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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: 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 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

61 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    23 (38%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    10 (16%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    27 (44%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

27 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Armbar
70
19
#86e620
Toe Hold
19
5
#5AD3D1
RNC
4
1
#d1212a
Kneebar
4
1
#fad11b
Outside heel hook
4
1
27
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
50 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    26 (52%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    4 (8%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    18 (36%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (4%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

18 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Armbar
28
5
#86e620
Choke from back
22
4
#5AD3D1
Choke
11
2
#d1212a
Botinha
11
2
#fad11b
Kneebar
6
1
#f58822
Toe hold
6
1
#224aba
Straight ankle lock
6
1
#ff9124
Wristlock
6
1
#bf1f6c
Straight armlock
6
1
18
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Kevin Mahecha Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
6090AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmLPts: 7x5NYC Pro82KG4F2014
6260Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeLPts: 2x0FIVE NAICABSF2014
6284Luan CarvalhoLuan CarvalhoLPts: 2x2Miami Open76KG4F2014
6398AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmLPointsWorld Pro Trials86KGSF2015
6788AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmLPointsPan American76KG4F2015
6990Ed RamosLKneebarNY Spring Open76KGSF2015
7001Francisco IturraldeFrancisco IturraldeLChokeNY Spring OpenABS4F2015
7076Lucas LepriLucas LepriLChokeWorld Pro75KGR22015
7267Renan BorgesLPointsBoston Spring Open76KGSF2015
7399Mario ReisMario ReisLArmbarWorld Champ.70KG8F2015
7597Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoLArmbarAmerican Nat.76KGSF2015
7978Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLPts: 2x2, AdvSanta Cruz Open82KG4F2015
8510Otavio SousaOtavio SousaLPts: 2x0IBJJF NY Pro82KGSF2015
8573Brian MahechaBrian MahechaLPointsHouston Nat. Pro77KGF2015
8576Brian MahechaBrian MahechaLPointsHouston Nat. ProO77KGF2015
8909Edwin NajmiEdwin NajmiLToe holdEuropean Open76KG4F2016
9025Diego BispoDiego BispoLN/AAtlanta W. Open76KGSF2016
9237Masahiro IwasakiMasahiro IwasakiLPts: 4x2Pan American76KGR12016
9518Dany GerardDany GerardLPts: 2x0World ProABS8F2016
9560AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmLPts: 2x0World Pro77KGR12016
9955Michael LanghiMichael LanghiLPts: 4x2World Champ.76KGR22016
10420Bruno AlvesBruno AlvesLPts: 4x2Grand Slam LA77KG4F2016
10663Edwin NajmiEdwin NajmiLStraight ankle lockGuatemala Open76KGSPF2016
10680G. BatistaLArmbarGuatemala OpenABSSPF2016
11544Luan CarvalhoLuan CarvalhoLBotinhaEuropean Open76KG4F2017
12134Andris BrunovskisAndris BrunovskisLArmbarPan American76KG8F2017
12846Gilson NunesGilson NunesLPts: 4x2Atlanta Spring O.76KGF2017
12902Gilson NunesGilson NunesLPts: 0x0, AdvMiami Spring Open76KGF2017
12911Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLArmbarMiami Spring OpenABS4F2017
13090Edwin NajmiEdwin NajmiLChoke from backWorld Champ.76KG8F2017
13312Renato CanutoRenato CanutoLWristlockAmerican Nats76KG4F2017
14155Thiago MacedoThiago MacedoLPts: 2x2, AdvMiami Fall Open70KGSF2017
14174Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLStraight armlockMiami Fall OpenABSR22017
14365Silvio DuranSilvio DuranLPts: 2x0BJJ NY Pro70KGSF2017
14494Alexandre MolinaroAlexandre MolinaroLPts: 2x0San Antonio Open76KGF2017
14852Isaac DoederleinIsaac DoederleinLChoke from backEuropean Open70KGR12018
15319Jonathan Van BurenLReferee DecisionPan American70KGR12018
15832Gilson NunesGilson NunesLPts: 13x2Atlanta Sp. Open76KGF2018
15846Alexandre MolinaroAlexandre MolinaroLPointsBoston Sp. Open76KGSF2018
16338Gilson NunesGilson NunesLPointsMiami Spring Open76KGSF2018
16419Marcio AndreMarcio AndreLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.70KGR22018
16642Thiago MacedoThiago MacedoLPts: 2x0American Nat.70KGSF2018
17199Alexandre MolinaroAlexandre MolinaroLPointsLas Vegas Open76KG4F2018
17786Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoLChoke from backMiami Fall Open76KGSF2018
18799Levi JonesLevi JonesLPts: 2x0European Open76KGR12019
19475Alexandre MolinaroAlexandre MolinaroLPts: 6x4Pan American76KG8F2019
20479Yan LucasYan LucasLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.76KGR12019
21290Alexandre MolinaroAlexandre MolinaroLPts: 4x2Las Vegas Open76KGSF2019
22048Lucas ValenteLucas ValenteLBotinhaMiami Fall Open76KGSF2019
24912Johnatha AlvesJohnatha AlvesLChoke from backDallas Open76KGSF2021
6244Michael LieraMichael LieraWPts: 6x0FIVE NAIC82KGF2014
6289Marcelo SalazarMarcelo SalazarWToe HoldMiami OpenABS4F2014
6290Diogo AlmeidaDiogo AlmeidaWPts: 12x0Miami OpenABSSF2014
6401AJ SousaAJ SousaWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro TrialsABS4F2015
6778Brian MillerWArmbarPan American76KGR12015
6989Nicollas WelkerWToe HoldNY Spring Open76KG4F2015
7071Higor AlmoWArmbarWorld Pro75KGR12015
7264Garrett BeckWPts: 10x0Boston Spring Open76KG4F2015
7266Diego BispoDiego BispoWToe HoldBoston Spring Open76KGSF2015
7268Renan BorgesWPointsBoston Spring Open76KGF2015
7591John LawrenceWArmbarAmerican Nat.76KGR12015
7594Rodrigo FreitasRodrigo FreitasWPts: 6x2American Nat.76KG4F2015
7596Vitor PaschoalWPointsAmerican Nat.76KGSF2015
8264Vitor RiciottiWArmbarMiami Open76KGSF2015
8265Marcel GoncalvesMarcel GoncalvesWToe holdMiami Open76KGF2015
8507Brian BeauryBrian BeauryWPointsIBJJF NY Pro82KG4F2015
8572Jose PortilloWPts: 6x2Houston Nat. Pro77KGSF2015
8575Spencer GuilliamWArmbarHouston Nat. ProO77KGSF2015
8904Rafael FernandesWArmbarEuropean Open76KGR12016
8907Sandro VieiraWPts: 2x0European Open76KGR22016
9024Jef. CummingsWAdvAtlanta W. Open76KG4F2016
9487Andre ArrudaWToe holdWorld ProABSR12016
9857Gabriel GoulartGabriel GoulartWPts: 2x2, AdvMiami Spring Open76KGSF2016
9858Matias SimonelliWArmbarMiami Spring Open76KGF2016
9941Choi ChoiWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.76KGR12016
10670Rodrigo BarrosWArmbarGuatemala Open76KG4F2016
10674Isaac DoederleinIsaac DoederleinWAdvGuatemala Open76KGSF2016
10676Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoWAdvGuatemala Open76KGF2016
11539Bruno MartinsWInjuryEuropean Open76KG8F2017
12115Frederico SilvaWPts: 4x2Pan American76KGR12017
12845Glaudiston SimczakWArmbarAtlanta Spring O.76KGSF2017
12899G. SimczakWArmbarMiami Spring Open76KG4F2017
12901Frederico AlvesWPts: 6x4Miami Spring Open76KGSF2017
13081Johnny TamaJohnny TamaWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.76KGR12017
13310Johnny TamaJohnny TamaWPts: 4x2American Nats76KGR12017
14172UnknownWPts: 2x0Miami Fall OpenABSR12017
14360Darson HemmingsDarson HemmingsWPts: 2x2, AdvBJJ NY Pro70KGR12017
14363Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWPts: 6x6, AdvBJJ NY Pro70KG4F2017
14492James GuytonWPointsSan Antonio Open76KGRR2017
15842Filipe DesouzaWN/ABoston Sp. Open76KG4F2018
16337Julio TavaresWArmbarMiami Spring Open76KG4F2018
16407Wellington DiasWellington DiasWPts: 5x0World Champ.70KGR12018
16638Eduardo BotegaWPts: 4x2American Nat.70KG4F2018
16811Chris KriebelWPointsNashville Open70KGSF2018
16813Deandre CorbeDeandre CorbeWArmbarNashville Open70KGF2018
16974Raphael CadenaWPointsOrlando Open70KGSF2018
17197Rafael DomingosWN/ALas Vegas Open76KGR12018
17778Eduardo MulkiWArmbarF2W 89N/ASPF2018
17783Rene ArangoWPointsMiami Fall Open76KG4F2018
18982Brandon OakesWArmbarADCC WC Trials77KGR12019
18986Enrique GalarzaWRNCADCC WC Trials77KGR22019
19473Rodrigo FreitasRodrigo FreitasWPts: 0x0, AdvPan American76KG8F2019
20076Sam EcksteinWArmbarSub Stars77KGR12019
20077Solan ThomasWArmbarSub Stars77KG4F2019
20078Benjamin KunzleWKneebarSub Stars77KGSF2019
20079Gabriel MeesWOutside heel hookSub Stars77KGF2019
20349Felipe LinharesFelipe LinharesWArmbarMiami Spring Open76KGSF2019
21284Joel SantiagoWArmbarLas Vegas Open76KGR12019
21288Thiago LemosWPts: 4x2Las Vegas Open76KG4F2019
22046Brian GomezWN/AMiami Fall Open76KG4F2019
25663Dylan WhyteWArmbarSUBVERSIV 577KGSPF2021

Kevin Mahecha vs Tim Spriggs (2013)

Kevin Mahecha vs Marcel Goncalves (2015)

High Percentage Chokes  Instructional by Lachlan Giles

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