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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

105 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    43 (41%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    4 (4%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    51 (49%)
  • BY DECISION
    7 (7%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

51 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke from back
16
8
#86e620
Armbar
14
7
#5AD3D1
Submission
12
6
#d1212a
Botinha
10
5
#fad11b
Toe hold
10
5
#f58822
Kneebar
6
3
#224aba
Crucifix choke
6
3
#ff9124
Guillotine
4
2
#bf1f6c
Choke
4
2
#22c9a5
Cross choke
4
2
#fad223
Americana
2
1
#03861f
Short choke
2
1
#039a1f
Anaconda choke
2
1
#03b41f
RNC
2
1
#03c61f
Triangle
2
1
#03d61f
Mounted triangle
2
1
#03f61f
Omoplata
2
1
#82ff5f
Bow and arrow
2
1
51
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
47 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    27 (57%)
  • 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
17930Gabriel MarangoniGabriel MarangoniLPts: 14x4Curitiba SPNGO67KGF2018
18578Joao MiyaoJoao MiyaoLRNCNoGi Worlds61KGSF2018
18880Joao MiyaoJoao MiyaoLPointsEuropean Open64KGSF2019
19415Gabriel SousaGabriel SousaLChoke from backGrand Slam LDN62KG4F2019
19422Fernando SoaresLPts: 12x8Grand Slam LDN62KGRR2019
20030Carlos AlbertoLPts: 6x2WP BR Qualifier56KGRR2019
20572Rodnei BarbosaRodnei BarbosaLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.57KGSF2019
21219Gabriel SousaGabriel SousaLArmbarKing of Mats69KGRR2019
21224Isaac DoederleinIsaac DoederleinLArmbarKing of Mats69KGSF2019
21226Diego OliveiraDiego OliveiraLPts: 4x0King of Mats69KG3RD2019
21234Thiago MacedoThiago MacedoLPts: 4x2Grand Slam TYO69KGSF2019
21236Jun Yong ChoLPts: 4x2Grand Slam TYO69KG3RD2019
21654Gabriel SousaGabriel SousaLReferee DecisionGrand Slam LA62KGF2019
22269Diego OliveiraDiego OliveiraLPts: 4x4, AdvGrand Slam RJ62KGF2019
23061Tomoyuki HashimotoTomoyuki HashimotoLPts: 8x6European Open57KGSF2020
23871Meyram MaquineMeyram MaquineLPts: 6x4BJJ StarsN/ASPF2020
24666Fabricio AndreyFabricio AndreyLBow and arrowGrand Slam RJ62KGSF2020
24899Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeLPointsSouth American64KGF2020
25106Lucas PinheiroLucas PinheiroLPts: 3x1Brazil Nat. Pro62KGSF2021
25283Fernando FavariLPts: 2x2, AdvRio Open64KG4F2021
25936Hygor BritoHygor BritoLPts: 6x4S. American NGABSR12021
26351Meyram MaquineMeyram MaquineLPts: 3x0SA Cont. Pro62KGSF2021
26512Luan CarvalhoLuan CarvalhoLPts: 1x0SA Cont. ProLWA4F2021
27377Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeLPts: 7x6Sul Americano64KGF2021
27705Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeLArmbarGrand Slam MSK62KGRR2021
28026Yuri HendrexYuri HendrexLPts: 4x4, AdvBrasileiro57KGSF2021
28472Lucas PinheiroLucas PinheiroLPts: 6x2Grand Slam RJ62KG4F2021
28478Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeLPts: 1x0Grand Slam RJ62KGRPC2021
29765Rider ZuchiRider ZuchiLSubmissionACB WorldsABSF2021
30016Diego OliveiraDiego OliveiraLLateral kneebarADCC BR1 Trials66KGSF2022
30019Fabricio AndreyFabricio AndreyLRNCADCC BR1 Trials66KG3RD2022
30227Kaua GabrielLInside heel hookADCC BR2 Trials66KGSF2022
32868Thalison SoaresThalison SoaresLPts: 6x4World Champ.57KGSF2022
34498Victor NithaelVictor NithaelD---AJP SA Team69KG3RD2022
35382Mikey MusumeciMikey MusumeciLReferee DecisionOne Fc65KGSPF2022
36829Bebeto OliveiraLPts: 6x6, AdvNoGi Worlds61KGSF2022
38407Sebastian SerpaSebastian SerpaLDQPan American64KG8F2023
39532Diogo ReisDiogo ReisLPts: 6x2Brasileiro64KGF2023
40287Meyram MaquineMeyram MaquineLPts: 4x0World Champ.64KGSF2023
41356Guilherme FernandesGuilherme FernandesLPts: 2x0SP BJJ Pro70KGSF2023
42797Meyram MaquineMeyram MaquineLPts: 6x4Sul Americano70KGF2023
45092Cleison GabrielLPts: 2x2, AdvSP Open70KG4F2023
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
17893Bebeto OliveiraWPointsCuritiba SPO64KGSF2018
17894Gabriel AzevedoWBow and arrowCuritiba SPO64KGF2018
17929Higor PaterraWN/ACuritiba SPNGO67KGSF2018
18573Joao SomaliaJoao SomaliaWArmbarNoGi Worlds61KG4F2018
18878Kennedy MacielKennedy MacielWCrucifix chokeEuropean Open64KG4F2019
19241Jorge NakamuraWSubmissionBrazil Nat. Pro62KGSF2019
19242Felippe MelloWSubmissionBrazil Nat. Pro62KGF2019
19420Anthony OliveiraWPts: 6x4Grand Slam LDN62KGRR2019
19556Bebeto OliveiraWPts: 6x4Pan American57KG4F2019
19558Nobuhiro SawadaNobuhiro SawadaWPts: 4x2Pan American57KGSF2019
19560Hiago GamaHiago GamaWReferee DecisionPan American57KGF2019
20026Oziel SantosWPts: 4x0WP BR Qualifier56KGRR2019
20029Jose LimaJose LimaWPts: 2x2, AdvWP BR Qualifier56KGRR2019
20225Jose LimaJose LimaWPointsBrasileiro57KGSF2019
20227Rodnei BarbosaRodnei BarbosaWPts: 4x2Brasileiro57KGF2019
20565Omar SalumOmar SalumWChoke from backWorld Champ.57KGR12019
20571Tomoyuki HashimotoTomoyuki HashimotoWPts: 6x4World Champ.57KG4F2019
21005Carlos AlbertoWPointsSP BJJ Pro70KGSF2019
21007Leandro LimaWAdvSP BJJ Pro70KGF2019
21218Nobuhiro SawadaNobuhiro SawadaWKneebarKing of Mats69KGRR2019
21223Wanki ChaeWanki ChaeWReferee DecisionKing of Mats69KGRR2019
21232Alberto SerranoWPts: 16x8Grand Slam TYO69KG4F2019
21650Joao FigueiredoWBotinhaGrand Slam LA62KG4F2019
21652Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeWPts: 2x0Grand Slam LA62KGSF2019
22263Wesley SantosWCrucifix chokeGrand Slam RJ62KGR12019
22266Kalel SantosWPts: 2x0Grand Slam RJ62KG4F2019
22268Tiago BarrosTiago BarrosWPts: 4x2Grand Slam RJ62KGSF2019
22451Bebeto OliveiraWPointsRio BJJ Pro70KG4F2019
23349Yuri HendrexYuri HendrexWAmericanaCuritiba SO64KGSF2020
24659Felipe OnoWReferee DecisionGrand Slam RJ62KGR12020
24663Marcos CavalcanteWPts: 2x0Grand Slam RJ62KG4F2020
24668M. OliveiraWGuillotineGrand Slam RJ62KGRPC2020
24669Marcos CavalcanteWPts: 1x0Grand Slam RJ62KG3RD2020
24894Marcos SuelWChokeSouth American64KG4F2020
24897Leo AlvesWChokeSouth American64KGSF2020
25104Marcos CavalcanteWPts: 5x2Brazil Nat. Pro62KG4F2021
25872Fernando FavariWShort chokeS. American NG61KGSF2021
25873Welerson GoncalvesWelerson GoncalvesWArmbarS. American NG61KGF2021
26348Matheus MonteiroWPts: 3x2SA Cont. Pro62KG4F2021
27375Juan LopesJuan LopesWBotinhaSul Americano64KGSF2021
28467Ruben EvangelistaWKneebarGrand Slam RJ62KGR12021
28476Andre MouraWBotinhaGrand Slam RJ62KGRPC2021
29748M. ShamsudinWKneebarACB Worlds65KG4F2021
29749Iurii VinogradovWArmbarACB Worlds65KGSF2021
29750Giorgi RazmadzeWPts: 3x2ACB Worlds65KGF2021
29762K. AbubakarWPts: 10x6ACB WorldsABS4F2021
29769M. ShamsudinWSubmissionACB World NG65KG4F2021
29770Shamil GazievWArmbarACB World NG65KGSF2021
29771S. AsadulaevWPts: 6x0ACB World NG65KGF2021
30005Miguel CostaWReferee DecisionADCC BR1 Trials66KGR12022
30009Felipe MachadoWArmbarADCC BR1 Trials66KGR22022
30013Wellison SousaWArmbarADCC BR1 Trials66KG4F2022
30174Caio SilvaWPts: 2x0ADCC BR2 Trials66KGR12022
30199Emerson RogerioWAnaconda chokeADCC BR2 Trials66KGR22022
30225Oziel SantosWRNCADCC BR2 Trials66KG4F2022
32861Matheus AzancotWPts: 2x0World Champ.57KGR12022
32866Rodrigo OtavioWPts: 4x2World Champ.57KG4F2022
34477Marcos ViniciusWBotinhaAJP SA Team69KGRR2022
34484Artur OliveiraWBotinhaAJP SA Team69KGSF2022
36489Felipe NegochadleWArmbarS.American NG67KGSF2022
36490Felipe NacibWGuillotineS.American NG67KGF2022
36821Pedro SerranoPedro SerranoWToe holdNoGi Worlds61KGR12022
36827Willis NunesWillis NunesWPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds61KG4F2022
37042Diego VieiraWCross chokeRio SMO64KGSF2023
37044Welison FernandesWTriangleRio SMO64KGF2023
39528Anderson DelfinoWPts: 4x2Brasileiro64KG4F2023
39531Fernando FavariWCrucifix chokeBrasileiro64KGSF2023
40280Pedro DiasPedro DiasWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.64KG8F2023
40284Malachi EdmondMalachi EdmondWPts: 4x2World Champ.64KG4F2023
42788Brendo BabiloniaWToe holdSul Americano70KGR12023
42791Vinicius OliveiraWCross chokeSul Americano70KG4F2023
42796Lucas MaquineWChoke from backSul Americano70KGSF2023
45279Gaston AquinoWN/AMundial CBJJE70KGR12023
45283Guilherme LopesWN/AMundial CBJJE70KG4F2023
45285Leonardo BarrosWN/AMundial CBJJE70KGSF2023
45287Meyram MaquineMeyram MaquineWReferee DecisionMundial CBJJE70KGF2023

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