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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)
  • 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 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

58 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    27 (47%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (5%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    24 (41%)
  • BY DECISION
    4 (7%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

24 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke from back
29
7
#86e620
Submission
21
5
#5AD3D1
Toe hold
13
3
#d1212a
Crucifix choke
8
2
#fad11b
Mounted triangle
4
1
#f58822
Omoplata
4
1
#224aba
Bow and arrow
4
1
#ff9124
Armbar
4
1
#bf1f6c
Kneebar
4
1
#22c9a5
Botinha
4
1
#fad223
Americana
4
1
24
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
22 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    14 (64%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (9%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    4 (18%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (9%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

4 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Armbar
50
2
#86e620
RNC
25
1
#5AD3D1
Choke from back
25
1
4
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Cleber Sousa Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
12068Tiago BarrosTiago BarrosLPts: 4x2Pan American64KGSF2017
12570Mikey MusumeciMikey MusumeciLPts: 2x0World Pro62KGRR2017
12572Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeLPointsWorld Pro62KGRR2017
14241Tiago BarrosTiago BarrosLReferee DecisionGrand Slam RJ62KGR12017
14387Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeLPointsSouth American64KGF2017
16357Alex SodreAlex SodreLPts: 4x0World Champ.64KGR22018
17807Gabriel MarangoniGabriel MarangoniLPts: 14x4Curitiba Sp. NGO67KGF2018
18429Joao MiyaoJoao MiyaoLRNCNoGi Worlds61KGSF2018
18727Joao MiyaoJoao MiyaoLPointsEuropean Open64KGSF2019
19232Gabriel SousaGabriel SousaLChoke from backGrand Slam LDN62KG4F2019
19239Fernando SoaresLPts: 12x8Grand Slam LDN62KGRR2019
19828Carlos AlbertoLPts: 6x2WP BR Qualifier56KGRR2019
20358Rodnei BarbosaRodnei BarbosaLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.57KGSF2019
20994Gabriel SousaGabriel SousaLArmbarKing of Mats69KGRR2019
20999Isaac DoederleinIsaac DoederleinLArmbarKing of Mats69KGSF2019
21001Diego OliveiraDiego OliveiraLPts: 4x0King of Mats69KG3RD2019
21009Thiago MacedoThiago MacedoLPts: 4x2Grand Slam TYO69KGSF2019
21011Jun Yong ChoLPts: 4x2Grand Slam TYO69KG3RD2019
21405Gabriel SousaGabriel SousaLReferee DecisionGrand Slam LA62KGF2019
21981Diego OliveiraDiego OliveiraLPts: 4x4, AdvGrand Slam RJ62KGF2019
22704Tomoyuki HashimotoTomoyuki HashimotoLPts: 8x6European Open57KGSF2020
23437Meyram MaquineMeyram MaquineLPts: 6x4BJJ StarsN/ASPF2020
11736Carlos EsquisitoCarlos EsquisitoWPointsManaus Nat. Pro62KG4F2017
11737Levy FerreiraWPointsManaus Nat. Pro62KGSF2017
11738Anoar JeziniWSubmissionManaus Nat. Pro62KGF2017
12059Robson FeitosaWPts: 14x0Pan American64KGR12017
12064Mikey MusumeciMikey MusumeciWReferee DecisionPan American64KG4F2017
12520Lucas DantasWPts: 2x0WP BR Qualifier62KGRR2017
12521Gabriel LimaWChoke from backWP BR Qualifier62KGRR2017
12522Bruno CabralWChoke from backWP BR Qualifier62KGRR2017
12568Alexis AlduncinAlexis AlduncinWPts: 5x0World Pro62KGRR2017
12573Mathias JardinWMounted triangleWorld Pro62KGRR2017
12670Thomas LisboaThomas LisboaWPointsBrasileiro64KG8F2017
12674Eduardo BotegaWSubmissionBrasileiro64KG4F2017
12675Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeWReferee DecisionBrasileiro64KGSF2017
13675Tiago OkamotoWN/ASao Paulo Open64KG4F2017
13676Jorge NakamuraWN/ASao Paulo Open64KGSF2017
13677Douglas RufinoWPts: 2x2, AdvSao Paulo Open64KGF2017
14383Jefferson HenriqueWChoke from backSouth American64KG4F2017
14385Douglas RufinoWPts: 12x2South American64KGSF2017
14436Francisco AndrelinoWSubmissionBrasilia Open64KGSF2017
14437Jefferson TeodoroWPointsBrasilia Open64KGF2017
16347Alexandre VieiraAlexandre VieiraWToe holdWorld Champ.64KGR12018
16664Gaspar RuizWChoke from backMundial CBJJE64KGSF2018
16665Felipe GiarollaWChoke from backMundial CBJJE64KGF2018
17040Leo AlvesWPointsFloripa W. Open64KGSF2018
17041Andrey AdamWToe holdFloripa W. Open64KGF2018
17077Ulysses FagundesWToe holdFloripa W. NGO61KGF2018
17081Daniel JuniorWOmoplataTeam Nationals76KGF2018
17349Kleiton RodriguesWChoke from backSao Paulo Open64KGF2018
17558Jorge NakamuraWN/ABrasileiro NoGi61KGF2018
17773Bebeto OliveiraWPointsCuritiba Sp. Open64KGSF2018
17774Gabriel AzevedoWBow and arrowCuritiba Sp. Open64KGF2018
17806Higor PaterraWN/ACuritiba Sp. NGO67KGSF2018
18424Joao SomaliaJoao SomaliaWArmbarNoGi Worlds61KG4F2018
18725Kennedy MacielKennedy MacielWCrucifix chokeEuropean Open64KG4F2019
19065Jorge NakamuraWSubmissionBrazil Nat. Pro62KGSF2019
19066Felippe MelloWSubmissionBrazil Nat. Pro62KGF2019
19237Anthony OliveiraWPts: 6x4Grand Slam LDN62KGRR2019
19365Bebeto OliveiraWPts: 6x4Pan American57KG4F2019
19367Nobuhiro SawadaNobuhiro SawadaWPts: 4x2Pan American57KGSF2019
19369Hiago GamaHiago GamaWReferee DecisionPan American57KGF2019
19824Oziel SantosWPts: 4x0WP BR Qualifier56KGRR2019
19827Jose LimaJose LimaWPts: 2x2, AdvWP BR Qualifier56KGRR2019
20019Jose LimaJose LimaWPointsBrasileiro57KGSF2019
20021Rodnei BarbosaRodnei BarbosaWPts: 4x2Brasileiro57KGF2019
20351Omar SalumOmar SalumWChoke from backWorld Champ.57KGR12019
20357Tomoyuki HashimotoTomoyuki HashimotoWPts: 6x4World Champ.57KG4F2019
20782Carlos AlbertoWPointsSP BJJ Pro70KGSF2019
20784Leandro LimaWAdvSP BJJ Pro70KGF2019
20993Nobuhiro SawadaNobuhiro SawadaWKneebarKing of Mats69KGRR2019
20998Wanki ChaeWanki ChaeWReferee DecisionKing of Mats69KGRR2019
21007Alberto SerranoWPts: 16x8Grand Slam TYO69KG4F2019
21401Joao FigueiredoWBotinhaGrand Slam LA62KG4F2019
21403Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeWPts: 2x0Grand Slam LA62KGSF2019
21975Wesley SantosWCrucifix chokeGrand Slam RJ62KGR12019
21978Kalel SantosWPts: 2x0Grand Slam RJ62KG4F2019
21980Tiago BarrosTiago BarrosWPts: 4x2Grand Slam RJ62KGSF2019
22145Bebeto OliveiraWPointsRio BJJ Pro70KG4F2019
22977Yuri HendrexYuri HendrexWAmericanaCuritiba SO64KGSF2020

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