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Gezary Matuda - American Top Team’s Submission Grappler

Gezary Matuda - American Top Team’s Submission Grappler

1. Gezary Matuda’s Details

Gezary Matuda’s Details
Name Gezary Matuda Kubis Bandeira
Nickname “Ge”
Born Curitiba, State of Parana, Brazil
Date of Birth July 12, 1983
Nationality Brazilian
College/University N/A
Last Fight 2019 IBJJF World Jiu-Jitsu Championship
Last Weigh In Light Featherweight
Weight Class Peso Pluma (53.50 kg / 118 lbs)
Weight 53.50 kg / 118 lbs
Height 5’3’’
Career Disclosed Earning N/A
Fighting out of Brazil
Foundational Style Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
Favorite Technique Armbar
Rank BJJ Black Belt
Awarded by Ricardo Liborio
Head Coach Ricardo Liborio
Lineage Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie Sr. > Carlson Gracie > Ricardo Liborio > Gezary Matuda
Team Association American Top Team

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2. Gezary Matuda’s Biography

Gezary Matuda is a BJJ black belt under Ricardo Liborio. She spent her early BJJ life training under Carlos “Penao” Alexandre Conceicao. Her most famous win is against the 3rd-degree black belt, Michelle Nicolini. Matuda is a five-time Brazilian Jiu Jitsu World Champion.

2.1. Gezary Matuda’s Early Life

Matuda was born in Curitiba, Parana, Brazil on July 12, 1983. Born with the Brazilian spirit, Matuda was fond of martial arts, though her martial arts journey did not start until she was a teenager.

2.2. Started Capoeira at the Age of 15

Matuda was 15 when she started Capoeira. She was an active athlete with a great body that made it easier to transition to Muay Thai.

2.3. Transitioned to Muay Thai

The main reason behind Matuda added Muay Thai to her training regime was because of her brother, who was a Muay Thai boxer. Matuda was aware of Muay Thai from a very young age, but she chose to start training when she turned 17.

“Jiu Jitsu it’s my lifestyle, it is what I wanna do for the rest of my life… I don’t like to tell my goals, I wanna show them.”

(Gezary Matuda)

2.4. Introduction to Jiu Jitsu

Matuda trained in Muay Thai for a long time. It was her Muay Thai instructor that led her to jiu-jitsu. Already efficient in striking, Matuda started jiu-jitsu to improve her ground game.

2.5. Trained Under Carlos Alexandre Conceição

Matuda started learning BJJ under Carlos “Penao” Alexandre Conceição, a black belt under Master Carlson Gracie Jr. Conceição introduced the world of jiu-jitsu to Matuda, helping her become a professional grappler, leaving Muay Thai in the process. Conceição also promoted Matuda to a purple belt.

2.6. Matuda and Muay Thai

Though Matuda loved Muay Thai, that love began to fade after she got into jiu-jitsu. She continued her Muay Thai training for some time, but left the competitive world. One of her Muay Thai instructors was Anderson the Spider Silva. By the time she left Muay Thai, Matuda was a blue belt.

2.7. Moved to the United States

After becoming a BJJ purple belt, Matuda moved to the United States. She approached Ricardo Liborio, a mixed martial arts instructor, and asked to train under him. Ricardo Liborio is an excellent mixed martial arts instructor.

2.8. Joined American Top Team

In the U.S, Matuda joined the American Top Team Academy after asking Liborio to train her. Now, Matuda represents the American Top Team internationally. Since then, Matuda has become one of the top female fighters on American Top Team.


As a member of American Top Team, Matuda had the chance to grapple with more female practitioners whereas earlier, there were very few female grapplers. So she had to compete with men. She has become an icon among female BJJ practitioners as she supports and encourages women to join jiu-jitsu.

2.9. Personal Life

Matuda is married to American Top Team’s coach, Katel Kubis. Kubis has supported his wife in every aspect of life, especially when the couple moved to the United States. Kubis introduced Matuda to Liborio and told him about Matuda’s true potential in BJJ.

2.10. Gezary Matuda’s Sponsors

Matuda is sponsored by Shoyoroll, a clothing brand that manufactures Gi’s and other combat sports apparel. In an interview, Matuda said that it was her Shoyoroll sponsor, Bear Quitugua, that pushed her to go beyond her limits.

“He was always the one who’d be like ‘Ge, what’s next?”

(Gezary Matuda)

3. Gezary Matuda’s BJJ Career

3.1. Competed in Jiu Jitsu

Matuda started competing in BJJ as soon as she started training. She hadn’t even trained for a full month before she entered the competitive world. Matuda’s striking game helped her develop a proficient grappling style.

3.2. CBJJE World Cup Champion

Matuda debuted at the 2009 CBJJF South American Cup Championship, winnning first place as a blue belt.

3.3. IBJJF Jiu Jitsu World Championship

Matuda became the IBJJF Jiu Jitsu World Champion twice, first in 2010 as a purple belt and second in 2012 as a brown belt.

3.4. Promoted to Black Belt

Matuda was promoted to black belt by Liborio in July 2012 after she won the IBJJF Jiu Jitsu World Championship as a brown belt.

“There is nothing that compares to this great feeling of being a world champion as a black belt. The feeling that all that hard work paid off. It’s hard to find something else that’s going to give you the same pleasure in life. So that’s why you want more, and more, and more. Every year you win that title, it feeds that adrenaline. You get addicted to this feeling. Everything else feels boring. Everything! If you ask me if I do something outside of jiu-jitsu, my answer is just eat, sleep, and train.”

(Gezary Matuda)

3.5. IBJJF European Open Champion

Matuda won first place at the 2017 IBJJF European Open Championship as a black belt and took home a gold medal.

3.6. IBJJF World Champion

Matuda became the IBJJF World Champion three times as a black belt in 2013, 2014 and 2016.

4. Gezary Matuda’s Historic Fights

4.1. Gezary Matuda Vs. Angelica Vieira

At the 2011 IBJJF Pan Jiu Jitsu Championship, Matuda competed against Angelica Vieira. Vieira tried to restrict Matuda’s quick movements by applying footlocks. However, Matuda quickly regained control and dominated Vieira. From the guard position, Matuda applied a tripod sweep and secured two points. Later on, Matuda, from the spider guard position, initiated an omoplata and transitioned into a triangle armbar. Matuda applied pressure on Vieira’s arm and submitted her via a triangle armbar within 6 minutes and 14 seconds.


Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Stage Weight Class Location
2011 IBJJF Pan Jiu Jitsu Championship Angelica Vieira Win Submission By Triangle Armbar Final Light Featherweight North America

4.2. Gezary Matuda Vs. Bibiana Silva

At the 2014 IBJJF Pan Jiu-Jitsu Championship, Matuda faced off against Bibiana Silva. Using her aggressive fighting style, Matuda grabbed Silva by her legs and took her to the ground. Early in the match, Matuda tried to submit Silva via a cross-collar choke, but failed due to her loose grip, Matuda didn’t succeed in her submission attempt. Matuda then caught Silva in a guillotine choke and rolled her two to three times on the mat. It was the climax of the fight which showed Silva used her strength to escape the choke. However, Matuda applied a knee on belly, a brutal technique that allowed her to submit Silva via a bow and arrow choke.


Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Stage Weight Class Location
2014 IBJJF Pan Jiu Jitsu Championship Bibiana Dios Tan Pacini Silva Win Submission By Bow and Arrow N/A Light Featherweight North America

4.3. Gezary Matuda Vs. Michelle Nicolini

Matuda’s fight against Michelle Nicolini was her fastest submission win. Matuda submitted Nicolini within the first 15 seconds of the match. Nicolini, a 3rd-degree BJJ black belt under Robert Drysdale, started the match by getting on the ground to get a better grip on Matuda. Matuda quickly grabbed Nicolini’s hand and jumped over to the opposite side. Then, Matuda bent down and applied pressure onto Nicolini’s hand, submitting her via a flying armbar.


Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Stage Weight Class Location
2015 Polaris 2 Michelle Nicolini Win Submission By Flying Armbar N/A N/A Cardiff, Wales

4.4. Gezary Matuda Vs. Kristina Barlaan

Kristina Barlaan is a BJJ black belt under Caio Terra. She has an impressive colored belt career since her time as a blue belt. At the start of the fight, Matuda applied a double guard. Matuda went for the sleeve and pinned Barlaan to the ground. From the knee on belly position, Matuda dominated Barlaan. From the full mount, Matuda transitioned into a bear trap while keeping a strong hold on Barlaan. Matuda went for the hail mary triangle but Barlaan overcame it by pulling her guard up. Matuda eventually took control of Barlaan’s back and submitted her via a cross collar choke within 6 minutes and 53 seconds.


Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Stage Weight Class Location
2016 IBJJF Pan Jiu Jitsu Championship Kristina Barlaan Win Submission By Cross Collar Choke Final Light Featherweight California, United States

4.5. Gezary Matuda Vs. Kristina Barlaan

At the 2016 World IBJJF Jiu Jitsu Championship, Matuda competed against Kristina Barlaan. At the start of the fight, it looked like one of Matuda’s eyes got poked. Fortunately, it wasn’t badly damaged so the fight resumed. Despite Barlaan being famous for her nearly impenetrable guard, Matuda succeeded in passing the guard and secured two points. Barlaan attempted a triangle choke but Matuda managed to defend herself. Later, Matuda submitted Barlaan via a choke and won the finals.


Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Stage Weight Class Location
2016 World IBJJF Jiu Jitsu Championship Kristina Barlaan Win Submission By Choke Final Light Featherweight Long Beach, California

4.6. Gezary Matuda Vs. Ffion Davies

Polaris 9 was the tournament Matuda awaited with anticipation the most. She was scheduled to compete with Welsh black belt Ffion Davies. When the No-Gi bout started, Matuda pounded on Davies. Known for her armbar, Matuda went straight for the finish via an armbar, but Davies regained control and managed to escape the submission. Later, Davies submitted Matuda via a kata gatame and won the finals.


Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Stage Weight Class Location
2019 Polaris 9 Ffion Davies Loss Submission By Kata Gatame Main Card Bout Light Featherweight Peninsula, London

5. Gezary Matuda’s Future Plans

Matuda has been focusing only on Gi jiu-jitsu since she started practicing BJJ. She herself admitted that her only focus, at the moment, is jiu-jitsu.

“I am keeping my focus only on Jiu Jitsu right now.. But I don’t know what’s going to happen in the future. Maybe things will go MMA’s way and I will change my mind.”

(Gezary Matuda)

Matuda has been working on her fitness since she started muay thai. Recently she has taken up yoga. She even made a YouTube video with BJJ black belt Sebastian Brosche teaching yoga for BJJ.

5.1. Video Link

5.2. Matuda’s Fitness Website

6. Gezary Matuda’s Championships (Medals)

6.1. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu World Championship

Year Weight Division Medal
2013 Light Featherweight Gold Gold Medal Icon
2014 Light Featherweight Gold Gold Medal Icon
2015 Light Featherweight Silver Silver Medal Icon
2016 Light Featherweight Gold Gold Medal Icon
2017 Light Featherweight Silver Silver Medal Icon
2018 Light Featherweight Bronze Bronze Medal Icon
2019 Light Featherweight Bronze Bronze Medal Icon

6.2. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Pan American Championship

Year Weight Division Medal
2015 Light Featherweight Gold Gold Medal Icon
2016 Light Featherweight Gold Gold Medal Icon
2018 Light Featherweight Gold Gold Medal Icon

6.3. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu European Championship

Year Weight Division Medal
2017 Light Featherweight Gold Gold Medal Icon

7. Gezary Matuda’s Main Achievements (Belts)

Year Event Belt Position
2009 CBJJE World Cup Champion Blue 1st
2009 CBJJF South American Cup Champion Blue 1st
2010 IBJJF World Championship Purple 1st
2010 IBJJF Pan American Championship Purple 1st
2011 IBJJF Pan American Championship Brown 1st
2012 IBJJF World Championship Brown 1st

8. Gezary Matuda’s Main Achievements

Year Event Weight Class Position
2016 IBJJF World Championship Light Featherweight 1st
2014 IBJJF World Championship Light Featherweight 1st
2013 IBJJF World Championship Light Featherweight 1st
2018 IBJJF Pan American Championship Light Featherweight 1st
2016 IBJJF Pan American Championship Light Featherweight 1st
2015 IBJJF Pan American Championship Light Featherweight 1st
2017 IBJJF European Open Championship Light Featherweight 1st
2019 IBJJF Jiu Jitsu World Championship Light Featherweight 3rd

9. Gezary Matuda’s BJJ Professional Record Breakdown

16 Matches 11 Wins 4 Losses 1 Draws
By Submissions 7 1 0
By Points 1 1 0
By Advantages 1 0 0
By Decision 0 0 0
By Penalties 0 0 0
By Others 2 2 0
Draws 0 0 1

9.1. Submission W/L Methods

Submission Method 6 Wins 1 Losses
Armbar 2 0
Straight Ankle Lock 1 0
Choke 1 0
Bow and Arrow 1 0
Triangle Armbar 1 0
Kata Gatame 0 1
Cross Collar Choke 1 0

10. Gezary Matuda’s BJJ Fight History

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Weight Class Stage
2011 Pan Jiu Jitsu IBJJF Championship Angelica Vieira W Triangle Armbar Light Featherweight N/A
2013 World Jiu Jitsu IBJJF Championship Nyjah Rollins W Other Light Featherweight Finals
2014 Pan Jiu Jitsu IBJJF Championship Bibiana Dios Tan Pacini Silva W Bow and Arrow Light Featherweight N/A
2014 Pan Jiu Jitsu IBJJF Championship Ariadne Oliviera W Advantage Light Featherweight Finals
2015 Polaris 2 Michelle Nicolini W Armbar N/A N/A
2015 Metamoris The Underground Chelsea Leah W Armbar Absolute N/A
2015 World Jiu Jitsu IBJJF Championship Rikako Yuasa L Others Light Featherweight Finals
2016 World Jiu Jitsu IBJJF Championship Kristina Barlaan W Choke Light Featherweight N/A
2016 Pan Jiu Jitsu IBJJF Championship Kristina Barlaan W Cross Collar Choke Light Featherweight Finals
2016 Polaris 3 Laurence Fouillat D Draw N/A N/A
2017 World Jiu Jitsu IBJJF Championship Talita Alencar L Points Light Featherweight N/A
2017 European Jiu Jitsu IBJJF Championship Kristina Barlaan W Pts: 15x0 Light Featherweight Final
2018 Polaris 6 Serena Gabrielli W Straight Ankle Lock 55 Kg N/A
2019 World Jiu Jitsu IBJJF Championship Livia Giles W Other Light Featherweight N/A
2019 World Jiu Jitsu IBJJF Championship Tammi Musumeci L Other Light Featherweight N/A
2019 Polaris 9 Ffion Davies L Kata Gatame N/A N/A

11. Gezary Matuda’s BJJ Top Fight Links

Gezary Matuda VS Angelica Vieira / Pan Championship 2011

Polaris Pro 9: Ffion Davies vs Gezary Matuda | March 15, 2019

Gezary Matuda VS Kristina Barlaan / European Championship 2017

Gezary Matuda Kubis Bandeira vs Bibiana Dios Tan Pacini Silva


Photo Credit: @gezarymatuda

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