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Cleber Sousa

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5050 Guard Instructional by Lachlan Giles

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
Armbar
4
1
#f58822
Kneebar
4
1
#224aba
Botinha
4
1
#ff9124
Americana
4
1
#bf1f6c
Mounted triangle
4
1
#22c9a5
Omoplata
4
1
#fad223
Bow and arrow
4
1
24
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
21 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    13 (62%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (10%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    4 (19%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (10%)
  • 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
12069Tiago BarrosTiago BarrosLPts: 4x2Pan American64KGSF2017
12571Mikey MusumeciMikey MusumeciLPts: 2x0World Pro62KGRR2017
12573Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeLPointsWorld Pro62KGRR2017
14235Tiago BarrosTiago BarrosLReferee DecisionGrand Slam RJ62KGR12017
14381Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeLPointsSouth American64KGF2017
16349Alex SodreAlex SodreLPts: 4x0World Champ.64KGR22018
17789Gabriel MarangoniGabriel MarangoniLPts: 14x4Curitiba Sp. NGO67KGF2018
18411Joao MiyaoJoao MiyaoLRNCNoGi Worlds61KGSF2018
18709Joao MiyaoJoao MiyaoLPointsEuropean Open64KGSF2019
19210Gabriel SousaGabriel SousaLChoke from backGrand Slam LDN62KG4F2019
19217Fernando SoaresLPts: 12x8Grand Slam LDN62KGRR2019
19806Carlos AlbertoLPts: 6x2WP BR Qualifier56KGRR2019
20336Rodnei BarbosaRodnei BarbosaLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.57KGSF2019
20970Gabriel SousaGabriel SousaLArmbarKing of Mats69KGRR2019
20975Isaac DoederleinIsaac DoederleinLArmbarKing of Mats69KGSF2019
20977Diego OliveiraDiego OliveiraLPts: 4x0King of Mats69KG3RD2019
20985Thiago MacedoThiago MacedoLPts: 4x2Grand Slam TYO69KGSF2019
20987Jun Yong ChoLPts: 4x2Grand Slam TYO69KG3RD2019
21380Gabriel SousaGabriel SousaLReferee DecisionGrand Slam LA62KGF2019
21947Diego OliveiraDiego OliveiraLPts: 4x4, AdvGrand Slam RJ62KGF2019
22668Tomoyuki HashimotoTomoyuki HashimotoLPts: 8x6European Open57KGSF2020
11737Carlos EsquisitoCarlos EsquisitoWPointsManaus Nat. Pro62KG4F2017
11738Levy FerreiraWPointsManaus Nat. Pro62KGSF2017
11739Anoar JeziniWSubmissionManaus Nat. Pro62KGF2017
12060Robson FeitosaWPts: 14x0Pan American64KGR12017
12065Mikey MusumeciMikey MusumeciWReferee DecisionPan American64KG4F2017
12521Lucas DantasWPts: 2x0WP BR Qualifier62KGRR2017
12522Gabriel LimaWChoke from backWP BR Qualifier62KGRR2017
12523Bruno CabralWChoke from backWP BR Qualifier62KGRR2017
12569Alexis AlduncinAlexis AlduncinWPts: 5x0World Pro62KGRR2017
12574Mathias JardinWMounted triangleWorld Pro62KGRR2017
12671Thomas LisboaThomas LisboaWPointsBrasileiro64KG8F2017
12675Eduardo BotegaWSubmissionBrasileiro64KG4F2017
12676Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeWReferee DecisionBrasileiro64KGSF2017
13673Tiago OkamotoWN/ASao Paulo Open64KG4F2017
13674Jorge NakamuraWN/ASao Paulo Open64KGSF2017
13675Douglas RufinoWPts: 2x2, AdvSao Paulo Open64KGF2017
14377Jefferson HenriqueWChoke from backSouth American64KG4F2017
14379Douglas RufinoWPts: 12x2South American64KGSF2017
14430Francisco AndrelinoWSubmissionBrasilia Open64KGSF2017
14431Jefferson TeodoroWPointsBrasilia Open64KGF2017
16339Alexandre VieiraAlexandre VieiraWToe holdWorld Champ.64KGR12018
16656Gaspar RuizWChoke from backMundial CBJJE64KGSF2018
16657Felipe GiarollaWChoke from backMundial CBJJE64KGF2018
17027Leo AlvesWPointsFloripa W. Open64KGSF2018
17028Andrey AdamWToe holdFloripa W. Open64KGF2018
17064Ulysses FagundesWToe holdFloripa W. NGO61KGF2018
17066Daniel JuniorWOmoplataTeam Nationals76KGF2018
17334Kleiton RodriguesWChoke from backSao Paulo Open64KGF2018
17542Jorge NakamuraWN/ABrasileiro NoGi61KGF2018
17755Bebeto OliveiraWPointsCuritiba Sp. Open64KGSF2018
17756Gabriel AzevedoWBow and arrowCuritiba Sp. Open64KGF2018
17788Higor PaterraWN/ACuritiba Sp. NGO67KGSF2018
18406Joao SomaliaJoao SomaliaWArmbarNoGi Worlds61KG4F2018
18707Kennedy MacielKennedy MacielWCrucifix chokeEuropean Open64KG4F2019
19047Jorge NakamuraWSubmissionBrazil Nat. Pro62KGSF2019
19048Felippe MelloWSubmissionBrazil Nat. Pro62KGF2019
19215Anthony OliveiraWPts: 6x4Grand Slam LDN62KGRR2019
19343Bebeto OliveiraWPts: 6x4Pan American57KG4F2019
19345Nobuhiro SawadaNobuhiro SawadaWPts: 4x2Pan American57KGSF2019
19347Hiago GamaHiago GamaWReferee DecisionPan American57KGF2019
19802Oziel SantosWPts: 4x0WP BR Qualifier56KGRR2019
19805Jose LimaJose LimaWPts: 2x2, AdvWP BR Qualifier56KGRR2019
19997Jose LimaJose LimaWPointsBrasileiro57KGSF2019
19999Rodnei BarbosaRodnei BarbosaWPts: 4x2Brasileiro57KGF2019
20329Omar SalumOmar SalumWChoke from backWorld Champ.57KGR12019
20335Tomoyuki HashimotoTomoyuki HashimotoWPts: 6x4World Champ.57KG4F2019
20760Carlos AlbertoWPointsSP BJJ Pro70KGSF2019
20762Leandro LimaWAdvSP BJJ Pro70KGF2019
20969Nobuhiro SawadaNobuhiro SawadaWKneebarKing of Mats69KGRR2019
20974Wanki ChaeWanki ChaeWReferee DecisionKing of Mats69KGRR2019
20983Alberto SerranoWPts: 16x8Grand Slam TYO69KG4F2019
21376Joao FigueiredoWBotinhaGrand Slam LA62KG4F2019
21378Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeWPts: 2x0Grand Slam LA62KGSF2019
21941Wesley SantosWCrucifix chokeGrand Slam RJ62KGR12019
21944Kalel SantosWPts: 2x0Grand Slam RJ62KG4F2019
21946Tiago BarrosTiago BarrosWPts: 4x2Grand Slam RJ62KGSF2019
22109Bebeto OliveiraWPointsRio BJJ Pro70KG4F2019
22940Yuri HendrexYuri HendrexWAmericanaCuritiba SO64KGSF2020

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