Bia Mesquita is the UFC Fight Pass Invitational 3 grappler to watch

Bia Mesquita (photo by Amy Kaplan)
Bia Mesquita (photo by Amy Kaplan) /

Bia Mesquita has found a wealth of success across the competitive grappling scene.

UFC Fight Pass is back in the grappling space on Wednesday with UFC Fight Pass Invitational 3. This is a submission-only Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu event featuring some of the best grapplers in the industry. Gordon Ryan is set to face one of the only men to defeat him at black belt, Vinny Magalhaes. The co-main event features former UFC champion, Miesha Tate taking on Bia Mesquita, a name that fans should keep an eye out for as no-gi grappling takes more of the combat sports spotlight.

For those wondering how great Mesquita is, take this into account. At 31 years of age, she is already in the IBJJF Hall of Fame and recognized for holding the most IBJJF World Championships at black belt. Her run of success includes championships in some of the biggest competitions both in and out of the gi.

At the highest level, Mesquita has two medals at the ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championships. In 2017 she won the entire tournament in Finland and picked up a bronze medal in the 2022 tournament. Under the IBJJF is where she’s picked up the majority of her wins, with tournament victories at Worlds, No-Gi Worlds, Pan American Championship, European Championship, Brazilian National, and Brazilian National No-Gi tournaments. Her resume easily compares to any other competitor on the mats, regardless of gender.

Miesha Tate is a notable opponent for Mesquita

Mesquita has an interesting challenge in front of her in the form of Tate. Tate is well-known for her success in MMA, as a former Strikeforce and UFC champion. But her grappling accolades date back to 2010 in competitions just below the Olympic level. Tate was last seen in competition back in July when she made her flyweight debut in a defeat to Lauren Murphy.

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