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Vinícius Ferreira

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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 IBJJF European Open (2022)
  • 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)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2022)

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

    17 (30%)
    8 (14%)
    18 (32%)
    10 (18%)
    2 (4%)
  • BY DQ
    2 (4%)


North south choke
Choke from back
Short choke
Crucifix choke
Estima lock
Arm in Ezekiel
    8 (26%)
    7 (23%)
    4 (13%)
    10 (32%)
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (3%)


Calf slicer
Choke from back

Vinicius Trator Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
18091Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLPts: 2x0Spyder Inv. FinalO76KGSF2018
18323Guilherme CordiviolaGuilherme CordiviolaLPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam RJ110KGR12018
19464Pedro MarinhoPedro MarinhoLPts: 3x2Elite Grappling 3ABSF2019
19649Leandro LoLeandro LoLReferee DecisionPan American94KG4F2019
19783S. VilasLPointsKasai 5ABSSPF2019
19911DJ JacksonDJ JacksonLPts: 0x0, AdvWashington DCOABSF2019
20369Victor HonorioVictor HonorioLReferee DecisionBrasileiroABSR32019
20689Leandro LoLeandro LoLDQWorld Champ.94KGSF2019
20735Fellipe AndrewFellipe AndrewLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.ABS4F2019
20854Inacio NetoInacio NetoLReferee DecisionThird Coast94KGSPF2019
21078Max GimenisMax GimenisLReferee DecisionNY BJJ ProO94KGF2019
21481Joao RochaJoao RochaLAdvIBJJF GPABSSF2019
21614Devhonte JohnsonDevhonte JohnsonLPts: 2x0No Gi Pan Am.ABS8F2019
21887Gordon RyanGordon RyanLChokeADCC99KGF2019
22822Victor HugoVictor HugoLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi WorldsABS4F2019
23417Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLReferee DecisionF2W 136120KGSPF2020
23727Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLReferee DecisionF2W 139115KGSPF2020
24281Devhonte JohnsonDevhonte JohnsonLReferee DecisionF2W 155124KGSPF2020
27263Max GimenisMax GimenisLPts: 6x2Grand Slam MIA120KGSF2021
28326Joe DierkhisingJoe DierkhisingLCalf slicerNoGi Worlds97KGSF2021
30611Fellipe AndrewFellipe AndrewLPts: 5x0European Open100KGF2022
30635Reda MebtoucheLChoke from backEuropean OpenABS8F2022
31713Erich MunisErich MunisLArmbarPan American100KGSF2022
32993Anderson MunisAnderson MunisLPts: 4x4, AdvWorld Champ.100KG8F2022
33031Roosevelt SousaRoosevelt SousaLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.ABS8F2022
33141Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLReferee DecisionSUBVERSIV 7ABSF2022
34645Wallace CostaWallace CostaLPts: 1x0Grand Slam MIA120KGSF2022
34649R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaLReferee DecisionGrand Slam MIA120KGRPC2022
35051Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoLPts: 2x0ADCC99KG4F2022
35095Nicholas MeregaliNicholas MeregaliLInjuryADCCABS8F2022
40253Gutemberg PereiraGutemberg PereiraLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.100KG4F2023
17494Ivan TomicWAdvSao Paulo Open100KG4F2018
17496Rafael LeiteWArmbarSao Paulo Open100KGSF2018
17500N/AWKneebarSao Paulo OpenABSR12018
17503Leonardo LaraLeonardo LaraWPts: 2x0Sao Paulo OpenABSSF2018
17716Luiz TeixeiraWNorth south chokeBrasileiro NoGi97KG4F2018
17717Brenno VelosoWNorth south chokeBrasileiro NoGi97KGSF2018
17718Marcos GoulartWPts: 6x0Brasileiro NoGi97KGF2018
19061Rafael MessageWChoke from backSouth Brazilian100KGSF2019
19062Aloisio FalcaoWChoke from backSouth Brazilian100KGF2019
19065Lucas GalbuseraWNorth south chokeSouth BrazilianABSR12019
19070Herico HesleyWDQSouth BrazilianABS4F2019
19071Luciano BernertWNorth south chokeSouth BrazilianABSSF2019
19073Joao NetoJoao NetoWNorth south chokeSouth BrazilianABSF2019
19459Gabriel AlmeidaGabriel AlmeidaWPts: 1x0Elite Grappling 3ABSR12019
19461S. VillasWReferee DecisionElite Grappling 3ABS4F2019
19463Helio DesaWReferee DecisionElite Grappling 3ABSSF2019
19644Charles McGuireWNorth south chokePan American94KG8F2019
19906Garrett MatheusWNorth south chokeWashington DCOABS4F2019
19909Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyWPts: 4x2Washington DCOABSSF2019
19955Roberto TorralbasWPts: 4x0Boston SPO100KGRR2019
19956Roberto TorralbasWPointsBoston SPO100KGF2019
20177Chris SimmerlingWPointsNY Spring Open100KGSF2019
20178Andre GrandboisWPts: 0x0, AdvNY Spring Open100KGF2019
20319Alex GoulartWPts: 2x2, AdvBrasileiro94KGR12019
20323Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteWReferee DecisionBrasileiro94KG4F2019
20327Gerard LabinskiGerard LabinskiWReferee DecisionBrasileiro94KGSF2019
20334Tony FerrazWReferee DecisionBrasileiro100KGR22019
20364Thiago OliveiraWAdvBrasileiroABSR22019
20683Vitor ToledoVitor ToledoWCrucifix chokeWorld Champ.94KGR12019
20687Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.94KG4F2019
20719Jimmy LugoWNorth south chokeWorld Champ.ABSR12019
20723Victor HonorioVictor HonorioWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.ABSR22019
21369Felipe BezerraFelipe BezerraWReferee DecisionF2W 122100KGSPF2019
21477Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaWPts: 0x0, AdvIBJJF GPABS4F2019
21600Frederik VosgroneWPts: 13x0No Gi Pan Am.97KGSF2019
21601Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusWPts: 2x0No Gi Pan Am.97KGF2019
21832Paul ArdilaPaul ArdilaWPts: 0x0, PenADCC99KGR12019
21836Jackson SousaJackson SousaWReferee DecisionADCC99KG4F2019
21886Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesWPts: 2x0ADCC99KGSF2019
22817Sergio RiosSergio RiosWPts: 8x0NoGi WorldsABSR22019
22899Roberto TorralbasWDQNoGi Worlds97KG4F2019
22903F. VosgroneWPts: 13x2NoGi Worlds97KGSF2019
22904Eliot KellyEliot KellyWEstima lockNoGi Worlds97KGF2019
25427Alexandre BuenoWArm in EzekielOrlando OpenO100KGRR2021
25429Stuart MaddoxWPts: 14x0Orlando OpenO100KGF2021
25465Stuart MaddoxWShort chokeOrlando NGOO91KGSF2021
25466Tex JohnsonTex JohnsonWPts: 5x0Orlando NGOO91KGF2021
28323Rida HaisamRida HaisamWPts: 7x0NoGi Worlds97KG4F2021
30609Ezekiel NogueiraWNorth south chokeEuropean Open100KGSF2022
30625Haidar AbbasWPts: 0x0, AdvEuropean OpenABSR12022
33023Davi SouzaWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.ABSR12022
33129Gabriel MachadoWReferee DecisionSUBVERSIV 7ABS4F2022
34642Helton JoseHelton JoseWPts: 5x2Grand Slam MIA120KG4F2022
34803Felipe CostaFelipe CostaWRNCJJ Con NG97KGSF2022
35044Paul ArdilaPaul ArdilaWPts: 0x0, PenADCC99KGR12022
37326Rida HaisamRida HaisamWReferee DecisionGrapple ITT3N/ASPF2023
40251Wildemar SouzaWPts: 2x0World Champ.100KG8F2023

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