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Zayed Alkatheeri is a professional jiu-jitsu athlete from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) who is a black belt in BJJ under coach Ribamar Santiago and the first Emirati to win a gold medal at the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) Pan American Championship at the adult black belt level. Zayed Alkatheeri made a name for himself as one of the sport’s top roosterweight athletes through his performances on the Abu Dhabi Jiu-Jitsu Pro (AJP) Tour circuit, a prestigious league where Zayed conquered the World Pro and Grand Slam events prior to his black belt promotion, a winning trend that carried through to Alkatheeri’s pro-level career.

Zayed Alkatheeri Jiu-Jitsu

Full Name: Zayed Alkatheeri

Nickname: N/A

Lineage: Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Rolls Gracie > Romero Cavalcanti > Fábio Gurgel > Ribamar Santiago > Zayed Alkatheeri

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2023)
  • 1st Place AJP Abu Dhabi World Pro (2022)
  • 1st Place AJP Grand Slam, LDN (2023)
  • 1st Place AJP Grand Slam, MIA (2022)
  • 2nd Place AJP Grand Slam, RJ (2022)
  • 3rd Place AJP UAE Nationals (2022)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

1st Place AJP Abu Dhabi World Pro (2020 purple)
1st Place AJP Grand Slam, ABD (2020 purple, 2022 brown)
1st Place AJP Grand Slam, MIA (2021 brown)
1st Place AJP Grand Slam, LA (2019 blue)
1st Place AJP EU Continental Pro (2019 blue)

Favorite Position/Technique: Open Guard

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

Team/Association: Commando Group

Zayed Alkatheeri Biography

Zayed Alkatheeri was born on March 15, 2000, in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates located in the Persian Gulf.

Growing up, Zayed was not particularly sporty, but at the age of 16 (2017), he decided to give jiu-jitsu a try, given how popular the sport was in the UAE. To kickstart this new journey, Zayed joined the Al Jazeera Sportsclub under the instruction of coach Ribamar Santiago – himself a student of Fábio Gurgel of the Alliance Academy in São Paulo, Brazil.

Almost immediately drawn to the sport, Zayed became a regular at coach Santiago’s class from the start, and in 2018, one year after he started grappling, he opted to follow the sport professionally, dedicating all his time and effort to his development as a competitor.

Turning professional as a white belt is a type of dedication rarely seen in this sport, but Zayed was able to reap the benefits of his early commitment by climbing the ranks of jiu-jitsu at an astoundingly fast rate, winning many of the AJP’s top events on his way to the black belt promotion.

Zayed Alkatheeri was promoted to black belt on May 10, 2022, just 5 years after he first stepped on the mats, an incredibly fast climb through the ranks.

Zayed Alkatheeri Grappling Record

28 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    17 (61%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (7%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    6 (21%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (4%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

6 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Submission
33
2
#86e620
Triangle
17
1
#5AD3D1
Choke from back
17
1
#d1212a
Toe hold
17
1
#fad11b
Triangle armlock
17
1
6
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
7 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    5 (71%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    0 (0%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (29%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

0 SUBMISSION LOSSES

Zayed Alkatheeri Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
33918Yuri HendrexYuri HendrexLPts: 8x2Grand Slam RJ56KGF2022
34841Andrew SantosLPts: 8x2UAE Nat Pro62KGSF2022
35340Jonas AndradeJonas AndradeLPts: 5x4Asia Pro62KGF2022
36539Jonas AndradeJonas AndradeLPts: 5x3Netherlands Pro62KGF2022
40263Roiter LimaRoiter LimaLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.58KG4F2023
43956Thalison SoaresThalison SoaresLReferee DecisionADX156KGSPF2023
44689Yuri HendrexYuri HendrexLPts: 3x1World Pro56KGF2023
33737Carlos SamboniWSubmissionFujairah Pro62KGR12022
33738Samat AitpanbetWPts: 1x0Fujairah Pro62KG4F2022
33739Sultan AlowaisWPts: 8x5Fujairah Pro62KGSF2022
33740Bruno BorgesWTriangleFujairah Pro62KGF2022
33914Frederico GuimaraesWPts: 6x3Grand Slam RJ56KG4F2022
33916Welerson GoncalvesWelerson GoncalvesWPts: 6x5Grand Slam RJ56KGSF2022
34584Dustin OrdinarioWPts: 7x4Grand Slam MIA56KGSF2022
34586Frank CespedesFrank CespedesWPts: 5x5Grand Slam MIA56KGF2022
34844Samat AitpanbetWPts: 7x1UAE Nat Pro62KG3RD2022
35337Carlos SamboniWChoke from backAsia Pro62KG4F2022
35338Samat AitpanbetWPts: 4x2Asia Pro62KGSF2022
36319Jeison MoraWToe holdWorld Pro56KG4F2022
36321Samat AitpanbetWPts: 9x7World Pro56KGSF2022
36322Nathannael FernandesNathannael FernandesWReferee DecisionWorld Pro56KGF2022
38224Johnif RochaJohnif RochaWPts: 3x3AJPGD LDN56KG4F2023
38228Welerson GoncalvesWelerson GoncalvesWPts: 3x3AJPGD LDN56KGSF2023
38230Yuri HendrexYuri HendrexWPts: 2x2AJPGD LDN56KGF2023
38393Italo FrotaWN/APan American58KGR12023
38398Jonas AndradeJonas AndradeWN/APan American58KGSF2023
38400Hiryu NiwaHiryu NiwaWPts: 6x6, AdvPan American58KGF2023
39703Bruno BorgesWPts: 4x3ADGS ABD56KGSF2023
39705Yuri HendrexYuri HendrexWPts: 2x2ADGS ABD56KGF2023
40257Osamah AlmarwaiOsamah AlmarwaiWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.58KGR12023
41396Bernardo MoraesWTriangle armlockUAE Nat Pro62KGSF2023
41398Sam TeagueWPts: 18x2UAE Nat Pro62KGF2023
43540Marko OikarainenWSubmissionEU Cont Pro62KGSF2023
44683G. ArutyunyanWPts: 22x2World Pro56KG4F2023
44688Samat AitpanbetWPts: 5x4World Pro56KGSF2023
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