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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

75 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    37 (49%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    11 (15%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    25 (33%)
  • 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
Cross choke
4
1
#bf1f6c
Toe hook
4
1
#22c9a5
RNC
4
1
#fad223
Straight armlock
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
4961Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld ExpoABSSF2013
5003Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 2x0IBJJF Pro League94KGF2013
5044Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLReferee DecisionFIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5118Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPts: 2x0EuropeanABSSF2014
5155Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLSubmissionPan AmericanABSR32014
5239Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLAdvPan American94KG4F2014
5492Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLChoke from backWorld Pro.94KG4F2014
5661Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoLPts: 2x0World Champ.94KG4F2014
5793Mauro SantiagoLPts: 3x0No Gi Pan Am.94KGSF2014
5816Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 9x2No Gi WorldsABSRDS2014
5900Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLReferee DecisionIBJJF Pro League94KGF2014
6420Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesLReferee DecisionBerkut OpenABSSPF2015
6426Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesLToe holdBerkut Open NoGiABSSPF2015
6894Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 8x2World Pro95KGF2015
6945Alexander TransAlexander TransLToe holdWorld ProABS4F2015
7132Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 4x2World Champ.ABS8F2015
7243Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLPts: 6x0World Champ.94KGSF2015
7974Erberth SantosErberth SantosLReferee DecisionGrand Slam LA94KGSF2015
7994Andre CamposLReferee DecisionGrand Slam LAABSSF2015
8164Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds94KGF2015
8207Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyLPts: 2x2, AdvNoGi WorldsABS4F2015
8243Abdurakhman BilarovLHeel hookBerkut 2ABSSPF2015
8679Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLChoke from backEuropean OpenABSSF2016
8886Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 2x2, AdvLondon Grand Slam94KGSF2016
8887Max WisniewskiLStraight ankle lockLondon Grand Slam94KG3RD2016
9187Jose JuniorJose JuniorLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld ProABSR22016
9302Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLWristlockWorld Pro94KG4F2016
9704Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.94KGF2016
9781Victor EstimaVictor EstimaLPts: 2x0British NationalABSF2016
9989Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLChoke from backBerkut 3ABSSPF2016
10468Dillon DanisDillon DanisLInside heel hookPolaris 490KGSPF2016
11530Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLChokeGrand Slam LDN94KGSF2017
4947Shiloh RobertsWChokeWorld ExpoABSGP2013
4949Nathan MendelsohnNathan MendelsohnWPts: 3x3, AdvWorld ExpoABSGP2013
4950Marcel GoncalvesMarcel GoncalvesWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld ExpoABSGP2013
4951Omar SabhaWNorth south chokeWorld ExpoABSGP2013
4981Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaWTriangleNoGi Worlds94KGSF2013
5002Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarWPts: 0x0, AdvIBJJF Pro League94KGSF2013
5043Garry TononGarry TononWPts: 2x0FIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5046James PuopoloJames PuopoloWPts: 8x0FIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5111Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesWPts: 2x0European94KGF2014
5121Pedro BessaWPointsGrab and PullABSSPF2014
5147UnknownWPts: 4x0Pan AmericanABSR22014
5233Josh JordanWPts: 11x0Pan American94KG8F2014
5357Ben BaxterBen BaxterWReferee DecisionFIVE OregonABSSF2014
5358James PuopoloJames PuopoloWPts: 7x0FIVE OregonABSF2014
5658Felipe BuenoWPointsWorld Champ.94KGRDS2014
5724Julian VegaWCross chokeDallas OpenABS4F2014
5726James PuopoloJames PuopoloWChoke from backDallas OpenABSF2014
5731Carlos VidalWChoke from backDallas Open94KGF2014
5800Romulo SouzaWPts: 4x0No Gi Pan Am.ABS4F2014
5803Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWPts: 2x0No Gi Pan Am.ABSSF2014
5805AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWArmbarNo Gi Pan Am.ABSF2014
5813Bruno TogniWAdvNo Gi WorldsABSRDS2014
5862Lucas RochaLucas RochaWPts: 0x0, AdvNo Gi Worlds94KG4F2014
5864Mauro SantiagoWPts: 0x0, AdvNo Gi Worlds94KGSF2014
5899Eduardo TellesEduardo TellesWPts: 2x2, AdvIBJJF Pro League94KGSF2014
6453Karim KhalifaWPts: 4x0London Winter Op.94KGF2015
6456Luis FinnochioWChokeLondon Winter Op.ABS4F2015
6459Max CamposWToe hookLondon Winter Op.ABSSF2015
6460C. NegromonteC. NegromonteWPts: 0x0, AdvLondon Winter Op.ABSF2015
6792Frederico AmiunaWPointsRome Open94KGSF2015
6793Felipe MotaFelipe MotaWPts: 2x0Rome Open94KGF2015
6796C. NegromonteC. NegromonteWPts: 4x0Rome OpenABSSF2015
6888Pedro PeresWPts: 5x0World Pro95KG4F2015
6892Faisal AlKitbeFaisal AlKitbeWPts: 2x0World Pro95KGSF2015
6928AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWPts: 2x0World ProABSR12015
6939Joao RochaJoao RochaWPts: 2x0World ProABSR22015
7123Eliot KellyEliot KellyWRNCWorld Champ.ABSR12015
7234Antonio AntonioliWPts: 2x0World Champ.94KG8F2015
7241Cassio FrancisCassio FrancisWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.94KG4F2015
7916Sebastien LecoqWNorth south chokePortugal Nat. ProABSSF2015
7917Alan FerreiraWPts: 5x0Portugal Nat. ProABSF2015
7977Faisal AlKitbeFaisal AlKitbeWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LA94KG3RD2015
7986Vinicius AgudoWToe holdGrand Slam LAABS8F2015
7991Carlos FariasCarlos FariasWPts: 9x0Grand Slam LAABS4F2015
8005Renato TavaresRenato TavaresWToe holdMacaco BrancoABSSPF2015
8158Rodrigo ReisWKneebarNoGi Worlds94KG4F2015
8163Felipe BuenoWPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds94KGSF2015
8187Gabriel ProcópioWStraight armlockNoGi WorldsABSR12015
8203Adam WheelerWPts: 10x0NoGi WorldsABS8F2015
8502Jaroslav MoltasWChoke from backBerlin Open94KGF2015
8503Luca AnacoretaLuca AnacoretaWPts: 8x0Berlin OpenABSF2015
8505Rodrigo ReisWToe holdBerlin NoGi Open94KGF2015
8644Juha LeppänenWArmbarEuropean Open94KG4F2016
8647Maks WisniewskiWPointsEuropean Open94KGSF2016
8648Felipe BuenoWPts: 10x0European Open94KGF2016
8670Gabriel ArgesGabriel ArgesWToe holdEuropean OpenABSR22016
8676Kaue DamascenoWPts: 4x0European OpenABS4F2016
8806Piotr WojtkowskiWToe holdLondon W. Open94KGSF2016
8808C. NegromonteC. NegromonteWPts: 4x2London W. Open94KGF2016
8809UnknownWToe holdLondon W. OpenABS4F2016
8812C. NegromonteC. NegromonteWPts: 5x2London W. OpenABSSF2016
8813Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesWPts: 3x2London W. OpenABSF2016
8864Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesWPts: 2x2, AdvLondon Grand SlamABS4F2016
8884Nelton PontesNelton PontesWPts: 5x2London Grand Slam94KG4F2016
9297Nalmir GuimaraesWChoke from backWorld Pro94KGR12016
9692Diego GamonalWChoke from backWorld Champ.94KGR12016
9700Felipe PenaFelipe PenaWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.94KG4F2016
9702Guilherme AugustoGuilherme AugustoWPts: 9x0World Champ.94KGSF2016
9775Nicolas PenzerWN/ABritish National94KGSF2016
9780Nelton PontesNelton PontesWPointsBritish NationalABSSF2016
11479Jefte PortesWTriangleLondon W. OpenO100KGF2017
11481Santeri LiliusWKneebarLondon W. OpenABSSF2017
11528Valdir AraujoWPts: 6x0Grand Slam LDN94KG4F2017
11532Arya EsfandmazWPts: 23x0Grand Slam LDN94KG3RD2017
12583Eduardo InojosaWPts: 12x0World Champ.94KG8F2017

Banner picture by Jits Mag.

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