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Gabriel Sousa

Gabriel Sousa

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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: Mitsuyo Maeda > 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 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)
  • 2nd Place UAEJJF Grand Slam RJ (2018)
  • 2nd Place UAEJJF Grand Slam AD (2019)

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

50 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    27 (54%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    7 (14%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    14 (28%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (4%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

14 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Submission
36
5
#86e620
Triangle
21
3
#5AD3D1
Choke
14
2
#d1212a
Armbar
14
2
#fad11b
Choke from back
7
1
#f58822
Toe hook
7
1
14
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
9 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    3 (33%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (11%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    3 (33%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (11%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (11%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

3 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Choke
33
1
#86e620
Botinha
33
1
#5AD3D1
Wristlock
33
1
3
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Gabriel Sousa Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
16731Tomoyuki HashimotoTomoyuki HashimotoLPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam TYO62KGF2018
16865Seif HoumineSeif HoumineLChokeACBJJ PolandABSR12018
17910Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeLBotinhaGrand Slam RJ62KGF2018
18407Tiago BravoTiago BravoLPts: 0x0, PenGrand Slam AD69KGSF2019
19019Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeLReferee DecisionKing of Mats69KGRR2019
19037Isaac DoederleinIsaac DoederleinLWristlockKing of Mats69KGSF2019
19038Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeLPts: 6x4King of Mats69KG3RD2019
19492Carlos OliveiraLPointsSan Jose Open64KGRR2019
20058Tiago BarrosTiago BarrosLPts: 9x4World Champ.64KGR22019
16544Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeWPts: 2x0ACBJJ World60KGSF2018
16546Lucas PinheiroLucas PinheiroWReferee DecisionACBJJ World60KGF2018
16727Kazuya KawashimaWPts: 6x2Grand Slam TYO62KG4F2018
16729Jun SakamotoWPts: 4x0Grand Slam TYO62KGSF2018
16853Lukasz BilskiWPointsACBJJ Poland65KGRR2018
16854Kuba WitkowskiWPointsACBJJ Poland65KGRR2018
17215Juan GuadarramaWN/AAtlanta Summer O.64KGSF2018
17216Suraj BudhramWPts: 8x0Atlanta Summer O.64KGF2018
17243Alexis AlduncinAlexis AlduncinWPts: 4x2Grand Slam LA62KG4F2018
17246Pedro DiasPedro DiasWReferee DecisionGrand Slam LA62KGSF2018
17248Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeWPts: 2x0Grand Slam LA62KGF2018
17565Juan CalderonWPts: 11x0Panama Pro69KGSF2018
17566John BoyleWChokePanama Pro69KGF2018
17567Jan BassoWPts: 0x0, AdvPortugal Pro69KGSF2018
17568Cedric AkakpoviWSubmissionPortugal Pro69KGF2018
17626Jordy PeuteWPts: 16x0German Nat. Pro69KGSF2018
17627Aleks JablonskiWChokeGerman Nat. Pro69KGF2018
17636Krzysztof FlakWSubmissionGerman Nat. ProABS4F2018
17637Jordy PeuteWN/AGerman Nat. ProABSSF2018
17638Jan BasoWPts: 4x2German Nat. ProABSF2018
17686Constantinos Nic.WPts: 5x0Greece Nat. Pro69KGF2018
17860Aleksander JablonskiWSubmissionItaly Nat. Pro69KGSF2018
17861Juan CalderonWPts: 27x0Italy Nat. Pro69KGF2018
17902Tiago BarrosTiago BarrosWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam RJ62KG8F2018
17905Fernando SoaresWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam RJ62KG4F2018
17908G. CarvalhoWArmbarGrand Slam RJ62KGSF2018
18403Victor MatosWPts: 8x2Grand Slam AD69KG4F2019
18412Abdullah NabasWArmbarGrand Slam AD69KGRPC2019
18413Victor MatosWPts: 4x2Grand Slam AD69KG3RD2019
18715Joseph Woo LeeWN/AOC Open64KGSF2019
18716Wesclay SardinhaWTriangleOC Open64KGF2019
18816Luan da SilvaWN/AUS Continental69KGRR2019
18818Adam BenayounAdam BenayounWPointsUS Continental69KGF2019
18959Virgilio CarvalhoWSubmissionAfrica Cont. Pro69KGRR2019
18960Virgilio CarvalhoWSubmissionAfrica Cont. Pro69KGRR2019
18965Cleber SousaCleber SousaWChoke from backGrand Slam LDN62KG4F2019
18967Joao MiyaoJoao MiyaoWPts: 4x4, AdvGrand Slam LDN62KGSF2019
18969Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeWPts: 4x4, AdvGrand Slam LDN62KGF2019
19021Nobuhiro SawadaNobuhiro SawadaWPts: 13x0King of Mats69KGRR2019
19024Joao NetoJoao NetoWPts: 0x0, AdvKing of Mats69KGRR2019
19025Lee TingWToe hookKing of Mats69KGRR2019
19493Rene LopezWPointsSan Jose Open64KGRR2019
19494Carlos OliveiraWPointsSan Jose Open64KGF2019
19586Alexis AlduncinAlexis AlduncinWPts: 29x0World Pro62KGRR2019
19587Virgilio CarvalhoWTriangleWorld Pro62KGRR2019
19588Mohd Ali HayatWTriangleWorld Pro62KGRR2019
19592Joao MiyaoJoao MiyaoWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Pro62KGF2019
20057Deandre CorbeDeandre CorbeWPts: 19x4World Champ.64KGR12019
20254Isa KasamarovWPts: 8x0Grand Slam MSK62KGRR2019
20256Jonas AndradeWPts: 2x0Grand Slam MSK62KGRR2019

Gabriel Sousa Highlight Euro 2018

Guard Passing Instructional by Lucas Lepri

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