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

James Puopolo Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
3459Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLArmbarPan AmericanABS1/4F2012
3554Joao AssisJoao AssisLToe HoldPan AmericanO100KG1/4F2012
3622Marcel FortunaMarcel FortunaLPointsSF Open100KGF2012
3637Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLClock chokeSD World TrialsABSSF2012
3798Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLChoke from backWorld Champ.ABSR22012
4011Antonio CarlosAntonio CarlosLPointsWorld Champ.100KGR22012
4147Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPointsNoGi Worlds100KG1/4F2012
4158DJ JacksonDJ JacksonLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi WorldsABSR12012
4272Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLToe holdSD Pro TrialsO92KGF2013
4378Orlando SanchezOrlando SanchezLAdvPan AmericanABSR12013
4601R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaLN/AWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4792Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLPointsAmerican NationalsABSSF2013
4801AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmLPts: 9x4NoGi American Nat.ABS1/4F2013
4874Kamil UminskiLFootlockADCC99KGR12013
4944Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeLToe holdWorld ExpoABSF2013
4969Leandro LoLeandro LoLAdvNoGi WorldsABSSF2013
5026Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLRNCFIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5027Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 8x0FIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5030Garry TononGarry TononLInside heel hookFIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5125Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLPointsPan AmericanABSR32014
5222Thiago DeclavoLVerbal tapPan American100KGR12014
5332Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 7x0FIVE OregonABSF2014
5643Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLChoke from backWorld Champ.100KG1/4F2014
5701Jackson SousaJackson SousaLChoke from backDallas OpenABSF2014
5794Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 8x2No Gi WorldsABS1/4F2014
5840Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaLFootlockNo Gi Worlds100KGSF2014
6038Jordan HaymanLPointsFive NAICABSNA2014
6052Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLEzekielLong Beach ProO94KGF2014
6492Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 13x0Pan AmericanABSR32015
6622Alexander TransAlexander TransLKneebarPan AmericanO100KGF2015
7212Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPts: 7x4World Champ.100KG1/4F2015
7331Evandro NunesEvandro NunesLPointsAmerican Nat.O100KGSF2015
7455Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPts: 6x2FIVE SLABS1/4F2015
7935Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesLAdvGrand Slam LAO94KG1/4F2015
7947Andre CamposLReferee DecisionGrand Slam LAABS1/4F2015
8127Joao AssisJoao AssisLAnkle lockNoGi Worlds100KGSF2015
8959Igor SchneiderIgor SchneiderLPts: 6x4Pan AmericanO100KG1/4F2016
8989Luis PanzaLArmbarPan AmericanABS1/8F2016
9644Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLArmbarWorld Champ.O100KGF2016
9661Ricardo EvangelistaLPts: 6x2World Champ.ABSR22016
10368Joao RochaJoao RochaLReferee DecisionF2W Pro 17100KGSPF2016
3436Felipe MatosWN/APan AmericanABSR12012
3453Abmar BarbosaAbmar BarbosaWPts: 9x0Pan AmericanABSR22012
3621Leo MachadoWN/ASF Open100KGSF2012
3634Baret YoshidaBaret YoshidaWPts: 5x0SD World TrialsABS1/4F2012
3787Marcelo MafraWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.ABSR22012
4008Fernando PieroFernando PieroWKneebarWorld Champ.100KGR12012
4565Ronaldo CarlosWKneebarWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4586Alexandre CeconiAlexandre CeconiWPts: 3x0World Champ.ABSRDS2013
4933Eliot KellyEliot KellyWKneebarWorld ExpoABSGP2013
4936Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeWKneebarWorld ExpoABSGP2013
4937Alessandro FerreiraWArmbarWorld ExpoABSGP2013
4939Travis StevensWKneebarWorld ExpoABSGP2013
4943Nathan MendelsohnWPts: 4x0World ExpoABSSF2013
4963Tom deBlassWKneebarNoGi Worlds100KGSF2013
4964Eliot KellyEliot KellyWGuillotineNoGi Worlds100KGF2013
5032Beneil DariushBeneil DariushWKatagatameFIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5114AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWChoke from backPan AmericanABSR22014
5322Tom McMahonWPts: 9x2FIVE OntarioABSF2014
5323Tom McMahonWKneebarFIVE OntarioO100KGF2014
5324Matt McDonaldWKneebarFIVE Ont. 2 NGO100KGF2014
5325Matt McDonaldWGuillotineFIVE Ont. 2 NGABSF2014
5326Amir YafawiWKneebarFIVE Ontario 2O100KGF2014
5330Filip G MatosWCross ck. f/ mountFIVE OregonABSSF2014
5700Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoWChokeDallas OpenABSSF2014
5837Steven PattersonWRNCNo Gi Worlds100KG1/4F2014
6035Malachy FriedmanWArmbarFive NAICABSNA2014
6036Marcel GoncalvesMarcel GoncalvesWPts: 5x2Five NAICABSNA2014
6037Daniel AzevedoDaniel AzevedoWPointsFive NAICABSNA2014
6481Jurandir ConceiçãoWPts: 7x0Pan AmericanABSR22015
6610Jose dos SantosWCross chokePan AmericanO100KGR12015
6617Abraham MarteAbraham MarteWPts: 7x4Pan AmericanO100KG1/4F2015
6620Evandro NunesEvandro NunesWPts: 9x0Pan AmericanO100KGSF2015
7305Kelly EliotWTriangleUS No Gi Nat.ABSF2015
7697Ricardo FelicianoWChoke from backSanta Cruz ProO94KGSF2015
7698Tanner RiceTanner RiceWKneebarSanta Cruz ProO94KGF2015
8125Lucas RochaLucas RochaWKneebarNoGi Worlds100KG1/4F2015
8979Manuel DiazWKneebarPan AmericanABSR22016
9635Mahamad AlyWPts: 9x2World Champ.O100KGR12016
9640Carlos FariasCarlos FariasWPts: 2x0World Champ.O100KG1/4F2016
9643Ricardo EvangelistaWPts: 15x0World Champ.O100KGSF2016
10018Luis RubalcavaWCross chokeF2W Pro 11100KGSPF2016

James Puopolo vs Arman Barros

James Puopolo vs Ricardo Bufarra

James Puopolo vs Matt Owen

 

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