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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:

  • IBJJF Miami Fall International Open Champion (2016)
  • IBJJF Miami Summer International Open Champion (2016)
  • Guatemala Open Champion (2016)
  • IBJJF Miami International Open Champion (2014*/2015)
  • IBJJF Boston Spring Open Champion (2015)
  • IBJJF Pans Championship runner-up (2014 brown)
  • IBJJF American Nationals runner-up (2015)
  • IBJJF Atlanta Spring International Open runner-up (2017)
  • IBJJF New York Summer International Open runner-up (2013*)
  • IBJJF Miami International Open runner-up (2013 brown)
  • IBJJF Miami Summer International Open runner-up (2017)
  • IBJJF World Championship 3rd Place (2010** blue)
  • IBJJF Pans No-Gi Championship 3rd Place (2012 purple, 2013 brown)
  • IBJJF American National No-Gi Championship 3rd Place (2012 brown)
  • IBJJF Atlanta Winter International Open Champion (2016)
  • IBJJF New York Pro Championship 3rd Place (2015)
  • IBJJF New York Spring International Open3rd Place (2015)
  • IBJJF New York Summer International Open 3rd Place (2013)
  • IBJJF Miami International Open 3rd Place (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 in Manhattan – New York, USA.

Growin 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 prestigeous 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 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

52 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    21 (40%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    10 (19%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    20 (38%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

20 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Armbar
70
14
#86e620
Toe Hold
25
5
#5AD3D1
RNC
5
1
20
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
46 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    25 (54%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    4 (9%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    16 (35%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (2%)
  • 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
Toe hold
6
1
#fad11b
Straight ankle lock
6
1
#f58822
Botinha
6
1
#224aba
Wristlock
6
1
#ff9124
Straight armlock
6
1
#bf1f6c
Kneebar
6
1
16
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Kevin Mahecha Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
6071AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmLPts: 7x5NYC Pro82KG4F2014
6234Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeLPts: 2x0Five NAICABSF2014
6258Luan CarvalhoLuan CarvalhoLPts: 2x2Miami Open76KG4F2014
6372AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmLPointsWorld Pro Trials86KGSF2015
6761AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmLPointsPan American76KG4F2015
6963Ed RamosLKneebarNY Spring Open76KGSF2015
6974Francisco IturraldeFrancisco IturraldeLChokeNY Spring OpenABS4F2015
7048Lucas LepriLucas LepriLChokeWorld Pro75KGR22015
7239Renan BorgesLPointsBoston Spring Open76KGSF2015
7371Mario ReisMario ReisLArmbarWorld Champ.70KG8F2015
7569Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoLArmbarAmerican Nat.76KGSF2015
7950Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLPts: 2x2, AdvSanta Cruz Open82KG4F2015
8482Otavio SousaOtavio SousaLPts: 2x0IBJJF NY Pro82KGSF2015
8545Brian MahechaBrian MahechaLPointsHouston Nat. Pro77KGF2015
8548Brian MahechaBrian MahechaLPointsHouston Nat. ProO77KGF2015
8871Edwin NajmiEdwin NajmiLToe holdEuropean Open76KG4F2016
8987Diego BispoDiego BispoLN/AAtlanta W. Open76KGSF2016
9197Masahiro IwasakiMasahiro IwasakiLPts: 4x2Pan American76KGR12016
9473Dany GerardDany GerardLPts: 2x0World ProABS8F2016
9515AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmLPts: 2x0World Pro77KGR12016
9910Michael LanghiMichael LanghiLPts: 4x2World Champ.76KGR22016
10369Bruno AlvesBruno AlvesLPts: 4x2Grand Slam LA77KG4F2016
10612Edwin NajmiEdwin NajmiLStraight ankle lockGuatemala Open76KGSPF2016
10629G. BatistaLArmbarGuatemala OpenABSSPF2016
11467Luan CarvalhoLuan CarvalhoLBotinhaEuropean Open76KG4F2017
12039Andris BrunovskisAndris BrunovskisLArmbarPan American76KG8F2017
12739Gilson NunesGilson NunesLPts: 4x2Atlanta Spring O.76KGF2017
12795Gilson NunesGilson NunesLPts: 0x0, AdvMiami Spring Open76KGF2017
12803Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLArmbarMiami Spring OpenABS4F2017
12978Edwin NajmiEdwin NajmiLChoke from backWorld Champ.76KG8F2017
13196Renato CanutoRenato CanutoLWristlockAmerican Nats76KG4F2017
14023Thiago MacedoThiago MacedoLPts: 2x2, AdvMiami Fall Open70KGSF2017
14041Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLStraight armlockMiami Fall OpenABSR22017
14228Silvio DuranSilvio DuranLPts: 2x0BJJ NY Pro70KGSF2017
14349Alexandre MolinaroAlexandre MolinaroLPts: 2x0San Antonio Open76KGF2017
14655Isaac DoederleinIsaac DoederleinLChoke from backEuropean Open70KGR12018
15108Jonathan Van BurenLReferee DecisionPan American70KGR12018
15589Gilson NunesGilson NunesLPts: 13x2Atlanta Sp. Open76KGF2018
15603Alexandre MolinaroAlexandre MolinaroLPointsBoston Sp. Open76KGSF2018
16069Gilson NunesGilson NunesLPointsMiami Spring Open76KGSF2018
16148Marcio AndreMarcio AndreLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.70KGR22018
16366Thiago MacedoThiago MacedoLPts: 2x0American Nat.70KGSF2018
16897Alexandre MolinaroAlexandre MolinaroLPointsLas Vegas Open76KG4F2018
17448Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoLChoke from backMiami Fall Open76KGSF2018
18365Levi JonesLevi JonesLPts: 2x0European Open76KGR12019
18979Alexandre MolinaroAlexandre MolinaroLPts: 6x4Pan American76KG8F2019
6225Michael LieraMichael LieraWPts: 6x0Five NAIC82KGF2014
6263Marcelo SalazarMarcelo SalazarWToe HoldMiami OpenABS4F2014
6264Diogo AlmeidaDiogo AlmeidaWPts: 12x0Miami OpenABSSF2014
6375AJ SousaAJ SousaWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro TrialsABS4F2015
6751Brian MillerWArmbarPan American76KGR12015
6962Nicollas WelkerWToe HoldNY Spring Open76KG4F2015
7043Higor AlmoWArmbarWorld Pro75KGR12015
7236Garrett BeckWPts: 10x0Boston Spring Open76KG4F2015
7238Diego BispoDiego BispoWToe HoldBoston Spring Open76KGSF2015
7240Renan BorgesWPointsBoston Spring Open76KGF2015
7563John LawrenceWArmbarAmerican Nat.76KGR12015
7566Rodrigo FreitasRodrigo FreitasWPts: 6x2American Nat.76KG4F2015
7568Vitor PaschoalWPointsAmerican Nat.76KGSF2015
8236Vitor RiciottiWArmbarMiami Open76KGSF2015
8237Marcel GoncalvesMarcel GoncalvesWToe holdMiami Open76KGF2015
8479Brian BeauryBrian BeauryWPointsIBJJF NY Pro82KG4F2015
8544Jose PortilloWPts: 6x2Houston Nat. Pro77KGSF2015
8547Spencer GuilliamWArmbarHouston Nat. ProO77KGSF2015
8866Rafael FernandesWArmbarEuropean Open76KGR12016
8869Sandro VieiraWPts: 2x0European Open76KGR22016
8986Jef. CummingsWAdvAtlanta W. Open76KG4F2016
9442Andre ArrudaWToe holdWorld ProABSR12016
9812Gabriel GoulartGabriel GoulartWPts: 2x2, AdvMiami Spring Open76KGSF2016
9813Matias SimonelliWArmbarMiami Spring Open76KGF2016
9896Choi ChoiWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.76KGR12016
10619Rodrigo BarrosWArmbarGuatemala Open76KG4F2016
10623Isaac DoederleinIsaac DoederleinWAdvGuatemala Open76KGSF2016
10625Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoWAdvGuatemala Open76KGF2016
11462Bruno MartinsWInjuryEuropean Open76KG8F2017
12020Frederico SilvaWPts: 4x2Pan American76KGR12017
12738Glaudiston SimczakWArmbarAtlanta Spring O.76KGSF2017
12792G. SimczakWArmbarMiami Spring Open76KG4F2017
12794Frederico AlvesWPts: 6x4Miami Spring Open76KGSF2017
12969Johnny TamaJohnny TamaWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.76KGR12017
13194Johnny TamaJohnny TamaWPts: 4x2American Nats76KGR12017
14039UnknownWPts: 2x0Miami Fall OpenABSR12017
14223Darson HemmingsDarson HemmingsWPts: 2x2, AdvBJJ NY Pro70KGR12017
14226Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWPts: 6x6, AdvBJJ NY Pro70KG4F2017
14347James GuytonWPointsSan Antonio Open76KGRR2017
15599Filipe DesouzaWN/ABoston Sp. Open76KG4F2018
16068Julio TavaresWArmbarMiami Spring Open76KG4F2018
16136Wellington DiasWellington DiasWPointsWorld Champ.70KGR12018
16362Eduardo BotegaWPts: 4x2American Nat.70KG4F2018
16523Chris KriebelWPointsNashville Open70KGSF2018
16525Deandre CorbeWArmbarNashville Open70KGF2018
16682Raphael CadenaWPointsOrlando Open70KGSF2018
16895Rafael DomingosWN/ALas Vegas Open76KGR12018
17440Eduardo MulkiWArmbarF2W Pro 89N/ASPF2018
17445Rene ArangoWPointsMiami Fall Open76KG4F2018
18532Brandon OakesWArmbarADCC WC Trials77KGR12019
18535Enrique GalarzaWRNCADCC WC Trials77KGR22019
18977Rodrigo FreitasRodrigo FreitasWPts: 0x0, AdvPan American76KG8F2019

Kevin Mahecha vs Tim Spriggs (2013)

Kevin Mahecha vs Marcel Goncalves (2015)

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