Gustavo Bessa

Professor Gustavo “Banzai” Bessa – Brazilian Top Team Black Belt ranked under Diego Gamonal also known as “Coach Gus” is a Brazilian Born and American Raised MMA fighter currently fighting out of Portland, OR. Banzai is one of the top prospects coming out of the Pacific Northwest. Before turning pro he was ranked as the #1 Featherweight and is currently among the top 20 Professional Featherweights in the Pacific Northwest.
With a Business Administration degree focused on Management and Leadership, He is also the Founder and owner of Brazilian Top Team-Happy Valley!

Gus has been practicing Martial Arts since a child, in the streets of Brazil he learned some Capoeira, after moving to the United States he got heavily involved in Wrestling becoming a State place holder after only 3 seasons. Gus eventually moved on to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and MMA, holding successful careers in both. He has been coaching for over 9 years now.

Athletic and Career Accomplishments


  • West Linn High school Graduate
  • Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with a focus on management and Leadership. From Portland State University

Black Belt – Under Diego Gamonal

  • 1st place NAGA Oregon No-Gi Expert Division 2017
  • 2nd Place NAGA Oregon Brown belt 2017
  • 2nd Place Arizona Open 2017
  • Submission Underground 2 Henderson vs Jones – Under card competitor 2016
  • 3rd Place San Antonio Open GI IBJFF 2016
  • 2nd Place San Antonio Open No-Gi IBJFF 2016
  • 3rd Place San Antonio Open No-Gi Open Weight class IBJFF 2016
  • 2nd Place Seattle Open 2016 IBJFF
  • 2nd place BudoJitsu Tournament 2014
  • 1st Place CBJJE Worlds 2014 Purple Belt
  • 1st place Advanced No-Gi Oregon Open 2013
  • 2nd place Advanced No-Gi NW Regionals 2013
  • 3rd place Purple Belt Division NW Regionals 2013
  • 2nd place Advanced No-Gi Team Quest Open 2012
  • 2nd place Absolute No-Gi Team Quest Open 2012
  • 3rd place Intermediate Sub League 2011
  • 4th place Absolute No-Gi Split Decision
  • 2nd place Intermediate Oregon Open 2010

Titles- 15 Fight Veteran 12-3

  • Fighter of the Night Award Prime Fighting V
  • Submission of the Night Award Prime Fighting IV
  • Knucklehead Featherweight Champion
  • FCFF Featherweight Champion
  • Pacific Northwest Featherweight Champion
  • Lower Weight Classes Grand Prix Tournament Winner
  • Split Decisions 145lbs Champion
  • Fight Night XXXII Redemption Superfight Belt


  • 8th place 6A Oregon State Tournament 2007
  • 3rd place Three Rivers League District Tournament 2007
  • 5th place Crater Tournament 2007
  • 1st place Reesers JV tournament 2007
  • 1st place Freshman Novice Tournament 2005