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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)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2020)
  • 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

67 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    10 (15%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (4%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    53 (79%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (1%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

53 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Botinha
40
21
#86e620
Armbar
17
9
#5AD3D1
Triangle
11
6
#d1212a
Kneebar
9
5
#fad11b
Footlock
6
3
#f58822
Katagatame
4
2
#224aba
Straight ankle lock
2
1
#ff9124
Calf slicer
2
1
#bf1f6c
Mounted triangle
2
1
#22c9a5
RNC
2
1
#fad223
Flying triangle
2
1
#03861f
Submission
2
1
#039a1f
Choke from back
2
1
53
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
34 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    14 (41%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    5 (15%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    12 (35%)
  • BY DECISION
    3 (9%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

12 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Triangle
17
2
#86e620
Choke from back
17
2
#5AD3D1
Triangle armbar
17
2
#d1212a
Arm in guillotine
8
1
#fad11b
Inside heel hook
8
1
#f58822
Choke
8
1
#224aba
Armbar
8
1
#ff9124
RNC
8
1
#bf1f6c
Toe hold
8
1
12
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Luiz Panza Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
4510Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLPointsPan AmericanABSR12013
4819Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLTriangleWorld Champ.100KGSF2013
5115Jackson SousaJackson SousaLTriangleNoGi Worlds94KGSF2013
5310Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 8x6Pan AmericanABSR32014
5454Magid HageLReferee DecisionFIVE CaliforniaABSSF2014
5562Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsLPts: 3x2Copa Podio94KGGP2014
5581Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 6x4Copa Podio94KGSF2014
5628Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLChokeWorld Pro.ABSR32014
5678Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLArmbarWorld Pro.100KGF2014
5838Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLChoke from backWorld Champ.94KG4F2014
6011Garry TononGarry TononLRNCNoGi WorldsABS4F2014
6097Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLChoke from backIBJJF Pro LeagueO100KGF2014
6214Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 2x2, AdvCopa Podio85KGF2014
6768Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 9x4Pan AmericanABS4F2015
6895Alexander TransAlexander TransLPts: 6x2Pan AmericanO100KGSF2015
7143Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 4x2World Pro95KGSF2015
7181Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLToe holdWorld ProABSR12015
9115Abraham MarteAbraham MarteLReferee DecisionUAEJJF NYC ProO94KGRR2016
9545Jose JuniorJose JuniorLPts: 4x2World ProABS8F2016
10062Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraLPts: 2x0World Champ.100KGSF2016
10095Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 8x8, AdvWorld Champ.ABS8F2016
13041Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 3x2World Champ.ABSSF2017
13208Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 6x6, AdvWorld Champ.100KGSF2017
14977Joao RochaJoao RochaLPointsACB 10O95KGSPF2018
16604Joao RochaJoao RochaLPts: 2x0World Champ.O100KG4F2018
16630Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 2x0World Champ.ABS4F2018
19683Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLReferee DecisionF2W 106100KGSPF2019
20694Nicholas MeregaliNicholas MeregaliLTriangle armbarWorld Champ.100KGSF2019
20723Leandro LoLeandro LoLTriangle armbarWorld Champ.ABS4F2019
21467Vinicius TratorVinicius TratorLPts: 0x0, AdvIBJJF GPABS4F2019
24189Max GimenisMax GimenisLPts: 10x0Pan AmericanO100KGF2020
25056Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLArm in guillotineBJJ Stars 596KG4F2021
26263Craig JonesCraig JonesLInside heel hookWNO 992KGSPF2021
29541Max GimenisMax GimenisLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.O100KG4F2021
4381UnknownWBotinhaPre Pans FPJJO100KG4F2013
4383Diogo AlmeidaDiogo AlmeidaWRNCPre Pans FPJJO100KGSF2013
4816Joao AssisJoao AssisWBotinhaWorld Champ.100KG4F2013
4968Daniel SimmlerWBotinhaNoGi Pan Am.100KGF2013
4970Ronnie WuestWTriangleNoGi Pan Am.ABS4F2013
4971Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWBotinhaNoGi Pan Am.ABSSF2013
5072Mikeias BezerraWFlying triangleBrasileiro NoGi94KGF2013
5076Mikeias BezerraWSubmissionBrasileiro NoGiABSSF2013
5078AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWArmbarBrasileiro NoGiABSF2013
5412Tiago DeclavoWPointsPan American100KG4F2014
5414Tarcisio JardimTarcisio JardimWPointsPan American100KGSF2014
5415Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWArmbarPan American100KGF2014
5566Rico BastosWTriangleCopa Podio94KGGP2014
5571Travis StevensTravis StevensWBotinhaCopa Podio94KGGP2014
5578Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraD---Copa Podio94KGGP2014
5583Travis StevensTravis StevensWBotinhaCopa Podio94KG3PLC2014
5618Lucas LeiteLucas LeiteWArmbarWorld Pro.ABSR12014
5625Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesWBotinhaWorld Pro.ABSR22014
5672UnknownWTriangleWorld Pro.100KG4F2014
5675Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWArmbarWorld Pro.100KGSF2014
5712Karim KalifahWChoke from backWorld Champ.ABSR32014
6062James PuopoloJames PuopoloWFootlockNoGi Worlds100KGSF2014
6095R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWArmbarIBJJF Pro LeagueO100KGSF2014
6192Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWBotinhaCopa Podio85KGGP2014
6197Diogo SampaioDiogo SampaioD---Copa Podio85KGGP2014
6201Jon SatavaWBotinhaCopa Podio85KGGP2014
6209Luis GustavoWBotinhaCopa Podio85KGGP2014
6212Gregor GracieGregor GracieWBotinhaCopa Podio85KGSF2014
6747Rodrigo RibeiroRodrigo RibeiroWPointsPan AmericanABSR22015
6892Joao RochaJoao RochaWPointsPan AmericanO100KG4F2015
7136Erico PintoWBotinhaWorld Pro95KGR12015
7140Nelton PontesNelton PontesWBotinhaWorld Pro95KG4F2015
7145Faisal AlKitbeFaisal AlKitbeWPointsWorld Pro95KG3RD2015
9114Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyWPts: 2x2, AdvUAEJJF NYC ProO94KGRR2016
9346Eliot KellyEliot KellyWPts: 4x0Pan American100KG4F2016
9349Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesWPts: 9x0Pan American100KGSF2016
9350Alexandro CeconiWFootlockPan American100KGF2016
9362Kitner MouraWStraight ankle lockPan AmericanABSR12016
9377Mohamed AlyWPts: 4x4, AdvPan AmericanABSR22016
9388James PuopoloJames PuopoloWArmbarPan AmericanABS8F2016
9525Luiz SantosWKneebarWorld ProABSR12016
9535Otavio NalatiWPts: 6x0World ProABSR22016
10060Paul ArdilaPaul ArdilaWKneebarWorld Champ.100KG4F2016
10465Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyWKneebarGrand Slam LA110KGSF2016
10467Jose JuniorJose JuniorWBotinhaGrand Slam LA110KGF2016
10718Eliot KellyEliot KellyWFootlockBJJ Pro LAO94KGSF2016
10719Manny DiazManny DiazWBotinhaBJJ Pro LAO94KGF2016
10941Paul ArdilaPaul ArdilaWArmbarNoGi Worlds97KGSF2016
10942Jared DoppJared DoppWCalf slicerNoGi Worlds97KGF2016
12905Joseph MokuWBotinhaACBJJ 5O95KG4F2017
12908R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWKneebarACBJJ 5O95KGSF2017
12909Alexander TransAlexander TransWReferee DecisionACBJJ 5O95KGF2017
13017Dillon DanisDillon DanisWPts: 11x4World Champ.ABSR12017
13029Gustavo DiasGustavo DiasWKneebarWorld Champ.ABS8F2017
13037Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWPts: 4x4, AdvWorld Champ.ABS4F2017
13205Dany GerardDany GerardWPts: 2x0World Champ.100KG4F2017
16344R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWTriangleACBJJ 13O95KGSPF2018
16601Carlos FariasCarlos FariasWArmbarWorld Champ.O100KG8F2018
16612Fellipe TrovoFellipe TrovoWKatagatameWorld Champ.ABSRD2018
16622Dimitrius SouzaDimitrius SouzaWBotinhaWorld Champ.ABS8F2018
19991Victor RodriguezWMounted triangleSan Jose OpenO100KGF2019
19996Jonathan AndrewWTriangleSan Jose OpenABS4F2019
20001Gianni CrivelloWKatagatameSan Jose OpenABSSF2019
20002Victor SilverioVictor SilverioWBotinhaSan Jose OpenABSF2019
20688James PuopoloJames PuopoloWBotinhaWorld Champ.100KGR12019
20692Wellington PerotoWTriangleWorld Champ.100KG4F2019
20719R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWBotinhaWorld Champ.ABSR22019
24186Johny GoncalvesWArmbarPan AmericanO100KG4F2020
24187Stuart MaddoxWBotinhaPan AmericanO100KGSF2020

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