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Oliver Taza is a Lebanese-Canadian jiu-jitsu athlete who represented teams such as the Trystar Gym, Renzo Gracie Academy, and New Wave Jiu-Jitsu in the sport’s international circuit. Guided by coaches Firas Zahabi and John Danaher, Oliver Taza first made waves in the sport in 2016, a time when he placed second at the ADCC East Coast Trails – one of grappling’s foremost tournaments – with only two years of training. During the years that followed, Taza consistently proved to be at the top of jiu-jitsu’s ladder by placing in the podiums of numerous pro events such as the BJJ Fanatics Grand Prix, the ADCC USA Trials, ADCC European Trials, and Jitz King Invitational.

Oliver Taza Jiu-Jitsu

Full Name: Oliver Taza

Nickname: N/A

Lineage: Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Carlos Gracie Jr > Renzo Gracie > John Danaher> Oliver Taza

Main Achievements (Pro):

  • 1st Place ADCC European Trials (2017)
  • 1st Place BJJ Fanatics Grand Prix (2020)
  • 1st Place TUFF Invitational UK (2017)
  • 1st Place Canadian Kumite Grand Prix (2016)
  • 2nd Place ADCC US East Coast Trials (2016)
  • 2nd Place Jitz King Invitational (2020)
  • 2nd Place Para Bellum Quintet Invitational (2020)
  • 4th Place ADCC US West Coast Trials (2017)

Main Achievements (Amateur):

  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship – NoGi (2017 brown)
  • 1st Place ACBJJ European Championship – Gi (2018 brown)
  • 1st Place UAEJJF Niagara Falls Pro – Gi (2018 brown)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Pan Championship – NoGi (2017 brown)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF European Open – NoGi (2017 brown)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF New York Spring Open – Gi (2018 brown)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World Championship – NoGi (2015 purple)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF European Open – Gi (2016 purple)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Rome Open – Gi (2017** brown)
  • 3rd Place UAEJJF Grand Slam, LDN – Gi (2018 brown)

* Absolute
** Weight and Absolute

Favorite Position/Technique: Saddle

Weight Division: 77,00 kg / 169.7 lbs

Team/Association: New Wave Jiu-Jitsu

Oliver Taza Biography

Oliver Taza was born in 1993, in Beirut, the capital of Lebanon. From Beirut, Oliver moved with his family to Saudi Arabia before finally settling in Canada when he was 14 years old.

During his stay in Canada, young Oliver practiced a number of sports, giving more emphasis to football (soccer), which he played up until his 19th birthday, competing and representing his school and province of Quebec.

In 2012 Oliver felt saturated with the way his soccer career was going and decided to have a break from the pitch. This change of dynamics led him to Firas Zahabi‘s Tri Star Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) academy in Montreal. Taza tried every facet of MMA, including jiu-jitsu for the first 3 months at TriStar but felt more connected with boxing at the time, choosing to focus solely on the sweet science. 6 amateur boxing matches later, in February 2014 Taza returned to Zahabi’s grappling class.

From early on, as a purple belt, Taza started making trips to New York, with the intention of training at the Renzo Gracie Academy with coach John Danaher, one of the most prestigious instructors in combat sports. The close contact with the famous Renzo Gracie Academy only helped further develop Oliver’s tremendous potential, who, in June 2016 earned his brown belt, with just over 2 years of training. An incredible achievement in a sport where, more often than not, high ranks take nearly a decade to achieve.

It was as a brown belt that Oliver started making his mark in the sport, competing in the professional no-gi circuit and the amateur league of the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF). His progression was slowed down by an ACL reconstructive surgery in 2018, which removed him from the competition scene for the best part of one year, but he returned in 2019 as strong as ever.

On November 09, 2020, Oliver Taza was promoted to black belt by coach John Danaher in New York City.

NOTE REGARDING OLIVER TAZA’S RECORD

Traditionally BJJ Heroes has only accounted for black belt records as they signify an athlete’s entry into our sport’s elite ranks. Oliver, however, is a particular case in our sport as he had been successfully competing in the pro-grappling circuit since his purple belt days. This has left BJJ Heroes with a delicate predicament of defining when to start accounting for the Canadian’s matches. Given that Taza had so many high-level wins as a brown belt, we decided to take those into consideration for his jiu-jitsu record.

Oliver Taza Grappling Record

93 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    13 (14%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (1%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    60 (65%)
  • BY DECISION
    13 (14%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    3 (3%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    3 (3%)

60 SUBMISSIONS WINS

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Inside heel hook
38
23
#86e620
Outside heel hook
22
13
#5AD3D1
Straight ankle lock
7
4
#d1212a
Kneebar
7
4
#fad11b
RNC
5
3
#f58822
Triangle
5
3
#224aba
Reverse triangle
5
3
#ff9124
Triangle armbar
3
2
#bf1f6c
Submission
3
2
#22c9a5
Armbar
2
1
#fad223
Guillotine
2
1
#03861f
Americana
2
1
60
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
29 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    13 (45%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    0 (0%)
  • BY DECISION
    13 (45%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    2 (7%)

0 SUBMISSION LOSSES

Oliver Taza Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
11153Mansher KheraMansher KheraLPts: 3x0ADCC US Trials77KGF2016
12007Marcel GoncalvesMarcel GoncalvesLEBI/OTEBI 1177KGR12017
12521AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmLPts: 2x0ADCC WC Trials77KGSF2017
12524Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaLPts: 2x0ADCC WC Trials77KG3RD2017
13898Marcelo MafraMarcelo MafraLPts: 2x0ADCC77KGE12017
21841Renato CanutoRenato CanutoLPts: 2x0ADCC77KGR12019
23307Pedro VerasPedro VerasD---Para BellumABSF2020
23749Pedro MarinhoPedro MarinhoLPts: 2x0Jitz King84KGF2020
23836Tye RuotoloTye RuotoloLPts: 10x0Kumite V81KG4F2020
24298Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLReferee DecisionSubversiv 4ABSSF2020
24441Felipe CesarFelipe CesarLPts: 2x0No Gi Pan Am.79KGR12020
25121Pedro RochaPedro RochaLReferee DecisionF2W 16485KGSPF2021
25725Gabriel AlmeidaGabriel AlmeidaLReferee DecisionF2W 16983KGSPF2021
25816Bruno MatiasBruno MatiasLPts: 6x0Houston NGOABSF2021
25911Hugo MarquesHugo MarquesLReferee DecisionF2W 17177KGSPF2021
26084Rodrigo GortariLDQNoGi Pan Am.79KGR12021
26175Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLPts: 11x0NoGi Pan Am.ABS8F2021
26569Mica GalvaoMica GalvaoLReferee DecisionWNO 1083KGSPF2021
26778Gialysson FreitasGialysson FreitasLReferee DecisionF2W 17577KGSPF2021
26853Bruno MatiasBruno MatiasLPts: 6x2Chicago NGOABSF2021
28242PJ BarchPJ BarchLReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds79KG8F2021
28408Levi JonesLevi JonesLReferee DecisionWNO 1077KGSPF2021
28679Jeferson GuaresiJeferson GuaresiLReferee Decision3CG Underdogs84KGSF2021
29270Dante LeonDante LeonLReferee DecisionGrappleFest80KGSPF2021
30842Alan SanchezAlan SanchezLEBI/OTEBI 1977KGF2022
31124Andy VarelaAndy VarelaLReferee DecisionF2W198N/ASPF2022
31917Johnny TamaJohnny TamaLReferee DecisionNashville NGO79KGF2022
32506Francisco CuneoFrancisco CuneoLN/AChicago SPNGO73KGSF2022
33023Ryan AikenLReferee DecisionSUBVERSIV 783KG4F2022
33398Kyle BoehmKyle BoehmD---UFC Inv. 2ABSRR2022
34875Mica GalvaoMica GalvaoLPts: 5x0ADCC77KGR12022
11146Carsten CarlsenWPts: 3x0ADCC US Trials77KGR12016
11148Emmanuel VeraWTriangle armbarADCC US Trials77KGR22016
11150N. ManelaWKneebarADCC US Trials77KG4F2016
11152C. EdmondsonWInside heel hookADCC US Trials77KGSF2016
11378Shane FishmanWInside heel hookCanadian KumiteABSR12016
11379Aaron JollimoreWOutside heel hookCanadian KumiteABS4F2016
11380Jared RevelWOutside heel hookCanadian KumiteABSSF2016
11381C. FransonWOutside heel hookCanadian KumiteABSF2016
11382Bradley HillWReferee DecisionSub Series CBO82KGSPF2017
11383Caio MagalhaesWInside heel hookAMMOABSSPF2017
11867Will StoneWInside heel hookTUFF Kumite80KGRR2017
11869Tom CaugheyWInside heel hookTUFF Kumite80KGRR2017
11870Jack CroninWOutside heel hookTUFF Kumite80KGRR2017
11872Kyle MontiethWOutside heel hookTUFF Kumite80KGRR2017
11873Ross NichollsRoss NichollsWOutside heel hookTUFF Kumite80KGRR2017
11874Daniel CrawfordWSubmissionTUFF Kumite80KGRR2017
11875Sean HarperWSubmissionTUFF Kumite80KGRR2017
11876Thomas StollWRNCMatrix Inv.80KGSF2017
11877Paul UrbanikWRNCMatrix Inv.80KGF2017
12492James LynchWInside heel hookADCC WC Trials77KGR12017
12503Charles GardnerWOutside heel hookADCC WC Trials77KGR22017
12509Carsten CarlsenWPts: 2x0ADCC WC Trials77KG8F2017
12520Mathew TeslaWPts: 5x2ADCC WC Trials77KG4F2017
12972Krzysztof KlaczekWOutside heel hookADCC EU Trials77KGR12017
12974Maciej KałuszewskiWOutside heel hookADCC EU Trials77KG4F2017
12977Pedro BessaWPts: 2x0ADCC EU Trials77KGSF2017
12978Darragh OConaillDarragh OConaillWInside heel hookADCC EU Trials77KGF2017
13657Ross NichollsRoss NichollsWReferee DecisionPolaris 576KGSPF2017
16903Lachlan GilesLachlan GilesWReferee DecisionPolaris 777KGSPF2018
23303David GarmoDavid GarmoWArmbarPara BellumABSSF2020
23304Mo HoballahWTriangle armbarPara BellumABSSF2020
23305Mo AlhamadiD---Para BellumABSSF2020
23491PJ BarchPJ BarchWInside heel hookBJJ Fanatics GP77KG4F2020
23496John CombsJohn CombsWInside heel hookBJJ Fanatics GP77KGSF2020
23497Ethan CrelinstenEthan CrelinstenWEBI/OTBJJ Fanatics GP77KGF2020
23742Gabriel CastroWKneebarJitz King84KGR12020
23746Benji SilvaWInside heel hookJitz King84KG4F2020
23748Valdir AraujoValdir AraujoWReferee DecisionJitz King84KGSF2020
24285Kyle MeyersWInside heel hookSubversiv 4ABSR12020
24292Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaWReferee DecisionSubversiv 4ABS4F2020
24300G. MioneWInside heel hookSubversiv 4ABS3RD2020
25200Tyler ScalisiWGuillotineDallas NGO79KG4F2021
25201David GarmoDavid GarmoWInside heel hookDallas NGO79KGF2021
25214Rodrigo TatuRodrigo TatuWOutside heel hookDallas NGOABSR12021
25216Francisco CuneoFrancisco CuneoWPts: 6x2Dallas NGOABS4F2021
25360Johnny TamaJohnny TamaWReferee DecisionWNO 777KGSPF2021
25798Eduardo AvelarEduardo AvelarWInside heel hookHouston NGO79KGSF2021
25800Joshua BacallaoWPointsHouston NGO79KGF2021
25811Charles McGuireWInside heel hookHouston NGOABS4F2021
25814Joshua BacallaoWTriangleHouston NGOABSSF2021
25938Gabriel AlmeidaGabriel AlmeidaWReferee DecisionSUBVERSIV 581KG4F2021
26166Rodrigo GortariWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Pan Am.ABSR12021
26258Johnatha AlvesJohnatha AlvesWReferee DecisionWNO 977KGSPF2021
26291Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoWReferee DecisionF2W 17277KGSPF2021
26842Rehan MuttalibWInside heel hookChicago NGO79KGF2021
26850MacKenzie MoralesWReverse triangleChicago NGOABS4F2021
26851Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoWKneebarChicago NGOABSSF2021
26928Bruno MatiasBruno MatiasWPts: 5x0Austin NGO85KGSF2021
26930Pedro RochaPedro RochaWKneebarAustin NGO85KGF2021
26976Celso RicardoWReverse triangleOrlando NGO85KGRR2021
26977Celso RicardoWTriangleOrlando NGO85KGRR2021
26981Celso RicardoWInside heel hookOrlando NGOABS4F2021
26985Estevan MartinezEstevan MartinezWPts: 22x5Orlando NGOABSSF2021
26987Helton JoseHelton JoseWReferee DecisionOrlando NGOABSF2021
27723Oliver GotzeWAmericanaADCC EU Trials77KGR12021
27727Gyula SzaboWReferee DecisionADCC EU Trials77KGR22021
27736T. BarryWPts: 0x0, PenADCC EU Trials77KG8F2021
27740Marcus PhelanMarcus PhelanWReferee DecisionADCC EU Trials77KG4F2021
27744M. SzczecinskiWPts: 0x0, PenADCC EU Trials77KGSF2021
27747M. DzharbaevWPts: 2x2, PenADCC EU Trials77KGF2021
28232Tyler ScalisiWOutside heel hookNoGi Worlds79KGR22021
28673Adrian NezWPoints3CG Underdogs84KGR12021
28677Hunter NewtonWStraight ankle lock3CG Underdogs84KG4F2021
29744Nick DomgjoniWOutside heel hookEmerald CityABSR12021
29748Jay RodriguesWInside heel hookEmerald CityABS4F2021
29752Alan SanchezAlan SanchezWInside heel hookEmerald CityABSSF2021
29753Nick RonanWEBI/OTEmerald CityABSF2021
30738Francisco CuneoFrancisco CuneoWPts: 4x0Dallas NGO79KGSF2022
30740Saul ViayraWStraight ankle lockDallas NGO79KGF2022
30828Mikey GonzalezWInside heel hookEBI 1977KGR12022
30836David GarmoDavid GarmoWStraight ankle lockEBI 1977KG4F2022
30840Nick RonanWEBI/OTEBI 1977KGSF2022
31920Clay MayfieldWTriangleNashville NGOABSSF2022
31921Austin OrandayWInside heel hookNashville NGOABSF2022
32455Francisco CuneoFrancisco CuneoWReferee DecisionAtlanta SPNGO79KGSF2022
32456Sergio ArdilaSergio ArdilaWInside heel hookAtlanta SPNGO79KGF2022
32508Bryan PetersonWRNCChicago SPNGOABSSF2022
32510Andrea SeaverWPts: 13x0Chicago SPNGOABSF2022
32696Tyler ScalisiWInside heel hookHouston NGO79KGSF2022
32697Matheus GalvaoWPts: 16x2Houston NGO79KGF2022
32703Clay MayfieldWReverse triangleHouston NGOABS4F2022
32707Austin OrandayWOutside heel hookHouston NGOABSSF2022
32708Andre PorfirioAndre PorfirioWPts: 2x0Houston NGOABSF2022
33411Jacob RodriguezWStraight ankle lockUFC Inv. 2ABSRR2022
33412Bo NickalD---UFC Inv. 2ABSRR2022

Oliver Taza vs PJ Barch at BJJ Fanatics GP (2020)

 

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