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Nicholas Meregali

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Nicholas Meregali is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt under Mario Reis and Jeferson Adan, as well as a representative of the Alliance academy in the sport’s competitive circuit. One of the most talented athletes to come out of the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul, Meregali earned that status while competing in the lower belt divisions of the sport where he conquered double gold medals in important tournaments such as the World Championship, Abu Dhabi World Pro and Pan American Championship. In December 2016 Nicholas was also highlighted by BJJ Heroes as #1 New Black Belt Prospect for 2017.

Nicholas Meregali Jiu-Jitsu

Full Name: Nicholas de Barcellos Meregali

Nickname: Meregali is often referenced as Alemão by his coach and teammates, which is the Portuguese word for German. The nickname deriving from Nicholas’ german-like features, being blonde and tall.

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Alvaro Barreto > Sylvio Behring > Mario Reis (> Jeferson Adan) > Nicholas Meregali

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship (2017 / 2019)
  • 1st Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals (2018 / 2019**)
  • 1st Place BJJ Stars Grand Prix (2019)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World Championship (2018**)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Pan American Championship (2017*)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship (2016** brown, 2015**/2014 purple)
  • 1st Place UAEJJF Abu Dhabi Pro (2016/2015** brown, 2014** purple)
  • 1st Place IBJJF European Open (2016* brown, 2014** purple)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2016** brown, 2015/2014** purple)
  • 1st Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals (2015/2014** purple, 2013 blue)
  • 2nd Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals (2013* blue)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF World Championship (2014* purple)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF European Open (2016 brown)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World Championship (2013** blue)

* Absolute
** Weight and absolute

Favorite Position/Technique: DLR Guard

Weight Division: Peso Pesado (94,3kg/195.0 lbs)

Team/Association: Alliance Jiu-Jitsu

Nicholas Meregali Biography

Nicholas Meregali was born on May 27, 1994, in Santo Antônio – a municipality in the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul.

Meregali started in jiu-jitsu thanks to his younger brother, who was the first in the house to start training. On his return home from practice, Meregali’s sibling would often try out his newly learned jiu-jitsu moves on Nicholas, who became increasingly interested in the martial art joining the ACJJ academy in Santo Antônio at the age of 16.

Under the guidance of instructor Jeferson Adan, Nicholas Meregali’s grappling genius started revealing itself, winning many important titles at a state level, and a Brazilian National title as a blue belt.

By the end of his blue belt campaign (September 2013) Nicholas understood the need to move to a more competition-driven atmosphere, with higher-level training partners. He chose to relocate to his state’s capital – Porto Alegre, in order to train full time under the supervision of Mario Reis, one of the most accomplished athletes ever produced in the south of Brazil. Though training every day with Reis, Meregali always paid respect to his first instructor Jeferson Adan, visiting his old academy on a regular basis.

With plenty of experience at the highest level, Mario Reis took Meregali to the next level in competition. Both as a purple and as a brown belt, Nicholas was widely regarded as the best colored belt in the world with the gi. His repeated success in the sport’s top tournaments led to his black belt, awarded by both Reis and Adan in December 2016.

Cover photo was taken by Chase E. Smith.

Nicholas Meregali Grappling Record

43 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    6 (14%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (5%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    34 (79%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (2%)

34 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke from back
41
14
#86e620
Triangle
15
5
#5AD3D1
Armbar
12
4
#d1212a
Kimura
9
3
#fad11b
Arm in ezekiel
6
2
#f58822
Loop choke
6
2
#224aba
Katagatame
3
1
#ff9124
Submission
3
1
#bf1f6c
Triangle armbar
3
1
#22c9a5
Verbal tap
3
1
34
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
10 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    8 (80%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    0 (0%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (20%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

0 SUBMISSION LOSSES

Nicholas Meregali Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
12022Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 3x0Pan AmericanABSSF2017
12145Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 2x0Pan American94KG4F2017
12939Joao RochaJoao RochaLPts: 3x2World Champ.ABS8F2017
16158Victor HonorioVictor HonorioLPts: 5x2BrasileiroABSSF2018
16445Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyLPts: 5x0World Champ.100KGSF2018
16484Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLPts: 5x2World Champ.ABSSF2018
16587Joao RochaJoao RochaLPointsACBJJ 14O95KGSPF2018
17626Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLReferee DecisionWSOG 2O81KG8F2018
20397Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 2x0World Champ.ABS4F2019
22105Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLReferee DecisionSpyder Invitational100KGF2019
11744Maik MatosWTriangleManaus Nat. Pro94KGR12017
11746Tyron GonzalvesWChoke from backManaus Nat. Pro94KG4F2017
11748Marcus ReisWChoke from backManaus Nat. Pro94KGSF2017
11749Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroWAdvManaus Nat. Pro94KGF2017
12014Otavio NalatiWLoop chokePan AmericanABS8F2017
12020Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyWChoke from backPan AmericanABS4F2017
12929Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaWPts: 10x0World Champ.ABSR12017
13093Helton JoseHelton JoseWTriangleWorld Champ.94KG8F2017
13100Lucas LeiteLucas LeiteWChoke from backWorld Champ.94KG4F2017
13104Dimitrius SouzaDimitrius SouzaWTriangleWorld Champ.94KGSF2017
13106Leandro LoLeandro LoWPts: 2x0World Champ.94KGF2017
16132Eduardo SarkissiWArmbarBrasileiro100KGR12018
16135Rafael SilvaWChoke from backBrasileiro100KG4F2018
16137Rodrigo RibeiroRodrigo RibeiroWChoke from backBrasileiro100KGSF2018
16138Igor SchneiderIgor SchneiderWArm in ezekielBrasileiro100KGF2018
16149Raphael BragaWKatagatameBrasileiroABSR12018
16152Jonas CamposWArmbarBrasileiroABS8F2018
16155Fellipe AndrewFellipe AndrewWArmbarBrasileiroABS4F2018
16443Igor SchneiderIgor SchneiderWTriangleWorld Champ.100KG4F2018
16460Pedro PalharesWChoke from backWorld Champ.ABSRD2018
16479R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWKimuraWorld Champ.ABS8F2018
16480Felipe PenaFelipe PenaWArm in ezekielWorld Champ.ABS4F2018
19039Leandro LoLeandro LoWPts: 4x0BJJ Stars100KGSPF2019
20004Paulo DantasWKimuraBrasileiro100KGR12019
20011Hugo LeonardoWSubmissionBrasileiro100KG4F2019
20015Rodrigo RodriguesWPts: 0x0, AdvBrasileiro100KGSF2019
20016Fellipe AndrewFellipe AndrewWChoke from backBrasileiro100KGF2019
20035Henrique RiedlingerWChoke from backBrasileiroABSR22019
20048Agnaldo SilveiraWChoke from backBrasileiroABSR32019
20050Pedro EliasPedro EliasWChoke from backBrasileiroABS4F2019
20053Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteWChoke from backBrasileiroABSSF2019
20054Rudson MateusRudson MateusWDQBrasileiroABSF2019
20359Roberto TorralbasWTriangleWorld Champ.100KGR12019
20364Helton JoseHelton JoseWPts: 2x0World Champ.100KG4F2019
20367Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaWTriangle armbarWorld Champ.100KGSF2019
20369Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyWChoke from backWorld Champ.100KGF2019
20389Tanner RiceTanner RiceWArmbarWorld Champ.ABSR22019
20522Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWLoop chokeThird Coast100KGSPF2019
21581Victor HugoVictor HugoWPts: 6x2BJJ StarsABS4F2019
21585Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaWPts: 9x0BJJ StarsABSSF2019
21587Gustavo BatistaGustavo BatistaWKimuraBJJ StarsABSF2019
22099Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsWChoke from backSpyder Invitational100KG4F2019
22103Erberth SantosErberth SantosWVerbal tapSpyder Invitational100KGSF2019

Nicholas Meregali Highlight Pan American 2016

Nicholas Meregali vs Adam Wardzinski

Submission Back Attacks Instructional by John Danaher

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