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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: Mitsuyo Maeda > 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)
  • 2nd Place UAEJJF Grand Slam RJ (2018)
  • 2nd Place UAEJJF Grand Slam AD (2019)
  • 2nd Place UAEJJF King Of Mats TYO (2019)

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

62 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    31 (50%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    8 (13%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    19 (31%)
  • BY DECISION
    4 (6%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

19 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Submission
26
5
#86e620
Armbar
21
4
#5AD3D1
Triangle
16
3
#d1212a
Kneebar
11
2
#fad11b
Choke
11
2
#f58822
Toe hook
5
1
#224aba
Bow and arrow
5
1
#ff9124
Choke from back
5
1
19
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
14 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    4 (29%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (7%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    5 (36%)
  • BY DECISION
    3 (21%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (7%)
  • 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
16798Tomoyuki HashimotoTomoyuki HashimotoLPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam TYO62KGF2018
16932Seif HoumineSeif HoumineLChokeACBJJ PolandABSR12018
17993Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeLBotinhaGrand Slam RJ62KGF2018
18493Tiago BravoTiago BravoLPts: 0x0, PenGrand Slam AD69KGSF2019
19113Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeLReferee DecisionKing of Mats69KGRR2019
19131Isaac DoederleinIsaac DoederleinLWristlockKing of Mats69KGSF2019
19132Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeLPts: 6x4King of Mats69KG3RD2019
19592Carlos OliveiraLPointsSan Jose Open64KGRR2019
20164Tiago BarrosTiago BarrosLPts: 9x4World Champ.64KGR22019
20792Isaac DoederleinIsaac DoederleinLStraight ankle lockKing of Mats69KGF2019
20795Jonas AndradeJonas AndradeLReferee DecisionGrand Slam TYO62KGF2019
21663Diego OliveiraDiego OliveiraLReferee DecisionGrand Slam RJ62KG4F2019
21669Judinei SilvaLPts: 2x0Grand Slam RJ62KGRPC2019
22122Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeLInside heel hookF2W Pro 13365KGSPF2019
16610Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeWPts: 2x0ACBJJ World60KGSF2018
16612Lucas PinheiroLucas PinheiroWReferee DecisionACBJJ World60KGF2018
16794Kazuya KawashimaWPts: 6x2Grand Slam TYO62KG4F2018
16796Jun SakamotoWPts: 4x0Grand Slam TYO62KGSF2018
16920Lukasz BilskiWPointsACBJJ Poland65KGRR2018
16921Kuba WitkowskiWPointsACBJJ Poland65KGRR2018
17290Juan GuadarramaWN/AAtlanta Summer O.64KGSF2018
17291Suraj BudhramWPts: 8x0Atlanta Summer O.64KGF2018
17318Alexis AlduncinAlexis AlduncinWPts: 4x2Grand Slam LA62KG4F2018
17321Pedro DiasPedro DiasWReferee DecisionGrand Slam LA62KGSF2018
17323Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeWPts: 2x0Grand Slam LA62KGF2018
17646Juan CalderonWPts: 11x0Panama Pro69KGSF2018
17647John BoyleWChokePanama Pro69KGF2018
17648Jan BassoWPts: 0x0, AdvPortugal Pro69KGSF2018
17649Cedric AkakpoviWSubmissionPortugal Pro69KGF2018
17707Jordy PeuteWPts: 16x0German Nat. Pro69KGSF2018
17708Aleks JablonskiWChokeGerman Nat. Pro69KGF2018
17717Krzysztof FlakWSubmissionGerman Nat. ProABS4F2018
17718Jordy PeuteWN/AGerman Nat. ProABSSF2018
17719Jan BasoWPts: 4x2German Nat. ProABSF2018
17771Constantinos Nic.WPts: 5x0Greece Nat. Pro69KGF2018
17945Aleksander JablonskiWSubmissionItaly Nat. Pro69KGSF2018
17946Juan CalderonWPts: 27x0Italy Nat. Pro69KGF2018
17985Tiago BarrosTiago BarrosWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam RJ62KG8F2018
17988Fernando SoaresWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam RJ62KG4F2018
17991G. CarvalhoWArmbarGrand Slam RJ62KGSF2018
18489Victor MatosWPts: 8x2Grand Slam AD69KG4F2019
18498Abdullah NabasWArmbarGrand Slam AD69KGRPC2019
18499Victor MatosWPts: 4x2Grand Slam AD69KG3RD2019
18809Joseph Woo LeeWN/AOC Open64KGSF2019
18810Wesclay SardinhaWTriangleOC Open64KGF2019
18910Luan da SilvaWN/AUS Continental69KGRR2019
18912Adam BenayounAdam BenayounWPointsUS Continental69KGF2019
19053Virgilio CarvalhoWSubmissionAfrica Cont. Pro69KGRR2019
19054Virgilio CarvalhoWSubmissionAfrica Cont. Pro69KGRR2019
19059Cleber SousaCleber SousaWChoke from backGrand Slam LDN62KG4F2019
19061Joao MiyaoJoao MiyaoWPts: 4x4, AdvGrand Slam LDN62KGSF2019
19063Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeWPts: 4x4, AdvGrand Slam LDN62KGF2019
19115Nobuhiro SawadaNobuhiro SawadaWPts: 13x0King of Mats69KGRR2019
19118Joao NetoJoao NetoWPts: 0x0, AdvKing of Mats69KGRR2019
19119Lee TingWToe hookKing of Mats69KGRR2019
19593Rene LopezWPointsSan Jose Open64KGRR2019
19594Carlos OliveiraWPointsSan Jose Open64KGF2019
19686Alexis AlduncinAlexis AlduncinWPts: 29x0World Pro62KGRR2019
19687Virgilio CarvalhoWTriangleWorld Pro62KGRR2019
19688Mohd Ali HayatWTriangleWorld Pro62KGRR2019
19692Joao MiyaoJoao MiyaoWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Pro62KGF2019
20163Deandre CorbeDeandre CorbeWPts: 19x4World Champ.64KGR12019
20361Isa KasamarovWPts: 8x0Grand Slam MSK62KGRR2019
20363Jonas AndradeJonas AndradeWPts: 2x0Grand Slam MSK62KGRR2019
20780Nobuhiro SawadaNobuhiro SawadaWBow and arrowKing of Mats69KGRR2019
20782Wanki ChaeWanki ChaeWPointsKing of Mats69KGRR2019
20784Cleber SousaCleber SousaWArmbarKing of Mats69KGRR2019
20790Diego OliveiraDiego OliveiraWPts: 4x2King of Mats69KGSF2019
20794Tomoyuki HashimotoTomoyuki HashimotoWReferee DecisionGrand Slam TYO62KGSF2019
21164Jonas AndradeJonas AndradeWPts: 2x2, AdvGrand Slam LA62KGSF2019
21165Cleber SousaCleber SousaWReferee DecisionGrand Slam LA62KGF2019
21573Thiago AbudWKneebarEuropean NoGi67KGR12019
21575Paulo MiyaoPaulo MiyaoWPts: 4x2European NoGi67KG4F2019
21578Alejandro LeqocWKneebarEuropean NoGi67KGSF2019
21579Cole FransonCole FransonWPts: 10x0European NoGi67KGF2019
21659Daniel FaguntesWArmbarGrand Slam RJ62KGR12019

Gabriel Sousa Highlight Euro 2018

Submission Back Attacks Instructional by John Danaher

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