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Nicholas Meregali is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt under Mario Reis and Jeferson Adan, as well as a former representative of the Alliance Academy in the sport’s competitive circuit, being widely regarded as one of the best competitors to have ever graced the sport, a status earned through his multiple world titles in the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) at the professional level. In December 2016 Nicholas was also highlighted by BJJ Heroes as the #1 New Black Belt Prospect for 2017. Meregali also worked with John Danaher and Gordon Ryan, a relationship that was initiated in 2022.

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 derives from Nicholas’ German-like features, being blonde and tall.

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

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship (2017 / 2019 / 2022*)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2023**)
  • 1st Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals (2018 / 2019** / 2022)
  • 1st Place BJJ Stars Grand Prix (2019)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Grand Prix (2023)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF World Championship (2022)
  • 2nd Place ADCC (2022*)
  • 3rd Place ADCC (2022)
  • 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 (2016 brown, 2015/2014** purple, 2013 blue)
  • 2nd Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals (2016* brown, 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: Lasso Guard, DLR Guard

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

Team/Association: New Wave

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.

In January 2022, following the filming of a technique instructional for BJJ Fanatics, Nicholas Meregali (at the time the #1 gi jiu-jitsu athlete in the world) met and trained with the #1 no-gi jiu-jitsu player Gordon Ryan, who was also in the Fanatics crew. From that moment Meregali and Ryan started training more regularly, with the Brazilian joining Gordon & John Danaher‘s, New Wave Team, shortly thereafter.

The cover photo was taken by Chase E. Smith.

Nicholas Meregali Instructionals

Nicholas Meregali Grappling Record

80 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    10 (13%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    5 (6%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    58 (73%)
  • BY DECISION
    4 (5%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (1%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (1%)

58 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke from back
41
24
#86e620
Armbar
12
7
#5AD3D1
Triangle
12
7
#d1212a
Loop choke
10
6
#fad11b
Kimura
7
4
#f58822
Arm in Ezekiel
3
2
#224aba
Katagatame
3
2
#ff9124
Submission
2
1
#bf1f6c
Triangle armbar
2
1
#22c9a5
Verbal tap
2
1
#fad223
Arm triangle
2
1
#03861f
Smother choke
2
1
#039a1f
Smother
2
1
58
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
15 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    10 (67%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (7%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    0 (0%)
  • BY DECISION
    3 (20%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (7%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

0 SUBMISSION LOSSES

Nicholas Meregali Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
12108Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 3x0Pan AmericanABSSF2017
12231Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 2x0Pan American94KG4F2017
13032Joao RochaJoao RochaLPts: 3x2World Champ.ABS8F2017
16306Victor HonorioVictor HonorioLPts: 5x2BrasileiroABSSF2018
16595Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyLPts: 5x0World Champ.100KGSF2018
16634Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLPts: 5x2World Champ.ABSSF2018
16741Joao RochaJoao RochaLPointsACBJJ 14O95KGSPF2018
17817Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLReferee DecisionWSOG 2O81KG8F2018
20737Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 2x0World Champ.ABS4F2019
22662Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLReferee DecisionSpyder Invitational100KGF2019
23291Victor HugoVictor HugoLPts: 2x0Whos N1ABSSPF2020
25089Gutemberg PereiraGutemberg PereiraLPts: 0x0, AdvBJJ Stars 596KG4F2021
33008Erich MunisErich MunisLPts: 6x4World Champ.100KGF2022
35061Craig JonesCraig JonesLReferee DecisionADCC99KGSF2022
35108Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPts: 0x0, PenADCCABSF2022
11818Maik MatosWTriangleManaus Nat. Pro94KGR12017
11820Tyron GonzalvesWChoke from backManaus Nat. Pro94KG4F2017
11822Marcus ReisWChoke from backManaus Nat. Pro94KGSF2017
11823Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroWAdvManaus Nat. Pro94KGF2017
12100Otavio NalatiWLoop chokePan AmericanABS8F2017
12106Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyWChoke from backPan AmericanABS4F2017
13022Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaWPts: 10x0World Champ.ABSR12017
13186Helton JoseHelton JoseWTriangleWorld Champ.94KG8F2017
13193Lucas LeiteLucas LeiteWChoke from backWorld Champ.94KG4F2017
13197Dimitrius SouzaDimitrius SouzaWTriangleWorld Champ.94KGSF2017
13199Leandro LoLeandro LoWPts: 2x0World Champ.94KGF2017
16280Eduardo SarkissiWArmbarBrasileiro100KGR12018
16283Rafael SilvaWChoke from backBrasileiro100KG4F2018
16285Rodrigo RibeiroRodrigo RibeiroWChoke from backBrasileiro100KGSF2018
16286Igor SchneiderIgor SchneiderWArm in EzekielBrasileiro100KGF2018
16297Raphael BragaWKatagatameBrasileiroABSR12018
16300Jonas CamposWArmbarBrasileiroABS8F2018
16303Fellipe AndrewFellipe AndrewWArmbarBrasileiroABS4F2018
16593Igor SchneiderIgor SchneiderWTriangleWorld Champ.100KG4F2018
16610Pedro PalharesWChoke from backWorld Champ.ABSRD2018
16629R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWKimuraWorld Champ.ABS8F2018
16630Felipe PenaFelipe PenaWArm in EzekielWorld Champ.ABS4F2018
19328Leandro LoLeandro LoWPts: 4x0BJJ Stars100KGSPF2019
20333Paulo DantasWKimuraBrasileiro100KGR12019
20340Hugo LeonardoWSubmissionBrasileiro100KG4F2019
20344Rodrigo RodriguesWPts: 0x0, AdvBrasileiro100KGSF2019
20345Fellipe AndrewFellipe AndrewWChoke from backBrasileiro100KGF2019
20364Henrique RiedlingerWChoke from backBrasileiroABSR22019
20377Agnaldo SilveiraWChoke from backBrasileiroABSR32019
20379Pedro EliasPedro EliasWChoke from backBrasileiroABS4F2019
20382Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteWChoke from backBrasileiroABSSF2019
20383Rudson MateusRudson MateusWDQBrasileiroABSF2019
20699Roberto TorralbasWTriangleWorld Champ.100KGR12019
20704Helton JoseHelton JoseWPts: 2x0World Champ.100KG4F2019
20707Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaWTriangle armbarWorld Champ.100KGSF2019
20709Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyWChoke from backWorld Champ.100KGF2019
20729Tanner RiceTanner RiceWArmbarWorld Champ.ABSR22019
20866Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWLoop chokeThird Coast100KGSPF2019
22021Victor HugoVictor HugoWPts: 6x2BJJ StarsABS4F2019
22025Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaWPts: 9x0BJJ StarsABSSF2019
22027Gustavo BatistaGustavo BatistaWKimuraBJJ StarsABSF2019
22656Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsWChoke from backSpyder Invitational100KG4F2019
22660Erberth SantosErberth SantosWVerbal tapSpyder Invitational100KGSF2019
23925Leandro LoLeandro LoD---BJJ BetABSSPF2020
27087Rider ZuchiRider ZuchiWPts: 2x0BJJ Bet98KGSPF2021
29433Marlon TanakaWTriangleWorld Champ.ABS8F2021
29437Victor HugoVictor HugoWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.ABS4F2021
29442Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.ABSSF2021
29588Robert AbreuWLoop chokeWorld Champ.O100KG4F2021
29591Victor HugoVictor HugoWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.O100KGSF2021
31295Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaWArmbarWNO 12O92KGSPF2022
32196Marcos CarrozzinoWChoke from backBrasileiro100KG4F2022
32199Marcus RibeiroMarcus RibeiroWLoop chokeBrasileiro100KGSF2022
32201Fellipe AndrewFellipe AndrewWChoke from backBrasileiro100KGF2022
32996Davi SouzaWArmbarWorld Champ.100KG8F2022
33003Helton JoseHelton JoseWChoke from backWorld Champ.100KG4F2022
33006Fellipe AndrewFellipe AndrewWChoke from backWorld Champ.100KGSF2022
33030Seif HoumineSeif HoumineWLoop chokeWorld Champ.ABS8F2022
33037Wallace CostaWallace CostaWLoop chokeWorld Champ.ABS4F2022
33040Fellipe AndrewFellipe AndrewWArmbarWorld Champ.ABSSF2022
33042Erich MunisErich MunisWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.ABSF2022
33641Breylor GroutWArm triangleWNO 13O93KGSPF2022
34215Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWReferee DecisionWNO 1493KGSPF2022
35055Henrique CardosoHenrique CardosoWKimuraADCC99KGR12022
35059Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesWReferee DecisionADCC99KG4F2022
35063Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWPts: 0x0, PenADCC99KG3RD2022
35101Vinicius TratorVinicius TratorWInjuryADCCABS8F2022
35102Giancarlo BodoniGiancarlo BodoniWPts: 6x2ADCCABS4F2022
35106Tye RuotoloTye RuotoloWReferee DecisionADCCABSSF2022
38313Joshua GuerraWSmother chokePan AmericanABS8F2023
38321Roberto JimenezRoberto JimenezWChoke from backPan AmericanABS4F2023
38323Dimitrius SouzaDimitrius SouzaWChoke from backPan AmericanABSSF2023
38324Erich MunisErich MunisWPts: 11x0Pan AmericanABSF2023
38467Jose InacioWChoke from backPan AmericanO100KG4F2023
38469Roosevelt SousaRoosevelt SousaWChoke from backPan AmericanO100KGSF2023
38471Yatan BuenoYatan BuenoWChoke from backPan AmericanO100KGF2023
40032Pedro MarinhoPedro MarinhoWTriangleWNO 18ABSSPF2023
42001Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteWKatagatameWNO 19ABSSPF2023
42376Francisco LoFrancisco LoWSmotherIBJJF GPABS4F2023
42378Gutemberg PereiraGutemberg PereiraWChoke from backIBJJF GPABSSF2023
42380Victor HugoVictor HugoWPts: 2x0IBJJF GPABSF2023

Nicholas Meregali Highlight Pan American 2016

Nicholas Meregali vs Adam Wardzinski

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