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James Puopolo is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt under Rafael Lovato Junior who trained extensively with the Ribeiro Brothers (Alexandre and Saulo) and is widely regarded as one of the top North American submission grapplers of his generation. While competing in jiu-jitsu’s international level circuit, Puopolo earned medals in important events such as the ADCC Trials, International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) World and Pan Championships.

James Puopolo Jiu-Jitsu

Full Name: James Puopolo

Lineage: Carlos Gracie > Helio GracieCarlos Gracie Jr > Carlos Machado > Rafael Lovato Jr > James Puopolo

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place ADCC USA Trials (2009/2011)
  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship No-Gi (2013)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Pan Championship  (2015)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF World Championship (2016)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF World Championship No-Gi (2018 / 2019)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World Championship No-Gi (2014 / 2015*)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF European Open (2019)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship (2009 purple)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2011 brown, 2009 purple)
  • 1st Place US Nationals (2010** brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF American Nationals No-Gi (2008 purple)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF World Championship (2007 blue)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2011* brown)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World Championship (2008 purple, 2010** brown)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World Championship No-Gi (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 in 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 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 in October 2011 from Rafael Lovato Junior.

James Puopolo Grappling Record

60 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    18 (30%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    40 (67%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (3%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

40 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Kneebar
40
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
RNC
3
1
#bf1f6c
Calf slicer
3
1
#22c9a5
Armlock
3
1
#fad223
Wristlock
3
1
#03861f
Arm in guillotine
3
1
#039a1f
Katagatame
3
1
#03b41f
Choke
3
1
40
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
58 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    22 (38%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    5 (9%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    26 (45%)
  • BY DECISION
    5 (9%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

26 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Armbar
19
5
#86e620
Toe Hold
12
3
#5AD3D1
Choke from back
12
3
#d1212a
Footlock
8
2
#fad11b
RNC
8
2
#f58822
Verbal tap
4
1
#224aba
Ezekiel
4
1
#ff9124
Kneebar
4
1
#bf1f6c
Ankle lock
4
1
#22c9a5
Triangle
4
1
#fad223
Arm in guillotine
4
1
#03861f
50/50 armbar
4
1
#039a1f
Botinha
4
1
#03b41f
Straight armlock
4
1
#03c61f
Clock choke
4
1
#03d61f
Inside heel hook
4
1
26
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

James Puopolo Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
3552Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLArmbarPan AmericanABS4F2012
3647Joao AssisJoao AssisLToe HoldPan AmericanO100KG4F2012
3715Marcel FortunaMarcel FortunaLPointsSF Open100KGF2012
3730Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLClock chokeSD World TrialsABSSF2012
3901Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLChoke from backWorld Champ.ABSR22012
4112Antonio CarlosAntonio CarlosLPointsWorld Champ.100KGR22012
4249Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPointsNoGi Worlds100KG4F2012
4260DJ JacksonDJ JacksonLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi WorldsABSR12012
4391Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLToe holdSD Pro TrialsO92KGF2013
4503Orlando SanchezOrlando SanchezLAdvPan AmericanABSR12013
4741R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaLN/AWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4936Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLPointsAmerican NationalsABSSF2013
4945AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmLPts: 9x4NoGi American Nat.ABS4F2013
5017Kamil UminskiLFootlockADCC99KGR12013
5087Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeLToe holdWorld ExpoABSF2013
5114Leandro LoLeandro LoLAdvNoGi WorldsABSSF2013
5177Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLRNCFIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5178Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 8x0FIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5181Garry TononGarry TononLInside heel hookFIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5297Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLPointsPan AmericanABSR32014
5394Thiago DeclavoLVerbal tapPan American100KGR12014
5507Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 7x0FIVE OregonABSF2014
5832Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLChoke from backWorld Champ.100KG4F2014
5896Jackson SousaJackson SousaLChoke from backDallas OpenABSF2014
5998Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 8x2NoGi WorldsABS4F2014
6048Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaLFootlockNoGi Worlds100KGSF2014
6256Jordan HaymanLPointsFIVE NAICABSNA2014
6277Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLEzekielLong Beach ProO94KGF2014
6748Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 13x0Pan AmericanABSR32015
6878Alexander TransAlexander TransLKneebarPan AmericanO100KGF2015
7486Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPts: 7x4World Champ.100KG4F2015
7614Evandro NunesEvandro NunesLPointsAmerican Nat.O100KGSF2015
7748Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPts: 6x2FIVE SLABS4F2015
8253Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesLAdvGrand Slam LAO94KG4F2015
8265Andre CamposLReferee DecisionGrand Slam LAABS4F2015
8449Joao AssisJoao AssisLAnkle lockNoGi Worlds97KGSF2015
9340Igor SchneiderIgor SchneiderLPts: 6x4Pan AmericanO100KG4F2016
9370Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaLArmbarPan AmericanABS8F2016
10055Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLArmbarWorld Champ.O100KGF2016
10072R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaLPts: 6x2World Champ.ABSR22016
10862Joao RochaJoao RochaLReferee DecisionF2W 17100KGSPF2016
12991Gabriel LucasGabriel LucasLReferee DecisionF2W 35O100KGSPF2017
13001Tanner RiceTanner RiceLArmbarWorld Champ.ABSR12017
13193Joao RochaJoao RochaLPts: 4x0World Champ.O100KG4F2017
14386Max GimenisMax GimenisLPts: 4x0BJJ NY Pro94KG4F2017
16538Fernando ReisFernando ReisLRNCWorld Champ.100KG8F2018
16674Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroLPts: 6x2American Nat.ABSF2018
16815Max GimenisMax GimenisLPointsNY BJJ ProO94KGSF2018
16929Gustavo DiasGustavo DiasLReferee DecisionW.S.O.G.O81KGSF2018
18379Michael LieraMichael LieraLTriangleDenver OpenABSSF2018
18600Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLArm in guillotineNoGi Worlds97KGF2018
18850Helton JoseHelton JoseLPts: 0x0, AdvEuropean Open100KG4F2019
18852Helton JoseHelton JoseL50/50 armbarEuropean Open100KGSF2019
19557Tanner RiceTanner RiceLReferee DecisionPan American100KG4F2019
20584Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaLBotinhaWorld Champ.100KGR12019
20603Fellipe AndrewFellipe AndrewLArmbarWorld Champ.ABSR12019
21706Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesLPts: 2x0ADCC99KG4F2019
22748Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLStraight armlockNoGi WorldsO97KGF2019
3529Felipe MatosWN/APan AmericanABSR12012
3546Abmar BarbosaAbmar BarbosaWPts: 9x0Pan AmericanABSR22012
3714Leo MachadoWN/ASF Open100KGSF2012
3727Baret YoshidaBaret YoshidaWPts: 5x0SD World TrialsABS4F2012
3890Marcelo MafraMarcelo MafraWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.ABSR22012
4109Fernando PieroFernando PieroWKneebarWorld Champ.100KGR12012
4705Ronaldo CarlosWKneebarWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4726Alexandre CeconiAlexandre CeconiWPts: 3x0World Champ.ABSRDS2013
5076Eliot KellyEliot KellyWKneebarWorld ExpoABSGP2013
5079Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeWKneebarWorld ExpoABSGP2013
5080Alessandro FerreiraWArmbarWorld ExpoABSGP2013
5082T. StevensWKneebarWorld ExpoABSGP2013
5086Nathan MendelsohnNathan MendelsohnWPts: 4x0World ExpoABSSF2013
5108Tom deBlassTom deBlassWKneebarNoGi Worlds100KGSF2013
5109Eliot KellyEliot KellyWGuillotineNoGi Worlds100KGF2013
5183Beneil DariushBeneil DariushWKatagatameFIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5286AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWChoke from backPan AmericanABSR22014
5497Tom McMahonWPts: 9x2FIVE OntarioABSF2014
5498Tom McMahonWKneebarFIVE OntarioO100KGF2014
5499Matt McDonaldWKneebarFIVE Ont. 2 NGO100KGF2014
5500Matt McDonaldWGuillotineFIVE Ont. 2 NGABSF2014
5501Amir YafawiWKneebarFIVE Ontario 2O100KGF2014
5505Filip G MatosWMounted X chokeFIVE OregonABSSF2014
5895Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoWChokeDallas OpenABSSF2014
6045Steven PattersonWRNCNoGi Worlds100KG4F2014
6253Malachy FriedmanWArmbarFIVE NAICABSNA2014
6254Marcel GoncalvesMarcel GoncalvesWPts: 5x2FIVE NAICABSNA2014
6255Daniel AzevedoDaniel AzevedoWPointsFIVE NAICABSNA2014
6737Jurandir ConceicaoJurandir ConceicaoWPts: 7x0Pan AmericanABSR22015
6866Jose dos SantosWCross chokePan AmericanO100KGR12015
6873Abraham MarteAbraham MarteWPts: 7x4Pan AmericanO100KG4F2015
6876Evandro NunesEvandro NunesWPts: 9x0Pan AmericanO100KGSF2015
7588Kelly EliotWTriangleUS No Gi Nat.ABSF2015
7993Ricardo FelicianoRicardo FelicianoWChoke from backSanta Cruz ProO94KGSF2015
7994Tanner RiceTanner RiceWKneebarSanta Cruz ProO94KGF2015
8447Lucas RochaLucas RochaWKneebarNoGi Worlds97KG4F2015
9360Manuel DiazWKneebarPan AmericanABSR22016
10046Mahamad AlyWPts: 9x2World Champ.O100KGR12016
10051Carlos FariasCarlos FariasWPts: 2x0World Champ.O100KG4F2016
10054R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWPts: 15x0World Champ.O100KGSF2016
10467Luis RubalcavaWCross chokeF2W 11100KGSPF2016
13187Felipe BezerraFelipe BezerraWArmbarWorld Champ.O100KG8F2017
13356James FosterWKneebarF2W 39100KGSPF2017
13756Bryant PangelinanWTrianglePassion 4ABSSPF2017
16663Kaio CesarWArmbarAmerican Nat.100KGSF2018
16664Wellington PerottoWCalf slicerAmerican Nat.100KGF2018
16670Arin AdjamianWArmlockAmerican Nat.ABS4F2018
16673Wellington PerottoWKneebarAmerican Nat.ABSSF2018
16918Nathan BarretoWKneebarW.S.O.G.O81KGR12018
16923Victor OliveiraWCross chokeW.S.O.G.O81KG8F2018
16931Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWReferee DecisionW.S.O.G.O81KG3RD2018
17049Daniel PriebeWArmbarSeattle Open100KGF2018
18378Jeffrey AkeWN/ADenver OpenABS4F2018
18596Jorge EscuderoWKneebarNoGi Worlds97KGR12018
18599Eliot KellyEliot KellyWPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds97KGSF2018
18849Marek ZbrogWMounted X chokeEuropean Open100KG4F2019
19556Rafael VasconcelosRafael VasconcelosWArmbarPan American100KG8F2019
20731Mauro OliveiraWWristlockF2W 114N/ASPF2019
21700Tex JohnsonTex JohnsonWPts: 3x0ADCC99KGR12019
22746Fernando RibasWArm in guillotineNoGi WorldsO97KGSF2019

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