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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

72 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    9 (13%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (1%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    46 (64%)
  • BY DECISION
    12 (17%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    3 (4%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    1 (1%)

46 SUBMISSIONS WINS

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Inside heel hook
37
17
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Outside heel hook
24
11
#5AD3D1
Kneebar
9
4
#d1212a
Triangle armbar
4
2
#fad11b
Submission
4
2
#f58822
RNC
4
2
#224aba
Triangle
4
2
#ff9124
Reverse triangle
4
2
#bf1f6c
Armbar
2
1
#22c9a5
Guillotine
2
1
#fad223
Americana
2
1
#03861f
Straight ankle lock
2
1
46
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
23 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    11 (48%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    0 (0%)
  • BY DECISION
    10 (43%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    1 (4%)

0 SUBMISSION LOSSES

Oliver Taza Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
11133Mansher KheraMansher KheraLPts: 3x0ADCC US Trials77KGF2016
11982Marcel GoncalvesMarcel GoncalvesLEBI/OTEBI 1177KGR12017
12496AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmLPts: 2x0ADCC WC Trials77KGSF2017
12499Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaLPts: 2x0ADCC WC Trials77KG3RD2017
13872Marcelo MafraMarcelo MafraLPts: 2x0ADCC77KGE12017
21792Renato CanutoRenato CanutoLPts: 2x0ADCC77KGR12019
23234Pedro VerasPedro VerasD---Para BellumABSF2020
23674Pedro MarinhoPedro MarinhoLPts: 2x0Jitz King84KGF2020
23761Tye RuotoloTye RuotoloLPts: 10x0Kumite V81KG4F2020
24211Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLReferee DecisionSubversiv 4ABSSF2020
24354Felipe CesarFelipe CesarLPts: 2x0No Gi Pan Am.79KGR12020
25018Pedro RochaPedro RochaLReferee DecisionF2W 16485KGSPF2021
25618Gabriel AlmeidaGabriel AlmeidaLReferee DecisionF2W 16983KGSPF2021
25709Bruno MatiasBruno MatiasLPts: 6x0Houston NGOABSF2021
25801Hugo MarquesHugo MarquesLReferee DecisionF2W 17177KGSPF2021
25974Rodrigo GortariLDQNoGi Pan Am.79KGR12021
26065Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLPts: 11x0NoGi Pan Am.ABS8F2021
26456Mica GalvaoMica GalvaoLReferee DecisionWNO 1083KGSPF2021
26655Gialysson FreitasGialysson FreitasLReferee DecisionF2W 17577KGSPF2021
26730Bruno MatiasBruno MatiasLPts: 6x2Chicago NGOABSF2021
28113PJ BarchPJ BarchLReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds79KG8F2021
28279Levi JonesLevi JonesLReferee DecisionWNO 1077KGSPF2021
28550Jeferson GuaresiJeferson GuaresiLReferee Decision3CG Underdogs84KGSF2021
29133Dante LeonDante LeonLReferee DecisionGrappleFest80KGSPF2021
11126Carsten CarlsenWPts: 3x0ADCC US Trials77KGR12016
11128Emmanuel VeraWTriangle armbarADCC US Trials77KGR22016
11130N. ManelaWKneebarADCC US Trials77KG4F2016
11132C. EdmondsonWInside heel hookADCC US Trials77KGSF2016
11358Shane FishmanWInside heel hookCanadian KumiteABSR12016
11359Aaron JollimoreWOutside heel hookCanadian KumiteABS4F2016
11360Jared RevelWOutside heel hookCanadian KumiteABSSF2016
11361C. FransonWOutside heel hookCanadian KumiteABSF2016
11362Bradley HillWReferee DecisionSub Series CBO82KGSPF2017
11363Caio MagalhaesWInside heel hookAMMOABSSPF2017
11842Will StoneWInside heel hookTUFF Kumite80KGRR2017
11844Tom CaugheyWInside heel hookTUFF Kumite80KGRR2017
11845Jack CroninWOutside heel hookTUFF Kumite80KGRR2017
11847Kyle MontiethWOutside heel hookTUFF Kumite80KGRR2017
11848Ross NichollsRoss NichollsWOutside heel hookTUFF Kumite80KGRR2017
11849Daniel CrawfordWSubmissionTUFF Kumite80KGRR2017
11850Sean HarperWSubmissionTUFF Kumite80KGRR2017
11851Thomas StollWRNCMatrix Inv.80KGSF2017
11852Paul UrbanikWRNCMatrix Inv.80KGF2017
12467James LynchWInside heel hookADCC WC Trials77KGR12017
12478Charles GardnerWOutside heel hookADCC WC Trials77KGR22017
12484Carsten CarlsenWPts: 2x0ADCC WC Trials77KG8F2017
12495Mathew TeslaWPts: 5x2ADCC WC Trials77KG4F2017
12947Krzysztof KlaczekWOutside heel hookADCC EU Trials77KGR12017
12949Maciej KałuszewskiWOutside heel hookADCC EU Trials77KG4F2017
12952Pedro BessaWPts: 2x0ADCC EU Trials77KGSF2017
12953Darragh OConaillDarragh OConaillWInside heel hookADCC EU Trials77KGF2017
13632Ross NichollsRoss NichollsWReferee DecisionPolaris 576KGSPF2017
16871Lachlan GilesLachlan GilesWReferee DecisionPolaris 777KGSPF2018
23230David GarmoDavid GarmoWArmbarPara BellumABSSF2020
23231Mo HoballahWTriangle armbarPara BellumABSSF2020
23232Mo AlhamadiD---Para BellumABSSF2020
23418PJ BarchPJ BarchWInside heel hookBJJ Fanatics GP77KG4F2020
23423John CombsJohn CombsWInside heel hookBJJ Fanatics GP77KGSF2020
23424Ethan CrelinstenEthan CrelinstenWEBI/OTBJJ Fanatics GP77KGF2020
23667Gabriel CastroWKneebarJitz King84KGR12020
23671Benji SilvaWInside heel hookJitz King84KG4F2020
23673Valdir AraujoValdir AraujoWReferee DecisionJitz King84KGSF2020
24198Kyle MeyersWInside heel hookSubversiv 4ABSR12020
24205Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaWReferee DecisionSubversiv 4ABS4F2020
24213G. MioneWInside heel hookSubversiv 4ABS3RD2020
25097Tyler ScalisiWGuillotineDallas NGO79KG4F2021
25098David GarmoDavid GarmoWInside heel hookDallas NGO79KGF2021
25111Rodrigo MartinsWOutside heel hookDallas NGOABSR12021
25113Francisco CuneoFrancisco CuneoWPts: 6x2Dallas NGOABS4F2021
25254Johnny TamaJohnny TamaWReferee DecisionWNO 777KGSPF2021
25691Eduardo AvelarEduardo AvelarWInside heel hookHouston NGO79KGSF2021
25693Joshua BacallaoWPointsHouston NGO79KGF2021
25704Charles McGuireWInside heel hookHouston NGOABS4F2021
25707Joshua BacallaoWTriangleHouston NGOABSSF2021
25828Gabriel AlmeidaGabriel AlmeidaWReferee DecisionSUBVERSIV 581KG4F2021
26056Rodrigo GortariWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Pan Am.ABSR12021
26148Johnatha AlvesJohnatha AlvesWReferee DecisionWNO 977KGSPF2021
26181Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoWReferee DecisionF2W 17277KGSPF2021
26719Rehan MuttalibWInside heel hookChicago NGO79KGF2021
26727MacKenzie MoralesWReverse triangleChicago NGOABS4F2021
26728Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoWKneebarChicago NGOABSSF2021
26806Bruno MatiasBruno MatiasWPts: 5x0Austin NGO85KGSF2021
26808Pedro RochaPedro RochaWKneebarAustin NGO85KGF2021
26854Celso RicardoWReverse triangleOrlando NGO85KGRR2021
26855Celso RicardoWTriangleOrlando NGO85KGRR2021
26859Celso RicardoWInside heel hookOrlando NGOABS4F2021
26863Estevan MartinezEstevan MartinezWPts: 22x5Orlando NGOABSSF2021
26865Helton JoseHelton JoseWReferee DecisionOrlando NGOABSF2021
27593Oliver GotzeWAmericanaADCC EU Trials77KGR12021
27597Gyula SzaboWReferee DecisionADCC EU Trials77KGR22021
27606T. BarryWPts: 0x0, PenADCC EU Trials77KG8F2021
27610Marcus PhelanMarcus PhelanWReferee DecisionADCC EU Trials77KG4F2021
27614M. SzczecinskiWPts: 0x0, PenADCC EU Trials77KGSF2021
27617M. DzharbaevWPts: 2x2, PenADCC EU Trials77KGF2021
28102Tyler ScalisiWOutside heel hookNoGi Worlds79KGR22021
28544Adrian NezWPoints3CG Underdogs84KGR12021
28548Hunter NewtonWStraight ankle lock3CG Underdogs84KG4F2021

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

 

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