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João Assis

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João Assis is an accomplished grappler having won important titles in the sport of Brazilian jiu jitsu, including the ADCC and World No-Gi Championship. A Checkmat black belt under Leonardo Vieira João turned a few heads his way for the first time on June 2010, after his submission wins over Jeff Monson, (a 2x ADCC Champion who had not been tapped in competition for over 10 years) at UFC 114’s Fan Expo (Grapplers Quest).

Joao Assis Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Joao Francisco de Moraes Assis

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Rolls Gracie > Romero Cavalcanti > Leonardo Vieira > João Assis

Main Achievements:

  • ADCC Champion (2013)
  • World Nogi Champion (2015, 2010)
  • World Champion (2007 – purple belt division)
  • World Cup Champion (2007 – open weight division, purple belt – CBJJE)
  • Pan American Champion (2009 – open weight, brown belt division)
  • 10x Grapplers Quest Champion
  • 2x NAGA Champion – NO GI advanced (2009 weight and open weight)
  • 2x NAGA Champion – Jiu Jitsu (2009 weight and open weight)
  • 2008 World NO GI Champion (2008 – brown belt division)
  • 4x American National Champion
  • California State Champion (2009 – open weight)
  • ADCC Silver Medallist (2011)

Weight Division: Pesado (Heavyweight) 94kg-207lbs

Favourite Position/Technique: Half Guard sweep, takedown, footlocks and guillotine

Association/Team: Checkmat

Joao Assis Biography

Joao Assis was born on the 11th of July, 1983 in Porto Alegre, the state capital of Rio Grande do Sul. He started training relatively late (he was 17 years old) as a way to learn how to defend himself. As a youngster he got involved in a lot of fights at school as well as at parties, and he wanted to learn self defence. To start his training he sought out Luis Brito, a BJJ and MMA instructor who was from Rio de Janeiro but living and teaching in Porto Alegre.

He stayed with Luis Brito from white belt to purple, but as he got more and more interested in BJJ, Joao Assis realised that grappling was what he wanted to do for the rest of his life and that Porto Alegre just wasn’t big enough for him. Always trying to seek out the best sparring and instruction around, he travelled to Sao Paulo to train with a legend in the business, Mr Leonardo Vieira, at the Brasa headquarters (now Checkmat). Under Vieira he met a formidable team that helped his jiu jitsu game grow exponentially, earning his brown belt from Vieira and later the deserved black belt in 2009.

In another display of his fearlessness, Joao moved to the United States, travelling almost “blindfolded”. He arrived at the northern territory without any money, any job, house or even a contact number, just armed with his will power and a strong belief in himself. Luckily (or maybe as Joao Assis puts it, thanks to his prayers) he managed to find the right people that helped him get settled in, people like Fabricio Werdum, Rafael Cordeiro, Dan Henderson, Carlson Gracie Junior, Lucas Leite, Robert Drysdale amongst many others.

In America Joao Assis worked extensively on his wrestling and No Gi game to improve his MMA career, a career he started back in 2003 with a win by Mata Leao Choke against Valdir Linhares, at the Profight Combat Show. To get that high profile training Assis sought out one of the best wrestling based teams in MMA, Team Quest, who has some of the best fighters in the world – Dan Henderson, Chael Sonnen, Matt Lindland amongst many others.

Joao Assis Grappling Record

51 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    23 (45%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (4%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    20 (39%)
  • BY DECISION
    4 (8%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (2%)

20 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
RNC
35
7
#86e620
Heel hook
15
3
#5AD3D1
Kneebar
10
2
#d1212a
Toe hold
10
2
#fad11b
Footlock
5
1
#f58822
Choke from back
5
1
#224aba
Ankle lock
5
1
#ff9124
Triangle armbar
5
1
#bf1f6c
Inside heel hook
5
1
#22c9a5
Choke
5
1
20
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
20 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    7 (35%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    8 (40%)
  • BY DECISION
    5 (25%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

8 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
North south choke
38
3
#86e620
Botinha
13
1
#5AD3D1
Kimura
13
1
#d1212a
Choke from back
13
1
#fad11b
Toe hold
13
1
#f58822
Heel hook
13
1
8
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Joao Assis Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
2425Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarLKimuraNoGi Worlds94KGSF2009
2561Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoLPts: 2x0Pan American94KGSF2010
2709Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoLPointsWorld Champ.94KG4F2010
3141Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.100KGSF2011
3180Braga NetoBraga NetoLChoke from backSan Diego TrialsO92SF2011
3190Davi RamosDavi RamosLToe holdGrapplers Quest LVABSF2011
3294Dean ListerDean ListerLHeel hookADCC99KGF2011
3301Victor EstimaVictor EstimaLPts: 2x0ADCCABSR12011
3650Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 3x2Pan AmericanO100KGSF2012
4113Felipe BuenoLPts: 7x2World Champ.100KGR22012
4253Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds100KGF2012
4271Antonio PeinadoAntonio PeinadoLNorth south chokeNoGi WorldsABS4F2012
4744Joao RochaJoao RochaLPointsWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4807Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaLBotinhaWorld Champ.100KG4F2013
7750Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLReferee DecisionFIVE SLABSSF2015
7903Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 9x0ADCC99KGSF2015
13845Jackson SousaJackson SousaLReferee DecisionADCC99KG4F2017
14569Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLNorth south chokeACB JJ 995KG4F2017
14685Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLNorth south chokeNoGi Worlds97KGF2017
16869Richie MartinezRichie MartinezD---Quintet IIABSN/A2018
16931Kevin CasseyLReferee DecisionW.S.O.G.O81KG8F2018
2559Daniel SimmlerWPointsPan American94KG4F2010
2750Bruce HoyerWRNCGQ UFC ExpoABSR12010
2751Mario BarbosaWRNCGQ UFC ExpoABS4F2010
2752Bill CooperBill CooperWPts: 6x0GQ UFC ExpoABSSF2010
2753Jeff MonsonWRNCGQ UFC ExpoABSF2010
2754Wilson ReisWilson ReisWPts: 8x0GQ WBGABSR12010
2755Nader MagrihiyWKneebarGQ WBGABS4F2010
2757Nolan DutcherWToe holdGQ WBGABSSF2010
2759Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroWPointsGQ WBGABSF2010
2765Bill CooperBill CooperWPts: 2x2, AdvGQ Las VegasABSNA2010
3086Ronilson NunesWChokeWorld Champ.100KGRDS2011
3121Ricardo HenriqueWDQWorld Champ.100KG4F2011
3186M. PerezWRNCG. Quest WCABS4F2011
3187Pat BeginWPts: 23x0G. Quest WCABSSF2011
3188Rustam ChsievWAdvG. Quest WCABSF2011
3243James PoupoloWHeel hookADCC99KGR12011
3269Braga NetoBraga NetoWFootlockADCC99KG4F2011
3283Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroWRNCADCC99KGSF2011
3328Luis PedroWRNCNo Gi WorldsABSR22011
3332Clark GracieClark GracieWPts: 10x0No Gi WorldsABS4F2011
3337Antonio PeinadoAntonio PeinadoWPts: 2x0No Gi WorldsABSSF2011
3647James PuopoloJames PuopoloWToe HoldPan AmericanO100KG4F2012
4252Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWPts: 3x0NoGi Worlds100KGSF2012
4268Gustavo DiasGustavo DiasWPts: 12x0NoGi WorldsABS8F2012
4715Pedro BessaWPts: 2x0World Champ.ABSRDS2013
4733Tio ChicoWChoke from backWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
5017Liu Wen BoWPts: 9x0ADCC99KGR12013
5021Tomasz NarkunWPts: 3x0ADCC99KG4F2013
5025Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraWHeel HookADCC99KGSF2013
5027Dean ListerDean ListerWPts: 5x0ADCC99KGF2013
6045Eliot KellyEliot KellyWPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds100KG4F2014
6046Roger AmbrosiWPts: 8x0NoGi Worlds100KGSF2014
6263Andrew MillerWKneebarFIVE NAICABSRR2014
6264Marcel GoncalvesMarcel GoncalvesWPointsFIVE NAICABSRR2014
6265Valdir AraujoValdir AraujoWPointsFIVE NAICABSRR2014
7538Tom DeBlassTom DeBlassD---Sub Series ProABSSPF2015
7622Tom DeBlassTom DeBlassD---Sub Series ProABSSPF2015
7748Abraham MarteAbraham MarteWHeel hookFIVE SLABS4F2015
7752Lucas RochaLucas RochaWPts: 4x2FIVE SLABS3RD2015
7890Tomasz NarkunWPts: 3x0ADCC99KGR12015
7901Kamil UminskiWInjuryADCC99KG4F2015
8445Evandro NunesEvandro NunesWPts: 6x2NoGi Worlds97KG4F2015
8448James PuopoloJames PuopoloWAnkle lockNoGi Worlds97KGSF2015
8450Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarWPts: 4x0NoGi Worlds97KGF2015
8532JJ PugsleyWRNCF2W 1100KGSPF2015
9848Ray KongWTriangle armbarFTW Pro 5ABSSPF2016
11749M. PerezWReferee DecisionF2W 24ABSSPF2017
13524Tom deBlassTom deBlassWReferee DecisionF2W 43N/ASPF2017
13839Jeff MonsonWInside heel hookADCC99KGE12017
14681Matt JuberaWPts: 9x0NoGi Worlds97KG4F2017
14683Tex JohnsonTex JohnsonWPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds97KGSF2017
15029Braga NetoBraga NetoWReferee DecisionF2W 61100KGSPF2018
15263Eliot MarshallEliot MarshallWReferee DecisionF2W 64100KGSPF2018

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2 Comments

  • CheckMat BJJ says:

    After the San Diego Abu Dhabi Pro Cup Trials, Joao is on his way to Abu Dhabi to show the world why he is a champion! I can't wait to see his BJJ Super Fight again Pablo Popovitch, spring 2011.

  • wally says:

    Joao currently teaches at checkmat La Habra / Lucas leite bjj and at kings mma in Huntington beach

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