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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

29 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    11 (38%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (7%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    15 (52%)
  • 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
Footlock
25
1
4
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Joao Assis Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
1626Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarLKimuraNoGi WorldsU94kgSemi f.2009
1770Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoLPointsWorld Champ.U94kg1/4 final2010
2068Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraLRefree DecisionWorld Champ.U100kgSemi f.2011
2102Davi RamosDavi RamosLToe holdGrapplers Quest LVabsoluteFinal2011
2188Dean ListerDean ListerLHeel hookADCCU99kgFinal2011
2194Victor EstimaVictor EstimaLPts: 2x0ADCCAbsolute1st2011
2455Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 3x2Pan AmericanO100kgSemi f.2012
2827Felipe BuenoLPts: 7x2World Champ.U100kgRd 22012
2914Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLRefree DecisionNoGi WorldsU100kgFinal2012
3199Joao RochaJoao RochaLPointsWorld Champ.AbsoluteRounds2013
3259Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaLFootlockWorld Champ.U100kg1/4 Final2013
1806Bruce HoyerWMata leaoGQ UFC ExpoAbsoluteRd 12010
1807Mario BarbosaWMata leaoGQ UFC ExpoAbsolute1/4 final2010
1808Bill CooperBill CooperWPts: 6x0GQ UFC ExpoAbsoluteSemi f.2010
1809Jeff MonsonWMata leaoGQ UFC ExpoAbsoluteFinal2010
1810Wilson ReisWPts: 8x0G.Q. WBGAbsoluteRd 12010
1811Nader MagrihiyWKneebarG.Q. WBGAbsolute1/4 final2010
1813Nolan DutcherWToe holdG.Q. WBGAbsoluteSemi f.2010
1815Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroWPointsG.Q. WBGAbsoluteFinal2010
1821Bill CooperBill CooperWPts: 2x2, AdvGQ Las VegasAbsoluten/a2010
2013Ronilson NunesWChokeWorld Champ.U100kgRounds2011
2048Ricardo HenriqueWDQWorld Champ.U100kg1/4 Final2011
2098Michael PerezWMata leaoG. Quest WCabsolute1/4 final2011
2099Pat BeginWPts: 23x0G. Quest WCabsoluteSemi f.2011
2100Rustam ChsievWAdvG. Quest WCabsoluteFinal2011
2137James PoupoloWHeel hookADCCU99kgRd 12011
2163Braga NetoBraga NetoWFootlockADCCU99kg1/4 Finals2011
2177Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroWMata leaoADCCU99kgSemi f.2011
2217Luis PedroWMata LeaoNo Gi WorldsAbsolute2nd2011
2221Clark GracieClark GracieWPts: 10x0No Gi WorldsAbsolute1/4 final2011
2226Antonio PeinadoAntonio PeinadoWPts: 2x0No Gi WorldsAbsoluteSemi f.2011
2452James PuopoloJames PuopoloWToe HoldPan AmericanO100kg1/4 final2012
3170Pedro BessaWPts: 2x0World Champ.AbsoluteRounds2013
3188Tio ChicoWChoke from backWorld Champ.AbsoluteRounds2013
3368Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraWHeel HookADCCU99kgSemi f.2013
3370Dean ListerDean ListerWPts: 5x0ADCCU99kgFinal2013
4099Elliot KellyWPts: 2x0No Gi WorldsU100kg1/4 final2014
4100Roger AmbrosiWPts: 8x0No Gi WorldsU100kgSemi f.2014
4263Andrew MillerWKneebarFive NAICAbsoluten/a2014
4264Marcel GoncalvesWPointsFive NAICAbsoluten/a2014

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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