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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

96 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    36 (38%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    9 (9%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    46 (48%)
  • 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
Mounted X choke
7
3
#d1212a
Omoplata
7
3
#fad11b
Cross choke
4
2
#f58822
Wristlock
4
2
#224aba
Choke
4
2
#ff9124
RNC
4
2
#bf1f6c
Kneebar
4
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
Armlock
2
1
#03d61f
Submission
2
1
#03f61f
Ezekiel
2
1
#82ff5f
Choke from mount
2
1
#a4ff5f
Bow and arrow
2
1
#dbff5f
Brabo choke
2
1
Injury
2
1
Advantages
2
1
46
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
42 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    25 (60%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    8 (19%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    8 (19%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (2%)
  • 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
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
2856Eduardo SantoroEduardo SantoroLAdvPan American88KGSF2011
3037Gustavo JunqueiraLPts: 2x0World Champ.88KGRDS2011
3333Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoLPts: 4x0No Gi Worlds88KGSF2011
3591Clark GracieClark GracieLPts: 2x0Pan American82KG4F2012
3633Felipe PreguiçaLPts: 4x4, AdvCopa Podio85KGGP2012
3638Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaLPts: 2x0Copa Podio85KGGP2012
3642Dimitrius SouzaDimitrius SouzaLPts: 2x0Copa Podio85KGGP2012
4112Kron GracieKron GracieLArmbarMetamorisABSSPF2012
4130Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLArmbarIBJJF Pro League94KGSF2012
4532Clark GracieClark GracieLPointsPan American82KG4F2013
4940Kron GracieKron GracieLGuillotineADCC77KGF2013
5289Leandro LoLeandro LoLAdvPan American82KGF2014
5415Lucas LepriLucas LepriLPts: 4x0WP MontrealABSF2014
5532Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLPts: 2x0World Pro.ABS4F2014
5556Leandro LoLeandro LoLPointsWorld Pro.82KGSF2014
5722Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 9x6World Champ.82KGF2014
5973Francisco IturraldeFrancisco IturraldeLPts: 2x0IBJJF Pro League82KGSF2014
6622Alexander TransAlexander TransLPointsPan AmericanABS4F2015
6697Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 5x2Pan American82KGF2015
7307Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLPts: 2x0World Champ.82KGSF2015
7603Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 4x0FIVE SLABSSPF2015
7773Lucas LepriLucas LepriLPts: 4x0ADCC77KGSF2015
7775Gilbert BurnsGilbert BurnsLPts: 6x0ADCC77KG3RD2015
8237DJ JacksonDJ JacksonLReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds82KGSF2015
9070Yago SouzaYago SouzaLPts: 6x4Pan American82KGSF2016
10186Gabriel ArgesGabriel ArgesLPts: 2x0Grand Slam LA85KGF2016
11540Gabriel ArgesGabriel ArgesLKneebarACBJJ GP85KGF2017
12325Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoLPts: 2x0Brasileiro82KGF2017
12668Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoLPts: 2x0, AdvWorld Champ.82KGSF2017
12971Helton JoseHelton JoseDN/AACBJJ WorldABSF2017
13255Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoLPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LA85KGSF2017
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
3317Erik AndersonWSubmissionNo Gi Worlds88KG4F2011
3585Brent PrimusWPointsPan American82KGR22012
3649Leandro LoLeandro LoD---Copa Podio85KGGP2012
3823Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaWEzekielNYC Open82KGSF2012
3824Clark GracieClark GracieWPointsNYC Open82KGF2012
3825Rafael RosendoWWristlockNYC OpenABSSF2012
3826Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaWChokeNYC OpenABSF2012
4004Michael PinheiroWChoke from mountWorld Champ.82KGR22012
4013Luis GustavoWChoke from backWorld Champ.82KG8F2012
4020Clark GracieClark GracieWPointsWorld Champ.82KG4F2012
4024Lucas LeiteLucas LeiteWPts: 6x4World Champ.82KGSF2012
4026Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWPts: 6x6, PenWorld Champ.82KGF2012
4128John CarlquistWChokeIBJJF Pro League94KG4F2012
4525Nic RubenNic RubenWBow and arrowPan American82KGR22013
4732Davi RamosDavi RamosWPts: 6x2World Champ.82KG4F2013
4736Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWArmbarWorld Champ.82KGSF2013
4738Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWPts: 4x2World Champ.82KGF2013
4931Youngnam NohWRNCADCC77KGR12013
4933Ben HendersonWOmoplataADCC77KG4F2013
4938Leonardo VieiraLeonardo VieiraWPointsADCC77KGSF2013
5276Matt JuberaWBrabo chokePan American82KGR12014
5284Leo IturraldeWPointsPan American82KG4F2014
5405Tanner RiceTanner RiceWPts: 9x0WP Montreal85KGNA2014
5411Leo SaggioroLeo SaggioroWPts: 4x2WP MontrealABS4F2014
5414Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWPts: 0x0, AdvWP MontrealABSSF2014
5517Alexander TransAlexander TransWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro.ABSR12014
5553Kit DaleWPts: 7x2World Pro.82KGR12014
5555Brian BeauryWArmbarWorld Pro.82KG4F2014
5706Caio AlmeidaCaio AlmeidaWPts: 2x0World Champ.82KGRDS2014
5713Israel ReyesWArmbarWorld Champ.82KGRDS2014
5717Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWPts: 4x2World Champ.82KG4F2014
5720Alan FinfouAlan FinfouWArmbarWorld Champ.82KGSF2014
5996AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWChoke from backNYC Pro82KGSF2014
5997Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWChoke from backNYC Pro82KGF2014
6599Evandro NunesEvandro NunesWPts: 10x0Pan AmericanABSR22015
6614Kitner MouraWInjuryPan AmericanABSR32015
6669Thabet al TaherWOmoplataPan American82KGR12015
6683Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoWPts: 4x4, AdvPan American82KGR32015
6693Victor SilverioVictor SilverioWReferee DecisionPan American82KG4F2015
6696Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWPts: 2x0Pan American82KGSF2015
7298Luca AnacoretaLuca AnacoretaWMounted X chokeWorld Champ.82KG8F2015
7302Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.82KG4F2015
7761AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWRNCADCC77KGR12015
7769Vagner RochaVagner RochaWReferee DecisionADCC77KG4F2015
7992Mansher KheraMansher KheraWPts: 11x0NoGi Pan Ams82KGSF2015
7993Marcelo MafraWPts: 2x2, AdvNoGi Pan Ams82KGF2015
8229Dustin AkbariWOmoplataNoGi Worlds82KG8F2015
8236Rodrigo CaporalRodrigo CaporalWAdvantagesNoGi Worlds82KG4F2015
8337Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaWPts: 2x0IBJJF NY Pro82KGSF2015
8338Victor SilverioVictor SilverioWPts: 2x2, AdvIBJJF NY Pro82KGF2015
9052Youngam NohWPts: 7x0Pan American82KGR12016
9058Ken PrimolaWChoke from backPan American82KG8F2016
9066Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoWPts: 2x0Pan American82KG4F2016
9614Rafael RosendoWN/AAtlanta BJJ Pro82KG4F2016
9615Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoWArmbarAtlanta BJJ Pro82KGF2016
9750Santeri LiliusWChoke from backWorld Champ.82KGR22016
9761Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaWPts: 10x0World Champ.82KG8F2016
9768Dillon DanisDillon DanisWPts: 4x0World Champ.82KG4F2016
9773Yago SouzaYago SouzaWPts: 9x2World Champ.82KGSF2016
10181Stephen HergettWCross chokeGrand Slam LA85KG4F2016
10185Sergio RiosWArmbarGrand Slam LA85KGSF2016
10412Gabriel ArgesGabriel ArgesWBotinhaBJJ Pro LA82KGSF2016
10414Nathan MendelsohnNathan MendelsohnWTriangleBJJ Pro LA82KGF2016
11534Thiago SaThiago SaWChoke from backACBJJ GP85KG4F2017
11539Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWReferee DecisionACBJJ GP85KGSF2017
11773Douglas KallinWCross chokePan American82KG8F2017
11777Abmar BarbosaAbmar BarbosaWChoke from backPan American82KG4F2017
11779Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWPts: 0x0, AdvPan American82KGSF2017
11780Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseWFlying trianglePan American82KGF2017
12312Pedro ThiagoWChoke from backBrasileiro82KGR12017
12316Anderson LiraWArmlockBrasileiro82KGR22017
12322Felipe CesarFelipe CesarWArmbarBrasileiro82KG4F2017
12323Luan CarvalhoLuan CarvalhoWN/ABrasileiro82KGSF2017
12658Lachlan GilesWMounted X chokeWorld Champ.82KG8F2017
12666Mansher KheraMansher KheraWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.82KG4F2017
12967Jan BuatimJan BuatimWN/AACBJJ World85KGF2017
13209Alexandre MolinaroWChoke from backSan Diego Pro82KG4F2017
13212Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoWPointsSan Diego Pro82KGF2017
13254Sergio RiosWPts: 9x4Grand Slam LA85KG4F2017
13258Nathan MendelsohnNathan MendelsohnWPts: 9x2Grand Slam LA85KGRR2017
13260Sergio RiosWPts: 8x4Grand Slam LA85KG3RD2017

Banner photograph taken from Gracie Mag.

Otavio Sousa vs Junior Santos

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