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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 UAEJJF Athlete (2018-2019)
  • 1st Place IBJJF European Open NoGi (2019)
  • 1st Place UAEJJF Abu Dhabi Pro (2019)
  • 1st Place ACBJJ World Champion (2018)
  • 1st Place UAEJJF Grand Slam MSK (2019)
  • 1st Place UAEJJF Grand Slam LA (2018)
  • 1st Place UAEJJF Grand Slam TYO (2018)
  • 1st Place UAEJJF Grand Slam AD (2020)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF World Championship NoGi (2019)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Pans Championship NoGi (2020)
  • 2nd Place UAEJJF Grand Slam RJ (2018)
  • 2nd Place UAEJJF Grand Slam AD (2019)
  • 2nd Place UAEJJF King Of Mats TYO (2019)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF European Open (2020)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship (2016 purple)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2016 purple)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pan No-Gi Championship (2017 brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF European Open (2018 brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF American Nationals (2017 brown, 2016 purple)
  • 1st Place IBJJF American No-Gi Nationals (2017 brown, 2016 purple)
  • 1st Place IBJJF South American Championship (2017 brown)
  • 1st Place UAEJJF Abu Dhabi Pro (2018 brown)
  • 1st Place UAEJJF Grand Slam – RJ (2017 brown)
  • 1st Place UAEJJF 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 UAEJJF Abu Dhabi 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

81 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    39 (48%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    9 (11%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    25 (31%)
  • BY DECISION
    8 (10%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

25 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Submission
24
6
#86e620
Triangle
20
5
#5AD3D1
Armbar
16
4
#d1212a
Choke
12
3
#fad11b
Kneebar
8
2
#f58822
RNC
8
2
#224aba
Choke from back
4
1
#ff9124
Toe hook
4
1
#bf1f6c
Bow and arrow
4
1
25
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
18 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    5 (28%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (6%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    6 (33%)
  • BY DECISION
    5 (28%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (6%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

6 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Botinha
33
2
#86e620
Choke
17
1
#5AD3D1
Wristlock
17
1
#d1212a
Straight ankle lock
17
1
#fad11b
Inside heel hook
17
1
6
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Gabriel Sousa Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
16932Tomoyuki HashimotoTomoyuki HashimotoLPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam TYO62KGF2018
17072Seif HoumineSeif HoumineLChokeACBJJ PolandABSR12018
18165Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeLBotinhaGrand Slam RJ62KGF2018
18699Tiago BravoTiago BravoLPts: 0x0, PenGrand Slam AD69KGSF2019
19348Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeLReferee DecisionKing of Mats69KGRR2019
19366Isaac DoederleinIsaac DoederleinLWristlockKing of Mats69KGSF2019
19367Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeLPts: 6x4King of Mats69KG3RD2019
19839Carlos OliveiraLPointsSan Jose Open64KGRR2019
20434Tiago BarrosTiago BarrosLPts: 9x4World Champ.64KGR22019
21083Isaac DoederleinIsaac DoederleinLStraight ankle lockKing of Mats69KGF2019
21086Jonas AndradeJonas AndradeLReferee DecisionGrand Slam TYO62KGF2019
22094Diego OliveiraDiego OliveiraLReferee DecisionGrand Slam RJ62KG4F2019
22100Judinei SilvaLPts: 2x0Grand Slam RJ62KGRPC2019
22611Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeLInside heel hookF2W 13365KGSPF2019
22658Alex SodreAlex SodreLReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds67KGF2019
22881Leo SaggioroLeo SaggioroLReferee DecisionEuropean Open70KGSF2020
23350Diego OliveiraDiego OliveiraLPts: 6x3European Pro69KGSF2020
24184Kennedy MacielKennedy MacielLBotinhaNo Gi Pan Am.67KGF2020
16744Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeWPts: 2x0ACBJJ World60KGSF2018
16746Lucas PinheiroLucas PinheiroWReferee DecisionACBJJ World60KGF2018
16928Kazuya KawashimaWPts: 6x2Grand Slam TYO62KG4F2018
16930Jun SakamotoWPts: 4x0Grand Slam TYO62KGSF2018
17060Lukasz BilskiWPointsACBJJ Poland65KGRR2018
17061Kuba WitkowskiWPointsACBJJ Poland65KGRR2018
17443Juan GuadarramaWN/AAtlanta SMO64KGSF2018
17444Suraj BudhramWPts: 8x0Atlanta SMO64KGF2018
17472Alexis AlduncinAlexis AlduncinWPts: 4x2Grand Slam LA62KG4F2018
17475Pedro DiasPedro DiasWReferee DecisionGrand Slam LA62KGSF2018
17477Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeWPts: 2x0Grand Slam LA62KGF2018
17814Juan CalderonWPts: 11x0Panama Pro69KGSF2018
17815John BoyleWChokePanama Pro69KGF2018
17816Jan BassoWPts: 0x0, AdvPortugal Pro69KGSF2018
17817Cedric AkakpoviWSubmissionPortugal Pro69KGF2018
17875Jordy PeuteWPts: 16x0German Nat. Pro69KGSF2018
17876Aleks JablonskiWChokeGerman Nat. Pro69KGF2018
17886Krzysztof FlakWSubmissionGerman Nat. ProABS4F2018
17887Jordy PeuteWN/AGerman Nat. ProABSSF2018
17888Jan BasoWPts: 4x2German Nat. ProABSF2018
17940Constantinos Nic.WPts: 5x0Greece Nat. Pro69KGF2018
18116Aleksander JablonskiWSubmissionItaly Nat. Pro69KGSF2018
18117Juan CalderonWPts: 27x0Italy Nat. Pro69KGF2018
18157Tiago BarrosTiago BarrosWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam RJ62KG8F2018
18160Fernando SoaresWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam RJ62KG4F2018
18163G. CarvalhoWArmbarGrand Slam RJ62KGSF2018
18695Victor MatosWPts: 8x2Grand Slam AD69KG4F2019
18704Abdullah NabasWArmbarGrand Slam AD69KGRPC2019
18705Victor MatosWPts: 4x2Grand Slam AD69KG3RD2019
19030Joseph Woo LeeWN/AOC Open64KGSF2019
19031Wesclay SardinhaWTriangleOC Open64KGF2019
19133Luan da SilvaWN/AUS Continental69KGRR2019
19135Adam BenayounAdam BenayounWPointsUS Continental69KGF2019
19281Virgilio CarvalhoWSubmissionAfrica Cont. Pro69KGRR2019
19282Virgilio CarvalhoWSubmissionAfrica Cont. Pro69KGRR2019
19292Cleber SousaCleber SousaWChoke from backGrand Slam LDN62KG4F2019
19294Joao MiyaoJoao MiyaoWPts: 4x4, AdvGrand Slam LDN62KGSF2019
19296Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeWPts: 4x4, AdvGrand Slam LDN62KGF2019
19350Nobuhiro SawadaNobuhiro SawadaWPts: 13x0King of Mats69KGRR2019
19353Joao NetoJoao NetoWPts: 0x0, AdvKing of Mats69KGRR2019
19354Lee TingWToe hookKing of Mats69KGRR2019
19840Rene LopezWPointsSan Jose Open64KGRR2019
19841Carlos OliveiraWPointsSan Jose Open64KGF2019
19937Alexis AlduncinAlexis AlduncinWPts: 29x0World Pro62KGRR2019
19938Virgilio CarvalhoWTriangleWorld Pro62KGRR2019
19939Mohd Ali HayatWTriangleWorld Pro62KGRR2019
19943Joao MiyaoJoao MiyaoWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Pro62KGF2019
20433Deandre CorbeDeandre CorbeWPts: 19x4World Champ.64KGR12019
20629Isa KasamarovWPts: 8x0Grand Slam MSK62KGRR2019
20631Jonas AndradeJonas AndradeWPts: 2x0Grand Slam MSK62KGRR2019
21071Nobuhiro SawadaNobuhiro SawadaWBow and arrowKing of Mats69KGRR2019
21073Wanki ChaeWanki ChaeWPointsKing of Mats69KGRR2019
21075Cleber SousaCleber SousaWArmbarKing of Mats69KGRR2019
21081Diego OliveiraDiego OliveiraWPts: 4x2King of Mats69KGSF2019
21085Tomoyuki HashimotoTomoyuki HashimotoWReferee DecisionGrand Slam TYO62KGSF2019
21497Jonas AndradeJonas AndradeWPts: 2x2, AdvGrand Slam LA62KGSF2019
21498Cleber SousaCleber SousaWReferee DecisionGrand Slam LA62KGF2019
21981Thiago AbudThiago AbudWKneebarEuropean NoGi67KGR12019
21983Paulo MiyaoPaulo MiyaoWPts: 4x2European NoGi67KG4F2019
21986Alejandro LeqocWKneebarEuropean NoGi67KGSF2019
21987Cole FransonCole FransonWPts: 10x0European NoGi67KGF2019
22090Daniel FaguntesWArmbarGrand Slam RJ62KGR12019
22655Alejandro LecoqWPts: 11x2NoGi Worlds67KG4F2019
22657Cole FransonCole FransonWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds67KGSF2019
22765Tiago BravoTiago BravoWReferee DecisionGrand Slam AD69KG4F2020
22768Abdullah NabasWTriangleGrand Slam AD69KGSF2020
22770Israel SousaIsrael SousaWPointsGrand Slam AD69KGF2020
22865Max DeBeenWChokeEuropean Open70KGR12020
22868Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWPts: 6x4European Open70KGR12020
22879Deandre CorbeDeandre CorbeWReferee DecisionEuropean Open70KG4F2020
23234Julio HoyosWTriangleMunich Open70KGSF2020
23235Samuel KhanWPts: 22x0Munich Open70KGF2020
23349Walter AlamoWPts: 6x0European Pro69KG4F2020
23352Alejandro CarrerasWSubmissionEuropean Pro69KGRPC2020
23353Walter AlamoWPts: 2x0European Pro69KG3RD2020
23380Haidar AbbasWPts: 1x0Grand Slam LDN69KG4F2020
23384Ali MonfaradiAli MonfaradiWPts: 9x4Grand Slam LDN69KGSF2020
23386Thiago MacedoThiago MacedoWReferee DecisionGrand Slam LDN69KGF2020
24173Kevin IrieWRNCNo Gi Pan Am.67KGR12020
24177Charles MurdockWRNCNo Gi Pan Am.67KGR12020
24183Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWReferee DecisionNo Gi Pan Am.67KGSF2020

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