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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
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
AJ Agazarm W 1 0 0 ADCC RR 2015
Pedro Moura W 3 0 1 World RR 2016
Marcus Almeida L 0 0 1 World RR 2016
Alexander Trans W 0 1 0 World 4F 2016
Tex Johnson W 0 0 1 World RR 2017
James Puopolo W 0 1 1 World 4F 2017
Marcus Almeida L 0 0 1 World RR 2017
Nicholas Meregali W 1 0 0 World RR 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
Katagatame
2
1
#ff9124
Botinha
2
1
#bf1f6c
Triangle
2
1
#22c9a5
Calf slicer
2
1
#fad223
Armlock
2
1
#03861f
Violin armlock
2
1
#039a1f
Choke
2
1
#03b41f
Short choke
2
1
#03c61f
Kimura
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
4401Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesLPts: 7x0Copa Podio100KGGP2013
4404Braga NetoBraga NetoLPts: 2x0Copa Podio100KGGP2013
4663Braga NetoBraga NetoLPointsWorld Pro100KGSF2013
4750Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLArmbarWorld Champ.ABS4F2013
4813Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 6x0World Champ.100KGF2013
4924Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 0x0, AdvRio OpenABSF2013
5042Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLHeel HookADCCO99KGF2013
5050Dean ListerDean ListerLHeel HookADCCABS4F2013
6867Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaLPointsPan AmericanO100KG4F2015
7126T. GaiaLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld ProO95KGR12015
7164Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 2x0World ProABSR22015
7485Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 8x2World Champ.100KGF2015
7881Jared DoppJared DoppLPenADCCO99KGSF2015
7882Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesLHeel hookADCCO99KG3RD2015
7974Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLPts: 0x0, PenADCCABSF2015
9367Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsLPts: 5x2Pan AmericanABS4F2016
10046Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLArmbarWorld Champ.O100KGSF2016
10165Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLPts: 7x0IBJJF Pro GPABSSF2016
10692Manny DiazManny DiazLPts: 4x4, AdvBJJ Pro LAO94KGSF2016
12080Leandro LoLeandro LoLToe holdPan AmericanABSF2017
12877Alexander TransAlexander TransLReferee DecisionACBJJ 5O95KGSF2017
13008Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 2x0World Champ.ABS4F2017
13189Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLArm in EzekielWorld Champ.O100KGSF2017
13726Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLBotinhaIBJJF Pro GPABSSF2017
14209Victor HonorioVictor HonorioLPointsACBJJ 8O95KGSF2017
14683Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi WorldsO97KGF2017
14705Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLPts: 2x0NoGi WorldsABSF2017
16294Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLPointsACBJJ 13O95KGSPF2018
16552Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.O100KGF2018
18925Gordon RyanGordon RyanLPts: 1x0Kasai Dallas120KGSPF2019
20629Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLGuillotineKing of Mats110KGRR2019
21351Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLReferee DecisionIBJJF GPABSF2019
22084Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 8x6KOM120KGSPF2019
23017Kyle BoehmKyle BoehmLOutside heel hookKasai Pro 7120KGRR2020
23020Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLPts: 2x0Kasai Pro 7120KGRR2020
23675Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLPts: 6x4BJJ StarsN/ASPF2020
4398Alexandre SouzaAlexandre SouzaWPts: 2x0Copa Podio100KGGP2013
4403Bruno BastosBruno BastosWPts: 3x0Copa Podio100KGGP2013
4462Paulo HenriqueWRNCADCC Trials99KGF2013
4638Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraWPts: 11x2Brasileiro100KGF2013
4739Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeWSubmissionWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4745Joao AssisJoao AssisWPointsWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4810Leonardo LeiteLeonardo LeiteWChoke from backWorld Champ.100KG4F2013
4812Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWPts: 10x0World Champ.100KGSF2013
4920Grimaldo FilhoWChoke from backRio Open100KGF2013
4923R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWChoke from backRio OpenABSSF2013
5029Michael WilsonWRNCADCCO99KGR12013
5036Janne PietilainenWPts: 3x0ADCCO99KG4F2013
5039Jared DoppJared DoppWPointsADCCO99KGSF2013
5045David AvellanWPointsADCCABSR12013
5230Roger AmbrosiWAdvWorld Pro Trial100KGF2014
5231Romes PereiraWArmbarWorld Pro Trial100KGSF2014
6861Gustavo Dias DiasGustavo Dias DiasWPts: 4x2Pan AmericanO100KGR12015
6919Agnaldo SilveiraWChoke from backRio Fall OpenO100KG4F2015
6920Faisal ElKitbeWFootlockRio Fall OpenO100KGSF2015
6921R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWPointsRio Fall OpenO100KGF2015
7229UnknownWSubmissionBrasileiroO100KG4F2015
7230Kitner MouraWChoke from backBrasileiroO100KGSF2015
7232Kaue DamascenoWChokeBrasileiroO100KGF2015
7480Erberth SantosErberth SantosWRNCWorld Champ.100KG4F2015
7484Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesWChoke from backWorld Champ.100KGSF2015
7875Jason LeesWPts: 17x0ADCCO99KGR12015
7878Abraham MarteAbraham MarteWPts: 3x0ADCCO99KG4F2015
7967AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWReferee DecisionADCCABSR12015
7971Vagner RochaVagner RochaWPts: 3x0ADCCABS4F2015
7972Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraWPts: 2x0ADCCABSSF2015
9354Igor SchneiderIgor SchneiderWShort chokePan AmericanABSR22016
9358Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPts: 4x0Pan AmericanABS8F2016
10042Pedro MouraWN/AWorld Champ.O100KG4F2016
10043Alexander TransAlexander TransWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.O100KG4F2016
10093Daniel MehrkarWKimuraBJJ Tour - CTABS4F2016
10095Tex JohnsonTex JohnsonWChoke from backBJJ Tour - CTABSSF2016
10111Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWFootlockAll Star TourABSF2016
10161Felipe PenaFelipe PenaWPts: 4x4, AdvIBJJF Pro GPABS4F2016
10691Gustavo DiasGustavo DiasWPts: 17x0BJJ Pro LAO94KG4F2016
10804Ahmed WhiteWSubmissionUS OpenO95KGF2016
10805Francisco IturraldeFrancisco IturraldeWRNCUS OpenABSF2016
10855James PuopoloJames PuopoloWReferee DecisionF2W 17100KGSPF2016
11113Carlos FariasCarlos FariasWPointsNY BJJ ProO94KGSF2016
11114Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyWPts: 4x0NY BJJ ProO94KGF2016
11258Braden MastersWChoke from backSan Antonio F. O.O100KGF2016
12055Wellington PerotoWChoke from backPan AmericanABSR12017
12069Admilson GobiAdmilson GobiWPts: 11x2Pan AmericanABS8F2017
12075Lucas LepriLucas LepriWPts: 3x0Pan AmericanABS4F2017
12079Erberth SantosErberth SantosWKatagatamePan AmericanABSSF2017
12873Marcos OliveiraMarcos OliveiraWReferee DecisionACBJJ 5O95KG4F2017
12990Tex JohnsonTex JohnsonWBotinhaWorld Champ.ABSR12017
13001Nicholas MeregaliNicholas MeregaliWPts: 3x2World Champ.ABS8F2017
13186James PuopoloJames PuopoloWPts: 4x0World Champ.O100KG4F2017
13458John RickelWTriangleAustin OpenO100KGF2017
13459John CombsJohn CombsWArmbarAustin OpenABS4F2017
13460Lucas PinheiroLucas PinheiroWSubmissionAustin OpenABSSF2017
13723Marcio CruzMarcio CruzWPts: 0x0, AdvIBJJF Pro GPABS4F2017
14206Marcelo BernardoWRNCACBJJ 8O95KG4F2017
14381Max GimenisMax GimenisWN/ABJJ NY Pro94KGSF2017
14382Otavio NalatiWAdvBJJ NY Pro94KGF2017
14678Dany GerardDany GerardWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi WorldsO97KG4F2017
14682Jared DoppJared DoppWPointsNoGi WorldsO97KGSF2017
14693James BrascoJames BrascoWCalf slicerNoGi WorldsABSR22017
14696Marcus WilsonWRNCNoGi WorldsABSR22017
14699Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaWRNCNoGi WorldsABS4F2017
14703Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusWPts: 4x2NoGi WorldsABSSF2017
14932Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaWPointsACB 10O95KGSPF2018
15396Max GimenisMax GimenisWPts: 0x0, AdvPan AmericanO100KG4F2018
15399Gustavo DiasGustavo DiasWPts: 4x0Pan AmericanO100KGSF2018
15400R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWArmbarPan AmericanO100KGF2018
16540T. AntonyWArmbarWorld Champ.O100KG8F2018
16548Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaWPts: 2x0World Champ.O100KG4F2018
16551Admilson GobiAdmilson GobiWPts: 17x0World Champ.O100KGSF2018
16684Nicholas MeregaliNicholas MeregaliWPointsACBJJ 14O95KGSPF2018
19223Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaWPts: 0x0, AdvBJJ StarsO100KGSPF2019
19935Mauricio LimaWArmlockWP BR Qualifier110KG4F2019
19937Rodrigo RibeiroRodrigo RibeiroWPts: 2x2, AdvWP BR Qualifier110KGSF2019
19939Matheus FelipeMatheus FelipeWPts: 4x2WP BR Qualifier110KGF2019
20024Keunwoo KimWToe holdWorld Pro110KGR12019
20025Khasan VarandoWPts: 4x0World Pro110KG4F2019
20027R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro110KGSF2019
20028Yahia HammadiWChoke from backWorld Pro110KGF2019
20625Gerard LabinskiGerard LabinskiWPts: 5x0King of Mats110KGRR2019
20634Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWPts: 0x0, AdvKing of Mats110KGRR2019
20639Jackson SousaJackson SousaWToe holdKing of Mats110KGRR2019
20641Jonnatas GracieJonnatas GracieWPts: 3x0King of Mats110KGSF2019
20642Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteWPts: 0x0, AdvKing of Mats110KGF2019
21345Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioWReferee DecisionIBJJF GPABS4F2019
21350Vinicius TratorVinicius TratorWAdvIBJJF GPABSSF2019
24364Jackson DouglasJackson DouglasWChoke from backAmerican NatsO100KGSF2020
24365Guilherme CordiviolaGuilherme CordiviolaWChoke from backAmerican NatsO100KGF2020
24367Andre PorfirioAndre PorfirioWViolin armlockAmerican NatsABS8F2020
24377Leonardo DavilaLeonardo DavilaWToe holdAmerican NatsABS4F2020
24378Jake WatsonJake WatsonWPts: 10x0American NatsABSSF2020
24380Gabriel AlmeidaGabriel AlmeidaWArmbarAmerican NatsABSF2020
25376Roosevelt SousaRoosevelt SousaWPts: 1x0WP BR Qualifier120KG4F2021
25378Wallace CostaWallace CostaWPts: 2x1WP BR Qualifier120KGSF2021

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

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