Dominic Mejia - The Young Aggressive ADCC Champion

Dominic Mejia - The Young Aggressive ADCC Champion

1. Dominic Mejia’s Details

Dominic Mejia’s Details
Name Dominic Mejia
Nickname The Ice Man
Born California, USA
Date of Birth 2003
Weight Division Featherweight (65kg, 143lbs)
Last Weight-in N/A
Height N/A
Disclosed Career Earnings N/A
Rank Black Belt
Last Fight N/A
Favorite Position Single Leg Takedown
Head Coach Aaron Collins, John Danaher
University N/A
Lineage 1 N/A
Fighting out of Austin, Texas, USA
Team Association Carlsbad Jiu-Jitsu, New Wave Jiu-Jitsu
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2. Dominic Mejia’s Biography

Dominic Mejia is one of the best BJJ black belt athletes of his time under Aaron Collins. From an early age, he started his Jiu-Jitsu journey and became the strongest and most remarkable athlete in the world of BJJ. Recently, Mejia has been associated with team New Wave Jiu-Jitsu under John Danaher. Mejia has competed in both Gi and NoGi national and international tournaments, but his passion for grappling is in the NoGi Championships. He has won the ADCC Championship 4 times and the IBJJF Pan American Championship title one time. Mejia also has a girlfriend, Jade Nicole, and they have been together since they were in school.

2.1. Dominic Mejia’s Early Life

Dominic Mejia was born in California, USA, in 2003. Mejia’s parents were already familiar with Jiu-Jitsu, as Mejia’s father had also practiced the sport for some time. His mother grew up in Brazil, so she also knew about BJJ. They both decided to introduce their son to the world of martial arts. Mejia, along with his schooling, started his Jiu-Jitsu training at the age of 3 at Gracie Barra Upland Academy in California, and right away, his interest in jiu-jitsu developed.

Mejia was asked why he loved Jiu-Jitsu so much, and he said:

‘‘There are hundreds, if not thousands, of possible situations in Jiu-Jitsu. Figuring that out and knowing how deep Jiu-Jitsu can go is my favorite thing about it.’’

2.2. Dominic Mejia’s Training at Gracie Barra Upland

At the Gracie Barra Upland Jiu-Jitsu Academy, Mejia was trained under Ana Laura Cordeiro and Rafael Novais. His coaches promoted him from white to green belt in 2017. At Green Belt, Mejia competed in national and international tournaments, winning multiple titles. He also won gold in the Pan American Kids and Jiu-Jitsu World League. In 2018, Mejia was promoted to the blue belt under Ana Laura Cordeiro. At Blue Belt, he won the Pan Championship and Marinas Pro titles, competing against other strong fighters.

‘As a kid, I dreamed of my blue belt, competing at worlds and pans. And finally, it’s now happened. It’s been 12 years since I started this journey, and there’s still much more to do.

2.3. Dominic Mejia as a Self-Defense Instructor

During the pandemic in 2020, Mejia started his very own self-defense training sessions for females to help the ladies defend themselves and become confident. He also taught martial arts to kids at Gracie Barra Academy.

2.4. Dominic Mejia Joined Carlsbad Jiu-Jitsu

Mejia is always excited to compete in NoGi competitions. After the pandemic restrictions shut down, he joined Gracie Carlsbad Jiu-Jitsu Academy in South California. There, he started preparing for the ADCC Trials under Aaron Collins, who later in 2021 promoted him to brown belt. In 2022, Mejia competed in the NAGA Championship and won a gold.

‘‘It is time to start a new chapter. It’s been a long road with many highs and lows. Through the 16 years I have trained in jiu-jitsu, the belts have lost meaning, and I became desensitized to them. This is the first belt I am proud of and look forward to in a long time’’.

2.5. Dominic Mejia’s NoGi Grappling Career

After intense training sessions and dedication, Mejia’s hard work finally pays off. In 2023, he competed in major NoGi competitions and won gold medals in the ADCC US and Mexico Open Championships.

‘‘I want to be one of the best ever to do Jiu-Jitsu. That’s my goal. I never wanted anything more than that’’.

2.6. Dominic Mejia’s Promotion to Black Belt

In August 2023, Aaron Collins promoted this 20-year young enthusiastic grappler, Dominic Mejia, to black belt. This was a massive achievement in Mejia’s 17 years of BJJ journey.

2.7. Dominic Mejia Connected to the New Wave

In September 2023, just after Mejia won a bronze at the ADCC Chicago Open, he moved to Austin, Texas, and joined the New Wave Academy under coach John Danaher. He moved to Austin from California because Carlsbad Academy was 6 hours away from his home, and rather than training, most of the day was spent traveling, which was quite hectic for him. Mejia, therefore, decided to relocate to Austin permanently and joined New Wave Academy, which was just 30 minutes away from where he lives now. He started his training for ADCC two times a day, and in January 2024, at the ADCC Open- Long Beach, he defeated all five of his opponents, four by submission and one by points, winning the ADCC Championship title.

3. Dominic Mejia’s Historic Fights

3.1. Dominic Mejia vs Owen Jones

Jones Makes the First Move

In the 2023 Tezos: WNO21, the most anticipated undercard bout occurred between Dominic Mejia and Owen Jones. As the fight started, Jones pulled a guard with Mejia applying pressure on his opponent’s right knee.

Mejia Attempt Submission Attacks

Mejia was on top and putting maximum pressure on Jones’s leg. Jones attempted a leg sweep to come on top but failed. Mejia used his outstanding tactics and tried ankle locks and a guillotine.

Result of the Match

With just 5 minutes left for the fight to end, Jones started to pick up pace and attempted a few submission attacks, toe hold, and straight ankle lock, keeping hold against his opponent and getting advantages. Jones won the match via unanimous decision.

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Weight Class
2023 WNO 21 Owen Jones L Unanimous Decision 65KG

3.2. Dominic Mejia vs Dorian Olivarez

Clash Between Two Young Fighters

In the 2023 ADCC East Coast Trials, an interesting grappling fight was held between 19-year-old Dominic Mejia and a 17-year-old boy, Dorion Olivarez, in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Mejia’s Outstanding Tactics

Mejia grabbed his opponent’s leg and took him down on his back, but Olivarez didn’t stay on the mat. He stood up and dropped down Mejia. Mejia attempted the triangle choke and attacked his opponent in an inverted position.

Result of the Match

With just a few minutes left for the bout to end, Olivarez went for a submission attack against his opponent and secured six points, winning the fight.

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Weight Class
2023 ADCC East Coast Trials Dorion Olivarez L Pts:6x0 65KG

3.3. Dominic Mejia vs Aliev Nurbolat

Start of the Grappling Match

In the 2023 AIGA Champions League, an intense grappling match took place in the qualifier round between Dominic Mejia and Aliev Nurbolat.

The bout began with Mejia pulling a guard and, in an inverted position, grabbed his opponent's leg and attempted a straight ankle lock.

Mejia Becomes the Champion

Nurbolat recovered himself but was again caught by his opponent as Mejia attacked him via submission, choking his opponent from the back and holding him in that position for a long time. Mejia won the match via submission.

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Weight Class
2023 AIGA Champions League Aliev Nurbolat W Choke from back 65KG

4. Dominic Mejia’s National and International Achievements

Year Event Medal Weight
2019 Pan American Championship SilverSilver Medal Icon N/A
2019 Marinas Pro-San Diego SilverSilver Medal Icon 65KG
2019 Marinas Pro-San Diego GoldGold Medal Icon ABS
2019 Gracie Barra World Summit GoldGold Medal Icon 65KG
2022 NAGA Championship GoldGold Medal Icon 65KG
2022 Los Angeles Open NoGi GoldGold Medal Icon 65KG
2023 ADCC US Open GoldGold Medal Icon 70KG
2023 ADCC Mexico Open GoldGold Medal Icon 70KG
2023 ADCC US Open BronzeBronze Medal Icon 65KG
2024 ADCC US Open GoldGold Medal Icon 65KG

5. Dominic Mejia’s BJJ Professional Record Breakdown

26 matches 22 wins 4 losses
By points 6 2
By advantages 0 0
By submission 15 1
By decision 1 1
By penalties 0 0
By DQ 0 0

5.1. Methods of Submission W/L

Methods 15 Wins 1 Losses
Submission 13 1
Choke 1 0
Choke from back 1 0

6. Dominic Mejia’s BJJ Fight History

Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Year
Kauan Tanino L Pts:2x0 Marinas Pro-San Diego 65KG 2019
Alex Trinidad W Pts:2x0 Marinas Pro-San Diego 65KG 2019
Ares Loynab W Pts:5x0 Marinas Pro-San Diego 65KG 2019
Gabriel Perroud W Pts:11x2 Marinas Pro-San Diego ABS 2019
Ares Loynab W Submission Marinas Pro-San Diego ABS 2019
Joseph Fonseca W Submission Marinas Pro-San Diego ABS 2019
Ricardo Obeso W Submission Marinas Pro-San Diego ABS 2019
Vincent Morales W Submission Gracie Barra World Summit 65KG 2019
Brady Huang W Submission NAGA Championship 65KG 2022
Keith Hickson W Submission NAGA Championship 65KG 2022
Jordon Holy W Pts:2x0 ADCC US Open 70KG 2023
Henrique Barreto W Submission ADCC US Open 70KG 2023
Reese LaFever L Submission ADCC US Open 70KG 2023
Joshua Graham W Submission ADCC US Open 70KG 2023
Khalid Canbolat W Submission ADCC US Open 70KG 2023
Owen Jones L Unanimous Decision Tezos: WNO 21 65KG 2023
Kaua Gabriel W Pts: 2x0 AIGA Champions League 65KG 2023
Aliev Nurbolat W Choke from back AIGA Champions League 65KG 2023
Atakeldy Yessetov  W Choke AIGA Champions League 65KG 2023
Thien Luu W Decision Tezos WNO: Pena vs Rodriguez 65KG 2023
Dorian Olivarez  L Pts:6x0 ADCC East Coast Trials 65KG 2023
Reese LaFever W Pts:6x0 ADCC US Open 65KG 2024
Alex Vazquez W Submission ADCC US Open 65KG 2024
John Chandler W Submission ADCC US Open 65KG 2024
Dustin Haraway W Submission ADCC US Open 65KG 2024
Andrew Alexander W Submission ADCC US Open 65KG 2024

7. Dominic Mejia’s Top Fights

Deandre Corbe vs Dominic Mejia | Enigma Invitational XIII

Kaua Gabriel vs Dominic Mejia | AIGA Champions League Finals

- 65 kg Atakeldy Yessetov Battle Force vs Dominic Mejia Acai republic

Thien Luu vs Dominic Mejia | Tezos WNO: Pena vs Rodriguez

Photo credit: @dominatormejia

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