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Bill “The Grill” Cooper
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Bill “The Grill” Cooper

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Bill Cooper, also known as ‘Bill The Grill’, is an American grappler who earned the rank of black belt in Brazilian jiu jitsu training under the supervision of Ricardo Miller at the Paragon jiu jitsu academy. Bill Cooper is one of the most exciting jiu jitsu competitors of his generation, being also the youngest American to have achieved a black belt in BJJ at the time of the grading. Bill Cooper has ventured into Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) as well, having competed in prestigious organizations such as Strikeforce.

Bill Cooper Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: William Cooper

Nickname: The Grill derives from his exquisite set of front teeth.

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Rolls Gracie > Romero Cavalcanti > Ricardo Miller > William Cooper

Main Achievements:

  • IBJJF Pan American Champion (2007 brown belt)
  • IBJJF Houston International Open Champion (2010)
  • GQ Best of the West Champion (2007)
  • IBJJF World Championship Runner-up (2008/2007 absolute brown)
  • IBJJF World No-Gi Championship Runner-up (2007 absolute)
  • IBJJF World Championship 3rd Place (2010)
  • IBJJF World No-Gi Championship 3rd Place (2008)

Favourite Technique/Position: Open Guard

Weight Division: Peso Medio (82kg-181lbs), Peso Leve (76kg-167lbs)

Team/Association: Paragon BJJ

Merchandise:

Bill Cooper, Bill “The Grill” Biography

Bill Cooper was born on the 5th of May, 1987 in Santa Barbara – California. He started practicing Jiu Jitsu when he was in his early teens with Ricardo Franjinha. His natural ability for the sport was evident from the get go, as he started competing in Grapplers Quest when he was a mere 15 years of age. Jeff Glover a prestigious veteran grappler from the same camp as Bill Cooper (Paragon BJJ) said of Cooper that with just one year of training he was already having trouble to submit “The Grill” and by the 3rd year he was trying not to be submitted.

In 2007 Bill Cooper fought the Pan American, winning the competition with flying colours, submitting everyone in the brown belt division. He went on to medal at the Mundial that same year (in the absolute division) where Bill was desqualified in the final – against Otavio Souza – for not wearing underwear, a very unusual event in a final of a major tournament. After the World Championships he was awarded his black belt, at age 20. Meaning he was the youngest American to have received a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at the time.

In 2008 Bill Cooper embargoed in a career in MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) with a win against Ricardo Patino at the “Future Stars of MMA” event in Las Vegas. A fight he won by RNC in one minute. He continued his career in MMA throughout 2009 with two more wins leaving his Kimono on the shelf, but he came back strong in 2010 with some good wins and great displays of BJJ in important tournaments such as the Mundial, the Nogi Worlds.

Bill Cooper Grappling Record

45 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    10 (22%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (7%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    32 (71%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

32 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Triangle
16
5
#86e620
Darce choke
16
5
#5AD3D1
Kneebar
13
4
#d1212a
Armbar
9
3
#fad11b
Toe hold
9
3
#f58822
RNC
6
2
#224aba
Kimura
6
2
#ff9124
Guillotine
3
1
#bf1f6c
Arm in ezekiel
3
1
#22c9a5
Choke
3
1
#fad223
Heel hook
3
1
#03861f
Flying triangle
3
1
#039a1f
Power guillotine
3
1
#03b41f
Choke from back
3
1
#03c61f
Lapel choke
3
1
32
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
23 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    12 (52%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (9%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    7 (30%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (4%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (4%)

7 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Armbar
29
2
#86e620
Guillotine
14
1
#5AD3D1
Heel hook
14
1
#d1212a
Inside heel hook
14
1
#fad11b
Flying armbar
14
1
#f58822
Darce choke
14
1
7
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Bill Cooper Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
1551Lucas LeiteLucas LeiteLPointsGQ All Star Pro72KGF2007
1784Jeff MonsonLPts: 2x0World NoGiABSF2007
1790Daniel MoraesDaniel MoraesLGuillotineWorld NoGi79KGSF2007
1920Sergio MoraesSergio MoraesLPts: 6x2World Champ.82KGF2008
1986Carlos FerreiraLDQNoGi Worlds79KG4F2008
2133Carlos FerreiraLPointsPan American82KG8F2009
2353Tom ManelskiLPointsGQ All-Star ProABSNA2009
2357Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLPointsGQ Del MarABSF2009
2359Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLPts: 4x4, AdvGrapplers QuestABSF2009
2540Carlos EsquisitoCarlos EsquisitoLPointsPan AmericanABSR12010
2719Joao AssisJoao AssisLPts: 6x0GQ UFC ExpoABSSF2010
2732Joao AssisJoao AssisLPts: 2x2, AdvGQ Las VegasABSNA2010
2754Lucas LeiteLucas LeiteLPointsGrapplers Quest82KGF2010
3958Lucas LeiteLucas LeiteLPts: 15x0World Champ.82KG8F2012
4140Marcus AntelanteMarcus AntelanteLPts: 4x0NoGi Worlds82KGR12012
5070Garry TononGarry TononLHeel hookGQ King OTMABSNA2014
5981Jake SwimneyLArmbarEBI77KGR12014
9936Eddie CummingsEddie CummingsLInside heel hookEBI 765KGF2016
10092R. CanutoLFlying armbarP. Grounds Inv.82KGSPF2016
10405Dustin AkbariLReferee DecisionF2W Pro 1670KGSPF2016
10845Edwin NajmiEdwin NajmiLDarce choke5 Super League77KG4F2016
12263Andris BrunovskisAndris BrunovskisLPts: 8x6Las Vegas Open82KGSF2017
12271Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLArmbarLas Vegas OpenABSSF2017
1518Lou DeLaPenaWFlying triangleGQ All Star Pro81KG4F2006
1520Joe ScarolaWPower guillotineGQ All Star Pro81KGSF2006
1521Gregor GracieGregor GracieWPts: 8x6GQ All Star Pro81KGF2006
1548UnknownWKneebarGQ All Star Pro72KG4F2007
1549Scott BieriWTriangleGQ All Star Pro72KGSF2007
1781Wellington DiasWellington DiasWDarce chokeWorld NoGiABSRDS2007
1782Wilson ReisWilson ReisWRNCWorld NoGiABS4F2007
1783Cristiano LazzariniCristiano LazzariniWPointsWorld NoGiABSSF2007
1789Christian UflackerChristian UflackerWDarce chokeWorld NoGi79KG4F2007
1905Paulo ProcopioWChoke from backWorld Champ.82KGR12008
1912Alan FinfouAlan FinfouWLapel chokeWorld Champ.82KGR22008
1915Luiz GustavoWToe holdWorld Champ.82KG4F2008
1918Otavio SousaOtavio SousaWKneebarWorld Champ.82KGSF2008
2008Mike CusiWDarce chokeSan Diego Pro76KG4F2008
2009Jason BukachWKimuraSan Diego Pro76KGSF2008
2349Joe StevensonWPts: 4x2UFC ExpoABSSPF2009
2352Ben PitchfordWPts: 11x0World Series76KGNA2009
2354Daniel TavarezWRNCGQ All-Star ProABSF2009
2356Rodrigo CavacaRodrigo CavacaWTriangleGQ Del MarABSNA2009
2358Bruno BastosBruno BastosWPointsGrapplers QuestABSSF2009
2360Seph SmithWDarce chokeGQ Las VegasABSNA2009
2505Y. KakizawaWPts: 0x0, AdvPan American76KG8F2010
2509Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaWPointsPan American76KG4F2010
2727Rob. McConkieWArmbarGQ UFC ExpoABSNA2010
2728Enrico CoccoEnrico CoccoWPts: 2x0GQ UFC ExpoABSNA2010
2729Casey MillikenWToe holdGQ UFC ExpoABSNA2010
2730J. HingerWArmbarGQ UFC ExpoABSNA2010
2731Igor AraujoWPts: 2x2, AdvGQ Las VegasABSNA2010
2733Pat MillerWKneebarGQ LV ExpoABSNA2010
2753Marcel LouzadoMarcel LouzadoWGuillotineGrapplers Quest82KGSF2010
2763Nolan DutcherWArm in ezekielGQ NationalsABSNA2011
2764Rodrigo RanieriRodrigo RanieriWPts: 2x2, AdvGQ NationalsABSNA2011
2765Jared PlattWTriangleGQ Nat. NoGi82KGF2011
3324Hermes FrancaWPts: 4x2UFC ExpoABSSPF2011
3933Felipe OliveiraWChokeWorld Champ.82KGR12012
3946Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWKneebarWorld Champ.82KGR22012
4096Fredson PaixaoFredson PaixaoWPointsGQ UFC ExpoABSSF2012
4097Marcelo MafraWToe holdGQ UFC ExpoABSF2012
4098UnknownWDarce chokeGrapplers QuestABSNA2012
5068Gabriel ToribioWTriangleGQ King OTMABSNA2014
5069Jordan TaborWTriangleGQ King OTMABSNA2014
9926Ian SandersWPointsEBI 765KGR12016
9932José DomingosWHeel hookEBI 765KG4F2016
9935Geo MartinezGeo MartinezWArmbarEBI 765KGSF2016
9944Jake ScovelWKimuraF2W Pro 872KGSPF2016

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