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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. 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
Armbar
11
4
#d1212a
Submission
11
4
#fad11b
Footlock
5
2
#f58822
Toe hold
5
2
#224aba
Choke
3
1
#ff9124
Short choke
3
1
#bf1f6c
Kimura
3
1
#22c9a5
Katagatame
3
1
#fad223
Botinha
3
1
#03861f
Triangle
3
1
#039a1f
Calf slicer
3
1
#03b41f
Armlock
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
Arm in ezekiel
11
1
#d1212a
Botinha
11
1
#fad11b
Guillotine
11
1
#f58822
Toe hold
11
1
9
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Joao Rocha Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
4389Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesLPts: 7x0Copa Podio100KGGP2013
4392Braga NetoBraga NetoLPts: 2x0Copa Podio100KGGP2013
4651Braga NetoBraga NetoLPointsWorld Pro100KGSF2013
4738Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLArmbarWorld Champ.ABS4F2013
4801Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 6x0World Champ.100KGF2013
4912Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 0x0, AdvRio OpenABSF2013
5030Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLHeel HookADCCO99KGF2013
5038Dean ListerDean ListerLHeel HookADCCABS4F2013
6846Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaLPointsPan AmericanO100KG4F2015
7104T. GaiaLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld ProO95KGR12015
7142Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 2x0World ProABSR22015
7463Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 8x2World Champ.100KGF2015
7859Jared DoppJared DoppLPenADCCO99KGSF2015
7860Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesLHeel hookADCCO99KG3RD2015
7952Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLPts: 0x0, PenADCCABSF2015
9333Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsLPts: 5x2Pan AmericanABS4F2016
10006Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLArmbarWorld Champ.O100KGSF2016
10125Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLPts: 7x0IBJJF Pro GPABSSF2016
10647Manny DiazManny DiazLPts: 4x4, AdvBJJ Pro LAO94KGSF2016
11992Leandro LoLeandro LoLToe holdPan AmericanABSF2017
12777Alexander TransAlexander TransLReferee DecisionACBJJ 5O95KGSF2017
12903Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 2x0World Champ.ABS4F2017
13084Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLArm in ezekielWorld Champ.O100KGSF2017
13612Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLBotinhaIBJJF Pro GPABSSF2017
14087Victor HonorioVictor HonorioLPointsACBJJ 8O95KGSF2017
14549Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi WorldsO97KGF2017
14571Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLPts: 2x0NoGi WorldsABSF2017
16109Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLPointsACBJJ 13O95KGSPF2018
16368Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.O100KGF2018
18614Gordon RyanGordon RyanLPts: 1x0Kasai Dallas120KGSPF2019
20248Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLGuillotineKing of Mats110KGRR2019
4386Alexandre SouzaAlexandre SouzaWPts: 2x0Copa Podio100KGGP2013
4391Bruno BastosBruno BastosWPts: 3x0Copa Podio100KGGP2013
4450Paulo HenriqueWRNCADCC Trials99KGF2013
4626Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraWPts: 11x2Brasileiro100KGF2013
4727Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeWSubmissionWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4733Joao AssisJoao AssisWPointsWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4798Leonardo LeiteLeonardo LeiteWChoke from backWorld Champ.100KG4F2013
4800Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWPts: 10x0World Champ.100KGSF2013
4908Grimaldo FilhoWChoke from backRio Open100KGF2013
4911R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWChoke from backRio OpenABSSF2013
5017Michael WilsonWRNCADCCO99KGR12013
5024Janne PietilainenWPts: 3x0ADCCO99KG4F2013
5027Jared DoppJared DoppWPointsADCCO99KGSF2013
5033David AvellanWPointsADCCABSR12013
5218Roger AmbrosiWAdvWorld Pro Trial100KGF2014
5219Romes PereiraWArmbarWorld Pro Trial100KGSF2014
6840Gustavo Dias DiasGustavo Dias DiasWPts: 4x2Pan AmericanO100KGR12015
6898Agnaldo SilveiraWChoke from backRio Fall OpenO100KG4F2015
6899Faisal ElKitbeWFootlockRio Fall OpenO100KGSF2015
6900R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWPointsRio Fall OpenO100KGF2015
7207UnknownWSubmissionBrasileiroO100KG4F2015
7208Kitner MouraWChoke from backBrasileiroO100KGSF2015
7210Kaue DamascenoWChokeBrasileiroO100KGF2015
7458Erberth SantosErberth SantosWRNCWorld Champ.100KG4F2015
7462Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesWChoke from backWorld Champ.100KGSF2015
7853Jason LeesWPts: 17x0ADCCO99KGR12015
7856Abraham MarteAbraham MarteWPts: 3x0ADCCO99KG4F2015
7945AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWReferee DecisionADCCABSR12015
7949Vagner RochaVagner RochaWPts: 3x0ADCCABS4F2015
7950Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraWPts: 2x0ADCCABSSF2015
9320Igor SchneiderIgor SchneiderWShort chokePan AmericanABSR22016
9324Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPts: 4x0Pan AmericanABS8F2016
10002Pedro MouraWN/AWorld Champ.O100KG4F2016
10003Alexander TransAlexander TransWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.O100KG4F2016
10053Daniel MehrkarWKimuraBJJ Tour - CTABS4F2016
10055Aaron JohnsonAaron JohnsonWChoke from backBJJ Tour - CTABSSF2016
10071Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWFootlockAll Star TourABSF2016
10121Felipe PenaFelipe PenaWPts: 4x4, AdvIBJJF Pro GPABS4F2016
10646Gustavo DiasGustavo DiasWPts: 17x0BJJ Pro LAO94KG4F2016
10757Ahmed WhiteWSubmissionUS OpenO95KGF2016
10758Francisco IturraldeFrancisco IturraldeWRNCUS OpenABSF2016
10808James PuopoloJames PuopoloWReferee DecisionF2W Pro 17100KGSPF2016
11066Carlos FariasCarlos FariasWPointsNY BJJ ProO94KGSF2016
11067Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyWPts: 4x0NY BJJ ProO94KGF2016
11207Braden MastersWChoke from backSan Antonio F. O.O100KGF2016
11967Wellington PerotoWChoke from backPan AmericanABSR12017
11981Admilson GobiAdmilson GobiWPts: 11x2Pan AmericanABS8F2017
11987Lucas LepriLucas LepriWPts: 3x0Pan AmericanABS4F2017
11991Erberth SantosErberth SantosWKatagatamePan AmericanABSSF2017
12773Marcos OliveiraMarcos OliveiraWReferee DecisionACBJJ 5O95KG4F2017
12885Aaron JohnsonAaron JohnsonWBotinhaWorld Champ.ABSR12017
12896Nicholas MeregaliNicholas MeregaliWPts: 3x2World Champ.ABS8F2017
13081James PuopoloJames PuopoloWPts: 4x0World Champ.O100KG4F2017
13345John RickelWTriangleAustin OpenO100KGF2017
13346John CombsJohn CombsWArmbarAustin OpenABS4F2017
13347Lucas PinheiroLucas PinheiroWSubmissionAustin OpenABSSF2017
13609Marcio CruzMarcio CruzWPts: 0x0, AdvIBJJF Pro GPABS4F2017
14084Marcelo BernardoWRNCACBJJ 8O95KG4F2017
14255Max GimenisMax GimenisWN/ABJJ NY Pro94KGSF2017
14256Otavio NalatiWAdvBJJ NY Pro94KGF2017
14544Dany GerardDany GerardWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi WorldsO97KG4F2017
14548Jared DoppJared DoppWPointsNoGi WorldsO97KGSF2017
14559James BrascoJames BrascoWCalf slicerNoGi WorldsABSR22017
14562Marcus WilsonWRNCNoGi WorldsABSR22017
14565Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaWRNCNoGi WorldsABS4F2017
14569Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusWPts: 4x2NoGi WorldsABSSF2017
14772Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaWPointsACB 10O95KGSPF2018
15237Max GimenisMax GimenisWPts: 0x0, AdvPan AmericanO100KG4F2018
15240Gustavo DiasGustavo DiasWPts: 4x0Pan AmericanO100KGSF2018
15241R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWArmbarPan AmericanO100KGF2018
16356T. AntonyWArmbarWorld Champ.O100KG8F2018
16364Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaWPts: 2x0World Champ.O100KG4F2018
16367Admilson GobiAdmilson GobiWPts: 17x0World Champ.O100KGSF2018
16490Nicholas MeregaliNicholas MeregaliWPointsACBJJ 14O95KGSPF2018
18893Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaWPts: 0x0, AdvBJJ StarsO100KGSPF2019
19577Mauricio LimaWArmlockWP BR Qualifier110KG4F2019
19579Rodrigo RibeiroRodrigo RibeiroWPts: 2x2, AdvWP BR Qualifier110KGSF2019
19581Matheus FelipeMatheus FelipeWPts: 4x2WP BR Qualifier110KGF2019
19662Keunwoo KimWToe holdWorld Pro110KGR12019
19663Khasan VarandoWPts: 4x0World Pro110KG4F2019
19665R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro110KGSF2019
19666Yahia HammadiWChoke from backWorld Pro110KGF2019
20244Gerard LabisnkiWPts: 5x0King of Mats110KGRR2019
20253Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWPts: 0x0, AdvKing of Mats110KGRR2019
20258Jackson SousaJackson SousaWToe holdKing of Mats110KGRR2019
20260Jonnatas GracieJonnatas GracieWPts: 3x0King of Mats110KGSF2019
20261Kaynan 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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