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James Puopolo is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt under Rafael Lovato Junior who became one of the most highly regarded American submission grapplers in the BJJ circuit having won several important tournaments at a national and international level.

James Puopolo Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: James Puopolo

Linage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie Sr. > Carlos Gracie Junior > Carlos Machado > Rafael Lovato Jr > James Puopolo

Main Achievements:

  • World Champion (2009 purple)
  • Pan American Champion (2011 brown, 2009 purple)
  • Grapplers Quest Open Weight Champion (2010 & 2009 brown)
  • US Nationals Champion (2010 brown weight & absolute)
  • World Pro Cup Trials Champion (2011 black/brown)
  • ADCC Northwest Trials Champion (2009)
  • American Nogi Nationals Champion (2008 purple)
  • World Championship 2nd Place (2007 blue)
  • Pan American Championship 2nd Place (2011 brown absolute)
  • World Championship 3rd Place (2008 purple, 2010 brown weight & absolute)
  • World Nogi Championship 3rd Place (2015, 2010, 2009 brown)

Favourite Position/Technique: X-Guard, Butterfly Guard, Kneebar

Weight Division: Super Pesado (100kg/221lbs)

Team/Association: Gracie Humaita

James Puopolo Biography

James Puopolo started training Jiu Jitsu on January 2005, shortly after he finished High School. James had played for his high school basketball team and wanted to pick up boxing, though his father influenced him to take Brazilian Jiu Jitsu instead after watching a few of the early UFC’s.

Training under Rafael Lovato Junior while maintaining a career as a math’s teacher, James Puopolo managed to become one of the top grapplers in the country. He also trained extensively with Ben Baxter and the Ribeiro brothers (Saulo and Xande), reaching his black belt status on October 2011, receiving his belt from Rafael Lovato Junior.

James Puopolo Grappling Record

41 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    15 (37%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    25 (61%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (2%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

25 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Kneebar
48
12
#86e620
Armbar
8
2
#5AD3D1
Guillotine
8
2
#d1212a
Choke from back
8
2
#fad11b
Cross choke
8
2
#f58822
Katagatame
4
1
#224aba
Cross ck. f/ mount
4
1
#ff9124
Choke
4
1
#bf1f6c
RNC
4
1
#22c9a5
Triangle
4
1
25
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
40 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    17 (43%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    4 (10%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    18 (45%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (3%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

18 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Armbar
17
3
#86e620
Toe Hold
17
3
#5AD3D1
Choke from back
17
3
#d1212a
Footlock
11
2
#fad11b
Clock choke
6
1
#f58822
RNC
6
1
#224aba
Inside heel hook
6
1
#ff9124
Verbal tap
6
1
#bf1f6c
Ezekiel
6
1
#22c9a5
Kneebar
6
1
#fad223
Ankle lock
6
1
18
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

James Puopolo Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
3409Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLArmbarPan AmericanABS1/4F2012
3504Joao AssisJoao AssisLToe HoldPan AmericanO100KG1/4F2012
3572Marcel FortunaMarcel FortunaLPointsSF Open100KGF2012
3587Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLClock chokeSD World TrialsABSSF2012
3748Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLChoke from backWorld Champ.ABSR22012
3961Antonio CarlosAntonio CarlosLPointsWorld Champ.100KGR22012
4097Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPointsNoGi Worlds100KG1/4F2012
4108DJ JacksonDJ JacksonLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi WorldsABSR12012
4197Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLToe holdSD Pro TrialsO92KGF2013
4296Orlando SanchezOrlando SanchezLAdvPan AmericanABSR12013
4519R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaLN/AWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4710Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLPointsAmerican NationalsABSSF2013
4719AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmLPts: 9x4NoGi American Nat.ABS1/4F2013
4790Kamil UminskiLFootlockADCC99KGR12013
4860Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeLToe holdWorld ExpoABSF2013
4885Leandro LoLeandro LoLAdvNoGi WorldsABSSF2013
4941Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLRNCFIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
4942Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 8x0FIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
4945Garry TononGarry TononLInside heel hookFIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5037Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLPointsPan AmericanABSR32014
5134Thiago DeclavoLVerbal tapPan American100KGR12014
5244Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 7x0FIVE OregonABSF2014
5550Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLChoke from backWorld Champ.100KG1/4F2014
5608Jackson SousaJackson SousaLChoke from backDallas OpenABSF2014
5700Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 8x2No Gi WorldsABS1/4F2014
5746Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaLFootlockNo Gi Worlds100KGSF2014
5939Jordan HaymanLPointsFive NAICABSNA2014
5953Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLEzekielLong Beach ProO94KGF2014
6370Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 13x0Pan AmericanABSR32015
6500Alexander TransAlexander TransLKneebarPan AmericanO100KGF2015
7066Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPts: 7x4World Champ.100KG1/4F2015
7179Evandro NunesEvandro NunesLPointsAmerican Nat.O100KGSF2015
7298Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPts: 6x2FIVE SLABS1/4F2015
7774Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesLAdvGrand Slam LAO94KG1/4F2015
7786Andre CamposLReferee DecisionGrand Slam LAABS1/4F2015
7960Joao AssisJoao AssisLAnkle lockNoGi Worlds100KGSF2015
8759Igor SchneiderIgor SchneiderLPts: 6x4Pan AmericanO100KG1/4F2016
8789Luis PanzaLArmbarPan AmericanABS1/8F2016
9439Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLArmbarWorld Champ.O100KGF2016
9456Ricardo EvangelistaLPts: 6x2World Champ.ABSR22016
3386Felipe MatosWN/APan AmericanABSR12012
3403Abmar BarbosaAbmar BarbosaWPts: 9x0Pan AmericanABSR22012
3571Leo MachadoWN/ASF Open100KGSF2012
3584Baret YoshidaBaret YoshidaWPts: 5x0SD World TrialsABS1/4F2012
3737Marcelo MafraWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.ABSR22012
3958Fernando PieroFernando PieroWKneebarWorld Champ.100KGR12012
4483Ronaldo CarlosWKneebarWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4504Alexandre CeconiAlexandre CeconiWPts: 3x0World Champ.ABSRDS2013
4849Eliot KellyWKneebarWorld ExpoABSGP2013
4852Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeWKneebarWorld ExpoABSGP2013
4853Alessandro FerreiraWArmbarWorld ExpoABSGP2013
4855Travis StevensWKneebarWorld ExpoABSGP2013
4859Nathan MendelsohnWPts: 4x0World ExpoABSSF2013
4879UnknownWKneebarNoGi Worlds100KGSF2013
4880Eliot KellyWGuillotineNoGi Worlds100KGF2013
4947Beneil DariushBeneil DariushWKatagatameFIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5026AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWChoke from backPan AmericanABSR22014
5234Tom McMahonWPts: 9x2FIVE OntarioABSF2014
5235Tom McMahonWKneebarFIVE OntarioO100KGF2014
5236Matt McDonaldWKneebarFIVE Ont. 2 NGO100KGF2014
5237Matt McDonaldWGuillotineFIVE Ont. 2 NGABSF2014
5238Amir YafawiWKneebarFIVE Ontario 2O100KGF2014
5242Filip G MatosWCross ck. f/ mountFIVE OregonABSSF2014
5607Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoWChokeDallas OpenABSSF2014
5743Steven PattersonWRNCNo Gi Worlds100KG1/4F2014
5936Malachy FriedmanWArmbarFive NAICABSNA2014
5937Marcel GoncalvesMarcel GoncalvesWPts: 5x2Five NAICABSNA2014
5938Daniel AzevedoDaniel AzevedoWPointsFive NAICABSNA2014
6359Jurandir ConceiçãoWPts: 7x0Pan AmericanABSR22015
6488Jose dos SantosWCross chokePan AmericanO100KGR12015
6495Abraham MarteAbraham MarteWPts: 7x4Pan AmericanO100KG1/4F2015
6498Evandro NunesEvandro NunesWPts: 9x0Pan AmericanO100KGSF2015
7155Kelly EliotWTriangleUS No Gi Nat.ABSF2015
7539Ricardo FelicianoWChoke from backSanta Cruz ProO94KGSF2015
7540Tanner RiceTanner RiceWKneebarSanta Cruz ProO94KGF2015
7958Lucas RochaLucas RochaWKneebarNoGi Worlds100KG1/4F2015
8779Manuel DiazWKneebarPan AmericanABSR22016
9430Mahamad AlyWPts: 9x2World Champ.O100KGR12016
9435Carlos FariasCarlos FariasWPts: 2x0World Champ.O100KG1/4F2016
9438Ricardo EvangelistaWPts: 15x0World Champ.O100KGSF2016
9782Luis RubalcavaWCross chokeF2W Pro 11100KGSPF2016

James Puopolo vs Arman Barros

James Puopolo vs Ricardo Bufarra

James Puopolo vs Matt Owen

 

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