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Victor Estima - 4th-Degree BJJ Black Belt

Victor Estima - 4th-Degree BJJ Black Belt

1. Victor Estima’s Details

Name Victor de Oliveira Estima
Nickname N/A
Born Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil
Date of Birth 08 January 1985
Nationality Brazilian
College/University N/A
Age 38 Years
Last Fight Compnet UK National Championship 2022
Last Weigh In 86 Kg/189 lbs
Weight Class Peso Medio (82 Kg/181 lbs)
Weight 82 Kg/181 lbs
Height 5’11’’
Career Disclosed Earning Approximately $1 - $5 Million
Fighting out of Brazil
Foundational Style Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Favorite Technique Estima Lock, Inverted Triangle
Rank 4th-Degree BJJ Black Belt
Awarded by Carlos Gracie Junior
Head Coach Carlos Gracie Junior
Lineage Carlos Gracie Senior -> Helio Gracie -> Carlos Gracie Junior -> Victor Estima
Team Association Gracie Barra

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2. Victor Estima’s Biography

Victor Estima is a 4th-degree BJJ Black Belt under Carlos Gracie Junior. His first instructor was Ze Radiola. Victor Estima is known as one of the greatest middleweight fighters in the history of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He is famous for creating a new BJJ technique, Estima Lock.

2.1. Victor Estima’s Early Life

Victor Estima was born on 8th January 1985 in Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil.

2.2. Victor Estima & Judo

Victor was not an athletic child. He himself had no interest in martial arts when he was a child. His brother, Braulio Estima used to train in Judo. Victor was 8 years old when he started training in martial arts only because of his brother. At that time, Braulio Estima was 13 years old.

2.3. Started Training BJJ

When Braulio left Judo, Victor followed his brother and did the same. Victor started training in BJJ along with his brother when he was 12 years old. It was only because of his brother because Victor had no interest in combat sports.

2.4. Lost Interest in BJJ

When Victor joined a BJJ academy, he trained under Charles de Anjos for a short period. It was because there was no 12-year-old who could train with Victor. All the students at the academy were adults so Victor had to train with them.


Due to having no partner to roll with, Victor lost interest in BJJ. He stopped training in BJJ but was never apart from the BJJ community. He used to support and praise his brother, Braulio Estima, in his competitions. He was always beside his brother. He used to go with Braulio and watch him compete.


This was the reason that Vicor could never isolate himself from BJJ.

2.5. Trained Under Ze Radiola

After taking a long break, Victor returned to BJJ. It was not a break for him as he never thought that he would return to BJJ. But being close to BJJ all those years kept his native fighting spirit alive and he came back stronger. He wanted to make his name in BJJ. And with that spirit, he returned to his old academy to train under Charles de Anjos.


Unfortunately, Charles de Anjos had left the academy and Ze Radiola was the head instructor there. Victor continued training under Radiola. Despite being off the mats for a long time, Victor was well aware of BJJ techniques. It did not take him long to amaze Radiola with his skills.


It was also the result of his impressive observation skills. As he had watched his brother compete, he knew a lot about grappling techniques.

2.6. Victor Estima’s Spectacular Performance in BJJ Competitions

Victor’s spectacular performance in the gym led him to BJJ competitions. He used to defeat adult BJJ fighters while still being a teenager. In an interview with Martialedge, Victor Estima claimed that he never ever lost a match in Pernambuco. The Estima brothers displayed outstanding grappling skills that many fighters of their age lacked. This is what made them exceptional fighters.

2.7. Agitation With Kron Gracie

In 2012, Victor Estima had a fight with Kron Gracie. After winning the match, Victor gestured a rocking baby to Kron. It resulted in bad blood between the two fighters. Later on, when there was a rematch between the two, Kron Gracie won and reciprocated the gesture.


But still, the rivalry continued. During Ultimate Fighting Championship 158, it was way too evident.

3. Victor Estima’s Pro BJJ Combats

3.1. Moved to the United Kingdom

Victor followed his brother, Braulio Estima, to England. His brother had moved to England when Victor was only a Purple Belt. Braulio always had a positive effect on Victor. Braulio was the one who introduced BJJ to Victor. So it was natural for Victor to look up to his brother whenever he needed guidance.

3.2. Promoted to Black Belt

Victor Estima was promoted to Black Belt by Carlos Gracie Junior in 2006. And it was Victor’s sheer hard work and determination that led him to this achievement. Along with Victor’s own efforts, it was his brother’s hand in all of this. As mentioned earlier, Braulio was the driving force behind Victor’s breathtaking fighting style.

3.3. Partnered with Gracie Barra Midlands

As Braulio had moved to England, Victor used to travel there a lot. Finally, he settled in the United Kingdom. Braulio Estima opened Gracie Barra Midlands and invited his brother, Victor Estima, to work as an instructor.

3.4. Victor Estima With Team Rough House

Victor Estima trained MMA fighters while staying in the UK. He worked with the famous team, “Team Rough House”.

3.5. Participation At ADCC Championship

Victor was not scheduled to compete at the ADCC Championship in 2011, but a last-minute decision took him to compete. He did not win the championship but won the hearts of the BJJ community.

3.6. World No-Gi Champion

Victor competed in the World No-Gi Championship just a month after ADCC. He not only came first but also earned a Gold medal.

3.7. IBJJF European Championship

In 2012, Victor competed in the IBJJF European Championship and won Gold in the adult middleweight division.

4. Estima Lock By Estima Brothers

Estima Lock is one of the strongest techniques in BJJ. It is also known as the deadliest move in BJJ. Estima lock is actually a foot lock that is extremely painful. Its grasp resembles a Rear Naked Choke. This technique was developed by Braulio and Victor Estima back in 2009. Victor had some problems with an inverted guard whenever his brother applied it in the sparring sessions. He tried to bring a change in foot lock with his brother and as a result, Estima Lock was developed.

“Before the Rio Open 2009, I didn't really believe in foot locks, it wasn’t until after the Rio Open when I was submitted by Ralph Abi Rihan with a foot lock that I began to use in my training sessions”.

(Victor Estima)

5. Victor Estima - Founder of Gracie Barra Nottingham

Victor Estima is the founder of Gracie Barra Nottingham. He is the head coach at Gracie Barra. He is also the head of Gracie Barra UK.

6. Victor Estima’s Historic Fights

6.1. Victor Estima Vs. Matthew Jubera

Matthew Jubera or Matt Jubera is a 3rd-degree BJJ Black Belt. He has an aggressive fighting style. At the start of the fight, Matt lunged at Victor with his fierce leg attacks. Victor, being a skillful fighter, quickly dominated the fight and submitted Matt via Triangle Choke in only 3 minutes and 5 seconds.


Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Stage Weight Class Location
2014 IBJJF World Championship Matthew Jubera Win Submission By Triangle Choke RDS 82 Kg Long Beach, California

6.2. Victor Estima Vs. Mike Fowler

Mike Fowler is a BJJ Black Belt under Lloyd Irvin. He is famous for his half-guard technique. Victor tried to go for the Estima Lock but Mike was aware of his fighting techniques. So Mike nullified every possibility of the attempt. Despite Mike’s every attempt to dominate the match, he couldn’t do so. Victor submitted Mike via Triangle Choke in only 2 minutes and 25 seconds.


Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Stage Weight Class Location
2008 IBJJF World Championship Mike Fowler Win Submission By Triangle Choke Quarter Final 82 Kg Long Beach, California

6.3. Victor Estima Vs. Clark Gracie

Clark Gracie is a BJJ Black Belt under Carley Gracie. He is the descendant of the Gracie family. He was hyperactive throughout the fight. On the other hand, Victor Estima was calm and focused. Victor Estima had tight grips on Clark which is why Clark was not successful in his submission attacks. Victor Estima submitted Clark Gracie via the Estima Lock in just 3 minutes and 18 seconds.


Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Stage Weight Class Location
2012 British Open Clark Gracie Win Submission By Estima Lock Final 82 Kg Birmingham, UK

7. Victor Estima’s Championships

Year Event Belt Position
2009 UAEJJF Abu Dhabi World Pro Black 2nd
2015 UAEJJF Abu Dhabi World Pro Black 2nd
2008 IBJJF World Championship Black 3rd
2009 IBJJF World Championship Black 3rd
2013 IBJJF World Championship Black 3rd
2014 IBJJF World Championship Black 3rd

7.1. Record and Medals

4 Times State Champion

Year Event Belt Medal
2002 World Mundials Blue Bronze Bronze Medal Icon
2003 World Mundials Blue Silver Silver Medal Icon
2005 World Mundials Purple Silver Silver Medal Icon
2006 Pan Ams Brown Silver Silver Medal Icon
2008 IBJJF European Championship Black Bronze Bronze Medal Icon
2008 IBJJF European Championship Black Bronze Bronze Medal Icon
2008 World Mundials Black Bronze Bronze Medal Icon
2009 World Pro Black Silver Silver Medal Icon
2010 World Mundials No-Gi Black Bronze Bronze Medal Icon
2011 IBJJF European Championship Black Bronze Bronze Medal Icon
2011 World Mundials No-Gi Black Gold Gold Medal Icon
2012 IBJJF European Championship Black Gold Gold Medal Icon
2012 Pan Ams Black Silver Silver Medal Icon
2012 British Open Black Gold Gold Medal Icon
2012 World Mundials Black Bronze Bronze Medal Icon
2013 IBJJF Pro League Black Gold Gold Medal Icon
2013 British Open Black Gold Gold Medal Icon
2013 British Open Black Gold Gold Medal Icon
2013 World Pro Black Silver Silver Medal Icon
2013 World Mundials Black Bronze Bronze Medal Icon
2014 World Pro Black Silver Silver Medal Icon
2014 World Mundials Black Bronze Bronze Medal Icon
2015 World Pro Black Silver Silver Medal Icon
2015 World Mundials Black Bronze Bronze Medal Icon
2016 IBJJF British Nationals Black Gold Gold Medal Icon
2016 IBJJF British Nationals Black Gold Gold Medal Icon
2022 Compnet UK National Championship Black Gold Gold Medal Icon
2022 Compnet UK National Championship Black Gold Gold Medal Icon

8. Victor Estima’s Main Achievements

8.1. Gi Tournaments

Year Event Weight Class Position
2012 IBJJF European Open Middle Heavyweight 1st
2008 IBJJF European Open Absolute 3rd
2011 IBJJF European Open Middle Heavyweight 3rd
2009 IBJJF World Championship Middle Heavyweight 3rd
2013 IBJJF World Championship Middle Heavyweight 3rd
2014 IBJJF World Championship Middle Heavyweight 3rd

8.2. No-Gi Tournaments

Year Event Weight Class Position
2011 IBJJF World Championship No-Gi Middle Heavyweight 1st

9. Victor Estima’s Main Achievements (Belts)

Year Event Belt Position
2003 IBJJF World Championship Blue 2nd
2005 IBJJF World Championship Purple 2nd

10. Victor Estima’s Professional Record Breakdown

79 Matches 49 Wins 28 Losses
By Submissions 33 7
By Points 9 16
By Advantages 3 3
By Decision 4 1
By DQ 0 1
Draws 2

10.1. Submission W/L Methods

Submission Method 33 Wins 7 Losses
Estima Lock 11 0
Triangle 3 0
Bow and Arrow 2 0
Botinha 1 0
Choke 1 2
Submission 1 0
Rear Naked Choke 1 0
Armbar 6 0
Inverted Triangle 3 0
Kneebar 1 0
Cross Choke 1 0
Ezekiel 1 0
Loop Choke 1 0
Choke from Back 0 3
Guillotine 0 1
Arm in Ezekiel 0 1

11. Victor Estima’s Fight History

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Weight Class Stage
2008 IBJJF European Open Jonatas Novaes W N/A 82KG 4F
2008 IBJJF European Open Alan Finfou L Pts: 2x0 82KG SF
2008 IBJJF World Championship Lucas Leite W Armbar 82KG R1
2008 IBJJF World Championship Mike Fowler W Triangle 82KG 4F
2008 IBJJF World Championship Sergio Moraes L Arm in Ezekiel 82KG SF
2009 World Pro. Marcelo Garcia L Choke ABS 4F
2009 World Pro. Tarsis Humphreys L Pts: 2x0 88KG F
2009 IBJJF Pan American Championship Unknown W Kneebar 82KG 8F
2009 IBJJF Pan American Championship Carlos Ferreira L Choke from back 82KG 4F
2009 IBJJF World Championship Tony Eduardo W Armbar 88KG 4F
2009 IBJJF World Championship Romulo Barral L Choke 88KG SF
2011 IBJJF World Championship Ryan Beauregard W Points 82KG RDS
2011 IBJJF World Championship Roger Roberto W Botinha 82KG RDS
2011 IBJJF World Championship Marcelo Garcia L Pts: 3x0 82KG 4F
2011 ADCC Championship Sanshiro Nakamura W Pts: 2x0 77KG R1
2011 ADCC Championship Marcelo Garcia L Guillotine 77KG 4F
2011 ADCC Championship Joao Assis W Pts: 2x0 ABS R1
2011 ADCC Championship Pablo Popovitch L Pts: 2x0 ABS 4F
2011 No Gi Worlds Gabriel Rollo W Estima lock 82KG 4F
2011 No Gi Worlds Davi Ramos W Estima lock 82KG SF
2011 No Gi Worlds Thiago Abreu W Estima lock 82KG F
2012 British Open Clark Gracie W Estima lock 82KG F
2012 IBJJF European Open Clark Gracie W Armbar 82KG SF
2012 IBJJF European Open Alan Finfou W Triangle 82KG F
2012 IBJJF European Open Rodolfo Vieira L Choke from back ABS 4F
2012 IBJJF Pan American Championship Evan Cathey W Cross choke ABS R1
2012 IBJJF Pan American Championship Leonardo Iturralde W Estima lock ABS R2
2012 IBJJF Pan American Championship Kron Gracie L DQ ABS 4F
2012 IBJJF Pan American Championship Jeston Pages W Choke 82KG R2
2012 IBJJF Pan American Championship Marcelo Mafra W Ezekiel 82KG 4F
2012 IBJJF Pan American Championship Kron Gracie W Pts: 6x2 82KG SF
2012 IBJJF Pan American Championship Claudio Calasans L Pts: 4x2 82KG F
2012 IBJJF World Championship Alexandre Santos W Bow and arrow 82KG R2
2012 IBJJF World Championship Gabriel Goulart W Armbar 82KG 8F
2012 IBJJF World Championship Diego Borges W Inverted triangle 82KG 4F
2012 IBJJF World Championship Claudio Calasans L Pts: 4x4, Adv 82KG SF
2012 World Expo Kron Gracie L Points ABS SPF
2013 Metamoris 2 JT Torres D --- ABS SPF
2013 World Pro Marcos Souza L Pts: 2x0 82KG F
2013 World Pro Claudio Calasans W Bow and arrow 82KG SF
2013 World Pro Marcos Souza L Pts: 2x0 82KG F
2013 IBJJF World Championship Clark Gracie W Pts: 2x0 82KG 4F
2013 IBJJF World Championship Claudio Calasans L Pts: 8x4 82KG SF
2013 IBJJF Pro League Osvaldo Moizinho W Pts: 8x2 82KG SF
2013 IBJJF Pro League Vitor Oliveira W Inverted triangle 82KG F
2014 IBJJF Pan American Championship Abraham Marte W Estima lock ABS R3
2014 IBJJF Pan American Championship Leandro Lo L Points ABS 4F
2014 IBJJF Pan American Championship Sergio Silva W Pts: 12x2 82KG R1
2014 IBJJF Pan American Championship Nic Nikolaisen W Inverted triangle 82KG 4F
2014 IBJJF Pan American Championship Leandro Lo L Pts: 5x0 82KG SF
2014 World Pro. Marcus Almeida L Choke from back ABS 4F
2014 World Pro. Marcos Souza W Submission 82KG SF
2014 World Pro. Leandro Lo L Referee Decision 82KG F
2014 IBJJF World Championship Robson Lima W Armbar 82KG RDS
2014 IBJJF World Championship Marcelo Mafra W Adv 82KG RDS
2014 IBJJF World Championship Mat Jubera W Triangle 82KG RDS
2014 IBJJF World Championship Calasans W Referee Decision 82KG 4F
2014 IBJJF World Championship Leandro Lo L Pts: 7x2 82KG SF
2015 IBJJF Pan American Championship Gabriel Lucas L Adv ABS R2
2015 IBJJF Pan American Championship Stefano Correa W Estima lock 82KG R1
2015 IBJJF Pan American Championship Gleidson Curtis W Loop choke 82KG R3
2015 IBJJF Pan American Championship Vinicius Marinho W Referee Decision 82KG 4F
2015 IBJJF Pan American Championship Leandro Lo L Pts: 4x2 82KG SF
2015 ADCC Championship RJ Julian Jabba W RNC 88KG R1
2015 ADCC Championship RJ Felipe Figueiredo W Estima lock 88KG 4F
2015 ADCC Championship RJ Felipe Pena L Pts: 2x0 88KG SF
2015 World Pro Thiago Braga W Estima lock 85KG R1
2015 World Pro Yazan Tamimi W Injury 85KG R2
2015 World Pro Claudio Calasans W Pts: 0x0, Adv 85KG 4F
2015 World Pro Keenan Cornelius W Referee Decision 85KG SF
2015 World Pro Leandro Lo L Pts: 0x0, Adv 85KG F
2015 IBJJF World Championship Tanner Rice W Estima lock 82KG 8F
2015 IBJJF World Championship Murilo Santana W Referee Decision 82KG 4F
2015 IBJJF World Championship Claudio Calasans L Pts: 4x2 82KG SF
2016 Grand Slam LDN Arturo Salas W Pts: 0x0, Adv 85KG 4F
2016 IBJJF World Championship Marcos Tinoco L Pts: 6x4 82KG R2
2016 British National AP Gil W Estima lock 82KG F
2016 British National Reid Reale W Armbar ABS SF
2016 British National Jackson Sousa W Pts: 2x0 ABS F
2016 Copa Podio Max Gimenis D --- 86KG GP
2016 Copa Podio Nicholas Meregali L Injury 86KG GP

12. Victor Estima’s Top Fight Links

Submission #1077 - Victor Estima vs Freddy Linhares

Submission #282 - Victor Estima vs Renato Tavares

Victor Estima VS Tony Eduardo / World Championship 2009


Photo Credit: @victorestimagb

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