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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: 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 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

78 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    39 (50%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    9 (12%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    23 (29%)
  • BY DECISION
    7 (9%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

23 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Submission
26
6
#86e620
Triangle
22
5
#5AD3D1
Armbar
17
4
#d1212a
Choke
13
3
#fad11b
Kneebar
9
2
#f58822
Choke from back
4
1
#224aba
Toe hook
4
1
#ff9124
Bow and arrow
4
1
23
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
17 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    5 (29%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (6%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    5 (29%)
  • BY DECISION
    5 (29%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (6%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

5 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Botinha
20
1
#86e620
Wristlock
20
1
#5AD3D1
Straight ankle lock
20
1
#d1212a
Inside heel hook
20
1
#fad11b
Choke
20
1
5
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Gabriel Sousa Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
16884Tomoyuki HashimotoTomoyuki HashimotoLPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam TYO62KGF2018
17021Seif HoumineSeif HoumineLChokeACBJJ PolandABSR12018
18105Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeLBotinhaGrand Slam RJ62KGF2018
18628Tiago BravoTiago BravoLPts: 0x0, PenGrand Slam AD69KGSF2019
19264Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeLReferee DecisionKing of Mats69KGRR2019
19282Isaac DoederleinIsaac DoederleinLWristlockKing of Mats69KGSF2019
19283Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeLPts: 6x4King of Mats69KG3RD2019
19752Carlos OliveiraLPointsSan Jose Open64KGRR2019
20340Tiago BarrosTiago BarrosLPts: 9x4World Champ.64KGR22019
20978Isaac DoederleinIsaac DoederleinLStraight ankle lockKing of Mats69KGF2019
20981Jonas AndradeJonas AndradeLReferee DecisionGrand Slam TYO62KGF2019
21942Diego OliveiraDiego OliveiraLReferee DecisionGrand Slam RJ62KG4F2019
21948Judinei SilvaLPts: 2x0Grand Slam RJ62KGRPC2019
22445Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeLInside heel hookF2W Pro 13365KGSPF2019
22492Alex SodreAlex SodreLReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds67KGF2019
22696Leo SaggioroLeo SaggioroLReferee DecisionEuropean Open70KGSF2020
23145Diego OliveiraDiego OliveiraLPts: 6x3European Pro69KGSF2020
16696Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeWPts: 2x0ACBJJ World60KGSF2018
16698Lucas PinheiroLucas PinheiroWReferee DecisionACBJJ World60KGF2018
16880Kazuya KawashimaWPts: 6x2Grand Slam TYO62KG4F2018
16882Jun SakamotoWPts: 4x0Grand Slam TYO62KGSF2018
17009Lukasz BilskiWPointsACBJJ Poland65KGRR2018
17010Kuba WitkowskiWPointsACBJJ Poland65KGRR2018
17386Juan GuadarramaWN/AAtlanta Summer O.64KGSF2018
17387Suraj BudhramWPts: 8x0Atlanta Summer O.64KGF2018
17414Alexis AlduncinAlexis AlduncinWPts: 4x2Grand Slam LA62KG4F2018
17417Pedro DiasPedro DiasWReferee DecisionGrand Slam LA62KGSF2018
17419Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeWPts: 2x0Grand Slam LA62KGF2018
17751Juan CalderonWPts: 11x0Panama Pro69KGSF2018
17752John BoyleWChokePanama Pro69KGF2018
17753Jan BassoWPts: 0x0, AdvPortugal Pro69KGSF2018
17754Cedric AkakpoviWSubmissionPortugal Pro69KGF2018
17812Jordy PeuteWPts: 16x0German Nat. Pro69KGSF2018
17813Aleks JablonskiWChokeGerman Nat. Pro69KGF2018
17823Krzysztof FlakWSubmissionGerman Nat. ProABS4F2018
17824Jordy PeuteWN/AGerman Nat. ProABSSF2018
17825Jan BasoWPts: 4x2German Nat. ProABSF2018
17877Constantinos Nic.WPts: 5x0Greece Nat. Pro69KGF2018
18053Aleksander JablonskiWSubmissionItaly Nat. Pro69KGSF2018
18054Juan CalderonWPts: 27x0Italy Nat. Pro69KGF2018
18097Tiago BarrosTiago BarrosWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam RJ62KG8F2018
18100Fernando SoaresWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam RJ62KG4F2018
18103G. CarvalhoWArmbarGrand Slam RJ62KGSF2018
18624Victor MatosWPts: 8x2Grand Slam AD69KG4F2019
18633Abdullah NabasWArmbarGrand Slam AD69KGRPC2019
18634Victor MatosWPts: 4x2Grand Slam AD69KG3RD2019
18954Joseph Woo LeeWN/AOC Open64KGSF2019
18955Wesclay SardinhaWTriangleOC Open64KGF2019
19055Luan da SilvaWN/AUS Continental69KGRR2019
19057Adam BenayounAdam BenayounWPointsUS Continental69KGF2019
19199Virgilio CarvalhoWSubmissionAfrica Cont. Pro69KGRR2019
19200Virgilio CarvalhoWSubmissionAfrica Cont. Pro69KGRR2019
19210Cleber SousaCleber SousaWChoke from backGrand Slam LDN62KG4F2019
19212Joao MiyaoJoao MiyaoWPts: 4x4, AdvGrand Slam LDN62KGSF2019
19214Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeWPts: 4x4, AdvGrand Slam LDN62KGF2019
19266Nobuhiro SawadaNobuhiro SawadaWPts: 13x0King of Mats69KGRR2019
19269Joao NetoJoao NetoWPts: 0x0, AdvKing of Mats69KGRR2019
19270Lee TingWToe hookKing of Mats69KGRR2019
19753Rene LopezWPointsSan Jose Open64KGRR2019
19754Carlos OliveiraWPointsSan Jose Open64KGF2019
19850Alexis AlduncinAlexis AlduncinWPts: 29x0World Pro62KGRR2019
19851Virgilio CarvalhoWTriangleWorld Pro62KGRR2019
19852Mohd Ali HayatWTriangleWorld Pro62KGRR2019
19856Joao MiyaoJoao MiyaoWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Pro62KGF2019
20339Deandre CorbeDeandre CorbeWPts: 19x4World Champ.64KGR12019
20538Isa KasamarovWPts: 8x0Grand Slam MSK62KGRR2019
20540Jonas AndradeJonas AndradeWPts: 2x0Grand Slam MSK62KGRR2019
20966Nobuhiro SawadaNobuhiro SawadaWBow and arrowKing of Mats69KGRR2019
20968Wanki ChaeWanki ChaeWPointsKing of Mats69KGRR2019
20970Cleber SousaCleber SousaWArmbarKing of Mats69KGRR2019
20976Diego OliveiraDiego OliveiraWPts: 4x2King of Mats69KGSF2019
20980Tomoyuki HashimotoTomoyuki HashimotoWReferee DecisionGrand Slam TYO62KGSF2019
21379Jonas AndradeJonas AndradeWPts: 2x2, AdvGrand Slam LA62KGSF2019
21380Cleber SousaCleber SousaWReferee DecisionGrand Slam LA62KGF2019
21850Thiago AbudThiago AbudWKneebarEuropean NoGi67KGR12019
21852Paulo MiyaoPaulo MiyaoWPts: 4x2European NoGi67KG4F2019
21855Alejandro LeqocWKneebarEuropean NoGi67KGSF2019
21856Cole FransonCole FransonWPts: 10x0European NoGi67KGF2019
21938Daniel FaguntesWArmbarGrand Slam RJ62KGR12019
22489Alejandro LecoqWPts: 11x2NoGi Worlds67KG4F2019
22491Cole FransonCole FransonWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds67KGSF2019
22589Tiago BravoTiago BravoWReferee DecisionGrand Slam AD69KG4F2020
22592Abdullah NabasWTriangleGrand Slam AD69KGSF2020
22594Israel SousaIsrael SousaWPointsGrand Slam AD69KGF2020
22680Max DeBeenWChokeEuropean Open70KGR12020
22683Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWPts: 6x4European Open70KGR12020
22694Deandre CorbeDeandre CorbeWReferee DecisionEuropean Open70KG4F2020
23029Julio HoyosWTriangleMunich Open70KGSF2020
23030Samuel KhanWPts: 22x0Munich Open70KGF2020
23144Walter AlamoWPts: 6x0European Pro69KG4F2020
23147Alejandro CarrerasWSubmissionEuropean Pro69KGRPC2020
23148Walter AlamoWPts: 2x0European Pro69KG3RD2020
23174Haidar AbbasWPts: 1x0Grand Slam LDN69KG4F2020
23178Ali MonfaradiAli MonfaradiWPts: 9x4Grand Slam LDN69KGSF2020
23180Thiago MacedoThiago MacedoWReferee DecisionGrand Slam LDN69KGF2020

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