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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

44 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    15 (34%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    28 (64%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (2%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

28 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Kneebar
46
13
#86e620
Armbar
11
3
#5AD3D1
Guillotine
7
2
#d1212a
Choke from back
7
2
#fad11b
Cross choke
7
2
#f58822
Triangle
7
2
#224aba
Katagatame
4
1
#ff9124
Cross ck. f/ mount
4
1
#bf1f6c
Choke
4
1
#22c9a5
RNC
4
1
28
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
44 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    18 (41%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    4 (9%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    19 (43%)
  • BY DECISION
    3 (7%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

19 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Armbar
21
4
#86e620
Toe Hold
16
3
#5AD3D1
Choke from back
16
3
#d1212a
Footlock
11
2
#fad11b
Ankle lock
5
1
#f58822
Clock choke
5
1
#224aba
RNC
5
1
#ff9124
Inside heel hook
5
1
#bf1f6c
Verbal tap
5
1
#22c9a5
Ezekiel
5
1
#fad223
Kneebar
5
1
19
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

James Puopolo Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
3485Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLArmbarPan AmericanABS4F2012
3580Joao AssisJoao AssisLToe HoldPan AmericanO100KG4F2012
3648Marcel FortunaMarcel FortunaLPointsSF Open100KGF2012
3663Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLClock chokeSD World TrialsABSSF2012
3834Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLChoke from backWorld Champ.ABSR22012
4047Antonio CarlosAntonio CarlosLPointsWorld Champ.100KGR22012
4183Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPointsNoGi Worlds100KG4F2012
4194DJ JacksonDJ JacksonLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi WorldsABSR12012
4313Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLToe holdSD Pro TrialsO92KGF2013
4419Orlando SanchezOrlando SanchezLAdvPan AmericanABSR12013
4651R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaLN/AWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4842Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLPointsAmerican NationalsABSSF2013
4851AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmLPts: 9x4NoGi American Nat.ABS4F2013
4924Kamil UminskiLFootlockADCC99KGR12013
4994Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeLToe holdWorld ExpoABSF2013
5019Leandro LoLeandro LoLAdvNoGi WorldsABSSF2013
5076Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLRNCFIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5077Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 8x0FIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5080Garry TononGarry TononLInside heel hookFIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5183Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLPointsPan AmericanABSR32014
5280Thiago DeclavoLVerbal tapPan American100KGR12014
5391Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 7x0FIVE OregonABSF2014
5706Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLChoke from backWorld Champ.100KG4F2014
5764Jackson SousaJackson SousaLChoke from backDallas OpenABSF2014
5860Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 8x2No Gi WorldsABS4F2014
5906Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaLFootlockNo Gi Worlds100KGSF2014
6113Jordan HaymanLPointsFive NAICABSNA2014
6127Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLEzekielLong Beach ProO94KGF2014
6573Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 13x0Pan AmericanABSR32015
6703Alexander TransAlexander TransLKneebarPan AmericanO100KGF2015
7295Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPts: 7x4World Champ.100KG4F2015
7414Evandro NunesEvandro NunesLPointsAmerican Nat.O100KGSF2015
7542Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPts: 6x2FIVE SLABS4F2015
8029Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesLAdvGrand Slam LAO94KG4F2015
8041Andre CamposLReferee DecisionGrand Slam LAABS4F2015
8221Joao AssisJoao AssisLAnkle lockNoGi Worlds100KGSF2015
9076Igor SchneiderIgor SchneiderLPts: 6x4Pan AmericanO100KG4F2016
9106Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaLArmbarPan AmericanABS8F2016
9779Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLArmbarWorld Champ.O100KGF2016
9796R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaLPts: 6x2World Champ.ABSR22016
10529Joao RochaJoao RochaLReferee DecisionF2W Pro 17100KGSPF2016
12468Gabriel LucasGabriel LucasLReferee DecisionF2W Pro 35O100KGSPF2017
12478Tanner RiceTanner RiceLArmbarWorld Champ.ABSR12017
12670Joao RochaJoao RochaLPts: 4x0World Champ.O100KG4F2017
3462Felipe MatosWN/APan AmericanABSR12012
3479Abmar BarbosaAbmar BarbosaWPts: 9x0Pan AmericanABSR22012
3647Leo MachadoWN/ASF Open100KGSF2012
3660Baret YoshidaBaret YoshidaWPts: 5x0SD World TrialsABS4F2012
3823Marcelo MafraWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.ABSR22012
4044Fernando PieroFernando PieroWKneebarWorld Champ.100KGR12012
4615Ronaldo CarlosWKneebarWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4636Alexandre CeconiAlexandre CeconiWPts: 3x0World Champ.ABSRDS2013
4983Eliot KellyEliot KellyWKneebarWorld ExpoABSGP2013
4986Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeWKneebarWorld ExpoABSGP2013
4987Alessandro FerreiraWArmbarWorld ExpoABSGP2013
4989Travis StevensWKneebarWorld ExpoABSGP2013
4993Nathan MendelsohnNathan MendelsohnWPts: 4x0World ExpoABSSF2013
5013Tom deBlassTom deBlassWKneebarNoGi Worlds100KGSF2013
5014Eliot KellyEliot KellyWGuillotineNoGi Worlds100KGF2013
5082Beneil DariushBeneil DariushWKatagatameFIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5172AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWChoke from backPan AmericanABSR22014
5381Tom McMahonWPts: 9x2FIVE OntarioABSF2014
5382Tom McMahonWKneebarFIVE OntarioO100KGF2014
5383Matt McDonaldWKneebarFIVE Ont. 2 NGO100KGF2014
5384Matt McDonaldWGuillotineFIVE Ont. 2 NGABSF2014
5385Amir YafawiWKneebarFIVE Ontario 2O100KGF2014
5389Filip G MatosWCross ck. f/ mountFIVE OregonABSSF2014
5763Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoWChokeDallas OpenABSSF2014
5903Steven PattersonWRNCNo Gi Worlds100KG4F2014
6110Malachy FriedmanWArmbarFive NAICABSNA2014
6111Marcel GoncalvesMarcel GoncalvesWPts: 5x2Five NAICABSNA2014
6112Daniel AzevedoDaniel AzevedoWPointsFive NAICABSNA2014
6562Jurandir ConceiçãoWPts: 7x0Pan AmericanABSR22015
6691Jose dos SantosWCross chokePan AmericanO100KGR12015
6698Abraham MarteAbraham MarteWPts: 7x4Pan AmericanO100KG4F2015
6701Evandro NunesEvandro NunesWPts: 9x0Pan AmericanO100KGSF2015
7388Kelly EliotWTriangleUS No Gi Nat.ABSF2015
7784Ricardo FelicianoRicardo FelicianoWChoke from backSanta Cruz ProO94KGSF2015
7785Tanner RiceTanner RiceWKneebarSanta Cruz ProO94KGF2015
8219Lucas RochaLucas RochaWKneebarNoGi Worlds100KG4F2015
9096Manuel DiazWKneebarPan AmericanABSR22016
9770Mahamad AlyWPts: 9x2World Champ.O100KGR12016
9775Carlos FariasCarlos FariasWPts: 2x0World Champ.O100KG4F2016
9778R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWPts: 15x0World Champ.O100KGSF2016
10168Luis RubalcavaWCross chokeF2W Pro 11100KGSPF2016
12664Felipe BezerraFelipe BezerraWArmbarWorld Champ.O100KG8F2017
12827James FosterWKneebarF2W Pro 39100KGSPF2017
13135Bryant PangelinanWTrianglePassion 4SPFABS2017

James Puopolo vs Arman Barros

James Puopolo vs Ricardo Bufarra

James Puopolo vs Matt Owen

 

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