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Lucas Rocha

Lucas Rocha

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Lucas Rocha is a black belt in Brazilian jiu jitsu under “Zé Radiola“, being one of the most well respected competitors to have come out of the Gracie Barra – Recife academy, a school that has produced several elite grapplers such as Otávio Sousa, Bruno Alves, Braulio and Victor Estima, to name a few. After a stellar campaign in the lower belt divisions, where Lucas earned World, Pan American and Brazilian National titles, Rocha moved to the United States, establishing himself as the head coach of Gracie Barra Arcadia in California, while still competing at the highest level.

Lucas Rocha Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Lucas Rocha de Freitas

Nickname: n/a

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie Sr. > Helio Gracie > Carlos Gracie Junior > Jose Olimpio > Lucas Rocha

Main Achievements:

  • World Champion (2008 blue, 2009 purple)
  • World No Gi Champion (2009 purple)
  • Brazilian National Champion (2007 blue juvenil, 2008 blue adult)
  • Pan American Champion (2008 blue, 2009 purple weight & absolute, 2010 brown)
  • Pan American Championship 2nd Place (2010 brown absolute, 2015 black)
  • Pan American Championship 3rd Place (2014 black)

Favourite Position/Technique: Good All Around Game

Weight Division: Peso Médio (82kg/181lbs) and Peso Pesado (94kg/207lbs)

Team/Association: Gracie Barra

Lucas Rocha Biography

Lucas Rocha was born on the 12th of February 1990, in Piedade – Recife. South coast of Pernambuco state – Brazil.

Rocha’s martial arts journey started through judo, when he was 4 to 5 years old. Although Lucas did not enjoy the activity and repeatedly flunked the belt promotion tests, he persisted, particularly due to his mother’s pressure. Finally a few years into this activity, Lucas was allowed to quit.

A few years into his childhood and Lucas tried another shot at martial arts, joining a karate school nearby. The experience followed the same process, with Rocha quitting in a short period of time to join a football (soccer) team.

When Lucas was 12 years old, he witnessed his cousin get into trouble at school, an event in which he was forced to run away from 5 kids who were looking for a fight. This incident made Rocha realize the importance of self defence, and as a result he decided to go back to martial arts, seeking his uncle, the illustrious José Olímpio (Zé Radiola) for training.

Radiola had challenged Lucas to come and train at his academy numerous times during family gatherings. Invitations always refused by the young Rocha, so when Lucas asked his father to take him to his uncle’s gym (2002), his dad never believed he would stay. The maturity shown by Rocha took everyone by surprise at the time, with Lucas rapidly becoming a grappling “phenom”.

At the age of 17 Lucas visited America for the first time while competing at a major event. He fell in love with the country, particularly California and decided he wanted to live there. In 2009 Master Carlos Gracie Junior and Márcio Feitosa were in need help with the running of their Irvine academy, assigning the job to Lucas Rocha and Otávio Sousa.

During his stay at Gracie Barra Irvine, Lucas Rocha was awarded his brown belt by Márcio Feitosa, in a rather unusual belt ceremony, one to which Carlos Gracie and Zé Radiola participated through Skype, due to travelling arrangements.

On September 2012 Lucas Rocha received his black belt from his long time coach and uncle, Zé Radiola.

Since opening his Gracie Barra school in Arcadia – CA, Lucas started preparing for competitions at Romulo Barral‘s gym in Northridge.

Cover photo captured by Grapple TV.

Lucas Rocha Grappling Record

25 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    17 (68%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    6 (24%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (8%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

6 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke
50
3
#86e620
Kimura
17
1
#5AD3D1
Bow and arrow
17
1
#d1212a
Choke from back
17
1
6
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
23 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    10 (43%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    5 (22%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    7 (30%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (4%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

7 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Choke from back
14
1
#86e620
Armbar
14
1
#5AD3D1
Kneebar
14
1
#d1212a
RNC
14
1
#fad11b
Brabo choke
14
1
#f58822
Katagatame
14
1
#224aba
Arm in guillotine
14
1
7
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Lucas Rocha Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
4280Leandro LoLeandro LoLChoke from backArizona Open82KGF2013
4491Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLArmbarPan American82KGR22013
5900Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 0x0, AdvNo Gi Worlds94KG4F2014
6684Lucas LeiteLucas LeiteLPts: 20x2Pan American94KGF2015
7285Eduardo InojosaLAdvWorld Champ.94KG8F2015
7544Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsLPts: 2x0FIVE SLABSSF2015
7547Joao AssisJoao AssisLPts: 4x2FIVE SLABS3RD2015
7782Thiago SaThiago SaLPts: 2x0Santa Cruz Pro94KGF2015
8219James PuopoloJames PuopoloLKneebarNoGi Worlds100KG4F2015
8279Leo SaggioroLeo SaggioroLAdvMontreal OpenABSF2015
8300Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansDPts: 0x0Berkut 2ABSSPF2015
9381Matheus DinizMatheus DinizLPointsEBI 6ABSR12016
9752Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLPts: 2x2, PenWorld Champ.94KG4F2016
10174Devhonte JohnsonLPointsEBI 884KGR12016
10331Todd MueckenheimLRNCNoGi Pan Ams91KGSF2016
11476Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLPointsACBJJ GP85KG4F2017
11616Leandro LoLeandro LoLBrabo chokePan AmericanABS8F2017
11732Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLPts: 11x0Pan American88KG4F2017
12313Johnny TamaJohnny TamaLPts: 2x2, AdvMarianas82KGSF2017
12315Renato CanutoRenato CanutoLPts: 2x0Marianas82KG3RD2017
12623Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioLPts: 7x6World Champ.88KG8F2017
12763Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLKatagatameAmerican NG Nats85KGF2017
12775Dante LeonDante LeonLAdvAmerican NG NatsABS4F2017
13044Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaLArm in guillotineACBJJ 74F85KG2017
4281Carlos FariasCarlos FariasWPts: 4x0Arizona OpenABS4F2013
4487Leo IturraldeWChokePan American82KGR12013
5241Marcelo MafraWReferee DecisionPan American82KGR12014
5247Clark GracieClark GracieWPts: 7x4Pan American82KG4F2014
5830Gabriel ToribioWChokeNo Gi Pan Am.94KGSF2014
6124Vinicius SilvaWKimuraLong Beach Pro94KGSF2014
6125Eliot KellyEliot KellyWReferee DecisionLong Beach Pro94KGF2014
6674Jeffery BoudreauxWBow and arrowPan American94KGR22015
6680Karim KhalifaWPointsPan American94KG4F2015
6683Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsWPts: 2x0Pan American94KGSF2015
7540Ezra LenonWPts: 6x0FIVE SLABS4F2015
7780Marcelo MeleiroWChokeSanta Cruz Pro94KG4F2015
7781Manuel DiazWPts: 6x0Santa Cruz Pro94KGSF2015
8215Diego GamonalWPointsNoGi Worlds100KG8F2015
8276Todd MueckenheimWN/AMontreal Open94KGF2015
8277Todd MueckenheimWN/AMontreal OpenABSSF2015
9750Rodrigo MartinsWPts: 2x0World Champ.94KGR12016
10328Grafton SkaggsWN/ANoGi Pan Ams91KG4F2016
10943Robby MalofWPointsLong Beach Open88KGF2016
11609Eliot KellyEliot KellyWPts: 4x2Pan AmericanABSR12017
11726Dillon DanisDillon DanisWPts: 8x2Pan American88KG8F2017
12311Jerry ImasaWChoke from backMarianas82KG4F2017
12613Thiago SaThiago SaWPts: 8x4World Champ.88KGR12017
12762Valdir AraujoWN/AAmerican NG Nats85KGSF2017
12772Matt KirchwehmWN/AAmerican NG NatsABSR12017

Lucas Rocha vs Jeffery Boudreaux (2015)

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