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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 being 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:

  • ACBJJ World Champion (2018)
  • UAEJJF Grand Slam LA Champion (2018)
  • UAEJJF Grand Slam Tokyo Champion (2018)
  • UAEJJF Grand Slam RJ 2nd Place (2018)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • IBJJF World Champion (2016 purple)
  • IBJJF Pan Champion (2016 purple)
  • IBJJF Pan No-Gi Champion (2017 brown)
  • IBJJF European Open Champion (2018 brown)
  • IBJJF American National Champion (2017 brown, 2016 purple)
  • IBJJF American No-Gi National Champion (2017 brown, 2016 purple)
  • IBJJF South American Champion (2017 brown)
  • UAEJJF Abu Dhabi Pro Champion (2018 brown)
  • UAEJJF Grand Slam – RJ Champion (2017 brown)
  • UAEJJF Grand Slam – LA Champion (2017 brown)
  • ACBJJ World Champion (2017 brown)
  • ACBJJ World No-Gi Champion (2017 brown)
  • ACBJJ Europe Continental Pro Champion (2017 brown)
  • ACBJJ North American Champion (2018 brown)
  • IBJJF European Open 2nd Place (2017 purple)
  • CBJJ Brazilian National 2nd Place (2016 purple)
  • UAEJJF Abu Dhabi Pro 3rd Place (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

26 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    15 (58%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (12%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    6 (23%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (8%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

6 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Submission
50
3
#86e620
Choke
33
2
#5AD3D1
Armbar
17
1
6
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
2 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    0 (0%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (50%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    1 (50%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

1 SUBMISSION LOSSES

#214eb8
Botinha
100
1
1
(100%) SUBMISSION

Gabriel Sousa Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
16448Tomoyuki HashimotoTomoyuki HashimotoLPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam Tokyo62KGF2018
17530Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeLBotinhaGrand Slam RJ62KGF2018
16273Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeWPts: 2x0ACBJJ World60KGSF2018
16275Lucas PinheiroLucas PinheiroWReferee DecisionACBJJ World60KGF2018
16444Kazuya KawashimaWPts: 6x2Grand Slam Tokyo62KG4F2018
16446Jun SakamotoWPts: 4x0Grand Slam Tokyo62KGSF2018
16567Lukasz BilskiWPointsACBJJ Poland65KGRR2018
16568Kuba WitkowskiWPointsACBJJ Poland65KGRR2018
16889Suraj BudhramWN/AAtlanta Summer O.64KGSF2018
16890Juan GuadarramaWN/AAtlanta Summer O.64KGF2018
16915Alexis AlduncinAlexis AlduncinWPts: 4x2Grand Slam LA62KG4F2018
16918Pedro DiasPedro DiasWReferee DecisionGrand Slam LA62KGSF2018
16920Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeWPts: 2x0Grand Slam LA62KGF2018
17217Juan CalderonWPts: 11x0Panama Pro69KGSF2018
17218John BoyleWChokePanama Pro69KGF2018
17219Jan BassoWPts: 0x0, AdvPortugal Pro69KGSF2018
17220Cedric AkakpoviWSubmissionPortugal Pro69KGF2018
17278Jordy PeuteWPts: 16x0German Nat. Pro69KGSF2018
17279Aleks JablonskiWChokeGerman Nat. Pro69KGF2018
17287Krzysztof FlakWSubmissionGerman Nat. ProABS4F2018
17288Jordy PeuteWN/AGerman Nat. ProABSSF2018
17289Jan BasoWPts: 4x2German Nat. ProABSF2018
17329Constantinos Nic.WPts: 5x0Greece Nat. Pro69KGF2018
17497Aleksander JablonskiWSubmissionItaly Nat. Pro69KGSF2018
17498Juan CalderonWPts: 27x0Italy Nat. Pro69KGF2018
17522Tiago BarrosTiago BarrosWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam RJ62KG8F2018
17525Fernando SoaresWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam RJ62KG4F2018
17528G. CarvalhoWArmbarGrand Slam RJ62KGSF2018

Gabriel Sousa Highlight Euro 2018

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