10 (18%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    25 (44%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

25 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Armbar
68
17
#86e620
Toe Hold
20
5
#5AD3D1
RNC
4
1
#d1212a
Kneebar
4
1
#fad11b
Outside heel hook
4
1
25
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
47 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    25 (53%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    4 (9%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    16 (34%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (4%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

16 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Armbar
31
5
#86e620
Choke from back
19
3
#5AD3D1
Choke
13
2
#d1212a
Kneebar
6
1
#fad11b
Toe hold
6
1
#f58822
Straight ankle lock
6
1
#224aba
Botinha
6
1
#ff9124
Wristlock
6
1
#bf1f6c
Straight armlock
6
1
16
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Kevin Mahecha Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
6077AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmLPts: 7x5NYC Pro82KG4F2014
6240Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeLPts: 2x0Five NAICABSF2014
6264Luan CarvalhoLuan CarvalhoLPts: 2x2Miami Open76KG4F2014
6378AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmLPointsWorld Pro Trials86KGSF2015
6767AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmLPointsPan American76KG4F2015
6969Ed RamosLKneebarNY Spring Open76KGSF2015
6980Francisco IturraldeFrancisco IturraldeLChokeNY Spring OpenABS4F2015
7054Lucas LepriLucas LepriLChokeWorld Pro75KGR22015
7245Renan BorgesLPointsBoston Spring Open76KGSF2015
7377Mario ReisMario ReisLArmbarWorld Champ.70KG8F2015
7575Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoLArmbarAmerican Nat.76KGSF2015
7956Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLPts: 2x2, AdvSanta Cruz Open82KG4F2015
8488Otavio SousaOtavio SousaLPts: 2x0IBJJF NY Pro82KGSF2015
8551Brian MahechaBrian MahechaLPointsHouston Nat. Pro77KGF2015
8554Brian MahechaBrian MahechaLPointsHouston Nat. ProO77KGF2015
8877Edwin NajmiEdwin NajmiLToe holdEuropean Open76KG4F2016
8993Diego BispoDiego BispoLN/AAtlanta W. Open76KGSF2016
9203Masahiro IwasakiMasahiro IwasakiLPts: 4x2Pan American76KGR12016
9479Dany GerardDany GerardLPts: 2x0World ProABS8F2016
9521AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmLPts: 2x0World Pro77KGR12016
9916Michael LanghiMichael LanghiLPts: 4x2World Champ.76KGR22016
10375Bruno AlvesBruno AlvesLPts: 4x2Grand Slam LA77KG4F2016
10618Edwin NajmiEdwin NajmiLStraight ankle lockGuatemala Open76KGSPF2016
10635G. BatistaLArmbarGuatemala OpenABSSPF2016
11474Luan CarvalhoLuan CarvalhoLBotinhaEuropean Open76KG4F2017
12046Andris BrunovskisAndris BrunovskisLArmbarPan American76KG8F2017
12746Gilson NunesGilson NunesLPts: 4x2Atlanta Spring O.76KGF2017
12802Gilson NunesGilson NunesLPts: 0x0, AdvMiami Spring Open76KGF2017
12810Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLArmbarMiami Spring OpenABS4F2017
12985Edwin NajmiEdwin NajmiLChoke from backWorld Champ.76KG8F2017
13203Renato CanutoRenato CanutoLWristlockAmerican Nats76KG4F2017
14034Thiago MacedoThiago MacedoLPts: 2x2, AdvMiami Fall Open70KGSF2017
14052Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLStraight armlockMiami Fall OpenABSR22017
14239Silvio DuranSilvio DuranLPts: 2x0BJJ NY Pro70KGSF2017
14360Alexandre MolinaroAlexandre MolinaroLPts: 2x0San Antonio Open76KGF2017
14693Isaac DoederleinIsaac DoederleinLChoke from backEuropean Open70KGR12018
15160Jonathan Van BurenLReferee DecisionPan American70KGR12018
15659Gilson NunesGilson NunesLPts: 13x2Atlanta Sp. Open76KGF2018
15673Alexandre MolinaroAlexandre MolinaroLPointsBoston Sp. Open76KGSF2018
16153Gilson NunesGilson NunesLPointsMiami Spring Open76KGSF2018
16234Marcio AndreMarcio AndreLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.70KGR22018
16453Thiago MacedoThiago MacedoLPts: 2x0American Nat.70KGSF2018
16992Alexandre MolinaroAlexandre MolinaroLPointsLas Vegas Open76KG4F2018
17548Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoLChoke from backMiami Fall Open76KGSF2018
18505Levi JonesLevi JonesLPts: 2x0European Open76KGR12019
19134Alexandre MolinaroAlexandre MolinaroLPts: 6x4Pan American76KG8F2019
20106Yan LucasYan LucasLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.76KGR12019
6231Michael LieraMichael LieraWPts: 6x0Five NAIC82KGF2014
6269Marcelo SalazarMarcelo SalazarWToe HoldMiami OpenABS4F2014
6270Diogo AlmeidaDiogo AlmeidaWPts: 12x0Miami OpenABSSF2014
6381AJ SousaAJ SousaWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro TrialsABS4F2015
6757Brian MillerWArmbarPan American76KGR12015
6968Nicollas WelkerWToe HoldNY Spring Open76KG4F2015
7049Higor AlmoWArmbarWorld Pro75KGR12015
7242Garrett BeckWPts: 10x0Boston Spring Open76KG4F2015
7244Diego BispoDiego BispoWToe HoldBoston Spring Open76KGSF2015
7246Renan BorgesWPointsBoston Spring Open76KGF2015
7569John LawrenceWArmbarAmerican Nat.76KGR12015
7572Rodrigo FreitasRodrigo FreitasWPts: 6x2American Nat.76KG4F2015
7574Vitor PaschoalWPointsAmerican Nat.76KGSF2015
8242Vitor RiciottiWArmbarMiami Open76KGSF2015
8243Marcel GoncalvesMarcel GoncalvesWToe holdMiami Open76KGF2015
8485Brian BeauryBrian BeauryWPointsIBJJF NY Pro82KG4F2015
8550Jose PortilloWPts: 6x2Houston Nat. Pro77KGSF2015
8553Spencer GuilliamWArmbarHouston Nat. ProO77KGSF2015
8872Rafael FernandesWArmbarEuropean Open76KGR12016
8875Sandro VieiraWPts: 2x0European Open76KGR22016
8992Jef. CummingsWAdvAtlanta W. Open76KG4F2016
9448Andre ArrudaWToe holdWorld ProABSR12016
9818Gabriel GoulartGabriel GoulartWPts: 2x2, AdvMiami Spring Open76KGSF2016
9819Matias SimonelliWArmbarMiami Spring Open76KGF2016
9902Choi ChoiWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.76KGR12016
10625Rodrigo BarrosWArmbarGuatemala Open76KG4F2016
10629Isaac DoederleinIsaac DoederleinWAdvGuatemala Open76KGSF2016
10631Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoWAdvGuatemala Open76KGF2016
11469Bruno MartinsWInjuryEuropean Open76KG8F2017
12027Frederico SilvaWPts: 4x2Pan American76KGR12017
12745Glaudiston SimczakWArmbarAtlanta Spring O.76KGSF2017
12799G. SimczakWArmbarMiami Spring Open76KG4F2017
12801Frederico AlvesWPts: 6x4Miami Spring Open76KGSF2017
12976Johnny TamaJohnny TamaWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.76KGR12017
13201Johnny TamaJohnny TamaWPts: 4x2American Nats76KGR12017
14050UnknownWPts: 2x0Miami Fall OpenABSR12017
14234Darson HemmingsDarson HemmingsWPts: 2x2, AdvBJJ NY Pro70KGR12017
14237Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWPts: 6x6, AdvBJJ NY Pro70KG4F2017
14358James GuytonWPointsSan Antonio Open76KGRR2017
15669Filipe DesouzaWN/ABoston Sp. Open76KG4F2018
16152Julio TavaresWArmbarMiami Spring Open76KG4F2018
16222Wellington DiasWellington DiasWPointsWorld Champ.70KGR12018
16449Eduardo BotegaWPts: 4x2American Nat.70KG4F2018
16613Chris KriebelWPointsNashville Open70KGSF2018
16615Deandre CorbeDeandre CorbeWArmbarNashville Open70KGF2018
16774Raphael CadenaWPointsOrlando Open70KGSF2018
16990Rafael DomingosWN/ALas Vegas Open76KGR12018
17540Eduardo MulkiWArmbarF2W Pro 89N/ASPF2018
17545Rene ArangoWPointsMiami Fall Open76KG4F2018
18675Brandon OakesWArmbarADCC WC Trials77KGR12019
18678Enrique GalarzaWRNCADCC WC Trials77KGR22019
19132Rodrigo FreitasRodrigo FreitasWPts: 0x0, AdvPan American76KG8F2019
19715Sam EcksteinWArmbarSub Stars77KGR12019
19716Solan ThomasWArmbarSub Stars77KG4F2019
19717Benjamin KunzleWKneebarSub Stars77KGSF2019
19718Gabriel MeesWOutside heel hookSub Stars77KGF2019
19983Felipe LinharesFelipe LinharesWArmbarMiami Spring Open76KGSF2019

Kevin Mahecha vs Tim Spriggs (2013)

Kevin Mahecha vs Marcel Goncalves (2015)

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