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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
Choke from back
5
2
#fad11b
Mounted X choke
5
2
#f58822
Triangle
5
2
#224aba
Guillotine
5
2
#ff9124
Choke
3
1
#bf1f6c
RNC
3
1
#22c9a5
Calf slicer
3
1
#fad223
Armlock
3
1
#03861f
Wristlock
3
1
#039a1f
Arm in guillotine
3
1
#03b41f
Katagatame
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
Inside heel hook
4
1
#224aba
Verbal tap
4
1
#ff9124
Ezekiel
4
1
#bf1f6c
Kneebar
4
1
#22c9a5
Ankle lock
4
1
#fad223
Triangle
4
1
#03861f
Arm in guillotine
4
1
#039a1f
50/50 armbar
4
1
#03b41f
Botinha
4
1
#03c61f
Straight armlock
4
1
#03d61f
Clock choke
4
1
26
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

James Puopolo Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
3558Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLArmbarPan AmericanABS4F2012
3653Joao AssisJoao AssisLToe HoldPan AmericanO100KG4F2012
3721Marcel FortunaMarcel FortunaLPointsSF Open100KGF2012
3736Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLClock chokeSD World TrialsABSSF2012
3906Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLChoke from backWorld Champ.ABSR22012
4117Antonio CarlosAntonio CarlosLPointsWorld Champ.100KGR22012
4254Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPointsNoGi Worlds100KG4F2012
4265DJ JacksonDJ JacksonLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi WorldsABSR12012
4396Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLToe holdSD Pro TrialsO92KGF2013
4512Orlando SanchezOrlando SanchezLAdvPan AmericanABSR12013
4749R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaLN/AWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4944Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLPointsAmerican NatsABSSF2013
4953AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmLPts: 9x4American NNGABS4F2013
5025Kamil UminskiLFootlockADCC99KGR12013
5095Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeLToe holdWorld ExpoABSF2013
5122Leandro LoLeandro LoLAdvNoGi WorldsABSSF2013
5185Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLRNCFIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5186Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 8x0FIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5189Garry TononGarry TononLInside heel hookFIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5311Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLPointsPan AmericanABSR32014
5408Thiago DeclavoLVerbal tapPan American100KGR12014
5521Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 7x0FIVE OregonABSF2014
5846Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLChoke from backWorld Champ.100KG4F2014
5910Jackson SousaJackson SousaLChoke from backDallas OpenABSF2014
6012Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 8x2NoGi WorldsABS4F2014
6062Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaLFootlockNoGi Worlds100KGSF2014
6270Jordan HaymanLPointsFIVE NAICABSNA2014
6291Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLEzekielLong Beach ProO94KGF2014
6766Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 13x0Pan AmericanABSR32015
6896Alexander TransAlexander TransLKneebarPan AmericanO100KGF2015
7504Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPts: 7x4World Champ.100KG4F2015
7632Evandro NunesEvandro NunesLPointsAmerican Nat.O100KGSF2015
7766Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPts: 6x2FIVE SLABS4F2015
8271Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesLAdvGrand Slam LAO94KG4F2015
8283Andre CamposLReferee DecisionGrand Slam LAABS4F2015
8467Joao AssisJoao AssisLAnkle lockNoGi Worlds97KGSF2015
9358Igor SchneiderIgor SchneiderLPts: 6x4Pan AmericanO100KG4F2016
9388Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaLArmbarPan AmericanABS8F2016
10073Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLArmbarWorld Champ.O100KGF2016
10090R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaLPts: 6x2World Champ.ABSR22016
10880Joao RochaJoao RochaLReferee DecisionF2W 17100KGSPF2016
13015Gabriel LucasGabriel LucasLReferee DecisionF2W 35O100KGSPF2017
13025Tanner RiceTanner RiceLArmbarWorld Champ.ABSR12017
13217Joao RochaJoao RochaLPts: 4x0World Champ.O100KG4F2017
14418Max GimenisMax GimenisLPts: 4x0BJJ NY Pro94KG4F2017
16588Fernando ReisFernando ReisLRNCWorld Champ.100KG8F2018
16724Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroLPts: 6x2American Nat.ABSF2018
16870Max GimenisMax GimenisLPointsNY BJJ ProO94KGSF2018
16984Gustavo DiasGustavo DiasLReferee DecisionW.S.O.G.O81KGSF2018
18463Michael LieraMichael LieraLTriangleDenver OpenABSSF2018
18684Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLArm in guillotineNoGi Worlds97KGF2018
18934Helton JoseHelton JoseLPts: 0x0, AdvEuropean Open100KG4F2019
18936Helton JoseHelton JoseL50/50 armbarEuropean Open100KGSF2019
19662Tanner RiceTanner RiceLReferee DecisionPan American100KG4F2019
20701Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaLBotinhaWorld Champ.100KGR12019
20720Fellipe AndrewFellipe AndrewLArmbarWorld Champ.ABSR12019
21838Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesLPts: 2x0ADCC99KG4F2019
22908Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLStraight armlockNoGi WorldsO97KGF2019
3535Felipe MatosWN/APan AmericanABSR12012
3552Abmar BarbosaAbmar BarbosaWPts: 9x0Pan AmericanABSR22012
3720Leo MachadoWN/ASF Open100KGSF2012
3733Baret YoshidaBaret YoshidaWPts: 5x0SD World TrialsABS4F2012
3895Marcelo MafraMarcelo MafraWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.ABSR22012
4114Fernando PieroFernando PieroWKneebarWorld Champ.100KGR12012
4713Ronaldo CarlosWKneebarWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4734Alexandre CeconiAlexandre CeconiWPts: 3x0World Champ.ABSRDS2013
5084Eliot KellyEliot KellyWKneebarWorld ExpoABSGP2013
5087Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeWKneebarWorld ExpoABSGP2013
5088Alessandro FerreiraWArmbarWorld ExpoABSGP2013
5090T. StevensWKneebarWorld ExpoABSGP2013
5094Nathan MendelsohnNathan MendelsohnWPts: 4x0World ExpoABSSF2013
5116Tom deBlassTom deBlassWKneebarNoGi Worlds100KGSF2013
5117Eliot KellyEliot KellyWGuillotineNoGi Worlds100KGF2013
5191Beneil DariushBeneil DariushWKatagatameFIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5300AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWChoke from backPan AmericanABSR22014
5511Tom McMahonWPts: 9x2FIVE OntarioABSF2014
5512Tom McMahonWKneebarFIVE OntarioO100KGF2014
5513Matt McDonaldWKneebarFIVE Ont. 2 NGO100KGF2014
5514Matt McDonaldWGuillotineFIVE Ont. 2 NGABSF2014
5515Amir YafawiWKneebarFIVE Ontario 2O100KGF2014
5519Filip G MatosWMounted X chokeFIVE OregonABSSF2014
5909Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoWChokeDallas OpenABSSF2014
6059Steven PattersonWRNCNoGi Worlds100KG4F2014
6267Malachy FriedmanWArmbarFIVE NAICABSNA2014
6268Marcel GoncalvesMarcel GoncalvesWPts: 5x2FIVE NAICABSNA2014
6269Daniel AzevedoDaniel AzevedoWPointsFIVE NAICABSNA2014
6755Jurandir ConceicaoJurandir ConceicaoWPts: 7x0Pan AmericanABSR22015
6884Jose dos SantosWCross chokePan AmericanO100KGR12015
6891Abraham MarteAbraham MarteWPts: 7x4Pan AmericanO100KG4F2015
6894Evandro NunesEvandro NunesWPts: 9x0Pan AmericanO100KGSF2015
7606Kelly EliotWTriangleUS No Gi Nat.ABSF2015
8011Ricardo FelicianoRicardo FelicianoWChoke from backSanta Cruz ProO94KGSF2015
8012Tanner RiceTanner RiceWKneebarSanta Cruz ProO94KGF2015
8465Lucas RochaLucas RochaWKneebarNoGi Worlds97KG4F2015
9378Manuel DiazWKneebarPan AmericanABSR22016
10064Mahamad AlyWPts: 9x2World Champ.O100KGR12016
10069Carlos FariasCarlos FariasWPts: 2x0World Champ.O100KG4F2016
10072R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWPts: 15x0World Champ.O100KGSF2016
10485Luis RubalcavaWCross chokeF2W 11100KGSPF2016
13211Felipe BezerraFelipe BezerraWArmbarWorld Champ.O100KG8F2017
13380James FosterWKneebarF2W 39100KGSPF2017
13783Bryant PangelinanWTrianglePassion 4ABSSPF2017
16713Kaio CesarWArmbarAmerican Nat.100KGSF2018
16714Wellington PerottoWCalf slicerAmerican Nat.100KGF2018
16720Arin AdjamianWArmlockAmerican Nat.ABS4F2018
16723Wellington PerottoWKneebarAmerican Nat.ABSSF2018
16973Nathan BarretoWKneebarW.S.O.G.O81KGR12018
16978Victor OliveiraWCross chokeW.S.O.G.O81KG8F2018
16986Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWReferee DecisionW.S.O.G.O81KG3RD2018
17110Daniel PriebeWArmbarSeattle Open100KGF2018
18462Jeffrey AkeWN/ADenver OpenABS4F2018
18680Jorge EscuderoWKneebarNoGi Worlds97KGR12018
18683Eliot KellyEliot KellyWPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds97KGSF2018
18933Marek ZbrogWMounted X chokeEuropean Open100KG4F2019
19661Rafael VasconcelosRafael VasconcelosWArmbarPan American100KG8F2019
20848Mauro OliveiraWWristlockF2W 114N/ASPF2019
21832Tex JohnsonTex JohnsonWPts: 3x0ADCC99KGR12019
22906Fernando RibasWArm in guillotineNoGi WorldsO97KGSF2019

James Puopolo vs Arman Barros

James Puopolo vs Ricardo Bufarra

James Puopolo vs Matt Owen

 

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