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. > 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
1494Jeff MonsonLN/A10k ChallengeABSGP2007
1581Bill CooperBill CooperLKneebarWorld Champ.82KGSF2008
1696Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaLArmbarCapital Challenge88KGF2008
1874Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysLFootlockWorld Champ.88KGSF2009
2575Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoLPts: 4x0No Gi Worlds88KGSF2011
2759Clark GracieClark GracieLPts: 2x0Pan American82KG1/4F2012
3189Kron GracieKron GracieLArmbarMetamorisABSSUPERF2012
3206Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLArmbarPro League94KGSF2012
3427Clark GracieClark GracieLPointsPan American82KG1/4F2013
3752Kron GracieKron GracieLGuillotineADCC77KGF2013
4034Leandro LoLeandro LoLAdvPan American82KGF2014
4118Lucas LepriLucas LepriLPts: 4x0WP MonrealABSF2014
4212Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLPts: 2x0World Pro.ABS1/4F2014
4364Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 9x6World Champ.82KGF2014
4570F. IturraldeLPts: 2x0Pro League82KGSF2014
5080Alexander TransAlexander TransLPointsPan AmericanABS1/4F2015
5158Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 5x2Pan American82KGF2015
1492Helio PerdigaoWPts: 4x010k ChallengeABSGP2007
1493Nicolas GregoriadesWKneebar10k ChallengeABSGP2007
1579Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposWKneebarWorld Champ.82KG1/4F2008
1693Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWPointsCapital Challenge88KGSF2008
1871Marcello SalazarWPts: 2x0World Champ.88KG1/4F2009
1990Andre FreitasWPts: 7x0Pan American88KGF2010
2560Erik AndersonWSubmissionNo Gi Worlds88KG1/4F2011
2753Brent PrimusWPointsPan American82KGRD22012
2907Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaWEzekielNYC Open82KGSF2012
2908Clark GracieClark GracieWPointsNYC Open82KGF2012
2909Rafael RosendoWWristlockNYC OpenABSSF2012
2910Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaWChokeNYC OpenABSF2012
3081Michael PinheiroWChoke from mountWorld Champ.82KGRD22012
3092Luis GustavoWChoke from backWorld Champ.82KGRD22012
3101Lucas LeiteLucas LeiteWPts: 6x4World Champ.82KGSF2012
3103Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWPts: 6x6, PenWorld Champ.82KGF2012
3204John CarlquistWChokePro League94KG1/4F2012
3420Nic RubenWBow and arrowPan American82KGRD22013
3609Davi RamosDavi RamosWPts: 6x2World Champ.82KG1/4F2013
3613Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWArmbarWorld Champ.82KGSF2013
3615Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWPts: 4x2World Champ.82KGF2013
3743Youngnam NohWMata leaoADCC77KGRD12013
3745Ben HendersonWOmoplataADCC77KG1/4F2013
3750Leonardo VieiraLeonardo VieiraWPointsADCC77KGSF2013
4021Matt JuberaWBrabo chokePan American82KGRD12014
4029Leo IturraldeWPointsPan American82KG1/4F2014
4114Leo SaggioroWPts: 4x2WP MonrealABS1/4F2014
4117Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWPts: 0x0, AdvWP MonrealABSSF2014
4348Caio AlmeidaWPts: 2x0World Champ.82KGRDS2014
4355Israel ReyesWArmbarWorld Champ.82KGRDS2014
4359Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWPts: 4x2World Champ.82KG1/4F2014
4362Alan FinfouAlan FinfouWArmbarWorld Champ.82KGSF2014
4593AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWChoke from backNYC Pro82KGSF2014
4594Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWChoke from backNYC Pro82KGF2014
5057Evandro NunesWPts: 10x0Pan AmericanABSRD22015
5072Kitner MouraWInjuryPan AmericanABSRD32015
5129Thabet al TaherWOmoplataPan American82KGRD12015
5144Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoWPts: 4x4, AdvPan American82KGRD32015
5154Victor SilverioVictor SilverioWRefree DecisionPan American82KG1/4F2015
5157Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWPts: 2x0Pan American82KGSF2015

Banner photograph taken from Gracie Mag.

Otavio Sousa vs Junior Santos

Otavio Sousa vs N/A

 

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