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James Puopolo is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt under Rafael Lovato Junior who became one of the most highly regarded American submission grapplers in the BJJ circuit having won several important tournaments at a national and international level.

James Puopolo Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: James Puopolo

Linage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie Sr. > Carlos Gracie Junior > Carlos Machado > Rafael Lovato Jr > James Puopolo

Main Achievements:

  • World Champion (2009 purple)
  • Pan American Champion (2011 brown, 2009 purple)
  • Grapplers Quest Open Weight Champion (2010 & 2009 brown)
  • US Nationals Champion (2010 brown weight & absolute)
  • World Pro Cup Trials Champion (2011 black/brown)
  • ADCC Northwest Trials Champion (2009)
  • American Nogi Nationals Champion (2008 purple)
  • World Championship 2nd Place (2007 blue)
  • Pan American Championship 2nd Place (2011 brown absolute)
  • World Championship 3rd Place (2008 purple, 2010 brown weight & absolute)
  • World Nogi Championship 3rd Place (2015, 2010, 2009 brown)

Favourite Position/Technique: X-Guard, Butterfly Guard, Kneebar

Weight Division: Super Pesado (100kg/221lbs)

Team/Association: Gracie Humaita

James Puopolo Biography

James Puopolo started training Jiu Jitsu on January 2005, shortly after he finished High School. James had played for his high school basketball team and wanted to pick up boxing, though his father influenced him to take Brazilian Jiu Jitsu instead after watching a few of the early UFC’s.

Training under Rafael Lovato Junior while maintaining a career as a math’s teacher, James Puopolo managed to become one of the top grapplers in the country. He also trained extensively with Ben Baxter and the Ribeiro brothers (Saulo and Xande), reaching his black belt status on October 2011, receiving his belt from Rafael Lovato Junior.

James Puopolo Grappling Record

42 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    15 (36%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    26 (62%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (2%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

26 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Kneebar
46
12
#86e620
Armbar
12
3
#5AD3D1
Guillotine
8
2
#d1212a
Choke from back
8
2
#fad11b
Cross choke
8
2
#f58822
Katagatame
4
1
#224aba
Cross ck. f/ mount
4
1
#ff9124
Choke
4
1
#bf1f6c
RNC
4
1
#22c9a5
Triangle
4
1
26
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
44 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    18 (41%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    4 (9%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    19 (43%)
  • BY DECISION
    3 (7%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

19 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Armbar
21
4
#86e620
Toe Hold
16
3
#5AD3D1
Choke from back
16
3
#d1212a
Footlock
11
2
#fad11b
Clock choke
5
1
#f58822
RNC
5
1
#224aba
Inside heel hook
5
1
#ff9124
Verbal tap
5
1
#bf1f6c
Ezekiel
5
1
#22c9a5
Kneebar
5
1
#fad223
Ankle lock
5
1
19
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

James Puopolo Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
3473Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLArmbarPan AmericanABS4F2012
3568Joao AssisJoao AssisLToe HoldPan AmericanO100KG4F2012
3636Marcel FortunaMarcel FortunaLPointsSF Open100KGF2012
3651Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLClock chokeSD World TrialsABSSF2012
3812Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLChoke from backWorld Champ.ABSR22012
4025Antonio CarlosAntonio CarlosLPointsWorld Champ.100KGR22012
4161Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPointsNoGi Worlds100KG4F2012
4172DJ JacksonDJ JacksonLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi WorldsABSR12012
4287Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLToe holdSD Pro TrialsO92KGF2013
4393Orlando SanchezOrlando SanchezLAdvPan AmericanABSR12013
4617R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaLN/AWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4808Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLPointsAmerican NationalsABSSF2013
4817AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmLPts: 9x4NoGi American Nat.ABS4F2013
4890Kamil UminskiLFootlockADCC99KGR12013
4960Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeLToe holdWorld ExpoABSF2013
4985Leandro LoLeandro LoLAdvNoGi WorldsABSSF2013
5042Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLRNCFIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5043Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 8x0FIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5046Garry TononGarry TononLInside heel hookFIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5147Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLPointsPan AmericanABSR32014
5244Thiago DeclavoLVerbal tapPan American100KGR12014
5354Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 7x0FIVE OregonABSF2014
5664Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLChoke from backWorld Champ.100KG4F2014
5722Jackson SousaJackson SousaLChoke from backDallas OpenABSF2014
5818Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 8x2No Gi WorldsABS4F2014
5864Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaLFootlockNo Gi Worlds100KGSF2014
6065Jordan HaymanLPointsFive NAICABSNA2014
6079Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLEzekielLong Beach ProO94KGF2014
6522Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 13x0Pan AmericanABSR32015
6652Alexander TransAlexander TransLKneebarPan AmericanO100KGF2015
7243Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPts: 7x4World Champ.100KG4F2015
7362Evandro NunesEvandro NunesLPointsAmerican Nat.O100KGSF2015
7489Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPts: 6x2FIVE SLABS4F2015
7973Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesLAdvGrand Slam LAO94KG4F2015
7985Andre CamposLReferee DecisionGrand Slam LAABS4F2015
8165Joao AssisJoao AssisLAnkle lockNoGi Worlds100KGSF2015
9013Igor SchneiderIgor SchneiderLPts: 6x4Pan AmericanO100KG4F2016
9043Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaLArmbarPan AmericanABS8F2016
9714Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLArmbarWorld Champ.O100KGF2016
9731R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaLPts: 6x2World Champ.ABSR22016
10462Joao RochaJoao RochaLReferee DecisionF2W Pro 17100KGSPF2016
12392Gabriel LucasGabriel LucasLReferee DecisionF2W Pro 35O100KGSPF2017
12402Tanner RiceTanner RiceLArmbarWorld Champ.ABSR12017
12594Joao RochaJoao RochaLPts: 4x0World Champ.O100KG4F2017
3450Felipe MatosWN/APan AmericanABSR12012
3467Abmar BarbosaAbmar BarbosaWPts: 9x0Pan AmericanABSR22012
3635Leo MachadoWN/ASF Open100KGSF2012
3648Baret YoshidaBaret YoshidaWPts: 5x0SD World TrialsABS4F2012
3801Marcelo MafraWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.ABSR22012
4022Fernando PieroFernando PieroWKneebarWorld Champ.100KGR12012
4581Ronaldo CarlosWKneebarWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4602Alexandre CeconiAlexandre CeconiWPts: 3x0World Champ.ABSRDS2013
4949Eliot KellyEliot KellyWKneebarWorld ExpoABSGP2013
4952Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeWKneebarWorld ExpoABSGP2013
4953Alessandro FerreiraWArmbarWorld ExpoABSGP2013
4955Travis StevensWKneebarWorld ExpoABSGP2013
4959Nathan MendelsohnWPts: 4x0World ExpoABSSF2013
4979Tom deBlassWKneebarNoGi Worlds100KGSF2013
4980Eliot KellyEliot KellyWGuillotineNoGi Worlds100KGF2013
5048Beneil DariushBeneil DariushWKatagatameFIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5136AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWChoke from backPan AmericanABSR22014
5344Tom McMahonWPts: 9x2FIVE OntarioABSF2014
5345Tom McMahonWKneebarFIVE OntarioO100KGF2014
5346Matt McDonaldWKneebarFIVE Ont. 2 NGO100KGF2014
5347Matt McDonaldWGuillotineFIVE Ont. 2 NGABSF2014
5348Amir YafawiWKneebarFIVE Ontario 2O100KGF2014
5352Filip G MatosWCross ck. f/ mountFIVE OregonABSSF2014
5721Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoWChokeDallas OpenABSSF2014
5861Steven PattersonWRNCNo Gi Worlds100KG4F2014
6062Malachy FriedmanWArmbarFive NAICABSNA2014
6063Marcel GoncalvesMarcel GoncalvesWPts: 5x2Five NAICABSNA2014
6064Daniel AzevedoDaniel AzevedoWPointsFive NAICABSNA2014
6511Jurandir ConceiçãoWPts: 7x0Pan AmericanABSR22015
6640Jose dos SantosWCross chokePan AmericanO100KGR12015
6647Abraham MarteAbraham MarteWPts: 7x4Pan AmericanO100KG4F2015
6650Evandro NunesEvandro NunesWPts: 9x0Pan AmericanO100KGSF2015
7336Kelly EliotWTriangleUS No Gi Nat.ABSF2015
7731Ricardo FelicianoWChoke from backSanta Cruz ProO94KGSF2015
7732Tanner RiceTanner RiceWKneebarSanta Cruz ProO94KGF2015
8163Lucas RochaLucas RochaWKneebarNoGi Worlds100KG4F2015
9033Manuel DiazWKneebarPan AmericanABSR22016
9705Mahamad AlyWPts: 9x2World Champ.O100KGR12016
9710Carlos FariasCarlos FariasWPts: 2x0World Champ.O100KG4F2016
9713R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWPts: 15x0World Champ.O100KGSF2016
10101Luis RubalcavaWCross chokeF2W Pro 11100KGSPF2016
12588Felipe BezerraFelipe BezerraWArmbarWorld Champ.O100KG8F2017

James Puopolo vs Arman Barros

James Puopolo vs Ricardo Bufarra

James Puopolo vs Matt Owen

 

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