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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

128 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    63 (49%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    16 (13%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    43 (34%)
  • BY DECISION
    4 (3%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (1%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (1%)

43 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
Cross choke
2
1
#fad223
Straight armlock
2
1
#03861f
Wristlock
2
1
#039a1f
Bread cutter
2
1
43
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
48 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    14 (29%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    6 (13%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    17 (35%)
  • BY DECISION
    11 (23%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

17 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Choke from back
18
3
#86e620
Toe hold
18
3
#5AD3D1
Heel hook
12
2
#d1212a
RNC
12
2
#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
Flying armbar
6
1
#fad223
Footlock
6
1
17
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Jackson Sousa Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
5064Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld ExpoABSSF2013
5106Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 2x0IBJJF Pro League94KGF2013
5153Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLReferee DecisionFIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5241Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPts: 2x0EuropeanABSSF2014
5278Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLSubmissionPan AmericanABSR32014
5362Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLAdvPan American94KG4F2014
5628Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLChoke from backWorld Pro.94KG4F2014
5798Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoLPts: 2x0World Champ.94KG4F2014
5942Mauro SantiagoLPts: 3x0No Gi Pan Am.94KGSF2014
5965Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 9x2NoGi WorldsABSRDS2014
6050Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLReferee DecisionIBJJF Pro League94KGF2014
6602Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesLReferee DecisionBerkut OpenABSSPF2015
6608Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesLToe holdBerkut Open NoGiABSSPF2015
7087Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 8x2World Pro95KGF2015
7138Alexander TransAlexander TransLToe holdWorld ProABS4F2015
7332Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 4x2World Champ.ABS8F2015
7444Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLPts: 6x0World Champ.94KGSF2015
8208Erberth SantosErberth SantosLReferee DecisionGrand Slam LA94KGSF2015
8228Andre CamposLReferee DecisionGrand Slam LAABSSF2015
8402Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds91KGF2015
8445Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyLPts: 2x2, AdvNoGi WorldsABS4F2015
8484Abdurakhman BilarovAbdurakhman BilarovLHeel hookBerkut 2ABSSPF2015
8933Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLChoke from backEuropean OpenABSSF2016
9153Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 2x2, AdvLondon Grand Slam94KGSF2016
9154Max WisniewskiLStraight ankle lockLondon Grand Slam94KG3RD2016
9459Jose JuniorJose JuniorLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld ProABSR22016
9574Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLWristlockWorld Pro94KG4F2016
9977Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.94KGF2016
10056Victor EstimaVictor EstimaLPts: 2x0British NationalABSF2016
10277Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLChoke from backBerkut 3ABSSPF2016
10793Dillon DanisDillon DanisLInside heel hookPolaris 490KGSPF2016
11941Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLChokeGrand Slam LDN94KGSF2017
13711Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPts: 3x0ADCC99KGSF2017
14395Abdurakhman BilarovAbdurakhman BilarovLHeel hookACB JJ 995KG4F2017
14541Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLRNCNoGi WorldsABSSF2017
14623Victor HonorioVictor HonorioLPts: 2x0European OpenABS4F2018
14689Helton JoseHelton JoseLToe holdEuropean Open94KGSF2018
15542Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLReferee DecisionACBJJ 1295KGSPF2018
15695Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 18x2Marianas Open100KGF2018
15999Igor SilvaIgor SilvaLFlying armbarACBJJ 1395KGSPF2018
16238Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.94KG4F2018
16993Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLReferee DecisionNo Gi Pan Am.ABSSF2018
17043Aaron JohnsonAaron JohnsonLFootlockNo Gi Pan Am.97KGF2018
17182Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLPts: 2x0Grand Slam LA94KGSF2018
17217Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 2x2, AdvKing of Mats110KGRR2018
17226Erberth SantosErberth SantosLReferee DecisionKing of Mats110KGF2018
18159Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsLReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds91KGF2018
18201Gordon RyanGordon RyanLRNCNoGi WorldsABSSF2018
5050Shiloh RobertsWChokeWorld ExpoABSGP2013
5052Nathan MendelsohnNathan MendelsohnWPts: 3x3, AdvWorld ExpoABSGP2013
5053Marcel GoncalvesMarcel GoncalvesWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld ExpoABSGP2013
5054Omar SabhaWNorth south chokeWorld ExpoABSGP2013
5084Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaWTriangleNoGi Worlds94KGSF2013
5105Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarWPts: 0x0, AdvIBJJF Pro League94KGSF2013
5152Garry TononGarry TononWPts: 2x0FIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5155James PuopoloJames PuopoloWPts: 8x0FIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5234Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesWPts: 2x0European94KGF2014
5244Pedro BessaWPointsGrab and PullABSSPF2014
5270UnknownWPts: 4x0Pan AmericanABSR22014
5356Josh JordanWPts: 11x0Pan American94KG8F2014
5482Ben BaxterBen BaxterWReferee DecisionFIVE OregonABSSF2014
5483James PuopoloJames PuopoloWPts: 7x0FIVE OregonABSF2014
5795Felipe BuenoWPointsWorld Champ.94KGRDS2014
5867Julian VegaWCross chokeDallas OpenABS4F2014
5869James PuopoloJames PuopoloWChoke from backDallas OpenABSF2014
5874Carlos VidalWChoke from backDallas Open94KGF2014
5949Romulo SouzaWPts: 4x0No Gi Pan Am.ABS4F2014
5952Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWPts: 2x0No Gi Pan Am.ABSSF2014
5954AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWArmbarNo Gi Pan Am.ABSF2014
5962Bruno TogniWAdvNoGi WorldsABSRDS2014
6012Lucas RochaLucas RochaWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds94KG4F2014
6014Mauro SantiagoWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds94KGSF2014
6049Eduardo TellesEduardo TellesWPts: 2x2, AdvIBJJF Pro League94KGSF2014
6638Karim KhalifaWPts: 4x0London Winter Op.94KGF2015
6641Luis FinnochioWChokeLondon Winter Op.ABS4F2015
6644Max CamposWToe hookLondon Winter Op.ABSSF2015
6645C. NegromonteC. NegromonteWPts: 0x0, AdvLondon Winter Op.ABSF2015
6982Frederico AmiunaWPointsRome Open94KGSF2015
6983Felipe MotaFelipe MotaWPts: 2x0Rome Open94KGF2015
6986C. NegromonteC. NegromonteWPts: 4x0Rome OpenABSSF2015
7081Pedro PeresWPts: 5x0World Pro95KG4F2015
7085Faisal AlKitbeFaisal AlKitbeWPts: 2x0World Pro95KGSF2015
7121AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWPts: 2x0World ProABSR12015
7132Joao RochaJoao RochaWPts: 2x0World ProABSR22015
7322Eliot KellyEliot KellyWRNCWorld Champ.ABSR12015
7435Antonio AntonioliWPts: 2x0World Champ.94KG8F2015
7442Cassio FrancisCassio FrancisWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.94KG4F2015
8148Sebastien LecoqWNorth south chokePortugal Nat. ProABSSF2015
8149Alan FerreiraWPts: 5x0Portugal Nat. ProABSF2015
8211Faisal AlKitbeFaisal AlKitbeWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LA94KG3RD2015
8220Vinicius AgudoWToe holdGrand Slam LAABS8F2015
8225Carlos FariasCarlos FariasWPts: 9x0Grand Slam LAABS4F2015
8239Renato TavaresRenato TavaresWToe holdMacaco BrancoABSSPF2015
8396Rodrigo ReisWKneebarNoGi Worlds91KG4F2015
8401Felipe BuenoWPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds91KGSF2015
8425Gabriel ProcópioWStraight armlockNoGi WorldsABSR12015
8441Adam WheelerWPts: 10x0NoGi WorldsABS8F2015
8747Jaroslav MoltasWChoke from backBerlin Open94KGF2015
8748Luca AnacoretaLuca AnacoretaWPts: 8x4Berlin OpenABSF2015
8750Rodrigo ReisWToe holdBerlin NoGi Open94KGF2015
8898Juha LeppänenWArmbarEuropean Open94KG4F2016
8901Maks WisniewskiWPointsEuropean Open94KGSF2016
8902Felipe BuenoWPts: 10x0European Open94KGF2016
8924Gabriel ArgesGabriel ArgesWToe holdEuropean OpenABSR22016
8930Kaue DamascenoWPts: 4x0European OpenABS4F2016
9067Piotr WojtkowskiWToe holdLondon W. Open94KGSF2016
9069C. NegromonteC. NegromonteWPts: 4x2London W. Open94KGF2016
9070UnknownWToe holdLondon W. OpenABS4F2016
9073C. NegromonteC. NegromonteWPts: 5x2London W. OpenABSSF2016
9074Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesWPts: 3x2London W. OpenABSF2016
9130Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesWPts: 2x2, AdvLondon Grand SlamABS4F2016
9151Nelton PontesNelton PontesWPts: 5x2London Grand Slam94KG4F2016
9569Nalmir GuimaraesWChoke from backWorld Pro94KGR12016
9965Diego GamonalWChoke from backWorld Champ.94KGR12016
9973Felipe PenaFelipe PenaWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.94KG4F2016
9975Guilherme AugustoGuilherme AugustoWPts: 9x0World Champ.94KGSF2016
10050Nicolas PenzerWN/ABritish National94KGSF2016
10055Nelton PontesNelton PontesWPointsBritish NationalABSSF2016
11890Jefte PortesWTriangleLondon W. OpenO100KGF2017
11892Santeri LiliusWKneebarLondon W. OpenABSSF2017
11939Valdir AraujoWPts: 6x0Grand Slam LDN94KG4F2017
11943Arya EsfandmazWPts: 23x0Grand Slam LDN94KG3RD2017
13038Eduardo InojosaWPts: 12x0World Champ.94KG8F2017
13574Rinat KashaevWRNCMoscow NGO97KGF2017
13575Algimants KontautsWChoke from backMoscow OpenABSSF2017
13576Bruno OliveiraWToe hookMoscow OpenABSF2017
13705Paul ArdilaPaul ArdilaWPts: 0x0, PenADCC99KGE12017
13709Joao AssisJoao AssisWReferee DecisionADCC99KG4F2017
13712Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWReferee DecisionADCC99KG3RD2017
13861Elott KellyWPts: 2x0No Gi Pan Am.97KGF2017
13867Dustin AkbariWPts: 2x0No Gi Pan Am.ABS4F2017
13869Dante LeonDante LeonWPts: 2x0No Gi Pan Am.ABSSF2017
13871Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoWPts: 4x0No Gi Pan Am.ABSF2017
13964Oliver GeddesOliver GeddesWArmbarLondon Fall Open94KGSF2017
13965Nicolas PenzerWPointsLondon Fall Open94KGF2017
13969Baruc BarriosWWristlockLondon Fall OpenABS4F2017
13970Sergio RiosSergio RiosWPts: 13x0London Fall OpenABSSF2017
13977Nicolas PenzerWPointsLondon Fall NG.OABS4F2017
13980Darragh OConaillDarragh OConaillWPts: 2x0London Fall NG.OABSSF2017
13981C. NegromonteC. NegromonteWPts: 0x0, AdvLondon Fall NG.OABSF2017
14265Nicolas PenzerWPointsParis Open94KGSF2017
14266Samuel MoninWChoke from backParis Open94KGF2017
14267UnknownWChoke from backParis OpenABSR12017
14268UnknownWToe hookParis OpenABS4F2017
14270Ruben FonsecaWToe hookParis OpenABSSF2017
14271Tommy LangakerTommy LangakerWPointsParis OpenABSF2017
14522Enrique GalarzaWPts: 11x0NoGi WorldsABSR12017
14534Frederico AugustoWPts: 12x0NoGi WorldsABSR22017
14538Jared DoppJared DoppWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi WorldsABS4F2017
14607Sergio RiosSergio RiosWPts: 4x0European OpenABSR12018
14617Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroWPts: 5x4European OpenABS8F2018
14687Charles McGuireWArmbarEuropean Open94KG4F2018
15229Steev CombourgWToe hookGrand Slam LDN94KG4F2018
15232Ben HodgkinsonWChoke from backGrand Slam LDN94KGSF2018
15234Paulo PintoWPts: 2x0Grand Slam LDN94KGF2018
15692Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyWPts: 0x0, AdvMarianas Open100KG4F2018
15693Fellipe TrovoFellipe TrovoWPts: 2x0Marianas Open100KGSF2018
16232Helton JoseHelton JoseWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.94KG8F2018
16988Enrico CoccoEnrico CoccoWPts: 2x0No Gi Pan Am.ABS8F2018
16991Charles McGuireWPointsNo Gi Pan Am.ABS4F2018
17041A BuenoWRNCNo Gi Pan Am.97KGSF2018
17209Alexandre CeconiAlexandre CeconiWPts: 4x0King of Mats110KGRR2018
17213Gerard LabinskiGerard LabinskiWPts: 2x0King of Mats110KGRR2018
17221Rudson MateusRudson MateusWPts: 2x0King of Mats110KGRR2018
17225R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWPts: 2x0King of Mats110KGSF2018
17487Arya EsfandmazWPointsLondon Fall Open100KGF2018
17490Jacopo PasquiniWRNCLondon Fall OpenABS4F2018
17492Rodrigo ConceicaoRodrigo ConceicaoWArmbarLondon Fall OpenABSSF2018
17497Samir KrvavacWPointsLondon Fall NGO97KGF2018
17498Jamie HughesWRNCLondon Fall NGOABSSF2018
17500Anderson LimaWArmbarLondon Fall NGOABSF2018
17521Uros DomanovicWBread cutterGeneva Open100KGF2018
18149Ben HodgkinsonWPts: 3x0NoGi Worlds91KGR12018
18154James BrascoJames BrascoWDQNoGi Worlds91KG4F2018
18157Devhonte JohnsonDevhonte JohnsonWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds91KGSF2018
18199Marco AurelioWPts: 2x0NoGi WorldsABS4F2018

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