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DJ Jackson is one of Team Lloyd Irvin’s most accomplished competitors and an important figure in jiu jitsu’s middleweight division, having won the IBJJF world championship in every lower belt division on his way to black belt, a promotion he achieved on July 2012. Originally a wrestler, DJ Jackson became part of Lloyd Irvin‘s jiu jitsu team on his off season, and picked up a series of wins from the start, relegating wrestling to the background to focus on BJJ competition.

DJ Jackson Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: De’Alonzio Jerome Jackson

Nickname: “DJ” which is short for De’Alonzio Jerome, he is also called “Ram-Man” most likely due to his powerful double leg takedown, “Kimura-Kid” for the same prowess with that technique and “Human Honey Badger” for his tenacity on the mats.

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Rickson Gracie > Jorge Pereira > Leo Dalla > Lloyd Irvin > DJ Jackson

Main Achievements:

  • World Champion (2010 blue, 2011 purple, 2012 brown)
  • No Gi World Champion (2009 blue, 2010 purple, 2011 brown, 2012/2015 black)
  • Grappling Pro Champion (2016)
  • Gracie World Champion (2012 brown, weight & absolute)
  • Pan American Silver Medallist (2011 purple)
  • Rickson Gracie Cup Silver Medal (2012 black)
  • Pan American Bronze Medallist (2010 blue)
  • No Gi World Championship Bronze Medallist (2015 absolute)

Favourite Technique/Position: Double Leg Takedown, Half-Guard from Top.

Weight Division: Peso Médio (82kg/181bs)

Team/Association: Team Lloyd Irvin

DJ Jackson Biography

DJ Jackson was born in District Heights, Maryland – USA, and started wrestling for the DeMartha Catholic High School (Maryland) on his freshman year. DJ joined Lloyd Irvin’s wrestling program (led by Jim Kelly) a couple of years into his wrestling (2008), he decided to start training there on his off-season as a way to stay in shape.

When at the Team Lloyd Irvin DJ tried jiu jitsu classes as well to keep things interesting and to add something new to his game. DJ Jackson caught Lloyd Irvin’s attention at one of these classes; Irvin asked him if he wouldn’t mind helping some of the more advanced students train for a Nogi competition that was coming up where DJ’s wrestling ability could be of great help. DJ Jackson started getting more involved in jiu jitsu through this contact with the “Medal Chasers” of Lloyd Irvin’s BJJ program. With this involvement came the “jiu jitsu bug” which got DJ hooked on to BJJ, after that contact it didn’t take him long to make it to Lloyd Irvin’s competition team.

With a natural grinding style, very suited for his body frame and his strength, DJ started terrorising everyone in jiu jitsu competitions, first in Nogi tournaments, and shortly after in Gi BJJ too, as soon as he got more used to the use of the kimono. DJ Jackson went through the ranks very rapidly winning most of the top tournaments in the world from blue bet to brown belt, getting his black belt (2012) in around 4 years time, an incredibly fast progress for BJJ, but not something totally unheard of and certainly well deserving for DJ Jackson. On his way to black belt, DJ also fought in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), a subject that always interested the “Ram-Man”. Jackson has trained with many UFC fighters, including Phil Davis, Mike Easton, Michael Chandler, Dominic Cruz and many others.

DJ Jackson Grappling Record

34 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    20 (59%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    5 (15%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    7 (21%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (6%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

7 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Wristlock
57
4
#86e620
Submission
14
1
#5AD3D1
Arm in guillotine
14
1
#d1212a
Guillotine
14
1
7
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
18 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    6 (33%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    4 (22%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    2 (11%)
  • BY DECISION
    3 (17%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    3 (17%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

2 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Armbar
50
1
#86e620
RNC
50
1
2
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

DJ Jackson Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
3609Lucas LeiteLucas LeiteLReferee DecisionNYC World Trials83KGF2012
3679Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLArmbarWorld Pro.82KGR22012
4162Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi WorldsABS1/4F2012
4292Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLPts: 0x0, PenEuropean Open82KG1/4F2013
4363Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 12x0Pan AmericanABS1/4F2013
4429Clark GracieClark GracieLReferee DecisionPan American82KGSF2013
4485Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro82KGR12013
4576Leonardo LeiteLeonardo LeiteLPointsWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4669Tio ChicoDN/ACopa Podio76KGGP2013
4681Vinicius MarinhoVinicius MarinhoLAdvCopa Podio76KGGP2013
4689Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 6x2Copa Podio76KGSF2013
4690Vinicius MarinhoVinicius MarinhoLPenCopa Podio76KG3PLC2013
4808AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmLReferee DecisionADCC77KGR12013
4925Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLPointsNoGi Worlds82KGSF2013
5095Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLPointsPan AmericanABSR32014
5158Diego HertzogLPts: 2x2, AdvPan American88KGR12014
5541Rodrigo FreitasRodrigo FreitasLPenWorld Champ.76KGR12014
8106Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLRNCNoGi WorldsABSSF2015
9203Rustam ChsievLPointsEBI 6ABS1/4F2016
3608Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaWPointsNYC World Trials83KGSF2012
4117UnknownWWristlockNoGi Worlds82KGR12012
4120Jason ManlyWPts: 11x0NoGi Worlds82KG1/4F2012
4124Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds82KGSF2012
4126Clark GracieClark GracieWPts: 5x0NoGi Worlds82KGF2012
4151James PuopoloJames PuopoloWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi WorldsABSR12012
4158Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarWPts: 4x0NoGi WorldsABS1/8F2012
4331Rodrigo BrevesWPointsNYC World Trials83KGN/A2013
4343Felipe MatosWAdvPan AmericanABSR12013
4356Gabriel VellaGabriel VellaWPts: 2x0Pan AmericanABSR22013
4420Gabriel RolloGabriel RolloWAdvPan American82KGR22013
4427Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaWWristlockPan American82KG1/4F2013
4566Magid HageWPts: 2x0World Champ.ABSRDS2013
4676Oliver GeddesOliver GeddesWWristlockCopa Podio76KGGP2013
4684Rodrigo MagalhaesWPts: 2x0Copa Podio76KGGP2013
5003Abmar BarbosaAbmar BarbosaWPts: 3x0Boston W. Open82KGSF2013
5004Gregor GracieGregor GracieWPts: 2x0Boston W. Open82KGF2013
5006Abmar BarbosaAbmar BarbosaWPointsBoston W. OpenABSSF2013
5007Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaWPts: 6x0Boston W. OpenABSF2013
5010Garry TononGarry TononWPointsADCC NationalsABSSPF2014
5076UnknownWSubmissionPan AmericanABSR22014
5537UnknownWWristlockWorld Champ.76KGR12014
8033Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarWPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds82KG1/8F2015
8036Vinicius AgudoWPts: 5x0NoGi Worlds82KG1/4F2015
8038Otavio SousaOtavio SousaWReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds82KGSF2015
8040Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaWPts: 3x0NoGi Worlds82KGF2015
8092Eliot KellyEliot KellyWReferee DecisionNoGi WorldsABSR12015
8098Guybson SáWPts: 6x0NoGi WorldsABS1/8F2015
8102Caio TerraCaio TerraWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi WorldsABS1/4F2015
9198Bruno BastosBruno BastosWArm in guillotineEBI 6ABSR12016
9995Corey BrownWPts: 24x0Grappling Pro77KG1/4F2016
9998Garry TononGarry TononWPts: 7x2Grappling Pro77KGSF2016
9999Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaWPts: 6x3Grappling Pro77KGF2016
10521John CombsJohn CombsWGuillotineF2W Pro 1882KGSPF2016

DJ Jackson Team Lloyd Irvin black belt promotion

DJ Jackson vs Benny Dariush

DJ Jackson vs Fabian Rosario

DJ Jackson vs Raphael Rosendo

4 Comments

  • BJJ Fan says:

    This kid is incredible. I had the chance to watch him at the Pan Ams in 2011 as a purple, and I knew he was a beast then. But for him to be doing the things he is doing at black in such a short time is pretty awesome. He is beating guys who have had their black belts longer than he has been training. And the black belts he has beaten aren't chumps either. In his last video on this page he beat Rafael. I've had the privilege of watching a few of Rafael's matches, and have competed against some of his student's. There are no slouches there. And at the Atlanta Open he defeated Lucas Lepri in the open class. Lepri is a World Champion. He has had to put in a lot of work for those kind of results. The guy's sick.

  • bjjer says:

    you should posy his video with luke lepri

  • Dustin says:

    Can we get this guy removed from the list? A person who is charged with sexually assaulting a minor shouldn’t be anyone’s hero bjj or otherwise.

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