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Manuel “Nelton” Pontes

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Guard Passing Instructional by Lucas Lepri

Manuel António Pontes, commonly known as “Nelton” Pontes is a Portuguese grappler and a Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt under Alex Machado of Gracie Barra – Lisbon. One of the top competitors in Europe, Nelton has conquered titles in important jiu jitsu events such as the Abu Dhabi World Pro and the European International Open, having also podium placed at the prestigious Copa Pódio’s Heavyweight Grand Prix.

Nelton Pontes Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Manuel António Ambrósio S. T. Pontes

Nickname: “Nelton” derives from a combination of Manuel (Nel) and António (Ton), a nickname given by Pontes’ parents when he was very young.

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Carlos Gracie Junior > Alex Machado > Manuel Pontes

Main Achievements:

  • IBJJF European Open Champion (2018)
  • IBJJF Rome International Open Champion (2015)
  • IBJJF Madrid International Open Champion (2015)
  • IBJJF Zurich International Open Champion (2015**)
  • FPJJB Portuguese National Open Champion (2016**)
  • IBJJF World Championship 3rd Place (2018)
  • IBJJF European Open Championship 3rd Place (2016)
  • Copa Podio Heavyweight GP 3rd Place (2016)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • UAEJJF Abu Dhabi World Pro Champion (2014 brown)
  • IBJJF European Open Champion (2014 brown)
  • IBJJF European Open Championship Runner-up (2012 purple)

* Absolute
** Weight and absolute

Favorite Position/Technique: Pressure Passing

Weight Division: Peso Super Pesado (100,50 kg / 222.0 lbs)

Team/Association: Gracie Barra

Nelton Pontes Biography

Manuel António Pontes was born on February 27, 1987 in Lisbon – Portugal spending his early childhood in Foros de Amora (later moving to Amora), both of which located in the Setúbal District.

During his early childhood “Nelton” developed into a big action movies enthusiast, this love for watching fights on the big screen led him to practice judo and capoeira at the age of 10. Pontes went in and out of a few gyms during his teens, including a short spell at a kickboxing gym when he was 17, but as his family did not have the means to sustain his membership, Pontes never managed to keep a regular schedule.

At 21 Nelton managed to self subsidize his training, returning to the gym at a local academy where he prepared for mixed martial arts (MMA), returning to kickboxing while adding jiu jitsu to his training on a regular basis. His kickboxing prowess soon led to Thai Boxing (muay Thai), a sport in which he competed in extensively becoming a Portuguese national champion in the semi-professional division.

Although Pontes did not enjoy training jiu jitsu, having an MMA career in sight (Nelton competed 4 times in the cage) he understood the importance of grappling and kept at it. With time Manuel Antóno gained respect for the sport and decided to become more serious about his gi training. For that effect Nelton decided to join Alex Machado of Gracie Barra, who had a stronger team in neighbouring Lisboa – Pontes was a purple belt then.

Under Machado’s guidance Nelton Pontes started competing more regularly on the international circuit, conquering a few important titles, particularly the Abu Dhabi World Pro as a brown belt back in 2014. Soon after his victory in the Middle East Nelton was promoted to black belt (June 30, 2014) by Machado.

As a black belt Pontes remained active in the IBJJF European circuit, winning a few big titles as well as a medal at the IV Copa Podio GP, being the 1st European athlete to do so (at the same time as Alexander Tráns who also medalled that day).

Nelton Pontes Grappling Record

31 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    17 (55%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    4 (13%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    9 (29%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (3%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

9 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke
44
4
#86e620
Submission
22
2
#5AD3D1
Armbar
11
1
#d1212a
Choke from back
11
1
#fad11b
RNC
11
1
9
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
21 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    13 (62%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    5 (24%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    1 (5%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (5%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (5%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

1 SUBMISSION LOSSES

#214eb8
Botinha
100
1
1
(100%) SUBMISSION

Nelton Pontes Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
6991Alan FinfouAlan FinfouLPts: 2x0Rome OpenABSSF2015
7087Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaLBotinhaWorld Pro95KG4F2015
7256Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsLPts: 4x0Copa Podio95KGGP2015
7259F. ReisLPts: 0x0, AdvCopa Podio95KGGP2015
7267Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 4x2Copa Podio95KGGP2015
7268Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesLPts: 4x2Copa Podio95KGGP2015
8810Diego BorgesDiego BorgesLReferee DecisionZurich NoGi OpenABSF2016
8904Felipe BuenoLPointsEuropean Open94KGSF2016
8932Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 8x0European OpenABSR22016
9155Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 5x2London Grand Slam94KG4F2016
9569Herico HesleyLPts: 6x4World Pro94KGR12016
10059Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPointsBritish NationalABSSF2016
10691Alexander TransAlexander TransLPts: 6x0Copa Podio105KGRR2016
10698Rodrigo CavacaRodrigo CavacaLPts: 0x0, AdvCopa Podio105KGRR2016
10705Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 0x0, AdvCopa Podio105KGSF2016
12551Jose JuniorJose JuniorLPointsWorld ProU110KGRR2017
12556Christopher BoweLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld ProU110KGSF2017
12557Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 0x0, PenWorld ProU110KG3RD2017
15944Igor SilvaIgor SilvaLPts: 8x0World Pro110KG4F2018
15952Igor SilvaIgor SilvaLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro110KGRPC2018
16345Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 2x0World Champ.100KGSF2018
6988Fabricio SouzaWChokeRome Open100KGSF2015
6989Pedro HenriqueWAdvRome Open100KGF2015
6993Fabricio SouzaWChokeEuropean NoGi97KGSF2015
6994Ralf WarnekingWRNCEuropean NoGi97KGF2015
6995Marerk ZbrogWArmbarMadrid Open100KGSF2015
6996Marcelo BernardoWPts: 4x0Madrid Open100KGF2015
7081Felipe BuenoWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro95KGR12015
8803Vinicius NascimentoWSubmissionZurich Open94KGSF2016
8804Matheus RodriguesWChokeZurich Open94KGF2016
8805Diego BorgesDiego BorgesWPts: 2x0Zurich OpenABS4F2016
8807Sergio FilhoWPointsZurich OpenABSSF2016
8809Leon AmancioWPts: 2x0Zurich OpenABSF2016
8903Helvecio PennaHelvecio PennaWChoke from backEuropean Open94KG4F2016
8925Alan FerreiraWPts: 2x0European OpenABSR12016
10056Matheus SilvaWSubmissionBritish National100KGF2016
10057Thiago SouzaWPts: 10x0British NationalABS4F2016
10687Gabriel LucasGabriel LucasWPts: 2x0Copa Podio105KGRR2016
10694Diego BorgesDiego BorgesWPts: 2x0Copa Podio105KGRR2016
10707F. TrovoWPts: 3x0Copa Podio105KG3RD2016
11250Antonio JuniorWPts: 2x0Spain Nat. Pro110KGF2016
11251Mathias RibeiroWAdvSpain Nat. ProABS4F2016
11253Arturo SalasWPts: 2x0Spain Nat. ProABSSF2016
11255Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiWReferee DecisionSpain Nat. ProABSF2016
11258Henrique PereiraWPointsPortugal Open100KGF2016
14741Rodrigo MartinsWPts: 0x0, AdvEuropean Open100KG4F2018
14742Eliot KellyEliot KellyWPts: 9x0European Open100KGSF2018
14743Arya EsfandmazWPts: 18x0European Open100KGF2018
15942Muslim PatsarigovMuslim PatsarigovWPts: 2x0World Pro110KGR12018
15949Eldar RafigaevWPts: 10x0World Pro110KGRPC2018
15950Antonio JuniorWChokeWorld Pro110KGRPC2018
16342Fernando ReisFernando ReisWPts: 2x0World Champ.100KG4F2018

Nelton Pontes vs Helvecio Pena

Nelton Pontes vs Thiago Souza Santos

Nelton Pontes competing Muay Thai (2012)

Guard Passing Instructional by Lucas Lepri

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