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João Gabriel Rocha

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João Gabriel Rocha is a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ), a belt he earned training under the instruction of Rafael “Formiga” Barbosa and Leandro Escobar. Before earning his black belt (on January 2013), João Gabriel Rocha was regarded as one of the top brown belts in the world, having won every important competition on the BJJ calendar. He has since become one of the top contenders of the super heavyweight black belt division, with medals at the world’s top tournaments.

João Gabriel Rocha Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: João Gabriel de Oliveira e Silva Rocha

Nickname: N/A

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie >Carlson Gracie > Crézio de Souza > André Almeida > Rafael Barbosa/Leandro Escobar > João Gabriel Rocha

Main Achievements:

  • IBJJF Pan American Champion (2018/2017)
  • ACB JJ +95 KG Champion (2018)
  • CBJJ Brazilian National Champion (2013)
  • ADCC Silver Medallist (2013)
  • IBJJF World Championship Runner-up (2015/2012)
  • IBJJF Pan American Championship Runner-up (2017*)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • IBJJF World Champion (2012/2011** brown)
  • IBJJF World Juvenile Champion (2008 blue)
  • IBJJF Pan American Champion (2012 brown)
  • IBJJF South American Champion (2011 brown)
  • CBJJ Brazilian National Champion (2012/2011** brown, 2010/2009 purple)
  • CBJJ Brazilian National Juvenile Champion (2008 blue)
  • IBJJF World Championship 2nd Place (2009 purple)
  • IBJJF World Championship Juvenile 2nd Place (2008* blue)
  • IBJJF World No-Gi Championship 2nd Place (2010 brown)
  • CBJJ Brazilian National Championship 2nd Place (2012 brown)

* Absolute
** Weight and absolute

Favourite Technique: Well Rounded

Weight Division: Super Pesado (up to 100kg/221lbs)

Team/Association: Soul Fighters

João Gabriel Rocha Biography

João Gabriel Rocha was born on the 11th of July, 1991 in Jacarepaguá, though he moved as an infant to the Tijuca burg in Rio de Janeiro. João Gabriel started training as a toddler, more precisely, when he was two years and 8 months old. His Jiu Jitsu initiation came through a Summer camp for toddlers which included Jiu Jitsu in its activities, the instructor was none other then the man who would become responsible for the refereeing of the IBJJF (Jiu Jitsu’s most important governing body), Mr Alvaro Mansur. At the time, João Gabriel’s parents noticed that young Rocha enjoyed BJJ so they enrolled him in an academy where he could train regularly.

Training Jiu Jitsu seemed to be João Gabriel’s calling, and he never stopped practicing BJJ since the beginning. João earned all his junior belts training with Marcos Carvalho, and from the green belt onward  his tuition was handed to Leandro Escobar and Rafael Barbosa. With the support of his family João Gabriel Rocha managed to leave his university studies midway to dedicate himself fully to competition, reaping the benefits of that choice with consecutive wins at the world’s biggest competitions.

At the start of 2013 João Gabriel had the opportunity to compete in the Copa Podio, a professional BJJ event which starred the top talent in Jiu Jitsu’s heavyweight division. Competing as a brown belt (one of the two brown belts carefully selected to be part of the tournament), João Gabriel won two of his 5 fights, proving that he belonged in the black belt circuit. As a result, João Rocha was handed his black belt on that same day, the 13th of January.

Early in 2014 João Gabriel Rocha was diagnosed with cancer and had to stay away from competitions while recovering from his illness. He returned to training on November of that year, set to make a comeback to the sport.

Joao Rocha Grappling Record

68 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    28 (41%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    6 (9%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    30 (44%)
  • BY DECISION
    4 (6%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

30 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke from back
30
9
#86e620
RNC
23
7
#5AD3D1
Submission
10
3
#d1212a
Armbar
7
2
#fad11b
Footlock
7
2
#f58822
Choke
3
1
#224aba
Short choke
3
1
#ff9124
Kimura
3
1
#bf1f6c
Katagatame
3
1
#22c9a5
Botinha
3
1
#fad223
Triangle
3
1
#03861f
Calf slicer
3
1
30
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
27 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    12 (44%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    4 (15%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    8 (30%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (4%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    2 (7%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

8 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Heel Hook
38
3
#86e620
Armbar
25
2
#5AD3D1
Toe hold
13
1
#d1212a
Arm in ezekiel
13
1
#fad11b
Botinha
13
1
8
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Joao Rocha Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
4359Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesLPts: 7x0Copa Podio100KGGP2013
4362Braga NetoBraga NetoLPts: 2x0Copa Podio100KGGP2013
4609Braga NetoBraga NetoLPointsWorld Pro100KGSF2013
4696Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLArmbarWorld Champ.ABS4F2013
4757Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 6x0World Champ.100KGF2013
4868Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 0x0, AdvRio OpenABSF2013
4987Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLHeel HookADCCO99KGF2013
4995Dean ListerDean ListerLHeel HookADCCABS4F2013
6746Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaLPointsPan AmericanO100KG4F2015
7000T. GaiaLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld ProO95KGR12015
7038Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 2x0World ProABSR22015
7355Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 8x2World Champ.100KGF2015
7735Jared DoppJared DoppLPenADCCO99KGSF2015
7736Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesLHeel hookADCCO99KG3RD2015
7828Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLPts: 0x0, PenADCCABSF2015
9186Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsLPts: 5x2Pan AmericanABS4F2016
9853Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLArmbarWorld Champ.O100KGSF2016
9970Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLPts: 7x0IBJJF Pro GPABSSF2016
10463Manny DiazManny DiazLPts: 4x4, AdvBJJ Pro LAO94KGSF2016
11740Leandro LoLeandro LoLToe holdPan AmericanABSF2017
12504Alexander TransAlexander TransLReferee DecisionACBJJ 5O95KGSF2017
12617Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 2x0World Champ.ABS4F2017
12798Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLArm in ezekielWorld Champ.O100KGSF2017
13273Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLBotinhaIBJJF Pro GPABSSF2017
13717Victor HonorioVictor HonorioLPointsACBJJ 8O95KGSF2017
14149Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi WorldsO97KGF2017
14170Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLPts: 2x0NoGi WorldsABSF2017
4356Alexandre SouzaAlexandre SouzaWPts: 2x0Copa Podio100KGGP2013
4361Bruno BastosBruno BastosWPts: 3x0Copa Podio100KGGP2013
4414Paulo HenriqueWRNCADCC Trials99KGF2013
4584Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraWPts: 11x2Brasileiro100KGF2013
4685Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeWSubmissionWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4691Joao AssisJoao AssisWPointsWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4754Leonardo LeiteLeonardo LeiteWChoke from backWorld Champ.100KG4F2013
4756Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWPts: 10x0World Champ.100KGSF2013
4864Grimaldo FilhoWChoke from backRio Open100KGF2013
4867R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWChoke from backRio OpenABSSF2013
4974Michael WilsonWRNCADCCO99KGR12013
4981Janne PietilainenWPts: 3x0ADCCO99KG4F2013
4984Jared DoppJared DoppWPointsADCCO99KGSF2013
4990David AvellanWPointsADCCABSR12013
5159Roger AmbrosiWAdvWorld Pro Trial100KGF2014
5160Romes PereiraWArmbarWorld Pro Trial100KGSF2014
6740Gustavo Elias DiasGustavo Elias DiasWPts: 4x2Pan AmericanO100KGR12015
6797Agnaldo SilveiraWChoke from backRio Fall OpenO100KG4F2015
6798Faisal ElKitbeWFootlockRio Fall OpenO100KGSF2015
6799R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWPointsRio Fall OpenO100KGF2015
7102UnknownWSubmissionBrasileiroO100KG4F2015
7103Kitner MouraWChoke from backBrasileiroO100KGSF2015
7105Kaue DamascenoWChokeBrasileiroO100KGF2015
7350Erberth SantosErberth SantosWRNCWorld Champ.100KG4F2015
7354Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesWChoke from backWorld Champ.100KGSF2015
7729Jason LeesWPts: 17x0ADCCO99KGR12015
7732Abraham MarteAbraham MarteWPts: 3x0ADCCO99KG4F2015
7821AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWReferee DecisionADCCABSR12015
7825Vagner RochaVagner RochaWPts: 3x0ADCCABS4F2015
7826Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraWPts: 2x0ADCCABSSF2015
9173Igor SchneiderIgor SchneiderWShort chokePan AmericanABSR22016
9177Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPts: 4x0Pan AmericanABS8F2016
9849Pedro MouraWN/AWorld Champ.O100KG4F2016
9850Alexander TransAlexander TransWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.O100KG4F2016
9900Daniel MehrkarWKimuraBJJ Tour - CTABS4F2016
9902Aaron JhonsonWChoke from backBJJ Tour - CTABSSF2016
9917Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWFootlockAll Star TourABSF2016
9966Felipe PenaFelipe PenaWPts: 4x4, AdvIBJJF Pro GPABS4F2016
10462Gustavo EliasGustavo EliasWPts: 17x0BJJ Pro LAO94KG4F2016
10573Ahmed WhiteWSubmissionUS OpenO95KGF2016
10574Francisco IturraldeFrancisco IturraldeWRNCUS OpenABSF2016
10623James PuopoloJames PuopoloWReferee DecisionF2W Pro 17100KGSPF2016
10881Carlos FariasCarlos FariasWPointsNY BJJ ProO94KGSF2016
10882Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyWPts: 4x0NY BJJ ProO94KGF2016
11017Braden MastersWChoke from backSan Antonio OpenO100KGF2016
11715Wellington PerotoWChoke from backPan AmericanABSR12017
11729Admilson GobiWPts: 11x2Pan AmericanABS8F2017
11735Lucas LepriLucas LepriWPts: 3x0Pan AmericanABS4F2017
11739Erberth SantosErberth SantosWKatagatamePan AmericanABSSF2017
12500Marcos OliveiraWReferee DecisionACBJJ 5O95KG4F2017
12599Aaron JohnsonWBotinhaWorld Champ.ABSR12017
12610Nicholas MeregaliNicholas MeregaliWPts: 3x2World Champ.ABS8F2017
12795James PuopoloJames PuopoloWPts: 4x0World Champ.O100KG4F2017
13049John RickelWTriangleAustin OpenO100KGF2017
13270Marcio CruzMarcio CruzWPts: 0x0, AdvIBJJF Pro GPABS4F2017
13714Marcelo BernardoWRNCACBJJ 8O95KG4F2017
13883Max GimenisWN/ABJJ NY Pro94KGSF2017
13884Otavio NalatiWAdvBJJ NY Pro94KGF2017
14144Dany GerardDany GerardWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi WorldsO97KG4F2017
14148Jared DoppJared DoppWPointsNoGi WorldsO97KGSF2017
14158James BrascoJames BrascoWCalf slicerNoGi WorldsABSR22017
14161Marcus WilsonWRNCNoGi WorldsABSR22017
14164Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaWRNCNoGi WorldsABS4F2017
14168Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusWPts: 4x2NoGi WorldsABSSF2017
14333Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaWPointsACB 10O95KGSPF2018
14761Max GimenisMax GimenisWPts: 0x0, AdvPan AmericanO100KG4F2018
14764Gustavo EliasGustavo EliasWPts: 4x0Pan AmericanO100KGSF2018
14765R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWArmbarPan AmericanO100KGF2018

(banner picture taken by: William Burkhardt of BJJ Pix)

João Gabriel vs Thiago Silva WJJPC Rio Qualifier 2011

João Gabriel vs Antonio Borges

João Gabriel Rocha Highlight

 

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