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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 Nashville Summer Open (2018)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Atlanta Open (2021)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Miami Winter Open (2022)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Atlanta Summer Open (2022)
  • 1st Place IBJJF New Orleans Summer Open (2022)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Tampa Winter Open (2023)
  • 1st Place IBJJF New Orleans Summer Open (2023)
  • 1st Place Atlanta Fall Open (2023)
  • 1st Place Atlanta Fall Open NOGI (2023)
  • 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 American Nationals (2018)
  • 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:

Kevin Mahecha Grappling Record

    35 (37%)
    15 (16%)
    40 (43%)
    3 (3%)
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)


Toe Hold
Choke from back
Outside heel hook
Heel hook
    40 (51%)
    10 (13%)
    26 (33%)
    2 (3%)
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)


Choke from back
Toe hold
Straight ankle lock
Straight armlock
50/50 armbar
Inside heel hook
Shoulder lock

Kevin Mahecha Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
6111AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmLPts: 7x5NYC Pro82KG4F2014
6281Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeLPts: 2x0FIVE NAICABSF2014
6305Luan CarvalhoLuan CarvalhoLPts: 2x2Miami Open76KG4F2014
6423AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmLPointsWorld Pro Trials86KGSF2015
6813AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmLPointsPan American76KG4F2015
7015Ed RamosLKneebarNY Spring Open76KGSF2015
7026Francisco IturraldeFrancisco IturraldeLChokeNY Spring OpenABS4F2015
7101Lucas LepriLucas LepriLChokeWorld Pro75KGR22015
7292Renan BorgesLPointsBoston Spring Open76KGSF2015
7424Mario ReisMario ReisLArmbarWorld Champ.70KG8F2015
7622Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoLArmbarAmerican Nat.76KGSF2015
8003Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLPts: 2x2, AdvSanta Cruz Open82KG4F2015
8535Otavio SousaOtavio SousaLPts: 2x0IBJJF NY Pro82KGSF2015
8598Brian MahechaBrian MahechaLPointsHouston Nat. Pro77KGF2015
8601Brian MahechaBrian MahechaLPointsHouston Nat. ProO77KGF2015
8934Edwin NajmiEdwin NajmiLToe holdEuropean Open76KG4F2016
9050Diego BispoDiego BispoLN/AAtlanta W. Open76KGSF2016
9262Masahiro IwasakiMasahiro IwasakiLPts: 4x2Pan American76KGR12016
9543Dany GerardDany GerardLPts: 2x0World ProABS8F2016
9585AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmLPts: 2x0World Pro77KGR12016
9980Michael LanghiMichael LanghiLPts: 4x2World Champ.76KGR22016
10445Bruno AlvesBruno AlvesLPts: 4x2Grand Slam LA77KG4F2016
10688Edwin NajmiEdwin NajmiLStraight ankle lockGuatemala Open76KGSPF2016
10705G. BatistaLArmbarGuatemala OpenABSSPF2016
11574Luan CarvalhoLuan CarvalhoLBotinhaEuropean Open76KG4F2017
12164Andris BrunovskisAndris BrunovskisLArmbarPan American76KG8F2017
12877Gilson NunesGilson NunesLPts: 4x2Atlanta Spring O.76KGF2017
12933Gilson NunesGilson NunesLPts: 0x0, AdvMiami SPO76KGF2017
12942Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLArmbarMiami SPOABS4F2017
13121Edwin NajmiEdwin NajmiLChoke from backWorld Champ.76KG8F2017
13343Renato CanutoRenato CanutoLWristlockAmerican Nats76KG4F2017
14194Thiago MacedoThiago MacedoLPts: 2x2, AdvMiami FO70KGSF2017
14213Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLStraight armlockMiami FOABSR22017
14404Silvio DuranSilvio DuranLPts: 2x0BJJ NY Pro70KGSF2017
14533Alexandre MolinaroAlexandre MolinaroLPts: 2x0San Antonio Open76KGF2017
14898Isaac DoederleinIsaac DoederleinLChoke from backEuropean Open70KGR12018
15374Jonathan Van BurenLReferee DecisionPan American70KGR12018
15887Gilson NunesGilson NunesLPts: 13x2Atlanta Sp. Open76KGF2018
15901Alexandre MolinaroAlexandre MolinaroLPointsBoston Sp. Open76KGSF2018
16395Gilson NunesGilson NunesLPointsMiami SPO76KGSF2018
16476Marcio AndreMarcio AndreLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.70KGR22018
16699Thiago MacedoThiago MacedoLPts: 2x0American Nat.70KGSF2018
17269Alexandre MolinaroAlexandre MolinaroLPointsLas Vegas Open76KG4F2018
17856Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoLChoke from backMiami FO76KGSF2018
18894Levi JonesLevi JonesLPts: 2x0European Open76KGR12019
19595Alexandre MolinaroAlexandre MolinaroLPts: 6x4Pan American76KG8F2019
20613Yan LucasYan LucasLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.76KGR12019
21432Alexandre MolinaroAlexandre MolinaroLPts: 4x2Las Vegas Open76KGSF2019
22206Lucas ValenteLucas ValenteLBotinhaMiami FO76KGSF2019
25194Johnatha AlvesJohnatha AlvesLChoke from backDallas Open76KGSF2021
26266Johnatha AlvesJohnatha AlvesLBotinhaMiami Open76KGF2021
26663Italo LinsItalo LinsLPts: 2x2, AdvAmerican Nats76KG4F2021
27245Caio CaetanoCaio CaetanoLToe holdGrand Slam MIA77KG4F2021
27249Fabricio BarbarottiFabricio BarbarottiLPts: 3x2Grand Slam MIA77KGRPC2021
27575Rodrigo FreitasRodrigo FreitasLPts: 4x4, AdvPan American76KG4F2021
29023Daniel DinizDaniel DinizLAdvJJ CON76KGR12021
29497Matheus GabrielMatheus GabrielL50/50 armbarWorld Champ.76KG8F2021
31655Sergio SoaresLPts: 8x6Pan American76KGR22022
32915Igor FelizIgor FelizLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.76KGR12022
33692Pablo LavaselliPablo LavaselliLPts: 4x2Austin SMO76KGSF2022
33764Elijah DorseyElijah DorseyLPts: 4x2Orlando SMO76KG4F2022
34603Ademir BarretoAdemir BarretoLPts: 6x4Grand Slam MIA69KGR12022
34730Alef BritoAlef BritoLPts: 2x2, AdvJJ Con76KG4F2022
35227Pablo LavaselliPablo LavaselliLPts: 2x0Atlanta FO76KGF2022
36209Pablo LavaselliPablo LavaselliLPointsNashville Open76KGF2022
37250Max LindbladMax LindbladLPts: 4x2European Open76KGR12023
38474Johnatha AlvesJohnatha AlvesLPts: 0x0, AdvPan American76KG4F2023
39853Lukete SilvaLukete SilvaLPts: 2x0Atanta SPO76KGSF2023
40357Joao MachadoLPts: 2x0World Champ.76KGR12023
41674Elijah DorseyElijah DorseyLToe holdOrlando SMO76KGF2023
42413Gabriel CardosoLPointsJJ Con76KG4F2023
43020Joao MendesJoao MendesLPts: 7x6ADGS Miami69KGSF2023
43023Artur OliveiraLPts: 3x0ADGS Miami69KGRPC2023
44468Jordan HolyLInside heel hookADCC Florida70KGSF2023
44470S. CerdasLStraight ankle lockADCC Florida70KGRPC2023
45701Josh CisnerosJosh CisnerosLShoulder lockNoGi World73KGR12023
47916Daniel DinizDaniel DinizLStraight ankle lockPan American76KGR22024
49373Nick SallesNick SallesLPts: 8x6Atlanta SPO76KGSF2024
6265Michael LieraMichael LieraWPts: 6x0FIVE NAIC82KGF2014
6310Marcelo SalazarMarcelo SalazarWToe HoldMiami OpenABS4F2014
6311Diogo AlmeidaDiogo AlmeidaWPts: 12x0Miami OpenABSSF2014
6426AJ SousaAJ SousaWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro TrialsABS4F2015
6803Brian MillerWArmbarPan American76KGR12015
7014Nicollas WelkerWToe HoldNY Spring Open76KG4F2015
7096Higor AlmoWArmbarWorld Pro75KGR12015
7289Garrett BeckWPts: 10x0Boston Spring Open76KG4F2015
7291Diego BispoDiego BispoWToe HoldBoston Spring Open76KGSF2015
7293Renan BorgesWPointsBoston Spring Open76KGF2015
7616John LawrenceWArmbarAmerican Nat.76KGR12015
7619Rodrigo FreitasRodrigo FreitasWPts: 6x2American Nat.76KG4F2015
7621Vitor PaschoalWPointsAmerican Nat.76KGSF2015
8289Vitor RiciottiWArmbarMiami Open76KGSF2015
8290Marcel GoncalvesMarcel GoncalvesWToe holdMiami Open76KGF2015
8532Brian BeauryBrian BeauryWPointsIBJJF NY Pro82KG4F2015
8597Jose PortilloWPts: 6x2Houston Nat. Pro77KGSF2015
8600Spencer GuilliamWArmbarHouston Nat. ProO77KGSF2015
8929Rafael FernandesWArmbarEuropean Open76KGR12016
8932Sandro VieiraWPts: 2x0European Open76KGR22016
9049Jef. CummingsWAdvAtlanta W. Open76KG4F2016
9512Andre ArrudaWToe holdWorld ProABSR12016
9882Gabriel GoulartGabriel GoulartWPts: 2x2, AdvMiami SPO76KGSF2016
9883Matias SimonelliWArmbarMiami SPO76KGF2016
9966Choi ChoiWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.76KGR12016
10695Rodrigo BarrosWArmbarGuatemala Open76KG4F2016
10699Isaac DoederleinIsaac DoederleinWAdvGuatemala Open76KGSF2016
10701Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoWAdvGuatemala Open76KGF2016
11569Bruno MartinsWInjuryEuropean Open76KG8F2017
12145Frederico SilvaWPts: 4x2Pan American76KGR12017
12876Glaudiston SimczakWArmbarAtlanta Spring O.76KGSF2017
12930G. SimczakWArmbarMiami SPO76KG4F2017
12932Frederico AlvesWPts: 6x4Miami SPO76KGSF2017
13112Johnny TamaJohnny TamaWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.76KGR12017
13341Johnny TamaJohnny TamaWPts: 4x2American Nats76KGR12017
14211UnknownWPts: 2x0Miami FOABSR12017
14399Darson HemmingsDarson HemmingsWPts: 2x2, AdvBJJ NY Pro70KGR12017
14402Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWPts: 6x6, AdvBJJ NY Pro70KG4F2017
14531James GuytonWPointsSan Antonio Open76KGRR2017
15897Filipe DesouzaWN/ABoston Sp. Open76KG4F2018
16394Julio TavaresWArmbarMiami SPO76KG4F2018
16464Wellington DiasWellington DiasWPts: 5x0World Champ.70KGR12018
16695Eduardo BotegaWPts: 4x2American Nat.70KG4F2018
16873Chris KriebelWPointsNashville Open70KGSF2018
16875Deandre CorbeDeandre CorbeWArmbarNashville Open70KGF2018
17036Raphael CadenaWPointsOrlando Open70KGSF2018
17267Rafael DomingosWN/ALas Vegas Open76KGR12018
17848Eduardo MulkiWArmbarF2W 89N/ASPF2018
17853Rene ArangoWPointsMiami FO76KG4F2018
19087Brandon OakesWArmbarADCC WC Trials77KGR12019
19091Enrique GalarzaWRNCADCC WC Trials77KGR22019
19593Rodrigo FreitasRodrigo FreitasWPts: 0x0, AdvPan American76KG8F2019
20204Sam EcksteinWArmbarSub Stars77KGR12019
20205Solan ThomasWArmbarSub Stars77KG4F2019
20206Benjamin KunzleWKneebarSub Stars77KGSF2019
20207Gabriel MeesWOutside heel hookSub Stars77KGF2019
20478Felipe LinharesFelipe LinharesWArmbarMiami SPO76KGSF2019
21426Joel SantiagoWArmbarLas Vegas Open76KGR12019
21430Thiago LemosWPts: 4x2Las Vegas Open76KG4F2019
22204Brian GomezWN/AMiami FO76KG4F2019
25986Dylan WhyteWArmbarSUBVERSIV 577KGSPF2021
26261Rodrigo GortariWPointsMiami Open76KG4F2021
26265Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWReferee DecisionMiami Open76KGSF2021
26538Giovanni CarvalhoWChoke from backAtlanta Open76KGSF2021
26539Charles MurdockWArmbarAtlanta Open76KGF2021
27241Diego LopesWPts: 4x2Grand Slam MIA77KGR12021
27567Giann MoramarcoWArmbarPan American76KGR12021
29490Wellington DiasWellington DiasWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.76KGR12021
30683Fabricio BarbarottiFabricio BarbarottiWPts: 2x0Miami WO76KGSF2022
30684Kennedy MacielKennedy MacielWChoke from backMiami WO76KGF2022
31649Lucas GualbertoLucas GualbertoWPts: 0x0, AdvPan American76KGR12022
32506Joao MachadoWPts: 4x4, AdvAtlanta SPO76KG4F2022
32509Frederico AlvesWPts: 10x4Atlanta SPO76KGSF2022
32510Ariel TabakAriel TabakWPts: 6x4Atlanta SPO76KGF2022
35224Theodore SandersWKneebarAtlanta FO76KG4F2022
35225Colon SantanaWPts: 8x2Atlanta FO76KGSF2022
37858Bernardo DeliberoWArmbarTampa Open76KG4F2023
37863Ryan VargasWArmbarTampa Open76KGSF2023
37864Leo SilvaLeo SilvaWReferee DecisionTampa Open76KGF2023
38462Matheus GalvaoWPts: 7x0Pan American76KGR12023
41479Theodore SandersWN/ANOrleans Open76KGRR2023
41480Angel AlvarezWArmbarNOrleans Open76KGF2023
41673Leo SilvaLeo SilvaWReferee DecisionOrlando SMO76KGSF2023
43009Marco MendesMarco MendesWPts: 2x1ADGS Miami69KG8F2023
43016Pablo MantovaniPablo MantovaniWPts: 6x3ADGS Miami69KG4F2023
44459Adam ManningWSubmissionADCC Florida70KGR12023
44464D. MooneyWSubmissionADCC Florida70KG4F2023
45278Daniel ProanoWArmbarAtlanta FO76KG4F2023
45280Joao OliveiraWPts: 2x2, AdvAtlanta FO76KGSF2023
45281Sandrey PaulaWPts: 10x4Atlanta FO76KGF2023
45295Guilherme HiguchiWAdvAtlanta FNGO73KG4F2023
45296Luan GomesWHeel hookAtlanta FNGO73KGSF2023
45298Daniel ProanoWArmbarAtlanta FNGO73KGF2023
49371Charles MurdockWPts: 4x0Atlanta SPO76KG4F2024

Kevin Mahecha vs Tim Spriggs (2013)

Kevin Mahecha vs Marcel Goncalves (2015)

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