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)
  • 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

71 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    28 (39%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    8 (11%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    32 (45%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (3%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (1%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

32 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke from back
16
5
#86e620
Armbar
16
5
#5AD3D1
Omoplata
9
3
#d1212a
Wristlock
6
2
#fad11b
Choke
6
2
#f58822
RNC
6
2
#224aba
Kneebar
6
2
#ff9124
Cross ck. f/ mount
6
2
#bf1f6c
Shoulder pressure
3
1
#22c9a5
Cross choke f. mount
3
1
#fad223
Submission
3
1
#03861f
Ezekiel
3
1
#039a1f
Choke from mount
3
1
#03b41f
Bow and arrow
3
1
#03c61f
Brabo choke
3
1
#03d61f
Injury
3
1
#03f61f
Advantages
3
1
32
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
30 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    20 (67%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (10%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    6 (20%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (3%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

6 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Armbar
50
3
#86e620
Guillotine
17
1
#5AD3D1
Kneebar
17
1
#d1212a
Footlock
17
1
6
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Otavio Sousa Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
1794Jeff MonsonLN/A10k ChallengeABSGP2007
1803Alan FinfouAlan FinfouLAdvEuropean Open82KGF2008
1892Bill CooperBill CooperLKneebarWorld Champ.82KGSF2008
2010Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaLArmbarCapital Challenge88KGF2008
2043Alan FinfouAlan FinfouLPointsEuropean88KGF2009
2136Braga NetoBraga NetoLPts: 3x0Pan AmericanABSF2009
2285Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysLFootlockWorld Champ.88KGSF2009
2503Marcel FortunaMarcel FortunaLPts: 3x0Pan AmericanABSR22010
3222Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoLPts: 4x0No Gi Worlds88KGSF2011
3463Clark GracieClark GracieLPts: 2x0Pan American82KG1/4F2012
3505Felipe PreguiçaLPts: 4x4, AdvCopa Podio85KGGP2012
3510Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaLPts: 2x0Copa Podio85KGGP2012
3514Dimitrius SouzaDimitrius SouzaLPts: 2x0Copa Podio85KGGP2012
3974Kron GracieKron GracieLArmbarMetamorisABSSPF2012
3992Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLArmbarIBJJF Pro League94KGSF2012
4349Clark GracieClark GracieLPointsPan American82KG1/4F2013
4737Kron GracieKron GracieLGuillotineADCC77KGF2013
5054Leandro LoLeandro LoLAdvPan American82KGF2014
5175Lucas LepriLucas LepriLPts: 4x0WP MontrealABSF2014
5289Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLPts: 2x0World Pro.ABS1/4F2014
5307Leandro LoLeandro LoLPointsWorld Pro.82KGSF2014
5467Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 9x6World Champ.82KGF2014
5707Francisco IturraldeFrancisco IturraldeLPts: 2x0IBJJF Pro League82KGSF2014
6278Alexander TransAlexander TransLPointsPan AmericanABS1/4F2015
6354Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 5x2Pan American82KGF2015
6931Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLPts: 2x0World Champ.82KGSF2015
7371Lucas LepriLucas LepriLPts: 4x0ADCC77KGSF2015
7373Gilbert BurnsGilbert BurnsLPts: 6x0ADCC77KG3RD2015
7810DJ JacksonDJ JacksonLReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds82KGSF2015
8580Yago SouzaYago SouzaLPts: 6x4Pan American82KGSF2016
1792Helio PerdigaoWPts: 4x010k ChallengeABSGP2007
1793Nicolas GregoriadesWKneebar10k ChallengeABSGP2007
1890Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposWKneebarWorld Champ.82KG1/4F2008
2007Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWPointsCapital Challenge88KGSF2008
2113Jimmy TangWCross ck. f/ mountPan American88KG1/8F2009
2114Felipe FogolinWArmbarPan American88KG1/4F2009
2117Nivaldo OliveiraNivaldo OliveiraWAdvPan American88KGSF2009
2131Lucas LeiteLucas LeiteWPts: 4x0Pan AmericanABS1/4F2009
2134Rubens CharlesRubens CharlesWPts: 2x2, AdvPan AmericanABSSF2009
2282Marcello SalazarWPts: 2x0World Champ.88KG1/4F2009
2478Cameron DiffleyWPointsPan American88KGR12010
2479Cameron AppleWShoulder pressurePan American88KG1/4F2010
2480Jason EbarbWWristlockPan American88KGSF2010
2481Andre FreitasWPts: 7x0Pan American88KGF2010
2498Frost MurphyWCross choke f. mountPan AmericanABSR12010
3206Erik AndersonWSubmissionNo Gi Worlds88KG1/4F2011
3457Brent PrimusWPointsPan American82KGR22012
3521Leandro LoLeandro LoD---Copa Podio85KGGP2012
3685Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaWEzekielNYC Open82KGSF2012
3686Clark GracieClark GracieWPointsNYC Open82KGF2012
3687Rafael RosendoWWristlockNYC OpenABSSF2012
3688Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaWChokeNYC OpenABSF2012
3866Michael PinheiroWChoke from mountWorld Champ.82KGR22012
3875Luis GustavoWChoke from backWorld Champ.82KG1/8F2012
3882Clark GracieClark GracieWPointsWorld Champ.82KG1/4F2012
3886Lucas LeiteLucas LeiteWPts: 6x4World Champ.82KGSF2012
3888Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWPts: 6x6, PenWorld Champ.82KGF2012
3990John CarlquistWChokeIBJJF Pro League94KG1/4F2012
4342Nic RubenWBow and arrowPan American82KGR22013
4538Davi RamosDavi RamosWPts: 6x2World Champ.82KG1/4F2013
4542Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWArmbarWorld Champ.82KGSF2013
4544Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWPts: 4x2World Champ.82KGF2013
4728Youngnam NohWRNCADCC77KGR12013
4730Ben HendersonWOmoplataADCC77KG1/4F2013
4735Leonardo VieiraLeonardo VieiraWPointsADCC77KGSF2013
5041Matt JuberaWBrabo chokePan American82KGR12014
5049Leo IturraldeWPointsPan American82KG1/4F2014
5165Tanner RiceTanner RiceWPts: 9x0WP Montreal85KGNA2014
5171Leo SaggioroWPts: 4x2WP MontrealABS1/4F2014
5174Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWPts: 0x0, AdvWP MontrealABSSF2014
5274Alexander TransAlexander TransWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro.ABSR12014
5304Kit DaleWPts: 7x2World Pro.82KGR12014
5306Brian BeauryWArmbarWorld Pro.82KG1/4F2014
5451Caio AlmeidaWPts: 2x0World Champ.82KGRDS2014
5458Israel ReyesWArmbarWorld Champ.82KGRDS2014
5462Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWPts: 4x2World Champ.82KG1/4F2014
5465Alan FinfouAlan FinfouWArmbarWorld Champ.82KGSF2014
5730AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWChoke from backNYC Pro82KGSF2014
5731Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWChoke from backNYC Pro82KGF2014
6255Evandro NunesEvandro NunesWPts: 10x0Pan AmericanABSR22015
6270Kitner MouraWInjuryPan AmericanABSR32015
6325Thabet al TaherWOmoplataPan American82KGR12015
6340Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoWPts: 4x4, AdvPan American82KGR32015
6350Victor SilverioVictor SilverioWReferee DecisionPan American82KG1/4F2015
6353Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWPts: 2x0Pan American82KGSF2015
6922Luca AnacorletaWCross ck. f/ mountWorld Champ.82KG1/8F2015
6926Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.82KG1/4F2015
7359AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWRNCADCC77KGR12015
7367Vagner RochaWReferee DecisionADCC77KG1/4F2015
7583Mansher KheraMansher KheraWPts: 11x0NoGi Pan Ams82KGSF2015
7584Marcelo MafraWPts: 2x2, AdvNoGi Pan Ams82KGF2015
7802Dustin AkbariWOmoplataNoGi Worlds82KG1/8F2015
7809Rodrigo CaporalRodrigo CaporalWAdvantagesNoGi Worlds82KG1/4F2015
7907Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaWPts: 2x0IBJJF NY Pro82KGSF2015
7908Victor SilverioVictor SilverioWPts: 2x2, AdvIBJJF NY Pro82KGF2015
8562Youngam NohWPts: 7x0Pan American82KGR12016
8568Ken PrimolaWChoke from backPan American82KG1/8F2016
8576Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoWPts: 2x0Pan American82KG1/4F2016
9219Santeri LiliusWChoke from backWorld Champ.82KGR22016
9230Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaWN/AWorld Champ.82KG1/8F2016
9238Dillon DanisDillon DanisWPts: 4x0World Champ.82KG1/4F2016
9243Yago SouzaYago SouzaWPts: 9x2World Champ.82KGSF2016

Banner photograph taken from Gracie Mag.

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