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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
Armbar
9
2
#d1212a
Choke
9
2
#fad11b
North south choke
9
2
#f58822
RNC
4
1
#224aba
Kneebar
4
1
#ff9124
Straight armlock
4
1
#bf1f6c
Triangle
4
1
#22c9a5
Cross choke
4
1
23
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
30 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    10 (33%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    5 (17%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    9 (30%)
  • BY DECISION
    6 (20%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

9 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Choke from back
33
3
#86e620
Toe hold
22
2
#5AD3D1
Straight ankle lock
11
1
#d1212a
Wristlock
11
1
#fad11b
Submission
11
1
#f58822
Heel hook
11
1
9
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Jackson Sousa Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
4858Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld ExpoABSSF2013
4900Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 2x0IBJJF Pro League94KGF2013
4940Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLReferee DecisionFIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5004Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPts: 2x0EuropeanABSSF2014
5041Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLSubmissionPan AmericanABSR32014
5125Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLAdvPan American94KG1/4F2014
5377Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLChoke from backWorld Pro.94KG1/4F2014
5543Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoLPts: 2x0World Champ.94KG1/4F2014
5671Mauro SantiagoLPts: 3x0No Gi Pan Am.94KGSF2014
5694Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 9x2No Gi WorldsABSRDS2014
5778Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLReferee DecisionIBJJF Pro League94KGF2014
6265Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesLReferee DecisionBerkut OpenABSSPF2015
6271Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesLToe holdBerkut Open NoGiABSSPF2015
6723Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 8x2World Pro95KGF2015
6774Alexander TransAlexander TransLToe holdWorld ProABS1/4F2015
6952Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 4x2World Champ.ABS1/8F2015
7063Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLPts: 6x0World Champ.94KGSF2015
7768Erberth SantosErberth SantosLReferee DecisionGrand Slam LA94KGSF2015
7788Andre CamposLReferee DecisionGrand Slam LAABSSF2015
7952Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds94KGF2015
7995Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyLPts: 2x2, AdvNoGi WorldsABS1/4F2015
8031Abdurakhman BilarovLHeel hookBerkut 2ABSSPF2015
8428Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLChoke from backEuropean OpenABSSF2016
8621Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 2x2, AdvLondon Grand Slam94KGSF2016
8622Max WisniewskiLStraight ankle lockLondon Grand Slam94KG3RD2016
8921Jose JuniorJose JuniorLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld ProABSR22016
9036Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLWristlockWorld Pro94KG1/4F2016
9418Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.94KGF2016
9493Victor EstimaVictor EstimaLPts: 2x0British NationalABSF2016
9678Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLChoke from backBerkut 3ABSSPF2016
4844Shiloh RobertsWChokeWorld ExpoABSGP2013
4846Nathan MendelsohnWPts: 3x3, AdvWorld ExpoABSGP2013
4847Marcel GoncalvesMarcel GoncalvesWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld ExpoABSGP2013
4848Omar SabhaWNorth south chokeWorld ExpoABSGP2013
4878Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaWTriangleNoGi Worlds94KGSF2013
4899Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarWPts: 0x0, AdvIBJJF Pro League94KGSF2013
4939Garry TononGarry TononWPts: 2x0FIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
4942James PuopoloJames PuopoloWPts: 8x0FIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
4997Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesWPts: 2x0European94KGF2014
5007Pedro BessaWPointsGrab and PullABSSPF2014
5033UnknownWPts: 4x0Pan AmericanABSR22014
5119Josh JordanWPts: 11x0Pan American94KG1/8F2014
5243Ben BaxterBen BaxterWReferee DecisionFIVE OregonABSSF2014
5244James PuopoloJames PuopoloWPts: 7x0FIVE OregonABSF2014
5540Felipe BuenoWPointsWorld Champ.94KGRDS2014
5606Julian VegaWCross chokeDallas OpenABS1/4F2014
5608James PuopoloJames PuopoloWChoke from backDallas OpenABSF2014
5613Carlos VidalWChoke from backDallas Open94KGF2014
5678Romulo SouzaWPts: 4x0No Gi Pan Am.ABS1/4F2014
5681Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWPts: 2x0No Gi Pan Am.ABSSF2014
5683AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWArmbarNo Gi Pan Am.ABSF2014
5691Bruno TogniWAdvNo Gi WorldsABSRDS2014
5740Lucas RochaLucas RochaWPts: 0x0, AdvNo Gi Worlds94KG1/4F2014
5742Mauro SantiagoWPts: 0x0, AdvNo Gi Worlds94KGSF2014
5777Eduardo TellesEduardo TellesWPts: 2x2, AdvIBJJF Pro League94KGSF2014
6298Karim KhalifaWPts: 4x0London Winter Op.94KGF2015
6301Luis FinnochioWChokeLondon Winter Op.ABS1/4F2015
6304Max CamposWToe holdLondon Winter Op.ABSSF2015
6305C. NegromonteWPointsLondon Winter Op.ABSF2015
6633Frederico AmiunaWPointsRome Open94KGSF2015
6634Felipe DiasWPts: 2x0Rome Open94KGF2015
6717Pedro PeresWPts: 5x0World Pro95KG1/4F2015
6721Faisal AlKitbeFaisal AlKitbeWPts: 2x0World Pro95KGSF2015
6757AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWPts: 2x0World ProABSR12015
6768Joao RochaJoao RochaWPts: 2x0World ProABSR22015
6943Eliot KellyWRNCWorld Champ.ABSR12015
7054Antonio AntonioliWPts: 2x0World Champ.94KG1/8F2015
7061Cassio FrancisCassio FrancisWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.94KG1/4F2015
7713Sebastien LecoqWNorth south chokePortugal Nat. ProABSSF2015
7714Alan FerreiraWPts: 5x0Portugal Nat. ProABSF2015
7771Faisal AlKitbeFaisal AlKitbeWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LA94KG3RD2015
7780Vinicius AgudoWToe holdGrand Slam LAABS1/8F2015
7785Carlos FariasCarlos FariasWPts: 9x0Grand Slam LAABS1/4F2015
7799Renato TavaresRenato TavaresWToe holdMacaco BrancoABSSPF2015
7946Rodrigo ReisWKneebarNoGi Worlds94KG1/4F2015
7951Felipe BuenoWPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds94KGSF2015
7975Gabriel ProcópioWStraight armlockNoGi WorldsABSR12015
7991Adam WheelerWPts: 10x0NoGi WorldsABS1/8F2015
8287Jaroslav MoltasWChoke from backBerlin Open94KGF2015
8288Luca AnacoretaLuca AnacoretaWPts: 8x0Berlin OpenABSF2015
8290Rodrigo ReisWToe holdBerlin NoGi Open94KGF2015
8394Juha LeppänenWArmbarEuropean Open94KG1/4F2016
8397Maks WisniewskiWPointsEuropean Open94KGSF2016
8398Felipe BuenoWPts: 10x0European Open94KGF2016
8419Gabriel ArgesGabriel ArgesWToe holdEuropean OpenABSR22016
8425Kaue DamascenoWPts: 4x0European OpenABS1/4F2016
8546Piotr WojtkowskiWToe holdLondon W. Open94KGSF2016
8548C. NegromonteWPointsLondon W. Open94KGF2016
8549UnknownWToe holdLondon W. OpenABS1/4F2016
8550C. NegromonteWPts: 5x0London W. OpenABSSF2016
8551Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesWPts: 3x2London W. OpenABSF2016
8599Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesWPts: 2x2, AdvLondon Grand SlamABS1/4F2016
8619Nelton PontesWPts: 5x2London Grand Slam94KG1/4F2016
9031Nalmir GuimaraesWChoke from backWorld Pro94KGR12016
9406Diego GamonalWChoke from backWorld Champ.94KGR12016
9414Felipe PenaFelipe PenaWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.94KG1/4F2016
9416Guilherme AugustoGuilherme AugustoWPts: 9x0World Champ.94KGSF2016
9489Nicolas PenzerWN/ABritish National94KGSF2016
9492Nelton PontesWPointsBritish NationalABSSF2016

Banner picture by Jits Mag.

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