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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 black, 2007* brown)
  • 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 black, 2007 brown)
  • IBJJF World No-Gi Championship Runner-up (2009)
  • IBJJF Pan American Championship Runner-up (2009*/2008 black, 2007 brown)
  • CBJJ Brazilian National Championship Runner-up (2017 black, 2004 purple)
  • IBJJF European Open Championship Runner-up (2008/2007 brown)
  • 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)

* 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

90 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    31 (34%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    9 (10%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    45 (50%)
  • BY DECISION
    4 (4%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (1%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

45 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke from back
18
8
#86e620
Armbar
18
8
#5AD3D1
Omoplata
7
3
#d1212a
Cross ck. f/ mount
7
3
#fad11b
Choke
4
2
#f58822
RNC
4
2
#224aba
Kneebar
4
2
#ff9124
Cross choke
4
2
#bf1f6c
Wristlock
4
2
#22c9a5
Ezekiel
2
1
#fad223
Choke from mount
2
1
#03861f
Bow and arrow
2
1
#039a1f
Brabo choke
2
1
#03b41f
Injury
2
1
#03c61f
Advantages
2
1
#03d61f
Botinha
2
1
#03f61f
Shoulder pressure
2
1
#82ff5f
Triangle
2
1
#a4ff5f
Flying triangle
2
1
#dbff5f
Cross choke f. mount
2
1
Armlock
2
1
Submission
2
1
45
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
41 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    25 (61%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    7 (17%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    8 (20%)
  • 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
1820Jeff MonsonLN/A10k ChallengeABSGP2007
1829Alan FinfouAlan FinfouLAdvEuropean Open82KGF2008
1848Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposLKneebarPan American82KGF2008
1862Braga NetoBraga NetoLAdvBrasileiroABS4F2008
1871Alan FinfouAlan FinfouLPts: 2x0Brasileiro82KGF2008
1918Bill CooperBill CooperLKneebarWorld Champ.82KGSF2008
2036Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaLArmbarCapital Challenge88KGF2008
2071Alan FinfouAlan FinfouLPointsEuropean88KGF2009
2164Braga NetoBraga NetoLPts: 3x0Pan AmericanABSF2009
2317Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysLFootlockWorld Champ.88KGSF2009
2546Marcel FortunaMarcel FortunaLPts: 3x0Pan AmericanABSR22010
2706Eduardo TellesEduardo TellesLPts: 10x10, AdvWorld Champ.ABS4F2010
2824Eduardo SantoroEduardo SantoroLAdvPan American88KGSF2011
3002Gustavo JunqueiraLPts: 2x0World Champ.88KGRDS2011
3293Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoLPts: 4x0No Gi Worlds88KGSF2011
3548Clark GracieClark GracieLPts: 2x0Pan American82KG4F2012
3590Felipe PreguiçaLPts: 4x4, AdvCopa Podio85KGGP2012
3595Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaLPts: 2x0Copa Podio85KGGP2012
3599Dimitrius SouzaDimitrius SouzaLPts: 2x0Copa Podio85KGGP2012
4059Kron GracieKron GracieLArmbarMetamorisABSSPF2012
4077Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLArmbarIBJJF Pro League94KGSF2012
4470Clark GracieClark GracieLPointsPan American82KG4F2013
4870Kron GracieKron GracieLGuillotineADCC77KGF2013
5214Leandro LoLeandro LoLAdvPan American82KGF2014
5339Lucas LepriLucas LepriLPts: 4x0WP MontrealABSF2014
5455Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLPts: 2x0World Pro.ABS4F2014
5474Leandro LoLeandro LoLPointsWorld Pro.82KGSF2014
5640Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 9x6World Champ.82KGF2014
5892Francisco IturraldeFrancisco IturraldeLPts: 2x0IBJJF Pro League82KGSF2014
6527Alexander TransAlexander TransLPointsPan AmericanABS4F2015
6602Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 5x2Pan American82KGF2015
7208Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLPts: 2x0World Champ.82KGSF2015
7503Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 4x0FIVE SLABSSPF2015
7672Lucas LepriLucas LepriLPts: 4x0ADCC77KGSF2015
7674Gilbert BurnsGilbert BurnsLPts: 6x0ADCC77KG3RD2015
8133DJ JacksonDJ JacksonLReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds82KGSF2015
8959Yago SouzaYago SouzaLPts: 6x4Pan American82KGSF2016
10071Gabriel ArgesGabriel ArgesLPts: 2x0Grand Slam - LA85KGF2016
11407Gabriel ArgesGabriel ArgesLKneebarACBJJ GP85KGF2017
12190Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoLPts: 2x0Brasileiro82KGF2017
12532Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoLPts: 2x0, AdvWorld Champ.82KGSF2017
1818Helio PerdigaoWPts: 4x010k ChallengeABSGP2007
1819Nicolas GregoriadesWKneebar10k ChallengeABSGP2007
1847Adriano SilvaAdriano SilvaWPts: 2x0Pan American82KGSF2008
1916Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposWKneebarWorld Champ.82KG4F2008
2033Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWPointsCapital Challenge88KGSF2008
2141Jimmy TangWCross ck. f/ mountPan American88KG8F2009
2142Felipe FogolinWArmbarPan American88KG4F2009
2145Nivaldo OliveiraNivaldo OliveiraWAdvPan American88KGSF2009
2159Lucas LeiteLucas LeiteWPts: 4x0Pan AmericanABS4F2009
2162Rubens CharlesRubens CharlesWPts: 2x2, AdvPan AmericanABSSF2009
2314Marcello SalazarWPts: 2x0World Champ.88KG4F2009
2521Cameron DiffleyWPointsPan American88KGR12010
2522Cameron AppleWShoulder pressurePan American88KG4F2010
2523Jason EbarbWWristlockPan American88KGSF2010
2524Andre FreitasWPts: 7x0Pan American88KGF2010
2541Frost MurphyWCross choke f. mountPan AmericanABSR12010
3277Erik AndersonWSubmissionNo Gi Worlds88KG4F2011
3542Brent PrimusWPointsPan American82KGR22012
3606Leandro LoLeandro LoD---Copa Podio85KGGP2012
3770Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaWEzekielNYC Open82KGSF2012
3771Clark GracieClark GracieWPointsNYC Open82KGF2012
3772Rafael RosendoWWristlockNYC OpenABSSF2012
3773Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaWChokeNYC OpenABSF2012
3951Michael PinheiroWChoke from mountWorld Champ.82KGR22012
3960Luis GustavoWChoke from backWorld Champ.82KG8F2012
3967Clark GracieClark GracieWPointsWorld Champ.82KG4F2012
3971Lucas LeiteLucas LeiteWPts: 6x4World Champ.82KGSF2012
3973Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWPts: 6x6, PenWorld Champ.82KGF2012
4075John CarlquistWChokeIBJJF Pro League94KG4F2012
4463Nic RubenNic RubenWBow and arrowPan American82KGR22013
4662Davi RamosDavi RamosWPts: 6x2World Champ.82KG4F2013
4666Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWArmbarWorld Champ.82KGSF2013
4668Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWPts: 4x2World Champ.82KGF2013
4861Youngnam NohWRNCADCC77KGR12013
4863Ben HendersonWOmoplataADCC77KG4F2013
4868Leonardo VieiraLeonardo VieiraWPointsADCC77KGSF2013
5201Matt JuberaWBrabo chokePan American82KGR12014
5209Leo IturraldeWPointsPan American82KG4F2014
5329Tanner RiceTanner RiceWPts: 9x0WP Montreal85KGNA2014
5335Leo SaggioroWPts: 4x2WP MontrealABS4F2014
5338Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWPts: 0x0, AdvWP MontrealABSSF2014
5440Alexander TransAlexander TransWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro.ABSR12014
5471Kit DaleWPts: 7x2World Pro.82KGR12014
5473Brian BeauryWArmbarWorld Pro.82KG4F2014
5624Caio AlmeidaCaio AlmeidaWPts: 2x0World Champ.82KGRDS2014
5631Israel ReyesWArmbarWorld Champ.82KGRDS2014
5635Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWPts: 4x2World Champ.82KG4F2014
5638Alan FinfouAlan FinfouWArmbarWorld Champ.82KGSF2014
5915AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWChoke from backNYC Pro82KGSF2014
5916Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWChoke from backNYC Pro82KGF2014
6504Evandro NunesEvandro NunesWPts: 10x0Pan AmericanABSR22015
6519Kitner MouraWInjuryPan AmericanABSR32015
6574Thabet al TaherWOmoplataPan American82KGR12015
6588Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoWPts: 4x4, AdvPan American82KGR32015
6598Victor SilverioVictor SilverioWReferee DecisionPan American82KG4F2015
6601Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWPts: 2x0Pan American82KGSF2015
7199Luca AnacoretaLuca AnacoretaWCross ck. f/ mountWorld Champ.82KG8F2015
7203Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.82KG4F2015
7660AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWRNCADCC77KGR12015
7668Vagner RochaWReferee DecisionADCC77KG4F2015
7891Mansher KheraMansher KheraWPts: 11x0NoGi Pan Ams82KGSF2015
7892Marcelo MafraWPts: 2x2, AdvNoGi Pan Ams82KGF2015
8125Dustin AkbariWOmoplataNoGi Worlds82KG8F2015
8132Rodrigo CaporalRodrigo CaporalWAdvantagesNoGi Worlds82KG4F2015
8230Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaWPts: 2x0IBJJF NY Pro82KGSF2015
8231Victor SilverioVictor SilverioWPts: 2x2, AdvIBJJF NY Pro82KGF2015
8941Youngam NohWPts: 7x0Pan American82KGR12016
8947Ken PrimolaWChoke from backPan American82KG8F2016
8955Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoWPts: 2x0Pan American82KG4F2016
9501Rafael RosendoWN/AAtlanta BJJ Pro82KG4F2016
9502Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoWArmbarAtlanta BJJ Pro82KGF2016
9637Santeri LiliusWChoke from backWorld Champ.82KGR22016
9648Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaWPts: 10x0World Champ.82KG8F2016
9655Dillon DanisDillon DanisWPts: 4x0World Champ.82KG4F2016
9660Yago SouzaYago SouzaWPts: 9x2World Champ.82KGSF2016
10066Stephen HergettWCross chokeGrand Slam - LA85KG4F2016
10070Sergio RiosWArmbarGrand Slam - LA85KGSF2016
10297Gabriel ArgesGabriel ArgesWBotinhaBJJ Pro LA82KGSF2016
10299Nathan MendelsohnWTriangleBJJ Pro LA82KGF2016
11401Thiago SaThiago SaWChoke from backACBJJ GP85KG4F2017
11406Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWReferee DecisionACBJJ GP85KGSF2017
11640Douglas KallinWCross chokePan American82KG8F2017
11644Abmar BarbosaAbmar BarbosaWChoke from backPan American82KG4F2017
11646Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWPts: 0x0, AdvPan American82KGSF2017
11647Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseWFlying trianglePan American82KGF2017
12177Pedro ThiagoWChoke from backBrasileiro82KGR12017
12181Anderson LiraWArmlockBrasileiro82KGR22017
12187Felipe CesarFelipe CesarWArmbarBrasileiro82KG4F2017
12188Luan CarvalhoLuan CarvalhoWN/ABrasileiro82KGSF2017
12522Lachlan GilesWCross ck. f/ mountWorld Champ.82KG8F2017
12530Mansher KheraMansher KheraWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.82KG4F2017

Banner photograph taken from Gracie Mag.

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