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Yan “Pica-Pau” Lucas

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Yan Lucas, commonly known as “Pica-Pau” is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt under Pirillo Roriz, and one of the top representatives of Gracie Barra – Ceará. “Pica-Pau” made a name for himself in the lower belt divisions of the sport, with wins at tournaments such as the IBJJF World Championship and the American Nationals, winning against big names of the sport such as Mahamed Aly, Isaac Doederlin, Hiago George, and many others.

Yan Lucas Jiu-Jitsu

Full Name: Yan Lucas Cordeiro Paiva

Nickname: “Pica-Pau”, which translated to Woody Woodpecker. Lucas was awarded the nickname due to his restless attitude as a kid, as well as his flashy hairstyle, which resembled that of the famous cartoon.

Lineage: Takeo Iano > Francisco Sá > Ricardo Pinho > Pirillo Roriz > Yan Lucas

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals (2018)
  • 1st Place IBJJF South American Championship (2020*)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Chicago Spring Open (2017)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Chicago Spring Open NOGI (2017)
  • 2nd Place AJP Grand Slam, RJ (2018/2019/2020)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World Championship (2017)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • 1st Place IBJJF American Nationals (2017**)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World Championship (2017)

* Absolute
** Weight and absolute

Favorite Position/Technique: Open Guard

Weight Division:  Peso Médio (82,30 kg / 181.5 lbs)

Team/Association: Gracie Barra

Yan Lucas Biography

Yan Lucas was born on May 23, 1995, in Fortaleza – the capital of the Brazilian state of Ceará.

Being the son of a Saulo Ribeiro black belt – Herevaldo “Papa-Léguas” (P.L. is the Portuguese name for Looney Tunes’ Road Runner), Yan was introduced to jiu jitsu from very early on, though his first group class came at the age of 11. With a jiu-jitsu base already outlined by his dad, Yan’s first structured classes were given by Pirillo Roriz, a friend and former training partner of Lucas’s father.

“Pica-Pau” soon made a name for himself in the sport, particularly in the state of Ceará, a location not often covered by jiu jitsu’s mainstream media. This lack of coverage allowed Lucas to arrive at the 2015 IBJJF World Jiu-Jitsu Championship as an unknown brown belt competitor, taking the world by storm and winning the highly competitive featherweight division.

After his win at the World Championship in California, Yan Lucas remained in the country for a while longer to compete at the American Nationals where he shocked the world once again by winning his weight and the open weight division, defeating the absolute world champion Mahamed Aly (who was a super-heavyweight) in the final.

Upon his victorious US tour, Yan Lucas returned to his home state, competing for a while longer as a brown belt until the 20th of February 2016, the time when he was promoted to black belt by his long-time coach, Pirillo Roriz.

Cover photo credits to BJJPix.com.

Yan Lucas Grappling Record

74 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    38 (51%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    14 (19%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    11 (15%)
  • BY DECISION
    11 (15%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

11 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke
27
3
#86e620
Triangle
18
2
#5AD3D1
Submission
18
2
#d1212a
Toe hold
9
1
#fad11b
Arm in Ezekiel
9
1
#f58822
Clock choke
9
1
#224aba
Bread cutter
9
1
11
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
29 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    10 (34%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    5 (17%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    10 (34%)
  • BY DECISION
    3 (10%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (3%)

10 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Guillotine
20
2
#86e620
Choke from back
20
2
#5AD3D1
Triangle
20
2
#d1212a
RNC
10
1
#fad11b
Estima lock
10
1
#f58822
Armbar
10
1
#224aba
Ezekiel
10
1
10
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Yan Lucas Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
11294John CombsJohn CombsLGuillotineLong Beach Open82KGSF2016
11300Carlos FariasCarlos FariasLPointsLong Beach OpenABSSF2016
12127Leo SaggioroLeo SaggioroLChoke from backPan American76KGR12017
12310Josh HingerJosh HingerLRNCChicago Sp. OpenABSF2017
12316Josh HingerJosh HingerLGuillotineChicago Sp. NoGiABSSF2017
12362Marcio AndreMarcio AndreLPointsNY Spring Open76KGSF2017
12381Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroLPts: 2x2, AdvNY Spring OpenABS4F2017
12841Gottrell KingLDQLas Vegas Open88KGSF2017
12847Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLAdvLas Vegas OpenABSF2017
13104Lucas LepriLucas LepriLPts: 4x0World Champ.76KGSF2017
13328Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoLTriangleAmerican Nats82KGF2017
13346Dany GerardDany GerardLN/AAmerican NatsABSR12017
13417Johnny TamaJohnny TamaLEstima lockFIVE Super LeagueN/ASPF2017
13746Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoLArmbarSan Diego Pro82KGR12017
13786Francisco IturraldeFrancisco IturraldeLPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LA77KGSF2017
14226Felipe CesarFelipe CesarLEzekielSJJIF Worlds82KGF2017
14255Gabriel ProcopioGabriel ProcopioLPointsLong Beach Open82KGSF2017
15353Espen MathiesenEspen MathiesenLPts: 0x0, AdvPan American76KG8F2018
17925Chaise OlimpioLPointsManaus Open82KGF2018
17929Felipe MatosLN/AManaus OpenABSF2018
18224Hugo MarquesHugo MarquesLReferee DecisionGrand Slam RJ77KGF2018
18819Pedro RamalhoPedro RamalhoLTriangleEuropean Open76KGR12019
19117Jhonny LoureiroJhonny LoureiroD---Copa Podio77KGRR2019
20183Bruno BressanLPointsBrasileiro76KG4F2019
20524Rodrigo FreitasRodrigo FreitasLPts: 2x0World Champ.76KGR22019
22188Natan ChuengNatan ChuengLPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam RJ77KGF2019
22329Natan ChuengNatan ChuengLChoke from backRio BJJ Pro82KG4F2019
22459Matheus SpirandeliMatheus SpirandeliLReferee DecisionSouth American88KGSF2019
24548Lucas GualbertoLucas GualbertoLReferee DecisionGrand Slam RJ77KGF2020
27094Higor LimaHigor LimaLPts: 3x2Goiania ProLWASF2021
11298John CombsJohn CombsWPts: 5x2Long Beach OpenABS4F2016
12301Vinicius CanabarroWPts: 14x0Chicago Sp. Open82KGSF2017
12302Steven PattersonWPts: 8x2Chicago Sp. Open82KGF2017
12303Gabriel GoulartGabriel GoulartWAdvChicago Sp. OpenABSR12017
12307Ross DanielsWAdvChicago Sp. OpenABS4F2017
12309Carlos FariasCarlos FariasWPts: 2x0Chicago Sp. OpenABSSF2017
12311Gregory WalkerWAdvChicago Sp. NoGi79KGRR2017
12312Gregory WalkerWTriangleChicago Sp. NoGi79KGF2017
12315Aiazbek MustakovWToe holdChicago Sp. NoGiABS4F2017
12360Rafael RosendoWPointsNY Spring Open76KG4F2017
12379Diego BispoDiego BispoWN/ANY Spring OpenABSR12017
12840Pedro PimentaWPts: 2x0Las Vegas Open88KG4F2017
12844Jonathan AresWChokeLas Vegas OpenABS4F2017
12846Vitor ToledoWPts: 6x2Las Vegas OpenABSSF2017
13090Gabriel RolloGabriel RolloWPts: 2x0World Champ.76KG8F2017
13096Juan KamezawaJuan KamezawaWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.76KG8F2017
13102Edwin NajmiEdwin NajmiWPts: 2x0World Champ.76KG4F2017
13325Piter SilvaWAdvAmerican Nats82KG4F2017
13743Sergio RiosSergio RiosWPointsSan Diego Pro82KGR12017
13780Kauan BarbozaKauan BarbozaWReferee DecisionGrand Slam LA77KGR12017
13783Andris BrunovskisAndris BrunovskisWReferee DecisionGrand Slam LA77KG4F2017
13790John CombsJohn CombsWPts: 2x0Grand Slam LA77KG3RD2017
14224UnknownWPointsSJJIF Worlds82KGSF2017
15913Demerson PereiraWPointsTriangle 482KGSPF2018
16179Igor TavaresWArm in EzekielBrasileiro76KGR12018
16186Yuri AbreuWPts: 2x2, AdvBrasileiro76KG8F2018
16187Rodrigo ConceicaoRodrigo ConceicaoWPts: 0x0, AdvBrasileiro76KG4F2018
16191Fabio CaloiFabio CaloiWPointsBrasileiro76KGSF2018
16193Jhonny LoureiroJhonny LoureiroWPts: 2x0Brasileiro76KGF2018
16626Celso RicardoWPointsBH Winter Open82KG4F2018
16627Ygor DantasWTriangleBH Winter Open82KGSF2018
16628Vagner AzevedoWPointsBH Winter Open82KGF2018
17480Bernardo DibWPts: 2x0Brasilia Pro77KG4F2018
17481Wellington MendesWChokeBrasilia Pro77KGSF2018
17482Tassio BispoWPts: 8x0Brasilia Pro77KGF2018
17483Tassio BispoWChokeBrasilia ProABS4F2018
17484Moises EuladioWSubmissionBrasilia ProABSSF2018
17485Jorge NakamuraWPts: 0x0, AdvBrasilia ProABSF2018
17928Tyrone GoncalvesWN/AManaus OpenABSSF2018
18208Alexandre CavaliereAlexandre CavaliereWPts: 2x0Grand Slam RJ77KGR12018
18214Vitor CorteWReferee DecisionGrand Slam RJ77KGR22018
18218Marlus SalgadoWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam RJ77KG4F2018
18221Bruno TostoWPts: 2x0Grand Slam RJ77KGSF2018
18412Celso RicardoWN/ABrasilia Open82KG4F2018
18416Alexandre JesusAlexandre JesusWPointsBrasilia Open82KGSF2018
18418F. BarbarottiWN/ABrasilia Open82KGF2018
18425Lucas RoccoWN/ABrasilia OpenABSR12018
18427Pedro EliasPedro EliasWReferee DecisionBrasilia OpenABS4F2018
18429Raul AlmeidaWClock chokeBrasilia OpenABSF2018
19116Darragh OConaillDarragh OConaillWPts: 0x0, AdvCopa Podio77KGRR2019
20169Raylan MoreiraWPts: 6x0Brasileiro76KGR12019
20171Leonardo LaraLeonardo LaraWReferee DecisionBrasileiro76KGR22019
20513Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.76KGR12019
21370Almir Jr.WPointsColiseu JJ85KGRR2019
21372Marcelo MarquesWPointsColiseu JJ85KGRR2019
21374Emerson MeloWPointsColiseu JJ85KGRR2019
22178Yan SilveiraWPts: 4x0Grand Slam RJ77KGR12019
22185Guilherme RochaGuilherme RochaWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam RJ77KG4F2019
22186Ygor RodriguesYgor RodriguesWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam RJ77KGSF2019
22455Luan MartinaWPts: 0x0, AdvSouth American88KGR12019
22457Flavio JunqueiraFlavio JunqueiraWPts: 2x0South American88KG4F2019
22478Ricardo RochaWPts: 5x0South AmericanABSR12019
22481Hygor BritoHygor BritoWPts: 2x2, AdvSouth AmericanABS4F2019
22483Dimitrius SouzaDimitrius SouzaWReferee DecisionSouth AmericanABSSF2019
22484Rafael PaganiniRafael PaganiniWReferee DecisionSouth AmericanABSF2019
22576Thiago MartinianoWPointsSalvador SPO88KGSF2019
22578William MartinsWPointsSalvador SPO88KGF2019
24527Leandro SouzaWReferee DecisionGrand Slam RJ77KGR12020
24538Jose DiasWBread cutterGrand Slam RJ77KG8F2020
24543Matheus CostaMatheus CostaWPts: 4x3Grand Slam RJ77KG4F2020
24546Mauricio OliveiraMauricio OliveiraWReferee DecisionGrand Slam RJ77KGSF2020
27085Yuri AbreuWReferee DecisionGoiania Pro77KG4F2021
27086Lucas BritoWPts: 2x1Goiania Pro77KGSF2021
27087Cicero AlencarWPts: 6x1Goiania Pro77KGF2021

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