Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Team History, Fighter Stats, Biographies and News

An ADCC 2013 champion, Joao Assis is a top competitor in the sports of Submission Wrestling and Jiu Jitsu. A Checkmat black belt under Leonardo Vieira Joao turned a few heads his way for the first time in June 2010, after he submitted Jeff Monson, (a 2x ADCC Champion who had not been tapped in competition for over 10 years) at UFC 114′s Fan Expo (Grapplers Quest), Assis also won against Alexandre Ribeiro, a 6x world champion, further cementing his status as a high level athlete.

Joao Assis Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Joao Francisco de Moraes Assis

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Rolls Gracie > Romero Cavalcanti > Leonardo Vieira > Joao Assis

Main Titles in Jiu Jitsu and Submission Wresting:

  • ADCC Champion (2013)
  • World Nogi Champion (2010)
  • World Champion (2007 – purple belt division)
  • World Cup Champion (2007 – open weight division, purple belt – CBJJE)
  • Pan American Champion (2009 – open weight, brown belt division)
  • 10x Grapplers Quest Champion
  • 2x NAGA Champion – NO GI advanced (2009 weight and open weight)
  • 2x NAGA Champion – Jiu Jitsu (2009 weight and open weight)
  • 2008 World NO GI Champion (2008 – brown belt division)
  • 4x American National Champion
  • California State Champion (2009 – open weight)
  • ADCC Silver Medallist (2011)

Weight Category: Pesado (Heavyweight) 94kg-207lbs

Favourite Position/Technique: Half Guard sweep, takedown, footlocks and guillotine

Association/Team: Checkmat

Joao Assis Biography

Joao Assis was born on the 11th of July, 1983 in Porto Alegre, the state capital of Rio Grande do Sul. He started training relatively late (he was 17 years old) as a way to learn how to defend himself. As a youngster he got involved in a lot of fights at school as well as at parties, and he wanted to learn self defence. To start his training he sought out Luis Brito, a BJJ and MMA instructor who was from Rio de Janeiro but living and teaching in Porto Alegre.

He stayed with Luis Brito from white belt to purple, but as he got more and more interested in BJJ, Joao Assis realised that grappling was what he wanted to do for the rest of his life and that Porto Alegre just wasn’t big enough for him. Always trying to seek out the best sparring and instruction around, he travelled to Sao Paulo to train with a legend in the business, Mr Leonardo Vieira, at the Brasa headquarters (now Checkmat). Under Vieira he met a formidable team that helped his jiu jitsu game grow exponentially, earning his brown belt from Vieira and later the deserved black belt in 2009.

In another display of his fearlessness, Joao moved to the United States, travelling almost “blindfolded”. He arrived at the northern territory without any money, any job, house or even a contact number, just armed with his will power and a strong belief in himself. Luckily (or maybe as Joao Assis puts it, thanks to his prayers) he managed to find the right people that helped him get settled in, people like Fabricio Werdum, Rafael Cordeiro, Dan Henderson, Carlson Gracie Junior, Lucas Leite, Robert Drysdale amongst many others.

In America Joao Assis worked extensively on his wrestling and No Gi game to improve his MMA career, a career he started back in 2003 with a win by Mata Leao Choke against Valdir Linhares, at the Profight Combat Show. To get that high profile training Assis sought out one of the best wrestling based teams in MMA, Team Quest, who has some of the best fighters in the world – Dan Henderson, Chael Sonnen, Matt Lindland amongst many others.

Joao Assis Grappling Record

31 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    13 (42%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (6%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    15 (48%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (3%)

15 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Mata leao
40
6
#86e620
Kneebar
13
2
#5AD3D1
Toe hold
13
2
#d1212a
Heel hook
13
2
#fad11b
Choke
7
1
#f58822
Footlock
7
1
#224aba
Choke from back
7
1
15
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
11 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    5 (45%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    4 (36%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (18%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

4 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Kimura
25
1
#86e620
Toe hold
25
1
#5AD3D1
Heel hook
25
1
#d1212a
Botinha
25
1
4
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Joao Assis Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
1926Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarLKimuraNoGi Worlds94KGSF2009
2076Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoLPointsWorld Champ.94KG1/4F2010
2385Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraLRefree DecisionWorld Champ.100KGSF2011
2420Davi RamosDavi RamosLToe holdGrapplers Quest LVABSF2011
2506Dean ListerDean ListerLHeel hookADCC99KGF2011
2512Victor EstimaVictor EstimaLPts: 2x0ADCCABSRD12011
2782Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 3x2Pan AmericanO100KGSF2012
3154Felipe BuenoLPts: 7x2World Champ.100KGRD22012
3250Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLRefree DecisionNoGi Worlds100KGF2012
3566Joao RochaJoao RochaLPointsWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
3626Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaLBotinhaWorld Champ.100KG1/4F2013
2113Bruce HoyerWMata leaoGQ UFC ExpoABSRD12010
2114Mario BarbosaWMata leaoGQ UFC ExpoABS1/4F2010
2115Bill CooperBill CooperWPts: 6x0GQ UFC ExpoABSSF2010
2116Jeff MonsonWMata leaoGQ UFC ExpoABSF2010
2117Wilson ReisWPts: 8x0G.Q. WBGABSRD12010
2118Nader MagrihiyWKneebarG.Q. WBGABS1/4F2010
2120Nolan DutcherWToe holdG.Q. WBGABSSF2010
2122Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroWPointsG.Q. WBGABSF2010
2128Bill CooperBill CooperWPts: 2x2, AdvGQ Las VegasABSNA2010
2330Ronilson NunesWChokeWorld Champ.100KGRDS2011
2365Ricardo HenriqueWDQWorld Champ.100KG1/4F2011
2416Michael PerezWMata leaoG. Quest WCABS1/4F2011
2417Pat BeginWPts: 23x0G. Quest WCABSSF2011
2418Rustam ChsievWAdvG. Quest WCABSF2011
2455James PoupoloWHeel hookADCC99KGRD12011
2481Braga NetoBraga NetoWFootlockADCC99KG1/4F2011
2495Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroWMata leaoADCC99KGSF2011
2535Luis PedroWMata LeaoNo Gi WorldsABSRD22011
2539Clark GracieClark GracieWPts: 10x0No Gi WorldsABS1/4F2011
2544Antonio PeinadoAntonio PeinadoWPts: 2x0No Gi WorldsABSSF2011
2779James PuopoloJames PuopoloWToe HoldPan AmericanO100KG1/4F2012
3537Pedro BessaWPts: 2x0World Champ.ABSRDS2013
3555Tio ChicoWChoke from backWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
3770Liu Wen BoWPts: 9x0ADCC99KGRD12013
3774Tomasz NarkunWPts: 3x0ADCC99KG1/4F2013
3778Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraWHeel HookADCC99KGSF2013
3780Dean ListerDean ListerWPts: 5x0ADCC99KGF2013
4543Elliot KellyWPts: 2x0No Gi Worlds100KG1/4F2014
4544Roger AmbrosiWPts: 8x0No Gi Worlds100KGSF2014
4713Andrew MillerWKneebarFive NAICABSNA2014
4714Marcel GoncalvesWPointsFive NAICABSNA2014

Joao Assis vs Joel Tudor

2 Comments

  • CheckMat BJJ says:

    After the San Diego Abu Dhabi Pro Cup Trials, Joao is on his way to Abu Dhabi to show the world why he is a champion! I can't wait to see his BJJ Super Fight again Pablo Popovitch, spring 2011.

  • wally says:

    Joao currently teaches at checkmat La Habra / Lucas leite bjj and at kings mma in Huntington beach

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