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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

41 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    15 (37%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    25 (61%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (2%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

25 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Kneebar
48
12
#86e620
Armbar
8
2
#5AD3D1
Guillotine
8
2
#d1212a
Choke from back
8
2
#fad11b
Cross choke
8
2
#f58822
Triangle
4
1
#224aba
Katagatame
4
1
#ff9124
Cross ck. f/ mount
4
1
#bf1f6c
Choke
4
1
#22c9a5
RNC
4
1
25
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
41 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    17 (41%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    4 (10%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    18 (44%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (5%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

18 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Armbar
17
3
#86e620
Toe Hold
17
3
#5AD3D1
Choke from back
17
3
#d1212a
Footlock
11
2
#fad11b
Kneebar
6
1
#f58822
Ankle lock
6
1
#224aba
Clock choke
6
1
#ff9124
RNC
6
1
#bf1f6c
Inside heel hook
6
1
#22c9a5
Verbal tap
6
1
#fad223
Ezekiel
6
1
18
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

James Puopolo Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
3461Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLArmbarPan AmericanABS1/4F2012
3556Joao AssisJoao AssisLToe HoldPan AmericanO100KG1/4F2012
3624Marcel FortunaMarcel FortunaLPointsSF Open100KGF2012
3639Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLClock chokeSD World TrialsABSSF2012
3800Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLChoke from backWorld Champ.ABSR22012
4013Antonio CarlosAntonio CarlosLPointsWorld Champ.100KGR22012
4149Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPointsNoGi Worlds100KG1/4F2012
4160DJ JacksonDJ JacksonLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi WorldsABSR12012
4275Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLToe holdSD Pro TrialsO92KGF2013
4381Orlando SanchezOrlando SanchezLAdvPan AmericanABSR12013
4605R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaLN/AWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4796Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLPointsAmerican NationalsABSSF2013
4805AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmLPts: 9x4NoGi American Nat.ABS1/4F2013
4878Kamil UminskiLFootlockADCC99KGR12013
4948Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeLToe holdWorld ExpoABSF2013
4973Leandro LoLeandro LoLAdvNoGi WorldsABSSF2013
5030Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLRNCFIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5031Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 8x0FIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5034Garry TononGarry TononLInside heel hookFIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5135Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLPointsPan AmericanABSR32014
5232Thiago DeclavoLVerbal tapPan American100KGR12014
5342Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 7x0FIVE OregonABSF2014
5653Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLChoke from backWorld Champ.100KG1/4F2014
5711Jackson SousaJackson SousaLChoke from backDallas OpenABSF2014
5807Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 8x2No Gi WorldsABS1/4F2014
5853Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaLFootlockNo Gi Worlds100KGSF2014
6054Jordan HaymanLPointsFive NAICABSNA2014
6068Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLEzekielLong Beach ProO94KGF2014
6511Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 13x0Pan AmericanABSR32015
6641Alexander TransAlexander TransLKneebarPan AmericanO100KGF2015
7232Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPts: 7x4World Champ.100KG1/4F2015
7351Evandro NunesEvandro NunesLPointsAmerican Nat.O100KGSF2015
7478Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPts: 6x2FIVE SLABS1/4F2015
7962Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesLAdvGrand Slam LAO94KG1/4F2015
7974Andre CamposLReferee DecisionGrand Slam LAABS1/4F2015
8154Joao AssisJoao AssisLAnkle lockNoGi Worlds100KGSF2015
9002Igor SchneiderIgor SchneiderLPts: 6x4Pan AmericanO100KG1/4F2016
9032Luis PanzaLArmbarPan AmericanABS1/8F2016
9703Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLArmbarWorld Champ.O100KGF2016
9720R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaLPts: 6x2World Champ.ABSR22016
10449Joao RochaJoao RochaLReferee DecisionF2W Pro 17100KGSPF2016
3438Felipe MatosWN/APan AmericanABSR12012
3455Abmar BarbosaAbmar BarbosaWPts: 9x0Pan AmericanABSR22012
3623Leo MachadoWN/ASF Open100KGSF2012
3636Baret YoshidaBaret YoshidaWPts: 5x0SD World TrialsABS1/4F2012
3789Marcelo MafraWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.ABSR22012
4010Fernando PieroFernando PieroWKneebarWorld Champ.100KGR12012
4569Ronaldo CarlosWKneebarWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4590Alexandre CeconiAlexandre CeconiWPts: 3x0World Champ.ABSRDS2013
4937Eliot KellyEliot KellyWKneebarWorld ExpoABSGP2013
4940Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeWKneebarWorld ExpoABSGP2013
4941Alessandro FerreiraWArmbarWorld ExpoABSGP2013
4943Travis StevensWKneebarWorld ExpoABSGP2013
4947Nathan MendelsohnWPts: 4x0World ExpoABSSF2013
4967Tom deBlassWKneebarNoGi Worlds100KGSF2013
4968Eliot KellyEliot KellyWGuillotineNoGi Worlds100KGF2013
5036Beneil DariushBeneil DariushWKatagatameFIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5124AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWChoke from backPan AmericanABSR22014
5332Tom McMahonWPts: 9x2FIVE OntarioABSF2014
5333Tom McMahonWKneebarFIVE OntarioO100KGF2014
5334Matt McDonaldWKneebarFIVE Ont. 2 NGO100KGF2014
5335Matt McDonaldWGuillotineFIVE Ont. 2 NGABSF2014
5336Amir YafawiWKneebarFIVE Ontario 2O100KGF2014
5340Filip G MatosWCross ck. f/ mountFIVE OregonABSSF2014
5710Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoWChokeDallas OpenABSSF2014
5850Steven PattersonWRNCNo Gi Worlds100KG1/4F2014
6051Malachy FriedmanWArmbarFive NAICABSNA2014
6052Marcel GoncalvesMarcel GoncalvesWPts: 5x2Five NAICABSNA2014
6053Daniel AzevedoDaniel AzevedoWPointsFive NAICABSNA2014
6500Jurandir ConceiçãoWPts: 7x0Pan AmericanABSR22015
6629Jose dos SantosWCross chokePan AmericanO100KGR12015
6636Abraham MarteAbraham MarteWPts: 7x4Pan AmericanO100KG1/4F2015
6639Evandro NunesEvandro NunesWPts: 9x0Pan AmericanO100KGSF2015
7325Kelly EliotWTriangleUS No Gi Nat.ABSF2015
7720Ricardo FelicianoWChoke from backSanta Cruz ProO94KGSF2015
7721Tanner RiceTanner RiceWKneebarSanta Cruz ProO94KGF2015
8152Lucas RochaLucas RochaWKneebarNoGi Worlds100KG1/4F2015
9022Manuel DiazWKneebarPan AmericanABSR22016
9694Mahamad AlyWPts: 9x2World Champ.O100KGR12016
9699Carlos FariasCarlos FariasWPts: 2x0World Champ.O100KG1/4F2016
9702R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWPts: 15x0World Champ.O100KGSF2016
10089Luis RubalcavaWCross chokeF2W Pro 11100KGSPF2016

James Puopolo vs Arman Barros

James Puopolo vs Ricardo Bufarra

James Puopolo vs Matt Owen

 

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