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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. 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)
  • 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

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

138 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    70 (51%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    16 (12%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    43 (31%)
  • BY DECISION
    7 (5%)
  • 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
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
Bread cutter
2
1
#039a1f
Cross choke
2
1
43
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
57 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    18 (32%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    7 (12%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    20 (35%)
  • BY DECISION
    12 (21%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

20 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Toe hold
20
4
#86e620
Choke from back
15
3
#5AD3D1
Heel hook
10
2
#d1212a
Straight ankle lock
10
2
#fad11b
Inside heel hook
10
2
#f58822
RNC
10
2
#224aba
Flying armbar
5
1
#ff9124
Footlock
5
1
#bf1f6c
Submission
5
1
#22c9a5
Wristlock
5
1
#fad223
Choke
5
1
20
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

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
13763Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPts: 3x0ADCC99KGSF2017
14469Abdurakhman BilarovAbdurakhman BilarovLHeel hookACB JJ 995KG4F2017
14615Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLRNCNoGi WorldsABSSF2017
14736Victor HonorioVictor HonorioLPts: 2x0European OpenABS4F2018
14802Helton JoseHelton JoseLToe holdEuropean Open94KGSF2018
15688Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLReferee DecisionACBJJ 1295KGSPF2018
15857Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 18x2Marianas Open100KGF2018
16161Igor SilvaIgor SilvaLFlying armbarACBJJ 1395KGSPF2018
16402Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.94KG4F2018
17181Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLReferee DecisionNo Gi Pan Am.ABSSF2018
17231Aaron JohnsonAaron JohnsonLFootlockNo Gi Pan Am.97KGF2018
17371Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLPts: 2x0Grand Slam LA94KGSF2018
17406Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 2x2, AdvKing of Mats110KGRR2018
17415Erberth SantosErberth SantosLReferee DecisionKing of Mats110KGF2018
18382Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsLReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds91KGF2018
18424Gordon RyanGordon RyanLRNCNoGi WorldsABSSF2018
19416Aaron JohnsonAaron JohnsonLInside heel hookKasai 593KGRR2019
19418Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 3x0Kasai 593KGRR2019
19427Craig JonesCraig JonesLStraight ankle lockKasai 593KG3RD2019
19671Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLPts: 6x0WP BR Qualifier94KGF2019
20278Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 2x0World Champ.94KG4F2019
20347Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLPts: 0x0, AdvKing of Mats110KGRR2019
20353Joao RochaJoao RochaLToe holdKing of Mats110KGRR2019
21328Vinicius TratorVinicius TratorLReferee DecisionADCC99KG4F2019
21492Gustavo BatistaGustavo BatistaLPts: 16x0BJJ StarsABS4F2019
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
13088Eduardo InojosaWPts: 12x0World Champ.94KG8F2017
13626Rinat KashaevWRNCMoscow NGO97KGF2017
13627Algimants KontautsWChoke from backMoscow OpenABSSF2017
13628Bruno OliveiraWToe hookMoscow OpenABSF2017
13757Paul ArdilaPaul ArdilaWPts: 0x0, PenADCC99KGE12017
13761Joao AssisJoao AssisWReferee DecisionADCC99KG4F2017
13764Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWReferee DecisionADCC99KG3RD2017
13912Elott KellyWPts: 2x0No Gi Pan Am.97KGF2017
13918Dustin AkbariWPts: 2x0No Gi Pan Am.ABS4F2017
13920Dante LeonDante LeonWPts: 2x0No Gi Pan Am.ABSSF2017
13922Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoWPts: 4x0No Gi Pan Am.ABSF2017
14022Oliver GeddesOliver GeddesWArmbarLondon Fall Open94KGSF2017
14023Nicolas PenzerWPointsLondon Fall Open94KGF2017
14027Baruc BarriosWWristlockLondon Fall OpenABS4F2017
14028Sergio RiosSergio RiosWPts: 13x0London Fall OpenABSSF2017
14035Nicolas PenzerWPointsLondon Fall NG.OABS4F2017
14038Darragh OConaillDarragh OConaillWPts: 2x0London Fall NG.OABSSF2017
14039C. NegromonteC. NegromonteWPts: 0x0, AdvLondon Fall NG.OABSF2017
14323Nicolas PenzerWPointsParis Open94KGSF2017
14324Samuel MoninWChoke from backParis Open94KGF2017
14325UnknownWChoke from backParis OpenABSR12017
14326UnknownWToe hookParis OpenABS4F2017
14328Ruben FonsecaWToe hookParis OpenABSSF2017
14329Tommy LangakerTommy LangakerWPointsParis OpenABSF2017
14596Enrique GalarzaWPts: 11x0NoGi WorldsABSR12017
14608Frederico AugustoWPts: 12x0NoGi WorldsABSR22017
14612Jared DoppJared DoppWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi WorldsABS4F2017
14720Sergio RiosSergio RiosWPts: 4x0European OpenABSR12018
14730Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroWPts: 5x4European OpenABS8F2018
14800Charles McGuireWArmbarEuropean Open94KG4F2018
15360Steev CombourgWToe hookGrand Slam LDN94KG4F2018
15363Ben HodgkinsonWChoke from backGrand Slam LDN94KGSF2018
15365Paulo PintoWPts: 2x0Grand Slam LDN94KGF2018
15854Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyWPts: 0x0, AdvMarianas Open100KG4F2018
15855Fellipe TrovoFellipe TrovoWPts: 2x0Marianas Open100KGSF2018
16396Helton JoseHelton JoseWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.94KG8F2018
17176Enrico CoccoEnrico CoccoWPts: 2x0No Gi Pan Am.ABS8F2018
17179Charles McGuireWPointsNo Gi Pan Am.ABS4F2018
17229A BuenoWRNCNo Gi Pan Am.97KGSF2018
17398Alexandre CeconiAlexandre CeconiWPts: 4x0King of Mats110KGRR2018
17402Gerard LabinskiGerard LabinskiWPts: 2x0King of Mats110KGRR2018
17410Rudson MateusRudson MateusWPts: 2x0King of Mats110KGRR2018
17414R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWPts: 2x0King of Mats110KGSF2018
17693Arya EsfandmazWPointsLondon Fall Open100KGF2018
17696Jacopo PasquiniWRNCLondon Fall OpenABS4F2018
17698Rodrigo ConceicaoRodrigo ConceicaoWArmbarLondon Fall OpenABSSF2018
17703Samir KrvavacWPointsLondon Fall NGO97KGF2018
17704Jamie HughesWRNCLondon Fall NGOABSSF2018
17706Anderson LimaWArmbarLondon Fall NGOABSF2018
17728Uros DomanovicWBread cutterGeneva Open100KGF2018
17731Uros DomanovicWPointsGeneva OpenABSSF2018
18372Ben HodgkinsonWPts: 3x0NoGi Worlds91KGR12018
18377James BrascoJames BrascoWDQNoGi Worlds91KG4F2018
18380Devhonte JohnsonDevhonte JohnsonWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds91KGSF2018
18422Marco AurelioWPts: 2x0NoGi WorldsABS4F2018
19420Valdir AraujoValdir AraujoWPts: 5x1Kasai 593KGRR2019
19668Paulo PintoWPts: 2x0WP BR Qualifier94KG4F2019
19669Oriones NettoWPts: 6x0WP BR Qualifier94KGSF2019
20336Gerard LabinskiGerard LabinskiWPts: 4x2King of Mats110KGRR2019
20340Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWPts: 4x2King of Mats110KGRR2019
20382Georgii EmelianovWPts: 7x0Grand Slam MSK94KGSF2019
20383Helton JoseHelton JoseWReferee DecisionGrand Slam MSK94KGF2019
20928Ed IngamellsD---Battle GrappleABSSPF2019
21323Paulo PintoWReferee DecisionADCC99KGR12019
21649Joao RochaJoao RochaWReferee DecisionKOM120KGSPF2019

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