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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
4368Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesLPts: 7x0Copa Podio100KGGP2013
4371Braga NetoBraga NetoLPts: 2x0Copa Podio100KGGP2013
4626Braga NetoBraga NetoLPointsWorld Pro100KGSF2013
4713Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLArmbarWorld Champ.ABS4F2013
4776Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 6x0World Champ.100KGF2013
4887Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 0x0, AdvRio OpenABSF2013
5005Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLHeel HookADCCO99KGF2013
5013Dean ListerDean ListerLHeel HookADCCABS4F2013
6799Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaLPointsPan AmericanO100KG4F2015
7057T. GaiaLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld ProO95KGR12015
7095Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 2x0World ProABSR22015
7416Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 8x2World Champ.100KGF2015
7808Jared DoppJared DoppLPenADCCO99KGSF2015
7809Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesLHeel hookADCCO99KG3RD2015
7901Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLPts: 0x0, PenADCCABSF2015
9279Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsLPts: 5x2Pan AmericanABS4F2016
9950Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLArmbarWorld Champ.O100KGSF2016
10069Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLPts: 7x0IBJJF Pro GPABSSF2016
10578Manny DiazManny DiazLPts: 4x4, AdvBJJ Pro LAO94KGSF2016
11905Leandro LoLeandro LoLToe holdPan AmericanABSF2017
12681Alexander TransAlexander TransLReferee DecisionACBJJ 5O95KGSF2017
12800Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 2x0World Champ.ABS4F2017
12981Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLArm in ezekielWorld Champ.O100KGSF2017
13499Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLBotinhaIBJJF Pro GPABSSF2017
13959Victor HonorioVictor HonorioLPointsACBJJ 8O95KGSF2017
14404Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi WorldsO97KGF2017
14425Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLPts: 2x0NoGi WorldsABSF2017
15852Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLPointsACBJJ 13O95KGSPF2018
16109Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.O100KGF2018
4365Alexandre SouzaAlexandre SouzaWPts: 2x0Copa Podio100KGGP2013
4370Bruno BastosBruno BastosWPts: 3x0Copa Podio100KGGP2013
4425Paulo HenriqueWRNCADCC Trials99KGF2013
4601Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraWPts: 11x2Brasileiro100KGF2013
4702Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeWSubmissionWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4708Joao AssisJoao AssisWPointsWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4773Leonardo LeiteLeonardo LeiteWChoke from backWorld Champ.100KG4F2013
4775Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWPts: 10x0World Champ.100KGSF2013
4883Grimaldo FilhoWChoke from backRio Open100KGF2013
4886R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWChoke from backRio OpenABSSF2013
4992Michael WilsonWRNCADCCO99KGR12013
4999Janne PietilainenWPts: 3x0ADCCO99KG4F2013
5002Jared DoppJared DoppWPointsADCCO99KGSF2013
5008David AvellanWPointsADCCABSR12013
5185Roger AmbrosiWAdvWorld Pro Trial100KGF2014
5186Romes PereiraWArmbarWorld Pro Trial100KGSF2014
6793Gustavo Elias DiasGustavo Elias DiasWPts: 4x2Pan AmericanO100KGR12015
6851Agnaldo SilveiraWChoke from backRio Fall OpenO100KG4F2015
6852Faisal ElKitbeWFootlockRio Fall OpenO100KGSF2015
6853R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWPointsRio Fall OpenO100KGF2015
7160UnknownWSubmissionBrasileiroO100KG4F2015
7161Kitner MouraWChoke from backBrasileiroO100KGSF2015
7163Kaue DamascenoWChokeBrasileiroO100KGF2015
7411Erberth SantosErberth SantosWRNCWorld Champ.100KG4F2015
7415Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesWChoke from backWorld Champ.100KGSF2015
7802Jason LeesWPts: 17x0ADCCO99KGR12015
7805Abraham MarteAbraham MarteWPts: 3x0ADCCO99KG4F2015
7894AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWReferee DecisionADCCABSR12015
7898Vagner RochaVagner RochaWPts: 3x0ADCCABS4F2015
7899Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraWPts: 2x0ADCCABSSF2015
9266Igor SchneiderIgor SchneiderWShort chokePan AmericanABSR22016
9270Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPts: 4x0Pan AmericanABS8F2016
9946Pedro MouraWN/AWorld Champ.O100KG4F2016
9947Alexander TransAlexander TransWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.O100KG4F2016
9997Daniel MehrkarWKimuraBJJ Tour - CTABS4F2016
9999Aaron JohnsonAaron JohnsonWChoke from backBJJ Tour - CTABSSF2016
10015Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWFootlockAll Star TourABSF2016
10065Felipe PenaFelipe PenaWPts: 4x4, AdvIBJJF Pro GPABS4F2016
10577Gustavo EliasGustavo EliasWPts: 17x0BJJ Pro LAO94KG4F2016
10688Ahmed WhiteWSubmissionUS OpenO95KGF2016
10689Francisco IturraldeFrancisco IturraldeWRNCUS OpenABSF2016
10738James PuopoloJames PuopoloWReferee DecisionF2W Pro 17100KGSPF2016
10996Carlos FariasCarlos FariasWPointsNY BJJ ProO94KGSF2016
10997Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyWPts: 4x0NY BJJ ProO94KGF2016
11137Braden MastersWChoke from backSan Antonio F. O.O100KGF2016
11880Wellington PerotoWChoke from backPan AmericanABSR12017
11894Admilson GobiAdmilson GobiWPts: 11x2Pan AmericanABS8F2017
11900Lucas LepriLucas LepriWPts: 3x0Pan AmericanABS4F2017
11904Erberth SantosErberth SantosWKatagatamePan AmericanABSSF2017
12677Marcos OliveiraMarcos OliveiraWReferee DecisionACBJJ 5O95KG4F2017
12782Aaron JohnsonAaron JohnsonWBotinhaWorld Champ.ABSR12017
12793Nicholas MeregaliNicholas MeregaliWPts: 3x2World Champ.ABS8F2017
12978James PuopoloJames PuopoloWPts: 4x0World Champ.O100KG4F2017
13242John RickelWTriangleAustin OpenO100KGF2017
13243John CombsJohn CombsWArmbarAustin OpenABS4F2017
13244Lucas PinheiroLucas PinheiroWSubmissionAustin OpenABSSF2017
13496Marcio CruzMarcio CruzWPts: 0x0, AdvIBJJF Pro GPABS4F2017
13956Marcelo BernardoWRNCACBJJ 8O95KG4F2017
14126Max GimenisWN/ABJJ NY Pro94KGSF2017
14127Otavio NalatiWAdvBJJ NY Pro94KGF2017
14399Dany GerardDany GerardWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi WorldsO97KG4F2017
14403Jared DoppJared DoppWPointsNoGi WorldsO97KGSF2017
14413James BrascoJames BrascoWCalf slicerNoGi WorldsABSR22017
14416Marcus WilsonWRNCNoGi WorldsABSR22017
14419Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaWRNCNoGi WorldsABS4F2017
14423Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusWPts: 4x2NoGi WorldsABSSF2017
14597Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaWPointsACB 10O95KGSPF2018
15043Max GimenisMax GimenisWPts: 0x0, AdvPan AmericanO100KG4F2018
15046Gustavo EliasGustavo EliasWPts: 4x0Pan AmericanO100KGSF2018
15047R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWArmbarPan AmericanO100KGF2018
16097T. AntonyWArmbarWorld Champ.O100KG8F2018
16105Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaWPts: 2x0World Champ.O100KG4F2018
16108Admilson GobiAdmilson GobiWPts: 17x0World Champ.O100KGSF2018
16227Nicholas 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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