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Marcelo Mafra

Marcelo Mafra

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Marcelo Mafra, commonly known as ‘Lapela’, is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt under Demian Maia, having worked extensively with other well-known instructors such as Everdan Olegário (Mestre Dan), Fernando Tererê, Lucas Leite and Leonardo Vieira. Mafra is well known for his achievements as a competitor on the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) circuit, with medals at the Brazilian, Pan, World NoGi and World Masters championships.

Marcelo Mafra Jiu-Jitsu

Full Name: Marcelo França Mafra

Nickname: The nickname Lapela (meaning lapel in Portuguese) started by way of Marcelo’s training partner Sergio Moraes when they shared the mats at the COHAB academy in São Paulo. Mafra was already a regular competitor at the time and used his judo experience to strangle many of his opponents with lapel chokes. For that reason, Moraes started calling him Mr. Lapela and the name ended up being associated with Marcelo throughout his career.

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Rolls Gracie > Romero Cavalcanti (Cavalcante) > Fabio Gurgel > Demian Maia > Marcelo Mafra

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place IBJJF World Masters (2016 Master 1)
  • 1st Place IBJJF World NoGi (2014/2016 Adult, 2017 Master 1)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pan American (2018 Master 1)
  • 1st Place CBJJ Brazilian NoGi Nationals (2018 Master 1)
  • 1st Place UAEJJF Abu Dhabi Pro (2016 Master 1)
  • 1st Place IBJJF San Diego Open (2018)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Las Vegas Open (2013/2014/2016)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF World NoGi Championship (2013)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2013)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Pan No-Gi Championship (2015)
  • 2nd Place CBJJ Brazilian NoGi Nationals (2015)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World NoGi Championship (2011/2015)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF American Nationals Championship (2010**)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • 1st Place IBJJF World NoGi Championship (2008 brown)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2008 brown)

Favorite Position/Technique: Half-Guard

Weight Division: Peso Médio (82,30 kg / 181.5 lbs)

Team/Association: Checkmat

Marcelo Mafra Biography

Marcelo Mafra was born in 1985 in the city of Manaus, state of Amazonas, Brazil.

It was in Manaus that Marcelo was introduced to martial arts, namely judo, at the age of 8, and it was with the Japanese art of throwing that Mafra discovered his interest for competition, a love he carried with him when he joined jiu-jitsu.

Mafra conquered a few junior judo tournaments but eventually moved to the São Paulo district of Itaquera, which forced him to interrupt his training. As a 12-year-old, he joined a jiu-jitsu class with the well known Cohab team of “Master Dan” Olegário, a coach who produced several high-level grapplers such as Serginho Moraes, Dimitrius Souza, Guilherme Augusto to name a few.

At first, Mafra used jiu-jitsu as a past time activity, that changed when he turned 18, a time when Marcelo started taking his focus to a professional level. He was a blue belt at the time. This mindset would lead Lapela to Fernando Tererê as a purple belt, as did many of Olegário’s students, who had a very close relationship with the TT team (Tererê/Telles).

Under the guidance of Tererê, Lapela met an array of future BJJ legends. Names such as Cobrinha, Lucas Lepri, André Galvão and many more, all training under one roof, and it was Fernando who graded Lapela to brown belt.

After Fernando Tererê ran into a few personal problems and abandoned the sport (2004), Marcelo trained with a few different coaches under the Brasa Clube de Jiu-Jitsu academy banner. One of those was Demian Maia, someone who helped Mafra tremendously as a brown belt, providing the opportunity for Lapela to move to the United States in 2007.

In 2008 Mafra was promoted to black belt by Demian Maia. Also by the end of that same year that Lapela joined the Checkmat Academy, training extensively with another competitor who had recently arrived in the country, Lucas Leite as well as João Assis, Robert Drysdale, André Galvão and more.

By 2013 Marcelo Mafra opened his own academy in California, a gym that would expand into 3 in the following years, with extensive affiliated academies.

Marcelo Mafra Grappling Record

46 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    18 (39%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    5 (11%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    18 (39%)
  • BY DECISION
    5 (11%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

18 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
RNC
28
5
#86e620
Straight ankle lock
11
2
#5AD3D1
Kneebar
6
1
#d1212a
Toe hold
6
1
#fad11b
Outside heel hook
6
1
#f58822
Choke from back
6
1
#224aba
Violin armlock
6
1
#ff9124
Submission
6
1
#bf1f6c
Straight anke lock
6
1
#22c9a5
Calf slicer
6
1
#fad223
Ankle lock
6
1
#03861f
Guillotine
6
1
#039a1f
Footlock
6
1
18
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
26 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    5 (19%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    5 (19%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    7 (27%)
  • BY DECISION
    6 (23%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    2 (8%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (4%)

7 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Choke from back
29
2
#86e620
Triangle
29
2
#5AD3D1
Ezekiel
14
1
#d1212a
Toe hold
14
1
#fad11b
Armbar
14
1
7
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Marcelo Mafra Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
2406Daniel MoraesDaniel MoraesLReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds79KG4F2009
2539Kayron GracieKayron GracieLN/APan American82KG4F2010
3608Victor EstimaVictor EstimaLEzekielPan American82KG4F2012
3874James PuopoloJames PuopoloLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.ABSR22012
4169Bill CooperBill CooperLToe holdGQ UFC ExpoABSF2012
4214Marcus AntelanteMarcus AntelanteLDQNoGi Worlds82KG4F2012
5078JT TorresJT TorresLPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds76KGF2013
5333Lucas rochaLucas rochaLReferee DecisionPan American82KGR12014
5761Victor EstimaVictor EstimaLAdvWorld Champ.82KGRDS2014
6240Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLChoke from backLong Beach Pro82KGF2014
6822Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsLChoke from backPan American94KG4F2015
7412Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.82KG4F2015
8132Otavio SousaOtavio SousaLPts: 2x2, AdvNoGi Pan Ams82KGF2015
8264Felipe CesarFelipe CesarLArmbarBrasileiro NoGi79KGF2015
8383Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds79KGSF2015
8970Diego HerzogLTriangleSan Jose OpenABSSF2016
11195John CombsJohn CombsLReferee Decision5 Super League77KGSF2016
12725Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoLPts: 0x0, AdvLas Vegas Open82KGSF2017
12975Roberto SatoshiRoberto SatoshiLTriangleWorld Champ.76KG8F2017
13514Rodrigo CaporalRodrigo CaporalLReferee DecisionACBJJ 775KG4F2017
13749Garry TononGarry TononLPts: 0x0, PenADCC77KG4F2017
14754Luan CarvalhoLuan CarvalhoLPointsACB 1075KGSPF2018
17014Michael TrassoMichael TrassoLPts: 0x0, AdvLV NG Open79KG4F2018
17662Gilbert BurnsGilbert BurnsLPointsBlack Belt CBD83KGSF2018
19258Servio TulioServio TulioLPenADCC SP Trials77KGR22019
19871Rolando SamsonRolando SamsonLPointsDallas Spring Open82KGSF2019
2402Mike FowlerMike FowlerWRNCNoGi Worlds79KG8F2009
2533N/AWPointsPan American82KGR12010
2763Ryan BeauregardRyan BeauregardWStraight ankle lockUFC ExpoN/AN/A2010
2764Anthony CincottaWRNCUFC ExpoN/AN/A2010
2774Nathan MurphyWRNCGrapplers QuestN/AN/A2011
2775Will WeedWOutside heel hookGrapplers QuestN/AN/A2011
3334Clark GracieClark GracieWPts: 2x0No Gi Worlds82KG4F2011
3595Marcos SouzaMarcos SouzaWPts: 2x0Pan American82KGR12012
3601Gabriel GoulartGabriel GoulartWAdvPan American82KGR22012
3862Gabriel RochaWPointsWorld Champ.ABSR12012
4008Tim BruceWChoke from backWorld Champ.82KGR12012
4168Leonard KimWViolin armlockGQ UFC ExpoABSSF2012
4211Matt DarcieWSubmissionNoGi Worlds82KGR12012
4311Javier TorresWStraight anke lockGrapplers QuestN/ASPF2013
5077AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds76KGSF2013
5997Nic RubenNic RubenWRNCNoGi Worlds79KG4F2014
5999Ben HendersonWPts: 3x0NoGi Worlds79KGSF2014
6237Magid HageWAdvLong Beach Pro82KG4F2014
6239Rodrigo FreitasRodrigo FreitasWPts: 4x2Long Beach Pro82KGSF2014
6819Jurandir ConceicaoJurandir ConceicaoWPointsPan American94KGR22015
7409Magid HageWPointsWorld Champ.82KG8F2015
8080Vinicius AgudoWStraight ankle lockDallas NoGi Open79KGSF2015
8082Michael LieraMichael LieraWPts: 2x2, AdvDallas NoGi Open79KGF2015
8130Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaWPts: 4x0NoGi Pan Ams82KGSF2015
8259Nicolau EduardoWCalf slicerBrasileiro NoGi79KG4F2015
8262Gabriel TimbóWPointsBrasileiro NoGi79KGSF2015
8378Nic RubenNic RubenWPts: 4x0NoGi Worlds79KG4F2015
8963Gabriel ProcópioWPointsSan Jose Open82KGSF2016
8973Samir ChantreSamir ChantreWAnkle lockSJose NoGi Open82KGF2016
9803Gabriel MarangoniGabriel MarangoniWPts: 6x2Las Vegas Open76KGF2016
10837Marcel GoncalvesMarcel GoncalvesWReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds79KG4F2016
10842Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds79KGSF2016
10843Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaWGuillotineNoGi Worlds79KGF2016
11194Mansher KheraMansher KheraWReferee Decision5 Super League77KG4F2016
11631Ruan OliveiraRuan OliveiraWFootlockADCC RJ77KGR12017
11640Rodrigo ConceicaoRodrigo ConceicaoWRNCADCC RJ77KG4F2017
11644Lucas AraujoWKneebarADCC RJ77KGSF2017
11645Gabriel RolloGabriel RolloWReferee DecisionADCC RJ77KGF2017
12192Jeffrey CummingsWPointsChicago Sp. Open76KGSF2017
12193Joao AlvesWPointsChicago Sp. Open76KGF2017
12962John RickelWToe holdWorld Champ.76KGR12017
13289Richie MartinezRichie MartinezWReferee DecisionFIVE Super LeagueABSSPF2017
13745Oliver TazaWPts: 2x0ADCC77KGE12017
15087Rodrigo CaporalRodrigo CaporalWPointsACBJJ 1175KGSPF2018
16078Bruno MachadoWPointsSan Diego Open82KGSF2018
16079Rolando SamsonRolando SamsonWAdvSan Diego Open82KGF2018

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