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

Gabriel Sousa Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
16896Tomoyuki HashimotoTomoyuki HashimotoLPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam TYO62KGF2018
17034Seif HoumineSeif HoumineLChokeACBJJ PolandABSR12018
18123Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeLBotinhaGrand Slam RJ62KGF2018
18646Tiago BravoTiago BravoLPts: 0x0, PenGrand Slam AD69KGSF2019
19286Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeLReferee DecisionKing of Mats69KGRR2019
19304Isaac DoederleinIsaac DoederleinLWristlockKing of Mats69KGSF2019
19305Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeLPts: 6x4King of Mats69KG3RD2019
19774Carlos OliveiraLPointsSan Jose Open64KGRR2019
20362Tiago BarrosTiago BarrosLPts: 9x4World Champ.64KGR22019
21002Isaac DoederleinIsaac DoederleinLStraight ankle lockKing of Mats69KGF2019
21005Jonas AndradeJonas AndradeLReferee DecisionGrand Slam TYO62KGF2019
21976Diego OliveiraDiego OliveiraLReferee DecisionGrand Slam RJ62KG4F2019
21982Judinei SilvaLPts: 2x0Grand Slam RJ62KGRPC2019
22481Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeLInside heel hookF2W 13365KGSPF2019
22528Alex SodreAlex SodreLReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds67KGF2019
22732Leo SaggioroLeo SaggioroLReferee DecisionEuropean Open70KGSF2020
23184Diego OliveiraDiego OliveiraLPts: 6x3European Pro69KGSF2020
16708Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeWPts: 2x0ACBJJ World60KGSF2018
16710Lucas PinheiroLucas PinheiroWReferee DecisionACBJJ World60KGF2018
16892Kazuya KawashimaWPts: 6x2Grand Slam TYO62KG4F2018
16894Jun SakamotoWPts: 4x0Grand Slam TYO62KGSF2018
17022Lukasz BilskiWPointsACBJJ Poland65KGRR2018
17023Kuba WitkowskiWPointsACBJJ Poland65KGRR2018
17401Juan GuadarramaWN/AAtlanta SMO64KGSF2018
17402Suraj BudhramWPts: 8x0Atlanta SMO64KGF2018
17430Alexis AlduncinAlexis AlduncinWPts: 4x2Grand Slam LA62KG4F2018
17433Pedro DiasPedro DiasWReferee DecisionGrand Slam LA62KGSF2018
17435Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeWPts: 2x0Grand Slam LA62KGF2018
17769Juan CalderonWPts: 11x0Panama Pro69KGSF2018
17770John BoyleWChokePanama Pro69KGF2018
17771Jan BassoWPts: 0x0, AdvPortugal Pro69KGSF2018
17772Cedric AkakpoviWSubmissionPortugal Pro69KGF2018
17830Jordy PeuteWPts: 16x0German Nat. Pro69KGSF2018
17831Aleks JablonskiWChokeGerman Nat. Pro69KGF2018
17841Krzysztof FlakWSubmissionGerman Nat. ProABS4F2018
17842Jordy PeuteWN/AGerman Nat. ProABSSF2018
17843Jan BasoWPts: 4x2German Nat. ProABSF2018
17895Constantinos Nic.WPts: 5x0Greece Nat. Pro69KGF2018
18071Aleksander JablonskiWSubmissionItaly Nat. Pro69KGSF2018
18072Juan CalderonWPts: 27x0Italy Nat. Pro69KGF2018
18115Tiago BarrosTiago BarrosWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam RJ62KG8F2018
18118Fernando SoaresWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam RJ62KG4F2018
18121G. CarvalhoWArmbarGrand Slam RJ62KGSF2018
18642Victor MatosWPts: 8x2Grand Slam AD69KG4F2019
18651Abdullah NabasWArmbarGrand Slam AD69KGRPC2019
18652Victor MatosWPts: 4x2Grand Slam AD69KG3RD2019
18972Joseph Woo LeeWN/AOC Open64KGSF2019
18973Wesclay SardinhaWTriangleOC Open64KGF2019
19073Luan da SilvaWN/AUS Continental69KGRR2019
19075Adam BenayounAdam BenayounWPointsUS Continental69KGF2019
19221Virgilio CarvalhoWSubmissionAfrica Cont. Pro69KGRR2019
19222Virgilio CarvalhoWSubmissionAfrica Cont. Pro69KGRR2019
19232Cleber SousaCleber SousaWChoke from backGrand Slam LDN62KG4F2019
19234Joao MiyaoJoao MiyaoWPts: 4x4, AdvGrand Slam LDN62KGSF2019
19236Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeWPts: 4x4, AdvGrand Slam LDN62KGF2019
19288Nobuhiro SawadaNobuhiro SawadaWPts: 13x0King of Mats69KGRR2019
19291Joao NetoJoao NetoWPts: 0x0, AdvKing of Mats69KGRR2019
19292Lee TingWToe hookKing of Mats69KGRR2019
19775Rene LopezWPointsSan Jose Open64KGRR2019
19776Carlos OliveiraWPointsSan Jose Open64KGF2019
19872Alexis AlduncinAlexis AlduncinWPts: 29x0World Pro62KGRR2019
19873Virgilio CarvalhoWTriangleWorld Pro62KGRR2019
19874Mohd Ali HayatWTriangleWorld Pro62KGRR2019
19878Joao MiyaoJoao MiyaoWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Pro62KGF2019
20361Deandre CorbeDeandre CorbeWPts: 19x4World Champ.64KGR12019
20560Isa KasamarovWPts: 8x0Grand Slam MSK62KGRR2019
20562Jonas AndradeJonas AndradeWPts: 2x0Grand Slam MSK62KGRR2019
20990Nobuhiro SawadaNobuhiro SawadaWBow and arrowKing of Mats69KGRR2019
20992Wanki ChaeWanki ChaeWPointsKing of Mats69KGRR2019
20994Cleber SousaCleber SousaWArmbarKing of Mats69KGRR2019
21000Diego OliveiraDiego OliveiraWPts: 4x2King of Mats69KGSF2019
21004Tomoyuki HashimotoTomoyuki HashimotoWReferee DecisionGrand Slam TYO62KGSF2019
21404Jonas AndradeJonas AndradeWPts: 2x2, AdvGrand Slam LA62KGSF2019
21405Cleber SousaCleber SousaWReferee DecisionGrand Slam LA62KGF2019
21884Thiago AbudThiago AbudWKneebarEuropean NoGi67KGR12019
21886Paulo MiyaoPaulo MiyaoWPts: 4x2European NoGi67KG4F2019
21889Alejandro LeqocWKneebarEuropean NoGi67KGSF2019
21890Cole FransonCole FransonWPts: 10x0European NoGi67KGF2019
21972Daniel FaguntesWArmbarGrand Slam RJ62KGR12019
22525Alejandro LecoqWPts: 11x2NoGi Worlds67KG4F2019
22527Cole FransonCole FransonWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds67KGSF2019
22625Tiago BravoTiago BravoWReferee DecisionGrand Slam AD69KG4F2020
22628Abdullah NabasWTriangleGrand Slam AD69KGSF2020
22630Israel SousaIsrael SousaWPointsGrand Slam AD69KGF2020
22716Max DeBeenWChokeEuropean Open70KGR12020
22719Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWPts: 6x4European Open70KGR12020
22730Deandre CorbeDeandre CorbeWReferee DecisionEuropean Open70KG4F2020
23068Julio HoyosWTriangleMunich Open70KGSF2020
23069Samuel KhanWPts: 22x0Munich Open70KGF2020
23183Walter AlamoWPts: 6x0European Pro69KG4F2020
23186Alejandro CarrerasWSubmissionEuropean Pro69KGRPC2020
23187Walter AlamoWPts: 2x0European Pro69KG3RD2020
23213Haidar AbbasWPts: 1x0Grand Slam LDN69KG4F2020
23217Ali MonfaradiAli MonfaradiWPts: 9x4Grand Slam LDN69KGSF2020
23219Thiago MacedoThiago MacedoWReferee DecisionGrand Slam LDN69KGF2020

Gabriel Sousa Highlight Euro 2018

High Percentage Chokes  Instructional by Lachlan Giles

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