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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

34 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    7 (21%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (6%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    25 (74%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

25 SUBMISSIONS WINS

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Darce choke
20
5
#86e620
Triangle
16
4
#5AD3D1
Toe hold
12
3
#d1212a
Kneebar
12
3
#fad11b
Mata leao
8
2
#f58822
Armbar
8
2
#224aba
Arm in ezekiel
4
1
#ff9124
Guillotine
4
1
#bf1f6c
Kimura
4
1
#22c9a5
Lapel choke
4
1
#fad223
Choke from back
4
1
#03861f
Choke
4
1
25
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
12 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    7 (58%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (17%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    2 (17%)
  • 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
1208Jeff MonsonLPts: 2x0World NoGiAbsoluteFinal2007
1213Daniel MoraesDaniel MoraesLGuillotineWorld NoGiU82kgSemi f.2007
1330Sergio MoraesSergio MoraesLPts: 6x2World Champ.U82kgFinal2008
1397Carlos FerreiraLDQNoGi WorldsU82kgn/a2008
1607Tom ManelskiLPointsGQ All-Star ProAbsoluten/a2009
1610Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLPointsGQ Del MarAbsoluteFinal2009
1612Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLPts: 4x4, AdvGrapplers QuestAbsoluteFinal2009
1808Joao AssisJoao AssisLPts: 6x0GQ UFC ExpoAbsoluteSemi f.2010
1821Joao AssisJoao AssisLPts: 2x2, AdvGQ Las VegasAbsoluten/a2010
1829Lucas LeiteLucas LeiteLPointsGrapplers QuestU82kgFinal2010
2760Lucas LeiteLucas LeiteLPts: 15x0World Champ.U82kgRd 22012
3454Gary TononLHeel hookGQ King OTMAbsoluten/a2014
1205Wellington DiasWellington DiasWDarce chokeWorld NoGiAbsoluteRounds2007
1206Wilson ReisWMata leaoWorld NoGiAbsolute1/4 final2007
1207Cristiano LazzariniCristiano LazzariniWPointsWorld NoGiAbsoluteSemi f.2007
1212Christian UflackerWDarce chokeWorld NoGiU82kg1/4 final2007
1315Paulo ProcopioWChoke from backWorld Champ.U82kgRd 12008
1322Alan FinfouAlan FinfouWLapel chokeWorld Champ.U82kgRd 22008
1325Luiz GustavoWToe holdWorld Champ.U82kg1/4 final2008
1328Otavio SousaOtavio SousaWKneebarWorld Champ.U82kgSemi f.2008
1417Mike CusiWDarce chokeSan Diego ProU76kg1/4 final2008
1418Jason BukachWKimuraSan Diego ProU76kgSemi f.2008
1605Joe StevensonWPts: 4x2UFC ExpoAbsoluteSuperfight2009
1606Ben PitchfordWPts: 11x0World SeriesU76kgn/a2009
1608Daniel TavarezWMata leaoGQ All-Star ProAbsoluteFinal2009
1609Rodrigo CavacaRodrigo CavacaWTriangleGQ Del MarAbsoluten/a2009
1611Bruno BastosBruno BastosWPointsGrapplers QuestAbsoluteSemi f.2009
1613Seph SmithWDarce chokeGQ Las VegasAbsoluten/a2009
1816Rob. McConkieWArmbarGQ UFC ExpoAbsoluten/a2010
1817Enrico CoccoWPts: 2x0GQ UFC ExpoAbsoluten/a2010
1818Casey MillikenWToe holdGQ UFC ExpoAbsoluten/a2010
1819Josh HingerWArmbarGQ UFC ExpoAbsoluten/a2010
1820Igor AraujoWPts: 2x2, AdvGQ Las VegasAbsoluten/a2010
1822Pat MillerWKneebarGQ LV ExpoAbsoluten/a2010
1828Marcel LouzadoMarcel LouzadoWGuillotineGrapplers QuestU82kgSemi f.2010
1831Nolan DutcherWArm in ezekielGQ NationalsAbsoluten/a2011
1832Rodrigo RanieriRodrigo RanieriWPts: 2x2, AdvGQ NationalsAbsoluten/a2011
1833Jared PlattWTriangleGQ Nat. NoGiU82kgFinal2011
2288Hermes FrancaWPts: 4x2UFC ExpoAbsoluteSuperfight2011
2736Felipe OliveiraWChokeWorld Champ.U82kgRd 12012
2747Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWKneebarWorld Champ.U82kgRd 22012
2895Fredson PaixaoFredson PaixaoWPointsGQ UFC ExpoAbsoluteSemi f.2012
2896Marcelo MafraWToe holdGQ UFC ExpoAbsoluteFinal2012
2897UnknownWDarce chokeGrapplers QuestAbsoluten/a2012
3452Gabriel ToribioWTriangleGQ King OTMAbsoluten/a2014
3453Jordan TaborWTriangleGQ King OTMAbsoluten/a2014

Bill Cooper Highlight

Bill Cooper’s MMA debut (against Ricardo Patino)

 

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