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João Gabriel Rocha
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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. 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 World Champion (2012/2011** brown, 2008 junior blue)
  • IBJJF Pan American Champion (2017 black, 2012 brown)
  • IBJJF South American Champion (2011 brown)
  • CBJJ Brazilian National Champion (2013 black, 2012/2011** brown, 2010/2009 purple, 2008 junior blue)
  • ADCC Silver Medallist (2013)
  • IBJJF World Championship Runner-up (2015/2012 black, 2009 purple, 2008* junior blue)
  • IBJJF World No-Gi Championship Runner-up (2010 brown)
  • IBJJF Pan American Championship Runner-up (2017*)
  • CBJJ Brazilian National Championship Runner-up (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

54 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    23 (43%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (4%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    25 (46%)
  • BY DECISION
    4 (7%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

25 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke from back
36
9
#86e620
RNC
16
4
#5AD3D1
Submission
12
3
#d1212a
Footlock
8
2
#fad11b
Choke
4
1
#f58822
Palm to palm
4
1
#224aba
Kimura
4
1
#ff9124
Katagatame
4
1
#bf1f6c
Botinha
4
1
#22c9a5
Triangle
4
1
#fad223
Armbar
4
1
25
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
23 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    10 (43%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (13%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    7 (30%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (4%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    2 (9%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

7 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Heel Hook
43
3
#86e620
Armbar
29
2
#5AD3D1
Toe hold
14
1
#d1212a
Arm in ezekiel
14
1
7
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Joao Rocha Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
4323Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesLPts: 7x0Copa Podio100KGGP2013
4326Braga NetoBraga NetoLPts: 2x0Copa Podio100KGGP2013
4573Braga NetoBraga NetoLPointsWorld Pro100KGSF2013
4660Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLArmbarWorld Champ.ABS4F2013
4721Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 6x0World Champ.100KGF2013
4832Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 0x0, AdvRio OpenABSF2013
4951Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLHeel HookADCCO99KGF2013
4959Dean ListerDean ListerLHeel HookADCCABS4F2013
6699Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaLPointsPan AmericanO100KG4F2015
6949T. GaiaLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld ProO95KGR12015
6987Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 2x0World ProABSR22015
7301Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 8x2World Champ.100KGF2015
7679Jared DoppJared DoppLPenADCCO99KGSF2015
7680Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesLHeel hookADCCO99KG3RD2015
7772Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLPts: 0x0, PenADCCABSF2015
9110Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsLPts: 5x2Pan AmericanABS4F2016
9777Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLArmbarWorld Champ.O100KGSF2016
9892Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLPts: 7x0IBJJF Pro GPABSSF2016
10373Manny DiazManny DiazLPts: 4x4, AdvBJJ Pro LAO94KGSF2016
11625Leandro LoLeandro LoLToe holdPan AmericanABSF2017
12383Alexander TransAlexander TransLReferee DecisionACBJJ HW GPO95KGSF2017
12492Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 2x0World Champ.ABS4F2017
12673Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLArm in ezekielWorld Champ.O100KGSF2017
4320Alexandre SouzaAlexandre SouzaWPts: 2x0Copa Podio100KGGP2013
4325Bruno BastosBruno BastosWPts: 3x0Copa Podio100KGGP2013
4378Paulo HenriqueWRNCADCC Trials99KGF2013
4548Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraWPts: 11x2Brasileiro100KGF2013
4649Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeWSubmissionWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4655Joao AssisJoao AssisWPointsWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4718Leonardo LeiteLeonardo LeiteWChoke from backWorld Champ.100KG4F2013
4720Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWPts: 10x0World Champ.100KGSF2013
4828Grimaldo FilhoWChoke from backRio Open100KGF2013
4831R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWChoke from backRio OpenABSSF2013
4938Michael WilsonWRNCADCCO99KGR12013
4945Janne PietilainenWPts: 3x0ADCCO99KG4F2013
4948Jared DoppJared DoppWPointsADCCO99KGSF2013
4954David AvellanWPointsADCCABSR12013
5120Roger AmbrosiWAdvWorld Pro Trial100KGF2014
5121Romes PereiraWArmbarWorld Pro Trial100KGSF2014
6693Gustavo Elias DiasGustavo Elias DiasWPts: 4x2Pan AmericanO100KGR12015
6749Agnaldo SilveiraWChoke from backRio Fall OpenO100KG4F2015
6750Faisal ElKitbeWFootlockRio Fall OpenO100KGSF2015
6751R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWPointsRio Fall OpenO100KGF2015
7048UnknownWSubmissionBrasileiroO100KG4F2015
7049Kitner MouraWChoke from backBrasileiroO100KGSF2015
7051Kaue DamascenoWChokeBrasileiroO100KGF2015
7296Erberth SantosErberth SantosWRNCWorld Champ.100KG4F2015
7300Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesWChoke from backWorld Champ.100KGSF2015
7673Jason LeesWPts: 17x0ADCCO99KGR12015
7676Abraham MarteAbraham MarteWPts: 3x0ADCCO99KG4F2015
7765AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWReferee DecisionADCCABSR12015
7769Vagner RochaWPts: 3x0ADCCABS4F2015
7770Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraWPts: 2x0ADCCABSSF2015
9097Igor SchneiderIgor SchneiderWPalm to palmPan AmericanABSR22016
9101Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPts: 4x0Pan AmericanABS8F2016
9773Pedro MouraWN/AWorld Champ.O100KG4F2016
9774Alexander TransAlexander TransWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.O100KG4F2016
9822Daniel MehrkarWKimuraBJJ Tour - CTABS4F2016
9824Aaron JhonsonWChoke from backBJJ Tour - CTABSSF2016
9839Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWFootlockAll Star TourABSF2016
9888Felipe PenaFelipe PenaWPts: 4x4, AdvIBJJF Pro GPABS4F2016
10372Gustavo EliasGustavo EliasWPts: 17x0BJJ Pro LAO94KG4F2016
10479Ahmed WhiteWSubmissionUS OpenO95KGF2016
10480Francisco IturraldeFrancisco IturraldeWRNCUS OpenABSF2016
10529James PuopoloJames PuopoloWReferee DecisionF2W Pro 17100KGSPF2016
10786Carlos FariasCarlos FariasWPointsNY BJJ ProO94KGSF2016
10787Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyWPts: 4x0NY BJJ ProO94KGF2016
10921Braden MastersWChoke from backSan Antonio OpenO100KGF2016
11600Wellington PerotoWChoke from backPan AmericanABSR12017
11614Admilson GobiWPts: 11x2Pan AmericanABS8F2017
11620Lucas LepriLucas LepriWPts: 3x0Pan AmericanABS4F2017
11624Erberth SantosErberth SantosWKatagatamePan AmericanABSSF2017
12379Marcos OliveiraWReferee DecisionACBJJ HW GPO95KG4F2017
12474Aaron JohnsonWBotinhaWorld Champ.ABSR12017
12485Nicholas MeregaliNicholas MeregaliWPts: 3x2World Champ.ABS8F2017
12670James PuopoloJames PuopoloWPts: 4x0World Champ.O100KG4F2017
12917John RickelWTriangleAustin OpenO100KGF2017

(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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