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The Inspiring Journey of BJJ Black Belt Wallace Costa

The Inspiring Journey of BJJ Black Belt Wallace Costa

1. Wallace Costa’s Details

Wallace Costa’s Details
Full Name  Wallace Costa De Silveira
Nickname N/A
Born Realengo, Rio-de Janeiro, Brazil
Date of Birth August 26, 1993
Age 30 yrs
Weight Division Light Heavyweight
Pesadissimo (over 100,50 kg / 222.0 lbs)
Height N/A
Fighting style Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Disclosed Career Earnings N/A
Rank Black Belt
Head Coach Gabriel Marinho.
Favourite Technique Pressure Passing
Lineage Luis França - Oswaldo Fadda - Monir Salomão - Julio Cesar - Gabriel Marinho - Wallace Costa
Fighting out of Florianopolis, Brazil
Team Association             Grappling Fight Team (GFT)
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2. Wallace Costa’s Biography

Wallace Costa da Silveira is an accomplished BJJ black belt under Gabriel Marinho. He has successfully represented the Grappling Fight Team in multiple international BJJ tournaments. Costa made a mark in the BJJ colored belt divisions, especially in prestigious IBJJF competitions, winning many titles, including the Pan and South American Championships, the IBJJF World Gi Championship, and the IBJJF World No-Gi Championship.

2.1. Wallace Costa’s Early Life

Born on August 26, 1993, in Realengo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wallace Costa was interested in sports from a very young age. Much like many other prominent jiu-jitsu black belts, Costa began his martial arts journey with judo training and eventually competing in local judo competitions. He then developed an interest in Muay Thai and intended to participate in the striking competition; however, his parents didn’t allow him to continue Muay Thai training as it hindered him from performing well in school. Since Costa never got a chance to test his Muay Thai and striking skills in a competitive setting, he eventually lost interest in this martial art. 

2.2. Exploring Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

In 2014, at the age of 21, Wallace Costa discovered Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu through his friends who compelled him to try out this gentle art. Consequently, he enrolled in the same local grappling club as his friends and began jiu-jitsu training under coach Manuel. Costa took an instant liking to grappling and earned his BJJ blue belt fairly quickly. Unfortunately, Manuel put the classes on hold as he was unable to cope with the demands of his hectic life. Though Costa appreciated his coach, he was too passionate to stop training. Consequently, he enrolled in another BJJ gym before finally joining an affiliate academy of Grappling Fight Team in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

2.3. Training at Grappling Fight Team 

At the Grappling Fight Team, Costa trained under Gabriel Marinho, who helped him hone his grappling skills to a greater degree, enabling Costa to win many important titles at colored belt levels. 

2.4. Losing to a Life-Threatening Infection

After many successful moments, Costa was all set to compete at the IBJJF World Championship in the purple belt division. Before this tournament, in 2019, Costa had earned a gold medal at the IBJJF Pan American Championship and a silver medal at the IBJJF European Open Championship. The IBJJF World was the next big thing for him. Being one of the most feared BJJ athletes at this point, Costa’s victory was nearly inevitable in the tournament. Unfortunately, the fierce grappler came down with a bacterial infection in his knee just five days before the main event. The infection spread into Costa’s bloodstream, leaving him in a life-threatening condition. Luckily, Costa won the battle for his survival, but he missed out on his chance to compete and win his second IBJJF World Champion title.

2.5. The Black Belt Promotion

The near-death experience only strengthened Costa, allowing him to train and compete with greater rigor. After his recovery, Costa won many competitions in his own weight class and absolute weight division. In October 2020, Costa was promoted to the black belt by his head coach, Gabriel Marinho.

3. Wallace Costa’s Historic Fights

3.1. Wallace Costa vs Leonardo Oliveira

In the 2021 Sul-Americano, Wallace Costa competed against Leonardo Oliveira. Both grapplers showcased excellent BJJ skills and tried to submit each other to secure their place in the next round of the tournament. After an intense bout, Costa succeeded in the fight by securing the most points.

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Stage Weight Class
2021 Sul-Americano Leonardo Oliveira Win Points ELIMINATOR Open

3.2. Wallace Costa vs Jacson Silva

In the 2022 IBJJF South American Championship final, Wallace Costa competed against Jacson Silva in the over 100 kg black belt division. Both athletes grappled to secure the championship title. However, Wallace Costa came out victorious and bagged a gold medal with a two-point lead.

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Stage Weight Class
2022 IBJJF South American Championship Jacson Silva Win Pts:2x0 F O100 kg

3.3. Wallace Costa vs Dimitrius Souza

In the 2021 IBJJF World Championship, Wallace Costa faced Dimitrius Souza in the black belt ABS division. After an intense fight, Wallace Costa won the match via referee decision. Although Costa lost in the quarterfinal ABS bout against Kaynan Duarte, this fight is still considered one of his best.

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Stage Weight Class
2021 IBJJF World Championship Dimitrius Souza Win Referee Decision 8F ABS

4. Wallace Costa’s Main Achievements

4.1. Wallace Costa’s National and International Achievements

Year Event Medal/Position Weight Class
2020 IBJJF South American Championship 1 Gold Medal Gold Medal Icon ABS
2020 UAEJJF Grand Slam 1 Gold Medal Gold Medal Icon 120 kg
2020 CBJJ World Championship 1 Gold Medal Gold Medal Icon ABS
2021 IBJJF South American Championship 1 Gold Medal Gold Medal Icon Ultra Heavyweight
2021 IBJJF South American Championship 1 Gold Medal Gold Medal Icon ABS
2022 IBJJF Pan Championship 1 Bronze Medal Bronze Medal Icon  ABS

4.2. Wallace Costa’s Black Belt Achievements

Year Event Position Belt
2020 IBJJF South American Championship 1st Black
2020 UAEJJF Grand Slam 1st   Black 
2020 CBJJ World Championship 1st  Black
2021 IBJJF South American Championship 1st  Black
2021 IBJJF South American Championship 1st  Black
2022 IBJJF Pan Championship 3rd  Black

4.3. Wallace Costa Main Achievements (Colored Belts)

Year Event Position Belt
2017 IBJJF World Championship 1st Blue
2017 IBJJF Brazilian Nationals 2nd Blue
2018 IBJJF World No-Gi Championship 1st Purple
2018 IBJJF Pan Championship 1st Purple
2018 IBJJF World Championship No-Gi 2nd Purple
2018 AJP Grand Slam, RJ 2nd Purple
2018 IBJJF Pan Championship 3rd Purple
2019 IBJJF Pan Championship 1st Purple
2019 IBJJF Pan Championship 3rd Purple
2019  IBJJF European Open 2nd Purple
2019 IBJJF European Open 3rd Purple
2019 IBJJF Brazilian Team Nationals 2nd Brown
2019 IBJJF South American Championship 1st Brown
2019 IBJJF AJP Grand Slam, RJ 1st Brown

5. Wallace Costa’s Professional Record Breakdown

123 Matches 88 Wins 35 Losses
By Points 53 21
By Advantage 2 2
By Submission 14 7
By Decision 14 5
By Penalty 2 0
By DQ 1 0
Other 2 00
Draw  00

5.1. Submission Methods W/L

Methods  14 Wins 07 Losses
Kimura 03 00
RNC 02 00
Amrbar 01 00
Choke from Back 01 03
Kneebar 01 01
Bread Cutter Choke 03 00
Verbal Tap 01 00
Cachecol Choke 01 00
Paper Cutter Choke 01 00
Triangle 00 01
Loop Choke 00 01
Guillotine 00 01

6. Wallace Costa’s BJJ Fight History

Opponent W/L Method Event Weight Stage Year
Raul Almeida W Pts: 4x2 Grand Slam RJ 120KG 8F 2020
Anderson Munis W Pts: 4x4, Pen Grand Slam RJ 120KG SF 2020
Igor Schneider W Pts: 7x0 Grand Slam RJ 120KG F 2020
Otavio Nalati W Injury Mundial CBJJE O100KG 4F 2020
Yatan Bueno L Pts: 12x2 Mundial CBJJE O100KG SF 2020
Rene Marques W Injury Mundial CBJJE ABS R1 2020
Rafael Paganini W Pts: 2x2, Pen Mundial CBJJE ABS 4F 2020
Hygor Brito W Referee Decision Mundial CBJJE ABS SF 2020
Yatan Bueno W Verbal tap Mundial CBJJE ABS F 2020
Wellington Marques W Pts: 3x0 South American ABS 8F 2020
Igor Schneider W Points South American ABS 4F 2020
Brenno Veloso W Points South American ABS SF 2020
Herico Hesley W Points South American O100KG 4F 2020
G. Lambertucci W Pts: 6x0 Guarapari Pro 120KG SF 2021
Dayvid Remedio W Referee Decision Guarapari Pro 120KG F 2021
Henrique Eyroff W Pts: 1x0 Brazil Nat. Pro 120KG 4F 2021
Henrique Marcos W Kimura Brazil Nat. Pro 120KG SF 2021
Dmitrii Vostrikov W Pts: 7x3 Grand Slam MSK 120KG RR 2021
Dmitrii Vostrikov W Armbar Grand Slam MSK 120KG RR 2021
Roosevelt Sousa L Pts: 10x0 Grand Slam AD 120KG 4F 2021
S. Varshavskiy W Pts: 2x0 Grand Slam AD 120KG RPC 2021
Paulo Pinto W Pts: 9x1 WP BR Qualifier 120KG R1 2021
Anderson Munis W Pts: 2x0 WP BR Qualifier 120KG 4F 2021
Joao Rocha L Pts: 2x1 WP BR Qualifier 120KG SF 2021
Leo Andrade W DQ SA Cont. Pro 120KG 4F 2021
Yatan Bueno L Pts: 2x0 SA Cont. Pro 120KG SF 2021
Anderson Munis W Referee Decision SA Cont. Pro 120KG 3RD 2021
Gabriel Costa L Choke from back SA Cont. Pro HWA 4F 2021
Thiago Andrade W Pts: 6x3 Gramado Pro 120KG SF 2021
Andre Rudolfo W Pts: 5x0 Gramado Pro 120KG F 2021
Marcus Ribeiro W Referee Decision Big Deal Pro 3 O100KG 4F 2021
Erberth Santos L Pts: 6x6, Adv Big Deal Pro 3 O100KG SF 2021
Otavio Serafim W Pts: 8x0 AJP RJ Pro 120KG 4F 2021
Dayvid Miranda W Pts: 5x2 AJP RJ Pro 120KG SF 2021
G. Lambertucci W Pts: 2x1 AJP RJ Pro 120KG F 2021
Gabriel Oliveira W Pts: 4x3 Sul Americano O100KG R1 2021
Leonardo Lemos W Pts: 2x0 Sul Americano O100KG 4F 2021
G. Lambertucci W Pts: 3x0 Sul Americano ABS 8F 2021
Leonardo Goncalves W Cachecol choke Sul Americano ABS 8F 2021
Jose Neto W Points Sul Americano ABS 4F 2021
Herico Hesley W Pts: 6x0 Sul Americano ABS SF 2021
Leonardo Lemos W Pts: 4x0 Sul Americano ABS F 2021
Herico Hesley L Pts: 4x1 Joao Pessoa Pro 120KG R1 2021
Felippe Duarte W Referee Decision Brasilia Pro 120KG 4F 2021
Felipe Gabriel W Pts: 2x1 Brasilia Pro 120KG SF 2021
Adson Lima W Pts: 2x0 Brasilia Pro 120KG F 2021
Leonardo Lemos W Pts: 4x0 Brasileiro O100KG 4F 2021
Yatan Bueno L Pts: 3x0 Brasileiro O100KG F 2021
Hygor Brito W Referee Decision Brasileiro ABS 8F 2021
Dimitrius Souza L Pts: 0x0, Adv Brasileiro ABS 4F 2021
Juan Bitterncourt W Pts: 11x0 Grand Slam RJ 120KG 4F 2021
Isaque Bahiense L Pts: 2x1 Grand Slam RJ 120KG SF 2021
G. Lambertucci W Pts: 2x1 BRA Qualifiers 120KG 4F 2021
Patrick Gaudio W Pts: 2x2 King Of Mats 120KG RR 2021
Fernando Tsushima W Pts: 2x0 King Of Mats 120KG RR 2021
Gabriel Henrique W Pts: 3x1 King Of Mats 120KG SF 2021
Roosevelt Sousa L Pts: 1x0 King Of Mats 120KG F 2021
Dimitrius Souza W Referee Decision World Champ. ABS 8F 2021
Kaynan Duarte L Guillotine World Champ. ABS 4F 2021
Victor Hugo L Triangle World Champ. O100KG 4F 2021
Marcelo Castro W Kimura Guarapari Pro 120KG SF 2022
Gabriel Fernandes W Referee Decision ADCC BR1 Trials O99KG R1 2022
Leandro Andrade L Referee Decision ADCC BR1 Trials O99KG 4F 2022
Everson Rocha W Pts: 3x2 Gramado Pro 120KG F 2022
Tacio Carneiro W Pts: 1x1 Grand Slam LDN 120KG 4F 2022
Igor Silva W Pts: 2x0 Grand Slam LDN 120KG SF 2022
Gutemberg Pereira W Pts: 2x2 Grand Slam LDN 120KG F 2022
Matheus Luna W Pts: 0x0, Adv Pan American ABS R2 2022
Fellipe Trovo W Pts: 5x2 Pan American ABS 4F 2022
Fellipe Andrew L Referee Decision Pan American ABS SF 2022
Roberto Abreu L Pts: 3x0 Pan American O100KG 4F 2022
Gabriel Danielski W Pts: 4x1 SA Cont. Pro 120KG 4F 2022
Henrique Eirof L Pts: 4x1 SA Cont. Pro 120KG SF 2022
H. Hennemann W Bread cutter choke SA Cont. Pro 120KG RPC 2022
Gabriel Danielski W Bread cutter choke SA Cont. Pro 120KG 3RD 2022
Wilson Canga W Bread cutter choke Grand Slam AD 120KG 4F 2022
Rodrigo Ribeiro W Pts: 5x3 Grand Slam AD 120KG SF 2022
Anton Sleznev L Pts: 2x0 Grand Slam AD 120KG F 2022
Igor Schneider W Pts: 6x5 World Champ. O100KG 4F 2022
Victor Hugo L Kneebar World Champ. O100KG SF 2022
Eric Bergmann W Pts: 3x0 World Champ. ABS 8F 2022
Nicholas Meregali L Loop choke World Champ. ABS 4F 2022
Marlon Godoy W Referee Decision Grand Slam RJ 120KG 8F 2022
Daniel Ribeiro W Choke from back Grand Slam RJ 120KG 4F 2022
Marcus Ribeiro L Pts: 1x0 Grand Slam RJ 120KG SF 2022
Herico Hesley W Pts: 4x2 Grand Slam RJ 120KG 3RD 2022
Bernardo Lopes W Referee Decision Brasileiro NoGi O97KG R1 2022
Hugo Cunha W Referee Decision Brasileiro NoGi O97KG 4F 2022
G. Lambertucci W Referee Decision Brasileiro NoGi O97KG SF 2022
Antonio Assef L N/A Brasileiro NoGi O97KG F 2022
Erick Diovano W RNC Brasileiro NoGi ABS 8F 2022
C. Negromonte W Pts: 2x0 Brasileiro NoGi ABS 4F 2022
Henrique Cardoso L Pts: 6x2 Brasileiro NoGi ABS SF 2022
Helder Jr W Pts: 3x0 AJP SA Team 120KG RR 2022
Romario Silva W RNC AJP SA Team 120KG RR 2022
Breno Silva W Pts: 3x0 AJP SA Team 120KG F 2022
Vinicius Trator W Pts: 1x0 Grand Slam MIA 120KG SF 2022
Roosevelt Sousa L Pts: 1x0 Grand Slam MIA 120KG F 2022
Felippe Duarte W Pts: 3x0 North BRA Pro 120KG F 2022
Dayvid Remedio W Paper cutter choke South American O100KG 4F 2022
Jacson Silva W Pts: 2x0 South American O100KG F 2022
Jacson Silva L Referee Decision South American ABS 4F 2022
Justin Primrose L Referee Decision World Pro 120KG RR 2022
Yatan Bueno L Pts: 4x0 World Pro 120KG RR 2022
Pedro Machado L Choke from back European Open ABS R1 2023
Cleyton Flores L Pts: 2x0 European Open O100KG 4F 2023
Luis Oliveira L Referee Decision Grand Slam RJ 120KG R1 2023
Mikhail Pankov W N/A Rio Open O100KG SF 2023
Breno Babilonia W Pts: 3x0 Rio Open ABS 4F 2023
Julian Stonjek W Pts: 8x0 Rio Open ABS SF 2023
Joao Victor W Kneebar SP BJJ Pro O100KG R1 2023
Marcus Ribeiro L Choke from back SP BJJ Pro O100KG SF 2023
R. Evangelista W Pts: 2x2 ADGS Miami 120KG 4F 2023
Roosevelt Sousa L Pts: 2x1 ADGS Miami 120KG SF 2023
Yatan Bueno L Pts: 3x0 ADGS Miami 120KG RPC 2023
Leonardo Andrade W Referee Decision Sul Am. No-Gi O97 KG 4F 2023
Sean Goolsby W Advantage Sul Am. No-Gi O97 KG SF 2023
Leonardo Mayworm W Kimura Sul Am. No-Gi ABS R1 2023
Darlan Casaca W Pts: 5x0 Sul Am. No-Gi ABS 4F 2023
Gabriel Brod W Referee Decision Sul Am. No-Gi ABS SF 2023
Diego Cardoso W Pts: 2x0 Rio BJJ Pro ABS R1 2023
Pedro Lucas L Pts: 3x0 Rio BJJ Pro ABS 4F 2023
Matheus Felipe L Pts: 4x3 ADWP Qualifier 120KG 4F 2023

7. Top Fight Links

Kaynan Duarte v Wallace Costa / World Championship 2021

Wallace Costa (GFTeam) x Leo Lemos Faixa preta pesadíssimo Semifinal Camp Brasileiro CBJJ 2021

Wallace Costa (GFTeam) X Yatan Bueno (Dream Art) Final Adulto preta pesadíssimo Camp Bras CBJJ 2021

Photo Credit: @wallacecostajj

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