Raquel Pa'aluhi – No Gi World Champion

Raquel Pa'aluhi – No Gi World Champion

1. Raquel Pa'aluhi’s Details

Raquel Pa


Raquel Pa'aluhi


Lion Heart, Rocky


Waianae, Hawaii, U.S.

Date of Birth

October 14, 1990

Weight Division


135 lb / 61 kg;

Last Weight-in




Pro MMA Record

6-7-0 (Win-Loss-Draw)

Disclosed Career Earnings



2nd Degree Black Belt

Last Fight


Head Coach

Robert Drysdale


University of Jamestown


Carlos Gracie > Hélio Gracie > Rolls Gracie > Romero Cavalcanti > Leonardo Vieira > Robert Drysdale > Raquel Pa'aluhi

Fighting out of

Las Vegas, Nevada

Team Association

Checkmat Jiu Jitsu

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2. Raquel Pa’aluhi’s Biography

Raquel Pa'aluhi is an American grappler and former mixed martial arts fighter. She represents the Zenith team, she has a diverse passion for combat sports. This remarkable athlete was awarded a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu by a coach named Robert Drysdale . Paaluhi has faced tough opponents and made her way to victory. As the No Gi world champion, with her remarkable performance, she continuously won the championship in the years 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2019. Recently she won a bronze medal in the IBJJF European championship on the 27th of January, 2024. 

2.1. Raquel Pa'aluhi Early Life

Raquel Paaluhi was the daughter of mixed martial arts pioneer David Paaluhi. At the age of 9, little Raquel Pa'aluhi began the training of karate. During High School, her interest diverted towards freestyle wrestling. In Jamestown College Raquel secured 4 th place in All American WCWA and marked her spot in Hawaii’s National Wrestling Team. 

2.2. Raquel Pa'aluhi BJJ Training

At the age of 19 years, Raquel started her training in MMA in the year of 2009. At that platform, Raquel was introduced to the art of Brazilian jujitsu . Moreover, she continued learning, improving, and growing in BJJ. In 2014 She secured the purple belt and she decided to flourish her career by travelling to Las Vagas.

She showed improvement in MMA fights, subsequently, Raquel's coach suggested she take a break of almost one year from fighting and put her sole focus on practicing jiu-jitsu to which she agreed. The journey of endurance and prosperity has been started as Raquel Paaluhi was diving deep into the sport of BJJ. As a result, she won the first tournament of UAEJJF’s World Pro Trials.

In 2018, Paaluhi and her husband Renato Canuto started training at Checkmat and a year later they offered to become head coach there. In August 2021, Paaluhi and her husband started their gym named Hybrid Jiu Jitsu, In Las Vegas. Now the couple is successfully running the gym. 

2.3. Raquel Pa'aluhi MMA Fights

The scenario is tough as a woman in the regional MMA scene. Raquel extends her journey beyond the cage through BJJ. Some notable MMA bouts include Invicta FC 21 where she defeated Pannie Kianzad with the technique of rear naked choke that resulted in victory.

Raquel Pa'aluhi Canuto entered into the sport of BJJ as a amateur in 2012. She dedicated her career to Jiu-Jitsu which resulted in numerous victories.IBJJF European Championship depicts the grappling styles of Raquel Paalhui; in which she grabbed the bronze medal. The versatility of Paaluhi is a symbol of strength in the world of Brazilian jiu-jitsu. UFC Fight Pass Invitational 6 was scheduled on March 3, 2024. Paaluhi faced Karol Rosa and won the match with a rear naked choke.

2.4. Raquel Pa'aluhi Professional Athlete

Raquel Pa’aluhi Canuto brought the grappling spirit from her ancestors and faced the toughest competitors in women’s mixed martial arts. Raquel Pennington, Amanda Nunes, and Sara McMann are prominent practitioners of BJJ who competed with Paaluhi. 

2.5. Raquel Pa'aluhi Personal Life

Paalihui’s passion for Jiu Jitsu not only opened up the ways to success on the mat but also helped her to find her soul mate. Renato Canuto is a black belt and Paaluhi’s husband has been training together since 2016 in the BJJ academy. They got married in the summer of 2016. She shares her feelings with the words 

“We’ve traveled a lot, won a lot, and been able to grow so much together.”

3. Raquel Pa'aluhi Historic Fights

3.1. Raquel Pa'aluhi vs Pannie Kianzad

The name of Raquel Paaluhi is one of the best women grapplers. She competed with the strongest opponent Pannie Kianzad. An intense MMA fight happened between both fighters but in the end, Paaluhi made her way to victory with the submission technique of Rear Naked Choke. 

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Stage Weight Class
2023 Invicta Fighting Champion Pannie Kianzad Win Rear Naked Choke Final Middleweight

3.2. Raquel Pa’aluhi vs Kaitlin Young

An aggressive fight was held at IFC 9 between Kaitlin Young and Raquel Pa’aluhi in IFC. Young repeated hits on the face left her to bleed severely. The grappling specialist Pa’aluhi ended up winning by using the technique of rear naked choke. 

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Stage Weight Class
2024 Invicta Fighting Champion Kaitlin Young Win Rear Naked Choke Final Middleweight

3.3. Raquel Pa’aluhi vs Chelsah Lyons

In 2015 No Gi Worlds exciting grappling held between Raquel Pa’aluhi vs Chelsah Lyons. Both of them scored points. Chelsah was taken down and grabbed to attempt submission which made her unable to move. She tried to release herself. The fight went to the duration of 7 minutes. Paaluhi won the match by rear naked choke. 

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Stage Weight Class
2015 No Gi Worlds  Chelsah Lyons Win Rear Naked Choke Final Middleweight

4. Raquel Pa'aluhi's Top Achievements

4.1. Raquel Pa'aluhi Main Achievements

  • 1st Place at IBJJF World Championship NOGI (2017 / 2019 / 2021)
  • 1st Place at IBJJF Long Beach Open (2017 )
  • 1st Place IBJJF Dallas Open (2021 )
  • 2nd Place IBJJF World Championship (2018)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF European Open (2018)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World Championship (2021)

4.2. Raquel Pa'aluhi Main Achievements (Colored Belt)

Year Event Belt Position
2013  IBJJF World Championship Blue 3rd
2015  IBJJF Pans Championship Purple 3rd
2015  IBJJF World Championship No-Gi Purple 3rd
2015  IBJJF Pans Championship No-Gi Purple 3rd
2015  IBJJF World Championship No-Gi Blue 1st
2015  IBJJF Pans Championship No-Gi Purple 1st
2016  IBJJF Pans Championship Purple 1st
2016  IBJJF World Championship No-Gi Purple 1st
2016  AJP Grand Slam, LA Purple 1st
2016  IBJJF World Championship Purple 1st
2016  IBJJF World Championship Purple 3rd
2016  IBJJF Las Vegas Open Purple 1st
2017  IBJJF Las Vegas Open Brown 1st
2017  IBJJF World Championship Brown 1st

5. Raquel Pa’aluhi’s BJJ Professional Record Breakdown

10 Matches 6 Wins 4 Losses
By points 1 0
By advantages 0 0
By submission  4 1
By decision  1 2
Others 0 1

5.1. Raquel Pa’aluhi’s MMA Record Breakdown

13 Matches 6 Wins 7 Losses
By submission 1 4
By decision 3 3
By TKO punches 2 0

5.2. Methods of Submission W/L

9 Method 5 Wins 4 Losses
RNC 2 1
Triangle Choke 1 0
Guillotine Choke 1 1
Armbar 0 1
Other 1 1

6. Raquel Pa’aluhi’s BJJ Fight History

Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Year
Karol Rosa W Rear Naked Choke UFC Fight Pass Invitational 6 145 lbs 2024
Amanda Loewen  L Decision Submission Underground 24 NA 2021
Amanda Alequin W Triangle Choke Fight 2 Win 174 NA 2021
Gillian Robertson W Guillotine Choke Submission Underground 23 NA 2021
Vanessa Griffin L Decision Pan American Championship 153 lbs 2020
Gabrielle McComb W Guillotine Choke Kasai Pro 7 140 lbs 2020
Jaqueline Amorim W Decision IBJJF World No-Gi Championship 153 lbs 2019
N. Evangelista L Submission 2019 ADCC North American Trials NA 2019
Chelsah' Lyons W Points KASAI Super Series 145 lbs 2019
Ana Carolina Vieira L NA 2018 IBJJF World Jiu-Jitsu Championship 152 lbs 2018

7. Raquel Pa’aluhi’s MMA Fight History

Opponent W/L Method Competition Date Round
Lisa Verzosa  L Decision (Split) Invicta FC 42: Cummins vs. Zappitella September 17, 2020 6–7
Yana Kunitskaya  L Decision (Unanimous) Invicta FC 25: Kunitskaya vs. Pa'aluhi August 31, 2017 6–6
Pannie Kianzad  W Submission (Rear-naked choke) Invicta FC 21: Anderson vs. Tweet January 14, 2017 6–5
Colleen Schneider  L Decision (Split) Invicta FC 15: Cyborg vs. Ibragimova January 16, 2016 5–5
Ediane Gomes  W Decision (Unanimous) Invicta FC 12: Kankaanpää vs. Souza April 24, 2015 5–4
Kaitlin Young  W Decision (Unanimous) Invicta FC 9: Honchak vs. Hashi November 1, 2014 4–4
Priscilla White  W TKO (Punches) Destiny MMA Proving Grounds 2 August 24, 2013 3–4
Raquel Pennington  L Submission (Guillotine choke) Destiny MMA Na Koa 1 September 8, 2012 2-4
Amanda Nunes L Technical Submission (Rear-naked choke) Invicta FC 2: Baszler vs. McMann July 28, 2012 2-3
Sara McMann  L Submission (Americana) ProElite: Arlovski vs. Lopez August 27, 2011 2-1
Sarah D'Alelio  L Submission (Armbar) X-1 Heroes September 11, 2010 1-1
Nikohl Johnson  W TKO (Punches) X-1 Champions 3 March 12, 2011
Jenny Trujillo  W Decision (Unanimous) X-1 Nations Collide June 4, 2010 1-0

8. Raquel Pa’aluhi’s Top Fights

Raquel Paaluhi 2015 No Gi Worlds Purple middle final

Raquel Pa’aluhi Canuto wins with RNC of Pannie Kianzad #mma #invictafc #bjj


Photo Credit: @raquelpaaluhi 

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