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João Gabriel Batista de Sousa, commonly known as Gabriel Sousa, is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt under Lucas Rocha, who is also one of the main representatives of the ZR Team in the sport’s international competitive circuit. Sousa is widely regarded as one of the main light-featherweight athletes of his generation, a reputation earned early in his career while conquering some of jiu-jitsu’s most respected tournaments, such as the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation’s (IBJJF) World, Pan and European Open Championships in the colored belt divisions.

Gabriel Sousa Jiu-Jitsu

Full Name: João Gabriel Batista de Sousa

Nickname: N/A

Lineage: Carlos Gracie Senior > Hélio Gracie > Carlos Gracie Junior > José Olimpio (Zé Radiola) > Lucas Rocha > João Gabriel Sousa

Main Achievements:

  • #1 Ranked AJP Athlete (2018-2019)
  • 1st Place IBJJF European Open NOGI (2019)
  • 1st Place AJP Abu Dhabi World Pro (2019)
  • 1st Place ACBJJ World Champion (2018)
  • 1st Place AJP Grand Slam MSK (2019)
  • 1st Place AJP Grand Slam LA (2018)
  • 1st Place AJP Grand Slam TYO (2018)
  • 1st Place AJP Grand Slam AD (2020)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2021)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF World Championship NOGI (2019 / 2021)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Pans Championship NOGI (2020)
  • 2nd Place AJP Grand Slam RJ (2018)
  • 2nd Place AJP Grand Slam AD (2019)
  • 2nd Place AJP King Of Mats TYO (2019)
  • 2nd Place WNO Championship (2021)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF European Open (2020)
  • 3rd Place AJP Abu Dhabi World Pro (2021)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship (2016 purple)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2016 purple)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pan Championship NOGI (2017 brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF European Open (2018 brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF American Nationals (2017 brown, 2016 purple)
  • 1st Place IBJJF American Nationals NOGI (2017 brown, 2016 purple)
  • 1st Place IBJJF South American Championship (2017 brown)
  • 1st Place AJP Abu Dhabi World Pro (2018 brown)
  • 1st Place AJP Grand Slam – RJ (2017 brown)
  • 1st Place AJP Grand Slam – LA (2017 brown)
  • 1st Place ACBJJ World Championship (2017 brown)
  • 1st Place ACBJJ World No-Gi Championship (2017 brown)
  • 1st Place ACBJJ Europe Continental Pro (2017 brown)
  • 1st Place ACBJJ North American Championship (2018 brown)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF European Open (2017 purple)
  • 2nd Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals (2016 purple)
  • 3rd Place AJP Abu Dhabi World Pro (2017 purple)

Favorite Position/Technique: Choke from back

Weight Division: Peso Pluma (64,00 kg / 154.5 lbs)

Team/Association: ZR Team

Gabriel Sousa Biography

Gabriel Sousa was born on January 10, 1997 in Fortaleza, the capital of the northeastern Brazilian state of Ceará.

During his childhood Gabriel practiced futsal (five-a-side football) and dabbed in capoeira, though he was not known to be a natural athlete. In fact, most of his friends mocked his lack of ability for sports, though his work rate was never questioned.

At the age of 12 Gabriel Sousa discovered jiu jitsu, starting training at Gracie Barra with coach Jefferson Teixeira. Sousa quickly fell in love with this sport/martial art, making it a priority in his daily schedule. He would later, as a BJJ blue belt, experiment with judo as a way to improve his stand-up techniques, earning a honourable 1st place at the Ceará state tournament under the FECJU judo federation.

As a purple belt Gabriel visited the United States to compete at the IBJJF World Championship, doing the camp there with Lucas Rocha – a former Gracie Barra athlete also from the North East of Brazil who had since established himself in the Northern Hemisphere under the ZR Team banner. During the course of the camp Gabriel formed a strong bond with Lucas, and would join Rocha’s work group and team that year.

Gabriel Sousa would earn both his brown and black belts from the hands of Lucas Rocha, the latter during a ceremony that took place on June, 2018.

Gabriel Sousa Grappling Record

109 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    52 (48%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    11 (10%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    33 (30%)
  • BY DECISION
    12 (11%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

33 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Submission
18
6
#86e620
Armbar
15
5
#5AD3D1
Triangle
15
5
#d1212a
Choke
9
3
#fad11b
Choke from back
9
3
#f58822
RNC
9
3
#224aba
Kneebar
6
2
#ff9124
Toe hook
3
1
#bf1f6c
Bow and arrow
3
1
#22c9a5
Omoplata
3
1
#fad223
North south choke
3
1
#03861f
Inside heel hook
3
1
#039a1f
Mounted triangle
3
1
33
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
33 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    10 (30%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (6%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    11 (33%)
  • BY DECISION
    8 (24%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (3%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    1 (3%)

11 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Botinha
18
2
#86e620
Inside heel hook
18
2
#5AD3D1
Choke
9
1
#d1212a
Wristlock
9
1
#fad11b
Straight ankle lock
9
1
#f58822
Americana
9
1
#224aba
Katagatame
9
1
#ff9124
Darce choke
9
1
#bf1f6c
Violin armlock
9
1
11
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Gabriel Sousa Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
16992Tomoyuki HashimotoTomoyuki HashimotoLPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam TYO62KGF2018
17138Seif HoumineSeif HoumineLChokeACBJJ PolandABSR12018
18250Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeLBotinhaGrand Slam RJ62KGF2018
18790Tiago BravoTiago BravoLPts: 0x0, PenGrand Slam AD69KGSF2019
19461Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeLReferee DecisionKing of Mats69KGRR2019
19479Isaac DoederleinIsaac DoederleinLWristlockKing of Mats69KGSF2019
19480Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeLPts: 6x4King of Mats69KG3RD2019
19961Carlos OliveiraLPointsSan Jose Open64KGRR2019
20561Tiago BarrosTiago BarrosLPts: 9x4World Champ.64KGR22019
21212Isaac DoederleinIsaac DoederleinLStraight ankle lockKing of Mats69KGF2019
21215Jonas AndradeJonas AndradeLReferee DecisionGrand Slam TYO62KGF2019
22242Diego OliveiraDiego OliveiraLReferee DecisionGrand Slam RJ62KG4F2019
22248Judinei SilvaLPts: 2x0Grand Slam RJ62KGRPC2019
22776Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeLInside heel hookF2W 13365KGSPF2019
22823Alex SodreAlex SodreLReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds67KGF2019
23063Leo SaggioroLeo SaggioroLReferee DecisionEuropean Open70KGSF2020
23554Diego OliveiraDiego OliveiraLPts: 6x3European Pro69KGSF2020
24426Kennedy MacielKennedy MacielLBotinhaNo Gi Pan Am.67KGF2020
25005Diego OliveiraDiego OliveiraLReferee DecisionF2W 16165KGSPF2021
25478Israel SousaIsrael SousaLPts: 12x1Grand Slam AD69KGSF2021
25623Israel SousaIsrael SousaLAmericanaWorld Pro69KGSF2021
25912Johnatha AlvesJohnatha AlvesLKatagatameArtista JJN/ASPF2021
27172Damien AndersonLInside heel hookEmerald City65KG4F2021
27525Jamil Hill-TaylorJamil Hill-TaylorLPts: 4x2Pan American70KGF2021
27882Kade RuotoloKade RuotoloLDarce chokeWNO Champ.70KGF2021
28195Diego OliveiraDiego OliveiraLPts: 2x2, AdvNoGi Worlds67KGF2021
28663Diego OliveiraDiego OliveiraLReferee DecisionEUG NoGi70KGSF2021
29433Richar NogueiraRichar NogueiraLPts: 4x2World Champ.70KG8F2021
30802Adam BenayounAdam BenayounLEBI/OTEmerald City70KG4F2022
31205Keith KrikorianKeith KrikorianLReferee DecisionWNO 1270KGSPF2022
32788Samuel NagaiSamuel NagaiLViolin armlockWorld Champ.70KG8F2022
34861Ruan AlvarengaRuan AlvarengaLPts: 5x0ADCC66KGR12022
34873Diogo ReisDiogo ReisLPts: 3x0ADCC66KGF2022
16804Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeWPts: 2x0ACBJJ World60KGSF2018
16806Lucas PinheiroLucas PinheiroWReferee DecisionACBJJ World60KGF2018
16988Kazuya KawashimaWPts: 6x2Grand Slam TYO62KG4F2018
16990Jun SakamotoWPts: 4x0Grand Slam TYO62KGSF2018
17126Lukasz BilskiWPointsACBJJ Poland65KGRR2018
17127Kuba WitkowskiWPointsACBJJ Poland65KGRR2018
17511Juan GuadarramaWN/AAtlanta SMO64KGSF2018
17512Suraj BudhramWPts: 8x0Atlanta SMO64KGF2018
17540Alexis AlduncinAlexis AlduncinWPts: 4x2Grand Slam LA62KG4F2018
17543Pedro DiasPedro DiasWReferee DecisionGrand Slam LA62KGSF2018
17545Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeWPts: 2x0Grand Slam LA62KGF2018
17883Juan CalderonWPts: 11x0Panama Pro69KGSF2018
17884John BoyleWChokePanama Pro69KGF2018
17885Jan BassoWPts: 0x0, AdvPortugal Pro69KGSF2018
17886Cedric AkakpoviWSubmissionPortugal Pro69KGF2018
17949Jordy PeuteWPts: 16x0German Nat. Pro69KGSF2018
17950Aleks JablonskiWChokeGerman Nat. Pro69KGF2018
17960Krzysztof FlakWSubmissionGerman Nat. ProABS4F2018
17961Jordy PeuteWN/AGerman Nat. ProABSSF2018
17962Jan BasoWPts: 4x2German Nat. ProABSF2018
18014Constantinos Nic.WPts: 5x0Greece Nat. Pro69KGF2018
18201Aleksander JablonskiWSubmissionItaly Nat. Pro69KGSF2018
18202Juan CalderonWPts: 27x0Italy Nat. Pro69KGF2018
18242Tiago BarrosTiago BarrosWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam RJ62KG8F2018
18245Fernando SoaresWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam RJ62KG4F2018
18248G. CarvalhoWArmbarGrand Slam RJ62KGSF2018
18786Victor MatosWPts: 8x2Grand Slam AD69KG4F2019
18795Abdullah NabasWArmbarGrand Slam AD69KGRPC2019
18796Victor MatosWPts: 4x2Grand Slam AD69KG3RD2019
19137Joseph Woo LeeWN/AOC Open64KGSF2019
19138Wesclay SardinhaWTriangleOC Open64KGF2019
19240Luan da SilvaWN/AUS Continental69KGRR2019
19242Adam BenayounAdam BenayounWPointsUS Continental69KGF2019
19391Virgilio CarvalhoWSubmissionAfrica Cont. Pro69KGRR2019
19392Virgilio CarvalhoWSubmissionAfrica Cont. Pro69KGRR2019
19402Cleber SousaCleber SousaWChoke from backGrand Slam LDN62KG4F2019
19404Joao MiyaoJoao MiyaoWPts: 4x4, AdvGrand Slam LDN62KGSF2019
19406Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeWPts: 4x4, AdvGrand Slam LDN62KGF2019
19463Nobuhiro SawadaNobuhiro SawadaWPts: 13x0King of Mats69KGRR2019
19466Joao NetoJoao NetoWPts: 0x0, AdvKing of Mats69KGRR2019
19467Lee TingWToe hookKing of Mats69KGRR2019
19962Rene LopezWPointsSan Jose Open64KGRR2019
19963Carlos OliveiraWPointsSan Jose Open64KGF2019
20058Alexis AlduncinAlexis AlduncinWPts: 29x0World Pro62KGRR2019
20059Virgilio CarvalhoWTriangleWorld Pro62KGRR2019
20060Mohd Ali HayatWTriangleWorld Pro62KGRR2019
20064Joao MiyaoJoao MiyaoWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Pro62KGF2019
20560Deandre CorbeDeandre CorbeWPts: 19x4World Champ.64KGR12019
20756Isa KasamarovWPts: 8x0Grand Slam MSK62KGRR2019
20758Jonas AndradeJonas AndradeWPts: 2x0Grand Slam MSK62KGRR2019
21200Nobuhiro SawadaNobuhiro SawadaWBow and arrowKing of Mats69KGRR2019
21202Wanki ChaeWanki ChaeWPointsKing of Mats69KGRR2019
21204Cleber SousaCleber SousaWArmbarKing of Mats69KGRR2019
21210Diego OliveiraDiego OliveiraWPts: 4x2King of Mats69KGSF2019
21214Tomoyuki HashimotoTomoyuki HashimotoWReferee DecisionGrand Slam TYO62KGSF2019
21638Jonas AndradeJonas AndradeWPts: 2x2, AdvGrand Slam LA62KGSF2019
21639Cleber SousaCleber SousaWReferee DecisionGrand Slam LA62KGF2019
22129Thiago AbudThiago AbudWKneebarEuropean NoGi67KGR12019
22131Paulo MiyaoPaulo MiyaoWPts: 4x2European NoGi67KG4F2019
22134Alejandro LeqocWKneebarEuropean NoGi67KGSF2019
22135Cole FransonCole FransonWPts: 10x0European NoGi67KGF2019
22238Daniel FaguntesWArmbarGrand Slam RJ62KGR12019
22820Alejandro LecoqWPts: 11x2NoGi Worlds67KG4F2019
22822Cole FransonCole FransonWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds67KGSF2019
22940Tiago BravoTiago BravoWReferee DecisionGrand Slam AD69KG4F2020
22943Abdullah NabasWTriangleGrand Slam AD69KGSF2020
22945Israel SousaIsrael SousaWPointsGrand Slam AD69KGF2020
23047Max DeBeenWChokeEuropean Open70KGR12020
23050Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWPts: 6x4European Open70KGR12020
23061Deandre CorbeDeandre CorbeWReferee DecisionEuropean Open70KG4F2020
23435Julio HoyosWTriangleMunich Open70KGSF2020
23436Samuel KhanWPts: 22x0Munich Open70KGF2020
23553Walter AlamoWPts: 6x0European Pro69KG4F2020
23556Alejandro CarrerasWSubmissionEuropean Pro69KGRPC2020
23557Walter AlamoWPts: 2x0European Pro69KG3RD2020
23584Haidar AbbasWPts: 1x0Grand Slam LDN69KG4F2020
23588Ali MonfaradiAli MonfaradiWPts: 9x4Grand Slam LDN69KGSF2020
23590Thiago MacedoThiago MacedoWReferee DecisionGrand Slam LDN69KGF2020
24415Kevin IrieWRNCNo Gi Pan Am.67KGR12020
24419Charles MurdockWRNCNo Gi Pan Am.67KGR12020
24425Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWReferee DecisionNo Gi Pan Am.67KGSF2020
25231Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoWReferee DecisionF2W 16770KGSPF2021
25471Yijad MoussaWChoke from backGrand Slam AD69KGR12021
25475Jan BassoWOmoplataGrand Slam AD69KG4F2021
25482Daniel VieiraWPts: 4x2Grand Slam AD69KGRPC2021
25483Jan BassoWPts: 3x0Grand Slam AD69KG3RD2021
25619Abdullah NabasWChoke from backWorld Pro69KG4F2021
25626Haidar AbbasWPts: 2x1World Pro69KGRPC2021
25627Lucas GalbuseraWPts: 3x0World Pro69KG3RD2021
26778Ethan CrelinstenEthan CrelinstenWReferee DecisionF2W 17570KGSPF2021
27167John BattleWRNCEmerald City65KGR12021
27260Lucas PinheiroLucas PinheiroWN/AF2W 18165KGSPF2021
27505Thiago CintraWArmbarPan American70KGR12021
27514Josh CisnerosJosh CisnerosWPts: 4x2Pan American70KG8F2021
27518Josh CisnerosJosh CisnerosWPts: 4x2Pan American70KG8F2021
27520Felipe LinharesFelipe LinharesWPts: 0x0, AdvPan American70KG4F2021
27523Isaac DoederleinIsaac DoederleinWPts: 4x4, AdvPan American70KGSF2021
27868Mikey MusumeciMikey MusumeciWNorth south chokeWNO Champ.70KG4F2021
27872Cole AbateCole AbateWReferee DecisionWNO Champ.70KGSF2021
28127Roger KremerWInside heel hookCharlotte NGO73KGF2021
28131Gavin CorbeWPts: 2x0Charlotte NGOABSSF2021
28183Brandon WalenskiWInjuryNoGi Worlds67KG8F2021
28192Richar NogueiraRichar NogueiraWPts: 4x2NoGi Worlds67KG4F2021
28194Damion OrandayDamion OrandayWPts: 10x2NoGi Worlds67KGSF2021
28662Danilo MoreiraDanilo MoreiraWPts: 5x2EUG NoGi70KG4F2021
30017Deandre CorbeDeandre CorbeWPointsToro CupN/ASPF2022
32781AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWPts: 6x2World Champ.70KGR12022
34870Jeremy SkinnerJeremy SkinnerWMounted triangleADCC66KG4F2022
34871Diego OliveiraDiego OliveiraWReferee DecisionADCC66KGSF2022

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