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Marco Vinicius Mendes Brito, commonly known as Marco Mendes, is a professional jiu-jitsu athlete and a black belt under Javier Gomez and Isaque Bahiense, who also worked extensively with Livio Ribeiro. Despite being Brazilian, Marco Mendes first made waves in the sport while competing in the North American competitive circuit, particularly in the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation circuit (IBJJF), where he conquered numerous titles.

Marco Mendes Jiu-Jitsu

Full Name: Marco Vinicius Mendes Brito

Nickname: N/A

Lineage: Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Francisco Mansur > Augusto Mendes > Osvaldo Moizinho > Javier Gomez > Marco Mendes

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place IBJJF American Nationals (2023)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World Championship NOGI (2023)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Pan Championship NOGI (2023)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship (2023 brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2023 brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF American Nationals (2022* purple)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF American Nationals (2022 purple)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Pan Championship NOGI (2022 brown)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World Championship (2022 purple)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World Championship NOGI (2022 brown)

Main Achievements (Juvenile):

  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship (2019*)
  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship NOGI (2019**)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2019)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World Championship (2019)

Main Achievements (Pewee / Junior / Teen):

  • 1st Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals (2018)

* Absolute
** Weight and Absolute

Favorite Position/Technique: Omplata

Weight Division: Peso Pena (70,00 kg / 154.5 lbs)

Team/Association: Aspire To Inspire / Dream Art

Marco Mendes Biography

Marco Mendes was born on January 25, 2003, in Brazil’s capital city of Brasília (DF) but grew up 1000 km further north in the state of Piaui, more specifically in Teresina.

Despite not having any idea of what jiu-jitsu was, 11-year-old Mendes decided to join his older brother in a trial class as his sibling was curious to learn the Arte Suave. Marco was not particularly fond of this martial art from the get-go but stuck to it to appease his brother and with time started enjoying the training.

Mendes’ first steps on the mats were taken at a social project under the guidance of a purple belt who was affiliated with the local team, Quartel-General (QG) da Luta. Marco trained at this satellite academy for nearly 2 years and later became a student of the QGL headquarters under Major Oliveira.

By the time he earned his orange belt, Marco was already following a full-time training schedule and aspired for grappling to be his profession. It was also around this time that he started being taught by one of Major’s top students, Livio Ribeiro.

When he was 15 years old, Marco visited the United States alongside Livio, his coach. Ribeiro had a relationship with team Ares and through him Mendes attended the team’s camp ahead of the IBJJF World Championships. It was while training with Ares that Mendes met and befriended Javier Gomez, a person that would be fundamental in his career.

Marco returned to the US the following year and spent a longer time in the country in preparation for the Pan American & World tournaments. During his stay in North America, Mendes interacted extensively with Mr. Javier Gomez and his family, to the point that the Gomez family requested to adopt the young Brazilian. Although the 16yo was taken aback at first, Mendes accepted the adoption proposal, moving to California with Javier. Gomez, an accomplished jiu-jitsu black belt, also became Marco’s instructor from then on.

Training with his new family from 2019 onwards, Marco joined the Aspire To Inspire jiu-jitsu association, a brand founded by Javier Gomez.

Although Marco was regarded as a product of the Dream Art team for much of his colored belt career, this bond only occurred due to Javier’s relationship with the team as he helped DA & its leader, Isaque Bahiense settle in Houston, Texas, facilitating the connection between the squad and Mendes, particularly through training camps ahead of major tournaments.

On June 3, 2022, Marco Mendes was promoted to black belt by Javier Gomez & Isaque Bahiense, while standing on the #1 step of the IBJJF World Championship podium.

Marco Mendes Grappling Record

20 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    5 (25%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (10%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    11 (55%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (5%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (5%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

11 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
RNC
18
2
#86e620
Omoplata
18
2
#5AD3D1
Armbar
9
1
#d1212a
Triangle
9
1
#fad11b
Kneebar
9
1
#f58822
Choke from back
9
1
#224aba
Lateral kneebar
9
1
#ff9124
Guillotine
9
1
#bf1f6c
Inside heel hook
9
1
11
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
13 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    7 (54%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    5 (38%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (8%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

5 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Katagatame
40
2
#86e620
Toe hold
20
1
#5AD3D1
Choke from back
20
1
#d1212a
Armbar
20
1
5
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Marco Mendes Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
41346Josh CisnerosJosh CisnerosLPointsAmerican NNG73KG4F2023
41858Samuel NagaiSamuel NagaiLPointsDallas SNGO73KGRR2023
41860Samuel NagaiSamuel NagaiLKatagatameDallas SNGO73KGF2023
41866Francisco LoFrancisco LoLToe holdDallas SNGOABSF2023
42424An VuLReferee DecisionJJ Con70KGR12023
43031Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaLPts: 2x1ADGS Miami69KG8F2023
43394Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoLPts: 2x0NoGi Pan67KGSF2023
45719Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoLKatagatameNoGi World67KGSF2023
47930Kennedy MacielKennedy MacielLChoke from backPan American70KG8F2024
48637Vitor PeresLN/AHouston OpenABS4F2024
48867Richar NogueiraRichar NogueiraLN/AHouston NGO73KGRR2024
48869Richar NogueiraRichar NogueiraLN/AHouston NGO73KGF2024
50205Kennedy MacielKennedy MacielLArmbarWorld Champ.70KG8F2024
41267Jesse AraujoWChoke from backAmerican Nats70KGR12023
41270Luan GomesWPts: 16x12American Nats70KG4F2023
41272Edward LuceroWOmoplataAmerican Nats70KGSF2023
41274Huthayfah PenneyWPts: 2x2, AdvAmerican Nats70KGF2023
41345Alika VilliatoraWLateral kneebarAmerican NNG73KGR12023
41835Carlos NetoWOmoplataDallas SMO70KGSF2023
41837Augusto PereiraWReferee DecisionDallas SMO70KGF2023
41859Lukete SilvaLukete SilvaWPts: 2x2, PenDallas SNGO73KGRR2023
41865Emilio HernandezEmilio HernandezWPointsDallas SNGOABSSF2023
42645Michael AlvarezWGuillotineEUG JJBNASPF2023
43386Caleb JohnsonWInside heel hookNoGi Pan67KGR12023
43391Chad MyersWRNCNoGi Pan67KG4F2023
45709Andrew AlexandreWPts: 4x2NoGi World67KGR12023
45716Richard BukovcsanWRNCNoGi World67KG4F2023
46227Antonio TorresWPts: 9x0S Jose Open70KGRR2024
46228Edward LuceroWPts: 2x2, AdvS Jose Open70KGRR2024
46925Luan GomesWArmbarSacramento Open70KGF2024
47920Brian MahechaBrian MahechaWPts: 10x8Pan American70KGR12024
48615Fabio FernandesWTriangleHouston Open70KGF2024
48868Damion OrandayDamion OrandayWKneebarHouston NGO73KGRR2024
5050 Guard Instructional by Lachlan Giles

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