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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

93 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    33 (35%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    9 (10%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    46 (49%)
  • BY DECISION
    4 (4%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (1%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

46 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke from back
20
9
#86e620
Armbar
17
8
#5AD3D1
Omoplata
7
3
#d1212a
Cross ck. f/ mount
7
3
#fad11b
RNC
4
2
#f58822
Kneebar
4
2
#224aba
Cross choke
4
2
#ff9124
Wristlock
4
2
#bf1f6c
Choke
4
2
#22c9a5
Choke from mount
2
1
#fad223
Bow and arrow
2
1
#03861f
Brabo choke
2
1
#039a1f
Injury
2
1
#03b41f
Advantages
2
1
#03c61f
Botinha
2
1
#03d61f
Shoulder pressure
2
1
#03f61f
Triangle
2
1
#82ff5f
Flying triangle
2
1
#a4ff5f
Cross choke f. mount
2
1
#dbff5f
Armlock
2
1
Submission
2
1
Ezekiel
2
1
46
(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
1823Jeff MonsonLN/A10k ChallengeABSGP2007
1832Alan FinfouAlan FinfouLAdvEuropean Open82KGF2008
1851Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposLKneebarPan American82KGF2008
1865Braga NetoBraga NetoLAdvBrasileiroABS4F2008
1874Alan FinfouAlan FinfouLPts: 2x0Brasileiro82KGF2008
1921Bill CooperBill CooperLKneebarWorld Champ.82KGSF2008
2039Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaLArmbarCapital Challenge88KGF2008
2074Alan FinfouAlan FinfouLPointsEuropean88KGF2009
2167Braga NetoBraga NetoLPts: 3x0Pan AmericanABSF2009
2320Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysLFootlockWorld Champ.88KGSF2009
2549Marcel FortunaMarcel FortunaLPts: 3x0Pan AmericanABSR22010
2709Eduardo TellesEduardo TellesLPts: 10x10, AdvWorld Champ.ABS4F2010
2830Eduardo SantoroEduardo SantoroLAdvPan American88KGSF2011
3011Gustavo JunqueiraLPts: 2x0World Champ.88KGRDS2011
3302Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoLPts: 4x0No Gi Worlds88KGSF2011
3560Clark GracieClark GracieLPts: 2x0Pan American82KG4F2012
3602Felipe PreguiçaLPts: 4x4, AdvCopa Podio85KGGP2012
3607Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaLPts: 2x0Copa Podio85KGGP2012
3611Dimitrius SouzaDimitrius SouzaLPts: 2x0Copa Podio85KGGP2012
4081Kron GracieKron GracieLArmbarMetamorisABSSPF2012
4099Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLArmbarIBJJF Pro League94KGSF2012
4496Clark GracieClark GracieLPointsPan American82KG4F2013
4904Kron GracieKron GracieLGuillotineADCC77KGF2013
5250Leandro LoLeandro LoLAdvPan American82KGF2014
5376Lucas LepriLucas LepriLPts: 4x0WP MontrealABSF2014
5493Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLPts: 2x0World Pro.ABS4F2014
5516Leandro LoLeandro LoLPointsWorld Pro.82KGSF2014
5682Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 9x6World Champ.82KGF2014
5934Francisco IturraldeFrancisco IturraldeLPts: 2x0IBJJF Pro League82KGSF2014
6578Alexander TransAlexander TransLPointsPan AmericanABS4F2015
6653Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 5x2Pan American82KGF2015
7260Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLPts: 2x0World Champ.82KGSF2015
7556Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 4x0FIVE SLABSSPF2015
7725Lucas LepriLucas LepriLPts: 4x0ADCC77KGSF2015
7727Gilbert BurnsGilbert BurnsLPts: 6x0ADCC77KG3RD2015
8189DJ JacksonDJ JacksonLReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds82KGSF2015
9022Yago SouzaYago SouzaLPts: 6x4Pan American82KGSF2016
10138Gabriel ArgesGabriel ArgesLPts: 2x0Grand Slam - LA85KGF2016
11480Gabriel ArgesGabriel ArgesLKneebarACBJJ GP85KGF2017
12265Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoLPts: 2x0Brasileiro82KGF2017
12608Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoLPts: 2x0, AdvWorld Champ.82KGSF2017
12911Helton JoseHelton JoseDN/AACBJJ WorldABSF2017
1821Helio PerdigaoWPts: 4x010k ChallengeABSGP2007
1822Nicolas GregoriadesWKneebar10k ChallengeABSGP2007
1850Adriano SilvaAdriano SilvaWPts: 2x0Pan American82KGSF2008
1919Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposWKneebarWorld Champ.82KG4F2008
2036Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWPointsCapital Challenge88KGSF2008
2144Jimmy TangWCross ck. f/ mountPan American88KG8F2009
2145Felipe FogolinWArmbarPan American88KG4F2009
2148Nivaldo OliveiraNivaldo OliveiraWAdvPan American88KGSF2009
2162Lucas LeiteLucas LeiteWPts: 4x0Pan AmericanABS4F2009
2165Rubens CharlesRubens CharlesWPts: 2x2, AdvPan AmericanABSSF2009
2317Marcello SalazarWPts: 2x0World Champ.88KG4F2009
2524Cameron DiffleyWPointsPan American88KGR12010
2525Cameron AppleWShoulder pressurePan American88KG4F2010
2526Jason EbarbWWristlockPan American88KGSF2010
2527Andre FreitasWPts: 7x0Pan American88KGF2010
2544Frost MurphyWCross choke f. mountPan AmericanABSR12010
3286Erik AndersonWSubmissionNo Gi Worlds88KG4F2011
3554Brent PrimusWPointsPan American82KGR22012
3618Leandro LoLeandro LoD---Copa Podio85KGGP2012
3792Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaWEzekielNYC Open82KGSF2012
3793Clark GracieClark GracieWPointsNYC Open82KGF2012
3794Rafael RosendoWWristlockNYC OpenABSSF2012
3795Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaWChokeNYC OpenABSF2012
3973Michael PinheiroWChoke from mountWorld Champ.82KGR22012
3982Luis GustavoWChoke from backWorld Champ.82KG8F2012
3989Clark GracieClark GracieWPointsWorld Champ.82KG4F2012
3993Lucas LeiteLucas LeiteWPts: 6x4World Champ.82KGSF2012
3995Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWPts: 6x6, PenWorld Champ.82KGF2012
4097John CarlquistWChokeIBJJF Pro League94KG4F2012
4489Nic RubenNic RubenWBow and arrowPan American82KGR22013
4696Davi RamosDavi RamosWPts: 6x2World Champ.82KG4F2013
4700Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWArmbarWorld Champ.82KGSF2013
4702Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWPts: 4x2World Champ.82KGF2013
4895Youngnam NohWRNCADCC77KGR12013
4897Ben HendersonWOmoplataADCC77KG4F2013
4902Leonardo VieiraLeonardo VieiraWPointsADCC77KGSF2013
5237Matt JuberaWBrabo chokePan American82KGR12014
5245Leo IturraldeWPointsPan American82KG4F2014
5366Tanner RiceTanner RiceWPts: 9x0WP Montreal85KGNA2014
5372Leo SaggioroLeo SaggioroWPts: 4x2WP MontrealABS4F2014
5375Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWPts: 0x0, AdvWP MontrealABSSF2014
5478Alexander TransAlexander TransWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro.ABSR12014
5513Kit DaleWPts: 7x2World Pro.82KGR12014
5515Brian BeauryWArmbarWorld Pro.82KG4F2014
5666Caio AlmeidaCaio AlmeidaWPts: 2x0World Champ.82KGRDS2014
5673Israel ReyesWArmbarWorld Champ.82KGRDS2014
5677Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWPts: 4x2World Champ.82KG4F2014
5680Alan FinfouAlan FinfouWArmbarWorld Champ.82KGSF2014
5957AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWChoke from backNYC Pro82KGSF2014
5958Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWChoke from backNYC Pro82KGF2014
6555Evandro NunesEvandro NunesWPts: 10x0Pan AmericanABSR22015
6570Kitner MouraWInjuryPan AmericanABSR32015
6625Thabet al TaherWOmoplataPan American82KGR12015
6639Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoWPts: 4x4, AdvPan American82KGR32015
6649Victor SilverioVictor SilverioWReferee DecisionPan American82KG4F2015
6652Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWPts: 2x0Pan American82KGSF2015
7251Luca AnacoretaLuca AnacoretaWCross ck. f/ mountWorld Champ.82KG8F2015
7255Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.82KG4F2015
7713AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWRNCADCC77KGR12015
7721Vagner RochaWReferee DecisionADCC77KG4F2015
7944Mansher KheraMansher KheraWPts: 11x0NoGi Pan Ams82KGSF2015
7945Marcelo MafraWPts: 2x2, AdvNoGi Pan Ams82KGF2015
8181Dustin AkbariWOmoplataNoGi Worlds82KG8F2015
8188Rodrigo CaporalRodrigo CaporalWAdvantagesNoGi Worlds82KG4F2015
8289Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaWPts: 2x0IBJJF NY Pro82KGSF2015
8290Victor SilverioVictor SilverioWPts: 2x2, AdvIBJJF NY Pro82KGF2015
9004Youngam NohWPts: 7x0Pan American82KGR12016
9010Ken PrimolaWChoke from backPan American82KG8F2016
9018Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoWPts: 2x0Pan American82KG4F2016
9566Rafael RosendoWN/AAtlanta BJJ Pro82KG4F2016
9567Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoWArmbarAtlanta BJJ Pro82KGF2016
9702Santeri LiliusWChoke from backWorld Champ.82KGR22016
9713Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaWPts: 10x0World Champ.82KG8F2016
9720Dillon DanisDillon DanisWPts: 4x0World Champ.82KG4F2016
9725Yago SouzaYago SouzaWPts: 9x2World Champ.82KGSF2016
10133Stephen HergettWCross chokeGrand Slam - LA85KG4F2016
10137Sergio RiosWArmbarGrand Slam - LA85KGSF2016
10364Gabriel ArgesGabriel ArgesWBotinhaBJJ Pro LA82KGSF2016
10366Nathan MendelsohnNathan MendelsohnWTriangleBJJ Pro LA82KGF2016
11474Thiago SaThiago SaWChoke from backACBJJ GP85KG4F2017
11479Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWReferee DecisionACBJJ GP85KGSF2017
11713Douglas KallinWCross chokePan American82KG8F2017
11717Abmar BarbosaAbmar BarbosaWChoke from backPan American82KG4F2017
11719Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWPts: 0x0, AdvPan American82KGSF2017
11720Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseWFlying trianglePan American82KGF2017
12252Pedro ThiagoWChoke from backBrasileiro82KGR12017
12256Anderson LiraWArmlockBrasileiro82KGR22017
12262Felipe CesarFelipe CesarWArmbarBrasileiro82KG4F2017
12263Luan CarvalhoLuan CarvalhoWN/ABrasileiro82KGSF2017
12598Lachlan GilesWCross ck. f/ mountWorld Champ.82KG8F2017
12606Mansher KheraMansher KheraWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.82KG4F2017
12907Jan BuatimJan BuatimWN/AACBJJ World85KGF2017
13116Alexandre MolinaroWChoke from backSan Diego Pro4F82KG2017
13119Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoWPointsSan Diego ProF82KG2017

Banner photograph taken from Gracie Mag.

Otavio Sousa vs Junior Santos

Otavio Sousa vs N/A

 

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