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Luiz Panza is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt under Marco Barbosa who is one of the top heavyweight competitors of his generation. A former professional model, Luiz Panza traded the catwalk for Jiu Jitsu, turning professional in 2013. On his first year as a black belt competitor, Luiz immediately made a name for himself piling up medals at the highest level of BJJ, including the Mundial, Pan American (gi and no gi), Brazilian Nationals AKA the Brasileiro (gi and no gi) as well as the world pro cup trials. In October 2014, after a successful year as a black belt where Panza won the Pan American Championship, Luiz moved to the United States, changing to the Checkmat team camp.

Luiz Panza Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Luiz Fernando de Azevedo Panza

Nickname: n/a

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Rickson Gracie > Marcelo Behring > Waldomiro Perez > Roberto Godoi > Marco Barbosa > Luiz Panza

Main Achievements:

  • IBJJF World No-Gi Champion (2016)
  • IBJJF Pan American Champion (2016/2014)
  • IBJJF Pan American Champion No-Gi (2013**)
  • CBJJ Brazilian National No-Gi Champion (2013**)
  • ACBJJ Berkut GP 95kg Champion (2017)
  • UAEJJF Abu Dhabi Grand Slam LA Champion (2016)
  • IBJJF BJJ Pro LA Champion (2016)
  • IIBJJF World Championship 3rd Place (2017**/2013)
  • IBJJF Pan American Championship 3rd Place (2013)
  • IBJJF Brazilian Nationals Championship 3rd Place (2013)

* Absolute
** Weight and absolute

Favorite Position/Technique: Closed Guard & 50/50 Guard

Weight Division: Super Pesado (up to 100kg/223lbs)

Team/Association: Checkmat Jiu Jitsu

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Luiz Panza Biography

Luiz Panza was born on the 2nd of February 1990 in the north side of São Paulo, growing up in a middle class neighborhood. Being a very energetic kid, the Panza family hold decided to introduce Luiz to martial arts early on, and by the age of 7 he started practising Kung Fu, later moving on to Karate (Shotokan), a style he practiced for many years, earning a black belt in the Japanese fighting art.

Panza always envisioned competing in MMA but being a teenager (around 15 at the time) he could not afford to pay for a membership at an MMA gym. With that in mind, he saved up money given by his family in festive events such as birthdays/Christmas and by the age of 16 he had a decent sum of cash with which he walked into the Lotus academy. At Lotus he asked if he could train there with their MMA fighters. The money wasn’t enough for him to take classes for too long, so instead he asked if he could just come in during the MMA sparring sessions and spar with their athletes, a request that was accepted by the gym administration.

This MMA training went on for a while until the moment when Luiz had a street fight (with a guy who was trying to mess with his girfriend). Luiz hurt the other man badly and was forbidden to train by his mother who believed that training MMA made him more aggressive. At the time Luiz’ best friend, Felipe Marques, trained BJJ and the two (Felipe and Luiz) got together with Mrs Panza and managed to convince her to let Luiz start Jiu Jitsu. This was in 2007 and Luiz Panza started training with coach Edilberto da Ponte, of A.O.A. team. Luiz became a big fan of Jiu Jitsu and started competing regularly reaching his blue and purple belts under the supervision of Mr Ponte.

At purple belt level, Luiz Panza started looking for a more competitive team where he could continue to grow in the sport, Panza decided to switch to Barbosa Jiu Jitsu, one of the top teams in the state where he received both his brown belt and his black belt (on the 17th of December, 2012).

Before deciding on becoming a professional athlete, Luiz Panza was an emerging model who was also finishing his degree while working at a bank. With a bright future ahead of him as both a model or a banker, Panza decided to give up on these well paid professions to dedicate himself fully to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. His first year as a black belt was a huge success and proved that the young Panza had what was necessary to make in among the elite grapplers of the world, stacking up an impressive medal tally.

Luiz Panza Grappling Record

59 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    11 (19%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (5%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    44 (75%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (2%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

44 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Botinha
39
17
#86e620
Armbar
18
8
#5AD3D1
Kneebar
11
5
#d1212a
Triangle
9
4
#fad11b
Footlock
7
3
#f58822
RNC
2
1
#224aba
Flying triangle
2
1
#ff9124
Submission
2
1
#bf1f6c
Choke from back
2
1
#22c9a5
Straight ankle lock
2
1
#fad223
Calf slicer
2
1
#03861f
Katagatame
2
1
44
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
26 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    13 (50%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (12%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    8 (31%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (8%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

8 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Triangle
25
2
#86e620
Choke from back
25
2
#5AD3D1
Choke
13
1
#d1212a
Armbar
13
1
#fad11b
RNC
13
1
#f58822
Toe hold
13
1
8
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Luiz Panza Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
4464Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLPointsPan AmericanABSR12013
4774Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLTriangleWorld Champ.100KGSF2013
5067Jackson SousaJackson SousaLTriangleNoGi Worlds94KGSF2013
5248Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 8x6Pan AmericanABSR32014
5392Magid HageLReferee DecisionFIVE CaliforniaABSSF2014
5495Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsLPts: 3x2Copa Podio94KGGP2014
5514Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 6x4Copa Podio94KGSF2014
5561Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLChokeWorld Pro.ABSR32014
5611Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLArmbarWorld Pro.100KGF2014
5771Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLChoke from backWorld Champ.94KG4F2014
5936Garry TononGarry TononLRNCNoGi WorldsABS4F2014
6019Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLChoke from backIBJJF Pro LeagueO100KGF2014
6134Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 2x2, AdvCopa Podio85KGF2014
6667Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 9x4Pan AmericanABS4F2015
6794Alexander TransAlexander TransLPts: 6x2Pan AmericanO100KGSF2015
7041Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 4x2World Pro95KGSF2015
7079Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLToe holdWorld ProABSR12015
8990Abraham MarteAbraham MarteLReferee DecisionUAEJJF NYC ProO94KGRR2016
9404Jose JuniorJose JuniorLPts: 4x2World ProABS8F2016
9918Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraLPts: 2x0World Champ.100KGSF2016
9951Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 8x8, AdvWorld Champ.ABS8F2016
12742Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 3x2World Champ.ABSSF2017
12909Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 6x6, AdvWorld Champ.100KGSF2017
14522Joao RochaJoao RochaLPointsACB 10O95KGSPF2018
16023Joao RochaJoao RochaLPts: 2x0World Champ.O100KG4F2018
16049Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 2x0World Champ.ABS4F2018
4343UnknownWBotinhaPre Pans FPJJO100KG4F2013
4345Diogo AlmeidaDiogo AlmeidaWRNCPre Pans FPJJO100KGSF2013
4771Joao AssisJoao AssisWBotinhaWorld Champ.100KG4F2013
4921Daniel SimmlerWBotinhaNoGi Pan American100KGF2013
4923Ronnie WuestWTriangleNoGi Pan AmericanABS4F2013
4924Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWBotinhaNoGi Pan AmericanABSSF2013
5026Mikeias BezerraWFlying triangleBrasileiro NoGi94KGF2013
5030Mikeias BezerraWSubmissionBrasileiro NoGiABSSF2013
5032AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWArmbarBrasileiro NoGiABSF2013
5350Tiago DeclavoWPointsPan American100KG4F2014
5352Tarcisio JardimTarcisio JardimWPointsPan American100KGSF2014
5353Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWArmbarPan American100KGF2014
5499Rico BastosWTriangleCopa Podio94KGGP2014
5504Travis StevensWBotinhaCopa Podio94KGGP2014
5511Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraD---Copa Podio94KGGP2014
5516Travis StevensWBotinhaCopa Podio94KG3PLC2014
5551Lucas LeiteLucas LeiteWArmbarWorld Pro.ABSR12014
5558Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesWBotinhaWorld Pro.ABSR22014
5605UnknownWTriangleWorld Pro.100KG4F2014
5608Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWArmbarWorld Pro.100KGSF2014
5645Karim KalifahWChoke from backWorld Champ.ABSR32014
5984James PuopoloJames PuopoloWFootlockNoGi Worlds100KGSF2014
6017R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWArmbarIBJJF Pro LeagueO100KGSF2014
6112Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWBotinhaCopa Podio85KGGP2014
6117Diogo SampaioDiogo SampaioD---Copa Podio85KGGP2014
6121Jon SatavaWBotinhaCopa Podio85KGGP2014
6129Luis GustavoWBotinhaCopa Podio85KGGP2014
6131Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioWPts: 11x4Copa Podio85KGGP2014
6132Gregor GracieGregor GracieWBotinhaCopa Podio85KGSF2014
6646Rodrigo RibeiroRodrigo RibeiroWPointsPan AmericanABSR22015
6791Joao RochaJoao RochaWPointsPan AmericanO100KG4F2015
7034Erico PintoWBotinhaWorld Pro95KGR12015
7038Nelton PontesNelton PontesWBotinhaWorld Pro95KG4F2015
7043Faisal AlKitbeFaisal AlKitbeWPointsWorld Pro95KG3RD2015
8989Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyWPts: 2x2, AdvUAEJJF NYC ProO94KGRR2016
9213Eliot KellyEliot KellyWPts: 4x0Pan American100KG4F2016
9216Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesWPts: 9x0Pan American100KGSF2016
9217Alexandro CeconiWFootlockPan American100KGF2016
9229Kitner MouraWStraight ankle lockPan AmericanABSR12016
9244Mohamed AlyWPts: 4x4, AdvPan AmericanABSR22016
9255James PuopoloJames PuopoloWArmbarPan AmericanABS8F2016
9384Luiz SantosWKneebarWorld ProABSR12016
9394Otavio NalatiWPts: 6x0World ProABSR22016
9916Paul ArdilaPaul ArdilaWKneebarWorld Champ.100KG4F2016
10310Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyWKneebarGrand Slam LA110KGSF2016
10312Jose JuniorJose JuniorWBotinhaGrand Slam LA110KGF2016
10550Eliot KellyEliot KellyWFootlockBJJ Pro LAO94KGSF2016
10551Manny DiazManny DiazWBotinhaBJJ Pro LAO94KGF2016
10770Paul ArdilaPaul ArdilaWArmbarNoGi Worlds97KGSF2016
10771Jared DoppJared DoppWCalf slicerNoGi Worlds97KGF2016
12621Joseph MokuWBotinhaACBJJ 5O95KG4F2017
12624R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWKneebarACBJJ 5O95KGSF2017
12625Alexander TransAlexander TransWReferee DecisionACBJJ 5O95KGF2017
12718Dillon DanisDillon DanisWPts: 11x4World Champ.ABSR12017
12730Gustavo EliasGustavo EliasWKneebarWorld Champ.ABS8F2017
12738Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWPts: 4x4, AdvWorld Champ.ABS4F2017
12906Dany GerardDany GerardWPts: 2x0World Champ.100KG4F2017
15764R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWTriangleACBJJ 13O95KGSPF2018
16020Carlos FariasCarlos FariasWArmbarWorld Champ.O100KG8F2018
16031Fellipe TrovoFellipe TrovoWKatagatameWorld Champ.ABSRD2018
16041Dimitrius SouzaDimitrius SouzaWBotinhaWorld Champ.ABS8F2018

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Luiz Panza vs Diogo Almeida

Luiz Panza vs Pedro Henrique

Luiz Panza vs Ronnie Wuest

Luiz Panza vs Rodrigo Faria

 

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