Javier "Showtime" Vazquez
Mixed Martial Artist
SAT & SUN, OCTOBER 8-9
Born in Santiago, Javier Vazquez came to the United States at the age of four. He grew up in El Monte, California and started wrestling at the age of 15. In 1994 he placed 3rd at the CIF wrestling tournament and continued his stellar high school career by placing 4th in the Southern Section Masters tournament. He was just one match away from placing in the high school state wrestling championships, ending up in the top 12 in the state at 130 lbs. He was voted team captain in both his junior and senior years. He continued his wrestling career at Mt. San Antonio College where he again proved himself to be one of "the best of the best" by finishing 7th in the state and being voted team caption for his leadership on and off the mat.
In 1997 Javier started learning Jiu-Jitsu under the renowned Carlson Gracie Team. He competed in every Jiu-Jitsu and submission tournament he could and eventually found himself in the fight game. Only 5 years later he earned himself his Black Belt in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu.
Vazquez had his MMA debut in 1998 and has developed the best jiu-jitsu game for MMA.
In December 2009 Vazquez was named as the "most inspirational performance of the decade" by Sports Illustrated.
Javier had his UFC debut on June 26th 2011 against Joe"daddy" Stevenson where some say it was the best performance of his career.
Javier is a constant guest on MMA shows and has been traveling the world teaching seminars. He also says that a solid family unit and good techniques are the secret of his success. Javier follows the Gracie Diet and is an avid RC car racer.
Vazquez is married to Rose Gracie that has a long relationship with the expo due to her events The Gracie US Nationals and The Gracie Worlds.
They have 3 daughters, Stephanie, Railey and Raifa.
You can find Javier any day teaching at his Gracie Jiu-Jitsu school in Rancho Cucamonga CA.
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