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Tadiyah Danforth is a jiu-jitsu black belt under Noel Danforth (his father) who represents the Alliance team in the sport’s global circuit. A former high school wrestler, Danforth started making a name for himself as one of the top up-and-coming rooster weights in the sport through his performances on the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) league, particularly at the World No-Gi Championships and Pan Championships (gi & no-gi) as a purple and brown belt.

Tadiyah Danforth Jiu-Jitsu

Full Name: Tadiyah William Danforth

Nickname: N/A

Lineage: Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Rolls Gracie > Romero Cavalcanti > Fabio Gurgel > Takeyoshi Ikehara > Noel Danforth > Tadiyah Danforth

Main Achievements:

  • 3rd Place IBJJF European Championship (2023 / 2024)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • 1st Place IBJJF Pan Championship NOGI (2019 brown)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF World Championship NOGI (2019 brown)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Pan Championship NOGI (2018 purple)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2021 brown)

Favorite Position/Technique: Modern Guards

Weight Division: Peso Galo (57,50 kg / 127.0 lbs)

Team/Association: Alliance

Tadiyah Danforth Biography

Tadiyah Danforth was born on August 31st, 1997, in Greenfield, Massachusetts, USA but spent the majority of his childhood in Farmington, Maine.

The first martial art experienced by Danforth was jiu-jitsu, which he began at the age of 7 by the influence of his father, Noel Danforth. Noel was a BJJ instructor who, despite Tadiyah’s initial push-back at training the (not so) Gentle Art, always pressed his son to show up on the mats.

Although he played baseball and football (soccer) as a child, it was only once his family moved to Maryland that Tadiyah discovered a sport he truly enjoyed, wrestling. His love for the singlet began during his junior year of high school, with Danforth’s dedication taking him to place at the county and regional tournaments during his senior year, while also qualifying at the state level. Galvanized by his performances, Tadiyah almost went to the extreme measure of failing his classes just so he could have another run. This much was explained by Tadiyah himself in an interview given to BJJ Heroes on February 2022:

I actually tried to flunk out of my classes’ senior year so I could stay back another year and go D1 in college but that didn’t work out,” said Danforth.

Despite being around jiu-jitsu for many years, this martial art did not resonate with Tadiyah’s lifestyle up until 2018. The revelation took place while attending a Lucas Lepri training camp for the World Championship, where the young Massachusetts native was able to experience the full comradery and energy shared by those attending the camp. The dynamics shared among the workgroup resembled what he had experienced when wrestling, a sentiment that captivated his attention more than ever. After his time with Lepri, Danforth started taking jiu-jitsu seriously in pursuit of a professional career.

Despite having learned from many of Team Alliance’s top figures, in 2020 Tadiyah met Nick Salles and Daniel Maira, two athletes from a separate affiliation who also had a strong influence in Danforth’s growth as an athlete.

As he commited to the sport, Tadiyah’s obvious talent started shining through with positive runs at some of the sport’s top events. His many achievements saw Danforth climb the rankings of the sport, ultimately leading to his black belt promotion in January 2022.

Tadiyah Danforth Grappling Record

19 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    5 (26%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (5%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    10 (53%)
  • BY DECISION
    3 (16%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

10 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Armbar
30
3
#86e620
Triangle
20
2
#5AD3D1
Mikey lock
20
2
#d1212a
Toe hold
10
1
#fad11b
Straight ankle lock
10
1
#f58822
Triangle armbar
10
1
10
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
16 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    6 (38%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    4 (25%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    3 (19%)
  • BY DECISION
    3 (19%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

3 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Choke from back
67
2
#86e620
Armbar
33
1
3
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Tadiyah Danforth Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
30099Bebeto OliveiraLPts: 2x0Oklahoma Open64KGF2022
30673Estevan MartinezEstevan MartinezLPts: 0x0, AdvMiami WO57KGSF2022
32491Junny OcasioJunny OcasioLPts: 2x2, AdvAtlanta SPO64KG4F2022
32575Luis NinjaLPts: 6x4Chicago SPO64KGSF2022
32856Rodnei BarbosaRodnei BarbosaLChoke from backWorld Champ.57KGR12022
36550Eric PhanEric PhanLArmbarN. Haven FO64KGF2022
36564David TeraoDavid TeraoLAdvNHaven FNGO61KGSF2022
36813Estevan MartinezEstevan MartinezLReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds55KG4F2022
37215Thalison SoaresThalison SoaresLChoke from backEuropean Open58KGSF2023
38408Hiryu NiwaHiryu NiwaLReferee DecisionPan American58KG4F2023
38864Isaias HiginoLPts: 6x2Charleston Open64KGSF2023
40279Cory WalkerCory WalkerLPts: 4x2World Champ.58KGR12023
45650Chris TranChris TranLReferee DecisionNoGi World55KG4F2023
46339Thalison SoaresThalison SoaresLPts: 19x2European Open57KGSF2024
46775Cory WalkerCory WalkerLPts: 6x4Atlanta WO57KGF2024
47850Wanki ChaeWanki ChaeLPts: 2x2, AdvPan American57KGR12024
30456Jhonatas RamosWArmbarAtlanta WO57KGSF2022
30457Dean LewisWToe holdAtlanta WO57KGF2022
33360Jose OrozcoWTriangleWashington DCO64KGSF2022
33361Aidan CollinsWPts: 2x0Washington DCO64KGF2022
35835Antonio CasarezWStraight ankle lockCharleston FO64KGF2022
35848Kenneth NakagawaWMikey lockCharleston FNGO61KGSF2022
35849Antonio CasarezWPts: 4x2Charleston FNGO61KGF2022
36548Michael MehlWReferee DecisionN. Haven FO64KGSF2022
36810Antonio VillatoraWArmbarNoGi Worlds55KGR12022
37214Italo FrotaWTriangleEuropean Open58KG4F2023
38407Luciano VieiraWPts: 0x0, AdvPan American58KGR12023
38862Marcus BeddorMarcus BeddorWTriangle armbarCharleston Open64KG4F2023
39833Chris TranChris TranWPts: 11x4Atanta SPO58KGF2023
41654Matheus FonsecaWArmbarOrlando SMO64KGSF2023
41655Rodnei BarbosaRodnei BarbosaWPts: 4x2Orlando SMO64KGF2023
44625Estevan MartinezEstevan MartinezWReferee DecisionF2W 239NASPF2023
45281Rodnei BarbosaRodnei BarbosaWMikey lockAtlanta FNGO61KGF2023
45643Osamah AlmarwaiOsamah AlmarwaiWReferee DecisionNoGi World55KGR12023
46337Shay MontagueShay MontagueWPts: 8x6European Open57KG4F2024
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