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Vannessa Griffin is a jiu-jitsu black belt under Julius Park and a member of the Crazy 88 Academy, who often represents Team Lloyd Irvin in the sport’s international circuit. Griffin made waves in grappling during her colored belt career, a time when Vanessa conquered numerous titles of the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) league such as the World, World No-Gi, Pan, Pan No-Gi, and European Championships.

Vannessa Griffin Jiu-Jitsu

Full Name: Vannessa Nancy Griffin

Nickname: N/A

Lineage:  Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Rickson Gracie > Jorge Pereira > Leo DallaLloyd Irvin > Julius Park > Vanessa Griffin

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place IBJJF Pan Championship NOGI (2021)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Pan Championship NOGI (2020*)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2020)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship (2015 blue, 2017 purple)
  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship NOGI (2019 brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2015 blue, 2017 purple)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pan Championship NOGI (2017 brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF European Open (2020 brown)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2018 brown)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Pan Championship NOGI (2016** purple)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World Championship (2016 purple, 2019 brown)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2015* blue)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Pan Championship NOGI (2017*/2019 brown)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF European Open (2020* brown)
  • F2W Brown Belt Welterweight Champion (2018)

* Absolute
** Weight and absolute

Favorite Position/Technique: Open Guard

Weight Division: Peso Médio (69,00 kg / 152.5 lbs)

Team/Association: Crazy 88 – Team Lloyd Irvin

Vanessa Griffin Biography

Vanessa Griffin was born on August 12, 1997, in Warwick, Rhode Island, USA, where she lived up until her 3rd birthday.

After her father passed away, Vanessa and her family moved out of RI, to neighboring Maryland State, testing a few different towns before settling in Elkridge, MD.

Although curious about sports, Vanessa didn’t pay too much attention to extra-curricular activities up until her tweens. At that point, in trying to find something to occupy her time, Griffin discovered the Crazy 88 Academy, which neighbored her residence, joining the gym’s jiu-jitsu class – with coach Jon Delbrugge
– at the age of 13.

At Crazy 88, Vanessa Griffin became one of coach Julius Park‘s top students, training on to a nearly full-time schedule from her yellow belt days onwards, while studying and helping with the team’s coaching program.

After a stellar career in the lower belt divisions, where Vanessa conquered the IBJJF World, World NOGI, Pan, Pan NOGI, and European Open titles, Griffin was promoted to black belt by coach Park. A promotion that came on June 20, 2020.

Vannessa Griffin Grappling Record

18 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    5 (28%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (17%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    9 (50%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (6%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

9 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke from back
22
2
#86e620
Armbar
22
2
#5AD3D1
Choke
22
2
#d1212a
Kimura
11
1
#fad11b
Americana
11
1
#f58822
Triangle
11
1
9
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
13 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    6 (46%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (8%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    4 (31%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (15%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

4 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Outside heel hook
25
1
#86e620
RNC
25
1
#5AD3D1
Choke from back
25
1
#d1212a
Short choke
25
1
4
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Vannessa Griffin Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
24214Rafaela GuedesRafaela GuedesLPts: 11x0Pan American69KGSF2020
24517Rafaela GuedesRafaela GuedesLPts: 0x0, AdvNo Gi Pan Am.ABSF2020
26213Elisabeth ClayElisabeth ClayLOutside heel hookNoGi Pan Am.ABS4F2021
27651Andressa CintraLReferee DecisionPan American69KGSF2021
29621Raquel CanutoLPts: 15x0World Champ.69KG4F2021
31736Chloe McNallyChloe McNallyLPts: 10x6Pan American69KGSF2022
32528Larissa DiasLarissa DiasLRNCAtlanta SPOABSF2022
33068Kira SungKira SungLPts: 4x2World Champ.69KGR12022
33349Maria MalyjasiakMaria MalyjasiakLChoke from backWashington NGOABSF2022
34385Maria MalyjasiakMaria MalyjasiakLPointsN. Haven OpenABSF2022
35596Elisabeth ClayElisabeth ClayLShort chokeNoGi Pan66KGF2022
37210Maria MalyjasiakMaria MalyjasiakLPts: 10x0European OpenABSR12023
37247Thalyta SilvaThalyta SilvaLReferee DecisionEuropean Open69KGF2023
24213Raquel CanutoWPts: 0x0, AdvPan American69KG4F2020
24413Nikki SullivanWPts: 2x0Atlanta OpenABSF2020
24516Nikki SullivanWPts: 0x0, PenNo Gi Pan Am.ABSSF2020
25433Suellen SouzaWChoke from backOrlando Open66KGRR2021
25434Suellen SouzaWKimuraOrlando Open66KGF2021
25468Bridget McElieceWArmbarOrlando NGO69KGF2021
26178Erin JohnsonWAmericanaNoGi Pan Am.66KGF2021
27646Bruna MacielWChokePan American69KG8F2021
29094Claire NorthClaire NorthWPts: 2x2, AdvJJ CON69KGF2021
31733Ana NascimentoWArmbarPan American69KG4F2022
32527Betina PereiraWChokeAtlanta SPOABSSF2022
33346Kristi LoughWPts: 6x0Washington NGO74KGF2022
33348Kristi LoughWPts: 0x0, AdvWashington NGOABSSF2022
34381Bridget McelieseWTriangleN. Haven Open74KGF2022
34384Kristi LoughWChoke from backN. Haven OpenABSSF2022
35595Isa ReiberWPts: 14x0NoGi Pan66KGRR2022
37244Ana BrandaoWPts: 2x0European Open69KG4F2023
37245Elisabeth ClayElisabeth ClayWPts: 8x6European Open69KGSF2023
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