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

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Guard Passing Instructional by Lucas Lepri

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

47 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    9 (19%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (6%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    34 (72%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    1 (2%)

34 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Triangle
15
5
#86e620
Darce choke
15
5
#5AD3D1
Toe hold
12
4
#d1212a
Armbar
12
4
#fad11b
Kneebar
12
4
#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
34
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
27 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    12 (44%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (7%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    10 (37%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (7%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (4%)

10 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Heel hook
20
2
#86e620
Armbar
20
2
#5AD3D1
Darce choke
10
1
#d1212a
Short choke
10
1
#fad11b
Arm in guillotine
10
1
#f58822
Guillotine
10
1
#224aba
Inside heel hook
10
1
#ff9124
Flying armbar
10
1
10
(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
2563Carlos EsquisitoCarlos EsquisitoLPointsPan AmericanABSR12010
2742Joao AssisJoao AssisLPts: 6x0GQ UFC ExpoABSSF2010
2755Joao AssisJoao AssisLPts: 2x2, AdvGQ Las VegasABSNA2010
2797Lucas LeiteLucas LeiteLPointsGrapplers Quest82KGF2010
4030Lucas LeiteLucas LeiteLPts: 15x0World Champ.82KG8F2012
4212Marcus AntelanteMarcus AntelanteLPts: 4x0NoGi Worlds82KGR12012
5197Garry TononGarry TononLHeel hookGQ King OTMABSNA2014
6139Jake SwimneyLArmbarEBI77KGR12014
10228Eddie CummingsEddie CummingsLInside heel hookEBI 765KGF2016
10400R. CanutoLFlying armbarP. Grounds Inv.82KGSPF2016
10744Dustin AkbariLReferee DecisionF2W Pro 1672KGSPF2016
11191Edwin NajmiEdwin NajmiLDarce choke5 Super League77KG4F2016
12724Andris BrunovskisAndris BrunovskisLPts: 8x6Las Vegas Open82KGSF2017
12732Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLArmbarLas Vegas OpenABSSF2017
15480Vagner RochaVagner RochaLShort chokeF2W Pro 6877KGSPF2018
16528Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLArm in guillotineF2W Pro 7982KGSPF2018
18153Cole FransonCole FransonLReferee DecisionF2W Pro 9670KGSPF2018
18471Victor PozasLHeel hookCoast GrapplingABSSPF2019
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
2527Y. KakizawaWPts: 0x0, AdvPan American76KG8F2010
2531Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaWPointsPan American76KG4F2010
2750Rob. McConkieWArmbarGQ UFC ExpoABSNA2010
2751Enrico CoccoEnrico CoccoWPts: 2x0GQ UFC ExpoABSNA2010
2752Casey MillikenWToe holdGQ UFC ExpoABSNA2010
2753J. HingerWArmbarGQ UFC ExpoABSNA2010
2754Igor AraujoWPts: 2x2, AdvGQ Las VegasABSNA2010
2756Pat MillerWKneebarGQ LV ExpoABSNA2010
2796Marcel LouzadoMarcel LouzadoWGuillotineGrapplers Quest82KGSF2010
2806Nolan DutcherWArm in ezekielGQ NationalsABSNA2011
2807Rodrigo RanieriRodrigo RanieriWPts: 2x2, AdvGQ NationalsABSNA2011
2808Jared PlattWTriangleGQ Nat. NoGi82KGF2011
3384Hermes FrancaWPts: 4x2UFC ExpoABSSPF2011
4006Felipe OliveiraWChokeWorld Champ.82KGR12012
4019Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWKneebarWorld Champ.82KGR22012
4167Fredson PaixaoFredson PaixaoWPointsGQ UFC ExpoABSSF2012
4169Marcelo MafraMarcelo MafraWToe holdGQ UFC ExpoABSF2012
4170UnknownWDarce chokeGrapplers QuestABSNA2012
5195Gabriel ToribioWTriangleGQ King OTMABSNA2014
5196Jordan TaborWTriangleGQ King OTMABSNA2014
10218I. SandersWEBI/OTEBI 765KGR12016
10224José DomingosWHeel hookEBI 765KG4F2016
10227Geo MartinezGeo MartinezWArmbarEBI 765KGSF2016
10236Jake ScovelWKimuraF2W Pro 872KGSPF2016
16065Mark VivesWArmbarF2W Pro 7383KGSPF2018
16389Noad LahatWToe holdF2W Pro 7682KGSPF2018

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Bill Cooper’s MMA debut (against Ricardo Patino)

Guard Passing Instructional by Lucas Lepri

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