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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

58 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    17 (29%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    39 (67%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (3%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

39 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Kneebar
41
16
#86e620
Armbar
15
6
#5AD3D1
Cross choke
8
3
#d1212a
Triangle
5
2
#fad11b
Guillotine
5
2
#f58822
Choke from back
5
2
#224aba
Mounted X choke
5
2
#ff9124
Calf slicer
3
1
#bf1f6c
Armlock
3
1
#22c9a5
Wristlock
3
1
#fad223
Katagatame
3
1
#03861f
Choke
3
1
#039a1f
RNC
3
1
39
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
56 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    21 (38%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    5 (9%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    25 (45%)
  • BY DECISION
    5 (9%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

25 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Armbar
20
5
#86e620
Toe Hold
12
3
#5AD3D1
Choke from back
12
3
#d1212a
Footlock
8
2
#fad11b
RNC
8
2
#f58822
Kneebar
4
1
#224aba
Ankle lock
4
1
#ff9124
Triangle
4
1
#bf1f6c
Arm in guillotine
4
1
#22c9a5
50/50 armbar
4
1
#fad223
Botinha
4
1
#03861f
Clock choke
4
1
#039a1f
Inside heel hook
4
1
#03b41f
Verbal tap
4
1
#03c61f
Ezekiel
4
1
25
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

James Puopolo Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
3536Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLArmbarPan AmericanABS4F2012
3631Joao AssisJoao AssisLToe HoldPan AmericanO100KG4F2012
3699Marcel FortunaMarcel FortunaLPointsSF Open100KGF2012
3714Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLClock chokeSD World TrialsABSSF2012
3885Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLChoke from backWorld Champ.ABSR22012
4096Antonio CarlosAntonio CarlosLPointsWorld Champ.100KGR22012
4233Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPointsNoGi Worlds100KG4F2012
4244DJ JacksonDJ JacksonLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi WorldsABSR12012
4373Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLToe holdSD Pro TrialsO92KGF2013
4485Orlando SanchezOrlando SanchezLAdvPan AmericanABSR12013
4723R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaLN/AWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4916Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLPointsAmerican NationalsABSSF2013
4925AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmLPts: 9x4NoGi American Nat.ABS4F2013
4997Kamil UminskiLFootlockADCC99KGR12013
5067Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeLToe holdWorld ExpoABSF2013
5092Leandro LoLeandro LoLAdvNoGi WorldsABSSF2013
5155Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLRNCFIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5156Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 8x0FIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5159Garry TononGarry TononLInside heel hookFIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5275Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLPointsPan AmericanABSR32014
5372Thiago DeclavoLVerbal tapPan American100KGR12014
5484Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 7x0FIVE OregonABSF2014
5806Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLChoke from backWorld Champ.100KG4F2014
5870Jackson SousaJackson SousaLChoke from backDallas OpenABSF2014
5972Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 8x2NoGi WorldsABS4F2014
6022Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaLFootlockNoGi Worlds100KGSF2014
6230Jordan HaymanLPointsFive NAICABSNA2014
6244Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLEzekielLong Beach ProO94KGF2014
6714Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 13x0Pan AmericanABSR32015
6844Alexander TransAlexander TransLKneebarPan AmericanO100KGF2015
7451Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPts: 7x4World Champ.100KG4F2015
7579Evandro NunesEvandro NunesLPointsAmerican Nat.O100KGSF2015
7713Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPts: 6x2FIVE SLABS4F2015
8218Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesLAdvGrand Slam LAO94KG4F2015
8230Andre CamposLReferee DecisionGrand Slam LAABS4F2015
8414Joao AssisJoao AssisLAnkle lockNoGi Worlds97KGSF2015
9293Igor SchneiderIgor SchneiderLPts: 6x4Pan AmericanO100KG4F2016
9323Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaLArmbarPan AmericanABS8F2016
10002Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLArmbarWorld Champ.O100KGF2016
10019R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaLPts: 6x2World Champ.ABSR22016
10802Joao RochaJoao RochaLReferee DecisionF2W Pro 17100KGSPF2016
12873Gabriel LucasGabriel LucasLReferee DecisionF2W Pro 35O100KGSPF2017
12883Tanner RiceTanner RiceLArmbarWorld Champ.ABSR12017
13075Joao RochaJoao RochaLPts: 4x0World Champ.O100KG4F2017
14247Max GimenisMax GimenisLPts: 4x0BJJ NY Pro94KG4F2017
16339Fernando ReisFernando ReisLRNCWorld Champ.100KG8F2018
16469Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroLPts: 6x2American Nat.ABSF2018
16602Max GimenisMax GimenisLPointsNY BJJ ProO94KGSF2018
16715Gustavo EliasGustavo EliasLReferee DecisionW.S.O.G.O81KGSF2018
18097Michael LieraMichael LieraLTriangleDenver OpenABSSF2018
18304Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLArm in guillotineNoGi Worlds97KGF2018
18537Helton JoseHelton JoseLPts: 0x0, AdvEuropean Open100KG4F2019
18539Helton JoseHelton JoseL50/50 armbarEuropean Open100KGSF2019
19192Tanner RiceTanner RiceLReferee DecisionPan American100KG4F2019
20176Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaLBotinhaWorld Champ.100KGR12019
20195Fellipe AndrewFellipe AndrewLArmbarWorld Champ.ABSR12019
3513Felipe MatosWN/APan AmericanABSR12012
3530Abmar BarbosaAbmar BarbosaWPts: 9x0Pan AmericanABSR22012
3698Leo MachadoWN/ASF Open100KGSF2012
3711Baret YoshidaBaret YoshidaWPts: 5x0SD World TrialsABS4F2012
3874Marcelo MafraMarcelo MafraWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.ABSR22012
4093Fernando PieroFernando PieroWKneebarWorld Champ.100KGR12012
4687Ronaldo CarlosWKneebarWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4708Alexandre CeconiAlexandre CeconiWPts: 3x0World Champ.ABSRDS2013
5056Eliot KellyEliot KellyWKneebarWorld ExpoABSGP2013
5059Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeWKneebarWorld ExpoABSGP2013
5060Alessandro FerreiraWArmbarWorld ExpoABSGP2013
5062Travis StevensWKneebarWorld ExpoABSGP2013
5066Nathan MendelsohnNathan MendelsohnWPts: 4x0World ExpoABSSF2013
5086Tom deBlassTom deBlassWKneebarNoGi Worlds100KGSF2013
5087Eliot KellyEliot KellyWGuillotineNoGi Worlds100KGF2013
5161Beneil DariushBeneil DariushWKatagatameFIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5264AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWChoke from backPan AmericanABSR22014
5474Tom McMahonWPts: 9x2FIVE OntarioABSF2014
5475Tom McMahonWKneebarFIVE OntarioO100KGF2014
5476Matt McDonaldWKneebarFIVE Ont. 2 NGO100KGF2014
5477Matt McDonaldWGuillotineFIVE Ont. 2 NGABSF2014
5478Amir YafawiWKneebarFIVE Ontario 2O100KGF2014
5482Filip G MatosWMounted X chokeFIVE OregonABSSF2014
5869Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoWChokeDallas OpenABSSF2014
6019Steven PattersonWRNCNoGi Worlds100KG4F2014
6227Malachy FriedmanWArmbarFive NAICABSNA2014
6228Marcel GoncalvesMarcel GoncalvesWPts: 5x2Five NAICABSNA2014
6229Daniel AzevedoDaniel AzevedoWPointsFive NAICABSNA2014
6703Jurandir ConceicaoJurandir ConceicaoWPts: 7x0Pan AmericanABSR22015
6832Jose dos SantosWCross chokePan AmericanO100KGR12015
6839Abraham MarteAbraham MarteWPts: 7x4Pan AmericanO100KG4F2015
6842Evandro NunesEvandro NunesWPts: 9x0Pan AmericanO100KGSF2015
7553Kelly EliotWTriangleUS No Gi Nat.ABSF2015
7958Ricardo FelicianoRicardo FelicianoWChoke from backSanta Cruz ProO94KGSF2015
7959Tanner RiceTanner RiceWKneebarSanta Cruz ProO94KGF2015
8412Lucas RochaLucas RochaWKneebarNoGi Worlds97KG4F2015
9313Manuel DiazWKneebarPan AmericanABSR22016
9993Mahamad AlyWPts: 9x2World Champ.O100KGR12016
9998Carlos FariasCarlos FariasWPts: 2x0World Champ.O100KG4F2016
10001R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWPts: 15x0World Champ.O100KGSF2016
10409Luis RubalcavaWCross chokeF2W Pro 11100KGSPF2016
13069Felipe BezerraFelipe BezerraWArmbarWorld Champ.O100KG8F2017
13233James FosterWKneebarF2W Pro 39100KGSPF2017
13629Bryant PangelinanWTrianglePassion 4ABSSPF2017
16458Kaio CesarWArmbarAmerican Nat.100KGSF2018
16459Wellington PerottoWCalf slicerAmerican Nat.100KGF2018
16465Arin AdjamianWArmlockAmerican Nat.ABS4F2018
16468Wellington PerottoWKneebarAmerican Nat.ABSSF2018
16704Nathan BarretoWKneebarW.S.O.G.O81KGR12018
16709Victor OliveiraWCross chokeW.S.O.G.O81KG8F2018
16717Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWReferee DecisionW.S.O.G.O81KG3RD2018
16829Daniel PriebeWArmbarSeattle Open100KGF2018
18096Jeffrey AkeWN/ADenver OpenABS4F2018
18300Jorge EscuderoWKneebarNoGi Worlds97KGR12018
18303Eliot KellyEliot KellyWPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds97KGSF2018
18536Marek ZbrogWMounted X chokeEuropean Open100KG4F2019
19191Rafael VasconcelosRafael VasconcelosWArmbarPan American100KG8F2019
20220Mauro SoaresWWristlockF2W Pro 112100KGSPF2019

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James Puopolo vs Ricardo Bufarra

James Puopolo vs Matt Owen

 

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