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Vinicius Alves Lessa Paula, commonly known as Vinicius Lessa in the sport of jiu-jitsu, is a professional grappler and a black belt under Claudio Calasans & Álvaro Borges Junior, who worked extensively with coach André Papini during his colored belt career. Vinicius Lessa first made waves in jiu-jitsu after his 2021 win at the Abu Dhabi Jiu-Jitsu Pro Tour (AJP) as a brown belt, a good form that he proved consistent as a black belt, particularly while competing on the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) circuit.

Vinicius Lessa Jiu-Jitsu

Full Name: Vinicius Alves Lessa Paula

Nickname: N/A

Lineage: Carlos Gracie > Reyson Gracie > Osvaldo Alves > Sergio Lisboa > Erivaldo Junior > Claudio Calasans > Vinicius Lessa

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place IBJJF Brasilia Open (2022)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Rio Fall Open (2022)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Rio Summer Open (2023)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • 1st Place AJP Abu Dhabi World Pro (2021 brown)
  • 2nd Place AJP Grand Slam, ABD (2021 brown)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF European Open NOGI (2019 brown)

Favorite Position/Technique: Open Guard

Weight Division: Super Pesado (100,50 kg / 222.0 lbs)

Team/Association: Esporte Dez / Calasans Camargo

Vinicius Lessa Biography

Vinicius Lessa was born on December 09, 1997, in Maceió, Alagoas, Brazil, where he grew up.

Jiu-jitsu appeared in Vinicius’ life in his mid-teens through the influence of a couple of friends – Jonas Melo and Davi Melo – who were purple belts and taught the martial art, locally.

Although he enjoyed training under the Melo brothers, shortly after he started Lessa became interested in competing which required a more tournament-driven class. For that reason, he became a student of André Papini at the Solara social project, a satellite academy of team Cicero Costha, one of the biggest jiu-jitsu talent producers in Brazil.

With time Vinicius became more and more invested in the sport, to the point where jiu-jitsu was where he spent every single spare time in his day. Seeing his dedication, coach Papini started sponsoring Vinicius, paying for trips to competitions and paying for the tournament fees, as he did with a selected few in his team who showed more willingness to train and compete.

In April 2021, Vinicius Lessa traveled to Abu Dhabi to compete at the World Pro of the AJP federation. While in the UAE, Vinicius met and befriended one of his idols, former AJP World Pro, IBJJF World, and ADCC champion Claudio Calasans. The two got on very well and by the end of the week, Calasans invited Vinicius to visit his training center in São José dos Campos (São Paulo, Brazil).

When back in Brazil, Vinicius visited São Paulo and trained with Calasans at his academy. The trip was supposed to be a short one, but Lessa kept postponing his return to Alagoas as he was thoroughly enjoying the quality of training experienced at Calasan’s team. As time went by, Vinicius was eventually invited to be part of Claudio’s squad and represent their team in future events, an offer accepted by Lessa.

Vinicius arrived a Calasan’s team as a brown belt but his tournament results quickly propelled him to the next stage. Lessa was promoted to black belt by Claudio Calasans and fellow Calasans coach Álvaro Borges Junior on November 23, 2021.

Vinicius Lessa Grappling Record

42 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    20 (48%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (2%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    9 (21%)
  • BY DECISION
    12 (29%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

9 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke from back
22
2
#86e620
Kneebar
22
2
#5AD3D1
Guillotine
22
2
#d1212a
Kimura
11
1
#fad11b
Toe hold
11
1
#f58822
Choke from mount
11
1
9
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
31 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    9 (29%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (10%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    13 (42%)
  • BY DECISION
    3 (10%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    2 (6%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (3%)

13 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Choke from back
31
4
#86e620
Choke
15
2
#5AD3D1
Botinha
8
1
#d1212a
Anaconda choke
8
1
#fad11b
Armbar
8
1
#f58822
Triangle
8
1
#224aba
Outside heel hook
8
1
#ff9124
Katagatame
8
1
#bf1f6c
Armlock
8
1
13
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Vinicius Lessa Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
32186Hygor BritoHygor BritoLBotinhaBrasileiro94KGR12022
34047Pedro MachadoPedro MachadoLPts: 2x0Grand Slam RJ94KGR12022
34333Maique AzevedoLAnaconda chokeBrasileiro NoGi97KG4F2022
34488Walllace CostaD---AJP SA Team120KGSF2022
34501Helder JrLPts: 3x2AJP SA Team120KG3RD2022
35754Luis OliveiraLuis OliveiraLPts: 2x0South American100KGSF2022
36675Gabriel HenriqueGabriel HenriqueLPts: 2x2, AdvBrasilia OpenABSSF2022
37084Elionai BrazLPts: 0x0, PenRio SMO100KGF2023
37192Jansen GomesJansen GomesLChoke from backEuropean OpenABSR12023
37300Vinicius LiberatiVinicius LiberatiLPts: 5x0European Open100KGR12023
38129Erich MunisErich MunisLArmbarCuritiba SMO100KGF2023
38677Icaro VidalLChokeRio Fall OpenABSR12023
39036Gabriel VolanteGabriel VolanteLReferee DecisionBJJS ConfereABSSF2023
39617Wildemar SouzaLReferee DecisionBrasileiro100KG4F2023
39635Luis OliveiraLuis OliveiraLChoke from backBrasileiroABS8F2023
40228Alex MunisAlex MunisLPts: 2x0Floripa FO100KG4F2023
40242Meyram MaquineMeyram MaquineLPts: 4x0Floripa FOABS4F2023
40419Italo LimaItalo LimaLTriangleWorld Champ.94KGR12023
40572Victor HugoVictor HugoLChokeWorld Champ.ABS8F2023
40744Javier BarterJavier BarterLPts: 6x3Grand Slam RJ94KG4F2023
40750Davi SouzaLPts: 2x0Grand Slam RJ94KGRPC2023
41061Elionai JulioLPts: 2x0Brasileiro CBJJEABS4F2023
41546Jardel OliveiraLOutside heel hookADCC SP91KGSF2023
41954Gabriel BrodGabriel BrodLPts: 2x2, AdvVitoria Open94KGSF2023
42894Caio PaganiniCaio PaganiniLDQSul Americano94KG4F2023
42932Anderson MunisAnderson MunisLChoke from backSul AmericanoABS8F2023
43950Elionai BrazLPts: 0x0, AdvSul Am. NoGi97KGF2023
45777Javier ZaruskiJavier ZaruskiLKatagatameNoGi World97KGSF2023
46328G. LambertucciG. LambertucciLArmlockEuropean OpenABS4F2024
46440Erich MunisErich MunisLChoke from backEuropean Open100KG4F2024
47303Gabriel ArgesGabriel ArgesLReferee DecisionADCC BRA 199KGR22024
47676Luis HenriqueLPts: 0x0, PenADCC BRA2O99KG4F2024
31916Yuri KorzenWPointsRio Fall Open100KG4F2022
31918Rinaldo FilhoWPointsRio Fall Open100KGSF2022
31919Gabriel VenturaWPointsRio Fall Open100KGF2022
34467Danilo CrecencioD---AJP SA Team120KGRR2022
34481Gabriel BarbosaWChoke from backAJP SA Team120KGRR2022
35752Elionai BrazWPts: 4x0South American100KG4F2022
36659Joao MachadoWKimuraBrasilia Open100KGSF2022
36661Marcus RuizWKneebarBrasilia Open100KGF2022
36665Carlos GeovanniWPts: 2x0Brasilia OpenABSR12022
36671Yann CathalatWPts: 2x0Brasilia OpenABS4F2022
37080Isaac DullWPts: 6x0Rio SMO100KG4F2023
37083Victor MacielWToe holdRio SMO100KGSF2023
38126Joao FreitasWReferee DecisionCuritiba SMO100KG4F2023
38128Lucas CamposWPts: 4x2Curitiba SMO100KGSF2023
38663Victor CostaVictor CostaWChoke from mountRio Fall Open100KG4F2023
38665Wildemar MatheusWReferee DecisionRio Fall Open100KGSF2023
38956Kelvin CruzWPts: 2x0Salvador FO100KGSF2023
38958Paulo OtavioWN/ASalvador FO100KGF2023
38970Jose EdicharlesWPts: 4x2Salvador FOABSR12023
38978Kelvin CruzWPts: 2x0Salvador FOABS8F2023
39034Romulo LeandroWKneebarBJJS ConfereABS4F2023
40239Vital NetoWReferee DecisionFloripa FOABS8F2023
40558Servio TulioServio TulioWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.ABSR12023
40737Higor EleuterioWChoke from backGrand Slam RJ94KG8F2023
41172Matheus NascimentoWReferee DecisionBetim Open94KGSF2023
41174Walisson PardimWPts: 0x0, AdvBetim Open94KGF2023
41400Matheus HenriqueiWReferee DecisionSP BJJ Pro94KG4F2023
41401Gabriel HenriqueGabriel HenriqueWReferee DecisionSP BJJ Pro94KGSF2023
41402Alex MunisAlex MunisWReferee DecisionSP BJJ Pro94KGF2023
41539Tyrone GonsalvesWReferee DecisionADCC SP91KGR12023
41543Joao NicoliteWReferee DecisionADCC SP91KG4F2023
41549Stefano CorreaWReferee DecisionADCC SP91KG3RD2023
42930Leo BroccaWPts: 2x0Sul AmericanoABSR12023
43946Brenno NovaisWGuillotineSul Am. NoGi97KG4F2023
43949Davi SouzaWPts: 2x0Sul Am. NoGi97KGSF2023
45218Lucas AlvesLucas AlvesWN/ASP NGO97KGF2023
45773Thiago AndradeWPts: 13x0NoGi World97KG4F2023
46319Freddy VosgroneWPts: 3x2European OpenABSR12024
46327Harryson PereiraHarryson PereiraWPts: 4x2European OpenABS8F2024
46437Karim KhalifaWPts: 2x0European Open100KGR12024
47298Vini CruzWGuillotineADCC BRA 199KGR12024
47660Viktor DoriaWReferee DecisionADCC BRA2O99KGR12024
47672Paulo MaxWPts: 2x0ADCC BRA2O99KGR22024
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