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Gabrieli Pessanha - Queen of Mats

Gabrieli Pessanha - Queen of Mats

1. Gabrieli Pessanha Details

Gabrieli Pessanha Details
Name Gabrieli Pessanha de Souza Marinho
Nickname Gabi
Born Cidade de Deus, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Current Residence  Rio de Janeiro
Date of Birth 8th August 2000
Nationality Brazilian
College/University N/A
Last Fight  Sep 3, 2022, Jiu Jitsu Con International
Last Weigh In   ABS
Weight Class Super Pesado (over 79.30 kg / 175.0 lbs)
Weight 90 Kg
Height N/A
Career Disclosed Earnings NA
Fighting out of Brazil
Foundational style Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Favorite Technique Open Guard
Rank Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt
Awarded By  Marcio de Deus
Head Coach Marcio de Deus
Lineage C. Gracie -> H. Gracie -> Rickson Gracie -> Renan Pitanguy -> ‘Pitoco’ Jordan -> Rogério Poggio -> Marcio de Deus -> Gabrieli Pessanha
Team/Association InFight JJ
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2. Gabrieli Pessanha Biography

The energetic Gabrieli Pessanha has become one of the most promising female Jiu-Jitsu fighters. She has the honor to compete in IBJJF and UAEJJF events and won several titles at the age of 22.

In the Jiu-Jitsu community, she is recognized as Gabi. She has earned double Gold in two consecutive IBJJF World Championships. She has proved herself as the queen of BJJ Mats.

There are very few occasions that can test her capabilities in terms of speed, swift execution of BJJ techniques, and defense against the attacks of the opponent. She got her Black Belt under Marcio de Deus. In terms of body size, techniques, brilliance, winning streak, and dedicated athletic spirit, she has been compared with the legend of BJJ, Marcus Buchecha Almeida.

2.1. Gabrieli Pessanha Early Life

Gabrielli Passenha was born on 8th August 2000 in the famous city of Brazil known as Cidade De Deus. Cidade is located nearby Rio De Janeiro. It became popular after the release of the movie “The City of God “ in 2002 which was based on the story of the history and existence of the northern Cidade people.

She was an active child and showed her interest in playing football, learning judo, and practicing ballet in her courtyard neighboring areas.

2.2. Gabi’s First Interaction with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

In 2010, Marcio De Deus opened a Jiu-Jitsu Academy for the kids of the Cidade region aimed to provide social welfare support and a healthy occupation to the youth. At that time, his major concern and motive were to save the children from unhealthy and criminal activities and provide them with some healthy recreational alternatives, which will not only develop their minds and body but also equipped them with effective self-defense techniques and moves.

This idea and plan were highly appreciated by the contemporary BJJ teachers and parents of the local community. Soon, Marcio was able to manage the space for the academy and started free coaching classes in Cidade. Gabi’s parents were well aware of their daughter's keen interest in athletic activities and support, so they decided to enroll their kid in the academy.

After the first interaction with Jiu-Jitsu, Gabi was unable to develop her interest in the grappling martial art of BJJ due to its close physical contact. She considered it inappropriate and undesirable.

But her football mates started regularly practicing Jiu-Jitsu and Gabi patiently watched and observed them by staying outside. All she wanted was for them to finish their game and enjoy playing football with her.

Coach Marcio De Deus let Gabi watch the BJJ class daily. She often stood outside the class and never showed any interest in participating and rolling while her friends continued their initial training sessions.

Then, one day Marcio invited her to the class and after a few minutes of conversation, Gabrielli showed her willingness to practice Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with her friends. She enjoyed her first session and finally in her early teenage years of 11, her passion for learning Jiu-Jitsu was ignited.

2.3. Gabi was Highly Influenced By Marcio

Gabi enjoyed Jiu-Jitsu and was highly influenced by her coach. Marcio’s eagle eye recognized the hidden potential in Gabrielli. He motivated Gabi to participate in competitions and Gabi continued to roll and spar with great zeal to fulfill Marcio's dream. Gabi got her first Gi with the efforts and support of Marcio, although it was not the brand new Gi, Gabi was introduced to the world of hope, mainstream acceptance, prosperity, passion, and recognition.

2.4. Gabrieli First Brazilian Title

Gabrieli won her first Jiu-Jitsu title in 2013 in the Juvenile Division as an Orange Belt. She was confident to build her bright future in the grappling art of BJJ. Lots of admiration and motivation made her prosper in her career in Jiu-Jitsu. Gabi never looked back, never doubted, and kept on practicing to win and overcome her shortcomings.

2.5. Gabrieli's Loss of Pan American Title

In 2016, Gabi faced an unprecedented loss, which made her think about and retract her ambitions and goals.

Four years of hard work and focused life in Jiu-Jitsu turned Gabi into an elite Jiu-Jitsu star. In 2018, she secured her first Grand Slam win in a Purple Belt rank.

2.6. Gabrieli “Queen of Mats”

Gabrieli “Queen of Mats”

The Queen of mats was the unique title that was given to Gabrieli Pessanha after winning four fights in the heavyweight category in less than six months. She remained undefeated throughout the competition. Gabi shared:

“Personally, I’m glad, women in jiu-jitsu are receiving the same recognition as the men, and it obviously provides new incentives for us to pursue full-time in the sport.”

“The Queen of Mats was an important title for me because there were still a lot of people who doubted me.”

Ferreira, the opponent of Gabi, shared about her performance.

“Gabi is heavier and powerful, and she can block every movement of her opponents, Nevertheless, it was a good final.”

2.7. Gabi’s Black Belt in Teens

In June 2019, at the age of 18, with an outstanding record in the lower belt ranks, coach Marcio upgraded Pessanha to a Black Belt. She was one of the youngest professional fighters with a Black Belt.

She shared,
“I know we are making history, Cidade de Deus is making history and our name is there now, but this is only the beginning. We want more, we will have more. Thank God for being my light and support. If you believe you can have. I’m so happy and the world is ours.”

2.8. Gabrieli Pessanha Historic Fights

Gabrieli Pessanha vs Gabi Garcia

Aggressive Attack of Gabi Gracie

IBJJF Hall of Famer Gabi Garcia, and Gabrieli Passanha were the only women in this championship that closely match in terms of weight and strength. Pessenaha was incredibly supported by the audience. The fight started and Gabi started the fight with an extremely offensive and powerful collar grab. The referee intervened and it seemed Gabi might have hurt her finger while strongly grabbing the collar of Gabrieli.

Retaliation of Gabrieli Pessanha

The bout resumed and in retaliation, Gabrieli pulled the collar of Garcia and put her on the ground sideways, earning two points for a takedown. Gabrieli got the back of Garcia and hooked her legs in and gained control of the back earning 4 points while adjusting for the RNC and ending up going for a clock choke.

Gabi resisted the choke pretty well while holding her fingers that got hurt in the initial collar grab. Gabi requested the referee for medical assistance and the bout stopped and the medical team started to examine the fingers of her right hand.

After a break of almost 2:30 minutes, the fight resumed. Gabrieli pulled a big guard and instant elevation but no points were awarded.  In the 6th minute of the fight, it seemed Gabi got close to reaping but recovered, meanwhile Gabrieli earned two additional 4 points. The scoreboard showed 12 vs 0 points.

Result of the Fight

Gabrieli got the back of Garcia and placed RNC while earning additional 4 points and continued choking Garcia. After resisting for a minute, IBJJF Hall of Famer Gabi Garcia tapped and Gabrieli Pessanha secured an incredible and historic win by submission.

Gabi seemed nervous in the fight but overall she remained dominant throughout the fight. Gabi's finger was dislocated but she put on a very brave fight. Meanwhile, Gabi Paseenha hooked her from the back, applied a Rear Naked Choke, and forced her into submission.

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Stage Weight Class Location
2021 World Championship Gabi Gracia Win Submission (RNC) SF Super Heavyweight California

Gabrieli Pessanha vs Yara Soares

Gabi’s First Black Belt International Championship

It was the last match of the 2021 IBJJF World Championship and the final of the Female Open between Gabrieli and Yara Soares. Gabrieli pulled the guard as she usually does and Yara tried to wrap the ankle lock but Gabi also applied a more well-placed ankle lock on Yara. Gabi tried to apply a mounted triangle, but Yara slipped.  There came many moments when Gabi and Yara fought a match in different events. Some wins were for Rabi and some for Soares.

Double Gold and Title Win

Gabi earned 2 Points while leg drag. Yara regained the top position and earned 2 Points. With 1:15 seconds remaining on the Gabrieli earned 2 more points for a sweep. In the last 30 seconds of the fight, Gabrieli attempted a toe hold and got the back of Yara earning 2 more points. The clock ran out and the crowd went crazy. Gabi celebrated her win and secured Double Gold at her first Black Belt performance in a World Championship.

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Stage Weight Class Location
2021 IBJJF Yara Soares Win Points F Open class Brasilero

Gabrieli Pessanha vs Claire-France Thevenon

In 2019, Pessanha faced Claire France Thevenon in the finals of Abu Dhabi World Pro and became the World Pro Champion at the age of 18 years while defeating many world fighters like Nathiely and Claire.

At Abu Dhabi World Pro, the fight started with a very aggressive attack from Claire, meanwhile, Gabrieli placed the leg triangle and pulled Claire's arm of Claire for the armbar. Gabi secured victory via armbar and showed the world that she is number one.

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Stage Weight Class Location
2019 Abu Dhabi World Pro Claire-France Thevenon Win Armbar F Open class Brasilero

2.9. Gabrieli Pessanha Championships and Accomplishments

Event Year Medal
IBJJF World Championship 2021 Gold
IBJJF Pan Championship 2021 Gold
IBJJF Pan Championship 2022 Gold
IBJJF European Open 2022 Gold
IBJJF South American Championship 2020 Gold
CBJJ Brazilian Nationals 2022 Gold
AJP Abu Dhabi World Pro 2021 Gold
AJP Queen of Mats 2020 Gold
AJP Grand Slam 2020 Gold
AJP Grand Slam 2020 Gold
AJP Grand Slam 2022 Gold

3. Gabriel Pessanha Main Achievements (Belts)

3.1. Black Belt

Position Belt Event Year
1st Black Grand Slam 2019

3.2. Colored Belts

Position Belt Event Year
1st Purple IBJJF World Championship 2018
1st Brown IBJJF World Championship 2019
1st Purple IBJJF Pans Championship 2018
1st Brown IBJJF Pans Championship 2019
1st Purple IBJJF World Championship 2018
1st Brown IBJJF Brazilian Nationals 2019
1st Purple IBJJF European Open 2018
1st Brown AJP Abu Dhabi World Pro 2019
1st Brown AJP Grand Slam,LDN 2019
1st Brown AJP Grand Slam, ADP 2019
1st Brown AJP Grand Slam, TYO 2018
1st Brown AJP Grand Slam, RJ 2018
1st Brown AJP Grand Slam, LA 2018
1st Brown North America Continental Pro 2019
1st Blue IBJJF Juvenile World Championship 2016
1st Blue IBJJF Juvenile World Championship 2017
1st Orange IBJJF Juvenile Brazilian Nationals 2015
1st Blue IBJJF Juvenile Brazilian Nationals 2016
1st Blue IBJJF Juvenile Brazilian Nationals 2017
1st Blue IBJJF Juvenile Brazilian Nationals NoGI 2017
1st Blue IBJJF Juvenile European Open 2017

4. Gabrieli Pessanha BJJ Professional Record Breakdown

Professional Jiu-Jitsu Record Breakdown
Matches 94 Wins 88 Losses 06
By Submission 44 0
By Points 35 5
By Decision 5 1
By Advantage 3 0
By DQ 1 0

4.1. Submission Methods W/L

Submission Method Wins Losses
Rear Naked Choke (RNC) 2 0
Triangle 4 0
Toe hold 1 0
Armbar 7 0
Choke from Back 13 0
Kimura 2 0
Reverse Triangle 1 0
Ezekiel Choke 1 0
Straight Angle Lock 1 0
Verbal Tap 2 0
Bow and Arrow 3 0
Shoulder Pressure 1 0
Arm in Ezekiel 1 0
Mounted Triangle 1 0
Choke 2 0
Botinha 2 0

5. Gabrieli Passenha BJJ Fight History

Year Event Opponent W/L Method Stage Weight
2019 Grand Slam TYO Marcela Caiafa W Choke from back F 95KG
2019 Grand Slam LA Kendall Reusing W Referee Decision F 95KG
2019 Grand Slam RJ Karla Albuquerque W Pts: 7x0 4F 95KG
2019 Grand Slam RJ Yara Soares W Pts: 4x2 SF 95KG
2019 Grand Slam RJ Izadora Cristina W Referee Decision F 95KG
2020 Grand Slam AD Samatha Cook W Pts: 6x0 SF 95KG
2020 Grand Slam AD Yara Soares W Pts: 10x7 F 95KG
2020 Queen Of Mats Thamara Ferreira W RNC RR 95KG
2020 Queen Of Mats Martina Gremanius W Pts: 3x1 RR 95KG
2020 Queen Of Mats Kendall Reusing W Kimura SF 95KG
2020 Queen Of Mats Nathiely Jesus W Pts: 2x1 F 95KG
2020 France Nat. Pro Thamara Ferreira W Adv F 95KG
2020 Grand Slam LDN Yasmira Dias W Pts: 3x1 SF 95KG
2020 Grand Slam LDN Yara Soares W Pts: 4x3 F 95KG
2020 BJJ Bet Yara Soares W Pts: 12x10 SPF 85KG
2020 Grand Slam RJ Iris Silva W Choke from back 4F 95KG
2020 Grand Slam RJ Roberta Ribeiro W DQ SF 95KG
2020 Grand Slam RJ Yara Soares W Pts: 1x0 F 95KG
2020 South American Joaquina Bonfim W Toe hold F O79KG
2020 South American Claire Thevenon W Points 4F ABS
2020 South American Sabatha Lais W Armbar SF ABS
2020 South American Amanda Monteiro W Pts: 19x0 F ABS
2021 Rio Open Victoria Amaral W Triangle F O79KG
2021 Rio Open Natalia Zumba W Arm in Ezekiel 4F ABS
2021 Rio Open Bianca Basilio W Choke from back SF ABS
2021 Rio Open Izadora Cristina W Triangle F ABS
2021 World Pro E. Christodoulou W Pts: 8x2 RR 95KG
2021 World Pro Yara Soares W Pts: 3x3 RR 95KG
2021 World Pro Yasmira Dias W Bow and arrow RR 95KG
2021 World Pro Kendall Reusing W Pts: 4x0 RR 95KG
2021 SA Cont. Pro Graciele Carvalho W Pts: 4x0 4F 95KG
2021 SA Cont. Pro Roberta Ribeiro W Pts: 3x0 SF 95KG
2021 SA Cont. Pro Yara Soares L Pts: 4x2 F 95KG
2021 Rio Winter Open Juliana Araujo W Botinha 4F ABS
2021 Rio Winter Open Natalia Zumba W Bow and arrow SF ABS
2021 Rio Winter Open Fernanda Mazzelo W Pts: 2x0 F ABS
2021 BJJ Bet Tayane Porfirio L Pts: 2x0 SPF ABS
2021 Pan American Michele Welti W Straight ankle lock SF 84KG
2021 Pan American Yara Soares W Pts: 4x2 F 84KG
2021 Pan American Erin Johnson W Triangle 8F ABS
2021 Pan American Ana Vieira L Pts: 4x2 4F ABS
2021 Brasileiro Joaquina Bonfim W Armbar SF O79KG
2021 Brasileiro Yara Soares L Pts: 6x4 F O79KG
2021 Brasileiro Ingridd Alves W Verbal tap 4F ABS
2021 Brasileiro Sabatha Lais W Choke from back SF ABS
2021 Brasileiro Yara Soares L Injury F ABS
2021 Grand Slam RJ Roberta Ribeiro W Pts: 13x0 4F 95KG
2021 Grand Slam RJ Tamiris Silva W Armbar SF 95KG
2021 Grand Slam RJ Yara Soares L Pts: 2x0 F 95KG
2021 BRA Qualifiers Tayane Porfirio W Referee Decision RR 95KG
2021 BRA Qualifiers Tayane Porfirio W Pts: 4x3 RR 95KG
2021 World Pro Lama Qubbaj W Choke from back RR 95KG
2021 World Pro Claire Thevenon W Armbar RR 95KG
2021 World Pro Yasmira Dias W Pts: 4x1 RR 95KG
2021 World Pro Yara Soares W Pts: 3x2 RR 95KG
2021 World Champ. Bridget McEliese W Pts: 14x2 R1 ABS
2021 World Champ. Bianca Basilio W Pts: 4x2 4F ABS
2021 World Champ. Beatriz Mesquita W Pts: 2x2, Adv SF ABS
2021 World Champ. Yara Soares W Points F ABS
2021 World Champ. Gabrielle Garcia W Choke from back SF O79KG
2021 World Champ. Yara Soares W Pts: 2x0 F O79KG
2022 Rio SMO Milene Silva W Pts: 10x0 SF ABS
2022 European Open Andreia Cavalcante W Triangle 4F ABS
2022 European Open Nathalie Ribeiro W Pts: 0x0, Adv SF ABS
2022 European Open Thalyta Lima W Armbar F ABS
2022 European Open Claire Thevenon W Choke from back F O79KG
2022 Grand Slam LDN Silvia Scomparin W Choke from back 4F 95KG
2022 Grand Slam LDN Barbara Ruiken W Botinha SF 95KG
2022 Grand Slam LDN Yara Soares W Pts: 2x0 F 95KG
2022 Pan American Janine Mutton W Choke from back 4F ABS
2022 Pan American Melissa Cueto W Referee Decision SF ABS
2022 Pan American Yara Soares W N/A F ABS
2022 Pan American Mayara Custodio W Verbal tap RR O79KG
2022 Pan American Yara Soares W Pts: 4x0 F O79KG
2022 Rio Fall Open Jessica Bartolli W Kimura 4F ABS
2022 Rio Fall Open Vitoria Vieira W Choke SF ABS
2022 Rio Fall Open Jessica Caroline W Choke F ABS
2022 Rio Fall Open Victoria Borba W Mounted triangle F O79KG
2022 SA Cont. Pro Bruna Silva W Pts: 3x0 RR 95KG
2022 SA Cont. Pro Bruna Silva W Choke from back RR 95KG
2022 Brasileiro Carina Santi W Reverse triangle SF O79KG
2022 Brasileiro Claire Thevenon W Shoulder pressure F O79KG
2022 Brasileiro Carina Santi W Bow and arrow SF ABS
2022 Brasileiro Fernanda Mazzelli W Choke from back F ABS
2022 Salvador Open Iris Batista W Armbar F O79KG
2022 Salvador Open Amanda Magda W Armbar SF ABS
2022 Salvador Open Thais Teixeira W Choke from back F ABS
2022 World Champ. Mayara Custodio W RNC SF O79KG
2022 World Champ. Luciana Mota W Ezekiel choke 4F ABS
2022 World Champ. Rafaela Guedes W Pts: 2x0 SF ABS
2022 World Champ. Amy Campo W Referee Decision F ABS
2022 Grand Slam RJ Mayara Moreira W Choke from back 4F 95KG
2022 Grand Slam RJ Welma Moreira W Pts: 3x0 SF 95KG
2022 Grand Slam RJ Ingridd Alves W Pts: 2x0 F 95KG

6. Gabrieli Pessanha Top Fights

Gabrieli Pessanha v Bianca Basilio / World Championship 2021

Ana Vieira v Gabrieli Pessanha / Pan Championship 2021

Gabrieli Pessanha v Beatriz Mesquita / World Championship 2021

Gabrieli Pessanha v Thalyta Lima / European 2022

Gabrieli Pessanha v Victoria Amaral / Rio Open 2021

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