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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 decided to change teams, moving to Checkmat.

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:

  • World No-Gi Champion (2016)
  • Pan American Champion (2016/2014)
  • Pan American Champion No Gi (2013 weight & absolute)
  • Brazilian National No Gi Champion (2013 weight & absolute)
  • Abu Dhabi Grand Slam LA Champion (2016)
  • IBJJF BJJ Pro LA Champion (2016)
  • World Jiu Jitsu Pro Cup Trials Winner – Gramado, Brazil (2013)
  • World Jiu Jitsu Pro Cup Trials Winner – New York, US (2013 weight & absolute)
  • World Championship 3rd Place (2013)
  • Pan American Championship 3rd Place (2013)
  • Brazilian Nationals Championship 3rd Place (2013)

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

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

Team/Association: Checkmat Jiu Jitsu

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

46 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    9 (20%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (2%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    35 (76%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (2%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

35 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Botinha
43
15
#86e620
Armbar
17
6
#5AD3D1
Triangle
9
3
#d1212a
Footlock
9
3
#fad11b
Kneebar
9
3
#f58822
Flying triangle
3
1
#224aba
Submission
3
1
#ff9124
Choke from back
3
1
#bf1f6c
Calf slicer
3
1
#22c9a5
RNC
3
1
35
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
20 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    8 (40%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (10%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    8 (40%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (10%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

8 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

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

Luiz Panza Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
4376Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLPointsPan AmericanABSR12013
4669Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLTriangleWorld Champ.100KGSF2013
4962Jackson SousaJackson SousaLTriangleNoGi Worlds94KGSF2013
5124Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 8x6Pan AmericanABSR32014
5268Magid HageLReferee DecisionFIVE CaliforniaABSSF2014
5364Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsLPts: 3x2Copa Podio94KGGP2014
5383Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 6x4Copa Podio94KGSF2014
5430Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLChokeWorld Pro.ABSR32014
5475Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLArmbarWorld Pro.100KGF2014
5516Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.ABSR32014
5635Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLChoke from backWorld Champ.94KG1/4F2014
5796Garry TononGarry TononLRNCNo Gi WorldsABS1/4F2014
5878Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLChoke from backIBJJF Pro LeagueO100KGF2014
5992Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 2x2, AdvCopa Podio85KGF2014
6497Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 9x4Pan AmericanABS1/4F2015
6862Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 4x2World Pro95KGSF2015
6900Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLToe holdWorld ProABSR12015
9141Jose JuniorJose JuniorLPts: 4x2World ProABS1/8F2016
9639Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraLPts: 2x0World Champ.100KGSF2016
9672Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 8x8, AdvWorld Champ.ABS1/8F2016
4257UnknownWBotinhaPre Pans FPJJO100KG1/4F2013
4259Diogo AlmeidaDiogo AlmeidaWRNCPre Pans FPJJO100KGSF2013
4666Joao AssisJoao AssisWBotinhaWorld Champ.100KG1/4F2013
4816Daniel SimmlerWBotinhaNoGi Pan American100KGF2013
4818Ronnie WuestWTriangleNoGi Pan AmericanABS1/4F2013
4819Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWBotinhaNoGi Pan AmericanABSSF2013
4921Mikeias BezerraWFlying triangleBrasileiro NoGi94KGF2013
4925Mikeias BezerraWSubmissionBrasileiro NoGiABSSF2013
4927AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWArmbarBrasileiro NoGiABSF2013
5226Tiago DeclavoWPointsPan American100KG1/4F2014
5228Tarcisio JardimTarcisio JardimWPointsPan American100KGSF2014
5229Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWArmbarPan American100KGF2014
5368Rico BastosWTriangleCopa Podio94KGGP2014
5373Travis StevensWBotinhaCopa Podio94KGGP2014
5380Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraD---Copa Podio94KGGP2014
5385Travis StevensWBotinhaCopa Podio94KG3PLC2014
5420Lucas LeiteLucas LeiteWArmbarWorld Pro.ABSR12014
5427Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesWBotinhaWorld Pro.ABSR22014
5469UnknownWTriangleWorld Pro.100KG1/4F2014
5472Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWArmbarWorld Pro.100KGSF2014
5509Karim KalifahWChoke from backWorld Champ.ABSR32014
5843James PuopoloJames PuopoloWFootlockNo Gi Worlds100KGSF2014
5876R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWArmbarIBJJF Pro LeagueO100KGSF2014
5970Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWBotinhaCopa Podio85KGGP2014
5975Diogo SampaioDiogo SampaioD---Copa Podio85KGGP2014
5979Jon SatavaWBotinhaCopa Podio85KGGP2014
5987Luis GustavoWBotinhaCopa Podio85KGGP2014
5989Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioWPts: 11x4Copa Podio85KGGP2014
5990Gregor GracieGregor GracieWBotinhaCopa Podio85KGSF2014
6476Rodrigo RibeiroWPointsPan AmericanABSR22015
6621Joao RochaJoao RochaWPointsPan AmericanO100KG1/4F2015
6855Erico PintoWBotinhaWorld Pro95KGR12015
6859Nelton PontesNelton PontesWBotinhaWorld Pro95KG1/4F2015
6864Faisal AlKitbeFaisal AlKitbeWPointsWorld Pro95KG3RD2015
8736Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyWPts: 2x2, AdvUAEJJF NYC ProO94KGRR2016
8737Abraham MarteAbraham MarteWReferee DecisionUAEJJF NYC ProO94KGRR2016
8953Eliot KellyEliot KellyWPts: 4x0Pan American100KG1/4F2016
8956Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesWPts: 9x0Pan American100KGSF2016
8957Alexandro CeconiWFootlockPan American100KGF2016
9121Luiz SantosWKneebarWorld ProABSR12016
9131Otavio NalatiWPts: 6x0World ProABSR22016
9637Paul ArdilaPaul ArdilaWKneebarWorld Champ.100KG1/4F2016
10009Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyWKneebarGrand Slam - LA110KGSF2016
10011Jose JuniorJose JuniorWBotinhaGrand Slam - LA110KGF2016
10232Eliot KellyEliot KellyWFootlockBJJ Pro LAO94KGSF2016
10233Manny DiazManny DiazWBotinhaBJJ Pro LAO94KGF2016
10440Paul ArdilaPaul ArdilaWArmbarNoGi Worlds97KGSF2016
10441Jared DoppJared DoppWCalf slicerNoGi Worlds97KGF2016

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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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