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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 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**)
  • BJJ Library Challenge Champion (2015)
  • UAEJJF Abu Dhabi World Pro 4th Place (2015)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • IBJJF World No Gi Champion (2013 brown)
  • IBJJF Boca Raton Champion (2013 brown)

* Absolute
** Weight and absolute

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

29 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    9 (31%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    4 (14%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    15 (52%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (3%)
  • 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
14 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    10 (71%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (7%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    2 (14%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (7%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

2 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Choke
50
1
#86e620
Cross choke
50
1
2
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

AJ sousa Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
6375Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro TrialsABS4F2015
6765Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLReferee DecisionPan American82KGR12015
7077Leandro LoLeandro LoLPointsWorld Pro85KGSF2015
7079Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 3x0World Pro85KG3RD2015
7383Michael LanghiMichael LanghiLPointsWorld Champ.76KG8F2015
7567Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoLPointsAmerican Nat.76KG4F2015
7747Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLChokeBJJL ChallengeABSSPF2015
8081Michael LieraMichael LieraLPointsDallas NoGi Open79KGSF2015
8820Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 13x0Copa Podio77KGGP2016
8823Davi RamosDavi RamosLPts: 2x0Copa Podio77KGGP2016
9210Francisco IturraldeFrancisco IturraldeLPts: 4x2Pan American76KG4F2016
9922Celso ViniciusCelso ViniciusLPts: 2x0World Champ.82KGR22016
11829Marcio AndreMarcio AndreLPointsACBJJ 475KG4F2017
16091Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLCross chokeACBJJ 1385KGSPF2018
6261Pedro HenriqueWChoke from backMiami Open82KGSF2014
6262Leo IturraldeWChoke from backMiami Open82KGF2014
6265Daniel AzevedoDaniel AzevedoWN/AMiami OpenABSSF2014
6373Magid HageWPointsWorld Pro Trials86KGSF2015
6374AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWAdvWorld Pro Trials86KGF2015
6376Magid HageWArmbarWorld Pro TrialsABSSF2015
6378AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWPts: 6x2World Pro TrialsABSF2015
7067Victor MarquesWChoke from backWorld Pro85KGR12015
7073Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWPointsWorld Pro85KG4F2015
7290Bruno TogniWArmbarLas Vegas Open82KGF2015
7379Alex CabanesWArmlockWorld Champ.76KGR12015
7564Marcus WilsonWArmbarAmerican Nat.76KGR12015
7565Ed RamosWAdvAmerican Nat.76KG8F2015
7738Victor BarretoWOmoplataBJJL ChallengeABSRR2015
7740Dennis HallmanWArmbarBJJL ChallengeABSRR2015
7743Brian MingiaWFlying armbarBJJL ChallengeABSRR2015
7746Vitor SchlosserWArmbarBJJL ChallengeABSF2015
8061Leo IturraldeWOmoplataDallas Open82KG4F2015
8063Michael LieraMichael LieraWPts: 2x2, AdvDallas Open82KGSF2015
8812Felipe CesarFelipe CesarWPts: 4x2Copa Podio77KGGP2016
8828Lucas LepriLucas LepriWPts: 4x2Copa Podio77KGGP2016
9206Frederico AlmeidaWArmbarPan American76KG8F2016
9815Felipe CesarFelipe CesarWAdvMiami Spring Open82KG4F2016
9816Marcel GoncalvesMarcel GoncalvesWPts: 2x0Miami Spring Open82KGSF2016
9817Lucas ValleWPts: 9x0Miami Spring Open82KGF2016
10133Andrea VaughanWArmbarAmerican Nats76KG4F2016
10136Rodrigo FreitasRodrigo FreitasWPts: 2x0American Nats76KGSF2016
10138Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoWArmbarAmerican Nats76KGF2016
15086Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaWReferee DecisionACBJJ 1185KGSPF2018

AJ Sousa vs Michael Liera Jr.

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