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Cleber Sousa

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Cleber de Sousa Fernandes, commonly known as Clandestino (or Clã) is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt under Caio Almeida, and a representative of the Almeida JJ team in the sport’s best-known competitions. One of the top athletes of his generation, Cleber Sousa made a name for himself in the lower belt divisions of the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) by conquering important titles such as World, Pan American, and Brazilian champion.

Cleber Sousa Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Cleber de Sousa Fernandes

Nickname: Cleber is often referenced as “Cleber Clandestino” or simply “Clã”. The Portuguese word Clandestino translates to Clandestine in English, and it started being used during Sousa’s first few weeks at Almeida Jiu Jitsu’s academy. This was thanks to coach Gustavo Almeida who questioned Sousa regarding his origins by asking if he was of Bolivian or Manaus (indigenous) descent. Cleber mentioned that he wasn’t either, which earned him the nickname of clandestine (as in ‘undercover native Brazilian’).

Lineage: C. Gracie > Carlos Gracie Jr > Ryan Gracie > Gabriel Vella > Caio Almeida > Cleber Sousa

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place IBJJF Pans Championship (2019)
  • 1st Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals (2019)
  • 1st Place IBJJF São Paulo Open (2017)
  • 2nd Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals (2017)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF South American Championship (2017 / 2020)
  • 2nd Place UAEJJF Abu Dhabi World Pro (2017)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Pans Championship (2017)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World Championship (2019)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship (2016 brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF JuvenilePans Championship (2013 blue)
  • 1st Place CBJJ JuvenileBrazilian Nationals (2012/2013 blue)
  • 1st Place IBJJF São Paulo BJJ Pro (2016 brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF South American Championship (2016 brown)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF World Championship (2015 purple)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF São Paulo BJJ Pro (2016* brown)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Rio BJJ Pro (2015 brown)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Pan American Championship (2015 purple)
  • 3rd Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals (2015 purple)

* Absolute
** Weight and absolute

Favorite Position/Technique: Back Mount

Weight Division: Peso Pluma (64,00 kg / 141.5 lbs)

Team/Association: Almeida Jiu Jitsu / Atos

Cleber Sousa Biography

Cleber Sousa was born on May 15, 1996 in São Mateus a district of São Paulo – Brazil, growing up in Itaquera (also in São paulo).

Raised in a very humble environment Sousa was forced to work from early in life, with his income helping towards the family’s bills and basic necessities. Before reaching his teenage years, Cleber had already worked many jobs which went from selling a variety of handcrafted objects, marionettes or sweets at the local market, and on the streets.

At the age of 13, Cleber was invited to train at the Almeida Jiu-Jitsu social project, where he could practice for free – given that he could not afford to pay for his tuition. Sousa (or Clandestino, as he became known) immediately got hooked on martial arts, and by the time he was a blue belt, Cleber had decided to make it his profession.

At Almeida Jiu Jitsu Clandestino’s first instructor was Gustavo Almeida, brother of Diogo and Caio Almeida. The Almeida brothers stood by Sousa’s side throughout his rise in the sport, particularly Caio the man behind Cleber’s success. It would be Caio who graded Clandestino with his black belt, a promotion that occurred on December 11, 2016.

Cover photo by William Burkhardt of BJJ Pix.

Cleber Sousa Grappling Record

68 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    32 (47%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (4%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    28 (41%)
  • BY DECISION
    5 (7%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

28 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke from back
25
7
#86e620
Submission
18
5
#5AD3D1
Toe hold
11
3
#d1212a
Crucifix choke
7
2
#fad11b
Choke
7
2
#f58822
Bow and arrow
4
1
#224aba
Armbar
4
1
#ff9124
Kneebar
4
1
#bf1f6c
Botinha
4
1
#22c9a5
Americana
4
1
#fad223
Guillotine
4
1
#03861f
Short choke
4
1
#039a1f
Mounted triangle
4
1
#03b41f
Omoplata
4
1
28
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
29 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    19 (66%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (10%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    5 (17%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (7%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

5 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Armbar
40
2
#86e620
RNC
20
1
#5AD3D1
Choke from back
20
1
#d1212a
Bow and arrow
20
1
5
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Cleber Sousa Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
12103Tiago BarrosTiago BarrosLPts: 4x2Pan American64KGSF2017
12605Mikey MusumeciMikey MusumeciLPts: 2x0World Pro62KGRR2017
12607Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeLPointsWorld Pro62KGRR2017
14282Tiago BarrosTiago BarrosLReferee DecisionGrand Slam RJ62KGR12017
14428Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeLPointsSouth American64KGF2017
16400Alex SodreAlex SodreLPts: 4x0World Champ.64KGR22018
17863Gabriel MarangoniGabriel MarangoniLPts: 14x4Curitiba Sp. NGO67KGF2018
18495Joao MiyaoJoao MiyaoLRNCNoGi Worlds61KGSF2018
18796Joao MiyaoJoao MiyaoLPointsEuropean Open64KGSF2019
19312Gabriel SousaGabriel SousaLChoke from backGrand Slam LDN62KG4F2019
19319Fernando SoaresLPts: 12x8Grand Slam LDN62KGRR2019
19916Carlos AlbertoLPts: 6x2WP BR Qualifier56KGRR2019
20455Rodnei BarbosaRodnei BarbosaLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.57KGSF2019
21100Gabriel SousaGabriel SousaLArmbarKing of Mats69KGRR2019
21105Isaac DoederleinIsaac DoederleinLArmbarKing of Mats69KGSF2019
21107Diego OliveiraDiego OliveiraLPts: 4x0King of Mats69KG3RD2019
21115Thiago MacedoThiago MacedoLPts: 4x2Grand Slam TYO69KGSF2019
21117Jun Yong ChoLPts: 4x2Grand Slam TYO69KG3RD2019
21525Gabriel SousaGabriel SousaLReferee DecisionGrand Slam LA62KGF2019
22126Diego OliveiraDiego OliveiraLPts: 4x4, AdvGrand Slam RJ62KGF2019
22892Tomoyuki HashimotoTomoyuki HashimotoLPts: 8x6European Open57KGSF2020
23676Meyram MaquineMeyram MaquineLPts: 6x4BJJ StarsN/ASPF2020
24447Fabricio AndreyFabricio AndreyLBow and arrowGrand Slam RJ62KGSF2020
24677Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeLPointsSouth American64KGF2020
24865Lucas PinheiroLucas PinheiroLPts: 3x1Brazil Nat. Pro62KGSF2021
25038Fernando FavariLPts: 2x2, AdvRio Open64KG4F2021
25677Hygor BritoHygor BritoLPts: 6x4S. American NGABSR12021
26085Meyram MaquineMeyram MaquineLPts: 3x0SA Cont. Pro62KGSF2021
26243Luan CarvalhoLuan CarvalhoLPts: 1x0SA Cont. ProLWA4F2021
11763Carlos EsquisitoCarlos EsquisitoWPointsManaus Nat. Pro62KG4F2017
11764Levy FerreiraWPointsManaus Nat. Pro62KGSF2017
11765Anoar JeziniWSubmissionManaus Nat. Pro62KGF2017
12094Robson FeitosaWPts: 14x0Pan American64KGR12017
12099Mikey MusumeciMikey MusumeciWReferee DecisionPan American64KG4F2017
12555Lucas DantasWPts: 2x0WP BR Qualifier62KGRR2017
12556Gabriel LimaWChoke from backWP BR Qualifier62KGRR2017
12557Bruno CabralWChoke from backWP BR Qualifier62KGRR2017
12603Alexis AlduncinAlexis AlduncinWPts: 5x0World Pro62KGRR2017
12608Mathias JardinWMounted triangleWorld Pro62KGRR2017
12705Thomas LisboaThomas LisboaWPointsBrasileiro64KG8F2017
12709Eduardo BotegaWSubmissionBrasileiro64KG4F2017
12710Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeWReferee DecisionBrasileiro64KGSF2017
13714Tiago OkamotoWN/ASao Paulo Open64KG4F2017
13715Jorge NakamuraWN/ASao Paulo Open64KGSF2017
13716Douglas RufinoWPts: 2x2, AdvSao Paulo Open64KGF2017
14424Jefferson HenriqueWChoke from backSouth American64KG4F2017
14426Douglas RufinoWPts: 12x2South American64KGSF2017
14477Francisco AndrelinoWSubmissionBrasilia Open64KGSF2017
14478Jefferson TeodoroWPointsBrasilia Open64KGF2017
16390Alexandre VieiraAlexandre VieiraWToe holdWorld Champ.64KGR12018
16711Gaspar RuizWChoke from backMundial CBJJE64KGSF2018
16712Felipe GiarollaWChoke from backMundial CBJJE64KGF2018
17089Leo AlvesWPointsFloripa W. Open64KGSF2018
17090Andrey AdamWToe holdFloripa W. Open64KGF2018
17126Ulysses FagundesWToe holdFloripa W. NGO61KGF2018
17130Daniel AmorimWOmoplataTeam Nationals76KGF2018
17402Kleiton RodriguesWChoke from backSao Paulo Open64KGF2018
17613Jorge NakamuraWN/ABrasileiro NoGi61KGF2018
17829Bebeto OliveiraWPointsCuritiba Sp. Open64KGSF2018
17830Gabriel AzevedoWBow and arrowCuritiba Sp. Open64KGF2018
17862Higor PaterraWN/ACuritiba Sp. NGO67KGSF2018
18490Joao SomaliaJoao SomaliaWArmbarNoGi Worlds61KG4F2018
18794Kennedy MacielKennedy MacielWCrucifix chokeEuropean Open64KG4F2019
19143Jorge NakamuraWSubmissionBrazil Nat. Pro62KGSF2019
19144Felippe MelloWSubmissionBrazil Nat. Pro62KGF2019
19317Anthony OliveiraWPts: 6x4Grand Slam LDN62KGRR2019
19451Bebeto OliveiraWPts: 6x4Pan American57KG4F2019
19453Nobuhiro SawadaNobuhiro SawadaWPts: 4x2Pan American57KGSF2019
19455Hiago GamaHiago GamaWReferee DecisionPan American57KGF2019
19912Oziel SantosWPts: 4x0WP BR Qualifier56KGRR2019
19915Jose LimaJose LimaWPts: 2x2, AdvWP BR Qualifier56KGRR2019
20112Jose LimaJose LimaWPointsBrasileiro57KGSF2019
20114Rodnei BarbosaRodnei BarbosaWPts: 4x2Brasileiro57KGF2019
20448Omar SalumOmar SalumWChoke from backWorld Champ.57KGR12019
20454Tomoyuki HashimotoTomoyuki HashimotoWPts: 6x4World Champ.57KG4F2019
20888Carlos AlbertoWPointsSP BJJ Pro70KGSF2019
20890Leandro LimaWAdvSP BJJ Pro70KGF2019
21099Nobuhiro SawadaNobuhiro SawadaWKneebarKing of Mats69KGRR2019
21104Wanki ChaeWanki ChaeWReferee DecisionKing of Mats69KGRR2019
21113Alberto SerranoWPts: 16x8Grand Slam TYO69KG4F2019
21521Joao FigueiredoWBotinhaGrand Slam LA62KG4F2019
21523Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeWPts: 2x0Grand Slam LA62KGSF2019
22120Wesley SantosWCrucifix chokeGrand Slam RJ62KGR12019
22123Kalel SantosWPts: 2x0Grand Slam RJ62KG4F2019
22125Tiago BarrosTiago BarrosWPts: 4x2Grand Slam RJ62KGSF2019
22299Bebeto OliveiraWPointsRio BJJ Pro70KG4F2019
23176Yuri HendrexYuri HendrexWAmericanaCuritiba SO64KGSF2020
24440Felipe OnoWReferee DecisionGrand Slam RJ62KGR12020
24444Marcos CavalcanteWPts: 2x0Grand Slam RJ62KG4F2020
24449M. OliveiraWGuillotineGrand Slam RJ62KGRPC2020
24450Marcos CavalcanteWPts: 1x0Grand Slam RJ62KG3RD2020
24672Marcos SuelWChokeSouth American64KG4F2020
24675Leo AlvesWChokeSouth American64KGSF2020
24863Marcos CavalcanteWPts: 5x2Brazil Nat. Pro62KG4F2021
25615Fernando FavariWShort chokeS. American NG61KGSF2021
25616Welerson SilvaWN/AS. American NG61KGF2021
26082Matheus MonteiroWPts: 3x2SA Cont. Pro62KG4F2021

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