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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 (2018/2015/2012)
  • 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

74 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    31 (42%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    6 (8%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    33 (45%)
  • BY DECISION
    4 (5%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

33 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke from back
27
9
#86e620
RNC
21
7
#5AD3D1
Submission
12
4
#d1212a
Armbar
12
4
#fad11b
Footlock
6
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
33
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
29 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    13 (45%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    4 (14%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    8 (28%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (7%)
  • 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
4358Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesLPts: 7x0Copa Podio100KGGP2013
4361Braga NetoBraga NetoLPts: 2x0Copa Podio100KGGP2013
4616Braga NetoBraga NetoLPointsWorld Pro100KGSF2013
4703Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLArmbarWorld Champ.ABS4F2013
4766Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 6x0World Champ.100KGF2013
4877Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 0x0, AdvRio OpenABSF2013
4996Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLHeel HookADCCO99KGF2013
5004Dean ListerDean ListerLHeel HookADCCABS4F2013
6780Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaLPointsPan AmericanO100KG4F2015
7038T. GaiaLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld ProO95KGR12015
7076Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 2x0World ProABSR22015
7394Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 8x2World Champ.100KGF2015
7780Jared DoppJared DoppLPenADCCO99KGSF2015
7781Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesLHeel hookADCCO99KG3RD2015
7873Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLPts: 0x0, PenADCCABSF2015
9235Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsLPts: 5x2Pan AmericanABS4F2016
9902Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLArmbarWorld Champ.O100KGSF2016
10020Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLPts: 7x0IBJJF Pro GPABSSF2016
10519Manny DiazManny DiazLPts: 4x4, AdvBJJ Pro LAO94KGSF2016
11805Leandro LoLeandro LoLToe holdPan AmericanABSF2017
12576Alexander TransAlexander TransLReferee DecisionACBJJ 5O95KGSF2017
12692Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 2x0World Champ.ABS4F2017
12873Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLArm in ezekielWorld Champ.O100KGSF2017
13360Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLBotinhaIBJJF Pro GPABSSF2017
13808Victor HonorioVictor HonorioLPointsACBJJ 8O95KGSF2017
14240Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi WorldsO97KGF2017
14261Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLPts: 2x0NoGi WorldsABSF2017
15656Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLPointsACBJJ 13O95KGSPF2018
15911Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.O100KGF2018
4355Alexandre SouzaAlexandre SouzaWPts: 2x0Copa Podio100KGGP2013
4360Bruno BastosBruno BastosWPts: 3x0Copa Podio100KGGP2013
4415Paulo HenriqueWRNCADCC Trials99KGF2013
4591Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraWPts: 11x2Brasileiro100KGF2013
4692Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeWSubmissionWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4698Joao AssisJoao AssisWPointsWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4763Leonardo LeiteLeonardo LeiteWChoke from backWorld Champ.100KG4F2013
4765Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWPts: 10x0World Champ.100KGSF2013
4873Grimaldo FilhoWChoke from backRio Open100KGF2013
4876R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWChoke from backRio OpenABSSF2013
4983Michael WilsonWRNCADCCO99KGR12013
4990Janne PietilainenWPts: 3x0ADCCO99KG4F2013
4993Jared DoppJared DoppWPointsADCCO99KGSF2013
4999David AvellanWPointsADCCABSR12013
5176Roger AmbrosiWAdvWorld Pro Trial100KGF2014
5177Romes PereiraWArmbarWorld Pro Trial100KGSF2014
6774Gustavo Elias DiasGustavo Elias DiasWPts: 4x2Pan AmericanO100KGR12015
6832Agnaldo SilveiraWChoke from backRio Fall OpenO100KG4F2015
6833Faisal ElKitbeWFootlockRio Fall OpenO100KGSF2015
6834R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWPointsRio Fall OpenO100KGF2015
7141UnknownWSubmissionBrasileiroO100KG4F2015
7142Kitner MouraWChoke from backBrasileiroO100KGSF2015
7144Kaue DamascenoWChokeBrasileiroO100KGF2015
7389Erberth SantosErberth SantosWRNCWorld Champ.100KG4F2015
7393Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesWChoke from backWorld Champ.100KGSF2015
7774Jason LeesWPts: 17x0ADCCO99KGR12015
7777Abraham MarteAbraham MarteWPts: 3x0ADCCO99KG4F2015
7866AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWReferee DecisionADCCABSR12015
7870Vagner RochaVagner RochaWPts: 3x0ADCCABS4F2015
7871Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraWPts: 2x0ADCCABSSF2015
9222Igor SchneiderIgor SchneiderWShort chokePan AmericanABSR22016
9226Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPts: 4x0Pan AmericanABS8F2016
9898Pedro MouraWN/AWorld Champ.O100KG4F2016
9899Alexander TransAlexander TransWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.O100KG4F2016
9949Daniel MehrkarWKimuraBJJ Tour - CTABS4F2016
9951Aaron JhonsonWChoke from backBJJ Tour - CTABSSF2016
9966Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWFootlockAll Star TourABSF2016
10016Felipe PenaFelipe PenaWPts: 4x4, AdvIBJJF Pro GPABS4F2016
10518Gustavo EliasGustavo EliasWPts: 17x0BJJ Pro LAO94KG4F2016
10629Ahmed WhiteWSubmissionUS OpenO95KGF2016
10630Francisco IturraldeFrancisco IturraldeWRNCUS OpenABSF2016
10679James PuopoloJames PuopoloWReferee DecisionF2W Pro 17100KGSPF2016
10938Carlos FariasCarlos FariasWPointsNY BJJ ProO94KGSF2016
10939Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyWPts: 4x0NY BJJ ProO94KGF2016
11076Braden MastersWChoke from backSan Antonio OpenO100KGF2016
11780Wellington PerotoWChoke from backPan AmericanABSR12017
11794Admilson GobiAdmilson GobiWPts: 11x2Pan AmericanABS8F2017
11800Lucas LepriLucas LepriWPts: 3x0Pan AmericanABS4F2017
11804Erberth SantosErberth SantosWKatagatamePan AmericanABSSF2017
12572Marcos OliveiraMarcos OliveiraWReferee DecisionACBJJ 5O95KG4F2017
12674Aaron JohnsonWBotinhaWorld Champ.ABSR12017
12685Nicholas MeregaliNicholas MeregaliWPts: 3x2World Champ.ABS8F2017
12870James PuopoloJames PuopoloWPts: 4x0World Champ.O100KG4F2017
13127John RickelWTriangleAustin OpenO100KGF2017
13128John CombsJohn CombsWArmbarAustin OpenABS4F2017
13129Lucas PinheiroLucas PinheiroWSubmissionAustin OpenABSSF2017
13357Marcio CruzMarcio CruzWPts: 0x0, AdvIBJJF Pro GPABS4F2017
13805Marcelo BernardoWRNCACBJJ 8O95KG4F2017
13974Max GimenisWN/ABJJ NY Pro94KGSF2017
13975Otavio NalatiWAdvBJJ NY Pro94KGF2017
14235Dany GerardDany GerardWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi WorldsO97KG4F2017
14239Jared DoppJared DoppWPointsNoGi WorldsO97KGSF2017
14249James BrascoJames BrascoWCalf slicerNoGi WorldsABSR22017
14252Marcus WilsonWRNCNoGi WorldsABSR22017
14255Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaWRNCNoGi WorldsABS4F2017
14259Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusWPts: 4x2NoGi WorldsABSSF2017
14433Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaWPointsACB 10O95KGSPF2018
14873Max GimenisMax GimenisWPts: 0x0, AdvPan AmericanO100KG4F2018
14876Gustavo EliasGustavo EliasWPts: 4x0Pan AmericanO100KGSF2018
14877R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWArmbarPan AmericanO100KGF2018
15899T. AntonyWArmbarWorld Champ.O100KG8F2018
15907Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaWPts: 2x0World Champ.O100KG4F2018
15910Admilson GobiAdmilson GobiWPts: 17x0World Champ.O100KGSF2018
16026Nicholas MeregaliNicholas MeregaliWPointsACBJJ 14O95KGSPF2018

(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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