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15 Best Female BJJ Fighters in the World

15 Best Female BJJ Fighters in the World

Women always play an important role in sports. The amazing thing about Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is that it offers equal opportunities for men and women to emerge as successful athletes. There are countless amazing female fighters in the history of BJJ. Below are the top 15 female BJJ fighters in the world.

Fighter Rank Top Achievement
Michelle Nicolini Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu World Champion
Pan American Champion,
European Champion,
Brazilian National Champion
Beatriz Mesquita (Bia) 2nd Degree Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu World Champion, Pan American Champion,
European Champion, Brazilian National Champion, World No-Gi Champion
Mackenzie Dern Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu IBJJF World Champion, IBJJF World Champion No-Gi, IBJJF Pan American Champion, IBJJF European Open
Gabi Garcia (Gabrielle Lemos Gracia) Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu ADCC World Champion, IBJJF World Champion, IBJJF Pan Champion, IBJJF European Open, IBJJF World No-Gi Champion
Ana Carolina Vieira srour Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu IBJJF World Champion, IBJJF Pan Champion, IBJJF World Champion No-Gi, 1st Place at 3CG Kumite 7 Grand Prix
Kyra Gracie 4th Degree Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu World Championship Champion, Pan American Championship Champion, Brazilian National Champion at Black Belt level, ADCC World Champion, BJJ New York State Champion
Bianca Barbosa Basilio Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu IBJJF World Champion, Brazilian National Champion, IBJJF Pan American champion, Abu Dhabi World Pro Champion
Mayssa Bastos Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu IBJJF World Champion, IBJJF Pans Champion, IBJJF European Open Champion, IBJJF World No-Gi Champion, IBJJF Pans Championship NOGI Champion
Grace Gundrum Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu 1st Place at WNO, 1st Place at F2W, 1st Place Quintet Team Tournament, 1st Place Finishers Sub-Only, 1st Place Onnit Invitational
Leticia Ribero 4th Degree Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu IBJJF World Champion, IBJJF World No-Gi Champion, IBJJF Pan American Champion, Brazilian National Jiu Jitsu Champion
Hannette Staack  Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu ADCC World Champion, IBJJF World Champion No-Gi
Claudia do Val  Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu IBJJF World Champion, IBJJF Pans Champion, IBJJF South American Champion, IBJJF South Brazilian Champion, IBJJF Asian Open, IBJJF European Open, IBJJF Spanish Nationals
Yvone Duarte 7th Degree Coral Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Rio de Janeiro State Champion, Brazilian National Champion 
Luiza Monteiro  2nd Degree Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu jitsu World Champion, Pan-American Champion, European Champion, Brazilian National Champion, World No-Gi Champion
Jessica D Flowers Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu IBJJF Pan Champion, IBJJF World Champion No-Gi, IBJJF European Open, ADCC World Champion, IBJJF World Champion

1. Michelle Nicolini

Michelle Nicolini Details

Michelle Nicolini
Born January 5, 1982
Nationality Brazilian
Weight 53 kg
Style Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Rank Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
Win % 66.66%

Born in Brazil in 1982, Michelle Nicolini stepped into the world of martial arts at the tender age of 14. After a few years, she shifted her attention toward Jiu-Jitsu. She received all the belts including the auspicious black belt from Robert Drysdale. An eight time IBJJF World Champion and an equally accomplished fighter in No-Gi BJJ, Nicoline is among the most outstanding BJJ fighters.

Michelle Nicolini Top Achievements

  • World Champion (8x)
  • Pan American Champion (3x)
  • European Champion (3x)
  • Brazilian National champion (3X)
  • World No-Gi Championship Champion (4x)
  • Pan Ams No-Gi Championship Champion (2x)

Michelle Nicolini Top Fights


Michelle Nicolini vs Marina Ribeiro


Michelle Nicolini vs Ida Hansson

2. Beatriz Mesquita (Bia)

Beatriz Mesquita Details

Beatriz Mesquita (Bia)
Born 7 April 1991
Nationality Brazilian
Wight 64kg
Style Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Rank 2nd Degree Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Win % 79%

Beatriz Mesquita, best known as Bia is a name to reckon with.  An exceptional Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu fighter she received 24 titles in four Gi Championships. At the tender age of 9, she showed interest in Judo and by 1996 she became more inclined to learn BJJ. She won various titles in her early career including state championships and Brazilian National Junior titles. She shifted her attention to wrestling at the age of 15. Leticia Ribeiro (Bia’s coach) awarded her the brown belt at the age of 18. She received her black belt at the hands of the same coach in 2011.

Beatriz Mesquita Top Achievements

  • World Championship Champion (10x)
  • Pan American Championship Champion (7x)
  • European Championship Champion (4x)
  • Brazilian National Champion (3x)
  • World No-Gi Championship Champion (5x)
  • Brazilian Nationals No-Gi Championship Champion (7x)

Beatriz Mesquita Top Fights


Beatriz Mesquita vs Luisa Monteiro


Michelle Nicolini X Beatriz Mesquita

3. Mackenzie Dern

Mackenzie Dern Details

Mackenzie Dern
Born 24 March 1993
Nationality American and Brazilian
Wight 52kg
Style Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Rank Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
Win % 85%

Being the daughter of Wellington “Megaton” Dias, a BJJ legend and 7th-degree coral belt, Mackenzie Dern is a powerful name in the world of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Dern was born in Arizona and started training BJJ at the age of three under her father’s supervision. Her stepmother, Luciana Tavares, who is a black belt, helped her a lot in her BJJ career. She received a black belt from her father at the age of 19, and after winning multiple BJJ Championships, she moved on to make a name for herself in the UFC

Mackenzie Dern top Achievements

  • IBJJF World Championships (2015)
  • IBJJF World Championships NO-GI (2015)
  • IBJJF Pan American Championships (2016, 2015)
  • FIVE Super League Championships (2015)
  • IBJJF European Open (2016, 2015)
  • AJP Abu Dhabi World Pro (2015)

Mackenzie Dern Top Fights


Mackenzie Dern vs Michelle Nicolini


Mackenzie Dern vs. Bodybuilder Mandy Polk

4. Gabi Garcia (Gabrielle Lemos Gracia)

Gabi Garcia Details

Gabi Garcia (Gabrielle Lemos Gracia)
Born 17 November 1985
Nationality Brazilian
Wight 95kg
Style Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Rank Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Win % 85%

Gabi Garcia is a professional martial arts expert. She was born in Brazil in 1985 and started training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at the age of 13. Her uncle helped her a lot in training and growing her BJJ career. She won various titles in her career till now including Pan American Champion and World Champion. 

Gabi Garcia Top Achievements

  • ADCC World Champion (2011, 2013, 2015, 2019)
  • IBJJF World Champion (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013)
  • IBJJF Pan Champion (2010, 2011, 2019)
  • IBJJF European Open (2011, 2015)
  • IBJJF World No-Gi Champion (2008, 2009)

Gabi Garcia Top Fights


Gabi Garcia vs Carina Santi


Gabi Garcia vs Mackenzie Dern

5. Ana Carolina Vieira Srour

Ana Carolina Vieira Srour Details

Ana Carolina Vieira Srour
Born 24 October 2001
Nationality Brazilian
Wight 63kg
Style Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Rank Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Win % 61%

Ana Carolina Vieira was born in Brazil in 2001 and is considered one of the great Brazilian Jiu Jitsu fighters of today's generation. She started learning Brazilian Jiu Jitsu from Gabriel Marinho, who helped her hone her grappling skills. She won a silver medal in the 2018 Summer Youth Olympics Event.  To fulfill her dream of becoming a successful athlete, Ana Carolina started training along with trainer Luiz Fernando. She received her black belt from Master Julio Cesar in 2006.

Ana Carolina Vieira Srour Top Achievements

  • IBJJF World Champion (2017, 2018, 2019)
  • IBJJF Pan Champion (2021)
  • IBJJF World Champion No-Gi (2018)
  • 1st Place at 3CG Kumite 7 Grand Prix (2020)

Ana Carolina Vieira Srour Top Fights


Ana Carolina Vieira vs Nathiely Karoline


Ana Carolina Vieira vs Shannon Montgomery

6. Kyra Gracie

Kyra Gracie Details

Kyra Gracie
Born 29 May 1985
Nationality Brazilian
Wight 59kg
Style Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Rank 4th Degree Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
Win % 58%

Kyra Gracie started Brazilian Jiu Jitsu training at the age of 11. Only two women in the Gracie family achieved the coveted black belt level, and Kyra is one of them. She received her black belt at the age of 21 from Carlos Gracie Junior, one of her uncles. Later, she also started boxing training with Claudio Coelho, a famous coach in Brazil, to expand her horizons.

Kyra Gracie top Achievements

  • World Championship Champion (4x)
  • Pan American Championship Champion (2x)
  • Brazilian National Champion at Black Belt level (3x)
  • ADCC World Champion (3x)
  • BJJ New York State Champion (5x)

Kyra Gracie Top Fights


Lolo Cousin Vs Kyra Gracie


Kyra Gracie vs Erica Montoya

7. Bianca Barbosa Basilio

Bianca Barbosa Basilio Details

Bianca Barbosa Basilio
Born 2 February 1996
Nationality Brazilian
Wight 58kg
Style Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Rank Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Win % 59%

Bianca Barbosa Basilio is famous as Bia Basilio and is among the top grappling fighters of her generation. Bianca Barbosa Basilio practiced gymnastics for three years at the start of her career. Bianca Basilio and her brother joined Jiu Jitsu class in 2008. She won her first World Championship title at the age of 15 at the blue belt juvenile level.

Master Caio Almeida elevated Basilio to black belt in December 2016 after she won back-to-back medals at the top grappling competitions around the globe.

Bianca Barbosa Basilio Top Achievements

  • IBJJF World Champion (2022)
  • Brazilian National Champion (2018, 2019, 2021, 2022)
  • IBJJF Pan American champion (2017, 2021)
  • Abu Dhabi World Pro Champion (2018, 2019, 2021)

Bianca Barbosa Basilio Top Fights


Bianca Basilio v Elisabeth Clay


Bianca Basilio v Gabrielle McComb

8. Mayssa Bastos

Mayssa Bastos Details

Mayssa Bastos
Born 23 October 1997
Nationality Brazilian
Weight 115lbs
Style Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Rank Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Win % 83%

Mayssa Bastos was born in Brazil in 1997 and she started her Jiu-Jitsu journey with Judo training in 2009. This was the start of her glorious BJJ career as Judo introduced her to the world of martial arts and opened doors of success for her. At the tender age of 11, she devoted all her attention to enhancing her skills in grappling and started learning from Jair Court, a famous trainer in Marica.

Her dedication and hard work lead her to a blue belt. With every passing year, she continued to ascend the ladder of success finally, in 2019, Bastos got her first World Championship title as a BJJ black belt.

Mayssa Bastos Achievements

  • IBJJF World Champion (3x)
  • IBJJF Pans Champion (3x)
  • IBJJF European Open Champion (3x)
  • IBJJF World No-Gi Champion (3x)
  • IBJJF Pans Championship NOGI Champion (2x)
  • ADCC 2nd South American Trials winner (2022)
  • CBJJ Brazilian Nationals No-Gi Champion (2018)
  • IBJJF Pan Championship (2021)

Mayssa Bastos Top Fights


Mayssa Bastos VS Pati Fontes


Mayssa Bastos vs Serena Gabrielli

9. Grace Gundrum

Grace Gundrum Details

Grace Gundrum
Born 22 May 2002
Nationality China
Wight 48 kg
Style Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Rank Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Win % 75%

Grace Gundrum was born in China in 2002 and is one of the youngest Jiu Jitsu fighters. She was interested in sports from a very young age. Gundrum’s brother had an interest in martial arts, and he introduced Gundrum to the world of Jiu-Jitsu. While her brother soon lost interest, Gundrum pursued a career in BJJ.

Grace was into sports from her early school days, she started playing basketball and kickboxing. At the age of 16, she moved her attention toward freestyle wrestling which eventually enhanced her Jiu-Jitsu skills. Robert Villafane was the first trainer of Grace who helped her to become a successful BJJ fighter. Her outstanding performance and dedication lead her to the black belt title in 2020.

Grace Gundrum Top Achievements

  • 1st Place at WNO
  • 1st Place at F2W
  • 1st Place Quintet Team Tournament
  • 1st Place Finishers Sub-Only
  • 1st Place Onnit Invitational

Grace Gundrum Top Fights


Grace Gundrum vs Alex Nguyen


Grace Gundrum vs Stella Davison

10. Leticia Ribero

Leticia Ribeiro Details

Leticia Ribero
Born 24 February 1979
Nationality Brazilian
Wight 53 kg
Style Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Rank 4th Degree Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
Win % 78%

Leticia Ribeiro is considered among top fighters in Brazilian jiu Jitsu. Leticia Ribero started her Brazilian Jiu Jitsu career in the Gracie Tijuca Academy under the supervision of Marcelo Machado. She started training just for fun but she fell in love with the martial art and couldn’t go back.  

Eventually,  she started training under a famous instructor, Royler Gracie. Under Royler Gracie's guidance, Leticia Ribeiro developed her grappling skills and managed to earn a black belt. A lot of national and international titles are associated with her name.

Furthermore, she also leads a famous organization, the Gracie Humaita. The purpose of this organization is to team up with talent around the world and support them.

Leticia Ribero’s Top Achievements

  • IBJJF World Champion (2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2006, 2002, 2000)
  • IBJJF World No-Gi Champion (2010, 2008)
  • IBJJF Pan American Champion (2004, 2003)
  • Brazilian National Jiu Jitsu Champion (1996,1997,1999)

Leticia Ribero’s Top Fights


Leticia Ribero vs Michelle Nicolini


Letícia Ribeiro vs Livia Rocha

11. Hannette Staack

Hannette Staack Details

Hannette Staack
Born 7 February 1979
Nationality Brazilian
Wight 64 kg
Style Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Rank Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
Win % 64%

Hannette Staack has a successful career in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. She started learning Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at the age of 18 under the supervision of Fernando Cruz and Flavio Figueiredo. She has a lot of titles associated with the name and has won the ADCC Championship three times.  Fernando Cruz awarded her with purple and blue belts.

2002 was the lucky year for Hannette when she won her first World Championship. Andre, who is Hannette’s husband now, was a great inspiration for her Brazilian Jiu Jitsu career.

Hannette Staack Top Achievements

  • ADCC World Championship (2007, 2007, 2009, 2011)
  • World Champion (2002, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011)
  • IBJJF World Champion No-Gi (2007)

Hannette Staack Top Fights


Hannette Staack VS Fernanda Mazzelli


Hannette Staack VS Monica Silva

12. Claudia do Val 

Claudia do Val Details

Claudia do Val 
Born 1 June 1988
Nationality Brazilian
Wight N/A
Style Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Rank Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Win % 60%

On the international sports stage, Claudia do Val is considered among top BJJ athletes. Claudia was an athletic child, and she started training Judo at the age of 18. After a few years, she discovered Jiu Jitsu and reached great heights of success by winning multiple competitions.

Ricardo De La Riva, her instructor, helped her in improving Jiu-Jitsu skills. Soon she developed a strong relationship with Jiu Jitsu and decided to fully focus on Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. She has a lot of titles linked to her name. Her passion and love for Jiu Jitsu led her to a black belt. Ricardo was awarded her black belt after winning double gold (Rio Winter and European Open) and World Championship. She joined the Soul Fighters Association in 2019.

Claudia do Val Top Achievements

  • IBJJF World Champion (2017,2018,2019, 2020)
  • IBJJF Pans Champion (2018)
  • IBJJF South American Champion (2016)
  • IBJJF South Brazilian Champion (2016)
  • IBJJF Asian Open (2018)
  • IBJJF European Open (2018)
  • IBJJF Spanish Nationals (2017, 2018)
  • IBJJF Spanish Nationals NoGi (2017, 2018)

Claudia do Val Top Fights


Claudia Doval VS Venla Luukkonen


Claudia Do Val vs Monique Elias

13. Yvone Duarte

Yvone Duarte Details

Yvone Duarte
Born 26 August 1963
Nationality Brazilian
Wight 52 kg
Style Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Rank 7th Degree Coral Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

In Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Yvone was the first female to get black belt title. She entered the world of Jiu Jitsu in 1978 after her brother, Pascoal Duarte, managed to convince her to start Brazilian Jiu Jitsu training. So following her brother’s advice, she started Jiu Jitsu training at Osvaldo Alves Academy

Yvone devoted her life to BJJ, she raised her voice to introduce female divisions in sports which was a totally new concept. Her efforts bore fruit in 1985 when the first female division opened. 

Osvaldo Alves, her trainer, awarded her a black belt in 1990. She received all her belts from Osvaldo Alves.

Yvone Duarte Top Achievements

  • Rio de Janeiro State Champion (1985, 1986, 1987)
  • Brazilian National Champion (1991, 1992, 1996)

14. Luiza Monteiro

Luiza Monteiro Details

Luiza Monteiro
Born 23 November 1988
Nationality Brazilian
Wight 74 kg
Style Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Rank 2nd  Degree Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
Win % 50%

Luiza Monteiro started her martial arts career with Muay Thai training. At the age of 12, she started training in Thai boxing and after one year, she visited a Jiu Jitsu academy and fell in love with grappling techniques.

She immediately joined the Equipe Luiz Paulo team and learned BJJ techniques from Junior Duarte, who later on awarded her a blue belt. Her journey of learning never stopped, she continued to learn from different coaches and finally received a black belt from coach Cavaca in 2010.

Luiza Monteiro Top Achievements

  • World Champion (2015, 2017)
  • Pan-American Champion (2011, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2018, 2019)
  • European Champion (2016, 2019)
  • Brazilian National Champion (2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016)
  • World No-Gi Champion (2010, 2012, 2013, 2014)

Luiza Monteiro Top Fights


Luiza Monteiro vs Megan Ann Nevill


Luiza Monteiro vs Megan Ann Nevill

15. Jessica D Flowers

Jessica D Flowers Details

Jessica D Flowers
Born 23 January 1992
Nationality Brazilian
Wight 74 kg
Style Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Rank Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Win % 38%

Jessica D Flowers entered the world of martial arts at the age of 15. She started her career in Muay Thai, pursued martial art for a short period, and then shifted her attention to wrestling. After going through all these phases, she finally entered Jiu Jitsu.

Jessica D Flowers is an accomplished BJJ black belt. She received her black belt from Henrique Machado who is the head of ASLE Academy. A lot of national and international titles are linked to her name including Brazilian National Champion, European Champion, and IBJJF World Gi and No-Gi Golds.

Jessica D Flowers Top Achievements

  • IBJJF Pan Champion (2017)
  • IBJJF World Champion No-Gi (2017, 2019)
  • IBJJF European Open (2020)
  • ADCC World Champion (2015, 2017)
  • IBJJF World Champion (2018, 2019)

Jessica D Flowers Top Fights


Jessica D Competing at purple belt


Ffion Davies VS Jessica Flowers

16. Last words

The fighters listed above are among the top BJJ competitors around the globe. These athletes serve as outstanding examples of how perseverance and hard effort can pay off.

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