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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

60 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    23 (38%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    10 (17%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    26 (43%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

26 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Armbar
69
18
#86e620
Toe Hold
19
5
#5AD3D1
RNC
4
1
#d1212a
Kneebar
4
1
#fad11b
Outside heel hook
4
1
26
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
49 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    26 (53%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    4 (8%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    17 (35%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (4%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

17 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Armbar
29
5
#86e620
Choke from back
18
3
#5AD3D1
Botinha
12
2
#d1212a
Choke
12
2
#fad11b
Wristlock
6
1
#f58822
Straight armlock
6
1
#224aba
Kneebar
6
1
#ff9124
Toe hold
6
1
#bf1f6c
Straight ankle lock
6
1
17
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Kevin Mahecha Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
6088AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmLPts: 7x5NYC Pro82KG4F2014
6258Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeLPts: 2x0FIVE NAICABSF2014
6282Luan CarvalhoLuan CarvalhoLPts: 2x2Miami Open76KG4F2014
6396AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmLPointsWorld Pro Trials86KGSF2015
6785AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmLPointsPan American76KG4F2015
6987Ed RamosLKneebarNY Spring Open76KGSF2015
6998Francisco IturraldeFrancisco IturraldeLChokeNY Spring OpenABS4F2015
7073Lucas LepriLucas LepriLChokeWorld Pro75KGR22015
7264Renan BorgesLPointsBoston Spring Open76KGSF2015
7396Mario ReisMario ReisLArmbarWorld Champ.70KG8F2015
7594Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoLArmbarAmerican Nat.76KGSF2015
7975Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLPts: 2x2, AdvSanta Cruz Open82KG4F2015
8507Otavio SousaOtavio SousaLPts: 2x0IBJJF NY Pro82KGSF2015
8570Brian MahechaBrian MahechaLPointsHouston Nat. Pro77KGF2015
8573Brian MahechaBrian MahechaLPointsHouston Nat. ProO77KGF2015
8906Edwin NajmiEdwin NajmiLToe holdEuropean Open76KG4F2016
9022Diego BispoDiego BispoLN/AAtlanta W. Open76KGSF2016
9232Masahiro IwasakiMasahiro IwasakiLPts: 4x2Pan American76KGR12016
9511Dany GerardDany GerardLPts: 2x0World ProABS8F2016
9553AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmLPts: 2x0World Pro77KGR12016
9947Michael LanghiMichael LanghiLPts: 4x2World Champ.76KGR22016
10412Bruno AlvesBruno AlvesLPts: 4x2Grand Slam LA77KG4F2016
10655Edwin NajmiEdwin NajmiLStraight ankle lockGuatemala Open76KGSPF2016
10672G. BatistaLArmbarGuatemala OpenABSSPF2016
11525Luan CarvalhoLuan CarvalhoLBotinhaEuropean Open76KG4F2017
12104Andris BrunovskisAndris BrunovskisLArmbarPan American76KG8F2017
12813Gilson NunesGilson NunesLPts: 4x2Atlanta Spring O.76KGF2017
12869Gilson NunesGilson NunesLPts: 0x0, AdvMiami Spring Open76KGF2017
12878Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLArmbarMiami Spring OpenABS4F2017
13054Edwin NajmiEdwin NajmiLChoke from backWorld Champ.76KG8F2017
13274Renato CanutoRenato CanutoLWristlockAmerican Nats76KG4F2017
14110Thiago MacedoThiago MacedoLPts: 2x2, AdvMiami Fall Open70KGSF2017
14128Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLStraight armlockMiami Fall OpenABSR22017
14318Silvio DuranSilvio DuranLPts: 2x0BJJ NY Pro70KGSF2017
14447Alexandre MolinaroAlexandre MolinaroLPts: 2x0San Antonio Open76KGF2017
14803Isaac DoederleinIsaac DoederleinLChoke from backEuropean Open70KGR12018
15271Jonathan Van BurenLReferee DecisionPan American70KGR12018
15784Gilson NunesGilson NunesLPts: 13x2Atlanta Sp. Open76KGF2018
15798Alexandre MolinaroAlexandre MolinaroLPointsBoston Sp. Open76KGSF2018
16287Gilson NunesGilson NunesLPointsMiami Spring Open76KGSF2018
16367Marcio AndreMarcio AndreLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.70KGR22018
16590Thiago MacedoThiago MacedoLPts: 2x0American Nat.70KGSF2018
17133Alexandre MolinaroAlexandre MolinaroLPointsLas Vegas Open76KG4F2018
17712Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoLChoke from backMiami Fall Open76KGSF2018
18712Levi JonesLevi JonesLPts: 2x0European Open76KGR12019
19369Alexandre MolinaroAlexandre MolinaroLPts: 6x4Pan American76KG8F2019
20363Yan LucasYan LucasLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.76KGR12019
21154Alexandre MolinaroAlexandre MolinaroLPts: 4x2Las Vegas Open76KGSF2019
21879Lucas ValenteLucas ValenteLBotinhaMiami Fall Open76KGSF2019
6242Michael LieraMichael LieraWPts: 6x0FIVE NAIC82KGF2014
6287Marcelo SalazarMarcelo SalazarWToe HoldMiami OpenABS4F2014
6288Diogo AlmeidaDiogo AlmeidaWPts: 12x0Miami OpenABSSF2014
6399AJ SousaAJ SousaWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro TrialsABS4F2015
6775Brian MillerWArmbarPan American76KGR12015
6986Nicollas WelkerWToe HoldNY Spring Open76KG4F2015
7068Higor AlmoWArmbarWorld Pro75KGR12015
7261Garrett BeckWPts: 10x0Boston Spring Open76KG4F2015
7263Diego BispoDiego BispoWToe HoldBoston Spring Open76KGSF2015
7265Renan BorgesWPointsBoston Spring Open76KGF2015
7588John LawrenceWArmbarAmerican Nat.76KGR12015
7591Rodrigo FreitasRodrigo FreitasWPts: 6x2American Nat.76KG4F2015
7593Vitor PaschoalWPointsAmerican Nat.76KGSF2015
8261Vitor RiciottiWArmbarMiami Open76KGSF2015
8262Marcel GoncalvesMarcel GoncalvesWToe holdMiami Open76KGF2015
8504Brian BeauryBrian BeauryWPointsIBJJF NY Pro82KG4F2015
8569Jose PortilloWPts: 6x2Houston Nat. Pro77KGSF2015
8572Spencer GuilliamWArmbarHouston Nat. ProO77KGSF2015
8901Rafael FernandesWArmbarEuropean Open76KGR12016
8904Sandro VieiraWPts: 2x0European Open76KGR22016
9021Jef. CummingsWAdvAtlanta W. Open76KG4F2016
9480Andre ArrudaWToe holdWorld ProABSR12016
9849Gabriel GoulartGabriel GoulartWPts: 2x2, AdvMiami Spring Open76KGSF2016
9850Matias SimonelliWArmbarMiami Spring Open76KGF2016
9933Choi ChoiWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.76KGR12016
10662Rodrigo BarrosWArmbarGuatemala Open76KG4F2016
10666Isaac DoederleinIsaac DoederleinWAdvGuatemala Open76KGSF2016
10668Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoWAdvGuatemala Open76KGF2016
11520Bruno MartinsWInjuryEuropean Open76KG8F2017
12085Frederico SilvaWPts: 4x2Pan American76KGR12017
12812Glaudiston SimczakWArmbarAtlanta Spring O.76KGSF2017
12866G. SimczakWArmbarMiami Spring Open76KG4F2017
12868Frederico AlvesWPts: 6x4Miami Spring Open76KGSF2017
13045Johnny TamaJohnny TamaWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.76KGR12017
13272Johnny TamaJohnny TamaWPts: 4x2American Nats76KGR12017
14126UnknownWPts: 2x0Miami Fall OpenABSR12017
14313Darson HemmingsDarson HemmingsWPts: 2x2, AdvBJJ NY Pro70KGR12017
14316Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWPts: 6x6, AdvBJJ NY Pro70KG4F2017
14445James GuytonWPointsSan Antonio Open76KGRR2017
15794Filipe DesouzaWN/ABoston Sp. Open76KG4F2018
16286Julio TavaresWArmbarMiami Spring Open76KG4F2018
16355Wellington DiasWellington DiasWPts: 5x0World Champ.70KGR12018
16586Eduardo BotegaWPts: 4x2American Nat.70KG4F2018
16751Chris KriebelWPointsNashville Open70KGSF2018
16753Deandre CorbeDeandre CorbeWArmbarNashville Open70KGF2018
16912Raphael CadenaWPointsOrlando Open70KGSF2018
17131Rafael DomingosWN/ALas Vegas Open76KGR12018
17704Eduardo MulkiWArmbarF2W Pro 89N/ASPF2018
17709Rene ArangoWPointsMiami Fall Open76KG4F2018
18890Brandon OakesWArmbarADCC WC Trials77KGR12019
18894Enrique GalarzaWRNCADCC WC Trials77KGR22019
19367Rodrigo FreitasRodrigo FreitasWPts: 0x0, AdvPan American76KG8F2019
19963Sam EcksteinWArmbarSub Stars77KGR12019
19964Solan ThomasWArmbarSub Stars77KG4F2019
19965Benjamin KunzleWKneebarSub Stars77KGSF2019
19966Gabriel MeesWOutside heel hookSub Stars77KGF2019
20236Felipe LinharesFelipe LinharesWArmbarMiami Spring Open76KGSF2019
21148Joel SantiagoWArmbarLas Vegas Open76KGR12019
21152Thiago LemosWPts: 4x2Las Vegas Open76KG4F2019
21877Brian GomezWN/AMiami Fall Open76KG4F2019

Kevin Mahecha vs Tim Spriggs (2013)

Kevin Mahecha vs Marcel Goncalves (2015)

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