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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)
  • 2nd Place UAEJJF Abu Dhabi World Pro (2017)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Pans Championship (2017)

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

44 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    20 (45%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (5%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    19 (43%)
  • BY DECISION
    3 (7%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

19 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke from back
32
6
#86e620
Submission
26
5
#5AD3D1
Toe hold
16
3
#d1212a
Armbar
5
1
#fad11b
Crucifix choke
5
1
#f58822
Mounted triangle
5
1
#224aba
Omoplata
5
1
#ff9124
Bow and arrow
5
1
19
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
12 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    9 (75%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    2 (17%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (8%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

2 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
RNC
50
1
#86e620
Choke from back
50
1
2
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Cleber Sousa Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
12002Tiago BarrosTiago BarrosLPts: 4x2Pan American64KGSF2017
12496Mikey MusumeciMikey MusumeciLPts: 2x0World Pro62KGRR2017
12498Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeLPointsWorld Pro62KGRR2017
14143Tiago BarrosTiago BarrosLReferee DecisionGrand Slam RJ62KGR12017
14289Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeLPointsSouth American64KGF2017
16200Alex SodreAlex SodreLPts: 4x0World Champ.64KGR22018
17601Gabriel MarangoniGabriel MarangoniLPts: 14x4Curitiba Sp. NGO67KGF2018
18199Joao MiyaoJoao MiyaoLRNCNoGi Worlds61KGSF2018
18484Joao MiyaoJoao MiyaoLPointsEuropean Open64KGSF2019
18961Gabriel SousaGabriel SousaLChoke from backGrand Slam LDN62KG4F2019
18968Fernando SoaresLPts: 12x8Grand Slam LDN62KGRR2019
19542Carlos AlbertoLPts: 6x2WP BR Qualifier56KGRR2019
11674Carlos EsquisitoCarlos EsquisitoWPointsManaus Nat. Pro62KG4F2017
11675Levy FerreiraWPointsManaus Nat. Pro62KGSF2017
11676Anoar JeziniWSubmissionManaus Nat. Pro62KGF2017
11993Robson FeitosaWPts: 14x0Pan American64KGR12017
11998Mikey MusumeciMikey MusumeciWReferee DecisionPan American64KG4F2017
12446Lucas DantasWPts: 2x0WP BR Qualifier62KGRR2017
12447Gabriel LimaWChoke from backWP BR Qualifier62KGRR2017
12448Bruno CabralWChoke from backWP BR Qualifier62KGRR2017
12494Alexis AlduncinAlexis AlduncinWPts: 5x0World Pro62KGRR2017
12499Mathias JardinWMounted triangleWorld Pro62KGRR2017
12596Thomas LisboaThomas LisboaWPointsBrasileiro64KG8F2017
12600Eduardo BotegaWSubmissionBrasileiro64KG4F2017
12601Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeWReferee DecisionBrasileiro64KGSF2017
13587Tiago OkamotoWN/ASao Paulo Open64KG4F2017
13588Jorge NakamuraWN/ASao Paulo Open64KGSF2017
13589Douglas RufinoWPts: 2x2, AdvSao Paulo Open64KGF2017
14285Jefferson HenriqueWChoke from backSouth American64KG4F2017
14287Douglas RufinoWPts: 12x2South American64KGSF2017
14334Francisco AndrelinoWSubmissionBrasilia Open64KGSF2017
14335Jefferson TeodoroWPointsBrasilia Open64KGF2017
16191Alexandre VieiraAlexandre VieiraWToe holdWorld Champ.64KGR12018
16502Gaspar RuizWChoke from backMundial CBJJE64KGSF2018
16503Felipe GiarollaWChoke from backMundial CBJJE64KGF2018
16869Leo AlvesWPointsFloripa W. Open64KGSF2018
16870Andrey AdamWToe holdFloripa W. Open64KGF2018
16906Ulysses FagundesWToe holdFloripa W. NGO61KGF2018
16908Daniel JuniorWOmoplataTeam Nationals76KGF2018
17161Kleiton RodriguesWChoke from backSao Paulo Open64KGF2018
17361Jorge NakamuraWN/ABrasileiro NoGi61KGF2018
17567Bebeto OliveiraWPointsCuritiba Sp. Open64KGSF2018
17568Gabriel AzevedoWBow and arrowCuritiba Sp. Open64KGF2018
17600Higor PaterraWN/ACuritiba Sp. NGO67KGSF2018
18194Joao SomaliaJoao SomaliaWArmbarNoGi Worlds61KG4F2018
18482Kennedy MacielKennedy MacielWCrucifix chokeEuropean Open64KG4F2019
18806Jorge NakamuraWSubmissionBrazil Nat. Pro62KGSF2019
18807Felippe MelloWSubmissionBrazil Nat. Pro62KGF2019
18966Anthony OliveiraWPts: 6x4Grand Slam LDN62KGRR2019
19086Bebeto OliveiraWPts: 6x4Pan American57KG4F2019
19088Nobuhiro SawadaNobuhiro SawadaWPts: 4x2Pan American57KGSF2019
19090Hiago GamaHiago GamaWReferee DecisionPan American57KGF2019
19538Oziel SantosWPts: 4x0WP BR Qualifier56KGRR2019
19541Jose LimaJose LimaWPts: 2x2, AdvWP BR Qualifier56KGRR2019
19724Jose LimaJose LimaWPointsBrasileiro57KGSF2019
19726Rodnei BarbosaRodnei BarbosaWPts: 4x2Brasileiro57KGF2019

Cleber Sousa vs Rodolfo Rodrigues

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