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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 Pro League Runner-up (2013)
  • 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)
  • IBJJF Pan American No-Gi Champion (2014*)
  • 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

110 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    53 (48%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    15 (14%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    37 (34%)
  • BY DECISION
    4 (4%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (1%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

37 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke from back
24
9
#86e620
Toe hold
16
6
#5AD3D1
Toe hook
14
5
#d1212a
Armbar
11
4
#fad11b
Kneebar
5
2
#f58822
Choke
5
2
#224aba
North south choke
5
2
#ff9124
Triangle
5
2
#bf1f6c
RNC
5
2
#22c9a5
Straight armlock
3
1
#fad223
Wristlock
3
1
#03861f
Cross choke
3
1
37
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
41 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    13 (32%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    5 (12%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    15 (37%)
  • BY DECISION
    8 (20%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

15 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Choke from back
20
3
#86e620
Toe hold
20
3
#5AD3D1
Heel hook
13
2
#d1212a
RNC
7
1
#fad11b
Flying armbar
7
1
#f58822
Submission
7
1
#224aba
Straight ankle lock
7
1
#ff9124
Wristlock
7
1
#bf1f6c
Inside heel hook
7
1
#22c9a5
Choke
7
1
15
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Jackson Sousa Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
5037Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld ExpoABSSF2013
5079Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 2x0IBJJF Pro League94KGF2013
5126Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLReferee DecisionFIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5206Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPts: 2x0EuropeanABSSF2014
5243Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLSubmissionPan AmericanABSR32014
5327Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLAdvPan American94KG4F2014
5592Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLChoke from backWorld Pro.94KG4F2014
5762Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoLPts: 2x0World Champ.94KG4F2014
5898Mauro SantiagoLPts: 3x0No Gi Pan Am.94KGSF2014
5921Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 9x2NoGi WorldsABSRDS2014
6006Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLReferee DecisionIBJJF Pro League94KGF2014
6546Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesLReferee DecisionBerkut OpenABSSPF2015
6552Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesLToe holdBerkut Open NoGiABSSPF2015
7031Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 8x2World Pro95KGF2015
7082Alexander TransAlexander TransLToe holdWorld ProABS4F2015
7274Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 4x2World Champ.ABS8F2015
7385Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLPts: 6x0World Champ.94KGSF2015
8136Erberth SantosErberth SantosLReferee DecisionGrand Slam LA94KGSF2015
8156Andre CamposLReferee DecisionGrand Slam LAABSSF2015
8328Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds91KGF2015
8371Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyLPts: 2x2, AdvNoGi WorldsABS4F2015
8410Abdurakhman BilarovAbdurakhman BilarovLHeel hookBerkut 2ABSSPF2015
8856Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLChoke from backEuropean OpenABSSF2016
9065Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 2x2, AdvLondon Grand Slam94KGSF2016
9066Max WisniewskiLStraight ankle lockLondon Grand Slam94KG3RD2016
9366Jose JuniorJose JuniorLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld ProABSR22016
9481Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLWristlockWorld Pro94KG4F2016
9883Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.94KGF2016
9962Victor EstimaVictor EstimaLPts: 2x0British NationalABSF2016
10176Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLChoke from backBerkut 3ABSSPF2016
10674Dillon DanisDillon DanisLInside heel hookPolaris 490KGSPF2016
11768Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLChokeGrand Slam LDN94KGSF2017
13470Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPts: 3x0ADCC99KGSF2017
14117Abdurakhman BilarovAbdurakhman BilarovLHeel hookACB JJ 995KG4F2017
14260Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLRNCNoGi WorldsABSSF2017
14338Victor HonorioVictor HonorioLPts: 2x0European OpenABS4F2018
14404Helton JoseHelton JoseLToe holdEuropean Open94KGSF2018
15215Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLReferee DecisionACBJJ 1295KGSPF2018
15349Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 18x2Marianas Open100KGF2018
15649Igor SilvaIgor SilvaLFlying armbarACBJJ 1395KGSPF2018
15886Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.94KG4F2018
5023Shiloh RobertsWChokeWorld ExpoABSGP2013
5025Nathan MendelsohnNathan MendelsohnWPts: 3x3, AdvWorld ExpoABSGP2013
5026Marcel GoncalvesMarcel GoncalvesWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld ExpoABSGP2013
5027Omar SabhaWNorth south chokeWorld ExpoABSGP2013
5057Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaWTriangleNoGi Worlds94KGSF2013
5078Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarWPts: 0x0, AdvIBJJF Pro League94KGSF2013
5125Garry TononGarry TononWPts: 2x0FIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5128James PuopoloJames PuopoloWPts: 8x0FIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5199Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesWPts: 2x0European94KGF2014
5209Pedro BessaWPointsGrab and PullABSSPF2014
5235UnknownWPts: 4x0Pan AmericanABSR22014
5321Josh JordanWPts: 11x0Pan American94KG8F2014
5447Ben BaxterBen BaxterWReferee DecisionFIVE OregonABSSF2014
5448James PuopoloJames PuopoloWPts: 7x0FIVE OregonABSF2014
5759Felipe BuenoWPointsWorld Champ.94KGRDS2014
5829Julian VegaWCross chokeDallas OpenABS4F2014
5831James PuopoloJames PuopoloWChoke from backDallas OpenABSF2014
5836Carlos VidalWChoke from backDallas Open94KGF2014
5905Romulo SouzaWPts: 4x0No Gi Pan Am.ABS4F2014
5908Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWPts: 2x0No Gi Pan Am.ABSSF2014
5910AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWArmbarNo Gi Pan Am.ABSF2014
5918Bruno TogniWAdvNoGi WorldsABSRDS2014
5968Lucas RochaLucas RochaWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds94KG4F2014
5970Mauro SantiagoWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds94KGSF2014
6005Eduardo TellesEduardo TellesWPts: 2x2, AdvIBJJF Pro League94KGSF2014
6582Karim KhalifaWPts: 4x0London Winter Op.94KGF2015
6585Luis FinnochioWChokeLondon Winter Op.ABS4F2015
6588Max CamposWToe hookLondon Winter Op.ABSSF2015
6589C. NegromonteC. NegromonteWPts: 0x0, AdvLondon Winter Op.ABSF2015
6926Frederico AmiunaWPointsRome Open94KGSF2015
6927Felipe MotaFelipe MotaWPts: 2x0Rome Open94KGF2015
6930C. NegromonteC. NegromonteWPts: 4x0Rome OpenABSSF2015
7025Pedro PeresWPts: 5x0World Pro95KG4F2015
7029Faisal AlKitbeFaisal AlKitbeWPts: 2x0World Pro95KGSF2015
7065AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWPts: 2x0World ProABSR12015
7076Joao RochaJoao RochaWPts: 2x0World ProABSR22015
7264Eliot KellyEliot KellyWRNCWorld Champ.ABSR12015
7376Antonio AntonioliWPts: 2x0World Champ.94KG8F2015
7383Cassio FrancisCassio FrancisWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.94KG4F2015
8078Sebastien LecoqWNorth south chokePortugal Nat. ProABSSF2015
8079Alan FerreiraWPts: 5x0Portugal Nat. ProABSF2015
8139Faisal AlKitbeFaisal AlKitbeWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LA94KG3RD2015
8148Vinicius AgudoWToe holdGrand Slam LAABS8F2015
8153Carlos FariasCarlos FariasWPts: 9x0Grand Slam LAABS4F2015
8167Renato TavaresRenato TavaresWToe holdMacaco BrancoABSSPF2015
8322Rodrigo ReisWKneebarNoGi Worlds91KG4F2015
8327Felipe BuenoWPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds91KGSF2015
8351Gabriel ProcópioWStraight armlockNoGi WorldsABSR12015
8367Adam WheelerWPts: 10x0NoGi WorldsABS8F2015
8673Jaroslav MoltasWChoke from backBerlin Open94KGF2015
8674Luca AnacoretaLuca AnacoretaWPts: 8x4Berlin OpenABSF2015
8676Rodrigo ReisWToe holdBerlin NoGi Open94KGF2015
8821Juha LeppänenWArmbarEuropean Open94KG4F2016
8824Maks WisniewskiWPointsEuropean Open94KGSF2016
8825Felipe BuenoWPts: 10x0European Open94KGF2016
8847Gabriel ArgesGabriel ArgesWToe holdEuropean OpenABSR22016
8853Kaue DamascenoWPts: 4x0European OpenABS4F2016
8985Piotr WojtkowskiWToe holdLondon W. Open94KGSF2016
8987C. NegromonteC. NegromonteWPts: 4x2London W. Open94KGF2016
8988UnknownWToe holdLondon W. OpenABS4F2016
8991C. NegromonteC. NegromonteWPts: 5x2London W. OpenABSSF2016
8992Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesWPts: 3x2London W. OpenABSF2016
9043Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesWPts: 2x2, AdvLondon Grand SlamABS4F2016
9063Nelton PontesNelton PontesWPts: 5x2London Grand Slam94KG4F2016
9476Nalmir GuimaraesWChoke from backWorld Pro94KGR12016
9871Diego GamonalWChoke from backWorld Champ.94KGR12016
9879Felipe PenaFelipe PenaWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.94KG4F2016
9881Guilherme AugustoGuilherme AugustoWPts: 9x0World Champ.94KGSF2016
9956Nicolas PenzerWN/ABritish National94KGSF2016
9961Nelton PontesNelton PontesWPointsBritish NationalABSSF2016
11717Jefte PortesWTriangleLondon W. OpenO100KGF2017
11719Santeri LiliusWKneebarLondon W. OpenABSSF2017
11766Valdir AraujoWPts: 6x0Grand Slam LDN94KG4F2017
11770Arya EsfandmazWPts: 23x0Grand Slam LDN94KG3RD2017
12841Eduardo InojosaWPts: 12x0World Champ.94KG8F2017
13336Rinat KashaevWRNCMoscow NGO97KGF2017
13337Algimants KontautsWChoke from backMoscow OpenABSSF2017
13338Bruno OliveiraWToe hookMoscow OpenABSF2017
13464Paul ArdilaPaul ArdilaWPts: 0x0, PenADCC99KGE12017
13468Joao AssisJoao AssisWReferee DecisionADCC99KG4F2017
13471Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWReferee DecisionADCC99KG3RD2017
13612Elott KellyWPts: 2x0No Gi Pan Am.97KGF2017
13617Dustin AkbariWPts: 2x0No Gi Pan Am.ABS4F2017
13619Dante LeonDante LeonWPts: 2x0No Gi Pan Am.ABSSF2017
13621Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoWPts: 4x0No Gi Pan Am.ABSF2017
13706Oliver GeddesOliver GeddesWArmbarLondon Fall Open94KGSF2017
13707Nicolas PenzerWPointsLondon Fall Open94KGF2017
13711Baruc BarriosWWristlockLondon Fall OpenABS4F2017
13712Sergio RiosWPts: 13x0London Fall OpenABSSF2017
13719Nicolas PenzerWPointsLondon Fall NG.OABS4F2017
13722Darragh OConaillDarragh OConaillWPts: 2x0London Fall NG.OABSSF2017
13723C. NegromonteC. NegromonteWPts: 0x0, AdvLondon Fall NG.OABSF2017
14001Nicolas PenzerWPointsParis Open94KGSF2017
14002Samuel MoninWChoke from backParis Open94KGF2017
14003UnknownWChoke from backParis OpenABSR12017
14004UnknownWToe hookParis OpenABS4F2017
14006Ruben FonsecaWToe hookParis OpenABSSF2017
14007Tommy LangakerTommy LangakerWPointsParis OpenABSF2017
14242Enrique GalarzaWPts: 11x0NoGi WorldsABSR12017
14253Frederico AugustoWPts: 12x0NoGi WorldsABSR22017
14257Jared DoppJared DoppWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi WorldsABS4F2017
14322Sergio RiosWPts: 4x0European OpenABSR12018
14332Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroWPts: 5x4European OpenABS8F2018
14402Charles McGuireWArmbarEuropean Open94KG4F2018
14930Steev CombourgWToe hookGrand Slam LDN94KG4F2018
14933Ben HodgkinsonWChoke from backGrand Slam LDN94KGSF2018
14935Paulo PintoWPts: 2x0Grand Slam LDN94KGF2018
15346Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyWPts: 0x0, AdvMarianas Open100KG4F2018
15347Fellipe TrovoFellipe TrovoWPts: 2x0Marianas Open100KGSF2018
15880Helton JoseHelton JoseWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.94KG8F2018

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