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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

88 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    38 (43%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (3%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    41 (47%)
  • BY DECISION
    6 (7%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

41 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke from back
17
7
#86e620
Submission
15
6
#5AD3D1
Armbar
12
5
#d1212a
Botinha
12
5
#fad11b
Kneebar
7
3
#f58822
Toe hold
7
3
#224aba
Crucifix choke
5
2
#ff9124
Choke
5
2
#bf1f6c
Omoplata
2
1
#22c9a5
Bow and arrow
2
1
#fad223
Americana
2
1
#03861f
Guillotine
2
1
#039a1f
Short choke
2
1
#03b41f
Anaconda choke
2
1
#03c61f
RNC
2
1
#03d61f
Mounted triangle
2
1
41
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
40 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    23 (58%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    4 (10%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    10 (25%)
  • BY DECISION
    3 (8%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

10 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

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

Cleber Sousa Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
12126Tiago BarrosTiago BarrosLPts: 4x2Pan American64KGSF2017
12628Mikey MusumeciMikey MusumeciLPts: 2x0World Pro62KGRR2017
12630Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeLPointsWorld Pro62KGRR2017
14313Tiago BarrosTiago BarrosLReferee DecisionGrand Slam RJ62KGR12017
14459Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeLPointsSouth American64KGF2017
16449Alex SodreAlex SodreLPts: 4x0World Champ.64KGR22018
17924Gabriel MarangoniGabriel MarangoniLPts: 14x4Curitiba SPNGO67KGF2018
18569Joao MiyaoJoao MiyaoLRNCNoGi Worlds61KGSF2018
18871Joao MiyaoJoao MiyaoLPointsEuropean Open64KGSF2019
19402Gabriel SousaGabriel SousaLChoke from backGrand Slam LDN62KG4F2019
19409Fernando SoaresLPts: 12x8Grand Slam LDN62KGRR2019
20015Carlos AlbertoLPts: 6x2WP BR Qualifier56KGRR2019
20557Rodnei BarbosaRodnei BarbosaLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.57KGSF2019
21204Gabriel SousaGabriel SousaLArmbarKing of Mats69KGRR2019
21209Isaac DoederleinIsaac DoederleinLArmbarKing of Mats69KGSF2019
21211Diego OliveiraDiego OliveiraLPts: 4x0King of Mats69KG3RD2019
21219Thiago MacedoThiago MacedoLPts: 4x2Grand Slam TYO69KGSF2019
21221Jun Yong ChoLPts: 4x2Grand Slam TYO69KG3RD2019
21639Gabriel SousaGabriel SousaLReferee DecisionGrand Slam LA62KGF2019
22247Diego OliveiraDiego OliveiraLPts: 4x4, AdvGrand Slam RJ62KGF2019
23035Tomoyuki HashimotoTomoyuki HashimotoLPts: 8x6European Open57KGSF2020
23840Meyram MaquineMeyram MaquineLPts: 6x4BJJ StarsN/ASPF2020
24633Fabricio AndreyFabricio AndreyLBow and arrowGrand Slam RJ62KGSF2020
24866Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeLPointsSouth American64KGF2020
25073Lucas PinheiroLucas PinheiroLPts: 3x1Brazil Nat. Pro62KGSF2021
25249Fernando FavariLPts: 2x2, AdvRio Open64KG4F2021
25897Hygor BritoHygor BritoLPts: 6x4S. American NGABSR12021
26311Meyram MaquineMeyram MaquineLPts: 3x0SA Cont. Pro62KGSF2021
26472Luan CarvalhoLuan CarvalhoLPts: 1x0SA Cont. ProLWA4F2021
27338Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeLPts: 7x6Sul Americano64KGF2021
27667Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeLArmbarGrand Slam MSK62KGRR2021
27986Yuri HendrexYuri HendrexLPts: 4x4, AdvBrasileiro57KGSF2021
28430Lucas PinheiroLucas PinheiroLPts: 6x2Grand Slam RJ62KG4F2021
28436Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeLPts: 1x0Grand Slam RJ62KGRPC2021
29719Rider ZuchiRider ZuchiLSubmissionACB WorldsABSF2021
29935Diego OliveiraDiego OliveiraLLateral kneebarADCC BR1 Trials66KGSF2022
29938Fabricio AndreyFabricio AndreyLRNCADCC BR1 Trials66KG3RD2022
30146Kaua GabrielLInside heel hookADCC BR2 Trials66KGSF2022
32762Thalison SoaresThalison SoaresLPts: 6x4World Champ.57KGSF2022
34351Victor NithaelVictor NithaelD---AJP SA Team69KG3RD2022
35204Mikey MusumeciMikey MusumeciLReferee DecisionOne Fc65KGSPF2022
11786Carlos EsquisitoCarlos EsquisitoWPointsManaus Nat. Pro62KG4F2017
11787Levy FerreiraWPointsManaus Nat. Pro62KGSF2017
11788Anoar JeziniWSubmissionManaus Nat. Pro62KGF2017
12117Robson FeitosaWPts: 14x0Pan American64KGR12017
12122Mikey MusumeciMikey MusumeciWReferee DecisionPan American64KG4F2017
12578Lucas DantasWPts: 2x0WP BR Qualifier62KGRR2017
12579Gabriel LimaWChoke from backWP BR Qualifier62KGRR2017
12580Bruno CabralWChoke from backWP BR Qualifier62KGRR2017
12626Alexis AlduncinAlexis AlduncinWPts: 5x0World Pro62KGRR2017
12631Mathias JardinWMounted triangleWorld Pro62KGRR2017
12728Thomas LisboaThomas LisboaWPointsBrasileiro64KG8F2017
12732Eduardo BotegaWSubmissionBrasileiro64KG4F2017
12733Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeWReferee DecisionBrasileiro64KGSF2017
13740Tiago OkamotoWN/ASao Paulo Open64KG4F2017
13741Jorge NakamuraWN/ASao Paulo Open64KGSF2017
13742Douglas RufinoWPts: 2x2, AdvSao Paulo Open64KGF2017
14455Jefferson HenriqueWChoke from backSouth American64KG4F2017
14457Douglas RufinoWPts: 12x2South American64KGSF2017
14508Francisco AndrelinoWSubmissionBrasilia Open64KGSF2017
14509Jefferson TeodoroWPointsBrasilia Open64KGF2017
16439Alexandre VieiraAlexandre VieiraWToe holdWorld Champ.64KGR12018
16760Gaspar RuizWChoke from backMundial CBJJE64KGSF2018
16761Felipe GiarollaWChoke from backMundial CBJJE64KGF2018
17144Leo AlvesWPointsFloripa W. Open64KGSF2018
17145Andrey AdamWToe holdFloripa W. Open64KGF2018
17183Ulysses FagundesWToe holdFloripa W. NGO61KGF2018
17187Daniel AmorimWOmoplataTeam Nationals76KGF2018
17459Kleiton RodriguesWChoke from backSao Paulo Open64KGF2018
17670Jorge NakamuraWN/ABrasileiro NoGi61KGF2018
17887Bebeto OliveiraWPointsCuritiba SPO64KGSF2018
17888Gabriel AzevedoWBow and arrowCuritiba SPO64KGF2018
17923Higor PaterraWN/ACuritiba SPNGO67KGSF2018
18564Joao SomaliaJoao SomaliaWArmbarNoGi Worlds61KG4F2018
18869Kennedy MacielKennedy MacielWCrucifix chokeEuropean Open64KG4F2019
19230Jorge NakamuraWSubmissionBrazil Nat. Pro62KGSF2019
19231Felippe MelloWSubmissionBrazil Nat. Pro62KGF2019
19407Anthony OliveiraWPts: 6x4Grand Slam LDN62KGRR2019
19543Bebeto OliveiraWPts: 6x4Pan American57KG4F2019
19545Nobuhiro SawadaNobuhiro SawadaWPts: 4x2Pan American57KGSF2019
19547Hiago GamaHiago GamaWReferee DecisionPan American57KGF2019
20011Oziel SantosWPts: 4x0WP BR Qualifier56KGRR2019
20014Jose LimaJose LimaWPts: 2x2, AdvWP BR Qualifier56KGRR2019
20210Jose LimaJose LimaWPointsBrasileiro57KGSF2019
20212Rodnei BarbosaRodnei BarbosaWPts: 4x2Brasileiro57KGF2019
20550Omar SalumOmar SalumWChoke from backWorld Champ.57KGR12019
20556Tomoyuki HashimotoTomoyuki HashimotoWPts: 6x4World Champ.57KG4F2019
20990Carlos AlbertoWPointsSP BJJ Pro70KGSF2019
20992Leandro LimaWAdvSP BJJ Pro70KGF2019
21203Nobuhiro SawadaNobuhiro SawadaWKneebarKing of Mats69KGRR2019
21208Wanki ChaeWanki ChaeWReferee DecisionKing of Mats69KGRR2019
21217Alberto SerranoWPts: 16x8Grand Slam TYO69KG4F2019
21635Joao FigueiredoWBotinhaGrand Slam LA62KG4F2019
21637Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeWPts: 2x0Grand Slam LA62KGSF2019
22241Wesley SantosWCrucifix chokeGrand Slam RJ62KGR12019
22244Kalel SantosWPts: 2x0Grand Slam RJ62KG4F2019
22246Tiago BarrosTiago BarrosWPts: 4x2Grand Slam RJ62KGSF2019
22425Bebeto OliveiraWPointsRio BJJ Pro70KG4F2019
23323Yuri HendrexYuri HendrexWAmericanaCuritiba SO64KGSF2020
24626Felipe OnoWReferee DecisionGrand Slam RJ62KGR12020
24630Marcos CavalcanteWPts: 2x0Grand Slam RJ62KG4F2020
24635M. OliveiraWGuillotineGrand Slam RJ62KGRPC2020
24636Marcos CavalcanteWPts: 1x0Grand Slam RJ62KG3RD2020
24861Marcos SuelWChokeSouth American64KG4F2020
24864Leo AlvesWChokeSouth American64KGSF2020
25071Marcos CavalcanteWPts: 5x2Brazil Nat. Pro62KG4F2021
25833Fernando FavariWShort chokeS. American NG61KGSF2021
25834Welerson SilvaWN/AS. American NG61KGF2021
26308Matheus MonteiroWPts: 3x2SA Cont. Pro62KG4F2021
27336Juan LopesJuan LopesWBotinhaSul Americano64KGSF2021
28425Ruben EvangelistaWKneebarGrand Slam RJ62KGR12021
28434Andre MouraWBotinhaGrand Slam RJ62KGRPC2021
29702M. ShamsudinWKneebarACB Worlds65KG4F2021
29703Iurii VinogradovWArmbarACB Worlds65KGSF2021
29704Giorgi RazmadzeWPts: 3x2ACB Worlds65KGF2021
29716K. AbubakarWPts: 10x6ACB WorldsABS4F2021
29723M. ShamsudinWSubmissionACB World NG65KG4F2021
29724Shamil GazievWArmbarACB World NG65KGSF2021
29725S. AsadulaevWPts: 6x0ACB World NG65KGF2021
29924Miguel CostaWReferee DecisionADCC BR1 Trials66KGR12022
29928Felipe MachadoWArmbarADCC BR1 Trials66KGR22022
29932Wellison SousaWArmbarADCC BR1 Trials66KG4F2022
30093Caio SilvaWPts: 2x0ADCC BR2 Trials66KGR12022
30118Emerson RogerioWAnaconda chokeADCC BR2 Trials66KGR22022
30144Oziel SantosWRNCADCC BR2 Trials66KG4F2022
32755Matheus AzancotWPts: 2x0World Champ.57KGR12022
32760Rodrigo OtavioWPts: 4x2World Champ.57KG4F2022
34330Marcos ViniciusWBotinhaAJP SA Team69KGRR2022
34337Artur OliveiraWBotinhaAJP SA Team69KGSF2022

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