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Welerson Goncalves

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Welerson Gonçalves da Silva, commonly referenced as Welerson Gonçalves (phonetically sounds like Welerson Gonsalves), is a professional grappler and a jiu-jitsu black belt under Polengue Dias who represents team Nova União in the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) and Abu Dhabi Jiu-Jitsu Pro (AJP) Tour’s circuits. Gonçalves is well recognized as one of the top players in Brazil, a status earned through his numerous medals in important tournaments such as the IBJJF South American, European, and the Brazilian National Championships.

Welerson Gonçalves Jiu-Jitsu

Full Name: Welerson Gonçalves da Silva

Nickname: N/A

Lineage: Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Carlson Gracie > André Pederneiras > Marlon Sandro > Polengue Dias > Welerson Gonçalves

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place IBJJF South American Championship (2021)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF European Open (2022 / 2023)
  • 2nd Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals (2021 / 2022 / 2023)
  • 3rd Place AJP Abu Dhabi World Pro (2022)
  • 3rd Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals NOGI (2022)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • 1st Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals NOGI (2015 blue, 2017 purple, 2019 brown)
  • 1st Place CBJJ Brazilian Team Nationals (2018 purple)
  • 2nd Place AJP Grand Slam, LDN (2019 brown)
  • 3rd Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals (2016 blue, 2019 brown)
  • 3rd Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals NOGI (2018 purple)

Main Achievements (Juvenile):

  • 2nd Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals (2014)

Favorite Position/Technique: Open Guard

Weight Division: Peso Galo (57,50 kg / 127.0 lbs)

Team/Association: Nova União

Welerson Gonçalves Biography

Welerson Gonçalves was born on January 09, 1997, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, growing up in the Morro de Santo Amaro a favela (slum) located in the South Zone of the famous South American city.

As a young boy, Welerson was embedded into football (soccer) culture, and like many Brazilian boys of his age, aspired to become a professional player but ended up joining a local jiu-jitsu club at the age of 7, influenced by his older brother who was already a BJJ blue belt at the time.

Gonçalves started competing as a grey belt in internal tournaments as he could not afford any paid events. But these early experiences opened the young Santo Amaro resident to the experience of performing in public and helped shape his desire to follow this sporting path.

Although interested in jiu-jitsu, the sport was not a main goal for Gonçaves, early on. An adolescence spent in a favela can often lead a young man down a dangerous path and many of Welerson’s closest friends were living a life outside of the law. It was by watching his friends go to prison and be murdered in the dangerous streets of his favela – including his closest friend – that Gonçalves started rethinking his life and making better decisions for his future. Part of this realization led him to pursue grappling as a career path, a step he took as a blue belt.

Under the guidance of coach Polengue Dias – who taught at a satellite gym of Nova União in Santo Amaro, Welerson Gonçalves became one of the rising stars on the national circuit. His good form and outstanding results helped the Rio de Janeiro native progress through BJJ’s belt ranking system, leading to his black belt in a promotion that took place on December 21, 2020.

Welerson Goncalves Grappling Record

44 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    31 (70%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    5 (11%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    5 (11%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (5%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (2%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

5 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke from back
40
2
#86e620
Terra lock
20
1
#5AD3D1
Toe hold
20
1
#d1212a
Junny lock
20
1
5
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
22 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    11 (50%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    9 (41%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (5%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (5%)

9 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Armbar
33
3
#86e620
Choke from back
33
3
#5AD3D1
Arm in Ezekiel
11
1
#d1212a
Inside heel hook
11
1
#fad11b
Cachecol choke
11
1
9
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Welerson Goncalves Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
25368Yago RodriguesLPointsRio Open NG67KGSF2021
25873Cleber SousaCleber SousaLArmbarS. American NG61KGF2021
28027Yuri HendrexYuri HendrexLPts: 6x2Brasileiro57KGF2021
28460Oziel SantosLPts: 1x0Grand Slam RJ56KGF2021
30543Thalison SoaresThalison SoaresLChoke from backEuropean Open57KGF2022
31087Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeLPointsGrand Slam LDN62KG4F2022
31841Rodrigo OtavioLArmbarRio Fall Open57KGF2022
32136Rodrigo OtavioLPts: 2x0Brasileiro58KGF2022
33576Leonardo MarioLeonardo MarioLArm in EzekielBetim Open64KGF2022
33916Zayed AlkatheeriZayed AlkatheeriLPts: 6x5Grand Slam RJ56KGSF2022
33921Jonas VasconcelosLPts: 2x2Grand Slam RJ56KG3RD2022
34278Felipe MachadoLInside heel hookBrasileiro NoGi61KGSF2022
34489Everton SouzaLChoke from backAJP SA Team56KGSF2022
34496Klaus MaineD---AJP SA Team56KG3RD2022
35383Matheus OndaLArmbarRio BJJ Pro70KG4F2022
36320Nathannael FernandesNathannael FernandesLPts: 2x1World Pro56KGSF2022
37217Thalison SoaresThalison SoaresLCachecol chokeEuropean Open58KGF2023
38238Zayed AlkatheeriZayed AlkatheeriLPts: 3x3AJPGD LDN56KGSF2023
38243Jonas AndradeJonas AndradeLPts: 3x2AJPGD LDN56KG3RD2023
39539Lucas PinheiroLucas PinheiroLChoke from backBrasileiro58KGF2023
40639Yuri HendrexYuri HendrexLPts: 7x2Grand Slam RJ62KGR12023
43131Felipe MachadoLDQBrasileiro NoGi61KGF2023
48548Lincoln RafaelLReferee DecisionRio Fall NGO61KGF2024
25871Felipe NacibWPointsS. American NG61KGSF2021
27369Italo FrotaWPointsSul Americano57KGSF2021
27370Oziel SantosWPts: 6x4Sul Americano57KGF2021
28024Oziel SantosWPointsBrasileiro57KG4F2021
28025Aniel BonifacioAniel BonifacioWPts: 12x10Brasileiro57KGSF2021
28456Luciano AlexWPts: 5x4Grand Slam RJ56KG4F2021
28458Jonas AndradeJonas AndradeWPts: 6x4Grand Slam RJ56KGSF2021
30540Marko OikarainenWChoke from backEuropean Open57KG4F2022
30542Jonas AndradeJonas AndradeWPts: 0x0, AdvEuropean Open57KGSF2022
31840Wesley MartinsWTerra lockRio Fall Open57KGSF2022
32134Italo FrotaWPts: 6x6, AdvBrasileiro58KGSF2022
33303Oziel SantosWPointsRio WO58KGF2022
33574Kaue BergerWPointsBetim Open64KGSF2022
33913David SouzaWPts: 6x3Grand Slam RJ56KG4F2022
33919Nilson FIlhoWPts: 27x0Grand Slam RJ56KGRPC2022
34276Jesse AraujoWPts: 0x0, PenBrasileiro NoGi61KG4F2022
34440Jorge NakamuraWPts: 3x0AJP SA Team56KGRR2022
34447Luca MenezesWPts: 5x2AJP SA Team56KGRR2022
36247Bruno BorgesWPts: 8x5WP Qualifier56KGRR2022
36248Bruno BorgesWPts: 1x0WP Qualifier56KGRR2022
36318Yuri HendrexYuri HendrexWPts: 3x3World Pro56KG4F2022
36324Jeison MoraWToe holdWorld Pro56KGRPC2022
36325Yuri HendrexYuri HendrexWPts: 8x4World Pro56KG3RD2022
37216Frank CespedesFrank CespedesWPts: 8x4European Open58KGSF2023
38235Josh StoltonWPts: 2x0AJPGD LDN56KG4F2023
38242Marko OikarainenWPts: 6x2AJPGD LDN56KGRPC2023
39536Andre VitorWPts: 2x0Brasileiro58KG4F2023
39538Rodrigo OtavioWPts: 4x0Brasileiro58KGSF2023
41923Kaique MaiaWPointsVitoria Open64KGSF2023
41925Anderson OliveiraWPointsVitoria Open64KGF2023
42001Anderson OliveiraWReferee DecisionVitoria NGO67KGSF2023
42003Diego PaivaWPts: 4x0Vitoria NGO67KGF2023
42802Jose SilvaWChoke from backSul Americano57KG4F2023
42807Jardson LimaWPts: 2x0Sul Americano57KGSF2023
42808Oziel SantosWReferee DecisionSul Americano57KGF2023
43127Alejandro GallardoWPts: 20x0Brasileiro NoGi61KG4F2023
43130Valor UlyssesWPts: 2x0Brasileiro NoGi61KGSF2023
47433Erick MeneghinWPts: 4x4, AdvCuritiba Open64KG4F2024
47435Kaue ArantesWPts: 6x4Curitiba Open64KGSF2024
47437Jonathan SantosWN/ACuritiba Open64KGF2024
48422Erick MeneghinWPts: 6x4Rio Fall Open64KG4F2024
48426Kaue BergerWPts: 2x2, AdvRio Fall Open64KGSF2024
48427Lincoln RafaelWPts: 4x4, AdvRio Fall Open64KGF2024
48547Yan TeixeiraWJunny lockRio Fall NGO61KGSF2024
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