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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
Guillotine
8
1
#fad11b
Kimura
8
1
#f58822
Bow and arrow
8
1
#224aba
Choke from back
8
1
#ff9124
Wristlock
8
1
12
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
34 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    15 (44%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    5 (15%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    10 (29%)
  • 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
Choke from back
10
1
#d1212a
Kneebar
10
1
#fad11b
Brabo choke
10
1
#f58822
Katagatame
10
1
#224aba
Arm in guillotine
10
1
10
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Lucas Rocha Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
4356Leandro LoLeandro LoLChoke from backArizona Open82KGF2013
4577Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLArmbarPan American82KGR22013
6033Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds94KG4F2014
6849Lucas LeiteLucas LeiteLPts: 20x2Pan American94KGF2015
7466Eduardo InojosaLAdvWorld Champ.94KG8F2015
7740Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsLPts: 2x0FIVE SLABSSF2015
7743Joao AssisJoao AssisLPts: 4x2FIVE SLABS3RD2015
7981Thiago SaThiago SaLPts: 2x0Santa Cruz Pro94KGF2015
8437James PuopoloJames PuopoloLKneebarNoGi Worlds97KG4F2015
8497Leo SaggioroLeo SaggioroLAdvMontreal OpenABSF2015
8518Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansD---Berkut 2ABSSPF2015
9641Matheus DinizMatheus DinizLEBI/OTEBI 6ABSR12016
10013Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLPts: 2x2, PenWorld Champ.94KG4F2016
10458Devhonte BonesLEBI/OTEBI 884KGR12016
10641Todd MueckenheimLRNCNoGi Pan Ams91KGSF2016
11902Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLPointsACBJJ 485KG4F2017
12044Leandro LoLeandro LoLBrabo chokePan AmericanABS8F2017
12160Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLPts: 11x0Pan American88KG4F2017
12778Johnny TamaJohnny TamaLPts: 2x2, AdvMarianas82KGSF2017
12780Renato CanutoRenato CanutoLPts: 2x0Marianas82KG3RD2017
13109Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioLPts: 7x6World Champ.88KG8F2017
13253Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLKatagatameAmerican NG Nats85KGF2017
13265Dante LeonDante LeonLAdvAmerican NG NatsABS4F2017
13608Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaLArm in guillotineACBJJ 785KG4F2017
14540Dante LeonDante LeonLPts: 4x0ACB JJ Worlds85KGRR2017
14541Gustavo BatistaGustavo BatistaLPts: 7x0ACB JJ Worlds85KGRR2017
16385Athos RibeiroLPts: 2x0World Champ.76KGR12018
17659Gabriel ArgesGabriel ArgesLArmbarWSOG 281KGR12018
18454Sergio ArdilaSergio ArdilaLRNCNoGi Worlds79KGR12018
18964Victor SilverioVictor SilverioLPointsOC Open82KGRR2019
18965Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoLPointsOC Open82KGRR2019
19164Augusto MendesAugusto MendesLPts: 6x0Spyder Inv.76KG4F2019
19407Alexandre JesusAlexandre JesusLArmbarPan American82KG8F2019
19810Julio AnjosJulio AnjosLReferee DecisionWP BR Qualifier77KGR12019
22507Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarLPts: 9x0NoGi Worlds79KGR12019
4357Carlos FariasCarlos FariasWPts: 4x0Arizona OpenABS4F2013
4573Leo IturraldeWChokePan American82KGR12013
5349Marcelo MafraMarcelo MafraWReferee DecisionPan American82KGR12014
5355Clark GracieClark GracieWPts: 7x4Pan American82KG4F2014
5959Gabriel ToribioWChokeNo Gi Pan Am.94KGSF2014
6027N/AWGuillotineNoGi Worlds94KGR12014
6265Vinicius SilvaWKimuraLong Beach Pro94KGSF2014
6266Eliot KellyEliot KellyWReferee DecisionLong Beach Pro94KGF2014
6839Jeffery BoudreauxWBow and arrowPan American94KGR22015
6845Karim KhalifaWPointsPan American94KG4F2015
6848Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsWPts: 2x0Pan American94KGSF2015
7736Ezra LenonWPts: 6x0FIVE SLABS4F2015
7979Marcelo MeleiroWChokeSanta Cruz Pro94KG4F2015
7980Manuel DiazWPts: 6x0Santa Cruz Pro94KGSF2015
8433Diego GamonalWPointsNoGi Worlds97KG8F2015
8494Todd MueckenheimWN/AMontreal Open94KGF2015
8495Todd MueckenheimWN/AMontreal OpenABSSF2015
10011Rodrigo MartinsWPts: 2x0World Champ.94KGR12016
10638Grafton SkaggsWN/ANoGi Pan Ams91KG4F2016
11276Robby MalofWPointsLong Beach Open88KGF2016
12037Eliot KellyEliot KellyWPts: 4x2Pan AmericanABSR12017
12154Dillon DanisDillon DanisWPts: 8x2Pan American88KG8F2017
12776Jerry ImasaWChoke from backMarianas82KG4F2017
13098Thiago SaThiago SaWPts: 8x4World Champ.88KGR12017
13252Valdir AraujoValdir AraujoWPointsAmerican NG Nats85KGSF2017
13262Matt KirchwehmWN/AAmerican NG NatsABSR12017
13949Noah DevoreWPts: 13x0No Gi Pan Am.85KG4F2017
13951Vinicius CanabarroWPts: 3x0No Gi Pan Am.85KGSF2017
13953Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaWPts: 0x0, AdvNo Gi Pan Am.85KGF2017
14880Rodrigo CaporalRodrigo CaporalWPointsACB 1075KGSPF2018
15224Alex CabanesWReferee DecisionACBJJ 1175KGSPF2018
15653Gianni CrivelloWPointsSan Jose Open94KGSF2018
16633Daud AdaevWArmbarACBJJ 1475KGSPF2018
19397Andris BrunovskisAndris BrunovskisWPts: 4x2Pan American82KGR12019
19765Edward KimWDQSan Jose Open82KG4F2019
19768Nathan MendelsohnNathan MendelsohnWPointsSan Jose Open82KGSF2019
19770Victor SilverioVictor SilverioWPts: 5x2San Jose Open82KGF2019
20168Vinicius WongWSubmissionDallas Spring OpenO100KGSF2019
20170Thiago LemosWSubmissionDallas Spring OpenO100KGF2019
21692Joseph WatsonWPts: 2x0Atlanta SM Open88KGF2019
21693Emilio HernandezEmilio HernandezWPts: 2x0Atlanta SM OpenABS4F2019
21695Vinicius GarciaVinicius GarciaWArmbarAtlanta SM OpenABSSF2019
21696Samuel WellsWWristlockAtlanta SM OpenABSF2019
21699Joseph WatsonWPts: 2x0Atlanta SM NGOABS4F2019
21701Taniel JesusWPointsAtlanta SM NGOABSSF2019

Lucas Rocha vs Jeffery Boudreaux (2015)

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