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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

53 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    23 (43%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (4%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    24 (45%)
  • BY DECISION
    4 (8%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

24 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke from back
38
9
#86e620
RNC
17
4
#5AD3D1
Submission
13
3
#d1212a
Footlock
8
2
#fad11b
Armbar
4
1
#f58822
Choke
4
1
#224aba
Palm to palm
4
1
#ff9124
Kimura
4
1
#bf1f6c
Katagatame
4
1
#22c9a5
Botinha
4
1
24
(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
4297Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesLPts: 7x0Copa Podio100KGGP2013
4300Braga NetoBraga NetoLPts: 2x0Copa Podio100KGGP2013
4539Braga NetoBraga NetoLPointsWorld Pro100KGSF2013
4626Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLArmbarWorld Champ.ABS4F2013
4687Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 6x0World Champ.100KGF2013
4798Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 0x0, AdvRio OpenABSF2013
4917Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLHeel HookADCCO99KGF2013
4925Dean ListerDean ListerLHeel HookADCCABS4F2013
6648Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaLPointsPan AmericanO100KG4F2015
6898T. GaiaLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld ProO95KGR12015
6936Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 2x0World ProABSR22015
7249Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 8x2World Champ.100KGF2015
7626Jared DoppJared DoppLPenADCCO99KGSF2015
7627Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesLHeel hookADCCO99KG3RD2015
7719Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLPts: 0x0, PenADCCABSF2015
9047Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsLPts: 5x2Pan AmericanABS4F2016
9712Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLArmbarWorld Champ.O100KGSF2016
9827Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLPts: 7x0IBJJF Pro GPABSSF2016
10306Manny DiazManny DiazLPts: 4x4, AdvBJJ Pro LAO94KGSF2016
11552Leandro LoLeandro LoLToe holdPan AmericanABSF2017
12308Alexander TransAlexander TransLReferee DecisionACBJJ HW GPO95KGSF2017
12416Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 2x0World Champ.ABS4F2017
12597Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLArm in ezekielWorld Champ.O100KGSF2017
4294Alexandre SouzaAlexandre SouzaWPts: 2x0Copa Podio100KGGP2013
4299Bruno BastosBruno BastosWPts: 3x0Copa Podio100KGGP2013
4352Paulo HenriqueWRNCADCC Trials99KGF2013
4515Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraWPts: 11x2Brasileiro100KGF2013
4615Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeWSubmissionWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4621Joao AssisJoao AssisWPointsWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4684Leonardo LeiteLeonardo LeiteWChoke from backWorld Champ.100KG4F2013
4686Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWPts: 10x0World Champ.100KGSF2013
4794Grimaldo FilhoWChoke from backRio Open100KGF2013
4797R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWChoke from backRio OpenABSSF2013
4904Michael WilsonWRNCADCCO99KGR12013
4911Janne PietilainenWPts: 3x0ADCCO99KG4F2013
4914Jared DoppJared DoppWPointsADCCO99KGSF2013
4920David AvellanWPointsADCCABSR12013
5084Roger AmbrosiWAdvWorld Pro Trial100KGF2014
5085Romes PereiraWArmbarWorld Pro Trial100KGSF2014
6642Gustavo Elias DiasGustavo Elias DiasWPts: 4x2Pan AmericanO100KGR12015
6698Agnaldo SilveiraWChoke from backRio Fall OpenO100KG4F2015
6699Faisal ElKitbeWFootlockRio Fall OpenO100KGSF2015
6700R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWPointsRio Fall OpenO100KGF2015
6997UnknownWSubmissionBrasileiroO100KG4F2015
6998Kitner MouraWChoke from backBrasileiroO100KGSF2015
7000Kaue DamascenoWChokeBrasileiroO100KGF2015
7244Erberth SantosErberth SantosWRNCWorld Champ.100KG4F2015
7248Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesWChoke from backWorld Champ.100KGSF2015
7620Jason LeesWPts: 17x0ADCCO99KGR12015
7623Abraham MarteAbraham MarteWPts: 3x0ADCCO99KG4F2015
7712AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWReferee DecisionADCCABSR12015
7716Vagner RochaWPts: 3x0ADCCABS4F2015
7717Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraWPts: 2x0ADCCABSSF2015
9034Igor SchneiderIgor SchneiderWPalm to palmPan AmericanABSR22016
9038Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPts: 4x0Pan AmericanABS8F2016
9708Pedro MouraWN/AWorld Champ.O100KG4F2016
9709Alexander TransAlexander TransWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.O100KG4F2016
9757Daniel MehrkarWKimuraBJJ Tour - CTABS4F2016
9759Aaron JhonsonWChoke from backBJJ Tour - CTABSSF2016
9774Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWFootlockAll Star TourABSF2016
9823Felipe PenaFelipe PenaWPts: 4x4, AdvIBJJF Pro GPABS4F2016
10305Gustavo EliasGustavo EliasWPts: 17x0BJJ Pro LAO94KG4F2016
10412Ahmed WhiteWSubmissionUS OpenO95KGF2016
10413Francisco IturraldeFrancisco IturraldeWRNCUS OpenABSF2016
10462James PuopoloJames PuopoloWReferee DecisionF2W Pro 17100KGSPF2016
10718Carlos FariasCarlos FariasWPointsNY BJJ ProO94KGSF2016
10719Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyWPts: 4x0NY BJJ ProO94KGF2016
10853Braden MastersWChoke from backSan Antonio OpenO100KGF2016
11527Wellington PerotoWChoke from backPan AmericanABSR12017
11541Admilson GobiWPts: 11x2Pan AmericanABS8F2017
11547Lucas LepriLucas LepriWPts: 3x0Pan AmericanABS4F2017
11551Erberth SantosErberth SantosWKatagatamePan AmericanABSSF2017
12304Marcos OliveiraWReferee DecisionACBJJ HW GPO95KG4F2017
12398Aaron JohnsonWBotinhaWorld Champ.ABSR12017
12409Nicholas MeregaliNicholas MeregaliWPts: 3x2World Champ.ABS8F2017
12594James PuopoloJames PuopoloWPts: 4x0World Champ.O100KG4F2017

(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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