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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

109 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    37 (34%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    11 (10%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    53 (49%)
  • BY DECISION
    5 (5%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (1%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (1%)

53 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke from back
23
12
#86e620
Armbar
15
8
#5AD3D1
Mounted X choke
8
4
#d1212a
Choke
6
3
#fad11b
RNC
6
3
#f58822
Omoplata
6
3
#224aba
Ezekiel
4
2
#ff9124
Cross choke
4
2
#bf1f6c
Kneebar
4
2
#22c9a5
Wristlock
4
2
#fad223
Short choke
2
1
#03861f
Submission
2
1
#039a1f
Choke from mount
2
1
#03b41f
Bow and arrow
2
1
#03c61f
Brabo choke
2
1
#03d61f
Advantages
2
1
#03f61f
Botinha
2
1
#82ff5f
Triangle
2
1
#a4ff5f
Flying triangle
2
1
#dbff5f
Armlock
2
1
Shoulder pressure
2
1
Katagatame
2
1
53
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
49 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    30 (61%)
  • 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
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
2569Marcel FortunaMarcel FortunaLPts: 3x0Pan AmericanABSR22010
2729Eduardo TellesEduardo TellesLPts: 10x10, AdvWorld Champ.ABS4F2010
2868Eduardo SantoroEduardo SantoroLAdvPan American88KGSF2011
3051Gustavo JunqueiraLPts: 2x0World Champ.88KGRDS2011
3353Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoLPts: 4x0No Gi Worlds88KGSF2011
3611Clark GracieClark GracieLPts: 2x0Pan American82KG4F2012
3653Felipe PreguiçaLPts: 4x4, AdvCopa Podio85KGGP2012
3658Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaLPts: 2x0Copa Podio85KGGP2012
3662Dimitrius SouzaDimitrius SouzaLPts: 2x0Copa Podio85KGGP2012
4130Kron GracieKron GracieLArmbarMetamorisABSSPF2012
4148Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLArmbarIBJJF Pro League94KGSF2012
4566Clark GracieClark GracieLPointsPan American82KG4F2013
4977Kron GracieKron GracieLGuillotineADCC77KGF2013
5342Leandro LoLeandro LoLAdvPan American82KGF2014
5468Lucas LepriLucas LepriLPts: 4x0WP MontrealABSF2014
5591Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLPts: 2x0World Pro.ABS4F2014
5615Leandro LoLeandro LoLPointsWorld Pro.82KGSF2014
5782Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 9x6World Champ.82KGF2014
6050Francisco IturraldeFrancisco IturraldeLPts: 2x0IBJJF Pro League82KGSF2014
6719Alexander TransAlexander TransLPointsPan AmericanABS4F2015
6794Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 5x2Pan American82KGF2015
7416Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLPts: 2x0World Champ.82KGSF2015
7727Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 4x0FIVE SLABSSPF2015
7899Lucas LepriLucas LepriLPts: 4x0ADCC77KGSF2015
7901Gilbert BurnsGilbert BurnsLPts: 6x0ADCC77KG3RD2015
8382DJ JacksonDJ JacksonLReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds79KGSF2015
9239Yago SouzaYago SouzaLPts: 6x4Pan American82KGSF2016
10379Gabriel ArgesGabriel ArgesLPts: 2x0Grand Slam LA85KGF2016
11840Gabriel ArgesGabriel ArgesLKneebarACBJJ 485KGF2017
12651Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoLPts: 2x0Brasileiro82KGF2017
13013Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoLPts: 2x0, AdvWorld Champ.82KGSF2017
13329Helton JoseHelton JoseD---ACBJJ WorldABSF2017
13667Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoLPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LA85KGSF2017
14763Leandro LoLeandro LoLPointsACB 1085KGSPF2018
15104Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseLPointsACBJJ 1185KGSPF2018
15199Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoLPts: 2x0Pan American82KGSF2018
16287Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaLPts: 4x2World Champ.82KGR22018
18945Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoLReferee DecisionLA BJJ Pro82KGF2019
19166Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseLPts: 2x0Pan American82KGF2019
20136Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.82KG4F2019
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
2544Cameron DiffleyWPointsPan American88KGR12010
2545Cameron AppleWShoulder pressurePan American88KG4F2010
2546Jason EbarbWWristlockPan American88KGSF2010
2547Andre FreitasWPts: 7x0Pan American88KGF2010
2564Frost MurphyWMounted X chokePan AmericanABSR12010
3337Erik AndersonWSubmissionNo Gi Worlds88KG4F2011
3605Brent PrimusWPointsPan American82KGR22012
3669Leandro LoLeandro LoD---Copa Podio85KGGP2012
3843Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaWEzekielNYC Open82KGSF2012
3844Clark GracieClark GracieWPointsNYC Open82KGF2012
3845Rafael RosendoWWristlockNYC OpenABSSF2012
3846Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaWChokeNYC OpenABSF2012
4024Michael PinheiroWChoke from mountWorld Champ.82KGR22012
4032Luis GustavoWChoke from backWorld Champ.82KG8F2012
4042Lucas LeiteLucas LeiteWPts: 6x4World Champ.82KGSF2012
4044Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWPts: 6x6, PenWorld Champ.82KGF2012
4146John CarlquistWChokeIBJJF Pro League94KG4F2012
4559Nic RubenNic RubenWBow and arrowPan American82KGR22013
4770Davi RamosDavi RamosWPts: 6x2World Champ.82KG4F2013
4774Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWArmbarWorld Champ.82KGSF2013
4776Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWPts: 4x2World Champ.82KGF2013
4969Youngnam NohWRNCADCC77KGR12013
4971Ben HendersonWOmoplataADCC77KG4F2013
4976Leonardo VieiraLeonardo VieiraWPointsADCC77KGSF2013
5329Matt JuberaWBrabo chokePan American82KGR12014
5337Leo IturraldeWPointsPan American82KG4F2014
5458Tanner RiceTanner RiceWPts: 9x0WP Montreal85KGNA2014
5464Leo SaggioroLeo SaggioroWPts: 4x2WP MontrealABS4F2014
5467Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWPts: 0x0, AdvWP MontrealABSSF2014
5576Alexander TransAlexander TransWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro.ABSR12014
5612Kit DaleKit DaleWPts: 7x2World Pro.82KGR12014
5614Brian BeauryBrian BeauryWArmbarWorld Pro.82KG4F2014
5766Caio AlmeidaCaio AlmeidaWPts: 2x0World Champ.82KGRDS2014
5773Israel ReyesWArmbarWorld Champ.82KGRDS2014
5777Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWPts: 4x2World Champ.82KG4F2014
5780Alan FinfouAlan FinfouWArmbarWorld Champ.82KGSF2014
6073AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWChoke from backNYC Pro82KGSF2014
6074Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWChoke from backNYC Pro82KGF2014
6696Evandro NunesEvandro NunesWPts: 10x0Pan AmericanABSR22015
6711Kitner MouraWInjuryPan AmericanABSR32015
6766Thabet al TaherWOmoplataPan American82KGR12015
6780Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoWPts: 4x4, AdvPan American82KGR32015
6790Victor SilverioVictor SilverioWReferee DecisionPan American82KG4F2015
6793Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWPts: 2x0Pan American82KGSF2015
7407Luca AnacoretaLuca AnacoretaWMounted X chokeWorld Champ.82KG8F2015
7411Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.82KG4F2015
7887AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWRNCADCC77KGR12015
7895Vagner RochaVagner RochaWReferee DecisionADCC77KG4F2015
8131Mansher KheraMansher KheraWPts: 11x0NoGi Pan Ams82KGSF2015
8132Marcelo MafraMarcelo MafraWPts: 2x2, AdvNoGi Pan Ams82KGF2015
8374Dustin AkbariWOmoplataNoGi Worlds79KG8F2015
8381Rodrigo CaporalRodrigo CaporalWAdvantagesNoGi Worlds79KG4F2015
8482Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaWPts: 2x0IBJJF NY Pro82KGSF2015
8483Victor SilverioVictor SilverioWPts: 2x2, AdvIBJJF NY Pro82KGF2015
9221Youngam NohWPts: 7x0Pan American82KGR12016
9227Ken PrimolaWChoke from backPan American82KG8F2016
9235Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoWPts: 2x0Pan American82KG4F2016
9788Rafael RosendoWN/AAtlanta BJJ Pro82KG4F2016
9789Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoWArmbarAtlanta BJJ Pro82KGF2016
9925Santeri LiliusWChoke from backWorld Champ.82KGR22016
9936Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaWPts: 10x0World Champ.82KG8F2016
9943Dillon DanisDillon DanisWPts: 4x0World Champ.82KG4F2016
9948Yago SouzaYago SouzaWPts: 9x2World Champ.82KGSF2016
10374Stephen HergettWCross chokeGrand Slam LA85KG4F2016
10378Sergio RiosSergio RiosWArmbarGrand Slam LA85KGSF2016
10632Gabriel ArgesGabriel ArgesWBotinhaBJJ Pro LA82KGSF2016
10634Nathan MendelsohnNathan MendelsohnWTriangleBJJ Pro LA82KGF2016
11834Thiago SaThiago SaWChoke from backACBJJ 485KG4F2017
11839Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWReferee DecisionACBJJ 485KGSF2017
12074Douglas KallinWCross chokePan American82KG8F2017
12078Abmar BarbosaAbmar BarbosaWChoke from backPan American82KG4F2017
12080Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWPts: 0x0, AdvPan American82KGSF2017
12081Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseWFlying trianglePan American82KGF2017
12638Pedro ThiagoWChoke from backBrasileiro82KGR12017
12642Anderson LiraWArmlockBrasileiro82KGR22017
12648Felipe CesarFelipe CesarWArmbarBrasileiro82KG4F2017
12649Luan CarvalhoLuan CarvalhoWN/ABrasileiro82KGSF2017
13003Lachlan GilesLachlan GilesWMounted X chokeWorld Champ.82KG8F2017
13011Mansher KheraMansher KheraWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.82KG4F2017
13324Jan BuatimJan BuatimWChoke from backACBJJ World85KGF2017
13620Alexandre MolinaroAlexandre MolinaroWChoke from backSan Diego Pro82KG4F2017
13623Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoWPointsSan Diego Pro82KGF2017
13666Sergio RiosSergio RiosWPts: 9x4Grand Slam LA85KG4F2017
13670Nathan MendelsohnNathan MendelsohnWPts: 9x2Grand Slam LA85KGRR2017
13672Sergio RiosSergio RiosWPts: 8x4Grand Slam LA85KG3RD2017
15192Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoWEzekielPan American82KG8F2018
15197Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarWReferee DecisionPan American82KG4F2018
17518Gabriel ProcopioWChoke from backLA BJJ Pro82KGSF2018
17519Michael LieraMichael LieraWPts: 0x0, AdvLA BJJ Pro82KGF2018
18943Andris BrunovskisAndris BrunovskisWPts: 6x6, AdvLA BJJ Pro82KGSF2019
19153Fabricio BarbarottiWKatagatamePan American82KG8F2019
19162Alexandre JesusAlexandre JesusWChoke from backPan American82KG4F2019
19165Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoWPts: 6x4Pan American82KGSF2019
19796Rodrigo SantosWRNCBrasileiro82KGR22019
19800Manoel MiguelWPointsBrasileiro82KGR32019
19803Igor VerissimoIgor VerissimoWPointsBrasileiro82KG4F2019
19805Ronieri SilvaWShort chokeBrasileiro82KGSF2019
19807Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWDQBrasileiro82KGF2019
20131Hugo MarquesHugo MarquesWChokeWorld Champ.82KGR22019

Banner photograph taken from Gracie Mag.

Otavio Sousa vs Junior Santos

Otavio Sousa vs N/A

Guard Passing Instructional by Lucas Lepri

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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