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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

52 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    15 (29%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    35 (67%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (4%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

35 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Kneebar
43
15
#86e620
Armbar
14
5
#5AD3D1
Cross choke
9
3
#d1212a
Guillotine
6
2
#fad11b
Choke from back
6
2
#f58822
Triangle
6
2
#224aba
Katagatame
3
1
#ff9124
Mounted X choke
3
1
#bf1f6c
Choke
3
1
#22c9a5
RNC
3
1
#fad223
Calf slicer
3
1
#03861f
Armlock
3
1
35
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
49 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    21 (43%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    4 (8%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    20 (41%)
  • BY DECISION
    4 (8%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

20 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Armbar
20
4
#86e620
Choke from back
15
3
#5AD3D1
Toe Hold
15
3
#d1212a
Footlock
10
2
#fad11b
RNC
10
2
#f58822
Clock choke
5
1
#224aba
Inside heel hook
5
1
#ff9124
Verbal tap
5
1
#bf1f6c
Ezekiel
5
1
#22c9a5
Kneebar
5
1
#fad223
Ankle lock
5
1
20
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

James Puopolo Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
3522Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLArmbarPan AmericanABS4F2012
3617Joao AssisJoao AssisLToe HoldPan AmericanO100KG4F2012
3685Marcel FortunaMarcel FortunaLPointsSF Open100KGF2012
3700Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLClock chokeSD World TrialsABSSF2012
3871Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLChoke from backWorld Champ.ABSR22012
4083Antonio CarlosAntonio CarlosLPointsWorld Champ.100KGR22012
4219Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPointsNoGi Worlds100KG4F2012
4230DJ JacksonDJ JacksonLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi WorldsABSR12012
4358Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLToe holdSD Pro TrialsO92KGF2013
4466Orlando SanchezOrlando SanchezLAdvPan AmericanABSR12013
4704R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaLN/AWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4897Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLPointsAmerican NationalsABSSF2013
4906AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmLPts: 9x4NoGi American Nat.ABS4F2013
4979Kamil UminskiLFootlockADCC99KGR12013
5049Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeLToe holdWorld ExpoABSF2013
5074Leandro LoLeandro LoLAdvNoGi WorldsABSSF2013
5137Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLRNCFIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5138Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 8x0FIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5141Garry TononGarry TononLInside heel hookFIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5249Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLPointsPan AmericanABSR32014
5346Thiago DeclavoLVerbal tapPan American100KGR12014
5458Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 7x0FIVE OregonABSF2014
5779Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLChoke from backWorld Champ.100KG4F2014
5841Jackson SousaJackson SousaLChoke from backDallas OpenABSF2014
5937Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 8x2NoGi WorldsABS4F2014
5984Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaLFootlockNoGi Worlds100KGSF2014
6190Jordan HaymanLPointsFive NAICABSNA2014
6204Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLEzekielLong Beach ProO94KGF2014
6665Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 13x0Pan AmericanABSR32015
6795Alexander TransAlexander TransLKneebarPan AmericanO100KGF2015
7399Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPts: 7x4World Champ.100KG4F2015
7523Evandro NunesEvandro NunesLPointsAmerican Nat.O100KGSF2015
7657Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPts: 6x2FIVE SLABS4F2015
8159Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesLAdvGrand Slam LAO94KG4F2015
8171Andre CamposLReferee DecisionGrand Slam LAABS4F2015
8355Joao AssisJoao AssisLAnkle lockNoGi Worlds97KGSF2015
9222Igor SchneiderIgor SchneiderLPts: 6x4Pan AmericanO100KG4F2016
9252Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaLArmbarPan AmericanABS8F2016
9926Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLArmbarWorld Champ.O100KGF2016
9943R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaLPts: 6x2World Champ.ABSR22016
10702Joao RochaJoao RochaLReferee DecisionF2W Pro 17100KGSPF2016
12704Gabriel LucasGabriel LucasLReferee DecisionF2W Pro 35O100KGSPF2017
12714Tanner RiceTanner RiceLArmbarWorld Champ.ABSR12017
12906Joao RochaJoao RochaLPts: 4x0World Champ.O100KG4F2017
14035Max GimenisLPts: 4x0BJJ NY Pro94KG4F2017
15975Fernando ReisFernando ReisLRNCWorld Champ.100KG8F2018
16101Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroLPts: 6x2American Nat.ABSF2018
16213Max GimenisMax GimenisLPointsNY BJJ ProO94KGSF2018
16318Gustavo EliasGustavo EliasLReferee DecisionW.S.O.G.O81KGSF2018
3499Felipe MatosWN/APan AmericanABSR12012
3516Abmar BarbosaAbmar BarbosaWPts: 9x0Pan AmericanABSR22012
3684Leo MachadoWN/ASF Open100KGSF2012
3697Baret YoshidaBaret YoshidaWPts: 5x0SD World TrialsABS4F2012
3860Marcelo MafraWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.ABSR22012
4080Fernando PieroFernando PieroWKneebarWorld Champ.100KGR12012
4668Ronaldo CarlosWKneebarWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4689Alexandre CeconiAlexandre CeconiWPts: 3x0World Champ.ABSRDS2013
5038Eliot KellyEliot KellyWKneebarWorld ExpoABSGP2013
5041Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeWKneebarWorld ExpoABSGP2013
5042Alessandro FerreiraWArmbarWorld ExpoABSGP2013
5044Travis StevensWKneebarWorld ExpoABSGP2013
5048Nathan MendelsohnNathan MendelsohnWPts: 4x0World ExpoABSSF2013
5068Tom deBlassTom deBlassWKneebarNoGi Worlds100KGSF2013
5069Eliot KellyEliot KellyWGuillotineNoGi Worlds100KGF2013
5143Beneil DariushBeneil DariushWKatagatameFIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5238AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWChoke from backPan AmericanABSR22014
5448Tom McMahonWPts: 9x2FIVE OntarioABSF2014
5449Tom McMahonWKneebarFIVE OntarioO100KGF2014
5450Matt McDonaldWKneebarFIVE Ont. 2 NGO100KGF2014
5451Matt McDonaldWGuillotineFIVE Ont. 2 NGABSF2014
5452Amir YafawiWKneebarFIVE Ontario 2O100KGF2014
5456Filip G MatosWMounted X chokeFIVE OregonABSSF2014
5840Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoWChokeDallas OpenABSSF2014
5981Steven PattersonWRNCNoGi Worlds100KG4F2014
6187Malachy FriedmanWArmbarFive NAICABSNA2014
6188Marcel GoncalvesMarcel GoncalvesWPts: 5x2Five NAICABSNA2014
6189Daniel AzevedoDaniel AzevedoWPointsFive NAICABSNA2014
6654Jurandir ConceiçãoWPts: 7x0Pan AmericanABSR22015
6783Jose dos SantosWCross chokePan AmericanO100KGR12015
6790Abraham MarteAbraham MarteWPts: 7x4Pan AmericanO100KG4F2015
6793Evandro NunesEvandro NunesWPts: 9x0Pan AmericanO100KGSF2015
7497Kelly EliotWTriangleUS No Gi Nat.ABSF2015
7902Ricardo FelicianoRicardo FelicianoWChoke from backSanta Cruz ProO94KGSF2015
7903Tanner RiceTanner RiceWKneebarSanta Cruz ProO94KGF2015
8353Lucas RochaLucas RochaWKneebarNoGi Worlds97KG4F2015
9242Manuel DiazWKneebarPan AmericanABSR22016
9917Mahamad AlyWPts: 9x2World Champ.O100KGR12016
9922Carlos FariasCarlos FariasWPts: 2x0World Champ.O100KG4F2016
9925R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWPts: 15x0World Champ.O100KGSF2016
10327Luis RubalcavaWCross chokeF2W Pro 11100KGSPF2016
12900Felipe BezerraFelipe BezerraWArmbarWorld Champ.O100KG8F2017
13064James FosterWKneebarF2W Pro 39100KGSPF2017
13436Bryant PangelinanWTrianglePassion 4ABSSPF2017
16090Kaio CesarWArmbarAmerican Nat.100KGSF2018
16091Wellington PerottoWCalf slicerAmerican Nat.100KGF2018
16097Arin AdjamianWArmlockAmerican Nat.ABS4F2018
16100Wellington PerottoWKneebarAmerican Nat.ABSSF2018
16307Nathan BarretoWKneebarW.S.O.G.O81KGR12018
16312Victor OliveiraWCross chokeW.S.O.G.O81KG8F2018
16320Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWReferee DecisionW.S.O.G.O81KG3RD2018
16429Daniel PriebeWArmbarSeattle Open100KGF2018

James Puopolo vs Arman Barros

James Puopolo vs Ricardo Bufarra

James Puopolo vs Matt Owen

 

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