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João Gabriel Rocha

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João Gabriel Rocha is a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ), a rank he earned from Rafael “Formiga” Barbosa and Leandro Escobar. Before reaching the black belt division (on January 2013), João Gabriel Rocha was already regarded as one of the top brown belts in the world, after winning 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 ultra-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 IBJJF American Nationals (2020**)
  • 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

Favorite Technique: Well Rounded

Weight Division: Pesadissimo (over 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 than 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 that 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 in November of that year, set to make a comeback to the sport.

Joao Gabriel Rocha MATCH STATS

Overall Positions

CONQUERED MOVES AVERAGE 1.26

OVERALL CONQUERED

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Stand-up-game

OPPONENT W/L TOP BOTTOM STAND UP EVENT ROUND YEAR
AJ Agazarm W 1 0 0 ADCC RR 2015
Jared Dopp L 1 0 0 ADCC RR 2015
Rodolfo Vieira W 0 1 0 ADCC RR 2015
Jason Lees W 6 0 0 ADCC RR 2015
Vagner Rocha W 1 1 0 ADCC 4F 2015
Abraham Marte W 1 0 1 ADCC 4F 2015
Alexander Trans W 0 1 0 World 4F 2016
Pedro Moura W 3 0 1 World RR 2016
Marcus Almeida L 0 0 1 World RR 2016
Marcus Almeida L 0 0 1 World RR 2017
Nicholas Meregali W 1 0 0 World RR 2017
Tex Johnson W 0 0 1 World RR 2017
James Puopolo W 0 1 1 World 4F 2017
Luiz Panza W 0 0 1 World 4F 2018
Gustavo Dias W 1 0 0 Pans RR 2018
R. Evangelista W 2 0 0 Pans RR 2018
T. Antony W 1 0 0 World RR 2018

Joao Rocha Grappling Record

97 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    38 (39%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    12 (12%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    42 (43%)
  • BY DECISION
    5 (5%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

42 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke from back
29
12
#86e620
RNC
17
7
#5AD3D1
Armbar
12
5
#d1212a
Submission
10
4
#fad11b
Toe hold
7
3
#f58822
Footlock
5
2
#224aba
Choke
2
1
#ff9124
Short choke
2
1
#bf1f6c
Kimura
2
1
#22c9a5
Katagatame
2
1
#fad223
Botinha
2
1
#03861f
Triangle
2
1
#039a1f
Calf slicer
2
1
#03b41f
Armlock
2
1
#03c61f
Violin armlock
2
1
42
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
36 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    17 (47%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    4 (11%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    10 (28%)
  • BY DECISION
    3 (8%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    2 (6%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

10 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Heel Hook
30
3
#86e620
Armbar
20
2
#5AD3D1
Toe hold
10
1
#d1212a
Arm in Ezekiel
10
1
#fad11b
Botinha
10
1
#f58822
Guillotine
10
1
#224aba
Outside heel hook
10
1
10
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Joao Rocha Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
4400Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesLPts: 7x0Copa Podio100KGGP2013
4403Braga NetoBraga NetoLPts: 2x0Copa Podio100KGGP2013
4665Braga NetoBraga NetoLPointsWorld Pro100KGSF2013
4752Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLArmbarWorld Champ.ABS4F2013
4815Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 6x0World Champ.100KGF2013
4928Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 0x0, AdvRio OpenABSF2013
5046Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLHeel HookADCCO99KGF2013
5054Dean ListerDean ListerLHeel HookADCCABS4F2013
6886Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaLPointsPan AmericanO100KG4F2015
7145T. GaiaLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld ProO95KGR12015
7183Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 2x0World ProABSR22015
7504Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 8x2World Champ.100KGF2015
7900Jared DoppJared DoppLPenADCCO99KGSF2015
7901Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesLHeel hookADCCO99KG3RD2015
7993Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLPts: 0x0, PenADCCABSF2015
9386Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsLPts: 5x2Pan AmericanABS4F2016
10065Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLArmbarWorld Champ.O100KGSF2016
10184Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLPts: 7x0IBJJF Pro GPABSSF2016
10711Manny DiazManny DiazLPts: 4x4, AdvBJJ Pro LAO94KGSF2016
12104Leandro LoLeandro LoLToe holdPan AmericanABSF2017
12901Alexander TransAlexander TransLReferee DecisionACBJJ 5O95KGSF2017
13032Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 2x0World Champ.ABS4F2017
13213Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLArm in EzekielWorld Champ.O100KGSF2017
13753Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLBotinhaIBJJF Pro GPABSSF2017
14241Victor HonorioVictor HonorioLPointsACBJJ 8O95KGSF2017
14716Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi WorldsO97KGF2017
14738Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLPts: 2x0NoGi WorldsABSF2017
16344Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLPointsACBJJ 13O95KGSPF2018
16602Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.O100KGF2018
19003Gordon RyanGordon RyanLPts: 1x0Kasai Dallas120KGSPF2019
20734Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLGuillotineKing of Mats110KGRR2019
21466Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLReferee DecisionIBJJF GPABSF2019
22206Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 8x6KOM120KGSPF2019
23164Kyle BoehmKyle BoehmLOutside heel hookKasai Pro 7120KGRR2020
23167Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLPts: 2x0Kasai Pro 7120KGRR2020
23839Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLPts: 6x4BJJ StarsN/ASPF2020
4397Alexandre SouzaAlexandre SouzaWPts: 2x0Copa Podio100KGGP2013
4402Bruno BastosBruno BastosWPts: 3x0Copa Podio100KGGP2013
4461Paulo HenriqueWRNCADCC Trials99KGF2013
4640Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraWPts: 11x2Brasileiro100KGF2013
4741Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeWSubmissionWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4747Joao AssisJoao AssisWPointsWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4812Leonardo LeiteLeonardo LeiteWChoke from backWorld Champ.100KG4F2013
4814Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWPts: 10x0World Champ.100KGSF2013
4923Grimaldo FilhoWChoke from backRio Open100KGF2013
4927R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWChoke from backRio OpenABSSF2013
5033Michael WilsonWRNCADCCO99KGR12013
5040Janne PietilainenWPts: 3x0ADCCO99KG4F2013
5043Jared DoppJared DoppWPointsADCCO99KGSF2013
5049David AvellanWPointsADCCABSR12013
5236Roger AmbrosiWAdvWorld Pro Trial100KGF2014
5237Romes PereiraWArmbarWorld Pro Trial100KGSF2014
6880Gustavo Dias DiasGustavo Dias DiasWPts: 4x2Pan AmericanO100KGR12015
6938Agnaldo SilveiraWChoke from backRio Fall OpenO100KG4F2015
6939Faisal ElKitbeWFootlockRio Fall OpenO100KGSF2015
6940R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWPointsRio Fall OpenO100KGF2015
7248UnknownWSubmissionBrasileiroO100KG4F2015
7249Kitner MouraWChoke from backBrasileiroO100KGSF2015
7251Kaue DamascenoWChokeBrasileiroO100KGF2015
7499Erberth SantosErberth SantosWRNCWorld Champ.100KG4F2015
7503Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesWChoke from backWorld Champ.100KGSF2015
7894Jason LeesWPts: 17x0ADCCO99KGR12015
7897Abraham MarteAbraham MarteWPts: 3x0ADCCO99KG4F2015
7986AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWReferee DecisionADCCABSR12015
7990Vagner RochaVagner RochaWPts: 3x0ADCCABS4F2015
7991Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraWPts: 2x0ADCCABSSF2015
9373Igor SchneiderIgor SchneiderWShort chokePan AmericanABSR22016
9377Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPts: 4x0Pan AmericanABS8F2016
10061Pedro MouraWN/AWorld Champ.O100KG4F2016
10062Alexander TransAlexander TransWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.O100KG4F2016
10112Daniel MehrkarWKimuraBJJ Tour - CTABS4F2016
10114Tex JohnsonTex JohnsonWChoke from backBJJ Tour - CTABSSF2016
10130Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWFootlockAll Star TourABSF2016
10180Felipe PenaFelipe PenaWPts: 4x4, AdvIBJJF Pro GPABS4F2016
10710Gustavo DiasGustavo DiasWPts: 17x0BJJ Pro LAO94KG4F2016
10823Ahmed WhiteWSubmissionUS OpenO95KGF2016
10824Francisco IturraldeFrancisco IturraldeWRNCUS OpenABSF2016
10874James PuopoloJames PuopoloWReferee DecisionF2W 17100KGSPF2016
11132Carlos FariasCarlos FariasWPointsNY BJJ ProO94KGSF2016
11133Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyWPts: 4x0NY BJJ ProO94KGF2016
11277Braden MastersWChoke from backSan Antonio F. O.O100KGF2016
12079Wellington PerotoWChoke from backPan AmericanABSR12017
12093Admilson GobiAdmilson GobiWPts: 11x2Pan AmericanABS8F2017
12099Lucas LepriLucas LepriWPts: 3x0Pan AmericanABS4F2017
12103Erberth SantosErberth SantosWKatagatamePan AmericanABSSF2017
12897Marcos OliveiraMarcos OliveiraWReferee DecisionACBJJ 5O95KG4F2017
13014Tex JohnsonTex JohnsonWBotinhaWorld Champ.ABSR12017
13025Nicholas MeregaliNicholas MeregaliWPts: 3x2World Champ.ABS8F2017
13210James PuopoloJames PuopoloWPts: 4x0World Champ.O100KG4F2017
13482John RickelWTriangleAustin OpenO100KGF2017
13483John CombsJohn CombsWArmbarAustin OpenABS4F2017
13484Lucas PinheiroLucas PinheiroWSubmissionAustin OpenABSSF2017
13750Marcio CruzMarcio CruzWPts: 0x0, AdvIBJJF Pro GPABS4F2017
14238Marcelo BernardoWRNCACBJJ 8O95KG4F2017
14413Max GimenisMax GimenisWN/ABJJ NY Pro94KGSF2017
14414Otavio NalatiWAdvBJJ NY Pro94KGF2017
14711Dany GerardDany GerardWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi WorldsO97KG4F2017
14715Jared DoppJared DoppWPointsNoGi WorldsO97KGSF2017
14726James BrascoJames BrascoWCalf slicerNoGi WorldsABSR22017
14729Marcus WilsonWRNCNoGi WorldsABSR22017
14732Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaWRNCNoGi WorldsABS4F2017
14736Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusWPts: 4x2NoGi WorldsABSSF2017
14971Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaWPointsACB 10O95KGSPF2018
15444Max GimenisMax GimenisWPts: 0x0, AdvPan AmericanO100KG4F2018
15447Gustavo DiasGustavo DiasWPts: 4x0Pan AmericanO100KGSF2018
15448R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWArmbarPan AmericanO100KGF2018
16590T. AntonyWArmbarWorld Champ.O100KG8F2018
16598Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaWPts: 2x0World Champ.O100KG4F2018
16601Admilson GobiAdmilson GobiWPts: 17x0World Champ.O100KGSF2018
16734Nicholas MeregaliNicholas MeregaliWPointsACBJJ 14O95KGSPF2018
19311Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaWPts: 0x0, AdvBJJ StarsO100KGSPF2019
20036Mauricio LimaWArmlockWP BR Qualifier110KG4F2019
20038Rodrigo RibeiroRodrigo RibeiroWPts: 2x2, AdvWP BR Qualifier110KGSF2019
20040Matheus FelipeMatheus FelipeWPts: 4x2WP BR Qualifier110KGF2019
20125Keunwoo KimWToe holdWorld Pro110KGR12019
20126Khasan VarandoWPts: 4x0World Pro110KG4F2019
20128R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro110KGSF2019
20129Yahia HammadiWChoke from backWorld Pro110KGF2019
20730Gerard LabinskiGerard LabinskiWPts: 5x0King of Mats110KGRR2019
20739Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWPts: 0x0, AdvKing of Mats110KGRR2019
20744Jackson SousaJackson SousaWToe holdKing of Mats110KGRR2019
20746Jonnatas GracieJonnatas GracieWPts: 3x0King of Mats110KGSF2019
20747Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteWPts: 0x0, AdvKing of Mats110KGF2019
21460Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioWReferee DecisionIBJJF GPABS4F2019
21465Vinicius TratorVinicius TratorWAdvIBJJF GPABSSF2019
24548Jackson DouglasJackson DouglasWChoke from backAmerican NatsO100KGSF2020
24549Guilherme CordiviolaGuilherme CordiviolaWChoke from backAmerican NatsO100KGF2020
24551Andre PorfirioAndre PorfirioWViolin armlockAmerican NatsABS8F2020
24561Leonardo DavilaLeonardo DavilaWToe holdAmerican NatsABS4F2020
24562Jake WatsonJake WatsonWPts: 10x0American NatsABSSF2020
24564Gabriel AlmeidaGabriel AlmeidaWArmbarAmerican NatsABSF2020
25592Roosevelt SousaRoosevelt SousaWPts: 1x0WP BR Qualifier120KG4F2021
25594Wallace CostaWallace CostaWPts: 2x1WP BR Qualifier120KGSF2021

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

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