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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. Jackson Sousa, a rising sporting star, remained for years in the limelight of Jiu Jitsu due to his long time struggle to obtain a US visa that allowed him to compete at a world stage. 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 > Helio Gracie > Rolls Gracie > Romero Cavalcanti > Ricardo Vieira > Jackson Sousa

Main Achievements:

  • IBJJF World No-Gi Champion (2013)
  • IBJJF Pan American No-Gi Champion (2014*)
  • IBJJF European Open Champion (2016/2014)
  • IBJJF London International Winter Open Champion (2017**/2016**/2015)
  • IBJJF World Championship 2nd Place (2016)
  • IBJJF World No-Gi Championship 2nd Place (2016)
  • UAEJJF King of Mats 2nd Place (2018)
  • IBJJF Pro League 2nd Place (2013)
  • IBJJF European Open 3rd Place (2018)
  • UAEJJF Grand Slam London 3rd Place (2017)
  • ADCC 3rd Place (2017)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • IBJJF World Champion (2013 brown)
  • IBJJF European Open Champion (2013 brown, 2012 brown)
  • CBJJ Brazilian Champion – No Gi (2012**/2011**/2010 brown, 2009 purple)
  • CBJJ Brazilian Champion (2012 brown, 2010 purple)
  • IBJJF Rio Open Champion (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 main stream. 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 misses 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 a gold at his weigh 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

124 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    62 (50%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    15 (12%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    42 (34%)
  • BY DECISION
    4 (3%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (1%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

42 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke from back
21
9
#86e620
Armbar
14
6
#5AD3D1
Toe hold
14
6
#d1212a
Toe hook
12
5
#fad11b
RNC
12
5
#f58822
Choke
5
2
#224aba
North south choke
5
2
#ff9124
Triangle
5
2
#bf1f6c
Kneebar
5
2
#22c9a5
Straight armlock
2
1
#fad223
Wristlock
2
1
#03861f
Cross choke
2
1
42
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
46 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    14 (30%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    6 (13%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    16 (35%)
  • BY DECISION
    10 (22%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

16 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Choke from back
19
3
#86e620
Toe hold
19
3
#5AD3D1
Heel hook
13
2
#d1212a
Footlock
6
1
#fad11b
Submission
6
1
#f58822
Straight ankle lock
6
1
#224aba
Wristlock
6
1
#ff9124
Inside heel hook
6
1
#bf1f6c
Choke
6
1
#22c9a5
RNC
6
1
#fad223
Flying armbar
6
1
16
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Jackson Sousa Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
5047Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld ExpoABSSF2013
5089Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 2x0IBJJF Pro League94KGF2013
5136Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLReferee DecisionFIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5216Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPts: 2x0EuropeanABSSF2014
5253Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLSubmissionPan AmericanABSR32014
5337Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLAdvPan American94KG4F2014
5602Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLChoke from backWorld Pro.94KG4F2014
5772Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoLPts: 2x0World Champ.94KG4F2014
5908Mauro SantiagoLPts: 3x0No Gi Pan Am.94KGSF2014
5931Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 9x2NoGi WorldsABSRDS2014
6016Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLReferee DecisionIBJJF Pro League94KGF2014
6557Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesLReferee DecisionBerkut OpenABSSPF2015
6563Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesLToe holdBerkut Open NoGiABSSPF2015
7042Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 8x2World Pro95KGF2015
7093Alexander TransAlexander TransLToe holdWorld ProABS4F2015
7285Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 4x2World Champ.ABS8F2015
7396Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLPts: 6x0World Champ.94KGSF2015
8155Erberth SantosErberth SantosLReferee DecisionGrand Slam LA94KGSF2015
8175Andre CamposLReferee DecisionGrand Slam LAABSSF2015
8349Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds91KGF2015
8392Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyLPts: 2x2, AdvNoGi WorldsABS4F2015
8431Abdurakhman BilarovAbdurakhman BilarovLHeel hookBerkut 2ABSSPF2015
8878Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLChoke from backEuropean OpenABSSF2016
9089Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 2x2, AdvLondon Grand Slam94KGSF2016
9090Max WisniewskiLStraight ankle lockLondon Grand Slam94KG3RD2016
9392Jose JuniorJose JuniorLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld ProABSR22016
9507Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLWristlockWorld Pro94KG4F2016
9908Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.94KGF2016
9987Victor EstimaVictor EstimaLPts: 2x0British NationalABSF2016
10202Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLChoke from backBerkut 3ABSSPF2016
10704Dillon DanisDillon DanisLInside heel hookPolaris 490KGSPF2016
11825Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLChokeGrand Slam LDN94KGSF2017
13552Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPts: 3x0ADCC99KGSF2017
14218Abdurakhman BilarovAbdurakhman BilarovLHeel hookACB JJ 995KG4F2017
14362Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLRNCNoGi WorldsABSSF2017
14440Victor HonorioVictor HonorioLPts: 2x0European OpenABS4F2018
14506Helton JoseHelton JoseLToe holdEuropean Open94KGSF2018
15329Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLReferee DecisionACBJJ 1295KGSPF2018
15478Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 18x2Marianas Open100KGF2018
15776Igor SilvaIgor SilvaLFlying armbarACBJJ 1395KGSPF2018
16015Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.94KG4F2018
16706Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLReferee DecisionNo Gi Pan Am.ABSSF2018
16755Aaron JohnsonAaron JohnsonLFootlockNo Gi Pan Am.97KGF2018
16893Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLPts: 2x0Grand Slam LA94KGSF2018
16928Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 2x2, AdvKing of Mats110KGRR2018
16937Erberth SantosErberth SantosLReferee DecisionKing of Mats110KGF2018
5033Shiloh RobertsWChokeWorld ExpoABSGP2013
5035Nathan MendelsohnNathan MendelsohnWPts: 3x3, AdvWorld ExpoABSGP2013
5036Marcel GoncalvesMarcel GoncalvesWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld ExpoABSGP2013
5037Omar SabhaWNorth south chokeWorld ExpoABSGP2013
5067Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaWTriangleNoGi Worlds94KGSF2013
5088Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarWPts: 0x0, AdvIBJJF Pro League94KGSF2013
5135Garry TononGarry TononWPts: 2x0FIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5138James PuopoloJames PuopoloWPts: 8x0FIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5209Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesWPts: 2x0European94KGF2014
5219Pedro BessaWPointsGrab and PullABSSPF2014
5245UnknownWPts: 4x0Pan AmericanABSR22014
5331Josh JordanWPts: 11x0Pan American94KG8F2014
5457Ben BaxterBen BaxterWReferee DecisionFIVE OregonABSSF2014
5458James PuopoloJames PuopoloWPts: 7x0FIVE OregonABSF2014
5769Felipe BuenoWPointsWorld Champ.94KGRDS2014
5839Julian VegaWCross chokeDallas OpenABS4F2014
5841James PuopoloJames PuopoloWChoke from backDallas OpenABSF2014
5846Carlos VidalWChoke from backDallas Open94KGF2014
5915Romulo SouzaWPts: 4x0No Gi Pan Am.ABS4F2014
5918Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWPts: 2x0No Gi Pan Am.ABSSF2014
5920AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWArmbarNo Gi Pan Am.ABSF2014
5928Bruno TogniWAdvNoGi WorldsABSRDS2014
5978Lucas RochaLucas RochaWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds94KG4F2014
5980Mauro SantiagoWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds94KGSF2014
6015Eduardo TellesEduardo TellesWPts: 2x2, AdvIBJJF Pro League94KGSF2014
6593Karim KhalifaWPts: 4x0London Winter Op.94KGF2015
6596Luis FinnochioWChokeLondon Winter Op.ABS4F2015
6599Max CamposWToe hookLondon Winter Op.ABSSF2015
6600C. NegromonteC. NegromonteWPts: 0x0, AdvLondon Winter Op.ABSF2015
6937Frederico AmiunaWPointsRome Open94KGSF2015
6938Felipe MotaFelipe MotaWPts: 2x0Rome Open94KGF2015
6941C. NegromonteC. NegromonteWPts: 4x0Rome OpenABSSF2015
7036Pedro PeresWPts: 5x0World Pro95KG4F2015
7040Faisal AlKitbeFaisal AlKitbeWPts: 2x0World Pro95KGSF2015
7076AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWPts: 2x0World ProABSR12015
7087Joao RochaJoao RochaWPts: 2x0World ProABSR22015
7275Eliot KellyEliot KellyWRNCWorld Champ.ABSR12015
7387Antonio AntonioliWPts: 2x0World Champ.94KG8F2015
7394Cassio FrancisCassio FrancisWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.94KG4F2015
8095Sebastien LecoqWNorth south chokePortugal Nat. ProABSSF2015
8096Alan FerreiraWPts: 5x0Portugal Nat. ProABSF2015
8158Faisal AlKitbeFaisal AlKitbeWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LA94KG3RD2015
8167Vinicius AgudoWToe holdGrand Slam LAABS8F2015
8172Carlos FariasCarlos FariasWPts: 9x0Grand Slam LAABS4F2015
8186Renato TavaresRenato TavaresWToe holdMacaco BrancoABSSPF2015
8343Rodrigo ReisWKneebarNoGi Worlds91KG4F2015
8348Felipe BuenoWPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds91KGSF2015
8372Gabriel ProcópioWStraight armlockNoGi WorldsABSR12015
8388Adam WheelerWPts: 10x0NoGi WorldsABS8F2015
8694Jaroslav MoltasWChoke from backBerlin Open94KGF2015
8695Luca AnacoretaLuca AnacoretaWPts: 8x4Berlin OpenABSF2015
8697Rodrigo ReisWToe holdBerlin NoGi Open94KGF2015
8843Juha LeppänenWArmbarEuropean Open94KG4F2016
8846Maks WisniewskiWPointsEuropean Open94KGSF2016
8847Felipe BuenoWPts: 10x0European Open94KGF2016
8869Gabriel ArgesGabriel ArgesWToe holdEuropean OpenABSR22016
8875Kaue DamascenoWPts: 4x0European OpenABS4F2016
9009Piotr WojtkowskiWToe holdLondon W. Open94KGSF2016
9011C. NegromonteC. NegromonteWPts: 4x2London W. Open94KGF2016
9012UnknownWToe holdLondon W. OpenABS4F2016
9015C. NegromonteC. NegromonteWPts: 5x2London W. OpenABSSF2016
9016Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesWPts: 3x2London W. OpenABSF2016
9067Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesWPts: 2x2, AdvLondon Grand SlamABS4F2016
9087Nelton PontesNelton PontesWPts: 5x2London Grand Slam94KG4F2016
9502Nalmir GuimaraesWChoke from backWorld Pro94KGR12016
9896Diego GamonalWChoke from backWorld Champ.94KGR12016
9904Felipe PenaFelipe PenaWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.94KG4F2016
9906Guilherme AugustoGuilherme AugustoWPts: 9x0World Champ.94KGSF2016
9981Nicolas PenzerWN/ABritish National94KGSF2016
9986Nelton PontesNelton PontesWPointsBritish NationalABSSF2016
11774Jefte PortesWTriangleLondon W. OpenO100KGF2017
11776Santeri LiliusWKneebarLondon W. OpenABSSF2017
11823Valdir AraujoWPts: 6x0Grand Slam LDN94KG4F2017
11827Arya EsfandmazWPts: 23x0Grand Slam LDN94KG3RD2017
12901Eduardo InojosaWPts: 12x0World Champ.94KG8F2017
13417Rinat KashaevWRNCMoscow NGO97KGF2017
13418Algimants KontautsWChoke from backMoscow OpenABSSF2017
13419Bruno OliveiraWToe hookMoscow OpenABSF2017
13546Paul ArdilaPaul ArdilaWPts: 0x0, PenADCC99KGE12017
13550Joao AssisJoao AssisWReferee DecisionADCC99KG4F2017
13553Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWReferee DecisionADCC99KG3RD2017
13697Elott KellyWPts: 2x0No Gi Pan Am.97KGF2017
13703Dustin AkbariWPts: 2x0No Gi Pan Am.ABS4F2017
13705Dante LeonDante LeonWPts: 2x0No Gi Pan Am.ABSSF2017
13707Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoWPts: 4x0No Gi Pan Am.ABSF2017
13795Oliver GeddesOliver GeddesWArmbarLondon Fall Open94KGSF2017
13796Nicolas PenzerWPointsLondon Fall Open94KGF2017
13800Baruc BarriosWWristlockLondon Fall OpenABS4F2017
13801Sergio RiosWPts: 13x0London Fall OpenABSSF2017
13808Nicolas PenzerWPointsLondon Fall NG.OABS4F2017
13811Darragh OConaillDarragh OConaillWPts: 2x0London Fall NG.OABSSF2017
13812C. NegromonteC. NegromonteWPts: 0x0, AdvLondon Fall NG.OABSF2017
14092Nicolas PenzerWPointsParis Open94KGSF2017
14093Samuel MoninWChoke from backParis Open94KGF2017
14094UnknownWChoke from backParis OpenABSR12017
14095UnknownWToe hookParis OpenABS4F2017
14097Ruben FonsecaWToe hookParis OpenABSSF2017
14098Tommy LangakerTommy LangakerWPointsParis OpenABSF2017
14344Enrique GalarzaWPts: 11x0NoGi WorldsABSR12017
14355Frederico AugustoWPts: 12x0NoGi WorldsABSR22017
14359Jared DoppJared DoppWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi WorldsABS4F2017
14424Sergio RiosWPts: 4x0European OpenABSR12018
14434Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroWPts: 5x4European OpenABS8F2018
14504Charles McGuireWArmbarEuropean Open94KG4F2018
15036Steev CombourgWToe hookGrand Slam LDN94KG4F2018
15039Ben HodgkinsonWChoke from backGrand Slam LDN94KGSF2018
15041Paulo PintoWPts: 2x0Grand Slam LDN94KGF2018
15475Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyWPts: 0x0, AdvMarianas Open100KG4F2018
15476Fellipe TrovoFellipe TrovoWPts: 2x0Marianas Open100KGSF2018
16009Helton JoseHelton JoseWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.94KG8F2018
16701Enrico CoccoEnrico CoccoWPts: 2x0No Gi Pan Am.ABS8F2018
16704Charles McGuireWPointsNo Gi Pan Am.ABS4F2018
16753A BuenoWRNCNo Gi Pan Am.97KGSF2018
16920Alexandre CeconiAlexandre CeconiWPts: 4x0King of Mats110KGRR2018
16924Gerard LabinskiGerard LabinskiWPts: 2x0King of Mats110KGRR2018
16932Rudson MateusRudson MateusWPts: 2x0King of Mats110KGRR2018
16936R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWPts: 2x0King of Mats110KGSF2018
17187Arya EsfandmazWPointsLondon Fall Open100KGF2018
17190Jacopo PasquiniWRNCLondon Fall OpenABS4F2018
17192Rodrigo ConceicaoRodrigo ConceicaoWArmbarLondon Fall OpenABSSF2018
17197Samir KrvavacWPointsLondon Fall NGO97KGF2018
17198Jamie HughesWRNCLondon Fall NGOABSSF2018
17200Anderson LimaWArmbarLondon Fall NGOABSF2018
17221Uros DomanovicWN/AGeneva Open100KGF2018

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