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Manuel “Nelton” Pontes

Manuel “Nelton” Pontes

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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:

  • UAEJJF Abu Dhabi World Pro Champion (2014 brown)
  • IBJJF European Open Champion (2014 brown)
  • IBJJF Rome International Open Champion (2015 black)
  • IBJJF Madrid International Open Champion (2015 black)
  • IBJJF Zurich International Open Champion (2015 black weight + absolute)
  • FPJJB Portuguese National Open Champion (2016 black weight + absolute)
  • IBJJF European Open Championship Runner-up (2012 purple)
  • IBJJF European Open Championship 3rd Place (2016 black)
  • Copa Podio Heavyweight GP 3rd Place (2016)

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

24 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    12 (50%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (13%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    8 (33%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (4%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

8 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke
38
3
#86e620
Submission
25
2
#5AD3D1
RNC
13
1
#d1212a
Armbar
13
1
#fad11b
Choke from back
13
1
8
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
18 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    11 (61%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    4 (22%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    1 (6%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (6%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (6%)
  • 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
6889Alan FinfouAlan FinfouLPts: 2x0Rome OpenABSSF2015
6982Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaLBotinhaWorld Pro95KG4F2015
7148Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsLPts: 4x0Copa Podio95KGGP2015
7151F. ReisLPts: 0x0, AdvCopa Podio95KGGP2015
7159Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 4x2Copa Podio95KGGP2015
7160Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesLPts: 4x2Copa Podio95KGGP2015
8656Diego BorgesDiego BorgesLReferee DecisionZurich NoGi OpenABSF2016
8748Felipe BuenoLPointsEuropean Open94KGSF2016
8776Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 8x0European OpenABSR22016
8986Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 5x2London Grand Slam94KG4F2016
9395Herico HesleyLPts: 6x4World Pro94KGR12016
9882Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPointsBritish NationalABSSF2016
10471Alexander TransAlexander TransLPts: 6x0Copa Podio105KGRR2016
10478Rodrigo CavacaRodrigo CavacaLPts: 0x0, AdvCopa Podio105KGRR2016
10485Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 0x0, AdvCopa Podio105KGSF2016
12228Jose JuniorJose JuniorLPointsWorld ProU110KGRR2017
12233Christopher BoweLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld ProU110KGSF2017
12234Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 0x0, PenWorld ProU110KG3RD2017
6886Fabricio SouzaWChokeRome Open100KGSF2015
6887Pedro HenriqueWAdvRome Open100KGF2015
6891Fabricio SouzaWChokeEuropean NoGi97KGSF2015
6892Ralf WarnekingWRNCEuropean NoGi97KGF2015
6893Marerk ZbrogWArmbarMadrid Open100KGSF2015
6894Marcelo BernardoWPts: 4x0Madrid Open100KGF2015
6976Felipe BuenoWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro95KGR12015
8649Vinicius NascimentoWSubmissionZurich Open94KGSF2016
8650Matheus RodriguesWChokeZurich Open94KGF2016
8651Diego BorgesDiego BorgesWPts: 2x0Zurich OpenABS4F2016
8653Sergio FilhoWPointsZurich OpenABSSF2016
8655Leon AmancioWPts: 2x0Zurich OpenABSF2016
8747Helvecio PennaHelvecio PennaWChoke from backEuropean Open94KG4F2016
8769Alan FerreiraWPts: 2x0European OpenABSR12016
9879Matheus SilvaWSubmissionBritish National100KGF2016
9880Thiago SouzaWPts: 10x0British NationalABS4F2016
10467Gabriel LucasGabriel LucasWPts: 2x0Copa Podio105KGRR2016
10474Diego BorgesDiego BorgesWPts: 2x0Copa Podio105KGRR2016
10487F. TrovoWPts: 3x0Copa Podio105KG3RD2016
11012Antonio JuniorWPts: 2x0Spain Nat. Pro110KGF2016
11013Mathias RibeiroWAdvSpain Nat. ProABS4F2016
11015Arturo SalasWPts: 2x0Spain Nat. ProABSSF2016
11017Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiWReferee DecisionSpain Nat. ProABSF2016
11020Henrique PereiraWPointsPortugal Open100KGF2016

Nelton Pontes vs Helvecio Pena

Nelton Pontes vs Thiago Souza Santos

Nelton Pontes competing Muay Thai (2012)

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