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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 Pro League Runner-up (2013)
  • 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 (2016)
  • IBJJF Pan American No-Gi Champion (2014*)
  • 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

107 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    52 (49%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    13 (12%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    37 (35%)
  • BY DECISION
    4 (4%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (1%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

37 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke from back
24
9
#86e620
Toe hold
16
6
#5AD3D1
Toe hook
14
5
#d1212a
Armbar
11
4
#fad11b
Choke
5
2
#f58822
North south choke
5
2
#224aba
Triangle
5
2
#ff9124
RNC
5
2
#bf1f6c
Kneebar
5
2
#22c9a5
Wristlock
3
1
#fad223
Cross choke
3
1
#03861f
Straight armlock
3
1
37
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
38 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    12 (32%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    5 (13%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    14 (37%)
  • BY DECISION
    7 (18%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

14 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Choke from back
21
3
#86e620
Toe hold
21
3
#5AD3D1
Heel hook
14
2
#d1212a
Submission
7
1
#fad11b
Straight ankle lock
7
1
#f58822
Wristlock
7
1
#224aba
Inside heel hook
7
1
#ff9124
Choke
7
1
#bf1f6c
RNC
7
1
14
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Jackson Sousa Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
5028Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld ExpoABSSF2013
5070Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 2x0IBJJF Pro League94KGF2013
5111Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLReferee DecisionFIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5189Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPts: 2x0EuropeanABSSF2014
5226Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLSubmissionPan AmericanABSR32014
5310Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLAdvPan American94KG4F2014
5570Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLChoke from backWorld Pro.94KG4F2014
5739Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoLPts: 2x0World Champ.94KG4F2014
5870Mauro SantiagoLPts: 3x0No Gi Pan Am.94KGSF2014
5893Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 9x2No Gi WorldsABSRDS2014
5977Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLReferee DecisionIBJJF Pro League94KGF2014
6512Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesLReferee DecisionBerkut OpenABSSPF2015
6518Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesLToe holdBerkut Open NoGiABSSPF2015
6993Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 8x2World Pro95KGF2015
7044Alexander TransAlexander TransLToe holdWorld ProABS4F2015
7235Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 4x2World Champ.ABS8F2015
7346Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLPts: 6x0World Champ.94KGSF2015
8091Erberth SantosErberth SantosLReferee DecisionGrand Slam LA94KGSF2015
8111Andre CamposLReferee DecisionGrand Slam LAABSSF2015
8281Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds94KGF2015
8324Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyLPts: 2x2, AdvNoGi WorldsABS4F2015
8363Abdurakhman BilarovAbdurakhman BilarovLHeel hookBerkut 2ABSSPF2015
8807Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLChoke from backEuropean OpenABSSF2016
9016Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 2x2, AdvLondon Grand Slam94KGSF2016
9017Max WisniewskiLStraight ankle lockLondon Grand Slam94KG3RD2016
9317Jose JuniorJose JuniorLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld ProABSR22016
9432Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLWristlockWorld Pro94KG4F2016
9834Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.94KGF2016
9913Victor EstimaVictor EstimaLPts: 2x0British NationalABSF2016
10126Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLChoke from backBerkut 3ABSSPF2016
10618Dillon DanisDillon DanisLInside heel hookPolaris 490KGSPF2016
11703Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLChokeGrand Slam LDN94KGSF2017
13383Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPts: 3x0ADCC99KGSF2017
14026Abdurakhman BilarovAbdurakhman BilarovLHeel hookACB JJ 995KG4F2017
14169Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLRNCNoGi WorldsABSSF2017
14238Victor HonorioVictor HonorioLPts: 2x0European OpenABS4F2018
14304Helton JoseHelton JoseLToe holdEuropean Open94KGSF2018
15096Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLReferee DecisionACBJJ 1295KGSPF2018
5014Shiloh RobertsWChokeWorld ExpoABSGP2013
5016Nathan MendelsohnNathan MendelsohnWPts: 3x3, AdvWorld ExpoABSGP2013
5017Marcel GoncalvesMarcel GoncalvesWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld ExpoABSGP2013
5018Omar SabhaWNorth south chokeWorld ExpoABSGP2013
5048Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaWTriangleNoGi Worlds94KGSF2013
5069Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarWPts: 0x0, AdvIBJJF Pro League94KGSF2013
5110Garry TononGarry TononWPts: 2x0FIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5113James PuopoloJames PuopoloWPts: 8x0FIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5182Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesWPts: 2x0European94KGF2014
5192Pedro BessaWPointsGrab and PullABSSPF2014
5218UnknownWPts: 4x0Pan AmericanABSR22014
5304Josh JordanWPts: 11x0Pan American94KG8F2014
5429Ben BaxterBen BaxterWReferee DecisionFIVE OregonABSSF2014
5430James PuopoloJames PuopoloWPts: 7x0FIVE OregonABSF2014
5736Felipe BuenoWPointsWorld Champ.94KGRDS2014
5801Julian VegaWCross chokeDallas OpenABS4F2014
5803James PuopoloJames PuopoloWChoke from backDallas OpenABSF2014
5808Carlos VidalWChoke from backDallas Open94KGF2014
5877Romulo SouzaWPts: 4x0No Gi Pan Am.ABS4F2014
5880Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWPts: 2x0No Gi Pan Am.ABSSF2014
5882AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWArmbarNo Gi Pan Am.ABSF2014
5890Bruno TogniWAdvNo Gi WorldsABSRDS2014
5939Lucas RochaLucas RochaWPts: 0x0, AdvNo Gi Worlds94KG4F2014
5941Mauro SantiagoWPts: 0x0, AdvNo Gi Worlds94KGSF2014
5976Eduardo TellesEduardo TellesWPts: 2x2, AdvIBJJF Pro League94KGSF2014
6548Karim KhalifaWPts: 4x0London Winter Op.94KGF2015
6551Luis FinnochioWChokeLondon Winter Op.ABS4F2015
6554Max CamposWToe hookLondon Winter Op.ABSSF2015
6555C. NegromonteC. NegromonteWPts: 0x0, AdvLondon Winter Op.ABSF2015
6889Frederico AmiunaWPointsRome Open94KGSF2015
6890Felipe MotaFelipe MotaWPts: 2x0Rome Open94KGF2015
6893C. NegromonteC. NegromonteWPts: 4x0Rome OpenABSSF2015
6987Pedro PeresWPts: 5x0World Pro95KG4F2015
6991Faisal AlKitbeFaisal AlKitbeWPts: 2x0World Pro95KGSF2015
7027AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWPts: 2x0World ProABSR12015
7038Joao RochaJoao RochaWPts: 2x0World ProABSR22015
7225Eliot KellyEliot KellyWRNCWorld Champ.ABSR12015
7337Antonio AntonioliWPts: 2x0World Champ.94KG8F2015
7344Cassio FrancisCassio FrancisWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.94KG4F2015
8033Sebastien LecoqWNorth south chokePortugal Nat. ProABSSF2015
8034Alan FerreiraWPts: 5x0Portugal Nat. ProABSF2015
8094Faisal AlKitbeFaisal AlKitbeWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LA94KG3RD2015
8103Vinicius AgudoWToe holdGrand Slam LAABS8F2015
8108Carlos FariasCarlos FariasWPts: 9x0Grand Slam LAABS4F2015
8122Renato TavaresRenato TavaresWToe holdMacaco BrancoABSSPF2015
8275Rodrigo ReisWKneebarNoGi Worlds94KG4F2015
8280Felipe BuenoWPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds94KGSF2015
8304Gabriel ProcópioWStraight armlockNoGi WorldsABSR12015
8320Adam WheelerWPts: 10x0NoGi WorldsABS8F2015
8626Jaroslav MoltasWChoke from backBerlin Open94KGF2015
8627Luca AnacoretaLuca AnacoretaWPts: 8x4Berlin OpenABSF2015
8629Rodrigo ReisWToe holdBerlin NoGi Open94KGF2015
8772Juha LeppänenWArmbarEuropean Open94KG4F2016
8775Maks WisniewskiWPointsEuropean Open94KGSF2016
8776Felipe BuenoWPts: 10x0European Open94KGF2016
8798Gabriel ArgesGabriel ArgesWToe holdEuropean OpenABSR22016
8804Kaue DamascenoWPts: 4x0European OpenABS4F2016
8936Piotr WojtkowskiWToe holdLondon W. Open94KGSF2016
8938C. NegromonteC. NegromonteWPts: 4x2London W. Open94KGF2016
8939UnknownWToe holdLondon W. OpenABS4F2016
8942C. NegromonteC. NegromonteWPts: 5x2London W. OpenABSSF2016
8943Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesWPts: 3x2London W. OpenABSF2016
8994Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesWPts: 2x2, AdvLondon Grand SlamABS4F2016
9014Nelton PontesNelton PontesWPts: 5x2London Grand Slam94KG4F2016
9427Nalmir GuimaraesWChoke from backWorld Pro94KGR12016
9822Diego GamonalWChoke from backWorld Champ.94KGR12016
9830Felipe PenaFelipe PenaWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.94KG4F2016
9832Guilherme AugustoGuilherme AugustoWPts: 9x0World Champ.94KGSF2016
9907Nicolas PenzerWN/ABritish National94KGSF2016
9912Nelton PontesNelton PontesWPointsBritish NationalABSSF2016
11652Jefte PortesWTriangleLondon W. OpenO100KGF2017
11654Santeri LiliusWKneebarLondon W. OpenABSSF2017
11701Valdir AraujoWPts: 6x0Grand Slam LDN94KG4F2017
11705Arya EsfandmazWPts: 23x0Grand Slam LDN94KG3RD2017
12766Eduardo InojosaWPts: 12x0World Champ.94KG8F2017
13249Rinat KashaevWRNCMoscow NGO97KGF2017
13250Algimants KontautsWChoke from backMoscow OpenABSSF2017
13251Bruno OliveiraWToe hookMoscow OpenABSF2017
13377Paul ArdilaPaul ArdilaWPts: 0x0, PenADCC99KGE12017
13381Joao AssisJoao AssisWReferee DecisionADCC99KG4F2017
13384Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWReferee DecisionADCC99KG3RD2017
13525Elott KellyWPts: 2x0No Gi Pan Am.97KGF2017
13530Dustin AkbariWPts: 2x0No Gi Pan Am.ABS4F2017
13532Dante LeonDante LeonWPts: 2x0No Gi Pan Am.ABSSF2017
13534Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoWPts: 4x0No Gi Pan Am.ABSF2017
13615Oliver GeddesOliver GeddesWArmbarLondon Fall Open94KGSF2017
13616Nicolas PenzerWPointsLondon Fall Open94KGF2017
13620Baruc BarriosWWristlockLondon Fall OpenABS4F2017
13621Sergio RiosWPts: 13x0London Fall OpenABSSF2017
13628Nicolas PenzerWPointsLondon Fall NG.OABS4F2017
13631Darragh OConaillDarragh OConaillWPts: 2x0London Fall NG.OABSSF2017
13632C. NegromonteC. NegromonteWPts: 0x0, AdvLondon Fall NG.OABSF2017
13910Nicolas PenzerWPointsParis Open94KGSF2017
13911Samuel MoninWChoke from backParis Open94KGF2017
13912UnknownWChoke from backParis OpenABSR12017
13913UnknownWToe hookParis OpenABS4F2017
13915Ruben FonsecaWToe hookParis OpenABSSF2017
13916Tommy LangakerTommy LangakerWPointsParis OpenABSF2017
14151Enrique GalarzaWPts: 11x0NoGi WorldsABSR12017
14162Frederico AugustoWPts: 12x0NoGi WorldsABSR22017
14166Jared DoppJared DoppWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi WorldsABS4F2017
14222Sergio RiosWPts: 4x0European OpenABSR12018
14232Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroWPts: 5x4European OpenABS8F2018
14302Charles McGuireWArmbarEuropean Open94KG4F2018
14818Steev CombourgWToe hookGrand Slam LDN94KG4F2018
14821Ben HodgkinsonWChoke from backGrand Slam LDN94KGSF2018
14823Paulo PintoWPts: 2x0Grand Slam LDN94KGF2018

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