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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:

  • IBJJF Pan American Champion (2018/2017)
  • ACB JJ +95 KG Champion (2018)
  • CBJJ Brazilian National Champion (2013)
  • ADCC 2nd Place (2013)
  • IBJJF World Championship 2nd Place (2018/2015/2012)
  • IBJJF Pan American Championship 2nd Place (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

75 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    31 (41%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    7 (9%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    33 (44%)
  • 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
30 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    14 (47%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    4 (13%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    8 (27%)
  • 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
4382Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesLPts: 7x0Copa Podio100KGGP2013
4385Braga NetoBraga NetoLPts: 2x0Copa Podio100KGGP2013
4644Braga NetoBraga NetoLPointsWorld Pro100KGSF2013
4731Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLArmbarWorld Champ.ABS4F2013
4794Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 6x0World Champ.100KGF2013
4905Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 0x0, AdvRio OpenABSF2013
5023Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLHeel HookADCCO99KGF2013
5031Dean ListerDean ListerLHeel HookADCCABS4F2013
6839Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaLPointsPan AmericanO100KG4F2015
7097T. GaiaLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld ProO95KGR12015
7135Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 2x0World ProABSR22015
7456Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 8x2World Champ.100KGF2015
7852Jared DoppJared DoppLPenADCCO99KGSF2015
7853Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesLHeel hookADCCO99KG3RD2015
7945Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLPts: 0x0, PenADCCABSF2015
9326Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsLPts: 5x2Pan AmericanABS4F2016
9999Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLArmbarWorld Champ.O100KGSF2016
10118Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLPts: 7x0IBJJF Pro GPABSSF2016
10640Manny DiazManny DiazLPts: 4x4, AdvBJJ Pro LAO94KGSF2016
11984Leandro LoLeandro LoLToe holdPan AmericanABSF2017
12769Alexander TransAlexander TransLReferee DecisionACBJJ 5O95KGSF2017
12895Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 2x0World Champ.ABS4F2017
13076Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLArm in ezekielWorld Champ.O100KGSF2017
13604Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLBotinhaIBJJF Pro GPABSSF2017
14076Victor HonorioVictor HonorioLPointsACBJJ 8O95KGSF2017
14526Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi WorldsO97KGF2017
14548Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLPts: 2x0NoGi WorldsABSF2017
16025Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLPointsACBJJ 13O95KGSPF2018
16282Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.O100KGF2018
18472Gordon RyanGordon RyanLPts: 1x0Kasai Dallas120KGSPF2019
4379Alexandre SouzaAlexandre SouzaWPts: 2x0Copa Podio100KGGP2013
4384Bruno BastosBruno BastosWPts: 3x0Copa Podio100KGGP2013
4443Paulo HenriqueWRNCADCC Trials99KGF2013
4619Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraWPts: 11x2Brasileiro100KGF2013
4720Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeWSubmissionWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4726Joao AssisJoao AssisWPointsWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4791Leonardo LeiteLeonardo LeiteWChoke from backWorld Champ.100KG4F2013
4793Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWPts: 10x0World Champ.100KGSF2013
4901Grimaldo FilhoWChoke from backRio Open100KGF2013
4904R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWChoke from backRio OpenABSSF2013
5010Michael WilsonWRNCADCCO99KGR12013
5017Janne PietilainenWPts: 3x0ADCCO99KG4F2013
5020Jared DoppJared DoppWPointsADCCO99KGSF2013
5026David AvellanWPointsADCCABSR12013
5211Roger AmbrosiWAdvWorld Pro Trial100KGF2014
5212Romes PereiraWArmbarWorld Pro Trial100KGSF2014
6833Gustavo Elias DiasGustavo Elias DiasWPts: 4x2Pan AmericanO100KGR12015
6891Agnaldo SilveiraWChoke from backRio Fall OpenO100KG4F2015
6892Faisal ElKitbeWFootlockRio Fall OpenO100KGSF2015
6893R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWPointsRio Fall OpenO100KGF2015
7200UnknownWSubmissionBrasileiroO100KG4F2015
7201Kitner MouraWChoke from backBrasileiroO100KGSF2015
7203Kaue DamascenoWChokeBrasileiroO100KGF2015
7451Erberth SantosErberth SantosWRNCWorld Champ.100KG4F2015
7455Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesWChoke from backWorld Champ.100KGSF2015
7846Jason LeesWPts: 17x0ADCCO99KGR12015
7849Abraham MarteAbraham MarteWPts: 3x0ADCCO99KG4F2015
7938AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWReferee DecisionADCCABSR12015
7942Vagner RochaVagner RochaWPts: 3x0ADCCABS4F2015
7943Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraWPts: 2x0ADCCABSSF2015
9313Igor SchneiderIgor SchneiderWShort chokePan AmericanABSR22016
9317Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPts: 4x0Pan AmericanABS8F2016
9995Pedro MouraWN/AWorld Champ.O100KG4F2016
9996Alexander TransAlexander TransWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.O100KG4F2016
10046Daniel MehrkarWKimuraBJJ Tour - CTABS4F2016
10048Aaron JohnsonAaron JohnsonWChoke from backBJJ Tour - CTABSSF2016
10064Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWFootlockAll Star TourABSF2016
10114Felipe PenaFelipe PenaWPts: 4x4, AdvIBJJF Pro GPABS4F2016
10639Gustavo EliasGustavo EliasWPts: 17x0BJJ Pro LAO94KG4F2016
10750Ahmed WhiteWSubmissionUS OpenO95KGF2016
10751Francisco IturraldeFrancisco IturraldeWRNCUS OpenABSF2016
10801James PuopoloJames PuopoloWReferee DecisionF2W Pro 17100KGSPF2016
11059Carlos FariasCarlos FariasWPointsNY BJJ ProO94KGSF2016
11060Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyWPts: 4x0NY BJJ ProO94KGF2016
11200Braden MastersWChoke from backSan Antonio F. O.O100KGF2016
11959Wellington PerotoWChoke from backPan AmericanABSR12017
11973Admilson GobiAdmilson GobiWPts: 11x2Pan AmericanABS8F2017
11979Lucas LepriLucas LepriWPts: 3x0Pan AmericanABS4F2017
11983Erberth SantosErberth SantosWKatagatamePan AmericanABSSF2017
12765Marcos OliveiraMarcos OliveiraWReferee DecisionACBJJ 5O95KG4F2017
12877Aaron JohnsonAaron JohnsonWBotinhaWorld Champ.ABSR12017
12888Nicholas MeregaliNicholas MeregaliWPts: 3x2World Champ.ABS8F2017
13073James PuopoloJames PuopoloWPts: 4x0World Champ.O100KG4F2017
13337John RickelWTriangleAustin OpenO100KGF2017
13338John CombsJohn CombsWArmbarAustin OpenABS4F2017
13339Lucas PinheiroLucas PinheiroWSubmissionAustin OpenABSSF2017
13601Marcio CruzMarcio CruzWPts: 0x0, AdvIBJJF Pro GPABS4F2017
14073Marcelo BernardoWRNCACBJJ 8O95KG4F2017
14244Max GimenisWN/ABJJ NY Pro94KGSF2017
14245Otavio NalatiWAdvBJJ NY Pro94KGF2017
14521Dany GerardDany GerardWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi WorldsO97KG4F2017
14525Jared DoppJared DoppWPointsNoGi WorldsO97KGSF2017
14536James BrascoJames BrascoWCalf slicerNoGi WorldsABSR22017
14539Marcus WilsonWRNCNoGi WorldsABSR22017
14542Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaWRNCNoGi WorldsABS4F2017
14546Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusWPts: 4x2NoGi WorldsABSSF2017
14734Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaWPointsACB 10O95KGSPF2018
15185Max GimenisMax GimenisWPts: 0x0, AdvPan AmericanO100KG4F2018
15188Gustavo EliasGustavo EliasWPts: 4x0Pan AmericanO100KGSF2018
15189R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWArmbarPan AmericanO100KGF2018
16270T. AntonyWArmbarWorld Champ.O100KG8F2018
16278Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaWPts: 2x0World Champ.O100KG4F2018
16281Admilson GobiAdmilson GobiWPts: 17x0World Champ.O100KGSF2018
16403Nicholas MeregaliNicholas MeregaliWPointsACBJJ 14O95KGSPF2018
18748Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaWPts: 0x0, AdvBJJ StarsO100KGSPF2019

(banner picture taken by: William Burkhardt of BJJ Pix)

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