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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:

  • 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 weight & absolute)
  • 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 absolute)
  • IBJJF World Championship 3rd Place (2008 purple, 2010 brown weight & absolute)
  • IBJJF World No-Gi 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

48 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    15 (31%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    32 (67%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (2%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

32 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Kneebar
44
14
#86e620
Armbar
13
4
#5AD3D1
Choke from back
6
2
#d1212a
Cross choke
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
32
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
48 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    21 (44%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    4 (8%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    20 (42%)
  • BY DECISION
    3 (6%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

20 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Armbar
20
4
#86e620
Toe Hold
15
3
#5AD3D1
Choke from back
15
3
#d1212a
Footlock
10
2
#fad11b
RNC
10
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
Clock choke
5
1
20
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

James Puopolo Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
3516Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLArmbarPan AmericanABS4F2012
3611Joao AssisJoao AssisLToe HoldPan AmericanO100KG4F2012
3679Marcel FortunaMarcel FortunaLPointsSF Open100KGF2012
3694Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLClock chokeSD World TrialsABSSF2012
3865Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLChoke from backWorld Champ.ABSR22012
4077Antonio CarlosAntonio CarlosLPointsWorld Champ.100KGR22012
4213Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPointsNoGi Worlds100KG4F2012
4224DJ JacksonDJ JacksonLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi WorldsABSR12012
4348Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLToe holdSD Pro TrialsO92KGF2013
4456Orlando SanchezOrlando SanchezLAdvPan AmericanABSR12013
4694R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaLN/AWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4887Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLPointsAmerican NationalsABSSF2013
4896AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmLPts: 9x4NoGi American Nat.ABS4F2013
4969Kamil UminskiLFootlockADCC99KGR12013
5039Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeLToe holdWorld ExpoABSF2013
5064Leandro LoLeandro LoLAdvNoGi WorldsABSSF2013
5127Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLRNCFIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5128Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 8x0FIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5131Garry TononGarry TononLInside heel hookFIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5239Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLPointsPan AmericanABSR32014
5336Thiago DeclavoLVerbal tapPan American100KGR12014
5448Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 7x0FIVE OregonABSF2014
5769Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLChoke from backWorld Champ.100KG4F2014
5831Jackson SousaJackson SousaLChoke from backDallas OpenABSF2014
5927Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 8x2NoGi WorldsABS4F2014
5974Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaLFootlockNoGi Worlds100KGSF2014
6180Jordan HaymanLPointsFive NAICABSNA2014
6194Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLEzekielLong Beach ProO94KGF2014
6654Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 13x0Pan AmericanABSR32015
6784Alexander TransAlexander TransLKneebarPan AmericanO100KGF2015
7388Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPts: 7x4World Champ.100KG4F2015
7509Evandro NunesEvandro NunesLPointsAmerican Nat.O100KGSF2015
7640Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPts: 6x2FIVE SLABS4F2015
8142Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesLAdvGrand Slam LAO94KG4F2015
8154Andre CamposLReferee DecisionGrand Slam LAABS4F2015
8336Joao AssisJoao AssisLAnkle lockNoGi Worlds97KGSF2015
9201Igor SchneiderIgor SchneiderLPts: 6x4Pan AmericanO100KG4F2016
9231Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaLArmbarPan AmericanABS8F2016
9904Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLArmbarWorld Champ.O100KGF2016
9921R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaLPts: 6x2World Champ.ABSR22016
10679Joao RochaJoao RochaLReferee DecisionF2W Pro 17100KGSPF2016
12680Gabriel LucasGabriel LucasLReferee DecisionF2W Pro 35O100KGSPF2017
12690Tanner RiceTanner RiceLArmbarWorld Champ.ABSR12017
12882Joao RochaJoao RochaLPts: 4x0World Champ.O100KG4F2017
14002Max GimenisLPts: 4x0BJJ NY Pro94KG4F2017
15937Fernando ReisFernando ReisLRNCWorld Champ.100KG8F2018
16064Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroLPts: 6x2American Nat.ABSF2018
16170Max GimenisMax GimenisLPointsNY BJJ ProO94KGSF2018
3493Felipe MatosWN/APan AmericanABSR12012
3510Abmar BarbosaAbmar BarbosaWPts: 9x0Pan AmericanABSR22012
3678Leo MachadoWN/ASF Open100KGSF2012
3691Baret YoshidaBaret YoshidaWPts: 5x0SD World TrialsABS4F2012
3854Marcelo MafraWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.ABSR22012
4074Fernando PieroFernando PieroWKneebarWorld Champ.100KGR12012
4658Ronaldo CarlosWKneebarWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4679Alexandre CeconiAlexandre CeconiWPts: 3x0World Champ.ABSRDS2013
5028Eliot KellyEliot KellyWKneebarWorld ExpoABSGP2013
5031Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeWKneebarWorld ExpoABSGP2013
5032Alessandro FerreiraWArmbarWorld ExpoABSGP2013
5034Travis StevensWKneebarWorld ExpoABSGP2013
5038Nathan MendelsohnNathan MendelsohnWPts: 4x0World ExpoABSSF2013
5058Tom deBlassTom deBlassWKneebarNoGi Worlds100KGSF2013
5059Eliot KellyEliot KellyWGuillotineNoGi Worlds100KGF2013
5133Beneil DariushBeneil DariushWKatagatameFIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5228AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWChoke from backPan AmericanABSR22014
5438Tom McMahonWPts: 9x2FIVE OntarioABSF2014
5439Tom McMahonWKneebarFIVE OntarioO100KGF2014
5440Matt McDonaldWKneebarFIVE Ont. 2 NGO100KGF2014
5441Matt McDonaldWGuillotineFIVE Ont. 2 NGABSF2014
5442Amir YafawiWKneebarFIVE Ontario 2O100KGF2014
5446Filip G MatosWMounted X chokeFIVE OregonABSSF2014
5830Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoWChokeDallas OpenABSSF2014
5971Steven PattersonWRNCNoGi Worlds100KG4F2014
6177Malachy FriedmanWArmbarFive NAICABSNA2014
6178Marcel GoncalvesMarcel GoncalvesWPts: 5x2Five NAICABSNA2014
6179Daniel AzevedoDaniel AzevedoWPointsFive NAICABSNA2014
6643Jurandir ConceiçãoWPts: 7x0Pan AmericanABSR22015
6772Jose dos SantosWCross chokePan AmericanO100KGR12015
6779Abraham MarteAbraham MarteWPts: 7x4Pan AmericanO100KG4F2015
6782Evandro NunesEvandro NunesWPts: 9x0Pan AmericanO100KGSF2015
7483Kelly EliotWTriangleUS No Gi Nat.ABSF2015
7885Ricardo FelicianoRicardo FelicianoWChoke from backSanta Cruz ProO94KGSF2015
7886Tanner RiceTanner RiceWKneebarSanta Cruz ProO94KGF2015
8334Lucas RochaLucas RochaWKneebarNoGi Worlds97KG4F2015
9221Manuel DiazWKneebarPan AmericanABSR22016
9895Mahamad AlyWPts: 9x2World Champ.O100KGR12016
9900Carlos FariasCarlos FariasWPts: 2x0World Champ.O100KG4F2016
9903R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWPts: 15x0World Champ.O100KGSF2016
10304Luis RubalcavaWCross chokeF2W Pro 11100KGSPF2016
12876Felipe BezerraFelipe BezerraWArmbarWorld Champ.O100KG8F2017
13040James FosterWKneebarF2W Pro 39100KGSPF2017
13406Bryant PangelinanWTrianglePassion 4ABSSPF2017
16053Kaio CesarWArmbarAmerican Nat.100KGSF2018
16054Wellington PerottoWCalf slicerAmerican Nat.100KGF2018
16060Arin AdjamianWArmlockAmerican Nat.ABS4F2018
16063Wellington PerottoWKneebarAmerican Nat.ABSSF2018

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