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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)
  • 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

84 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    36 (43%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (4%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    39 (46%)
  • BY DECISION
    6 (7%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

39 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke from back
18
7
#86e620
Submission
15
6
#5AD3D1
Armbar
13
5
#d1212a
Toe hold
8
3
#fad11b
Kneebar
8
3
#f58822
Botinha
8
3
#224aba
Choke
5
2
#ff9124
Crucifix choke
5
2
#bf1f6c
Guillotine
3
1
#22c9a5
Short choke
3
1
#fad223
Anaconda choke
3
1
#03861f
RNC
3
1
#039a1f
Mounted triangle
3
1
#03b41f
Omoplata
3
1
#03c61f
Bow and arrow
3
1
#03d61f
Americana
3
1
39
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
38 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    22 (58%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    4 (11%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    10 (26%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (5%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

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
12120Tiago BarrosTiago BarrosLPts: 4x2Pan American64KGSF2017
12622Mikey MusumeciMikey MusumeciLPts: 2x0World Pro62KGRR2017
12624Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeLPointsWorld Pro62KGRR2017
14307Tiago BarrosTiago BarrosLReferee DecisionGrand Slam RJ62KGR12017
14453Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeLPointsSouth American64KGF2017
16443Alex SodreAlex SodreLPts: 4x0World Champ.64KGR22018
17918Gabriel MarangoniGabriel MarangoniLPts: 14x4Curitiba SPNGO67KGF2018
18563Joao MiyaoJoao MiyaoLRNCNoGi Worlds61KGSF2018
18865Joao MiyaoJoao MiyaoLPointsEuropean Open64KGSF2019
19397Gabriel SousaGabriel SousaLChoke from backGrand Slam LDN62KG4F2019
19404Fernando SoaresLPts: 12x8Grand Slam LDN62KGRR2019
20010Carlos AlbertoLPts: 6x2WP BR Qualifier56KGRR2019
20553Rodnei BarbosaRodnei BarbosaLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.57KGSF2019
21200Gabriel SousaGabriel SousaLArmbarKing of Mats69KGRR2019
21205Isaac DoederleinIsaac DoederleinLArmbarKing of Mats69KGSF2019
21207Diego OliveiraDiego OliveiraLPts: 4x0King of Mats69KG3RD2019
21215Thiago MacedoThiago MacedoLPts: 4x2Grand Slam TYO69KGSF2019
21217Jun Yong ChoLPts: 4x2Grand Slam TYO69KG3RD2019
21635Gabriel SousaGabriel SousaLReferee DecisionGrand Slam LA62KGF2019
22241Diego OliveiraDiego OliveiraLPts: 4x4, AdvGrand Slam RJ62KGF2019
23029Tomoyuki HashimotoTomoyuki HashimotoLPts: 8x6European Open57KGSF2020
23833Meyram MaquineMeyram MaquineLPts: 6x4BJJ StarsN/ASPF2020
24626Fabricio AndreyFabricio AndreyLBow and arrowGrand Slam RJ62KGSF2020
24859Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeLPointsSouth American64KGF2020
25064Lucas PinheiroLucas PinheiroLPts: 3x1Brazil Nat. Pro62KGSF2021
25240Fernando FavariLPts: 2x2, AdvRio Open64KG4F2021
25888Hygor BritoHygor BritoLPts: 6x4S. American NGABSR12021
26302Meyram MaquineMeyram MaquineLPts: 3x0SA Cont. Pro62KGSF2021
26463Luan CarvalhoLuan CarvalhoLPts: 1x0SA Cont. ProLWA4F2021
27320Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeLPts: 7x6Sul Americano64KGF2021
27649Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeLArmbarGrand Slam MSK62KGRR2021
27968Yuri HendrexYuri HendrexLPts: 4x4, AdvBrasileiro57KGSF2021
28412Lucas PinheiroLucas PinheiroLPts: 6x2Grand Slam RJ62KG4F2021
28418Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeLPts: 1x0Grand Slam RJ62KGRPC2021
29699Rider ZuchiRider ZuchiLSubmissionACB WorldsABSF2021
29912Diego OliveiraDiego OliveiraLLateral kneebarADCC BR1 Trials66KGSF2022
29915Fabricio AndreyFabricio AndreyLRNCADCC BR1 Trials66KG3RD2022
30123Kaua GabrielLInside heel hookADCC BR2 Trials66KGSF2022
11780Carlos EsquisitoCarlos EsquisitoWPointsManaus Nat. Pro62KG4F2017
11781Levy FerreiraWPointsManaus Nat. Pro62KGSF2017
11782Anoar JeziniWSubmissionManaus Nat. Pro62KGF2017
12111Robson FeitosaWPts: 14x0Pan American64KGR12017
12116Mikey MusumeciMikey MusumeciWReferee DecisionPan American64KG4F2017
12572Lucas DantasWPts: 2x0WP BR Qualifier62KGRR2017
12573Gabriel LimaWChoke from backWP BR Qualifier62KGRR2017
12574Bruno CabralWChoke from backWP BR Qualifier62KGRR2017
12620Alexis AlduncinAlexis AlduncinWPts: 5x0World Pro62KGRR2017
12625Mathias JardinWMounted triangleWorld Pro62KGRR2017
12722Thomas LisboaThomas LisboaWPointsBrasileiro64KG8F2017
12726Eduardo BotegaWSubmissionBrasileiro64KG4F2017
12727Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeWReferee DecisionBrasileiro64KGSF2017
13734Tiago OkamotoWN/ASao Paulo Open64KG4F2017
13735Jorge NakamuraWN/ASao Paulo Open64KGSF2017
13736Douglas RufinoWPts: 2x2, AdvSao Paulo Open64KGF2017
14449Jefferson HenriqueWChoke from backSouth American64KG4F2017
14451Douglas RufinoWPts: 12x2South American64KGSF2017
14502Francisco AndrelinoWSubmissionBrasilia Open64KGSF2017
14503Jefferson TeodoroWPointsBrasilia Open64KGF2017
16433Alexandre VieiraAlexandre VieiraWToe holdWorld Champ.64KGR12018
16754Gaspar RuizWChoke from backMundial CBJJE64KGSF2018
16755Felipe GiarollaWChoke from backMundial CBJJE64KGF2018
17138Leo AlvesWPointsFloripa W. Open64KGSF2018
17139Andrey AdamWToe holdFloripa W. Open64KGF2018
17177Ulysses FagundesWToe holdFloripa W. NGO61KGF2018
17181Daniel AmorimWOmoplataTeam Nationals76KGF2018
17453Kleiton RodriguesWChoke from backSao Paulo Open64KGF2018
17664Jorge NakamuraWN/ABrasileiro NoGi61KGF2018
17881Bebeto OliveiraWPointsCuritiba SPO64KGSF2018
17882Gabriel AzevedoWBow and arrowCuritiba SPO64KGF2018
17917Higor PaterraWN/ACuritiba SPNGO67KGSF2018
18558Joao SomaliaJoao SomaliaWArmbarNoGi Worlds61KG4F2018
18863Kennedy MacielKennedy MacielWCrucifix chokeEuropean Open64KG4F2019
19224Jorge NakamuraWSubmissionBrazil Nat. Pro62KGSF2019
19225Felippe MelloWSubmissionBrazil Nat. Pro62KGF2019
19402Anthony OliveiraWPts: 6x4Grand Slam LDN62KGRR2019
19538Bebeto OliveiraWPts: 6x4Pan American57KG4F2019
19540Nobuhiro SawadaNobuhiro SawadaWPts: 4x2Pan American57KGSF2019
19542Hiago GamaHiago GamaWReferee DecisionPan American57KGF2019
20006Oziel SantosWPts: 4x0WP BR Qualifier56KGRR2019
20009Jose LimaJose LimaWPts: 2x2, AdvWP BR Qualifier56KGRR2019
20206Jose LimaJose LimaWPointsBrasileiro57KGSF2019
20208Rodnei BarbosaRodnei BarbosaWPts: 4x2Brasileiro57KGF2019
20546Omar SalumOmar SalumWChoke from backWorld Champ.57KGR12019
20552Tomoyuki HashimotoTomoyuki HashimotoWPts: 6x4World Champ.57KG4F2019
20986Carlos AlbertoWPointsSP BJJ Pro70KGSF2019
20988Leandro LimaWAdvSP BJJ Pro70KGF2019
21199Nobuhiro SawadaNobuhiro SawadaWKneebarKing of Mats69KGRR2019
21204Wanki ChaeWanki ChaeWReferee DecisionKing of Mats69KGRR2019
21213Alberto SerranoWPts: 16x8Grand Slam TYO69KG4F2019
21631Joao FigueiredoWBotinhaGrand Slam LA62KG4F2019
21633Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeWPts: 2x0Grand Slam LA62KGSF2019
22235Wesley SantosWCrucifix chokeGrand Slam RJ62KGR12019
22238Kalel SantosWPts: 2x0Grand Slam RJ62KG4F2019
22240Tiago BarrosTiago BarrosWPts: 4x2Grand Slam RJ62KGSF2019
22419Bebeto OliveiraWPointsRio BJJ Pro70KG4F2019
23317Yuri HendrexYuri HendrexWAmericanaCuritiba SO64KGSF2020
24619Felipe OnoWReferee DecisionGrand Slam RJ62KGR12020
24623Marcos CavalcanteWPts: 2x0Grand Slam RJ62KG4F2020
24628M. OliveiraWGuillotineGrand Slam RJ62KGRPC2020
24629Marcos CavalcanteWPts: 1x0Grand Slam RJ62KG3RD2020
24854Marcos SuelWChokeSouth American64KG4F2020
24857Leo AlvesWChokeSouth American64KGSF2020
25062Marcos CavalcanteWPts: 5x2Brazil Nat. Pro62KG4F2021
25824Fernando FavariWShort chokeS. American NG61KGSF2021
25825Welerson SilvaWN/AS. American NG61KGF2021
26299Matheus MonteiroWPts: 3x2SA Cont. Pro62KG4F2021
27318Juan LopesJuan LopesWBotinhaSul Americano64KGSF2021
28407Ruben EvangelistaWKneebarGrand Slam RJ62KGR12021
28416Andre MouraWBotinhaGrand Slam RJ62KGRPC2021
29682M. ShamsudinWKneebarACB Worlds65KG4F2021
29683Iurii VinogradovWArmbarACB Worlds65KGSF2021
29684Giorgi RazmadzeWPts: 3x2ACB Worlds65KGF2021
29696K. AbubakarWPts: 10x6ACB WorldsABS4F2021
29703M. ShamsudinWSubmissionACB World NG65KG4F2021
29704Shamil GazievWArmbarACB World NG65KGSF2021
29705S. AsadulaevWPts: 6x0ACB World NG65KGF2021
29901Miguel CostaWReferee DecisionADCC BR1 Trials66KGR12022
29905Felipe MachadoWArmbarADCC BR1 Trials66KGR22022
29909Wellison SousaWArmbarADCC BR1 Trials66KG4F2022
30070Caio SilvaWPts: 2x0ADCC BR2 Trials66KGR12022
30095Emerson RogerioWAnaconda chokeADCC BR2 Trials66KGR22022
30121Oziel SantosWRNCADCC BR2 Trials66KG4F2022

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