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

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 Fight Stats

1 by sub
10 by Points (50%)
0 by Advantages (0%)
1 by Penalties (5%)
9 by Submission (45%)
0 by Decision (0%)
0 by Disqualified (0%)
3 by Armbar (33%)
1 by Bow and arrow (11%)
Bow and arrow
1 by Brabo choke (11%)
Brabo choke
1 by Choke (11%)
1 by Choke from back (11%)
Choke from back
1 by Choke from mount (11%)
Choke from mount
1 by Submission (11%)
5 by Points (50%)
1 by Advantages (10%)
0 by Penalties (0%)
4 by Submission (40%)
0 by Decision (0%)
0 by Disqualified (0%)
2 by Armbar (50%)
1 by Footlock (25%)
1 by Guillotine (25%)

Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
830Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysLPointsWorld Champ.U88kgSemi f.2009
1327Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoLPts: 4x0No Gi WorldsU88kgSemi f.2011
1462Clark GracieClark GracieLPts: 2x0Pan AmericanU82kg1/4 final2012
1859Kron GracieKron GracieLArmbarMetamorisAbsoluteSuperfight2012
1876Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLArmbarPro LeagueU94kgSemi f.2012
2019Clark GracieClark GracieLPointsPan AmericanU82kg1/4 final2013
2202Kron GracieKron GracieLGuillotineADCCU77kgFinal2013
2358Leandro LoLeandro LoLAdvPan AmericanU82kgFinal2014
2438Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLPts: 2x0World Pro.Absolute1/4 final2014
2580Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 9x6World Champ.U82kgFinal2014
827Marcello SalazarWPts: 2x0World Champ.U88kg1/4 final2009
885Andre FreitasWPts: 7x0Pan AmericanU88kgFinal2010
1312Erik AndersonWSubmissionNo Gi WorldsU88kg1/4 final2011
1456Brent PrimusWPointsPan AmericanU82kgRd 22012
1752Michael PinheiroWChoke from mountWorld Champ.U82kgRd 22012
1763Luis GustavoWChoke from backWorld Champ.U82kgRd 22012
1772Lucas LeiteLucas LeiteWPts: 6x4World Champ.U82kgSemi f.2012
1774Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWPts: 6x6, PenWorld Champ.U82kgFinal2012
1874John CarlquistWChokePro LeagueU94kg1/4 final2012
2012Nic RubenWBow and arrowPan AmericanU82kgRd 22013
2155Davi RamosDavi RamosWPts: 6x2World Champ.U82kg1/4 Final2013
2159Vitor HenriqueVitor HenriqueWArmbarWorld Champ.U82kgSemi Final2013
2161Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWPts: 4x2World Champ.U82kgFinal2013
2200Leonardo VieiraLeonardo VieiraWPointsADCCU77kgSemi final2013
2345Matt JuberaWBrabo chokePan AmericanU82kgRd12014
2353Leo IturraldeWN/APan AmericanU82kg1/4 final2014
2565Caio AlmeidaWPts: 2x0World Champ.U82kgRounds2014
2571Israel ReyesWArmbarWorld Champ.U82kgRounds2014
2575Vitor OliveiraWPts: 4x2World Champ.U82kg1/4 Final2014
2578Alan FinfouAlan FinfouWArmbarWorld Champ.U82kgSemi f.2014

Banner photograph taken from Gracie Mag.

Otavio Sousa vs Junior Santos

Otavio Sousa vs N/A


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