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Vagner Rocha, Founder & Head Instructor

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Vagner RochaVagner Rocha is the owner and the head instructor of Vagner Rocha Martial Arts located in Hollywood, FL. He is a highly active professional athlete in both MMA and Grappling, being ranked as the 2019 #3 Professional Grappler in the world, in his weight division (77kgs). Vagner has major MMA events on the curriculum such as UFC, Bellator, Strikeforce, among others. In Jiu-Jitsu he makes his mark in several championships, specially ADCC, Polaris, Fight 2 Win and KASAI Pro. For Master Rocha, Jiu-Jitsu represents the best way to live life. He loves what he does and it shows it through the way he teaches his students on and off the mats. Passionate about every single aspect of the sport, Vagner Rocha is an example of dedication and determination. With almost 20 years of experience, Rocha is to be compared to very few, as he holds prestigious accomplishments to be proud of.

Vagner Rocha Credentials

  • 2019 POLARIS 9 CHAMPION – Defeated Ross Nicholls
  • 2018 POLARIS 8 CHAMPION -Defeated UFC Veteran Ben Henderson via RNC
  • 2018 FIGHT TO WIN 89 (MIAMI, FL) Defeated Augusto “Tanquinho” Mendes
  • 2018 XFN 21 Combat Jiu Jitsu Main Event Champion
  • 2018 KASAI PRO 3 FINALIST (2 Subs, Most Points)
  • 2018 Grappling Industries Super Fight Champion
  • 2018 FIGHT TO WIN 68 (MIAMI, FL) Title Champion (Defeated Bill Cooper)
  • 2018 FIGHT TO WIN PRO 58 (Sacramento, CA) Champion
  • 2017 Submission Underground 6 Champion (Defeated Jesse Taylor)
  • 2017 COMBAT JIU JITSU WORLDS Title Lightweight Champion
  • 2017 EBI 13 Finalist (defeated Issa Able, PJ Barch & Nathan Orchad)
  • 2017 ADCC Finland Submission Wrestling World Championship- Bronze Medalist (defeated Garry Tonon)
  • 2017 ADCC West Trials Qualifier – Champion
  • 2017 Fight Time 35 Tittle Belt Champion
  • 2017 EBI 11 Finalist (defeated Craig Jones)
  • 2017 Fight Time 35 Lightweight Winner (defeated Yoislandy Izquierdo)
  • 2016 FTP Lightweight Tittle Belt Champion
  • 2016 FTW PRO 14 Winner
  • 2016 Fight Time Promotions Lightweight TKO Winner (defeated Rafael Alves)
  • 2016 Fight Time Promotions Lightweight TKO Winner
  • 2015 ADCC Sao Paulo Competitor (defeated Romulo Barral)
  • 2015 ADCC North American Qualifier FL – Champion
  • ( 2014 Rest Year – Recovering from broken leg)
  • 2013 Best Pro FL MMA Fighter of the Year Award
  • 2013 World Martial Arts Hall of Fame 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 OH – 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 NY – Champion
  • 2010 Florida Extreme Grappling Absolute – Champion
  • 2010 Bellator Fighting Championship  – Champion via TKO (defeated Francisco Soares)
  • 2010 Action Fight League Rock-N-Rumble 2 MMA – Champion
  • 2009 Noche de Combate Lima, Peru 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 Fighting Championship 11- 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
  • 2002 NAGA Champion Gi & No Gi
  • 3 Time Copa America Absolute – Finalist
  • 3rd Degree Black Belt Certified Instructor
  • UFC Fighter Veteran

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