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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
Calf slicer
3
1
#224aba
RNC
3
1
#ff9124
Flying triangle
3
1
#bf1f6c
Submission
3
1
#22c9a5
Choke from back
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
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
4379Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLPointsPan AmericanABSR12013
4673Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLTriangleWorld Champ.100KGSF2013
4966Jackson SousaJackson SousaLTriangleNoGi Worlds94KGSF2013
5134Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 8x6Pan AmericanABSR32014
5278Magid HageLReferee DecisionFIVE CaliforniaABSSF2014
5374Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsLPts: 3x2Copa Podio94KGGP2014
5393Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 6x4Copa Podio94KGSF2014
5440Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLChokeWorld Pro.ABSR32014
5485Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLArmbarWorld Pro.100KGF2014
5526Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.ABSR32014
5645Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLChoke from backWorld Champ.94KG1/4F2014
5806Garry TononGarry TononLRNCNo Gi WorldsABS1/4F2014
5888Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLChoke from backIBJJF Pro LeagueO100KGF2014
6005Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 2x2, AdvCopa Podio85KGF2014
6513Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 9x4Pan AmericanABS1/4F2015
6879Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 4x2World Pro95KGSF2015
6917Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLToe holdWorld ProABSR12015
9179Jose JuniorJose JuniorLPts: 4x2World ProABS1/8F2016
9693Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraLPts: 2x0World Champ.100KGSF2016
9726Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 8x8, AdvWorld Champ.ABS1/8F2016
4260UnknownWBotinhaPre Pans FPJJO100KG1/4F2013
4262Diogo AlmeidaDiogo AlmeidaWRNCPre Pans FPJJO100KGSF2013
4670Joao AssisJoao AssisWBotinhaWorld Champ.100KG1/4F2013
4820Daniel SimmlerWBotinhaNoGi Pan American100KGF2013
4822Ronnie WuestWTriangleNoGi Pan AmericanABS1/4F2013
4823Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWBotinhaNoGi Pan AmericanABSSF2013
4925Mikeias BezerraWFlying triangleBrasileiro NoGi94KGF2013
4929Mikeias BezerraWSubmissionBrasileiro NoGiABSSF2013
4931AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWArmbarBrasileiro NoGiABSF2013
5236Tiago DeclavoWPointsPan American100KG1/4F2014
5238Tarcisio JardimTarcisio JardimWPointsPan American100KGSF2014
5239Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWArmbarPan American100KGF2014
5378Rico BastosWTriangleCopa Podio94KGGP2014
5383Travis StevensWBotinhaCopa Podio94KGGP2014
5390Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraD---Copa Podio94KGGP2014
5395Travis StevensWBotinhaCopa Podio94KG3PLC2014
5430Lucas LeiteLucas LeiteWArmbarWorld Pro.ABSR12014
5437Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesWBotinhaWorld Pro.ABSR22014
5479UnknownWTriangleWorld Pro.100KG1/4F2014
5482Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWArmbarWorld Pro.100KGSF2014
5519Karim KalifahWChoke from backWorld Champ.ABSR32014
5853James PuopoloJames PuopoloWFootlockNo Gi Worlds100KGSF2014
5886R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWArmbarIBJJF Pro LeagueO100KGSF2014
5983Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWBotinhaCopa Podio85KGGP2014
5988Diogo SampaioDiogo SampaioD---Copa Podio85KGGP2014
5992Jon SatavaWBotinhaCopa Podio85KGGP2014
6000Luis GustavoWBotinhaCopa Podio85KGGP2014
6002Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioWPts: 11x4Copa Podio85KGGP2014
6003Gregor GracieGregor GracieWBotinhaCopa Podio85KGSF2014
6492Rodrigo RibeiroWPointsPan AmericanABSR22015
6637Joao RochaJoao RochaWPointsPan AmericanO100KG1/4F2015
6872Erico PintoWBotinhaWorld Pro95KGR12015
6876Nelton PontesNelton PontesWBotinhaWorld Pro95KG1/4F2015
6881Faisal AlKitbeFaisal AlKitbeWPointsWorld Pro95KG3RD2015
8766Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyWPts: 2x2, AdvUAEJJF NYC ProO94KGRR2016
8767Abraham MarteAbraham MarteWReferee DecisionUAEJJF NYC ProO94KGRR2016
8990Eliot KellyEliot KellyWPts: 4x0Pan American100KG1/4F2016
8993Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesWPts: 9x0Pan American100KGSF2016
8994Alexandro CeconiWFootlockPan American100KGF2016
9159Luiz SantosWKneebarWorld ProABSR12016
9169Otavio NalatiWPts: 6x0World ProABSR22016
9691Paul ArdilaPaul ArdilaWKneebarWorld Champ.100KG1/4F2016
10065Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyWKneebarGrand Slam - LA110KGSF2016
10067Jose JuniorJose JuniorWBotinhaGrand Slam - LA110KGF2016
10288Eliot KellyEliot KellyWFootlockBJJ Pro LAO94KGSF2016
10289Manny DiazManny DiazWBotinhaBJJ Pro LAO94KGF2016
10502Paul ArdilaPaul ArdilaWArmbarNoGi Worlds97KGSF2016
10503Jared 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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