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

João Assis is an accomplished grappler having won important titles in the sport of Brazilian jiu jitsu, including the ADCC and World No-Gi Championship. A Checkmat black belt under Leonardo Vieira João turned a few heads his way for the first time on June 2010, after his submission wins over 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).

Joao Assis Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Joao Francisco de Moraes Assis

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

Main Achievements:

  • ADCC Champion (2013)
  • World Nogi Champion (2015, 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 Division: 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

43 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    21 (49%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (5%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    19 (44%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (2%)

19 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
RNC
37
7
#86e620
Heel hook
16
3
#5AD3D1
Toe hold
11
2
#d1212a
Kneebar
11
2
#fad11b
Choke
5
1
#f58822
Footlock
5
1
#224aba
Choke from back
5
1
#ff9124
Injury
5
1
#bf1f6c
Ankle lock
5
1
19
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
15 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    7 (47%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    5 (33%)
  • BY DECISION
    3 (20%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

5 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Heel hook
20
1
#86e620
North south choke
20
1
#5AD3D1
Botinha
20
1
#d1212a
Kimura
20
1
#fad11b
Toe hold
20
1
5
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Joao Assis Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
2363Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarLKimuraNoGi Worlds94KGSF2009
2485Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoLPts: 2x0Pan American94KGSF2010
2633Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoLPointsWorld Champ.94KG1/4F2010
3019Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.100KGSF2011
3057Davi RamosDavi RamosLToe holdGrapplers Quest LVABSF2011
3147Dean ListerDean ListerLHeel hookADCC99KGF2011
3154Victor EstimaVictor EstimaLPts: 2x0ADCCABSR12011
3486Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 3x2Pan AmericanO100KGSF2012
3942Felipe BuenoLPts: 7x2World Champ.100KGR22012
4081Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds100KGF2012
4099Antonio PeinadoAntonio PeinadoLNorth south chokeNoGi WorldsABS1/4F2012
4497Joao RochaJoao RochaLPointsWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4558Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaLBotinhaWorld Champ.100KG1/4F2013
7193Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLReferee DecisionFIVE SLABSSF2015
7341Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 9x0ADCC99KGSF2015
2483Daniel SimmlerWPointsPan American94KG1/4F2010
2674Bruce HoyerWRNCGQ UFC ExpoABSR12010
2675Mario BarbosaWRNCGQ UFC ExpoABS1/4F2010
2676Bill CooperBill CooperWPts: 6x0GQ UFC ExpoABSSF2010
2677Jeff MonsonWRNCGQ UFC ExpoABSF2010
2678Wilson ReisWPts: 8x0GQ WBGABSR12010
2679Nader MagrihiyWKneebarGQ WBGABS1/4F2010
2681Nolan DutcherWToe holdGQ WBGABSSF2010
2683Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroWPointsGQ WBGABSF2010
2689Bill CooperBill CooperWPts: 2x2, AdvGQ Las VegasABSNA2010
2964Ronilson NunesWChokeWorld Champ.100KGRDS2011
2999Ricardo HenriqueWDQWorld Champ.100KG1/4F2011
3053Michael PerezWRNCG. Quest WCABS1/4F2011
3054Pat BeginWPts: 23x0G. Quest WCABSSF2011
3055Rustam ChsievWAdvG. Quest WCABSF2011
3096James PoupoloWHeel hookADCC99KGR12011
3122Braga NetoBraga NetoWFootlockADCC99KG1/4F2011
3136Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroWRNCADCC99KGSF2011
3181Luis PedroWRNCNo Gi WorldsABSR22011
3185Clark GracieClark GracieWPts: 10x0No Gi WorldsABS1/4F2011
3190Antonio PeinadoAntonio PeinadoWPts: 2x0No Gi WorldsABSSF2011
3483James PuopoloJames PuopoloWToe HoldPan AmericanO100KG1/4F2012
4080Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWPts: 3x0NoGi Worlds100KGSF2012
4096Gustavo EliasWPts: 12x0NoGi WorldsABS1/8F2012
4468Pedro BessaWPts: 2x0World Champ.ABSRDS2013
4486Tio ChicoWChoke from backWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4758Liu Wen BoWPts: 9x0ADCC99KGR12013
4762Tomasz NarkunWPts: 3x0ADCC99KG1/4F2013
4766Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraWHeel HookADCC99KGSF2013
4768Dean ListerDean ListerWPts: 5x0ADCC99KGF2013
5677Elliot KellyWPts: 2x0No Gi Worlds100KG1/4F2014
5678Roger AmbrosiWPts: 8x0No Gi Worlds100KGSF2014
5871Andrew MillerWKneebarFive NAICABSNA2014
5872Marcel GoncalvesMarcel GoncalvesWPointsFive NAICABSNA2014
7004Tom DeBlassD---Sub. SeriesABSSPF2015
7080Tom DeBlassD---Submission SeriesABSSPF2015
7191Abraham MarteAbraham MarteWHeel hookFIVE SLABS1/4F2015
7195Lucas RochaLucas RochaWPts: 4x2FIVE SLABS3RD2015
7328Tomasz NarkunWPts: 3x0ADCC99KGR12015
7339Kamil UminskiWInjuryADCC99KG1/4F2015
7839Evandro NunesEvandro NunesWPts: 6x2NoGi Worlds100KG1/4F2015
7842James PuopoloJames PuopoloWAnkle lockNoGi Worlds100KGSF2015
7844Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarWPts: 4x0NoGi Worlds100KGF2015
7923JJ PugsleyWRNCF2W Pro 1100KGSPF2015
9094Ray KongWN/AFTW Pro 5ABSSPF2016

Joao Assis vs Joel Tudor

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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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