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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. > 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
12 by Points (46%)
1 by Advantages (4%)
1 by Penalties (4%)
12 by Submission (46%)
0 by Decision (0%)
0 by Disqualified (0%)
3 by Armbar (25%)
1 by Bow and arrow (8%)
Bow and arrow
1 by Brabo choke (8%)
Brabo choke
2 by Choke (17%)
1 by Choke from back (8%)
Choke from back
1 by Choke from mount (8%)
Choke from mount
1 by Ezekiel (8%)
1 by Submission (8%)
1 by Wristlock (8%)
7 by Points (58.33%)
1 by Advantages (8%)
0 by Penalties (0%)
4 by Submission (33.33%)
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
1112Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysLPointsWorld Champ.U88kgSemi f.2009
1642Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoLPts: 4x0No Gi WorldsU88kgSemi f.2011
1796Clark GracieClark GracieLPts: 2x0Pan AmericanU82kg1/4 final2012
2209Kron GracieKron GracieLArmbarMetamorisAbsoluteSuperfight2012
2226Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLArmbarPro LeagueU94kgSemi f.2012
2390Clark GracieClark GracieLPointsPan AmericanU82kg1/4 final2013
2616Kron GracieKron GracieLGuillotineADCCU77kgFinal2013
2792Leandro LoLeandro LoLAdvPan AmericanU82kgFinal2014
2853Lucas LepriLucas LepriLPts: 4x0WP MonrealAbsoluteFinal2014
2920Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLPts: 2x0World Pro.Absolute1/4 final2014
3064Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 9x6World Champ.U82kgFinal2014
3245F. IturraldeLPts: 2x0Pro LeagueU82kgSemi f.2014
1109Marcello SalazarWPts: 2x0World Champ.U88kg1/4 final2009
1171Andre FreitasWPts: 7x0Pan AmericanU88kgFinal2010
1627Erik AndersonWSubmissionNo Gi WorldsU88kg1/4 final2011
1790Brent PrimusWPointsPan AmericanU82kgRd 22012
1928Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaWEzekielNYC OpenU82kgSemi f.2012
1929Clark GracieClark GracieWPointsNYC OpenU82kgFinal2012
1930Rafael RosendoWWristlockNYC OpenAbsoluteSemi f.2012
1931Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaWChokeNYC OpenAbsoluteFinal2012
2102Michael PinheiroWChoke from mountWorld Champ.U82kgRd 22012
2113Luis GustavoWChoke from backWorld Champ.U82kgRd 22012
2122Lucas LeiteLucas LeiteWPts: 6x4World Champ.U82kgSemi f.2012
2124Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWPts: 6x6, PenWorld Champ.U82kgFinal2012
2224John CarlquistWChokePro LeagueU94kg1/4 final2012
2383Nic RubenWBow and arrowPan AmericanU82kgRd 22013
2543Davi RamosDavi RamosWPts: 6x2World Champ.U82kg1/4 Final2013
2547Vitor HenriqueVitor HenriqueWArmbarWorld Champ.U82kgSemi f.2013
2549Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWPts: 4x2World Champ.U82kgFinal2013
2614Leonardo VieiraLeonardo VieiraWPointsADCCU77kgSemi f.2013
2779Matt JuberaWBrabo chokePan AmericanU82kgRd12014
2787Leo IturraldeWN/APan AmericanU82kg1/4 final2014
2849Leo SaggioroWPts: 4x2WP MonrealAbsolute1/4 final2014
2852Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWPts: 0x0, AdvWP MonrealAbsoluteSemi f.2014
3049Caio AlmeidaWPts: 2x0World Champ.U82kgRounds2014
3055Israel ReyesWArmbarWorld Champ.U82kgRounds2014
3059Vitor OliveiraWPts: 4x2World Champ.U82kg1/4 Final2014
3062Alan 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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