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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

74 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    36 (49%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    11 (15%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    25 (34%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (3%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

25 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Toe hold
24
6
#86e620
Choke from back
20
5
#5AD3D1
Choke
8
2
#d1212a
North south choke
8
2
#fad11b
Triangle
8
2
#f58822
Armbar
8
2
#224aba
Kneebar
8
2
#ff9124
Straight armlock
4
1
#bf1f6c
Cross choke
4
1
#22c9a5
Toe hook
4
1
#fad223
RNC
4
1
25
(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
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
4946Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld ExpoABSSF2013
4988Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 2x0IBJJF Pro League94KGF2013
5029Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLReferee DecisionFIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5102Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPts: 2x0EuropeanABSSF2014
5139Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLSubmissionPan AmericanABSR32014
5223Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLAdvPan American94KG1/4F2014
5476Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLChoke from backWorld Pro.94KG1/4F2014
5646Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoLPts: 2x0World Champ.94KG1/4F2014
5778Mauro SantiagoLPts: 3x0No Gi Pan Am.94KGSF2014
5801Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 9x2No Gi WorldsABSRDS2014
5885Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLReferee DecisionIBJJF Pro League94KGF2014
6406Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesLReferee DecisionBerkut OpenABSSPF2015
6412Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesLToe holdBerkut Open NoGiABSSPF2015
6880Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 8x2World Pro95KGF2015
6931Alexander TransAlexander TransLToe holdWorld ProABS1/4F2015
7118Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 4x2World Champ.ABS1/8F2015
7229Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLPts: 6x0World Champ.94KGSF2015
7956Erberth SantosErberth SantosLReferee DecisionGrand Slam LA94KGSF2015
7976Andre CamposLReferee DecisionGrand Slam LAABSSF2015
8146Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds94KGF2015
8189Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyLPts: 2x2, AdvNoGi WorldsABS1/4F2015
8225Abdurakhman BilarovLHeel hookBerkut 2ABSSPF2015
8659Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLChoke from backEuropean OpenABSSF2016
8866Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 2x2, AdvLondon Grand Slam94KGSF2016
8867Max WisniewskiLStraight ankle lockLondon Grand Slam94KG3RD2016
9167Jose JuniorJose JuniorLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld ProABSR22016
9282Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLWristlockWorld Pro94KG1/4F2016
9682Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.94KGF2016
9759Victor EstimaVictor EstimaLPts: 2x0British NationalABSF2016
9967Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLChoke from backBerkut 3ABSSPF2016
10444Dillon DanisDillon DanisLInside heel hookPolaris 490KGSPF2016
11489Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLChokeGrand Slam LDN94KGSF2017
4932Shiloh RobertsWChokeWorld ExpoABSGP2013
4934Nathan MendelsohnWPts: 3x3, AdvWorld ExpoABSGP2013
4935Marcel GoncalvesMarcel GoncalvesWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld ExpoABSGP2013
4936Omar SabhaWNorth south chokeWorld ExpoABSGP2013
4966Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaWTriangleNoGi Worlds94KGSF2013
4987Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarWPts: 0x0, AdvIBJJF Pro League94KGSF2013
5028Garry TononGarry TononWPts: 2x0FIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5031James PuopoloJames PuopoloWPts: 8x0FIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5095Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesWPts: 2x0European94KGF2014
5105Pedro BessaWPointsGrab and PullABSSPF2014
5131UnknownWPts: 4x0Pan AmericanABSR22014
5217Josh JordanWPts: 11x0Pan American94KG1/8F2014
5341Ben BaxterBen BaxterWReferee DecisionFIVE OregonABSSF2014
5342James PuopoloJames PuopoloWPts: 7x0FIVE OregonABSF2014
5643Felipe BuenoWPointsWorld Champ.94KGRDS2014
5709Julian VegaWCross chokeDallas OpenABS1/4F2014
5711James PuopoloJames PuopoloWChoke from backDallas OpenABSF2014
5716Carlos VidalWChoke from backDallas Open94KGF2014
5785Romulo SouzaWPts: 4x0No Gi Pan Am.ABS1/4F2014
5788Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWPts: 2x0No Gi Pan Am.ABSSF2014
5790AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWArmbarNo Gi Pan Am.ABSF2014
5798Bruno TogniWAdvNo Gi WorldsABSRDS2014
5847Lucas RochaLucas RochaWPts: 0x0, AdvNo Gi Worlds94KG1/4F2014
5849Mauro SantiagoWPts: 0x0, AdvNo Gi Worlds94KGSF2014
5884Eduardo TellesEduardo TellesWPts: 2x2, AdvIBJJF Pro League94KGSF2014
6439Karim KhalifaWPts: 4x0London Winter Op.94KGF2015
6442Luis FinnochioWChokeLondon Winter Op.ABS1/4F2015
6445Max CamposWToe hookLondon Winter Op.ABSSF2015
6446C. NegromonteC. NegromonteWPts: 0x0, AdvLondon Winter Op.ABSF2015
6778Frederico AmiunaWPointsRome Open94KGSF2015
6779Felipe MotaFelipe MotaWPts: 2x0Rome Open94KGF2015
6782C. NegromonteC. NegromonteWPts: 4x0Rome OpenABSSF2015
6874Pedro PeresWPts: 5x0World Pro95KG1/4F2015
6878Faisal AlKitbeFaisal AlKitbeWPts: 2x0World Pro95KGSF2015
6914AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWPts: 2x0World ProABSR12015
6925Joao RochaJoao RochaWPts: 2x0World ProABSR22015
7109Eliot KellyEliot KellyWRNCWorld Champ.ABSR12015
7220Antonio AntonioliWPts: 2x0World Champ.94KG1/8F2015
7227Cassio FrancisCassio FrancisWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.94KG1/4F2015
7901Sebastien LecoqWNorth south chokePortugal Nat. ProABSSF2015
7902Alan FerreiraWPts: 5x0Portugal Nat. ProABSF2015
7959Faisal AlKitbeFaisal AlKitbeWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LA94KG3RD2015
7968Vinicius AgudoWToe holdGrand Slam LAABS1/8F2015
7973Carlos FariasCarlos FariasWPts: 9x0Grand Slam LAABS1/4F2015
7987Renato TavaresRenato TavaresWToe holdMacaco BrancoABSSPF2015
8140Rodrigo ReisWKneebarNoGi Worlds94KG1/4F2015
8145Felipe BuenoWPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds94KGSF2015
8169Gabriel ProcópioWStraight armlockNoGi WorldsABSR12015
8185Adam WheelerWPts: 10x0NoGi WorldsABS1/8F2015
8484Jaroslav MoltasWChoke from backBerlin Open94KGF2015
8485Luca AnacoretaLuca AnacoretaWPts: 8x0Berlin OpenABSF2015
8487Rodrigo ReisWToe holdBerlin NoGi Open94KGF2015
8624Juha LeppänenWArmbarEuropean Open94KG1/4F2016
8627Maks WisniewskiWPointsEuropean Open94KGSF2016
8628Felipe BuenoWPts: 10x0European Open94KGF2016
8650Gabriel ArgesGabriel ArgesWToe holdEuropean OpenABSR22016
8656Kaue DamascenoWPts: 4x0European OpenABS1/4F2016
8786Piotr WojtkowskiWToe holdLondon W. Open94KGSF2016
8788C. NegromonteC. NegromonteWPts: 4x2London W. Open94KGF2016
8789UnknownWToe holdLondon W. OpenABS1/4F2016
8792C. NegromonteC. NegromonteWPts: 5x2London W. OpenABSSF2016
8793Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesWPts: 3x2London W. OpenABSF2016
8844Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesWPts: 2x2, AdvLondon Grand SlamABS1/4F2016
8864Nelton PontesNelton PontesWPts: 5x2London Grand Slam94KG1/4F2016
9277Nalmir GuimaraesWChoke from backWorld Pro94KGR12016
9670Diego GamonalWChoke from backWorld Champ.94KGR12016
9678Felipe PenaFelipe PenaWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.94KG1/4F2016
9680Guilherme AugustoGuilherme AugustoWPts: 9x0World Champ.94KGSF2016
9753Nicolas PenzerWN/ABritish National94KGSF2016
9758Nelton PontesNelton PontesWPointsBritish NationalABSSF2016
11438Jefte PortesWTriangleLondon W. OpenO100KGF2017
11440Santeri LiliusWKneebarLondon W. OpenABSSF2017
11487Valdir AraujoWPts: 6x0Grand Slam LDN94KG1/4F2017
11491Arya EsfandmazWPts: 23x0Grand Slam LDN94KG3RD2017

Banner picture by Jits Mag.

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