Jaqueline Amorim - Pro BJJ and MMA Fighter

Jaqueline Amorim - Pro BJJ and MMA Fighter

1. Jaqueline Amorim’s Details

Name Jaqueline de Moraes Amorim
Nickname N/A
Born Teresina Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil
Date of Birth June 24, 1995
Height 5'3"
Weight 115 lbs
Reach 68”
Weight Division Peso Pena (58.50 kg / 129.0 lbs) Strawweight
Last Weigh-in 116 lbs
Last Fight August 12, 2023, in UFC
Disclosed Career Earnings N/A
College N/A
Rank Black Belt
Last Fight N/A
Favorite Position/Technique Lasso Guard
Head Coach Faustino Neto
Lineage Carlos Gracie > Osvaldo Alves > Faustino Neto (Pina) > Jaqueline Amorim
Foundational Style Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Fighting out of Coconut Creek, Florida, USA
Team Association Checkmat Team American Top Team Academy
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2. Jaqueline Amorim’s Biography

Jaqueline Amorim is a professional BJJ black belt and a mixed martial artist in the UFC strawweight division. Jaqueline gained massive fame as the strongest female grappler by securing victory in multiple tournaments, including the UAEJJF Abu Dhabi World Pro Championship, IBJJF World Championship, and IBJJF No-Gi World tournaments.

2.1. Jaqueline Amorim’s Early Life

Jaqueline Amorim was born on 24 June, 1995 in Manaus. Like other children in the BJJ community, Jaqueline also spent her childhood practicing martial arts. Her father was a BJJ practitioner and had a great interest in jiu-jitsu. The Early Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) event became the main inspiration for her father, especially after he observed Royce Gracie’s historic battle. Although Jaqueline’s father had a great interest in BJJ, he left practice for a few years after the birth of Jaqueline.  But just like his daughter, he was extremely fascinated by the jiu-jitsu and registered Jaqueline’s name in a jiu-jitsu training program. Once Jaqueline shared her thoughts in a podcast where she said:

“I decided to stay in jiu-jitsu and win everything I wanted. I wanted to win the [IBJJF] Worlds, Pan-American, and build my name.”

2.2. Jaqueline’s Enrollment in the A.S.L.E Jiu-Jitsu Academy

In 2003, Jaqueline was enrolled in A.S.L.E BJJ coaching school at the age of six. The A.S.L.E was one of the famous schools in BJJ that successfully contributed to the development of various top athletes, including Jessica Oliveira, Ary Farias, Ronaldo Jacare, and many more. Jaqueline trained in the A.S.L.E’s kids program under the supervision of three different instructors, including Ronaldo Souza, Henrique Machado, and Alcenor Alves.

The history of A.S.L.E indicates its strong association with the use of takedown techniques in BJJ games. As Jaqueline was a part of that institute, she followed her school’s customs. When Jaqueline was a teenager, she started taking an interest in freestyle wrestling and competed in the Olympic sport for approximately four years. That was the main significant period when she joined the Brazilian National cadet team.

2.3. Jaqueline’s BKK Belt Rank Advancement

Jaqueline learned various advanced grappling skills under the supervision of various coaches by switching multiple BJJ coaching institutes. At the age of 22, Jaqueline secured prominent wins in the CBJJ, IBJJF, and UAEJJF Championships.

In 2014, Jaqueline joined the jiu-jitsu school in Manaus, which was under  Faustino Neto, also known as Mestre Pina. During that period, Jaqueline was promoted to brown and black belts. On 13 July 2015, a  ceremony was held in which Jaqueline was promoted to the black belt level by  Mestre Pina.

2.4. Jaqueline’s Family

Jaqueline was married to Windson Ramos, a renowned second-degree black belt in BJJ.

The famous BJJ couple always shared the mats. Once they were asked about the training they said:

‘’Yes, we train together every day. We drill together, which is very good because we learn and help each other. When we do something wrong in the match, we return to training and correct it. It helps both on the technical side, but also psychological.’’.

2.5. Jaqueline’s Migration to Charleston

In August 2016,  Leonardo Vieira invited Jaqueline and her husband to move to Charleston, a famous region of America. He asked the couple to devote their life to grappling. They accepted the offer and migrated to America to completely indulge in jiu-jitsu. Since then, Jaqueline joined the American Top Team to pursue her BJJ dreams. She said:

“I felt like I need the best training I can get right now because this is a significant fight for me,” Amorim said. “I’m doing my whole fight camp here. After this fight camp, I will be a full part of the gym.”

2.6. Jaqueline’s MMA Transition

Although the early days of Jaqueline Amorim revolved around grappling, COVID-19 became a reason to switch towards MMA. She always had a plan to switch to mixed martial arts but cancellations and delays of BJJ events due to COVID sped up her thoughts. Once she said:

“I always knew I wanted to do MMA,” Amorim recently told MMA Junkie. “When I was young, watching the fights with my dad, I always thought, ‘Oh, this is pretty cool.’ I was just waiting for the right time to go to the transition. I won Worlds, Pans – I had my goals. I said, ‘When I reach these goals, I’m going to try MMA.’ I always knew it was what I wanted to do. I always thought it was pretty cool like I was watching the UFC with (my dad). I just wanted to pick the right time to do the transition.”

“All the experience I’ve had in jiu-jitsu has only helped me. It’s two different sports, of course. When I went to MMA I was just a jiu-jitsu fighter and that’s why I moved to American Top Team because I wanted to evolve in MMA instead of being only a jiu-jitsu athlete. Of course it helps, I’m way ahead. I consider myself a great grappler and I don’t know if other girls have this level, but I want to focus on being a better MMA fighter.”

2.7. Jaqueline Amorim’s Achievements in BJJ and MMA

Jaqueline Amorim is considered a pro fighter in both jiu-jitsu and MMA. At the age of 22, Jaqueline secured remarkable victories in the CBJJ, IBJJF, and UAEJJF Championships.

With her transition to MMA, she also made her name in MMA. On 16 September, Jaqueline made her first defense. On 25 February, the LFA 125 tournament was held, which was the main initial opportunity for Jaqueline where she defeated Loveth Young.

Jaqueline’s major focus was on the significant improvement of standup techniques in bJJ. Jacqueline's entire MMA record is full of matches ending in the first rounds. Jaqueline performed exceptionally well in various MMA fights. At LFA 110, Jaqueline secured the victory against Megan Owen by applying strikes and attempting a 10-second knockout. She said:

“I know I have good grappling, but it’s different to think you have good jiu-jitsu vs. when you have to do MMA,” Amorim said. “It’s different. You need all kinds of different things. I always knew I was a good grappler, but you need to have good striking and the right distance. I never thought it was going to be easy, but it’s way more hard than I thought. In MMA, you need everything. I’m improving the things I’m not (the best) at, like my striking, my wrestling. I think I’m doing better every day. I’m not perfect, but I’m working at what I’m not great at.”

“Right now, I just want to be the best fighter I can be and improve every area of my game,” Amorim said. “But of course, I want to be the champion one day. I know I have a lot of work to do. I always put in my head that I’m not just going to go into this sport and be like one more fighter. I really want to be the champion one day. That’s what I’m putting the work in for now.”

After getting entry into MMA, Jaqueline’s main motive was to access the Ultimate Fight Championship. After getting a victory at LFA 142, she shared the news on her public profile regarding her agreement with Dana White promoter.

"It's official!! Yes, girl, it's in the UFC! It is the beginning of a dream come true. Since I started BJJ when I was 6 years old and I used to watch MMA on television with my father, I knew I wanted to do this in my life and the day is finally here.”

Jaqueline Amorim was extremely happy as her dream came true to sign up with UFC. She said:

“Thank you to my management team and my coaches, you are amazing! We trust the process and pay the penalty. Thank you @ufc for the opportunity, I can't wait to fight under the big lights!” With six wins in the first round, Jacqueline Amorim presents herself as the new terror for the UFC women's strawweight division.

3. Jaqueline Amorim’s Historic Fights

3.1. Jaqueline Amorim vs Bruna Ricalde

In the 2019 Pan NoGi Championship, Jaqueline Amorim faced Bruna Ricalde in the semi-finals. Both Jaqueline and her competitor tried hard for submission; however, at the end of the match, Jaqueline was declared the winner.

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Stage Weight Class
2019 IBJJF Pan NoGi Championship Bruna Driely Ricalde Maciel W Other SF Middleweight

3.2. Jaqueline Amorim vs Ashley Nichols

In the 2022 LFA 142 tournament, Jaqueline Amorim competed against Ashley Nichols. Ashley attempted various choke submission techniques but at the end of the match, Jaqueline applied the armbar technique against Ashley Nichols and secured victory.

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Stage Weight Class
2022 LFA 142 Ashley Nichols W Armbar R1 Strawweight

3.3. Jaqueline Amorim vs Montserrat Ruiz

In UFC on ESPN 511 - Luque vs. dos Anjos, Jaqueline Amorim faced Montserrat Ruiz in a strawweight bout in round 3. After an intense fight, Jaqueline secured the victory via technical knockout.

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Stage Weight Class
2023 UFC Vegas 78 Montserrat Ruiz W TKO R3 Strawweight

4. Jaqueline Amorims’ National and International Achievements

Year Event Medal/Position Weight Division
2020 IBJJF Miami Winter Open GoldGold Medal Icon Absolute Division
2019 World IBJJF Jiu-Jitsu No-Gi Championship SilverSilver Medal Icon Middleweight
2019 Pan IBJJF Jiu-Jitsu No-Gi Championship GoldGold Medal Icon Middleweight
2019 IBJJF Atlanta Spring International Open GoldGold Medal Icon Middleweight
2019 Washington D.C. Spring Open GoldGold Medal Icon Lightweight
2017 IBJJF Atlanta Summer Open GoldGold Medal Icon Middleweight
2017 IBJJF New York Spring Open GoldGold Medal Icon Lightweight
2016 World Jiu-Jitsu No-Gi IBJJF Championship SilverSilver Medal Icon Lightweight

4.1. Jaqueline Amorim’s Main Achievements (Black Belt)

Year Event Position Belt
2018 IBJJF Pans Championship 2nd Black
2017 IBJJF World Championship 3rd Black
2017 IBJJF Pans Championship 3rd Black
2016 IBJJF World No-Gi Championship 2nd Black

4.2. Jaqueline Amorim’s Main Achievements (Colored Belts)

Year Event Position Belt
2015 IBJJF World Championship 3rd Brown
2014 IBJJF World Championship 1st Purple
2014 IBJJF World No-Gi Championship 1st Brown
2014 UAEJJF Abu Dhabi World Pro 1st Purple
2013 IBJJF World Championship 1st Purple
2013 IBJJF World No-Gi Championship 1st Purple
2013 IBJJF World Championship 3rd Purple
2012 CBJJ Brazilian Nationals 1st Blue

5. Jaqueline Amorim’s BJJ Professional Record Breakdown

11 Matches 08 Wins 03 Losses
Other 08 01
Points 0 02

5.1. Jaqueline Amorim’s MMA Record Breakdown

Matches 7 Wins 1 Loss
KO/TKO 2 0
Submission 5 0
Decision 0 1

5.2. Submission Method W/L

Method Win Loss
Elbows and Punches 2 0
Armbar 2 0
Kneebar 1 0
Rear Naked Choke 1 0
Arm Triangle Choke 1 0

6. Jaqueline Amorim BJJ Fight History

Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Division Stage Year
P. Boveda W Other IBJJF Miami Winter Open Absolute Division Final 2020
G. Lima W Other World IBJJF Jiu-Jitsu No-Gi Championship Middleweight Semi-Final 2019
R. Canuto L Other World IBJJF Jiu-Jitsu No-Gi Championship Middleweight Final 2019
B. Maciel W Other Pan IBJJF Jiu-Jitsu No-Gi Championship Middleweight Semi-Final 2019
J. Swanson W Other Pan IBJJF Jiu-Jitsu No-Gi Championship Middleweight Final 2019
C. Huggins W Other IBJJF Atlanta Spring International Open Middleweight Final 2019
Sarah Block W Other Washington D.C. Spring Open Lightweight Final 2019
C. Huggins W Other IBJJF Atlanta Summer Open Middleweight Final 2017
I. Floisvik L Points Pan Jiu-Jitsu IBJJF Championship Absolute Division Round of 16 2017
Aarae Alexander W Other IBJJF New York Spring Open Lightweight Final 2017
T.Musumeci L Points World Jiu-Jitsu No-Gi IBJJF Championship Lightweight Final 2016

6.1. Jaqueline Amorim MMA Fight History

Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
Montserrat Ruiz W TKO UFC on ESPN 51 - Luque vs. dos Anjos  Strawweight R3 2023
Sam Hughes L Unanimous Decision UFC 287: Pereira vs Adesanya 2 Strawweight  R3 2023
Ashley Nichols W Armbar LFA 142: Amorim vs. Nichols Strawweight R1 2022
Loveth Young W Kneebar LFA 125: Amorim vs. Young Strawweight R1 2022
Megan Owen W Punches LFA 110: Johnson vs. Horiuchi Strawweight R1 2021
Taisha Gandy W Rear Naked Choke
LFA 101: The Undefeated
Strawweight  R1 2021
Paula Farias W Arm Triangle Choke Mega Fight Champions 1
Strawweight R1 2020
Luana Nogueira W Armbar Mr. Cage 42 Strawweight R1 2020

7. Jaqueline Amorim Top Fight Links

Jaqueline Amorim vs. Sam Hughes - Weigh-in Face-Off - (UFC 287: Pereira vs. Adesanya 2) - /r/WMMA

Karen Antunes vs Jaqueline Amorim / Pan Championship 2018

Jaqueline Amorim and Montserrat Conejo - Official Weigh-ins - (UFC Fight Night: Luque vs. dos Anjos)

LFA 101 Jaqueline Amorim vs Taisha Gandy Women's Strawweight

Jaqueline Amorim VS Pamela Boveda / Miami Winter Open 2020

Photo Credit: @jacqueamorimjj

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