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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

65 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    24 (37%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    10 (15%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    29 (45%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (2%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

29 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Armbar
69
20
#86e620
Toe Hold
17
5
#5AD3D1
Kneebar
3
1
#d1212a
Outside heel hook
3
1
#fad11b
Choke from back
3
1
#f58822
RNC
3
1
29
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
52 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    26 (50%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    5 (10%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    19 (37%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (4%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

19 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Armbar
26
5
#86e620
Choke from back
21
4
#5AD3D1
Botinha
16
3
#d1212a
Choke
11
2
#fad11b
Toe hold
5
1
#f58822
Straight ankle lock
5
1
#224aba
Wristlock
5
1
#ff9124
Straight armlock
5
1
#bf1f6c
Kneebar
5
1
19
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Kevin Mahecha Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
6097AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmLPts: 7x5NYC Pro82KG4F2014
6267Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeLPts: 2x0FIVE NAICABSF2014
6291Luan CarvalhoLuan CarvalhoLPts: 2x2Miami Open76KG4F2014
6405AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmLPointsWorld Pro Trials86KGSF2015
6795AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmLPointsPan American76KG4F2015
6997Ed RamosLKneebarNY Spring Open76KGSF2015
7008Francisco IturraldeFrancisco IturraldeLChokeNY Spring OpenABS4F2015
7083Lucas LepriLucas LepriLChokeWorld Pro75KGR22015
7274Renan BorgesLPointsBoston Spring Open76KGSF2015
7406Mario ReisMario ReisLArmbarWorld Champ.70KG8F2015
7604Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoLArmbarAmerican Nat.76KGSF2015
7985Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLPts: 2x2, AdvSanta Cruz Open82KG4F2015
8517Otavio SousaOtavio SousaLPts: 2x0IBJJF NY Pro82KGSF2015
8580Brian MahechaBrian MahechaLPointsHouston Nat. Pro77KGF2015
8583Brian MahechaBrian MahechaLPointsHouston Nat. ProO77KGF2015
8916Edwin NajmiEdwin NajmiLToe holdEuropean Open76KG4F2016
9032Diego BispoDiego BispoLN/AAtlanta W. Open76KGSF2016
9244Masahiro IwasakiMasahiro IwasakiLPts: 4x2Pan American76KGR12016
9525Dany GerardDany GerardLPts: 2x0World ProABS8F2016
9567AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmLPts: 2x0World Pro77KGR12016
9962Michael LanghiMichael LanghiLPts: 4x2World Champ.76KGR22016
10427Bruno AlvesBruno AlvesLPts: 4x2Grand Slam LA77KG4F2016
10670Edwin NajmiEdwin NajmiLStraight ankle lockGuatemala Open76KGSPF2016
10687G. BatistaLArmbarGuatemala OpenABSSPF2016
11551Luan CarvalhoLuan CarvalhoLBotinhaEuropean Open76KG4F2017
12141Andris BrunovskisAndris BrunovskisLArmbarPan American76KG8F2017
12853Gilson NunesGilson NunesLPts: 4x2Atlanta Spring O.76KGF2017
12909Gilson NunesGilson NunesLPts: 0x0, AdvMiami Spring Open76KGF2017
12918Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLArmbarMiami Spring OpenABS4F2017
13097Edwin NajmiEdwin NajmiLChoke from backWorld Champ.76KG8F2017
13319Renato CanutoRenato CanutoLWristlockAmerican Nats76KG4F2017
14162Thiago MacedoThiago MacedoLPts: 2x2, AdvMiami Fall Open70KGSF2017
14181Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLStraight armlockMiami Fall OpenABSR22017
14372Silvio DuranSilvio DuranLPts: 2x0BJJ NY Pro70KGSF2017
14501Alexandre MolinaroAlexandre MolinaroLPts: 2x0San Antonio Open76KGF2017
14859Isaac DoederleinIsaac DoederleinLChoke from backEuropean Open70KGR12018
15326Jonathan Van BurenLReferee DecisionPan American70KGR12018
15839Gilson NunesGilson NunesLPts: 13x2Atlanta Sp. Open76KGF2018
15853Alexandre MolinaroAlexandre MolinaroLPointsBoston Sp. Open76KGSF2018
16345Gilson NunesGilson NunesLPointsMiami Spring Open76KGSF2018
16426Marcio AndreMarcio AndreLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.70KGR22018
16649Thiago MacedoThiago MacedoLPts: 2x0American Nat.70KGSF2018
17206Alexandre MolinaroAlexandre MolinaroLPointsLas Vegas Open76KG4F2018
17793Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoLChoke from backMiami Fall Open76KGSF2018
18810Levi JonesLevi JonesLPts: 2x0European Open76KGR12019
19490Alexandre MolinaroAlexandre MolinaroLPts: 6x4Pan American76KG8F2019
20496Yan LucasYan LucasLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.76KGR12019
21307Alexandre MolinaroAlexandre MolinaroLPts: 4x2Las Vegas Open76KGSF2019
22066Lucas ValenteLucas ValenteLBotinhaMiami Fall Open76KGSF2019
24952Johnatha AlvesJohnatha AlvesLChoke from backDallas Open76KGSF2021
26006Johnatha AlvesJohnatha AlvesLBotinhaMiami Open76KGF2021
26384Italo LinsItalo LinsLPts: 2x2, AdvAmerican Nats76KG4F2021
6251Michael LieraMichael LieraWPts: 6x0FIVE NAIC82KGF2014
6296Marcelo SalazarMarcelo SalazarWToe HoldMiami OpenABS4F2014
6297Diogo AlmeidaDiogo AlmeidaWPts: 12x0Miami OpenABSSF2014
6408AJ SousaAJ SousaWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro TrialsABS4F2015
6785Brian MillerWArmbarPan American76KGR12015
6996Nicollas WelkerWToe HoldNY Spring Open76KG4F2015
7078Higor AlmoWArmbarWorld Pro75KGR12015
7271Garrett BeckWPts: 10x0Boston Spring Open76KG4F2015
7273Diego BispoDiego BispoWToe HoldBoston Spring Open76KGSF2015
7275Renan BorgesWPointsBoston Spring Open76KGF2015
7598John LawrenceWArmbarAmerican Nat.76KGR12015
7601Rodrigo FreitasRodrigo FreitasWPts: 6x2American Nat.76KG4F2015
7603Vitor PaschoalWPointsAmerican Nat.76KGSF2015
8271Vitor RiciottiWArmbarMiami Open76KGSF2015
8272Marcel GoncalvesMarcel GoncalvesWToe holdMiami Open76KGF2015
8514Brian BeauryBrian BeauryWPointsIBJJF NY Pro82KG4F2015
8579Jose PortilloWPts: 6x2Houston Nat. Pro77KGSF2015
8582Spencer GuilliamWArmbarHouston Nat. ProO77KGSF2015
8911Rafael FernandesWArmbarEuropean Open76KGR12016
8914Sandro VieiraWPts: 2x0European Open76KGR22016
9031Jef. CummingsWAdvAtlanta W. Open76KG4F2016
9494Andre ArrudaWToe holdWorld ProABSR12016
9864Gabriel GoulartGabriel GoulartWPts: 2x2, AdvMiami Spring Open76KGSF2016
9865Matias SimonelliWArmbarMiami Spring Open76KGF2016
9948Choi ChoiWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.76KGR12016
10677Rodrigo BarrosWArmbarGuatemala Open76KG4F2016
10681Isaac DoederleinIsaac DoederleinWAdvGuatemala Open76KGSF2016
10683Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoWAdvGuatemala Open76KGF2016
11546Bruno MartinsWInjuryEuropean Open76KG8F2017
12122Frederico SilvaWPts: 4x2Pan American76KGR12017
12852Glaudiston SimczakWArmbarAtlanta Spring O.76KGSF2017
12906G. SimczakWArmbarMiami Spring Open76KG4F2017
12908Frederico AlvesWPts: 6x4Miami Spring Open76KGSF2017
13088Johnny TamaJohnny TamaWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.76KGR12017
13317Johnny TamaJohnny TamaWPts: 4x2American Nats76KGR12017
14179UnknownWPts: 2x0Miami Fall OpenABSR12017
14367Darson HemmingsDarson HemmingsWPts: 2x2, AdvBJJ NY Pro70KGR12017
14370Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWPts: 6x6, AdvBJJ NY Pro70KG4F2017
14499James GuytonWPointsSan Antonio Open76KGRR2017
15849Filipe DesouzaWN/ABoston Sp. Open76KG4F2018
16344Julio TavaresWArmbarMiami Spring Open76KG4F2018
16414Wellington DiasWellington DiasWPts: 5x0World Champ.70KGR12018
16645Eduardo BotegaWPts: 4x2American Nat.70KG4F2018
16818Chris KriebelWPointsNashville Open70KGSF2018
16820Deandre CorbeDeandre CorbeWArmbarNashville Open70KGF2018
16981Raphael CadenaWPointsOrlando Open70KGSF2018
17204Rafael DomingosWN/ALas Vegas Open76KGR12018
17785Eduardo MulkiWArmbarF2W 89N/ASPF2018
17790Rene ArangoWPointsMiami Fall Open76KG4F2018
18993Brandon OakesWArmbarADCC WC Trials77KGR12019
18997Enrique GalarzaWRNCADCC WC Trials77KGR22019
19488Rodrigo FreitasRodrigo FreitasWPts: 0x0, AdvPan American76KG8F2019
20091Sam EcksteinWArmbarSub Stars77KGR12019
20092Solan ThomasWArmbarSub Stars77KG4F2019
20093Benjamin KunzleWKneebarSub Stars77KGSF2019
20094Gabriel MeesWOutside heel hookSub Stars77KGF2019
20365Felipe LinharesFelipe LinharesWArmbarMiami Spring Open76KGSF2019
21301Joel SantiagoWArmbarLas Vegas Open76KGR12019
21305Thiago LemosWPts: 4x2Las Vegas Open76KG4F2019
22064Brian GomezWN/AMiami Fall Open76KG4F2019
25730Dylan WhyteWArmbarSUBVERSIV 577KGSPF2021
26001Rodrigo GortariWPointsMiami Open76KG4F2021
26005Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWReferee DecisionMiami Open76KGSF2021
26272Giovanni CarvalhoWChoke from backAtlanta Open76KGSF2021
26273Charles MurdockWArmbarAtlanta Open76KGF2021

Kevin Mahecha vs Tim Spriggs (2013)

Kevin Mahecha vs Marcel Goncalves (2015)

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