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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 ZR Team – Recife academy (formerly Gracie Barra Recife), 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 > Helio Gracie > Carlos Gracie Jr > Jose Olimpio > Lucas Rocha

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place IBJJF Pans Championship No-Gi (2017)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Dallas Spring Open (2019)
  • 1st Place IBJJF San Jose Open (2019)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Santa Cruz BJJ Pro (2015)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Pans Championship (2015)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Pans Championship (2014)

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship (2008 blue, 2009 purple)
  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship No-Gi (2009 purple)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Brazilian Nationals (2008 blue)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Brazilian Nationals Juvenile (2007)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pans Championship (2008 blue, 2009** purple, 2010 brown)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Pans Championship (2010* brown)

* Absolute
** Weight and Absolute

Favorite Position/Technique: Well Rounded

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

Team/Association: ZR Team

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-defense, 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 travel arrangements. On September 2012 Lucas Rocha received his black belt from his longtime coach and uncle, Zé Radiola.

Cover photo captured by Grapple TV.

Lucas Rocha Grappling Record

45 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    28 (62%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (2%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    12 (27%)
  • BY DECISION
    3 (7%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (2%)

12 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke
25
3
#86e620
Armbar
17
2
#5AD3D1
Submission
17
2
#d1212a
Wristlock
8
1
#fad11b
Guillotine
8
1
#f58822
Kimura
8
1
#224aba
Bow and arrow
8
1
#ff9124
Choke from back
8
1
12
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
33 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    14 (42%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    5 (15%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    10 (30%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (3%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (3%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    2 (6%)

10 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Armbar
30
3
#86e620
RNC
20
2
#5AD3D1
Katagatame
10
1
#d1212a
Arm in guillotine
10
1
#fad11b
Choke from back
10
1
#f58822
Kneebar
10
1
#224aba
Brabo choke
10
1
10
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Lucas Rocha Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
4355Leandro LoLeandro LoLChoke from backArizona Open82KGF2013
4576Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLArmbarPan American82KGR22013
6031Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds94KG4F2014
6847Lucas LeiteLucas LeiteLPts: 20x2Pan American94KGF2015
7463Eduardo InojosaLAdvWorld Champ.94KG8F2015
7737Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsLPts: 2x0FIVE SLABSSF2015
7740Joao AssisJoao AssisLPts: 4x2FIVE SLABS3RD2015
7978Thiago SaThiago SaLPts: 2x0Santa Cruz Pro94KGF2015
8434James PuopoloJames PuopoloLKneebarNoGi Worlds97KG4F2015
8494Leo SaggioroLeo SaggioroLAdvMontreal OpenABSF2015
8515Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansD---Berkut 2ABSSPF2015
9625Matheus DinizMatheus DinizLEBI/OTEBI 6ABSR12016
9996Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLPts: 2x2, PenWorld Champ.94KG4F2016
10441Devhonte BonesLEBI/OTEBI 884KGR12016
10624Todd MueckenheimLRNCNoGi Pan Ams91KGSF2016
11874Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLPointsACBJJ 485KG4F2017
12015Leandro LoLeandro LoLBrabo chokePan AmericanABS8F2017
12131Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLPts: 11x0Pan American88KG4F2017
12739Johnny TamaJohnny TamaLPts: 2x2, AdvMarianas82KGSF2017
12741Renato CanutoRenato CanutoLPts: 2x0Marianas82KG3RD2017
13070Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioLPts: 7x6World Champ.88KG8F2017
13211Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLKatagatameAmerican NG Nats85KGF2017
13223Dante LeonDante LeonLAdvAmerican NG NatsABS4F2017
13566Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaLArm in guillotineACBJJ 785KG4F2017
14491Dante LeonDante LeonLPts: 4x0ACB JJ Worlds85KGRR2017
14492Gustavo BatistaGustavo BatistaLPts: 7x0ACB JJ Worlds85KGRR2017
16303Athos RibeiroLPointsWorld Champ.76KGR12018
17560Gabriel ArgesGabriel ArgesLArmbarWSOG 281KGR12018
18327Sergio ArdilaSergio ArdilaLRNCNoGi Worlds79KGR12018
18819Victor SilverioVictor SilverioLPointsOC Open82KGRR2019
18820Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoLPointsOC Open82KGRR2019
19018Augusto MendesAugusto MendesLPts: 6x0Spyder Inv.76KG4F2019
19250Alexandre JesusAlexandre JesusLArmbarPan American82KG8F2019
19653Julio AnjosJulio AnjosLReferee DecisionWP BR Qualifier77KGR12019
4356Carlos FariasCarlos FariasWPts: 4x0Arizona OpenABS4F2013
4572Leo IturraldeWChokePan American82KGR12013
5348Marcelo MafraMarcelo MafraWReferee DecisionPan American82KGR12014
5354Clark GracieClark GracieWPts: 7x4Pan American82KG4F2014
5957Gabriel ToribioWChokeNo Gi Pan Am.94KGSF2014
6025N/AWGuillotineNoGi Worlds94KGR12014
6263Vinicius SilvaWKimuraLong Beach Pro94KGSF2014
6264Eliot KellyEliot KellyWReferee DecisionLong Beach Pro94KGF2014
6837Jeffery BoudreauxWBow and arrowPan American94KGR22015
6843Karim KhalifaWPointsPan American94KG4F2015
6846Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsWPts: 2x0Pan American94KGSF2015
7733Ezra LenonWPts: 6x0FIVE SLABS4F2015
7976Marcelo MeleiroWChokeSanta Cruz Pro94KG4F2015
7977Manuel DiazWPts: 6x0Santa Cruz Pro94KGSF2015
8430Diego GamonalWPointsNoGi Worlds97KG8F2015
8491Todd MueckenheimWN/AMontreal Open94KGF2015
8492Todd MueckenheimWN/AMontreal OpenABSSF2015
9994Rodrigo MartinsWPts: 2x0World Champ.94KGR12016
10621Grafton SkaggsWN/ANoGi Pan Ams91KG4F2016
11256Robby MalofWPointsLong Beach Open88KGF2016
12008Eliot KellyEliot KellyWPts: 4x2Pan AmericanABSR12017
12125Dillon DanisDillon DanisWPts: 8x2Pan American88KG8F2017
12737Jerry ImasaWChoke from backMarianas82KG4F2017
13059Thiago SaThiago SaWPts: 8x4World Champ.88KGR12017
13210Valdir AraujoValdir AraujoWPointsAmerican NG Nats85KGSF2017
13220Matt KirchwehmWN/AAmerican NG NatsABSR12017
13907Noah DevoreWPts: 13x0No Gi Pan Am.85KG4F2017
13909Vinicius CanabarroWPts: 3x0No Gi Pan Am.85KGSF2017
13911Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaWPts: 0x0, AdvNo Gi Pan Am.85KGF2017
14821Rodrigo CaporalRodrigo CaporalWPointsACB 1075KGSPF2018
15165Alex CabanesWReferee DecisionACBJJ 1175KGSPF2018
15583Gianni CrivelloWPointsSan Jose Open94KGSF2018
16547Daud AdaevWArmbarACBJJ 1475KGSPF2018
19240Andris BrunovskisAndris BrunovskisWPts: 4x2Pan American82KGR12019
19608Edward KimWDQSan Jose Open82KG4F2019
19611Nathan MendelsohnNathan MendelsohnWPointsSan Jose Open82KGSF2019
19613Victor SilverioVictor SilverioWPts: 5x2San Jose Open82KGF2019
20000Vinicius WongWSubmissionDallas Spring OpenO100KGSF2019
20002Thiago LemosWSubmissionDallas Spring OpenO100KGF2019
21466Joseph WatsonWPts: 2x0Atlanta SM Open88KGF2019
21467Emilio HernandezWPts: 2x0Atlanta SM OpenABS4F2019
21469Vinicius GarciaVinicius GarciaWArmbarAtlanta SM OpenABSSF2019
21470Samuel WellsWWristlockAtlanta SM OpenABSF2019
21471Joseph WatsonWPts: 2x0Atlanta SM NGOABS4F2019
21473Taniel JesusWPointsAtlanta SM NGOABSSF2019

Lucas Rocha vs Jeffery Boudreaux (2015)

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