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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)

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

67 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    33 (49%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    9 (13%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    20 (30%)
  • BY DECISION
    5 (7%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

20 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Submission
30
6
#86e620
Armbar
20
4
#5AD3D1
Triangle
15
3
#d1212a
Kneebar
10
2
#fad11b
Choke
10
2
#f58822
Choke from back
5
1
#224aba
Toe hook
5
1
#ff9124
Bow and arrow
5
1
20
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
15 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    4 (27%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (7%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    5 (33%)
  • BY DECISION
    4 (27%)
  • 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
16835Tomoyuki HashimotoTomoyuki HashimotoLPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam TYO62KGF2018
16972Seif HoumineSeif HoumineLChokeACBJJ PolandABSR12018
18043Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeLBotinhaGrand Slam RJ62KGF2018
18546Tiago BravoTiago BravoLPts: 0x0, PenGrand Slam AD69KGSF2019
19174Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeLReferee DecisionKing of Mats69KGRR2019
19192Isaac DoederleinIsaac DoederleinLWristlockKing of Mats69KGSF2019
19193Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeLPts: 6x4King of Mats69KG3RD2019
19656Carlos OliveiraLPointsSan Jose Open64KGRR2019
20237Tiago BarrosTiago BarrosLPts: 9x4World Champ.64KGR22019
20867Isaac DoederleinIsaac DoederleinLStraight ankle lockKing of Mats69KGF2019
20870Jonas AndradeJonas AndradeLReferee DecisionGrand Slam TYO62KGF2019
21752Diego OliveiraDiego OliveiraLReferee DecisionGrand Slam RJ62KG4F2019
21758Judinei SilvaLPts: 2x0Grand Slam RJ62KGRPC2019
22222Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeLInside heel hookF2W Pro 13365KGSPF2019
22269Alex SodreAlex SodreLReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds67KGF2019
16647Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeWPts: 2x0ACBJJ World60KGSF2018
16649Lucas PinheiroLucas PinheiroWReferee DecisionACBJJ World60KGF2018
16831Kazuya KawashimaWPts: 6x2Grand Slam TYO62KG4F2018
16833Jun SakamotoWPts: 4x0Grand Slam TYO62KGSF2018
16960Lukasz BilskiWPointsACBJJ Poland65KGRR2018
16961Kuba WitkowskiWPointsACBJJ Poland65KGRR2018
17330Juan GuadarramaWN/AAtlanta Summer O.64KGSF2018
17331Suraj BudhramWPts: 8x0Atlanta Summer O.64KGF2018
17358Alexis AlduncinAlexis AlduncinWPts: 4x2Grand Slam LA62KG4F2018
17361Pedro DiasPedro DiasWReferee DecisionGrand Slam LA62KGSF2018
17363Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeWPts: 2x0Grand Slam LA62KGF2018
17693Juan CalderonWPts: 11x0Panama Pro69KGSF2018
17694John BoyleWChokePanama Pro69KGF2018
17695Jan BassoWPts: 0x0, AdvPortugal Pro69KGSF2018
17696Cedric AkakpoviWSubmissionPortugal Pro69KGF2018
17754Jordy PeuteWPts: 16x0German Nat. Pro69KGSF2018
17755Aleks JablonskiWChokeGerman Nat. Pro69KGF2018
17764Krzysztof FlakWSubmissionGerman Nat. ProABS4F2018
17765Jordy PeuteWN/AGerman Nat. ProABSSF2018
17766Jan BasoWPts: 4x2German Nat. ProABSF2018
17818Constantinos Nic.WPts: 5x0Greece Nat. Pro69KGF2018
17992Aleksander JablonskiWSubmissionItaly Nat. Pro69KGSF2018
17993Juan CalderonWPts: 27x0Italy Nat. Pro69KGF2018
18035Tiago BarrosTiago BarrosWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam RJ62KG8F2018
18038Fernando SoaresWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam RJ62KG4F2018
18041G. CarvalhoWArmbarGrand Slam RJ62KGSF2018
18542Victor MatosWPts: 8x2Grand Slam AD69KG4F2019
18551Abdullah NabasWArmbarGrand Slam AD69KGRPC2019
18552Victor MatosWPts: 4x2Grand Slam AD69KG3RD2019
18867Joseph Woo LeeWN/AOC Open64KGSF2019
18868Wesclay SardinhaWTriangleOC Open64KGF2019
18968Luan da SilvaWN/AUS Continental69KGRR2019
18970Adam BenayounAdam BenayounWPointsUS Continental69KGF2019
19111Virgilio CarvalhoWSubmissionAfrica Cont. Pro69KGRR2019
19112Virgilio CarvalhoWSubmissionAfrica Cont. Pro69KGRR2019
19120Cleber SousaCleber SousaWChoke from backGrand Slam LDN62KG4F2019
19122Joao MiyaoJoao MiyaoWPts: 4x4, AdvGrand Slam LDN62KGSF2019
19124Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeWPts: 4x4, AdvGrand Slam LDN62KGF2019
19176Nobuhiro SawadaNobuhiro SawadaWPts: 13x0King of Mats69KGRR2019
19179Joao NetoJoao NetoWPts: 0x0, AdvKing of Mats69KGRR2019
19180Lee TingWToe hookKing of Mats69KGRR2019
19657Rene LopezWPointsSan Jose Open64KGRR2019
19658Carlos OliveiraWPointsSan Jose Open64KGF2019
19754Alexis AlduncinAlexis AlduncinWPts: 29x0World Pro62KGRR2019
19755Virgilio CarvalhoWTriangleWorld Pro62KGRR2019
19756Mohd Ali HayatWTriangleWorld Pro62KGRR2019
19760Joao MiyaoJoao MiyaoWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Pro62KGF2019
20236Deandre CorbeDeandre CorbeWPts: 19x4World Champ.64KGR12019
20434Isa KasamarovWPts: 8x0Grand Slam MSK62KGRR2019
20436Jonas AndradeJonas AndradeWPts: 2x0Grand Slam MSK62KGRR2019
20855Nobuhiro SawadaNobuhiro SawadaWBow and arrowKing of Mats69KGRR2019
20857Wanki ChaeWanki ChaeWPointsKing of Mats69KGRR2019
20859Cleber SousaCleber SousaWArmbarKing of Mats69KGRR2019
20865Diego OliveiraDiego OliveiraWPts: 4x2King of Mats69KGSF2019
20869Tomoyuki HashimotoTomoyuki HashimotoWReferee DecisionGrand Slam TYO62KGSF2019
21246Jonas AndradeJonas AndradeWPts: 2x2, AdvGrand Slam LA62KGSF2019
21247Cleber SousaCleber SousaWReferee DecisionGrand Slam LA62KGF2019
21662Thiago AbudWKneebarEuropean NoGi67KGR12019
21664Paulo MiyaoPaulo MiyaoWPts: 4x2European NoGi67KG4F2019
21667Alejandro LeqocWKneebarEuropean NoGi67KGSF2019
21668Cole FransonCole FransonWPts: 10x0European NoGi67KGF2019
21748Daniel FaguntesWArmbarGrand Slam RJ62KGR12019
22266Alejandro LecoqWPts: 11x2NoGi Worlds67KG4F2019
22268Cole FransonCole FransonWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds67KGSF2019
22363Tiago BravoTiago BravoWReferee DecisionGrand Slam AD69KG4F2019
22366Abdullah NabasWSubmissionGrand Slam AD69KGSF2019
22368Israel SousaIsrael SousaWPointsGrand Slam AD69KGF2019

Gabriel Sousa Highlight Euro 2018

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