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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

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

49 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    9 (18%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (6%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    35 (71%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    2 (4%)

35 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Darce choke
17
6
#86e620
Triangle
14
5
#5AD3D1
Toe hold
11
4
#d1212a
Armbar
11
4
#fad11b
Kneebar
11
4
#f58822
Kimura
6
2
#224aba
RNC
6
2
#ff9124
Lapel choke
3
1
#bf1f6c
Guillotine
3
1
#22c9a5
Arm in Ezekiel
3
1
#fad223
Choke
3
1
#03861f
Heel hook
3
1
#039a1f
Flying triangle
3
1
#03b41f
Power guillotine
3
1
#03c61f
Choke from back
3
1
35
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
33 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    12 (36%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (6%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    16 (48%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (6%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (3%)

16 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Armbar
25
4
#86e620
Guillotine
13
2
#5AD3D1
Heel hook
13
2
#d1212a
Arm in guillotine
6
1
#fad11b
Botinha
6
1
#f58822
Choke from back
6
1
#224aba
RNC
6
1
#ff9124
Inside heel hook
6
1
#bf1f6c
Flying armbar
6
1
#22c9a5
Darce choke
6
1
#fad223
Short choke
6
1
16
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Bill Cooper Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
1568Lucas LeiteLucas LeiteLPointsGQ All Star Pro72KGF2007
1805Jeff MonsonLPts: 2x0World NoGiABSF2007
1811Daniel MoraesDaniel MoraesLGuillotineWorld NoGi79KGSF2007
1945Sergio MoraesSergio MoraesLPts: 6x2World Champ.82KGF2008
2011Carlos FerreiraLDQNoGi Worlds79KG4F2008
2168Carlos FerreiraLPointsPan American82KG8F2009
2387Tom ManelskiLPointsGQ All-Star ProABSNA2009
2391Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLPointsGQ Del MarABSF2009
2393Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLPts: 4x4, AdvGrapplers QuestABSF2009
2577Carlos EsquisitoCarlos EsquisitoLPointsPan AmericanABSR12010
2756Joao AssisJoao AssisLPts: 6x0GQ UFC ExpoABSSF2010
2769Joao AssisJoao AssisLPts: 2x2, AdvGQ Las VegasABSNA2010
2817Lucas LeiteLucas LeiteLPointsGrapplers Quest82KGF2010
4051Lucas LeiteLucas LeiteLPts: 15x0World Champ.82KG8F2012
4233Marcus AntelanteMarcus AntelanteLPts: 4x0NoGi Worlds82KGR12012
5227Garry TononGarry TononLHeel hookGQ King OTMABSNA2014
6179Jake SwimneyLArmbarEBI77KGR12014
10304Eddie CummingsEddie CummingsLInside heel hookEBI 765KGF2016
10476R. CanutoLFlying armbarP. Grounds Inv.82KGSPF2016
10822Dustin AkbariLReferee DecisionF2W 1672KGSPF2016
11273Edwin NajmiEdwin NajmiLDarce choke5 Super League77KG4F2016
12861Andris BrunovskisAndris BrunovskisLPts: 8x6Las Vegas Open82KGSF2017
12869Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLArmbarLas Vegas OpenABSSF2017
15711Vagner RochaVagner RochaLShort chokeF2W 6877KGSPF2018
16794Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLArm in guillotineF2W 7982KGSPF2018
18516Cole FransonCole FransonLReferee DecisionF2W 9670KGSPF2018
18865Victor PozasLHeel hookCoast GrapplingABSSPF2019
21957Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoLBotinhaWorld Festival82KGSPF2019
22226Lucas ValenteLucas ValenteLArmbarThird Coast82KGSPF2019
22943T. DalpraLChoke from backArtista Inv.N/ASF2019
29657William WolkLRNCHigh Rollerz 10K77KGR12021
30760John CombsJohn CombsLGuillotineF2W 19683KGSPF2022
48157Dom RamosLArmbarADCC WC Trials77KGR22024
1534Lou DeLaPenaWFlying triangleGQ All Star Pro81KG4F2006
1536Joe ScarolaWPower guillotineGQ All Star Pro81KGSF2006
1537Gregor GracieGregor GracieWPts: 8x6GQ All Star Pro81KGF2006
1565UnknownWKneebarGQ All Star Pro72KG4F2007
1566Scott BieriWTriangleGQ All Star Pro72KGSF2007
1802Wellington DiasWellington DiasWDarce chokeWorld NoGiABSRDS2007
1803Wilson ReisWilson ReisWRNCWorld NoGiABS4F2007
1804Cristiano LazzariniCristiano LazzariniWPointsWorld NoGiABSSF2007
1810Christian UflackerChristian UflackerWDarce chokeWorld NoGi79KG4F2007
1930Paulo ProcopioWChoke from backWorld Champ.82KGR12008
1937Alan FinfouAlan FinfouWLapel chokeWorld Champ.82KGR22008
1940Luiz GustavoWToe holdWorld Champ.82KG4F2008
1943Otavio SousaOtavio SousaWKneebarWorld Champ.82KGSF2008
2033Mike CusiWDarce chokeSan Diego Pro76KG4F2008
2034Jason BukachWKimuraSan Diego Pro76KGSF2008
2383Joe StevensonWPts: 4x2UFC ExpoABSSPF2009
2386Ben PitchfordWPts: 11x0World Series76KGNA2009
2388Daniel TavarezWRNCGQ All-Star ProABSF2009
2390Rodrigo CavacaRodrigo CavacaWTriangleGQ Del MarABSNA2009
2392Bruno BastosBruno BastosWPointsGrapplers QuestABSSF2009
2394Seph SmithWDarce chokeGQ Las VegasABSNA2009
2541Y. KakizawaWPts: 0x0, AdvPan American76KG8F2010
2545Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaWPointsPan American76KG4F2010
2764Rob. McConkieWArmbarGQ UFC ExpoABSNA2010
2765Enrico CoccoEnrico CoccoWPts: 2x0GQ UFC ExpoABSNA2010
2766Casey MillikenWToe holdGQ UFC ExpoABSNA2010
2767J. HingerWArmbarGQ UFC ExpoABSNA2010
2768Igor AraujoWPts: 2x2, AdvGQ Las VegasABSNA2010
2770Pat MillerWKneebarGQ LV ExpoABSNA2010
2816Marcel LouzadoMarcel LouzadoWGuillotineGrapplers Quest82KGSF2010
2826Nolan DutcherWArm in EzekielGQ NationalsABSNA2011
2827Rodrigo RanieriRodrigo RanieriWPts: 2x2, AdvGQ NationalsABSNA2011
2828Jared PlattWTriangleGQ Nat. NoGi82KGF2011
3406Hermes FrancaWPts: 4x2UFC ExpoABSSPF2011
4027Felipe OliveiraWChokeWorld Champ.82KGR12012
4040Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWKneebarWorld Champ.82KGR22012
4188Fredson PaixaoFredson PaixaoWPointsGQ UFC ExpoABSSF2012
4190Marcelo MafraMarcelo MafraWToe holdGQ UFC ExpoABSF2012
4191UnknownWDarce chokeGrapplers QuestABSNA2012
5225Gabriel ToribioWTriangleGQ King OTMABSNA2014
5226Jordan TaborWTriangleGQ King OTMABSNA2014
10294I. SandersWEBI/OTEBI 765KGR12016
10300José DomingosWHeel hookEBI 765KG4F2016
10303Geo MartinezGeo MartinezWEBI/OTEBI 765KGSF2016
10312Jake ScovelWKimuraF2W 872KGSPF2016
16310Mark VivesWArmbarF2W 7383KGSPF2018
16641Noad LahatWToe holdF2W 7682KGSPF2018
22942Sergio HernandezWArmbarArtista Inv.N/A4F2019
48149Dakota MooreWDarce chokeADCC WC Trials77KGR12024

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