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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

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie (Sr.) > Helio GracieCarlos Gracie Junior > Carlos Machado > Rafael Lovato Junior > James Puopolo

Main Achievements:

  • ADCC US Trials Champion (2009/2011)
  • IBJJF World Championship 2nd Place (2016)
  • IBJJF Pan Championship 2nd Place (2015)
  • IBJJF World No-Gi Championship 3rd Place (2015)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • IBJJF World Champion (2009 purple)
  • IBJJF Pan American Champion (2011 brown, 2009 purple)
  • Grapplers Quest Open Weight Champion (2010 & 2009 brown)
  • US Nationals Champion (2010** brown)
  • UAEJJF World Pro Cup Trials Champion (2011 black/brown)
  • ADCC Northwest Trials Champion (2009)
  • IBJJF American No-Gi Nationals Champion (2008 purple)
  • IBJJF World Championship 2nd Place (2007 blue)
  • IBJJF Pan American Championship 2nd Place (2011* brown)
  • IBJJF World Championship 3rd Place (2008 purple, 2010** brown)
  • IBJJF World No-Gi Championship 3rd Place (2010, 2009 brown)

* Absolute
** Weight and absolute

Favorite 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

55 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    17 (31%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    36 (65%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (4%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

36 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Kneebar
44
16
#86e620
Armbar
14
5
#5AD3D1
Cross choke
8
3
#d1212a
Choke from back
6
2
#fad11b
Triangle
6
2
#f58822
Guillotine
6
2
#224aba
Mounted X choke
3
1
#ff9124
Choke
3
1
#bf1f6c
RNC
3
1
#22c9a5
Calf slicer
3
1
#fad223
Armlock
3
1
#03861f
Katagatame
3
1
36
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
51 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    21 (41%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    4 (8%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    22 (43%)
  • BY DECISION
    4 (8%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

22 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Armbar
18
4
#86e620
Toe Hold
14
3
#5AD3D1
Choke from back
14
3
#d1212a
Footlock
9
2
#fad11b
RNC
9
2
#f58822
Inside heel hook
5
1
#224aba
Verbal tap
5
1
#ff9124
Ezekiel
5
1
#bf1f6c
Kneebar
5
1
#22c9a5
Ankle lock
5
1
#fad223
Triangle
5
1
#03861f
Arm in guillotine
5
1
#039a1f
Clock choke
5
1
22
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

James Puopolo Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
3522Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLArmbarPan AmericanABS4F2012
3617Joao AssisJoao AssisLToe HoldPan AmericanO100KG4F2012
3685Marcel FortunaMarcel FortunaLPointsSF Open100KGF2012
3700Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLClock chokeSD World TrialsABSSF2012
3871Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLChoke from backWorld Champ.ABSR22012
4083Antonio CarlosAntonio CarlosLPointsWorld Champ.100KGR22012
4219Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPointsNoGi Worlds100KG4F2012
4230DJ JacksonDJ JacksonLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi WorldsABSR12012
4358Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLToe holdSD Pro TrialsO92KGF2013
4466Orlando SanchezOrlando SanchezLAdvPan AmericanABSR12013
4704R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaLN/AWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4897Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLPointsAmerican NationalsABSSF2013
4906AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmLPts: 9x4NoGi American Nat.ABS4F2013
4978Kamil UminskiLFootlockADCC99KGR12013
5048Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeLToe holdWorld ExpoABSF2013
5073Leandro LoLeandro LoLAdvNoGi WorldsABSSF2013
5136Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLRNCFIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5137Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 8x0FIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5140Garry TononGarry TononLInside heel hookFIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5248Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLPointsPan AmericanABSR32014
5345Thiago DeclavoLVerbal tapPan American100KGR12014
5457Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 7x0FIVE OregonABSF2014
5778Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLChoke from backWorld Champ.100KG4F2014
5842Jackson SousaJackson SousaLChoke from backDallas OpenABSF2014
5938Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 8x2NoGi WorldsABS4F2014
5985Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaLFootlockNoGi Worlds100KGSF2014
6193Jordan HaymanLPointsFive NAICABSNA2014
6207Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLEzekielLong Beach ProO94KGF2014
6673Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 13x0Pan AmericanABSR32015
6803Alexander TransAlexander TransLKneebarPan AmericanO100KGF2015
7410Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPts: 7x4World Champ.100KG4F2015
7534Evandro NunesEvandro NunesLPointsAmerican Nat.O100KGSF2015
7668Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPts: 6x2FIVE SLABS4F2015
8172Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesLAdvGrand Slam LAO94KG4F2015
8184Andre CamposLReferee DecisionGrand Slam LAABS4F2015
8368Joao AssisJoao AssisLAnkle lockNoGi Worlds97KGSF2015
9245Igor SchneiderIgor SchneiderLPts: 6x4Pan AmericanO100KG4F2016
9275Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaLArmbarPan AmericanABS8F2016
9952Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLArmbarWorld Champ.O100KGF2016
9969R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaLPts: 6x2World Champ.ABSR22016
10738Joao RochaJoao RochaLReferee DecisionF2W Pro 17100KGSPF2016
12781Gabriel LucasGabriel LucasLReferee DecisionF2W Pro 35O100KGSPF2017
12791Tanner RiceTanner RiceLArmbarWorld Champ.ABSR12017
12983Joao RochaJoao RochaLPts: 4x0World Champ.O100KG4F2017
14139Max GimenisLPts: 4x0BJJ NY Pro94KG4F2017
16110Fernando ReisFernando ReisLRNCWorld Champ.100KG8F2018
16239Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroLPts: 6x2American Nat.ABSF2018
16351Max GimenisMax GimenisLPointsNY BJJ ProO94KGSF2018
16459Gustavo EliasGustavo EliasLReferee DecisionW.S.O.G.O81KGSF2018
17772Michael LieraMichael LieraLTriangleDenver OpenABSSF2018
17969Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLArm in guillotineNoGi Worlds97KGF2018
3499Felipe MatosWN/APan AmericanABSR12012
3516Abmar BarbosaAbmar BarbosaWPts: 9x0Pan AmericanABSR22012
3684Leo MachadoWN/ASF Open100KGSF2012
3697Baret YoshidaBaret YoshidaWPts: 5x0SD World TrialsABS4F2012
3860Marcelo MafraWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.ABSR22012
4080Fernando PieroFernando PieroWKneebarWorld Champ.100KGR12012
4668Ronaldo CarlosWKneebarWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4689Alexandre CeconiAlexandre CeconiWPts: 3x0World Champ.ABSRDS2013
5037Eliot KellyEliot KellyWKneebarWorld ExpoABSGP2013
5040Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeWKneebarWorld ExpoABSGP2013
5041Alessandro FerreiraWArmbarWorld ExpoABSGP2013
5043Travis StevensWKneebarWorld ExpoABSGP2013
5047Nathan MendelsohnNathan MendelsohnWPts: 4x0World ExpoABSSF2013
5067Tom deBlassTom deBlassWKneebarNoGi Worlds100KGSF2013
5068Eliot KellyEliot KellyWGuillotineNoGi Worlds100KGF2013
5142Beneil DariushBeneil DariushWKatagatameFIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5237AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWChoke from backPan AmericanABSR22014
5447Tom McMahonWPts: 9x2FIVE OntarioABSF2014
5448Tom McMahonWKneebarFIVE OntarioO100KGF2014
5449Matt McDonaldWKneebarFIVE Ont. 2 NGO100KGF2014
5450Matt McDonaldWGuillotineFIVE Ont. 2 NGABSF2014
5451Amir YafawiWKneebarFIVE Ontario 2O100KGF2014
5455Filip G MatosWMounted X chokeFIVE OregonABSSF2014
5841Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoWChokeDallas OpenABSSF2014
5982Steven PattersonWRNCNoGi Worlds100KG4F2014
6190Malachy FriedmanWArmbarFive NAICABSNA2014
6191Marcel GoncalvesMarcel GoncalvesWPts: 5x2Five NAICABSNA2014
6192Daniel AzevedoDaniel AzevedoWPointsFive NAICABSNA2014
6662Jurandir ConceiçãoWPts: 7x0Pan AmericanABSR22015
6791Jose dos SantosWCross chokePan AmericanO100KGR12015
6798Abraham MarteAbraham MarteWPts: 7x4Pan AmericanO100KG4F2015
6801Evandro NunesEvandro NunesWPts: 9x0Pan AmericanO100KGSF2015
7508Kelly EliotWTriangleUS No Gi Nat.ABSF2015
7913Ricardo FelicianoRicardo FelicianoWChoke from backSanta Cruz ProO94KGSF2015
7914Tanner RiceTanner RiceWKneebarSanta Cruz ProO94KGF2015
8366Lucas RochaLucas RochaWKneebarNoGi Worlds97KG4F2015
9265Manuel DiazWKneebarPan AmericanABSR22016
9943Mahamad AlyWPts: 9x2World Champ.O100KGR12016
9948Carlos FariasCarlos FariasWPts: 2x0World Champ.O100KG4F2016
9951R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWPts: 15x0World Champ.O100KGSF2016
10357Luis RubalcavaWCross chokeF2W Pro 11100KGSPF2016
12977Felipe BezerraFelipe BezerraWArmbarWorld Champ.O100KG8F2017
13141James FosterWKneebarF2W Pro 39100KGSPF2017
13533Bryant PangelinanWTrianglePassion 4ABSSPF2017
16228Kaio CesarWArmbarAmerican Nat.100KGSF2018
16229Wellington PerottoWCalf slicerAmerican Nat.100KGF2018
16235Arin AdjamianWArmlockAmerican Nat.ABS4F2018
16238Wellington PerottoWKneebarAmerican Nat.ABSSF2018
16448Nathan BarretoWKneebarW.S.O.G.O81KGR12018
16453Victor OliveiraWCross chokeW.S.O.G.O81KG8F2018
16461Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWReferee DecisionW.S.O.G.O81KG3RD2018
16572Daniel PriebeWArmbarSeattle Open100KGF2018
17771Jeffrey AkeWN/ADenver OpenABS4F2018
17965Jorge EscuderoWKneebarNoGi Worlds97KGR12018
17968Eliot KellyEliot KellyWPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds97KGSF2018

James Puopolo vs Arman Barros

James Puopolo vs Ricardo Bufarra

James Puopolo vs Matt Owen

 

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