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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

106 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    51 (48%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    11 (10%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    32 (30%)
  • BY DECISION
    11 (10%)
  • 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
Omoplata
3
1
#bf1f6c
North south choke
3
1
#22c9a5
Inside heel hook
3
1
#fad223
Toe hook
3
1
#03861f
Bow and arrow
3
1
32
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
30 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    8 (27%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (7%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    10 (33%)
  • BY DECISION
    8 (27%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (3%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    1 (3%)

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
16986Tomoyuki HashimotoTomoyuki HashimotoLPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam TYO62KGF2018
17132Seif HoumineSeif HoumineLChokeACBJJ PolandABSR12018
18244Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeLBotinhaGrand Slam RJ62KGF2018
18784Tiago BravoTiago BravoLPts: 0x0, PenGrand Slam AD69KGSF2019
19456Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeLReferee DecisionKing of Mats69KGRR2019
19474Isaac DoederleinIsaac DoederleinLWristlockKing of Mats69KGSF2019
19475Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeLPts: 6x4King of Mats69KG3RD2019
19956Carlos OliveiraLPointsSan Jose Open64KGRR2019
20557Tiago BarrosTiago BarrosLPts: 9x4World Champ.64KGR22019
21208Isaac DoederleinIsaac DoederleinLStraight ankle lockKing of Mats69KGF2019
21211Jonas AndradeJonas AndradeLReferee DecisionGrand Slam TYO62KGF2019
22236Diego OliveiraDiego OliveiraLReferee DecisionGrand Slam RJ62KG4F2019
22242Judinei SilvaLPts: 2x0Grand Slam RJ62KGRPC2019
22770Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeLInside heel hookF2W 13365KGSPF2019
22817Alex SodreAlex SodreLReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds67KGF2019
23057Leo SaggioroLeo SaggioroLReferee DecisionEuropean Open70KGSF2020
23547Diego OliveiraDiego OliveiraLPts: 6x3European Pro69KGSF2020
24419Kennedy MacielKennedy MacielLBotinhaNo Gi Pan Am.67KGF2020
24998Diego OliveiraDiego OliveiraLReferee DecisionF2W 16165KGSPF2021
25469Israel SousaIsrael SousaLPts: 12x1Grand Slam AD69KGSF2021
25614Israel SousaIsrael SousaLAmericanaWorld Pro69KGSF2021
25903Johnatha AlvesJohnatha AlvesLKatagatameArtista JJN/ASPF2021
27154Damien AndersonLInside heel hookEmerald City65KG4F2021
27507Jamil Hill-TaylorJamil Hill-TaylorLPts: 4x2Pan American70KGF2021
27864Kade RuotoloKade RuotoloLDarce chokeWNO Champ.70KGF2021
28177Diego OliveiraDiego OliveiraLPts: 2x2, AdvNoGi Worlds67KGF2021
28645Diego OliveiraDiego OliveiraLReferee DecisionEUG NoGi70KGSF2021
29413Richar NogueiraRichar NogueiraLPts: 4x2World Champ.70KG8F2021
30777Adam BenayounAdam BenayounLEBI/OTEmerald City70KG4F2022
31183Keith KrikorianKeith KrikorianLReferee DecisionWNO70KGSPF2022
16798Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeWPts: 2x0ACBJJ World60KGSF2018
16800Lucas PinheiroLucas PinheiroWReferee DecisionACBJJ World60KGF2018
16982Kazuya KawashimaWPts: 6x2Grand Slam TYO62KG4F2018
16984Jun SakamotoWPts: 4x0Grand Slam TYO62KGSF2018
17120Lukasz BilskiWPointsACBJJ Poland65KGRR2018
17121Kuba WitkowskiWPointsACBJJ Poland65KGRR2018
17505Juan GuadarramaWN/AAtlanta SMO64KGSF2018
17506Suraj BudhramWPts: 8x0Atlanta SMO64KGF2018
17534Alexis AlduncinAlexis AlduncinWPts: 4x2Grand Slam LA62KG4F2018
17537Pedro DiasPedro DiasWReferee DecisionGrand Slam LA62KGSF2018
17539Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeWPts: 2x0Grand Slam LA62KGF2018
17877Juan CalderonWPts: 11x0Panama Pro69KGSF2018
17878John BoyleWChokePanama Pro69KGF2018
17879Jan BassoWPts: 0x0, AdvPortugal Pro69KGSF2018
17880Cedric AkakpoviWSubmissionPortugal Pro69KGF2018
17943Jordy PeuteWPts: 16x0German Nat. Pro69KGSF2018
17944Aleks JablonskiWChokeGerman Nat. Pro69KGF2018
17954Krzysztof FlakWSubmissionGerman Nat. ProABS4F2018
17955Jordy PeuteWN/AGerman Nat. ProABSSF2018
17956Jan BasoWPts: 4x2German Nat. ProABSF2018
18008Constantinos Nic.WPts: 5x0Greece Nat. Pro69KGF2018
18195Aleksander JablonskiWSubmissionItaly Nat. Pro69KGSF2018
18196Juan CalderonWPts: 27x0Italy Nat. Pro69KGF2018
18236Tiago BarrosTiago BarrosWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam RJ62KG8F2018
18239Fernando SoaresWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam RJ62KG4F2018
18242G. CarvalhoWArmbarGrand Slam RJ62KGSF2018
18780Victor MatosWPts: 8x2Grand Slam AD69KG4F2019
18789Abdullah NabasWArmbarGrand Slam AD69KGRPC2019
18790Victor MatosWPts: 4x2Grand Slam AD69KG3RD2019
19131Joseph Woo LeeWN/AOC Open64KGSF2019
19132Wesclay SardinhaWTriangleOC Open64KGF2019
19234Luan da SilvaWN/AUS Continental69KGRR2019
19236Adam BenayounAdam BenayounWPointsUS Continental69KGF2019
19386Virgilio CarvalhoWSubmissionAfrica Cont. Pro69KGRR2019
19387Virgilio CarvalhoWSubmissionAfrica Cont. Pro69KGRR2019
19397Cleber SousaCleber SousaWChoke from backGrand Slam LDN62KG4F2019
19399Joao MiyaoJoao MiyaoWPts: 4x4, AdvGrand Slam LDN62KGSF2019
19401Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeWPts: 4x4, AdvGrand Slam LDN62KGF2019
19458Nobuhiro SawadaNobuhiro SawadaWPts: 13x0King of Mats69KGRR2019
19461Joao NetoJoao NetoWPts: 0x0, AdvKing of Mats69KGRR2019
19462Lee TingWToe hookKing of Mats69KGRR2019
19957Rene LopezWPointsSan Jose Open64KGRR2019
19958Carlos OliveiraWPointsSan Jose Open64KGF2019
20054Alexis AlduncinAlexis AlduncinWPts: 29x0World Pro62KGRR2019
20055Virgilio CarvalhoWTriangleWorld Pro62KGRR2019
20056Mohd Ali HayatWTriangleWorld Pro62KGRR2019
20060Joao MiyaoJoao MiyaoWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Pro62KGF2019
20556Deandre CorbeDeandre CorbeWPts: 19x4World Champ.64KGR12019
20752Isa KasamarovWPts: 8x0Grand Slam MSK62KGRR2019
20754Jonas AndradeJonas AndradeWPts: 2x0Grand Slam MSK62KGRR2019
21196Nobuhiro SawadaNobuhiro SawadaWBow and arrowKing of Mats69KGRR2019
21198Wanki ChaeWanki ChaeWPointsKing of Mats69KGRR2019
21200Cleber SousaCleber SousaWArmbarKing of Mats69KGRR2019
21206Diego OliveiraDiego OliveiraWPts: 4x2King of Mats69KGSF2019
21210Tomoyuki HashimotoTomoyuki HashimotoWReferee DecisionGrand Slam TYO62KGSF2019
21634Jonas AndradeJonas AndradeWPts: 2x2, AdvGrand Slam LA62KGSF2019
21635Cleber SousaCleber SousaWReferee DecisionGrand Slam LA62KGF2019
22123Thiago AbudThiago AbudWKneebarEuropean NoGi67KGR12019
22125Paulo MiyaoPaulo MiyaoWPts: 4x2European NoGi67KG4F2019
22128Alejandro LeqocWKneebarEuropean NoGi67KGSF2019
22129Cole FransonCole FransonWPts: 10x0European NoGi67KGF2019
22232Daniel FaguntesWArmbarGrand Slam RJ62KGR12019
22814Alejandro LecoqWPts: 11x2NoGi Worlds67KG4F2019
22816Cole FransonCole FransonWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds67KGSF2019
22934Tiago BravoTiago BravoWReferee DecisionGrand Slam AD69KG4F2020
22937Abdullah NabasWTriangleGrand Slam AD69KGSF2020
22939Israel SousaIsrael SousaWPointsGrand Slam AD69KGF2020
23041Max DeBeenWChokeEuropean Open70KGR12020
23044Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWPts: 6x4European Open70KGR12020
23055Deandre CorbeDeandre CorbeWReferee DecisionEuropean Open70KG4F2020
23429Julio HoyosWTriangleMunich Open70KGSF2020
23430Samuel KhanWPts: 22x0Munich Open70KGF2020
23546Walter AlamoWPts: 6x0European Pro69KG4F2020
23549Alejandro CarrerasWSubmissionEuropean Pro69KGRPC2020
23550Walter AlamoWPts: 2x0European Pro69KG3RD2020
23577Haidar AbbasWPts: 1x0Grand Slam LDN69KG4F2020
23581Ali MonfaradiAli MonfaradiWPts: 9x4Grand Slam LDN69KGSF2020
23583Thiago MacedoThiago MacedoWReferee DecisionGrand Slam LDN69KGF2020
24408Kevin IrieWRNCNo Gi Pan Am.67KGR12020
24412Charles MurdockWRNCNo Gi Pan Am.67KGR12020
24418Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWReferee DecisionNo Gi Pan Am.67KGSF2020
25222Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoWReferee DecisionF2W 16770KGSPF2021
25462Yijad MoussaWChoke from backGrand Slam AD69KGR12021
25466Jan BassoWOmoplataGrand Slam AD69KG4F2021
25473Daniel VieiraWPts: 4x2Grand Slam AD69KGRPC2021
25474Jan BassoWPts: 3x0Grand Slam AD69KG3RD2021
25610Abdullah NabasWChoke from backWorld Pro69KG4F2021
25617Haidar AbbasWPts: 2x1World Pro69KGRPC2021
25618Lucas GalbuseraWPts: 3x0World Pro69KG3RD2021
26761Ethan CrelinstenEthan CrelinstenWReferee DecisionF2W 17570KGSPF2021
27149John BattleWRNCEmerald City65KGR12021
27242Lucas PinheiroLucas PinheiroWN/AF2W 18165KGSPF2021
27487Thiago CintraWArmbarPan American70KGR12021
27496Josh CisnerosJosh CisnerosWPts: 4x2Pan American70KG8F2021
27500Josh CisnerosJosh CisnerosWPts: 4x2Pan American70KG8F2021
27502Felipe LinharesFelipe LinharesWPts: 0x0, AdvPan American70KG4F2021
27505Isaac DoederleinIsaac DoederleinWPts: 4x4, AdvPan American70KGSF2021
27850Mikey MusumeciMikey MusumeciWNorth south chokeWNO Champ.70KG4F2021
27854Cole AbateWReferee DecisionWNO Champ.70KGSF2021
28109Roger KremerWInside heel hookCharlotte NGO73KGF2021
28113Gavin CorbeWPts: 2x0Charlotte NGOABSSF2021
28165Brandon WalenskiWInjuryNoGi Worlds67KG8F2021
28174Richar NogueiraRichar NogueiraWPts: 4x2NoGi Worlds67KG4F2021
28176Damion OrandayDamion OrandayWPts: 10x2NoGi Worlds67KGSF2021
28644Danilo MoreiraDanilo MoreiraWPts: 5x2EUG NoGi70KG4F2021
29994Deandre CorbeDeandre CorbeWPointsToro CupN/ASPF2022

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