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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)
  • 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

78 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    37 (47%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    11 (14%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    28 (36%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (3%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

28 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Toe hold
21
6
#86e620
Choke from back
21
6
#5AD3D1
RNC
7
2
#d1212a
Kneebar
7
2
#fad11b
Choke
7
2
#f58822
North south choke
7
2
#224aba
Triangle
7
2
#ff9124
Armbar
7
2
#bf1f6c
Toe hook
7
2
#22c9a5
Straight armlock
4
1
#fad223
Cross choke
4
1
28
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
32 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    10 (31%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    5 (16%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    11 (34%)
  • BY DECISION
    6 (19%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

11 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

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

Jackson Sousa Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
4992Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld ExpoABSSF2013
5034Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 2x0IBJJF Pro League94KGF2013
5075Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLReferee DecisionFIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5150Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPts: 2x0EuropeanABSSF2014
5187Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLSubmissionPan AmericanABSR32014
5271Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLAdvPan American94KG4F2014
5530Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLChoke from backWorld Pro.94KG4F2014
5699Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoLPts: 2x0World Champ.94KG4F2014
5831Mauro SantiagoLPts: 3x0No Gi Pan Am.94KGSF2014
5854Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 9x2No Gi WorldsABSRDS2014
5938Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLReferee DecisionIBJJF Pro League94KGF2014
6468Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesLReferee DecisionBerkut OpenABSSPF2015
6474Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesLToe holdBerkut Open NoGiABSSPF2015
6942Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 8x2World Pro95KGF2015
6993Alexander TransAlexander TransLToe holdWorld ProABS4F2015
7181Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 4x2World Champ.ABS8F2015
7292Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLPts: 6x0World Champ.94KGSF2015
8023Erberth SantosErberth SantosLReferee DecisionGrand Slam LA94KGSF2015
8043Andre CamposLReferee DecisionGrand Slam LAABSSF2015
8213Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds94KGF2015
8256Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyLPts: 2x2, AdvNoGi WorldsABS4F2015
8295Abdurakhman BilarovLHeel hookBerkut 2ABSSPF2015
8733Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLChoke from backEuropean OpenABSSF2016
8940Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 2x2, AdvLondon Grand Slam94KGSF2016
8941Max WisniewskiLStraight ankle lockLondon Grand Slam94KG3RD2016
9241Jose JuniorJose JuniorLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld ProABSR22016
9356Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLWristlockWorld Pro94KG4F2016
9758Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.94KGF2016
9835Victor EstimaVictor EstimaLPts: 2x0British NationalABSF2016
10043Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLChoke from backBerkut 3ABSSPF2016
10524Dillon DanisDillon DanisLInside heel hookPolaris 490KGSPF2016
11588Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLChokeGrand Slam LDN94KGSF2017
4978Shiloh RobertsWChokeWorld ExpoABSGP2013
4980Nathan MendelsohnNathan MendelsohnWPts: 3x3, AdvWorld ExpoABSGP2013
4981Marcel GoncalvesMarcel GoncalvesWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld ExpoABSGP2013
4982Omar SabhaWNorth south chokeWorld ExpoABSGP2013
5012Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaWTriangleNoGi Worlds94KGSF2013
5033Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarWPts: 0x0, AdvIBJJF Pro League94KGSF2013
5074Garry TononGarry TononWPts: 2x0FIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5077James PuopoloJames PuopoloWPts: 8x0FIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5143Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesWPts: 2x0European94KGF2014
5153Pedro BessaWPointsGrab and PullABSSPF2014
5179UnknownWPts: 4x0Pan AmericanABSR22014
5265Josh JordanWPts: 11x0Pan American94KG8F2014
5390Ben BaxterBen BaxterWReferee DecisionFIVE OregonABSSF2014
5391James PuopoloJames PuopoloWPts: 7x0FIVE OregonABSF2014
5696Felipe BuenoWPointsWorld Champ.94KGRDS2014
5762Julian VegaWCross chokeDallas OpenABS4F2014
5764James PuopoloJames PuopoloWChoke from backDallas OpenABSF2014
5769Carlos VidalWChoke from backDallas Open94KGF2014
5838Romulo SouzaWPts: 4x0No Gi Pan Am.ABS4F2014
5841Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWPts: 2x0No Gi Pan Am.ABSSF2014
5843AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWArmbarNo Gi Pan Am.ABSF2014
5851Bruno TogniWAdvNo Gi WorldsABSRDS2014
5900Lucas RochaLucas RochaWPts: 0x0, AdvNo Gi Worlds94KG4F2014
5902Mauro SantiagoWPts: 0x0, AdvNo Gi Worlds94KGSF2014
5937Eduardo TellesEduardo TellesWPts: 2x2, AdvIBJJF Pro League94KGSF2014
6501Karim KhalifaWPts: 4x0London Winter Op.94KGF2015
6504Luis FinnochioWChokeLondon Winter Op.ABS4F2015
6507Max CamposWToe hookLondon Winter Op.ABSSF2015
6508C. NegromonteC. NegromonteWPts: 0x0, AdvLondon Winter Op.ABSF2015
6840Frederico AmiunaWPointsRome Open94KGSF2015
6841Felipe MotaFelipe MotaWPts: 2x0Rome Open94KGF2015
6844C. NegromonteC. NegromonteWPts: 4x0Rome OpenABSSF2015
6936Pedro PeresWPts: 5x0World Pro95KG4F2015
6940Faisal AlKitbeFaisal AlKitbeWPts: 2x0World Pro95KGSF2015
6976AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWPts: 2x0World ProABSR12015
6987Joao RochaJoao RochaWPts: 2x0World ProABSR22015
7171Eliot KellyEliot KellyWRNCWorld Champ.ABSR12015
7283Antonio AntonioliWPts: 2x0World Champ.94KG8F2015
7290Cassio FrancisCassio FrancisWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.94KG4F2015
7965Sebastien LecoqWNorth south chokePortugal Nat. ProABSSF2015
7966Alan FerreiraWPts: 5x0Portugal Nat. ProABSF2015
8026Faisal AlKitbeFaisal AlKitbeWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LA94KG3RD2015
8035Vinicius AgudoWToe holdGrand Slam LAABS8F2015
8040Carlos FariasCarlos FariasWPts: 9x0Grand Slam LAABS4F2015
8054Renato TavaresRenato TavaresWToe holdMacaco BrancoABSSPF2015
8207Rodrigo ReisWKneebarNoGi Worlds94KG4F2015
8212Felipe BuenoWPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds94KGSF2015
8236Gabriel ProcópioWStraight armlockNoGi WorldsABSR12015
8252Adam WheelerWPts: 10x0NoGi WorldsABS8F2015
8554Jaroslav MoltasWChoke from backBerlin Open94KGF2015
8555Luca AnacoretaLuca AnacoretaWPts: 8x0Berlin OpenABSF2015
8557Rodrigo ReisWToe holdBerlin NoGi Open94KGF2015
8698Juha LeppänenWArmbarEuropean Open94KG4F2016
8701Maks WisniewskiWPointsEuropean Open94KGSF2016
8702Felipe BuenoWPts: 10x0European Open94KGF2016
8724Gabriel ArgesGabriel ArgesWToe holdEuropean OpenABSR22016
8730Kaue DamascenoWPts: 4x0European OpenABS4F2016
8860Piotr WojtkowskiWToe holdLondon W. Open94KGSF2016
8862C. NegromonteC. NegromonteWPts: 4x2London W. Open94KGF2016
8863UnknownWToe holdLondon W. OpenABS4F2016
8866C. NegromonteC. NegromonteWPts: 5x2London W. OpenABSSF2016
8867Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesWPts: 3x2London W. OpenABSF2016
8918Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesWPts: 2x2, AdvLondon Grand SlamABS4F2016
8938Nelton PontesNelton PontesWPts: 5x2London Grand Slam94KG4F2016
9351Nalmir GuimaraesWChoke from backWorld Pro94KGR12016
9746Diego GamonalWChoke from backWorld Champ.94KGR12016
9754Felipe PenaFelipe PenaWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.94KG4F2016
9756Guilherme AugustoGuilherme AugustoWPts: 9x0World Champ.94KGSF2016
9829Nicolas PenzerWN/ABritish National94KGSF2016
9834Nelton PontesNelton PontesWPointsBritish NationalABSSF2016
11537Jefte PortesWTriangleLondon W. OpenO100KGF2017
11539Santeri LiliusWKneebarLondon W. OpenABSSF2017
11586Valdir AraujoWPts: 6x0Grand Slam LDN94KG4F2017
11590Arya EsfandmazWPts: 23x0Grand Slam LDN94KG3RD2017
12641Eduardo InojosaWPts: 12x0World Champ.94KG8F2017
13096Rinat KashaevWRNCMoscow NGOF97KG2017
13097Algimants KontautsWChoke from backMoscow OpenSFABS2017
13098Bruno OliveiraWToe hookMoscow OpenFABS2017

Banner picture by Jits Mag.

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