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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

104 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    49 (47%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    11 (11%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    32 (31%)
  • BY DECISION
    11 (11%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

32 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Submission
19
6
#86e620
Armbar
16
5
#5AD3D1
Triangle
16
5
#d1212a
Choke
9
3
#fad11b
Choke from back
9
3
#f58822
RNC
9
3
#224aba
Kneebar
6
2
#ff9124
Inside heel hook
3
1
#bf1f6c
Toe hook
3
1
#22c9a5
Bow and arrow
3
1
#fad223
Omoplata
3
1
#03861f
North south choke
3
1
32
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
26 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    7 (27%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (8%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    10 (38%)
  • BY DECISION
    6 (23%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (4%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

10 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Botinha
20
2
#86e620
Inside heel hook
20
2
#5AD3D1
Choke
10
1
#d1212a
Wristlock
10
1
#fad11b
Straight ankle lock
10
1
#f58822
Americana
10
1
#224aba
Katagatame
10
1
#ff9124
Darce choke
10
1
10
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Gabriel Sousa Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
16949Tomoyuki HashimotoTomoyuki HashimotoLPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam TYO62KGF2018
17089Seif HoumineSeif HoumineLChokeACBJJ PolandABSR12018
18191Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeLBotinhaGrand Slam RJ62KGF2018
18726Tiago BravoTiago BravoLPts: 0x0, PenGrand Slam AD69KGSF2019
19386Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeLReferee DecisionKing of Mats69KGRR2019
19404Isaac DoederleinIsaac DoederleinLWristlockKing of Mats69KGSF2019
19405Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeLPts: 6x4King of Mats69KG3RD2019
19882Carlos OliveiraLPointsSan Jose Open64KGRR2019
20480Tiago BarrosTiago BarrosLPts: 9x4World Champ.64KGR22019
21129Isaac DoederleinIsaac DoederleinLStraight ankle lockKing of Mats69KGF2019
21132Jonas AndradeJonas AndradeLReferee DecisionGrand Slam TYO62KGF2019
22150Diego OliveiraDiego OliveiraLReferee DecisionGrand Slam RJ62KG4F2019
22156Judinei SilvaLPts: 2x0Grand Slam RJ62KGRPC2019
22674Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeLInside heel hookF2W 13365KGSPF2019
22721Alex SodreAlex SodreLReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds67KGF2019
22951Leo SaggioroLeo SaggioroLReferee DecisionEuropean Open70KGSF2020
23435Diego OliveiraDiego OliveiraLPts: 6x3European Pro69KGSF2020
24294Kennedy MacielKennedy MacielLBotinhaNo Gi Pan Am.67KGF2020
24858Diego OliveiraDiego OliveiraLReferee DecisionF2W 16165KGSPF2021
25324Israel SousaIsrael SousaLPts: 12x1Grand Slam AD69KGSF2021
25470Israel SousaIsrael SousaLAmericanaWorld Pro69KGSF2021
25755Johnatha AlvesJohnatha AlvesLKatagatameArtista JJN/ASPF2021
26995Damien AndersonLInside heel hookEmerald City65KG4F2021
27348Jamil Hill-TaylorJamil Hill-TaylorLPts: 4x2Pan American70KGF2021
27698Kade RuotoloKade RuotoloLDarce chokeWNO Champ.70KGF2021
28008Diego OliveiraDiego OliveiraLPts: 2x2, AdvNoGi Worlds67KGF2021
16761Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeWPts: 2x0ACBJJ World60KGSF2018
16763Lucas PinheiroLucas PinheiroWReferee DecisionACBJJ World60KGF2018
16945Kazuya KawashimaWPts: 6x2Grand Slam TYO62KG4F2018
16947Jun SakamotoWPts: 4x0Grand Slam TYO62KGSF2018
17077Lukasz BilskiWPointsACBJJ Poland65KGRR2018
17078Kuba WitkowskiWPointsACBJJ Poland65KGRR2018
17460Juan GuadarramaWN/AAtlanta SMO64KGSF2018
17461Suraj BudhramWPts: 8x0Atlanta SMO64KGF2018
17489Alexis AlduncinAlexis AlduncinWPts: 4x2Grand Slam LA62KG4F2018
17492Pedro DiasPedro DiasWReferee DecisionGrand Slam LA62KGSF2018
17494Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeWPts: 2x0Grand Slam LA62KGF2018
17831Juan CalderonWPts: 11x0Panama Pro69KGSF2018
17832John BoyleWChokePanama Pro69KGF2018
17833Jan BassoWPts: 0x0, AdvPortugal Pro69KGSF2018
17834Cedric AkakpoviWSubmissionPortugal Pro69KGF2018
17895Jordy PeuteWPts: 16x0German Nat. Pro69KGSF2018
17896Aleks JablonskiWChokeGerman Nat. Pro69KGF2018
17906Krzysztof FlakWSubmissionGerman Nat. ProABS4F2018
17907Jordy PeuteWN/AGerman Nat. ProABSSF2018
17908Jan BasoWPts: 4x2German Nat. ProABSF2018
17960Constantinos Nic.WPts: 5x0Greece Nat. Pro69KGF2018
18142Aleksander JablonskiWSubmissionItaly Nat. Pro69KGSF2018
18143Juan CalderonWPts: 27x0Italy Nat. Pro69KGF2018
18183Tiago BarrosTiago BarrosWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam RJ62KG8F2018
18186Fernando SoaresWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam RJ62KG4F2018
18189G. CarvalhoWArmbarGrand Slam RJ62KGSF2018
18722Victor MatosWPts: 8x2Grand Slam AD69KG4F2019
18731Abdullah NabasWArmbarGrand Slam AD69KGRPC2019
18732Victor MatosWPts: 4x2Grand Slam AD69KG3RD2019
19063Joseph Woo LeeWN/AOC Open64KGSF2019
19064Wesclay SardinhaWTriangleOC Open64KGF2019
19166Luan da SilvaWN/AUS Continental69KGRR2019
19168Adam BenayounAdam BenayounWPointsUS Continental69KGF2019
19316Virgilio CarvalhoWSubmissionAfrica Cont. Pro69KGRR2019
19317Virgilio CarvalhoWSubmissionAfrica Cont. Pro69KGRR2019
19327Cleber SousaCleber SousaWChoke from backGrand Slam LDN62KG4F2019
19329Joao MiyaoJoao MiyaoWPts: 4x4, AdvGrand Slam LDN62KGSF2019
19331Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeWPts: 4x4, AdvGrand Slam LDN62KGF2019
19388Nobuhiro SawadaNobuhiro SawadaWPts: 13x0King of Mats69KGRR2019
19391Joao NetoJoao NetoWPts: 0x0, AdvKing of Mats69KGRR2019
19392Lee TingWToe hookKing of Mats69KGRR2019
19883Rene LopezWPointsSan Jose Open64KGRR2019
19884Carlos OliveiraWPointsSan Jose Open64KGF2019
19980Alexis AlduncinAlexis AlduncinWPts: 29x0World Pro62KGRR2019
19981Virgilio CarvalhoWTriangleWorld Pro62KGRR2019
19982Mohd Ali HayatWTriangleWorld Pro62KGRR2019
19986Joao MiyaoJoao MiyaoWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Pro62KGF2019
20479Deandre CorbeDeandre CorbeWPts: 19x4World Champ.64KGR12019
20675Isa KasamarovWPts: 8x0Grand Slam MSK62KGRR2019
20677Jonas AndradeJonas AndradeWPts: 2x0Grand Slam MSK62KGRR2019
21117Nobuhiro SawadaNobuhiro SawadaWBow and arrowKing of Mats69KGRR2019
21119Wanki ChaeWanki ChaeWPointsKing of Mats69KGRR2019
21121Cleber SousaCleber SousaWArmbarKing of Mats69KGRR2019
21127Diego OliveiraDiego OliveiraWPts: 4x2King of Mats69KGSF2019
21131Tomoyuki HashimotoTomoyuki HashimotoWReferee DecisionGrand Slam TYO62KGSF2019
21551Jonas AndradeJonas AndradeWPts: 2x2, AdvGrand Slam LA62KGSF2019
21552Cleber SousaCleber SousaWReferee DecisionGrand Slam LA62KGF2019
22037Thiago AbudThiago AbudWKneebarEuropean NoGi67KGR12019
22039Paulo MiyaoPaulo MiyaoWPts: 4x2European NoGi67KG4F2019
22042Alejandro LeqocWKneebarEuropean NoGi67KGSF2019
22043Cole FransonCole FransonWPts: 10x0European NoGi67KGF2019
22146Daniel FaguntesWArmbarGrand Slam RJ62KGR12019
22718Alejandro LecoqWPts: 11x2NoGi Worlds67KG4F2019
22720Cole FransonCole FransonWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds67KGSF2019
22833Tiago BravoTiago BravoWReferee DecisionGrand Slam AD69KG4F2020
22836Abdullah NabasWTriangleGrand Slam AD69KGSF2020
22838Israel SousaIsrael SousaWPointsGrand Slam AD69KGF2020
22935Max DeBeenWChokeEuropean Open70KGR12020
22938Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWPts: 6x4European Open70KGR12020
22949Deandre CorbeDeandre CorbeWReferee DecisionEuropean Open70KG4F2020
23318Julio HoyosWTriangleMunich Open70KGSF2020
23319Samuel KhanWPts: 22x0Munich Open70KGF2020
23434Walter AlamoWPts: 6x0European Pro69KG4F2020
23437Alejandro CarrerasWSubmissionEuropean Pro69KGRPC2020
23438Walter AlamoWPts: 2x0European Pro69KG3RD2020
23465Haidar AbbasWPts: 1x0Grand Slam LDN69KG4F2020
23469Ali MonfaradiAli MonfaradiWPts: 9x4Grand Slam LDN69KGSF2020
23471Thiago MacedoThiago MacedoWReferee DecisionGrand Slam LDN69KGF2020
24283Kevin IrieWRNCNo Gi Pan Am.67KGR12020
24287Charles MurdockWRNCNo Gi Pan Am.67KGR12020
24293Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWReferee DecisionNo Gi Pan Am.67KGSF2020
25081Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoWReferee DecisionF2W 16770KGSPF2021
25317Yijad MoussaWChoke from backGrand Slam AD69KGR12021
25321Jan BassoWOmoplataGrand Slam AD69KG4F2021
25328Daniel VieiraWPts: 4x2Grand Slam AD69KGRPC2021
25329Jan BassoWPts: 3x0Grand Slam AD69KG3RD2021
25466Abdullah NabasWChoke from backWorld Pro69KG4F2021
25473Haidar AbbasWPts: 2x1World Pro69KGRPC2021
25474Lucas GalbuseraWPts: 3x0World Pro69KG3RD2021
26601Ethan CrelinstenEthan CrelinstenWReferee DecisionF2W 17570KGSPF2021
26990John BattleWRNCEmerald City65KGR12021
27083Lucas PinheiroLucas PinheiroWN/AF2W 18165KGSPF2021
27328Thiago CintraWArmbarPan American70KGR12021
27337Josh CisnerosJosh CisnerosWPts: 4x2Pan American70KG8F2021
27341Josh CisnerosJosh CisnerosWPts: 4x2Pan American70KG8F2021
27343Felipe LinharesFelipe LinharesWPts: 0x0, AdvPan American70KG4F2021
27346Isaac DoederleinIsaac DoederleinWPts: 4x4, AdvPan American70KGSF2021
27684Mickey MusumeciWNorth south chokeWNO Champ.70KG4F2021
27688Cole AbateWReferee DecisionWNO Champ.70KGSF2021
27943Roger KremerWInside heel hookCharlotte NGO73KGF2021
27947Gavin CorbeWPts: 2x0Charlotte NGOABSSF2021
27997Brandon WalenskiWInjuryNoGi Worlds67KG8F2021
28005Richar NogueiraRichar NogueiraWPts: 4x2NoGi Worlds67KG4F2021
28007Damion OrandayWPts: 10x2NoGi Worlds67KGSF2021

Gabriel Sousa Highlight Euro 2018

High Percentage Chokes  Instructional by Lachlan Giles

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