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Vinícius Ferreira

Vinícius Ferreira

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Vinícius Ferreira Gazola, commonly known as Vinícius “Trator”, 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 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)

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

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

21 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    6 (29%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (5%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    11 (52%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (10%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (5%)

11 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
North south choke
64
7
#86e620
Choke from back
18
2
#5AD3D1
Armbar
9
1
#d1212a
Kneebar
9
1
11
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
6 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    3 (50%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (33%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    0 (0%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (17%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

0 SUBMISSION LOSSES

Vinicius Trator Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
17655Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLPts: 2x0Spyder Inv. FinalO76KGSF2018
17872Guilherme CordiviolaGuilherme CordiviolaLPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam RJ110KGR12018
18870P. MarinhoLPts: 3x2Elite Grappling 3ABSF2019
19036Leandro LoLeandro LoLReferee DecisionPan American94KG4F2019
19157S. VilasLPointsKasai 5ABSSPF2019
19276DJ JacksonDJ JacksonLPts: 0x0, AdvWashington DCOABSF2019
17104Ivan TomicWAdvSao Paulo Open100KG4F2018
17106Rafael LeiteWArmbarSao Paulo Open100KGSF2018
17110N/AWKneebarSao Paulo OpenABSR12018
17113Leonardo LaraLeonardo LaraWPts: 2x0Sao Paulo OpenABSSF2018
17314Luiz TeixeiraWNorth south chokeBrasileiro NoGi97KG4F2018
17315Brenno VelosoWNorth south chokeBrasileiro NoGi97KGSF2018
17316Marcos GoulartWPts: 6x0Brasileiro NoGi97KGF2018
18515Rafael MessageWChoke from backSouth Brazilian100KGSF2019
18516Aloisio FalcaoWChoke from backSouth Brazilian100KGF2019
18519Lucas GalbuseraWNorth south chokeSouth BrazilianABSR12019
18524Herico HesleyWDQSouth BrazilianABS4F2019
18525Luciano BernertWNorth south chokeSouth BrazilianABSSF2019
18527Joao NetoJoao NetoWNorth south chokeSouth BrazilianABSF2019
18867Gabriel AlmeidaGabriel AlmeidaWPts: 1x0Elite Grappling 3ABSR12019
18868S. VillasWReferee DecisionElite Grappling 3ABS4F2019
18869Helio DesaWReferee DecisionElite Grappling 3ABSSF2019
19031Charles McGuireWNorth south chokePan American94KG8F2019
19271Garrett MatheusWNorth south chokeWashington DCOABS4F2019
19274Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyWPts: 4x2Washington DCOABSSF2019
19319Roberto TorralbasWPts: 4x0Boston Sp. Open100KGRR2019
19320Roberto TorralbasWPointsBoston Sp. Open100KGF2019

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