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Kevin Mahecha

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Kevin Mahecha is a respected jiu-jitsu black belt under Jonatas Gurgel, who is well known for his technical grappling style, one heavily reliant on modern techniques such as the berimbolo and crab-ride – a style he shares with his twin brother, the equally successful, Brian Mahecha. Although born in New York, Kevin is mostly known as one of Florida’s foremost grapplers, the state he adopted during his adulthood. Kevin has defeated many of jiu-jitsu’s top athletes, including Tim Spriggs, Michael Liera Jr, Rodrigo Freitas.

Kevin Mahecha Jiu-Jitsu

Full Name: Kevin Javier Mahecha

Nickname: n/a

Lineage: Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Carlson Gracie > 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

74 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    28 (38%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    13 (18%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    31 (42%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (1%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

31 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Armbar
68
21
#86e620
Toe Hold
16
5
#5AD3D1
Choke from back
6
2
#d1212a
RNC
3
1
#fad11b
Kneebar
3
1
#f58822
Outside heel hook
3
1
31
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
58 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    28 (48%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    7 (12%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    21 (36%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (3%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

21 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Armbar
24
5
#86e620
Choke from back
19
4
#5AD3D1
Botinha
14
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
#22c9a5
50/50 armbar
5
1
21
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Kevin Mahecha Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
6105AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmLPts: 7x5NYC Pro82KG4F2014
6275Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeLPts: 2x0FIVE NAICABSF2014
6299Luan CarvalhoLuan CarvalhoLPts: 2x2Miami Open76KG4F2014
6417AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmLPointsWorld Pro Trials86KGSF2015
6807AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmLPointsPan American76KG4F2015
7009Ed RamosLKneebarNY Spring Open76KGSF2015
7020Francisco IturraldeFrancisco IturraldeLChokeNY Spring OpenABS4F2015
7095Lucas LepriLucas LepriLChokeWorld Pro75KGR22015
7286Renan BorgesLPointsBoston Spring Open76KGSF2015
7418Mario ReisMario ReisLArmbarWorld Champ.70KG8F2015
7616Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoLArmbarAmerican Nat.76KGSF2015
7997Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLPts: 2x2, AdvSanta Cruz Open82KG4F2015
8529Otavio SousaOtavio SousaLPts: 2x0IBJJF NY Pro82KGSF2015
8592Brian MahechaBrian MahechaLPointsHouston Nat. Pro77KGF2015
8595Brian MahechaBrian MahechaLPointsHouston Nat. ProO77KGF2015
8928Edwin NajmiEdwin NajmiLToe holdEuropean Open76KG4F2016
9044Diego BispoDiego BispoLN/AAtlanta W. Open76KGSF2016
9256Masahiro IwasakiMasahiro IwasakiLPts: 4x2Pan American76KGR12016
9537Dany GerardDany GerardLPts: 2x0World ProABS8F2016
9579AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmLPts: 2x0World Pro77KGR12016
9974Michael LanghiMichael LanghiLPts: 4x2World Champ.76KGR22016
10439Bruno AlvesBruno AlvesLPts: 4x2Grand Slam LA77KG4F2016
10682Edwin NajmiEdwin NajmiLStraight ankle lockGuatemala Open76KGSPF2016
10699G. BatistaLArmbarGuatemala OpenABSSPF2016
11568Luan CarvalhoLuan CarvalhoLBotinhaEuropean Open76KG4F2017
12158Andris BrunovskisAndris BrunovskisLArmbarPan American76KG8F2017
12870Gilson NunesGilson NunesLPts: 4x2Atlanta Spring O.76KGF2017
12926Gilson NunesGilson NunesLPts: 0x0, AdvMiami SPO76KGF2017
12935Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLArmbarMiami SPOABS4F2017
13114Edwin NajmiEdwin NajmiLChoke from backWorld Champ.76KG8F2017
13336Renato CanutoRenato CanutoLWristlockAmerican Nats76KG4F2017
14187Thiago MacedoThiago MacedoLPts: 2x2, AdvMiami FO70KGSF2017
14206Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLStraight armlockMiami FOABSR22017
14397Silvio DuranSilvio DuranLPts: 2x0BJJ NY Pro70KGSF2017
14526Alexandre MolinaroAlexandre MolinaroLPts: 2x0San Antonio Open76KGF2017
14891Isaac DoederleinIsaac DoederleinLChoke from backEuropean Open70KGR12018
15367Jonathan Van BurenLReferee DecisionPan American70KGR12018
15880Gilson NunesGilson NunesLPts: 13x2Atlanta Sp. Open76KGF2018
15894Alexandre MolinaroAlexandre MolinaroLPointsBoston Sp. Open76KGSF2018
16388Gilson NunesGilson NunesLPointsMiami SPO76KGSF2018
16469Marcio AndreMarcio AndreLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.70KGR22018
16692Thiago MacedoThiago MacedoLPts: 2x0American Nat.70KGSF2018
17257Alexandre MolinaroAlexandre MolinaroLPointsLas Vegas Open76KG4F2018
17844Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoLChoke from backMiami FO76KGSF2018
18879Levi JonesLevi JonesLPts: 2x0European Open76KGR12019
19577Alexandre MolinaroAlexandre MolinaroLPts: 6x4Pan American76KG8F2019
20594Yan LucasYan LucasLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.76KGR12019
21413Alexandre MolinaroAlexandre MolinaroLPts: 4x2Las Vegas Open76KGSF2019
22181Lucas ValenteLucas ValenteLBotinhaMiami FO76KGSF2019
25152Johnatha AlvesJohnatha AlvesLChoke from backDallas Open76KGSF2021
26217Johnatha AlvesJohnatha AlvesLBotinhaMiami Open76KGF2021
26607Italo LinsItalo LinsLPts: 2x2, AdvAmerican Nats76KG4F2021
27188Caio CaetanoCaio CaetanoLToe holdGrand Slam MIA77KG4F2021
27192Fabricio BarbarottiFabricio BarbarottiLPts: 3x2Grand Slam MIA77KGRPC2021
27518Rodrigo FreitasRodrigo FreitasLPts: 4x4, AdvPan American76KG4F2021
28962Daniel DinizDaniel DinizLAdvJJ CON76KGR12021
29431Matheus GabrielMatheus GabrielL50/50 armbarWorld Champ.76KG8F2021
31536Sergio SoaresLPts: 8x6Pan American76KGR22022
6259Michael LieraMichael LieraWPts: 6x0FIVE NAIC82KGF2014
6304Marcelo SalazarMarcelo SalazarWToe HoldMiami OpenABS4F2014
6305Diogo AlmeidaDiogo AlmeidaWPts: 12x0Miami OpenABSSF2014
6420AJ SousaAJ SousaWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro TrialsABS4F2015
6797Brian MillerWArmbarPan American76KGR12015
7008Nicollas WelkerWToe HoldNY Spring Open76KG4F2015
7090Higor AlmoWArmbarWorld Pro75KGR12015
7283Garrett BeckWPts: 10x0Boston Spring Open76KG4F2015
7285Diego BispoDiego BispoWToe HoldBoston Spring Open76KGSF2015
7287Renan BorgesWPointsBoston Spring Open76KGF2015
7610John LawrenceWArmbarAmerican Nat.76KGR12015
7613Rodrigo FreitasRodrigo FreitasWPts: 6x2American Nat.76KG4F2015
7615Vitor PaschoalWPointsAmerican Nat.76KGSF2015
8283Vitor RiciottiWArmbarMiami Open76KGSF2015
8284Marcel GoncalvesMarcel GoncalvesWToe holdMiami Open76KGF2015
8526Brian BeauryBrian BeauryWPointsIBJJF NY Pro82KG4F2015
8591Jose PortilloWPts: 6x2Houston Nat. Pro77KGSF2015
8594Spencer GuilliamWArmbarHouston Nat. ProO77KGSF2015
8923Rafael FernandesWArmbarEuropean Open76KGR12016
8926Sandro VieiraWPts: 2x0European Open76KGR22016
9043Jef. CummingsWAdvAtlanta W. Open76KG4F2016
9506Andre ArrudaWToe holdWorld ProABSR12016
9876Gabriel GoulartGabriel GoulartWPts: 2x2, AdvMiami SPO76KGSF2016
9877Matias SimonelliWArmbarMiami SPO76KGF2016
9960Choi ChoiWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.76KGR12016
10689Rodrigo BarrosWArmbarGuatemala Open76KG4F2016
10693Isaac DoederleinIsaac DoederleinWAdvGuatemala Open76KGSF2016
10695Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoWAdvGuatemala Open76KGF2016
11563Bruno MartinsWInjuryEuropean Open76KG8F2017
12139Frederico SilvaWPts: 4x2Pan American76KGR12017
12869Glaudiston SimczakWArmbarAtlanta Spring O.76KGSF2017
12923G. SimczakWArmbarMiami SPO76KG4F2017
12925Frederico AlvesWPts: 6x4Miami SPO76KGSF2017
13105Johnny TamaJohnny TamaWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.76KGR12017
13334Johnny TamaJohnny TamaWPts: 4x2American Nats76KGR12017
14204UnknownWPts: 2x0Miami FOABSR12017
14392Darson HemmingsDarson HemmingsWPts: 2x2, AdvBJJ NY Pro70KGR12017
14395Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWPts: 6x6, AdvBJJ NY Pro70KG4F2017
14524James GuytonWPointsSan Antonio Open76KGRR2017
15890Filipe DesouzaWN/ABoston Sp. Open76KG4F2018
16387Julio TavaresWArmbarMiami SPO76KG4F2018
16457Wellington DiasWellington DiasWPts: 5x0World Champ.70KGR12018
16688Eduardo BotegaWPts: 4x2American Nat.70KG4F2018
16861Chris KriebelWPointsNashville Open70KGSF2018
16863Deandre CorbeDeandre CorbeWArmbarNashville Open70KGF2018
17024Raphael CadenaWPointsOrlando Open70KGSF2018
17255Rafael DomingosWN/ALas Vegas Open76KGR12018
17836Eduardo MulkiWArmbarF2W 89N/ASPF2018
17841Rene ArangoWPointsMiami FO76KG4F2018
19070Brandon OakesWArmbarADCC WC Trials77KGR12019
19074Enrique GalarzaWRNCADCC WC Trials77KGR22019
19575Rodrigo FreitasRodrigo FreitasWPts: 0x0, AdvPan American76KG8F2019
20185Sam EcksteinWArmbarSub Stars77KGR12019
20186Solan ThomasWArmbarSub Stars77KG4F2019
20187Benjamin KunzleWKneebarSub Stars77KGSF2019
20188Gabriel MeesWOutside heel hookSub Stars77KGF2019
20459Felipe LinharesFelipe LinharesWArmbarMiami SPO76KGSF2019
21407Joel SantiagoWArmbarLas Vegas Open76KGR12019
21411Thiago LemosWPts: 4x2Las Vegas Open76KG4F2019
22179Brian GomezWN/AMiami FO76KG4F2019
25938Dylan WhyteWArmbarSUBVERSIV 577KGSPF2021
26212Rodrigo GortariWPointsMiami Open76KG4F2021
26216Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWReferee DecisionMiami Open76KGSF2021
26489Giovanni CarvalhoWChoke from backAtlanta Open76KGSF2021
26490Charles MurdockWArmbarAtlanta Open76KGF2021
27184Diego LopesWPts: 4x2Grand Slam MIA77KGR12021
27510Giann MoramarcoWArmbarPan American76KGR12021
29424Wellington DiasWellington DiasWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.76KGR12021
30574Fabricio BarbarottiFabricio BarbarottiWPts: 2x0Miami WO76KGSF2022
30575Kennedy MacielKennedy MacielWChoke from backMiami WO76KGF2022
31530Lucas GualbertoLucas GualbertoWPts: 0x0, AdvPan American76KGR12022
32368Joao MachadoWPts: 4x4, AdvAtlanta SPO76KG4F2022
32371Frederico AlvesWPts: 10x4Atlanta SPO76KGSF2022
32372Ariel TabakWPts: 6x4Atlanta SPO76KGF2022

Kevin Mahecha vs Tim Spriggs (2013)

Kevin Mahecha vs Marcel Goncalves (2015)

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