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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

67 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    31 (46%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (4%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    28 (42%)
  • 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
Mounted triangle
4
1
#224aba
Omoplata
4
1
#ff9124
Bow and arrow
4
1
#bf1f6c
Armbar
4
1
#22c9a5
Kneebar
4
1
#fad223
Botinha
4
1
#03861f
Americana
4
1
#039a1f
Guillotine
4
1
#03b41f
Short choke
4
1
28
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
27 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    17 (63%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (11%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    5 (19%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (7%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

5 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

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

Cleber Sousa Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
12096Tiago BarrosTiago BarrosLPts: 4x2Pan American64KGSF2017
12598Mikey MusumeciMikey MusumeciLPts: 2x0World Pro62KGRR2017
12600Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeLPointsWorld Pro62KGRR2017
14275Tiago BarrosTiago BarrosLReferee DecisionGrand Slam RJ62KGR12017
14421Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeLPointsSouth American64KGF2017
16393Alex SodreAlex SodreLPts: 4x0World Champ.64KGR22018
17856Gabriel MarangoniGabriel MarangoniLPts: 14x4Curitiba Sp. NGO67KGF2018
18484Joao MiyaoJoao MiyaoLRNCNoGi Worlds61KGSF2018
18785Joao MiyaoJoao MiyaoLPointsEuropean Open64KGSF2019
19297Gabriel SousaGabriel SousaLChoke from backGrand Slam LDN62KG4F2019
19304Fernando SoaresLPts: 12x8Grand Slam LDN62KGRR2019
19901Carlos AlbertoLPts: 6x2WP BR Qualifier56KGRR2019
20438Rodnei BarbosaRodnei BarbosaLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.57KGSF2019
21083Gabriel SousaGabriel SousaLArmbarKing of Mats69KGRR2019
21088Isaac DoederleinIsaac DoederleinLArmbarKing of Mats69KGSF2019
21090Diego OliveiraDiego OliveiraLPts: 4x0King of Mats69KG3RD2019
21098Thiago MacedoThiago MacedoLPts: 4x2Grand Slam TYO69KGSF2019
21100Jun Yong ChoLPts: 4x2Grand Slam TYO69KG3RD2019
21507Gabriel SousaGabriel SousaLReferee DecisionGrand Slam LA62KGF2019
22108Diego OliveiraDiego OliveiraLPts: 4x4, AdvGrand Slam RJ62KGF2019
22868Tomoyuki HashimotoTomoyuki HashimotoLPts: 8x6European Open57KGSF2020
23649Meyram MaquineMeyram MaquineLPts: 6x4BJJ StarsN/ASPF2020
24419Fabricio AndreyFabricio AndreyLBow and arrowGrand Slam RJ62KGSF2020
24647Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeLPointsSouth American64KGF2020
24826Lucas PinheiroLucas PinheiroLPts: 3x1Brazil Nat. Pro62KGSF2021
24991Fernando FavariLPts: 2x2, AdvRio Open64KG4F2021
25613Hygor BritoHygor BritoLPts: 6x4S. American NGABSR12021
11756Carlos EsquisitoCarlos EsquisitoWPointsManaus Nat. Pro62KG4F2017
11757Levy FerreiraWPointsManaus Nat. Pro62KGSF2017
11758Anoar JeziniWSubmissionManaus Nat. Pro62KGF2017
12087Robson FeitosaWPts: 14x0Pan American64KGR12017
12092Mikey MusumeciMikey MusumeciWReferee DecisionPan American64KG4F2017
12548Lucas DantasWPts: 2x0WP BR Qualifier62KGRR2017
12549Gabriel LimaWChoke from backWP BR Qualifier62KGRR2017
12550Bruno CabralWChoke from backWP BR Qualifier62KGRR2017
12596Alexis AlduncinAlexis AlduncinWPts: 5x0World Pro62KGRR2017
12601Mathias JardinWMounted triangleWorld Pro62KGRR2017
12698Thomas LisboaThomas LisboaWPointsBrasileiro64KG8F2017
12702Eduardo BotegaWSubmissionBrasileiro64KG4F2017
12703Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeWReferee DecisionBrasileiro64KGSF2017
13707Tiago OkamotoWN/ASao Paulo Open64KG4F2017
13708Jorge NakamuraWN/ASao Paulo Open64KGSF2017
13709Douglas RufinoWPts: 2x2, AdvSao Paulo Open64KGF2017
14417Jefferson HenriqueWChoke from backSouth American64KG4F2017
14419Douglas RufinoWPts: 12x2South American64KGSF2017
14470Francisco AndrelinoWSubmissionBrasilia Open64KGSF2017
14471Jefferson TeodoroWPointsBrasilia Open64KGF2017
16383Alexandre VieiraAlexandre VieiraWToe holdWorld Champ.64KGR12018
16704Gaspar RuizWChoke from backMundial CBJJE64KGSF2018
16705Felipe GiarollaWChoke from backMundial CBJJE64KGF2018
17082Leo AlvesWPointsFloripa W. Open64KGSF2018
17083Andrey AdamWToe holdFloripa W. Open64KGF2018
17119Ulysses FagundesWToe holdFloripa W. NGO61KGF2018
17123Daniel AmorimWOmoplataTeam Nationals76KGF2018
17395Kleiton RodriguesWChoke from backSao Paulo Open64KGF2018
17606Jorge NakamuraWN/ABrasileiro NoGi61KGF2018
17822Bebeto OliveiraWPointsCuritiba Sp. Open64KGSF2018
17823Gabriel AzevedoWBow and arrowCuritiba Sp. Open64KGF2018
17855Higor PaterraWN/ACuritiba Sp. NGO67KGSF2018
18479Joao SomaliaJoao SomaliaWArmbarNoGi Worlds61KG4F2018
18783Kennedy MacielKennedy MacielWCrucifix chokeEuropean Open64KG4F2019
19128Jorge NakamuraWSubmissionBrazil Nat. Pro62KGSF2019
19129Felippe MelloWSubmissionBrazil Nat. Pro62KGF2019
19302Anthony OliveiraWPts: 6x4Grand Slam LDN62KGRR2019
19436Bebeto OliveiraWPts: 6x4Pan American57KG4F2019
19438Nobuhiro SawadaNobuhiro SawadaWPts: 4x2Pan American57KGSF2019
19440Hiago GamaHiago GamaWReferee DecisionPan American57KGF2019
19897Oziel SantosWPts: 4x0WP BR Qualifier56KGRR2019
19900Jose LimaJose LimaWPts: 2x2, AdvWP BR Qualifier56KGRR2019
20096Jose LimaJose LimaWPointsBrasileiro57KGSF2019
20098Rodnei BarbosaRodnei BarbosaWPts: 4x2Brasileiro57KGF2019
20431Omar SalumOmar SalumWChoke from backWorld Champ.57KGR12019
20437Tomoyuki HashimotoTomoyuki HashimotoWPts: 6x4World Champ.57KG4F2019
20871Carlos AlbertoWPointsSP BJJ Pro70KGSF2019
20873Leandro LimaWAdvSP BJJ Pro70KGF2019
21082Nobuhiro SawadaNobuhiro SawadaWKneebarKing of Mats69KGRR2019
21087Wanki ChaeWanki ChaeWReferee DecisionKing of Mats69KGRR2019
21096Alberto SerranoWPts: 16x8Grand Slam TYO69KG4F2019
21503Joao FigueiredoWBotinhaGrand Slam LA62KG4F2019
21505Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeWPts: 2x0Grand Slam LA62KGSF2019
22102Wesley SantosWCrucifix chokeGrand Slam RJ62KGR12019
22105Kalel SantosWPts: 2x0Grand Slam RJ62KG4F2019
22107Tiago BarrosTiago BarrosWPts: 4x2Grand Slam RJ62KGSF2019
22278Bebeto OliveiraWPointsRio BJJ Pro70KG4F2019
23152Yuri HendrexYuri HendrexWAmericanaCuritiba SO64KGSF2020
24412Felipe OnoWReferee DecisionGrand Slam RJ62KGR12020
24416Marcos CavalcanteWPts: 2x0Grand Slam RJ62KG4F2020
24421M. OliveiraWGuillotineGrand Slam RJ62KGRPC2020
24422Marcos CavalcanteWPts: 1x0Grand Slam RJ62KG3RD2020
24642Marcos SuelWChokeSouth American64KG4F2020
24645Leo AlvesWChokeSouth American64KGSF2020
24824Marcos CavalcanteWPts: 5x2Brazil Nat. Pro62KG4F2021
25551Fernando FavariWShort chokeS. American NG61KGSF2021
25552Welerson SilvaWN/AS. American NG61KGF2021

Cleber Sousa vs Rodolfo Rodrigues

High Percentage Chokes  Instructional by Lachlan Giles

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