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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

87 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    35 (40%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    11 (13%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    37 (43%)
  • BY DECISION
    4 (5%)
  • 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
Katagatame
3
1
#ff9124
Botinha
3
1
#bf1f6c
Triangle
3
1
#22c9a5
Calf slicer
3
1
#fad223
Armlock
3
1
#03861f
Choke
3
1
#039a1f
Short choke
3
1
#03b41f
Kimura
3
1
37
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
31 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    14 (45%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    4 (13%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    9 (29%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (6%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    2 (6%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

9 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

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

Joao Rocha Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
4383Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesLPts: 7x0Copa Podio100KGGP2013
4386Braga NetoBraga NetoLPts: 2x0Copa Podio100KGGP2013
4645Braga NetoBraga NetoLPointsWorld Pro100KGSF2013
4732Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLArmbarWorld Champ.ABS4F2013
4795Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 6x0World Champ.100KGF2013
4906Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 0x0, AdvRio OpenABSF2013
5024Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLHeel HookADCCO99KGF2013
5032Dean ListerDean ListerLHeel HookADCCABS4F2013
6840Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaLPointsPan AmericanO100KG4F2015
7098T. GaiaLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld ProO95KGR12015
7136Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 2x0World ProABSR22015
7457Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 8x2World Champ.100KGF2015
7853Jared DoppJared DoppLPenADCCO99KGSF2015
7854Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesLHeel hookADCCO99KG3RD2015
7946Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLPts: 0x0, PenADCCABSF2015
9327Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsLPts: 5x2Pan AmericanABS4F2016
10000Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLArmbarWorld Champ.O100KGSF2016
10119Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLPts: 7x0IBJJF Pro GPABSSF2016
10641Manny DiazManny DiazLPts: 4x4, AdvBJJ Pro LAO94KGSF2016
11986Leandro LoLeandro LoLToe holdPan AmericanABSF2017
12771Alexander TransAlexander TransLReferee DecisionACBJJ 5O95KGSF2017
12897Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 2x0World Champ.ABS4F2017
13078Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLArm in ezekielWorld Champ.O100KGSF2017
13606Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLBotinhaIBJJF Pro GPABSSF2017
14081Victor HonorioVictor HonorioLPointsACBJJ 8O95KGSF2017
14543Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi WorldsO97KGF2017
14565Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLPts: 2x0NoGi WorldsABSF2017
16103Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLPointsACBJJ 13O95KGSPF2018
16362Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.O100KGF2018
18609Gordon RyanGordon RyanLPts: 1x0Kasai Dallas120KGSPF2019
20236Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLGuillotineKing of Mats110KGRR2019
4380Alexandre SouzaAlexandre SouzaWPts: 2x0Copa Podio100KGGP2013
4385Bruno BastosBruno BastosWPts: 3x0Copa Podio100KGGP2013
4444Paulo HenriqueWRNCADCC Trials99KGF2013
4620Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraWPts: 11x2Brasileiro100KGF2013
4721Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeWSubmissionWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4727Joao AssisJoao AssisWPointsWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4792Leonardo LeiteLeonardo LeiteWChoke from backWorld Champ.100KG4F2013
4794Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWPts: 10x0World Champ.100KGSF2013
4902Grimaldo FilhoWChoke from backRio Open100KGF2013
4905R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWChoke from backRio OpenABSSF2013
5011Michael WilsonWRNCADCCO99KGR12013
5018Janne PietilainenWPts: 3x0ADCCO99KG4F2013
5021Jared DoppJared DoppWPointsADCCO99KGSF2013
5027David AvellanWPointsADCCABSR12013
5212Roger AmbrosiWAdvWorld Pro Trial100KGF2014
5213Romes PereiraWArmbarWorld Pro Trial100KGSF2014
6834Gustavo Elias DiasGustavo Elias DiasWPts: 4x2Pan AmericanO100KGR12015
6892Agnaldo SilveiraWChoke from backRio Fall OpenO100KG4F2015
6893Faisal ElKitbeWFootlockRio Fall OpenO100KGSF2015
6894R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWPointsRio Fall OpenO100KGF2015
7201UnknownWSubmissionBrasileiroO100KG4F2015
7202Kitner MouraWChoke from backBrasileiroO100KGSF2015
7204Kaue DamascenoWChokeBrasileiroO100KGF2015
7452Erberth SantosErberth SantosWRNCWorld Champ.100KG4F2015
7456Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesWChoke from backWorld Champ.100KGSF2015
7847Jason LeesWPts: 17x0ADCCO99KGR12015
7850Abraham MarteAbraham MarteWPts: 3x0ADCCO99KG4F2015
7939AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWReferee DecisionADCCABSR12015
7943Vagner RochaVagner RochaWPts: 3x0ADCCABS4F2015
7944Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraWPts: 2x0ADCCABSSF2015
9314Igor SchneiderIgor SchneiderWShort chokePan AmericanABSR22016
9318Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPts: 4x0Pan AmericanABS8F2016
9996Pedro MouraWN/AWorld Champ.O100KG4F2016
9997Alexander TransAlexander TransWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.O100KG4F2016
10047Daniel MehrkarWKimuraBJJ Tour - CTABS4F2016
10049Aaron JohnsonAaron JohnsonWChoke from backBJJ Tour - CTABSSF2016
10065Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWFootlockAll Star TourABSF2016
10115Felipe PenaFelipe PenaWPts: 4x4, AdvIBJJF Pro GPABS4F2016
10640Gustavo EliasGustavo EliasWPts: 17x0BJJ Pro LAO94KG4F2016
10751Ahmed WhiteWSubmissionUS OpenO95KGF2016
10752Francisco IturraldeFrancisco IturraldeWRNCUS OpenABSF2016
10802James PuopoloJames PuopoloWReferee DecisionF2W Pro 17100KGSPF2016
11060Carlos FariasCarlos FariasWPointsNY BJJ ProO94KGSF2016
11061Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyWPts: 4x0NY BJJ ProO94KGF2016
11201Braden MastersWChoke from backSan Antonio F. O.O100KGF2016
11961Wellington PerotoWChoke from backPan AmericanABSR12017
11975Admilson GobiAdmilson GobiWPts: 11x2Pan AmericanABS8F2017
11981Lucas LepriLucas LepriWPts: 3x0Pan AmericanABS4F2017
11985Erberth SantosErberth SantosWKatagatamePan AmericanABSSF2017
12767Marcos OliveiraMarcos OliveiraWReferee DecisionACBJJ 5O95KG4F2017
12879Aaron JohnsonAaron JohnsonWBotinhaWorld Champ.ABSR12017
12890Nicholas MeregaliNicholas MeregaliWPts: 3x2World Champ.ABS8F2017
13075James PuopoloJames PuopoloWPts: 4x0World Champ.O100KG4F2017
13339John RickelWTriangleAustin OpenO100KGF2017
13340John CombsJohn CombsWArmbarAustin OpenABS4F2017
13341Lucas PinheiroLucas PinheiroWSubmissionAustin OpenABSSF2017
13603Marcio CruzMarcio CruzWPts: 0x0, AdvIBJJF Pro GPABS4F2017
14078Marcelo BernardoWRNCACBJJ 8O95KG4F2017
14249Max GimenisMax GimenisWN/ABJJ NY Pro94KGSF2017
14250Otavio NalatiWAdvBJJ NY Pro94KGF2017
14538Dany GerardDany GerardWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi WorldsO97KG4F2017
14542Jared DoppJared DoppWPointsNoGi WorldsO97KGSF2017
14553James BrascoJames BrascoWCalf slicerNoGi WorldsABSR22017
14556Marcus WilsonWRNCNoGi WorldsABSR22017
14559Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaWRNCNoGi WorldsABS4F2017
14563Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusWPts: 4x2NoGi WorldsABSSF2017
14766Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaWPointsACB 10O95KGSPF2018
15231Max GimenisMax GimenisWPts: 0x0, AdvPan AmericanO100KG4F2018
15234Gustavo EliasGustavo EliasWPts: 4x0Pan AmericanO100KGSF2018
15235R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWArmbarPan AmericanO100KGF2018
16350T. AntonyWArmbarWorld Champ.O100KG8F2018
16358Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaWPts: 2x0World Champ.O100KG4F2018
16361Admilson GobiAdmilson GobiWPts: 17x0World Champ.O100KGSF2018
16484Nicholas MeregaliNicholas MeregaliWPointsACBJJ 14O95KGSPF2018
18888Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaWPts: 0x0, AdvBJJ StarsO100KGSPF2019
19572Mauricio LimaWArmlockWP BR Qualifier110KG4F2019
19574Rodrigo RibeiroRodrigo RibeiroWPts: 2x2, AdvWP BR Qualifier110KGSF2019
19576Matheus FelipeMatheus FelipeWPts: 4x2WP BR Qualifier110KGF2019
19657Keunwoo KimWToe holdWorld Pro110KGR12019
19658Khasan VarandoWPts: 4x0World Pro110KG4F2019
19660R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro110KGSF2019
19661Yahia HammadiWChoke from backWorld Pro110KGF2019
20232Gerard LabisnkiWPts: 5x0King of Mats110KGRR2019
20241Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWPts: 0x0, AdvKing of Mats110KGRR2019
20246Jackson SousaJackson SousaWToe holdKing of Mats110KGRR2019
20248Jonnatas GracieJonnatas GracieWPts: 3x0King of Mats110KGSF2019
20249Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteWPts: 0x0, AdvKing of Mats110KGF2019

(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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