Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Team History, Fighter Stats, Biographies and News

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Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Fighter Wiki, All their history from their favorite techniques to the meaning behind their Portuguese nicknames as well as fight videos and techniques. Learn more about your favorite Jiu Jitsu figures on this section.

Robert Drysdale

Robert Drysdale is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu world champion and ADCC open weight division champion of American origin, who also became an MMA fighter, reaching the sports main organization, the UFC.

Ricardo De La Riva

Ricardo De La Riva is a legendary Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt under the late Carlson Gracie. He was one of the most creative guard players in BJJ, having created the the famous “De La Riva” guard (originally called “Guarda Pudim”) having also become an important instructor with several important black belts under his tutelage such as Rodrigo and Rogerio Nogueira, Walter “Broca” and many others.

Romero “Jacaré” Cavalcanti

Romero “Jacare” Cavalcanti is one of the best instructors in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu history, having coached hundreds of fighters and produced some of the best the world has seen in Grappling, including Fabio Gurgel, Alexandre Paiva, Leonardo Vieira, Ricardo Vieira, Rodrigo “Comprido”, to name a few. One of the founding fathers of the Alliance academy, Romero Cavalcanti moved to the United States from his native Brazil in 1995, where grew the team. Jacare was also awarded the “On The Mat” Instructor of the Year award in 2009.

Ricardo Abreu

One of the main Heavyweights to have ever come out of the Nova Uniao camp, Ricardo “Demente” has had a hard and strenuous path to success, after spending 3 years out of Jiu Jitsu due to lack of sponsorship, he returned in 2009 with great wins over some of BJJ’s very best. After helping several professional MMA fighters with their ground game Ricardo Abreu decided to try his luck at MMA also.

Fabio Gurgel

Fabio Gurgel is regarded as one of the top coaches in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. The head instructor and leader of Team Alliance at the Sao Paulo head quarters, Fabio Gurgel was also one of the best jiu jitsu competitors of his generation with many important titles to his name, such as World Champion, Brazilian National champion and European Open champion. In 2010 Fabio Gurgel put his name in the BJJ record book when he competed and won the European Open, one of the top events in the jiu jitsu calender, at the age of 40, just a few months after he celebrated his 20th year as a jiu jitsu black belt.

Leonardo Santos

Leonardo Santos is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt from the Nova Uniao team, being one of the most important fighters for BJJ in the early 2000’s. With numerous titles in his career, Leo Santos was regarded by many as the best lightweight fighter of his generation, having victories over several great fighters such as Leo Vieira, Tiago Alves. Leo Santos put an end to his career with the kimono to follow his brother’s footsteps (Wagnney Fabiano) in turning into a professional MMA fighter.