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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

22 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    5 (23%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (9%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    15 (68%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

15 SUBMISSIONS WINS

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Kneebar
20
3
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Triangle
13
2
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Toe hold
13
2
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Armbar
13
2
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Arm in ezekiel
7
1
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Guillotine
7
1
#224aba
Choke from back
7
1
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Mata leao
7
1
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Lapel choke
7
1
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Choke
7
1
15
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
9 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    6 (67%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (22%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    0 (0%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (11%)

0 SUBMISSION LOSSES

Bill Cooper Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
1138Sergio MoraesSergio MoraesLPts: 6x2World Champ.U82kgFinal2008
1198Carlos FerreiraLDQNoGi WorldsU82kgn/a2008
1387Tom ManelskiLPointsGQ All-Star ProAbsoluten/a2009
1390Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLPointsGQ Del MarAbsoluteFinal2009
1392Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLPts: 4x4, AdvGrapplers QuestAbsoluteFinal2009
1498Joao AssisJoao AssisLPts: 6x0GQ UFC ExpoAbsoluteSemi f.2010
1511Joao AssisJoao AssisLPts: 2x2, AdvGQ Las VegasAbsoluten/a2010
1514Lucas LeiteLucas LeiteLPointsGrapplers QuestU82kgFinal2010
2400Lucas LeiteLucas LeiteLPts: 15x0World Champ.U82kgRd 22012
1125Paulo ProcopioWChoke from backWorld Champ.U82kgRd 12008
1131Alan FinfouAlan FinfouWLapel chokeWorld Champ.U82kgRd 22008
1133Luiz GustavoWToe holdWorld Champ.U82kg1/4 final2008
1136Otavio SousaOtavio SousaWKneebarWorld Champ.U82kgSemi f.2008
1385Joe StevensonWPts: 4x2UFC ExpoAbsoluteSuperfight2009
1386Ben PitchfordWPts: 11x0World SeriesU76kgn/a2009
1388Daniel TavarezWMata leaoGQ All-Star ProAbsoluteFinal2009
1389Rodrigo CavacaRodrigo CavacaWTriangleGQ Del MarAbsoluten/a2009
1391Bruno BastosBruno BastosWPointsGrapplers QuestAbsoluteSemi f.2009
1506Rob. McConkieWArmbarGQ UFC ExpoAbsoluten/a2010
1507Enrico CoccoWPts: 2x0GQ UFC ExpoAbsoluten/a2010
1508Casey MillikenWToe holdGQ UFC ExpoAbsoluten/a2010
1509Josh HingerWArmbarGQ UFC ExpoAbsoluten/a2010
1510Igor AraujoWPts: 2x2, AdvGQ Las VegasAbsoluten/a2010
1512Pat MillerWKneebarGQ LV ExpoAbsoluten/a2010
1513Marcel LouzadoMarcel LouzadoWGuillotineGrapplers QuestU82kgSemi f.2010
1515Nolan DutcherWArm in ezekielGQ NationalsAbsoluten/a2011
1516Rodrigo RanieriRodrigo RanieriWPts: 2x2, AdvGQ NationalsAbsoluten/a2011
1517Jared PlattWTriangleGQ Nat. NoGiU82kgFinal2011
1949Hermes FrancaWPts: 4x2UFC ExpoAbsoluteSuperfight2012
2376Felipe OliveiraWChokeWorld Champ.U82kgRd 12012
2387Vitor HenriqueVitor HenriqueWKneebarWorld Champ.U82kgRd 22012

Bill Cooper Highlight

Bill Cooper’s MMA debut (against Ricardo Patino)

 

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