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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

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
Toe hold
9
3
#fad11b
Armbar
9
3
#f58822
RNC
6
2
#224aba
Kimura
6
2
#ff9124
Choke from back
3
1
#bf1f6c
Lapel choke
3
1
#22c9a5
Guillotine
3
1
#fad223
Arm in ezekiel
3
1
#03861f
Choke
3
1
#039a1f
Heel hook
3
1
#03b41f
Flying triangle
3
1
#03c61f
Power guillotine
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
Inside heel hook
14
1
#5AD3D1
Flying armbar
14
1
#d1212a
Darce choke
14
1
#fad11b
Guillotine
14
1
#f58822
Heel hook
14
1
7
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Bill Cooper Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
1563Lucas LeiteLucas LeiteLPointsGQ All Star Pro72KGF2007
1796Jeff MonsonLPts: 2x0World NoGiABSF2007
1802Daniel MoraesDaniel MoraesLGuillotineWorld NoGi79KGSF2007
1933Sergio MoraesSergio MoraesLPts: 6x2World Champ.82KGF2008
1999Carlos FerreiraLDQNoGi Worlds79KG4F2008
2153Carlos FerreiraLPointsPan American82KG8F2009
2373Tom ManelskiLPointsGQ All-Star ProABSNA2009
2377Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLPointsGQ Del MarABSF2009
2379Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLPts: 4x4, AdvGrapplers QuestABSF2009
2561Carlos EsquisitoCarlos EsquisitoLPointsPan AmericanABSR12010
2740Joao AssisJoao AssisLPts: 6x0GQ UFC ExpoABSSF2010
2753Joao AssisJoao AssisLPts: 2x2, AdvGQ Las VegasABSNA2010
2785Lucas LeiteLucas LeiteLPointsGrapplers Quest82KGF2010
4011Lucas LeiteLucas LeiteLPts: 15x0World Champ.82KG8F2012
4193Marcus AntelanteMarcus AntelanteLPts: 4x0NoGi Worlds82KGR12012
5144Garry TononGarry TononLHeel hookGQ King OTMABSNA2014
6061Jake SwimneyLArmbarEBI77KGR12014
10049Eddie CummingsEddie CummingsLInside heel hookEBI 765KGF2016
10207R. CanutoLFlying armbarP. Grounds Inv.82KGSPF2016
10524Dustin AkbariLReferee DecisionF2W Pro 1670KGSPF2016
10965Edwin NajmiEdwin NajmiLDarce choke5 Super League77KG4F2016
12398Andris BrunovskisAndris BrunovskisLPts: 8x6Las Vegas Open82KGSF2017
12406Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLArmbarLas Vegas OpenABSSF2017
1530Lou DeLaPenaWFlying triangleGQ All Star Pro81KG4F2006
1532Joe ScarolaWPower guillotineGQ All Star Pro81KGSF2006
1533Gregor GracieGregor GracieWPts: 8x6GQ All Star Pro81KGF2006
1560UnknownWKneebarGQ All Star Pro72KG4F2007
1561Scott BieriWTriangleGQ All Star Pro72KGSF2007
1793Wellington DiasWellington DiasWDarce chokeWorld NoGiABSRDS2007
1794Wilson ReisWilson ReisWRNCWorld NoGiABS4F2007
1795Cristiano LazzariniCristiano LazzariniWPointsWorld NoGiABSSF2007
1801Christian UflackerChristian UflackerWDarce chokeWorld NoGi79KG4F2007
1918Paulo ProcopioWChoke from backWorld Champ.82KGR12008
1925Alan FinfouAlan FinfouWLapel chokeWorld Champ.82KGR22008
1928Luiz GustavoWToe holdWorld Champ.82KG4F2008
1931Otavio SousaOtavio SousaWKneebarWorld Champ.82KGSF2008
2021Mike CusiWDarce chokeSan Diego Pro76KG4F2008
2022Jason BukachWKimuraSan Diego Pro76KGSF2008
2369Joe StevensonWPts: 4x2UFC ExpoABSSPF2009
2372Ben PitchfordWPts: 11x0World Series76KGNA2009
2374Daniel TavarezWRNCGQ All-Star ProABSF2009
2376Rodrigo CavacaRodrigo CavacaWTriangleGQ Del MarABSNA2009
2378Bruno BastosBruno BastosWPointsGrapplers QuestABSSF2009
2380Seph SmithWDarce chokeGQ Las VegasABSNA2009
2526Y. KakizawaWPts: 0x0, AdvPan American76KG8F2010
2530Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaWPointsPan American76KG4F2010
2748Rob. McConkieWArmbarGQ UFC ExpoABSNA2010
2749Enrico CoccoEnrico CoccoWPts: 2x0GQ UFC ExpoABSNA2010
2750Casey MillikenWToe holdGQ UFC ExpoABSNA2010
2751J. HingerWArmbarGQ UFC ExpoABSNA2010
2752Igor AraujoWPts: 2x2, AdvGQ Las VegasABSNA2010
2754Pat MillerWKneebarGQ LV ExpoABSNA2010
2784Marcel LouzadoMarcel LouzadoWGuillotineGrapplers Quest82KGSF2010
2794Nolan DutcherWArm in ezekielGQ NationalsABSNA2011
2795Rodrigo RanieriRodrigo RanieriWPts: 2x2, AdvGQ NationalsABSNA2011
2796Jared PlattWTriangleGQ Nat. NoGi82KGF2011
3364Hermes FrancaWPts: 4x2UFC ExpoABSSPF2011
3986Felipe OliveiraWChokeWorld Champ.82KGR12012
3999Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWKneebarWorld Champ.82KGR22012
4149Fredson PaixaoFredson PaixaoWPointsGQ UFC ExpoABSSF2012
4150Marcelo MafraWToe holdGQ UFC ExpoABSF2012
4151UnknownWDarce chokeGrapplers QuestABSNA2012
5142Gabriel ToribioWTriangleGQ King OTMABSNA2014
5143Jordan TaborWTriangleGQ King OTMABSNA2014
10039Ian SandersWPointsEBI 765KGR12016
10045José DomingosWHeel hookEBI 765KG4F2016
10048Geo MartinezGeo MartinezWArmbarEBI 765KGSF2016
10057Jake ScovelWKimuraF2W Pro 872KGSPF2016

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