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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

91 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    32 (35%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    9 (10%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    45 (49%)
  • 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
Wristlock
4
2
#f58822
Choke
4
2
#224aba
RNC
4
2
#ff9124
Kneebar
4
2
#bf1f6c
Cross choke
4
2
#22c9a5
Triangle
2
1
#fad223
Shoulder pressure
2
1
#03861f
Flying triangle
2
1
#039a1f
Armlock
2
1
#03b41f
Cross choke f. mount
2
1
#03c61f
Submission
2
1
#03d61f
Ezekiel
2
1
#03f61f
Choke from mount
2
1
#82ff5f
Bow and arrow
2
1
#a4ff5f
Brabo choke
2
1
#dbff5f
Injury
2
1
Advantages
2
1
Botinha
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
Guillotine
13
1
#d1212a
Footlock
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
2827Eduardo SantoroEduardo SantoroLAdvPan American88KGSF2011
3005Gustavo JunqueiraLPts: 2x0World Champ.88KGRDS2011
3296Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoLPts: 4x0No Gi Worlds88KGSF2011
3551Clark GracieClark GracieLPts: 2x0Pan American82KG4F2012
3593Felipe PreguiçaLPts: 4x4, AdvCopa Podio85KGGP2012
3598Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaLPts: 2x0Copa Podio85KGGP2012
3602Dimitrius SouzaDimitrius SouzaLPts: 2x0Copa Podio85KGGP2012
4062Kron GracieKron GracieLArmbarMetamorisABSSPF2012
4080Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLArmbarIBJJF Pro League94KGSF2012
4473Clark GracieClark GracieLPointsPan American82KG4F2013
4873Kron GracieKron GracieLGuillotineADCC77KGF2013
5218Leandro LoLeandro LoLAdvPan American82KGF2014
5343Lucas LepriLucas LepriLPts: 4x0WP MontrealABSF2014
5459Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLPts: 2x0World Pro.ABS4F2014
5478Leandro LoLeandro LoLPointsWorld Pro.82KGSF2014
5644Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 9x6World Champ.82KGF2014
5896Francisco IturraldeFrancisco IturraldeLPts: 2x0IBJJF Pro League82KGSF2014
6530Alexander TransAlexander TransLPointsPan AmericanABS4F2015
6605Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 5x2Pan American82KGF2015
7212Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLPts: 2x0World Champ.82KGSF2015
7508Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 4x0FIVE SLABSSPF2015
7677Lucas LepriLucas LepriLPts: 4x0ADCC77KGSF2015
7679Gilbert BurnsGilbert BurnsLPts: 6x0ADCC77KG3RD2015
8141DJ JacksonDJ JacksonLReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds82KGSF2015
8969Yago SouzaYago SouzaLPts: 6x4Pan American82KGSF2016
10083Gabriel ArgesGabriel ArgesLPts: 2x0Grand Slam - LA85KGF2016
11423Gabriel ArgesGabriel ArgesLKneebarACBJJ GP85KGF2017
12208Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoLPts: 2x0Brasileiro82KGF2017
12551Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoLPts: 2x0, AdvWorld Champ.82KGSF2017
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
3280Erik AndersonWSubmissionNo Gi Worlds88KG4F2011
3545Brent PrimusWPointsPan American82KGR22012
3609Leandro LoLeandro LoD---Copa Podio85KGGP2012
3773Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaWEzekielNYC Open82KGSF2012
3774Clark GracieClark GracieWPointsNYC Open82KGF2012
3775Rafael RosendoWWristlockNYC OpenABSSF2012
3776Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaWChokeNYC OpenABSF2012
3954Michael PinheiroWChoke from mountWorld Champ.82KGR22012
3963Luis GustavoWChoke from backWorld Champ.82KG8F2012
3970Clark GracieClark GracieWPointsWorld Champ.82KG4F2012
3974Lucas LeiteLucas LeiteWPts: 6x4World Champ.82KGSF2012
3976Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWPts: 6x6, PenWorld Champ.82KGF2012
4078John CarlquistWChokeIBJJF Pro League94KG4F2012
4466Nic RubenNic RubenWBow and arrowPan American82KGR22013
4665Davi RamosDavi RamosWPts: 6x2World Champ.82KG4F2013
4669Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWArmbarWorld Champ.82KGSF2013
4671Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWPts: 4x2World Champ.82KGF2013
4864Youngnam NohWRNCADCC77KGR12013
4866Ben HendersonWOmoplataADCC77KG4F2013
4871Leonardo VieiraLeonardo VieiraWPointsADCC77KGSF2013
5205Matt JuberaWBrabo chokePan American82KGR12014
5213Leo IturraldeWPointsPan American82KG4F2014
5333Tanner RiceTanner RiceWPts: 9x0WP Montreal85KGNA2014
5339Leo SaggioroWPts: 4x2WP MontrealABS4F2014
5342Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWPts: 0x0, AdvWP MontrealABSSF2014
5444Alexander TransAlexander TransWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro.ABSR12014
5475Kit DaleWPts: 7x2World Pro.82KGR12014
5477Brian BeauryWArmbarWorld Pro.82KG4F2014
5628Caio AlmeidaCaio AlmeidaWPts: 2x0World Champ.82KGRDS2014
5635Israel ReyesWArmbarWorld Champ.82KGRDS2014
5639Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWPts: 4x2World Champ.82KG4F2014
5642Alan FinfouAlan FinfouWArmbarWorld Champ.82KGSF2014
5919AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWChoke from backNYC Pro82KGSF2014
5920Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWChoke from backNYC Pro82KGF2014
6507Evandro NunesEvandro NunesWPts: 10x0Pan AmericanABSR22015
6522Kitner MouraWInjuryPan AmericanABSR32015
6577Thabet al TaherWOmoplataPan American82KGR12015
6591Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoWPts: 4x4, AdvPan American82KGR32015
6601Victor SilverioVictor SilverioWReferee DecisionPan American82KG4F2015
6604Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWPts: 2x0Pan American82KGSF2015
7203Luca AnacoretaLuca AnacoretaWCross ck. f/ mountWorld Champ.82KG8F2015
7207Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.82KG4F2015
7665AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWRNCADCC77KGR12015
7673Vagner RochaWReferee DecisionADCC77KG4F2015
7896Mansher KheraMansher KheraWPts: 11x0NoGi Pan Ams82KGSF2015
7897Marcelo MafraWPts: 2x2, AdvNoGi Pan Ams82KGF2015
8133Dustin AkbariWOmoplataNoGi Worlds82KG8F2015
8140Rodrigo CaporalRodrigo CaporalWAdvantagesNoGi Worlds82KG4F2015
8238Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaWPts: 2x0IBJJF NY Pro82KGSF2015
8239Victor SilverioVictor SilverioWPts: 2x2, AdvIBJJF NY Pro82KGF2015
8951Youngam NohWPts: 7x0Pan American82KGR12016
8957Ken PrimolaWChoke from backPan American82KG8F2016
8965Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoWPts: 2x0Pan American82KG4F2016
9513Rafael RosendoWN/AAtlanta BJJ Pro82KG4F2016
9514Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoWArmbarAtlanta BJJ Pro82KGF2016
9649Santeri LiliusWChoke from backWorld Champ.82KGR22016
9660Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaWPts: 10x0World Champ.82KG8F2016
9667Dillon DanisDillon DanisWPts: 4x0World Champ.82KG4F2016
9672Yago SouzaYago SouzaWPts: 9x2World Champ.82KGSF2016
10078Stephen HergettWCross chokeGrand Slam - LA85KG4F2016
10082Sergio RiosWArmbarGrand Slam - LA85KGSF2016
10309Gabriel ArgesGabriel ArgesWBotinhaBJJ Pro LA82KGSF2016
10311Nathan MendelsohnNathan MendelsohnWTriangleBJJ Pro LA82KGF2016
11417Thiago SaThiago SaWChoke from backACBJJ GP85KG4F2017
11422Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWReferee DecisionACBJJ GP85KGSF2017
11656Douglas KallinWCross chokePan American82KG8F2017
11660Abmar BarbosaAbmar BarbosaWChoke from backPan American82KG4F2017
11662Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWPts: 0x0, AdvPan American82KGSF2017
11663Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseWFlying trianglePan American82KGF2017
12195Pedro ThiagoWChoke from backBrasileiro82KGR12017
12199Anderson LiraWArmlockBrasileiro82KGR22017
12205Felipe CesarFelipe CesarWArmbarBrasileiro82KG4F2017
12206Luan CarvalhoLuan CarvalhoWN/ABrasileiro82KGSF2017
12541Lachlan GilesWCross ck. f/ mountWorld Champ.82KG8F2017
12549Mansher KheraMansher KheraWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.82KG4F2017
12847Jan BuatimJan BuatimWN/AACBJJ World85KGF2017

Banner photograph taken from Gracie Mag.

Otavio Sousa vs Junior Santos

Otavio Sousa vs N/A

 

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