Otavio Sousa is a Gracie Barra representative and one of the top fighters in jiu jitsu’s middleweight division. A BJJ black belt under Carlos Gracie Junior, Otavio Sousa spent most of his jiu jitsu education with coach “Zé Radiola” at the Gracie Academy in Recife. After being hinted as the “next big thing” for BJJ in 2007, Otavio Sousa spent some time falling short on this tag; however, in 2012 Sousa appeared stronger then ever at the World Jiu Jitsu Championship, winning gold at the middleweight division.
Otavio Sousa Jiu Jitsu
Full Name: Otávio Ferreira de Sousa
Nickname: “The Steamroller”, due to his intensity and the fast pace he usually imposes in his fights.
- World Champion (2012, 2007 – brown absolute)
- Pan American Champion (2010)
- New York Open Champion (2012)
- Las Vegas Open Champion (2011)
- World Silver Medallist (2007 brown)
- World Nogi Silver Medallist (2009)
- Pan American Silver Medallist (2009 absolute, 2008, 2007 brown)
- Brazilian National Silver Medallist (2004 purple)
- European Open Silver Medallist (2008, 2007 brown)
- World Bronze Medallist (2009, 2008)
- World Nogi Bronze Medallist (2011)
- Pan American Bronze Medallist (2011)
Favourite Position/Technique: Omoplata
Weight Division: Peso Médio (82kg/181lbs)
Team/Association: Gracie Barra
Otavio Sousa Biography
Otavio Sousa was born on July 1986 in Recife, state of Pernambuco, Brazil. He started training jiu jitsu when he was 13 years old, after an invitation from a friend who already trained at Recife’s Gracie Barra head quarters. The Gracie Barra – Recife is a jiu jitsu academy led by José Olímpio, also known as “Zé Radiola”, a charismatic figure that has developed several highly talented athletes in jiu jitsu, namely: Braulio Estima, Victor Estima, Bruno Alves to mention a few.
At the Gracie Barra academy, Otavio Sousa became one of the main names in the lower ranks of BJJ earning himself several titles, including a word championship in 2007 as a brown belt. After his win at the Mundial de Jiu Jitsy, Otavio Sousa earned his black bet from the hands of Carlinhos Gracie, the main man of the Gracie Barra franchise; though Otavio Sousa was mainly coached by José Olímpio, it is common practice within the Gracie Barra household that the founder of the academy hands the black belts.
The following year after the win at the World Championships, Otavio Sousa was pointed by the media as the man to beat, however, things did not work out for Otavio straight away. Instead he spent a few years falling short of the top spot in the main events of the BJJ calendar. In 2012 however, this would change, and Otavio Sousa finally achieved the sought out gold medal in the Mundial once again, this time at black belt.
Otavio Sousa vs Junior Santos
Otavio Sousa vs Gustavo Campos
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