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Santeri Lilius is a jiu-jitsu black belt under Roger Gracie and the co-founder of the LiliusBarnatt Martial Arts Academy, located in the 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.

Santeri Lilius Jiu-Jitsu

Full Name: Santeri Lilius

Nickname: N/A

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

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place ADCC European Trials (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 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, growing 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, then joining a Gensei Ruy Karate school.

It was while training 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 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) with the intention of waiting until he was 18YO (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 a variety of locations, being promoted by several instructors of different squads, with his black belt promotion occurring in 2015, from the hands of Roger Gracie.

After finishing his studies at the Sports Institute of Finland, Lilius was offered a job, working 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 own gym in the region, in a 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 and his partner, and fellow BJJ black belt, Emilia Tuukkanen are also revered for their work outside the jiu-jitsu mats, in the dog shelters of Southern Spain, a work BJJ Heroes reported on in the past – check here for that coverage.

Santeri Lilius Grappling Record

56 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    19 (34%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (4%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    29 (52%)
  • BY DECISION
    3 (5%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (2%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (2%)

29 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Estima lock
21
6
#86e620
Toe hold
17
5
#5AD3D1
Katagatame
14
4
#d1212a
RNC
14
4
#fad11b
Bow and arrow
7
2
#f58822
Heel hook
7
2
#224aba
Triangle armbar
3
1
#ff9124
Straight ankle lock
3
1
#bf1f6c
Triangle
3
1
#22c9a5
Footlock
3
1
#fad223
Choke from mount
3
1
#03861f
Armbar
3
1
29
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
30 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    10 (33%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (3%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    15 (50%)
  • BY DECISION
    4 (13%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

15 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Choke from back
20
3
#86e620
Armbar
13
2
#5AD3D1
Triangle armbar
13
2
#d1212a
Baseball bat choke
7
1
#fad11b
Monted triangle
7
1
#f58822
Submission
7
1
#224aba
Kneebar
7
1
#ff9124
Ezekiel
7
1
#bf1f6c
RNC
7
1
#22c9a5
Bow and arrow
7
1
#fad223
Triangle
7
1
15
(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
13137Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarLPts: 19x0World Champ.82KGR12017
14929Tommy LangakerTommy LangakerLRNCEuropean Open82KGR22018
15169Bradley HillLReferee DecisionPolaris 684KGSPF2018
15332Henrique CardosoHenrique CardosoLBow and arrowLondon WO88KGSF2018
15464Mathias RibeiroLReferee DecisionSpanish Nat.82KGF2018
15845Max LindbladMax LindbladLChoke from backFinnish Open82KGF2018
17954C. NegromonteC. NegromonteLPts: 8x0German Nat. Pro85KGF2018
18912Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroLTriangle armbarEuropean Open88KG4F2019
19528Eduardo RiosEduardo RiosLReferee DecisionPolaris 985KGSPF2019
20977Thiago SaThiago SaLPts: 2x9Spanish Nats94KGSF2019
21381C. NegromonteC. NegromonteD---Battle Grapple85KGSPF2019
22160Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiLPts: 13x9European NoGi91KGSF2019
22171Devhonte JohnsonDevhonte JohnsonLPts: 6x0European NoGiABSR12019
23022Fellipe AndrewFellipe AndrewLTriangleEuropean OpenABSR22020
23104Bruno LimaBruno LimaLPts: 0x0, AdvEuropean Open88KGSF2020
23630Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 9x4Grand Slam LDN94KGSF2020
30624Jacob CouchLReferee DecisionGrappleFest 1190KGSPF2022
31055Catriel OliveiraCatriel OliveiraLPts: 1x0Grand Slam LDN94KGSF2022
34892Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLPts: 3x0ADCC88KGR12022
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
14927Raphael SilvaWPts: 6x2European Open82KGR12018
15460Guillermo PonsWRNCSpanish NGN85KGSF2018
15461Auyb MagomedovWPts: 0x0, AdvSpanish NGN85KGF2018
15463Arthur PucciWPts: 4x2Spanish Nat.82KGSF2018
15840Tore ErevikWReferee DecisionFinnish Open82KGR12018
15842Toni ToivanenWEstima lockFinnish Open82KG4F2018
15844Tuomas YlinampaWPts: 4x2Finnish Open82KGSF2018
17952Z. AbderrahmanWEstima lockGerman Nat. Pro85KGSF2018
18208Pedro FarkasWRNCLisbon Open88KGF2018
18501Pedro BessaWReferee DecisionPolaris 882KGSPF2018
18909Philippe PomaskiPhilippe PomaskiWPts: 2x0European Open88KGR12019
20979Angel CiceroWPts: 3x0Spanish NatsABS4F2019
20980Thiago SaThiago SaWEstima lockSpanish NatsABSSF2019
20981Alex CabanesWPts: 6x4Spanish NatsABSF2019
22157Charles McguireWRNCEuropean NoGi91KG4F2019
22593Ivan GradeWBow and arrowMadrid Open94KGSF2019
22594Guilherme JardimWPts: 4x0Madrid Open94KGF2019
23009Thomas JulienWEstima lockEuropean OpenABSR12020
23014Thomas JulienWFootlockEuropean OpenABSR12020
23095Alec BauldingAlec BauldingWPts: 12x4European Open88KGR12020
23100Angel CiceroWChoke from mountEuropean Open88KG4F2020
23498Stuart CooperWKatagatameGrapplefest 890KGSPF2020
23627Matko KvesicWKatagatameGrand Slam LDN94KG4F2020
23633Pedro EliasPedro EliasWPts: 6x5Grand Slam LDN94KGRPC2020
23634Stan VarshavskiyWPts: 10x0Grand Slam LDN94KG3RD2020
24034Taylor PearmanD---Polaris SquadsABSRR2020
24043Darragh OConaillDarragh OConaillD---Polaris SquadsABSRR2020
26285Fernando MeraWKatagatameADCC SpainABS4F2021
26286Seba SantanaWRNCADCC SpainABSSF2021
26287Dimitris Marga.WHeel hookADCC SpainABSF2021
31054Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiWPts: 4x4Grand Slam LDN94KG4F2022
32185Mehdad KavandWDQADCC EU Trials88KGR12022
32187Manuel PilatoWHeel hookADCC EU Trials88KGR22022
32190Freddie BarkerWPts: 4x2ADCC EU Trials88KGR32022
32192Adam NiedzwiedzWReferee DecisionADCC EU Trials88KG8F2022
32195Ben DysonWPts: 3x0ADCC EU Trials88KG4F2022
32196Piotr FrechowiczWArmbarADCC EU Trials88KGSF2022
32198Bruno LimaBruno LimaWPenADCC EU Trials99KGF2022
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