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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

99 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    35 (35%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    10 (10%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    48 (48%)
  • BY DECISION
    5 (5%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (1%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

48 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke from back
21
10
#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
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
48
(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
2862Eduardo SantoroEduardo SantoroLAdvPan American88KGSF2011
3043Gustavo JunqueiraLPts: 2x0World Champ.88KGRDS2011
3339Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoLPts: 4x0No Gi Worlds88KGSF2011
3597Clark GracieClark GracieLPts: 2x0Pan American82KG4F2012
3639Felipe PreguiçaLPts: 4x4, AdvCopa Podio85KGGP2012
3644Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaLPts: 2x0Copa Podio85KGGP2012
3648Dimitrius SouzaDimitrius SouzaLPts: 2x0Copa Podio85KGGP2012
4117Kron GracieKron GracieLArmbarMetamorisABSSPF2012
4135Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLArmbarIBJJF Pro League94KGSF2012
4547Clark GracieClark GracieLPointsPan American82KG4F2013
4959Kron GracieKron GracieLGuillotineADCC77KGF2013
5316Leandro LoLeandro LoLAdvPan American82KGF2014
5442Lucas LepriLucas LepriLPts: 4x0WP MontrealABSF2014
5564Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLPts: 2x0World Pro.ABS4F2014
5588Leandro LoLeandro LoLPointsWorld Pro.82KGSF2014
5755Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 9x6World Champ.82KGF2014
6012Francisco IturraldeFrancisco IturraldeLPts: 2x0IBJJF Pro League82KGSF2014
6669Alexander TransAlexander TransLPointsPan AmericanABS4F2015
6744Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 5x2Pan American82KGF2015
7363Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLPts: 2x0World Champ.82KGSF2015
7667Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 4x0FIVE SLABSSPF2015
7839Lucas LepriLucas LepriLPts: 4x0ADCC77KGSF2015
7841Gilbert BurnsGilbert BurnsLPts: 6x0ADCC77KG3RD2015
8317DJ JacksonDJ JacksonLReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds79KGSF2015
9162Yago SouzaYago SouzaLPts: 6x4Pan American82KGSF2016
10290Gabriel ArgesGabriel ArgesLPts: 2x0Grand Slam LA85KGF2016
11687Gabriel ArgesGabriel ArgesLKneebarACBJJ 485KGF2017
12486Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoLPts: 2x0Brasileiro82KGF2017
12836Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoLPts: 2x0, AdvWorld Champ.82KGSF2017
13150Helton JoseHelton JoseDN/AACBJJ WorldABSF2017
13458Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoLPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LA85KGSF2017
14480Leandro LoLeandro LoLPointsACB 1085KGSPF2018
14800Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseLPointsACBJJ 1185KGSPF2018
14895Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoLPts: 2x0Pan American82KGSF2018
15907Jonathan 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
3323Erik AndersonWSubmissionNo Gi Worlds88KG4F2011
3591Brent PrimusWPointsPan American82KGR22012
3655Leandro LoLeandro LoD---Copa Podio85KGGP2012
3829Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaWEzekielNYC Open82KGSF2012
3830Clark GracieClark GracieWPointsNYC Open82KGF2012
3831Rafael RosendoWWristlockNYC OpenABSSF2012
3832Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaWChokeNYC OpenABSF2012
4010Michael PinheiroWChoke from mountWorld Champ.82KGR22012
4019Luis GustavoWChoke from backWorld Champ.82KG8F2012
4029Lucas LeiteLucas LeiteWPts: 6x4World Champ.82KGSF2012
4031Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWPts: 6x6, PenWorld Champ.82KGF2012
4133John CarlquistWChokeIBJJF Pro League94KG4F2012
4540Nic RubenNic RubenWBow and arrowPan American82KGR22013
4751Davi RamosDavi RamosWPts: 6x2World Champ.82KG4F2013
4755Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWArmbarWorld Champ.82KGSF2013
4757Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWPts: 4x2World Champ.82KGF2013
4950Youngnam NohWRNCADCC77KGR12013
4952Ben HendersonWOmoplataADCC77KG4F2013
4957Leonardo VieiraLeonardo VieiraWPointsADCC77KGSF2013
5303Matt JuberaWBrabo chokePan American82KGR12014
5311Leo IturraldeWPointsPan American82KG4F2014
5432Tanner RiceTanner RiceWPts: 9x0WP Montreal85KGNA2014
5438Leo SaggioroLeo SaggioroWPts: 4x2WP MontrealABS4F2014
5441Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWPts: 0x0, AdvWP MontrealABSSF2014
5549Alexander TransAlexander TransWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro.ABSR12014
5585Kit DaleWPts: 7x2World Pro.82KGR12014
5587Brian BeauryWArmbarWorld Pro.82KG4F2014
5739Caio AlmeidaCaio AlmeidaWPts: 2x0World Champ.82KGRDS2014
5746Israel ReyesWArmbarWorld Champ.82KGRDS2014
5750Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWPts: 4x2World Champ.82KG4F2014
5753Alan FinfouAlan FinfouWArmbarWorld Champ.82KGSF2014
6035AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWChoke from backNYC Pro82KGSF2014
6036Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWChoke from backNYC Pro82KGF2014
6646Evandro NunesEvandro NunesWPts: 10x0Pan AmericanABSR22015
6661Kitner MouraWInjuryPan AmericanABSR32015
6716Thabet al TaherWOmoplataPan American82KGR12015
6730Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoWPts: 4x4, AdvPan American82KGR32015
6740Victor SilverioVictor SilverioWReferee DecisionPan American82KG4F2015
6743Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWPts: 2x0Pan American82KGSF2015
7354Luca AnacoretaLuca AnacoretaWMounted X chokeWorld Champ.82KG8F2015
7358Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.82KG4F2015
7827AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWRNCADCC77KGR12015
7835Vagner RochaVagner RochaWReferee DecisionADCC77KG4F2015
8070Mansher KheraMansher KheraWPts: 11x0NoGi Pan Ams82KGSF2015
8071Marcelo MafraWPts: 2x2, AdvNoGi Pan Ams82KGF2015
8309Dustin AkbariWOmoplataNoGi Worlds79KG8F2015
8316Rodrigo CaporalRodrigo CaporalWAdvantagesNoGi Worlds79KG4F2015
8417Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaWPts: 2x0IBJJF NY Pro82KGSF2015
8418Victor SilverioVictor SilverioWPts: 2x2, AdvIBJJF NY Pro82KGF2015
9144Youngam NohWPts: 7x0Pan American82KGR12016
9150Ken PrimolaWChoke from backPan American82KG8F2016
9158Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoWPts: 2x0Pan American82KG4F2016
9708Rafael RosendoWN/AAtlanta BJJ Pro82KG4F2016
9709Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoWArmbarAtlanta BJJ Pro82KGF2016
9843Santeri LiliusWChoke from backWorld Champ.82KGR22016
9854Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaWPts: 10x0World Champ.82KG8F2016
9861Dillon DanisDillon DanisWPts: 4x0World Champ.82KG4F2016
9866Yago SouzaYago SouzaWPts: 9x2World Champ.82KGSF2016
10285Stephen HergettWCross chokeGrand Slam LA85KG4F2016
10289Sergio RiosWArmbarGrand Slam LA85KGSF2016
10526Gabriel ArgesGabriel ArgesWBotinhaBJJ Pro LA82KGSF2016
10528Nathan MendelsohnNathan MendelsohnWTriangleBJJ Pro LA82KGF2016
11681Thiago SaThiago SaWChoke from backACBJJ 485KG4F2017
11686Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWReferee DecisionACBJJ 485KGSF2017
11918Douglas KallinWCross chokePan American82KG8F2017
11922Abmar BarbosaAbmar BarbosaWChoke from backPan American82KG4F2017
11924Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWPts: 0x0, AdvPan American82KGSF2017
11925Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseWFlying trianglePan American82KGF2017
12473Pedro ThiagoWChoke from backBrasileiro82KGR12017
12477Anderson LiraWArmlockBrasileiro82KGR22017
12483Felipe CesarFelipe CesarWArmbarBrasileiro82KG4F2017
12484Luan CarvalhoLuan CarvalhoWN/ABrasileiro82KGSF2017
12826Lachlan GilesLachlan GilesWMounted X chokeWorld Champ.82KG8F2017
12834Mansher KheraMansher KheraWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.82KG4F2017
13145Jan BuatimJan BuatimWN/AACBJJ World85KGF2017
13413Alexandre MolinaroWChoke from backSan Diego Pro82KG4F2017
13416Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoWPointsSan Diego Pro82KGF2017
13457Sergio RiosWPts: 9x4Grand Slam LA85KG4F2017
13461Nathan MendelsohnNathan MendelsohnWPts: 9x2Grand Slam LA85KGRR2017
13463Sergio RiosWPts: 8x4Grand Slam LA85KG3RD2017
14888Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoWEzekielPan American82KG8F2018
14893Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarWReferee DecisionPan American82KG4F2018
17030Gabriel ProcopioWChoke from backLA BJJ Pro82KGSF2018
17031Michael LieraMichael LieraWPts: 0x0, AdvLA BJJ Pro82KGF2018

Banner photograph taken from Gracie Mag.

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