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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:

  • World Champion (2009 purple)
  • Pan American Champion (2011 brown, 2009 purple)
  • Grapplers Quest Open Weight Champion (2010 & 2009 brown)
  • US Nationals Champion (2010 brown weight & absolute)
  • World Pro Cup Trials Champion (2011 black/brown)
  • ADCC Northwest Trials Champion (2009)
  • American Nogi Nationals Champion (2008 purple)
  • World Championship 2nd Place (2007 blue)
  • Pan American Championship 2nd Place (2011 brown absolute)
  • World Championship 3rd Place (2008 purple, 2010 brown weight & absolute)
  • World Nogi 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

43 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    15 (35%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    27 (63%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (2%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

27 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Kneebar
48
13
#86e620
Armbar
11
3
#5AD3D1
Choke from back
7
2
#d1212a
Cross choke
7
2
#fad11b
Guillotine
7
2
#f58822
Katagatame
4
1
#224aba
Cross ck. f/ mount
4
1
#ff9124
Choke
4
1
#bf1f6c
RNC
4
1
#22c9a5
Triangle
4
1
27
(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
Choke from back
16
3
#5AD3D1
Toe Hold
16
3
#d1212a
Footlock
11
2
#fad11b
RNC
5
1
#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
19
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

James Puopolo Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
3476Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLArmbarPan AmericanABS4F2012
3571Joao AssisJoao AssisLToe HoldPan AmericanO100KG4F2012
3639Marcel FortunaMarcel FortunaLPointsSF Open100KGF2012
3654Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLClock chokeSD World TrialsABSSF2012
3815Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLChoke from backWorld Champ.ABSR22012
4028Antonio CarlosAntonio CarlosLPointsWorld Champ.100KGR22012
4164Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPointsNoGi Worlds100KG4F2012
4175DJ JacksonDJ JacksonLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi WorldsABSR12012
4290Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLToe holdSD Pro TrialsO92KGF2013
4396Orlando SanchezOrlando SanchezLAdvPan AmericanABSR12013
4620R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaLN/AWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4811Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLPointsAmerican NationalsABSSF2013
4820AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmLPts: 9x4NoGi American Nat.ABS4F2013
4893Kamil UminskiLFootlockADCC99KGR12013
4963Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeLToe holdWorld ExpoABSF2013
4988Leandro LoLeandro LoLAdvNoGi WorldsABSSF2013
5045Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLRNCFIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5046Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 8x0FIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5049Garry TononGarry TononLInside heel hookFIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5151Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLPointsPan AmericanABSR32014
5248Thiago DeclavoLVerbal tapPan American100KGR12014
5358Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 7x0FIVE OregonABSF2014
5668Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLChoke from backWorld Champ.100KG4F2014
5726Jackson SousaJackson SousaLChoke from backDallas OpenABSF2014
5822Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 8x2No Gi WorldsABS4F2014
5868Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaLFootlockNo Gi Worlds100KGSF2014
6068Jordan HaymanLPointsFive NAICABSNA2014
6082Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLEzekielLong Beach ProO94KGF2014
6525Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 13x0Pan AmericanABSR32015
6655Alexander TransAlexander TransLKneebarPan AmericanO100KGF2015
7246Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPts: 7x4World Champ.100KG4F2015
7365Evandro NunesEvandro NunesLPointsAmerican Nat.O100KGSF2015
7493Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPts: 6x2FIVE SLABS4F2015
7980Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesLAdvGrand Slam LAO94KG4F2015
7992Andre CamposLReferee DecisionGrand Slam LAABS4F2015
8172Joao AssisJoao AssisLAnkle lockNoGi Worlds100KGSF2015
9022Igor SchneiderIgor SchneiderLPts: 6x4Pan AmericanO100KG4F2016
9052Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaLArmbarPan AmericanABS8F2016
9725Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLArmbarWorld Champ.O100KGF2016
9742R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaLPts: 6x2World Champ.ABSR22016
10473Joao RochaJoao RochaLReferee DecisionF2W Pro 17100KGSPF2016
12410Gabriel LucasGabriel LucasLReferee DecisionF2W Pro 35O100KGSPF2017
12420Tanner RiceTanner RiceLArmbarWorld Champ.ABSR12017
12612Joao RochaJoao RochaLPts: 4x0World Champ.O100KG4F2017
3453Felipe MatosWN/APan AmericanABSR12012
3470Abmar BarbosaAbmar BarbosaWPts: 9x0Pan AmericanABSR22012
3638Leo MachadoWN/ASF Open100KGSF2012
3651Baret YoshidaBaret YoshidaWPts: 5x0SD World TrialsABS4F2012
3804Marcelo MafraWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.ABSR22012
4025Fernando PieroFernando PieroWKneebarWorld Champ.100KGR12012
4584Ronaldo CarlosWKneebarWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4605Alexandre CeconiAlexandre CeconiWPts: 3x0World Champ.ABSRDS2013
4952Eliot KellyEliot KellyWKneebarWorld ExpoABSGP2013
4955Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeWKneebarWorld ExpoABSGP2013
4956Alessandro FerreiraWArmbarWorld ExpoABSGP2013
4958Travis StevensWKneebarWorld ExpoABSGP2013
4962Nathan MendelsohnNathan MendelsohnWPts: 4x0World ExpoABSSF2013
4982Tom deBlassWKneebarNoGi Worlds100KGSF2013
4983Eliot KellyEliot KellyWGuillotineNoGi Worlds100KGF2013
5051Beneil DariushBeneil DariushWKatagatameFIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5140AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWChoke from backPan AmericanABSR22014
5348Tom McMahonWPts: 9x2FIVE OntarioABSF2014
5349Tom McMahonWKneebarFIVE OntarioO100KGF2014
5350Matt McDonaldWKneebarFIVE Ont. 2 NGO100KGF2014
5351Matt McDonaldWGuillotineFIVE Ont. 2 NGABSF2014
5352Amir YafawiWKneebarFIVE Ontario 2O100KGF2014
5356Filip G MatosWCross ck. f/ mountFIVE OregonABSSF2014
5725Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoWChokeDallas OpenABSSF2014
5865Steven PattersonWRNCNo Gi Worlds100KG4F2014
6065Malachy FriedmanWArmbarFive NAICABSNA2014
6066Marcel GoncalvesMarcel GoncalvesWPts: 5x2Five NAICABSNA2014
6067Daniel AzevedoDaniel AzevedoWPointsFive NAICABSNA2014
6514Jurandir ConceiçãoWPts: 7x0Pan AmericanABSR22015
6643Jose dos SantosWCross chokePan AmericanO100KGR12015
6650Abraham MarteAbraham MarteWPts: 7x4Pan AmericanO100KG4F2015
6653Evandro NunesEvandro NunesWPts: 9x0Pan AmericanO100KGSF2015
7339Kelly EliotWTriangleUS No Gi Nat.ABSF2015
7735Ricardo FelicianoWChoke from backSanta Cruz ProO94KGSF2015
7736Tanner RiceTanner RiceWKneebarSanta Cruz ProO94KGF2015
8170Lucas RochaLucas RochaWKneebarNoGi Worlds100KG4F2015
9042Manuel DiazWKneebarPan AmericanABSR22016
9716Mahamad AlyWPts: 9x2World Champ.O100KGR12016
9721Carlos FariasCarlos FariasWPts: 2x0World Champ.O100KG4F2016
9724R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWPts: 15x0World Champ.O100KGSF2016
10112Luis RubalcavaWCross chokeF2W Pro 11100KGSPF2016
12606Felipe BezerraFelipe BezerraWArmbarWorld Champ.O100KG8F2017
12768James FosterWKneebarF2W Pro 39100KGSPF2017

James Puopolo vs Arman Barros

James Puopolo vs Ricardo Bufarra

James Puopolo vs Matt Owen

 

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