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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, a good form he carried through to the pro-divisions of the sport.

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 ADCC (2022)
  • 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

126 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    60 (48%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    11 (9%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    39 (31%)
  • BY DECISION
    14 (11%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (1%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

39 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Armbar
21
8
#86e620
Submission
15
6
#5AD3D1
Triangle
13
5
#d1212a
Choke
10
4
#fad11b
Kneebar
10
4
#f58822
Choke from back
8
3
#224aba
RNC
8
3
#ff9124
Omoplata
3
1
#bf1f6c
North south choke
3
1
#22c9a5
Inside heel hook
3
1
#fad223
Mounted triangle
3
1
#03861f
Toe hook
3
1
#039a1f
Bow and arrow
3
1
39
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
37 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    12 (32%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (8%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    12 (32%)
  • BY DECISION
    8 (22%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (3%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    1 (3%)

12 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Botinha
17
2
#86e620
Inside heel hook
17
2
#5AD3D1
Anaconda choke
8
1
#d1212a
Choke
8
1
#fad11b
Wristlock
8
1
#f58822
Straight ankle lock
8
1
#224aba
Americana
8
1
#ff9124
Katagatame
8
1
#bf1f6c
Darce choke
8
1
#22c9a5
Violin armlock
8
1
12
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Gabriel Sousa Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
16998Tomoyuki HashimotoTomoyuki HashimotoLPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam TYO62KGF2018
17144Seif HoumineSeif HoumineLChokeACBJJ PolandABSR12018
18259Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeLBotinhaGrand Slam RJ62KGF2018
18799Tiago BravoTiago BravoLPts: 0x0, PenGrand Slam AD69KGSF2019
19474Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeLReferee DecisionKing of Mats69KGRR2019
19492Isaac DoederleinIsaac DoederleinLWristlockKing of Mats69KGSF2019
19493Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeLPts: 6x4King of Mats69KG3RD2019
19976Carlos OliveiraLPointsSan Jose Open64KGRR2019
20576Tiago BarrosTiago BarrosLPts: 9x4World Champ.64KGR22019
21227Isaac DoederleinIsaac DoederleinLStraight ankle lockKing of Mats69KGF2019
21230Jonas AndradeJonas AndradeLReferee DecisionGrand Slam TYO62KGF2019
22264Diego OliveiraDiego OliveiraLReferee DecisionGrand Slam RJ62KG4F2019
22270Judinei SilvaLPts: 2x0Grand Slam RJ62KGRPC2019
22802Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeLInside heel hookF2W 13365KGSPF2019
22849Alex SodreAlex SodreLReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds67KGF2019
23089Leo SaggioroLeo SaggioroLReferee DecisionEuropean Open70KGSF2020
23581Diego OliveiraDiego OliveiraLPts: 6x3European Pro69KGSF2020
24459Kennedy MacielKennedy MacielLBotinhaNo Gi Pan Am.67KGF2020
25038Diego OliveiraDiego OliveiraLReferee DecisionF2W 16165KGSPF2021
25512Israel SousaIsrael SousaLPts: 12x1Grand Slam AD69KGSF2021
25657Israel SousaIsrael SousaLAmericanaWorld Pro69KGSF2021
25951Johnatha AlvesJohnatha AlvesLKatagatameArtista JJN/ASPF2021
27211Damien AndersonLInside heel hookEmerald City65KG4F2021
27564Jamil Hill-TaylorJamil Hill-TaylorLPts: 4x2Pan American70KGF2021
27920Kade RuotoloKade RuotoloLDarce chokeWNO Champ.70KGF2021
28235Diego OliveiraDiego OliveiraLPts: 2x2, AdvNoGi Worlds67KGF2021
28705Diego OliveiraDiego OliveiraLReferee DecisionEUG NoGi70KGSF2021
29479Richar NogueiraRichar NogueiraLPts: 4x2World Champ.70KG8F2021
30892Adam BenayounAdam BenayounLEBI/OTEmerald City70KG4F2022
31295Keith KrikorianKeith KrikorianLReferee DecisionWNO 1270KGSPF2022
32896Samuel NagaiSamuel NagaiLViolin armlockWorld Champ.70KG8F2022
35024Diogo ReisDiogo ReisLPts: 3x0ADCC66KGF2022
37794Joao MendesJoao MendesLPts: 7x2Memphis Open76KGF2023
38900Pedro MachadoPedro MachadoLPts: 2x2, AdvCharleston OpenABSF2023
40339Isaac DoederleinIsaac DoederleinLPts: 2x0World Champ.70KG4F2023
43301Diogo ReisDiogo ReisLN/AWNO 2070KGF2023
45906Kennedy MacielKennedy MacielLAnaconda chokeAIGA Finals70KGF2023
16810Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeWPts: 2x0ACBJJ World60KGSF2018
16812Lucas PinheiroLucas PinheiroWReferee DecisionACBJJ World60KGF2018
16994Kazuya KawashimaWPts: 6x2Grand Slam TYO62KG4F2018
16996Jun SakamotoWPts: 4x0Grand Slam TYO62KGSF2018
17132Lukasz BilskiWPointsACBJJ Poland65KGRR2018
17133Kuba WitkowskiWPointsACBJJ Poland65KGRR2018
17517Juan GuadarramaWN/AAtlanta SMO64KGSF2018
17518Suraj BudhramWPts: 8x0Atlanta SMO64KGF2018
17546Alexis AlduncinAlexis AlduncinWPts: 4x2Grand Slam LA62KG4F2018
17549Pedro DiasPedro DiasWReferee DecisionGrand Slam LA62KGSF2018
17551Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeWPts: 2x0Grand Slam LA62KGF2018
17889Juan CalderonWPts: 11x0Panama Pro69KGSF2018
17890John BoyleWChokePanama Pro69KGF2018
17891Jan BassoWPts: 0x0, AdvPortugal Pro69KGSF2018
17892Cedric AkakpoviWSubmissionPortugal Pro69KGF2018
17955Jordy PeuteWPts: 16x0German Nat. Pro69KGSF2018
17956Aleks JablonskiWChokeGerman Nat. Pro69KGF2018
17966Krzysztof FlakWSubmissionGerman Nat. ProABS4F2018
17967Jordy PeuteWN/AGerman Nat. ProABSSF2018
17968Jan BasoWPts: 4x2German Nat. ProABSF2018
18023Constantinos Nic.WPts: 5x0Greece Nat. Pro69KGF2018
18210Aleksander JablonskiWSubmissionItaly Nat. Pro69KGSF2018
18211Juan CalderonWPts: 27x0Italy Nat. Pro69KGF2018
18251Tiago BarrosTiago BarrosWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam RJ62KG8F2018
18254Fernando SoaresWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam RJ62KG4F2018
18257G. CarvalhoWArmbarGrand Slam RJ62KGSF2018
18795Victor MatosWPts: 8x2Grand Slam AD69KG4F2019
18804Abdullah NabasWArmbarGrand Slam AD69KGRPC2019
18805Victor MatosWPts: 4x2Grand Slam AD69KG3RD2019
19148Joseph Woo LeeWN/AOC Open64KGSF2019
19149Wesclay SardinhaWTriangleOC Open64KGF2019
19252Luan da SilvaWN/AUS Continental69KGRR2019
19254Adam BenayounAdam BenayounWPointsUS Continental69KGF2019
19404Virgilio CarvalhoWSubmissionAfrica Cont. Pro69KGRR2019
19405Virgilio CarvalhoWSubmissionAfrica Cont. Pro69KGRR2019
19415Cleber SousaCleber SousaWChoke from backGrand Slam LDN62KG4F2019
19417Joao MiyaoJoao MiyaoWPts: 4x4, AdvGrand Slam LDN62KGSF2019
19419Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeWPts: 4x4, AdvGrand Slam LDN62KGF2019
19476Nobuhiro SawadaNobuhiro SawadaWPts: 13x0King of Mats69KGRR2019
19479Joao NetoJoao NetoWPts: 0x0, AdvKing of Mats69KGRR2019
19480Lee TingWToe hookKing of Mats69KGRR2019
19977Rene LopezWPointsSan Jose Open64KGRR2019
19978Carlos OliveiraWPointsSan Jose Open64KGF2019
20073Alexis AlduncinAlexis AlduncinWPts: 29x0World Pro62KGRR2019
20074Virgilio CarvalhoWTriangleWorld Pro62KGRR2019
20075Mohd Ali HayatWTriangleWorld Pro62KGRR2019
20079Joao MiyaoJoao MiyaoWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Pro62KGF2019
20575Deandre CorbeDeandre CorbeWPts: 19x4World Champ.64KGR12019
20771Isa KasamarovWPts: 8x0Grand Slam MSK62KGRR2019
20773Jonas AndradeJonas AndradeWPts: 2x0Grand Slam MSK62KGRR2019
21215Nobuhiro SawadaNobuhiro SawadaWBow and arrowKing of Mats69KGRR2019
21217Wanki ChaeWanki ChaeWPointsKing of Mats69KGRR2019
21219Cleber SousaCleber SousaWArmbarKing of Mats69KGRR2019
21225Diego OliveiraDiego OliveiraWPts: 4x2King of Mats69KGSF2019
21229Tomoyuki HashimotoTomoyuki HashimotoWReferee DecisionGrand Slam TYO62KGSF2019
21653Jonas AndradeJonas AndradeWPts: 2x2, AdvGrand Slam LA62KGSF2019
21654Cleber SousaCleber SousaWReferee DecisionGrand Slam LA62KGF2019
22148Thiago AbudThiago AbudWKneebarEuropean NoGi67KGR12019
22150Paulo MiyaoPaulo MiyaoWPts: 4x2European NoGi67KG4F2019
22153Alejandro LeqocWKneebarEuropean NoGi67KGSF2019
22154Cole FransonCole FransonWPts: 10x0European NoGi67KGF2019
22260Daniel FaguntesWArmbarGrand Slam RJ62KGR12019
22846Alejandro LecoqWPts: 11x2NoGi Worlds67KG4F2019
22848Cole FransonCole FransonWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds67KGSF2019
22966Tiago BravoTiago BravoWReferee DecisionGrand Slam AD69KG4F2020
22969Abdullah NabasWTriangleGrand Slam AD69KGSF2020
22971Israel SousaIsrael SousaWPointsGrand Slam AD69KGF2020
23073Max DeBeenWChokeEuropean Open70KGR12020
23076Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWPts: 6x4European Open70KGR12020
23087Deandre CorbeDeandre CorbeWReferee DecisionEuropean Open70KG4F2020
23461Julio HoyosWTriangleMunich Open70KGSF2020
23462Samuel KhanWPts: 22x0Munich Open70KGF2020
23580Walter AlamoWPts: 6x0European Pro69KG4F2020
23583Alejandro CarrerasWSubmissionEuropean Pro69KGRPC2020
23584Walter AlamoWPts: 2x0European Pro69KG3RD2020
23611Haidar AbbasWPts: 1x0Grand Slam LDN69KG4F2020
23615Ali MonfaradiAli MonfaradiWPts: 9x4Grand Slam LDN69KGSF2020
23617Thiago MacedoThiago MacedoWReferee DecisionGrand Slam LDN69KGF2020
24448Kevin IrieWRNCNo Gi Pan Am.67KGR12020
24452Charles MurdockWRNCNo Gi Pan Am.67KGR12020
24458Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWReferee DecisionNo Gi Pan Am.67KGSF2020
25265Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoWReferee DecisionF2W 16770KGSPF2021
25505Yijad MoussaWChoke from backGrand Slam AD69KGR12021
25509Jan BassoWOmoplataGrand Slam AD69KG4F2021
25516Daniel VieiraWPts: 4x2Grand Slam AD69KGRPC2021
25517Jan BassoWPts: 3x0Grand Slam AD69KG3RD2021
25653Abdullah NabasWChoke from backWorld Pro69KG4F2021
25660Haidar AbbasWPts: 2x1World Pro69KGRPC2021
25661Lucas GalbuseraWPts: 3x0World Pro69KG3RD2021
26817Ethan CrelinstenEthan CrelinstenWReferee DecisionF2W 17570KGSPF2021
27206John BattleWRNCEmerald City65KGR12021
27299Lucas PinheiroLucas PinheiroWN/AF2W 18165KGSPF2021
27544Thiago CintraWArmbarPan American70KGR12021
27553Josh CisnerosJosh CisnerosWPts: 4x2Pan American70KG8F2021
27557Josh CisnerosJosh CisnerosWPts: 4x2Pan American70KG8F2021
27559Felipe LinharesFelipe LinharesWPts: 0x0, AdvPan American70KG4F2021
27562Isaac DoederleinIsaac DoederleinWPts: 4x4, AdvPan American70KGSF2021
27906Mikey MusumeciMikey MusumeciWNorth south chokeWNO Champ.70KG4F2021
27910Cole AbateCole AbateWReferee DecisionWNO Champ.70KGSF2021
28167Roger KremerWInside heel hookCharlotte NGO73KGF2021
28171Gavin CorbeWPts: 2x0Charlotte NGOABSSF2021
28223Brandon WalenskiWInjuryNoGi Worlds67KG8F2021
28232Richar NogueiraRichar NogueiraWPts: 4x2NoGi Worlds67KG4F2021
28234Damion OrandayDamion OrandayWPts: 10x2NoGi Worlds67KGSF2021
28704Danilo MoreiraDanilo MoreiraWPts: 5x2EUG NoGi70KG4F2021
30098Deandre CorbeDeandre CorbeWPointsToro CupN/ASPF2022
32889AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWPts: 6x2World Champ.70KGR12022
35012Ruan AlvarengaRuan AlvarengaWPts: 5x0ADCC66KGR12022
35021Jeremy SkinnerJeremy SkinnerWMounted triangleADCC66KG4F2022
35022Diego OliveiraDiego OliveiraWReferee DecisionADCC66KGSF2022
37790Moolele CuellarWArmbarMemphis Open76KG4F2023
37793Daniel DinizDaniel DinizWPts: 2x0Memphis Open76KGSF2023
37910Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWPointsToro Cup70KGF2023
38883Brandon PerryWChokeCharleston Open76KGRR2023
38884Henry ClarkWArmbarCharleston Open76KGF2023
38896Joao MachadoWKneebarCharleston OpenABS4F2023
38898Fabricio BarbarottiFabricio BarbarottiWPts: 2x0Charleston OpenABSSF2023
39849Thiago BritoWArmbarAtanta SPO70KGSF2023
39850Emilio HernandezEmilio HernandezWPts: 10x0Atanta SPO70KGF2023
40321JP RochaWPts: 6x4World Champ.70KGR12023
40335Nick SallesNick SallesWPts: 10x10, PenWorld Champ.70KG8F2023
41215Damien AndersonWReferee DecisionGrappleFest 16NASPF2023
42338Kurban KadievWPointsAIGA70KGRR2023
43299Ashley WilliamsAshley WilliamsWKneebarWNO 2070KGSF2023
45890Bolatbek SailkhanWPointsAIGA Finals70KGSF2023
46325Yuta ShimadaYuta ShimadaWReferee DecisionADXC270KGSPF2024

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