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Alexandre Freitas, commonly known as Alexandre “Soca”, was considered by many as the king of Jiu Jitsu’s super-featherweight division in the late 1990’s early 2000’s. Alexandre “Soca” conquered numerous BJJ and submission wrestling competitions including the prestigious Abu Dhabi Combat Club tournament (ADCC), arguably the most prestigious grappling trophy in the world.

Alexandre Soca Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Alexandre Carneiro Monteiro de Freitas

Nickname: When Alexandre was 18 years old, he decided to start training boxing to break his BJJ routine. Renzo Gracie and Carlos Gracie Junior started calling him “Socador”or “Soca” (puncher/striker) because of this. With time everybody at the Gracie Barra academy started calling him by the nickname “Soca”.

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie Sr. > Helio Gracie > Carlos Gracie Junior > Alexandre de Freitas

Main Achievements:

  • ADCC Champion (1998);
  • Pan American Champion (2000);
  • Pan American Nogi Champion (2008 – Senior 1);
  • Brazilian National Champion (1996);
  • Champion of the “Desafio Renzo vs Wallid” (1993);
  • 2x ADCC Silver Medallist (1999, 2000);
  • Brazilian Silver Medallist (1999)

Favourite Position/Technique: Choke from the back and Armlock from side control.

Weight Division: Pluma, Pena and leve.

Team Association: Soca BJJ

Alexandre Soca’s Biography

Alexandre Soca was born on the 6th of September 1972 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He was very active as a child, doing many sports with a special attention to surf, and it wasn’t until 1988 that he went to his first Jiu Jitsu class, a class he attended trying to follow his brother’s footsteps – his brother was a BJJ blue belt at the time.

Soca’s very first Jiu Jitsu instructor was Jean Jacques Machado in an academy filled with amazing talent, figures like “Draculino”, “Soneca”, “Risada” and many others were daily on the mats. Alexandre Freitas showed his own talent from the start and progressed through the ranks under Machado’s supervision at the famed Gracie Barra academy in Barra da Tijuca. Shortly after Alexandre received his purple belt, Jean Jacques moved to America and Carlos Gracie Junior took charge of his classes.

While Alexandre Soca was a purple belt, he also began helping out as an assistant coach at the gym, aiding Roberto Correa and Ralph Gracie. Alexandre received his black belt in 1994 and went on to have a fabulous career as both a competitor and a coach having helped several fantastic grapplers raise up their game, including Kyra Gracie whom he coached until she reached her purple belt. In 2005 he got an invitation to coach one of two academies; one was located in Hawaii and another one in Long Island – NY where he would replace Rodrigo Gracie. Alexandre liked the idea of living abroad and opted to go to Long Island.

In his career as a coach, Soca has been known for a preference in creating his own brand. Though he was linked with Gracie Barra for a long time, he chose to fund Soca BJJ distancing himself from the Barra franchise. The successful “Soca BJJ” academy has already graduated several black belts who are spread out all over the world, fighters like Rafael “Capoeira”, Paulo de Tarso, “Cabeção”, Vinicius Moura, Sydney Machado and even The Ultimate Fighter season 8 finalist Phillipe Nover.

Alexandre also ventured in the world of MMA (mixed martial arts) in 2004. He made his debut against the experienced Yoshiro Maeda, displaying a lot of his BJJ skills in the first round but succumbing to a knee strike early in the second round. Maeda was undefeated at the time with 7-0-0 and stayed undefeated until 2005.

Alexandre Soca Grappling Record

28 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    9 (32%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    19 (68%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

19 SUBMISSIONS WINS

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Armbar
26
5
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Choke from back
26
5
#5AD3D1
Choke
21
4
#d1212a
Guillotine
16
3
#fad11b
RNC
5
1
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Triangle
5
1
19
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
13 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    11 (85%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    2 (15%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

2 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

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Leglock
100
2
2
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Alexandre Soca Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
59Royler GracieRoyler GracieLN/ABrasileiro70KGF1994
70Joao RoqueJoao RoqueLPts: 4x2Pan American70KGSF1996
111Royler GracieRoyler GracieLN/AWorld Champ.70KGSF1997
131Vitor ShaolinVitor ShaolinLPts: 5x0Team Nationals88KGSF1997
256Marco BarbosaMarco BarbosaLPointsBrasileiro70KGF1999
311Royler GracieRoyler GracieLLeglockADCC66KGF1999
382BJ PennBJ PennLPointsWorld Champ.70KG1/4F2000
410Royler GracieRoyler GracieLPts: 5x0ADCC66KGF2000
497Baret YoshidaBaret YoshidaLLeglockADCC66KGSF2001
499Robson MouraRobson MouraLPointsADCC66KG3PLC2001
763Baret YoshidaBaret YoshidaLPts: 9x6ADCC66KGSF2003
765Royler GracieRoyler GracieLPts: 8x0ADCC66KG3PLC2003
880Mario ReisMario ReisLPts: 8x4World Champ.70KGF2003
57UnknownWTriangleBrasileiro70KG1/4F1994
58Marcelo MendesWArmbarBrasileiro70KGSF1994
69Eduardo TitaWArmbarPan American70KG1/4F1996
83Marcelo TeloWChoke from backBrasileiro70KG1/4F1996
84Paulo CoelhoWPointsBrasileiro70KGSF1996
109Wellington DiasWellington DiasWPointsWorld Champ.70KG1/4F1997
139Trevor LallyWArmbarADCC66KG1/4F1998
142MarcWArmbarADCC66KGSF1998
144Robin GracieWChokeADCC66KGF1998
251Vinicius CruzWChokeBrasileiro70KGR11999
253Robson MouraRobson MouraWChoke from backBrasileiro70KG1/4F1999
254Octavio CoutoOctavio CoutoWPointsBrasileiro70KGSF1999
304T. HironoWArmbarADCC66KGR11999
307Vinicius DraculinoVinicius DraculinoWPts: 2x0ADCC66KG1/4F1999
309Sasha PalvskiWChokeADCC66KGSF1999
372Fernando LopesWChokePan American70KGSF2000
373Edson DinizWChoke from backPan American70KGF2000
402T. YanoWPts: 10x0ADCC66KGR12000
406Sasha PlavskiWPointsADCC66KG1/4F2000
408Joe GilbertWRNCADCC66KGSF2000
490Y. KinishiWGuillotineADCC66KGR12001
493T. YanoWGuillotineADCC66KG1/4F2001
753K. HirateWN/AADCC66KGR12003
761Joaquim HansenWGuillotineADCC66KG1/4F2003
875UnknownWChoke from backWorld Champ.70KGR12003
876Wellington DiasWellington DiasWChoke from backWorld Champ.70KG1/4F2003
879Reinaldo RibeiroReinaldo RibeiroWPts: 7x4World Champ.70KGSF2003
944Yuki NakaiYuki NakaiWPointsG1-02 Pro League70KGSPF2003

Alexandre Soca BJJ Highlight

Alexandre Soca BJJ

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