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 (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

64 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    23 (36%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    8 (13%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    30 (47%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (3%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (2%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

30 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Armbar
17
5
#86e620
Choke from back
10
3
#5AD3D1
Omoplata
10
3
#d1212a
Choke
7
2
#fad11b
Mata leao
7
2
#f58822
Kneebar
7
2
#224aba
Cross ck. f/ mount
7
2
#ff9124
Wristlock
7
2
#bf1f6c
Choke from mount
3
1
#22c9a5
Bow and arrow
3
1
#fad223
Brabo choke
3
1
#03861f
Injury
3
1
#039a1f
Advantages
3
1
#03b41f
Shoulder pressure
3
1
#03c61f
Cross choke f. mount
3
1
#03d61f
Submission
3
1
#03f61f
Ezekiel
3
1
30
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
28 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    19 (68%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (7%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    6 (21%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (4%)
  • 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
1673Jeff MonsonLN/A10k ChallengeABSGP2007
1760Bill CooperBill CooperLKneebarWorld Champ.82KGSF2008
1875Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaLArmbarCapital Challenge88KGF2008
1902Alan FinfouAlan FinfouLPointsEuropean88KGF2009
1995Braga NetoBraga NetoLPts: 3x0Pan AmericanABSF2009
2129Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysLFootlockWorld Champ.88KGSF2009
2327Marcel FortunaLPointsPan AmericanABSR22010
3016Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoLPts: 4x0No Gi Worlds88KGSF2011
3250Clark GracieClark GracieLPts: 2x0Pan American82KG1/4F2012
3292Felipe PreguiçaLPts: 4x4, AdvCopa Podio85KGGP2012
3297Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaLPts: 2x0Copa Podio85KGGP2012
3301Dimitrius SouzaDimitrius SouzaLPts: 2x0Copa Podio85KGGP2012
3753Kron GracieKron GracieLArmbarMetamorisABSSPF2012
3771Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLArmbarPro League94KGSF2012
4108Clark GracieClark GracieLPointsPan American82KG1/4F2013
4475Kron GracieKron GracieLGuillotineADCC77KGF2013
4791Leandro LoLeandro LoLAdvPan American82KGF2014
4904Lucas LepriLucas LepriLPts: 4x0WP MontrealABSF2014
5018Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLPts: 2x0World Pro.ABS1/4F2014
5036Leandro LoLeandro LoLPointsWorld Pro.82KGSF2014
5196Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 9x6World Champ.82KGF2014
5431F. IturraldeLPts: 2x0Pro League82KGSF2014
5984Alexander TransAlexander TransLPointsPan AmericanABS1/4F2015
6060Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 5x2Pan American82KGF2015
6611Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLPts: 2x0World Champ.82KGSF2015
7026Lucas LepriLucas LepriLPts: 4x0ADCC77KGSF2015
7028Gilbert BurnsGilbert BurnsLPts: 6x0ADCC77KG3RD2015
7438DJ JacksonDJ JacksonLReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds82KGSF2015
1671Helio PerdigaoWPts: 4x010k ChallengeABSGP2007
1672Nicolas GregoriadesWKneebar10k ChallengeABSGP2007
1758Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposWKneebarWorld Champ.82KG1/4F2008
1872Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWPointsCapital Challenge88KGSF2008
1972Jimmy TangWCross ck. f/ mountPan American88KG1/8F2009
1973Felipe FogolinWArmbarPan American88KG1/4F2009
1976Nivaldo OliveiraNivaldo OliveiraWAdvPan American88KGSF2009
1990Lucas LeiteLucas LeiteWPts: 4x0Pan AmericanABS1/4F2009
1993Rubens CharlesRubens CharlesWPts: 2x2, AdvPan AmericanABSSF2009
2126Marcello SalazarWPts: 2x0World Champ.88KG1/4F2009
2304Cameron DiffleyWPointsPan American88KGR12010
2305Cameron AppleWShoulder pressurePan American88KG1/4F2010
2306Jason EbarbWWristlockPan American88KGSF2010
2307Andre FreitasWPts: 7x0Pan American88KGF2010
2323Frost MurphyWCross choke f. mountPan AmericanABSR12010
3000Erik AndersonWSubmissionNo Gi Worlds88KG1/4F2011
3244Brent PrimusWPointsPan American82KGR22012
3308Leandro LoLeandro LoD---Copa Podio85KGGP2012
3468Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaWEzekielNYC Open82KGSF2012
3469Clark GracieClark GracieWPointsNYC Open82KGF2012
3470Rafael RosendoWWristlockNYC OpenABSSF2012
3471Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaWChokeNYC OpenABSF2012
3645Michael PinheiroWChoke from mountWorld Champ.82KGR22012
3654Luis GustavoWChoke from backWorld Champ.82KG1/8F2012
3661Clark GracieClark GracieWPointsWorld Champ.82KG1/4F2012
3665Lucas LeiteLucas LeiteWPts: 6x4World Champ.82KGSF2012
3667Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWPts: 6x6, PenWorld Champ.82KGF2012
3769John CarlquistWChokePro League94KG1/4F2012
4101Nic RubenWBow and arrowPan American82KGR22013
4297Davi RamosDavi RamosWPts: 6x2World Champ.82KG1/4F2013
4301Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWArmbarWorld Champ.82KGSF2013
4303Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWPts: 4x2World Champ.82KGF2013
4466Youngnam NohWMata leaoADCC77KGR12013
4468Ben HendersonWOmoplataADCC77KG1/4F2013
4473Leonardo VieiraLeonardo VieiraWPointsADCC77KGSF2013
4778Matt JuberaWBrabo chokePan American82KGR12014
4786Leo IturraldeWPointsPan American82KG1/4F2014
4894Tanner RiceTanner RiceWPts: 9x0WP Montreal85KGNA2014
4900Leo SaggioroWPts: 4x2WP MontrealABS1/4F2014
4903Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWPts: 0x0, AdvWP MontrealABSSF2014
5003Alexander TransAlexander TransWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro.ABSR12014
5033Kit DaleWPts: 7x2World Pro.82KGR12014
5035Brian BeauryWArmbarWorld Pro.82KG1/4F2014
5180Caio AlmeidaWPts: 2x0World Champ.82KGRDS2014
5187Israel ReyesWArmbarWorld Champ.82KGRDS2014
5191Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWPts: 4x2World Champ.82KG1/4F2014
5194Alan FinfouAlan FinfouWArmbarWorld Champ.82KGSF2014
5454AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWChoke from backNYC Pro82KGSF2014
5455Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWChoke from backNYC Pro82KGF2014
5961Evandro NunesWPts: 10x0Pan AmericanABSR22015
5976Kitner MouraWInjuryPan AmericanABSR32015
6031Thabet al TaherWOmoplataPan American82KGR12015
6046Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoWPts: 4x4, AdvPan American82KGR32015
6056Victor SilverioVictor SilverioWReferee DecisionPan American82KG1/4F2015
6059Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWPts: 2x0Pan American82KGSF2015
6602Luca AnacorletaWCross ck. f/ mountWorld Champ.82KG1/8F2015
6606Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.82KG1/4F2015
7014AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWMata leaoADCC77KGR12015
7022Vagner RochaWReferee DecisionADCC77KG1/4F2015
7222Mansher KheraMansher KheraWPts: 11x0NoGi Pan Ams82KGSF2015
7223Marcelo MafraWPts: 2x2, AdvNoGi Pan Ams82KGF2015
7430Dustin AkbariWOmoplataNoGi Worlds82KG1/8F2015
7437Rodrigo CaporalRodrigo CaporalWAdvantagesNoGi Worlds82KG1/4F2015
7536Kevin MahechaWPts: 2x0IBJJF NY Pro82KGSF2015
7537Victor SilverioVictor SilverioWPts: 2x2, AdvIBJJF NY Pro82KGF2015

Banner photograph taken from Gracie Mag.

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