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Otavio Sousa

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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)
  • CBJJ Brazilan Nationals Champion (2019)
  • 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 (2019/2009*/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

112 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    38 (34%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    11 (10%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    55 (49%)
  • BY DECISION
    5 (4%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (1%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (1%)

55 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke from back
22
12
#86e620
Armbar
15
8
#5AD3D1
Mounted X choke
7
4
#d1212a
Submission
5
3
#fad11b
Choke
5
3
#f58822
RNC
5
3
#224aba
Omoplata
5
3
#ff9124
Wristlock
4
2
#bf1f6c
Ezekiel
4
2
#22c9a5
Cross choke
4
2
#fad223
Kneebar
4
2
#03861f
Flying triangle
2
1
#039a1f
Shoulder pressure
2
1
#03b41f
Armlock
2
1
#03c61f
Katagatame
2
1
#03d61f
Short choke
2
1
#03f61f
Choke from mount
2
1
#82ff5f
Bow and arrow
2
1
#a4ff5f
Brabo choke
2
1
#dbff5f
Advantages
2
1
Botinha
2
1
Triangle
2
1
55
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
50 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    31 (62%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    9 (18%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    8 (16%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (4%)
  • 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
1836Jeff MonsonLN/A10k ChallengeABSGP2007
1846Alan FinfouAlan FinfouLAdvEuropean Open82KGF2008
1868Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposLKneebarPan American82KGF2008
1882Braga NetoBraga NetoLAdvBrasileiroABS4F2008
1891Alan FinfouAlan FinfouLPts: 2x0Brasileiro82KGF2008
1938Bill CooperBill CooperLKneebarWorld Champ.82KGSF2008
2056Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaLArmbarCapital Challenge88KGF2008
2101Alan FinfouAlan FinfouLPointsEuropean88KGF2009
2194Braga NetoBraga NetoLPts: 3x0Pan AmericanABSF2009
2347Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysLFootlockWorld Champ.88KGSF2009
2579Marcel FortunaMarcel FortunaLPts: 3x0Pan AmericanABSR22010
2739Eduardo TellesEduardo TellesLPts: 10x10, AdvWorld Champ.ABS4F2010
2884Eduardo SantoroEduardo SantoroLAdvPan American88KGSF2011
3067Gustavo JunqueiraLPts: 2x0World Champ.88KGRDS2011
3369Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoLPts: 4x0No Gi Worlds88KGSF2011
3627Clark GracieClark GracieLPts: 2x0Pan American82KG4F2012
3669Felipe PreguiçaLPts: 4x4, AdvCopa Podio85KGGP2012
3674Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaLPts: 2x0Copa Podio85KGGP2012
3678Dimitrius SouzaDimitrius SouzaLPts: 2x0Copa Podio85KGGP2012
4146Kron GracieKron GracieLArmbarMetamorisABSSPF2012
4164Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLArmbarIBJJF Pro League94KGSF2012
4582Clark GracieClark GracieLPointsPan American82KG4F2013
4993Kron GracieKron GracieLGuillotineADCC77KGF2013
5358Leandro LoLeandro LoLAdvPan American82KGF2014
5485Lucas LepriLucas LepriLPts: 4x0WP MontrealABSF2014
5608Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLPts: 2x0World Pro.ABS4F2014
5632Leandro LoLeandro LoLPointsWorld Pro.82KGSF2014
5799Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 9x6World Champ.82KGF2014
6067Francisco IturraldeFrancisco IturraldeLPts: 2x0IBJJF Pro League82KGSF2014
6743Alexander TransAlexander TransLPointsPan AmericanABS4F2015
6818Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 5x2Pan American82KGF2015
7441Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLPts: 2x0World Champ.82KGSF2015
7752Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 4x0FIVE SLABSSPF2015
7924Lucas LepriLucas LepriLPts: 4x0ADCC77KGSF2015
7926Gilbert BurnsGilbert BurnsLPts: 6x0ADCC77KG3RD2015
8407DJ JacksonDJ JacksonLReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds79KGSF2015
9274Yago SouzaYago SouzaLPts: 6x4Pan American82KGSF2016
10422Gabriel ArgesGabriel ArgesLPts: 2x0Grand Slam LA85KGF2016
11906Gabriel ArgesGabriel ArgesLKneebarACBJJ 485KGF2017
12726Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoLPts: 2x0Brasileiro82KGF2017
13094Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoLPts: 2x0, AdvWorld Champ.82KGSF2017
13414Helton JoseHelton JoseD---ACBJJ WorldABSF2017
13753Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoLPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LA85KGSF2017
14887Leandro LoLeandro LoLPointsACB 1085KGSPF2018
15228Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseLPointsACBJJ 1185KGSPF2018
15323Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoLPts: 2x0Pan American82KGSF2018
16434Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaLPts: 4x2World Champ.82KGR22018
19185Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoLReferee DecisionLA BJJ Pro82KGF2019
19419Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseLPts: 2x0Pan American82KGF2019
20418Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.82KG4F2019
22143Ronaldo JuniorRonaldo JuniorLPts: 2x0SJJIF WorldsABSF2019
1834Helio PerdigaoWPts: 4x010k ChallengeABSGP2007
1835Nicolas GregoriadesWKneebar10k ChallengeABSGP2007
1867Adriano SilvaAdriano SilvaWPts: 2x0Pan American82KGSF2008
1936Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposWKneebarWorld Champ.82KG4F2008
2053Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWPointsCapital Challenge88KGSF2008
2171Jimmy TangWMounted X chokePan American88KG8F2009
2172Felipe FogolinWArmbarPan American88KG4F2009
2175Nivaldo OliveiraNivaldo OliveiraWAdvPan American88KGSF2009
2189Lucas LeiteLucas LeiteWPts: 4x0Pan AmericanABS4F2009
2192Rubens CharlesRubens CharlesWPts: 2x2, AdvPan AmericanABSSF2009
2344Marcello SalazarWPts: 2x0World Champ.88KG4F2009
2554Cameron DiffleyWPointsPan American88KGR12010
2555Cameron AppleWShoulder pressurePan American88KG4F2010
2556Jason EbarbWWristlockPan American88KGSF2010
2557Andre FreitasWPts: 7x0Pan American88KGF2010
2574Frost MurphyWMounted X chokePan AmericanABSR12010
3353Erik AndersonWSubmissionNo Gi Worlds88KG4F2011
3621Brent PrimusWPointsPan American82KGR22012
3685Leandro LoLeandro LoD---Copa Podio85KGGP2012
3859Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaWEzekielNYC Open82KGSF2012
3860Clark GracieClark GracieWPointsNYC Open82KGF2012
3861Rafael RosendoWWristlockNYC OpenABSSF2012
3862Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaWChokeNYC OpenABSF2012
4040Michael PinheiroWChoke from mountWorld Champ.82KGR22012
4048Luis GustavoWChoke from backWorld Champ.82KG8F2012
4058Lucas LeiteLucas LeiteWPts: 6x4World Champ.82KGSF2012
4060Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWPts: 6x6, PenWorld Champ.82KGF2012
4162John CarlquistWChokeIBJJF Pro League94KG4F2012
4575Nic RubenNic RubenWBow and arrowPan American82KGR22013
4786Davi RamosDavi RamosWPts: 6x2World Champ.82KG4F2013
4790Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWArmbarWorld Champ.82KGSF2013
4792Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWPts: 4x2World Champ.82KGF2013
4985Youngnam NohWRNCADCC77KGR12013
4987Ben HendersonWOmoplataADCC77KG4F2013
4992Leonardo VieiraLeonardo VieiraWPointsADCC77KGSF2013
5345Matt JuberaWBrabo chokePan American82KGR12014
5353Leo IturraldeWPointsPan American82KG4F2014
5475Tanner RiceTanner RiceWPts: 9x0WP Montreal85KGNA2014
5481Leo SaggioroLeo SaggioroWPts: 4x2WP MontrealABS4F2014
5484Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWPts: 0x0, AdvWP MontrealABSSF2014
5593Alexander TransAlexander TransWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro.ABSR12014
5629Kit DaleKit DaleWPts: 7x2World Pro.82KGR12014
5631Brian BeauryBrian BeauryWArmbarWorld Pro.82KG4F2014
5783Caio AlmeidaCaio AlmeidaWPts: 2x0World Champ.82KGRDS2014
5790Israel ReyesWArmbarWorld Champ.82KGRDS2014
5794Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWPts: 4x2World Champ.82KG4F2014
5797Alan FinfouAlan FinfouWArmbarWorld Champ.82KGSF2014
6090AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWChoke from backNYC Pro82KGSF2014
6091Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWChoke from backNYC Pro82KGF2014
6720Evandro NunesEvandro NunesWPts: 10x0Pan AmericanABSR22015
6735Kitner MouraWInjuryPan AmericanABSR32015
6790Thabet al TaherWOmoplataPan American82KGR12015
6804Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoWPts: 4x4, AdvPan American82KGR32015
6814Victor SilverioVictor SilverioWReferee DecisionPan American82KG4F2015
6817Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWPts: 2x0Pan American82KGSF2015
7432Luca AnacoretaLuca AnacoretaWMounted X chokeWorld Champ.82KG8F2015
7436Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.82KG4F2015
7912AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWRNCADCC77KGR12015
7920Vagner RochaVagner RochaWReferee DecisionADCC77KG4F2015
8156Mansher KheraMansher KheraWPts: 11x0NoGi Pan Ams82KGSF2015
8157Marcelo MafraMarcelo MafraWPts: 2x2, AdvNoGi Pan Ams82KGF2015
8399Dustin AkbariWOmoplataNoGi Worlds79KG8F2015
8406Rodrigo CaporalRodrigo CaporalWAdvantagesNoGi Worlds79KG4F2015
8507Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaWPts: 2x0IBJJF NY Pro82KGSF2015
8508Victor SilverioVictor SilverioWPts: 2x2, AdvIBJJF NY Pro82KGF2015
9256Youngam NohWPts: 7x0Pan American82KGR12016
9262Ken PrimolaWChoke from backPan American82KG8F2016
9270Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoWPts: 2x0Pan American82KG4F2016
9825Rafael RosendoWN/AAtlanta BJJ Pro82KG4F2016
9826Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoWArmbarAtlanta BJJ Pro82KGF2016
9963Santeri LiliusSanteri LiliusWChoke from backWorld Champ.82KGR22016
9974Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaWPts: 10x0World Champ.82KG8F2016
9981Dillon DanisDillon DanisWPts: 4x0World Champ.82KG4F2016
9986Yago SouzaYago SouzaWPts: 9x2World Champ.82KGSF2016
10417Stephen HergettWCross chokeGrand Slam LA85KG4F2016
10421Sergio RiosSergio RiosWArmbarGrand Slam LA85KGSF2016
10675Gabriel ArgesGabriel ArgesWBotinhaBJJ Pro LA82KGSF2016
10677Nathan MendelsohnNathan MendelsohnWTriangleBJJ Pro LA82KGF2016
11900Thiago SaThiago SaWChoke from backACBJJ 485KG4F2017
11905Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWReferee DecisionACBJJ 485KGSF2017
12141Douglas KallinWCross chokePan American82KG8F2017
12145Abmar BarbosaAbmar BarbosaWChoke from backPan American82KG4F2017
12147Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWPts: 0x0, AdvPan American82KGSF2017
12148Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseWFlying trianglePan American82KGF2017
12713Pedro ThiagoWChoke from backBrasileiro82KGR12017
12717Anderson LiraWArmlockBrasileiro82KGR22017
12723Felipe CesarFelipe CesarWArmbarBrasileiro82KG4F2017
12724Luan CarvalhoLuan CarvalhoWN/ABrasileiro82KGSF2017
13084Lachlan GilesLachlan GilesWMounted X chokeWorld Champ.82KG8F2017
13092Mansher KheraMansher KheraWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.82KG4F2017
13409Jan BuatimJan BuatimWChoke from backACBJJ World85KGF2017
13706Alexandre MolinaroAlexandre MolinaroWChoke from backSan Diego Pro82KG4F2017
13709Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoWPointsSan Diego Pro82KGF2017
13752Sergio RiosSergio RiosWPts: 9x4Grand Slam LA85KG4F2017
13756Nathan MendelsohnNathan MendelsohnWPts: 9x2Grand Slam LA85KGRR2017
13758Sergio RiosSergio RiosWPts: 8x4Grand Slam LA85KG3RD2017
15316Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoWEzekielPan American82KG8F2018
15321Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarWReferee DecisionPan American82KG4F2018
17697Gabriel ProcopioGabriel ProcopioWChoke from backLA BJJ Pro82KGSF2018
17698Michael LieraMichael LieraWPts: 0x0, AdvLA BJJ Pro82KGF2018
19183Andris BrunovskisAndris BrunovskisWPts: 6x6, AdvLA BJJ Pro82KGSF2019
19406F. BarbarottiWKatagatamePan American82KG8F2019
19415Alexandre JesusAlexandre JesusWChoke from backPan American82KG4F2019
19418Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoWPts: 6x4Pan American82KGSF2019
20066Rodrigo SantosWRNCBrasileiro82KGR22019
20070Manoel MiguelWPointsBrasileiro82KGR32019
20073Igor VerissimoIgor VerissimoWPointsBrasileiro82KG4F2019
20075Ronieri SilvaWShort chokeBrasileiro82KGSF2019
20077Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWDQBrasileiro82KGF2019
20413Hugo MarquesHugo MarquesWChokeWorld Champ.82KGR22019
22132Edmund KimWSubmissionSJJIF Worlds82KGSF2019
22133Tom GallicchioWSubmissionSJJIF Worlds82KGF2019
22142Rafael VasconcelosRafael VasconcelosWPointsSJJIF WorldsABSSF2019

Banner photograph taken from Gracie Mag.

Otavio Sousa vs Junior Santos

Otavio Sousa vs N/A

Bernardo Faria BJJ Foundations

4 Comments

  • dylan says:

    he should be embarassed with how he refused to fight kron

  • Alex D'Hue says:

    Octavio is certainly well known for his competition titles, but I can say from first hand knowledge that he is just as good of a professor as competitor. Furthermore, I have heard nothing but good things from other students who have taken his classes at GB Irvine.

  • Henry Dunn says:

    Otavio Sousa is the best instructor and competitor in the world, hands down. The story about Irvine is false. I'm a current student at his gym in Huntington Beach, I was a student at HQ during that period and he was absolutely as great an instructor then as he is now. He taught the curriculum every single day, was at the gym leading by example as always most of the time. While travel was a part of his activities, it never got in the way of our (students) training or development and we loved that others around the world got the opportunity to train with the best in the world. Nothing but love, respect and admiration for a truly great professor, competitor and a legend in the making.

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