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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 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: 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 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.

Cover photo captured by Grapple TV.

Lucas Rocha Grappling Record

32 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    21 (66%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (3%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    7 (22%)
  • BY DECISION
    3 (9%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

7 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke
43
3
#86e620
Armbar
14
1
#5AD3D1
Kimura
14
1
#d1212a
Bow and arrow
14
1
#fad11b
Choke from back
14
1
7
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
27 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    14 (52%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    5 (19%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    7 (26%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (4%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

7 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

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

Lucas Rocha Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
4315Leandro LoLeandro LoLChoke from backArizona Open82KGF2013
4532Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLArmbarPan American82KGR22013
5968Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds94KG4F2014
6765Lucas LeiteLucas LeiteLPts: 20x2Pan American94KGF2015
7378Eduardo InojosaLAdvWorld Champ.94KG8F2015
7642Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsLPts: 2x0FIVE SLABSSF2015
7645Joao AssisJoao AssisLPts: 4x2FIVE SLABS3RD2015
7883Thiago SaThiago SaLPts: 2x0Santa Cruz Pro94KGF2015
8334James PuopoloJames PuopoloLKneebarNoGi Worlds97KG4F2015
8394Leo SaggioroLeo SaggioroLAdvMontreal OpenABSF2015
8415Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansDPts: 0x0Berkut 2ABSSPF2015
9506Matheus DinizMatheus DinizLPointsEBI 6ABSR12016
9877Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLPts: 2x2, PenWorld Champ.94KG4F2016
10310Devhonte JohnsonLPointsEBI 884KGR12016
10476Todd MueckenheimLRNCNoGi Pan Ams91KGSF2016
11667Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLPointsACBJJ 485KG4F2017
11805Leandro LoLeandro LoLBrabo chokePan AmericanABS8F2017
11921Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLPts: 11x0Pan American88KG4F2017
12517Johnny TamaJohnny TamaLPts: 2x2, AdvMarianas82KGSF2017
12519Renato CanutoRenato CanutoLPts: 2x0Marianas82KG3RD2017
12834Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioLPts: 7x6World Champ.88KG8F2017
12975Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLKatagatameAmerican NG Nats85KGF2017
12987Dante LeonDante LeonLAdvAmerican NG NatsABS4F2017
13301Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaLArm in guillotineACBJJ 785KG4F2017
14168Dante LeonDante LeonLPts: 4x0ACB JJ Worlds85KGRR2017
14169Gustavo BatistaGustavo BatistaLPts: 7x0ACB JJ Worlds85KGRR2017
15151Endres BarbosaLPointsSan Jose Open94KGF2018
15833Athos RibeiroLPointsWorld Champ.76KGR12018
4316Carlos FariasCarlos FariasWPts: 4x0Arizona OpenABS4F2013
4528Leo IturraldeWChokePan American82KGR12013
5297Marcelo MafraWReferee DecisionPan American82KGR12014
5303Clark GracieClark GracieWPts: 7x4Pan American82KG4F2014
5897Gabriel ToribioWChokeNo Gi Pan Am.94KGSF2014
6191Vinicius SilvaWKimuraLong Beach Pro94KGSF2014
6192Eliot KellyEliot KellyWReferee DecisionLong Beach Pro94KGF2014
6755Jeffery BoudreauxWBow and arrowPan American94KGR22015
6761Karim KhalifaWPointsPan American94KG4F2015
6764Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsWPts: 2x0Pan American94KGSF2015
7638Ezra LenonWPts: 6x0FIVE SLABS4F2015
7881Marcelo MeleiroWChokeSanta Cruz Pro94KG4F2015
7882Manuel DiazWPts: 6x0Santa Cruz Pro94KGSF2015
8330Diego GamonalWPointsNoGi Worlds97KG8F2015
8391Todd MueckenheimWN/AMontreal Open94KGF2015
8392Todd MueckenheimWN/AMontreal OpenABSSF2015
9875Rodrigo MartinsWPts: 2x0World Champ.94KGR12016
10473Grafton SkaggsWN/ANoGi Pan Ams91KG4F2016
11102Robby MalofWPointsLong Beach Open88KGF2016
11798Eliot KellyEliot KellyWPts: 4x2Pan AmericanABSR12017
11915Dillon DanisDillon DanisWPts: 8x2Pan American88KG8F2017
12515Jerry ImasaWChoke from backMarianas82KG4F2017
12824Thiago SaThiago SaWPts: 8x4World Champ.88KGR12017
12974Valdir AraujoWN/AAmerican NG Nats85KGSF2017
12984Matt KirchwehmWN/AAmerican NG NatsABSR12017
13631Noah DevoreWPts: 13x0No Gi Pan Am.85KG4F2017
13633Vinicius CanabarroWPts: 3x0No Gi Pan Am.85KGSF2017
13635Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaWPts: 0x0, AdvNo Gi Pan Am.85KGF2017
14454Rodrigo CaporalRodrigo CaporalWPointsACB 1075KGSPF2018
14774Alex CabanesWReferee DecisionACBJJ 1175KGSPF2018
15150Gianni CrivelloWPointsSan Jose Open94KGSF2018
16070Daud AdaevWArmbarACBJJ 1475KGSPF2018

Lucas Rocha vs Jeffery Boudreaux (2015)

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