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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.

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

39 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    8 (21%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (5%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    29 (74%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

29 SUBMISSIONS WINS

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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
Flying triangle
3
1
#ff9124
Arm in ezekiel
3
1
#bf1f6c
Guillotine
3
1
#22c9a5
Kimura
3
1
#fad223
Lapel choke
3
1
#03861f
Choke from back
3
1
#039a1f
Power guillotine
3
1
#03b41f
Choke
3
1
29
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
13 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    8 (62%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (15%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    2 (15%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (8%)

2 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

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Guillotine
50
1
#86e620
Heel hook
50
1
2
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Bill Cooper Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
1264Lucas LeiteLucas LeiteLPointsGQ All Star Pro72KGF2007
1465Jeff MonsonLPts: 2x0World NoGiABSF2007
1470Daniel MoraesDaniel MoraesLGuillotineWorld NoGi82KGSF2007
1587Sergio MoraesSergio MoraesLPts: 6x2World Champ.82KGF2008
1652Carlos FerreiraLDQNoGi Worlds82KGNA2008
1910Tom ManelskiLPointsGQ All-Star ProABSNA2009
1914Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLPointsGQ Del MarABSF2009
1916Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLPts: 4x4, AdvGrapplers QuestABSF2009
2119Joao AssisJoao AssisLPts: 6x0GQ UFC ExpoABSSF2010
2132Joao AssisJoao AssisLPts: 2x2, AdvGQ Las VegasABSNA2010
2146Lucas LeiteLucas LeiteLPointsGrapplers Quest82KGF2010
3094Lucas LeiteLucas LeiteLPts: 15x0World Champ.82KGRD22012
3921Gary TononLHeel hookGQ King OTMABSNA2014
1238Lou DeLaPenaWFlying triangleGQ All Star Pro81KG1/4F2006
1240Joe ScarolaWPower guillotineGQ All Star Pro81KGSF2006
1241Gregor GracieGregor GracieWPts: 8x6GQ All Star Pro81KGF2006
1261UnknownWKneebarGQ All Star Pro72KG1/4F2007
1262Scott BieriWTriangleGQ All Star Pro72KGSF2007
1462Wellington DiasWellington DiasWDarce chokeWorld NoGiABSRDS2007
1463Wilson ReisWMata leaoWorld NoGiABS1/4F2007
1464Cristiano LazzariniCristiano LazzariniWPointsWorld NoGiABSSF2007
1469Christian UflackerWDarce chokeWorld NoGi82KG1/4F2007
1572Paulo ProcopioWChoke from backWorld Champ.82KGRD12008
1579Alan FinfouAlan FinfouWLapel chokeWorld Champ.82KGRD 22008
1582Luiz GustavoWToe holdWorld Champ.82KG1/4F2008
1585Otavio SousaOtavio SousaWKneebarWorld Champ.82KGSF2008
1672Mike CusiWDarce chokeSan Diego Pro76KG1/4F2008
1673Jason BukachWKimuraSan Diego Pro76KGSF2008
1908Joe StevensonWPts: 4x2UFC ExpoABSSUPERF2009
1909Ben PitchfordWPts: 11x0World Series76KGNA2009
1911Daniel TavarezWMata leaoGQ All-Star ProABSF2009
1913Rodrigo CavacaRodrigo CavacaWTriangleGQ Del MarABSNA2009
1915Bruno BastosBruno BastosWPointsGrapplers QuestABSSF2009
1917Seph SmithWDarce chokeGQ Las VegasABSNA2009
2127Rob. McConkieWArmbarGQ UFC ExpoABSNA2010
2128Enrico CoccoWPts: 2x0GQ UFC ExpoABSNA2010
2129Casey MillikenWToe holdGQ UFC ExpoABSNA2010
2130Josh HingerWArmbarGQ UFC ExpoABSNA2010
2131Igor AraujoWPts: 2x2, AdvGQ Las VegasABSNA2010
2133Pat MillerWKneebarGQ LV ExpoABSNA2010
2145Marcel LouzadoMarcel LouzadoWGuillotineGrapplers Quest82KGSF2010
2148Nolan DutcherWArm in ezekielGQ NationalsABSNA2011
2149Rodrigo RanieriRodrigo RanieriWPts: 2x2, AdvGQ NationalsABSNA2011
2150Jared PlattWTriangleGQ Nat. NoGi82KGF2011
2610Hermes FrancaWPts: 4x2UFC ExpoABSSUPERF2011
3070Felipe OliveiraWChokeWorld Champ.82KGRD12012
3081Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWKneebarWorld Champ.82KGRD22012
3229Fredson PaixaoFredson PaixaoWPointsGQ UFC ExpoABSSF2012
3230Marcelo MafraWToe holdGQ UFC ExpoABSF2012
3231UnknownWDarce chokeGrapplers QuestABSNA2012
3919Gabriel ToribioWTriangleGQ King OTMABSNA2014
3920Jordan TaborWTriangleGQ King OTMABSNA2014

Bill Cooper Highlight

Bill Cooper’s MMA debut (against Ricardo Patino)

 

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