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Jackson Sousa, also known as “Jack” or “Jackzinho”, is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt under Rico Vieira, competitor out of the Fightzone academy in Rio de Janeiro – Checkmat Academy headquarters, and another “child” of Vieira’s social project at the Cantagalo slums. Jackson Sousa, a rising sporting star, remained for years in the limelight of Jiu Jitsu due to his long time struggle to obtain a US visa that allowed him to compete at a world stage. This important passport stamp came in 2013 and with it came also consecutive wins at the Mundial (World Championship), No Gi World Championship and Pro League, all of which cemented Jackson Sousa’s status as one of the top Jiu Jitsu athletes of his generation.

Jackson Sousa Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Jackson Sousa dos Santos

Nickname: Jack, or Jackzinho. All ways of saying Jackson.

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Rolls Gracie > Romero Cavalcanti > Ricardo Vieira > Jackson Sousa

Main Achievements:

  • World Champion (2013 brown)
  • World Champion – No Gi (2013 black)
  • IBJJF Pro League Runner-up (2013)
  • European Open Champion (2014 black, 2013 brown, 2012 brown)
  • Pan American Champion – No Gi (2014 absolute)
  • Brazilian Champion – No Gi (2012 & 2011 weight and absolute brown, 2010 brown, 2009 purple)
  • Brazilian Champion (2012 brown, 2010 purple)
  • Rio Open Champion (2012 weight & absolute brown)
  • London International Winter Open Champion (2015/2016 weight & absolute)

Favorite Position/Technique: Single Leg X-Guard

Weight Division: Peso Pesado (94kg/207lbs)

Team/Association: CheckMat BJJ

Jackson Sousa Biography

Jackson Sousa was born on the 24th of January, 1990 at the Instituto Fernandes Figueira (IFF) maternity in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. His sporting life started early, playing beach football/soccer, but at the age of 10 he was invited by a friend to come and try a Jiu Jitsu class at the social project led by Ricardo Vieira and Tererê in the Cantagalo Slums where Jackson grew up. Jackson tried one class and was hooked.

At the social project/BJJ school, his main coach was Leandro Martins. An inspirational figure for youngsters of the Cantagalo slums that is often forgotten by the Jiu Jitsu main stream. Leandro (an accomplished black belt who was paramount in Tererê’s recovery from drug abuse) led Jackson from white to blue belt, after Jackson reached blue belt level, Ricardo Vieira took over the teenager’s training.

Growing up in the favela, Jackson looked up to several Jiu Jitsu champions, also born in the Cantagalo slums who found a way to better their lives through BJJ. These were the cases of Alan ‘Finfou’ Nascimento, Bruno Matias, Sandro Vieira, ‘Trator’ (Douglas Rufino) and many others who served as real life examples to lead by and who kept Sousa away from a life of crime, a life only too common in the harsh Cantagalo environment.

Although Jackson tore up the Brazilian national circuit for a long time, he spent years unnoticed by the foreign media, a media that occasionally misses the diamonds in the rough still existing in Brazil. Those who cannot make a name for themselves at international events due to lack of sponsorship or who find it hard to get a visa approved to fight in the United States. On January 2012 however, Jackson turned a few heads his way after he found the sponsors to come and compete at the European Open in Portugal, a tournament he won a gold at his weigh division and silver at the open weight. After a couple more attempts at that US visa, in 2013 he was finally accepted to visit American soil. This blessing allowed Jackson to be internationally recognized as one of the top fighters of 2013 a deed he accomplished with 3 consecutive World class tournaments wins (Mundial, World Championship No Gi and IBJJF Pro League).

Jackson Sousa Grappling Record

69 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    34 (49%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    10 (14%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    23 (33%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (3%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

23 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Toe hold
30
7
#86e620
Choke from back
22
5
#5AD3D1
Choke
9
2
#d1212a
North south choke
9
2
#fad11b
Armbar
9
2
#f58822
Triangle
4
1
#224aba
Cross choke
4
1
#ff9124
RNC
4
1
#bf1f6c
Kneebar
4
1
#22c9a5
Straight armlock
4
1
23
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
31 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    10 (32%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    5 (16%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    10 (32%)
  • BY DECISION
    6 (19%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

10 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Choke from back
30
3
#86e620
Toe hold
20
2
#5AD3D1
Submission
10
1
#d1212a
Heel hook
10
1
#fad11b
Straight ankle lock
10
1
#f58822
Wristlock
10
1
#224aba
Inside heel hook
10
1
10
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Jackson Sousa Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
4911Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld ExpoABSSF2013
4953Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 2x0IBJJF Pro League94KGF2013
4993Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLReferee DecisionFIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5057Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPts: 2x0EuropeanABSSF2014
5094Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLSubmissionPan AmericanABSR32014
5178Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLAdvPan American94KG1/4F2014
5430Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLChoke from backWorld Pro.94KG1/4F2014
5600Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoLPts: 2x0World Champ.94KG1/4F2014
5729Mauro SantiagoLPts: 3x0No Gi Pan Am.94KGSF2014
5752Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 9x2No Gi WorldsABSRDS2014
5836Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLReferee DecisionIBJJF Pro League94KGF2014
6343Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesLReferee DecisionBerkut OpenABSSPF2015
6349Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesLToe holdBerkut Open NoGiABSSPF2015
6813Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 8x2World Pro95KGF2015
6864Alexander TransAlexander TransLToe holdWorld ProABS1/4F2015
7046Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 4x2World Champ.ABS1/8F2015
7157Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLPts: 6x0World Champ.94KGSF2015
7872Erberth SantosErberth SantosLReferee DecisionGrand Slam LA94KGSF2015
7892Andre CamposLReferee DecisionGrand Slam LAABSSF2015
8062Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds94KGF2015
8105Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyLPts: 2x2, AdvNoGi WorldsABS1/4F2015
8141Abdurakhman BilarovLHeel hookBerkut 2ABSSPF2015
8563Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLChoke from backEuropean OpenABSSF2016
8757Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 2x2, AdvLondon Grand Slam94KGSF2016
8758Max WisniewskiLStraight ankle lockLondon Grand Slam94KG3RD2016
9057Jose JuniorJose JuniorLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld ProABSR22016
9172Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLWristlockWorld Pro94KG1/4F2016
9557Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.94KGF2016
9634Victor EstimaVictor EstimaLPts: 2x0British NationalABSF2016
9832Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLChoke from backBerkut 3ABSSPF2016
10275Dillon DanisDillon DanisLInside heel hookPolaris 490KGSPF2016
4897Shiloh RobertsWChokeWorld ExpoABSGP2013
4899Nathan MendelsohnWPts: 3x3, AdvWorld ExpoABSGP2013
4900Marcel GoncalvesMarcel GoncalvesWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld ExpoABSGP2013
4901Omar SabhaWNorth south chokeWorld ExpoABSGP2013
4931Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaWTriangleNoGi Worlds94KGSF2013
4952Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarWPts: 0x0, AdvIBJJF Pro League94KGSF2013
4992Garry TononGarry TononWPts: 2x0FIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
4995James PuopoloJames PuopoloWPts: 8x0FIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5050Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesWPts: 2x0European94KGF2014
5060Pedro BessaWPointsGrab and PullABSSPF2014
5086UnknownWPts: 4x0Pan AmericanABSR22014
5172Josh JordanWPts: 11x0Pan American94KG1/8F2014
5296Ben BaxterBen BaxterWReferee DecisionFIVE OregonABSSF2014
5297James PuopoloJames PuopoloWPts: 7x0FIVE OregonABSF2014
5597Felipe BuenoWPointsWorld Champ.94KGRDS2014
5663Julian VegaWCross chokeDallas OpenABS1/4F2014
5665James PuopoloJames PuopoloWChoke from backDallas OpenABSF2014
5670Carlos VidalWChoke from backDallas Open94KGF2014
5736Romulo SouzaWPts: 4x0No Gi Pan Am.ABS1/4F2014
5739Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWPts: 2x0No Gi Pan Am.ABSSF2014
5741AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWArmbarNo Gi Pan Am.ABSF2014
5749Bruno TogniWAdvNo Gi WorldsABSRDS2014
5798Lucas RochaLucas RochaWPts: 0x0, AdvNo Gi Worlds94KG1/4F2014
5800Mauro SantiagoWPts: 0x0, AdvNo Gi Worlds94KGSF2014
5835Eduardo TellesEduardo TellesWPts: 2x2, AdvIBJJF Pro League94KGSF2014
6376Karim KhalifaWPts: 4x0London Winter Op.94KGF2015
6379Luis FinnochioWChokeLondon Winter Op.ABS1/4F2015
6382Max CamposWToe holdLondon Winter Op.ABSSF2015
6383Charles NegromonteWPointsLondon Winter Op.ABSF2015
6715Frederico AmiunaWPointsRome Open94KGSF2015
6716Felipe DiasWPts: 2x0Rome Open94KGF2015
6807Pedro PeresWPts: 5x0World Pro95KG1/4F2015
6811Faisal AlKitbeFaisal AlKitbeWPts: 2x0World Pro95KGSF2015
6847AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWPts: 2x0World ProABSR12015
6858Joao RochaJoao RochaWPts: 2x0World ProABSR22015
7037Eliot KellyEliot KellyWRNCWorld Champ.ABSR12015
7148Antonio AntonioliWPts: 2x0World Champ.94KG1/8F2015
7155Cassio FrancisCassio FrancisWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.94KG1/4F2015
7817Sebastien LecoqWNorth south chokePortugal Nat. ProABSSF2015
7818Alan FerreiraWPts: 5x0Portugal Nat. ProABSF2015
7875Faisal AlKitbeFaisal AlKitbeWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LA94KG3RD2015
7884Vinicius AgudoWToe holdGrand Slam LAABS1/8F2015
7889Carlos FariasCarlos FariasWPts: 9x0Grand Slam LAABS1/4F2015
7903Renato TavaresRenato TavaresWToe holdMacaco BrancoABSSPF2015
8056Rodrigo ReisWKneebarNoGi Worlds94KG1/4F2015
8061Felipe BuenoWPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds94KGSF2015
8085Gabriel ProcópioWStraight armlockNoGi WorldsABSR12015
8101Adam WheelerWPts: 10x0NoGi WorldsABS1/8F2015
8399Jaroslav MoltasWChoke from backBerlin Open94KGF2015
8400Luca AnacoretaLuca AnacoretaWPts: 8x0Berlin OpenABSF2015
8402Rodrigo ReisWToe holdBerlin NoGi Open94KGF2015
8528Juha LeppänenWArmbarEuropean Open94KG1/4F2016
8531Maks WisniewskiWPointsEuropean Open94KGSF2016
8532Felipe BuenoWPts: 10x0European Open94KGF2016
8554Gabriel ArgesGabriel ArgesWToe holdEuropean OpenABSR22016
8560Kaue DamascenoWPts: 4x0European OpenABS1/4F2016
8682Piotr WojtkowskiWToe holdLondon W. Open94KGSF2016
8684Charles NegromonteWPointsLondon W. Open94KGF2016
8685UnknownWToe holdLondon W. OpenABS1/4F2016
8686Charles NegromonteWPts: 5x0London W. OpenABSSF2016
8687Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesWPts: 3x2London W. OpenABSF2016
8735Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesWPts: 2x2, AdvLondon Grand SlamABS1/4F2016
8755Nelton PontesNelton PontesWPts: 5x2London Grand Slam94KG1/4F2016
9167Nalmir GuimaraesWChoke from backWorld Pro94KGR12016
9545Diego GamonalWChoke from backWorld Champ.94KGR12016
9553Felipe PenaFelipe PenaWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.94KG1/4F2016
9555Guilherme AugustoGuilherme AugustoWPts: 9x0World Champ.94KGSF2016
9628Nicolas PenzerWN/ABritish National94KGSF2016
9633Nelton PontesNelton PontesWPointsBritish NationalABSSF2016

Banner picture by Jits Mag.

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