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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 (2018/2016)
  • 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

131 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    66 (50%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    16 (12%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    43 (33%)
  • BY DECISION
    4 (3%)
  • 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
52 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    16 (31%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    6 (12%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    19 (37%)
  • BY DECISION
    11 (21%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

19 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Choke from back
16
3
#86e620
Toe hold
16
3
#5AD3D1
RNC
11
2
#d1212a
Heel hook
11
2
#fad11b
Straight ankle lock
11
2
#f58822
Inside heel hook
11
2
#224aba
Flying armbar
5
1
#ff9124
Footlock
5
1
#bf1f6c
Submission
5
1
#22c9a5
Wristlock
5
1
#fad223
Choke
5
1
19
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Jackson Sousa Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
5065Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld ExpoABSSF2013
5107Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 2x0IBJJF Pro League94KGF2013
5154Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLReferee DecisionFIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5242Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPts: 2x0EuropeanABSSF2014
5279Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLSubmissionPan AmericanABSR32014
5363Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLAdvPan American94KG4F2014
5629Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLChoke from backWorld Pro.94KG4F2014
5799Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoLPts: 2x0World Champ.94KG4F2014
5943Mauro SantiagoLPts: 3x0No Gi Pan Am.94KGSF2014
5966Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 9x2NoGi WorldsABSRDS2014
6054Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLReferee DecisionIBJJF Pro League94KGF2014
6606Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesLReferee DecisionBerkut OpenABSSPF2015
6612Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesLToe holdBerkut Open NoGiABSSPF2015
7091Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 8x2World Pro95KGF2015
7142Alexander TransAlexander TransLToe holdWorld ProABS4F2015
7336Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 4x2World Champ.ABS8F2015
7448Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLPts: 6x0World Champ.94KGSF2015
8212Erberth SantosErberth SantosLReferee DecisionGrand Slam LA94KGSF2015
8232Andre CamposLReferee DecisionGrand Slam LAABSSF2015
8406Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds91KGF2015
8449Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyLPts: 2x2, AdvNoGi WorldsABS4F2015
8488Abdurakhman BilarovAbdurakhman BilarovLHeel hookBerkut 2ABSSPF2015
8937Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLChoke from backEuropean OpenABSSF2016
9157Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 2x2, AdvLondon Grand Slam94KGSF2016
9158Max WisniewskiLStraight ankle lockLondon Grand Slam94KG3RD2016
9463Jose JuniorJose JuniorLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld ProABSR22016
9578Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLWristlockWorld Pro94KG4F2016
9981Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.94KGF2016
10060Victor EstimaVictor EstimaLPts: 2x0British NationalABSF2016
10281Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLChoke from backBerkut 3ABSSPF2016
10797Dillon DanisDillon DanisLInside heel hookPolaris 490KGSPF2016
11949Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLChokeGrand Slam LDN94KGSF2017
13719Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPts: 3x0ADCC99KGSF2017
14418Abdurakhman BilarovAbdurakhman BilarovLHeel hookACB JJ 995KG4F2017
14564Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLRNCNoGi WorldsABSSF2017
14671Victor HonorioVictor HonorioLPts: 2x0European OpenABS4F2018
14737Helton JoseHelton JoseLToe holdEuropean Open94KGSF2018
15621Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLReferee DecisionACBJJ 1295KGSPF2018
15790Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 18x2Marianas Open100KGF2018
16094Igor SilvaIgor SilvaLFlying armbarACBJJ 1395KGSPF2018
16335Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.94KG4F2018
17104Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLReferee DecisionNo Gi Pan Am.ABSSF2018
17154Aaron JohnsonAaron JohnsonLFootlockNo Gi Pan Am.97KGF2018
17294Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLPts: 2x0Grand Slam LA94KGSF2018
17329Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 2x2, AdvKing of Mats110KGRR2018
17338Erberth SantosErberth SantosLReferee DecisionKing of Mats110KGF2018
18297Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsLReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds91KGF2018
18339Gordon RyanGordon RyanLRNCNoGi WorldsABSSF2018
19309Aaron JohnsonAaron JohnsonLInside heel hookKasai 593KGRR2019
19311Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 3x0Kasai 593KGRR2019
19320Craig JonesCraig JonesLStraight ankle lockKasai 593KG3RD2019
19567Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLPts: 6x0WP BR Qualifier94KGF2019
5051Shiloh RobertsWChokeWorld ExpoABSGP2013
5053Nathan MendelsohnNathan MendelsohnWPts: 3x3, AdvWorld ExpoABSGP2013
5054Marcel GoncalvesMarcel GoncalvesWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld ExpoABSGP2013
5055Omar SabhaWNorth south chokeWorld ExpoABSGP2013
5085Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaWTriangleNoGi Worlds94KGSF2013
5106Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarWPts: 0x0, AdvIBJJF Pro League94KGSF2013
5153Garry TononGarry TononWPts: 2x0FIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5156James PuopoloJames PuopoloWPts: 8x0FIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5235Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesWPts: 2x0European94KGF2014
5245Pedro BessaWPointsGrab and PullABSSPF2014
5271UnknownWPts: 4x0Pan AmericanABSR22014
5357Josh JordanWPts: 11x0Pan American94KG8F2014
5483Ben BaxterBen BaxterWReferee DecisionFIVE OregonABSSF2014
5484James PuopoloJames PuopoloWPts: 7x0FIVE OregonABSF2014
5796Felipe BuenoWPointsWorld Champ.94KGRDS2014
5868Julian VegaWCross chokeDallas OpenABS4F2014
5870James PuopoloJames PuopoloWChoke from backDallas OpenABSF2014
5875Carlos VidalWChoke from backDallas Open94KGF2014
5950Romulo SouzaWPts: 4x0No Gi Pan Am.ABS4F2014
5953Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWPts: 2x0No Gi Pan Am.ABSSF2014
5955AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWArmbarNo Gi Pan Am.ABSF2014
5963Bruno TogniWAdvNoGi WorldsABSRDS2014
6016Lucas RochaLucas RochaWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds94KG4F2014
6018Mauro SantiagoWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds94KGSF2014
6053Eduardo TellesEduardo TellesWPts: 2x2, AdvIBJJF Pro League94KGSF2014
6642Karim KhalifaWPts: 4x0London Winter Op.94KGF2015
6645Luis FinnochioWChokeLondon Winter Op.ABS4F2015
6648Max CamposWToe hookLondon Winter Op.ABSSF2015
6649C. NegromonteC. NegromonteWPts: 0x0, AdvLondon Winter Op.ABSF2015
6986Frederico AmiunaWPointsRome Open94KGSF2015
6987Felipe MotaFelipe MotaWPts: 2x0Rome Open94KGF2015
6990C. NegromonteC. NegromonteWPts: 4x0Rome OpenABSSF2015
7085Pedro PeresWPts: 5x0World Pro95KG4F2015
7089Faisal AlKitbeFaisal AlKitbeWPts: 2x0World Pro95KGSF2015
7125AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWPts: 2x0World ProABSR12015
7136Joao RochaJoao RochaWPts: 2x0World ProABSR22015
7326Eliot KellyEliot KellyWRNCWorld Champ.ABSR12015
7439Antonio AntonioliWPts: 2x0World Champ.94KG8F2015
7446Cassio FrancisCassio FrancisWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.94KG4F2015
8152Sebastien LecoqWNorth south chokePortugal Nat. ProABSSF2015
8153Alan FerreiraWPts: 5x0Portugal Nat. ProABSF2015
8215Faisal AlKitbeFaisal AlKitbeWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LA94KG3RD2015
8224Vinicius AgudoWToe holdGrand Slam LAABS8F2015
8229Carlos FariasCarlos FariasWPts: 9x0Grand Slam LAABS4F2015
8243Renato TavaresRenato TavaresWToe holdMacaco BrancoABSSPF2015
8400Rodrigo ReisWKneebarNoGi Worlds91KG4F2015
8405Felipe BuenoWPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds91KGSF2015
8429Gabriel ProcópioWStraight armlockNoGi WorldsABSR12015
8445Adam WheelerWPts: 10x0NoGi WorldsABS8F2015
8751Jaroslav MoltasWChoke from backBerlin Open94KGF2015
8752Luca AnacoretaLuca AnacoretaWPts: 8x4Berlin OpenABSF2015
8754Rodrigo ReisWToe holdBerlin NoGi Open94KGF2015
8902Juha LeppänenWArmbarEuropean Open94KG4F2016
8905Maks WisniewskiWPointsEuropean Open94KGSF2016
8906Felipe BuenoWPts: 10x0European Open94KGF2016
8928Gabriel ArgesGabriel ArgesWToe holdEuropean OpenABSR22016
8934Kaue DamascenoWPts: 4x0European OpenABS4F2016
9071Piotr WojtkowskiWToe holdLondon W. Open94KGSF2016
9073C. NegromonteC. NegromonteWPts: 4x2London W. Open94KGF2016
9074UnknownWToe holdLondon W. OpenABS4F2016
9077C. NegromonteC. NegromonteWPts: 5x2London W. OpenABSSF2016
9078Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesWPts: 3x2London W. OpenABSF2016
9134Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesWPts: 2x2, AdvLondon Grand SlamABS4F2016
9155Nelton PontesNelton PontesWPts: 5x2London Grand Slam94KG4F2016
9573Nalmir GuimaraesWChoke from backWorld Pro94KGR12016
9969Diego GamonalWChoke from backWorld Champ.94KGR12016
9977Felipe PenaFelipe PenaWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.94KG4F2016
9979Guilherme AugustoGuilherme AugustoWPts: 9x0World Champ.94KGSF2016
10054Nicolas PenzerWN/ABritish National94KGSF2016
10059Nelton PontesNelton PontesWPointsBritish NationalABSSF2016
11898Jefte PortesWTriangleLondon W. OpenO100KGF2017
11900Santeri LiliusWKneebarLondon W. OpenABSSF2017
11947Valdir AraujoWPts: 6x0Grand Slam LDN94KG4F2017
11951Arya EsfandmazWPts: 23x0Grand Slam LDN94KG3RD2017
13046Eduardo InojosaWPts: 12x0World Champ.94KG8F2017
13582Rinat KashaevWRNCMoscow NGO97KGF2017
13583Algimants KontautsWChoke from backMoscow OpenABSSF2017
13584Bruno OliveiraWToe hookMoscow OpenABSF2017
13713Paul ArdilaPaul ArdilaWPts: 0x0, PenADCC99KGE12017
13717Joao AssisJoao AssisWReferee DecisionADCC99KG4F2017
13720Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWReferee DecisionADCC99KG3RD2017
13868Elott KellyWPts: 2x0No Gi Pan Am.97KGF2017
13874Dustin AkbariWPts: 2x0No Gi Pan Am.ABS4F2017
13876Dante LeonDante LeonWPts: 2x0No Gi Pan Am.ABSSF2017
13878Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoWPts: 4x0No Gi Pan Am.ABSF2017
13975Oliver GeddesOliver GeddesWArmbarLondon Fall Open94KGSF2017
13976Nicolas PenzerWPointsLondon Fall Open94KGF2017
13980Baruc BarriosWWristlockLondon Fall OpenABS4F2017
13981Sergio RiosSergio RiosWPts: 13x0London Fall OpenABSSF2017
13988Nicolas PenzerWPointsLondon Fall NG.OABS4F2017
13991Darragh OConaillDarragh OConaillWPts: 2x0London Fall NG.OABSSF2017
13992C. NegromonteC. NegromonteWPts: 0x0, AdvLondon Fall NG.OABSF2017
14276Nicolas PenzerWPointsParis Open94KGSF2017
14277Samuel MoninWChoke from backParis Open94KGF2017
14278UnknownWChoke from backParis OpenABSR12017
14279UnknownWToe hookParis OpenABS4F2017
14281Ruben FonsecaWToe hookParis OpenABSSF2017
14282Tommy LangakerTommy LangakerWPointsParis OpenABSF2017
14545Enrique GalarzaWPts: 11x0NoGi WorldsABSR12017
14557Frederico AugustoWPts: 12x0NoGi WorldsABSR22017
14561Jared DoppJared DoppWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi WorldsABS4F2017
14655Sergio RiosSergio RiosWPts: 4x0European OpenABSR12018
14665Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroWPts: 5x4European OpenABS8F2018
14735Charles McGuireWArmbarEuropean Open94KG4F2018
15293Steev CombourgWToe hookGrand Slam LDN94KG4F2018
15296Ben HodgkinsonWChoke from backGrand Slam LDN94KGSF2018
15298Paulo PintoWPts: 2x0Grand Slam LDN94KGF2018
15787Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyWPts: 0x0, AdvMarianas Open100KG4F2018
15788Fellipe TrovoFellipe TrovoWPts: 2x0Marianas Open100KGSF2018
16329Helton JoseHelton JoseWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.94KG8F2018
17099Enrico CoccoEnrico CoccoWPts: 2x0No Gi Pan Am.ABS8F2018
17102Charles McGuireWPointsNo Gi Pan Am.ABS4F2018
17152A BuenoWRNCNo Gi Pan Am.97KGSF2018
17321Alexandre CeconiAlexandre CeconiWPts: 4x0King of Mats110KGRR2018
17325Gerard LabinskiGerard LabinskiWPts: 2x0King of Mats110KGRR2018
17333Rudson MateusRudson MateusWPts: 2x0King of Mats110KGRR2018
17337R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWPts: 2x0King of Mats110KGSF2018
17610Arya EsfandmazWPointsLondon Fall Open100KGF2018
17613Jacopo PasquiniWRNCLondon Fall OpenABS4F2018
17615Rodrigo ConceicaoRodrigo ConceicaoWArmbarLondon Fall OpenABSSF2018
17620Samir KrvavacWPointsLondon Fall NGO97KGF2018
17621Jamie HughesWRNCLondon Fall NGOABSSF2018
17623Anderson LimaWArmbarLondon Fall NGOABSF2018
17645Uros DomanovicWBread cutterGeneva Open100KGF2018
18287Ben HodgkinsonWPts: 3x0NoGi Worlds91KGR12018
18292James BrascoJames BrascoWDQNoGi Worlds91KG4F2018
18295Devhonte JohnsonDevhonte JohnsonWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds91KGSF2018
18337Marco AurelioWPts: 2x0NoGi WorldsABS4F2018
19313Valdir AraujoWPts: 5x1Kasai 593KGRR2019
19564Paulo PintoWPts: 2x0WP BR Qualifier94KG4F2019
19565Oriones NettoWPts: 6x0WP BR Qualifier94KGSF2019

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