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)
  • 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

50 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    19 (38%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    4 (8%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    25 (50%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (2%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (2%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

25 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Armbar
16
4
#86e620
Choke from back
12
3
#5AD3D1
Omoplata
8
2
#d1212a
Kneebar
8
2
#fad11b
Wristlock
8
2
#f58822
Cross choke f. mount
8
2
#224aba
Choke
8
2
#ff9124
Mata leao
4
1
#bf1f6c
Brabo choke
4
1
#22c9a5
Injury
4
1
#fad223
Shoulder pressure
4
1
#03861f
Submission
4
1
#039a1f
Ezekiel
4
1
#03b41f
Choke from mount
4
1
#03c61f
Bow and arrow
4
1
25
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
20 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    13 (65%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (5%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    6 (30%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • 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
1583Jeff MonsonLN/A10k ChallengeABSGP2007
1670Bill CooperBill CooperLKneebarWorld Champ.82KGSF2008
1785Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaLArmbarCapital Challenge88KGF2008
1965Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysLFootlockWorld Champ.88KGSF2009
2127Marcel FortunaLPointsPan AmericanABSRD22010
2779Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoLPts: 4x0No Gi Worlds88KGSF2011
2972Clark GracieClark GracieLPts: 2x0Pan American82KG1/4F2012
3436Kron GracieKron GracieLArmbarMetamorisABSSUPERF2012
3453Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLArmbarPro League94KGSF2012
3701Clark GracieClark GracieLPointsPan American82KG1/4F2013
4063Kron GracieKron GracieLGuillotineADCC77KGF2013
4363Leandro LoLeandro LoLAdvPan American82KGF2014
4452Lucas LepriLucas LepriLPts: 4x0WP MonrealABSF2014
4560Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLPts: 2x0World Pro.ABS1/4F2014
4578Leandro LoLeandro LoLPointsWorld Pro.82KGSF2014
4738Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 9x6World Champ.82KGF2014
4962F. IturraldeLPts: 2x0Pro League82KGSF2014
5477Alexander TransAlexander TransLPointsPan AmericanABS1/4F2015
5554Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 5x2Pan American82KGF2015
6086Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLPts: 2x0World Champ.82KGSF2015
1581Helio PerdigaoWPts: 4x010k ChallengeABSGP2007
1582Nicolas GregoriadesWKneebar10k ChallengeABSGP2007
1668Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposWKneebarWorld Champ.82KG1/4F2008
1782Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWPointsCapital Challenge88KGSF2008
1962Marcello SalazarWPts: 2x0World Champ.88KG1/4F2009
2104Cameron DiffleyWPointsPan American88KGRD12010
2105Cameron AppleWShoulder pressurePan American88KG1/4F2010
2106Jason EbarbWWristlockPan American88KGSF2010
2107Andre FreitasWPts: 7x0Pan American88KGF2010
2123Frost MurphyWCross choke f. mountPan AmericanABSRD12010
2764Erik AndersonWSubmissionNo Gi Worlds88KG1/4F2011
2966Brent PrimusWPointsPan American82KGRD22012
3152Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaWEzekielNYC Open82KGSF2012
3153Clark GracieClark GracieWPointsNYC Open82KGF2012
3154Rafael RosendoWWristlockNYC OpenABSSF2012
3155Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaWChokeNYC OpenABSF2012
3328Michael PinheiroWChoke from mountWorld Champ.82KGRD22012
3337Luis GustavoWChoke from backWorld Champ.82KG1/8F2012
3344Clark GracieClark GracieWPointsWorld Champ.82KG1/4F2012
3348Lucas LeiteLucas LeiteWPts: 6x4World Champ.82KGSF2012
3350Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWPts: 6x6, PenWorld Champ.82KGF2012
3451John CarlquistWChokePro League94KG1/4F2012
3694Nic RubenWBow and arrowPan American82KGRD22013
3887Davi RamosDavi RamosWPts: 6x2World Champ.82KG1/4F2013
3891Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWArmbarWorld Champ.82KGSF2013
3893Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWPts: 4x2World Champ.82KGF2013
4054Youngnam NohWMata leaoADCC77KGRD12013
4056Ben HendersonWOmoplataADCC77KG1/4F2013
4061Leonardo VieiraLeonardo VieiraWPointsADCC77KGSF2013
4350Matt JuberaWBrabo chokePan American82KGRD12014
4358Leo IturraldeWPointsPan American82KG1/4F2014
4448Leo SaggioroWPts: 4x2WP MonrealABS1/4F2014
4451Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWPts: 0x0, AdvWP MonrealABSSF2014
4545Alexander TransAlexander TransWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro.ABSRD12014
4575Kit DaleWPts: 7x2World Pro.82KGRD12014
4577Brian BeauryWArmbarWorld Pro.82KG1/4F2014
4722Caio AlmeidaWPts: 2x0World Champ.82KGRDS2014
4729Israel ReyesWArmbarWorld Champ.82KGRDS2014
4733Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWPts: 4x2World Champ.82KG1/4F2014
4736Alan FinfouAlan FinfouWArmbarWorld Champ.82KGSF2014
4985AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWChoke from backNYC Pro82KGSF2014
4986Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWChoke from backNYC Pro82KGF2014
5454Evandro NunesWPts: 10x0Pan AmericanABSRD22015
5469Kitner MouraWInjuryPan AmericanABSRD32015
5525Thabet al TaherWOmoplataPan American82KGRD12015
5540Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoWPts: 4x4, AdvPan American82KGRD32015
5550Victor SilverioVictor SilverioWReferee DecisionPan American82KG1/4F2015
5553Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWPts: 2x0Pan American82KGSF2015
6077Luca AnacorletaWCross choke f. mountWorld Champ.82KG1/8F2015
6081Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.82KG1/4F2015

Banner photograph taken from Gracie Mag.

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