THE VAGNER ROCHA MARTIAL ARTS CENTER
The Vagner Rocha Martial Arts Center was founded by Master Vagner Rocha. Master Rocha is regarded as one of the top competitors on the pro circuit in Florida and beyond.
Vagner Rocha isn’t only the head instructor, He is a UFC Fighter who has numerous accomplishments under his belt as a competitor, which only a few in the world could compared to. He has competed in the most prestigious events on the planet. He has proven to be a top Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Competitor & MMA Fighter. Last year, Vagner Rocha was honored by the Martial Arts Hall of Fame for making a difference in the world as Martial Artist of the year.
Vagner Rocha Martial Arts Center is well known for being a family oriented academy with highest level instruction. We are proud of ourselves for having the best child and adult programs in South Florida.
Vagner Rocha was born in Brazil and raised in Florida. He began training in Martial Arts when he was only 16 years old. He is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competitor and professional mixed martial artist, as well as the owner and Master Instructor for the Vagner Rocha Martial Arts Center in Pembroke Pines and Plantation, Florida. Vagner showed great talent right away and quickly became very skilled. He demonstrated his grappling abilites by becoming one of the best competitors to come out of Florida, winning the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation’s (IBJJF) Pan American in 2007, placing 3rd in the World Jiu-Jitsu Championship, and finishing as the Champion multiple times in Grapplers Quest, Copa America and NAGA Advance. In 2007, Vagner was awarded his black belt under Pablo Popovitch and completed his certified instructor training. In 2009, Vagner began his professional MMA career fighting in events such as Strikeforce, and Bellator, where he defeated Igor Gracie. In 2010, Vagner won the ADCC North American Trial. In 2011, Vagner made his UFC debut against top contender Donald Cerrone. In his second UFC bout, Vagner defeated Ultimate Fighter alumni Cody McKenzie by submission using a rear naked choke. In 2013, Vagner fought and won 3 times at the Fight Time Promotions – (1) winning against Kamrin Naville by unanimous decision, (2) defeating James Reese by submission (Rear Naked Choke) and (3) against Randy Barroso, winning by submission (Triangle Choke). At end of 2013, Vagner received an award for being the “Best Pro MMA Fighter” of the year. In same year, Vagner won the Abu Dhabi World Pro trials, as well as being a medalist in his weight class and a medalist in the absolute division at the Abu Dhabi Professional Championship. In the beginning of 2012, Vagner had another UFC bout against Jonathan Brookins. Towards the end of 2012, Vagner fought at Fight Time Promotions, winning the ISKA Title Belt and became the Lightweight Champion of the event.
Inside the Academy
Vagner Rocha makes sure every student receives the individual attention needed to constantly improve to the next phase of training. Master Rocha attends EVERY class and is hands on when correcting mistakes and monitoring every student’s progress.
VAGNER ROCHA CREDENTIALS
- 2013 Best Pro MMA Fighter of the Year Award
- 2013 Fight Time Promotions Lightweight Champion (defeated Randy Barroso)
- 2013 Copa America Lakeland Expert Absolute Gi and No Gi division
- 2013 Fight Time Promotions Lightweight Champion (defeated JP Reese)
- 2013 ADCC North American Trials – Silver Medalist
- 2013 Fight Time Promotions Lightweight Champion
- 2012 Fight Time Promotions Lightweight/ISKA Champion
- 2012 Copa America Grappling Champion Weight & Absolute
- 2011 UFC Fight Night Champion (defeated Cody Mackenzie)
- 2011 World Pro Abu Dhabi 2011 No Gi 3rd Place Weight
- 2011 World Pro Abu Dhabi 2011 No Gi 3rd Place Absolute
- 2011 Absolute Champion Deland, BJJ Open
- 2011 Absolute Abu Dhabi World Professional Trial Jiu Jitsu Champion
- 2010 ADCC North American Trials – Champion
- 2010 Florida Extreme Grappling Absolute – Champion
- 2010 Bellator Featured fight MMA – Champion
- 2010 Action Fight League MMA – Champion
- 2009 Noche de Combate MMA – Champion
- 2009 Florida Grappling League 170lbs Weight – Champion
- 2009 Florida Grappling League Absolute – Champion
- 2009 Grapplers Quest Weight – Champion
- 2009 Grapplers Quest Absolute – Champion
- 2009 Bellator MMA – Champion (Defeated Igor Gracie)
- 2009 NAGA Absolute – Champion
- 2008 World IBJJF Jiu Jitsu – 3rd Place
- 2007 Pan-American Jiu-Jitsu – Champion
- 2007 NAGA Miami Super Fight – Champion
- 2006 NAGA West Palm Beach Absolute – Champion
- 2003 -2005 6 Time NAGA Advance Division – Champion
- 3 Time Copa America Absolute – Finalist
- 2nd Degree Black Belt Certified Instructor
- UFC Fighter