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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)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF World Championship (2016)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Pan Championship  (2015)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World No-Gi Championship (2015)

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 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 from Rafael Lovato Junior.

James Puopolo Grappling Record

59 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    18 (31%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    39 (66%)
  • 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
57 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    22 (39%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    5 (9%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    25 (44%)
  • 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
Ezekiel
4
1
#224aba
Kneebar
4
1
#ff9124
Ankle lock
4
1
#bf1f6c
Triangle
4
1
#22c9a5
Arm in guillotine
4
1
#fad223
50/50 armbar
4
1
#03861f
Botinha
4
1
#039a1f
Clock choke
4
1
#03b41f
Inside heel hook
4
1
#03c61f
Verbal tap
4
1
25
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

James Puopolo Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
3551Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLArmbarPan AmericanABS4F2012
3646Joao AssisJoao AssisLToe HoldPan AmericanO100KG4F2012
3714Marcel FortunaMarcel FortunaLPointsSF Open100KGF2012
3729Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLClock chokeSD World TrialsABSSF2012
3900Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLChoke from backWorld Champ.ABSR22012
4111Antonio CarlosAntonio CarlosLPointsWorld Champ.100KGR22012
4248Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPointsNoGi Worlds100KG4F2012
4259DJ JacksonDJ JacksonLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi WorldsABSR12012
4388Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLToe holdSD Pro TrialsO92KGF2013
4500Orlando SanchezOrlando SanchezLAdvPan AmericanABSR12013
4738R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaLN/AWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4931Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLPointsAmerican NationalsABSSF2013
4940AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmLPts: 9x4NoGi American Nat.ABS4F2013
5012Kamil UminskiLFootlockADCC99KGR12013
5082Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeLToe holdWorld ExpoABSF2013
5107Leandro LoLeandro LoLAdvNoGi WorldsABSSF2013
5170Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLRNCFIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5171Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 8x0FIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5174Garry TononGarry TononLInside heel hookFIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5290Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLPointsPan AmericanABSR32014
5387Thiago DeclavoLVerbal tapPan American100KGR12014
5499Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 7x0FIVE OregonABSF2014
5821Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLChoke from backWorld Champ.100KG4F2014
5885Jackson SousaJackson SousaLChoke from backDallas OpenABSF2014
5987Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 8x2NoGi WorldsABS4F2014
6037Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaLFootlockNoGi Worlds100KGSF2014
6245Jordan HaymanLPointsFIVE NAICABSNA2014
6266Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLEzekielLong Beach ProO94KGF2014
6736Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 13x0Pan AmericanABSR32015
6866Alexander TransAlexander TransLKneebarPan AmericanO100KGF2015
7473Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPts: 7x4World Champ.100KG4F2015
7601Evandro NunesEvandro NunesLPointsAmerican Nat.O100KGSF2015
7735Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPts: 6x2FIVE SLABS4F2015
8240Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesLAdvGrand Slam LAO94KG4F2015
8252Andre CamposLReferee DecisionGrand Slam LAABS4F2015
8436Joao AssisJoao AssisLAnkle lockNoGi Worlds97KGSF2015
9315Igor SchneiderIgor SchneiderLPts: 6x4Pan AmericanO100KG4F2016
9345Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaLArmbarPan AmericanABS8F2016
10023Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLArmbarWorld Champ.O100KGF2016
10040R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaLPts: 6x2World Champ.ABSR22016
10828Joao RochaJoao RochaLReferee DecisionF2W Pro 17100KGSPF2016
12908Gabriel LucasGabriel LucasLReferee DecisionF2W Pro 35O100KGSPF2017
12918Tanner RiceTanner RiceLArmbarWorld Champ.ABSR12017
13110Joao RochaJoao RochaLPts: 4x0World Champ.O100KG4F2017
14286Max GimenisMax GimenisLPts: 4x0BJJ NY Pro94KG4F2017
16387Fernando ReisFernando ReisLRNCWorld Champ.100KG8F2018
16518Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroLPts: 6x2American Nat.ABSF2018
16651Max GimenisMax GimenisLPointsNY BJJ ProO94KGSF2018
16765Gustavo DiasGustavo DiasLReferee DecisionW.S.O.G.O81KGSF2018
18158Michael LieraMichael LieraLTriangleDenver OpenABSSF2018
18365Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLArm in guillotineNoGi Worlds97KGF2018
18601Helton JoseHelton JoseLPts: 0x0, AdvEuropean Open100KG4F2019
18603Helton JoseHelton JoseL50/50 armbarEuropean Open100KGSF2019
19262Tanner RiceTanner RiceLReferee DecisionPan American100KG4F2019
20260Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaLBotinhaWorld Champ.100KGR12019
20279Fellipe AndrewFellipe AndrewLArmbarWorld Champ.ABSR12019
21297Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesLPts: 2x0ADCC99KG4F2019
3528Felipe MatosWN/APan AmericanABSR12012
3545Abmar BarbosaAbmar BarbosaWPts: 9x0Pan AmericanABSR22012
3713Leo MachadoWN/ASF Open100KGSF2012
3726Baret YoshidaBaret YoshidaWPts: 5x0SD World TrialsABS4F2012
3889Marcelo MafraMarcelo MafraWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.ABSR22012
4108Fernando PieroFernando PieroWKneebarWorld Champ.100KGR12012
4702Ronaldo CarlosWKneebarWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4723Alexandre CeconiAlexandre CeconiWPts: 3x0World Champ.ABSRDS2013
5071Eliot KellyEliot KellyWKneebarWorld ExpoABSGP2013
5074Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeWKneebarWorld ExpoABSGP2013
5075Alessandro FerreiraWArmbarWorld ExpoABSGP2013
5077Travis StevensWKneebarWorld ExpoABSGP2013
5081Nathan MendelsohnNathan MendelsohnWPts: 4x0World ExpoABSSF2013
5101Tom deBlassTom deBlassWKneebarNoGi Worlds100KGSF2013
5102Eliot KellyEliot KellyWGuillotineNoGi Worlds100KGF2013
5176Beneil DariushBeneil DariushWKatagatameFIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5279AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWChoke from backPan AmericanABSR22014
5489Tom McMahonWPts: 9x2FIVE OntarioABSF2014
5490Tom McMahonWKneebarFIVE OntarioO100KGF2014
5491Matt McDonaldWKneebarFIVE Ont. 2 NGO100KGF2014
5492Matt McDonaldWGuillotineFIVE Ont. 2 NGABSF2014
5493Amir YafawiWKneebarFIVE Ontario 2O100KGF2014
5497Filip G MatosWMounted X chokeFIVE OregonABSSF2014
5884Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoWChokeDallas OpenABSSF2014
6034Steven PattersonWRNCNoGi Worlds100KG4F2014
6242Malachy FriedmanWArmbarFIVE NAICABSNA2014
6243Marcel GoncalvesMarcel GoncalvesWPts: 5x2FIVE NAICABSNA2014
6244Daniel AzevedoDaniel AzevedoWPointsFIVE NAICABSNA2014
6725Jurandir ConceicaoJurandir ConceicaoWPts: 7x0Pan AmericanABSR22015
6854Jose dos SantosWCross chokePan AmericanO100KGR12015
6861Abraham MarteAbraham MarteWPts: 7x4Pan AmericanO100KG4F2015
6864Evandro NunesEvandro NunesWPts: 9x0Pan AmericanO100KGSF2015
7575Kelly EliotWTriangleUS No Gi Nat.ABSF2015
7980Ricardo FelicianoRicardo FelicianoWChoke from backSanta Cruz ProO94KGSF2015
7981Tanner RiceTanner RiceWKneebarSanta Cruz ProO94KGF2015
8434Lucas RochaLucas RochaWKneebarNoGi Worlds97KG4F2015
9335Manuel DiazWKneebarPan AmericanABSR22016
10014Mahamad AlyWPts: 9x2World Champ.O100KGR12016
10019Carlos FariasCarlos FariasWPts: 2x0World Champ.O100KG4F2016
10022R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWPts: 15x0World Champ.O100KGSF2016
10435Luis RubalcavaWCross chokeF2W Pro 11100KGSPF2016
13104Felipe BezerraFelipe BezerraWArmbarWorld Champ.O100KG8F2017
13269James FosterWKneebarF2W Pro 39100KGSPF2017
13665Bryant PangelinanWTrianglePassion 4ABSSPF2017
16507Kaio CesarWArmbarAmerican Nat.100KGSF2018
16508Wellington PerottoWCalf slicerAmerican Nat.100KGF2018
16514Arin AdjamianWArmlockAmerican Nat.ABS4F2018
16517Wellington PerottoWKneebarAmerican Nat.ABSSF2018
16754Nathan BarretoWKneebarW.S.O.G.O81KGR12018
16759Victor OliveiraWCross chokeW.S.O.G.O81KG8F2018
16767Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWReferee DecisionW.S.O.G.O81KG3RD2018
16879Daniel PriebeWArmbarSeattle Open100KGF2018
18157Jeffrey AkeWN/ADenver OpenABS4F2018
18361Jorge EscuderoWKneebarNoGi Worlds97KGR12018
18364Eliot KellyEliot KellyWPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds97KGSF2018
18600Marek ZbrogWMounted X chokeEuropean Open100KG4F2019
19261Rafael VasconcelosRafael VasconcelosWArmbarPan American100KG8F2019
20306Mauro SoaresWWristlockF2W Pro 112100KGSPF2019
21291Aaron JohnsonAaron JohnsonWPts: 3x0ADCC99KGR12019

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James Puopolo vs Ricardo Bufarra

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