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

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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 Radiolaat 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: Although seldom used, ‘The Steamroller’ has been mentioned as a nickname by some of the media, this would be due to his strength and the fast pace he usually imposes in his fights.

Lineage:  Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie Sr. > Helio Gracie > Carlos Gracie Junior > Otavio Sousa

Main Achievements:

  • World Champion (2013, 2012, 2007 – brown absolute)
  • Pan American Champion (2010)
  • New York Open Champion (2012)
  • Las Vegas Open Champion (2011)
  • World Silver Medallist (2014, 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.

After receiving his black belt, Otavio Sousa was invited to lead the Gracie Barra Academy in Irvine, California. Sousa worked there a few years, but ended unexpectedly fired by E-mail while on vacation, by the gym’s owner Chris Pizzo. The reason for the dismissal (according Pizzo) was the fact Octavio ​​spent too much time competing and giving seminars not dedicating enough effort to the gym, although this was debated by many of the students that left the academy with their instructor, including famous ‘Budo’ Jake, sports commentator and CEO of the company BudoVideos.

Otavio Sousa Grappling Record

43 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    17 (40%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (7%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    21 (49%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (2%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (2%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

21 SUBMISSIONS WINS

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Choke from back
14
3
#86e620
Armbar
14
3
#5AD3D1
Kneebar
10
2
#d1212a
Omoplata
10
2
#fad11b
Choke
10
2
#f58822
Injury
5
1
#224aba
Brabo choke
5
1
#ff9124
Mata leao
5
1
#bf1f6c
Bow and arrow
5
1
#22c9a5
Choke from mount
5
1
#fad223
Wristlock
5
1
#03861f
Ezekiel
5
1
#039a1f
Submission
5
1
#03b41f
Cross choke f. mount
5
1
21
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
18 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    11 (61%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (6%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    6 (33%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

6 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Armbar
50
3
#86e620
Kneebar
17
1
#5AD3D1
Footlock
17
1
#d1212a
Guillotine
17
1
6
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Otavio Sousa Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
1570Jeff MonsonLN/A10k ChallengeABSGP2007
1657Bill CooperBill CooperLKneebarWorld Champ.82KGSF2008
1772Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaLArmbarCapital Challenge88KGF2008
1952Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysLFootlockWorld Champ.88KGSF2009
2654Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoLPts: 4x0No Gi Worlds88KGSF2011
2842Clark GracieClark GracieLPts: 2x0Pan American82KG1/4F2012
3275Kron GracieKron GracieLArmbarMetamorisABSSUPERF2012
3292Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLArmbarPro League94KGSF2012
3513Clark GracieClark GracieLPointsPan American82KG1/4F2013
3852Kron GracieKron GracieLGuillotineADCC77KGF2013
4136Leandro LoLeandro LoLAdvPan American82KGF2014
4220Lucas LepriLucas LepriLPts: 4x0WP MonrealABSF2014
4317Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLPts: 2x0World Pro.ABS1/4F2014
4469Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 9x6World Champ.82KGF2014
4676F. IturraldeLPts: 2x0Pro League82KGSF2014
5190Alexander TransAlexander TransLPointsPan AmericanABS1/4F2015
5268Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 5x2Pan American82KGF2015
5784Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLPts: 2x0World Champ.82KGSF2015
1568Helio PerdigaoWPts: 4x010k ChallengeABSGP2007
1569Nicolas GregoriadesWKneebar10k ChallengeABSGP2007
1655Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposWKneebarWorld Champ.82KG1/4F2008
1769Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWPointsCapital Challenge88KGSF2008
1949Marcello SalazarWPts: 2x0World Champ.88KG1/4F2009
2068Andre FreitasWPts: 7x0Pan American88KGF2010
2639Erik AndersonWSubmissionNo Gi Worlds88KG1/4F2011
2836Brent PrimusWPointsPan American82KGRD22012
2990Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaWEzekielNYC Open82KGSF2012
2991Clark GracieClark GracieWPointsNYC Open82KGF2012
2992Rafael RosendoWWristlockNYC OpenABSSF2012
2993Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaWChokeNYC OpenABSF2012
3166Michael PinheiroWChoke from mountWorld Champ.82KGRD22012
3176Luis GustavoWChoke from backWorld Champ.82KG1/8F2012
3183Clark GracieClark GracieWPointsWorld Champ.82KG1/4F2012
3187Lucas LeiteLucas LeiteWPts: 6x4World Champ.82KGSF2012
3189Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWPts: 6x6, PenWorld Champ.82KGF2012
3290John CarlquistWChokePro League94KG1/4F2012
3506Nic RubenWBow and arrowPan American82KGRD22013
3695Davi RamosDavi RamosWPts: 6x2World Champ.82KG1/4F2013
3699Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWArmbarWorld Champ.82KGSF2013
3701Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWPts: 4x2World Champ.82KGF2013
3843Youngnam NohWMata leaoADCC77KGRD12013
3845Ben HendersonWOmoplataADCC77KG1/4F2013
3850Leonardo VieiraLeonardo VieiraWPointsADCC77KGSF2013
4123Matt JuberaWBrabo chokePan American82KGRD12014
4131Leo IturraldeWPointsPan American82KG1/4F2014
4216Leo SaggioroWPts: 4x2WP MonrealABS1/4F2014
4219Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWPts: 0x0, AdvWP MonrealABSSF2014
4453Caio AlmeidaWPts: 2x0World Champ.82KGRDS2014
4460Israel ReyesWArmbarWorld Champ.82KGRDS2014
4464Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWPts: 4x2World Champ.82KG1/4F2014
4467Alan FinfouAlan FinfouWArmbarWorld Champ.82KGSF2014
4699AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWChoke from backNYC Pro82KGSF2014
4700Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWChoke from backNYC Pro82KGF2014
5167Evandro NunesWPts: 10x0Pan AmericanABSRD22015
5182Kitner MouraWInjuryPan AmericanABSRD32015
5239Thabet al TaherWOmoplataPan American82KGRD12015
5254Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoWPts: 4x4, AdvPan American82KGRD32015
5264Victor SilverioVictor SilverioWReferee DecisionPan American82KG1/4F2015
5267Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWPts: 2x0Pan American82KGSF2015
5775Luca AnacorletaWCross choke f. mountWorld Champ.82KG1/8F2015
5779Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.82KG1/4F2015

Banner photograph taken from Gracie Mag.

Otavio Sousa vs Junior Santos

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