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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

94 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    39 (41%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (3%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    46 (49%)
  • BY DECISION
    6 (6%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

46 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke from back
15
7
#86e620
Submission
13
6
#5AD3D1
Armbar
13
6
#d1212a
Botinha
11
5
#fad11b
Toe hold
9
4
#f58822
Kneebar
7
3
#224aba
Crucifix choke
4
2
#ff9124
Guillotine
4
2
#bf1f6c
Choke
4
2
#22c9a5
Americana
2
1
#fad223
Short choke
2
1
#03861f
Anaconda choke
2
1
#039a1f
RNC
2
1
#03b41f
Cross choke
2
1
#03c61f
Triangle
2
1
#03d61f
Mounted triangle
2
1
#03f61f
Omoplata
2
1
#82ff5f
Bow and arrow
2
1
46
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
41 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    23 (56%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    5 (12%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    10 (24%)
  • BY DECISION
    3 (7%)
  • 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
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
19404Gabriel SousaGabriel SousaLChoke from backGrand Slam LDN62KG4F2019
19411Fernando SoaresLPts: 12x8Grand Slam LDN62KGRR2019
20019Carlos AlbertoLPts: 6x2WP BR Qualifier56KGRR2019
20561Rodnei BarbosaRodnei BarbosaLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.57KGSF2019
21208Gabriel SousaGabriel SousaLArmbarKing of Mats69KGRR2019
21213Isaac DoederleinIsaac DoederleinLArmbarKing of Mats69KGSF2019
21215Diego OliveiraDiego OliveiraLPts: 4x0King of Mats69KG3RD2019
21223Thiago MacedoThiago MacedoLPts: 4x2Grand Slam TYO69KGSF2019
21225Jun Yong ChoLPts: 4x2Grand Slam TYO69KG3RD2019
21643Gabriel SousaGabriel SousaLReferee DecisionGrand Slam LA62KGF2019
22258Diego OliveiraDiego OliveiraLPts: 4x4, AdvGrand Slam RJ62KGF2019
23051Tomoyuki HashimotoTomoyuki HashimotoLPts: 8x6European Open57KGSF2020
23861Meyram MaquineMeyram MaquineLPts: 6x4BJJ StarsN/ASPF2020
24656Fabricio AndreyFabricio AndreyLBow and arrowGrand Slam RJ62KGSF2020
24889Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeLPointsSouth American64KGF2020
25096Lucas PinheiroLucas PinheiroLPts: 3x1Brazil Nat. Pro62KGSF2021
25273Fernando FavariLPts: 2x2, AdvRio Open64KG4F2021
25926Hygor BritoHygor BritoLPts: 6x4S. American NGABSR12021
26341Meyram MaquineMeyram MaquineLPts: 3x0SA Cont. Pro62KGSF2021
26502Luan CarvalhoLuan CarvalhoLPts: 1x0SA Cont. ProLWA4F2021
27367Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeLPts: 7x6Sul Americano64KGF2021
27695Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeLArmbarGrand Slam MSK62KGRR2021
28016Yuri HendrexYuri HendrexLPts: 4x4, AdvBrasileiro57KGSF2021
28462Lucas PinheiroLucas PinheiroLPts: 6x2Grand Slam RJ62KG4F2021
28468Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeLPts: 1x0Grand Slam RJ62KGRPC2021
29751Rider ZuchiRider ZuchiLSubmissionACB WorldsABSF2021
30001Diego OliveiraDiego OliveiraLLateral kneebarADCC BR1 Trials66KGSF2022
30004Fabricio AndreyFabricio AndreyLRNCADCC BR1 Trials66KG3RD2022
30212Kaua GabrielLInside heel hookADCC BR2 Trials66KGSF2022
32846Thalison SoaresThalison SoaresLPts: 6x4World Champ.57KGSF2022
34467Victor NithaelVictor NithaelD---AJP SA Team69KG3RD2022
35333Mikey MusumeciMikey MusumeciLReferee DecisionOne Fc65KGSPF2022
36767Bebeto OliveiraLPts: 6x6, AdvNoGi Worlds61KGSF2022
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
19409Anthony OliveiraWPts: 6x4Grand Slam LDN62KGRR2019
19545Bebeto OliveiraWPts: 6x4Pan American57KG4F2019
19547Nobuhiro SawadaNobuhiro SawadaWPts: 4x2Pan American57KGSF2019
19549Hiago GamaHiago GamaWReferee DecisionPan American57KGF2019
20015Oziel SantosWPts: 4x0WP BR Qualifier56KGRR2019
20018Jose LimaJose LimaWPts: 2x2, AdvWP BR Qualifier56KGRR2019
20214Jose LimaJose LimaWPointsBrasileiro57KGSF2019
20216Rodnei BarbosaRodnei BarbosaWPts: 4x2Brasileiro57KGF2019
20554Omar SalumOmar SalumWChoke from backWorld Champ.57KGR12019
20560Tomoyuki HashimotoTomoyuki HashimotoWPts: 6x4World Champ.57KG4F2019
20994Carlos AlbertoWPointsSP BJJ Pro70KGSF2019
20996Leandro LimaWAdvSP BJJ Pro70KGF2019
21207Nobuhiro SawadaNobuhiro SawadaWKneebarKing of Mats69KGRR2019
21212Wanki ChaeWanki ChaeWReferee DecisionKing of Mats69KGRR2019
21221Alberto SerranoWPts: 16x8Grand Slam TYO69KG4F2019
21639Joao FigueiredoWBotinhaGrand Slam LA62KG4F2019
21641Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeWPts: 2x0Grand Slam LA62KGSF2019
22252Wesley SantosWCrucifix chokeGrand Slam RJ62KGR12019
22255Kalel SantosWPts: 2x0Grand Slam RJ62KG4F2019
22257Tiago BarrosTiago BarrosWPts: 4x2Grand Slam RJ62KGSF2019
22440Bebeto OliveiraWPointsRio BJJ Pro70KG4F2019
23339Yuri HendrexYuri HendrexWAmericanaCuritiba SO64KGSF2020
24649Felipe OnoWReferee DecisionGrand Slam RJ62KGR12020
24653Marcos CavalcanteWPts: 2x0Grand Slam RJ62KG4F2020
24658M. OliveiraWGuillotineGrand Slam RJ62KGRPC2020
24659Marcos CavalcanteWPts: 1x0Grand Slam RJ62KG3RD2020
24884Marcos SuelWChokeSouth American64KG4F2020
24887Leo AlvesWChokeSouth American64KGSF2020
25094Marcos CavalcanteWPts: 5x2Brazil Nat. Pro62KG4F2021
25862Fernando FavariWShort chokeS. American NG61KGSF2021
25863Welerson SilvaWN/AS. American NG61KGF2021
26338Matheus MonteiroWPts: 3x2SA Cont. Pro62KG4F2021
27365Juan LopesJuan LopesWBotinhaSul Americano64KGSF2021
28457Ruben EvangelistaWKneebarGrand Slam RJ62KGR12021
28466Andre MouraWBotinhaGrand Slam RJ62KGRPC2021
29734M. ShamsudinWKneebarACB Worlds65KG4F2021
29735Iurii VinogradovWArmbarACB Worlds65KGSF2021
29736Giorgi RazmadzeWPts: 3x2ACB Worlds65KGF2021
29748K. AbubakarWPts: 10x6ACB WorldsABS4F2021
29755M. ShamsudinWSubmissionACB World NG65KG4F2021
29756Shamil GazievWArmbarACB World NG65KGSF2021
29757S. AsadulaevWPts: 6x0ACB World NG65KGF2021
29990Miguel CostaWReferee DecisionADCC BR1 Trials66KGR12022
29994Felipe MachadoWArmbarADCC BR1 Trials66KGR22022
29998Wellison SousaWArmbarADCC BR1 Trials66KG4F2022
30159Caio SilvaWPts: 2x0ADCC BR2 Trials66KGR12022
30184Emerson RogerioWAnaconda chokeADCC BR2 Trials66KGR22022
30210Oziel SantosWRNCADCC BR2 Trials66KG4F2022
32839Matheus AzancotWPts: 2x0World Champ.57KGR12022
32844Rodrigo OtavioWPts: 4x2World Champ.57KG4F2022
34446Marcos ViniciusWBotinhaAJP SA Team69KGRR2022
34453Artur OliveiraWBotinhaAJP SA Team69KGSF2022
36426Felipe NegochadleWArmbarS.American NG67KGSF2022
36427Felipe NacibWGuillotineS.American NG67KGF2022
36759Pedro SerranoPedro SerranoWToe holdNoGi Worlds61KGR12022
36765Willis NunesWillis NunesWPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds61KG4F2022
36935Diego VieiraWCross chokeRio SMO64KGSF2022
36937Welison FernandesWTriangleRio SMO64KGF2022

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