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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: M. Maeda > 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 to the martial art, 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.

Cleber Sousa’s Sponsors:
Casca Grossa Kimonos
Diego Cavilac
Gráfica Eco Print
Espaço Holístico Abbiati

Cover photo by William Burkhardt of BJJ Pix.

Cleber Sousa Grappling Record

65 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    30 (46%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (5%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    27 (42%)
  • BY DECISION
    5 (8%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

27 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke from back
26
7
#86e620
Submission
19
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
27
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
25 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    16 (64%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (8%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    5 (20%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (8%)
  • 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
12094Tiago BarrosTiago BarrosLPts: 4x2Pan American64KGSF2017
12596Mikey MusumeciMikey MusumeciLPts: 2x0World Pro62KGRR2017
12598Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeLPointsWorld Pro62KGRR2017
14273Tiago BarrosTiago BarrosLReferee DecisionGrand Slam RJ62KGR12017
14419Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeLPointsSouth American64KGF2017
16390Alex SodreAlex SodreLPts: 4x0World Champ.64KGR22018
17853Gabriel MarangoniGabriel MarangoniLPts: 14x4Curitiba Sp. NGO67KGF2018
18481Joao MiyaoJoao MiyaoLRNCNoGi Worlds61KGSF2018
18781Joao MiyaoJoao MiyaoLPointsEuropean Open64KGSF2019
19293Gabriel SousaGabriel SousaLChoke from backGrand Slam LDN62KG4F2019
19300Fernando SoaresLPts: 12x8Grand Slam LDN62KGRR2019
19894Carlos AlbertoLPts: 6x2WP BR Qualifier56KGRR2019
20431Rodnei BarbosaRodnei BarbosaLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.57KGSF2019
21076Gabriel SousaGabriel SousaLArmbarKing of Mats69KGRR2019
21081Isaac DoederleinIsaac DoederleinLArmbarKing of Mats69KGSF2019
21083Diego OliveiraDiego OliveiraLPts: 4x0King of Mats69KG3RD2019
21091Thiago MacedoThiago MacedoLPts: 4x2Grand Slam TYO69KGSF2019
21093Jun Yong ChoLPts: 4x2Grand Slam TYO69KG3RD2019
21499Gabriel SousaGabriel SousaLReferee DecisionGrand Slam LA62KGF2019
22100Diego OliveiraDiego OliveiraLPts: 4x4, AdvGrand Slam RJ62KGF2019
22854Tomoyuki HashimotoTomoyuki HashimotoLPts: 8x6European Open57KGSF2020
23625Meyram MaquineMeyram MaquineLPts: 6x4BJJ StarsN/ASPF2020
24395Fabricio AndreyFabricio AndreyLBow and arrowGrand Slam RJ62KGSF2020
24621Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeLPointsSouth American64KGF2020
24795Lucas PinheiroLucas PinheiroLPts: 3x1Brazil Nat. Pro62KGSF2021
11754Carlos EsquisitoCarlos EsquisitoWPointsManaus Nat. Pro62KG4F2017
11755Levy FerreiraWPointsManaus Nat. Pro62KGSF2017
11756Anoar JeziniWSubmissionManaus Nat. Pro62KGF2017
12085Robson FeitosaWPts: 14x0Pan American64KGR12017
12090Mikey MusumeciMikey MusumeciWReferee DecisionPan American64KG4F2017
12546Lucas DantasWPts: 2x0WP BR Qualifier62KGRR2017
12547Gabriel LimaWChoke from backWP BR Qualifier62KGRR2017
12548Bruno CabralWChoke from backWP BR Qualifier62KGRR2017
12594Alexis AlduncinAlexis AlduncinWPts: 5x0World Pro62KGRR2017
12599Mathias JardinWMounted triangleWorld Pro62KGRR2017
12696Thomas LisboaThomas LisboaWPointsBrasileiro64KG8F2017
12700Eduardo BotegaWSubmissionBrasileiro64KG4F2017
12701Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeWReferee DecisionBrasileiro64KGSF2017
13705Tiago OkamotoWN/ASao Paulo Open64KG4F2017
13706Jorge NakamuraWN/ASao Paulo Open64KGSF2017
13707Douglas RufinoWPts: 2x2, AdvSao Paulo Open64KGF2017
14415Jefferson HenriqueWChoke from backSouth American64KG4F2017
14417Douglas RufinoWPts: 12x2South American64KGSF2017
14468Francisco AndrelinoWSubmissionBrasilia Open64KGSF2017
14469Jefferson TeodoroWPointsBrasilia Open64KGF2017
16380Alexandre VieiraAlexandre VieiraWToe holdWorld Champ.64KGR12018
16701Gaspar RuizWChoke from backMundial CBJJE64KGSF2018
16702Felipe GiarollaWChoke from backMundial CBJJE64KGF2018
17079Leo AlvesWPointsFloripa W. Open64KGSF2018
17080Andrey AdamWToe holdFloripa W. Open64KGF2018
17116Ulysses FagundesWToe holdFloripa W. NGO61KGF2018
17120Daniel AmorimWOmoplataTeam Nationals76KGF2018
17392Kleiton RodriguesWChoke from backSao Paulo Open64KGF2018
17603Jorge NakamuraWN/ABrasileiro NoGi61KGF2018
17819Bebeto OliveiraWPointsCuritiba Sp. Open64KGSF2018
17820Gabriel AzevedoWBow and arrowCuritiba Sp. Open64KGF2018
17852Higor PaterraWN/ACuritiba Sp. NGO67KGSF2018
18476Joao SomaliaJoao SomaliaWArmbarNoGi Worlds61KG4F2018
18779Kennedy MacielKennedy MacielWCrucifix chokeEuropean Open64KG4F2019
19124Jorge NakamuraWSubmissionBrazil Nat. Pro62KGSF2019
19125Felippe MelloWSubmissionBrazil Nat. Pro62KGF2019
19298Anthony OliveiraWPts: 6x4Grand Slam LDN62KGRR2019
19429Bebeto OliveiraWPts: 6x4Pan American57KG4F2019
19431Nobuhiro SawadaNobuhiro SawadaWPts: 4x2Pan American57KGSF2019
19433Hiago GamaHiago GamaWReferee DecisionPan American57KGF2019
19890Oziel SantosWPts: 4x0WP BR Qualifier56KGRR2019
19893Jose LimaJose LimaWPts: 2x2, AdvWP BR Qualifier56KGRR2019
20089Jose LimaJose LimaWPointsBrasileiro57KGSF2019
20091Rodnei BarbosaRodnei BarbosaWPts: 4x2Brasileiro57KGF2019
20424Omar SalumOmar SalumWChoke from backWorld Champ.57KGR12019
20430Tomoyuki HashimotoTomoyuki HashimotoWPts: 6x4World Champ.57KG4F2019
20864Carlos AlbertoWPointsSP BJJ Pro70KGSF2019
20866Leandro LimaWAdvSP BJJ Pro70KGF2019
21075Nobuhiro SawadaNobuhiro SawadaWKneebarKing of Mats69KGRR2019
21080Wanki ChaeWanki ChaeWReferee DecisionKing of Mats69KGRR2019
21089Alberto SerranoWPts: 16x8Grand Slam TYO69KG4F2019
21495Joao FigueiredoWBotinhaGrand Slam LA62KG4F2019
21497Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeWPts: 2x0Grand Slam LA62KGSF2019
22094Wesley SantosWCrucifix chokeGrand Slam RJ62KGR12019
22097Kalel SantosWPts: 2x0Grand Slam RJ62KG4F2019
22099Tiago BarrosTiago BarrosWPts: 4x2Grand Slam RJ62KGSF2019
22270Bebeto OliveiraWPointsRio BJJ Pro70KG4F2019
23138Yuri HendrexYuri HendrexWAmericanaCuritiba SO64KGSF2020
24388Felipe OnoWReferee DecisionGrand Slam RJ62KGR12020
24392Marcos CavalcanteWPts: 2x0Grand Slam RJ62KG4F2020
24397M. OliveiraWGuillotineGrand Slam RJ62KGRPC2020
24398Marcos CavalcanteWPts: 1x0Grand Slam RJ62KG3RD2020
24616Marcos SuelWChokeSouth American64KG4F2020
24619Leo AlvesWChokeSouth American64KGSF2020
24793Marcos CavalcanteWPts: 5x2Brazil Nat. Pro62KG4F2021

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