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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 Grappling Record

31 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    13 (42%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (3%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    16 (52%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (3%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

16 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Armbar
19
3
#86e620
Choke from back
19
3
#5AD3D1
Kneebar
13
2
#d1212a
Choke
13
2
#fad11b
Bow and arrow
6
1
#f58822
Choke from mount
6
1
#224aba
Wristlock
6
1
#ff9124
Ezekiel
6
1
#bf1f6c
Submission
6
1
#22c9a5
Brabo choke
6
1
16
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
14 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    8 (57%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (7%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    5 (36%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

5 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Armbar
40
2
#86e620
Kneebar
20
1
#5AD3D1
Footlock
20
1
#d1212a
Guillotine
20
1
5
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Otavio Sousa Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
1241Jeff MonsonLN/A10k ChallengeAbsoluteGroups2007
1328Bill CooperBill CooperLKneebarWorld Champ.U82kgSemi f.2008
1575Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysLFootlockWorld Champ.U88kgSemi f.2009
2257Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoLPts: 4x0No Gi WorldsU88kgSemi f.2011
2432Clark GracieClark GracieLPts: 2x0Pan AmericanU82kg1/4 final2012
2859Kron GracieKron GracieLArmbarMetamorisAbsoluteSuperfight2012
2876Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLArmbarPro LeagueU94kgSemi f.2012
3065Clark GracieClark GracieLPointsPan AmericanU82kg1/4 final2013
3358Kron GracieKron GracieLGuillotineADCCU77kgFinal2013
3598Leandro LoLeandro LoLAdvPan AmericanU82kgFinal2014
3679Lucas LepriLucas LepriLPts: 4x0WP MonrealAbsoluteFinal2014
3769Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLPts: 2x0World Pro.Absolute1/4 final2014
3917Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 9x6World Champ.U82kgFinal2014
4123F. IturraldeLPts: 2x0Pro LeagueU82kgSemi f.2014
1239Helio PerdigaoWPts: 4x010k ChallengeAbsoluteGroups2007
1240Nicolas GregoriadesNicolas GregoriadesWKneebar10k ChallengeAbsoluteGroups2007
1326Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposWKneebarWorld Champ.U82kg1/4 final2008
1572Marcello SalazarWPts: 2x0World Champ.U88kg1/4 final2009
1684Andre FreitasWPts: 7x0Pan AmericanU88kgFinal2010
2242Erik AndersonWSubmissionNo Gi WorldsU88kg1/4 final2011
2426Brent PrimusWPointsPan AmericanU82kgRd 22012
2577Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaWEzekielNYC OpenU82kgSemi f.2012
2578Clark GracieClark GracieWPointsNYC OpenU82kgFinal2012
2579Rafael RosendoWWristlockNYC OpenAbsoluteSemi f.2012
2580Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaWChokeNYC OpenAbsoluteFinal2012
2751Michael PinheiroWChoke from mountWorld Champ.U82kgRd 22012
2762Luis GustavoWChoke from backWorld Champ.U82kgRd 22012
2771Lucas LeiteLucas LeiteWPts: 6x4World Champ.U82kgSemi f.2012
2773Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWPts: 6x6, PenWorld Champ.U82kgFinal2012
2874John CarlquistWChokePro LeagueU94kg1/4 final2012
3058Nic RubenWBow and arrowPan AmericanU82kgRd 22013
3239Davi RamosDavi RamosWPts: 6x2World Champ.U82kg1/4 Final2013
3243Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWArmbarWorld Champ.U82kgSemi f.2013
3245Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWPts: 4x2World Champ.U82kgFinal2013
3356Leonardo VieiraLeonardo VieiraWPointsADCCU77kgSemi f.2013
3585Matt JuberaWBrabo chokePan AmericanU82kgRd12014
3593Leo IturraldeWPointsPan AmericanU82kg1/4 final2014
3675Leo SaggioroWPts: 4x2WP MonrealAbsolute1/4 final2014
3678Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWPts: 0x0, AdvWP MonrealAbsoluteSemi f.2014
3901Caio AlmeidaWPts: 2x0World Champ.U82kgRounds2014
3908Israel ReyesWArmbarWorld Champ.U82kgRounds2014
3912Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWPts: 4x2World Champ.U82kg1/4 Final2014
3915Alan FinfouAlan FinfouWArmbarWorld Champ.U82kgSemi f.2014
4146AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWChoke from backNYC ProU82kgSemi f.2014
4147Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWChoke from backNYC ProU82kgFinal2014

Banner photograph taken from Gracie Mag.

Otavio Sousa vs Junior Santos

Otavio Sousa vs N/A

 

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