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Gabriel Sousa

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)
  • UAEJJF Grand Slam AD 3rd Place (2019)

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

43 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    23 (53%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    6 (14%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    12 (28%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (5%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

12 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Submission
42
5
#86e620
Choke
17
2
#5AD3D1
Armbar
17
2
#d1212a
Triangle
8
1
#fad11b
Choke from back
8
1
#f58822
Toe hook
8
1
12
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
8 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    2 (25%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (13%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    3 (38%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (13%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (13%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

3 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Choke
33
1
#86e620
Botinha
33
1
#5AD3D1
Wristlock
33
1
3
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Gabriel Sousa Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
16647Tomoyuki HashimotoTomoyuki HashimotoLPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam Tokyo62KGF2018
16778Seif HoumineSeif HoumineLChokeACBJJ PolandABSR12018
17805Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeLBotinhaGrand Slam RJ62KGF2018
18273Tiago BravoTiago BravoLPts: 0x0, PenGrand Slam AD69KGSF2019
18877Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeLReferee DecisionKing of Mats69KGRR2019
18895Isaac DoederleinIsaac DoederleinLWristlockKing of Mats69KGSF2019
18896Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeLPts: 6x4King of Mats69KG3RD2019
19337Carlos OliveiraLPointsSan Jose Open64KGRR2019
16460Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeWPts: 2x0ACBJJ World60KGSF2018
16462Lucas PinheiroLucas PinheiroWReferee DecisionACBJJ World60KGF2018
16643Kazuya KawashimaWPts: 6x2Grand Slam Tokyo62KG4F2018
16645Jun SakamotoWPts: 4x0Grand Slam Tokyo62KGSF2018
16767Lukasz BilskiWPointsACBJJ Poland65KGRR2018
16768Kuba WitkowskiWPointsACBJJ Poland65KGRR2018
17127Suraj BudhramWN/AAtlanta Summer O.64KGSF2018
17128Juan GuadarramaWN/AAtlanta Summer O.64KGF2018
17154Alexis AlduncinAlexis AlduncinWPts: 4x2Grand Slam LA62KG4F2018
17157Pedro DiasPedro DiasWReferee DecisionGrand Slam LA62KGSF2018
17159Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeWPts: 2x0Grand Slam LA62KGF2018
17470Juan CalderonWPts: 11x0Panama Pro69KGSF2018
17471John BoyleWChokePanama Pro69KGF2018
17472Jan BassoWPts: 0x0, AdvPortugal Pro69KGSF2018
17473Cedric AkakpoviWSubmissionPortugal Pro69KGF2018
17531Jordy PeuteWPts: 16x0German Nat. Pro69KGSF2018
17532Aleks JablonskiWChokeGerman Nat. Pro69KGF2018
17540Krzysztof FlakWSubmissionGerman Nat. ProABS4F2018
17541Jordy PeuteWN/AGerman Nat. ProABSSF2018
17542Jan BasoWPts: 4x2German Nat. ProABSF2018
17590Constantinos Nic.WPts: 5x0Greece Nat. Pro69KGF2018
17760Aleksander JablonskiWSubmissionItaly Nat. Pro69KGSF2018
17761Juan CalderonWPts: 27x0Italy Nat. Pro69KGF2018
17797Tiago BarrosTiago BarrosWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam RJ62KG8F2018
17800Fernando SoaresWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam RJ62KG4F2018
17803G. CarvalhoWArmbarGrand Slam RJ62KGSF2018
18269Victor MatosWPts: 8x2Grand Slam AD69KG4F2019
18278Abdullah NabasWArmbarGrand Slam AD69KGRPC2019
18279Victor MatosWPts: 4x2Grand Slam AD69KG3RD2019
18575Joseph Woo LeeWN/AOC Open64KGSF2019
18576Wesclay SardinhaWTriangleOC Open64KGF2019
18676Luan da SilvaWN/AUS Continental69KGRR2019
18678Adam BenayounAdam BenayounWPointsUS Continental69KGF2019
18817Virgilio CarvalhoWSubmissionAfrica Cont. Pro69KGRR2019
18818Virgilio CarvalhoWSubmissionAfrica Cont. Pro69KGRR2019
18823Cleber SousaCleber SousaWChoke from backGrand Slam LDN62KG4F2019
18825Joao MiyaoJoao MiyaoWPts: 4x4, AdvGrand Slam LDN62KGSF2019
18827Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeWPts: 4x4, AdvGrand Slam LDN62KGF2019
18879Nobuhiro SawadaNobuhiro SawadaWPts: 13x0King of Mats69KGRR2019
18882Joao NetoJoao NetoWPts: 0x0, AdvKing of Mats69KGRR2019
18883Lee TingWToe hookKing of Mats69KGRR2019
19338Rene LopezWPointsSan Jose Open64KGRR2019
19339Carlos OliveiraWPointsSan Jose Open64KGF2019

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