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
Armbar
7
2
#f58822
RNC
7
2
#224aba
Lapel choke
3
1
#ff9124
Kimura
3
1
#bf1f6c
Guillotine
3
1
#22c9a5
Arm in ezekiel
3
1
#fad223
Choke
3
1
#03861f
Flying triangle
3
1
#039a1f
Power guillotine
3
1
#03b41f
Choke from back
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
1526Lucas LeiteLucas LeiteLPointsGQ All Star Pro72KGF2007
1758Jeff MonsonLPts: 2x0World NoGiABSF2007
1764Daniel MoraesDaniel MoraesLGuillotineWorld NoGi79KGSF2007
1894Sergio MoraesSergio MoraesLPts: 6x2World Champ.82KGF2008
1960Carlos FerreiraLDQNoGi Worlds79KG1/4F2008
2105Carlos FerreiraLPointsPan American82KG1/8F2009
2321Tom ManelskiLPointsGQ All-Star ProABSNA2009
2325Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLPointsGQ Del MarABSF2009
2327Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLPts: 4x4, AdvGrapplers QuestABSF2009
2497Carlos EsquisitoCarlos EsquisitoLPointsPan AmericanABSR12010
2676Joao AssisJoao AssisLPts: 6x0GQ UFC ExpoABSSF2010
2689Joao AssisJoao AssisLPts: 2x2, AdvGQ Las VegasABSNA2010
2703Lucas LeiteLucas LeiteLPointsGrapplers Quest82KGF2010
3873Lucas LeiteLucas LeiteLPts: 15x0World Champ.82KG1/8F2012
4055Marcus AntelanteLPts: 4x0NoGi Worlds82KGR12012
4918Garry TononGarry TononLHeel hookGQ King OTMABSNA2014
5785Jake SwimneyLArmbarEBI77KGR12014
1493Lou DeLaPenaWFlying triangleGQ All Star Pro81KG1/4F2006
1495Joe ScarolaWPower guillotineGQ All Star Pro81KGSF2006
1496Gregor GracieGregor GracieWPts: 8x6GQ All Star Pro81KGF2006
1523UnknownWKneebarGQ All Star Pro72KG1/4F2007
1524Scott BieriWTriangleGQ All Star Pro72KGSF2007
1755Wellington DiasWellington DiasWDarce chokeWorld NoGiABSRDS2007
1756Wilson ReisWRNCWorld NoGiABS1/4F2007
1757Cristiano LazzariniCristiano LazzariniWPointsWorld NoGiABSSF2007
1763Christian UflackerWDarce chokeWorld NoGi79KG1/4F2007
1879Paulo ProcopioWChoke from backWorld Champ.82KGR12008
1886Alan FinfouAlan FinfouWLapel chokeWorld Champ.82KGR22008
1889Luiz GustavoWToe holdWorld Champ.82KG1/4F2008
1892Otavio SousaOtavio SousaWKneebarWorld Champ.82KGSF2008
1982Mike CusiWDarce chokeSan Diego Pro76KG1/4F2008
1983Jason BukachWKimuraSan Diego Pro76KGSF2008
2317Joe StevensonWPts: 4x2UFC ExpoABSSPF2009
2320Ben PitchfordWPts: 11x0World Series76KGNA2009
2322Daniel TavarezWRNCGQ All-Star ProABSF2009
2324Rodrigo CavacaRodrigo CavacaWTriangleGQ Del MarABSNA2009
2326Bruno BastosBruno BastosWPointsGrapplers QuestABSSF2009
2328Seph SmithWDarce chokeGQ Las VegasABSNA2009
2462Y. KakizawaWPts: 0x0, AdvPan American76KG1/8F2010
2466Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaWPointsPan American76KG1/4F2010
2684Rob. McConkieWArmbarGQ UFC ExpoABSNA2010
2685Enrico CoccoWPts: 2x0GQ UFC ExpoABSNA2010
2686Casey MillikenWToe holdGQ UFC ExpoABSNA2010
2687Josh HingerWArmbarGQ UFC ExpoABSNA2010
2688Igor AraujoWPts: 2x2, AdvGQ Las VegasABSNA2010
2690Pat MillerWKneebarGQ LV ExpoABSNA2010
2702Marcel LouzadoMarcel LouzadoWGuillotineGrapplers Quest82KGSF2010
2711Nolan DutcherWArm in ezekielGQ NationalsABSNA2011
2712Rodrigo RanieriRodrigo RanieriWPts: 2x2, AdvGQ NationalsABSNA2011
2713Jared PlattWTriangleGQ Nat. NoGi82KGF2011
3253Hermes FrancaWPts: 4x2UFC ExpoABSSPF2011
3848Felipe OliveiraWChokeWorld Champ.82KGR12012
3861Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWKneebarWorld Champ.82KGR22012
4011Fredson PaixaoFredson PaixaoWPointsGQ UFC ExpoABSSF2012
4012Marcelo MafraWToe holdGQ UFC ExpoABSF2012
4013UnknownWDarce chokeGrapplers QuestABSNA2012
4916Gabriel ToribioWTriangleGQ King OTMABSNA2014
4917Jordan TaborWTriangleGQ King OTMABSNA2014

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