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Gabriel Rollo - The Top BJJ Black Belt Competitor

Gabriel Rollo - The Top BJJ Black Belt Competitor

1. Gabriel Rollo’s Details

Gabriel Rollo’s Details
Name Gabriel Rollo da Silva Pontes
Nickname Palito
Born Santos, São Paulo, Brazil
Age 36
Date of birth 3-10-1986
Weight 76kg  (167 lbs)
Weight Division Peso Leve (76 kg/167 lbs)
Height N/A
Foundational Style BJJ
Career Disclosed Earnings N/A
College University N/A
Rank Black Belt
Head Coach Rodrigo Cavaca
Last Fight Salvador Spring Open
Favorite Technique Armbar
Lineage Mitsuyo Maeda -> Carlos Gracie -> Carlson Gracie -> Élcio Figueiredo -> Rodrigo Cavaca -> Gabriel Rollo
Team Association Checkmat
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2. Gabriel Rollo’s Biography

Gabriel Rollo was born in a city of beautiful beaches, Santos in Sao Paulo State of Brazil on October 3rd, 1986. He won medals in many top tournaments like World and Pan Championships as well as European Championship. He is one of the few high-ranked lightweight grapplers of his generation.   

2.1. Energetic Childhood

Gabriel Rollo was an extraordinarily energetic boy in his childhood. He was encouraged and enrolled in sports activities by his parents to exhaust his extra energy in a positive way. He played Karate, Judo, Capoeira, and Taekwondo from the age of six. But with time, he left other activities and was very focused on surfing.

2.2. Diverted his Ways Towards BJJ

At the age of 18, a friend of Gabriel persuaded him to join Jiu-Jitsu. Both friends chose BJJ and decided to take a chance. After joining BJJ academy, Gabriel felt Jiu-Jitsu was the game he had the desire to pursue as a career.   

2.3. Interaction with Paulo Theodoro

Gabriel started his professional BJJ career with Paulo Theodoro, who also became his first coach in BJJ. Both remained together until Paulo awarded the Purple Belt to Gabriel. Paulo saw his hidden talent and wanted him to compete in tournaments.     

2.4. Left Jiu-Jitsu

In 2007, Paulo Theodoro was barbarically murdered just after one week he promoted Gabriel to Purple Belt. Gabriel could not bear that loss and was disheartened. Consequently, he left Jiu-Jitsu for a while.  

2.5. Joined Checkmat

Gabriel’s friend and his girlfriend (who later became Gabriel’s wife) persuaded him to join BJJ again. Gabriel Joined an academy, Cavaca Fight Trainer. Now Rodrigo Cavaca was his coach.      

2.6. Interaction with Two Academies

In 2008, Rodrigo Cavaca joined forces with Checkmat. Rodrigo trained Gabriel until his Black Belt. In 2013, Rodrigo Cavaca parted his way from Checkmat to make his own academy, known as Zenith Jiu-Jitsu. Gabriel decided to be with his coach but he kept in touch with Checkmat and still represents Checkmat internationally.

2.7. Known as Palito  

Gabriel Rollo is also known as “Palito”. Palito is a Portuguese term that means “toothpick”. His friends named him so because of his thin and tall body. 

2.8. Promoted to Black Belt

Gabriel Rollo was promoted to Black Belt by Rodrigo Cavaca on 4th July 2010 after becoming runner-up in the World Championship.

2.9. Gabriel Rollo’s Historic Fights

Gabriel Rollo Vs. Iranslav Neoral

In this fight, Gabriel Rollo was facing Iranslav Neoral in the 2022 Curitiba Spring Open. Both fighters were executing great energies and were actively fighting.

Gabriel Rollo started with a pull to apply full guard but Iranslav escaped. Gabriel took down Iranslav and scored two points. Iranslav had a high spirit that he did not allow Gabriel to mount or strangle him from the back. Gabriel took two minutes and a lot of struggle to overcome Neoral again.

At the end of the match, Gabriel mounted Iranslav and submitted him with Mount X Choke. 

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Stage Weight Class
2022 Curitiba Spring Open Iranslav Neoral Win Submitted by Mount X Choke Final Lightweight

Gabriel Rollo Vs. Douglas Duarte

Gabriel Rollo faced Douglas Duarte in São Leopoldo Open 2022. Douglas Duarte missed chances to apply full guard, half guard, and butterfly guard successively at the beginning of the match. Gabriel Rollo tried for more than 5 minutes to overcome him and managed to apply a side mount. To defend against the pressure exerted by Gabriel Rollo, Douglas gave his back to Rollo. Rollo took this opportunity and managed to grab his lapels from the back. 

At the end of the match, Gabriel Rollo Submitted Douglas Duarte with Collar Choke.   

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Stage Weight Class
2022 Sao Leopoldo Open Douglas Duarte Win Submitted by Collar Choke Semi-Final Lightweight

Gabriel Rollo Vs. Theodoro Gabriel Canal

This match was between Gabriel Rollo and Theodoro Gabriel in Sul Americano de Jiu-Jitsu 2014. At the start of the match, he successfully applied full guard. But Theodoro Gabriel actively escaped from his grip. Gabriel Rollo managed to control him from the side mount with one of Rollo’s legs strangled between both legs of Theodoro. To escape that leg, Rollo has to lose his grip on the side mount. Theodoro tried to take this opportunity but Gabriel Rollo again got control of Theodor. 

At the end of the match, Gabriel Rollo turned this side mount into a back mount by taking the back of Theodoro and submitting Theodoro with Collar Chowk.    

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Stage Weight Class
2014 Sul Americano de Jiu-Jitsu Theodoro Gabriel Canal Win Submitted by Collar Choke N/A Lightweight

3. Gabriel Rollo’s Main achievements

3.1. Main Achievements in International Tournaments

Year Event Weight Division
2014 IBJJF South American Championship Lightweight
2014 IBJJF Sao Paulo Open Championship Absolute
2015 ADCC Trials Welterweight
2022 Sao Leopoldo Open Lightweight
2022 Curitiba Spring Open Lightweight
2022 Vitoria Open Lightweight

3.2. Gabriel Rollo’s Main Achievements as Black Belt

Year Event Belt Position
2014 IBJJF South American Championship Black Belt 1st
2014 IBJJF Sao Paulo Open Championship Black Belt 1st
2014 IBJJF Rio BJJ Pro Black Belt 2nd
2015 ADCC Trials Black Belt 1st
2015 UAEJJF Abu Dhabi World Pro Championship Black Belt 2nd
2015 IBJJF European Championship Black Belt 2nd
2015 IBJJF Pan American Championship Black Belt 3rd
2016 IBJJF Pan American Championship Black Belt 3rd
2017 CBJJ Brazilian National Championship Black Belt 2nd
2019 IBJJF Pan American Championship Black Belt 3rd
2022 Sao Leopoldo Open Black Belt 1st
2022 Curitiba Spring Open Black Belt 1st
2022 Vitoria Open Black Belt 1st

3.3. Gabriel Rollo’s Main Achievements as Colored Belt  

Year Event Belt Position
2010 IBJJF World Championship Brown Belt 2nd

4. Gabriel Rollo’s Professional Record Breakdown

4.1. Professional Record Break

135 Matches 96 Wins 39 Loses
By Submission 36 8
By Points 38 17
By Advantages 14 8
By Decision 5 5
By Penalties 2 1
Others 1 0

4.2. Gabriel Rollo’s Submission Methods

Methods 36 Wins 8 Loses
Armbar 11 1
Bow and Arrow 2 0
Cross Choke 2 0
Paper Cutter Choke 1 0
Kneebar 1 0
Heel Hook 1 1
Submission 1 0
Choke from Back 10 1
RNC 2 1
Toe Hold 1 1
Mounted X Choke 1 0
Choke 1 0
Guillotine 1 0
Ezekiel 1 0
Foot Lock 0 1
Darce Choke 0 1
Estima Lock 0 1

5. Gabriel Rollo’s Fight History

Year Event Opponent W/L Method Weight Division
2011 World Champ. Ruben Nicolai W Choke from back 82KG
2011 World Champ. Bruno Alves W Points 82KG
2011 World Champ. Clark Gracie L Foot Locker 82KG
2011 No Gi Worlds Victor Estima L Estima lock 82KG
2012 Brasileiro Davi Ramos W Pts: 2x2, Adv 82KG
2012 Brasileiro Gustavo Junqueira W Bow and Arrow 82KG
2012 Brasileiro Murilo Santana L Armbar 82KG
2012 World Champ. Kron Gracie L Pts: 4x4, Adv 82KG
2013 Pan American Brent Primus W N/A 82KG
2013 Pan American DJ Jackson L Adv 82KG
2014 World Champ. Lucas Lepri L Pts: 2x0 76KG
2014 Rio BJJ Pro Vinicius Marinho L Pts: 2x2, Adv 82KG
2014 South American Theodoro Canal W Choke from Back 76KG
2014 King of Fights Fabio Caloi W Armbar 76KG
2015 European Sebastian Calloud W Armbar 76KG
2015 European Oliver Geddes W Pts: 9x0 76KG
2015 European Rafael Pereira W Armbar 76KG
2015 European Michael Langhi L Referee Decision 76KG
2015 Gramado Trials Matheus Alemão W Pts: 0x0, Adv 75KG
2015 Gramado Trials Theodoro Canal W Pts: 7x0 75KG
2015 Gramado Trials Caio Almeida W Pts: 4x0 75KG
2015 Pan American Victor Matos W Pts: 7x0 76KG
2015 Pan American Sergio Benini W Bow and Arrow 76KG
2015 Pan American AJ Agazarm L Pts: 2x0 76KG
2015 ADCC SP Renan Cineaou W Armbar 77KG
2015 ADCC SP Diego Henrique W Kneebar 77KG
2015 ADCC SP Thiago Gaia W Armbar 77KG
2015 ADCC SP Diego Henrique W Points 77KG
2015 ADCC SP Claudio Mattos W Pts: 0x0, Pen 77KG
2015 World Pro Shane Kohei W Choke 75KG
2015 World Pro Italo Lins W Points 75KG
2015 World Pro Mario Reis W Pts: 3x0 75KG
2015 World Pro Lucas Lepri L Choke from Back 75KG
2015 World Champ. Andris Brunovskis W Choke from Back 76KG
2015 World Champ. Michael Liera W Pts: 2x2, Adv 76KG
2015 World Champ. Lucas Lepri L Pts: 4x0 76KG
2015 ADCC Enrico Cocco W Pts: 8x0 77KG
2015 ADCC Davi Ramos L Pts: 3x0 77KG
2015 Brazil Nat. Pro Caio Almeida L Points 77KG
2015 Brazil Nat. Pro Wellington Luis W Pts: 0x0, Adv U77KG
2015 Brazil Nat. Pro Paulo Miyao L Pts: 4x2 U77KG
2015 Desafio UK Felipe Cesar W Pts: 5x2 82KG
2015 Desafio UK Claudio Mattos W Pts: 2x2, Adv 82KG
2015 Desafio UK Luciano Bernert W Pts: 22x0 82KG
2015 Desafio UK Hermes França W Armbar 82KG
2015 Desafio UK Lucas Valle L Pts: 2x2, Adv 82KG
2015 Desafio UK Felipe Cesar L Pts: 4x2 82KG
2015 SP National Pro Rodrigo Almeida W Armbar 77KG
2015 SP National Pro Anderson Lira L Pts: 5x2 77KG
2015 SP National Pro Wellington Luis W Pts: 4x2 ABS
2015 SP National Pro Felipe Cesar W Pts: 2x2, Adv ABS
2015 NoGi Worlds Ross Nicholls W Pts: 6x2 73KG
2015 NoGi Worlds Mansher Khera L Pts: 4x0 73KG
2016 Pan American Christian Lopez W Armbar 76KG
2016 Pan American Andris Brunovskis W Pts: 4x4, Adv 76KG
2016 Pan American Francisco Iturralde L Pts: 2x2, Adv 76KG
2016 World Pro Felipe Cesar L Pts: 2x0 77KG
2016 World Champ. Diego Vivaldo W N/A 76KG
2016 World Champ. Rafael Babosa W Pts: 4x4, Adv 76KG
2016 World Champ. Michael Langhi W Referee Decision 76KG
2016 World Champ. Edwin Najmi L Darce Choke 76KG
2016 SP BJJ Pro Diego Vivaldo W Pts: 10x0 82KG
2016 SP BJJ Pro Caio Almeida W Pts: 11x2 82KG
2016 SP BJJ Pro Stefano Correa W Referee Decision 82KG
2016 One Challenge Unknown W Points 75KG
2016 One Challenge Rodrigo Caporal W Points 75KG
2016 One Challenge Bruno Barbosa W Points 75KG
2016 Sao Paulo Open Marco Queiroz W Choke from Back 76KG
2016 Sao Paulo Open Djalma Junior W Pts: 5x0 76KG
2016 Sao Paulo Open F. Nascimento W Armbar 76KG
2016 Sao Paulo Open Julio Anjos W Referee Decision 76KG
2016 BJJ Rio Pro Sandro Vieira W N/A 82KG
2016 BJJ Rio Pro Manuel Ribamar W Pts: 8x4 82KG
2016 BJJ Rio Pro Luan Carvalho W Pts: 2x2, Adv 82KG
2016 Grand Slam RJ Celso Vinicius W Pts: 2x2, Adv 77KG
2016 Grand Slam RJ Wellington Eller W N/A 77KG
2016 Grand Slam RJ Matheus Costa W Armbar 77KG
2016 Grand Slam RJ Johnny Loureiro W Pts: 2x2, Adv 77KG
2016 Grand Slam RJ Alexandre Cavaliere L Pts: 0x0, Adv 77KG
2017 ADCC SP Trials Unknown W Referee Decision 77KG
2017 ADCC SP Trials Felipe Cesar L Referee Decision 77KG
2017 ADCC RJ Paulo Silva W RNC 77KG
2017 ADCC RJ João Gabriel W RNC 77KG
2017 ADCC RJ Udi Lima W Heel Hook 77KG
2017 ADCC RJ Thiago Abreu W Guillotine 77KG
2017 ADCC RJ Claudio Mattos W Pen 77KG
2017 ADCC RJ Marcelo Mafra L Referee Decision 77KG
2017 Pan American Julio Almeida W Cross Choke 76KG
2017 Pan American Joao Alves W Pts: 7x2 76KG
2017 Pan American Renato Canuto L Pts: 2x2, Adv 76KG
2017 Brasileiro Henrique Rios W Choke from Back 76KG
2017 Brasileiro Leo Carlos W Submission 76KG
2017 Brasileiro Rodrigo Conceicao W Pts: 3x0 76KG
2017 Brasileiro Jose Carlos W Ezekiel 76KG
2017 Brasileiro Michael Langhi L Pts: 2x0 76KG
2017 World Champ. Yan Lucas L Pts: 2x0 76KG
2017 SP BJJ Pro Ygor Dantas W N/A 82KG
2017 SP BJJ Pro Luan Carvalho L Pts: 5x2 82KG
2017 ACBJJ World Magomedov Shamil W Points 75KG
2017 ACBJJ World Wim Deputter W Referee Decision 75KG
2017 ACBJJ World Helton Jose L Adv ABS
2017 ACB JJ Worlds Hugo Marques L Pts: 4x2 75KG
2017 ACB JJ Worlds Max Gimenis L Heel hook ABS
2018 World Champ. Piter Frank W Pts: 6x6, Adv 76KG
2018 World Champ. Jake Mackenzie L Referee Decision 76KG
2019 BJJ Stars Celso Vinicius W Adv 82KG
2019 Pan American Endres Barbosa W Injury 76KG
2019 Pan American Francisco Iturralde W Pts: 16x4 76KG
2019 Pan American Levi Jones L Pts: 2x2, Pen 76KG
2019 ADCC SP Trials N/A W Points 77KG
2019 ADCC SP Trials Servio Tulio L Referee Decision 77KG
2019 Brasileiro Rodolpho Borges W Cross Choke 76KG
2019 Brasileiro M.Leonison L Toe Hold 76KG
2020 Curitiba SO Guilherme Silva W N/A 76KG
2020 Curitiba SO Gabriel Figueiro L Points 76KG
2020 BJJ Stars Caio Almeida W Choke from Back N/A
2021 BJJ Stars 5 Milton Vieira W Armbar 81KG
2021 SA Cont. Pro Luis Ribas W Pts: 9x3 77KG
2021 SA Cont. Pro Yan Silveira W Pts: 1x0 77KG
2021 SA Cont. Pro Leandro Lima W Pts: 2x1 77KG
2021 SA Cont. Pro Pedro Maia L Pts: 3x0 77KG
2021 SA Cont. Pro Luan Carvalho L Pts: 1x1 77KG
2022 Vitoria Open Gustavo Vieira W Choke from Back 76KG
2022 Vitoria Open Iranslav Neoral W Choke from Back 76KG
2022 Vitoria Open Savio Freitas W Toe Hold 76KG
2022 Vitoria Open Facundo Ciancio W Pts: 2x2, Adv 76KG
2022 SP Open Jonas Bruno W Choke from Back 76KG
2022 SP Open Luis Ribas L RNC 76KG
2022 Curitiba SPO Joao Machado W Paper Cutter Choke 76KG
2022 Curitiba SPO Iranslav Neoral W Mounted X Choke 76KG
2022 S. Leopoldo OP Douglas Duarte W Choke from Back 76KG
2022 S. Leopoldo OP Francis Quinn W N/A 76KG
2022 Salvador SPO Joao Vitor W N/A 76KG
2022 Salvador SPO Anselmo Santos W N/A 76KG
2022 Salvador SPO Wilhiam Mateus W N/A 76KG

6. Gabriel Rollo’s Top Fights Link

Gabriel Rollo v Douglas Duarte / São Leopoldo Open 2022

Gabriel Rollo da Silva Pontes x Theodoro Gabriel Canal - Sul Americano de Jiu-Jitsu 2014 IBJJF

Gabriel Rollo v Iranslav Neoral / Curitiba Spring Open 2022

Gabriel Rollo v Facundo Ciancio / Vitória Open 2022

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