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Jackson Sousa

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Back Takes Instructional by Michael Musumeci

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. For a number of years, Sousa remained in relative obscurity in mainstream Jiu-Jitsu due to his longtime struggle to obtain the US visa which allowed him to compete at the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) Pan and World Championship. 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 (Senior) > Helio Gracie > Rolls Gracie > Romero Cavalcanti (Jacare) > Ricardo Vieira > Jackson Sousa

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship No-Gi (2013*** / 2019***)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pans Championship No-Gi (2014*)
  • 1st Place IBJJF European Open (2014 / 2016)
  • 1st Place UAEJJF Grand Slam MSK (2019)
  • 1st Place IBJJF London Winter Open (2015 / 2016** / 2017**)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF World Championship (2016)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF World Championship No-Gi (2018 / 2016)
  • 2nd Place UAEJJF King of Mats (2018)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Pro League (2013)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF European Open (2018)
  • 3rd Place UAEJJF Grand Slam LDN (2017)
  • 3rd Place ADCC World Championship (2017)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship (2013 brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF European Open (2012 / 2013 brown)
  • 1st Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals No-Gi (2009 purple, 2010** / 2011** / 2012 brown)
  • 1st Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals (2010 purple, 2012 brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Rio Open (2012** brown)

* Absolute
** Weight and absolute
*** Closed bracket with teammate

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 mainstream. 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 miss 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 gold at his weight 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

142 WINS
    73 (51%)
    17 (12%)
    43 (30%)
    6 (4%)
    1 (1%)
  • BY DQ
    2 (1%)


Choke from back
Toe hold
Toe hook
North south choke
Straight armlock
Bread cutter
Cross choke
    20 (33%)
    7 (12%)
    21 (35%)
    12 (20%)
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)


Toe hold
Choke from back
Straight ankle lock
Inside heel hook
Heel hook
Flying armbar
One arm guillotine

Jackson Sousa Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
5080Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld ExpoABSSF2013
5122Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 2x0IBJJF Pro League94KGF2013
5169Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLReferee DecisionFIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5257Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPts: 2x0EuropeanABSSF2014
5294Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLSubmissionPan AmericanABSR32014
5378Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLAdvPan American94KG4F2014
5644Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLChoke from backWorld Pro.94KG4F2014
5814Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoLPts: 2x0World Champ.94KG4F2014
5958Mauro SantiagoLPts: 3x0No Gi Pan Am.94KGSF2014
5981Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 9x2NoGi WorldsABSRDS2014
6069Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLReferee DecisionIBJJF Pro League94KGF2014
6628Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesLReferee DecisionBerkut OpenABSSPF2015
6634Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesLToe holdBerkut Open NoGiABSSPF2015
7113Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 8x2World Pro95KGF2015
7164Alexander TransAlexander TransLToe holdWorld ProABS4F2015
7358Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 4x2World Champ.ABS8F2015
7470Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLPts: 6x0World Champ.94KGSF2015
8234Erberth SantosErberth SantosLReferee DecisionGrand Slam LA94KGSF2015
8254Andre CamposLReferee DecisionGrand Slam LAABSSF2015
8428Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds91KGF2015
8471Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyLPts: 2x2, AdvNoGi WorldsABS4F2015
8510Abdurakhman BilarovAbdurakhman BilarovLHeel hookBerkut 2ABSSPF2015
8959Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLChoke from backEuropean OpenABSSF2016
9178Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 2x2, AdvGrand Slam LDN94KGSF2016
9179Max WisniewskiLStraight ankle lockGrand Slam LDN94KG3RD2016
9485Jose JuniorJose JuniorLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld ProABSR22016
9600Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLWristlockWorld Pro94KG4F2016
10002Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.94KGF2016
10081Victor EstimaVictor EstimaLPts: 2x0British NationalABSF2016
10307Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLChoke from backBerkut 3ABSSPF2016
10823Dillon DanisDillon DanisLInside heel hookPolaris 490KGSPF2016
11987Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLChokeGrand Slam LDN94KGSF2017
13772Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPts: 3x0ADCC99KGSF2017
14485Abdurakhman BilarovAbdurakhman BilarovLHeel hookACB JJ 995KG4F2017
14631Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLRNCNoGi WorldsABSSF2017
14754Victor HonorioVictor HonorioLPts: 2x0European OpenABS4F2018
14820Helton JoseHelton JoseLToe holdEuropean Open94KGSF2018
15711Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLReferee DecisionACBJJ 1295KGSPF2018
15880Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 18x2Marianas Open100KGF2018
16193Igor SilvaIgor SilvaLFlying armbarACBJJ 1395KGSPF2018
16434Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.94KG4F2018
17225Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLReferee DecisionNo Gi Pan Am.ABSSF2018
17275Aaron JohnsonAaron JohnsonLFootlockNo Gi Pan Am.97KGF2018
17415Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLPts: 2x0Grand Slam LA94KGSF2018
17453Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 2x2, AdvKing of Mats110KGRR2018
17462Erberth SantosErberth SantosLReferee DecisionKing of Mats110KGF2018
18439Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsLReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds91KGF2018
18481Gordon RyanGordon RyanLRNCNoGi WorldsABSSF2018
19484Aaron JohnsonAaron JohnsonLInside heel hookKasai 593KGRR2019
19486Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 3x0Kasai 593KGRR2019
19495Craig JonesCraig JonesLStraight ankle lockKasai 593KG3RD2019
19739Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLPts: 6x0WP BR Qualifier94KGF2019
20355Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 2x0World Champ.94KG4F2019
20424Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLPts: 0x0, AdvKing of Mats110KGRR2019
20430Joao RochaJoao RochaLToe holdKing of Mats110KGRR2019
21422Vinicius TratorVinicius TratorLReferee DecisionADCC99KG4F2019
21594Gustavo BatistaGustavo BatistaLPts: 16x0BJJ StarsABS4F2019
22255Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLOne arm guillotineNoGi WorldsABS4F2019
22417Helton JoseHelton JoseLPts: 6x3Grand Slam AD94KGSF2019
22420Renato CardosoRenato CardosoLPts: 2x0Grand Slam AD94KGRPC2019
5066Shiloh RobertsWChokeWorld ExpoABSGP2013
5068Nathan MendelsohnNathan MendelsohnWPts: 3x3, AdvWorld ExpoABSGP2013
5069Marcel GoncalvesMarcel GoncalvesWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld ExpoABSGP2013
5070Omar SabhaWNorth south chokeWorld ExpoABSGP2013
5100Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaWTriangleNoGi Worlds94KGSF2013
5121Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarWPts: 0x0, AdvIBJJF Pro League94KGSF2013
5168Garry TononGarry TononWPts: 2x0FIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5171James PuopoloJames PuopoloWPts: 8x0FIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5250Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesWPts: 2x0European94KGF2014
5260Pedro BessaWPointsGrab and PullABSSPF2014
5286UnknownWPts: 4x0Pan AmericanABSR22014
5372Josh JordanWPts: 11x0Pan American94KG8F2014
5498Ben BaxterBen BaxterWReferee DecisionFIVE OregonABSSF2014
5499James PuopoloJames PuopoloWPts: 7x0FIVE OregonABSF2014
5811Felipe BuenoWPointsWorld Champ.94KGRDS2014
5883Julian VegaWCross chokeDallas OpenABS4F2014
5885James PuopoloJames PuopoloWChoke from backDallas OpenABSF2014
5890Carlos VidalWChoke from backDallas Open94KGF2014
5965Romulo SouzaWPts: 4x0No Gi Pan Am.ABS4F2014
5968Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWPts: 2x0No Gi Pan Am.ABSSF2014
5970AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWArmbarNo Gi Pan Am.ABSF2014
5978Bruno TogniWAdvNoGi WorldsABSRDS2014
6031Lucas RochaLucas RochaWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds94KG4F2014
6033Mauro SantiagoWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds94KGSF2014
6068Eduardo TellesEduardo TellesWPts: 2x2, AdvIBJJF Pro League94KGSF2014
6664Karim KhalifaWPts: 4x0London Winter Op.94KGF2015
6667Luis FinnochioWChokeLondon Winter Op.ABS4F2015
6670Max CamposWToe hookLondon Winter Op.ABSSF2015
6671C. NegromonteC. NegromonteWPts: 0x0, AdvLondon Winter Op.ABSF2015
7008Frederico AmiunaWPointsRome Open94KGSF2015
7009Felipe MotaFelipe MotaWPts: 2x0Rome Open94KGF2015
7012C. NegromonteC. NegromonteWPts: 4x0Rome OpenABSSF2015
7107Pedro PeresWPts: 5x0World Pro95KG4F2015
7111Faisal AlKitbeFaisal AlKitbeWPts: 2x0World Pro95KGSF2015
7147AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWPts: 2x0World ProABSR12015
7158Joao RochaJoao RochaWPts: 2x0World ProABSR22015
7348Eliot KellyEliot KellyWRNCWorld Champ.ABSR12015
7461Antonio AntonioliWPts: 2x0World Champ.94KG8F2015
7468Cassio FrancisCassio FrancisWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.94KG4F2015
8174Sebastien LecoqWNorth south chokePortugal Nat. ProABSSF2015
8175Alan FerreiraWPts: 5x0Portugal Nat. ProABSF2015
8237Faisal AlKitbeFaisal AlKitbeWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LA94KG3RD2015
8246Vinicius AgudoWToe holdGrand Slam LAABS8F2015
8251Carlos FariasCarlos FariasWPts: 9x0Grand Slam LAABS4F2015
8265Renato TavaresRenato TavaresWToe holdMacaco BrancoABSSPF2015
8422Rodrigo ReisWKneebarNoGi Worlds91KG4F2015
8427Felipe BuenoWPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds91KGSF2015
8451Gabriel ProcópioWStraight armlockNoGi WorldsABSR12015
8467Adam WheelerWPts: 10x0NoGi WorldsABS8F2015
8773Jaroslav MoltasWChoke from backBerlin Open94KGF2015
8774Luca AnacoretaLuca AnacoretaWPts: 8x4Berlin OpenABSF2015
8776Rodrigo ReisWToe holdBerlin NoGi Open94KGF2015
8924Juha LeppänenWArmbarEuropean Open94KG4F2016
8927Maks WisniewskiWPointsEuropean Open94KGSF2016
8928Felipe BuenoWPts: 10x0European Open94KGF2016
8950Gabriel ArgesGabriel ArgesWToe holdEuropean OpenABSR22016
8956Kaue DamascenoWPts: 4x0European OpenABS4F2016
9092Piotr WojtkowskiWToe holdLondon W. Open94KGSF2016
9094C. NegromonteC. NegromonteWPts: 4x2London W. Open94KGF2016
9095UnknownWToe holdLondon W. OpenABS4F2016
9098C. NegromonteC. NegromonteWPts: 5x2London W. OpenABSSF2016
9099Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesWPts: 3x2London W. OpenABSF2016
9155Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesWPts: 2x2, AdvGrand Slam LDNABS4F2016
9176Nelton PontesNelton PontesWPts: 5x2Grand Slam LDN94KG4F2016
9595Nalmir GuimaraesWChoke from backWorld Pro94KGR12016
9990Diego GamonalWChoke from backWorld Champ.94KGR12016
9998Felipe PenaFelipe PenaWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.94KG4F2016
10000Guilherme AugustoGuilherme AugustoWPts: 9x0World Champ.94KGSF2016
10075Nicolas PenzerWN/ABritish National94KGSF2016
10080Nelton PontesNelton PontesWPointsBritish NationalABSSF2016
11936Jefte PortesWTriangleLondon W. OpenO100KGF2017
11938Santeri LiliusWKneebarLondon W. OpenABSSF2017
11985Valdir AraujoValdir AraujoWPts: 6x2Grand Slam LDN94KG4F2017
11989Arya EsfandmazWPts: 23x0Grand Slam LDN94KG3RD2017
13095Eduardo InojosaWPts: 12x0World Champ.94KG8F2017
13635Rinat KashaevWRNCMoscow NGO97KGF2017
13636Algimants KontautsWChoke from backMoscow OpenABSSF2017
13637Bruno OliveiraWToe hookMoscow OpenABSF2017
13766Paul ArdilaPaul ArdilaWPts: 0x0, PenADCC99KGE12017
13770Joao AssisJoao AssisWReferee DecisionADCC99KG4F2017
13773Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWReferee DecisionADCC99KG3RD2017
13921Elott KellyWPts: 2x0No Gi Pan Am.97KGF2017
13927Dustin AkbariWPts: 2x0No Gi Pan Am.ABS4F2017
13929Dante LeonDante LeonWPts: 2x0No Gi Pan Am.ABSSF2017
13931Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoWPts: 4x0No Gi Pan Am.ABSF2017
14031Oliver GeddesOliver GeddesWArmbarLondon Fall Open94KGSF2017
14032Nicolas PenzerWPointsLondon Fall Open94KGF2017
14036Baruc BarriosWWristlockLondon Fall OpenABS4F2017
14037Sergio RiosSergio RiosWPts: 13x0London Fall OpenABSSF2017
14044Nicolas PenzerWPointsLondon Fall NG.OABS4F2017
14047Darragh OConaillDarragh OConaillWPts: 2x0London Fall NG.OABSSF2017
14048C. NegromonteC. NegromonteWPts: 0x0, AdvLondon Fall NG.OABSF2017
14335Nicolas PenzerWPointsParis Open94KGSF2017
14336Samuel MoninWChoke from backParis Open94KGF2017
14337UnknownWChoke from backParis OpenABSR12017
14338UnknownWToe hookParis OpenABS4F2017
14340Ruben FonsecaWToe hookParis OpenABSSF2017
14341Tommy LangakerTommy LangakerWPointsParis OpenABSF2017
14612Enrique GalarzaWPts: 11x0NoGi WorldsABSR12017
14624Frederico AugustoWPts: 12x0NoGi WorldsABSR22017
14628Jared DoppJared DoppWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi WorldsABS4F2017
14738Sergio RiosSergio RiosWPts: 4x0European OpenABSR12018
14748Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroWPts: 5x4European OpenABS8F2018
14818Charles McGuireWArmbarEuropean Open94KG4F2018
15383Steev CombourgWToe hookGrand Slam LDN94KG4F2018
15386Ben HodgkinsonWChoke from backGrand Slam LDN94KGSF2018
15388Paulo PintoWPts: 2x0Grand Slam LDN94KGF2018
15877Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyWPts: 0x0, AdvMarianas Open100KG4F2018
15878Fellipe TrovoFellipe TrovoWPts: 2x0Marianas Open100KGSF2018
16428Helton JoseHelton JoseWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.94KG8F2018
17220Enrico CoccoEnrico CoccoWPts: 2x0No Gi Pan Am.ABS8F2018
17223Charles McGuireWPointsNo Gi Pan Am.ABS4F2018
17273A BuenoWRNCNo Gi Pan Am.97KGSF2018
17445Alexandre CeconiAlexandre CeconiWPts: 4x0King of Mats110KGRR2018
17449Gerard LabinskiGerard LabinskiWPts: 2x0King of Mats110KGRR2018
17457Rudson MateusRudson MateusWPts: 2x0King of Mats110KGRR2018
17461R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWPts: 2x0King of Mats110KGSF2018
17744Arya EsfandmazWPointsLondon Fall Open100KGF2018
17747Jacopo PasquiniWRNCLondon Fall OpenABS4F2018
17749Rodrigo ConceicaoRodrigo ConceicaoWArmbarLondon Fall OpenABSSF2018
17754Samir KrvavacWPointsLondon Fall NGO97KGF2018
17755Jamie HughesWRNCLondon Fall NGOABSSF2018
17757Anderson LimaWArmbarLondon Fall NGOABSF2018
17779Uros DomanovicWBread cutterGeneva Open100KGF2018
17782Uros DomanovicWPointsGeneva OpenABSSF2018
18429Ben HodgkinsonWPts: 3x0NoGi Worlds91KGR12018
18434James BrascoJames BrascoWDQNoGi Worlds91KG4F2018
18437Devhonte JohnsonDevhonte JohnsonWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds91KGSF2018
18479Marco AurelioWPts: 2x0NoGi WorldsABS4F2018
19488Valdir AraujoValdir AraujoWPts: 5x1Kasai 593KGRR2019
19736Paulo PintoWPts: 2x0WP BR Qualifier94KG4F2019
19737Oriones NettoWPts: 6x0WP BR Qualifier94KGSF2019
20413Gerard LabinskiGerard LabinskiWPts: 4x2King of Mats110KGRR2019
20417Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWPts: 4x2King of Mats110KGRR2019
20459Georgii EmelianovWPts: 7x0Grand Slam MSK94KGSF2019
20460Helton JoseHelton JoseWReferee DecisionGrand Slam MSK94KGF2019
21014Ed IngamellsD---Battle GrappleABSSPF2019
21417Paulo PintoWReferee DecisionADCC99KGR12019
21755Joao RochaJoao RochaWPts: 8x6KOM120KGSPF2019
22251Freddy VosgroneWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi WorldsABSR22019
22327Max BickertonWPts: 8x0NoGi Worlds91KG4F2019
22331Devhonte JohnsonDevhonte JohnsonWDQNoGi Worlds91KGSF2019
22414Faisal AlKitbeFaisal AlKitbeWPts: 4x1Grand Slam AD94KG4F2019

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