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João Pedro “Somalia”

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João Pedro Rodrigues, commonly known as João Pedro “Somalia”, is a Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt under Jonathas “Monteirinho” Couto and Eduardo “Jamelão” Conceição. A Rockstar / Soulfighter Texas representative, Somalia became one of the top rooster-weight jiu jitsu competitors of his generation with wins in important tournaments such as the World Championship, the Pan American Championship and the Rio Open.

João Pedro “Somalia” Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: João Pedro Oliveira Rodrigues

Nickname: “Somalia” was a name given by João’s team mates when he started training jiu jitsu. Being 15 years old and weighing below 50kg (110lbs), João Pedro looked malnourished and his colleagues often mentioned that he looked like one of the “somalian kids” they saw regularly on TV charity adverts. With time he became known solely as “Somalia”.

Lineage 1: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie Sr. > Carlos Gracie Junior > Helio Soneca > Jonathas Couto > João Pedro Rodrigues

Lineage 2: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Rolls Gracie > Romero Cavalcanti > Eduardo da Conceição >  João Pedro Rodrigues

Main Achievements:

  • IBJJF Pan American Champion (2014)
  • IBJJF Rio Int. Open Champion (2014)
  • CBJJE World Cup Champion (2014)
  • IBJJF San Antonio Int. Open Champion (2017)
  • IBJJF San Antonio Int. NOGI Champion (2016)
  • IBJJF Dallas Int. NOGI Champion (2018/016)
  • IBJJF New York Spring Int. Open Champion (2018)
  • IBJJF New York Spring Int NOGI Champion (2018/2017)
  • IBJJF Atlanta Winter Int. Open Champion (2018)
  • IBJJF Chicago Spring Int Open Champion (2018)
  • IBJJF Washigton DC Spring Int NOGI Champion (2018)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • World Champion – IBJJF (2011 purple, 2013 brown)
  • World Champion – CBJJE (2009 blue, 2013 brown)

Favorite Position/Technique: Straight Footlock

Weight Division: Peso Galo (57KG)

Team/Association: Rockstar / Soulfighter Texas

João Pedro Somalia Biography

João Pedro was born on the 10th of September, 1990 in Governador Valadares, state of Minas Gerais in Brazil, though his family moved to Vitória in the Espírito Santo state when he was a baby, where they settled.

Although João had no knowledge of martial arts, he was called to participate in a class with a few friends at a local gym. “Somalia” had never heard of jiu jitsu and didn’t know what to expect, but he enjoyed the class and decided to enroll, he was 15 years old at the time.

A purple belt named Vitor was João Pedro’s first coach. Vitor taught Somalia for the first few months before he joined coach Jonathas “Monteirinho” Couto’s gym, a Gracie Barra affiliate at the time. It was Monteirinho who awarded João Pedro his blue, purple and brown belts.

In 2010 Jonathas Couto broke his link with Gracie Barra to become a Checkmat affiliate. Shortly after João Pedro Somalia started visiting the Eduardo Jamelão’s gym, one of the most famous jiu jitsu athletes of the 1990’s/early 2000’s era. Somalia’s black belt would be awarded in a combined effort between Monteirinho and Jamelão on the first of August, 2013. João would later join forces with Rockstar / Soulfighter Texas.

Joao Somalia Grappling Record

18 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    10 (56%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (11%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    4 (22%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (6%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (6%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

4 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke from back
75
3
#86e620
Darce choke
25
1
4
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
16 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    3 (19%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (13%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    11 (69%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

11 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Armbar
27
3
#86e620
Choke from back
27
3
#5AD3D1
Katagatame
18
2
#d1212a
Crucifix choke
9
1
#fad11b
Kneebar
9
1
#f58822
Choke
9
1
11
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Joao Somalia Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
5497Ivaniel OliveiraIvaniel OliveiraLPts: 10x6Brasileiro57KGF2014
5690Jorge EliasLAdvWorld Champ.57KGRDS2014
5981Thomas LisboaThomas LisboaLCrucifix chokeNoGi Worlds61KGSF2014
6736Paulo MiyaoPaulo MiyaoLArmbarPan American64KGSF2015
8077Samir ChantreSamir ChantreLPts: 0x0, AdvDallas NoGi Open67KGF2015
8191Joao MiyaoJoao MiyaoLChoke from backGrand Slam LA62KGF2015
9166Mikey MusumeciMikey MusumeciLChoke from backPan American57KGSF2016
10801Lucas PinheiroLucas PinheiroLKatagatameF2W Pro 1764KGSPF2016
14472Joao MiyaoJoao MiyaoLPts: 14x0NoGi Worlds61KGSF2017
15143Tomoyuki HashimotoTomoyuki HashimotoLPts: 6x4Pan American58KG4F2018
16091Ary FariasAry FariasLKneebarACBJJ 1360KGSPF2018
16429Lucas PinheiroLucas PinheiroLKatagatameAmerican Nat. NG61KGF2018
16441Lucas PinheiroLucas PinheiroLChokeAmerican Nat.64KGF2018
16974Joao MiyaoJoao MiyaoLArmbarLas Vegas Open64KGF2018
18058Deandre CorbeDeandre CorbeLChoke from backNashville Fall Open70KGF2018
18197Cleber SousaCleber SousaLArmbarNoGi Worlds61KG4F2018
5289Takahito YoshiokaWPts: 2x0Pan American57KGR12014
5293Fabbio PassosFabbio PassosWPts: 2x2, AdvPan American57KG4F2014
5295Koji ShibamotoKoji ShibamotoWChoke from backPan American57KGSF2014
5297Milton BastosMilton BastosWPts: 0x0, PenPan American57KGF2014
5495UnknownWPointsBrasileiro57KG4F2014
5496Leandro EscobarLeandro EscobarWPts: 7x4Brasileiro57KGSF2014
5980UnknownWPointsNoGi Worlds61KG4F2014
6734Yuto HiraoWReferee DecisionPan American64KG4F2015
9615Washington LimaWPointsSA Open NoGi64KGF2016
14819Luis NinjaWChoke from backAtlanta W. Open64KGSF2018
14820Carlos PerezWPointsAtlanta W. Open64KGF2018
15352Perez FigueiroaWChoke from backChicago Sp. Open64KGSF2018
15353Rene LopezWAdvChicago Sp. Open64KGF2018
15536Daniel KeaneWDarce chokeWashington SPO64KGF2018
15725Tadashi TakashimaWPointsNY Spring Open64KGSF2018
15726Daniel KeaneWPointsNY Spring Open64KGF2018
16970Daniel SantosWN/ALas Vegas Open64KG4F2018
16973Adam AdsheadWN/ALas Vegas Open64KGSF2018

Joao Pedro Somalia vs Thomas Lisboa

Joao Pedro Somalia vs William Bitti

Joao Pedro Somalia vs Milton Bastos

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