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Yan Lucas - BJJ Black Belt Champion

Yan Lucas - BJJ Black Belt Champion

1. Yan Lucas’s Details

Yan Lucas’s Details
Name Yan Lucas Cordeiro Paiva
Nickname Pica-Pau
Born Fortaleza, Ceara, Brazil
Date of Birth May 23, 1995
Weight Division Peso Médio (82.30 kg / 181.5 lbs)
Last Weigh-in N/A
Height N/A
Disclosed Career Earnings N/A
College N/A
Rank Black Belt
Head Coach  Pirillo Roriz
Last Fight         N/A
Favorite Position Open Guard
Lineage Takeo Iano > Francisco Sá > Ricardo Pinho > Pirillo Roriz > Yan Lucas
Fighting out of  Brazil
Team Association Gracie Barra Academy
Current Streak N/A

2. Yan Lucas’s Biography

Yan Lucas is a wonderful BJJ black belt and is commonly known as “Pica-Pau”. He trained and received his black belt under the supervision of Pirillo Roriz. Lucas is also a representative of Gracie Barra Academy. Yan Lucas has enormous achievements in multiple BJJ competitions, such as the American National Championship and the IBJJF World Championship. Due to his incredible fighting abilities, he defeated the top jiu-jitsu competitors, including Isaac Doederlin, Hiago George, Mahamed Aly, and many more.

2.1. Early Life of Yan Lucas

At the age of 11, Yan Lucas developed a basic understanding of BJJ. Pirillo Roriz was the one who provided the initial BJJ training classes to Lucas. One of his close friends and the former training partner of his father also trained him a lot. Yan Lucas was a great admirer of his father and he learned a lot from him. He once shared that his father taught him some important lessons without saying a single word. He said:

‘’You gotta be tough and go pursue your dreams. That’s what I see him doing since he was very young and that’s what I’m daily teaching my little one. Never complaining about how hard life is but always fighting hard to build a better life.’’

2.2. The First Tournament of Yan’s Wife

Yan’s wife, Jessica, competed in her first BJJ tournament at their first anniversary. His love for his wife is infinite as he said: 

‘’This journey with you has been extremely fun and full of learning. Because of you, I became a better man, a better person, coach, and athlete, and most importantly: now I’m a father. I could spend days talking about you and our beautiful family but I’m gonna make it short: Our happiness, success, and love are just in the beginning.’’

2.3. The Prominence of Yan’s Professional BJJ Career

Although Yan’s entire career has been full of marvelous performances, his most prominent achievement in the world of jiu-jitsu was his victory in the 2017 American Nationals in the absolute division. After winning the title at the IBJJF World Championship, Lucas stayed in California for a longer time period and then participated in the American National Championship. He competed against Mahamed Aly, a brown belt competitor. He was a super heavyweight BJJ athlete in the American Nationals final. After this match, he also earned gold medals in the American Nationals of the lightweight division.

2.4. Yan Lucas’s Black Belt Promotion

On 20 February 2016, Yan Lucas was promoted to black belt under his main coach, Pirillo Roriz.

3. Yan Lucas‘s Historic Fights

3.1. Yan "Pica Pau" Lucas vs Mateus Rodrigues

In the 2023 Dallas Open Championship, Yan Lucas competed against Mateus Rodrigues. Mateus attempted multiple takedowns and earned points. Yan Lucas also tried the head choke technique against Mateus; however, based on the referee's decision, Mateus Rodrigues was declared the winner.

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Stage Weight Class
2023 Dallas Open  Mateus Rodrigues Loss Referee Decision Final Open Class

3.2. Jaime Canuto vs Yan Lucas Paiva

In the 2017 American National Championship, a thrilling battle was recorded between Yan Lucas and Jaime Canuto in the middleweight division. Yan Lucas initiated the fight with the guard position but Jaime Canuto passed the guard successfully. Jaime resisted the guard position of Yan Lucas; however, based on the referee's decision, Yan Lucas won the match.

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Stage Weight Class
2017 American National Jaime Canuto Win Referee Decision Final Mediumweight

3.3. Fellipe Andrew vs Yan Lucas

Yan Lucas faced Fellipe Andrew in the 2022 Houston Fall Open Championship. There was a thrilling battle between them as both tried their best to attempt the submission; however, based on the referee's decision, Yan Lucas was rewarded with the winning title.

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Stage Weight Class
2022 Houston Fall Open  Fellipe Andrew Win Referee Decision Final Open Class

4. Yan Lucas’s National and International Accomplishments

Year Event Medal Weight Division
2016 Long Beach Open Bronze Bronze Medal Icon Medium weight
2016 Long Beach Open Bronze Bronze Medal Icon ABS
2017 Chicago Sp. Open Gold Gold Medal Icon Medium weight
2017 Chicago Sp. Open Silver Silver Medal Icon ABS
2017 Chicago Sp. NoGi Gold Gold Medal Icon Medium weight
2017 Chicago Sp. NoGi Bronze Bronze Medal Icon ABS
2017 NY Spring Open Bronze Bronze Medal Icon Lightweight
2017 Las Vegas Open Bronze Bronze Medal Icon Medium heavyweight
2017 Las Vegas Open Silver Silver Medal Icon ABS
2017 World Champ. Bronze Bronze Medal Icon Lightweight
2017 American Nats Silver Silver Medal Icon Medium weight
2017 Grand Slam LA Bronze Bronze Medal Icon Medium weight
2017 SJJIF Worlds Silver Silver Medal Icon Medium weight
2017 Long Beach Open Bronze Bronze Medal Icon Medium weight
2018 Brasileiro Gold Gold Medal Icon Lightweight
2018 BH Winter Open Gold Gold Medal Icon Medium weight
2018 SP BJJ Pro Bronze Bronze Medal Icon Medium weight
2018 Brasilia Pro Gold Gold Medal Icon Medium weight
2018 Brasilia Pro Gold Gold Medal Icon ABS
2018 Manaus Open Silver Silver Medal Icon Medium weight
2018 Manaus Open Silver Silver Medal Icon ABS
2018 Grand Slam RJ Silver Silver Medal Icon Medium weight
2018 Brasilia Open Gold Gold Medal Icon Medium weight
2018 Brasilia Open Gold Gold Medal Icon ABS
2019 Coliseu JJ Bronze Bronze Medal Icon Medium heavyweight
2019 Grand Slam RJ Silver Silver Medal Icon Medium weight
2019 South American Bronze Bronze Medal Icon Medium heavy weight
2019 South American Gold Gold Medal Icon ABS
2019 Salvador SPO Gold Gold Medal Icon Medium heavy weight
2020 Grand Slam RJ Silver Silver Medal Icon Medium weight
2021 Goiania Pro Gold Gold Medal Icon Medium weight
2021 Goiania Pro Bronze Bronze Medal Icon LWA
2022 Sul Brasileiro Gold Gold Medal Icon Medium heavyweight
2022 S Brasileiro NG Gold Gold Medal Icon Medium heavyweight
2022 S Brasileiro NG Gold Gold Medal Icon ABS
2022 Dallas Open Bronze Bronze Medal Icon ABS
2022 Pan American Bronze Bronze Medal Icon Medium heavyweight
2022 Denver Open Silver Silver Medal Icon Medium heavyweight
2022 Grand Slam RJ Bronze Bronze Medal Icon Medium weight
2022 Houston FO Bronze Bronze Medal Icon Medium heavyweight
2022 Houston FO Silver Silver Medal Icon ABS
2023 North East BRA Gold Gold Medal Icon Medium heavyweight
2023 North East BRA Silver Silver Medal Icon ABS
2023 Austin WO Silver Silver Medal Icon Medium weight
2023 Austin WO Bronze Bronze Medal Icon ABS
2023 Memphis Open Gold Gold Medal Icon Super Heavyweight
2023 Memphis NGO Gold Gold Medal Icon Medium weight
2023 Dallas Open Gold Gold Medal Icon ABS
2023 Chicago SPO Silver Silver Medal Icon Medium heavyweight
2023 Chicago SPNG Gold Gold Medal Icon Medium heavyweight
2023 Austin SMO Gold Gold Medal Icon Medium weight
2023 Austin SMO Bronze Bronze Medal Icon ABS
2023 Austin NGO Gold Gold Medal Icon Super Heavyweight

5. Yan Lucas's Main Achievements Belts

Year Event Position Belt
2022 IBJJF Pan Championship 3rd Black
2020  IBJJF South American Championship 1st Black
2018 CBJJ Brazilian Nationals 1st Black
2018, 2019,2020 AJP Grand Slam, RIO 2nd Black
2017 IBJJF World Championship 3rd Black
2017  IBJJF American Nationals 1st Black
2017 IBJJF World Championship 3rd Black

6. Yan Lucas Professional Record Breakdown

166 Matches 115 Wins 50 Losses
By Points  57 17
By Advantage  21 7
By Submission  19 14
By Decision  18 9
By Penalty  0 1
By DQ 0 2
Draw 1

6.1. Methods of Submission (W/L)

Methods 19 Wins 14 Losses
TRIANGLE 3 3
SUBMISSION 3 0
CHOKE 3 0
CLOCK CHOKE 1 0
BRABO CHOKE 1 0
GUILLOTINE 1 2
TOE HOLD 1 0
CHOKE FROM BACK 2 2
BREAD CUTTER 1 0
INSIDE HEEL HOOK 1 0
DARCE CHOKE 1 0
ARM IN EZEKIEL 1 0
ARMBAR 0 3
ESTIMA LOCK 0 1
TARIKOPLATA 0 1
EZEKIEL 0 1
RNC 0 1

7. Yan Lucas’s  Fight History

Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
John Combs W Pts: 5x2 Long Beach Open ABS 4F 2016
John Combs L Guillotine Long Beach Open Medium weight SF 2016
Carlos Farias L Points Long Beach Open ABS SF 2016
Leo Saggioro L Choke from back Pan American Lightweight R1 2017
Gabriel Goulart W Adv Chicago Sp. Open ABS R1 2017
Vinicius Canabarro W Pts: 14x0 Chicago Sp. Open Medium weight SF 2017
Steven Patterson W Pts: 8x2 Chicago Sp. Open Medium weight F 2017
Ross Daniels W Adv Chicago Sp. Open ABS 4F 2017
Carlos Farias W Pts: 2x0 Chicago Sp. Open ABS SF 2017
Gregory Walker W Triangle Chicago Sp. NoGi Medium weight F 2017
Josh Hinger L RNC Chicago Sp. Open ABS F 2017
Gregory Walker W Adv Chicago Sp. NoGi Medium weight RR 2017
Aiazbek Mustakov W Toe hold Chicago Sp. NoGi ABS 4F 2017
Josh Hinger L Guillotine Chicago Sp. NoGi ABS SF 2017
Rafael Rosendo W Points NY Spring Open Lightweight 4F 2017
Diego Bispo W N/A NY Spring Open ABS R1 2017
Marcio ‘’Marcinho’’ Andre L Points NY Spring Open Lightweight SF 2017
Horlando Monteiro L Pts: 2x2, Adv NY Spring Open ABS 4F 2017
Pedro Pimenta W Pts: 2x0 Las Vegas Open Medium weight 4F 2017
Gottrell King L DQ Las Vegas Open Medium weight SF 2017
Lucas Barbosa L Adv Las Vegas Open ABS F 2017
Jonathan Ares W Choke Las Vegas Open ABS 4F 2017
Vitor “Gigante” Toledo W Pts: 6x2 Las Vegas Open ABS SF 2017
Piter Silva W Adv American Nats Medium weight 4F 2017
Gabriel “Palito” Rollo W Pts: 2x0 World Champ. Light weight 8F 2017
Juan Kamezawa W Pts: 0x0, Adv World Champ. Lightweight 8F 2017
Edwin Najmi W Pts: 2x0 World Champ. Lightweight 4F 2017
Lucas Lepri L Pts: 4x0 World Champ. Light weight SF 2017
Jaime Canuto L Triangle American Nats Medium weight F 2017
Dany Gerard L N/A American Nats ABS R1 2017
Johnny Tama L Estima lock FIVE Super League N/A SPF 2017
Kauan Barboza W Referee Decision Grand Slam LA Medium weight R1 2017
Sergio “Pichilinga” Rios W Points San Diego Pro Medium weight R1 2017
Jaime Canuto L Armbar San Diego Pro Medium weight R1 2017
Andris Brunovskis W Referee Decision Grand Slam LA Medium weight 4F 2017
Francisco “Sinistro” Iturralde L Pts: 0x0, Adv Grand Slam LA Medium weight SF 2017
John Combs W Pts: 2x0 Grand Slam LA Medium weight 3RD 2017
Gabriel ‘’Timbó’’ Procopio L Points Long Beach Open Medium weight SF 2017
Unknown W Points SJJIF Worlds Medium weight SF 2017
Felipe Cesar L Ezekiel SJJIF Worlds Medium weight F 2017
Espen Mathiesen L Pts: 0x0, Adv Pan American Light weight 8F 2018
Demerson Pereira W Points Triangle 4 Medium weight SPF 2018
Rodrigo ‘’Aquiles’’ Conceicao W Pts: 0x0, Adv Brasileiro Light weight 4F 2018
Igor Tavares W Arm in Ezekiel Brasileiro Light weight R1 2018
Yuri Abreu W Pts: 2x2, Adv Brasileiro Light weight 8F 2018
Vagner Azevedo W Points BH Winter Open Medium weight F 2018
Fabio “Fabinho” Caloi W Points Brasileiro Light weight SF 2018
Jhonny Loureiro W Pts: 2x0 Brasileiro Light weight F 2018
Celso Ricardo W Points BH Winter Open Medium weight 4F 2018
Ygor Dantas W Triangle BH Winter Open Medium weight SF 2018
NA W Points SP BJJ Pro Medium weight 4F 2018
Hugo Marques L Pts: 4x0 SP BJJ Pro Medium weight SF 2018
Bernardo Dib W Pts: 2x0 Brasilia Pro Medium weight 4F 2018
Tassio Bispo W Choke Brasilia Pro ABS 4F 2018
Wellington Mendes W Choke Brasilia Pro Medium weight SF 2018
Tassio Bispo W Pts: 8x0 Brasilia Pro Medium weight F 2018
Moises Euladio W Submission Brasilia Pro ABS SF 2018
Tyrone Goncalves W N/A Manaus Open ABS SF 2018
Jorge Nakamura W Pts: 0x0, Adv Brasilia Pro ABS F 2018
Chaise Olimpio L Points Manaus Open Medium weight F 2018
Felipe Matos L N/A Manaus Open ABS F 2018
Alexandre Cavaliere W Pts: 2x0 Grand Slam RJ Medium weight R1 2018
Bruno Tosto W Pts: 2x0 Grand Slam RJ Medium weight SF 2018
Vitor Corte W Referee Decision Grand Slam RJ Medium weight R2 2018
Marlus Salgado W Pts: 0x0, Adv Grand Slam RJ Medium weight 4F 2018
Hugo Marques L Referee Decision Grand Slam RJ Medium weight F 2018
Celso Ricardo W N/A Brasilia Open Medium weight 4F 2018
Alexandre Jesus W Points Brasilia Open Medium weight SF 2018
Pedro Elias W Referee Decision Brasilia Open ABS 4F 2018
Fabricio Barbarotti W Triangle Brasilia Open Medium weight F 2018
Lucas Rocco W N/A Brasilia Open ABS R1 2018
Raul Almeida W Clock choke Brasilia Open ABS F 2018
Pedro “Paquito” Ramalho L Triangle European Open Lightweight R1 2019
Darragh OConaill W Pts: 0x0, Adv Copa Podio Light weight RR 2019
Leonardo Lara W Referee Decision Brasileiro Light weight R2 2019
Jhonny Loureiro D --- Copa Podio Medium weight RR 2019
Raylan Moreira W Pts: 6x0 Brasileiro Light weight R1 2019
Bruno Bressan L Points Brasileiro Light weight 4F 2019
Kevin Mahecha W Referee Decision World Champ. Light weight R1 2019
Rodrigo Freitas L Pts: 2x0 World Champ. Light weight R2 2019
Almir Jr. W Points Coliseu JJ Medium heavy weight RR 2019
Horlando ‘’Nando’’ Monteiro L Adv Coliseu JJ Medium heavy weight SF 2019
Marcelo Marques W Points Coliseu JJ Medium heavy weight RR 2019
Emerson Melo W Points Coliseu JJ Medium heavy weight RR 2019
Yan Silveira W Pts: 4x0 Grand Slam RJ Medium weight R1 2019
Natan Chueng L Choke from back Rio BJJ Pro Medium weight 4F 2019
Guilherme Rocha W Pts: 0x0, Adv Grand Slam RJ Medium weight 4F 2019
Ygor Rodrigues W Pts: 0x0, Adv Grand Slam RJ Medium weight SF 2019
Natan Chueng L Pts: 0x0, Adv Grand Slam RJ Medium weight F 2019
Luan Martina W Pts: 0x0, Adv South American Medium heavy weight R1 2019
Hygor Brito W Pts: 2x2, Adv South American ABS 4F 2019
Flavio Junqueira W Pts: 2x0 South American Medium heavy weight 4F 2019
Matheus Spirandeli L Referee Decision South American Medium heavy weight SF 2019
Ricardo Rocha W Pts: 5x0 South American ABS R1 2019
Dimitrius Souza W Referee Decision South American ABS SF 2019
Thiago Martiniano W Points Salvador SPO Medium heavy weight SF 2019
Rafael Paganini W Referee Decision South American ABS F 2019
William Martins W Points Salvador SPO Medium heavy weight F 2019
Leandro Rounaud W Referee Decision Grand Slam RJ Medium weight R1 2020
Jose Dias W Bread cutter Grand Slam RJ Medium weight 8F 2020
Lucas “Piauí” Gualberto L Referee Decision Grand Slam RJ Medium weight F 2020
Matheus Costa W Pts: 4x3 Grand Slam RJ Medium weight 4F 2020
Mauricio Oliveira W Referee Decision Grand Slam RJ Medium weight SF 2020
Yuri Abreu W Referee Decision Goiania Pro Medium weight 4F 2021
Lucas Brito W Pts: 2x1 Goiania Pro Medium weight SF 2021
Cicero Alencar W Pts: 6x1 Goiania Pro Medium weight F 2021
Reyson Lima W Referee Decision Grand Slam RJ Medium heavy weight 8F 2021
Higor Lima L Pts: 3x2 Goiania Pro LWA SF 2021
Wallisson Oliveira L Referee Decision Brasileiro Medium weight R1 2021
Davi Menezes W Pts: 2x1 Grand Slam RJ Medium heavy weight R1 2021
Gabriel Costa L Referee Decision Grand Slam RJ Medium heavy weight 4F 2021
Leon Brito W Pts: 3x1 Grand Slam RJ Medium heavy weight RPC 2021
Wellington Luis W Pts: 2x0 Grand Slam RJ Medium heavy weight RPC 2021
Alex Munis L Referee Decision Grand Slam RJ Medium heavy weight 3RD 2021
Andrey Andrade W Choke from back Sul Brasileiro Medium heavy weight 4F 2022
Wellington Luis W Referee Decision Sul Brasileiro Medium heavy weight SF 2022
Mauricio Melo W Inside heel hook S Brasileiro NG Medium heavy weight F 2022
Rhuan Duarte W Brabo choke Sul Brasileiro Medium heavy weight F 2022
Wellington Luis L Pts: 0x0, Pen Sul Brasileiro ABS 4F 2022
Arthur Mendes W Guillotine S Brasileiro NG ABS 4F 2022
Leo Goncalves W Pts: 2x0 S Brasileiro NG ABS SF 2022
Enderson “Varão” Dias L Pts: 2x0 Dallas Open Medium heavy weight 4F 2022
Pierpaolo Chiappe W Points S Brasileiro NG ABS F 2022
Joao Cizeski W Points Dallas Open ABS 4F 2022
Andy Murasaki L Pts: 6x2 Dallas Open ABS SF 2022
Joao Cizeski W Referee Decision LA Open Medium heavy weight 4F 2022
Manuel Ribamar L Pts: 2x0 Pan American Medium heavy weight SF 2022
Murilo Santana W Pts: 2x0 Pan American Medium heavy weight R1 2022
Matheus Luna W Pts: 2x2, Adv Pan American Medium heavy weight 4F 2022
Aaron Tiegs W Pts: 9x0 Denver Open Medium heavy weight SF 2022
Rafael Anjos L Pts: 2x0 Denver Open Medium heavy weight F 2022
Jadson Araujo W Pts: 3x0 Grand Slam RJ Mediumweight R2 2022
Lucas “Piauí” Gualberto W Pts: 0x0, Adv World Champ. Medium weight R1 2022
Tommy Langaker L Tarikoplata World Champ. Medium weight 8F 2022
Jadson Araujo W Pts: 4x0 Grand Slam RJ Mediumweight 8F 2022
Andre Cantanhede W Pts: 1x0 Grand Slam RJ Mediumweight 4F 2022
Luiz Paulo L Referee Decision Grand Slam RJ Mediumweight SF 2022
Wellington Dias W N/A Houston FO ABS SF 2022
Luiz Santis W Pts: 1x1 Grand Slam RJ Mediumweight RPC 2022
Natan Chueng W Referee Decision Grand Slam RJ Mediumweight 3RD 2022
Francisco Lo L Triangle Houston FO Medium heavy weight SF 2022
Fellipe Andrew L DQ Houston FO ABS F 2022
Nixon Segundo W Pts: 3x2 North East BRA Medium heavy weight SF 2023
Herico Pinto L Pts: 2x0 North East BRA ABS F 2023
Fabricio Gomes W Submission North East BRA Medium heavy weight F 2023
Macksuel Maciel W Pts: 1x1 North East BRA ABS 4F 2023
Fabricio Gomes W Pts: 5x2 North East BRA ABS SF 2023
Rehan Muttalib W Pts: 2x0 Austin WO Medium weight SF 2023
Rolando Samson L Armbar Austin WO Medium weight F 2023
Joao Rocha L Pts: 2x2, Adv Austin WO ABS SF 2023
Omer Emanoely W Pts: 0x0, Adv Memphis NGO Medium weight F 2023
Gabriel Araujo W Choke from back Memphis Open Super Heavyweight RR 2023
Jackson Douglas W Pts: 2x2, Adv Memphis Open Super heavyweight F 2023
Michael Laci W Darce choke Memphis NGO Medium weight RR 2023
Steffen Banta W Referee Decision Dallas Open ABS 4F 2023
Shane Fishman L N/A Chicago SPO Medium heavy weight F 2023
Mateus Rodrigues W Referee Decision Dallas Open ABS F 2023
R. Evangelista L Referee Decision Pan American Super Heavyweight R1 2023
Breno Damieri W Points Chicago SPO ABS 4F 2023
Bruno Matias W Pts: 3x0 Austin SMO Medium weight F 2023
R. Evangelista W Pts: 0x0, Adv Chicago SPO ABS SF 2023
Erick Cardoso W Adv Chicago SPNG Medium weight F 2023
Lucas Valle W Referee Decision Austin SMO Medium weight SF 2023
Lucas Valle L Referee Decision Austin SMO ABS SF 2023
Tainan Dalpra L Armbar IBJJF GP Medium weight SPF 2023
Jackson Douglas W Adv Austin NGO Super Heavyweight F 2023

8. Yan Luca Top Fights Links

TV FIGHT Marcelo Marques X Yan Lucas Pica-pau II Open Ceará Internacional

YAN PICA-PAU VS NEGUEBA (OPEN BRASÍLIA 2021)

Jaime Canuto vs Yan Lucas Paiva / American National 2017


Photo Credit: @YanLucasPicaPau

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