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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
Jared Dopp L 1 0 0 ADCC RR 2015
Rodolfo Vieira W 0 1 0 ADCC RR 2015
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
Pedro Moura W 3 0 1 World RR 2016
Marcus Almeida L 0 0 1 World RR 2016
Alexander Trans W 0 1 0 World 4F 2016
Tex Johnson W 0 0 1 World RR 2017
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
Luiz Panza W 0 0 1 World 4F 2018
Gustavo Dias W 1 0 0 Pans RR 2018
R. Evangelista W 2 0 0 Pans RR 2018
T. Antony W 1 0 0 World 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
Choke
2
1
#ff9124
Short choke
2
1
#bf1f6c
Kimura
2
1
#22c9a5
Katagatame
2
1
#fad223
Botinha
2
1
#03861f
Triangle
2
1
#039a1f
Calf slicer
2
1
#03b41f
Armlock
2
1
#03c61f
Violin armlock
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
Guillotine
10
1
#d1212a
Outside heel hook
10
1
#fad11b
Toe hold
10
1
#f58822
Arm in Ezekiel
10
1
#224aba
Botinha
10
1
10
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Joao Rocha Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
4400Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesLPts: 7x0Copa Podio100KGGP2013
4403Braga NetoBraga NetoLPts: 2x0Copa Podio100KGGP2013
4662Braga NetoBraga NetoLPointsWorld Pro100KGSF2013
4749Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLArmbarWorld Champ.ABS4F2013
4812Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 6x0World Champ.100KGF2013
4925Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 0x0, AdvRio OpenABSF2013
5043Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLHeel HookADCCO99KGF2013
5051Dean ListerDean ListerLHeel HookADCCABS4F2013
6873Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaLPointsPan AmericanO100KG4F2015
7132T. GaiaLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld ProO95KGR12015
7170Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 2x0World ProABSR22015
7491Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 8x2World Champ.100KGF2015
7887Jared DoppJared DoppLPenADCCO99KGSF2015
7888Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesLHeel hookADCCO99KG3RD2015
7980Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLPts: 0x0, PenADCCABSF2015
9373Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsLPts: 5x2Pan AmericanABS4F2016
10052Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLArmbarWorld Champ.O100KGSF2016
10171Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLPts: 7x0IBJJF Pro GPABSSF2016
10698Manny DiazManny DiazLPts: 4x4, AdvBJJ Pro LAO94KGSF2016
12086Leandro LoLeandro LoLToe holdPan AmericanABSF2017
12883Alexander TransAlexander TransLReferee DecisionACBJJ 5O95KGSF2017
13014Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 2x0World Champ.ABS4F2017
13195Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLArm in EzekielWorld Champ.O100KGSF2017
13734Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLBotinhaIBJJF Pro GPABSSF2017
14217Victor HonorioVictor HonorioLPointsACBJJ 8O95KGSF2017
14691Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi WorldsO97KGF2017
14713Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLPts: 2x0NoGi WorldsABSF2017
16307Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLPointsACBJJ 13O95KGSPF2018
16565Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.O100KGF2018
18945Gordon RyanGordon RyanLPts: 1x0Kasai Dallas120KGSPF2019
20661Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLGuillotineKing of Mats110KGRR2019
21389Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLReferee DecisionIBJJF GPABSF2019
22124Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 8x6KOM120KGSPF2019
23059Kyle BoehmKyle BoehmLOutside heel hookKasai Pro 7120KGRR2020
23062Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLPts: 2x0Kasai Pro 7120KGRR2020
23730Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLPts: 6x4BJJ StarsN/ASPF2020
4397Alexandre SouzaAlexandre SouzaWPts: 2x0Copa Podio100KGGP2013
4402Bruno BastosBruno BastosWPts: 3x0Copa Podio100KGGP2013
4461Paulo HenriqueWRNCADCC Trials99KGF2013
4637Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraWPts: 11x2Brasileiro100KGF2013
4738Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeWSubmissionWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4744Joao AssisJoao AssisWPointsWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4809Leonardo LeiteLeonardo LeiteWChoke from backWorld Champ.100KG4F2013
4811Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWPts: 10x0World Champ.100KGSF2013
4920Grimaldo FilhoWChoke from backRio Open100KGF2013
4924R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWChoke from backRio OpenABSSF2013
5030Michael WilsonWRNCADCCO99KGR12013
5037Janne PietilainenWPts: 3x0ADCCO99KG4F2013
5040Jared DoppJared DoppWPointsADCCO99KGSF2013
5046David AvellanWPointsADCCABSR12013
5233Roger AmbrosiWAdvWorld Pro Trial100KGF2014
5234Romes PereiraWArmbarWorld Pro Trial100KGSF2014
6867Gustavo Dias DiasGustavo Dias DiasWPts: 4x2Pan AmericanO100KGR12015
6925Agnaldo SilveiraWChoke from backRio Fall OpenO100KG4F2015
6926Faisal ElKitbeWFootlockRio Fall OpenO100KGSF2015
6927R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWPointsRio Fall OpenO100KGF2015
7235UnknownWSubmissionBrasileiroO100KG4F2015
7236Kitner MouraWChoke from backBrasileiroO100KGSF2015
7238Kaue DamascenoWChokeBrasileiroO100KGF2015
7486Erberth SantosErberth SantosWRNCWorld Champ.100KG4F2015
7490Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesWChoke from backWorld Champ.100KGSF2015
7881Jason LeesWPts: 17x0ADCCO99KGR12015
7884Abraham MarteAbraham MarteWPts: 3x0ADCCO99KG4F2015
7973AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWReferee DecisionADCCABSR12015
7977Vagner RochaVagner RochaWPts: 3x0ADCCABS4F2015
7978Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraWPts: 2x0ADCCABSSF2015
9360Igor SchneiderIgor SchneiderWShort chokePan AmericanABSR22016
9364Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPts: 4x0Pan AmericanABS8F2016
10048Pedro MouraWN/AWorld Champ.O100KG4F2016
10049Alexander TransAlexander TransWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.O100KG4F2016
10099Daniel MehrkarWKimuraBJJ Tour - CTABS4F2016
10101Tex JohnsonTex JohnsonWChoke from backBJJ Tour - CTABSSF2016
10117Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWFootlockAll Star TourABSF2016
10167Felipe PenaFelipe PenaWPts: 4x4, AdvIBJJF Pro GPABS4F2016
10697Gustavo DiasGustavo DiasWPts: 17x0BJJ Pro LAO94KG4F2016
10810Ahmed WhiteWSubmissionUS OpenO95KGF2016
10811Francisco IturraldeFrancisco IturraldeWRNCUS OpenABSF2016
10861James PuopoloJames PuopoloWReferee DecisionF2W 17100KGSPF2016
11119Carlos FariasCarlos FariasWPointsNY BJJ ProO94KGSF2016
11120Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyWPts: 4x0NY BJJ ProO94KGF2016
11264Braden MastersWChoke from backSan Antonio F. O.O100KGF2016
12061Wellington PerotoWChoke from backPan AmericanABSR12017
12075Admilson GobiAdmilson GobiWPts: 11x2Pan AmericanABS8F2017
12081Lucas LepriLucas LepriWPts: 3x0Pan AmericanABS4F2017
12085Erberth SantosErberth SantosWKatagatamePan AmericanABSSF2017
12879Marcos OliveiraMarcos OliveiraWReferee DecisionACBJJ 5O95KG4F2017
12996Tex JohnsonTex JohnsonWBotinhaWorld Champ.ABSR12017
13007Nicholas MeregaliNicholas MeregaliWPts: 3x2World Champ.ABS8F2017
13192James PuopoloJames PuopoloWPts: 4x0World Champ.O100KG4F2017
13464John RickelWTriangleAustin OpenO100KGF2017
13465John CombsJohn CombsWArmbarAustin OpenABS4F2017
13466Lucas PinheiroLucas PinheiroWSubmissionAustin OpenABSSF2017
13731Marcio CruzMarcio CruzWPts: 0x0, AdvIBJJF Pro GPABS4F2017
14214Marcelo BernardoWRNCACBJJ 8O95KG4F2017
14389Max GimenisMax GimenisWN/ABJJ NY Pro94KGSF2017
14390Otavio NalatiWAdvBJJ NY Pro94KGF2017
14686Dany GerardDany GerardWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi WorldsO97KG4F2017
14690Jared DoppJared DoppWPointsNoGi WorldsO97KGSF2017
14701James BrascoJames BrascoWCalf slicerNoGi WorldsABSR22017
14704Marcus WilsonWRNCNoGi WorldsABSR22017
14707Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaWRNCNoGi WorldsABS4F2017
14711Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusWPts: 4x2NoGi WorldsABSSF2017
14940Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaWPointsACB 10O95KGSPF2018
15409Max GimenisMax GimenisWPts: 0x0, AdvPan AmericanO100KG4F2018
15412Gustavo DiasGustavo DiasWPts: 4x0Pan AmericanO100KGSF2018
15413R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWArmbarPan AmericanO100KGF2018
16553T. AntonyWArmbarWorld Champ.O100KG8F2018
16561Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaWPts: 2x0World Champ.O100KG4F2018
16564Admilson GobiAdmilson GobiWPts: 17x0World Champ.O100KGSF2018
16697Nicholas MeregaliNicholas MeregaliWPointsACBJJ 14O95KGSPF2018
19247Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaWPts: 0x0, AdvBJJ StarsO100KGSPF2019
19966Mauricio LimaWArmlockWP BR Qualifier110KG4F2019
19968Rodrigo RibeiroRodrigo RibeiroWPts: 2x2, AdvWP BR Qualifier110KGSF2019
19970Matheus FelipeMatheus FelipeWPts: 4x2WP BR Qualifier110KGF2019
20055Keunwoo KimWToe holdWorld Pro110KGR12019
20056Khasan VarandoWPts: 4x0World Pro110KG4F2019
20058R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro110KGSF2019
20059Yahia HammadiWChoke from backWorld Pro110KGF2019
20657Gerard LabinskiGerard LabinskiWPts: 5x0King of Mats110KGRR2019
20666Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWPts: 0x0, AdvKing of Mats110KGRR2019
20671Jackson SousaJackson SousaWToe holdKing of Mats110KGRR2019
20673Jonnatas GracieJonnatas GracieWPts: 3x0King of Mats110KGSF2019
20674Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteWPts: 0x0, AdvKing of Mats110KGF2019
21383Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioWReferee DecisionIBJJF GPABS4F2019
21388Vinicius TratorVinicius TratorWAdvIBJJF GPABSSF2019
24426Jackson DouglasJackson DouglasWChoke from backAmerican NatsO100KGSF2020
24427Guilherme CordiviolaGuilherme CordiviolaWChoke from backAmerican NatsO100KGF2020
24429Andre PorfirioAndre PorfirioWViolin armlockAmerican NatsABS8F2020
24439Leonardo DavilaLeonardo DavilaWToe holdAmerican NatsABS4F2020
24440Jake WatsonJake WatsonWPts: 10x0American NatsABSSF2020
24442Gabriel AlmeidaGabriel AlmeidaWArmbarAmerican NatsABSF2020
25452Roosevelt SousaRoosevelt SousaWPts: 1x0WP BR Qualifier120KG4F2021
25454Wallace CostaWallace CostaWPts: 2x1WP BR Qualifier120KGSF2021

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

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