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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
    20 (47%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (5%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    20 (47%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (2%)

20 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
RNC
35
7
#86e620
Heel hook
15
3
#5AD3D1
Kneebar
10
2
#d1212a
Toe hold
10
2
#fad11b
Triangle armbar
5
1
#f58822
Choke
5
1
#224aba
Footlock
5
1
#ff9124
Choke from back
5
1
#bf1f6c
Injury
5
1
#22c9a5
Ankle lock
5
1
20
(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
Kimura
20
1
#86e620
Toe hold
20
1
#5AD3D1
Heel hook
20
1
#d1212a
North south choke
20
1
#fad11b
Botinha
20
1
5
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Joao Assis Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
2396Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarLKimuraNoGi Worlds94KGSF2009
2529Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoLPts: 2x0Pan American94KGSF2010
2677Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoLPointsWorld Champ.94KG1/4F2010
3069Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.100KGSF2011
3107Davi RamosDavi RamosLToe holdGrapplers Quest LVABSF2011
3201Dean ListerDean ListerLHeel hookADCC99KGF2011
3208Victor EstimaVictor EstimaLPts: 2x0ADCCABSR12011
3550Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 3x2Pan AmericanO100KGSF2012
4006Felipe BuenoLPts: 7x2World Champ.100KGR22012
4145Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds100KGF2012
4163Antonio PeinadoAntonio PeinadoLNorth south chokeNoGi WorldsABS1/4F2012
4574Joao RochaJoao RochaLPointsWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4635Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaLBotinhaWorld Champ.100KG1/4F2013
7404Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLReferee DecisionFIVE SLABSSF2015
7554Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 9x0ADCC99KGSF2015
2527Daniel SimmlerWPointsPan American94KG1/4F2010
2718Bruce HoyerWRNCGQ UFC ExpoABSR12010
2719Mario BarbosaWRNCGQ UFC ExpoABS1/4F2010
2720Bill CooperBill CooperWPts: 6x0GQ UFC ExpoABSSF2010
2721Jeff MonsonWRNCGQ UFC ExpoABSF2010
2722Wilson ReisWilson ReisWPts: 8x0GQ WBGABSR12010
2723Nader MagrihiyWKneebarGQ WBGABS1/4F2010
2725Nolan DutcherWToe holdGQ WBGABSSF2010
2727Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroWPointsGQ WBGABSF2010
2733Bill CooperBill CooperWPts: 2x2, AdvGQ Las VegasABSNA2010
3014Ronilson NunesWChokeWorld Champ.100KGRDS2011
3049Ricardo HenriqueWDQWorld Champ.100KG1/4F2011
3103Michael PerezWRNCG. Quest WCABS1/4F2011
3104Pat BeginWPts: 23x0G. Quest WCABSSF2011
3105Rustam ChsievWAdvG. Quest WCABSF2011
3150James PoupoloWHeel hookADCC99KGR12011
3176Braga NetoBraga NetoWFootlockADCC99KG1/4F2011
3190Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroWRNCADCC99KGSF2011
3235Luis PedroWRNCNo Gi WorldsABSR22011
3239Clark GracieClark GracieWPts: 10x0No Gi WorldsABS1/4F2011
3244Antonio PeinadoAntonio PeinadoWPts: 2x0No Gi WorldsABSSF2011
3547James PuopoloJames PuopoloWToe HoldPan AmericanO100KG1/4F2012
4144Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWPts: 3x0NoGi Worlds100KGSF2012
4160Gustavo EliasGustavo EliasWPts: 12x0NoGi WorldsABS1/8F2012
4545Pedro BessaWPts: 2x0World Champ.ABSRDS2013
4563Tio ChicoWChoke from backWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4844Liu Wen BoWPts: 9x0ADCC99KGR12013
4848Tomasz NarkunWPts: 3x0ADCC99KG1/4F2013
4852Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraWHeel HookADCC99KGSF2013
4854Dean ListerDean ListerWPts: 5x0ADCC99KGF2013
5802Eliot KellyEliot KellyWPts: 2x0No Gi Worlds100KG1/4F2014
5803Roger AmbrosiWPts: 8x0No Gi Worlds100KGSF2014
6004Andrew MillerWKneebarFive NAICABSNA2014
6005Marcel GoncalvesMarcel GoncalvesWPointsFive NAICABSNA2014
7205Tom DeBlassD---Sub Series ProABSSPF2015
7286Tom DeBlassD---Sub Series ProABSSPF2015
7402Abraham MarteAbraham MarteWHeel hookFIVE SLABS1/4F2015
7406Lucas RochaLucas RochaWPts: 4x2FIVE SLABS3RD2015
7541Tomasz NarkunWPts: 3x0ADCC99KGR12015
7552Kamil UminskiWInjuryADCC99KG1/4F2015
8067Evandro NunesEvandro NunesWPts: 6x2NoGi Worlds100KG1/4F2015
8070James PuopoloJames PuopoloWAnkle lockNoGi Worlds100KGSF2015
8072Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarWPts: 4x0NoGi Worlds100KGF2015
8151JJ PugsleyWRNCF2W Pro 1100KGSPF2015
9374Ray KongWTriangle armbarFTW Pro 5ABSSPF2016

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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