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Luiz Panza is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt under Marco Barbosa, who also worked extensively with Leonardo Vieira at the Checkmat HQ academy. A former professional model, Luiz Panza traded the catwalk for Jiu Jitsu, turning professional in 2013. After earning his black belt rank, Luiz quickly made a name for himself by piling up medals at the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation’s (IBJJF) Mundial, Pan American (gi and no gi) and Brazilian Nationals (gi and no gi).

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:

  • 1st Place IBJJF World No-Gi Championship (2016)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2016/2014)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pan No-Gi Championship (2013**)
  • 1st Place CBJJ Brazilian No-Gi Nationals (2013**)
  • 1st Place ACBJJ Berkut Grand Prix 95kg (2017)
  • 1st Place UAEJJF Grand Slam, Los Angeles (2016)
  • 1st Place IBJJF LA BJJ Pro (2016)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World Championship (2017**/2013)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2013)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Brazilian Nationals (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 girlfriend). 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 it among the elite grapplers of the world, stacking up an impressive medal tally.

LINK WITH CHECKMAT TEAM

In 2014 Luiz Panza moved to the United States of America where he joined the Checkmat Academy under the guidance of Leozinho Vieira, where Luiz achieved further sporting success.

After the birth of his first child in 2018, Panza opted to focus on a career as a grappling instructor, then opening his own gym in 2019, Academia Panza Jiu-Jitsu, also known as Checkmat Rolling Hills, in Rolling Hills – California.

Luiz Panza Grappling Record

66 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    11 (17%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (5%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    51 (77%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (2%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

51 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Botinha
39
20
#86e620
Armbar
16
8
#5AD3D1
Triangle
12
6
#d1212a
Kneebar
10
5
#fad11b
Footlock
6
3
#f58822
Katagatame
4
2
#224aba
RNC
2
1
#ff9124
Flying triangle
2
1
#bf1f6c
Submission
2
1
#22c9a5
Choke from back
2
1
#fad223
Straight ankle lock
2
1
#03861f
Calf slicer
2
1
#039a1f
Mounted triangle
2
1
51
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
30 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    13 (43%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    4 (13%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    10 (33%)
  • BY DECISION
    3 (10%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

10 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Triangle
20
2
#86e620
Choke from back
20
2
#5AD3D1
Triangle armbar
20
2
#d1212a
Choke
10
1
#fad11b
Armbar
10
1
#f58822
RNC
10
1
#224aba
Toe hold
10
1
10
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Luiz Panza Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
4498Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLPointsPan AmericanABSR12013
4808Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLTriangleWorld Champ.100KGSF2013
5100Jackson SousaJackson SousaLTriangleNoGi Worlds94KGSF2013
5289Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 8x6Pan AmericanABSR32014
5433Magid HageLReferee DecisionFIVE CaliforniaABSSF2014
5537Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsLPts: 3x2Copa Podio94KGGP2014
5556Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 6x4Copa Podio94KGSF2014
5603Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLChokeWorld Pro.ABSR32014
5653Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLArmbarWorld Pro.100KGF2014
5813Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLChoke from backWorld Champ.94KG4F2014
5986Garry TononGarry TononLRNCNoGi WorldsABS4F2014
6072Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLChoke from backIBJJF Pro LeagueO100KGF2014
6189Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 2x2, AdvCopa Podio85KGF2014
6738Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 9x4Pan AmericanABS4F2015
6865Alexander TransAlexander TransLPts: 6x2Pan AmericanO100KGSF2015
7112Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 4x2World Pro95KGSF2015
7150Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLToe holdWorld ProABSR12015
9073Abraham MarteAbraham MarteLReferee DecisionUAEJJF NYC ProO94KGRR2016
9497Jose JuniorJose JuniorLPts: 4x2World ProABS8F2016
10012Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraLPts: 2x0World Champ.100KGSF2016
10045Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 8x8, AdvWorld Champ.ABS8F2016
12942Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 3x2World Champ.ABSSF2017
13109Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 6x6, AdvWorld Champ.100KGSF2017
14831Joao RochaJoao RochaLPointsACB 10O95KGSPF2018
16423Joao RochaJoao RochaLPts: 2x0World Champ.O100KG4F2018
16449Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 2x0World Champ.ABS4F2018
19323Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLReferee DecisionF2W Pro 106100KGSPF2019
20294Nicholas MeregaliNicholas MeregaliLTriangle armbarWorld Champ.100KGSF2019
20323Leandro LoLeandro LoLTriangle armbarWorld Champ.ABS4F2019
21005Vinicius TratorVinicius TratorLPts: 0x0, AdvIBJJF GPABS4F2019
4373UnknownWBotinhaPre Pans FPJJO100KG4F2013
4375Diogo AlmeidaDiogo AlmeidaWRNCPre Pans FPJJO100KGSF2013
4805Joao AssisJoao AssisWBotinhaWorld Champ.100KG4F2013
4955Daniel SimmlerWBotinhaNoGi Pan American100KGF2013
4957Ronnie WuestWTriangleNoGi Pan AmericanABS4F2013
4958Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWBotinhaNoGi Pan AmericanABSSF2013
5059Mikeias BezerraWFlying triangleBrasileiro NoGi94KGF2013
5063Mikeias BezerraWSubmissionBrasileiro NoGiABSSF2013
5065AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWArmbarBrasileiro NoGiABSF2013
5391Tiago DeclavoWPointsPan American100KG4F2014
5393Tarcisio JardimTarcisio JardimWPointsPan American100KGSF2014
5394Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWArmbarPan American100KGF2014
5541Rico BastosWTriangleCopa Podio94KGGP2014
5546Travis StevensWBotinhaCopa Podio94KGGP2014
5553Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraD---Copa Podio94KGGP2014
5558Travis StevensWBotinhaCopa Podio94KG3PLC2014
5593Lucas LeiteLucas LeiteWArmbarWorld Pro.ABSR12014
5600Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesWBotinhaWorld Pro.ABSR22014
5647UnknownWTriangleWorld Pro.100KG4F2014
5650Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWArmbarWorld Pro.100KGSF2014
5687Karim KalifahWChoke from backWorld Champ.ABSR32014
6037James PuopoloJames PuopoloWFootlockNoGi Worlds100KGSF2014
6070R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWArmbarIBJJF Pro LeagueO100KGSF2014
6167Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWBotinhaCopa Podio85KGGP2014
6172Diogo SampaioDiogo SampaioD---Copa Podio85KGGP2014
6176Jon SatavaWBotinhaCopa Podio85KGGP2014
6184Luis GustavoWBotinhaCopa Podio85KGGP2014
6186Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioWPts: 11x4Copa Podio85KGGP2014
6187Gregor GracieGregor GracieWBotinhaCopa Podio85KGSF2014
6717Rodrigo RibeiroRodrigo RibeiroWPointsPan AmericanABSR22015
6862Joao RochaJoao RochaWPointsPan AmericanO100KG4F2015
7105Erico PintoWBotinhaWorld Pro95KGR12015
7109Nelton PontesNelton PontesWBotinhaWorld Pro95KG4F2015
7114Faisal AlKitbeFaisal AlKitbeWPointsWorld Pro95KG3RD2015
9072Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyWPts: 2x2, AdvUAEJJF NYC ProO94KGRR2016
9302Eliot KellyEliot KellyWPts: 4x0Pan American100KG4F2016
9305Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesWPts: 9x0Pan American100KGSF2016
9306Alexandro CeconiWFootlockPan American100KGF2016
9318Kitner MouraWStraight ankle lockPan AmericanABSR12016
9333Mohamed AlyWPts: 4x4, AdvPan AmericanABSR22016
9344James PuopoloJames PuopoloWArmbarPan AmericanABS8F2016
9477Luiz SantosWKneebarWorld ProABSR12016
9487Otavio NalatiWPts: 6x0World ProABSR22016
10010Paul ArdilaPaul ArdilaWKneebarWorld Champ.100KG4F2016
10415Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyWKneebarGrand Slam LA110KGSF2016
10417Jose JuniorJose JuniorWBotinhaGrand Slam LA110KGF2016
10668Eliot KellyEliot KellyWFootlockBJJ Pro LAO94KGSF2016
10669Manny DiazManny DiazWBotinhaBJJ Pro LAO94KGF2016
10889Paul ArdilaPaul ArdilaWArmbarNoGi Worlds97KGSF2016
10890Jared DoppJared DoppWCalf slicerNoGi Worlds97KGF2016
12809Joseph MokuWBotinhaACBJJ 5O95KG4F2017
12812R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWKneebarACBJJ 5O95KGSF2017
12813Alexander TransAlexander TransWReferee DecisionACBJJ 5O95KGF2017
12918Dillon DanisDillon DanisWPts: 11x4World Champ.ABSR12017
12930Gustavo DiasGustavo DiasWKneebarWorld Champ.ABS8F2017
12938Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWPts: 4x4, AdvWorld Champ.ABS4F2017
13106Dany GerardDany GerardWPts: 2x0World Champ.100KG4F2017
16162R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWTriangleACBJJ 13O95KGSPF2018
16420Carlos FariasCarlos FariasWArmbarWorld Champ.O100KG8F2018
16431Fellipe TrovoFellipe TrovoWKatagatameWorld Champ.ABSRD2018
16441Dimitrius SouzaDimitrius SouzaWBotinhaWorld Champ.ABS8F2018
19621Victor RodriguezWMounted triangleSan Jose OpenO100KGF2019
19626Jonathan AndrewWTriangleSan Jose OpenABS4F2019
19630Gianni CrivelloWKatagatameSan Jose OpenABSSF2019
19631Victor SilverioVictor SilverioWBotinhaSan Jose OpenABSF2019
20288James PuopoloJames PuopoloWBotinhaWorld Champ.100KGR12019
20292Wellington PerotoWTriangleWorld Champ.100KG4F2019
20319R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWBotinhaWorld Champ.ABSR22019

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Luiz Panza vs Pedro Henrique

Luiz Panza vs Ronnie Wuest

Luiz Panza vs Rodrigo Faria

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