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Daniel Beleza - Four Times IBJJF World Champion

Daniel Beleza - Four Times IBJJF World Champion

1. Daniel Beleza’s Details

Daniel Beleza’s Details
Name Daniel Beleza G. de Andrade
Nickname N/A
Born Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Date of Birth 4/2/1976
Weight 64 kg (141 lbs)
Weight Division Pluma (Light Feather)
Last Weigh-In N/A
Height N/A
Foundational Style BJJ
Disclosed Career Earnings N/A
College / University N/A
Rank Fourth-Degree BJJ Black Belt
Head Coach Carlos Pinto Sá “Sazinho”
Last Fight N/A
Favorite Technique Flying Triangle
Lineage Takeo Yano > Master Francisco Sá > Carlos Pinto Sá “Sazinho” > Daniel Beleza
Team Association SAS (Sa Team)
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2. Daniel Beleza’s Biography

Daniel Beleza was born in Rio de Janeiro on April 2, 1976. Beleza is the best light featherweight BJJ competitor who has won multiple championships in this weight division. Beleza started his jiu-jitsu career in Brazil before relocating, settling, and continuing his BJJ career in the USA. Now, Beleza is a coach who teaches BJJ to new generations.  

2.1. Relocated to Fortaleza with Family and Joined Martial Arts 

When Beleza turned eight, his family moved to Fortaleza, Brazil. In Fortaleza, Daniel started learning kickboxing when he was 14 years old.

2.2. Introduction to BJJ

After four years of learning kickboxing, Beleza was introduced to jiu-jitsu. Some of his friends joined a gym, Nova Uniao - CE or SAS, and repeatedly tried to convince him to join. When Beleza visited the gym, he fell in love with BJJ after his first class. Carlos Pinto de Sá became his first and last coach.      

2.3. Participated in Multiple BJJ Events

He appeared in almost all major championships like the IBJJF World Championship, IBJJF Master World Championship, Pan American Championship, Brazilian National, New York International, Miami International, and Boston International.    

Daniel Beleza had a great belief in God and he believed that he would conquer everything with this belief. He appeared in multiple BJJ events and became one of the few fighters who appeared in multiple events. Because in the southeastern area, it took a lot of work for the competitors to manage traveling or registration finances.

2.4. Black Belt Promotion

In 2000, Beleza was promoted to a black belt by Carlos Pinto de Sá.

2.5. Relocated to the USA

In 2008, Beleza decided to compete in international competitions and relocated to the USA. He would open his own academy and settle in Pennsylvania. 

2.6. Four-Time World and Pan Champion

Beleza became a four-time world and Pan champion in the light featherweight division. He has also won the Brazilian National, New York International Open, Boston International Open, Miami International Open, Atlanta International Open, and Boca International Open.     

2.7. Non-Gracie Lineage

Beleza is one of the few BJJ competitors with a non-Gracie lineage. Two big names part of his jiu-jitsu lineage are Takeo Iano and Francisco Sá. Iano was a judo champion who had a prominent role in establishing jiu-jitsu in Brazil and introduced the heel hook in jiu-jitsu.  

2.8. Online Coaching

Beleza teaches many BJJ skills via online lessons and has instructional DVDs that teach his best techniques.   

2.9. Personal Information

Beleza did not come from an athletic background. He is married and has a three-year-old daughter. Beleza does not like to discuss his personal life on social media. 

3. Daniel Beleza’s Historic Fights

3.1. Daniel Beleza Vs. João Paulo Kuraoka

Beleza faced João Paulo Kuraoka in the 2009 World Championship. Beleza dominated at the start of the fight by successfully executing a pulling guard. He also succeeded at putting Kuraoka down from the guard position. Kuraoka tried to escape, but Beleza managed to push him back onto the ground. Beleza managed to maneuver on top of Kuraoka. While keeping Kuraoka pinned, Beleza got behind him and applied a collar choke. Beleza submitted Kuraoka via a collar choke within one minute.

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Stage Weight Class
2009 IBJJF World Championship João Paulo Kuraoka Win Collar Choke N/A Light Feather

3.2. Daniel Beleza Vs. Milton Bastos

Beleza faced Milton Bastos in the 2014 IBJJF World Championship. Beleza started the fight with a pulling guard but was forced to switch to a full guard position. He tried to grab ahold of Basto’s gi and pull him down. After a few minutes, Beleza once again tried to apply a pulling guard, but could not maintain the position. This time, Bastos took the opportunity to try and dominate Beleza. Bastos was on top of Beleza, but the latter managed to apply a full guard. Beleza turned the tables by switching from as full guard to a triangle choke, submitting Baston within two minutes.

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Stage Weight Class
2014 IBJJF World Championship Milton Bastos Win Triangle N/A Light Feather

3.3. Daniel Beleza Vs. Carlos Holanda

Beleza faced Carlos Holanda at the 2011 IBJJF Pan Championship. Beleza started the fight by jumping and landing on top of Holanda. Though Holanda managed to escape, Beleza quickly caught Holanda by his gi and tried to pull him down again. Holanda countered by grabbing Beleza by his gi and succeeded in throwing him onto the ground and getting on top of him. Holanda put pressure on Beleza, while Beleza kept up a strong defense. Beleza managed to hold off his opponent until time ran out. Beleza won the fight with two more points than Holanda.

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Stage Weight Class
2011 IBJJF Pan Championship Carlos Holanda Win Pts: 2x0 Eliminator Light Feather

4. Daniel Beleza’s Main Achievements

4.1. Daniel Beleza’s Main Achievements

Year Event Belt Weight Division
1999 IBJJF World Master Jiu-Jitsu Championship  Purple Belt Light Feather
1999 Pan American Championship Purple Belt Light Feather
2007 CBJJO World Cup Championship Black Belt Light Feather
2009 IBJJF World Master Jiu-Jitsu Championship Black Belt Light Feather
2009 Pan American Championship Black Belt Light Feather
2009 New York International Open IBJJF Jiu-Jitsu Championship  Black Belt Light Feather
2010 New York International Open IBJJF Jiu-Jitsu Championship Black Belt Light Feather
2011 New York International Open IBJJF Jiu-Jitsu Championship  Black Belt Light Feather
2011 Boston International Open Championship Black Belt Light Feather
2011 Miami International Open Championship Black Belt Light Feather
2012 New York International Open IBJJF Jiu-Jitsu Championship Black Belt Light Feather
2012 Boston International Open Championship Black Belt Light Feather
2012 Miami International Open Championship Black Belt Light Feather
2013 IBJJF World Master Jiu-Jitsu Championship Black Belt Light Feather
2013 Pan American Championship Black Belt Light Feather
2013 New York International Open IBJJF Jiu-Jitsu Championship Black Belt Light Feather
2014 Boston International Open Championship Black Belt Light Feather
2014 Boca Raton International Open Championship Black Belt Light Feather
2015 IBJJF World Master Jiu-Jitsu Championship Black Belt Light Feather
2015 Pan American Championship Black Belt Light Feather
2015 Boston International Open Championship Black Belt Light Feather
2015 Atlanta International Open Championship Black Belt Light Feather

4.2. Daniel Beleza’s Black Belt Achievements

Year Event Belt Position
2001 IBJJF World Championship Black Belt 2nd
2006 IBJJF World Championship Black Belt 3rd
2007 CBJJO World Cup Champion Black Belt 1st
2008 Brazilian National Championship Black Belt 2nd
2008 IBJJF World Championship Black Belt 3rd
2009 World Master Jiu-Jitsu IBJJF Championship Black Belt 3rd
2009 Pan American Champion Black Belt 1st
2009 IBJJF World Championship Black Belt 1st
2009 New York International Open Champion Black Belt 1st
2010 IBJJF World Championship Black Belt 3rd
2010 New York International Open Championship Black Belt 1st
2011 New York International Open Championship Black Belt 1st
2011 Boston International Open Championship Black Belt 1st
2011 Miami International Open Championship Black Belt 1st
2013 World Master Jiu-Jitsu IBJJF Championship Black Belt 1st
2013 Boston International Open Championship Black Belt 1st
2013 Pan American Championship Black Belt 1st
2013 IBJJF World Championship Black Belt 1st
2013 New York International Open Championship Black Belt 1st
2014 New York International Open Championship Black Belt 1st
2014 Boston International Open Championship  Black Belt 1st
2014 Boca Raton International Open Championship Black Belt 1st
2015 World Master Jiu-Jitsu IBJJF Championship Black Belt 1st
2015 IBJJF World Championship Black Belt 2nd
2015 New York International Open Championship Black Belt 1st
2015 Boston International Open Championship Black Belt 1st
2015 Atlanta International Open Championship Black Belt 1st

4.3. Daniel Beleza’s Color Belt Achievements 

Year Event Belt Position
1999 Pan American Championship Purple Belt 1st

5. Daniel Beleza’s Professional Record

5.1. Daniel Beleza’s Win/Loss Record

Matches 9 Wins 4 Losses
By Points 1 1
By Advantages 0 1
By Submission 4 2
By Decision 3 0
By Penalties 0 0
Others 1 0

5.2. Method of Submission

Method 4 Wins 2 Losses
Collar Choke 2 1
Triangle 1 0
Heel Hook 0 1
Footlock 1 0

6. Daniel Beleza’s Fight History

Year Competition Opponent W/L Method Weight Stage
2009 IBJJF World Championship Joao Paulo Kuraoka W Collar Choke Light-Feather N/A
2010 IBJJF World Championship Pablo Silva L Adv Light-Feather N/A
2010 IBJJF Pan Jiu-Jitsu Championship Carlos Holanda W N/A Light-Feather N/A
2011 IBJJF Pan Championship Caio Terra L Points Light-Feather E
2011 IBJJF Pan Championship Carlos Holanda W Pts: 2x0 Light-Feather E
2012 IBJJF Pan Championship Bruno Malfacine L Heel Hook Light-Feather E
2012 Masters and Seniors World championships Carlos Holanda W Collar Choke Light-Feather N/A
2012 Pro League Caio Terra W Footlock Light-Feather N/A
2013 IBJJF World Championship Guilherme Mendes W Decision Light-Feather N/A
2014 IBJJF World Championship Milton Bastos W Triangle Light-Feather N/A
2014 IBJJF World Championship Douglas Roufino W Decision Light-Feather N/A
2015 IBJJF World Championship Paulo Miyao L Collar Choke Light-Feather N/A
2017 IBJJF Masters World Championship Ninja Pinto W Decision Light-Feather N/A

7. Daniel Beleza Top Fights Links

Daniel Beleza VS Carlos Holanda / Pan Championship 2011

Daniel Beleza vs Milton Bastos

Daniel Beleza VS Joao Paulo Kuraoka / World Championship 2009

Amazing Submission finish! Daniel Beleza vs Carlos Holanda

Photo Credit: @dbeleza

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