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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 (2016/2013/2012 black, 2007 brown absolute)
  • Pan American Champion (2010)
  • Pan American No-Gi Champion (2015)
  • New York Open Champion (2012)
  • Las Vegas Open Champion (2011)
  • World Championship Runner-up (2014 black, 2007 brown)
  • World No Gi Championship Runner-up (2009)
  • Pan American Championship Runner-up (2009 absolute, 2008 black, 2007 brown)
  • Brazilian National Championship Runner-up (2004 purple)
  • European Open Championship Runner-up (2008, 2007 brown)
  • World Championship 3rd Place (2009, 2008)
  • World No Gi Championship 3rd Place (2015, 2011)
  • Pan American Championship 3rd Place (2016, 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 was an academy led by José Olímpio (also known as “Zé Radiola”), a charismatic instructor who developed several high level athletes, including: 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 Carlos Gracie Junior, the head of the Gracie Barra franchise. E.N.: Though Otavio Sousa was mainly coached by José Olímpio, it was common practice within Gracie Barra to have the founder of the academy hand the black belts.

After receiving his black belt, Otavio Sousa was invited to lead the Gracie Barra Academy in Irvine, California which was owned by Chris Pizzo. Sousa worked there a few years, but that relationship ended unexpectedly in unfortunate circumstances. According to the many internet forums who debated the issue at the time, Otavio was fired by E-mail while on vacation, by the gym’s owner. The reason for the dismissal (according Pizzo) was that Otavio ​​spent too much time competing and touring for seminars, while not dedicating enough effort to the gym. This was went against many of Sousa’s student’s beliefs who left the academy in show of support for their instructor. Among the people who followed Otavio out were A-listers such as ‘Budo’ Jake, sports commentator and CEO of the company BudoVideos.

Otavio Sousa Grappling Record

78 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    30 (38%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    8 (10%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    37 (47%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (3%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (1%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

37 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Armbar
19
7
#86e620
Choke from back
14
5
#5AD3D1
Omoplata
8
3
#d1212a
RNC
5
2
#fad11b
Kneebar
5
2
#f58822
Cross ck. f/ mount
5
2
#224aba
Wristlock
5
2
#ff9124
Choke
5
2
#bf1f6c
Bow and arrow
3
1
#22c9a5
Brabo choke
3
1
#fad223
Injury
3
1
#03861f
Advantages
3
1
#039a1f
Cross choke
3
1
#03b41f
Botinha
3
1
#03c61f
Shoulder pressure
3
1
#03d61f
Triangle
3
1
#03f61f
Cross choke f. mount
3
1
#82ff5f
Submission
3
1
#a4ff5f
Ezekiel
3
1
#dbff5f
Choke from mount
3
1
37
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
38 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    24 (63%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    6 (16%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    7 (18%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (3%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

7 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Armbar
43
3
#86e620
Kneebar
29
2
#5AD3D1
Footlock
14
1
#d1212a
Guillotine
14
1
7
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Otavio Sousa Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
1820Jeff MonsonLN/A10k ChallengeABSGP2007
1829Alan FinfouAlan FinfouLAdvEuropean Open82KGF2008
1848Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposLKneebarPan American82KGF2008
1862Braga NetoBraga NetoLAdvBrasileiroABS1/4F2008
1871Alan FinfouAlan FinfouLPts: 2x0Brasileiro82KGF2008
1918Bill CooperBill CooperLKneebarWorld Champ.82KGSF2008
2036Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaLArmbarCapital Challenge88KGF2008
2072Alan FinfouAlan FinfouLPointsEuropean88KGF2009
2165Braga NetoBraga NetoLPts: 3x0Pan AmericanABSF2009
2318Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysLFootlockWorld Champ.88KGSF2009
2547Marcel FortunaMarcel FortunaLPts: 3x0Pan AmericanABSR22010
2707Eduardo TellesEduardo TellesLPts: 10x10, AdvWorld Champ.ABS1/4F2010
2817Eduardo SantoroEduardo SantoroLAdvPan American88KGSF2011
2995Gustavo JunqueiraLPts: 2x0World Champ.88KGRDS2011
3276Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoLPts: 4x0No Gi Worlds88KGSF2011
3527Clark GracieClark GracieLPts: 2x0Pan American82KG1/4F2012
3569Felipe PreguiçaLPts: 4x4, AdvCopa Podio85KGGP2012
3574Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaLPts: 2x0Copa Podio85KGGP2012
3578Dimitrius SouzaDimitrius SouzaLPts: 2x0Copa Podio85KGGP2012
4038Kron GracieKron GracieLArmbarMetamorisABSSPF2012
4056Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLArmbarIBJJF Pro League94KGSF2012
4424Clark GracieClark GracieLPointsPan American82KG1/4F2013
4823Kron GracieKron GracieLGuillotineADCC77KGF2013
5157Leandro LoLeandro LoLAdvPan American82KGF2014
5282Lucas LepriLucas LepriLPts: 4x0WP MontrealABSF2014
5397Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLPts: 2x0World Pro.ABS1/4F2014
5416Leandro LoLeandro LoLPointsWorld Pro.82KGSF2014
5583Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 9x6World Champ.82KGF2014
5832Francisco IturraldeFrancisco IturraldeLPts: 2x0IBJJF Pro League82KGSF2014
6453Alexander TransAlexander TransLPointsPan AmericanABS1/4F2015
6528Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 5x2Pan American82KGF2015
7125Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLPts: 2x0World Champ.82KGSF2015
7415Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 4x0FIVE SLABSSPF2015
7584Lucas LepriLucas LepriLPts: 4x0ADCC77KGSF2015
7586Gilbert BurnsGilbert BurnsLPts: 6x0ADCC77KG3RD2015
8038DJ JacksonDJ JacksonLReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds82KGSF2015
8839Yago SouzaYago SouzaLPts: 6x4Pan American82KGSF2016
9920Gabriel ArgesGabriel ArgesLPts: 2x0Grand Slam - LA85KGF2016
1818Helio PerdigaoWPts: 4x010k ChallengeABSGP2007
1819Nicolas GregoriadesWKneebar10k ChallengeABSGP2007
1847Adriano SilvaAdriano SilvaWPts: 2x0Pan American82KGSF2008
1916Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposWKneebarWorld Champ.82KG1/4F2008
2033Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWPointsCapital Challenge88KGSF2008
2142Jimmy TangWCross ck. f/ mountPan American88KG1/8F2009
2143Felipe FogolinWArmbarPan American88KG1/4F2009
2146Nivaldo OliveiraNivaldo OliveiraWAdvPan American88KGSF2009
2160Lucas LeiteLucas LeiteWPts: 4x0Pan AmericanABS1/4F2009
2163Rubens CharlesRubens CharlesWPts: 2x2, AdvPan AmericanABSSF2009
2315Marcello SalazarWPts: 2x0World Champ.88KG1/4F2009
2522Cameron DiffleyWPointsPan American88KGR12010
2523Cameron AppleWShoulder pressurePan American88KG1/4F2010
2524Jason EbarbWWristlockPan American88KGSF2010
2525Andre FreitasWPts: 7x0Pan American88KGF2010
2542Frost MurphyWCross choke f. mountPan AmericanABSR12010
3260Erik AndersonWSubmissionNo Gi Worlds88KG1/4F2011
3521Brent PrimusWPointsPan American82KGR22012
3585Leandro LoLeandro LoD---Copa Podio85KGGP2012
3749Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaWEzekielNYC Open82KGSF2012
3750Clark GracieClark GracieWPointsNYC Open82KGF2012
3751Rafael RosendoWWristlockNYC OpenABSSF2012
3752Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaWChokeNYC OpenABSF2012
3930Michael PinheiroWChoke from mountWorld Champ.82KGR22012
3939Luis GustavoWChoke from backWorld Champ.82KG1/8F2012
3946Clark GracieClark GracieWPointsWorld Champ.82KG1/4F2012
3950Lucas LeiteLucas LeiteWPts: 6x4World Champ.82KGSF2012
3952Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWPts: 6x6, PenWorld Champ.82KGF2012
4054John CarlquistWChokeIBJJF Pro League94KG1/4F2012
4417Nic RubenNic RubenWBow and arrowPan American82KGR22013
4615Davi RamosDavi RamosWPts: 6x2World Champ.82KG1/4F2013
4619Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWArmbarWorld Champ.82KGSF2013
4621Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWPts: 4x2World Champ.82KGF2013
4814Youngnam NohWRNCADCC77KGR12013
4816Ben HendersonWOmoplataADCC77KG1/4F2013
4821Leonardo VieiraLeonardo VieiraWPointsADCC77KGSF2013
5144Matt JuberaWBrabo chokePan American82KGR12014
5152Leo IturraldeWPointsPan American82KG1/4F2014
5272Tanner RiceTanner RiceWPts: 9x0WP Montreal85KGNA2014
5278Leo SaggioroWPts: 4x2WP MontrealABS1/4F2014
5281Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWPts: 0x0, AdvWP MontrealABSSF2014
5382Alexander TransAlexander TransWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro.ABSR12014
5413Kit DaleWPts: 7x2World Pro.82KGR12014
5415Brian BeauryWArmbarWorld Pro.82KG1/4F2014
5567Caio AlmeidaWPts: 2x0World Champ.82KGRDS2014
5574Israel ReyesWArmbarWorld Champ.82KGRDS2014
5578Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWPts: 4x2World Champ.82KG1/4F2014
5581Alan FinfouAlan FinfouWArmbarWorld Champ.82KGSF2014
5855AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWChoke from backNYC Pro82KGSF2014
5856Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWChoke from backNYC Pro82KGF2014
6430Evandro NunesEvandro NunesWPts: 10x0Pan AmericanABSR22015
6445Kitner MouraWInjuryPan AmericanABSR32015
6500Thabet al TaherWOmoplataPan American82KGR12015
6514Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoWPts: 4x4, AdvPan American82KGR32015
6524Victor SilverioVictor SilverioWReferee DecisionPan American82KG1/4F2015
6527Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWPts: 2x0Pan American82KGSF2015
7116Luca AnacoretaLuca AnacoretaWCross ck. f/ mountWorld Champ.82KG1/8F2015
7120Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.82KG1/4F2015
7572AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWRNCADCC77KGR12015
7580Vagner RochaWReferee DecisionADCC77KG1/4F2015
7796Mansher KheraMansher KheraWPts: 11x0NoGi Pan Ams82KGSF2015
7797Marcelo MafraWPts: 2x2, AdvNoGi Pan Ams82KGF2015
8030Dustin AkbariWOmoplataNoGi Worlds82KG1/8F2015
8037Rodrigo CaporalRodrigo CaporalWAdvantagesNoGi Worlds82KG1/4F2015
8135Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaWPts: 2x0IBJJF NY Pro82KGSF2015
8136Victor SilverioVictor SilverioWPts: 2x2, AdvIBJJF NY Pro82KGF2015
8821Youngam NohWPts: 7x0Pan American82KGR12016
8827Ken PrimolaWChoke from backPan American82KG1/8F2016
8835Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoWPts: 2x0Pan American82KG1/4F2016
9363Rafael RosendoWN/AAtlanta BJJ Pro82KG1/4F2016
9364Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoWArmbarAtlanta BJJ Pro82KGF2016
9501Santeri LiliusWChoke from backWorld Champ.82KGR22016
9512Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaWPts: 10x0World Champ.82KG1/8F2016
9519Dillon DanisDillon DanisWPts: 4x0World Champ.82KG1/4F2016
9524Yago SouzaYago SouzaWPts: 9x2World Champ.82KGSF2016
9915Stephen HergettWCross chokeGrand Slam - LA85KG1/4F2016
9919Sergio RiosWArmbarGrand Slam - LA85KGSF2016
10127Gabriel ArgesGabriel ArgesWBotinhaBJJ Pro LA82KGSF2016
10129Nathan MendelsohnWTriangleBJJ Pro LA82KGF2016

Banner photograph taken from Gracie Mag.

Otavio Sousa vs Junior Santos

Otavio Sousa vs N/A

 

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