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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
Triangle
5
2
#224aba
Kneebar
5
2
#ff9124
Choke
5
2
#bf1f6c
North south choke
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
Toe hold
18
3
#86e620
Choke from back
18
3
#5AD3D1
Heel hook
12
2
#d1212a
RNC
12
2
#fad11b
Straight ankle lock
6
1
#f58822
Wristlock
6
1
#224aba
Inside heel hook
6
1
#ff9124
Choke
6
1
#bf1f6c
Flying armbar
6
1
#22c9a5
Footlock
6
1
#fad223
Submission
6
1
17
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Jackson Sousa Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
5046Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld ExpoABSSF2013
5088Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 2x0IBJJF Pro League94KGF2013
5135Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLReferee DecisionFIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5215Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPts: 2x0EuropeanABSSF2014
5252Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLSubmissionPan AmericanABSR32014
5336Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLAdvPan American94KG4F2014
5601Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLChoke from backWorld Pro.94KG4F2014
5771Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoLPts: 2x0World Champ.94KG4F2014
5909Mauro SantiagoLPts: 3x0No Gi Pan Am.94KGSF2014
5932Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 9x2NoGi WorldsABSRDS2014
6017Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLReferee DecisionIBJJF Pro League94KGF2014
6565Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesLReferee DecisionBerkut OpenABSSPF2015
6571Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesLToe holdBerkut Open NoGiABSSPF2015
7050Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 8x2World Pro95KGF2015
7101Alexander TransAlexander TransLToe holdWorld ProABS4F2015
7295Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 4x2World Champ.ABS8F2015
7407Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLPts: 6x0World Champ.94KGSF2015
8166Erberth SantosErberth SantosLReferee DecisionGrand Slam LA94KGSF2015
8186Andre CamposLReferee DecisionGrand Slam LAABSSF2015
8360Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds91KGF2015
8403Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyLPts: 2x2, AdvNoGi WorldsABS4F2015
8442Abdurakhman BilarovAbdurakhman BilarovLHeel hookBerkut 2ABSSPF2015
8890Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLChoke from backEuropean OpenABSSF2016
9109Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 2x2, AdvLondon Grand Slam94KGSF2016
9110Max WisniewskiLStraight ankle lockLondon Grand Slam94KG3RD2016
9415Jose JuniorJose JuniorLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld ProABSR22016
9530Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLWristlockWorld Pro94KG4F2016
9931Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.94KGF2016
10010Victor EstimaVictor EstimaLPts: 2x0British NationalABSF2016
10229Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLChoke from backBerkut 3ABSSPF2016
10733Dillon DanisDillon DanisLInside heel hookPolaris 490KGSPF2016
11868Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLChokeGrand Slam LDN94KGSF2017
13623Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPts: 3x0ADCC99KGSF2017
14298Abdurakhman BilarovAbdurakhman BilarovLHeel hookACB JJ 995KG4F2017
14442Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLRNCNoGi WorldsABSSF2017
14520Victor HonorioVictor HonorioLPts: 2x0European OpenABS4F2018
14586Helton JoseHelton JoseLToe holdEuropean Open94KGSF2018
15411Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLReferee DecisionACBJJ 1295KGSPF2018
15564Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 18x2Marianas Open100KGF2018
15864Igor SilvaIgor SilvaLFlying armbarACBJJ 1395KGSPF2018
16103Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.94KG4F2018
16823Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLReferee DecisionNo Gi Pan Am.ABSSF2018
16873Aaron JohnsonAaron JohnsonLFootlockNo Gi Pan Am.97KGF2018
17012Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLPts: 2x0Grand Slam LA94KGSF2018
17047Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 2x2, AdvKing of Mats110KGRR2018
17056Erberth SantosErberth SantosLReferee DecisionKing of Mats110KGF2018
17944Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsLReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds91KGF2018
17985Gordon RyanGordon RyanLRNCNoGi WorldsABSSF2018
5032Shiloh RobertsWChokeWorld ExpoABSGP2013
5034Nathan MendelsohnNathan MendelsohnWPts: 3x3, AdvWorld ExpoABSGP2013
5035Marcel GoncalvesMarcel GoncalvesWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld ExpoABSGP2013
5036Omar SabhaWNorth south chokeWorld ExpoABSGP2013
5066Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaWTriangleNoGi Worlds94KGSF2013
5087Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarWPts: 0x0, AdvIBJJF Pro League94KGSF2013
5134Garry TononGarry TononWPts: 2x0FIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5137James PuopoloJames PuopoloWPts: 8x0FIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5208Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesWPts: 2x0European94KGF2014
5218Pedro BessaWPointsGrab and PullABSSPF2014
5244UnknownWPts: 4x0Pan AmericanABSR22014
5330Josh JordanWPts: 11x0Pan American94KG8F2014
5456Ben BaxterBen BaxterWReferee DecisionFIVE OregonABSSF2014
5457James PuopoloJames PuopoloWPts: 7x0FIVE OregonABSF2014
5768Felipe BuenoWPointsWorld Champ.94KGRDS2014
5840Julian VegaWCross chokeDallas OpenABS4F2014
5842James PuopoloJames PuopoloWChoke from backDallas OpenABSF2014
5847Carlos VidalWChoke from backDallas Open94KGF2014
5916Romulo SouzaWPts: 4x0No Gi Pan Am.ABS4F2014
5919Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWPts: 2x0No Gi Pan Am.ABSSF2014
5921AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWArmbarNo Gi Pan Am.ABSF2014
5929Bruno TogniWAdvNoGi WorldsABSRDS2014
5979Lucas RochaLucas RochaWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds94KG4F2014
5981Mauro SantiagoWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds94KGSF2014
6016Eduardo TellesEduardo TellesWPts: 2x2, AdvIBJJF Pro League94KGSF2014
6601Karim KhalifaWPts: 4x0London Winter Op.94KGF2015
6604Luis FinnochioWChokeLondon Winter Op.ABS4F2015
6607Max CamposWToe hookLondon Winter Op.ABSSF2015
6608C. NegromonteC. NegromonteWPts: 0x0, AdvLondon Winter Op.ABSF2015
6945Frederico AmiunaWPointsRome Open94KGSF2015
6946Felipe MotaFelipe MotaWPts: 2x0Rome Open94KGF2015
6949C. NegromonteC. NegromonteWPts: 4x0Rome OpenABSSF2015
7044Pedro PeresWPts: 5x0World Pro95KG4F2015
7048Faisal AlKitbeFaisal AlKitbeWPts: 2x0World Pro95KGSF2015
7084AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWPts: 2x0World ProABSR12015
7095Joao RochaJoao RochaWPts: 2x0World ProABSR22015
7285Eliot KellyEliot KellyWRNCWorld Champ.ABSR12015
7398Antonio AntonioliWPts: 2x0World Champ.94KG8F2015
7405Cassio FrancisCassio FrancisWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.94KG4F2015
8106Sebastien LecoqWNorth south chokePortugal Nat. ProABSSF2015
8107Alan FerreiraWPts: 5x0Portugal Nat. ProABSF2015
8169Faisal AlKitbeFaisal AlKitbeWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LA94KG3RD2015
8178Vinicius AgudoWToe holdGrand Slam LAABS8F2015
8183Carlos FariasCarlos FariasWPts: 9x0Grand Slam LAABS4F2015
8197Renato TavaresRenato TavaresWToe holdMacaco BrancoABSSPF2015
8354Rodrigo ReisWKneebarNoGi Worlds91KG4F2015
8359Felipe BuenoWPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds91KGSF2015
8383Gabriel ProcópioWStraight armlockNoGi WorldsABSR12015
8399Adam WheelerWPts: 10x0NoGi WorldsABS8F2015
8705Jaroslav MoltasWChoke from backBerlin Open94KGF2015
8706Luca AnacoretaLuca AnacoretaWPts: 8x4Berlin OpenABSF2015
8708Rodrigo ReisWToe holdBerlin NoGi Open94KGF2015
8855Juha LeppänenWArmbarEuropean Open94KG4F2016
8858Maks WisniewskiWPointsEuropean Open94KGSF2016
8859Felipe BuenoWPts: 10x0European Open94KGF2016
8881Gabriel ArgesGabriel ArgesWToe holdEuropean OpenABSR22016
8887Kaue DamascenoWPts: 4x0European OpenABS4F2016
9023Piotr WojtkowskiWToe holdLondon W. Open94KGSF2016
9025C. NegromonteC. NegromonteWPts: 4x2London W. Open94KGF2016
9026UnknownWToe holdLondon W. OpenABS4F2016
9029C. NegromonteC. NegromonteWPts: 5x2London W. OpenABSSF2016
9030Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesWPts: 3x2London W. OpenABSF2016
9086Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesWPts: 2x2, AdvLondon Grand SlamABS4F2016
9107Nelton PontesNelton PontesWPts: 5x2London Grand Slam94KG4F2016
9525Nalmir GuimaraesWChoke from backWorld Pro94KGR12016
9919Diego GamonalWChoke from backWorld Champ.94KGR12016
9927Felipe PenaFelipe PenaWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.94KG4F2016
9929Guilherme AugustoGuilherme AugustoWPts: 9x0World Champ.94KGSF2016
10004Nicolas PenzerWN/ABritish National94KGSF2016
10009Nelton PontesNelton PontesWPointsBritish NationalABSSF2016
11817Jefte PortesWTriangleLondon W. OpenO100KGF2017
11819Santeri LiliusWKneebarLondon W. OpenABSSF2017
11866Valdir AraujoWPts: 6x0Grand Slam LDN94KG4F2017
11870Arya EsfandmazWPts: 23x0Grand Slam LDN94KG3RD2017
12954Eduardo InojosaWPts: 12x0World Champ.94KG8F2017
13486Rinat KashaevWRNCMoscow NGO97KGF2017
13487Algimants KontautsWChoke from backMoscow OpenABSSF2017
13488Bruno OliveiraWToe hookMoscow OpenABSF2017
13617Paul ArdilaPaul ArdilaWPts: 0x0, PenADCC99KGE12017
13621Joao AssisJoao AssisWReferee DecisionADCC99KG4F2017
13624Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWReferee DecisionADCC99KG3RD2017
13770Elott KellyWPts: 2x0No Gi Pan Am.97KGF2017
13776Dustin AkbariWPts: 2x0No Gi Pan Am.ABS4F2017
13778Dante LeonDante LeonWPts: 2x0No Gi Pan Am.ABSSF2017
13780Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoWPts: 4x0No Gi Pan Am.ABSF2017
13868Oliver GeddesOliver GeddesWArmbarLondon Fall Open94KGSF2017
13869Nicolas PenzerWPointsLondon Fall Open94KGF2017
13873Baruc BarriosWWristlockLondon Fall OpenABS4F2017
13874Sergio RiosWPts: 13x0London Fall OpenABSSF2017
13881Nicolas PenzerWPointsLondon Fall NG.OABS4F2017
13884Darragh OConaillDarragh OConaillWPts: 2x0London Fall NG.OABSSF2017
13885C. NegromonteC. NegromonteWPts: 0x0, AdvLondon Fall NG.OABSF2017
14168Nicolas PenzerWPointsParis Open94KGSF2017
14169Samuel MoninWChoke from backParis Open94KGF2017
14170UnknownWChoke from backParis OpenABSR12017
14171UnknownWToe hookParis OpenABS4F2017
14173Ruben FonsecaWToe hookParis OpenABSSF2017
14174Tommy LangakerTommy LangakerWPointsParis OpenABSF2017
14424Enrique GalarzaWPts: 11x0NoGi WorldsABSR12017
14435Frederico AugustoWPts: 12x0NoGi WorldsABSR22017
14439Jared DoppJared DoppWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi WorldsABS4F2017
14504Sergio RiosWPts: 4x0European OpenABSR12018
14514Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroWPts: 5x4European OpenABS8F2018
14584Charles McGuireWArmbarEuropean Open94KG4F2018
15119Steev CombourgWToe hookGrand Slam LDN94KG4F2018
15122Ben HodgkinsonWChoke from backGrand Slam LDN94KGSF2018
15124Paulo PintoWPts: 2x0Grand Slam LDN94KGF2018
15561Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyWPts: 0x0, AdvMarianas Open100KG4F2018
15562Fellipe TrovoFellipe TrovoWPts: 2x0Marianas Open100KGSF2018
16097Helton JoseHelton JoseWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.94KG8F2018
16818Enrico CoccoEnrico CoccoWPts: 2x0No Gi Pan Am.ABS8F2018
16821Charles McGuireWPointsNo Gi Pan Am.ABS4F2018
16871A BuenoWRNCNo Gi Pan Am.97KGSF2018
17039Alexandre CeconiAlexandre CeconiWPts: 4x0King of Mats110KGRR2018
17043Gerard LabinskiGerard LabinskiWPts: 2x0King of Mats110KGRR2018
17051Rudson MateusRudson MateusWPts: 2x0King of Mats110KGRR2018
17055R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWPts: 2x0King of Mats110KGSF2018
17309Arya EsfandmazWPointsLondon Fall Open100KGF2018
17312Jacopo PasquiniWRNCLondon Fall OpenABS4F2018
17314Rodrigo ConceicaoRodrigo ConceicaoWArmbarLondon Fall OpenABSSF2018
17319Samir KrvavacWPointsLondon Fall NGO97KGF2018
17320Jamie HughesWRNCLondon Fall NGOABSSF2018
17322Anderson LimaWArmbarLondon Fall NGOABSF2018
17343Uros DomanovicWBread cutterGeneva Open100KGF2018
17934Ben HodgkinsonWPts: 3x0NoGi Worlds91KGR12018
17939James BrascoJames BrascoWDQNoGi Worlds91KG4F2018
17942Devhonte JohnsonDevhonte JohnsonWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds91KGSF2018
17983Marco AurelioWPts: 2x0NoGi WorldsABS4F2018

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