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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 (2004 purple)
  • IBJJF European Open Championship Runner-up (2008/2007 brown)
  • IBJJF World Championship 3rd Place (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

84 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    30 (36%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    9 (11%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    41 (49%)
  • BY DECISION
    3 (4%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (1%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

41 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Armbar
17
7
#86e620
Choke from back
17
7
#5AD3D1
Omoplata
7
3
#d1212a
Cross ck. f/ mount
5
2
#fad11b
Cross choke
5
2
#f58822
Wristlock
5
2
#224aba
Choke
5
2
#ff9124
RNC
5
2
#bf1f6c
Kneebar
5
2
#22c9a5
Botinha
2
1
#fad223
Shoulder pressure
2
1
#03861f
Triangle
2
1
#039a1f
Flying triangle
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
41
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
39 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    24 (62%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    6 (15%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    8 (21%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (3%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

8 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Armbar
38
3
#86e620
Kneebar
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 NetoLAdvBrasileiroABS1/4F2008
1871Alan FinfouAlan FinfouLPts: 2x0Brasileiro82KGF2008
1918Bill CooperBill CooperLKneebarWorld Champ.82KGSF2008
2036Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaLArmbarCapital Challenge88KGF2008
2072Alan FinfouAlan FinfouLPointsEuropean88KGF2009
2165Braga NetoBraga NetoLPts: 3x0Pan AmericanABSF2009
2318Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysLFootlockWorld Champ.88KGSF2009
2547Marcel FortunaMarcel FortunaLPts: 3x0Pan AmericanABSR22010
2707Eduardo TellesEduardo TellesLPts: 10x10, AdvWorld Champ.ABS1/4F2010
2817Eduardo SantoroEduardo SantoroLAdvPan American88KGSF2011
2995Gustavo JunqueiraLPts: 2x0World Champ.88KGRDS2011
3281Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoLPts: 4x0No Gi Worlds88KGSF2011
3536Clark GracieClark GracieLPts: 2x0Pan American82KG1/4F2012
3578Felipe PreguiçaLPts: 4x4, AdvCopa Podio85KGGP2012
3583Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaLPts: 2x0Copa Podio85KGGP2012
3587Dimitrius SouzaDimitrius SouzaLPts: 2x0Copa Podio85KGGP2012
4047Kron GracieKron GracieLArmbarMetamorisABSSPF2012
4065Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLArmbarIBJJF Pro League94KGSF2012
4458Clark GracieClark GracieLPointsPan American82KG1/4F2013
4858Kron GracieKron GracieLGuillotineADCC77KGF2013
5202Leandro LoLeandro LoLAdvPan American82KGF2014
5327Lucas LepriLucas LepriLPts: 4x0WP MontrealABSF2014
5443Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLPts: 2x0World Pro.ABS1/4F2014
5462Leandro LoLeandro LoLPointsWorld Pro.82KGSF2014
5629Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 9x6World Champ.82KGF2014
5881Francisco IturraldeFrancisco IturraldeLPts: 2x0IBJJF Pro League82KGSF2014
6516Alexander TransAlexander TransLPointsPan AmericanABS1/4F2015
6591Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 5x2Pan American82KGF2015
7197Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLPts: 2x0World Champ.82KGSF2015
7492Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 4x0FIVE SLABSSPF2015
7661Lucas LepriLucas LepriLPts: 4x0ADCC77KGSF2015
7663Gilbert BurnsGilbert BurnsLPts: 6x0ADCC77KG3RD2015
8122DJ JacksonDJ JacksonLReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds82KGSF2015
8948Yago SouzaYago SouzaLPts: 6x4Pan American82KGSF2016
10059Gabriel ArgesGabriel ArgesLPts: 2x0Grand Slam - LA85KGF2016
11381Gabriel ArgesGabriel ArgesLKneebarACBJJ GP85KGF2017
1818Helio PerdigaoWPts: 4x010k ChallengeABSGP2007
1819Nicolas GregoriadesWKneebar10k ChallengeABSGP2007
1847Adriano SilvaAdriano SilvaWPts: 2x0Pan American82KGSF2008
1916Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposWKneebarWorld Champ.82KG1/4F2008
2033Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWPointsCapital Challenge88KGSF2008
2142Jimmy TangWCross ck. f/ mountPan American88KG1/8F2009
2143Felipe FogolinWArmbarPan American88KG1/4F2009
2146Nivaldo OliveiraNivaldo OliveiraWAdvPan American88KGSF2009
2160Lucas LeiteLucas LeiteWPts: 4x0Pan AmericanABS1/4F2009
2163Rubens CharlesRubens CharlesWPts: 2x2, AdvPan AmericanABSSF2009
2315Marcello SalazarWPts: 2x0World Champ.88KG1/4F2009
2522Cameron DiffleyWPointsPan American88KGR12010
2523Cameron AppleWShoulder pressurePan American88KG1/4F2010
2524Jason EbarbWWristlockPan American88KGSF2010
2525Andre FreitasWPts: 7x0Pan American88KGF2010
2542Frost MurphyWCross choke f. mountPan AmericanABSR12010
3265Erik AndersonWSubmissionNo Gi Worlds88KG1/4F2011
3530Brent PrimusWPointsPan American82KGR22012
3594Leandro LoLeandro LoD---Copa Podio85KGGP2012
3758Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaWEzekielNYC Open82KGSF2012
3759Clark GracieClark GracieWPointsNYC Open82KGF2012
3760Rafael RosendoWWristlockNYC OpenABSSF2012
3761Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaWChokeNYC OpenABSF2012
3939Michael PinheiroWChoke from mountWorld Champ.82KGR22012
3948Luis GustavoWChoke from backWorld Champ.82KG1/8F2012
3955Clark GracieClark GracieWPointsWorld Champ.82KG1/4F2012
3959Lucas LeiteLucas LeiteWPts: 6x4World Champ.82KGSF2012
3961Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWPts: 6x6, PenWorld Champ.82KGF2012
4063John CarlquistWChokeIBJJF Pro League94KG1/4F2012
4451Nic RubenNic RubenWBow and arrowPan American82KGR22013
4650Davi RamosDavi RamosWPts: 6x2World Champ.82KG1/4F2013
4654Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWArmbarWorld Champ.82KGSF2013
4656Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWPts: 4x2World Champ.82KGF2013
4849Youngnam NohWRNCADCC77KGR12013
4851Ben HendersonWOmoplataADCC77KG1/4F2013
4856Leonardo VieiraLeonardo VieiraWPointsADCC77KGSF2013
5189Matt JuberaWBrabo chokePan American82KGR12014
5197Leo IturraldeWPointsPan American82KG1/4F2014
5317Tanner RiceTanner RiceWPts: 9x0WP Montreal85KGNA2014
5323Leo SaggioroWPts: 4x2WP MontrealABS1/4F2014
5326Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWPts: 0x0, AdvWP MontrealABSSF2014
5428Alexander TransAlexander TransWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro.ABSR12014
5459Kit DaleWPts: 7x2World Pro.82KGR12014
5461Brian BeauryWArmbarWorld Pro.82KG1/4F2014
5613Caio AlmeidaCaio AlmeidaWPts: 2x0World Champ.82KGRDS2014
5620Israel ReyesWArmbarWorld Champ.82KGRDS2014
5624Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWPts: 4x2World Champ.82KG1/4F2014
5627Alan FinfouAlan FinfouWArmbarWorld Champ.82KGSF2014
5904AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWChoke from backNYC Pro82KGSF2014
5905Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWChoke from backNYC Pro82KGF2014
6493Evandro NunesEvandro NunesWPts: 10x0Pan AmericanABSR22015
6508Kitner MouraWInjuryPan AmericanABSR32015
6563Thabet al TaherWOmoplataPan American82KGR12015
6577Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoWPts: 4x4, AdvPan American82KGR32015
6587Victor SilverioVictor SilverioWReferee DecisionPan American82KG1/4F2015
6590Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWPts: 2x0Pan American82KGSF2015
7188Luca AnacoretaLuca AnacoretaWCross ck. f/ mountWorld Champ.82KG1/8F2015
7192Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.82KG1/4F2015
7649AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWRNCADCC77KGR12015
7657Vagner RochaWReferee DecisionADCC77KG1/4F2015
7880Mansher KheraMansher KheraWPts: 11x0NoGi Pan Ams82KGSF2015
7881Marcelo MafraWPts: 2x2, AdvNoGi Pan Ams82KGF2015
8114Dustin AkbariWOmoplataNoGi Worlds82KG1/8F2015
8121Rodrigo CaporalRodrigo CaporalWAdvantagesNoGi Worlds82KG1/4F2015
8219Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaWPts: 2x0IBJJF NY Pro82KGSF2015
8220Victor SilverioVictor SilverioWPts: 2x2, AdvIBJJF NY Pro82KGF2015
8930Youngam NohWPts: 7x0Pan American82KGR12016
8936Ken PrimolaWChoke from backPan American82KG1/8F2016
8944Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoWPts: 2x0Pan American82KG1/4F2016
9490Rafael RosendoWN/AAtlanta BJJ Pro82KG1/4F2016
9491Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoWArmbarAtlanta BJJ Pro82KGF2016
9626Santeri LiliusWChoke from backWorld Champ.82KGR22016
9637Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaWPts: 10x0World Champ.82KG1/8F2016
9644Dillon DanisDillon DanisWPts: 4x0World Champ.82KG1/4F2016
9649Yago SouzaYago SouzaWPts: 9x2World Champ.82KGSF2016
10054Stephen HergettWCross chokeGrand Slam - LA85KG1/4F2016
10058Sergio RiosWArmbarGrand Slam - LA85KGSF2016
10284Gabriel ArgesGabriel ArgesWBotinhaBJJ Pro LA82KGSF2016
10286Nathan MendelsohnWTriangleBJJ Pro LA82KGF2016
11375Thiago SaThiago SaWChoke from backACBJJ GP85KG1/4F2017
11380Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWReferee DecisionACBJJ GP85KGSF2017
11614Douglas KallinWCross chokePan American82KG1/8F2017
11618Abmar BarbosaAbmar BarbosaWChoke from backPan American82KG1/4F2017
11620Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWPts: 0x0, AdvPan American82KGSF2017
11621Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseWFlying trianglePan American82KGF2017

Banner photograph taken from Gracie Mag.

Otavio Sousa vs Junior Santos

Otavio Sousa vs N/A

 

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