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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

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie (Sr.) > Helio GracieCarlos Gracie Junior > Carlos Machado > Rafael Lovato Junior > James Puopolo

Main Achievements:

  • ADCC US Trials Champion (2009/2011)
  • IBJJF World Championship 2nd Place (2016)
  • IBJJF Pan Championship 2nd Place (2015)
  • IBJJF World No-Gi Championship 3rd Place (2015)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

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

58 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    17 (29%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    39 (67%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (3%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

39 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Kneebar
41
16
#86e620
Armbar
15
6
#5AD3D1
Cross choke
8
3
#d1212a
Guillotine
5
2
#fad11b
Choke from back
5
2
#f58822
Mounted X choke
5
2
#224aba
Triangle
5
2
#ff9124
Armlock
3
1
#bf1f6c
Wristlock
3
1
#22c9a5
Katagatame
3
1
#fad223
Choke
3
1
#03861f
RNC
3
1
#039a1f
Calf slicer
3
1
39
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
56 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    21 (38%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    5 (9%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    25 (45%)
  • BY DECISION
    5 (9%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

25 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Armbar
20
5
#86e620
Toe Hold
12
3
#5AD3D1
Choke from back
12
3
#d1212a
Footlock
8
2
#fad11b
RNC
8
2
#f58822
Triangle
4
1
#224aba
Arm in guillotine
4
1
#ff9124
50/50 armbar
4
1
#bf1f6c
Botinha
4
1
#22c9a5
Clock choke
4
1
#fad223
Inside heel hook
4
1
#03861f
Verbal tap
4
1
#039a1f
Ezekiel
4
1
#03b41f
Kneebar
4
1
#03c61f
Ankle lock
4
1
25
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

James Puopolo Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
3542Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLArmbarPan AmericanABS4F2012
3637Joao AssisJoao AssisLToe HoldPan AmericanO100KG4F2012
3705Marcel FortunaMarcel FortunaLPointsSF Open100KGF2012
3720Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLClock chokeSD World TrialsABSSF2012
3891Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLChoke from backWorld Champ.ABSR22012
4102Antonio CarlosAntonio CarlosLPointsWorld Champ.100KGR22012
4239Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPointsNoGi Worlds100KG4F2012
4250DJ JacksonDJ JacksonLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi WorldsABSR12012
4379Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLToe holdSD Pro TrialsO92KGF2013
4491Orlando SanchezOrlando SanchezLAdvPan AmericanABSR12013
4729R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaLN/AWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4922Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLPointsAmerican NationalsABSSF2013
4931AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmLPts: 9x4NoGi American Nat.ABS4F2013
5003Kamil UminskiLFootlockADCC99KGR12013
5073Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeLToe holdWorld ExpoABSF2013
5098Leandro LoLeandro LoLAdvNoGi WorldsABSSF2013
5161Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLRNCFIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5162Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 8x0FIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5165Garry TononGarry TononLInside heel hookFIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5281Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLPointsPan AmericanABSR32014
5378Thiago DeclavoLVerbal tapPan American100KGR12014
5490Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 7x0FIVE OregonABSF2014
5812Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLChoke from backWorld Champ.100KG4F2014
5876Jackson SousaJackson SousaLChoke from backDallas OpenABSF2014
5978Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 8x2NoGi WorldsABS4F2014
6028Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaLFootlockNoGi Worlds100KGSF2014
6236Jordan HaymanLPointsFive NAICABSNA2014
6250Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLEzekielLong Beach ProO94KGF2014
6720Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 13x0Pan AmericanABSR32015
6850Alexander TransAlexander TransLKneebarPan AmericanO100KGF2015
7457Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPts: 7x4World Champ.100KG4F2015
7585Evandro NunesEvandro NunesLPointsAmerican Nat.O100KGSF2015
7719Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPts: 6x2FIVE SLABS4F2015
8224Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesLAdvGrand Slam LAO94KG4F2015
8236Andre CamposLReferee DecisionGrand Slam LAABS4F2015
8420Joao AssisJoao AssisLAnkle lockNoGi Worlds97KGSF2015
9299Igor SchneiderIgor SchneiderLPts: 6x4Pan AmericanO100KG4F2016
9329Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaLArmbarPan AmericanABS8F2016
10008Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLArmbarWorld Champ.O100KGF2016
10025R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaLPts: 6x2World Champ.ABSR22016
10808Joao RochaJoao RochaLReferee DecisionF2W Pro 17100KGSPF2016
12879Gabriel LucasGabriel LucasLReferee DecisionF2W Pro 35O100KGSPF2017
12889Tanner RiceTanner RiceLArmbarWorld Champ.ABSR12017
13081Joao RochaJoao RochaLPts: 4x0World Champ.O100KG4F2017
14253Max GimenisMax GimenisLPts: 4x0BJJ NY Pro94KG4F2017
16347Fernando ReisFernando ReisLRNCWorld Champ.100KG8F2018
16477Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroLPts: 6x2American Nat.ABSF2018
16610Max GimenisMax GimenisLPointsNY BJJ ProO94KGSF2018
16724Gustavo DiasGustavo DiasLReferee DecisionW.S.O.G.O81KGSF2018
18104Michael LieraMichael LieraLTriangleDenver OpenABSSF2018
18311Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLArm in guillotineNoGi Worlds97KGF2018
18544Helton JoseHelton JoseLPts: 0x0, AdvEuropean Open100KG4F2019
18546Helton JoseHelton JoseL50/50 armbarEuropean Open100KGSF2019
19201Tanner RiceTanner RiceLReferee DecisionPan American100KG4F2019
20193Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaLBotinhaWorld Champ.100KGR12019
20212Fellipe AndrewFellipe AndrewLArmbarWorld Champ.ABSR12019
3519Felipe MatosWN/APan AmericanABSR12012
3536Abmar BarbosaAbmar BarbosaWPts: 9x0Pan AmericanABSR22012
3704Leo MachadoWN/ASF Open100KGSF2012
3717Baret YoshidaBaret YoshidaWPts: 5x0SD World TrialsABS4F2012
3880Marcelo MafraMarcelo MafraWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.ABSR22012
4099Fernando PieroFernando PieroWKneebarWorld Champ.100KGR12012
4693Ronaldo CarlosWKneebarWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4714Alexandre CeconiAlexandre CeconiWPts: 3x0World Champ.ABSRDS2013
5062Eliot KellyEliot KellyWKneebarWorld ExpoABSGP2013
5065Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeWKneebarWorld ExpoABSGP2013
5066Alessandro FerreiraWArmbarWorld ExpoABSGP2013
5068Travis StevensWKneebarWorld ExpoABSGP2013
5072Nathan MendelsohnNathan MendelsohnWPts: 4x0World ExpoABSSF2013
5092Tom deBlassTom deBlassWKneebarNoGi Worlds100KGSF2013
5093Eliot KellyEliot KellyWGuillotineNoGi Worlds100KGF2013
5167Beneil DariushBeneil DariushWKatagatameFIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5270AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWChoke from backPan AmericanABSR22014
5480Tom McMahonWPts: 9x2FIVE OntarioABSF2014
5481Tom McMahonWKneebarFIVE OntarioO100KGF2014
5482Matt McDonaldWKneebarFIVE Ont. 2 NGO100KGF2014
5483Matt McDonaldWGuillotineFIVE Ont. 2 NGABSF2014
5484Amir YafawiWKneebarFIVE Ontario 2O100KGF2014
5488Filip G MatosWMounted X chokeFIVE OregonABSSF2014
5875Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoWChokeDallas OpenABSSF2014
6025Steven PattersonWRNCNoGi Worlds100KG4F2014
6233Malachy FriedmanWArmbarFive NAICABSNA2014
6234Marcel GoncalvesMarcel GoncalvesWPts: 5x2Five NAICABSNA2014
6235Daniel AzevedoDaniel AzevedoWPointsFive NAICABSNA2014
6709Jurandir ConceicaoJurandir ConceicaoWPts: 7x0Pan AmericanABSR22015
6838Jose dos SantosWCross chokePan AmericanO100KGR12015
6845Abraham MarteAbraham MarteWPts: 7x4Pan AmericanO100KG4F2015
6848Evandro NunesEvandro NunesWPts: 9x0Pan AmericanO100KGSF2015
7559Kelly EliotWTriangleUS No Gi Nat.ABSF2015
7964Ricardo FelicianoRicardo FelicianoWChoke from backSanta Cruz ProO94KGSF2015
7965Tanner RiceTanner RiceWKneebarSanta Cruz ProO94KGF2015
8418Lucas RochaLucas RochaWKneebarNoGi Worlds97KG4F2015
9319Manuel DiazWKneebarPan AmericanABSR22016
9999Mahamad AlyWPts: 9x2World Champ.O100KGR12016
10004Carlos FariasCarlos FariasWPts: 2x0World Champ.O100KG4F2016
10007R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWPts: 15x0World Champ.O100KGSF2016
10415Luis RubalcavaWCross chokeF2W Pro 11100KGSPF2016
13075Felipe BezerraFelipe BezerraWArmbarWorld Champ.O100KG8F2017
13239James FosterWKneebarF2W Pro 39100KGSPF2017
13635Bryant PangelinanWTrianglePassion 4ABSSPF2017
16466Kaio CesarWArmbarAmerican Nat.100KGSF2018
16467Wellington PerottoWCalf slicerAmerican Nat.100KGF2018
16473Arin AdjamianWArmlockAmerican Nat.ABS4F2018
16476Wellington PerottoWKneebarAmerican Nat.ABSSF2018
16713Nathan BarretoWKneebarW.S.O.G.O81KGR12018
16718Victor OliveiraWCross chokeW.S.O.G.O81KG8F2018
16726Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWReferee DecisionW.S.O.G.O81KG3RD2018
16838Daniel PriebeWArmbarSeattle Open100KGF2018
18103Jeffrey AkeWN/ADenver OpenABS4F2018
18307Jorge EscuderoWKneebarNoGi Worlds97KGR12018
18310Eliot KellyEliot KellyWPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds97KGSF2018
18543Marek ZbrogWMounted X chokeEuropean Open100KG4F2019
19200Rafael VasconcelosRafael VasconcelosWArmbarPan American100KG8F2019
20239Mauro SoaresWWristlockF2W Pro 112100KGSPF2019

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