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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 Champion (2013 brown)
  • IBJJF World No-Gi Champion (2013 black)
  • IBJJF Pro League Runner-up (2013)
  • IBJJF European Open Champion (2016/2014 black, 2013 brown, 2012 brown)
  • IBJJF Pan American No-Gi Champion (2014 absolute)
  • CBJJ Brazilian Champion – No Gi (2012**/2011**/2010 brown, 2009 purple)
  • CBJJ Brazilian Champion (2012 brown, 2010 purple)
  • IBJJF Rio Open Champion (2012** brown)
  • IBJJF London International Winter Open Champion (2017**/2016**/2015)
  • IBJJF World Championship Runner-up (2016)
  • IBJJF World No-Gi Championship Runner-up (2016)
  • ADCC 3rd Place (2017)
  • UAEJJF Grand Slam London 3rd Place (2017)

* Absolute
** Weight and absolute

Favorite Position/Technique: Single Leg X-Guard

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

92 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    45 (49%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    12 (13%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    30 (33%)
  • BY DECISION
    4 (4%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (1%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

30 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke from back
20
6
#86e620
Toe hold
20
6
#5AD3D1
Armbar
10
3
#d1212a
Choke
7
2
#fad11b
North south choke
7
2
#f58822
Triangle
7
2
#224aba
Toe hook
7
2
#ff9124
RNC
7
2
#bf1f6c
Kneebar
7
2
#22c9a5
Cross choke
3
1
#fad223
Straight armlock
3
1
#03861f
Wristlock
3
1
30
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
33 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    11 (33%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    5 (15%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    11 (33%)
  • BY DECISION
    6 (18%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

11 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Choke from back
27
3
#86e620
Toe hold
18
2
#5AD3D1
Submission
9
1
#d1212a
Heel hook
9
1
#fad11b
Straight ankle lock
9
1
#f58822
Wristlock
9
1
#224aba
Inside heel hook
9
1
#ff9124
Choke
9
1
11
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Jackson Sousa Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
5009Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld ExpoABSSF2013
5051Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 2x0IBJJF Pro League94KGF2013
5092Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLReferee DecisionFIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5170Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPts: 2x0EuropeanABSSF2014
5207Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLSubmissionPan AmericanABSR32014
5291Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLAdvPan American94KG4F2014
5550Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLChoke from backWorld Pro.94KG4F2014
5719Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoLPts: 2x0World Champ.94KG4F2014
5851Mauro SantiagoLPts: 3x0No Gi Pan Am.94KGSF2014
5874Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 9x2No Gi WorldsABSRDS2014
5958Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLReferee DecisionIBJJF Pro League94KGF2014
6493Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesLReferee DecisionBerkut OpenABSSPF2015
6499Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesLToe holdBerkut Open NoGiABSSPF2015
6967Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 8x2World Pro95KGF2015
7018Alexander TransAlexander TransLToe holdWorld ProABS4F2015
7206Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 4x2World Champ.ABS8F2015
7317Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLPts: 6x0World Champ.94KGSF2015
8049Erberth SantosErberth SantosLReferee DecisionGrand Slam LA94KGSF2015
8069Andre CamposLReferee DecisionGrand Slam LAABSSF2015
8239Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds94KGF2015
8282Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyLPts: 2x2, AdvNoGi WorldsABS4F2015
8321Abdurakhman BilarovLHeel hookBerkut 2ABSSPF2015
8759Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLChoke from backEuropean OpenABSSF2016
8966Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 2x2, AdvLondon Grand Slam94KGSF2016
8967Max WisniewskiLStraight ankle lockLondon Grand Slam94KG3RD2016
9267Jose JuniorJose JuniorLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld ProABSR22016
9382Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLWristlockWorld Pro94KG4F2016
9784Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.94KGF2016
9861Victor EstimaVictor EstimaLPts: 2x0British NationalABSF2016
10069Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLChoke from backBerkut 3ABSSPF2016
10553Dillon DanisDillon DanisLInside heel hookPolaris 490KGSPF2016
11625Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLChokeGrand Slam LDN94KGSF2017
13275Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPts: 3x0ADCC99KGSF2017
4995Shiloh RobertsWChokeWorld ExpoABSGP2013
4997Nathan MendelsohnNathan MendelsohnWPts: 3x3, AdvWorld ExpoABSGP2013
4998Marcel GoncalvesMarcel GoncalvesWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld ExpoABSGP2013
4999Omar SabhaWNorth south chokeWorld ExpoABSGP2013
5029Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaWTriangleNoGi Worlds94KGSF2013
5050Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarWPts: 0x0, AdvIBJJF Pro League94KGSF2013
5091Garry TononGarry TononWPts: 2x0FIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5094James PuopoloJames PuopoloWPts: 8x0FIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5163Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesWPts: 2x0European94KGF2014
5173Pedro BessaWPointsGrab and PullABSSPF2014
5199UnknownWPts: 4x0Pan AmericanABSR22014
5285Josh JordanWPts: 11x0Pan American94KG8F2014
5410Ben BaxterBen BaxterWReferee DecisionFIVE OregonABSSF2014
5411James PuopoloJames PuopoloWPts: 7x0FIVE OregonABSF2014
5716Felipe BuenoWPointsWorld Champ.94KGRDS2014
5782Julian VegaWCross chokeDallas OpenABS4F2014
5784James PuopoloJames PuopoloWChoke from backDallas OpenABSF2014
5789Carlos VidalWChoke from backDallas Open94KGF2014
5858Romulo SouzaWPts: 4x0No Gi Pan Am.ABS4F2014
5861Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWPts: 2x0No Gi Pan Am.ABSSF2014
5863AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWArmbarNo Gi Pan Am.ABSF2014
5871Bruno TogniWAdvNo Gi WorldsABSRDS2014
5920Lucas RochaLucas RochaWPts: 0x0, AdvNo Gi Worlds94KG4F2014
5922Mauro SantiagoWPts: 0x0, AdvNo Gi Worlds94KGSF2014
5957Eduardo TellesEduardo TellesWPts: 2x2, AdvIBJJF Pro League94KGSF2014
6526Karim KhalifaWPts: 4x0London Winter Op.94KGF2015
6529Luis FinnochioWChokeLondon Winter Op.ABS4F2015
6532Max CamposWToe hookLondon Winter Op.ABSSF2015
6533C. NegromonteC. NegromonteWPts: 0x0, AdvLondon Winter Op.ABSF2015
6865Frederico AmiunaWPointsRome Open94KGSF2015
6866Felipe MotaFelipe MotaWPts: 2x0Rome Open94KGF2015
6869C. NegromonteC. NegromonteWPts: 4x0Rome OpenABSSF2015
6961Pedro PeresWPts: 5x0World Pro95KG4F2015
6965Faisal AlKitbeFaisal AlKitbeWPts: 2x0World Pro95KGSF2015
7001AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWPts: 2x0World ProABSR12015
7012Joao RochaJoao RochaWPts: 2x0World ProABSR22015
7196Eliot KellyEliot KellyWRNCWorld Champ.ABSR12015
7308Antonio AntonioliWPts: 2x0World Champ.94KG8F2015
7315Cassio FrancisCassio FrancisWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.94KG4F2015
7991Sebastien LecoqWNorth south chokePortugal Nat. ProABSSF2015
7992Alan FerreiraWPts: 5x0Portugal Nat. ProABSF2015
8052Faisal AlKitbeFaisal AlKitbeWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LA94KG3RD2015
8061Vinicius AgudoWToe holdGrand Slam LAABS8F2015
8066Carlos FariasCarlos FariasWPts: 9x0Grand Slam LAABS4F2015
8080Renato TavaresRenato TavaresWToe holdMacaco BrancoABSSPF2015
8233Rodrigo ReisWKneebarNoGi Worlds94KG4F2015
8238Felipe BuenoWPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds94KGSF2015
8262Gabriel ProcópioWStraight armlockNoGi WorldsABSR12015
8278Adam WheelerWPts: 10x0NoGi WorldsABS8F2015
8580Jaroslav MoltasWChoke from backBerlin Open94KGF2015
8581Luca AnacoretaLuca AnacoretaWPts: 8x0Berlin OpenABSF2015
8583Rodrigo ReisWToe holdBerlin NoGi Open94KGF2015
8724Juha LeppänenWArmbarEuropean Open94KG4F2016
8727Maks WisniewskiWPointsEuropean Open94KGSF2016
8728Felipe BuenoWPts: 10x0European Open94KGF2016
8750Gabriel ArgesGabriel ArgesWToe holdEuropean OpenABSR22016
8756Kaue DamascenoWPts: 4x0European OpenABS4F2016
8886Piotr WojtkowskiWToe holdLondon W. Open94KGSF2016
8888C. NegromonteC. NegromonteWPts: 4x2London W. Open94KGF2016
8889UnknownWToe holdLondon W. OpenABS4F2016
8892C. NegromonteC. NegromonteWPts: 5x2London W. OpenABSSF2016
8893Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesWPts: 3x2London W. OpenABSF2016
8944Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesWPts: 2x2, AdvLondon Grand SlamABS4F2016
8964Nelton PontesNelton PontesWPts: 5x2London Grand Slam94KG4F2016
9377Nalmir GuimaraesWChoke from backWorld Pro94KGR12016
9772Diego GamonalWChoke from backWorld Champ.94KGR12016
9780Felipe PenaFelipe PenaWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.94KG4F2016
9782Guilherme AugustoGuilherme AugustoWPts: 9x0World Champ.94KGSF2016
9855Nicolas PenzerWN/ABritish National94KGSF2016
9860Nelton PontesNelton PontesWPointsBritish NationalABSSF2016
11574Jefte PortesWTriangleLondon W. OpenO100KGF2017
11576Santeri LiliusWKneebarLondon W. OpenABSSF2017
11623Valdir AraujoWPts: 6x0Grand Slam LDN94KG4F2017
11627Arya EsfandmazWPts: 23x0Grand Slam LDN94KG3RD2017
12678Eduardo InojosaWPts: 12x0World Champ.94KG8F2017
13139Rinat KashaevWRNCMoscow NGOF97KG2017
13140Algimants KontautsWChoke from backMoscow OpenSFABS2017
13141Bruno OliveiraWToe hookMoscow OpenFABS2017
13269Paul ArdilaPaul ArdilaWPts: 0x0, PenADCC99KGE12017
13273Joao AssisJoao AssisWReferee DecisionADCC99KG4F2017
13276Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWReferee DecisionADCC99KG3RD2017
13407Elott KellyWPts: 2x0No Gi Pan Am.97KGF2017
13410Dustin AkbariWPts: 2x0No Gi Pan Am.ABS4F2017
13412Dante LeonDante LeonWPts: 2x0No Gi Pan Am.ABSSF2017
13414Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoWPts: 4x0No Gi Pan Am.ABSF2017
13491Oliver GeddesOliver GeddesWArmbarLondon Fall Open94KGSF2017
13492Nicolas PenzerWPointsLondon Fall Open94KGF2017
13496Baruc BarriosWWristlockLondon Fall OpenABS4F2017
13497Sergio RiosWPts: 13x0London Fall OpenABSSF2017
13504Nicolas PenzerWPointsLondon Fall NG.OABS4F2017
13506Darragh OConaillDarragh OConaillWPts: 2x0London Fall NG.OABSSF2017
13507C. NegromonteC. NegromonteWPts: 0x0, AdvLondon Fall NG.OABSF2017

Banner picture by Jits Mag.

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