Alliance Jiu-Jitsu is already a huge affiliation but they’ve just gained a massive boost to their existing competition team thanks to the fact that Fabricio Andrey, Brenda Larissa and Luiz Paulo have all joined. All three grapplers are right in the middle of their athletic prime and they’ve all demonstrated that they’re capable of competing at the highest level with great success. Between the three of them, they’re used to competing on all of the biggest stages in the professional grappling world like both the ADCC and IBJJF World Championship.
They’re used to training together on a regular basis as well, as they were all originally representing Melqui Galvao until they collectively decided to leave the team a few days ago. There’s still no news on what the actual motivation behind switching teams was, although it’s worth remembering that there’s not necessarily anything negative behind it. Grapplers change teams quite regularly and there isn’t sometimes it’s something as simple as just wanting a change of scenery, although admittedly it is unusual for multiple athletes to leave together at the same time.
This move should have fairly big implications on the landscape of professional Jiu-Jitsu competition as well, for both Alliance and Melqui Galvao Jiu-Jitsu. Fabricio Andrey is a former IBJJF world champion and ADCC trials winner, Brenda Larissa has won multiple medals at the IBJJF world championship, and Luiz Paulo is an ADCC trials bronze medalist himself. It’ll be interesting to see where the three competitors are able to go from here, and if the move to Alliance Jiu-Jitsu will help them reach even higher levels in the future.
The news that Fabricio Andrey, Brenda Larissa, and Luiz Paulo had joined the team at Alliance Jiu-Jitsu was announced in a press conference and Andrey has shared a clip of the announcement in a post to his official Instagram account: