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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 (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

124 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    62 (50%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    15 (12%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    42 (34%)
  • BY DECISION
    4 (3%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (1%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

42 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke from back
21
9
#86e620
Toe hold
14
6
#5AD3D1
Armbar
14
6
#d1212a
Toe hook
12
5
#fad11b
RNC
12
5
#f58822
Kneebar
5
2
#224aba
Choke
5
2
#ff9124
North south choke
5
2
#bf1f6c
Triangle
5
2
#22c9a5
Straight armlock
2
1
#fad223
Wristlock
2
1
#03861f
Cross choke
2
1
42
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
46 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    14 (30%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    6 (13%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    16 (35%)
  • BY DECISION
    10 (22%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

16 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Choke from back
19
3
#86e620
Toe hold
19
3
#5AD3D1
Heel hook
13
2
#d1212a
Inside heel hook
6
1
#fad11b
Choke
6
1
#f58822
RNC
6
1
#224aba
Flying armbar
6
1
#ff9124
Footlock
6
1
#bf1f6c
Submission
6
1
#22c9a5
Straight ankle lock
6
1
#fad223
Wristlock
6
1
16
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Jackson Sousa Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
5047Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld ExpoABSSF2013
5089Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 2x0IBJJF Pro League94KGF2013
5136Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLReferee DecisionFIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5216Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPts: 2x0EuropeanABSSF2014
5253Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLSubmissionPan AmericanABSR32014
5337Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLAdvPan American94KG4F2014
5602Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLChoke from backWorld Pro.94KG4F2014
5772Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoLPts: 2x0World Champ.94KG4F2014
5908Mauro SantiagoLPts: 3x0No Gi Pan Am.94KGSF2014
5931Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 9x2NoGi WorldsABSRDS2014
6016Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLReferee DecisionIBJJF Pro League94KGF2014
6557Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesLReferee DecisionBerkut OpenABSSPF2015
6563Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesLToe holdBerkut Open NoGiABSSPF2015
7042Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 8x2World Pro95KGF2015
7093Alexander TransAlexander TransLToe holdWorld ProABS4F2015
7285Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 4x2World Champ.ABS8F2015
7396Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLPts: 6x0World Champ.94KGSF2015
8153Erberth SantosErberth SantosLReferee DecisionGrand Slam LA94KGSF2015
8173Andre CamposLReferee DecisionGrand Slam LAABSSF2015
8347Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds91KGF2015
8390Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyLPts: 2x2, AdvNoGi WorldsABS4F2015
8429Abdurakhman BilarovAbdurakhman BilarovLHeel hookBerkut 2ABSSPF2015
8876Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLChoke from backEuropean OpenABSSF2016
9086Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 2x2, AdvLondon Grand Slam94KGSF2016
9087Max WisniewskiLStraight ankle lockLondon Grand Slam94KG3RD2016
9389Jose JuniorJose JuniorLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld ProABSR22016
9504Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLWristlockWorld Pro94KG4F2016
9905Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.94KGF2016
9984Victor EstimaVictor EstimaLPts: 2x0British NationalABSF2016
10199Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLChoke from backBerkut 3ABSSPF2016
10697Dillon DanisDillon DanisLInside heel hookPolaris 490KGSPF2016
11805Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLChokeGrand Slam LDN94KGSF2017
13528Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPts: 3x0ADCC99KGSF2017
14184Abdurakhman BilarovAbdurakhman BilarovLHeel hookACB JJ 995KG4F2017
14328Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLRNCNoGi WorldsABSSF2017
14406Victor HonorioVictor HonorioLPts: 2x0European OpenABS4F2018
14472Helton JoseHelton JoseLToe holdEuropean Open94KGSF2018
15290Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLReferee DecisionACBJJ 1295KGSPF2018
15438Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 18x2Marianas Open100KGF2018
15736Igor SilvaIgor SilvaLFlying armbarACBJJ 1395KGSPF2018
15975Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.94KG4F2018
16662Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLReferee DecisionNo Gi Pan Am.ABSSF2018
16711Aaron JohnsonAaron JohnsonLFootlockNo Gi Pan Am.97KGF2018
16849Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLPts: 2x0Grand Slam LA94KGSF2018
16884Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 2x2, AdvKing of Mats110KGRR2018
16893Erberth SantosErberth SantosLReferee DecisionKing of Mats110KGF2018
5033Shiloh RobertsWChokeWorld ExpoABSGP2013
5035Nathan MendelsohnNathan MendelsohnWPts: 3x3, AdvWorld ExpoABSGP2013
5036Marcel GoncalvesMarcel GoncalvesWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld ExpoABSGP2013
5037Omar SabhaWNorth south chokeWorld ExpoABSGP2013
5067Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaWTriangleNoGi Worlds94KGSF2013
5088Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarWPts: 0x0, AdvIBJJF Pro League94KGSF2013
5135Garry TononGarry TononWPts: 2x0FIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5138James PuopoloJames PuopoloWPts: 8x0FIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5209Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesWPts: 2x0European94KGF2014
5219Pedro BessaWPointsGrab and PullABSSPF2014
5245UnknownWPts: 4x0Pan AmericanABSR22014
5331Josh JordanWPts: 11x0Pan American94KG8F2014
5457Ben BaxterBen BaxterWReferee DecisionFIVE OregonABSSF2014
5458James PuopoloJames PuopoloWPts: 7x0FIVE OregonABSF2014
5769Felipe BuenoWPointsWorld Champ.94KGRDS2014
5839Julian VegaWCross chokeDallas OpenABS4F2014
5841James PuopoloJames PuopoloWChoke from backDallas OpenABSF2014
5846Carlos VidalWChoke from backDallas Open94KGF2014
5915Romulo SouzaWPts: 4x0No Gi Pan Am.ABS4F2014
5918Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWPts: 2x0No Gi Pan Am.ABSSF2014
5920AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWArmbarNo Gi Pan Am.ABSF2014
5928Bruno TogniWAdvNoGi WorldsABSRDS2014
5978Lucas RochaLucas RochaWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds94KG4F2014
5980Mauro SantiagoWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds94KGSF2014
6015Eduardo TellesEduardo TellesWPts: 2x2, AdvIBJJF Pro League94KGSF2014
6593Karim KhalifaWPts: 4x0London Winter Op.94KGF2015
6596Luis FinnochioWChokeLondon Winter Op.ABS4F2015
6599Max CamposWToe hookLondon Winter Op.ABSSF2015
6600C. NegromonteC. NegromonteWPts: 0x0, AdvLondon Winter Op.ABSF2015
6937Frederico AmiunaWPointsRome Open94KGSF2015
6938Felipe MotaFelipe MotaWPts: 2x0Rome Open94KGF2015
6941C. NegromonteC. NegromonteWPts: 4x0Rome OpenABSSF2015
7036Pedro PeresWPts: 5x0World Pro95KG4F2015
7040Faisal AlKitbeFaisal AlKitbeWPts: 2x0World Pro95KGSF2015
7076AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWPts: 2x0World ProABSR12015
7087Joao RochaJoao RochaWPts: 2x0World ProABSR22015
7275Eliot KellyEliot KellyWRNCWorld Champ.ABSR12015
7387Antonio AntonioliWPts: 2x0World Champ.94KG8F2015
7394Cassio FrancisCassio FrancisWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.94KG4F2015
8095Sebastien LecoqWNorth south chokePortugal Nat. ProABSSF2015
8096Alan FerreiraWPts: 5x0Portugal Nat. ProABSF2015
8156Faisal AlKitbeFaisal AlKitbeWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LA94KG3RD2015
8165Vinicius AgudoWToe holdGrand Slam LAABS8F2015
8170Carlos FariasCarlos FariasWPts: 9x0Grand Slam LAABS4F2015
8184Renato TavaresRenato TavaresWToe holdMacaco BrancoABSSPF2015
8341Rodrigo ReisWKneebarNoGi Worlds91KG4F2015
8346Felipe BuenoWPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds91KGSF2015
8370Gabriel ProcópioWStraight armlockNoGi WorldsABSR12015
8386Adam WheelerWPts: 10x0NoGi WorldsABS8F2015
8692Jaroslav MoltasWChoke from backBerlin Open94KGF2015
8693Luca AnacoretaLuca AnacoretaWPts: 8x4Berlin OpenABSF2015
8695Rodrigo ReisWToe holdBerlin NoGi Open94KGF2015
8841Juha LeppänenWArmbarEuropean Open94KG4F2016
8844Maks WisniewskiWPointsEuropean Open94KGSF2016
8845Felipe BuenoWPts: 10x0European Open94KGF2016
8867Gabriel ArgesGabriel ArgesWToe holdEuropean OpenABSR22016
8873Kaue DamascenoWPts: 4x0European OpenABS4F2016
9006Piotr WojtkowskiWToe holdLondon W. Open94KGSF2016
9008C. NegromonteC. NegromonteWPts: 4x2London W. Open94KGF2016
9009UnknownWToe holdLondon W. OpenABS4F2016
9012C. NegromonteC. NegromonteWPts: 5x2London W. OpenABSSF2016
9013Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesWPts: 3x2London W. OpenABSF2016
9064Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesWPts: 2x2, AdvLondon Grand SlamABS4F2016
9084Nelton PontesNelton PontesWPts: 5x2London Grand Slam94KG4F2016
9499Nalmir GuimaraesWChoke from backWorld Pro94KGR12016
9893Diego GamonalWChoke from backWorld Champ.94KGR12016
9901Felipe PenaFelipe PenaWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.94KG4F2016
9903Guilherme AugustoGuilherme AugustoWPts: 9x0World Champ.94KGSF2016
9978Nicolas PenzerWN/ABritish National94KGSF2016
9983Nelton PontesNelton PontesWPointsBritish NationalABSSF2016
11754Jefte PortesWTriangleLondon W. OpenO100KGF2017
11756Santeri LiliusWKneebarLondon W. OpenABSSF2017
11803Valdir AraujoWPts: 6x0Grand Slam LDN94KG4F2017
11807Arya EsfandmazWPts: 23x0Grand Slam LDN94KG3RD2017
12881Eduardo InojosaWPts: 12x0World Champ.94KG8F2017
13393Rinat KashaevWRNCMoscow NGO97KGF2017
13394Algimants KontautsWChoke from backMoscow OpenABSSF2017
13395Bruno OliveiraWToe hookMoscow OpenABSF2017
13522Paul ArdilaPaul ArdilaWPts: 0x0, PenADCC99KGE12017
13526Joao AssisJoao AssisWReferee DecisionADCC99KG4F2017
13529Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWReferee DecisionADCC99KG3RD2017
13673Elott KellyWPts: 2x0No Gi Pan Am.97KGF2017
13679Dustin AkbariWPts: 2x0No Gi Pan Am.ABS4F2017
13681Dante LeonDante LeonWPts: 2x0No Gi Pan Am.ABSSF2017
13683Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoWPts: 4x0No Gi Pan Am.ABSF2017
13771Oliver GeddesOliver GeddesWArmbarLondon Fall Open94KGSF2017
13772Nicolas PenzerWPointsLondon Fall Open94KGF2017
13776Baruc BarriosWWristlockLondon Fall OpenABS4F2017
13777Sergio RiosWPts: 13x0London Fall OpenABSSF2017
13784Nicolas PenzerWPointsLondon Fall NG.OABS4F2017
13787Darragh OConaillDarragh OConaillWPts: 2x0London Fall NG.OABSSF2017
13788C. NegromonteC. NegromonteWPts: 0x0, AdvLondon Fall NG.OABSF2017
14068Nicolas PenzerWPointsParis Open94KGSF2017
14069Samuel MoninWChoke from backParis Open94KGF2017
14070UnknownWChoke from backParis OpenABSR12017
14071UnknownWToe hookParis OpenABS4F2017
14073Ruben FonsecaWToe hookParis OpenABSSF2017
14074Tommy LangakerTommy LangakerWPointsParis OpenABSF2017
14310Enrique GalarzaWPts: 11x0NoGi WorldsABSR12017
14321Frederico AugustoWPts: 12x0NoGi WorldsABSR22017
14325Jared DoppJared DoppWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi WorldsABS4F2017
14390Sergio RiosWPts: 4x0European OpenABSR12018
14400Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroWPts: 5x4European OpenABS8F2018
14470Charles McGuireWArmbarEuropean Open94KG4F2018
15002Steev CombourgWToe hookGrand Slam LDN94KG4F2018
15005Ben HodgkinsonWChoke from backGrand Slam LDN94KGSF2018
15007Paulo PintoWPts: 2x0Grand Slam LDN94KGF2018
15435Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyWPts: 0x0, AdvMarianas Open100KG4F2018
15436Fellipe TrovoFellipe TrovoWPts: 2x0Marianas Open100KGSF2018
15969Helton JoseHelton JoseWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.94KG8F2018
16657Enrico CoccoEnrico CoccoWPts: 2x0No Gi Pan Am.ABS8F2018
16660Charles McGuireWPointsNo Gi Pan Am.ABS4F2018
16709A BuenoWRNCNo Gi Pan Am.97KGSF2018
16876Alexandre CeconiAlexandre CeconiWPts: 4x0King of Mats110KGRR2018
16880Gerard LabinskiGerard LabinskiWPts: 2x0King of Mats110KGRR2018
16888Rudson MateusRudson MateusWPts: 2x0King of Mats110KGRR2018
16892R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWPts: 2x0King of Mats110KGSF2018
17143Arya EsfandmazWPointsLondon Fall Open100KGF2018
17146Jacopo PasquiniWRNCLondon Fall OpenABS4F2018
17148Rodrigo ConceicaoRodrigo ConceicaoWArmbarLondon Fall OpenABSSF2018
17153Samir KrvavacWPointsLondon Fall NGO97KGF2018
17154Jamie HughesWRNCLondon Fall NGOABSSF2018
17156Anderson LimaWArmbarLondon Fall NGOABSF2018
17177Uros DomanovicWN/AGeneva Open100KGF2018

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