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João Pedro “Somalia” Rodrigues

João Pedro “Somalia” Rodrigues

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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 Checkmat team 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:

  • World Champion – IBJJF (2011 purple, 2013 brown)
  • World Champion – CBJJE (2009 blue, 2013 brown)
  • Pan American Champion (2014 black)
  • Rio International Open Champion (2014 black)

Favorite Position/Technique: Straight Footlock

Weight Division: Peso Galo (57KG)

Team/Association: Checkmat

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.

Joao Somalia Grappling Record

9 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    5 (56%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (11%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    1 (11%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (11%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (11%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

1 SUBMISSION WINS

#214eb8
Choke from back
100
1
1
(100%) SUBMISSION
8 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    1 (13%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (38%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    4 (50%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

4 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Choke from back
50
2
#86e620
Katagatame
25
1
#5AD3D1
Armbar
25
1
4
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Joao Somalia Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
5370Ivaniel OliveiraIvaniel OliveiraLPts: 10x6Brasileiro57KGF2014
5553Jorge EliasLAdvWorld Champ.57KGRDS2014
5830Thomas LisboaLAdvNo Gi Worlds64KGSF2014
6547Paulo MiyaoPaulo MiyaoLArmbarPan American64KGSF2015
7850Samir ChantreSamir ChantreLPts: 0x0, AdvDallas NoGi Open70KGF2015
7953Joao MiyaoJoao MiyaoLChoke from backGrand Slam LA62KGF2015
8895Mikey MusumeciMikey MusumeciLChoke from backPan American57KGSF2016
10472Lucas PinheiroLucas PinheiroLKatagatameF2W Pro 1764KGSPF2016
5165Takahito YoshiokaWPts: 2x0Pan American57KGR12014
5169Fabbio PassosWPts: 2x2, AdvPan American57KG4F2014
5171Koji ShibamotoKoji ShibamotoWChoke from backPan American57KGSF2014
5173Milton BastosMilton BastosWPts: 0x0, PenPan American57KGF2014
5368UnknownWPointsBrasileiro57KG4F2014
5369Leandro EscobarLeandro EscobarWPts: 7x4Brasileiro57KGSF2014
5829UnknownWPointsNo Gi Worlds64KG4F2014
6545Yuto HiraoWReferee DecisionPan American64KG4F2015
9339Washington LimaWPointsSA Open NoGi64KGF2016

Joao Pedro Somalia vs Thomas Lisboa

Joao Pedro Somalia vs William Bitti

Joao Pedro Somalia vs Milton Bastos

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