Born in Santiago, Cuba on April 27, 1976 Javier Vazquez came to the US at the age of four. He grew up in El Monte, California and started wrestling as a sophomore at Arroyo High School 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. His first no-holds-barred match was at Neutral Grounds in 1998 which resulted in a controversial decision. Several more fights in smaller venues followed and he then took time off from fighting to train and compete in Jiu-Jitsu. After only 5 years of training he earned his black belt from the Carlson Gracie Team.
Vazquez is married to Rose Gracie, the eldest daughter of Rorion Gracie. Together they have two daughters Railey and Raifa, along with Rose’s daughter Stephanie from a previous relationship. He currently teaches Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in Rancho Cucamonga, California.
Mixed Martial Arts RecordEdit
|Professional record breakdown|
|20||14 wins||4 losses|
|Win||14-4||Jens Pulver||Submission (Armbar)||WEC 47: Bowles vs. Cruz||March 6, 2010||1||3:41||Columbus, Ohio, USA|
|Loss||13-4||Deividas Taurosevičius||Decision (Split)||WEC 43: Cerrone vs. Henderson||October 10, 2009||3||5:00||San Antonio, Texas, USA|
|Loss||13-3||LC Davis||Decision (Split)||WEC 42: Torres vs. Bowles||August 9, 2009||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, USA||WEC debut|
|Win||13-2||Mark Kergosien||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||Ultimate Chaos: Lashley vs. Sapp||June 27, 2009||1||0:59||Biloxi, Mississippi, USA|
|Win||12-2||JC Pennington||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||ShoXC: Elite Challenger Series||October 26, 2007||1||1:15||Santa Ynez, California, USA|
|Win||11-2||Adriano Pereira||Decision (Unanimous)||EliteXC: Destiny||February 10, 2007||3||5:00||Southaven, Mississippi, USA|
|Win||10-2||Rob Emerson||Decision (Split)||Shooto: Warrior Spirit:Evolution||November 14, 2003||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, USA|
|Loss||9-2||Alberto Crane||Decision (Split)||King of the Cage 21: Invasion||February 21, 2003||3||5:00||Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA|
|Win||9-1||David Gardner||Submission (Kneebar)||King of the Cage 16: Double Cross||August 2, 2002||1||4:31||San Jacinto, California, USA|
|Win||8-1||Rumina Sato||Decision (Unanimous)||Shooto:Professional Shooto JAPAN 2002||June 29, 2002||3||5:00||Osaka, Japan|
|Win||7-1||Sean Wilmot||Submission (Armbar)||King of the Cage 13: Revolution||May 17, 2002||1||1:57||Reno, Nevada, USA|
|Win||6-1||Philip Perez||Submission (Triangle Choke)||King of the Cage 10: Critical Mass||August 4, 2001||2||3:58||San Jacinto, California, USA|
|Win||5-1||Farrell Frisby||Submission (Heel Hook)||King of the Cage 9: Showtime||June 23, 2001||1||0:48||San Jacinto, California, USA|
|Win||4-1||22px Antonio Emae||Submission (Punches)||King of the Cage 3: Knockout Nightmare||April 15, 2000||1||1:42||San Jacinto, California, USA|
|Win||3-1||Louie Cercedez||Submission (Armbar)||Empire 1 Official||August 15, 1999||1||Corona, California, USA|
|Win||2-1||Sean Kim||Submission (Armbar)||Neutral Grounds 5||June 28, 1998||1||1:37||USA|
|Win||1-1||Kim Kellenberger||Decision (Unanimous)||Neutral Grounds 5||June 28, 1998||1||8:00||USA|
|Loss||0-1||Victor Hunsaker||Decision (Unanimous)||Neutral Grounds 5||June 28, 1998||1||8:00||USA|