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

40 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    16 (40%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (5%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    20 (50%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (3%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (3%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

20 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke from back
15
3
#86e620
Armbar
15
3
#5AD3D1
Omoplata
10
2
#d1212a
Kneebar
10
2
#fad11b
Choke
10
2
#f58822
Choke from mount
5
1
#224aba
Wristlock
5
1
#ff9124
Bow and arrow
5
1
#bf1f6c
Ezekiel
5
1
#22c9a5
Mata leao
5
1
#fad223
Submission
5
1
#03861f
Brabo choke
5
1
#039a1f
Injury
5
1
20
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
17 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    10 (59%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (6%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    6 (35%)
  • 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
1498Jeff MonsonLN/A10k ChallengeABSGP2007
1585Bill CooperBill CooperLKneebarWorld Champ.82KGSF2008
1700Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaLArmbarCapital Challenge88KGF2008
1878Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysLFootlockWorld Champ.88KGSF2009
2579Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoLPts: 4x0No Gi Worlds88KGSF2011
2763Clark GracieClark GracieLPts: 2x0Pan American82KG1/4F2012
3193Kron GracieKron GracieLArmbarMetamorisABSSUPERF2012
3210Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLArmbarPro League94KGSF2012
3431Clark GracieClark GracieLPointsPan American82KG1/4F2013
3770Kron GracieKron GracieLGuillotineADCC77KGF2013
4052Leandro LoLeandro LoLAdvPan American82KGF2014
4136Lucas LepriLucas LepriLPts: 4x0WP MonrealABSF2014
4233Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLPts: 2x0World Pro.ABS1/4F2014
4385Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 9x6World Champ.82KGF2014
4592F. IturraldeLPts: 2x0Pro League82KGSF2014
5106Alexander TransAlexander TransLPointsPan AmericanABS1/4F2015
5184Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 5x2Pan American82KGF2015
1496Helio PerdigaoWPts: 4x010k ChallengeABSGP2007
1497Nicolas GregoriadesWKneebar10k ChallengeABSGP2007
1583Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposWKneebarWorld Champ.82KG1/4F2008
1697Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWPointsCapital Challenge88KGSF2008
1875Marcello SalazarWPts: 2x0World Champ.88KG1/4F2009
1994Andre FreitasWPts: 7x0Pan American88KGF2010
2564Erik AndersonWSubmissionNo Gi Worlds88KG1/4F2011
2757Brent PrimusWPointsPan American82KGRD22012
2911Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaWEzekielNYC Open82KGSF2012
2912Clark GracieClark GracieWPointsNYC Open82KGF2012
2913Rafael RosendoWWristlockNYC OpenABSSF2012
2914Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaWChokeNYC OpenABSF2012
3085Michael PinheiroWChoke from mountWorld Champ.82KGRD22012
3096Luis GustavoWChoke from backWorld Champ.82KGRD22012
3105Lucas LeiteLucas LeiteWPts: 6x4World Champ.82KGSF2012
3107Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWPts: 6x6, PenWorld Champ.82KGF2012
3208John CarlquistWChokePro League94KG1/4F2012
3424Nic RubenWBow and arrowPan American82KGRD22013
3613Davi RamosDavi RamosWPts: 6x2World Champ.82KG1/4F2013
3617Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWArmbarWorld Champ.82KGSF2013
3619Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWPts: 4x2World Champ.82KGF2013
3761Youngnam NohWMata leaoADCC77KGRD12013
3763Ben HendersonWOmoplataADCC77KG1/4F2013
3768Leonardo VieiraLeonardo VieiraWPointsADCC77KGSF2013
4039Matt JuberaWBrabo chokePan American82KGRD12014
4047Leo IturraldeWPointsPan American82KG1/4F2014
4132Leo SaggioroWPts: 4x2WP MonrealABS1/4F2014
4135Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWPts: 0x0, AdvWP MonrealABSSF2014
4369Caio AlmeidaWPts: 2x0World Champ.82KGRDS2014
4376Israel ReyesWArmbarWorld Champ.82KGRDS2014
4380Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWPts: 4x2World Champ.82KG1/4F2014
4383Alan FinfouAlan FinfouWArmbarWorld Champ.82KGSF2014
4615AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWChoke from backNYC Pro82KGSF2014
4616Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWChoke from backNYC Pro82KGF2014
5083Evandro NunesWPts: 10x0Pan AmericanABSRD22015
5098Kitner MouraWInjuryPan AmericanABSRD32015
5155Thabet al TaherWOmoplataPan American82KGRD12015
5170Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoWPts: 4x4, AdvPan American82KGRD32015
5180Victor SilverioVictor SilverioWReferee DecisionPan American82KG1/4F2015
5183Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWPts: 2x0Pan American82KGSF2015

Banner photograph taken from Gracie Mag.

Otavio Sousa vs Junior Santos

Otavio Sousa vs N/A

 

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