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Luiz Panza is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt from Sao Paulo, Brazil. Born on February 2, 1990, Luiz Panza trains under coach Leo Vieira and represents the Checkmat team based in Long Beach, California.A super-heavyweight competitor, he is an IBJJF World No-Gi champion (2016) and a two-time IBJJF Pan champion (2014, 2016). He received his black belt in 2012 from Marcos Barbosa of Barbosa Jiu-Jitsu before joining Checkmat in 2014. Panza is a noted leglock specialist and is known for his high submission rate, with 78% of his black belt career wins coming by way of submission.

  1. Updates & Results | Who's Number One: Craig Jones vs Luiz Panza

    Updates & Results | Who's Number One: Craig Jones vs Luiz Panza

    May 28, 2021

    FloGrappling’s Who’s Number One is back in Austin, TX for another star-studded event. Tonight, Checkmat’s world champion heavyweight, Luiz Panza, will face Craig Jones, who is filling in for Gordon Ryan.
  2. Official Weigh-In Results | Who's Number One: Craig Jones vs Luiz Panza

    Official Weigh-In Results | Who's Number One: Craig Jones vs Luiz Panza

    May 27, 2021

    All 18 athletes are weighed in and ready to go for FloGrappling’s no-gi grappling event, Who’s Number One: Craig Jones vs Luiz Panza.
  3. Betting Lines | Value Bets At Who's Number One: Craig Jones vs Luiz Panza

    Betting Lines | Value Bets At Who's Number One: Craig Jones vs Luiz Panza

    May 24, 2021

    The online betting site BetDSI has released money lines for Who’s Number One: Craig Jones vs Luiz Panza.
  4. Grappling Bulletin: If Gordon Ryan's Career Is Over, What Happens Next?

    Grappling Bulletin: If Gordon Ryan's Career Is Over, What Happens Next?

    May 24, 2021

    Stop the press, Gordon Ryan's abrupt departure from all upcoming matches has thrown the no-gi grappling scene into disarray. What does Gordon do next if he can't compete? Who replaces him as the #1 in the world? And will professional grappling ever be the same without him?
  5. Craig Jones Steps Up To Face Luiz Panza At WNO On May 28

    Craig Jones Steps Up To Face Luiz Panza At WNO On May 28

    May 21, 2021

    Hot off the bombshell news that Gordon Ryan is taking an extended medical leave from grappling competition, Craig Jones has stepped up to face Luiz Panza at Who’s Number One On May 28.
  6. Gordon Ryan vs Luiz Panza Will Headline Who's Number One On May 28

    Gordon Ryan vs Luiz Panza Will Headline Who's Number One On May 28

    May 3, 2021

    The pound-for-pound no.1 will return to the FloGrappling Who’s Number One (WNO) mats on Friday, May 28. This time, Gordon Ryan will face Luiz Panza, in the main event.