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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

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

56 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    11 (20%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (5%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    40 (71%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (4%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

40 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Botinha
40
16
#86e620
Armbar
18
7
#5AD3D1
Kneebar
13
5
#d1212a
Triangle
8
3
#fad11b
Footlock
8
3
#f58822
Straight ankle lock
3
1
#224aba
Calf slicer
3
1
#ff9124
RNC
3
1
#bf1f6c
Flying triangle
3
1
#22c9a5
Submission
3
1
#fad223
Choke from back
3
1
40
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
23 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    10 (43%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (13%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    8 (35%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (9%)
  • 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
4391Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLPointsPan AmericanABSR12013
4685Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLTriangleWorld Champ.100KGSF2013
4978Jackson SousaJackson SousaLTriangleNoGi Worlds94KGSF2013
5146Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 8x6Pan AmericanABSR32014
5290Magid HageLReferee DecisionFIVE CaliforniaABSSF2014
5386Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsLPts: 3x2Copa Podio94KGGP2014
5405Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 6x4Copa Podio94KGSF2014
5452Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLChokeWorld Pro.ABSR32014
5497Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLArmbarWorld Pro.100KGF2014
5538Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.ABSR32014
5656Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLChoke from backWorld Champ.94KG4F2014
5817Garry TononGarry TononLRNCNo Gi WorldsABS4F2014
5899Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLChoke from backIBJJF Pro LeagueO100KGF2014
6016Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 2x2, AdvCopa Podio85KGF2014
6524Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 9x4Pan AmericanABS4F2015
6651Alexander TransAlexander TransLPts: 6x2Pan AmericanO100KGSF2015
6890Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 4x2World Pro95KGSF2015
6928Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLToe holdWorld ProABSR12015
9190Jose JuniorJose JuniorLPts: 4x2World ProABS8F2016
9703Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraLPts: 2x0World Champ.100KGSF2016
9736Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 8x8, AdvWorld Champ.ABS8F2016
12419Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 3x2World Champ.ABSSF2017
12586Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 6x6, AdvWorld Champ.100KGSF2017
4272UnknownWBotinhaPre Pans FPJJO100KG4F2013
4274Diogo AlmeidaDiogo AlmeidaWRNCPre Pans FPJJO100KGSF2013
4682Joao AssisJoao AssisWBotinhaWorld Champ.100KG4F2013
4832Daniel SimmlerWBotinhaNoGi Pan American100KGF2013
4834Ronnie WuestWTriangleNoGi Pan AmericanABS4F2013
4835Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWBotinhaNoGi Pan AmericanABSSF2013
4937Mikeias BezerraWFlying triangleBrasileiro NoGi94KGF2013
4941Mikeias BezerraWSubmissionBrasileiro NoGiABSSF2013
4943AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWArmbarBrasileiro NoGiABSF2013
5248Tiago DeclavoWPointsPan American100KG4F2014
5250Tarcisio JardimTarcisio JardimWPointsPan American100KGSF2014
5251Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWArmbarPan American100KGF2014
5390Rico BastosWTriangleCopa Podio94KGGP2014
5395Travis StevensWBotinhaCopa Podio94KGGP2014
5402Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraD---Copa Podio94KGGP2014
5407Travis StevensWBotinhaCopa Podio94KG3PLC2014
5442Lucas LeiteLucas LeiteWArmbarWorld Pro.ABSR12014
5449Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesWBotinhaWorld Pro.ABSR22014
5491UnknownWTriangleWorld Pro.100KG4F2014
5494Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWArmbarWorld Pro.100KGSF2014
5531Karim KalifahWChoke from backWorld Champ.ABSR32014
5864James PuopoloJames PuopoloWFootlockNo Gi Worlds100KGSF2014
5897R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWArmbarIBJJF Pro LeagueO100KGSF2014
5994Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWBotinhaCopa Podio85KGGP2014
5999Diogo SampaioDiogo SampaioD---Copa Podio85KGGP2014
6003Jon SatavaWBotinhaCopa Podio85KGGP2014
6011Luis GustavoWBotinhaCopa Podio85KGGP2014
6013Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioWPts: 11x4Copa Podio85KGGP2014
6014Gregor GracieGregor GracieWBotinhaCopa Podio85KGSF2014
6503Rodrigo RibeiroWPointsPan AmericanABSR22015
6648Joao RochaJoao RochaWPointsPan AmericanO100KG4F2015
6883Erico PintoWBotinhaWorld Pro95KGR12015
6887Nelton PontesNelton PontesWBotinhaWorld Pro95KG4F2015
6892Faisal AlKitbeFaisal AlKitbeWPointsWorld Pro95KG3RD2015
8777Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyWPts: 2x2, AdvUAEJJF NYC ProO94KGRR2016
8778Abraham MarteAbraham MarteWReferee DecisionUAEJJF NYC ProO94KGRR2016
9001Eliot KellyEliot KellyWPts: 4x0Pan American100KG4F2016
9004Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesWPts: 9x0Pan American100KGSF2016
9005Alexandro CeconiWFootlockPan American100KGF2016
9017Kitner MouraWStraight ankle lockPan AmericanABSR12016
9032Mohamed AlyWPts: 4x4, AdvPan AmericanABSR22016
9043James PuopoloJames PuopoloWArmbarPan AmericanABS8F2016
9170Luiz SantosWKneebarWorld ProABSR12016
9180Otavio NalatiWPts: 6x0World ProABSR22016
9701Paul ArdilaPaul ArdilaWKneebarWorld Champ.100KG4F2016
10081Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyWKneebarGrand Slam - LA110KGSF2016
10083Jose JuniorJose JuniorWBotinhaGrand Slam - LA110KGF2016
10307Eliot KellyEliot KellyWFootlockBJJ Pro LAO94KGSF2016
10308Manny DiazManny DiazWBotinhaBJJ Pro LAO94KGF2016
10521Paul ArdilaPaul ArdilaWArmbarNoGi Worlds97KGSF2016
10522Jared DoppJared DoppWCalf slicerNoGi Worlds97KGF2016
12306Joseph MokuWBotinhaACBJJ HW GPO95KG4F2017
12309R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWKneebarACBJJ HW GPO95KGSF2017
12310Alexander TransAlexander TransWReferee DecisionACBJJ HW GPO95KGF2017
12395Dillon DanisDillon DanisWPts: 11x4World Champ.ABSR12017
12407Gustavo EliasGustavo EliasWKneebarWorld Champ.ABS8F2017
12415Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWPts: 4x4, AdvWorld Champ.ABS4F2017
12583Dany GerardDany GerardWPts: 2x0World Champ.100KG4F2017

Luiz Panza vs Rafael Zilio

Luiz Panza vs Diogo Almeida

Luiz Panza vs Pedro Henrique

Luiz Panza vs Ronnie Wuest

Luiz Panza vs Rodrigo Faria

 

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