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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 / 2022 / 2023)
  • 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 / 2023)

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

110 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    44 (40%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    5 (5%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    53 (48%)
  • BY DECISION
    8 (7%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

53 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke from back
15
8
#86e620
Armbar
15
8
#5AD3D1
Submission
11
6
#d1212a
Toe hold
9
5
#fad11b
Botinha
9
5
#f58822
Crucifix choke
6
3
#224aba
Kneebar
6
3
#ff9124
Guillotine
6
3
#bf1f6c
Cross choke
4
2
#22c9a5
Choke
4
2
#fad223
Short choke
2
1
#03861f
Anaconda choke
2
1
#039a1f
RNC
2
1
#03b41f
Triangle
2
1
#03c61f
Mounted triangle
2
1
#03d61f
Omoplata
2
1
#03f61f
Bow and arrow
2
1
#82ff5f
Americana
2
1
53
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
48 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    28 (58%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    6 (13%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    10 (21%)
  • BY DECISION
    3 (6%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (2%)

10 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Armbar
30
3
#86e620
RNC
20
2
#5AD3D1
Choke from back
10
1
#d1212a
Bow and arrow
10
1
#fad11b
Submission
10
1
#f58822
Lateral kneebar
10
1
#224aba
Inside heel hook
10
1
10
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Cleber Sousa Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
12126Tiago BarrosTiago BarrosLPts: 4x2Pan American64KGSF2017
12629Mikey MusumeciMikey MusumeciLPts: 2x0World Pro62KGRR2017
12631Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeLPointsWorld Pro62KGRR2017
14314Tiago BarrosTiago BarrosLReferee DecisionGrand Slam RJ62KGR12017
14460Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeLPointsSouth American64KGF2017
16450Alex SodreAlex SodreLPts: 4x0World Champ.64KGR22018
17937Gabriel MarangoniGabriel MarangoniLPts: 14x4Curitiba SPNGO67KGF2018
18585Joao MiyaoJoao MiyaoLRNCNoGi Worlds61KGSF2018
18887Joao MiyaoJoao MiyaoLPointsEuropean Open64KGSF2019
19422Gabriel SousaGabriel SousaLChoke from backGrand Slam LDN62KG4F2019
19429Fernando SoaresLPts: 12x8Grand Slam LDN62KGRR2019
20037Carlos AlbertoLPts: 6x2WP BR Qualifier56KGRR2019
20579Rodnei BarbosaRodnei BarbosaLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.57KGSF2019
21226Gabriel SousaGabriel SousaLArmbarKing of Mats69KGRR2019
21231Isaac DoederleinIsaac DoederleinLArmbarKing of Mats69KGSF2019
21233Diego OliveiraDiego OliveiraLPts: 4x0King of Mats69KG3RD2019
21241Thiago MacedoThiago MacedoLPts: 4x2Grand Slam TYO69KGSF2019
21243Jun Yong ChoLPts: 4x2Grand Slam TYO69KG3RD2019
21664Gabriel SousaGabriel SousaLReferee DecisionGrand Slam LA62KGF2019
22279Diego OliveiraDiego OliveiraLPts: 4x4, AdvGrand Slam RJ62KGF2019
23071Tomoyuki HashimotoTomoyuki HashimotoLPts: 8x6European Open57KGSF2020
23881Meyram MaquineMeyram MaquineLPts: 6x4BJJ StarsN/ASPF2020
24679Fabricio AndreyFabricio AndreyLBow and arrowGrand Slam RJ62KGSF2020
24912Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeLPointsSouth American64KGF2020
25119Lucas PinheiroLucas PinheiroLPts: 3x1Brazil Nat. Pro62KGSF2021
25296Fernando FavariLPts: 2x2, AdvRio Open64KG4F2021
25949Hygor BritoHygor BritoLPts: 6x4S. American NGABSR12021
26364Meyram MaquineMeyram MaquineLPts: 3x0SA Cont. Pro62KGSF2021
26525Luan CarvalhoLuan CarvalhoLPts: 1x0SA Cont. ProLWA4F2021
27390Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeLPts: 7x6Sul Americano64KGF2021
27718Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeLArmbarGrand Slam MSK62KGRR2021
28039Yuri HendrexYuri HendrexLPts: 4x4, AdvBrasileiro57KGSF2021
28485Lucas PinheiroLucas PinheiroLPts: 6x2Grand Slam RJ62KG4F2021
28491Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeLPts: 1x0Grand Slam RJ62KGRPC2021
29778Rider ZuchiRider ZuchiLSubmissionACB WorldsABSF2021
30029Diego OliveiraDiego OliveiraLLateral kneebarADCC BR1 Trials66KGSF2022
30032Fabricio AndreyFabricio AndreyLRNCADCC BR1 Trials66KG3RD2022
30241Kaua GabrielKaua GabrielLInside heel hookADCC BR2 Trials66KGSF2022
32886Thalison SoaresThalison SoaresLPts: 6x4World Champ.57KGSF2022
34516Victor NithaelVictor NithaelD---AJP SA Team69KG3RD2022
35400Mikey MusumeciMikey MusumeciLReferee DecisionOne Fc65KGSPF2022
36849Bebeto OliveiraLPts: 6x6, AdvNoGi Worlds61KGSF2022
38444Sebastian SerpaSebastian SerpaLDQPan American64KG8F2023
39580Diogo ReisDiogo ReisLPts: 6x2Brasileiro64KGF2023
40336Meyram MaquineMeyram MaquineLPts: 4x0World Champ.64KGSF2023
41420Guilherme FernandesGuilherme FernandesLPts: 2x0SP BJJ Pro70KGSF2023
42863Meyram MaquineMeyram MaquineLPts: 6x4Sul Americano70KGF2023
45160Cleison GabrielLPts: 2x2, AdvSP Open70KG4F2023
50170Keven CarrascoKeven CarrascoLPts: 6x0World Champ.64KG8F2024
11786Carlos EsquisitoCarlos EsquisitoWPointsManaus Nat. Pro62KG4F2017
11787Levy FerreiraWPointsManaus Nat. Pro62KGSF2017
11788Anoar JeziniWSubmissionManaus Nat. Pro62KGF2017
12117Robson FeitosaWPts: 14x0Pan American64KGR12017
12122Mikey MusumeciMikey MusumeciWReferee DecisionPan American64KG4F2017
12579Lucas DantasWPts: 2x0WP BR Qualifier62KGRR2017
12580Gabriel LimaWChoke from backWP BR Qualifier62KGRR2017
12581Bruno CabralWChoke from backWP BR Qualifier62KGRR2017
12627Alexis AlduncinAlexis AlduncinWPts: 5x0World Pro62KGRR2017
12632Mathias JardinWMounted triangleWorld Pro62KGRR2017
12729Thomas LisboaThomas LisboaWPointsBrasileiro64KG8F2017
12733Eduardo BotegaWSubmissionBrasileiro64KG4F2017
12734Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeWReferee DecisionBrasileiro64KGSF2017
13741Tiago OkamotoWN/ASao Paulo Open64KG4F2017
13742Jorge NakamuraWN/ASao Paulo Open64KGSF2017
13743Douglas RufinoWPts: 2x2, AdvSao Paulo Open64KGF2017
14456Jefferson HenriqueWChoke from backSouth American64KG4F2017
14458Douglas RufinoWPts: 12x2South American64KGSF2017
14509Francisco AndrelinoWSubmissionBrasilia Open64KGSF2017
14510Jefferson TeodoroWPointsBrasilia Open64KGF2017
16440Alexandre VieiraAlexandre VieiraWToe holdWorld Champ.64KGR12018
16766Gaspar RuizWChoke from backMundial CBJJE64KGSF2018
16767Felipe GiarollaWChoke from backMundial CBJJE64KGF2018
17150Leo AlvesWPointsFloripa W. Open64KGSF2018
17151Andrey AdamWToe holdFloripa W. Open64KGF2018
17189Ulysses FagundesWToe holdFloripa W. NGO61KGF2018
17193Daniel AmorimWOmoplataTeam Nationals76KGF2018
17465Kleiton RodriguesWChoke from backSao Paulo Open64KGF2018
17676Jorge NakamuraWN/ABrasileiro NoGi61KGF2018
17900Bebeto OliveiraWPointsCuritiba SPO64KGSF2018
17901Gabriel AzevedoWBow and arrowCuritiba SPO64KGF2018
17936Higor PaterraWN/ACuritiba SPNGO67KGSF2018
18580Joao SomaliaJoao SomaliaWArmbarNoGi Worlds61KG4F2018
18885Kennedy MacielKennedy MacielWCrucifix chokeEuropean Open64KG4F2019
19248Jorge NakamuraWSubmissionBrazil Nat. Pro62KGSF2019
19249Felippe MelloWSubmissionBrazil Nat. Pro62KGF2019
19427Anthony OliveiraWPts: 6x4Grand Slam LDN62KGRR2019
19563Bebeto OliveiraWPts: 6x4Pan American57KG4F2019
19565Nobuhiro SawadaNobuhiro SawadaWPts: 4x2Pan American57KGSF2019
19567Hiago GamaHiago GamaWReferee DecisionPan American57KGF2019
20033Oziel SantosWPts: 4x0WP BR Qualifier56KGRR2019
20036Jose LimaJose LimaWPts: 2x2, AdvWP BR Qualifier56KGRR2019
20232Jose LimaJose LimaWPointsBrasileiro57KGSF2019
20234Rodnei BarbosaRodnei BarbosaWPts: 4x2Brasileiro57KGF2019
20572Omar SalumOmar SalumWChoke from backWorld Champ.57KGR12019
20578Tomoyuki HashimotoTomoyuki HashimotoWPts: 6x4World Champ.57KG4F2019
21012Carlos AlbertoWPointsSP BJJ Pro70KGSF2019
21014Leandro LimaWAdvSP BJJ Pro70KGF2019
21225Nobuhiro SawadaNobuhiro SawadaWKneebarKing of Mats69KGRR2019
21230Wanki ChaeWanki ChaeWReferee DecisionKing of Mats69KGRR2019
21239Alberto SerranoWPts: 16x8Grand Slam TYO69KG4F2019
21660Joao FigueiredoWBotinhaGrand Slam LA62KG4F2019
21662Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeWPts: 2x0Grand Slam LA62KGSF2019
22273Wesley SantosWCrucifix chokeGrand Slam RJ62KGR12019
22276Kalel SantosWPts: 2x0Grand Slam RJ62KG4F2019
22278Tiago BarrosTiago BarrosWPts: 4x2Grand Slam RJ62KGSF2019
22461Bebeto OliveiraWPointsRio BJJ Pro70KG4F2019
23359Yuri HendrexYuri HendrexWAmericanaCuritiba SO64KGSF2020
24672Felipe OnoWReferee DecisionGrand Slam RJ62KGR12020
24676Marcos CavalcanteWPts: 2x0Grand Slam RJ62KG4F2020
24681M. OliveiraWGuillotineGrand Slam RJ62KGRPC2020
24682Marcos CavalcanteWPts: 1x0Grand Slam RJ62KG3RD2020
24907Marcos SuelWChokeSouth American64KG4F2020
24910Leo AlvesWChokeSouth American64KGSF2020
25117Marcos CavalcanteWPts: 5x2Brazil Nat. Pro62KG4F2021
25885Fernando FavariWShort chokeS. American NG61KGSF2021
25886Welerson GoncalvesWelerson GoncalvesWArmbarS. American NG61KGF2021
26361Matheus MonteiroWPts: 3x2SA Cont. Pro62KG4F2021
27388Juan LopesJuan LopesWBotinhaSul Americano64KGSF2021
28480Ruben EvangelistaWKneebarGrand Slam RJ62KGR12021
28489Andre MouraWBotinhaGrand Slam RJ62KGRPC2021
29761M. ShamsudinWKneebarACB Worlds65KG4F2021
29762Iurii VinogradovWArmbarACB Worlds65KGSF2021
29763Giorgi RazmadzeWPts: 3x2ACB Worlds65KGF2021
29775K. AbubakarWPts: 10x6ACB WorldsABS4F2021
29782M. ShamsudinWSubmissionACB World NG65KG4F2021
29783Shamil GazievWArmbarACB World NG65KGSF2021
29784S. AsadulaevWPts: 6x0ACB World NG65KGF2021
30018Miguel CostaWReferee DecisionADCC BR1 Trials66KGR12022
30022Felipe MachadoWArmbarADCC BR1 Trials66KGR22022
30026Wellison SousaWArmbarADCC BR1 Trials66KG4F2022
30188Caio SilvaWPts: 2x0ADCC BR2 Trials66KGR12022
30213Emerson RogerioWAnaconda chokeADCC BR2 Trials66KGR22022
30239Oziel SantosWRNCADCC BR2 Trials66KG4F2022
32879Matheus AzancotWPts: 2x0World Champ.57KGR12022
32884Rodrigo OtavioWPts: 4x2World Champ.57KG4F2022
34495Marcos ViniciusWBotinhaAJP SA Team69KGRR2022
34502Artur OliveiraWBotinhaAJP SA Team69KGSF2022
36507Felipe NegochadleWArmbarS.American NG67KGSF2022
36508Felipe NacibWGuillotineS.American NG67KGF2022
36841Pedro SerranoPedro SerranoWToe holdNoGi Worlds61KGR12022
36847Willis NunesWillis NunesWPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds61KG4F2022
37062Diego VieiraWCross chokeRio SMO64KGSF2023
37064Welison FernandesWTriangleRio SMO64KGF2023
39576Anderson DelfinoWPts: 4x2Brasileiro64KG4F2023
39579Fernando FavariWCrucifix chokeBrasileiro64KGSF2023
40329Pedro DiasPedro DiasWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.64KG8F2023
40333Malachi EdmondMalachi EdmondWPts: 4x2World Champ.64KG4F2023
42854Brendo BabiloniaWToe holdSul Americano70KGR12023
42857Vinicius OliveiraWCross chokeSul Americano70KG4F2023
42862Lucas MaquineWChoke from backSul Americano70KGSF2023
45351Gaston AquinoWN/AMundial CBJJE70KGR12023
45355Guilherme LopesWN/AMundial CBJJE70KG4F2023
45357Leonardo BarrosWN/AMundial CBJJE70KGSF2023
45359Meyram MaquineMeyram MaquineWReferee DecisionMundial CBJJE70KGF2023
47230Osamah AlmarwaiOsamah AlmarwaiWArmbarOne FCNASPF2024
49138Jonathan SantosWReferee DecisionBrasileiro64KG8F2024
49147Nathannael FernandesNathannael FernandesWGuillotineBrasileiro64KG4F2024
49149Leonardo MarioLeonardo MarioWPts: 0x0, AdvBrasileiro64KGSF2024
49151Anderson DelfinoWPts: 8x0Brasileiro64KGF2024

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