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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
1347Jeff MonsonLPts: 2x0World NoGiABSF2007
1352Daniel MoraesDaniel MoraesLGuillotineWorld NoGi82KGSF2007
1469Sergio MoraesSergio MoraesLPts: 6x2World Champ.82KGF2008
1536Carlos FerreiraLDQNoGi Worlds82KGNA2008
1747Tom ManelskiLPointsGQ All-Star ProABSNA2009
1751Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLPointsGQ Del MarABSF2009
1753Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLPts: 4x4, AdvGrapplers QuestABSF2009
1956Joao AssisJoao AssisLPts: 6x0GQ UFC ExpoABSSF2010
1969Joao AssisJoao AssisLPts: 2x2, AdvGQ Las VegasABSNA2010
1983Lucas LeiteLucas LeiteLPointsGrapplers Quest82KGF2010
2923Lucas LeiteLucas LeiteLPts: 15x0World Champ.82KGRD22012
3715Gary TononLHeel hookGQ King OTMABSNA2014
1344Wellington DiasWellington DiasWDarce chokeWorld NoGiABSRDS2007
1345Wilson ReisWMata leaoWorld NoGiABS1/4F2007
1346Cristiano LazzariniCristiano LazzariniWPointsWorld NoGiABSSF2007
1351Christian UflackerWDarce chokeWorld NoGi82KG1/4F2007
1454Paulo ProcopioWChoke from backWorld Champ.82KGRD12008
1461Alan FinfouAlan FinfouWLapel chokeWorld Champ.82KGRd 22008
1464Luiz GustavoWToe holdWorld Champ.82KG1/4F2008
1467Otavio SousaOtavio SousaWKneebarWorld Champ.82KGSF2008
1556Mike CusiWDarce chokeSan Diego Pro76KG1/4F2008
1557Jason BukachWKimuraSan Diego Pro76KGSF2008
1745Joe StevensonWPts: 4x2UFC ExpoABSSUPERF2009
1746Ben PitchfordWPts: 11x0World Series76KGNA2009
1748Daniel TavarezWMata leaoGQ All-Star ProABSF2009
1750Rodrigo CavacaRodrigo CavacaWTriangleGQ Del MarABSNA2009
1752Bruno BastosBruno BastosWPointsGrapplers QuestABSSF2009
1754Seph SmithWDarce chokeGQ Las VegasABSNA2009
1964Rob. McConkieWArmbarGQ UFC ExpoABSNA2010
1965Enrico CoccoWPts: 2x0GQ UFC ExpoABSNA2010
1966Casey MillikenWToe holdGQ UFC ExpoABSNA2010
1967Josh HingerWArmbarGQ UFC ExpoABSNA2010
1968Igor AraujoWPts: 2x2, AdvGQ Las VegasABSNA2010
1970Pat MillerWKneebarGQ LV ExpoABSNA2010
1982Marcel LouzadoMarcel LouzadoWGuillotineGrapplers Quest82KGSF2010
1985Nolan DutcherWArm in ezekielGQ NationalsABSNA2011
1986Rodrigo RanieriRodrigo RanieriWPts: 2x2, AdvGQ NationalsABSNA2011
1987Jared PlattWTriangleGQ Nat. NoGi82KGF2011
2447Hermes FrancaWPts: 4x2UFC ExpoABSSUPERF2011
2899Felipe OliveiraWChokeWorld Champ.82KGRD12012
2910Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWKneebarWorld Champ.82KGRD22012
3058Fredson PaixaoFredson PaixaoWPointsGQ UFC ExpoABSSF2012
3059Marcelo MafraWToe holdGQ UFC ExpoABSF2012
3060UnknownWDarce chokeGrapplers QuestABSNA2012
3713Gabriel ToribioWTriangleGQ King OTMABSNA2014
3714Jordan TaborWTriangleGQ King OTMABSNA2014

Bill Cooper Highlight

Bill Cooper’s MMA debut (against Ricardo Patino)

 

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