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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. Well known for his successful battle with cancer during the start of his black belt career, Rocha has since become one of the top contenders of the super heavyweight division.

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:

  • 1st Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2018 / 2017)
  • 1st Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals (2013)
  • 1st Place UAEJJF Abu Dhabi Pro (2019)
  • 1st Place UAEJJF King Of Mats, MSK (2019)
  • 2nd Place ADCC World Championship (2013)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF World Championship (2018/2015/2012)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2017*)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship (2012 / 2011** brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2012 brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF World Juvenile Championship (2008 blue)
  • 1st Place IBJJF South American Championship (2011 brown)
  • 1st Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals (2012 / 2011** brown, 2010 / 2009 purple)
  • 1st Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals Juvenile (2008 blue)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF World Championship (2009 purple)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF World Championship Juvenile 2nd Place (2008* blue)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF World No-Gi Championship 2nd Place (2010 brown)
  • 2nd Place 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

89 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    35 (39%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    12 (13%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    37 (42%)
  • BY DECISION
    5 (6%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

37 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke from back
27
10
#86e620
RNC
19
7
#5AD3D1
Submission
11
4
#d1212a
Armbar
11
4
#fad11b
Toe hold
5
2
#f58822
Footlock
5
2
#224aba
Choke
3
1
#ff9124
Short choke
3
1
#bf1f6c
Kimura
3
1
#22c9a5
Katagatame
3
1
#fad223
Botinha
3
1
#03861f
Triangle
3
1
#039a1f
Calf slicer
3
1
#03b41f
Armlock
3
1
37
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
33 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    14 (42%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    4 (12%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    9 (27%)
  • BY DECISION
    4 (12%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    2 (6%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

9 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Heel Hook
33
3
#86e620
Armbar
22
2
#5AD3D1
Guillotine
11
1
#d1212a
Toe hold
11
1
#fad11b
Arm in ezekiel
11
1
#f58822
Botinha
11
1
9
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Joao Rocha Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
4398Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesLPts: 7x0Copa Podio100KGGP2013
4401Braga NetoBraga NetoLPts: 2x0Copa Podio100KGGP2013
4660Braga NetoBraga NetoLPointsWorld Pro100KGSF2013
4747Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLArmbarWorld Champ.ABS4F2013
4810Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 6x0World Champ.100KGF2013
4921Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 0x0, AdvRio OpenABSF2013
5039Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLHeel HookADCCO99KGF2013
5047Dean ListerDean ListerLHeel HookADCCABS4F2013
6862Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaLPointsPan AmericanO100KG4F2015
7120T. GaiaLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld ProO95KGR12015
7158Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 2x0World ProABSR22015
7479Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 8x2World Champ.100KGF2015
7875Jared DoppJared DoppLPenADCCO99KGSF2015
7876Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesLHeel hookADCCO99KG3RD2015
7968Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLPts: 0x0, PenADCCABSF2015
9348Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsLPts: 5x2Pan AmericanABS4F2016
10021Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLArmbarWorld Champ.O100KGSF2016
10140Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLPts: 7x0IBJJF Pro GPABSSF2016
10667Manny DiazManny DiazLPts: 4x4, AdvBJJ Pro LAO94KGSF2016
12024Leandro LoLeandro LoLToe holdPan AmericanABSF2017
12811Alexander TransAlexander TransLReferee DecisionACBJJ 5O95KGSF2017
12939Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 2x0World Champ.ABS4F2017
13120Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLArm in ezekielWorld Champ.O100KGSF2017
13650Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLBotinhaIBJJF Pro GPABSSF2017
14128Victor HonorioVictor HonorioLPointsACBJJ 8O95KGSF2017
14594Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi WorldsO97KGF2017
14616Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLPts: 2x0NoGi WorldsABSF2017
16168Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLPointsACBJJ 13O95KGSPF2018
16427Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.O100KGF2018
18695Gordon RyanGordon RyanLPts: 1x0Kasai Dallas120KGSPF2019
20343Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLGuillotineKing of Mats110KGRR2019
21010Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLReferee DecisionIBJJF GPABSF2019
21648Jackson SousaJackson SousaLReferee DecisionKOM120KGSPF2019
4395Alexandre SouzaAlexandre SouzaWPts: 2x0Copa Podio100KGGP2013
4400Bruno BastosBruno BastosWPts: 3x0Copa Podio100KGGP2013
4459Paulo HenriqueWRNCADCC Trials99KGF2013
4635Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraWPts: 11x2Brasileiro100KGF2013
4736Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeWSubmissionWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4742Joao AssisJoao AssisWPointsWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4807Leonardo LeiteLeonardo LeiteWChoke from backWorld Champ.100KG4F2013
4809Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWPts: 10x0World Champ.100KGSF2013
4917Grimaldo FilhoWChoke from backRio Open100KGF2013
4920R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWChoke from backRio OpenABSSF2013
5026Michael WilsonWRNCADCCO99KGR12013
5033Janne PietilainenWPts: 3x0ADCCO99KG4F2013
5036Jared DoppJared DoppWPointsADCCO99KGSF2013
5042David AvellanWPointsADCCABSR12013
5227Roger AmbrosiWAdvWorld Pro Trial100KGF2014
5228Romes PereiraWArmbarWorld Pro Trial100KGSF2014
6856Gustavo Dias DiasGustavo Dias DiasWPts: 4x2Pan AmericanO100KGR12015
6914Agnaldo SilveiraWChoke from backRio Fall OpenO100KG4F2015
6915Faisal ElKitbeWFootlockRio Fall OpenO100KGSF2015
6916R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWPointsRio Fall OpenO100KGF2015
7223UnknownWSubmissionBrasileiroO100KG4F2015
7224Kitner MouraWChoke from backBrasileiroO100KGSF2015
7226Kaue DamascenoWChokeBrasileiroO100KGF2015
7474Erberth SantosErberth SantosWRNCWorld Champ.100KG4F2015
7478Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesWChoke from backWorld Champ.100KGSF2015
7869Jason LeesWPts: 17x0ADCCO99KGR12015
7872Abraham MarteAbraham MarteWPts: 3x0ADCCO99KG4F2015
7961AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWReferee DecisionADCCABSR12015
7965Vagner RochaVagner RochaWPts: 3x0ADCCABS4F2015
7966Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraWPts: 2x0ADCCABSSF2015
9335Igor SchneiderIgor SchneiderWShort chokePan AmericanABSR22016
9339Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPts: 4x0Pan AmericanABS8F2016
10017Pedro MouraWN/AWorld Champ.O100KG4F2016
10018Alexander TransAlexander TransWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.O100KG4F2016
10068Daniel MehrkarWKimuraBJJ Tour - CTABS4F2016
10070Aaron JohnsonAaron JohnsonWChoke from backBJJ Tour - CTABSSF2016
10086Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWFootlockAll Star TourABSF2016
10136Felipe PenaFelipe PenaWPts: 4x4, AdvIBJJF Pro GPABS4F2016
10666Gustavo DiasGustavo DiasWPts: 17x0BJJ Pro LAO94KG4F2016
10777Ahmed WhiteWSubmissionUS OpenO95KGF2016
10778Francisco IturraldeFrancisco IturraldeWRNCUS OpenABSF2016
10828James PuopoloJames PuopoloWReferee DecisionF2W Pro 17100KGSPF2016
11086Carlos FariasCarlos FariasWPointsNY BJJ ProO94KGSF2016
11087Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyWPts: 4x0NY BJJ ProO94KGF2016
11227Braden MastersWChoke from backSan Antonio F. O.O100KGF2016
11999Wellington PerotoWChoke from backPan AmericanABSR12017
12013Admilson GobiAdmilson GobiWPts: 11x2Pan AmericanABS8F2017
12019Lucas LepriLucas LepriWPts: 3x0Pan AmericanABS4F2017
12023Erberth SantosErberth SantosWKatagatamePan AmericanABSSF2017
12807Marcos OliveiraMarcos OliveiraWReferee DecisionACBJJ 5O95KG4F2017
12921Aaron JohnsonAaron JohnsonWBotinhaWorld Champ.ABSR12017
12932Nicholas MeregaliNicholas MeregaliWPts: 3x2World Champ.ABS8F2017
13117James PuopoloJames PuopoloWPts: 4x0World Champ.O100KG4F2017
13382John RickelWTriangleAustin OpenO100KGF2017
13383John CombsJohn CombsWArmbarAustin OpenABS4F2017
13384Lucas PinheiroLucas PinheiroWSubmissionAustin OpenABSSF2017
13647Marcio CruzMarcio CruzWPts: 0x0, AdvIBJJF Pro GPABS4F2017
14125Marcelo BernardoWRNCACBJJ 8O95KG4F2017
14296Max GimenisMax GimenisWN/ABJJ NY Pro94KGSF2017
14297Otavio NalatiWAdvBJJ NY Pro94KGF2017
14589Dany GerardDany GerardWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi WorldsO97KG4F2017
14593Jared DoppJared DoppWPointsNoGi WorldsO97KGSF2017
14604James BrascoJames BrascoWCalf slicerNoGi WorldsABSR22017
14607Marcus WilsonWRNCNoGi WorldsABSR22017
14610Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaWRNCNoGi WorldsABS4F2017
14614Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusWPts: 4x2NoGi WorldsABSSF2017
14831Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaWPointsACB 10O95KGSPF2018
15296Max GimenisMax GimenisWPts: 0x0, AdvPan AmericanO100KG4F2018
15299Gustavo DiasGustavo DiasWPts: 4x0Pan AmericanO100KGSF2018
15300R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWArmbarPan AmericanO100KGF2018
16415T. AntonyWArmbarWorld Champ.O100KG8F2018
16423Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaWPts: 2x0World Champ.O100KG4F2018
16426Admilson GobiAdmilson GobiWPts: 17x0World Champ.O100KGSF2018
16550Nicholas MeregaliNicholas MeregaliWPointsACBJJ 14O95KGSPF2018
18982Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaWPts: 0x0, AdvBJJ StarsO100KGSPF2019
19672Mauricio LimaWArmlockWP BR Qualifier110KG4F2019
19674Rodrigo RibeiroRodrigo RibeiroWPts: 2x2, AdvWP BR Qualifier110KGSF2019
19676Matheus FelipeMatheus FelipeWPts: 4x2WP BR Qualifier110KGF2019
19757Keunwoo KimWToe holdWorld Pro110KGR12019
19758Khasan VarandoWPts: 4x0World Pro110KG4F2019
19760R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro110KGSF2019
19761Yahia HammadiWChoke from backWorld Pro110KGF2019
20339Gerard LabinskiGerard LabinskiWPts: 5x0King of Mats110KGRR2019
20348Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWPts: 0x0, AdvKing of Mats110KGRR2019
20353Jackson SousaJackson SousaWToe holdKing of Mats110KGRR2019
20355Jonnatas GracieJonnatas GracieWPts: 3x0King of Mats110KGSF2019
20356Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteWPts: 0x0, AdvKing of Mats110KGF2019
21004Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioWReferee DecisionIBJJF GPABS4F2019
21009Vinicius TratorVinicius TratorWAdvIBJJF GPABSSF2019

(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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