Elijah Dorsey - An Exceptional BJJ Grappler

Elijah Dorsey - An Exceptional BJJ Grappler

1. Elijah Dorsey Details

Elijah Dorsey Details
Name Elijah Amir Dorsey
Nickname Big Breakfast
Born Annapolis, MD, USA
Date of Birth  September 09, 2001
Weight Division Welterweight
76KG/ 168.0lbs
Last Weight-in   N/A
Height  N/A
Disclosed Career Earnings  N/A
Rank   Black Belt
Last Fight N/A
Favorite Position  Well Rounded
Head Coach  Achnick and Lloyd Irvin
University  N/A
Lineage 1 


Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Rickson Gracie > J. Pereira > Leo Dalla > Lloyd Irvin > Elijah Dorsey
Fighting out of  N/A
Team Association  Team Lloyd Irvin
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2. Elijah Dorsey Biography

Elijah Dorsey is an elite black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Dorsey represents the Lloyd Irvin Team under Lloyd Irvin and Donald Achnick in BJJ. During his colored belt position, he won multiple gold and silver medals in IBJJF World and IBJJF Pan Championships. In 2023, he recently won the ADCC East Coast Trials title, securing his place in the ADCC World Championships 2024.

2.1. Elijah Dorsey’s Childhood

Elijah Dorsey was born in Annapolis, USA, on September 09, 2001, but grew up in Upper Marlboro. When Dorsey was a kid, he was very interested in football, basketball, and baseball. At 6, he was introduced to martial arts during a summer camp when he saw his brother performing martial arts. He started martial arts for self-defense and learned Muay Thai and other self-defense techniques. In 2008, he finally joined Lloyd Irvin’s training center, acquiring the training for jiu-jitsu under a great instructor, Donald Achnick. 

2.2. Elijah Dorsey’s BJJ Career

Elijah Dorsey revealed in one of his interviews that football is still his favorite. However, after joining Lloyd Irvin’s training class, his interest in Jiu-jitsu developed. He was then promoted to the Master Programme for Kids, where he learned more advanced jiu-jitsu techniques. When Dorsey was in ninth grade, he participated in his first juvenile tournament in the Pans Championship, securing a bronze medal. Since then, he hasn’t stopped. He earned IBJJF World and Pan Championships titles with his colored belts and became a rising athlete as he progressed through the ranks.

2.3. Elijah Dorsey Promoted to Black Belt

In June 2022, Master Lloyd Irvin and Donald Achnick realized the potential and exceptional skills of Dorsey and promoted him to a black belt in jiu-jitsu. Soon after he got promoted, his debut black belt competition was in the European Championship. He won two matches but lost to Andy Murasaki in the semifinals, winning a bronze. After that, he starts preparing for ADCC East Coast Trials 2023.

“Competing against Europeans was very different." The place itself caused a difference in my preparation from when I arrived until I competed. Until then, I had never traveled outside of the country. I was content with my matches. Although I think I left a few things behind, I also learned a lot and have plans to build on that experience”

2.4. Elijah Dorsey’s Story Behind His Nickname

Elijah Dorsey is famous for his unique nickname “Big Breakfast”. During one of his interviews when Dorsey asked about the secret behind his nickname, he said:

“I got my nickname from my teammate Jamal; he's the first African-American Black Belt World Champion. He gave me this nickname because I eat a lot, and a big breakfast just gives a good ring; whenever we go to tournaments, we always travel as a team so that I would eat my food, and then I would eat everybody else's food if they didn't finish. I'm glad that's the name because I like breakfast more than everything”

2.5. Elijah Dorsey BJJ’s Highest Achievements

Throughout the time of Dorsey’s juvenile and colored belts tournaments, he gained popularity by winning gold and silver medals multiple times in the IBJJF World and Pan American Championships. In 2023, after obtaining a black belt, he became a gold medalist in the ADCC East Coast Trials.

Dorsey shared his outstanding experience after winning a gold medal in his interview. He said:

“ADCC means the world to me. After winning this big event, I feel like a Crown Champion at one of the biggest events in Jiu-Jitsu”

2.6. Elijah Dorsey’s Professional Record

Elijah Dorsey has become a top-class fighter since he acquired the black belt. Dorsey has a professional record of 36 wins and 10 losses since the beginning of his career. He has been a champion in IBJJF World Championship fights against elite athletes.

3. Elijah Dorsey’s Top Historic Fights

3.1. Elijah Dorsey vs Andy Muraski

In the 2023 European Open semi-final, a mind-blowing ten-minute grappling match occurred between Elijah Dorsey and Andy Muraski. Dorsey started with a close guard passing against his opponent. Dorsey tried hard but unfortunately, he lost to Muraski by Kata Gatame.

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Stage Weight Class
2023 European Open  Andy Muraski Loss Kata Gatame SF 76 KG

3.2. Elijah Dorsey vs Carlos Henrique

In the 2023 IBJJF Flo Grappling GP, an electrifying fight was held between Elijah Dorsey and his opponent Carlos Henrique. Henrique had previously beaten Dorsey during his brown belt, but in this match, Dorsey won with 5 points using his best jiu-jitsu techniques.

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Stage Weight Class
2023 IBJJF Flo Grappling GP Carlos Henrique Win Pts: 5x2 3RD 76 KG

3.3. Elijah Dorsey vs Max Lindblad

In the 2023 European Open Championship, this was the first event after Elijah got promoted to black belt. He fought aggressively against his opponent, Max Lindblad, during the ten-minute round. He grabs his opponent with a 50/50 guard passing. Both the fighters tried hard for submission. Dorsey won the match by advantage.

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Stage Weight Class
2023 European Open  Max Lindblad Win Pts: 0x0, Adv 4F 76 KG

4. Elijah Dorsey’s National and International Achievements

Year Event Medal/Position Weight/Division
2022 IBJJF Pan Championship Gold Gold Medal Icon 76KG
2023 European Open Bronze Bronze Medal Icon 76KG
2023 ADCC East Coast Trials Gold Gold Medal Icon 77KG

4.1.Elijah Dorsey’s Main Achievements (Black Belt)

Year Event Belt Position
2023 European Open Black 3rd position
2023 ADCC East Coast Trials Black 1st position

4.2. Elijah Dorsey’s Main Achievements (Colored Belt)

Year Event Belt Position
2017 IBJJF World Championship Blue 2nd place
2017 IBJJF World Championship Blue 1st place
2018 IBJJF World Championship Blue 1st place
2018 IBJJF Pan Championship Blue 1st place
2018 IBJJF Pan Championship Blue 2nd place
2019 IBJJF Pan Championship NoGi Purple 1st place
2022 IBJJF Pan Championship Brown 1st place
2022 IBJJF World Championship Brown 2nd place

5. Elijah Dorsey’s BJJ Professional Record Breakdown

46 matches 36 wins 10 losses
By points 20 3
By advantages 3 0
By submission 10 6
By decision 3 1
By penalties 0 0
By DQ 0 0

5.1. Methods of Submission W/L

Methods Wins Losses
Armbar 2 0
Straight ankle lock 1 0
Choke from Back 1 0
RNC 2 1
Triangle 1 0
Toe Hold 2 0
Shoulder lock 1 0
Submission 0 1
Botinha 0 1
Kagatame 0 2
Cross Choke 0 1

6. Elijah Dorsey’s BJJ Fight History

Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
Kevin Mahecha W Pts: 4x2 Orlando SMO 76KG 4F 2022
Marcus Phelan W Armbar Orlando SMO 76KG SF 2022
Israel Sousa W Referee Decision Orlando SMO 76KG F 2022
Ricardo Rezende W Pts: 2x0 Orlando SMO ABS R1 2022
Enderson Dias L Botinha Orlando SMO ABS 8F 2022
Pablo Lavaselli L Referee Decision Atlanta FO 76KG SF 2022
Jae McIntosh W Pts: 5x0 Atlanta FO ABS R1 2022
Clay Mayfield W Pts: 6x0 Atlanta FO ABS 4F 2022
Emilio Hernandez W Toe hold Atlanta FO ABS SF 2022
Fellipe Andrew L Katagatame Atlanta FO ABS F 2022
Sean Whyte W RNC European Open 76KG R1 2023
Marcio Andre W Pts: 6x4 European Open 76KG R2 2023
Max Lindblad W Pts: 0x0, Adv European Open 76KG 4F 2023
Andy Murasaki L Katagatame European Open 76KG SF 2023
Johnatha Alves L Pts: 15x0 IBJJF GP 76KG SF 2023
Carlos Henrique W Pts: 5x2 IBJJF GP 76KG 3RD 2023
Fabricio Barbarotti W Pts: 0x0, Adv Pan American 76KG 8F 2023
Natan Chueng L Pts: 2x0 Pan American 76KG 4F 2023
Leon Larman W Pts: 5x0 World Champ. 76KG R1 2023
Pedro Maia L Cross choke World Champ. 76KG 8F 2023
Sean White W Straight ankle lock Orlando SMO 76KG SF 2023
Kevin Mahecha W Toe hold Orlando SMO 76KG F 2023
Jorge Barba W Choke from back Orlando SMO ABS 4F 2023
Dayvison Calado W Armbar Orlando SMO ABS SF 2023
Aaron Wilson W Pts: 6x0 ADCC Arizona 76KG R1 2023
Joshua Dawson W Pts: 7x0 ADCC Arizona 76KG 8F 2023
Derek Rayfield W Pts: 2x0 ADCC Arizona 76KG 4F 2023
Michael Liera W Pts: 7x0 ADCC Arizona 76KG SF 2023
Oliver Taza L Submission ADCC Arizona 76KG F 2023
Clay Dobson W Pts: 12x0 ADCC Chicago 76KG 8F 2023
Zach Cothren W Pts: 10x0 ADCC Chicago 76KG 4F 2023
Michael Liera W Referee Decision ADCC Chicago 76KG SF 2023
Kevin Beuhring W Pts: 11x0 ADCC Chicago 76KG F 2023
Natan Chueng L Pts: 1x0 ADGS Miami 77KG R1 2023
Jayden Groner W Pts: 9x0 ADCC ECTrials 77KG R1 2023
Ricardo Pena W Triangle ADCC ECTrials 77KG R2 2023
Andrew Solano W Pts: 3x0 ADCC ECTrials 77KG R4 2023
Bobby Winther W Pts: 3x0 ADCC ECTrials 77KG 8F 2023
Kade Tsitos W Pts: 5x0 ADCC ECTrials 77KG 4F 2023
Oliver Taza W Pts: 3x0 ADCC ECTrials 77KG SF 2023
Nicky Ryan W Referee Decision ADCC ECTrials 77KG F 2023
Felipe Porto W Shoulder lock Atlanta FNGO 79KG 4F 2023
Lucas Brito W RNC Atlanta FNGO 79KG SF 2023
Luiz Paulo W Pts: 0x0, Adv Atlanta FNGO 79KG F 2023
Lucas Brito W Pts: 4x0 NoGi World 79KG R1 2023
Tommy Langaker L RNC NoGi World 79KG R2 2023

7. Elijah Dorsey’s Top Fights

Super Cut: Elijah Dorsey Wins ADCC Trials

Kade Ruotolo v Elijah Dorsey / World Championship 2021

All Access: Elijah Dorsey Takes Out Two ADCC Veterans

Johnatha Alves v Elijah Dorsey / IBJJF FLOGRAPPLING GP 2023

Photo Credit: @bigbreakfast_bjj

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