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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
Choke from back
8
2
#5AD3D1
Cross choke
8
2
#d1212a
Armbar
8
2
#fad11b
Guillotine
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
41 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    17 (41%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    4 (10%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    18 (44%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (5%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

18 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

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

James Puopolo Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
3448Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLArmbarPan AmericanABS1/4F2012
3543Joao AssisJoao AssisLToe HoldPan AmericanO100KG1/4F2012
3611Marcel FortunaMarcel FortunaLPointsSF Open100KGF2012
3626Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLClock chokeSD World TrialsABSSF2012
3787Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLChoke from backWorld Champ.ABSR22012
4000Antonio CarlosAntonio CarlosLPointsWorld Champ.100KGR22012
4136Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPointsNoGi Worlds100KG1/4F2012
4147DJ JacksonDJ JacksonLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi WorldsABSR12012
4243Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLToe holdSD Pro TrialsO92KGF2013
4342Orlando SanchezOrlando SanchezLAdvPan AmericanABSR12013
4565R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaLN/AWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4756Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLPointsAmerican NationalsABSSF2013
4765AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmLPts: 9x4NoGi American Nat.ABS1/4F2013
4838Kamil UminskiLFootlockADCC99KGR12013
4908Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeLToe holdWorld ExpoABSF2013
4933Leandro LoLeandro LoLAdvNoGi WorldsABSSF2013
4989Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLRNCFIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
4990Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 8x0FIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
4993Garry TononGarry TononLInside heel hookFIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5085Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLPointsPan AmericanABSR32014
5182Thiago DeclavoLVerbal tapPan American100KGR12014
5292Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 7x0FIVE OregonABSF2014
5602Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLChoke from backWorld Champ.100KG1/4F2014
5660Jackson SousaJackson SousaLChoke from backDallas OpenABSF2014
5753Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 8x2No Gi WorldsABS1/4F2014
5799Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaLFootlockNo Gi Worlds100KGSF2014
5998Jordan HaymanLPointsFive NAICABSNA2014
6012Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLEzekielLong Beach ProO94KGF2014
6444Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 13x0Pan AmericanABSR32015
6574Alexander TransAlexander TransLKneebarPan AmericanO100KGF2015
7148Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPts: 7x4World Champ.100KG1/4F2015
7265Evandro NunesEvandro NunesLPointsAmerican Nat.O100KGSF2015
7389Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPts: 6x2FIVE SLABS1/4F2015
7865Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesLAdvGrand Slam LAO94KG1/4F2015
7877Andre CamposLReferee DecisionGrand Slam LAABS1/4F2015
8051Joao AssisJoao AssisLAnkle lockNoGi Worlds100KGSF2015
8866Igor SchneiderIgor SchneiderLPts: 6x4Pan AmericanO100KG1/4F2016
8896Luis PanzaLArmbarPan AmericanABS1/8F2016
9549Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLArmbarWorld Champ.O100KGF2016
9566Ricardo EvangelistaLPts: 6x2World Champ.ABSR22016
10239Joao RochaJoao RochaLReferee DecisionF2W Pro 17100KGSPF2016
3425Felipe MatosWN/APan AmericanABSR12012
3442Abmar BarbosaAbmar BarbosaWPts: 9x0Pan AmericanABSR22012
3610Leo MachadoWN/ASF Open100KGSF2012
3623Baret YoshidaBaret YoshidaWPts: 5x0SD World TrialsABS1/4F2012
3776Marcelo MafraWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.ABSR22012
3997Fernando PieroFernando PieroWKneebarWorld Champ.100KGR12012
4529Ronaldo CarlosWKneebarWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4550Alexandre CeconiAlexandre CeconiWPts: 3x0World Champ.ABSRDS2013
4897Eliot KellyWKneebarWorld ExpoABSGP2013
4900Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeWKneebarWorld ExpoABSGP2013
4901Alessandro FerreiraWArmbarWorld ExpoABSGP2013
4903Travis StevensWKneebarWorld ExpoABSGP2013
4907Nathan MendelsohnWPts: 4x0World ExpoABSSF2013
4927Tom deBlassWKneebarNoGi Worlds100KGSF2013
4928Eliot KellyWGuillotineNoGi Worlds100KGF2013
4995Beneil DariushBeneil DariushWKatagatameFIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5074AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWChoke from backPan AmericanABSR22014
5282Tom McMahonWPts: 9x2FIVE OntarioABSF2014
5283Tom McMahonWKneebarFIVE OntarioO100KGF2014
5284Matt McDonaldWKneebarFIVE Ont. 2 NGO100KGF2014
5285Matt McDonaldWGuillotineFIVE Ont. 2 NGABSF2014
5286Amir YafawiWKneebarFIVE Ontario 2O100KGF2014
5290Filip G MatosWCross ck. f/ mountFIVE OregonABSSF2014
5659Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoWChokeDallas OpenABSSF2014
5796Steven PattersonWRNCNo Gi Worlds100KG1/4F2014
5995Malachy FriedmanWArmbarFive NAICABSNA2014
5996Marcel GoncalvesMarcel GoncalvesWPts: 5x2Five NAICABSNA2014
5997Daniel AzevedoDaniel AzevedoWPointsFive NAICABSNA2014
6433Jurandir ConceiçãoWPts: 7x0Pan AmericanABSR22015
6562Jose dos SantosWCross chokePan AmericanO100KGR12015
6569Abraham MarteAbraham MarteWPts: 7x4Pan AmericanO100KG1/4F2015
6572Evandro NunesEvandro NunesWPts: 9x0Pan AmericanO100KGSF2015
7239Kelly EliotWTriangleUS No Gi Nat.ABSF2015
7630Ricardo FelicianoWChoke from backSanta Cruz ProO94KGSF2015
7631Tanner RiceTanner RiceWKneebarSanta Cruz ProO94KGF2015
8049Lucas RochaLucas RochaWKneebarNoGi Worlds100KG1/4F2015
8886Manuel DiazWKneebarPan AmericanABSR22016
9540Mahamad AlyWPts: 9x2World Champ.O100KGR12016
9545Carlos FariasCarlos FariasWPts: 2x0World Champ.O100KG1/4F2016
9548Ricardo EvangelistaWPts: 15x0World Champ.O100KGSF2016
9909Luis RubalcavaWCross chokeF2W Pro 11100KGSPF2016

James Puopolo vs Arman Barros

James Puopolo vs Ricardo Bufarra

James Puopolo vs Matt Owen

 

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