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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 South Brazil Championship (2022)
  • 1st Place IBJJF South Brazil Championship NOGI (2022**)
  • 2nd Place AJP Grand Slam, RJN (2018 / 2019 / 2020)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World Championship (2017 / 2024)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2022)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF South American Championship (2019)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • 1st Place IBJJF American Nationals (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

134 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    65 (49%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    23 (17%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    23 (17%)
  • BY DECISION
    21 (16%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (1%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (1%)

23 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Triangle
17
4
#86e620
Choke
17
4
#5AD3D1
Submission
13
3
#d1212a
Choke from back
9
2
#fad11b
Darce choke
4
1
#f58822
Breat cutter
4
1
#224aba
Cachecol choke
4
1
#ff9124
Toe hold
4
1
#bf1f6c
Arm in Ezekiel
4
1
#22c9a5
Clock choke
4
1
#fad223
Bread cutter
4
1
#03861f
Brabo choke
4
1
#039a1f
Inside heel hook
4
1
#03b41f
Guillotine
4
1
23
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
56 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    18 (32%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    8 (14%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    15 (27%)
  • BY DECISION
    12 (21%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (2%)
  • BY DQ
    2 (4%)

15 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Triangle
20
3
#86e620
Armbar
20
3
#5AD3D1
Guillotine
13
2
#d1212a
Choke from back
13
2
#fad11b
RNC
7
1
#f58822
Estima lock
7
1
#224aba
Ezekiel
7
1
#ff9124
Tarikoplata
7
1
#bf1f6c
Kneebar
7
1
15
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Yan Lucas Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
11312John CombsJohn CombsLGuillotineLong Beach Open82KGSF2016
11318Carlos FariasCarlos FariasLPointsLong Beach OpenABSSF2016
12150Leo SaggioroLeo SaggioroLChoke from backPan American76KGR12017
12333Josh HingerJosh HingerLRNCChicago Sp. OpenABSF2017
12339Josh HingerJosh HingerLGuillotineChicago Sp. NoGiABSSF2017
12385Marcio AndreMarcio AndreLPointsNY Spring Open76KGSF2017
12404Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroLPts: 2x2, AdvNY Spring OpenABS4F2017
12865Gottrell KingLDQLas Vegas Open88KGSF2017
12871Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLAdvLas Vegas OpenABSF2017
13128Lucas LepriLucas LepriLPts: 4x0World Champ.76KGSF2017
13352Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoLTriangleAmerican Nats82KGF2017
13370Dany GerardDany GerardLN/AAmerican NatsABSR12017
13441Johnny TamaJohnny TamaLEstima lockFIVE Super LeagueN/ASPF2017
13771Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoLArmbarSan Diego Pro82KGR12017
13811Francisco IturraldeFrancisco IturraldeLPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LA77KGSF2017
14256Felipe CesarFelipe CesarLEzekielSJJIF Worlds82KGF2017
14285Gabriel ProcopioGabriel ProcopioLPointsLong Beach Open82KGSF2017
15394Espen MathiesenEspen MathiesenLPts: 0x0, AdvPan American76KG8F2018
16757Hugo MarquesHugo MarquesLPts: 4x0SP BJJ Pro82KGSF2018
17994Chaise OlimpioLPointsManaus Open82KGF2018
17998Felipe MatosLN/AManaus OpenABSF2018
18300Hugo MarquesHugo MarquesLReferee DecisionGrand Slam RJ77KGF2018
18900Pedro RamalhoPedro RamalhoLTriangleEuropean Open76KGR12019
19210Jhonny LoureiroJhonny LoureiroD---Copa Podio77KGRR2019
20286Bruno BressanLPointsBrasileiro76KG4F2019
20631Rodrigo FreitasRodrigo FreitasLPts: 2x0World Champ.76KGR22019
21484Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroLAdvColiseu JJ85KGSF2019
22322Natan ChuengNatan ChuengLPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam RJ77KGF2019
22467Natan ChuengNatan ChuengLChoke from backRio BJJ Pro82KG4F2019
22597Matheus SpirandeliMatheus SpirandeliLReferee DecisionSouth American88KGSF2019
24734Lucas GualbertoLucas GualbertoLReferee DecisionGrand Slam RJ77KGF2020
27331Higor LimaHigor LimaLPts: 3x2Goiania ProLWASF2021
28065Wallisson OliveiraLReferee DecisionBrasileiro82KGR12021
28567Gabriel CostaGabriel CostaLReferee DecisionGrand Slam RJ85KG4F2021
28577Alex MunisAlex MunisLReferee DecisionGrand Slam RJ85KG3RD2021
30166Wellington LuisWellington LuisLPts: 0x0, PenSul BrasileiroABS4F2022
30805Enderson DiasEnderson DiasLPts: 2x0Dallas Open88KG4F2022
30823Andy MurasakiAndy MurasakiLPts: 6x2Dallas OpenABSSF2022
31708Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarLPts: 2x0Pan American88KGSF2022
32655Rafael AnjosRafael AnjosLPts: 2x0Denver Open88KGF2022
32963Tommy LangakerTommy LangakerLTarikoplataWorld Champ.82KG8F2022
34018Luiz PauloLuiz PauloLReferee DecisionGrand Slam RJ77KGSF2022
35940Francisco LoFrancisco LoLTriangleHouston FO88KGSF2022
35950Fellipe AndrewFellipe AndrewLDQHouston FOABSF2022
37195Herico PintoLPts: 2x0North East BRAABSF2023
37399Rolando SamsonRolando SamsonLArmbarAustin WO82KGF2023
37412Joao RochaJoao RochaLPts: 2x2, AdvAustin WOABSSF2023
38557R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaLReferee DecisionPan AmericanO100KGR12023
39294Shane FishmanLN/AChicago SPO88KGF2023
41656Lucas ValleLReferee DecisionAustin SMOABSSF2023
42547Tainan DalpraTainan DalpraLArmbarIBJJF GP82KGSPF2023
47056Marcos CarrozzinoLReferee DecisionMemphis OpenABS4F2024
47777Austin OrandayAustin OrandayLKneebarDallas Open82KGRR2024
47953Daniel SathlerDaniel SathlerLReferee DecisionPan American76KGR22024
48449Sebastian RodriguezSebastian RodriguezLReferee DecisionNYC SPOABSSF2024
48629Joao NicoliteLN/AHouston Open94KGRR2024
50268Jackson NagaiJackson NagaiLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.82KGSF2024
11316John CombsJohn CombsWPts: 5x2Long Beach OpenABS4F2016
12324Vinicius CanabarroWPts: 14x0Chicago Sp. Open82KGSF2017
12325Steven PattersonWPts: 8x2Chicago Sp. Open82KGF2017
12326Gabriel GoulartGabriel GoulartWAdvChicago Sp. OpenABSR12017
12330Ross DanielsWAdvChicago Sp. OpenABS4F2017
12332Carlos FariasCarlos FariasWPts: 2x0Chicago Sp. OpenABSSF2017
12334Gregory WalkerWAdvChicago Sp. NoGi79KGRR2017
12335Gregory WalkerWTriangleChicago Sp. NoGi79KGF2017
12338Aiazbek MustakovWToe holdChicago Sp. NoGiABS4F2017
12383Rafael RosendoWPointsNY Spring Open76KG4F2017
12402Diego BispoDiego BispoWN/ANY Spring OpenABSR12017
12864Pedro PimentaWPts: 2x0Las Vegas Open88KG4F2017
12868Jonathan AresWChokeLas Vegas OpenABS4F2017
12870Vitor ToledoWPts: 6x2Las Vegas OpenABSSF2017
13114Gabriel RolloGabriel RolloWPts: 2x0World Champ.76KG8F2017
13120Juan KamezawaJuan KamezawaWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.76KG8F2017
13126Edwin NajmiEdwin NajmiWPts: 2x0World Champ.76KG4F2017
13349Piter SilvaWAdvAmerican Nats82KG4F2017
13768Sergio RiosSergio RiosWPointsSan Diego Pro82KGR12017
13805Kauan BarbozaKauan BarbozaWReferee DecisionGrand Slam LA77KGR12017
13808Andris BrunovskisAndris BrunovskisWReferee DecisionGrand Slam LA77KG4F2017
13815John CombsJohn CombsWPts: 2x0Grand Slam LA77KG3RD2017
14254UnknownWPointsSJJIF Worlds82KGSF2017
15954Demerson PereiraWPointsTriangle 482KGSPF2018
16221Igor TavaresWArm in EzekielBrasileiro76KGR12018
16228Yuri AbreuWPts: 2x2, AdvBrasileiro76KG8F2018
16229Rodrigo ConceicaoRodrigo ConceicaoWPts: 0x0, AdvBrasileiro76KG4F2018
16233Fabio CaloiFabio CaloiWPointsBrasileiro76KGSF2018
16235Jhonny LoureiroJhonny LoureiroWPts: 2x0Brasileiro76KGF2018
16669Celso RicardoWPointsBH Winter Open82KG4F2018
16670Ygor DantasWTriangleBH Winter Open82KGSF2018
16671Vagner AzevedoWPointsBH Winter Open82KGF2018
16755NAWPointsSP BJJ Pro82KG4F2018
17536Bernardo DibWPts: 2x0Brasilia Pro77KG4F2018
17537Wellington MendesWChokeBrasilia Pro77KGSF2018
17538Tassio BispoWPts: 8x0Brasilia Pro77KGF2018
17539Tassio BispoWChokeBrasilia ProABS4F2018
17540Moises EuladioWSubmissionBrasilia ProABSSF2018
17541Jorge NakamuraWPts: 0x0, AdvBrasilia ProABSF2018
17997Tyrone GoncalvesWN/AManaus OpenABSSF2018
18284Alexandre CavaliereAlexandre CavaliereWPts: 2x0Grand Slam RJ77KGR12018
18290Vitor CorteWReferee DecisionGrand Slam RJ77KGR22018
18294Marlus SalgadoWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam RJ77KG4F2018
18297Bruno TostoWPts: 2x0Grand Slam RJ77KGSF2018
18493Celso RicardoWN/ABrasilia Open82KG4F2018
18497Alexandre JesusAlexandre JesusWPointsBrasilia Open82KGSF2018
18499Fabricio BarbarottiFabricio BarbarottiWTriangleBrasilia Open82KGF2018
18506Lucas RoccoWN/ABrasilia OpenABSR12018
18507Pedro EliasPedro EliasWReferee DecisionBrasilia OpenABS4F2018
18509Raul AlmeidaWClock chokeBrasilia OpenABSF2018
19209Darragh OConaillDarragh OConaillWPts: 0x0, AdvCopa Podio77KGRR2019
20272Raylan MoreiraWPts: 6x0Brasileiro76KGR12019
20274Leonardo LaraLeonardo LaraWReferee DecisionBrasileiro76KGR22019
20620Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.76KGR12019
21479Almir Jr.WPointsColiseu JJ85KGRR2019
21481Marcelo MarquesWPointsColiseu JJ85KGRR2019
21483Emerson MeloWPointsColiseu JJ85KGRR2019
22312Yan SilveiraWPts: 4x0Grand Slam RJ77KGR12019
22319Guilherme RochaGuilherme RochaWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam RJ77KG4F2019
22320Ygor RodriguesYgor RodriguesWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam RJ77KGSF2019
22593Luan MartinaWPts: 0x0, AdvSouth American88KGR12019
22595Flavio JunqueiraFlavio JunqueiraWPts: 2x0South American88KG4F2019
22616Ricardo RochaWPts: 5x0South AmericanABSR12019
22619Hygor BritoHygor BritoWPts: 2x2, AdvSouth AmericanABS4F2019
22621Dimitrius SouzaDimitrius SouzaWReferee DecisionSouth AmericanABSSF2019
22622Rafael PaganiniRafael PaganiniWReferee DecisionSouth AmericanABSF2019
22718Thiago MartinianoWPointsSalvador SPO88KGSF2019
22720William MartinsWPointsSalvador SPO88KGF2019
24713Leandro RounaudLeandro RounaudWReferee DecisionGrand Slam RJ77KGR12020
24724Jose DiasWBread cutterGrand Slam RJ77KG8F2020
24729Matheus CostaMatheus CostaWPts: 4x3Grand Slam RJ77KG4F2020
24732Mauricio OliveiraMauricio OliveiraWReferee DecisionGrand Slam RJ77KGSF2020
27322Yuri AbreuWReferee DecisionGoiania Pro77KG4F2021
27323Lucas BritoWPts: 2x1Goiania Pro77KGSF2021
27324Cicero AlencarWPts: 6x1Goiania Pro77KGF2021
28555Davi MenezesWPts: 2x1Grand Slam RJ85KGR12021
28562Reyson LimaWReferee DecisionGrand Slam RJ85KG8F2021
28574Wellington LuisWellington LuisWPts: 2x0Grand Slam RJ85KGRPC2021
28575Leon BritoLeon BritoWPts: 3x1Grand Slam RJ85KGRPC2021
30152Andrey AndradeWChoke from backSul Brasileiro88KG4F2022
30155Wellington LuisWellington LuisWReferee DecisionSul Brasileiro88KGSF2022
30156Rhuan DuarteWBrabo chokeSul Brasileiro88KGF2022
30174Mauricio MeloWInside heel hookS Brasileiro NG85KGF2022
30175Arthur MendesWGuillotineS Brasileiro NGABS4F2022
30176Leo GoncalvesWPts: 2x0S Brasileiro NGABSSF2022
30178Pierpaolo ChiappeWPointsS Brasileiro NGABSF2022
30819Joao CizeskiJoao CizeskiWPointsDallas OpenABS4F2022
30969Joao CizeskiJoao CizeskiWReferee DecisionLA Open88KG4F2022
31703Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPts: 2x0Pan American88KGR12022
31705Matheus LunaMatheus LunaWPts: 2x2, AdvPan American88KG4F2022
32654Aaron TiegsWPts: 9x0Denver Open88KGSF2022
32955Lucas GualbertoLucas GualbertoWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.82KGR12022
33997Jadson AraujoWPts: 3x0Grand Slam RJ77KGR22022
34010Jadson AraujoWPts: 4x0Grand Slam RJ77KG8F2022
34015Andre CantanhedeWPts: 1x0Grand Slam RJ77KG4F2022
34023Luiz SantisWPts: 1x1Grand Slam RJ77KGRPC2022
34024Natan ChuengNatan ChuengWReferee DecisionGrand Slam RJ77KG3RD2022
35948Wellington DiasWellington DiasWN/AHouston FOABSSF2022
37188Nixon SegundoWPts: 3x2North East BRA85KGSF2023
37189Fabricio GomesWSubmissionNorth East BRA85KGF2023
37193Macksuel MacielWPts: 1x1North East BRAABS4F2023
37194Fabricio GomesWPts: 5x2North East BRAABSSF2023
37398Rehan MuttalibWPts: 2x0Austin WO82KGSF2023
37825Gabriel AraujoWChoke from backMemphis OpenO100KGRR2023
37827Jackson DouglasJackson DouglasWPts: 2x2, AdvMemphis OpenO100KGF2023
37845Michael LaciWDarce chokeMemphis NGO79KGRR2023
37847Omer EmanoelyWPts: 0x0, AdvMemphis NGO79KGF2023
37963Steffen BantaSteffen BantaWReferee DecisionDallas OpenABS4F2023
37966Mateus RodriguesMateus RodriguesWReferee DecisionDallas OpenABSF2023
39310Breno DamieriWPointsChicago SPOABS4F2023
39314R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWPts: 0x0, AdvChicago SPOABSSF2023
39318Erick CardosoWAdvChicago SPNG85KGF2023
41642Lucas ValleWReferee DecisionAustin SMO82KGSF2023
41644Bruno MatiasBruno MatiasWPts: 3x0Austin SMO82KGF2023
41673Jackson DouglasJackson DouglasWAdvAustin NGO97KGF2023
44090Gustavo EvangelistaWPointsHouston FOABS4F2023
44639Guilherme SampaioWBreat cutterNOrleans FO82KGF2023
45638Austin OrandayAustin OrandayWPts: 0x0, AdvWaco Open88KGF2023
45643An VuWN/AWaco OpenABS4F2023
46575Elijah PizarroWPts: 2x0Austin WO82KGSF2024
46576Eduardo AvelarEduardo AvelarWDQAustin WO82KGF2024
46589Joseph WarnerWChokeAustin WOABS4F2024
46590Marlon TanakaWTriangleAustin WOABSSF2024
46592Mateus RodriguesMateus RodriguesWReferee DecisionAustin WOABSF2024
46759Gilberto SaraivaWPts: 0x0, PenNOrleans OpenABS4F2024
46764Jose JuremaWPts: 2x0NOrleans OpenABSF2024
47045Michael ArrietaWCachecol chokeMemphis Open82KGSF2024
47047Matheus ChedidWPointsMemphis Open82KGF2024
47776Henry ClarkWN/ADallas Open82KGRR2024
48447Michael BakhtiyarovWPts: 10x0NYC SPOABS4F2024
48627Gilberto SaraivaWN/AHouston Open94KGRR2024
50253Sebastian GuevaraWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.82KGR12024
50262Gialysson FreitasGialysson FreitasWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.82KG8F2024
50263Mauricio OliveiraMauricio OliveiraWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.82KG4F2024

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