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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 World Championship NoGi (2019)
  • 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)
  • 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 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 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

88 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    43 (49%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    9 (10%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    28 (32%)
  • BY DECISION
    8 (9%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

28 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Submission
21
6
#86e620
Triangle
18
5
#5AD3D1
Armbar
14
4
#d1212a
Choke from back
11
3
#fad11b
Choke
11
3
#f58822
Kneebar
7
2
#224aba
RNC
7
2
#ff9124
Toe hook
4
1
#bf1f6c
Bow and arrow
4
1
#22c9a5
Omoplata
4
1
28
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
22 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    6 (27%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (5%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    8 (36%)
  • BY DECISION
    6 (27%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (5%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

8 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Botinha
25
2
#86e620
Wristlock
13
1
#5AD3D1
Straight ankle lock
13
1
#d1212a
Inside heel hook
13
1
#fad11b
Americana
13
1
#f58822
Katagatame
13
1
#224aba
Choke
13
1
8
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Gabriel Sousa Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
16936Tomoyuki HashimotoTomoyuki HashimotoLPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam TYO62KGF2018
17076Seif HoumineSeif HoumineLChokeACBJJ PolandABSR12018
18169Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeLBotinhaGrand Slam RJ62KGF2018
18704Tiago BravoTiago BravoLPts: 0x0, PenGrand Slam AD69KGSF2019
19356Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeLReferee DecisionKing of Mats69KGRR2019
19374Isaac DoederleinIsaac DoederleinLWristlockKing of Mats69KGSF2019
19375Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeLPts: 6x4King of Mats69KG3RD2019
19847Carlos OliveiraLPointsSan Jose Open64KGRR2019
20442Tiago BarrosTiago BarrosLPts: 9x4World Champ.64KGR22019
21091Isaac DoederleinIsaac DoederleinLStraight ankle lockKing of Mats69KGF2019
21094Jonas AndradeJonas AndradeLReferee DecisionGrand Slam TYO62KGF2019
22103Diego OliveiraDiego OliveiraLReferee DecisionGrand Slam RJ62KG4F2019
22109Judinei SilvaLPts: 2x0Grand Slam RJ62KGRPC2019
22621Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeLInside heel hookF2W 13365KGSPF2019
22668Alex SodreAlex SodreLReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds67KGF2019
22896Leo SaggioroLeo SaggioroLReferee DecisionEuropean Open70KGSF2020
23367Diego OliveiraDiego OliveiraLPts: 6x3European Pro69KGSF2020
24218Kennedy MacielKennedy MacielLBotinhaNo Gi Pan Am.67KGF2020
24765Diego OliveiraDiego OliveiraLReferee DecisionF2W 16165KGSPF2021
25218Israel SousaIsrael SousaLPts: 12x1Grand Slam AD69KGSF2021
25361Israel SousaIsrael SousaLAmericanaWorld Pro69KGSF2021
25628Johnatha AlvesJohnatha AlvesLKatagatameArtista JJN/ASPF2021
16748Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeWPts: 2x0ACBJJ World60KGSF2018
16750Lucas PinheiroLucas PinheiroWReferee DecisionACBJJ World60KGF2018
16932Kazuya KawashimaWPts: 6x2Grand Slam TYO62KG4F2018
16934Jun SakamotoWPts: 4x0Grand Slam TYO62KGSF2018
17064Lukasz BilskiWPointsACBJJ Poland65KGRR2018
17065Kuba WitkowskiWPointsACBJJ Poland65KGRR2018
17447Juan GuadarramaWN/AAtlanta SMO64KGSF2018
17448Suraj BudhramWPts: 8x0Atlanta SMO64KGF2018
17476Alexis AlduncinAlexis AlduncinWPts: 4x2Grand Slam LA62KG4F2018
17479Pedro DiasPedro DiasWReferee DecisionGrand Slam LA62KGSF2018
17481Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeWPts: 2x0Grand Slam LA62KGF2018
17818Juan CalderonWPts: 11x0Panama Pro69KGSF2018
17819John BoyleWChokePanama Pro69KGF2018
17820Jan BassoWPts: 0x0, AdvPortugal Pro69KGSF2018
17821Cedric AkakpoviWSubmissionPortugal Pro69KGF2018
17879Jordy PeuteWPts: 16x0German Nat. Pro69KGSF2018
17880Aleks JablonskiWChokeGerman Nat. Pro69KGF2018
17890Krzysztof FlakWSubmissionGerman Nat. ProABS4F2018
17891Jordy PeuteWN/AGerman Nat. ProABSSF2018
17892Jan BasoWPts: 4x2German Nat. ProABSF2018
17944Constantinos Nic.WPts: 5x0Greece Nat. Pro69KGF2018
18120Aleksander JablonskiWSubmissionItaly Nat. Pro69KGSF2018
18121Juan CalderonWPts: 27x0Italy Nat. Pro69KGF2018
18161Tiago BarrosTiago BarrosWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam RJ62KG8F2018
18164Fernando SoaresWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam RJ62KG4F2018
18167G. CarvalhoWArmbarGrand Slam RJ62KGSF2018
18700Victor MatosWPts: 8x2Grand Slam AD69KG4F2019
18709Abdullah NabasWArmbarGrand Slam AD69KGRPC2019
18710Victor MatosWPts: 4x2Grand Slam AD69KG3RD2019
19035Joseph Woo LeeWN/AOC Open64KGSF2019
19036Wesclay SardinhaWTriangleOC Open64KGF2019
19138Luan da SilvaWN/AUS Continental69KGRR2019
19140Adam BenayounAdam BenayounWPointsUS Continental69KGF2019
19286Virgilio CarvalhoWSubmissionAfrica Cont. Pro69KGRR2019
19287Virgilio CarvalhoWSubmissionAfrica Cont. Pro69KGRR2019
19297Cleber SousaCleber SousaWChoke from backGrand Slam LDN62KG4F2019
19299Joao MiyaoJoao MiyaoWPts: 4x4, AdvGrand Slam LDN62KGSF2019
19301Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeWPts: 4x4, AdvGrand Slam LDN62KGF2019
19358Nobuhiro SawadaNobuhiro SawadaWPts: 13x0King of Mats69KGRR2019
19361Joao NetoJoao NetoWPts: 0x0, AdvKing of Mats69KGRR2019
19362Lee TingWToe hookKing of Mats69KGRR2019
19848Rene LopezWPointsSan Jose Open64KGRR2019
19849Carlos OliveiraWPointsSan Jose Open64KGF2019
19945Alexis AlduncinAlexis AlduncinWPts: 29x0World Pro62KGRR2019
19946Virgilio CarvalhoWTriangleWorld Pro62KGRR2019
19947Mohd Ali HayatWTriangleWorld Pro62KGRR2019
19951Joao MiyaoJoao MiyaoWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Pro62KGF2019
20441Deandre CorbeDeandre CorbeWPts: 19x4World Champ.64KGR12019
20637Isa KasamarovWPts: 8x0Grand Slam MSK62KGRR2019
20639Jonas AndradeJonas AndradeWPts: 2x0Grand Slam MSK62KGRR2019
21079Nobuhiro SawadaNobuhiro SawadaWBow and arrowKing of Mats69KGRR2019
21081Wanki ChaeWanki ChaeWPointsKing of Mats69KGRR2019
21083Cleber SousaCleber SousaWArmbarKing of Mats69KGRR2019
21089Diego OliveiraDiego OliveiraWPts: 4x2King of Mats69KGSF2019
21093Tomoyuki HashimotoTomoyuki HashimotoWReferee DecisionGrand Slam TYO62KGSF2019
21506Jonas AndradeJonas AndradeWPts: 2x2, AdvGrand Slam LA62KGSF2019
21507Cleber SousaCleber SousaWReferee DecisionGrand Slam LA62KGF2019
21990Thiago AbudThiago AbudWKneebarEuropean NoGi67KGR12019
21992Paulo MiyaoPaulo MiyaoWPts: 4x2European NoGi67KG4F2019
21995Alejandro LeqocWKneebarEuropean NoGi67KGSF2019
21996Cole FransonCole FransonWPts: 10x0European NoGi67KGF2019
22099Daniel FaguntesWArmbarGrand Slam RJ62KGR12019
22665Alejandro LecoqWPts: 11x2NoGi Worlds67KG4F2019
22667Cole FransonCole FransonWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds67KGSF2019
22780Tiago BravoTiago BravoWReferee DecisionGrand Slam AD69KG4F2020
22783Abdullah NabasWTriangleGrand Slam AD69KGSF2020
22785Israel SousaIsrael SousaWPointsGrand Slam AD69KGF2020
22880Max DeBeenWChokeEuropean Open70KGR12020
22883Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWPts: 6x4European Open70KGR12020
22894Deandre CorbeDeandre CorbeWReferee DecisionEuropean Open70KG4F2020
23251Julio HoyosWTriangleMunich Open70KGSF2020
23252Samuel KhanWPts: 22x0Munich Open70KGF2020
23366Walter AlamoWPts: 6x0European Pro69KG4F2020
23369Alejandro CarrerasWSubmissionEuropean Pro69KGRPC2020
23370Walter AlamoWPts: 2x0European Pro69KG3RD2020
23397Haidar AbbasWPts: 1x0Grand Slam LDN69KG4F2020
23401Ali MonfaradiAli MonfaradiWPts: 9x4Grand Slam LDN69KGSF2020
23403Thiago MacedoThiago MacedoWReferee DecisionGrand Slam LDN69KGF2020
24207Kevin IrieWRNCNo Gi Pan Am.67KGR12020
24211Charles MurdockWRNCNo Gi Pan Am.67KGR12020
24217Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWReferee DecisionNo Gi Pan Am.67KGSF2020
25211Yijad MoussaWChoke from backGrand Slam AD69KGR12021
25215Jan BassoWOmoplataGrand Slam AD69KG4F2021
25222Daniel VieiraWPts: 4x2Grand Slam AD69KGRPC2021
25223Jan BassoWPts: 3x0Grand Slam AD69KG3RD2021
25357Abdullah NabasWChoke from backWorld Pro69KG4F2021
25364Haidar AbbasWPts: 2x1World Pro69KGRPC2021
25365Lucas GalbuseraWPts: 3x0World Pro69KG3RD2021

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