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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

44 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    15 (34%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    28 (64%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (2%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

28 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Kneebar
46
13
#86e620
Armbar
11
3
#5AD3D1
Guillotine
7
2
#d1212a
Choke from back
7
2
#fad11b
Cross choke
7
2
#f58822
Triangle
7
2
#224aba
Katagatame
4
1
#ff9124
Mounted X choke
4
1
#bf1f6c
Choke
4
1
#22c9a5
RNC
4
1
28
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
45 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    19 (42%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    4 (9%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    19 (42%)
  • BY DECISION
    3 (7%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

19 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Armbar
21
4
#86e620
Toe Hold
16
3
#5AD3D1
Choke from back
16
3
#d1212a
Footlock
11
2
#fad11b
Clock choke
5
1
#f58822
RNC
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
19
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

James Puopolo Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
3516Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLArmbarPan AmericanABS4F2012
3611Joao AssisJoao AssisLToe HoldPan AmericanO100KG4F2012
3679Marcel FortunaMarcel FortunaLPointsSF Open100KGF2012
3694Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLClock chokeSD World TrialsABSSF2012
3865Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLChoke from backWorld Champ.ABSR22012
4078Antonio CarlosAntonio CarlosLPointsWorld Champ.100KGR22012
4214Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPointsNoGi Worlds100KG4F2012
4225DJ JacksonDJ JacksonLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi WorldsABSR12012
4349Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLToe holdSD Pro TrialsO92KGF2013
4455Orlando SanchezOrlando SanchezLAdvPan AmericanABSR12013
4687R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaLN/AWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4878Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLPointsAmerican NationalsABSSF2013
4887AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmLPts: 9x4NoGi American Nat.ABS4F2013
4960Kamil UminskiLFootlockADCC99KGR12013
5030Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeLToe holdWorld ExpoABSF2013
5055Leandro LoLeandro LoLAdvNoGi WorldsABSSF2013
5112Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLRNCFIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5113Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 8x0FIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5116Garry TononGarry TononLInside heel hookFIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5222Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLPointsPan AmericanABSR32014
5319Thiago DeclavoLVerbal tapPan American100KGR12014
5430Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 7x0FIVE OregonABSF2014
5746Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLChoke from backWorld Champ.100KG4F2014
5803Jackson SousaJackson SousaLChoke from backDallas OpenABSF2014
5899Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 8x2No Gi WorldsABS4F2014
5945Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaLFootlockNo Gi Worlds100KGSF2014
6152Jordan HaymanLPointsFive NAICABSNA2014
6166Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLEzekielLong Beach ProO94KGF2014
6620Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 13x0Pan AmericanABSR32015
6750Alexander TransAlexander TransLKneebarPan AmericanO100KGF2015
7349Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPts: 7x4World Champ.100KG4F2015
7468Evandro NunesEvandro NunesLPointsAmerican Nat.O100KGSF2015
7597Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPts: 6x2FIVE SLABS4F2015
8097Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesLAdvGrand Slam LAO94KG4F2015
8109Andre CamposLReferee DecisionGrand Slam LAABS4F2015
8289Joao AssisJoao AssisLAnkle lockNoGi Worlds100KGSF2015
9152Igor SchneiderIgor SchneiderLPts: 6x4Pan AmericanO100KG4F2016
9182Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaLArmbarPan AmericanABS8F2016
9855Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLArmbarWorld Champ.O100KGF2016
9872R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaLPts: 6x2World Champ.ABSR22016
10623Joao RochaJoao RochaLReferee DecisionF2W Pro 17100KGSPF2016
12593Gabriel LucasGabriel LucasLReferee DecisionF2W Pro 35O100KGSPF2017
12603Tanner RiceTanner RiceLArmbarWorld Champ.ABSR12017
12795Joao RochaJoao RochaLPts: 4x0World Champ.O100KG4F2017
13881Max GimenisLPts: 4x0BJJ NY Pro94KG4F2017
3493Felipe MatosWN/APan AmericanABSR12012
3510Abmar BarbosaAbmar BarbosaWPts: 9x0Pan AmericanABSR22012
3678Leo MachadoWN/ASF Open100KGSF2012
3691Baret YoshidaBaret YoshidaWPts: 5x0SD World TrialsABS4F2012
3854Marcelo MafraWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.ABSR22012
4075Fernando PieroFernando PieroWKneebarWorld Champ.100KGR12012
4651Ronaldo CarlosWKneebarWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4672Alexandre CeconiAlexandre CeconiWPts: 3x0World Champ.ABSRDS2013
5019Eliot KellyEliot KellyWKneebarWorld ExpoABSGP2013
5022Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeWKneebarWorld ExpoABSGP2013
5023Alessandro FerreiraWArmbarWorld ExpoABSGP2013
5025Travis StevensWKneebarWorld ExpoABSGP2013
5029Nathan MendelsohnNathan MendelsohnWPts: 4x0World ExpoABSSF2013
5049Tom deBlassTom deBlassWKneebarNoGi Worlds100KGSF2013
5050Eliot KellyEliot KellyWGuillotineNoGi Worlds100KGF2013
5118Beneil DariushBeneil DariushWKatagatameFIVE Rd RobinABSRR2013
5211AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWChoke from backPan AmericanABSR22014
5420Tom McMahonWPts: 9x2FIVE OntarioABSF2014
5421Tom McMahonWKneebarFIVE OntarioO100KGF2014
5422Matt McDonaldWKneebarFIVE Ont. 2 NGO100KGF2014
5423Matt McDonaldWGuillotineFIVE Ont. 2 NGABSF2014
5424Amir YafawiWKneebarFIVE Ontario 2O100KGF2014
5428Filip G MatosWMounted X chokeFIVE OregonABSSF2014
5802Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoWChokeDallas OpenABSSF2014
5942Steven PattersonWRNCNo Gi Worlds100KG4F2014
6149Malachy FriedmanWArmbarFive NAICABSNA2014
6150Marcel GoncalvesMarcel GoncalvesWPts: 5x2Five NAICABSNA2014
6151Daniel AzevedoDaniel AzevedoWPointsFive NAICABSNA2014
6609Jurandir ConceiçãoWPts: 7x0Pan AmericanABSR22015
6738Jose dos SantosWCross chokePan AmericanO100KGR12015
6745Abraham MarteAbraham MarteWPts: 7x4Pan AmericanO100KG4F2015
6748Evandro NunesEvandro NunesWPts: 9x0Pan AmericanO100KGSF2015
7442Kelly EliotWTriangleUS No Gi Nat.ABSF2015
7840Ricardo FelicianoRicardo FelicianoWChoke from backSanta Cruz ProO94KGSF2015
7841Tanner RiceTanner RiceWKneebarSanta Cruz ProO94KGF2015
8287Lucas RochaLucas RochaWKneebarNoGi Worlds100KG4F2015
9172Manuel DiazWKneebarPan AmericanABSR22016
9846Mahamad AlyWPts: 9x2World Champ.O100KGR12016
9851Carlos FariasCarlos FariasWPts: 2x0World Champ.O100KG4F2016
9854R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWPts: 15x0World Champ.O100KGSF2016
10251Luis RubalcavaWCross chokeF2W Pro 11100KGSPF2016
12789Felipe BezerraFelipe BezerraWArmbarWorld Champ.O100KG8F2017
12952James FosterWKneebarF2W Pro 39100KGSPF2017
13295Bryant PangelinanWTrianglePassion 4ABSSPF2017

James Puopolo vs Arman Barros

James Puopolo vs Ricardo Bufarra

James Puopolo vs Matt Owen

 

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