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Santeri Lilius is a jiu-jitsu black belt under Roger Gracie who is also the co-founder of the LiliusBarnatt Martial Arts Academy, a successful gym located in Costa Del Sol – Spain. Originally from Finland, Santeri became a familiar face on the European competitive grappling scene after solid performances on the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) circuit, where he won several International Opens, later going on to achieve success also under the ADCC ruleset with wins at the European Trials.

Santeri Lilius Jiu-Jitsu

Full Name: Santeri Lilius

Nickname: N/A

Lineage:  Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Carlos Gracie Jr > Roger Gracie > Santeri Lilius

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place ADCC European Trials (2022 / 2023)
  • 1st Place IBJJF European Open NOGI (2022)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Rome Open (2016)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Berlin Open (2015)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Berlin Open NoGi (2015 / 2016)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Madrid Open (2019)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Spanish Nationals (2019)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Spanish Nationals NOGI (2016)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Spanish Nationals (2016)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF London Fall Open (2015 / 2016)
  • 2nd Place UAEJJF Grand Slan, LDN (2017)
  • 2nd Place SBJJL Finnish Open (2016)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World Championship NOGI (2022)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF European Open (2020)
  • 3rd Place UAEJJF Grand Slan, LDN (2020)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • 2nd Place IBJJF European Open (2014 brown)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF European Open (2015 brown)

Favorite Position/Technique: Estima Lock

Weight Division: Peso Pesado (94kg/207lbs)

Team/Association: LiliusBarnatt Martial Arts

Santeri Lilius Biography

Santeri Lilius was born on June 26, 1991, in a small Finnish town named Karkola although he grew up in Lahti, also in Finland.

As a child, Santeri was committed to ice hockey, a very popular sport in his home country which he played competitively up until his 14th birthday at the junior national level. As a 15-year-old Lilius chose to swap the ice rings for the mats and joined a Gensei Ruy Karate school.

It was while training in karate that the young martial artist discovered jiu-jitsu. His sensei was an avid fan of BJJ and made an effort to incorporate a few useful grappling techniques on to his curriculum, this experience would ramp Santeri up to join a local mixed martial arts school. MMA was booming at the time and Lilius loved the sport and aspired to someday follow a career as a cage-fighter.

Unfortunately, during his early days of training MMA, Lilius broke a rib from a kick he received while sparring. The incident drove Santeri’s parents to cancel his membership and veto his training, fearing for the young man’s safety. Although gutted about his parents’ decision, Lilius decided then to join a jiu-jitsu school (where there were no strikes) to wait until he was 18 (adulthood), when he could re-sign for MMA.

It was in the early months of 2008 that Santeri joined the classroom of Raimo Posti and Marko Kallioinen, both blue belts instructors at the time, who represented the Lucio Linhares team. From there Lilius trained at various locations, being promoted by several instructors of different squads, with his black belt promotion occurring in 2015, in a ceremony guided by Roger Gracie.

After finishing his studies at the Sports Institute of Finland, Lilius was offered a job as a jiu-jitsu coach in the South of Spain, an offer grabbed with both hands by the young grappler. It would take Santeri 5 years to gather the funds to found his gym in the region, in partnership with UFC veteran cage fighter Luke Barnatt. The two formed the LiliusBarnatt Martial Arts dojo, located in the famous Mediterranian beach area of Costa Del Sol Torremolinos, Spain.

Santeri Lilius Grappling Record

77 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    27 (35%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (3%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    42 (55%)
  • BY DECISION
    3 (4%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (1%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (1%)

42 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
RNC
29
12
#86e620
Estima lock
14
6
#5AD3D1
Toe hold
14
6
#d1212a
Katagatame
10
4
#fad11b
Heel hook
5
2
#f58822
Armbar
5
2
#224aba
Inside heel hook
5
2
#ff9124
Bow and arrow
5
2
#bf1f6c
Outside heel hook
2
1
#22c9a5
Triangle armbar
2
1
#fad223
Straight ankle lock
2
1
#03861f
Triangle
2
1
#039a1f
Footlock
2
1
#03b41f
Choke from mount
2
1
42
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
34 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    11 (32%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (3%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    18 (53%)
  • BY DECISION
    4 (12%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

18 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Choke from back
17
3
#86e620
Armbar
11
2
#5AD3D1
Triangle armbar
11
2
#d1212a
Kneebar
11
2
#fad11b
Triangle
6
1
#f58822
Inside heel hook
6
1
#224aba
Shoulder lock
6
1
#ff9124
Baseball bat choke
6
1
#bf1f6c
Monted triangle
6
1
#22c9a5
Submission
6
1
#fad223
Ezekiel
6
1
#03861f
RNC
6
1
#039a1f
Bow and arrow
6
1
18
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Santeri Lilius Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
7036Darragh OConaillDarragh OConaillLBaseball bat chokeRome Open88KGSF2015
8826Luca AnacoretaLuca AnacoretaLArmbarLondon FO88KGF2015
8830Luca AnacoretaLuca AnacoretaLArmbarLondon FOABSSF2015
8833C. NegromonteC. NegromonteLTriangle armbarLondon FNGO85KGF2015
9134Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoLPointsLondon WO88KGF2016
9996Otavio SousaOtavio SousaLChoke from backWorld Champ.82KGR22016
10750Luca AnacoretaLuca AnacoretaLChoke from backLondon F. Open88KGSF2016
11291Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroLPts: 4x2Berlin Open82KGRR2016
11293Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroLMonted triangleBerlin Open82KGF2016
11596Bruno BorzaniLSubmissionEuropean Open88KGR12017
12024Jackson SousaJackson SousaLKneebarLondon WOABSSF2017
12068C. NegromonteC. NegromonteLEzekielGrand Slam LDN85KGF2017
13138Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarLPts: 19x0World Champ.82KGR12017
14930Tommy LangakerTommy LangakerLRNCEuropean Open82KGR22018
15170Bradley HillLReferee DecisionPolaris 684KGSPF2018
15333Henrique CardosoHenrique CardosoLBow and arrowLondon WO88KGSF2018
15465Mathias RibeiroLReferee DecisionSpanish Nat.82KGF2018
15846Max LindbladMax LindbladLChoke from backFinnish Open82KGF2018
17960C. NegromonteC. NegromonteLPts: 8x0German Nat. Pro85KGF2018
18921Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroLTriangle armbarEuropean Open88KG4F2019
19541Eduardo RiosEduardo RiosLReferee DecisionPolaris 985KGSPF2019
20992Thiago SaThiago SaLPts: 2x9Spanish Nats94KGSF2019
21396C. NegromonteC. NegromonteD---Battle Grapple85KGSPF2019
22179Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiLPts: 13x9European NoGi91KGSF2019
22190Devhonte JohnsonDevhonte JohnsonLPts: 6x0European NoGiABSR12019
23048Fellipe AndrewFellipe AndrewLTriangleEuropean OpenABSR22020
23130Bruno LimaBruno LimaLPts: 0x0, AdvEuropean Open88KGSF2020
23657Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 9x4Grand Slam LDN94KGSF2020
30708Jacob CouchJacob CouchLReferee DecisionGrappleFest 1190KGSPF2022
31143Catriel OliveiraCatriel OliveiraLPts: 1x0Grand Slam LDN94KGSF2022
35041Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLPts: 3x0ADCC88KGR12022
36904Andre PorfirioAndre PorfirioLKneebarNoGi Worlds91KGSF2022
38582Luke GriffithLuke GriffithLInside heel hookGrappleFest92KGSPF2023
42609Nicky RyanNicky RyanD---Quintet 4ABSNA2023
44249Javier BarterJavier BarterLPts: 4x2European NoGi91KGSF2023
44274Javier BarterJavier BarterLShoulder lockEuropean NoGiABS4F2023
7035Gareth NealWPts: 4x2Rome Open88KGSF2015
8804Ertan BalabanWBow and arrowBerlin Open88KGSF2015
8805Radoslaw TurekWInjuryBerlin Open88KGF2015
8809Radoslaw TurekWEstima lockBerlin NoGi Open85KGSF2015
8810Marco MachadoWTriangle armbarBerlin NoGi Open85KGF2015
8825Francisco CaraballoWToe holdLondon FO88KGSF2015
8827Hassine AzarkanWToe holdLondon FOABS4F2015
8838Jesse VuorioWToe holdPrimates IIABS4F2015
8839Harri PaakkolaWStraight ankle lockPrimates IIABSSF2015
8840S. BroscheWTrianglePrimates IIABSF2015
9132Marcos FilhoWKatagatameLondon WO88KGSF2016
9418Julien CrazierWEstima lockRome Open88KGSF2016
9419Max CarvalhoMax CarvalhoWPts: 4x0Rome Open88KGF2016
9990Alessandro SilvaWPts: 6x4World Champ.82KGR12016
10749Gareth NealeWPts: 7x0London F. Open88KG4F2016
11292Felipe CancadoWToe holdBerlin Open82KGRR2016
11294Felipe CancadoWToe holdBerlin NGO85KGF2016
12022Pedro BessaWPts: 4x2London WOABS4F2017
12063Mathias RibeiroWPts: 6x6, AdvGrand Slam LDN85KG4F2017
12067Bradley HillWPts: 2x0Grand Slam LDN85KGSF2017
14928Raphael SilvaWPts: 6x2European Open82KGR12018
15461Guillermo PonsWRNCSpanish NGN85KGSF2018
15462Auyb MagomedovWPts: 0x0, AdvSpanish NGN85KGF2018
15464Arthur PucciWPts: 4x2Spanish Nat.82KGSF2018
15841Tore ErevikWReferee DecisionFinnish Open82KGR12018
15843Toni ToivanenWEstima lockFinnish Open82KG4F2018
15845Tuomas YlinampaWPts: 4x2Finnish Open82KGSF2018
17958Z. AbderrahmanWEstima lockGerman Nat. Pro85KGSF2018
18217Pedro FarkasWRNCLisbon Open88KGF2018
18510Pedro BessaWReferee DecisionPolaris 882KGSPF2018
18918Philippe PomaskiPhilippe PomaskiWPts: 2x0European Open88KGR12019
20994Angel CiceroWPts: 3x0Spanish NatsABS4F2019
20995Thiago SaThiago SaWEstima lockSpanish NatsABSSF2019
20996Alex CabanesWPts: 6x4Spanish NatsABSF2019
22176Charles McguireWRNCEuropean NoGi91KG4F2019
22618Ivan GradeWBow and arrowMadrid Open94KGSF2019
22619Guilherme JardimWPts: 4x0Madrid Open94KGF2019
23035Thomas JulienWEstima lockEuropean OpenABSR12020
23040Thomas JulienWFootlockEuropean OpenABSR12020
23121Alec BauldingAlec BauldingWPts: 12x4European Open88KGR12020
23126Angel CiceroWChoke from mountEuropean Open88KG4F2020
23525Stuart CooperWKatagatameGrapplefest 890KGSPF2020
23654Matko KvesicWKatagatameGrand Slam LDN94KG4F2020
23660Pedro EliasPedro EliasWPts: 6x5Grand Slam LDN94KGRPC2020
23661Stan VarshavskiyWPts: 10x0Grand Slam LDN94KG3RD2020
24066Taylor PearmanD---Polaris SquadsABSRR2020
24075Darragh OConaillDarragh OConaillD---Polaris SquadsABSRR2020
26325Fernando MeraWKatagatameADCC SpainABS4F2021
26326Seba SantanaWRNCADCC SpainABSSF2021
26327Dimitris Marga.WHeel hookADCC SpainABSF2021
31142Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiWPts: 4x4Grand Slam LDN94KG4F2022
32286Mehdad KavandWDQADCC EU Trials88KGR12022
32288Manuel PilatoWHeel hookADCC EU Trials88KGR22022
32291Freddie BarkerWPts: 4x2ADCC EU Trials88KGR32022
32293Adam NiedzwiedzWReferee DecisionADCC EU Trials88KG8F2022
32296Ben DysonWPts: 3x0ADCC EU Trials88KG4F2022
32297Piotr FrechowiczWArmbarADCC EU Trials88KGSF2022
32299Bruno LimaBruno LimaWPenADCC EU Trials99KGF2022
36129Bradley HillWRNCEuropean NG91KGR12022
36132Antonio StanicWRNCEuropean NG91KG4F2022
36134Hunter ColvinWRNCEuropean NG91KGSF2022
36136Janis RiekstinsWPts: 6x0European NG91KGF2022
36897Juan EscuderoWRNCNoGi Worlds91KG8F2022
36901Alejandro TolmosWPts: 4x0NoGi Worlds91KG4F2022
41683Alvaro MartinezWInside heel hookADCC SPA Cup91KGSF2023
41684Abimael GarciaWRNCADCC SPA Cup91KGF2023
41685Rafael RodriguezWRNCADCC SPA CupABSR12023
41686Roger DominguezWInside heel hookADCC SPA CupABS4F2023
41687Artem ShevchukWOutside heel hookADCC SPA CupABSSF2023
41688Caue LealWRNCADCC SPA CupABSF2023
42702Faris LamkademWPts: 3x0ADCC EU Trials88KGR22023
42703Mantas DaublysWPts: 3x0ADCC EU Trials88KG16F2023
42711Kris LeesonWPts: 2x0ADCC EU Trials88KG8F2023
42715Roger LopezWPts: 2x0ADCC EU Trials88KG4F2023
42717Christopher WojcikWPts: 3x0ADCC EU Trials88KGSF2023
42719Tuomas SimolaWArmbarADCC EU Trials88KGF2023
44239Antti SimolaWPts: 2x0European NoGi91KGR12023
44244Max BickertonWRNCEuropean NoGi91KG4F2023
44266Mohamed OmarWToe holdEuropean NoGiABS8F2023
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