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Bill “The Grill” Cooper

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
Mata leao
7
2
#f58822
Armbar
7
2
#224aba
Choke from back
3
1
#ff9124
Lapel choke
3
1
#bf1f6c
Kimura
3
1
#22c9a5
Guillotine
3
1
#fad223
Arm in ezekiel
3
1
#03861f
Choke
3
1
#039a1f
Flying triangle
3
1
#03b41f
Power guillotine
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

#214eb8
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
1424Lucas LeiteLucas LeiteLPointsGQ All Star Pro72KGF2007
1640Jeff MonsonLPts: 2x0World NoGiABSF2007
1645Daniel MoraesDaniel MoraesLGuillotineWorld NoGi82KGSF2007
1762Sergio MoraesSergio MoraesLPts: 6x2World Champ.82KGF2008
1827Carlos FerreiraLDQNoGi Worlds82KGNA2008
1964Carlos FerreiraLPointsPan American82KG1/8F2009
2163Tom ManelskiLPointsGQ All-Star ProABSNA2009
2167Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLPointsGQ Del MarABSF2009
2169Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLPts: 4x4, AdvGrapplers QuestABSF2009
2322Carlos EsquisitoCarlos EsquisitoLPointsPan AmericanABSR12010
2476Joao AssisJoao AssisLPts: 6x0GQ UFC ExpoABSSF2010
2489Joao AssisJoao AssisLPts: 2x2, AdvGQ Las VegasABSNA2010
2503Lucas LeiteLucas LeiteLPointsGrapplers Quest82KGF2010
3652Lucas LeiteLucas LeiteLPts: 15x0World Champ.82KG1/8F2012
3834Marcus AntelanteLPts: 4x0NoGi Worlds82KGR12012
4656Garry TononGarry TononLHeel hookGQ King OTMABSNA2014
5507Jake SwimneyLArmbarEBI77KGR12014
1393Lou DeLaPenaWFlying triangleGQ All Star Pro81KG1/4F2006
1395Joe ScarolaWPower guillotineGQ All Star Pro81KGSF2006
1396Gregor GracieGregor GracieWPts: 8x6GQ All Star Pro81KGF2006
1421UnknownWKneebarGQ All Star Pro72KG1/4F2007
1422Scott BieriWTriangleGQ All Star Pro72KGSF2007
1637Wellington DiasWellington DiasWDarce chokeWorld NoGiABSRDS2007
1638Wilson ReisWMata leaoWorld NoGiABS1/4F2007
1639Cristiano LazzariniCristiano LazzariniWPointsWorld NoGiABSSF2007
1644Christian UflackerWDarce chokeWorld NoGi82KG1/4F2007
1747Paulo ProcopioWChoke from backWorld Champ.82KGR12008
1754Alan FinfouAlan FinfouWLapel chokeWorld Champ.82KGRD 22008
1757Luiz GustavoWToe holdWorld Champ.82KG1/4F2008
1760Otavio SousaOtavio SousaWKneebarWorld Champ.82KGSF2008
1847Mike CusiWDarce chokeSan Diego Pro76KG1/4F2008
1848Jason BukachWKimuraSan Diego Pro76KGSF2008
2161Joe StevensonWPts: 4x2UFC ExpoABSSPF2009
2162Ben PitchfordWPts: 11x0World Series76KGNA2009
2164Daniel TavarezWMata leaoGQ All-Star ProABSF2009
2166Rodrigo CavacaRodrigo CavacaWTriangleGQ Del MarABSNA2009
2168Bruno BastosBruno BastosWPointsGrapplers QuestABSSF2009
2170Seph SmithWDarce chokeGQ Las VegasABSNA2009
2288Y. KakizawaWPts: 0x0, AdvPan American76KG1/8F2010
2292Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaWPointsPan American76KG1/4F2010
2484Rob. McConkieWArmbarGQ UFC ExpoABSNA2010
2485Enrico CoccoWPts: 2x0GQ UFC ExpoABSNA2010
2486Casey MillikenWToe holdGQ UFC ExpoABSNA2010
2487Josh HingerWArmbarGQ UFC ExpoABSNA2010
2488Igor AraujoWPts: 2x2, AdvGQ Las VegasABSNA2010
2490Pat MillerWKneebarGQ LV ExpoABSNA2010
2502Marcel LouzadoMarcel LouzadoWGuillotineGrapplers Quest82KGSF2010
2505Nolan DutcherWArm in ezekielGQ NationalsABSNA2011
2506Rodrigo RanieriRodrigo RanieriWPts: 2x2, AdvGQ NationalsABSNA2011
2507Jared PlattWTriangleGQ Nat. NoGi82KGF2011
3047Hermes FrancaWPts: 4x2UFC ExpoABSSPF2011
3627Felipe OliveiraWChokeWorld Champ.82KGR12012
3640Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWKneebarWorld Champ.82KGR22012
3790Fredson PaixaoFredson PaixaoWPointsGQ UFC ExpoABSSF2012
3791Marcelo MafraWToe holdGQ UFC ExpoABSF2012
3792UnknownWDarce chokeGrapplers QuestABSNA2012
4654Gabriel ToribioWTriangleGQ King OTMABSNA2014
4655Jordan TaborWTriangleGQ King OTMABSNA2014

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