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João Gabriel Rocha

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João Gabriel Rocha is a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ), a rank he earned from Rafael “Formiga” Barbosa and Leandro Escobar. Before reaching the black belt division (on January 2013), João Gabriel Rocha was already regarded as one of the top brown belts in the world, after winning 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 ultra-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 IBJJF American Nationals (2020**)
  • 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

Favorite Technique: Well Rounded

Weight Division: Pesadissimo (over 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 than 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 that 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 in November of that year, set to make a comeback to the sport.

Joao Gabriel Rocha MATCH STATS

Overall Positions

CONQUERED MOVES AVERAGE 1.26

OVERALL CONQUERED

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OPPONENT W/L TOP BOTTOM STAND UP EVENT ROUND YEAR
Jason Lees W 6 0 0 ADCC RR 2015
Vagner Rocha W 1 1 0 ADCC 4F 2015
Abraham Marte W 1 0 1 ADCC 4F 2015
AJ Agazarm W 1 0 0 ADCC RR 2015
Jared Dopp L 1 0 0 ADCC RR 2015
Rodolfo Vieira W 0 1 0 ADCC RR 2015
Marcus Almeida L 0 0 1 World RR 2016
Alexander Trans W 0 1 0 World 4F 2016
Pedro Moura W 3 0 1 World RR 2016
James Puopolo W 0 1 1 World 4F 2017
Marcus Almeida L 0 0 1 World RR 2017
Nicholas Meregali W 1 0 0 World RR 2017
Tex Johnson W 0 0 1 World RR 2017
R. Evangelista W 2 0 0 Pans RR 2018
T. Antony W 1 0 0 World RR 2018
Luiz Panza W 0 0 1 World 4F 2018
Gustavo Dias W 1 0 0 Pans RR 2018

Joao Rocha Grappling Record

97 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    38 (39%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    12 (12%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    42 (43%)
  • BY DECISION
    5 (5%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

42 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke from back
29
12
#86e620
RNC
17
7
#5AD3D1
Armbar
12
5
#d1212a
Submission
10
4
#fad11b
Toe hold
7
3
#f58822
Footlock
5
2
#224aba
Calf slicer
2
1
#ff9124
Armlock
2
1
#bf1f6c
Violin armlock
2
1
#22c9a5
Choke
2
1
#fad223
Short choke
2
1
#03861f
Kimura
2
1
#039a1f
Katagatame
2
1
#03b41f
Botinha
2
1
#03c61f
Triangle
2
1
42
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
36 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    17 (47%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    4 (11%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    10 (28%)
  • BY DECISION
    3 (8%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    2 (6%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

10 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Heel Hook
30
3
#86e620
Armbar
20
2
#5AD3D1
Toe hold
10
1
#d1212a
Arm in Ezekiel
10
1
#fad11b
Botinha
10
1
#f58822
Guillotine
10
1
#224aba
Outside heel hook
10
1
10
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Joao Rocha Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
4405Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesLPts: 7x0Copa Podio100KGGP2013
4408Braga NetoBraga NetoLPts: 2x0Copa Podio100KGGP2013
4670Braga NetoBraga NetoLPointsWorld Pro100KGSF2013
4757Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLArmbarWorld Champ.ABS4F2013
4820Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 6x0World Champ.100KGF2013
4933Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 0x0, AdvRio OpenABSF2013
5051Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLHeel HookADCCO99KGF2013
5059Dean ListerDean ListerLHeel HookADCCABS4F2013
6891Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaLPointsPan AmericanO100KG4F2015
7150T. GaiaLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld ProO95KGR12015
7188Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 2x0World ProABSR22015
7509Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 8x2World Champ.100KGF2015
7905Jared DoppJared DoppLPenADCCO99KGSF2015
7906Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesLHeel hookADCCO99KG3RD2015
7998Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLPts: 0x0, PenADCCABSF2015
9391Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsLPts: 5x2Pan AmericanABS4F2016
10070Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLArmbarWorld Champ.O100KGSF2016
10189Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLPts: 7x0IBJJF Pro GPABSSF2016
10716Manny DiazManny DiazLPts: 4x4, AdvBJJ Pro LAO94KGSF2016
12109Leandro LoLeandro LoLToe holdPan AmericanABSF2017
12906Alexander TransAlexander TransLReferee DecisionACBJJ 5O95KGSF2017
13037Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 2x0World Champ.ABS4F2017
13218Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLArm in EzekielWorld Champ.O100KGSF2017
13758Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLBotinhaIBJJF Pro GPABSSF2017
14246Victor HonorioVictor HonorioLPointsACBJJ 8O95KGSF2017
14721Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi WorldsO97KGF2017
14743Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLPts: 2x0NoGi WorldsABSF2017
16349Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLPointsACBJJ 13O95KGSPF2018
16607Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.O100KGF2018
19008Gordon RyanGordon RyanLPts: 1x0Kasai Dallas120KGSPF2019
20738Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLGuillotineKing of Mats110KGRR2019
21470Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLReferee DecisionIBJJF GPABSF2019
22212Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 8x6KOM120KGSPF2019
23170Kyle BoehmKyle BoehmLOutside heel hookKasai Pro 7120KGRR2020
23173Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLPts: 2x0Kasai Pro 7120KGRR2020
23846Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLPts: 6x4BJJ StarsN/ASPF2020
4402Alexandre SouzaAlexandre SouzaWPts: 2x0Copa Podio100KGGP2013
4407Bruno BastosBruno BastosWPts: 3x0Copa Podio100KGGP2013
4466Paulo HenriqueWRNCADCC Trials99KGF2013
4645Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraWPts: 11x2Brasileiro100KGF2013
4746Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeWSubmissionWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4752Joao AssisJoao AssisWPointsWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4817Leonardo LeiteLeonardo LeiteWChoke from backWorld Champ.100KG4F2013
4819Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWPts: 10x0World Champ.100KGSF2013
4928Grimaldo FilhoWChoke from backRio Open100KGF2013
4932R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWChoke from backRio OpenABSSF2013
5038Michael WilsonWRNCADCCO99KGR12013
5045Janne PietilainenWPts: 3x0ADCCO99KG4F2013
5048Jared DoppJared DoppWPointsADCCO99KGSF2013
5054David AvellanWPointsADCCABSR12013
5241Roger AmbrosiWAdvWorld Pro Trial100KGF2014
5242Romes PereiraWArmbarWorld Pro Trial100KGSF2014
6885Gustavo Dias DiasGustavo Dias DiasWPts: 4x2Pan AmericanO100KGR12015
6943Agnaldo SilveiraWChoke from backRio Fall OpenO100KG4F2015
6944Faisal ElKitbeWFootlockRio Fall OpenO100KGSF2015
6945R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWPointsRio Fall OpenO100KGF2015
7253UnknownWSubmissionBrasileiroO100KG4F2015
7254Kitner MouraWChoke from backBrasileiroO100KGSF2015
7256Kaue DamascenoWChokeBrasileiroO100KGF2015
7504Erberth SantosErberth SantosWRNCWorld Champ.100KG4F2015
7508Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesWChoke from backWorld Champ.100KGSF2015
7899Jason LeesWPts: 17x0ADCCO99KGR12015
7902Abraham MarteAbraham MarteWPts: 3x0ADCCO99KG4F2015
7991AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWReferee DecisionADCCABSR12015
7995Vagner RochaVagner RochaWPts: 3x0ADCCABS4F2015
7996Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraWPts: 2x0ADCCABSSF2015
9378Igor SchneiderIgor SchneiderWShort chokePan AmericanABSR22016
9382Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPts: 4x0Pan AmericanABS8F2016
10066Pedro MouraWN/AWorld Champ.O100KG4F2016
10067Alexander TransAlexander TransWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.O100KG4F2016
10117Daniel MehrkarWKimuraBJJ Tour - CTABS4F2016
10119Tex JohnsonTex JohnsonWChoke from backBJJ Tour - CTABSSF2016
10135Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWFootlockAll Star TourABSF2016
10185Felipe PenaFelipe PenaWPts: 4x4, AdvIBJJF Pro GPABS4F2016
10715Gustavo DiasGustavo DiasWPts: 17x0BJJ Pro LAO94KG4F2016
10828Ahmed WhiteWSubmissionUS OpenO95KGF2016
10829Francisco IturraldeFrancisco IturraldeWRNCUS OpenABSF2016
10879James PuopoloJames PuopoloWReferee DecisionF2W 17100KGSPF2016
11137Carlos FariasCarlos FariasWPointsNY BJJ ProO94KGSF2016
11138Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyWPts: 4x0NY BJJ ProO94KGF2016
11282Braden MastersWChoke from backSan Antonio F. O.O100KGF2016
12084Wellington PerotoWChoke from backPan AmericanABSR12017
12098Admilson GobiAdmilson GobiWPts: 11x2Pan AmericanABS8F2017
12104Lucas LepriLucas LepriWPts: 3x0Pan AmericanABS4F2017
12108Erberth SantosErberth SantosWKatagatamePan AmericanABSSF2017
12902Marcos OliveiraMarcos OliveiraWReferee DecisionACBJJ 5O95KG4F2017
13019Tex JohnsonTex JohnsonWBotinhaWorld Champ.ABSR12017
13030Nicholas MeregaliNicholas MeregaliWPts: 3x2World Champ.ABS8F2017
13215James PuopoloJames PuopoloWPts: 4x0World Champ.O100KG4F2017
13487John RickelWTriangleAustin OpenO100KGF2017
13488John CombsJohn CombsWArmbarAustin OpenABS4F2017
13489Lucas PinheiroLucas PinheiroWSubmissionAustin OpenABSSF2017
13755Marcio CruzMarcio CruzWPts: 0x0, AdvIBJJF Pro GPABS4F2017
14243Marcelo BernardoWRNCACBJJ 8O95KG4F2017
14418Max GimenisMax GimenisWN/ABJJ NY Pro94KGSF2017
14419Otavio NalatiWAdvBJJ NY Pro94KGF2017
14716Dany GerardDany GerardWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi WorldsO97KG4F2017
14720Jared DoppJared DoppWPointsNoGi WorldsO97KGSF2017
14731James BrascoJames BrascoWCalf slicerNoGi WorldsABSR22017
14734Marcus WilsonWRNCNoGi WorldsABSR22017
14737Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaWRNCNoGi WorldsABS4F2017
14741Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusWPts: 4x2NoGi WorldsABSSF2017
14976Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaWPointsACB 10O95KGSPF2018
15449Max GimenisMax GimenisWPts: 0x0, AdvPan AmericanO100KG4F2018
15452Gustavo DiasGustavo DiasWPts: 4x0Pan AmericanO100KGSF2018
15453R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWArmbarPan AmericanO100KGF2018
16595T. AntonyWArmbarWorld Champ.O100KG8F2018
16603Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaWPts: 2x0World Champ.O100KG4F2018
16606Admilson GobiAdmilson GobiWPts: 17x0World Champ.O100KGSF2018
16739Nicholas MeregaliNicholas MeregaliWPointsACBJJ 14O95KGSPF2018
19316Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaWPts: 0x0, AdvBJJ StarsO100KGSPF2019
20041Mauricio LimaWArmlockWP BR Qualifier110KG4F2019
20043Rodrigo RibeiroRodrigo RibeiroWPts: 2x2, AdvWP BR Qualifier110KGSF2019
20045Matheus FelipeMatheus FelipeWPts: 4x2WP BR Qualifier110KGF2019
20129Keunwoo KimWToe holdWorld Pro110KGR12019
20130Khasan VarandoWPts: 4x0World Pro110KG4F2019
20132R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro110KGSF2019
20133Yahia HammadiWChoke from backWorld Pro110KGF2019
20734Gerard LabinskiGerard LabinskiWPts: 5x0King of Mats110KGRR2019
20743Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWPts: 0x0, AdvKing of Mats110KGRR2019
20748Jackson SousaJackson SousaWToe holdKing of Mats110KGRR2019
20750Jonnatas GracieJonnatas GracieWPts: 3x0King of Mats110KGSF2019
20751Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteWPts: 0x0, AdvKing of Mats110KGF2019
21464Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioWReferee DecisionIBJJF GPABS4F2019
21469Vinicius TratorVinicius TratorWAdvIBJJF GPABSSF2019
24555Jackson DouglasJackson DouglasWChoke from backAmerican NatsO100KGSF2020
24556Guilherme CordiviolaGuilherme CordiviolaWChoke from backAmerican NatsO100KGF2020
24558Andre PorfirioAndre PorfirioWViolin armlockAmerican NatsABS8F2020
24568Leonardo DavilaLeonardo DavilaWToe holdAmerican NatsABS4F2020
24569Jake WatsonJake WatsonWPts: 10x0American NatsABSSF2020
24571Gabriel AlmeidaGabriel AlmeidaWArmbarAmerican NatsABSF2020
25601Roosevelt SousaRoosevelt SousaWPts: 1x0WP BR Qualifier120KG4F2021
25603Wallace CostaWallace CostaWPts: 2x1WP BR Qualifier120KGSF2021

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

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