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Andy Varela - 10th Planet BJJ Black Belt

Andy Varela - 10th Planet BJJ Black Belt

1. Andy Varela’s Details

Andy Varela’s Details
Full Name Andrea Varela
Nickname Andy
Born El Paso, Texas
Date of Birth March 20, 1992
Height 5'11" (180cm)
Weight 77kg
Weight Division Peso Médio (82.30 kg / 181.5 lbs)
Foundational Style Mixed Martial Arts
Affiliation 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu
Rank Black Belt
Head Coach Manny Varela
Favorite Position/Technique RNC
Lineage Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Carlos Gracie Júnior > Jean Jaques Machado > Eddie Bravo > Casey Halstead > Andy Varela
Team Association 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu
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2. Andy Varela’s Biography

Andy Varela grew up in Texas. Since his childhood, he has been interested in physical activities. Varela is a 10th planet Jiu-Jitsu Black-Belt under Casey Halstead. After his performance at the 2022 ADCC West Coast Trials, he became famous as the top lightweight Jiu-Jitsu competitor. Varela being a grappler, first made waves in the grappling while also competing in the submission ground, led by UFC middleweight Chael Sonnen.

2.1. Andy Varela’s Early Life

Born on March 20th,1992. And was raised in Texas, in El Paso. Andy Varela has been fond of physical activities since his childhood, he was used to playing multiple sports but the sport that grasped his interest was basketball. As soon as he finished his high school he officially started his career as a Jiu-Jitsu.

2.2. Andy Varela’s First Coach

Varela was first introduced to Jiu-Jitsu by his father, being a mixed martial artist himself he used to train Varela, until high school, being an active sports child Varela learned and started Jiu-Jitsu very early. With his father being his first-ever coach.

2.3. Andy Varela’s Colored Belt

Andy Varela started his career as a grappler under Cristobal Davila. He earned all his belts up to brown from a very well-known 10P family member, Mr. Victor Davila.

2.4. Andy Varela’s Black Belt

Andy Varela moved to Las Vegas, and there he joined Vegas’ 10th Planet affiliate. He became a very well-known 10th Planet gym representative in Las Vegas, and in 2019, on November 24 he was promoted to Black Belt under coach Casey Halstead.

2.5. Andy Varela's approach towards grappling

Varela is known for his different style in grappling when asked he explained that:

"My style comes from watching a lot of different guys in the sport. Although I came up white to black under 10P since I wrestled I always studied other players online that best fit my style or liking, athletes like Marcelo Garcia, Rafa Mendes, GSP, Jordan boroughs, etc. I traveled to compete and trained often at other gyms so it was easy to soak up different information from every style."

3. Andy Varela’s Historic Fights

3.1. Andy Varela vs Jansen Gomes

On July 14th, 2022 Varela fought against Jansen Gomes. It was a good start by both players as both tried to defend themselves, Varela then held Gomes from his head, and Gomes very efficiently escaped himself.

Gomes was playing very strategically, by efficiently dropping Varela to the ground, and showed a marvelous move.

Gomes played defensively throughout the game and defeated him within a few minutes by submitting Varela with an armlock.

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Stage Weight Class Location
2022 Who’s Next Jansen Gomes L Armlock R1 Absolute N/A

3.2. Andy Varela vs Rafael Domingos

In 2021, under absolute weight using the RNC method on the submission ground’23 Andy Varela won the match against Rafael Domingos

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Stage Weight Class Location
2021 SUG 23 Rafael Domingos W RNC SPF Absolute N/A

3.3. Andy Varela vs Kody Steele

Andy Varela started the game very smartly and used a double leg strategy, after two minutes he attempted Guillotine, Kody was also doing well by staying on his back while being composed.

Kody tries to loosen the grip of Varela by pushing his elbow. Varela then submits Kody and gets the advantage.

Then Steele very sharply changed his strategy within the game and came to a body triangle. Varela tried to choke Steele but he escaped and Steele won the match.

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Stage Weight Class Location
2020 SUG 15 Kody Steele L EBI/OT 4F Absolute Portland, USA

4. FloGrappling Who’s Next

Andy Varela is a BJJ Black-Belt and one of the 16 lucky contestants who has been streamed on the Who’s Next: Submission Fighter Challenge presented by Tezos reality TV show.

5. Andy Varela’s Main Achievements

5.1. Andy Varela’s National And International Achievements

Year Event Medal Weight Division
2022 ADCC WC Trials GoldGold Medal Icon 77kgs
2023 American NNG GoldGold Medal Icon 79kgs
2023 ADCC Arizona GoldGold Medal Icon 83kgs
2023 Blue Collar SilverSilver Medal Icon ABS
2023 EUG JJB GoldGold Medal Icon 82kgs

5.2. Andy Varela’s Main Achievements (Black Belt)

Year Event Position Belt
2022 ADCC USA West Coast Trials 2nd Place Black Belt

5.3. Andy Varela’s Main Achievements (Colored Belts)

Year Event Position Belt
N/A N/A N/A N/A

6. Andy Varela’s BJJ Professional Record Breakdown

Matches 27 Wins 12 Losses
By Points 9 3
By Advantage 1 0
By Submission 8 3
By Decision 5 2
By Penalty 1 1
BY EBI/OT 3 3
Draw 1

6.1. Methods of Submission W/L

Method 8 Wins 3 Losses
RNC 06 01
Choke 01 00
Guillotine 00 01
Armlock 00 01
Anaconda 01 00

7. Andy Varela’s Fight History

Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
Amos Ramos W RNC Sub Hunter N/A SPF 2020
Kody Steele L EBI/OT SUG 15 ABS 4F 2020
Alex Larmey W Referee Decision F2W 150 N/A SPF 2020
Nick Ronan W EBI/OT SUG 18 N/A SPF 2020
Cris Lencioni W EBI/OT SUG 19 N/A SPF 2020
Ben Egli W Choke SUG 20 ABS SPF 2020
Satoshi Ishii W EBI/OT SUG 21 ABS SPF 2021
Mason Fowler L EBI/OT SUG 22 ABS SPF 2021
Rafael Domingos W RNC SUG 23 ABS SPF 2021
Pedro Marinho L Guillotine SUG 25 ABS SPF 2021
Gabriel Santos W Points 3CG Underdogs 84kgs R1 2021
Jeferson Guaresi L Referee Decision 3CG Underdogs 84kgs 4F 2021
Oliver Taza W Referee Decision F2W198 N/A SPF 2022
Ryan Hoover W RNC ADCC WC Trials 77kgs R1 2022
Joel Geders W RNC ADCC WC Trials 77kgs R2 2022
Josiah Iwamizu W Pts: 3x0 ADCC WC Trials 77kgs R3 2022
Nasif McPherson W Pts: 2x0 ADCC WC Trials 77kgs R4 2022
Magid Hage W Pts: 3x0 ADCC WC Trials 77kgs 8F 2022
Alan Sanchez W Pts: 0x0, Pen ADCC WC Trials 77kgs 4F 2022
PJ Barch L Referee Decision ADCC WC Trials 77kgs SF 2022
William Tackett L Pts: 4x2 ADCC WC Trials 77kgs F 2022
Jansen Gomes L Armlock WNX ABS R1 2022
Daniel Manasoiu D NA UFC Inv. 2 ABS RR 2022
Roberto Jimenez L RNC ADCC 77kgs R1 2022
Nick Rodriguez L Pts: 17x0 ADCC 77kgs 8F 2022
Luke Griffith L EBI/OT UFC Invitational ABS 4F 2022
Oliver Taza L Pts: 0x0, Pen Enigma TV 77kgs SPF 2023
Michael Laci W RNC American NNG 79kgs 4F 2023
Jackson Nagai W Pts: 0x0, Adv American NNG 79kgs SF 2023
Eduardo Avelar L Pts: 2x0 American NNG 79kgs F 2023
Ryan Carl W RNC ADCC Arizona 83kgs R1 2023
Angelo Claiborne W Referee Decision ADCC Arizona 83kgs 8F 2023
Cameron Hurd W Anaconda ADCC Arizona 83kgs 4F 2023
D. Asare W Pts: 3x0 ADCC Arizona 83kgs SF 2023
Ernesto Rivera W Pts: 2x0 ADCC Arizona 83kgs F 2023
Jay Rod W Referee Decision Blue Collar ABS 4F 2023
Giancarlo Bodoni L Referee Decision Blue Collar ABS SF 2023
Eduardo Avelar W Pts: 2x0 EUG JJB 82kgs 4F 2023
Andres Granados W Pts: 19x0 EUG JJB 82kgs SF 2023
Oliver Taza W N/A EUG JJB 82kgs F 2023

8. Andy Varela’s Top Fights

Jansen Gomes vs. Andy Varela | Who's Next (Season 1, Round 1)

Rafael Domingos vs Andy Varela

Kody Steele vs Andy Varela

Photo credit: @ninja.andyvarela

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