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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

73 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    28 (38%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    8 (11%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    34 (47%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (3%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (1%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

34 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Armbar
18
6
#86e620
Choke from back
15
5
#5AD3D1
Omoplata
9
3
#d1212a
RNC
6
2
#fad11b
Kneebar
6
2
#f58822
Cross ck. f/ mount
6
2
#224aba
Wristlock
6
2
#ff9124
Choke
6
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
Shoulder pressure
3
1
#03c61f
Cross choke f. mount
3
1
#03d61f
Submission
3
1
#03f61f
Ezekiel
3
1
#82ff5f
Choke from mount
3
1
34
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
31 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    21 (68%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (10%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    6 (19%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (3%)
  • 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
1799Jeff MonsonLN/A10k ChallengeABSGP2007
1808Alan FinfouAlan FinfouLAdvEuropean Open82KGF2008
1897Bill CooperBill CooperLKneebarWorld Champ.82KGSF2008
2015Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaLArmbarCapital Challenge88KGF2008
2048Alan FinfouAlan FinfouLPointsEuropean88KGF2009
2141Braga NetoBraga NetoLPts: 3x0Pan AmericanABSF2009
2290Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysLFootlockWorld Champ.88KGSF2009
2508Marcel FortunaMarcel FortunaLPts: 3x0Pan AmericanABSR22010
3236Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoLPts: 4x0No Gi Worlds88KGSF2011
3484Clark GracieClark GracieLPts: 2x0Pan American82KG1/4F2012
3526Felipe PreguiçaLPts: 4x4, AdvCopa Podio85KGGP2012
3531Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaLPts: 2x0Copa Podio85KGGP2012
3535Dimitrius SouzaDimitrius SouzaLPts: 2x0Copa Podio85KGGP2012
3995Kron GracieKron GracieLArmbarMetamorisABSSPF2012
4013Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLArmbarIBJJF Pro League94KGSF2012
4373Clark GracieClark GracieLPointsPan American82KG1/4F2013
4770Kron GracieKron GracieLGuillotineADCC77KGF2013
5104Leandro LoLeandro LoLAdvPan American82KGF2014
5229Lucas LepriLucas LepriLPts: 4x0WP MontrealABSF2014
5344Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLPts: 2x0World Pro.ABS1/4F2014
5363Leandro LoLeandro LoLPointsWorld Pro.82KGSF2014
5526Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 9x6World Champ.82KGF2014
5774Francisco IturraldeFrancisco IturraldeLPts: 2x0IBJJF Pro League82KGSF2014
6375Alexander TransAlexander TransLPointsPan AmericanABS1/4F2015
6450Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 5x2Pan American82KGF2015
7031Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLPts: 2x0World Champ.82KGSF2015
7480Lucas LepriLucas LepriLPts: 4x0ADCC77KGSF2015
7482Gilbert BurnsGilbert BurnsLPts: 6x0ADCC77KG3RD2015
7928DJ JacksonDJ JacksonLReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds82KGSF2015
8703Yago SouzaYago SouzaLPts: 6x4Pan American82KGSF2016
9752Gabriel ArgesGabriel ArgesLPts: 2x0Grand Slam - LA85KGF2016
1797Helio PerdigaoWPts: 4x010k ChallengeABSGP2007
1798Nicolas GregoriadesWKneebar10k ChallengeABSGP2007
1895Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposWKneebarWorld Champ.82KG1/4F2008
2012Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWPointsCapital Challenge88KGSF2008
2118Jimmy TangWCross ck. f/ mountPan American88KG1/8F2009
2119Felipe FogolinWArmbarPan American88KG1/4F2009
2122Nivaldo OliveiraNivaldo OliveiraWAdvPan American88KGSF2009
2136Lucas LeiteLucas LeiteWPts: 4x0Pan AmericanABS1/4F2009
2139Rubens CharlesRubens CharlesWPts: 2x2, AdvPan AmericanABSSF2009
2287Marcello SalazarWPts: 2x0World Champ.88KG1/4F2009
2483Cameron DiffleyWPointsPan American88KGR12010
2484Cameron AppleWShoulder pressurePan American88KG1/4F2010
2485Jason EbarbWWristlockPan American88KGSF2010
2486Andre FreitasWPts: 7x0Pan American88KGF2010
2503Frost MurphyWCross choke f. mountPan AmericanABSR12010
3220Erik AndersonWSubmissionNo Gi Worlds88KG1/4F2011
3478Brent PrimusWPointsPan American82KGR22012
3542Leandro LoLeandro LoD---Copa Podio85KGGP2012
3706Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaWEzekielNYC Open82KGSF2012
3707Clark GracieClark GracieWPointsNYC Open82KGF2012
3708Rafael RosendoWWristlockNYC OpenABSSF2012
3709Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaWChokeNYC OpenABSF2012
3887Michael PinheiroWChoke from mountWorld Champ.82KGR22012
3896Luis GustavoWChoke from backWorld Champ.82KG1/8F2012
3903Clark GracieClark GracieWPointsWorld Champ.82KG1/4F2012
3907Lucas LeiteLucas LeiteWPts: 6x4World Champ.82KGSF2012
3909Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWPts: 6x6, PenWorld Champ.82KGF2012
4011John CarlquistWChokeIBJJF Pro League94KG1/4F2012
4366Nic RubenNic RubenWBow and arrowPan American82KGR22013
4564Davi RamosDavi RamosWPts: 6x2World Champ.82KG1/4F2013
4568Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWArmbarWorld Champ.82KGSF2013
4570Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWPts: 4x2World Champ.82KGF2013
4761Youngnam NohWRNCADCC77KGR12013
4763Ben HendersonWOmoplataADCC77KG1/4F2013
4768Leonardo VieiraLeonardo VieiraWPointsADCC77KGSF2013
5091Matt JuberaWBrabo chokePan American82KGR12014
5099Leo IturraldeWPointsPan American82KG1/4F2014
5219Tanner RiceTanner RiceWPts: 9x0WP Montreal85KGNA2014
5225Leo SaggioroWPts: 4x2WP MontrealABS1/4F2014
5228Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWPts: 0x0, AdvWP MontrealABSSF2014
5329Alexander TransAlexander TransWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro.ABSR12014
5360Kit DaleWPts: 7x2World Pro.82KGR12014
5362Brian BeauryWArmbarWorld Pro.82KG1/4F2014
5510Caio AlmeidaWPts: 2x0World Champ.82KGRDS2014
5517Israel ReyesWArmbarWorld Champ.82KGRDS2014
5521Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWPts: 4x2World Champ.82KG1/4F2014
5524Alan FinfouAlan FinfouWArmbarWorld Champ.82KGSF2014
5797AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWChoke from backNYC Pro82KGSF2014
5798Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWChoke from backNYC Pro82KGF2014
6352Evandro NunesEvandro NunesWPts: 10x0Pan AmericanABSR22015
6367Kitner MouraWInjuryPan AmericanABSR32015
6422Thabet al TaherWOmoplataPan American82KGR12015
6436Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoWPts: 4x4, AdvPan American82KGR32015
6446Victor SilverioVictor SilverioWReferee DecisionPan American82KG1/4F2015
6449Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWPts: 2x0Pan American82KGSF2015
7022Luca AnacorletaWCross ck. f/ mountWorld Champ.82KG1/8F2015
7026Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.82KG1/4F2015
7468AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWRNCADCC77KGR12015
7476Vagner RochaWReferee DecisionADCC77KG1/4F2015
7692Mansher KheraMansher KheraWPts: 11x0NoGi Pan Ams82KGSF2015
7693Marcelo MafraWPts: 2x2, AdvNoGi Pan Ams82KGF2015
7920Dustin AkbariWOmoplataNoGi Worlds82KG1/8F2015
7927Rodrigo CaporalRodrigo CaporalWAdvantagesNoGi Worlds82KG1/4F2015
8025Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaWPts: 2x0IBJJF NY Pro82KGSF2015
8026Victor SilverioVictor SilverioWPts: 2x2, AdvIBJJF NY Pro82KGF2015
8685Youngam NohWPts: 7x0Pan American82KGR12016
8691Ken PrimolaWChoke from backPan American82KG1/8F2016
8699Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoWPts: 2x0Pan American82KG1/4F2016
9362Santeri LiliusWChoke from backWorld Champ.82KGR22016
9373Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaWPts: 10x0World Champ.82KG1/8F2016
9380Dillon DanisDillon DanisWPts: 4x0World Champ.82KG1/4F2016
9385Yago SouzaYago SouzaWPts: 9x2World Champ.82KGSF2016
9747Stephen HergettWCross chokeGrand Slam - LA85KG1/4F2016
9751Sergio RiosWArmbarGrand Slam - LA85KGSF2016

Banner photograph taken from Gracie Mag.

Otavio Sousa vs Junior Santos

Otavio Sousa vs N/A

 

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