Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Team History, Fighter Stats, Biographies and News

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Bill Cooper, also known as ‘Bill The Grill’, is an American grappler who earned the rank of black belt in Brazilian jiu jitsu training under the supervision of Ricardo Miller at the Paragon jiu jitsu academy. Bill Cooper is one of the most exciting jiu jitsu competitors of his generation, being also the youngest American to have achieved a black belt in BJJ at the time of the grading. Bill Cooper has ventured into Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) as well, having competed in prestigious organizations such as Strikeforce.

Bill Cooper Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: William Cooper

Nickname: The Grill derives from his exquisite set of front teeth.

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Rolls Gracie > Romero Cavalcanti > Ricardo Miller > William Cooper

Main Achievements:

  • 27x Grapplers Quest Champion
  • Pan American Champion (2007 brown belt)
  • Houston Open Champion (2010)
  • Best of the West Champion (2007)
  • 2x World Silver Medallist (2008, 2007 open weight brown belt)
  • World Nogi Silver Medallist (2007 open weight)
  • World Bronze Medallist (2010 black belt)
  • World Nogi Bronze Medallist (2008 middle weight)

Favourite Technique/Position: Open Guard

Weight Division: Peso Medio (82kg-181lbs), Peso Leve (76kg-167lbs)

Team/Association: Paragon BJJ

Bill Cooper, Bill “The Grill” Biography

Bill Cooper was born on the 5th of May, 1987 in Santa Barbara – California. He started practicing Jiu Jitsu when he was in his early teens with Ricardo Franjinha. His natural ability for the sport was evident from the get go, as he started competing in Grapplers Quest when he was a mere 15 years of age. Jeff Glover a prestigious veteran grappler from the same camp as Bill Cooper (Paragon BJJ) said of Cooper that with just one year of training he was already having trouble to submit “The Grill” and by the 3rd year he was trying not to be submitted.

In 2007 Bill Cooper fought the Pan American, winning the competition with flying colours, submitting everyone in the brown belt division. He went on to medal at the Mundial that same year (in the absolute division) where Bill was desqualified in the final – against Otavio Souza – for not wearing underwear, a very unusual event in a final of a major tournament. After the World Championships he was awarded his black belt, at age 20. Meaning he was the youngest American to have received a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at the time.

In 2008 Bill Cooper embargoed in a career in MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) with a win against Ricardo Patino at the “Future Stars of MMA” event in Las Vegas. A fight he won by RNC in one minute. He continued his career in MMA throughout 2009 with two more wins leaving his Kimono on the shelf, but he came back strong in 2010 with some good wins and great displays of BJJ in important tournaments such as the Mundial, the Nogi Worlds.

Bill Cooper Grappling Record

41 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    9 (22%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (7%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    29 (71%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

29 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Triangle
17
5
#86e620
Darce choke
17
5
#5AD3D1
Kneebar
14
4
#d1212a
Toe hold
10
3
#fad11b
RNC
7
2
#f58822
Armbar
7
2
#224aba
Flying triangle
3
1
#ff9124
Power guillotine
3
1
#bf1f6c
Choke from back
3
1
#22c9a5
Lapel choke
3
1
#fad223
Kimura
3
1
#03861f
Guillotine
3
1
#039a1f
Arm in ezekiel
3
1
#03b41f
Choke
3
1
29
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
17 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    11 (65%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (12%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    3 (18%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (6%)

3 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

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Guillotine
33
1
#86e620
Heel hook
33
1
#5AD3D1
Armbar
33
1
3
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Bill Cooper Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
1525Lucas LeiteLucas LeiteLPointsGQ All Star Pro72KGF2007
1757Jeff MonsonLPts: 2x0World NoGiABSF2007
1763Daniel MoraesDaniel MoraesLGuillotineWorld NoGi79KGSF2007
1893Sergio MoraesSergio MoraesLPts: 6x2World Champ.82KGF2008
1959Carlos FerreiraLDQNoGi Worlds79KG1/4F2008
2104Carlos FerreiraLPointsPan American82KG1/8F2009
2320Tom ManelskiLPointsGQ All-Star ProABSNA2009
2324Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLPointsGQ Del MarABSF2009
2326Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLPts: 4x4, AdvGrapplers QuestABSF2009
2496Carlos EsquisitoCarlos EsquisitoLPointsPan AmericanABSR12010
2667Joao AssisJoao AssisLPts: 6x0GQ UFC ExpoABSSF2010
2680Joao AssisJoao AssisLPts: 2x2, AdvGQ Las VegasABSNA2010
2694Lucas LeiteLucas LeiteLPointsGrapplers Quest82KGF2010
3860Lucas LeiteLucas LeiteLPts: 15x0World Champ.82KG1/8F2012
4042Marcus AntelanteLPts: 4x0NoGi Worlds82KGR12012
4905Garry TononGarry TononLHeel hookGQ King OTMABSNA2014
5772Jake SwimneyLArmbarEBI77KGR12014
1492Lou DeLaPenaWFlying triangleGQ All Star Pro81KG1/4F2006
1494Joe ScarolaWPower guillotineGQ All Star Pro81KGSF2006
1495Gregor GracieGregor GracieWPts: 8x6GQ All Star Pro81KGF2006
1522UnknownWKneebarGQ All Star Pro72KG1/4F2007
1523Scott BieriWTriangleGQ All Star Pro72KGSF2007
1754Wellington DiasWellington DiasWDarce chokeWorld NoGiABSRDS2007
1755Wilson ReisWRNCWorld NoGiABS1/4F2007
1756Cristiano LazzariniCristiano LazzariniWPointsWorld NoGiABSSF2007
1762Christian UflackerWDarce chokeWorld NoGi79KG1/4F2007
1878Paulo ProcopioWChoke from backWorld Champ.82KGR12008
1885Alan FinfouAlan FinfouWLapel chokeWorld Champ.82KGR22008
1888Luiz GustavoWToe holdWorld Champ.82KG1/4F2008
1891Otavio SousaOtavio SousaWKneebarWorld Champ.82KGSF2008
1981Mike CusiWDarce chokeSan Diego Pro76KG1/4F2008
1982Jason BukachWKimuraSan Diego Pro76KGSF2008
2316Joe StevensonWPts: 4x2UFC ExpoABSSPF2009
2319Ben PitchfordWPts: 11x0World Series76KGNA2009
2321Daniel TavarezWRNCGQ All-Star ProABSF2009
2323Rodrigo CavacaRodrigo CavacaWTriangleGQ Del MarABSNA2009
2325Bruno BastosBruno BastosWPointsGrapplers QuestABSSF2009
2327Seph SmithWDarce chokeGQ Las VegasABSNA2009
2461Y. KakizawaWPts: 0x0, AdvPan American76KG1/8F2010
2465Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaWPointsPan American76KG1/4F2010
2675Rob. McConkieWArmbarGQ UFC ExpoABSNA2010
2676Enrico CoccoWPts: 2x0GQ UFC ExpoABSNA2010
2677Casey MillikenWToe holdGQ UFC ExpoABSNA2010
2678Josh HingerWArmbarGQ UFC ExpoABSNA2010
2679Igor AraujoWPts: 2x2, AdvGQ Las VegasABSNA2010
2681Pat MillerWKneebarGQ LV ExpoABSNA2010
2693Marcel LouzadoMarcel LouzadoWGuillotineGrapplers Quest82KGSF2010
2702Nolan DutcherWArm in ezekielGQ NationalsABSNA2011
2703Rodrigo RanieriRodrigo RanieriWPts: 2x2, AdvGQ NationalsABSNA2011
2704Jared PlattWTriangleGQ Nat. NoGi82KGF2011
3244Hermes FrancaWPts: 4x2UFC ExpoABSSPF2011
3835Felipe OliveiraWChokeWorld Champ.82KGR12012
3848Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWKneebarWorld Champ.82KGR22012
3998Fredson PaixaoFredson PaixaoWPointsGQ UFC ExpoABSSF2012
3999Marcelo MafraWToe holdGQ UFC ExpoABSF2012
4000UnknownWDarce chokeGrapplers QuestABSNA2012
4903Gabriel ToribioWTriangleGQ King OTMABSNA2014
4904Jordan TaborWTriangleGQ King OTMABSNA2014

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