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James Puopolo is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt under Rafael Lovato Junior who trained extensively with the Ribeiro Brothers (Alexandre and Saulo) and is widely regarded as one of the top North American submission grapplers of his generation. While competing in jiu-jitsu’s international level circuit, Puopolo earned medals in important events such as the ADCC Trials, International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) World and Pan Championships.

James Puopolo Jiu-Jitsu

Full Name: James Puopolo

Lineage: Carlos Gracie > Helio GracieCarlos Gracie Jr > Carlos Machado > Rafael Lovato Jr > James Puopolo

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place ADCC USA Trials (2009/2011)
  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship No-Gi (2013)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Pan Championship  (2015)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF World Championship (2016)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF World Championship No-Gi (2018 / 2019)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World Championship No-Gi (2014 / 2015*)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF European Open (2019)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship (2009 purple)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2011 brown, 2009 purple)
  • 1st Place US Nationals (2010** brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF American Nationals No-Gi (2008 purple)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF World Championship (2007 blue)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2011* brown)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World Championship (2008 purple, 2010** brown)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World Championship No-Gi (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 in 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 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 in October 2011 from Rafael Lovato Junior.

James Puopolo Grappling Record

60 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    18 (30%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    40 (67%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (3%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

40 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Kneebar
40
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
Katagatame
3
1
#bf1f6c
Choke
3
1
#22c9a5
RNC
3
1
#fad223
Calf slicer
3
1
#03861f
Armlock
3
1
#039a1f
Wristlock
3
1
#03b41f
Arm in guillotine
3
1
40
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
58 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    22 (38%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    5 (9%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    26 (45%)
  • BY DECISION
    5 (9%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

26 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Armbar
19
5
#86e620
Toe Hold
12
3
#5AD3D1
Choke from back
12
3
#d1212a
Footlock
8
2
#fad11b
RNC
8
2
#f58822
Botinha
4
1
#224aba
Straight armlock
4
1
#ff9124
Clock choke
4
1
#bf1f6c
Inside heel hook
4
1
#22c9a5
Verbal tap
4
1
#fad223
Ezekiel
4
1
#03861f
Kneebar
4
1
#039a1f
Ankle lock
4
1
#03b41f
Triangle
4
1
#03c61f
Arm in guillotine
4
1
#03d61f
50/50 armbar
4
1
26
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

James Puopolo Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
3551Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLArmbarPan AmericanABS4F2012
3646Joao AssisJoao AssisLToe HoldPan AmericanO100KG4F2012
3714Marcel FortunaMarcel FortunaLPointsSF Open100KGF2012
3729Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLClock chokeSD World TrialsABSSF2012
3899Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLChoke from backWorld Champ.ABSR22012
4110Antonio CarlosAntonio CarlosLPointsWorld Champ.100KGR22012
4247Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPointsNoGi Worlds100KG4F2012
4258DJ JacksonDJ JacksonLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi WorldsABSR12012
4389Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLToe holdSD Pro TrialsO92KGF2013
4505Orlando SanchezOrlando SanchezLAdvPan AmericanABSR12013
4742R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaLN/AWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4937Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLPointsAmerican NatsABSSF2013
4946AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmLPts: 9x4American NNGABS4F2013
5018Kamil UminskiLFootlockADCC99KGR12013
5088Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeLToe holdWorld ExpoABSF2013
5115Leandro LoLeandro LoLAdvNoGi WorldsABSSF2013
5178Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLRNCFIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5179Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 8x0FIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5182Garry TononGarry TononLInside heel hookFIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5304Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLPointsPan AmericanABSR32014
5401Thiago DeclavoLVerbal tapPan American100KGR12014
5514Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 7x0FIVE OregonABSF2014
5839Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLChoke from backWorld Champ.100KG4F2014
5903Jackson SousaJackson SousaLChoke from backDallas OpenABSF2014
6005Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 8x2NoGi WorldsABS4F2014
6055Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaLFootlockNoGi Worlds100KGSF2014
6263Jordan HaymanLPointsFIVE NAICABSNA2014
6284Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLEzekielLong Beach ProO94KGF2014
6759Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 13x0Pan AmericanABSR32015
6889Alexander TransAlexander TransLKneebarPan AmericanO100KGF2015
7497Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPts: 7x4World Champ.100KG4F2015
7625Evandro NunesEvandro NunesLPointsAmerican Nat.O100KGSF2015
7759Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPts: 6x2FIVE SLABS4F2015
8264Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesLAdvGrand Slam LAO94KG4F2015
8276Andre CamposLReferee DecisionGrand Slam LAABS4F2015
8460Joao AssisJoao AssisLAnkle lockNoGi Worlds97KGSF2015
9351Igor SchneiderIgor SchneiderLPts: 6x4Pan AmericanO100KG4F2016
9381Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaLArmbarPan AmericanABS8F2016
10066Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLArmbarWorld Champ.O100KGF2016
10083R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaLPts: 6x2World Champ.ABSR22016
10873Joao RochaJoao RochaLReferee DecisionF2W 17100KGSPF2016
13007Gabriel LucasGabriel LucasLReferee DecisionF2W 35O100KGSPF2017
13017Tanner RiceTanner RiceLArmbarWorld Champ.ABSR12017
13209Joao RochaJoao RochaLPts: 4x0World Champ.O100KG4F2017
14410Max GimenisMax GimenisLPts: 4x0BJJ NY Pro94KG4F2017
16580Fernando ReisFernando ReisLRNCWorld Champ.100KG8F2018
16716Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroLPts: 6x2American Nat.ABSF2018
16857Max GimenisMax GimenisLPointsNY BJJ ProO94KGSF2018
16971Gustavo DiasGustavo DiasLReferee DecisionW.S.O.G.O81KGSF2018
18447Michael LieraMichael LieraLTriangleDenver OpenABSSF2018
18668Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLArm in guillotineNoGi Worlds97KGF2018
18918Helton JoseHelton JoseLPts: 0x0, AdvEuropean Open100KG4F2019
18920Helton JoseHelton JoseL50/50 armbarEuropean Open100KGSF2019
19643Tanner RiceTanner RiceLReferee DecisionPan American100KG4F2019
20680Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaLBotinhaWorld Champ.100KGR12019
20699Fellipe AndrewFellipe AndrewLArmbarWorld Champ.ABSR12019
21816Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesLPts: 2x0ADCC99KG4F2019
22876Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLStraight armlockNoGi WorldsO97KGF2019
3528Felipe MatosWN/APan AmericanABSR12012
3545Abmar BarbosaAbmar BarbosaWPts: 9x0Pan AmericanABSR22012
3713Leo MachadoWN/ASF Open100KGSF2012
3726Baret YoshidaBaret YoshidaWPts: 5x0SD World TrialsABS4F2012
3888Marcelo MafraMarcelo MafraWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.ABSR22012
4107Fernando PieroFernando PieroWKneebarWorld Champ.100KGR12012
4706Ronaldo CarlosWKneebarWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4727Alexandre CeconiAlexandre CeconiWPts: 3x0World Champ.ABSRDS2013
5077Eliot KellyEliot KellyWKneebarWorld ExpoABSGP2013
5080Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeWKneebarWorld ExpoABSGP2013
5081Alessandro FerreiraWArmbarWorld ExpoABSGP2013
5083T. StevensWKneebarWorld ExpoABSGP2013
5087Nathan MendelsohnNathan MendelsohnWPts: 4x0World ExpoABSSF2013
5109Tom deBlassTom deBlassWKneebarNoGi Worlds100KGSF2013
5110Eliot KellyEliot KellyWGuillotineNoGi Worlds100KGF2013
5184Beneil DariushBeneil DariushWKatagatameFIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5293AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWChoke from backPan AmericanABSR22014
5504Tom McMahonWPts: 9x2FIVE OntarioABSF2014
5505Tom McMahonWKneebarFIVE OntarioO100KGF2014
5506Matt McDonaldWKneebarFIVE Ont. 2 NGO100KGF2014
5507Matt McDonaldWGuillotineFIVE Ont. 2 NGABSF2014
5508Amir YafawiWKneebarFIVE Ontario 2O100KGF2014
5512Filip G MatosWMounted X chokeFIVE OregonABSSF2014
5902Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoWChokeDallas OpenABSSF2014
6052Steven PattersonWRNCNoGi Worlds100KG4F2014
6260Malachy FriedmanWArmbarFIVE NAICABSNA2014
6261Marcel GoncalvesMarcel GoncalvesWPts: 5x2FIVE NAICABSNA2014
6262Daniel AzevedoDaniel AzevedoWPointsFIVE NAICABSNA2014
6748Jurandir ConceicaoJurandir ConceicaoWPts: 7x0Pan AmericanABSR22015
6877Jose dos SantosWCross chokePan AmericanO100KGR12015
6884Abraham MarteAbraham MarteWPts: 7x4Pan AmericanO100KG4F2015
6887Evandro NunesEvandro NunesWPts: 9x0Pan AmericanO100KGSF2015
7599Kelly EliotWTriangleUS No Gi Nat.ABSF2015
8004Ricardo FelicianoRicardo FelicianoWChoke from backSanta Cruz ProO94KGSF2015
8005Tanner RiceTanner RiceWKneebarSanta Cruz ProO94KGF2015
8458Lucas RochaLucas RochaWKneebarNoGi Worlds97KG4F2015
9371Manuel DiazWKneebarPan AmericanABSR22016
10057Mahamad AlyWPts: 9x2World Champ.O100KGR12016
10062Carlos FariasCarlos FariasWPts: 2x0World Champ.O100KG4F2016
10065R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWPts: 15x0World Champ.O100KGSF2016
10478Luis RubalcavaWCross chokeF2W 11100KGSPF2016
13203Felipe BezerraFelipe BezerraWArmbarWorld Champ.O100KG8F2017
13372James FosterWKneebarF2W 39100KGSPF2017
13775Bryant PangelinanWTrianglePassion 4ABSSPF2017
16705Kaio CesarWArmbarAmerican Nat.100KGSF2018
16706Wellington PerottoWCalf slicerAmerican Nat.100KGF2018
16712Arin AdjamianWArmlockAmerican Nat.ABS4F2018
16715Wellington PerottoWKneebarAmerican Nat.ABSSF2018
16960Nathan BarretoWKneebarW.S.O.G.O81KGR12018
16965Victor OliveiraWCross chokeW.S.O.G.O81KG8F2018
16973Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWReferee DecisionW.S.O.G.O81KG3RD2018
17097Daniel PriebeWArmbarSeattle Open100KGF2018
18446Jeffrey AkeWN/ADenver OpenABS4F2018
18664Jorge EscuderoWKneebarNoGi Worlds97KGR12018
18667Eliot KellyEliot KellyWPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds97KGSF2018
18917Marek ZbrogWMounted X chokeEuropean Open100KG4F2019
19642Rafael VasconcelosRafael VasconcelosWArmbarPan American100KG8F2019
20827Mauro OliveiraWWristlockF2W 114N/ASPF2019
21810Tex JohnsonTex JohnsonWPts: 3x0ADCC99KGR12019
22874Fernando RibasWArm in guillotineNoGi WorldsO97KGSF2019

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