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AJ Sousa

AJ Sousa

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Arthur Sousa III, commonly known as AJ Sousa, is a Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt under Pablo Popovitch and head coach at the AJSBJJ academy. Sousa became known to jiu jitsu’s mainstream audience after participating in Lloyd Irvin‘s Kumite, a web series/tournament designed to find who the best brown belt in the sport was, back in 2013. Since then AJ Sousa has cemented his status as one of the top grappling competitors in the world, with wins at the Miami, Las Vegas and Boca Raton IBJJF Opens, as well as a fantastic performance at the 2015 edition of the Abu Dhabi World Pro.

AJ Sousa Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Arthur Dominick Sousa III

Nickname: Following the Sousa tradition, AJ bares his father and grandfather’s name, much to his mother’s dismay, who decided to call him AJ due to her dislike for the name Arthur.

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Crolin Gracie > Jorge Popovitch > Pablo Popovitch > AJ Sousa

Main Achievements:

  • IBJJF World No Gi Champion (2013 brown)
  • IBJJF Dallas Open Champion (2015)
  • IBJJF Miami Open Champion (2015)
  • IBJJF Las Vegas Spring Open (2015)
  • IBJJF Boca Raton Champion (2013 brown)
  • UAEJJF US Pro National Champion – Tampa, FL (2015 weight & absolute)
  • BJJ Library Challenge Champion (2015)
  • UAEJJF Abu Dhabi World Pro 4th Place (2015)

Favorite Position/Technique: Omoplata

Weight Division: Peso leve (76kg/168lbs), médio (82kg/181lbs)

Team/Association: AJ Sousa BJJ/GF Team

AJ Sousa Biography

AJ Sousa was born on July 30th, 1992 in the state of Florida – USA.

Martial arts entered in AJ’s life through taekwondo when he was a child, an activity he dropped early on. He re-established his connection with combat sports (BJJ) when he was 16 years old.

Throughout school AJ played (American) football, but being 5′ 7″ and 140 pounds by the end of his junior year, he realized he would struggle if he chose to pursue a career in the sport. For this reason Sousa quit football before the end of the year.

Shortly after AJ quit the football team, a good friend, who was a purple belt in Brazilian jiu jitsu, convinced Sousa to visit Pablo Popovitch‘s BJJ Centre. Sousa enjoyed the experience and signed on to the team.

At the BJJ Centre, AJ was primarily taught by Vagner “Ceará” Rocha, who awarded Sousa his blue and purple belts. After the purple belt the instruction was taken over by Popovitch.

Pablo awarded AJ his brown belt (early 2013), and one week later Sousa was called in by Lloyd Irvin to participate in the BJJ Kumite. The Kumite was a tournament developed with the intent of discovering the best brown belt in the sport at the time. The event was filmed and displayed in a series of YouTube episodes, earning many of the participants a well deserved fan base.

AJ earned his black belt from Pablo Popovitch on the 21st of June, 2014. Sousa also earned the title of head coach of the BJJ Center when his instructor decided to relocate to Abu Dhabi. With time, and once established that Popovitch would not return to the US, the BJJ Center was taken over and re-branded as AJ Sousa BJJ.

AJ sousa Grappling Record

28 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    9 (32%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    4 (14%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    15 (54%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

15 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Armbar
53
8
#86e620
Choke from back
20
3
#5AD3D1
Omoplata
13
2
#d1212a
Armlock
7
1
#fad11b
Flying armbar
7
1
15
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
13 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    10 (77%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (8%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    1 (8%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (8%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

1 SUBMISSION LOSSES

#214eb8
Choke
100
1
1
(100%) SUBMISSION

AJ sousa Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
6283Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro TrialsABS4F2015
6668Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLReferee DecisionPan American82KGR12015
6976Leandro LoLeandro LoLPointsWorld Pro85KGSF2015
6978Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 3x0World Pro85KG3RD2015
7278Michael LanghiMichael LanghiLPointsWorld Champ.76KG8F2015
7453Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoLPointsAmerican Nat.76KG4F2015
7627Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLChokeBJJL ChallengeABSSPF2015
7952Michael LieraMichael LieraLPointsDallas NoGi Open82KGSF2015
8671Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 13x0Copa Podio77KGGP2016
8674Davi RamosDavi RamosLPts: 2x0Copa Podio77KGGP2016
9048Francisco IturraldeFrancisco IturraldeLPts: 4x2Pan American76KG4F2016
9754Celso ViniciusCelso ViniciusLPts: 2x0World Champ.82KGR22016
11547Marcio AndreMarcio AndreLPointsACBJJ 475KG4F2017
6183Pedro HenriqueWChoke from backMiami Open82KGSF2014
6184Leo IturraldeWChoke from backMiami Open82KGF2014
6187Daniel AzevedoDaniel AzevedoWN/AMiami OpenABSSF2014
6281Magid HageWPointsWorld Pro Trials86KGSF2015
6282AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWAdvWorld Pro Trials86KGF2015
6284Magid HageWArmbarWorld Pro TrialsABSSF2015
6286AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWPts: 6x2World Pro TrialsABSF2015
6966Victor MarquesWChoke from backWorld Pro85KGR12015
6972Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWPointsWorld Pro85KG4F2015
7186Bruno TogniWArmbarLas Vegas Open82KGF2015
7274Alex CabanesWArmlockWorld Champ.76KGR12015
7450Marcus WilsonWArmbarAmerican Nat.76KGR12015
7451Ed RamosWAdvAmerican Nat.76KG8F2015
7618Victor BarretoWOmoplataBJJL ChallengeABSRR2015
7620Dennis HallmanWArmbarBJJL ChallengeABSRR2015
7623Brian MingiaWFlying armbarBJJL ChallengeABSRR2015
7626Vitor SchlosserWArmbarBJJL ChallengeABSF2015
7935Leo IturraldeWOmoplataDallas Open82KG4F2015
7937Michael LieraMichael LieraWPts: 2x2, AdvDallas Open82KGSF2015
8663Felipe CesarFelipe CesarWPts: 4x2Copa Podio77KGGP2016
8679Lucas LepriLucas LepriWPts: 4x2Copa Podio77KGGP2016
9044Frederico AlmeidaWArmbarPan American76KG8F2016
9649Felipe CesarFelipe CesarWAdvMiami Spring Open82KG4F2016
9650Marcel GoncalvesMarcel GoncalvesWPts: 2x0Miami Spring Open82KGSF2016
9651Lucas ValleWPts: 9x0Miami Spring Open82KGF2016
9961Andrea VaughanWArmbarAmerican Nats76KG4F2016
9964Rodrigo FreitasRodrigo FreitasWPts: 2x0American Nats76KGSF2016
9966Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoWArmbarAmerican Nats76KGF2016

AJ Sousa vs Michael Liera Jr.

AJ Sousa vs unknown

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