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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)
  • Pan American No Gi Champion (2015)
  • New York Open Champion (2012)
  • Las Vegas Open Champion (2011)
  • World Silver Medallist (2014, 2007 brown)
  • World No Gi Silver Medallist (2009)
  • Pan American Silver Medallist (2009 absolute, 2008 black, 2007 brown)
  • Brazilian National Silver Medallist (2004 purple)
  • European Open Silver Medallist (2008, 2007 brown)
  • World Bronze Medallist (2009, 2008)
  • World No Gi Bronze Medallist (2015, 2011)
  • Pan American Bronze Medallist (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 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

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
Wristlock
5
2
#fad11b
Choke
5
2
#f58822
RNC
5
2
#224aba
Kneebar
5
2
#ff9124
Cross ck. f/ mount
5
2
#bf1f6c
Shoulder pressure
3
1
#22c9a5
Triangle
3
1
#fad223
Cross choke f. mount
3
1
#03861f
Submission
3
1
#039a1f
Ezekiel
3
1
#03b41f
Choke from mount
3
1
#03c61f
Bow and arrow
3
1
#03d61f
Brabo choke
3
1
#03f61f
Injury
3
1
#82ff5f
Advantages
3
1
#a4ff5f
Cross choke
3
1
#dbff5f
Botinha
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
Guillotine
14
1
#d1212a
Footlock
14
1
7
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Otavio Sousa Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
1816Jeff MonsonLN/A10k ChallengeABSGP2007
1825Alan FinfouAlan FinfouLAdvEuropean Open82KGF2008
1844Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposLKneebarPan American82KGF2008
1858Braga NetoBraga NetoLAdvBrasileiroABS1/4F2008
1867Alan FinfouAlan FinfouLPts: 2x0Brasileiro82KGF2008
1914Bill CooperBill CooperLKneebarWorld Champ.82KGSF2008
2032Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaLArmbarCapital Challenge88KGF2008
2068Alan FinfouAlan FinfouLPointsEuropean88KGF2009
2161Braga NetoBraga NetoLPts: 3x0Pan AmericanABSF2009
2314Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysLFootlockWorld Champ.88KGSF2009
2543Marcel FortunaMarcel FortunaLPts: 3x0Pan AmericanABSR22010
2703Eduardo TellesEduardo TellesLPts: 10x10, AdvWorld Champ.ABS1/4F2010
2813Eduardo SantoroEduardo SantoroLAdvPan American88KGSF2011
2991Gustavo JunqueiraLPts: 2x0World Champ.88KGRDS2011
3272Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoLPts: 4x0No Gi Worlds88KGSF2011
3523Clark GracieClark GracieLPts: 2x0Pan American82KG1/4F2012
3565Felipe PreguiçaLPts: 4x4, AdvCopa Podio85KGGP2012
3570Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaLPts: 2x0Copa Podio85KGGP2012
3574Dimitrius SouzaDimitrius SouzaLPts: 2x0Copa Podio85KGGP2012
4034Kron GracieKron GracieLArmbarMetamorisABSSPF2012
4052Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLArmbarIBJJF Pro League94KGSF2012
4419Clark GracieClark GracieLPointsPan American82KG1/4F2013
4818Kron GracieKron GracieLGuillotineADCC77KGF2013
5152Leandro LoLeandro LoLAdvPan American82KGF2014
5277Lucas LepriLucas LepriLPts: 4x0WP MontrealABSF2014
5392Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLPts: 2x0World Pro.ABS1/4F2014
5411Leandro LoLeandro LoLPointsWorld Pro.82KGSF2014
5578Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 9x6World Champ.82KGF2014
5827Francisco IturraldeFrancisco IturraldeLPts: 2x0IBJJF Pro League82KGSF2014
6449Alexander TransAlexander TransLPointsPan AmericanABS1/4F2015
6524Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 5x2Pan American82KGF2015
7113Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLPts: 2x0World Champ.82KGSF2015
7403Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 4x0FIVE SLABSSPF2015
7571Lucas LepriLucas LepriLPts: 4x0ADCC77KGSF2015
7573Gilbert BurnsGilbert BurnsLPts: 6x0ADCC77KG3RD2015
8019DJ JacksonDJ JacksonLReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds82KGSF2015
8811Yago SouzaYago SouzaLPts: 6x4Pan American82KGSF2016
9879Gabriel ArgesGabriel ArgesLPts: 2x0Grand Slam - LA85KGF2016
1814Helio PerdigaoWPts: 4x010k ChallengeABSGP2007
1815Nicolas GregoriadesWKneebar10k ChallengeABSGP2007
1843Adriano SilvaAdriano SilvaWPts: 2x0Pan American82KGSF2008
1912Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposWKneebarWorld Champ.82KG1/4F2008
2029Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWPointsCapital Challenge88KGSF2008
2138Jimmy TangWCross ck. f/ mountPan American88KG1/8F2009
2139Felipe FogolinWArmbarPan American88KG1/4F2009
2142Nivaldo OliveiraNivaldo OliveiraWAdvPan American88KGSF2009
2156Lucas LeiteLucas LeiteWPts: 4x0Pan AmericanABS1/4F2009
2159Rubens CharlesRubens CharlesWPts: 2x2, AdvPan AmericanABSSF2009
2311Marcello SalazarWPts: 2x0World Champ.88KG1/4F2009
2518Cameron DiffleyWPointsPan American88KGR12010
2519Cameron AppleWShoulder pressurePan American88KG1/4F2010
2520Jason EbarbWWristlockPan American88KGSF2010
2521Andre FreitasWPts: 7x0Pan American88KGF2010
2538Frost MurphyWCross choke f. mountPan AmericanABSR12010
3256Erik AndersonWSubmissionNo Gi Worlds88KG1/4F2011
3517Brent PrimusWPointsPan American82KGR22012
3581Leandro LoLeandro LoD---Copa Podio85KGGP2012
3745Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaWEzekielNYC Open82KGSF2012
3746Clark GracieClark GracieWPointsNYC Open82KGF2012
3747Rafael RosendoWWristlockNYC OpenABSSF2012
3748Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaWChokeNYC OpenABSF2012
3926Michael PinheiroWChoke from mountWorld Champ.82KGR22012
3935Luis GustavoWChoke from backWorld Champ.82KG1/8F2012
3942Clark GracieClark GracieWPointsWorld Champ.82KG1/4F2012
3946Lucas LeiteLucas LeiteWPts: 6x4World Champ.82KGSF2012
3948Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWPts: 6x6, PenWorld Champ.82KGF2012
4050John CarlquistWChokeIBJJF Pro League94KG1/4F2012
4412Nic RubenNic RubenWBow and arrowPan American82KGR22013
4610Davi RamosDavi RamosWPts: 6x2World Champ.82KG1/4F2013
4614Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWArmbarWorld Champ.82KGSF2013
4616Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWPts: 4x2World Champ.82KGF2013
4809Youngnam NohWRNCADCC77KGR12013
4811Ben HendersonWOmoplataADCC77KG1/4F2013
4816Leonardo VieiraLeonardo VieiraWPointsADCC77KGSF2013
5139Matt JuberaWBrabo chokePan American82KGR12014
5147Leo IturraldeWPointsPan American82KG1/4F2014
5267Tanner RiceTanner RiceWPts: 9x0WP Montreal85KGNA2014
5273Leo SaggioroWPts: 4x2WP MontrealABS1/4F2014
5276Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWPts: 0x0, AdvWP MontrealABSSF2014
5377Alexander TransAlexander TransWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro.ABSR12014
5408Kit DaleWPts: 7x2World Pro.82KGR12014
5410Brian BeauryWArmbarWorld Pro.82KG1/4F2014
5562Caio AlmeidaWPts: 2x0World Champ.82KGRDS2014
5569Israel ReyesWArmbarWorld Champ.82KGRDS2014
5573Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWPts: 4x2World Champ.82KG1/4F2014
5576Alan FinfouAlan FinfouWArmbarWorld Champ.82KGSF2014
5850AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWChoke from backNYC Pro82KGSF2014
5851Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWChoke from backNYC Pro82KGF2014
6426Evandro NunesEvandro NunesWPts: 10x0Pan AmericanABSR22015
6441Kitner MouraWInjuryPan AmericanABSR32015
6496Thabet al TaherWOmoplataPan American82KGR12015
6510Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoWPts: 4x4, AdvPan American82KGR32015
6520Victor SilverioVictor SilverioWReferee DecisionPan American82KG1/4F2015
6523Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWPts: 2x0Pan American82KGSF2015
7104Luca AnacoretaLuca AnacoretaWCross ck. f/ mountWorld Champ.82KG1/8F2015
7108Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.82KG1/4F2015
7559AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWRNCADCC77KGR12015
7567Vagner RochaWReferee DecisionADCC77KG1/4F2015
7783Mansher KheraMansher KheraWPts: 11x0NoGi Pan Ams82KGSF2015
7784Marcelo MafraWPts: 2x2, AdvNoGi Pan Ams82KGF2015
8011Dustin AkbariWOmoplataNoGi Worlds82KG1/8F2015
8018Rodrigo CaporalRodrigo CaporalWAdvantagesNoGi Worlds82KG1/4F2015
8116Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaWPts: 2x0IBJJF NY Pro82KGSF2015
8117Victor SilverioVictor SilverioWPts: 2x2, AdvIBJJF NY Pro82KGF2015
8793Youngam NohWPts: 7x0Pan American82KGR12016
8799Ken PrimolaWChoke from backPan American82KG1/8F2016
8807Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoWPts: 2x0Pan American82KG1/4F2016
9334Rafael RosendoWN/AAtlanta BJJ Pro82KG1/4F2016
9335Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoWArmbarAtlanta BJJ Pro82KGF2016
9472Santeri LiliusWChoke from backWorld Champ.82KGR22016
9483Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaWPts: 10x0World Champ.82KG1/8F2016
9490Dillon DanisDillon DanisWPts: 4x0World Champ.82KG1/4F2016
9495Yago SouzaYago SouzaWPts: 9x2World Champ.82KGSF2016
9874Stephen HergettWCross chokeGrand Slam - LA85KG1/4F2016
9878Sergio RiosWArmbarGrand Slam - LA85KGSF2016
10086Gabriel ArgesGabriel ArgesWBotinhaBJJ Pro LA82KGSF2016
10088Nathan MendelsohnWTriangleBJJ Pro LA82KGF2016

Banner photograph taken from Gracie Mag.

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