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Jackson Sousa, also known as “Jack” or “Jackzinho”, is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt under Rico Vieira, competitor out of the Fightzone academy in Rio de Janeiro – Checkmat Academy headquarters, and another “child” of Vieira’s social project at the Cantagalo slums. For a number of years, Sousa remained in relative obscurity in mainstream Jiu-Jitsu due to his longtime struggle to obtain the US visa which allowed him to compete at the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) Pan and World Championship. This important passport stamp came in 2013 and with it came also consecutive wins at the Mundial (World Championship), No-Gi World Championship and Pro League, all of which cemented Jackson Sousa’s status as one of the top Jiu-Jitsu athletes of his generation.

Jackson Sousa Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Jackson Sousa dos Santos

Nickname: Jack, or Jackzinho. All ways of saying Jackson.

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie (Senior) > Helio Gracie > Rolls Gracie > Romero Cavalcanti (Jacare) > Ricardo Vieira > Jackson Sousa

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship No-Gi (2013)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pans Championship No-Gi (2014*)
  • 1st Place IBJJF European Open (2014 / 2016)
  • 1st Place UAEJJF Grand Slam MSK (2019)
  • 1st Place IBJJF London Winter Open (2015 / 2016** / 2017**)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF World Championship (2016)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF World Championship No-Gi (2018/2016)
  • 2nd Place UAEJJF King of Mats (2018)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Pro League (2013)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF European Open (2018)
  • 3rd Place UAEJJF Grand Slam LDN (2017)
  • 3rd Place ADCC World Championship (2017)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship (2013 brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF European Open (2012 / 2013 brown)
  • 1st Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals No-Gi (2009 purple, 2010** / 2011** / 2012 brown)
  • 1st Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals (2010 purple, 2012 brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Rio Open (2012** brown)

* Absolute
** Weight and absolute

Favorite Position/Technique: Distance Guard Passing

Weight Division: Peso Pesado (94kg/207lbs)

Team/Association: CheckMat BJJ

Jackson Sousa Biography

Jackson Sousa was born on the 24th of January, 1990 at the Instituto Fernandes Figueira (IFF) maternity in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. His sporting life started early, playing beach football/soccer, but at the age of 10, he was invited by a friend to come and try a Jiu-Jitsu class at the social project led by Ricardo Vieira and Tererê in the Cantagalo Slums where Jackson grew up. Jackson tried one class and was hooked.

At the social project/BJJ school, his main coach was Leandro Martins. An inspirational figure for youngsters of the Cantagalo slums that is often forgotten by the Jiu-Jitsu mainstream. Leandro (an accomplished black belt who was paramount in Tererê’s recovery from drug abuse) led Jackson from white to blue belt, after Jackson reached blue belt level, Ricardo Vieira took over the teenager’s training.

Growing up in the favela, Jackson looked up to several Jiu Jitsu champions, also born in the Cantagalo slums who found a way to better their lives through BJJ. These were the cases of Alan ‘Finfou’ Nascimento, Bruno Matias, Sandro Vieira, ‘Trator’ (Douglas Rufino) and many others who served as real-life examples to lead by and who kept Sousa away from a life of crime, a life only too common in the harsh Cantagalo environment.

Although Jackson tore up the Brazilian national circuit for a long time, he spent years unnoticed by the foreign media, a media that occasionally miss the diamonds in the rough still existing in Brazil. Those who cannot make a name for themselves at international events due to lack of sponsorship or who find it hard to get a visa approved to fight in the United States. On January 2012 however, Jackson turned a few heads his way after he found the sponsors to come and compete at the European Open in Portugal, a tournament he won gold at his weight division and silver at the open weight. After a couple more attempts at that US visa, in 2013 he was finally accepted to visit American soil. This blessing allowed Jackson to be internationally recognized as one of the top fighters of 2013 a deed he accomplished with 3 consecutive World class tournaments wins (Mundial, World Championship No-Gi and IBJJF Pro League).

Jackson Sousa Grappling Record

136 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    70 (51%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    16 (12%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    43 (32%)
  • BY DECISION
    5 (4%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (1%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (1%)

43 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke from back
21
9
#86e620
Toe hold
14
6
#5AD3D1
Armbar
14
6
#d1212a
Toe hook
12
5
#fad11b
RNC
12
5
#f58822
Kneebar
5
2
#224aba
Choke
5
2
#ff9124
North south choke
5
2
#bf1f6c
Triangle
5
2
#22c9a5
Straight armlock
2
1
#fad223
Wristlock
2
1
#03861f
Bread cutter
2
1
#039a1f
Cross choke
2
1
43
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
55 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    17 (31%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    7 (13%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    20 (36%)
  • BY DECISION
    11 (20%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

20 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Toe hold
20
4
#86e620
Choke from back
15
3
#5AD3D1
Inside heel hook
10
2
#d1212a
RNC
10
2
#fad11b
Heel hook
10
2
#f58822
Straight ankle lock
10
2
#224aba
Choke
5
1
#ff9124
Flying armbar
5
1
#bf1f6c
Footlock
5
1
#22c9a5
Submission
5
1
#fad223
Wristlock
5
1
20
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Jackson Sousa Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
5071Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld ExpoABSSF2013
5113Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 2x0IBJJF Pro League94KGF2013
5160Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLReferee DecisionFIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5248Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPts: 2x0EuropeanABSSF2014
5285Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLSubmissionPan AmericanABSR32014
5369Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLAdvPan American94KG4F2014
5635Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLChoke from backWorld Pro.94KG4F2014
5805Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoLPts: 2x0World Champ.94KG4F2014
5949Mauro SantiagoLPts: 3x0No Gi Pan Am.94KGSF2014
5972Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 9x2NoGi WorldsABSRDS2014
6060Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLReferee DecisionIBJJF Pro League94KGF2014
6612Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesLReferee DecisionBerkut OpenABSSPF2015
6618Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesLToe holdBerkut Open NoGiABSSPF2015
7097Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 8x2World Pro95KGF2015
7148Alexander TransAlexander TransLToe holdWorld ProABS4F2015
7342Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 4x2World Champ.ABS8F2015
7454Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLPts: 6x0World Champ.94KGSF2015
8218Erberth SantosErberth SantosLReferee DecisionGrand Slam LA94KGSF2015
8238Andre CamposLReferee DecisionGrand Slam LAABSSF2015
8412Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds91KGF2015
8455Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyLPts: 2x2, AdvNoGi WorldsABS4F2015
8494Abdurakhman BilarovAbdurakhman BilarovLHeel hookBerkut 2ABSSPF2015
8943Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLChoke from backEuropean OpenABSSF2016
9163Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 2x2, AdvGrand Slam LDN94KGSF2016
9164Max WisniewskiLStraight ankle lockGrand Slam LDN94KG3RD2016
9469Jose JuniorJose JuniorLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld ProABSR22016
9584Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLWristlockWorld Pro94KG4F2016
9986Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.94KGF2016
10065Victor EstimaVictor EstimaLPts: 2x0British NationalABSF2016
10286Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLChoke from backBerkut 3ABSSPF2016
10802Dillon DanisDillon DanisLInside heel hookPolaris 490KGSPF2016
11958Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLChokeGrand Slam LDN94KGSF2017
13728Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPts: 3x0ADCC99KGSF2017
14427Abdurakhman BilarovAbdurakhman BilarovLHeel hookACB JJ 995KG4F2017
14573Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLRNCNoGi WorldsABSSF2017
14680Victor HonorioVictor HonorioLPts: 2x0European OpenABS4F2018
14746Helton JoseHelton JoseLToe holdEuropean Open94KGSF2018
15632Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLReferee DecisionACBJJ 1295KGSPF2018
15801Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 18x2Marianas Open100KGF2018
16105Igor SilvaIgor SilvaLFlying armbarACBJJ 1395KGSPF2018
16346Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.94KG4F2018
17123Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLReferee DecisionNo Gi Pan Am.ABSSF2018
17173Aaron JohnsonAaron JohnsonLFootlockNo Gi Pan Am.97KGF2018
17313Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLPts: 2x0Grand Slam LA94KGSF2018
17348Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 2x2, AdvKing of Mats110KGRR2018
17357Erberth SantosErberth SantosLReferee DecisionKing of Mats110KGF2018
18319Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsLReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds91KGF2018
18361Gordon RyanGordon RyanLRNCNoGi WorldsABSSF2018
19338Aaron JohnsonAaron JohnsonLInside heel hookKasai 593KGRR2019
19340Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 3x0Kasai 593KGRR2019
19349Craig JonesCraig JonesLStraight ankle lockKasai 593KG3RD2019
19593Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLPts: 6x0WP BR Qualifier94KGF2019
20200Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 2x0World Champ.94KG4F2019
20269Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLPts: 0x0, AdvKing of Mats110KGRR2019
20275Joao RochaJoao RochaLToe holdKing of Mats110KGRR2019
5057Shiloh RobertsWChokeWorld ExpoABSGP2013
5059Nathan MendelsohnNathan MendelsohnWPts: 3x3, AdvWorld ExpoABSGP2013
5060Marcel GoncalvesMarcel GoncalvesWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld ExpoABSGP2013
5061Omar SabhaWNorth south chokeWorld ExpoABSGP2013
5091Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaWTriangleNoGi Worlds94KGSF2013
5112Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarWPts: 0x0, AdvIBJJF Pro League94KGSF2013
5159Garry TononGarry TononWPts: 2x0FIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5162James PuopoloJames PuopoloWPts: 8x0FIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5241Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesWPts: 2x0European94KGF2014
5251Pedro BessaWPointsGrab and PullABSSPF2014
5277UnknownWPts: 4x0Pan AmericanABSR22014
5363Josh JordanWPts: 11x0Pan American94KG8F2014
5489Ben BaxterBen BaxterWReferee DecisionFIVE OregonABSSF2014
5490James PuopoloJames PuopoloWPts: 7x0FIVE OregonABSF2014
5802Felipe BuenoWPointsWorld Champ.94KGRDS2014
5874Julian VegaWCross chokeDallas OpenABS4F2014
5876James PuopoloJames PuopoloWChoke from backDallas OpenABSF2014
5881Carlos VidalWChoke from backDallas Open94KGF2014
5956Romulo SouzaWPts: 4x0No Gi Pan Am.ABS4F2014
5959Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWPts: 2x0No Gi Pan Am.ABSSF2014
5961AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWArmbarNo Gi Pan Am.ABSF2014
5969Bruno TogniWAdvNoGi WorldsABSRDS2014
6022Lucas RochaLucas RochaWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds94KG4F2014
6024Mauro SantiagoWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds94KGSF2014
6059Eduardo TellesEduardo TellesWPts: 2x2, AdvIBJJF Pro League94KGSF2014
6648Karim KhalifaWPts: 4x0London Winter Op.94KGF2015
6651Luis FinnochioWChokeLondon Winter Op.ABS4F2015
6654Max CamposWToe hookLondon Winter Op.ABSSF2015
6655C. NegromonteC. NegromonteWPts: 0x0, AdvLondon Winter Op.ABSF2015
6992Frederico AmiunaWPointsRome Open94KGSF2015
6993Felipe MotaFelipe MotaWPts: 2x0Rome Open94KGF2015
6996C. NegromonteC. NegromonteWPts: 4x0Rome OpenABSSF2015
7091Pedro PeresWPts: 5x0World Pro95KG4F2015
7095Faisal AlKitbeFaisal AlKitbeWPts: 2x0World Pro95KGSF2015
7131AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWPts: 2x0World ProABSR12015
7142Joao RochaJoao RochaWPts: 2x0World ProABSR22015
7332Eliot KellyEliot KellyWRNCWorld Champ.ABSR12015
7445Antonio AntonioliWPts: 2x0World Champ.94KG8F2015
7452Cassio FrancisCassio FrancisWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.94KG4F2015
8158Sebastien LecoqWNorth south chokePortugal Nat. ProABSSF2015
8159Alan FerreiraWPts: 5x0Portugal Nat. ProABSF2015
8221Faisal AlKitbeFaisal AlKitbeWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LA94KG3RD2015
8230Vinicius AgudoWToe holdGrand Slam LAABS8F2015
8235Carlos FariasCarlos FariasWPts: 9x0Grand Slam LAABS4F2015
8249Renato TavaresRenato TavaresWToe holdMacaco BrancoABSSPF2015
8406Rodrigo ReisWKneebarNoGi Worlds91KG4F2015
8411Felipe BuenoWPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds91KGSF2015
8435Gabriel ProcópioWStraight armlockNoGi WorldsABSR12015
8451Adam WheelerWPts: 10x0NoGi WorldsABS8F2015
8757Jaroslav MoltasWChoke from backBerlin Open94KGF2015
8758Luca AnacoretaLuca AnacoretaWPts: 8x4Berlin OpenABSF2015
8760Rodrigo ReisWToe holdBerlin NoGi Open94KGF2015
8908Juha LeppänenWArmbarEuropean Open94KG4F2016
8911Maks WisniewskiWPointsEuropean Open94KGSF2016
8912Felipe BuenoWPts: 10x0European Open94KGF2016
8934Gabriel ArgesGabriel ArgesWToe holdEuropean OpenABSR22016
8940Kaue DamascenoWPts: 4x0European OpenABS4F2016
9077Piotr WojtkowskiWToe holdLondon W. Open94KGSF2016
9079C. NegromonteC. NegromonteWPts: 4x2London W. Open94KGF2016
9080UnknownWToe holdLondon W. OpenABS4F2016
9083C. NegromonteC. NegromonteWPts: 5x2London W. OpenABSSF2016
9084Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesWPts: 3x2London W. OpenABSF2016
9140Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesWPts: 2x2, AdvGrand Slam LDNABS4F2016
9161Nelton PontesNelton PontesWPts: 5x2Grand Slam LDN94KG4F2016
9579Nalmir GuimaraesWChoke from backWorld Pro94KGR12016
9974Diego GamonalWChoke from backWorld Champ.94KGR12016
9982Felipe PenaFelipe PenaWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.94KG4F2016
9984Guilherme AugustoGuilherme AugustoWPts: 9x0World Champ.94KGSF2016
10059Nicolas PenzerWN/ABritish National94KGSF2016
10064Nelton PontesNelton PontesWPointsBritish NationalABSSF2016
11907Jefte PortesWTriangleLondon W. OpenO100KGF2017
11909Santeri LiliusWKneebarLondon W. OpenABSSF2017
11956Valdir AraujoWPts: 6x0Grand Slam LDN94KG4F2017
11960Arya EsfandmazWPts: 23x0Grand Slam LDN94KG3RD2017
13055Eduardo InojosaWPts: 12x0World Champ.94KG8F2017
13591Rinat KashaevWRNCMoscow NGO97KGF2017
13592Algimants KontautsWChoke from backMoscow OpenABSSF2017
13593Bruno OliveiraWToe hookMoscow OpenABSF2017
13722Paul ArdilaPaul ArdilaWPts: 0x0, PenADCC99KGE12017
13726Joao AssisJoao AssisWReferee DecisionADCC99KG4F2017
13729Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWReferee DecisionADCC99KG3RD2017
13877Elott KellyWPts: 2x0No Gi Pan Am.97KGF2017
13883Dustin AkbariWPts: 2x0No Gi Pan Am.ABS4F2017
13885Dante LeonDante LeonWPts: 2x0No Gi Pan Am.ABSSF2017
13887Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoWPts: 4x0No Gi Pan Am.ABSF2017
13984Oliver GeddesOliver GeddesWArmbarLondon Fall Open94KGSF2017
13985Nicolas PenzerWPointsLondon Fall Open94KGF2017
13989Baruc BarriosWWristlockLondon Fall OpenABS4F2017
13990Sergio RiosSergio RiosWPts: 13x0London Fall OpenABSSF2017
13997Nicolas PenzerWPointsLondon Fall NG.OABS4F2017
14000Darragh OConaillDarragh OConaillWPts: 2x0London Fall NG.OABSSF2017
14001C. NegromonteC. NegromonteWPts: 0x0, AdvLondon Fall NG.OABSF2017
14285Nicolas PenzerWPointsParis Open94KGSF2017
14286Samuel MoninWChoke from backParis Open94KGF2017
14287UnknownWChoke from backParis OpenABSR12017
14288UnknownWToe hookParis OpenABS4F2017
14290Ruben FonsecaWToe hookParis OpenABSSF2017
14291Tommy LangakerTommy LangakerWPointsParis OpenABSF2017
14554Enrique GalarzaWPts: 11x0NoGi WorldsABSR12017
14566Frederico AugustoWPts: 12x0NoGi WorldsABSR22017
14570Jared DoppJared DoppWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi WorldsABS4F2017
14664Sergio RiosSergio RiosWPts: 4x0European OpenABSR12018
14674Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroWPts: 5x4European OpenABS8F2018
14744Charles McGuireWArmbarEuropean Open94KG4F2018
15304Steev CombourgWToe hookGrand Slam LDN94KG4F2018
15307Ben HodgkinsonWChoke from backGrand Slam LDN94KGSF2018
15309Paulo PintoWPts: 2x0Grand Slam LDN94KGF2018
15798Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyWPts: 0x0, AdvMarianas Open100KG4F2018
15799Fellipe TrovoFellipe TrovoWPts: 2x0Marianas Open100KGSF2018
16340Helton JoseHelton JoseWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.94KG8F2018
17118Enrico CoccoEnrico CoccoWPts: 2x0No Gi Pan Am.ABS8F2018
17121Charles McGuireWPointsNo Gi Pan Am.ABS4F2018
17171A BuenoWRNCNo Gi Pan Am.97KGSF2018
17340Alexandre CeconiAlexandre CeconiWPts: 4x0King of Mats110KGRR2018
17344Gerard LabinskiGerard LabinskiWPts: 2x0King of Mats110KGRR2018
17352Rudson MateusRudson MateusWPts: 2x0King of Mats110KGRR2018
17356R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWPts: 2x0King of Mats110KGSF2018
17630Arya EsfandmazWPointsLondon Fall Open100KGF2018
17633Jacopo PasquiniWRNCLondon Fall OpenABS4F2018
17635Rodrigo ConceicaoRodrigo ConceicaoWArmbarLondon Fall OpenABSSF2018
17640Samir KrvavacWPointsLondon Fall NGO97KGF2018
17641Jamie HughesWRNCLondon Fall NGOABSSF2018
17643Anderson LimaWArmbarLondon Fall NGOABSF2018
17665Uros DomanovicWBread cutterGeneva Open100KGF2018
17668Uros DomanovicWPointsGeneva OpenABSSF2018
18309Ben HodgkinsonWPts: 3x0NoGi Worlds91KGR12018
18314James BrascoJames BrascoWDQNoGi Worlds91KG4F2018
18317Devhonte JohnsonDevhonte JohnsonWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds91KGSF2018
18359Marco AurelioWPts: 2x0NoGi WorldsABS4F2018
19342Valdir AraujoWPts: 5x1Kasai 593KGRR2019
19590Paulo PintoWPts: 2x0WP BR Qualifier94KG4F2019
19591Oriones NettoWPts: 6x0WP BR Qualifier94KGSF2019
20258Gerard LabisnkiWPts: 4x2King of Mats110KGRR2019
20262Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWPts: 4x2King of Mats110KGRR2019
20304Georgii EmelianovWPts: 7x0Grand Slam MSK94KGSF2019
20305Helton JoseHelton JoseWReferee DecisionGrand Slam MSK94KGF2019
20846Ed IngamellsD---Battle GrappleABSSPF2019

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