Best Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Fighters in MMA 2013

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a martial art that derived from Kodoken Judo ground fighting and later reformed to its own style by the Carlos Gracie and Helio Gracie. This knowledge was then passed on to their families. BJJ is a ground fighting, combat sport and self defense system that is highly effective and was first introduced to the mainstream by Royce Gracie at the Ultimate Fighting Championship where he dominated much larger men with his techniques. This martial arts is now studied and practiced by all modern MMA fighters.

Lets take a look at some of the best Brazlian Jiu Jitsu practitioners in the sports of mixed martial arts.

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Roger Gracie

MMA record : 6 wins 1 loses, with 5 submission victories

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A member of the Gracie family and a second degree black belt, Roger Gracie is no stranger in the BBJ world with his outstanding grappling accomplishments of silver and gold medalist winner at the World Championships from 2003-2010 to mention a few.

Shinya Aoki

MMA record : 32 wins 6 loses, with 21 submission victories


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Known for his flexibility and dexterity, he often catches his opponents off guard earning him the well suited nickname “Grandmaster of flying submissions”. He has a list of submission grappling championships under is belt.

Demian Maia

MMA record : 18 wins 4 loses, with 9 submission victories 


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Arguably the most decorated BJJ fighter in the MMA world with amazing credentials including 5 times Jiu Jitsu World Champion and ADCC World Submission Wrestling Champion. His mastery BJJ performances has earned him 4 submission of the night bonus victories in the UFC.

Jake Shields

MMA record : 24 wins 6 loses, with 10 submission victories


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ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship Bronze medalist and Pan American Championships Gold medalist has earned him the status in the MMA world as a dangerous grappler who also possess excellent wrestling credentials.

Rousimar Palhares

MMA record : 14 wins 5 loses, with 10 submission victories


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Known for a his explosive and highly dangerous leg locks, he is feared by many BJJ and MMA fighters especially when on the ground where he has shown time over time is relentlessness to rip opponents leg off. Also a ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship Silver medalist winner.

Frank Mir

MMA record : 17 wins 6 loses, with 10 submission victories

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Revered as one of the best BJJ submission artist in the UFC Heavyweight division for many years and showcased many times his ability to tap guys out, more over his submission highlights where he broke the arms of ex-UFC Champion Tim Sylvia and ex-Interim Champ Antonio Nogueira .

Antonio Nogueira

MMA record : 34 wins 7 loses, with 21 submission victories

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Regarded as the best BJJ practitioner in the MMA heavyweight Division, Nogueira is a third degree black belt with an impressive BJJ accolade. He is a true veteran with his first pro MMA fight in 1999, and is still ranking at the top 10 UFC HW division in 2013.

Fabricio Werdum

MMA record : 16 wins 5 loses, with 8 submission victories


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A 2nd degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Octavio Couto, Werdum is a renowned competitor in the BJJ field winning gold medals in ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championships, IBJJF World Jiu-Jitsu Championships and Pan American Jiu-Jitsu Championships.

BJ Penn

MMA record : 16 wins 9 loses, with 6 submission victories


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Nick named “The Prodigy” in all sense suits BJ Penn’s BJJ accomplishments, being the fastest person to earn black belt having just trained it for 3 years and also being the first American and non-Brazilian winner of the World Jiu-Jitsu Championship in the black belt category. BJ Penn has an equally impressive MMA record having broken many UFC records and a future Hall of Famer.

Nick Diaz

MMA record : 26 wins 9 loses, with 8 submission victories


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Diaz is an accomplished gi and no-gi Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt under Cesar Gracie and a Pan American Championship 2005. His style of BJJ is well suited for MMA where he has been very successful in his career.


Nate Diaz

MMA record : 16 wins 8 loses, with 11 submission victories


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Nate Diaz like his older brother Nick Diaz is an an accomplished gi and no-gi Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt under Cesar Gracie. His grappling is used very effectively in MMA and it has earned him 5 times fight of the night and times submission of the night in his UFC career.

Anderson Silva

MMA record : 33 wins 4 loses, with 6 submission victories

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A skill BJJ probationer who rarely shows his mastery as he prefers to finish fighters with Muay Thai striking, but do not be fooled, Anderson Silva’s BJJ skills is as effective as any’s. His most famous submission victory will be his leg triangle against Chael Sonnen to retain his belt.

Ronaldo Jacare Souza

MMA record : 17 wins 3 loses, with 13 submission victories


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A decorated BJJ practitioner who earned his black belt when he was 17 years old. He has made staggering accomplishments in the BJJ field inclusing 5-time World Jiu-Jitsu Champion, gold medals in the Openweight class in 2003, 2004 and 200, 2005 77–87 kg ADCC Champion and the 2005 ADCC Absolute Division runner-up. His mastery of the art has been successfully transferred into his MMA career.

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  • Edward Ehrat

    How could you leave out Jose Aldo?

    • mmaverse

      He’s got a black belt, but no renowned BJJ credentials or showed much in fights