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Vinícius Ferreira Gazola, commonly known as Vinícius “Trator” (Tractor), is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt under Fábio Gurgel and Michael Langhi, being also one of the top representatives of the Alliance Academy. Widely regarded as one of the top competitors of his generation, Ferreira conquered important titles in the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) circuit, including World, World No-Gi and Pan American gold medals.

Vinícius Ferreira Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Vinícius Ferreira Gazola

Nickname: Vinícius is often referred to as “Trator” (the Portuguese word for a tractor vehicle), though his nickname was initially “Motor” (the Portuguese word for “engine”). Ferreira started being called Motor among his hometown’s BJJ competitive community, early on in his grappling career due to the work-rate imposed by Vinícius on the mats. The name would later change to Trator, once he joined the Alliance team in São Paulo, after a teammate jokingly said “you’re not just an engine, you are a tractor” – which are engines more commonly known for their torquing power, seemingly implying a relationship between Vinícius’ grappling style and the unstoppable force of the tractor. A joke that soon caught on by the workgroup.

Lineage 1: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Rolls Gracie > Romero Cavalcanti >  Fábio Gurgel > Vinícius Ferreira

Lineage 2: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Rolls Gracie > Romero Cavalcanti > Alexandre Paiva > Fernando Augusto > Rubens Charles > Michael Langhi > Vinícius Ferreira

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place IBJJF Pan Championship NoGi (2019)
  • 1st Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals (2019)
  • 1st Place CBJJ Brazilian No-Gi Nationals (2018)
  • 1st Place CBJJ South Brazilian Championship (2019**)
  • 1st Place IBJJF São Paulo Open (2018**)
  • 2nd Place ADCC São Paulo Brazilian Trials (2017)
  • 2nd Place Washington DC Open (2019)
  • 2nd Place Kasai Trials/Elite Grappling (2019)
  • 3rd Place World Championship (2019)

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship (2017 brown, 2016 purple)
  • 1st Place IBJJF World No-Gi Championship (2018/2017 brown, 2016/2015 purple)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pans Championship (2016 purple)
  • 1st Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals (2018 brown, 2016 purple)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Rome Open (2018** brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF South American Championship (2016 purple)
  • 1st Place IBJJF São Paulo BJJ Pro (2017 brown)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Pans Championship (2017** brown)
  • 2nd Place ACBJJ South American Championship (2018 brown)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World Championship (2018 brown)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Pans No-Gi Championship (2017** brown)

* Absolute
** Weight and absolute

Favorite Position/Technique: Pressure Passing / X-Guard

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

Team/Association: Alliance

Vinícius Ferreira Biography

Vinícius Ferreira was born on June 21, 1997, in Franca, a municipality in the Brazilian state of São Paulo, where he grew up.

At the age of 12, Ferreira was struggling with weight-related issues, then deciding to join a boxing gym to help lower his body-mass, a sport he practiced for nearly 4 years.

2 years into his striking training and Vinícius was still fighting off some of his excess weight. To tackle the issue he decided to add jiu-jitsu to his weekly activities, his first class taking place on March 2010 with coach Paulo “Índio”.

4 months into his training and Vinícius had his first taste of competition, reaching an honorable 2nd place at a local tournament. Trator was immediately hooked on to competition, starting then a routine that saw him competing every single weekend, year round, for a few years.

In trying to improve his skills, after 6 months of training with Índio, Vinícius decided to join coach Edson Ferreira’s gym (Paulo Índio’s instructor) where there had a higher level of competitors to spar with. It was Edson who graded Trator with his orange, green, blue and purple belts.

At the age of 17 Vinícius had already conquered over 160 gold medals but was ready to quit the sport as he did not see a professional avenue doing what he loved, in the long-run. In a last effort to stay in the game, Trator and his coach sent a CV to Fábio Gurgel, leader of the Alliance team in São Paulo city, hoping to get a scholarship at the famous academy. By a stroke of luck, Gurgel was starting a small project aimed at helping rising BJJ talent and was receptive to the idea of having Trator over.

On December 2015, after a sparring audition, Vinícius was accepted by Gurgel and the team, becoming part of the first set of students under the Alliance project. Trator was given food, shelter, and high-level training under a scholarship.

After nearly 3 years training under the Alliance banner, with many important titles conquered, on September 4, 2018, Vinícius Ferreira was promoted to black belt by his coaches: Michael Langhi and Fábio Gurgel.

Vinicius Trator Grappling Record

39 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    10 (26%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    6 (15%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    13 (33%)
  • BY DECISION
    8 (21%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (3%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (3%)

13 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
North south choke
62
8
#86e620
Choke from back
15
2
#5AD3D1
Armbar
8
1
#d1212a
Kneebar
8
1
#fad11b
Crucifix choke
8
1
13
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
14 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    4 (29%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (21%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    1 (7%)
  • BY DECISION
    5 (36%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (7%)

1 SUBMISSION LOSSES

#214eb8
Choke
100
1
1
(100%) SUBMISSION

Vinicius Trator Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
17840Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLPts: 2x0Spyder Inv. FinalO76KGSF2018
18060Guilherme CordiviolaGuilherme CordiviolaLPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam RJ110KGR12018
19106P. MarinhoLPts: 3x2Elite Grappling 3ABSF2019
19280Leandro LoLeandro LoLReferee DecisionPan American94KG4F2019
19410S. VilasLPointsKasai 5ABSSPF2019
19530DJ JacksonDJ JacksonLPts: 0x0, AdvWashington DCOABSF2019
19975Victor HonorioVictor HonorioLReferee DecisionBrasileiroABSR32019
20279Leandro LoLeandro LoLDQWorld Champ.94KGSF2019
20325Fellipe AndrewFellipe AndrewLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.ABS4F2019
20440Inacio NetoInacio NetoLReferee DecisionThird Coast94KGSPF2019
20653Max GimenisMax GimenisLReferee DecisionNY BJJ ProO94KGF2019
21011Joao RochaJoao RochaLAdvIBJJF GPABSSF2019
21135Devhonte JohnsonDevhonte JohnsonLPts: 2x0No Gi Pan Am.ABS8F2019
21375Gordon RyanGordon RyanLChokeADCC99KGF2019
17267Ivan TomicWAdvSao Paulo Open100KG4F2018
17269Rafael LeiteWArmbarSao Paulo Open100KGSF2018
17273N/AWKneebarSao Paulo OpenABSR12018
17276Leonardo LaraLeonardo LaraWPts: 2x0Sao Paulo OpenABSSF2018
17483Luiz TeixeiraWNorth south chokeBrasileiro NoGi97KG4F2018
17484Brenno VelosoWNorth south chokeBrasileiro NoGi97KGSF2018
17485Marcos GoulartWPts: 6x0Brasileiro NoGi97KGF2018
18739Rafael MessageWChoke from backSouth Brazilian100KGSF2019
18740Aloisio FalcaoWChoke from backSouth Brazilian100KGF2019
18743Lucas GalbuseraWNorth south chokeSouth BrazilianABSR12019
18748Herico HesleyWDQSouth BrazilianABS4F2019
18749Luciano BernertWNorth south chokeSouth BrazilianABSSF2019
18751Joao NetoJoao NetoWNorth south chokeSouth BrazilianABSF2019
19103Gabriel AlmeidaGabriel AlmeidaWPts: 1x0Elite Grappling 3ABSR12019
19104S. VillasWReferee DecisionElite Grappling 3ABS4F2019
19105Helio DesaWReferee DecisionElite Grappling 3ABSSF2019
19275Charles McGuireWNorth south chokePan American94KG8F2019
19525Garrett MatheusWNorth south chokeWashington DCOABS4F2019
19528Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyWPts: 4x2Washington DCOABSSF2019
19574Roberto TorralbasWPts: 4x0Boston Sp. Open100KGRR2019
19575Roberto TorralbasWPointsBoston Sp. Open100KGF2019
19786Chris SimmerlingWPointsNY Spring Open100KGSF2019
19787Andre GrandboisWPts: 0x0, AdvNY Spring Open100KGF2019
19925Alex GoulartWPts: 2x2, AdvBrasileiro94KGR12019
19929Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteWReferee DecisionBrasileiro94KG4F2019
19933Gerard LabinskiGerard LabinskiWReferee DecisionBrasileiro94KGSF2019
19940Tony FerrazWReferee DecisionBrasileiro100KGR22019
19970Thiago OliveiraWAdvBrasileiroABSR22019
20273Vitor ToledoVitor ToledoWCrucifix chokeWorld Champ.94KGR12019
20277Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.94KG4F2019
20309Jimmy LugoWNorth south chokeWorld Champ.ABSR12019
20313Victor HonorioVictor HonorioWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.ABSR22019
20909Felipe BezerraFelipe BezerraWReferee DecisionF2W Pro 122100KGSPF2019
21007Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaWPts: 0x0, AdvIBJJF GPABS4F2019
21121Frederik VosgroneWPts: 13x0No Gi Pan Am.97KGSF2019
21122Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusWPts: 2x0No Gi Pan Am.97KGF2019
21326Paul ArdilaPaul ArdilaWPts: 0x0, PenADCC99KGR12019
21330Jackson SousaJackson SousaWReferee DecisionADCC99KG4F2019
21374Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesWPts: 2x0ADCC99KGSF2019

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