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Alef Brito - Team Ares’s Top Grappler

Alef Brito - Team Ares’s Top Grappler

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1. Alef Brito's Details

Alef Brito's Details
Name Alef José Soares Brito de Morais
Nickname N/A
Born Caxias, Maranhão, Brazil
Date of Birth January 19, 1995
Nationality Brazilian
College N/A
Last Fight 2023 IBJJF American Nationals
Last Weigh In Absolute Division
Weight Class Peso Leve (76 kg / 168 lbs)
Weight 76 kg / 168 lbs
Height N/A
Disclosed Career Earning N/A
Fighting Out Of Brazil
Fighting Style Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Favorite Technique Open Guard
Rank BJJ Black Belt
Awarded by Wellyton Menezes and Rildo Paiva
Head Coach Wellyton Menezes and Rildo Paiva
Lineage Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie Sr. > Reyson Gracie > Luiz Façanha > Cássio Façanha > Ricardo Candido > Marcos Santana > Wellyton Menezes / Rildo Paiva > Alef Brito
Team Association Ares Jiu-Jitsu
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2. Alef Brito's Biography

Alef Brito is a BJJ black belt under Wellyton Menezes and Rildo Paiva. He fights as a representative of Ares Jiu-Jitsu at international competitions. The most famous moment in Brito’s career was defeating multiple-time IBJJF World Champion Tommy Langaker at the 2019 Copa Podio Lightweight Grand Prix.

2.1. Alef Brito's Early Life

Brito was born in Caxias, Maranhão in Brazil on January 19, 1995. Brito grew up in Buriticupu, a municipality in northeast Brazil.

2.2.Athletic Childhood

Ever since he was a child, Brito always had an interest in sports. He joined his school’s soccer team. Brito’s time spent practicing other sports helped him develop the skills and instincts that would help him later on the mats.

2.3. Started with Capoeira and Taekwondo

While playing for the soccer team, Brito developed an interest in martial arts. When he was seven years old, Brito started practicing Capoeira and Taekwondo.

2.4. Started Jiu-Jitsu at the Age of 11

Brito was 11 years old when he started jiu-jitsu. He was introduced to BJJ by his friends who happened to be students of Menezes and Paiva.

2.5. Influence of Wellyton Menezes and Rildo Paiva

Both Menezes and Paiva’s fighting styles helped influence Brito’s own as he adopted aspects of their techniques.

2.6. Degree in Accounting

While training in BJJ, Brito also studied hard to get a degree in accounting.

2.7. Moved to São Luis

To continue with his studies, Brito was forced to move to São Luis and leave his couches behind. However,, he continued his BJJ training on his own. After earning his degree, Brito resumed his training with Menezes.

2.8. Returned to Train With His BJJ Coaches

After reuniting with Menezes in São Luis, Brito became motivated to pursue BJJ professionally. When Paiva came to São Luis, Brito was able to resume his BJJ training right where he and his coaches had left off. However, Brito also learned under a new instructor named Antonio Marcos Santana, a BJJ black belt under Ricardo Vieira. Thanks to Santana, Menezes, and Paiva’s teachings, Brito refined his BJJ skills.

2.9. Lack of a Certified Academy

Despite Brito being trained by experienced BJJ coaches, the lack of guidance from a certified BJJ academy was evident in his fighting style. He was also unaware of the rules and regulations of BJJ competitions and of upcoming championships he could participate in. Because of the lack of connections, Brito missed out on many tournaments that could have jumpstarted his professional BJJ career.

2.10. Joined Team Ares Jiu-Jitsu

After Brito’s loss at the 2018 IBJJF Pan Championship, he decided to join a legitimate BJJ team. He contacted Osvaldo Moizinho, a 3rd-degree BJJ black belt and the co-founder of Ares Jiu-Jitsu, to ask if he could join Team Ares. In 2018, Brito officially joined Ares Jiu-Jitsu.

3. Alef Brito's BJJ Career

3.1. CBJJ Brazilian Nationals

At the 2014, CBJJ Brazilian Nationals, Brito won first place as a purple belt.

3.2. CBJJE World Championship

At the 2016 CBJJE World Championship, Brito won first place as a brown belt.

3.3. ACB North America Championship

At the 2018 ACB North America Championship, Brito won first place as a brown belt.

3.4. 2018 IBJJF Pan Championship

Brito performed poorly at the 2018 IBJJF Pan Championship due to not knowing many of the rules and lacking professional training.

3.5. Promoted to Black Belt

On July 14, 2018, Brito was promoted to black belt by Menezes and Paiva. Santana was present only as a witness to the ceremony.

3.6. IBJJF American Nationals Championship

Brito was the IBJJF American Nationals Champion in 2019 and 2020.

3.7. IBJJF Orlando Spring Open Championship

At the 2019 IBJJF Orlando Spring Open Championship, Brito won first place.

3.8. IBJJF Santa Cruz International Open Championship

At the 2022 IBJJF Santa Cruz International Open Championship, Brito won first place.

“I submitted my two fights today. I felt good during the fights. Now it's time to go home and get ready for the next one. I had two fights to get to the final. My first match I took the back and got a loop choke from the back. The second one I won by referee decision. It was a hard match where we (Jackson Douglas) both tried our hardest to take each other down in the last minutes. He pulled and I tried my best to pass. We ended up tied on points and I got the win.”
(Alex Brito)

4. Alef Brito's Historic Fights

4.1. Alef Brito Vs. Rehan Muttalib

Video Credit: @IBJJF

At the 2022 Santa Cruz Open, Brito competed against Rehan Muttalib. From the ground, Brito grabbed ahold of Muttalib’s gi, restricting his mobility. Muttalib tried to stand up, but Brito maintained his grip. Brito hooked his legs around Muttalib’s waist, while Muttalib transitioned into a dominant position, leaving Brito vulnerable. As Muttalib lifted Brito off the ground, Brito grabbed the pants of his opponent’s gi and sent him tumbling onto the mat. Leading by eight points, Brito grabbed Muttalib from the back and submitted him via a choke from the back.

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Stage Weight Class Location
2022 IBJJF Santa Cruz Open Championship Rehan Muttalib Win Submission By Choke from the Back Finals Middleweight N/A

4.2. Alef Brito Vs. Marcelo Marques

Video Credit: @MEIAGUARDA Fortaleza

At the 2019 Coliseu Jiu-Jitsu, Brito competed against black belt Marcelo Marques. From the ground, Brito grabbed Marques’s collar and got on top of him. Brito managed to mount from the back and submitted Marques via a bow and arrow choke.

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Stage Weight Class Location
2019 Coliseu Jiu-Jitsu Marcelo Marques Win Submission By Bow and Arrow Finals Lightweight N/A

4.3. Alef Brito Vs. Rehan Muttalib

Video Credit: @IBJJF

At the 2023 Oklahoma City International Open Championship, Brito had a rematch with Muttalib. Brito managed to grab Muttalib by his gi and lifted him off the mat. However, Muttalib held his ground and managed to get on top of Brito. Quickly getting into a back mount, Brito submitted Muttalib via a bow and arrow choke within 4 minutes and 56 seconds.

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Stage Weight Class Location
2023 Oklahoma City International Open IBJJF Jiu-Jitsu Championship Rehan Muttalib Win Submission Finals Middleweight N/A

4.4. Alef Brito Vs. Carlos Souza

Video Credit: @IBJJF

At the 2020 IBJJF American Nationals Championship, Brito competed against Carlos Souza. Brito jumped on Souza, earning four points for the mount, and then submitted Souza via a bow and arrow choke within 7 minutes and 45 seconds.

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Stage Weight Class Location
2020 IBJJF American National Championship Carlos Souza Win Submission By Bow and Arrow Eliminator Lightweight Las Vegas, United States

4.5. Alef Brito Vs. Leonidas Villagran

Video Credit: @IBJJF

At the 2020 IBJJF Orlando Open Championship, Brito competed against Leonidas Villagran in the finals. While Villagran was on the ground, Brito went from a standing position to behind Villagran’s back. Villagran tried to escape, but Brito adjusted his position to keep him from breaking free. From the back, Brito submitted Villagran via a cross collar choke within 42 seconds.

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Stage Weight Class Location
2020 IBJJF Orlando Open Championship Leonidas Villagran Win Submission By Cross Collar Choke Finals Lightweight N/A

5. Alef Brito's Championships (Medals)

5.1. IBJJF American Nationals Championship

Year Weight Division Medal
2019 Lightweight Gold Gold Medal Icon
2020 Lightweight Gold Gold Medal Icon
2023 Lightweight Bronze Bronze Medal Icon

5.2. IBJJF Orlando Spring Open Championship

Year Weight Division Medal
2019 Lightweight Gold Gold Medal Icon

5.3. IBJJF San Jose Open Championship

Year Weight Division Medal
2019 Lightweight Gold Gold Medal Icon

5.4. Coliseum Grand Prix

Year Weight Division Medal
2019 Lightweight Gold Gold Medal Icon

5.5. CBJJE World Championship

Year Weight Division Medal
2016 Lightweight Gold Gold Medal Icon

5.6. CBJJ Brazilian Nationals

Year Weight Division Medal
2014 Lightweight Gold Gold Medal Icon
2016 Lightweight Gold Gold Medal Icon
2015 Lightweight Bronze Bronze Medal Icon

5.7. ACB North America Championship

Year Weight Division Medal
2018 Lightweight Gold Gold Medal Icon

5.8. ACB World Championship

Year Weight Division Medal
2018 Lightweight Silver Silver Medal Icon

5.9. CBJJ South Brazilian Championship

Year Weight Division Medal
2015 Lightweight Bronze Bronze Medal Icon

6. Alef Brito's Colored Belts Achievements

Year Event Belt Position
2016 CBJJE World Championship Brown 1st
2014 CBJJ Brazilian Nationals Purple 1st
2016 CBJJ Brazilian Nationals Brown 1st
2018 ACB North America Championship Brown 1st
2018 ACB World Championship Brown 2nd
2015 CBJJ South Brazilian Championship Brown 3rd
2015 CBJJ Brazilian Nationals Brown 3rd

7. Alef Brito's Main Achievements

Year Event Weight Class Position
2019 IBJJF American Nationals Lightweight 1st
2020 IBJJF American Nationals Lightweight 1st
2019 IBJJF Orlando Spring Open Championship Lightweight 1st
2019 IBJJF San Jose Open Championship Lightweight 1st
2019 Coliseum Grand Prix Lightweight 1st
2022 IBJJF Santa Cruz International Open Jiu-Jitsu Championship Lightweight 1st
2023 IBJJF American Nationals Lightweight 3rd

8. Alef Brito's BJJ Professional Record Breakdown

82 Matches 59 Wins 21 Losses 2 Draws
By Submissions 23 10 0
By Points 23 4 0
By Advantages 6 0 0
By Decision 3 6 0
By Penalties 2 0 0
By DQ 1 1 0
By Injury 1 0 0
By Others 0 0 0
Draws 0 0 2

8.1. Submission W/L Methods

Submission Method 22 Wins 10 Losses
Bow and Arrow 8 0
Triangle 3 0
Submission 1 1
Canto Choke 1 0
Choke from Back 4 3
50/50 Armbar 2 0
Botinha 1 0
Kata Gatame 1 0
Cross Collar Choke 1 0
Footlock 0 2
Rear Naked Choke 0 1
Kneebar 0 1
Americana 0 1
Armbar 1 1

9. Alef Brito's BJJ Fight History

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Weight Class Stage
2014 Pan Jiu-Jitsu IBJJF Championship Tarik Hopstock L Foolock Lightweight N/A
2014 Pan Jiu-Jitsu IBJJF Championship Luan Carvalho W Injury Lightweight N/A
2014 Pan Jiu-Jitsu IBJJF Championship Pedro Rocha W Points Lightweight N/A
2014 Pan Jiu-Jitsu IBJJF Championship Tommy Langaker W Armbar Lightweight N/A
2014 Pan Jiu-Jitsu IBJJF Championship Diego “Pato” Oliveira W Points Lightweight N/A
2018 IBJJF São Paulo Open Championship Andre Costa W Points Middleweight 4F
2018 IBJJF São Paulo Open Championship Eduardo Tinoco W Points Middleweight 4F
2018 IBJJF São Paulo Open Championship Ygor Dantas W Points Middleweight SF
2018 Grand Slam LA Kim Terra W Referee Decision Lightweight R1
2018 Grand Slam LA Gustav Apee W DQ Lightweight 4F
2018 Grand Slam LA Caio Caetano L Kneebar Lightweight SF
2018 Grand Slam LA Bruno Tosto L DQ Lightweight RR
2018 SJJIF Worlds Victor Silverio W Pen Middleweight 4F
2018 South American Alefandre Jesus L Pts: 5x0 Middleweight 4F
2019 Copa Podio Luan Carvalho D --- Lightweight RR
2019 Copa Podio Diego Pato D --- Lightweight RR
2019 Copa Podio P. Rocha W Pts: 4x2 Lightweight RR
2019 Copa Podio Tommy Langaker W 50/50 Armbar Lightweight RR
2019 Copa Podio Tarik Hopstock L Footlock Lightweight SF
2019 Coliseu JJ Diego Nunes W Pts: 2x0 Lightweight RR
2019 Coliseu JJ Davi Carlos W Submission Lightweight RR
2019 Coliseu JJ Marcelo Marques W Choke from Back Lightweight RR
2019 Coliseu JJ Marlus Salgado W Referee Decision Lightweight SF
2019 Coliseu JJ Marcelo Marques W Bow and Arrow Lightweight F
2019 Orlando SPO Ricky Semiglia W Points Lightweight SF
2019 Orlando SPO Jeovany Ortiz W Botinha Lightweight F
2019 San Jose Open Thiago Gaia W Points Lightweight 4F
2019 San Jose Open Paulo Gabriel W Triangle Lightweight SF
2019 San Jose Open Jeremy Jackson W Points Lightweight F
2019 Atlanta SPO Colin Taylor W Triangle Lightweight SF
2019 Atlanta SPO K. Yamanaka W Triangle Lightweight F
2019 IBJJF World Championship Tommi Pulkkanen W Bow and Arrow Lightweight R1
2019 IBJJF World Championship Renato Canuto L Pts: 4x2 Lightweight R2
2019 IBJJF American Nationals Championship Tyson Antillon W Pts: 4x4, Adv Lightweight 4F
2019 IBJJF American Nationals Championship Johnny Tama W Pts: 0x0, Adv Lightweight SF
2019 IBJJF American Nationals Championship Paulo Gabriel W Pts: 4x2 Lightweight F
2019 Portland SMO Robert Wolfe W Points Lightweight SF
2019 Portland SMO Piter Frank L Referee Decision Lightweight F
2019 Portland SMO Vinicius Wong W N/A ABS 4F
2019 Portland SMO Juan Kleber W N/A ABS SF
2019 Portland SMO Hunter Ewald W Canto Choke ABS F
2019 Fresno Open Sebastian Goin W Points Lightweight SF
2019 Fresno Open Cole Franson W Points Lightweight F
2019 No Gi Pan Am. Fred Alves L Pts: 2x0 Featherweight R1
2019 South American Guiseley Francisco W Bow and Arrow Lightweight R1
2019 South American Leandro Rounaud W 50/50 Armbar Lightweight 4F
2019 South American Bruno Bressan W Pts: 7x4 Lightweight SF
2019 South American Endres Barbosa L Choke from Back Lightweight F
2019 Salvador SPO Victor Genovesi W Points Middleweight SF
2019 Salvador SPO Alefandre Cavaliere L Referee Decision Middleweight F
2020 American Nats Carlos Souza W Bow and Arrow Lightweight R1
2020 American Nats Pedro Veras W Referee Decision Lightweight 4F
2020 American Nats Rodrigo Freitas W Bow and arrow Lightweight SF
2020 American Nats Pablo Lavaselli W Pts: 4x4, Adv Lightweight F
2020 Orlando Open Edson Ricardo W Bow and Arrow Lightweight SF
2020 Orlando Open Leo Pinargote W Bow and Arrow Lightweight F
2020 IBJJF Orlando Open Championship Leonidas Villagran W Cross Collar Choke Lightweight F
2022 Denver Open Caio Caetano L Referee Decision Middleweight SF
2022 Denver Open A. Mendonca W Pts: 4x0 ABS R1
2022 Denver Open Pedro Machado L Americana ABS 4F
2022 World Champ. Jonata Gomes W Pts: 0x0, Adv Lightweight R1
2022 World Champ. Matheus Gabriel L Pts: 2x0 Lightweight 8F
2022 Santa Cruz Open Michael Khatchikian W Kata Gatame Middleweight SF
2022 Santa Cruz Open Rehan Muttalib W Choke from Back Middleweight F
2022 JJ Con Kevin Mahecha W Pts: 2x2, Adv Lightweight 4F
2022 JJ Con Pablo Lavaselli L Choke from Back Lightweight SF
2022 Atlanta FO Clay Mayfield W Bow and Arrow Middleweight 4F
2022 Atlanta FO Caio Caetano W Pts: 4x4, Adv Middleweight SF
2022 Atlanta FO Lucas Brito L Rear Naked Choke Middleweight F
2022 Twin Cities Open Rolando Samson L Armbar Middleweight SF
2022 Houston FO Fabricio Barbarotti W Points Middleweight 4F
2022 Houston FO Chris Gores W Choke from Back Middleweight SF
2022 Houston FO Andy Murasaki L Submission Middleweight F
2023 Oklahoma Open Daniel Donahue W Pts: 8x4 Middleweight SF
2023 Oklahoma Open Rehan Muttalib W Choke from Back Middleweight F
2023 Dallas Open Austin Oranday W Points Middleweight SF
2023 Pan American Leo Silva W Pts: 0x0, Pen Lightweight 4F
2023 Pan American Pablo Lavaselli L Referee Decision Lightweight SF
2023 World Champ. Gabriel Rollo W Pts: 4x0 Lightweight R1
2023 World Champ. Espen Mathiesen L Referee Decision Lightweight 8F
2023 American Nats Jackson Nagai L Choke from Back Middleweight SF
2023 American Nats Mathias Luna L Referee Decision ABS 4F

10. Alef Brito's BJJ Top Fight Links

Alef Brito v Kevin Mahecha / Jiu-Jitsu Con 2022

Alef Brito v Jonata Gomes / World Championship 2022

Alef Brito v Rehan Muttalib / Santa Cruz Open 2022

Alef Brito vs Cole Franson / Fresno Open 2019

Fight to Win Pro 77: Pedro Silva (Ralph Gracie) vs. Alef Brito (Ares BJJ)

Alef Brito vs Jeremy Jackson / San Jose Open 2019

Alef Brito v Rodrigo Freitas / American National 2020

Photo Credit: @alefbrittobjj

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