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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

55 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    16 (29%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    8 (15%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    18 (33%)
  • BY DECISION
    9 (16%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    2 (4%)
  • BY DQ
    2 (4%)

18 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
North south choke
50
9
#86e620
Choke from back
11
2
#5AD3D1
Short choke
6
1
#d1212a
RNC
6
1
#fad11b
Armbar
6
1
#f58822
Kneebar
6
1
#224aba
Crucifix choke
6
1
#ff9124
Estima lock
6
1
#bf1f6c
Arm in Ezekiel
6
1
18
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
30 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    8 (27%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    6 (20%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    4 (13%)
  • BY DECISION
    10 (33%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (3%)

4 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Choke
25
1
#86e620
Calf slicer
25
1
#5AD3D1
Choke from back
25
1
#d1212a
Armbar
25
1
4
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Vinicius Trator Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
18085Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLPts: 2x0Spyder Inv. FinalO76KGSF2018
18317Guilherme CordiviolaGuilherme CordiviolaLPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam RJ110KGR12018
19456Pedro MarinhoPedro MarinhoLPts: 3x2Elite Grappling 3ABSF2019
19641Leandro LoLeandro LoLReferee DecisionPan American94KG4F2019
19775S. VilasLPointsKasai 5ABSSPF2019
19903DJ JacksonDJ JacksonLPts: 0x0, AdvWashington DCOABSF2019
20361Victor HonorioVictor HonorioLReferee DecisionBrasileiroABSR32019
20681Leandro LoLeandro LoLDQWorld Champ.94KGSF2019
20727Fellipe AndrewFellipe AndrewLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.ABS4F2019
20846Inacio NetoInacio NetoLReferee DecisionThird Coast94KGSPF2019
21070Max GimenisMax GimenisLReferee DecisionNY BJJ ProO94KGF2019
21473Joao RochaJoao RochaLAdvIBJJF GPABSSF2019
21606Devhonte JohnsonDevhonte JohnsonLPts: 2x0No Gi Pan Am.ABS8F2019
21879Gordon RyanGordon RyanLChokeADCC99KGF2019
22813Victor HugoVictor HugoLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi WorldsABS4F2019
23408Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLReferee DecisionF2W 136120KGSPF2020
23718Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLReferee DecisionF2W 139115KGSPF2020
24271Devhonte JohnsonDevhonte JohnsonLReferee DecisionF2W 155124KGSPF2020
27245Max GimenisMax GimenisLPts: 6x2Grand Slam MIA120KGSF2021
28308Joe DierkhisingJoe DierkhisingLCalf slicerNoGi Worlds97KGSF2021
30567Fellipe AndrewFellipe AndrewLPts: 5x0European Open100KGF2022
30591Reda MebtoucheLChoke from backEuropean OpenABS8F2022
31668Erich MunisErich MunisLArmbarPan American100KGSF2022
32946Anderson MunisAnderson MunisLPts: 4x4, AdvWorld Champ.100KG8F2022
32984Roosevelt SousaRoosevelt SousaLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.ABS8F2022
33094Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLReferee DecisionSUBVERSIV 7ABSF2022
34593Wallace CostaWallace CostaLPts: 1x0Grand Slam MIA120KGSF2022
34597R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaLReferee DecisionGrand Slam MIA120KGRPC2022
34998Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoLPts: 2x0ADCC99KG4F2022
35042Nicholas MeregaliNicholas MeregaliLInjuryADCCABS8F2022
17488Ivan TomicWAdvSao Paulo Open100KG4F2018
17490Rafael LeiteWArmbarSao Paulo Open100KGSF2018
17494N/AWKneebarSao Paulo OpenABSR12018
17497Leonardo LaraLeonardo LaraWPts: 2x0Sao Paulo OpenABSSF2018
17710Luiz TeixeiraWNorth south chokeBrasileiro NoGi97KG4F2018
17711Brenno VelosoWNorth south chokeBrasileiro NoGi97KGSF2018
17712Marcos GoulartWPts: 6x0Brasileiro NoGi97KGF2018
19053Rafael MessageWChoke from backSouth Brazilian100KGSF2019
19054Aloisio FalcaoWChoke from backSouth Brazilian100KGF2019
19057Lucas GalbuseraWNorth south chokeSouth BrazilianABSR12019
19062Herico HesleyWDQSouth BrazilianABS4F2019
19063Luciano BernertWNorth south chokeSouth BrazilianABSSF2019
19065Joao NetoJoao NetoWNorth south chokeSouth BrazilianABSF2019
19451Gabriel AlmeidaGabriel AlmeidaWPts: 1x0Elite Grappling 3ABSR12019
19453S. VillasWReferee DecisionElite Grappling 3ABS4F2019
19455Helio DesaWReferee DecisionElite Grappling 3ABSSF2019
19636Charles McGuireWNorth south chokePan American94KG8F2019
19898Garrett MatheusWNorth south chokeWashington DCOABS4F2019
19901Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyWPts: 4x2Washington DCOABSSF2019
19947Roberto TorralbasWPts: 4x0Boston SPO100KGRR2019
19948Roberto TorralbasWPointsBoston SPO100KGF2019
20169Chris SimmerlingWPointsNY Spring Open100KGSF2019
20170Andre GrandboisWPts: 0x0, AdvNY Spring Open100KGF2019
20311Alex GoulartWPts: 2x2, AdvBrasileiro94KGR12019
20315Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteWReferee DecisionBrasileiro94KG4F2019
20319Gerard LabinskiGerard LabinskiWReferee DecisionBrasileiro94KGSF2019
20326Tony FerrazWReferee DecisionBrasileiro100KGR22019
20356Thiago OliveiraWAdvBrasileiroABSR22019
20675Vitor ToledoVitor ToledoWCrucifix chokeWorld Champ.94KGR12019
20679Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.94KG4F2019
20711Jimmy LugoWNorth south chokeWorld Champ.ABSR12019
20715Victor HonorioVictor HonorioWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.ABSR22019
21361Felipe BezerraFelipe BezerraWReferee DecisionF2W 122100KGSPF2019
21469Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaWPts: 0x0, AdvIBJJF GPABS4F2019
21592Frederik VosgroneWPts: 13x0No Gi Pan Am.97KGSF2019
21593Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusWPts: 2x0No Gi Pan Am.97KGF2019
21824Paul ArdilaPaul ArdilaWPts: 0x0, PenADCC99KGR12019
21828Jackson SousaJackson SousaWReferee DecisionADCC99KG4F2019
21878Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesWPts: 2x0ADCC99KGSF2019
22808Sergio RiosSergio RiosWPts: 8x0NoGi WorldsABSR22019
22890Roberto TorralbasWDQNoGi Worlds97KG4F2019
22894F. VosgroneWPts: 13x2NoGi Worlds97KGSF2019
22895Eliot KellyEliot KellyWEstima lockNoGi Worlds97KGF2019
25415Alexandre BuenoWArm in EzekielOrlando OpenO100KGRR2021
25417Stuart MaddoxWPts: 14x0Orlando OpenO100KGF2021
25453Stuart MaddoxWShort chokeOrlando NGOO91KGSF2021
25454Tex JohnsonTex JohnsonWPts: 5x0Orlando NGOO91KGF2021
28305Rida HaisamRida HaisamWPts: 7x0NoGi Worlds97KG4F2021
30565Ezekiel NogueiraWNorth south chokeEuropean Open100KGSF2022
30581Haidar AbbasWPts: 0x0, AdvEuropean OpenABSR12022
32976Davi SouzaWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.ABSR12022
33082Gabriel MachadoWReferee DecisionSUBVERSIV 7ABS4F2022
34590Helton JoseHelton JoseWPts: 5x2Grand Slam MIA120KG4F2022
34751Cassio CostaWRNCJJ Con NG97KGSF2022
34991Paul ArdilaPaul ArdilaWPts: 0x0, PenADCC99KGR12022

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