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DJ Jackson is one of Team Lloyd Irvin’s most accomplished competitors and an important figure in Brazilian jiu jitsu‘s middleweight division (82,30 kg / 181.5 lbs), having won the IBJJF World Championship in every belt division leading to black belt, a promotion he achieved on July 2012. Originally a wrestler, DJ Jackson became part of Lloyd Irvin‘s jiu jitsu team on his off season, and picked up a series of wins from the start, relegating wrestling to the background to focus on BJJ competition.

DJ Jackson Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: De’Alonzio Jerome Jackson

Nickname: “DJ” which is short for De’Alonzio Jerome, he is also called “Ram-Man” most likely due to his powerful double leg takedown, “Kimura-Kid” for the same prowess with that technique and “Human Honey Badger” for his tenacity on the mats.

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Rickson Gracie > Jorge Pereira > Leonardo DallaLloyd Irvin > DJ Jackson

Main Achievements:

  • IBJJF World No-Gi Champion (2015/2012 black, 2010 purple, 2011 brown, 2009 blue)
  • IBJJF World Champion (2012 brown, 2011 purple, 2010 blue)
  • Copa Pódio MW Grand Prix Champion (2017)
  • Grappling Pro WW Champion (2016)
  • Gracie World Champion (2012** brown)
  • IBJJF Pan American Championship Runner-up (2011 purple)
  • Rickson Gracie Cup Runner-up (2012 black)
  • IBJJF Pan American Championship 3rd Place (2010 blue)
  • IBJJF World No-Gi Championship 3rd Place (2015 absolute)

* Absolute
** Weight and absolute

Favourite Technique/Position: Double Leg Takedown, Half-Guard from Top.

Weight Division: Peso Médio (82,30 kg / 181.5 lbs)

Team/Association: Team Lloyd Irvin

DJ Jackson Biography

DJ Jackson was born on October 31, 1988 in District Heights, Maryland – USA. He started wrestling for the DeMartha Catholic High School, MD during his freshman year, joining Lloyd Irvin’s wrestling program (led by Jim Kelly) a couple of years into his wrestling practice (2008). A decision made during his off-season as a way to stay in shape.

When training with Team Lloyd Irvin (TLI), DJ tried jiu jitsu classes to keep things interesting and to add something new to his grappling game. Jackson’s talent caught Irvin’s attention at one of these classes; the head coach immediately asked DJ to helping some of the more advanced students train for a no-gi tournament that was coming up, where DJ’s wrestling ability could be of great help. DJ Jackson started getting more involved in jiu jitsu through this initial contact with TLI’s “Medal Chasers” program.

With a natural grinding style, very suited for his body frame, DJ started terrorising local and international competitions, first in no-gi and shortly after in the gi also. DJ’s progression through this martial art’s ranking was well above the sport’s average, greatly thanks to Jackson’s continuous victories in the competitive scene. These ultimately led to him receiving his black belt 4 years time (2012).

On his way to black belt, DJ also fought in mixed martial arts (MMA), a subject that always interested the “Ram-Man”. Jackson has trained with many well regarded cage fighters, including Phil Davis, Mike Easton, Michael Chandler, Dominic Cruz and many others.

DJ Jackson Grappling Record

62 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    32 (52%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    12 (19%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    12 (19%)
  • BY DECISION
    6 (10%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

12 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Wristlock
33
4
#86e620
Submission
17
2
#5AD3D1
Brabo choke
17
2
#d1212a
Inside heel hook
8
1
#fad11b
Arm in guillotine
8
1
#f58822
Guillotine
8
1
#224aba
Americana
8
1
12
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
26 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    7 (27%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    6 (23%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    2 (8%)
  • BY DECISION
    5 (19%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    6 (23%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

2 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Armbar
50
1
#86e620
RNC
50
1
2
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

DJ Jackson Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
3673Lucas LeiteLucas LeiteLReferee DecisionNYC World Trials83KGF2012
3745Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLArmbarWorld Pro.82KGR22012
4235Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi WorldsABS4F2012
4401Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLPts: 0x0, PenEuropean Open82KG4F2013
4472Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 12x0Pan AmericanABS4F2013
4542Clark GracieClark GracieLReferee DecisionPan American82KGSF2013
4609Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro82KGR12013
4700Leonardo LeiteLeonardo LeiteLPointsWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4795Tio ChicoDN/ACopa Podio76KGGP2013
4807Vinicius MarinhoVinicius MarinhoLAdvCopa Podio76KGGP2013
4815Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 6x2Copa Podio76KGSF2013
4816Vinicius MarinhoVinicius MarinhoLPenCopa Podio76KG3PLC2013
4934AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmLReferee DecisionADCC77KGR12013
5051Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLPointsNoGi Worlds82KGSF2013
5244Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLPointsPan AmericanABSR32014
5307Diego HertzogLPts: 2x2, AdvPan American88KGR12014
5703Rodrigo FreitasRodrigo FreitasLPenWorld Champ.76KGR12014
8372Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLRNCNoGi WorldsABSSF2015
9512Rustam ChsievLPointsEBI 6ABS4F2016
12222John SalterLPenADCC WC Trials88KGF2017
12606Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLPts: 25x0Miami Spring OpenABSF2017
13064Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoLReferee DecisionNY Summer OpenABSSF2017
13314Greg WalkerLPts: 0x0, AdvWashington Open82KGF2017
13499Vagner RochaVagner RochaLReferee DecisionADCC77KG4F2017
15423Tanner RiceTanner RiceLPts: 0x0, PenWP US Qualifier94KGRR2018
15424Tanner RiceTanner RiceLAdvWP US Qualifier94KGRR2018
15840Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLPts: 0x0, PenWorld Champ.88KGR12018
3672Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaWPointsNYC World Trials83KGSF2012
4190UnknownWWristlockNoGi Worlds82KGR12012
4193Jason ManlyWPts: 11x0NoGi Worlds82KG4F2012
4197Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds82KGSF2012
4199Clark GracieClark GracieWPts: 5x0NoGi Worlds82KGF2012
4224James PuopoloJames PuopoloWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi WorldsABSR12012
4231Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarWPts: 4x0NoGi WorldsABS8F2012
4440Rodrigo BrevesWPointsNYC World Trials83KGN/A2013
4452Felipe MatosWAdvPan AmericanABSR12013
4465Gabriel VellaGabriel VellaWPts: 2x0Pan AmericanABSR22013
4533Gabriel RolloGabriel RolloWAdvPan American82KGR22013
4540Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaWWristlockPan American82KG4F2013
4690Magid HageWPts: 2x0World Champ.ABSRDS2013
4802Oliver GeddesOliver GeddesWWristlockCopa Podio76KGGP2013
4810Rodrigo MagalhaesWPts: 2x0Copa Podio76KGGP2013
5136Abmar BarbosaAbmar BarbosaWPts: 3x0Boston W. Open82KGSF2013
5137Gregor GracieGregor GracieWPts: 2x0Boston W. Open82KGF2013
5139Abmar BarbosaAbmar BarbosaWPointsBoston W. OpenABSSF2013
5140Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaWPts: 6x0Boston W. OpenABSF2013
5158Garry TononGarry TononWPointsADCC NationalsABSSPF2014
5225UnknownWSubmissionPan AmericanABSR22014
5699UnknownWWristlockWorld Champ.76KGR12014
8299Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarWPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds79KG8F2015
8302Vinicius AgudoWPts: 5x0NoGi Worlds79KG4F2015
8304Otavio SousaOtavio SousaWReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds79KGSF2015
8306Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaWPts: 3x0NoGi Worlds79KGF2015
8358Eliot KellyEliot KellyWReferee DecisionNoGi WorldsABSR12015
8364Guybson SáWPts: 6x0NoGi WorldsABS8F2015
8368Caio TerraCaio TerraWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi WorldsABS4F2015
9507Bruno BastosBruno BastosWArm in guillotineEBI 6ABSR12016
10359Corey BrownWPts: 24x0Grappling Pro77KG4F2016
10362Garry TononGarry TononWPts: 7x2Grappling Pro77KGSF2016
10363Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaWPts: 6x3Grappling Pro77KGF2016
10925John CombsJohn CombsWGuillotineF2W Pro 1882KGSPF2016
11958Vinicius AgudoWBrabo chokeF2W Pro 2982KGSPF2017
12207Cora TalamoniWAmericanaADCC WC Trials88KGR12017
12213Ty FreemanWReferee DecisionADCC WC Trials88KG8F2017
12217Kevin CraneWPts: 4x0ADCC WC Trials88KG4F2017
12221Antonio ZuazoWPts: 5x0ADCC WC Trials88KGSF2017
12600Jose PortilloWN/AMiami Spring Open88KGSF2017
12601Jurandir ConceicaoWPts: 3x0Miami Spring Open88KGF2017
12602Josh LittletonWBrabo chokeMiami Spring OpenABS4F2017
12604Valdir AraujoWPointsMiami Spring OpenABSSF2017
12899Vagner RochaVagner RochaWPts: 25x8Grappling Pro77KGSPF2017
13057Nick CalvaneseNick CalvaneseWPts: 0x0, AdvNY Summer Open88KGSF2017
13058Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaWN/ANY Summer Open88KGF2017
13062Enrique GalarzaWN/ANY Summer OpenABS4F2017
13072Aaron JohnsonWPointsNY S. No-Gi OpenABSSF2017
13170James BrascoJames BrascoWInside heel hookF2W Pro 4288KGSPF2017
13219Tommy LangakerTommy LangakerWPointsCopa Podio88KGRR2017
13221Kywan GracieWPts: 0x0, AdvCopa Podio88KGRR2017
13223F. AndrewWPts: 0x0, AdvCopa Podio88KGRR2017
13225Hugo MarquesHugo MarquesWPts: 4x2Copa Podio88KGRR2017
13228Gustavo BraguinhaWAdvCopa Podio88KGSF2017
13230F. AndrewWAdvCopa Podio88KGF2017
13492Leo SaggioroLeo SaggioroWReferee DecisionADCC77KGE12017
13750Donghyun KimWPts: 2x0Spyder InvitationalABSSPF2017
13831Gilbert BurnsGilbert BurnsWReferee DecisionF2W Pro 5382KGSPF2017
14657Alberto GonzalezWSubmissionSpain Nat. Pro94KGSF2018
14659Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiWPts: 0x0, AdvSpain Nat. Pro94KGF2018
15286Nick CalvaneseNick CalvaneseWReferee DecisionF2W Pro 7184KGSPF2018
15422Tanner RiceTanner RiceWPts: 0x0, AdvWP US Qualifier94KGRR2018

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DJ Jackson vs Benny Dariush

DJ Jackson vs Fabian Rosario

DJ Jackson vs Raphael Rosendo

5 Comments

  • BJJ Fan says:

    This kid is incredible. I had the chance to watch him at the Pan Ams in 2011 as a purple, and I knew he was a beast then. But for him to be doing the things he is doing at black in such a short time is pretty awesome. He is beating guys who have had their black belts longer than he has been training. And the black belts he has beaten aren't chumps either. In his last video on this page he beat Rafael. I've had the privilege of watching a few of Rafael's matches, and have competed against some of his student's. There are no slouches there. And at the Atlanta Open he defeated Lucas Lepri in the open class. Lepri is a World Champion. He has had to put in a lot of work for those kind of results. The guy's sick.

  • bjjer says:

    you should posy his video with luke lepri

  • Dustin says:

    Can we get this guy removed from the list? A person who is charged with sexually assaulting a minor shouldn’t be anyone’s hero bjj or otherwise.

  • Eric says:

    Charged, plead down, convicted. I grew up in Orange City and I know the owners of the Double D. DJ is NOT a hero.

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