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Jackson Sousa

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Instructional by Rafael Lovato Junior

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 (2018/2020)
  • 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

146 WINS
    76 (52%)
    17 (12%)
    44 (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
    21 (34%)
    7 (11%)
    22 (35%)
    12 (19%)
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)


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

Jackson Sousa Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
5081Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld ExpoABSSF2013
5123Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 2x0IBJJF Pro League94KGF2013
5170Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLReferee DecisionFIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5258Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPts: 2x0EuropeanABSSF2014
5295Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLSubmissionPan AmericanABSR32014
5379Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLAdvPan American94KG4F2014
5646Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLChoke from backWorld Pro.94KG4F2014
5816Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoLPts: 2x0World Champ.94KG4F2014
5960Mauro SantiagoLPts: 3x0No Gi Pan Am.94KGSF2014
5983Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 9x2NoGi WorldsABSRDS2014
6071Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLReferee DecisionIBJJF Pro League94KGF2014
6630Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesLReferee DecisionBerkut OpenABSSPF2015
6636Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesLToe holdBerkut Open NoGiABSSPF2015
7116Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 8x2World Pro95KGF2015
7167Alexander TransAlexander TransLToe holdWorld ProABS4F2015
7361Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 4x2World Champ.ABS8F2015
7473Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLPts: 6x0World Champ.94KGSF2015
8237Erberth SantosErberth SantosLReferee DecisionGrand Slam LA94KGSF2015
8257Andre CamposLReferee DecisionGrand Slam LAABSSF2015
8431Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds91KGF2015
8474Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyLPts: 2x2, AdvNoGi WorldsABS4F2015
8513Abdurakhman BilarovAbdurakhman BilarovLHeel hookBerkut 2ABSSPF2015
8972Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLChoke from backEuropean OpenABSSF2016
9192Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 2x2, AdvGrand Slam LDN94KGSF2016
9193Max WisniewskiLStraight ankle lockGrand Slam LDN94KG3RD2016
9501Jose JuniorJose JuniorLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld ProABSR22016
9616Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLWristlockWorld Pro94KG4F2016
10019Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.94KGF2016
10098Victor EstimaVictor EstimaLPts: 2x0British NationalABSF2016
10324Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLChoke from backBerkut 3ABSSPF2016
10841Dillon DanisDillon DanisLInside heel hookPolaris 490KGSPF2016
12013Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLChokeGrand Slam LDN94KGSF2017
13798Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPts: 3x0ADCC99KGSF2017
14511Abdurakhman BilarovAbdurakhman BilarovLHeel hookACB JJ 995KG4F2017
14657Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLRNCNoGi WorldsABSSF2017
14787Victor HonorioVictor HonorioLPts: 2x0European OpenABS4F2018
14854Helton JoseHelton JoseLToe holdEuropean Open94KGSF2018
15754Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLReferee DecisionACBJJ 1295KGSPF2018
15923Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 18x2Marianas Open100KGF2018
16236Igor SilvaIgor SilvaLFlying armbarACBJJ 1395KGSPF2018
16475Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.94KG4F2018
17268Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLReferee DecisionNo Gi Pan Am.ABSSF2018
17318Aaron JohnsonAaron JohnsonLFootlockNo Gi Pan Am.97KGF2018
17458Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLPts: 2x0Grand Slam LA94KGSF2018
17496Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 2x2, AdvKing of Mats110KGRR2018
17505Erberth SantosErberth SantosLReferee DecisionKing of Mats110KGF2018
18498Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsLReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds91KGF2018
18540Gordon RyanGordon RyanLRNCNoGi WorldsABSSF2018
19562Aaron JohnsonAaron JohnsonLInside heel hookKasai 593KGRR2019
19564Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 3x0Kasai 593KGRR2019
19573Craig JonesCraig JonesLStraight ankle lockKasai 593KG3RD2019
19817Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLPts: 6x0WP BR Qualifier94KGF2019
20441Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 2x0World Champ.94KG4F2019
20510Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLPts: 0x0, AdvKing of Mats110KGRR2019
20516Joao RochaJoao RochaLToe holdKing of Mats110KGRR2019
21534Vinicius TratorVinicius TratorLReferee DecisionADCC99KG4F2019
21710Gustavo BatistaGustavo BatistaLPts: 16x0BJJ StarsABS4F2019
22430Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLOne arm guillotineNoGi WorldsABS4F2019
22594Helton JoseHelton JoseLPts: 6x3Grand Slam AD94KGSF2020
22597Renato CardosoRenato CardosoLPts: 2x0Grand Slam AD94KGRPC2020
22615Fellipe TrovoFellipe TrovoLArmbarEuropean OpenABSR12020
22714Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 4x2European Open94KGSF2020
5067Shiloh RobertsWChokeWorld ExpoABSGP2013
5069Nathan MendelsohnNathan MendelsohnWPts: 3x3, AdvWorld ExpoABSGP2013
5070Marcel GoncalvesMarcel GoncalvesWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld ExpoABSGP2013
5071Omar SabhaWNorth south chokeWorld ExpoABSGP2013
5101Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaWTriangleNoGi Worlds94KGSF2013
5122Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarWPts: 0x0, AdvIBJJF Pro League94KGSF2013
5169Garry TononGarry TononWPts: 2x0FIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5172James PuopoloJames PuopoloWPts: 8x0FIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5251Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesWPts: 2x0European94KGF2014
5261Pedro BessaWPointsGrab and PullABSSPF2014
5287UnknownWPts: 4x0Pan AmericanABSR22014
5373Josh JordanWPts: 11x0Pan American94KG8F2014
5500Ben BaxterBen BaxterWReferee DecisionFIVE OregonABSSF2014
5501James PuopoloJames PuopoloWPts: 7x0FIVE OregonABSF2014
5813Felipe BuenoWPointsWorld Champ.94KGRDS2014
5885Julian VegaWCross chokeDallas OpenABS4F2014
5887James PuopoloJames PuopoloWChoke from backDallas OpenABSF2014
5892Carlos VidalWChoke from backDallas Open94KGF2014
5967Romulo SouzaWPts: 4x0No Gi Pan Am.ABS4F2014
5970Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWPts: 2x0No Gi Pan Am.ABSSF2014
5972AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWArmbarNo Gi Pan Am.ABSF2014
5980Bruno TogniWAdvNoGi WorldsABSRDS2014
6033Lucas RochaLucas RochaWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds94KG4F2014
6035Mauro SantiagoWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds94KGSF2014
6070Eduardo TellesEduardo TellesWPts: 2x2, AdvIBJJF Pro League94KGSF2014
6666Karim KhalifaWPts: 4x0London Winter Op.94KGF2015
6669Luis FinnochioWChokeLondon Winter Op.ABS4F2015
6672Max CamposWToe hookLondon Winter Op.ABSSF2015
6673C. NegromonteC. NegromonteWPts: 0x0, AdvLondon Winter Op.ABSF2015
7011Frederico AmiunaWPointsRome Open94KGSF2015
7012Felipe MotaFelipe MotaWPts: 2x0Rome Open94KGF2015
7015C. NegromonteC. NegromonteWPts: 4x0Rome OpenABSSF2015
7110Pedro PeresWPts: 5x0World Pro95KG4F2015
7114Faisal AlKitbeFaisal AlKitbeWPts: 2x0World Pro95KGSF2015
7150AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWPts: 2x0World ProABSR12015
7161Joao RochaJoao RochaWPts: 2x0World ProABSR22015
7351Eliot KellyEliot KellyWRNCWorld Champ.ABSR12015
7464Antonio AntonioliWPts: 2x0World Champ.94KG8F2015
7471Cassio FrancisCassio FrancisWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.94KG4F2015
8177Sebastien LecoqWNorth south chokePortugal Nat. ProABSSF2015
8178Alan FerreiraWPts: 5x0Portugal Nat. ProABSF2015
8240Faisal AlKitbeFaisal AlKitbeWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LA94KG3RD2015
8249Vinicius AgudoWToe holdGrand Slam LAABS8F2015
8254Carlos FariasCarlos FariasWPts: 9x0Grand Slam LAABS4F2015
8268Renato TavaresRenato TavaresWToe holdMacaco BrancoABSSPF2015
8425Rodrigo ReisWKneebarNoGi Worlds91KG4F2015
8430Felipe BuenoWPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds91KGSF2015
8454Gabriel ProcópioWStraight armlockNoGi WorldsABSR12015
8470Adam WheelerWPts: 10x0NoGi WorldsABS8F2015
8778Jaroslav MoltasWChoke from backBerlin Open94KGF2015
8779Luca AnacoretaLuca AnacoretaWPts: 8x4Berlin OpenABSF2015
8783Rodrigo ReisWToe holdBerlin NoGi Open91KGF2015
8937Juha LeppänenWArmbarEuropean Open94KG4F2016
8940Maks WisniewskiWPointsEuropean Open94KGSF2016
8941Felipe BuenoWPts: 10x0European Open94KGF2016
8963Gabriel ArgesGabriel ArgesWToe holdEuropean OpenABSR22016
8969Kaue DamascenoWPts: 4x0European OpenABS4F2016
9106Piotr WojtkowskiWToe holdLondon W. Open94KGSF2016
9108C. NegromonteC. NegromonteWPts: 4x2London W. Open94KGF2016
9109UnknownWToe holdLondon W. OpenABS4F2016
9112C. NegromonteC. NegromonteWPts: 5x2London W. OpenABSSF2016
9113Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesWPts: 3x2London W. OpenABSF2016
9169Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesWPts: 2x2, AdvGrand Slam LDNABS4F2016
9190Nelton PontesNelton PontesWPts: 5x2Grand Slam LDN94KG4F2016
9611Nalmir GuimaraesWChoke from backWorld Pro94KGR12016
10007Diego GamonalWChoke from backWorld Champ.94KGR12016
10015Felipe PenaFelipe PenaWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.94KG4F2016
10017Guilherme AugustoGuilherme AugustoWPts: 9x0World Champ.94KGSF2016
10092Nicolas PenzerWN/ABritish National94KGSF2016
10097Nelton PontesNelton PontesWPointsBritish NationalABSSF2016
11961Jefte PortesWTriangleLondon WOO100KGF2017
11964Santeri LiliusSanteri LiliusWKneebarLondon WOABSSF2017
12011Valdir AraujoValdir AraujoWPts: 6x2Grand Slam LDN94KG4F2017
12015Arya EsfandmazWPts: 23x0Grand Slam LDN94KG3RD2017
13121Eduardo InojosaWPts: 12x0World Champ.94KG8F2017
13661Rinat KashaevWRNCMoscow NGO97KGF2017
13662Algimants KontautsWChoke from backMoscow OpenABSSF2017
13663Bruno OliveiraWToe hookMoscow OpenABSF2017
13792Paul ArdilaPaul ArdilaWPts: 0x0, PenADCC99KGE12017
13796Joao AssisJoao AssisWReferee DecisionADCC99KG4F2017
13799Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWReferee DecisionADCC99KG3RD2017
13947Elott KellyWPts: 2x0No Gi Pan Am.97KGF2017
13953Dustin AkbariWPts: 2x0No Gi Pan Am.ABS4F2017
13955Dante LeonDante LeonWPts: 2x0No Gi Pan Am.ABSSF2017
13957Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoWPts: 4x0No Gi Pan Am.ABSF2017
14057Oliver GeddesOliver GeddesWArmbarLondon Fall Open94KGSF2017
14058Nicolas PenzerWPointsLondon Fall Open94KGF2017
14062Baruc BarriosWWristlockLondon Fall OpenABS4F2017
14063Sergio RiosSergio RiosWPts: 13x0London Fall OpenABSSF2017
14070Nicolas PenzerWPointsLondon Fall NG.OABS4F2017
14073Darragh OConaillDarragh OConaillWPts: 2x0London Fall NG.OABSSF2017
14074C. NegromonteC. NegromonteWPts: 0x0, AdvLondon Fall NG.OABSF2017
14361Nicolas PenzerWPointsParis Open94KGSF2017
14362Samuel MoninWChoke from backParis Open94KGF2017
14363UnknownWChoke from backParis OpenABSR12017
14364UnknownWToe hookParis OpenABS4F2017
14366Ruben FonsecaWToe hookParis OpenABSSF2017
14367Tommy LangakerTommy LangakerWPointsParis OpenABSF2017
14638Enrique GalarzaWPts: 11x0NoGi WorldsABSR12017
14650Frederico AugustoWPts: 12x0NoGi WorldsABSR22017
14654Jared DoppJared DoppWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi WorldsABS4F2017
14771Sergio RiosSergio RiosWPts: 4x0European OpenABSR12018
14781Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroWPts: 5x4European OpenABS8F2018
14852Charles McGuireWArmbarEuropean Open94KG4F2018
15421Steev CombourgWToe hookGrand Slam LDN94KG4F2018
15424Ben HodgkinsonWChoke from backGrand Slam LDN94KGSF2018
15426Paulo PintoWPts: 2x0Grand Slam LDN94KGF2018
15920Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyWPts: 0x0, AdvMarianas Open100KG4F2018
15921Fellipe TrovoFellipe TrovoWPts: 2x0Marianas Open100KGSF2018
16469Helton JoseHelton JoseWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.94KG8F2018
17263Enrico CoccoEnrico CoccoWPts: 2x0No Gi Pan Am.ABS8F2018
17266Charles McGuireWPointsNo Gi Pan Am.ABS4F2018
17316A BuenoWRNCNo Gi Pan Am.97KGSF2018
17488Alexandre CeconiAlexandre CeconiWPts: 4x0King of Mats110KGRR2018
17492Gerard LabinskiGerard LabinskiWPts: 2x0King of Mats110KGRR2018
17500Rudson MateusRudson MateusWPts: 2x0King of Mats110KGRR2018
17504R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWPts: 2x0King of Mats110KGSF2018
17789Arya EsfandmazWPointsLondon Fall Open100KGF2018
17792Jacopo PasquiniWRNCLondon Fall OpenABS4F2018
17794Rodrigo ConceicaoRodrigo ConceicaoWArmbarLondon Fall OpenABSSF2018
17799Samir KrvavacWPointsLondon Fall NGO97KGF2018
17800Jamie HughesWRNCLondon Fall NGOABSSF2018
17802Anderson LimaWArmbarLondon Fall NGOABSF2018
17825Uros DomanovicWBread cutterGeneva Open100KGF2018
17828Uros DomanovicWPointsGeneva OpenABSSF2018
18488Ben HodgkinsonWPts: 3x0NoGi Worlds91KGR12018
18493James BrascoJames BrascoWDQNoGi Worlds91KG4F2018
18496Devhonte JohnsonDevhonte JohnsonWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds91KGSF2018
18538Marco AurelioWPts: 2x0NoGi WorldsABS4F2018
19566Valdir AraujoValdir AraujoWPts: 5x1Kasai 593KGRR2019
19814Paulo PintoWPts: 2x0WP BR Qualifier94KG4F2019
19815Oriones NettoWPts: 6x0WP BR Qualifier94KGSF2019
20499Gerard LabinskiGerard LabinskiWPts: 4x2King of Mats110KGRR2019
20503Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWPts: 4x2King of Mats110KGRR2019
20545Georgii EmelianovWPts: 7x0Grand Slam MSK94KGSF2019
20546Helton JoseHelton JoseWReferee DecisionGrand Slam MSK94KGF2019
21117Ed IngamellsD---Battle GrappleABSSPF2019
21529Paulo PintoWReferee DecisionADCC99KGR12019
21904Joao RochaJoao RochaWPts: 8x6KOM120KGSPF2019
22426Freddy VosgroneWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi WorldsABSR22019
22502Max BickertonWPts: 8x0NoGi Worlds91KG4F2019
22506Devhonte JohnsonDevhonte JohnsonWDQNoGi Worlds91KGSF2019
22591Faisal AlKitbeFaisal AlKitbeWPts: 4x1Grand Slam AD94KG4F2020
22706Guilherme JardimWPts: 2x0European Open94KGR12020
22709Fabio AlanoFabio AlanoWRNCEuropean Open94KG4F2020
23167Michal LapkaWPts: 9x0Grand Slam LDN94KG4F2020
23171Santeri LiliusSanteri LiliusWPts: 9x4Grand Slam LDN94KGSF2020

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