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Luiz Panza - Elite BJJ Black Belt and Coach

Luiz Panza - Elite BJJ Black Belt and Coach

1. Luiz Panza’s Details

Luiz Panza’s Details
Name Luiz Fernando de Azevedo Panza
Nickname N/A
Born São Paulo, Brazil
Date of Birth 2 February 1990
Nationality Brazilian
College/University Checkmat Jiu Jitsu
Last Fight 2020
Last Weigh In 100 Kg
Weight Class Super Pesado (up to 100 kg/223 lbs)
Weight 100 kg/223 lbs
Height 6’2”
Career Disclosed Earning N/A
Fighting out of Brazil
Foundational Style Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Favorite Technique Closed Guard & 50/50 Guard
Rank BJJ Black Belt
Awarded by Marco Barbosa
Head Coach Marco Barbosa
Lineage Mitsuyo Maeda -> Carlos Gracie -> Helio Gracie -> Rickson Gracie -> Marcelo Behring -> Waldomiro Perez -> Roberto Godoi -> Marco Barbosa -> Luiz Panza
Team Association Checkmat Jiu Jitsu

2. Luiz Panza’s Biography

Luiz Panza’s Biography

Luiz Panza is a BJJ Black Belt from Brazil. He is among the top heavyweight champions of his generation. He received his Black Belt from Marco Barbosinha Barbosa who himself is a famous BJJ Black Belt. Barbosa runs his BJJ academy in São Paulo called Barbosa Jiu Jitsu.

2.1. Luiz Panza’s Early Life

He was born on 2nd February 1990 in the North side of Sao Paulo, Brazil. He was brought up in a moderate environment. He was a very enthusiastic child so his family decided to enroll him in martial arts.

Luiz Panza And Kungfu

At the age of 7, he started learning Kungfu. He was a smart and fast learner.

Black Belt in Karate

After Kungfu, he moved to Karate (Shotokan). He practiced Karate for many years and even got a Black Belt in it.

Sparring Sessions at Lotus

Luiz always wanted to compete in martial arts. He was interested in BJJ. At the age of 15, he wanted to enroll in a gym to properly learn BJJ but could not afford it.

At the age of 16, when he got some money he went to Lotus Academy and enquired if he could train there. As the money was not sufficient to take long classes, he started sparring with the BJJ practitioners in the sparring sessions. It improved his BJJ a lot.

Forbidden From Training

When he was training in the sparring sessions, he got into a fight with a guy. He hurt the other guy. And was forbidden from BJJ training by his mother. His mother was of the view that BJJ made him more violent and aggressive.
His best friend, Felipe Marques, who also trained in BJJ convinced his mother to let Luiz train in BJJ.

Finished His Modeling Career To Pursue BJJ

In 2012, along with BJJ, Panza had an impressive career in modeling. But to pursue BJJ, he left modeling and gave his focus only to BJJ.

2.2. Luiz Panza’s Pro BJJ Combats

Received Blue and Purple Belt

In 2007, Luiz started training with Coach Edilberto da Ponte of the A.O.A Team. Luiz received his Blue and Purple Belts under Ponte’s supervision. Luiz regularly participated in the training sessions.

Earned Brown and Black Belt at Barbosa Jiu-Jitsu

When he reached the Purple Belt Level, he switched to Barbosa Jiu-Jitsu. He joined a new team because he was looking for a more competitive team. On 17 December 2012, he received his Brown and Black Belts.

Joined Checkmat Academy

In 2014, when he moved to the United States, he joined the Checkmat Academy.

IBJJF Pan Champion

Luiz won the 1st position at the IBJJF Pan Championship in 2014 and 2016.

At Brazilian Nationals

He won the 3rd position at the IBJJF Brazilian Nationals in 2013.

IBJJF Pan No-Gi Champion

Luiz Panza secured 1st place at the 2013 IBJJF Pan No-Gi Championship in the Absolute weight category.

2.3. Luiz Panza’s Historic Fights

Luiz Panza vs Johnny Goncalves

Johnny Goncalves is also an excellent grappler like Luiz Panza. Luiz Panza faced Johnny Goncalves in the Open Weight category in the IBJJF Pan American Championship. He defeated Johnny with the Armbar. Johnny tried to grip Luiz tightly but he escaped and applied a leglock. Johnny strangled Quiz many times and got the submission.

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Stage Weight Class Location
2020 IBJJF Pan American Championship Johnny Goncalves Win Submission by Armbar Quarter Final 100 KG Kissimmee, FL

Luiz Panza vs Wellington Peroto

This was an epic fight. Panza started the fight by pulling a guard but unfortunately, it was reversed by Peroto. He then applied the leg locks but they got inverted. He then applied the triangle choke and Peroto finally submitted.

He submitted Peroto in only 2 minutes and 7 seconds in the quarter final.

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Stage Weight Class Location
2019 World Jiu Jitsu IBJJF Championship Wellington Peroto Win Submission by Triangle Choke Quarter Final 100 KG Las Vegas

Luiz Panza vs Alexander Ceconi

In the 2016 IBJJF Pan American Championship, Plaza defeated Alexander Ceconi who is a 3 times World Champion and 2 times Brazilian National Champion. The fighting style of Panza was very intense and offensive. He started the fight by applying a knee bar on his strong opponent.

He then applied a foot lock from the 50/50 guard. He got the submission from the foot lock in only 1 min 30 seconds.

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Stage Weight Class Location
2016 IBJJF Pan American Championship Alexander Ceconi Win Submission by Foot lock Final 100 KG California

Luiz Panza vs Diogo Almeida

At the 2013 Pre-Pans FPJJ competition, Panza defeated Diogo Almeida by applying the Rear Naked Choke. The fight started from the guard position. The fight was intense. Panza tried to submit Almeida with the leg locks but being a strong and fast player Almeida escaped from it. Finally, Panza submitted his opponent by the deadly Rear Naked Choke submission.

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Stage Weight Class Location
2013 Pre Pans FPJJ Diogo Almeida Win Rear Naked Choke Final Heavyweight Brazil

Luiz Panza vs Victor Rodrigues

Closed Guard being their favorite technique of Panza, he initiated the match by applying the closed guard. He did not let his opponent grab him for long as he reversed the position. Panza won the match by applying Mounted Triangle.

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Stage Weight Class Location
2019 San Jose Open Victor Rodrigues Win Submission by Mounted Triangle Final Heavyweight San Jose, CA

Luiz Panza vs Ricardo Evangelista

Panza’s opponent, Ricardo Evangelista, is one of the top BJJ Black Belts. Panza defeated his opponent with the Armbar submission. The grip strength of the Panza was very strong. It only took 8 minutes and 30 seconds for Panza to submit Victor Rodrigues.

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Stage Weight Class Location
2014 IBJJF Pro League 3 - World Jiu Jitsu Expo Ricardo Evangelista Win Armbar Semi Final Heavyweight Long Beach, California

2.4. Luiz Panza’s Championships

National

Year National Championship Position
2013 CBJJ Brazilian No-Gi Nationals 1st Position

International

Year International Championship Position
2016 IBJJF Pan Championship 1st
2014 IBJJF Pan Championship 1st
2017 ACBJJ Berkut Grand Prix 95 kg 1st
2016 UAEJJF Grand Slam, Los Angeles 1st
2016 IBJJF LA BJJ Pro 1st
2020 IBJJF Pan Championship 2nd

Record

  • IBJJF World No-Gi Champion
  • 2 times IBJJF Pan Champion (2014, 2016)
  • 2 times IBJJF World Champion (2013, 2017)

3. Luiz Panza’s Main Achievements

3.1. Gi Tournaments

Year Gi Championship Weight Class Position
2014 IBJJF Pan Championship Super Heavyweight 1st
2016 IBJJF Pan Championship Super Heavyweight 1st
2020 IBJJF Pan Championship ABS 2nd
2013 IBJJF Pan Championship ABS 3rd

3.2. No-Gi Tournaments

Year No-Gi Championship Weight Class Position
2013 IBJJF Pan No-Gi Championship ABS 1st
2013 CBJJ Brazilian No-Gi Nationals ABS 1st
2016 IBJJF World No-Gi Championship Ultra Heavyweight 1st

4. Luiz Panza’s Main Achievements (Belts)

Year Event Position Belt
2015 IBJJF Pan American Championship 1st Black
2010 Pan Jiu-Jitsu IBJJF Championship 1st Black
2019 World Jiu-Jitsu IBJJF Championship 1st Black
2019 IBJJF World Championship 1st Black

5. Luiz Panza Opened His Own Gym

On the birth of his 1st child in 2018, Panza decided to become a grappling instructor. He opened his own BJJ gym in 2019, Academia Panza Jiu-Jitsu which is also called Checkmat Rolling Hills.

6. Luiz Panza’s Professional Record Breakdown

101 Matches 67 Wins 34 Losses
By Submissions 53 12
By Points 10 14
By Advantages 3 5
By Decision 1 3

6.1. Submission Methods W/L

Submission Method 53 Wins 12 Losses
Botinha 21 0
Triangle 6 2
Footlock 3 0
Mounted Triangle 1 0
Flying Triangle 1 0
Calf Slicer 1 0
Kata Gatame 2 0
Straight Ankle Lock 1 0
Submission 1 0
Armbar 9 1
Kneebar 5 0
Triangle Armbar 0 2
Choke From Back 1 2
Toe Hold 0 1
Inside Heel Hook 0 1
RNC 1 1
Choke 0 1
Arm in Guillotine 0 1

7. Luiz Panza’s Fight History

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Weight Class
2013 Pre Pans FPJJ Diogo Almeida W RNC Super Heavyweight
2013 Pan American Championship Roberto Abreu L Points Super Heavyweight
2013 IBJJF World Championship Bernardo Faria L Triangle 100 Kg
2013 IBJJF No-Gi Pan American Daniel Simmler W Botinha 100 Kg
2013 IBJJFNo-Gi Pan American Ronnie Wuest W Triangle ABS
2013 IBJJF No-Gi Pan American Vitor Oliveira W Botinha ABS
2013 Brasileiro No-Gi Mikeias Bezerra W Flying Triangle 94 Kg
2013 Brasileiro No-Gi Mikeias Bezerra W Submission ABS
2013 Brasileiro No-Gi AJ Agazarm W Armbar ABS
2013 No-Gi Worlds Jackson Sousa L Triangle 94 Kg
2014 IBJJF Pan American Championship Keenan Cornelius L Points ABS
2014 IBJJF Pan American Championship Tiago Declavo W Points 100 Kg
2014 IBJJF Pan American Championship Tarcisio Jardim W Points 100 Kg
2014 IBJJF Pan American Championship Bernardo Faria W Armbar 100 Kg
2014 FIVE California Magid Hage L Referee Decision ABS
2014 Copa Podio Rico Bastos W Triangle 94 Kg
2014 Copa Podio Travis Stevens W Botinha 94 Kg
2014 Copa Podio Leandro Lo L Points 94 Kg
2014 Copa Podio Travis Stevens W Botinha 94 Kg
2014 World Pro Lucas Leite W Armbar ABS
2014 World Pro Lucio Rodrigues W Botinha ABS
2014 World Pro Rodolfo Vieira L Choke ABS
2014 World Pro Igor Silva W Armbar 100 Kg
2014 World Pro Rodolfo Vieira L Armbar ABS
2014 IBJJF World Championship Andre Galvao L Choke From Back 94 Kg
2014 IBJJF World Championship Karim Kalifah W Choke From Back ABS
2014 IBJJF No-Gi Worlds Garry Tonon L RNC ABS
2014 IBJJF No-Gi Worlds James Puopolo W Footlock 100 Kg
2014 IBJJF Pro League R. Evangelista W Armbar Super Heavyweight
2014 IBJJF Pro League Bernardo Faria L Choke From Back Super Heavyweight
2014 Copa Podio Jon Satava W Botinha 85 Kg
2014 Copa Podio Luis Gustavo W Botinha 85 Kg
2014 Copa Podio Gregor Gracie W Botinha 85 Kg
2014 Copa Podio Claudio Calasans W Botinha 85 Kg
2015 IBJJF Pan American Championship Rodrigo Ribeiro W Points ABS
2015 IBJJF Pan American Championship Bernardo Faria L Pts:9x4 ABS
2015 IBJJF Pan American Championship Joao Rocha W Points Super Heavyweight
2015 IBJJF Pan American Championship Alexander Trans L Pts:6x2 Super Heavyweight
2015 World Pro Erico Pinto W Botinha 95 Kg
2015 World Pro Nelton Pontes W Botinha 95 Kg
2015 World Pro Felipe Pena L Toe Hold ABS
2016 UAEJJF NYC Pro Abraham Marte L Referee Decision Super Heavyweight
2016 IBJJF Pan American Championship Alexander Ciceroni W Footlock 100 Kg
2016 Pan American Kitner Moura W Straight Ankle Lock ABS
2016 IBJJF Pan American Championship James Puopolo W Armbar ABS
2016 World Pro Luiz Santos W Kneebar ABS
2016 IBJJF World Championship Paul Ardila W Kneebar 100 Kg
2016 IBJJF Grand Slam LA Mahamad Aly W Kneebar 110 Kg
2016 IBJJF Grand Slam LA Jose Junior W Botinha 110 Kg
2016 BJJ Pro LA Eliot Kelly W Footlock Super Heavyweight
2016 BJJ Pro LA Manny Diaz W Botinha Super Heavyweight
2016 IBJJF No-Gi Worlds Paul Ardila W Armbar 97 Kg
2016 IBJJF No-Gi Worlds Jared Dopp W Calf Slicer 97 Kg
2017 ACBJJ 5 Joseph Moku W Botinha Over 95 Kg
2017 ACBJJ 5 R.Evangelista W Kneebar Over 95 Kg
2017 ACBJJ 5 Alexander Trans W Referee Decision Over 95 Kg
2017 IBJJF World Championship Dillon Davis W Pts:11x4 ABS
2017 IBJJF World Championship Gustavo Dias W Kneebar ABS
2017 IBJJF World Championship Bernardo Faria W Pts:4x4, Adv ABS
2017 IBJJF World Championship Leandro Lo L Pts:3x2 ABS
2017 IBJJF World Championship Dany Gerard W Pts:2x0 100 Kg
2018 ACB 10 Joao Rocha L Points Over 95 Kg
2018 ACBJJ 13 R.Evangelista W Triangle Over 95 Kg
2018 IBJJF World Championship Carlos Farias W Armbar Over 100 Kg
2018 IBJJF World Championship Joao Rocha L Pts:2x0 Over 100 Kg
2018 IBJJF World Championship Fellipe Trovo W Kata Gatame ABS
2018 IBJJF World Championship Dimitrius Souza W Botinha ABS
2018 IBJJF World Championship Leandro Lo L Pts:2x0 ABS
2019 Fight to Win 106 Roberto Abreu L Referee Decision 100 Kg
2019 San Jose Open Victor Rodrigues W Mounted Triangle Over 100 Kg
2019 San Jose Open Jonathan Andrew W Triangle ABS
2019 San Jose Open Gianni Crivello W Kata Gatame ABS
2019 San Jose Open Victor Silverio W Botinha ABS
2019 IBJJF World Championship James Puopolo W Botinha 100 Kg
2019 IBJJF World Championship Wellington Peroto W Triangle 100 Kg
2019 IBJJF World Championship Nicholas Meregali L Triangle Armbar 100 Kg
2019 IBJJF World Championship R.Evangelista W Botinha ABS
2019 IBJJF World Championship Leandro Lo L Triangle Armbar ABS
2020 IBJJF Pan American Championship Johnny Goncalves W Armbar Over 100 Kg
2020 IBJJF Pan American Championship Stuart Maddox W Botinha Over 100 Kg
2020 IBJJF Pan American Championship Max Gimenis L Pts:10x0 Over 100 Kg
2021 BJJ Stars 5 Felipa Pena L Arm in Guillotine 96 Kg
2021 WNO 9 Craig Jones L Inside Heel Hook 92 Kg
2021 IBJJF World Championship Max Gimenis L Pts:2x2,Adv Over 100 Kg

8. Luiz Panza’s Top Fight Links

Luiz Panza VS Wellington Peroto / World Championship 2019

Luiz Panza VS Alexandro Ceconi / Pan Championship 2016

Luiz Panza vs. Rodrigo Faria: 2013 Abu Dhabi World Pro East Coast Trials

Ronnie Wuest 2013 Abu Dhabi finals match against Luiz Panza

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