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Otavio Sousa is a Gracie Barra representative and one of the top fighters in jiu jitsu’s middleweight division. A BJJ black belt under Carlos Gracie Junior, Otavio Sousa spent most of his jiu jitsu education with coach ‘Zé Radiolaat the Gracie Academy in Recife. After being hinted as the “next big thing” for BJJ in 2007, Otavio Sousa spent some time falling short on this tag; however, in 2012 Sousa appeared stronger then ever at the World Jiu Jitsu Championship, winning gold at the middleweight division.

Otavio Sousa Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Otávio Ferreira de Sousa

Nickname: Although seldom used, ‘The Steamroller’ has been mentioned as a nickname by some of the media, this would be due to his strength and the fast pace he usually imposes in his fights.

Lineage:  Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Carlos Gracie Junior > Otavio Sousa

Main Achievements:

  • IBJJF World Champion (2016/2013/2012)
  • IBJJF Pan American Champion (2017/2010)
  • IBJJF Pan American No-Gi Champion (2015)
  • IBJJF New York Open Champion (2012)
  • IBJJF Las Vegas Open Champion (2011)
  • IBJJF World Championship Runner-up (2014)
  • IBJJF World No-Gi Championship Runner-up (2009)
  • IBJJF Pan American Championship Runner-up (2009*/2008)
  • CBJJ Brazilian National Championship Runner-up (2017)
  • IBJJF World Championship 3rd Place (2017/2009/2008)
  • IBJJF World No-Gi Championship 3rd Place (2015/2011)
  • IBJJF Pan American Championship 3rd Place (2016/2011)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • IBJJF World Champion (2007* brown)
  • IBJJF World Championship Runner-up (2007 brown)
  • IBJJF Pan American Championship Runner-up (2007 brown)
  • CBJJ Brazilian National Championship Runner-up (2004 purple)
  • IBJJF European Open Championship Runner-up (2008/2007 brown)

* Absolute
** Weight and absolute

Favourite Position/Technique: Omoplata

Weight Division: Peso Médio (82kg/181lbs)

Team/Association: Gracie Barra

Otavio Sousa Biography

Otavio Sousa was born on July 1986 in Recife, state of Pernambuco – Brazil. He started training jiu jitsu when he was 13 years old, after an invitation from a friend who already trained at Recife’s Gracie Barra head quarters. The Gracie Barra – Recife was an academy led by José Olímpio (also known as “Zé Radiola”), a charismatic instructor who developed several high level athletes, including: Braulio Estima, Victor Estima, Bruno Alves to mention a few.

At the Gracie Barra academy, Otavio Sousa became one of the main names in the lower ranks of BJJ earning himself several titles, including a word championship in 2007 as a brown belt. After his win at the Mundial de Jiu Jitsy, Otavio Sousa earned his black bet from the hands of Carlos Gracie Junior, the head of the Gracie Barra franchise. E.N.: Though Otavio Sousa was mainly coached by José Olímpio, it was common practice within Gracie Barra to have the founder of the academy hand the black belts.

After receiving his black belt, Otavio Sousa was invited to lead the Gracie Barra Academy in Irvine, California which was owned by Chris Pizzo. Sousa worked there a few years, but that relationship ended unexpectedly in unfortunate circumstances. According to the many internet forums who debated the issue at the time, Otavio was fired by E-mail while on vacation, by the gym’s owner. The reason for the dismissal (according Pizzo) was that Otavio ​​spent too much time competing and touring for seminars, while not dedicating enough effort to the gym. This was went against many of Sousa’s student’s beliefs who left the academy in show of support for their instructor. Among the people who followed Otavio out were A-listers such as ‘Budo’ Jake, sports commentator and CEO of the company BudoVideos.

Otavio Sousa Grappling Record

97 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    35 (36%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    9 (9%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    47 (48%)
  • BY DECISION
    5 (5%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (1%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

47 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke from back
19
9
#86e620
Armbar
17
8
#5AD3D1
Omoplata
6
3
#d1212a
Mounted X choke
6
3
#fad11b
RNC
4
2
#f58822
Kneebar
4
2
#224aba
Cross choke
4
2
#ff9124
Wristlock
4
2
#bf1f6c
Ezekiel
4
2
#22c9a5
Choke
4
2
#fad223
Bow and arrow
2
1
#03861f
Brabo choke
2
1
#039a1f
Injury
2
1
#03b41f
Advantages
2
1
#03c61f
Botinha
2
1
#03d61f
Triangle
2
1
#03f61f
Shoulder pressure
2
1
#82ff5f
Flying triangle
2
1
#a4ff5f
Armlock
2
1
#dbff5f
Cross choke f. mount
2
1
Submission
2
1
Choke from mount
2
1
47
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
46 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    29 (63%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    8 (17%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    8 (17%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (2%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

8 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Kneebar
38
3
#86e620
Armbar
38
3
#5AD3D1
Footlock
13
1
#d1212a
Guillotine
13
1
8
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Otavio Sousa Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
1832Jeff MonsonLN/A10k ChallengeABSGP2007
1842Alan FinfouAlan FinfouLAdvEuropean Open82KGF2008
1861Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposLKneebarPan American82KGF2008
1875Braga NetoBraga NetoLAdvBrasileiroABS4F2008
1884Alan FinfouAlan FinfouLPts: 2x0Brasileiro82KGF2008
1931Bill CooperBill CooperLKneebarWorld Champ.82KGSF2008
2049Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaLArmbarCapital Challenge88KGF2008
2091Alan FinfouAlan FinfouLPointsEuropean88KGF2009
2184Braga NetoBraga NetoLPts: 3x0Pan AmericanABSF2009
2337Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysLFootlockWorld Champ.88KGSF2009
2567Marcel FortunaMarcel FortunaLPts: 3x0Pan AmericanABSR22010
2727Eduardo TellesEduardo TellesLPts: 10x10, AdvWorld Champ.ABS4F2010
2856Eduardo SantoroEduardo SantoroLAdvPan American88KGSF2011
3037Gustavo JunqueiraLPts: 2x0World Champ.88KGRDS2011
3333Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoLPts: 4x0No Gi Worlds88KGSF2011
3591Clark GracieClark GracieLPts: 2x0Pan American82KG4F2012
3633Felipe PreguiçaLPts: 4x4, AdvCopa Podio85KGGP2012
3638Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaLPts: 2x0Copa Podio85KGGP2012
3642Dimitrius SouzaDimitrius SouzaLPts: 2x0Copa Podio85KGGP2012
4111Kron GracieKron GracieLArmbarMetamorisABSSPF2012
4129Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLArmbarIBJJF Pro League94KGSF2012
4537Clark GracieClark GracieLPointsPan American82KG4F2013
4949Kron GracieKron GracieLGuillotineADCC77KGF2013
5306Leandro LoLeandro LoLAdvPan American82KGF2014
5432Lucas LepriLucas LepriLPts: 4x0WP MontrealABSF2014
5554Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLPts: 2x0World Pro.ABS4F2014
5578Leandro LoLeandro LoLPointsWorld Pro.82KGSF2014
5745Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 9x6World Champ.82KGF2014
6002Francisco IturraldeFrancisco IturraldeLPts: 2x0IBJJF Pro League82KGSF2014
6659Alexander TransAlexander TransLPointsPan AmericanABS4F2015
6734Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 5x2Pan American82KGF2015
7353Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLPts: 2x0World Champ.82KGSF2015
7654Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 4x0FIVE SLABSSPF2015
7826Lucas LepriLucas LepriLPts: 4x0ADCC77KGSF2015
7828Gilbert BurnsGilbert BurnsLPts: 6x0ADCC77KG3RD2015
8304DJ JacksonDJ JacksonLReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds79KGSF2015
9147Yago SouzaYago SouzaLPts: 6x4Pan American82KGSF2016
10274Gabriel ArgesGabriel ArgesLPts: 2x0Grand Slam LA85KGF2016
11671Gabriel ArgesGabriel ArgesLKneebarACBJJ 485KGF2017
12469Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoLPts: 2x0Brasileiro82KGF2017
12819Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoLPts: 2x0, AdvWorld Champ.82KGSF2017
13133Helton JoseHelton JoseDN/AACBJJ WorldABSF2017
13441Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoLPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LA85KGSF2017
14461Leandro LoLeandro LoLPointsACB 1085KGSPF2018
14778Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseLPointsACBJJ 1185KGSPF2018
14873Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoLPts: 2x0Pan American82KGSF2018
15882Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaLPts: 4x2World Champ.82KGR22018
1830Helio PerdigaoWPts: 4x010k ChallengeABSGP2007
1831Nicolas GregoriadesWKneebar10k ChallengeABSGP2007
1860Adriano SilvaAdriano SilvaWPts: 2x0Pan American82KGSF2008
1929Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposWKneebarWorld Champ.82KG4F2008
2046Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWPointsCapital Challenge88KGSF2008
2161Jimmy TangWMounted X chokePan American88KG8F2009
2162Felipe FogolinWArmbarPan American88KG4F2009
2165Nivaldo OliveiraNivaldo OliveiraWAdvPan American88KGSF2009
2179Lucas LeiteLucas LeiteWPts: 4x0Pan AmericanABS4F2009
2182Rubens CharlesRubens CharlesWPts: 2x2, AdvPan AmericanABSSF2009
2334Marcello SalazarWPts: 2x0World Champ.88KG4F2009
2542Cameron DiffleyWPointsPan American88KGR12010
2543Cameron AppleWShoulder pressurePan American88KG4F2010
2544Jason EbarbWWristlockPan American88KGSF2010
2545Andre FreitasWPts: 7x0Pan American88KGF2010
2562Frost MurphyWCross choke f. mountPan AmericanABSR12010
3317Erik AndersonWSubmissionNo Gi Worlds88KG4F2011
3585Brent PrimusWPointsPan American82KGR22012
3649Leandro LoLeandro LoD---Copa Podio85KGGP2012
3823Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaWEzekielNYC Open82KGSF2012
3824Clark GracieClark GracieWPointsNYC Open82KGF2012
3825Rafael RosendoWWristlockNYC OpenABSSF2012
3826Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaWChokeNYC OpenABSF2012
4004Michael PinheiroWChoke from mountWorld Champ.82KGR22012
4013Luis GustavoWChoke from backWorld Champ.82KG8F2012
4023Lucas LeiteLucas LeiteWPts: 6x4World Champ.82KGSF2012
4025Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWPts: 6x6, PenWorld Champ.82KGF2012
4127John CarlquistWChokeIBJJF Pro League94KG4F2012
4530Nic RubenNic RubenWBow and arrowPan American82KGR22013
4741Davi RamosDavi RamosWPts: 6x2World Champ.82KG4F2013
4745Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWArmbarWorld Champ.82KGSF2013
4747Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWPts: 4x2World Champ.82KGF2013
4940Youngnam NohWRNCADCC77KGR12013
4942Ben HendersonWOmoplataADCC77KG4F2013
4947Leonardo VieiraLeonardo VieiraWPointsADCC77KGSF2013
5293Matt JuberaWBrabo chokePan American82KGR12014
5301Leo IturraldeWPointsPan American82KG4F2014
5422Tanner RiceTanner RiceWPts: 9x0WP Montreal85KGNA2014
5428Leo SaggioroLeo SaggioroWPts: 4x2WP MontrealABS4F2014
5431Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWPts: 0x0, AdvWP MontrealABSSF2014
5539Alexander TransAlexander TransWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro.ABSR12014
5575Kit DaleWPts: 7x2World Pro.82KGR12014
5577Brian BeauryWArmbarWorld Pro.82KG4F2014
5729Caio AlmeidaCaio AlmeidaWPts: 2x0World Champ.82KGRDS2014
5736Israel ReyesWArmbarWorld Champ.82KGRDS2014
5740Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWPts: 4x2World Champ.82KG4F2014
5743Alan FinfouAlan FinfouWArmbarWorld Champ.82KGSF2014
6025AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWChoke from backNYC Pro82KGSF2014
6026Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWChoke from backNYC Pro82KGF2014
6636Evandro NunesEvandro NunesWPts: 10x0Pan AmericanABSR22015
6651Kitner MouraWInjuryPan AmericanABSR32015
6706Thabet al TaherWOmoplataPan American82KGR12015
6720Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoWPts: 4x4, AdvPan American82KGR32015
6730Victor SilverioVictor SilverioWReferee DecisionPan American82KG4F2015
6733Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWPts: 2x0Pan American82KGSF2015
7344Luca AnacoretaLuca AnacoretaWMounted X chokeWorld Champ.82KG8F2015
7348Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.82KG4F2015
7814AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWRNCADCC77KGR12015
7822Vagner RochaVagner RochaWReferee DecisionADCC77KG4F2015
8057Mansher KheraMansher KheraWPts: 11x0NoGi Pan Ams82KGSF2015
8058Marcelo MafraWPts: 2x2, AdvNoGi Pan Ams82KGF2015
8296Dustin AkbariWOmoplataNoGi Worlds79KG8F2015
8303Rodrigo CaporalRodrigo CaporalWAdvantagesNoGi Worlds79KG4F2015
8404Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaWPts: 2x0IBJJF NY Pro82KGSF2015
8405Victor SilverioVictor SilverioWPts: 2x2, AdvIBJJF NY Pro82KGF2015
9129Youngam NohWPts: 7x0Pan American82KGR12016
9135Ken PrimolaWChoke from backPan American82KG8F2016
9143Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoWPts: 2x0Pan American82KG4F2016
9691Rafael RosendoWN/AAtlanta BJJ Pro82KG4F2016
9692Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoWArmbarAtlanta BJJ Pro82KGF2016
9827Santeri LiliusWChoke from backWorld Champ.82KGR22016
9838Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaWPts: 10x0World Champ.82KG8F2016
9845Dillon DanisDillon DanisWPts: 4x0World Champ.82KG4F2016
9850Yago SouzaYago SouzaWPts: 9x2World Champ.82KGSF2016
10269Stephen HergettWCross chokeGrand Slam LA85KG4F2016
10273Sergio RiosWArmbarGrand Slam LA85KGSF2016
10510Gabriel ArgesGabriel ArgesWBotinhaBJJ Pro LA82KGSF2016
10512Nathan MendelsohnNathan MendelsohnWTriangleBJJ Pro LA82KGF2016
11665Thiago SaThiago SaWChoke from backACBJJ 485KG4F2017
11670Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWReferee DecisionACBJJ 485KGSF2017
11902Douglas KallinWCross chokePan American82KG8F2017
11906Abmar BarbosaAbmar BarbosaWChoke from backPan American82KG4F2017
11908Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWPts: 0x0, AdvPan American82KGSF2017
11909Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseWFlying trianglePan American82KGF2017
12456Pedro ThiagoWChoke from backBrasileiro82KGR12017
12460Anderson LiraWArmlockBrasileiro82KGR22017
12466Felipe CesarFelipe CesarWArmbarBrasileiro82KG4F2017
12467Luan CarvalhoLuan CarvalhoWN/ABrasileiro82KGSF2017
12809Lachlan GilesLachlan GilesWMounted X chokeWorld Champ.82KG8F2017
12817Mansher KheraMansher KheraWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.82KG4F2017
13128Jan BuatimJan BuatimWN/AACBJJ World85KGF2017
13396Alexandre MolinaroWChoke from backSan Diego Pro82KG4F2017
13399Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoWPointsSan Diego Pro82KGF2017
13440Sergio RiosWPts: 9x4Grand Slam LA85KG4F2017
13444Nathan MendelsohnNathan MendelsohnWPts: 9x2Grand Slam LA85KGRR2017
13446Sergio RiosWPts: 8x4Grand Slam LA85KG3RD2017
14866Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoWEzekielPan American82KG8F2018
14871Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarWReferee DecisionPan American82KG4F2018

Banner photograph taken from Gracie Mag.

Otavio Sousa vs Junior Santos

Otavio Sousa vs N/A

 

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