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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)
  • Copa Pódio MW Grand Prix Champion (2017)
  • UAEJJF Grand Slam Tokyo Champion (2018)
  • Grappling Pro WW Champion (2016)
  • Rickson Gracie Cup 2nd Place (2012)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • IBJJF World No-Gi Champion (2010 purple / 2011 brown / 2009 blue)
  • IBJJF World Champion (2012 brown / 2011 purple / 2010 blue)
  • Gracie World Champion (2012** brown)
  • IBJJF Pan American Championship 2nd Place (2011 purple)
  • IBJJF Pan American Championship 3rd Place (2010 blue)

* 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

72 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    35 (49%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    12 (17%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    17 (24%)
  • BY DECISION
    7 (10%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (1%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

17 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Wristlock
24
4
#86e620
Brabo choke
18
3
#5AD3D1
Guillotine
12
2
#d1212a
Kimura
12
2
#fad11b
Submission
12
2
#f58822
Arm in guillotine
6
1
#224aba
Americana
6
1
#ff9124
Inside heel hook
6
1
#bf1f6c
Armbar
6
1
17
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
27 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    8 (30%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    6 (22%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    2 (7%)
  • BY DECISION
    5 (19%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    6 (22%)
  • 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
3679Lucas LeiteLucas LeiteLReferee DecisionNYC World Trials83KGF2012
3751Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLArmbarWorld Pro.82KGR22012
4241Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi WorldsABS4F2012
4411Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLPts: 0x0, PenEuropean Open82KG4F2013
4482Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 12x0Pan AmericanABS4F2013
4552Clark GracieClark GracieLReferee DecisionPan American82KGSF2013
4619Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro82KGR12013
4710Leonardo LeiteLeonardo LeiteLPointsWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4805Tio ChicoDN/ACopa Podio76KGGP2013
4817Vinicius MarinhoVinicius MarinhoLAdvCopa Podio76KGGP2013
4825Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 6x2Copa Podio76KGSF2013
4826Vinicius MarinhoVinicius MarinhoLPenCopa Podio76KG3PLC2013
4944AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmLReferee DecisionADCC77KGR12013
5061Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLPointsNoGi Worlds82KGSF2013
5254Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLPointsPan AmericanABSR32014
5317Diego HertzogLPts: 2x2, AdvPan American88KGR12014
5713Rodrigo FreitasRodrigo FreitasLPenWorld Champ.76KGR12014
8391Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLRNCNoGi WorldsABSSF2015
9535Rustam ChsievLPointsEBI 6ABS4F2016
12260John SalterLPenADCC WC Trials88KGF2017
12646Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLPts: 25x0Miami Spring OpenABSF2017
13107Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoLReferee DecisionNY Summer OpenABSSF2017
13371Greg WalkerLPts: 0x0, AdvWashington Open82KGF2017
13557Vagner RochaVagner RochaLReferee DecisionADCC77KG4F2017
15513Tanner RiceTanner RiceLPts: 0x0, PenWP US Qualifier94KGRR2018
15514Tanner RiceTanner RiceLAdvWP US Qualifier94KGRR2018
15949Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLPts: 0x0, PenWorld Champ.88KGR12018
17191Gilbert BurnsGilbert BurnsLN/ABlack Belt CBD83KGF2018
3678Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaWPointsNYC World Trials83KGSF2012
4196UnknownWWristlockNoGi Worlds82KGR12012
4199Jason ManlyWPts: 11x0NoGi Worlds82KG4F2012
4203Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds82KGSF2012
4205Clark GracieClark GracieWPts: 5x0NoGi Worlds82KGF2012
4230James PuopoloJames PuopoloWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi WorldsABSR12012
4237Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarWPts: 4x0NoGi WorldsABS8F2012
4450Rodrigo BrevesWPointsNYC World Trials83KGN/A2013
4462Felipe MatosWAdvPan AmericanABSR12013
4475Gabriel VellaGabriel VellaWPts: 2x0Pan AmericanABSR22013
4543Gabriel RolloGabriel RolloWAdvPan American82KGR22013
4550Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaWWristlockPan American82KG4F2013
4700Magid HageWPts: 2x0World Champ.ABSRDS2013
4812Oliver GeddesOliver GeddesWWristlockCopa Podio76KGGP2013
4820Rodrigo MagalhaesWPts: 2x0Copa Podio76KGGP2013
5146Abmar BarbosaAbmar BarbosaWPts: 3x0Boston W. Open82KGSF2013
5147Gregor GracieGregor GracieWPts: 2x0Boston W. Open82KGF2013
5149Abmar BarbosaAbmar BarbosaWPointsBoston W. OpenABSSF2013
5150Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaWPts: 6x0Boston W. OpenABSF2013
5168Garry TononGarry TononWPointsADCC NationalsABSSPF2014
5235UnknownWSubmissionPan AmericanABSR22014
5709UnknownWWristlockWorld Champ.76KGR12014
8318Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarWPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds79KG8F2015
8321Vinicius AgudoWPts: 5x0NoGi Worlds79KG4F2015
8323Otavio SousaOtavio SousaWReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds79KGSF2015
8325Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaWPts: 3x0NoGi Worlds79KGF2015
8377Eliot KellyEliot KellyWReferee DecisionNoGi WorldsABSR12015
8383Guybson SáWPts: 6x0NoGi WorldsABS8F2015
8387Caio TerraCaio TerraWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi WorldsABS4F2015
9530Bruno BastosBruno BastosWArm in guillotineEBI 6ABSR12016
10382Corey BrownWPts: 24x0Grappling Pro77KG4F2016
10385Garry TononGarry TononWPts: 7x2Grappling Pro77KGSF2016
10386Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaWPts: 6x3Grappling Pro77KGF2016
10947John CombsJohn CombsWGuillotineF2W Pro 1882KGSPF2016
11995Vinicius AgudoWBrabo chokeF2W Pro 2982KGSPF2017
12245Cora TalamoniWAmericanaADCC WC Trials88KGR12017
12251Ty FreemanWReferee DecisionADCC WC Trials88KG8F2017
12255Kevin CraneWPts: 4x0ADCC WC Trials88KG4F2017
12259Antonio ZuazoWPts: 5x0ADCC WC Trials88KGSF2017
12640Jose PortilloWN/AMiami Spring Open88KGSF2017
12641Jurandir ConceicaoWPts: 3x0Miami Spring Open88KGF2017
12642Josh LittletonWBrabo chokeMiami Spring OpenABS4F2017
12644Valdir AraujoWPointsMiami Spring OpenABSSF2017
12939Vagner RochaVagner RochaWPts: 25x8Grappling Pro77KGSPF2017
13100Nick CalvaneseNick CalvaneseWPts: 0x0, AdvNY Summer Open88KGSF2017
13101Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaWN/ANY Summer Open88KGF2017
13105Enrique GalarzaWN/ANY Summer OpenABS4F2017
13117Aaron JohnsonAaron JohnsonWPointsNY S. No-Gi OpenABSSF2017
13217James BrascoJames BrascoWInside heel hookF2W Pro 4288KGSPF2017
13268Tommy LangakerTommy LangakerWPointsCopa Podio88KGRR2017
13270Kywan GracieWPts: 0x0, AdvCopa Podio88KGRR2017
13272F. AndrewWPts: 0x0, AdvCopa Podio88KGRR2017
13274Hugo MarquesHugo MarquesWPts: 4x2Copa Podio88KGRR2017
13277Gustavo BraguinhaWAdvCopa Podio88KGSF2017
13279F. AndrewWAdvCopa Podio88KGF2017
13550Leo SaggioroLeo SaggioroWReferee DecisionADCC77KGE12017
13815Donghyun KimWPts: 2x0Spyder InvitationalABSSPF2017
13897Gilbert BurnsGilbert BurnsWReferee DecisionF2W Pro 5382KGSPF2017
14729Alberto GonzalezWSubmissionSpain Nat. Pro94KGSF2018
14731Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiWPts: 0x0, AdvSpain Nat. Pro94KGF2018
15371Nick CalvaneseNick CalvaneseWReferee DecisionF2W Pro 7184KGSPF2018
15512Tanner RiceTanner RiceWPts: 0x0, AdvWP US Qualifier94KGRR2018
16119Sami BakiWKimuraBoa Super 8ABS4F2018
16122Stuart CooperWPts: 3x0Boa Super 8ABSSF2018
16124Craig JonesCraig JonesWPts: 0x0, PenBoa Super 8ABSF2018
16274Craig JonesCraig JonesWReferee DecisionSpider Inv. 4FO76KGSPF2018
16351Takagi ShotaWBrabo chokeGrand Slam Tokyo85KG4F2018
16355Alan FidelisWArmbarGrand Slam Tokyo85KGSF2018
16357Bradley HillWPts: 5x0Grand Slam Tokyo85KGF2018
16865Jamie FletcherWGuillotineSubversivABSSF2018
16870Richie MartinezRichie MartinezWKimuraSubversivABSF2018
17189Rafael DomingosWPointsBlack Belt CBD83KGSF2018

DJ Jackson Team Lloyd Irvin black belt promotion

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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