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Tommy Langaker - Best Middleweight BJJ Competitor

Tommy Langaker - Best Middleweight BJJ Competitor

1. Tommy Langaker’s Details

Tommy Langaker’s Details
Name Tommy Lilleskog Langaker
Nickname N/A
Born Haugesund, Norway
Date of Birth 8 February 1994
Weight 82.30 kg/181.5 lbs
Weight Division Peso Medio
Last Weigh-in N/A
Height 5’10’’
Fighting Style Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Disclosed Career Earnings $0
College N/A
Rank Black Belt
Head Coach José Carlos
Last Fight N/A
Favorite Technique Keylock Master, Crab-Ride & Berimbolo
Lineage  Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Carlson Gracie > André Pederneiras > Jair Lourenço > José Carlos > Tommy Langaker
Fighting out of Haugesund, Norway
Team Association Kimura/Nova Uniao
Wulfing Academy
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2. Tommy Langaker’s Biography

Langaker was born in Haugesund City, Norway, on February 8, 1994. Langaker is the best middleweight BJJ competitor, who has won various international championships in his weight division. Langaker started his BJJ career in his hometown in Norway, then traveled around the world to compete in international championships. He later moved back to Norway to continue his BJJ journey in his hometown.  

2.1. Early Life

Langaker grew up in Haugesund, Norway. Being a Scandinavian child, he was familiar with Japanese Jiu-Jitsu from childhood.

2.2. Introduction to Jujutsu

At the age of 11, Langaker started his martial arts journey with Japanese Jiu-Jitsu. In the early 2000s, traditional Jiu-Jitsu was a very famous combat sport in Scandinavia. After Langaker discovered the sport, he developed an instant liking for it and trained extensively for almost six years.

2.3. Introduction to BJJ

At the age of 17, Langaker’s friend, who already trained in BJJ,  introduced him to the gentle art. At that time, Langaker was fed up with the traditional Jiu-Jitsu and wanted to experience something new. The invitation to try out BJJ came at just the right time. He finally got the opportunity to practice a martial art that he enjoyed and could prosper in. After taking his first class in BJJ, he immediately felt a strong connection with the sport.

2.4. First Instructor

Langaker began his BJJ career with Luis Alberto Armas, a Peru National, and a BJJ purple belt at that time. He had an affiliation with Luiz Guigo, and even though he wasn’t a brown or a black belt, he still managed to leave a lasting imprint on Langaker’s competitive journey. 

2.5. Traveling to Compete in International Events

After starting his competitive journey, Langaker began to travel the world to compete in prestigious events. Langaker made a like-minded and good friend named Espan Mathiesen during his travels. Mathiesen was also a Norwegian grappler and later played a pivotal role in Langaker’s black belt journey.

2.6. Joined Arts of Jiu-Jitsu Academy

As Langaker and Mathiesen shared the same interest in BJJ, they decided to go to the United States at the end of 2014 to continue their jiu-jitsu journey. After moving to California, they decided to join the Art Of Jiu-Jitsu (AOJ) Academy. Affiliation with this academy enhanced Langaker’s goals further, and he resolved to be a professional grappler, working to finance his BJJ training and cover his other expenses.   

2.7. Promotion to Brown Belt

In 2015, Langaker got promoted to the brown belt by Mendes Brothers. He competed in various IBJJF tournaments as a brown belt and won gold medals in the IBJJF Pan Championship and IBJJF European Open Championship.

2.8. Part-Time Carpenter

Langaker also worked as a part-time carpenter to meet his expenses and pay bills. However, by 2015, he decided to leave this job and focus all of his energies and time on his BJJ professional career.

2.9. Joined Kimura/Nova Uniao

After being promoted to the brown belt level, Langaker moved back to his hometown in Norway, as he wanted a promising future for his grappling career. After moving to Norway, he joined Kimura/Nova Uniao, one of the best BJJ teams in Europe, under the instructorship of Jose Carlos. 

2.10. Promotion to Black Belt

In June 2017, Jose Carlos promoted Lanagaker to the black belt level. As a black belt, Langaker competed in various international BJJ championships and won medals in his weight division. Langaker’s most notable achievement as a black belt was his remarkable victory at the IBJJF European Open.

2.11. ONE Fight Champion

Langaker decided to fight at the ONE championship after becoming a successful grappler. In August 2022, Langker fought and won for the first time in the ONE championship, defeating Renato Canuto. After that victory, Langaker competed again in February 2023, challenging a formidable grappler, Uali Kurzhev, and winning with a heel hook submission. In June 2023, Langaker challenged an unbeatable grappler, Kade Ruotolo, in the ONE Fight Night 11. Unfortunately, Langaker lost the bout to Kade Ruotolo.

2.12. Wulfing Academy

In 2020,  Langaker, and his BJJ partners Espen Mathiesen, Vegard Randeberg, and Kenneth Vikse,  founded an online martial arts academy in Norway. The academy offers instructional videos in Muay Thai, Jiu-Jitsu, and Wrestling. Langaker is a head instructor at Wulfing Academy. 

3. Tommy Langaker’s Historic Fights

3.1. Tommy Langaker vs. Jaime Canuto

Langaker faced Jaime Canuto at the 2021 IBJJF World Championship in the black belt middleweight division. After just two minutes of the fight, Langaker defeated Canuto with an excellent triangle technique and won the match.

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Stage Weight Class
2021 IBJJF World Championship Jaime Canuto Win Triangle 4F Middleweight

3.2. Tommy Langaker vs. Ronaldo Junior

Tommy Langaker competed with Ronaldo Junior at the 2020 IBJJF European Championship in the black belt middleweight division. After a quick and competitive match, Langaker defeated Ronaldo Junior and won the fight using his excellent triangle technique.

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Stage Weight Class
2020 IBJJF European Championship Ronaldo Junior Win Triangle SF Middleweight

3.3. Tommy Langaker vs. Tarik Hopstock

Tommy Langaker faced Tarik Hopstock at the 2022 IBJJF World Championship in the black belt middleweight division. Langaker scored the first two points by escaping Hopstock’s choke technique. Then Hopstock scored two points by taking down Langaker using leg entanglement. However, immediately after that, Lanagker reversed Hopstock’s technique and scored two points. Hopstock scored another two points using the leg-lock position and taking down Langaker. Finally, Langaker scored another four points with the takedown technique and won the match.

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Stage Weight Class
2022 IBJJF World Championship Tarik Hopstock Win Pts: 8x4 4F Middleweight

4. Tommy Langaker’s Main Achievements

4.1. Tommy Langaker’s International Achievements

Year Event Medal/Position Weight Division
2014 IBJJF World Championship 1 Bronze Bronze Medal Icon Middleweight
2015 IBJJF Las Vegas Open 1 Gold Gold Medal Icon Middleweight
2015 IBJJF World Championship 1 Silver Silver Medal Icon Middleweight
2016 IBJJF World Championship 1 Bronze Bronze Medal Icon Middleweight
2016 AJP Abu Dhabi World Pro 1 Bronze Bronze Medal Icon Middleweight
2017 IBJJF Pans Champion 1 Gold Gold Medal Icon Middleweight
2017 IBJJF Paris International Open 1 Gold Gold Medal Icon Middleweight
2017 IBJJF European Open 1 Gold Gold Medal Icon Middleweight
2017 SWOP Swedish Open 1 Gold Gold Medal Icon Middleweight
2017 IBJJF European Open 1 Silver Silver Medal Icon Middleweight
2018 IBJJF World Championship 1 Silver Silver Medal Icon Middleweight
2018 IBJJF Pan Championship 1 Silver Silver Medal Icon Middleweight
2018 IBJJF European Open 1 Bronze Bronze Medal Icon Middleweight
2019 SWOP Swedish Open 1 Gold Gold Medal Icon Middleweight
2019 Copa Podio Grand Prix 1 Gold Gold Medal Icon Middleweight
2019 AJP Abu Dhabi Pro 1 Gold Gold Medal Icon Middleweight
2019 IBJJF European Open 1 Silver Silver Medal Icon Middleweight
2020 AJP Grand Slam AD 1 Gold Gold Medal Icon Middleweight
2020 IBJJF European Open 1 Gold Gold Medal Icon Middleweight
2021 AJP Abu Dhabi World Pro 1 Silver Silver Medal Icon Middleweight
2021 IBJJF World Championship 1 Bronze Bronze Medal Icon Middleweight
2022 IBJJF European Open 1 Silver Silver Medal Icon Middleweight

4.2. Tommy Langaker’s Black Belt Achievements

Year Event Position Weight Division
2017 SWOP Swedish Open 1st Middleweight
2017 IBJJF Paris International Open 1st Middleweight
2017 IBJJF Paris International Open 2nd Open Class
2018 IBJJF European International Open 3rd Open Class
2018 IBJJF Pan Championship 3rd Open Class
2018 IBJJF World Championship 2nd Middleweight
2019 Copa Podio Grand Prix 1st Middleweight
2019 AJP Abu Dhabi Pro 1st Middleweight
2019 SWOP Swedish Open 1st Middleweight
2019 IBJJF European Open 2nd Middleweight
2020 IBJJF European Open 1st Middleweight
2020 AJP Grand Slam AD 1st Middleweight
2021 AJP Abu Dhabi World Pro 2nd Middleweight
2021 IBJJF World Championship 3rd Open Class
2022 IBJJF European Open 2nd Middleweight

4.3. Tommy Langaker’s Colored Belt Achievements

Year Event Belt Position
2014 IBJJF World Championship Blue 3rd
2015  IBJJF Las Vegas Open Purple 1st
2015 IBJJF World Championship Purple 2nd
2016 IBJJF World Championship Brown 3rd
2016 AJP Abu Dhabi World Pro Brown 3rd
2017 IBJJF Pans Champion Brown 1st
2017 IBJJF European Open Brown 1st
2017 IBJJF European Open Brown 2nd

5. Tommy Langaker’s Professional Record Breakdown

5.1. Tommy Langaker’s Win/Loss Record

157 Matches Wins 30 Losses
By Points 32 16
By Advantages 7 1
By Submission 80 11
By Decision 4 2
By Penalties 1 0
Others 1 1
Draw 01

5.2. Methods of Submission

Methods 80 Wins 11 Losses
Choke from Back 23 3
RNC 8 0
Armbar 5 1
Triangle Armbar 4 0
Cross Choke 2 0
Toe Hold 1 0
Bow and Arrow 1 0
Basebal Choke 1 0
Darce Choke 1 0
Guillotine 2 0
Triangle 14 1
Choke 7 0
Submission 4 1
Loop Choke 2 0
Tarikoplata 1 0
Inside Heel Hook 1 0
Armlock 1 0
Botinha 1 0
Kimura 1 0
Katagatame 0 1
North South Choke 0 2
Triangle Armlock 0 1
50/50 Armbar 0 1

6. Tommy Langaker’s Fight History

Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
DJ Jackson L Points Copa Podio 88 kg RR 2017
F. Andrew L Triangle Copa Podio 88 kg RR 2017
Kywan Gracie W Cross choke Copa Podio 88 kg RR 2017
Hugo Marques W Pts: 2x2, Adv Copa Podio 88 kg RR 2017
T. Hopstock W Pts: 8x0 Elite BJJ ABS SPF 2017
Max Lindblad W Pts: 2x0 Swedish Open 82 kg F 2017
Joachim Svenson W Triangle Swedish Open ABS R1 2017
Alex Wennergren W Triangle Swedish Open ABS 4F 2017
B. Matias W Toe hold Swedish Open ABS SF 2017
Alec Baulding W Triangle Swedish Open ABS F 2017
Mateja Valjerevic W Choke from back Paris Open 82 kg 4F 2017
Gareth Neale W Submission Paris Open 82 kg SF 2017
Oliver Geddes W Choke from back Paris Open 82 kg F 2017
Nicolas Panzer W Choke from back Paris Open ABS SF 2017
Jackson Sousa L Points Paris Open ABS F 2017
Ricardo Rocha W RNC European Open ABS R1 2018
Erberth Santos W Triangle armbar European Open ABS 8F 2018
Renato Canuto W Triangle armbar European Open ABS 4F 2018
Lucas Barbosa L North-south choke European Open ABS SF 2018
Santeri Lilius W RNC European Open 82 kg R2 2018
Marcos Tinoco L North-south choke European Open 82 kg 4F 2018
Alec Baulding W Adv London WO 82 kg F 2018
S. Varshavskiy W Triangle London WO ABS RR 2018
Alec Baulding W Adv London WO ABS F 2018
Otavio Nalati W Pts: 0x0, Adv Pan American ABS R2 2018
Renato Cardoso W Pts: 4x2 Pan American ABS 4F 2018
Gutemberg Pereira L Choke from back Pan American ABS SF 2018
Dante Leon W Pts: 2x0 Pan American 82 kg 8F 2018
Luca Caracciolo W Choke from back Torino Challenge ABS 4F 2018
Eldar Rafigaev W Pts: 15x0 Torino Challenge ABS SF 2018
C. Negromonte L Submission Torino Challenge ABS F 2018
C. Negromonte L Pts: 4x2 Torino Challenge 88 kg SF 2018
Max Lindblad W Triangle armbar World Champ. 82 kg R2 2018
Gabriel Procopio W Choke World Champ. 82 kg 8F 2018
Gabriel Arges W DQ World Champ. 82 kg 4F 2018
Marcos Tinoco W Choke from back World Champ. 82 kg SF 2018
Isaque Bahiense L Pts: 2x0 World Champ. 82 kg F 2018
V. Hugo L Triangle armlock Spider Inv. 4F 76 kg SPF 2018
Kit Dale L Points Nordic ADCC 88 kg SPF 2018
Ville Heikkonen W Triangle Copenhagen Open 82 kg SF 2018
Lars Friberg W Choke from back Copenhagen Open 82 kg F 2018
Unknown W Choke from back Copenhagen Open ABS 4F 2018
Christian Dellevag W Choke from back Copenhagen Open ABS SF 2018
Alec Baulding W Pts: 4x2 Copenhagen Open ABS F 2018
Adam Wardzinski L Katagatame UKBJJA Open ABS F 2018
Adriano Araujo L Pts: 2x0 Grand Slam AD 77 kg R1 2019
Christian Dellevag W Bow and arrow European Open 82 kg R1 2019
Leonardo Lara W Choke from back European Open 82 kg 4F 2019
Michael Liera W Armlock European Open 82 kg SF 2019
Isaque Bahiense L Pts: 4x2 European Open 82 kg F 2019
Diego Pato W RNC Copa Podio 77 kg RR 2019
P. Rocha W Pts: 4x2 Copa Podio 77 kg RR 2019
Alef Brito L 50/50 armbar Copa Podio 77 kg RR 2019
Ygor Rodrigues W Choke from back Copa Podio 77 kg SF 2019
Tarik Hopstock W Choke from back Copa Podio 77 kg F 2019
Sebastian Brosche W Choke from back Polaris 9 85 kg SPF 2019
Kristian Mae W RNC Finnish Open 82 kg R1 2019
Jarmo Petajajarvi W Choke Finnish Open 82 kg 4F 2019
Mathias Ribeiro W Choke Finnish Open 82 kg SF 2019
Max Lindblad W Pts: 6x6, Adv Finnish Open 82 kg F 2019
Mikko Gunnar W Triangle Finnish Open ABS R3 2019
Aleksandr Keinanen W Choke Finnish Open ABS R2 2019
Severi Nenonen W Choke from back Finnish Open ABS 4F 2019
Cemil Karahan W Armbar Finnish Open ABS SF 2019
Aleksi Ruuskanen W Choke Finnish Open ABS F 2019
Christian Dellevag W Pts: 6x0 World Pro 77 kg R2 2019
Diego Ramalho W Pts: 4x0 World Pro 77 kg 4F 2019
Guilherme Rocha W Pts: 0x0, Adv World Pro 77 kg SF 2019
Oliver Lovell W Choke from back World Pro 77 kg F 2019
Brian Beaury W Basebal choke World Champ. 82 kg R1 2019
Michael Liera L Pts: 4x2 World Champ. 82 kg R2 2019
Marcos Tinoco W Referee Decision Polaris 11 85 kg SPF 2019
Diego Ramalho W Armbar King Of Mats 85 kg RR 2019
Gustavo Batista L Pts: 0x0, Adv King Of Mats 85 kg RR 2019
Marcos Tinoco L Referee Decision King Of Mats 85 kg RR 2019
Erik Friberg W Triangle armbar Swedish Open 82 kg SF 2019
Max Lindblad W Botinha Swedish Open 82 kg F 2019
Mike Wall W Darce choke Swedish Open ABS 4F 2019
Aaron Bjarnasson W Choke Swedish Open ABS SF 2019
Italo Moura W Pts: 4x4, Adv Swedish Open ABS F 2019
Gilbert Burns W Referee Decision Polaris 12 80 kg SPF 2019
Natan Chueng W Triangle Grand Slam AD 77 kg 4F 2020
Matheus Ferreira W Kimura Grand Slam AD 77 kg SF 2020
Diego Ramalho W Armbar Grand Slam AD 77 kg F 2020
Oliver Lovell W Pts: 17x10 European Open 82 kg R1 2020
Mathias Luna W Pts: 6x6, Pen European Open 82 kg 4F 2020
Ronaldo Junior W Triangle European Open 82 kg SF 2020
Pedro Ramalho W Choke from back European Open 82 kg F 2020
Marcos Nardini W Triangle Polaris Squads 2 ABS RR 2020
Bryn Jenkins W Armbar Polaris Squads 2 ABS RR 2020
Sam Gibson W Cross choke Polaris Squads 2 ABS RR 2020
Bradley Hill D --- Polaris Squads 2 ABS RR 2020
Javier Nunez W Choke Grand Slam AD 85 kg R1 2021
Isaque Bahiense L Pts: 2x2 Grand Slam AD 85 kg 4F 2021
Javier Valenciano W Armbar Grand Slam AD 85 kg RPC 2021
Wellington Luis W Pts: 2x2 Grand Slam AD 85 kg RPC 2021
Mathias Luna W Pts: 5x4 Grand Slam AD 85 kg 3RD 2021
Lionel Bareiro W Triangle World Pro 85 kg 4F 2021
Nathan Santos W Choke from back World Pro 85 kg SF 2021
Isaque Bahiense L Pts: 1x1 World Pro 85 kg F 2021
Paweł Murias W Choke from back Puchar Polski ABS 4F 2021
Mateusz Topor W Triangle Puchar Polski ABS SF 2021
Bartosz Zawadzki W Triangle Puchar Polski ABS F 2021
Dariusz Gomuła W Choke from back Puchar Polski 94 kg 4F 2021
Paweł Murias W Choke from back Puchar Polski 94 kg SF 2021
M. Tomaszewski W Pts: 21x0 Puchar Polski 94 kg F 2021
Ellis Younger W Submission Warriors Cup 88 kg RR 2021
Bader Khuzai W Submission Warriors Cup 88 kg RR 2021
Bader Khuzai W Submission Warriors Cup 88 kg RR 2021
Oscar Gugala W Pts: 2x0 Warriors Cup 88 kg RR 2021
Ellis Younger W Pts: 4x0 Warriors Cup 88 kg RR 2021
Sebastian Rodriguez W Pts: 2x0 Warriors Cup 88 kg RR 2021
Ramiz Yakhiyaev W Pts: 1x0 World Pro 85 kg R1 2021
Lionel Bareiro W Pts: 5x0 World Pro 85 kg 4F 2021
William Dias L DQ World Pro 85 kg SF 2021
Fausto Godoy W Choke from back World Pro 85 kg RPC 2021
Lucas Gualberto L Pts: 2x2 World Pro 85 kg 3RD 2021
Igor Tanabe L Choke from back Polaris 18 90 kg SPF 2021
Mathias Luna W Pts: 2x0 World Champ. 82 kg 8F 2021
Jaime Canuto W Triangle World Champ. 82 kg 4F 2021
Tainan Dalpra L Choke from back World Champ. 82 kg SF 2021
Adrian Kozciz W Choke from back European Open 82 kg R1 2022
Oscar Gugala W Pts: 6x0 European Open 82 kg 4F 2022
Fabio Pititto W Choke from back European Open 82 kg SF 2022
Tainan Dalpra L Armbar European Open 82 kg F 2022
Nathan Mendelsohn W Choke from back King of Mats 85 kg RR 2022
Natan Chueng W Pts: 1x0 King of Mats 85 kg RR 2022
Lucas Gualberto W Pts: 3x0 King of Mats 85 kg SF 2022
Uanderson Ferreira L Pts: 1x1 King of Mats 85 kg F 2022
Szilard Sule W Referee Decision Grand Slam LDN 85 kg 8F 2022
Bradley Hill W Pts: 3x2 Grand Slam LDN 85 kg 4F 2022
Alex Munis W Loop choke Grand Slam LDN 85 kg SF 2022
Uanderson Ferreira W Pts: 2x2 Grand Slam LDN 85 kg F 2022
Oscar Gugala W Loop choke Dublin Open 82 kg SF 2022
Fausto Godoy W Points Dublin Open ABS R1 2022
Lucasz Michalec L N/A Dublin Open ABS 4F 2022
Ellis Younger W Points Dublin NGO 79 kg SF 2022
Jakub Najdek W RNC Dublin NGO 79 kg F 2022
N. Abdulkareem W RNC ADCC EU Trials 77 kg R1 2022
Martin McClenaghan W Guillotine ADCC EU Trials 77 kg R2 2022
Tyrone Quinn W Triangle ADCC EU Trials 77 kg R3 2022
Bartosz Lukaszewicz W Pts: 6x0 ADCC EU Trials 77 kg 8F 2022
Thomas Barry W Pts: 3x0 ADCC EU Trials 77 kg 4F 2022
Ross Nicholls W Pts: 6x0 ADCC EU Trials 77 kg SF 2022
Mateusz Szczecinski W RNC ADCC EU Trials 77 kg F 2022
Yan Lucas W Tarikoplata World Champ. 82 kg 8F 2022
Tarik Hopstock W Pts: 8x4 World Champ. 82 kg 4F 2022
Andy Murasaki L Pts: 2x0 World Champ. 82 kg SF 2022
Renato Canuto W Referee Decision One FC 77 kg SPF 2022
PJ Barch L Pts: 3x0 ADCC 77 kg R1 2022
Uli Kurzhev W Inside heel hook One FC 77 kg SPF 2023
Kade Ruotolo L Referee Decision One FC 77 kg SPF 2023

7. Top Fight Links

Andy Murasaki v Tommy Langaker / World Championship 2022

Gilbert Burns | Free Full Match

Isaque Bahiense vs Tommy Langaker / World Championship 2018

RAZOR-CLOSE Grappling Showdown 🔥 Kade Ruotolo vs. Tommy Langaker

Photo Credit: @langakerbjj

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