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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

50 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    15 (30%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    7 (14%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    17 (34%)
  • BY DECISION
    8 (16%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (2%)
  • BY DQ
    2 (4%)

17 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
North south choke
53
9
#86e620
Choke from back
12
2
#5AD3D1
Armbar
6
1
#d1212a
Kneebar
6
1
#fad11b
Crucifix choke
6
1
#f58822
Estima lock
6
1
#224aba
Arm in Ezekiel
6
1
#ff9124
Short choke
6
1
17
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
23 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    6 (26%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    4 (17%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    4 (17%)
  • BY DECISION
    8 (35%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (4%)

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
18079Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLPts: 2x0Spyder Inv. FinalO76KGSF2018
18311Guilherme CordiviolaGuilherme CordiviolaLPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam RJ110KGR12018
19449Pedro MarinhoPedro MarinhoLPts: 3x2Elite Grappling 3ABSF2019
19634Leandro LoLeandro LoLReferee DecisionPan American94KG4F2019
19768S. VilasLPointsKasai 5ABSSPF2019
19894DJ JacksonDJ JacksonLPts: 0x0, AdvWashington DCOABSF2019
20353Victor HonorioVictor HonorioLReferee DecisionBrasileiroABSR32019
20673Leandro LoLeandro LoLDQWorld Champ.94KGSF2019
20719Fellipe AndrewFellipe AndrewLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.ABS4F2019
20838Inacio NetoInacio NetoLReferee DecisionThird Coast94KGSPF2019
21062Max GimenisMax GimenisLReferee DecisionNY BJJ ProO94KGF2019
21465Joao RochaJoao RochaLAdvIBJJF GPABSSF2019
21598Devhonte JohnsonDevhonte JohnsonLPts: 2x0No Gi Pan Am.ABS8F2019
21870Gordon RyanGordon RyanLChokeADCC99KGF2019
22791Victor HugoVictor HugoLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi WorldsABS4F2019
23386Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLReferee DecisionF2W 136120KGSPF2020
23690Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLReferee DecisionF2W 139115KGSPF2020
24243Devhonte JohnsonDevhonte JohnsonLReferee DecisionF2W 155124KGSPF2020
27207Max GimenisMax GimenisLPts: 6x2Grand Slam MIA120KGSF2021
28269Joe DierkhisingJoe DierkhisingLCalf slicerNoGi Worlds97KGSF2021
30509Fellipe AndrewFellipe AndrewLPts: 5x0European Open100KGF2022
30533Reda MebtoucheLChoke from backEuropean OpenABS8F2022
31598Erich MunisErich MunisLArmbarPan American100KGSF2022
17482Ivan TomicWAdvSao Paulo Open100KG4F2018
17484Rafael LeiteWArmbarSao Paulo Open100KGSF2018
17488N/AWKneebarSao Paulo OpenABSR12018
17491Leonardo LaraLeonardo LaraWPts: 2x0Sao Paulo OpenABSSF2018
17704Luiz TeixeiraWNorth south chokeBrasileiro NoGi97KG4F2018
17705Brenno VelosoWNorth south chokeBrasileiro NoGi97KGSF2018
17706Marcos GoulartWPts: 6x0Brasileiro NoGi97KGF2018
19047Rafael MessageWChoke from backSouth Brazilian100KGSF2019
19048Aloisio FalcaoWChoke from backSouth Brazilian100KGF2019
19051Lucas GalbuseraWNorth south chokeSouth BrazilianABSR12019
19056Herico HesleyWDQSouth BrazilianABS4F2019
19057Luciano BernertWNorth south chokeSouth BrazilianABSSF2019
19059Joao NetoJoao NetoWNorth south chokeSouth BrazilianABSF2019
19444Gabriel AlmeidaGabriel AlmeidaWPts: 1x0Elite Grappling 3ABSR12019
19446S. VillasWReferee DecisionElite Grappling 3ABS4F2019
19448Helio DesaWReferee DecisionElite Grappling 3ABSSF2019
19629Charles McGuireWNorth south chokePan American94KG8F2019
19889Garrett MatheusWNorth south chokeWashington DCOABS4F2019
19892Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyWPts: 4x2Washington DCOABSSF2019
19938Roberto TorralbasWPts: 4x0Boston Sp. Open100KGRR2019
19939Roberto TorralbasWPointsBoston Sp. Open100KGF2019
20161Chris SimmerlingWPointsNY Spring Open100KGSF2019
20162Andre GrandboisWPts: 0x0, AdvNY Spring Open100KGF2019
20303Alex GoulartWPts: 2x2, AdvBrasileiro94KGR12019
20307Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteWReferee DecisionBrasileiro94KG4F2019
20311Gerard LabinskiGerard LabinskiWReferee DecisionBrasileiro94KGSF2019
20318Tony FerrazWReferee DecisionBrasileiro100KGR22019
20348Thiago OliveiraWAdvBrasileiroABSR22019
20667Vitor ToledoVitor ToledoWCrucifix chokeWorld Champ.94KGR12019
20671Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.94KG4F2019
20703Jimmy LugoWNorth south chokeWorld Champ.ABSR12019
20707Victor HonorioVictor HonorioWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.ABSR22019
21353Felipe BezerraFelipe BezerraWReferee DecisionF2W 122100KGSPF2019
21461Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaWPts: 0x0, AdvIBJJF GPABS4F2019
21584Frederik VosgroneWPts: 13x0No Gi Pan Am.97KGSF2019
21585Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusWPts: 2x0No Gi Pan Am.97KGF2019
21815Paul ArdilaPaul ArdilaWPts: 0x0, PenADCC99KGR12019
21819Jackson SousaJackson SousaWReferee DecisionADCC99KG4F2019
21869Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesWPts: 2x0ADCC99KGSF2019
22786Sergio RiosSergio RiosWPts: 8x0NoGi WorldsABSR22019
22868Roberto TorralbasWDQNoGi Worlds97KG4F2019
22872F. VosgroneWPts: 13x2NoGi Worlds97KGSF2019
22873Eliot KellyEliot KellyWEstima lockNoGi Worlds97KGF2019
25385Alexandre BuenoWArm in EzekielOrlando OpenO100KGRR2021
25387Stuart MaddoxWPts: 14x0Orlando OpenO100KGF2021
25423Stuart MaddoxWShort chokeOrlando NGOO91KGSF2021
25424Tex JohnsonTex JohnsonWPts: 5x0Orlando NGOO91KGF2021
28266Rida HaisamRida HaisamWPts: 7x0NoGi Worlds97KG4F2021
30507Ezekiel NogueiraWNorth south chokeEuropean Open100KGSF2022
30523Haidar AbbasWPts: 0x0, AdvEuropean OpenABSR12022

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