Mario Sperry


Nickname: He is often called “Zé” Mario, Zé is short for José in Portuguese.

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Carlson Gracie > Ze Mario Sperry

Main Achievements in (BJJ/Grappling):

  • 3x World BJJ Champion (1996, 1997, 1998 @absolute)
  • 2x ADCC World Champion (1998 weight and absolute)
  • 3x ADCC Superfight Champion (1999, 2000, 2011)

Most Famous Fight (in BJJ) : Against “Gordo” (final of the Mundial 1997), and his fight against Royler Gracie (in which he tapped the Gracie who had never been tapped before – See Video at bottom of the page).

Favorite Technique/Position: Guard Pass and Clock Choke.

Weight Division (in BJJ): Super Pesado (100kg)