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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)
  • CBJJ Brazilan Nationals Champion (2019)
  • 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 (2019/2009*/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

109 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    37 (34%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    11 (10%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    53 (49%)
  • BY DECISION
    5 (5%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (1%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (1%)

53 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke from back
23
12
#86e620
Armbar
15
8
#5AD3D1
Mounted X choke
8
4
#d1212a
Choke
6
3
#fad11b
RNC
6
3
#f58822
Omoplata
6
3
#224aba
Cross choke
4
2
#ff9124
Kneebar
4
2
#bf1f6c
Wristlock
4
2
#22c9a5
Ezekiel
4
2
#fad223
Choke from mount
2
1
#03861f
Bow and arrow
2
1
#039a1f
Brabo choke
2
1
#03b41f
Advantages
2
1
#03c61f
Botinha
2
1
#03d61f
Triangle
2
1
#03f61f
Flying triangle
2
1
#82ff5f
Armlock
2
1
#a4ff5f
Shoulder pressure
2
1
#dbff5f
Katagatame
2
1
Short choke
2
1
Submission
2
1
53
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
49 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    30 (61%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    9 (18%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    8 (16%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (4%)
  • 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
2569Marcel FortunaMarcel FortunaLPts: 3x0Pan AmericanABSR22010
2729Eduardo TellesEduardo TellesLPts: 10x10, AdvWorld Champ.ABS4F2010
2874Eduardo SantoroEduardo SantoroLAdvPan American88KGSF2011
3057Gustavo JunqueiraLPts: 2x0World Champ.88KGRDS2011
3359Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoLPts: 4x0No Gi Worlds88KGSF2011
3617Clark GracieClark GracieLPts: 2x0Pan American82KG4F2012
3659Felipe PreguiçaLPts: 4x4, AdvCopa Podio85KGGP2012
3664Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaLPts: 2x0Copa Podio85KGGP2012
3668Dimitrius SouzaDimitrius SouzaLPts: 2x0Copa Podio85KGGP2012
4136Kron GracieKron GracieLArmbarMetamorisABSSPF2012
4154Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLArmbarIBJJF Pro League94KGSF2012
4572Clark GracieClark GracieLPointsPan American82KG4F2013
4983Kron GracieKron GracieLGuillotineADCC77KGF2013
5348Leandro LoLeandro LoLAdvPan American82KGF2014
5474Lucas LepriLucas LepriLPts: 4x0WP MontrealABSF2014
5597Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLPts: 2x0World Pro.ABS4F2014
5621Leandro LoLeandro LoLPointsWorld Pro.82KGSF2014
5788Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 9x6World Champ.82KGF2014
6056Francisco IturraldeFrancisco IturraldeLPts: 2x0IBJJF Pro League82KGSF2014
6725Alexander TransAlexander TransLPointsPan AmericanABS4F2015
6800Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 5x2Pan American82KGF2015
7422Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLPts: 2x0World Champ.82KGSF2015
7733Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 4x0FIVE SLABSSPF2015
7905Lucas LepriLucas LepriLPts: 4x0ADCC77KGSF2015
7907Gilbert BurnsGilbert BurnsLPts: 6x0ADCC77KG3RD2015
8388DJ JacksonDJ JacksonLReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds79KGSF2015
9245Yago SouzaYago SouzaLPts: 6x4Pan American82KGSF2016
10384Gabriel ArgesGabriel ArgesLPts: 2x0Grand Slam LA85KGF2016
11849Gabriel ArgesGabriel ArgesLKneebarACBJJ 485KGF2017
12660Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoLPts: 2x0Brasileiro82KGF2017
13022Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoLPts: 2x0, AdvWorld Champ.82KGSF2017
13338Helton JoseHelton JoseD---ACBJJ WorldABSF2017
13676Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoLPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LA85KGSF2017
14772Leandro LoLeandro LoLPointsACB 1085KGSPF2018
15113Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseLPointsACBJJ 1185KGSPF2018
15208Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoLPts: 2x0Pan American82KGSF2018
16296Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaLPts: 4x2World Champ.82KGR22018
18968Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoLReferee DecisionLA BJJ Pro82KGF2019
19189Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseLPts: 2x0Pan American82KGF2019
20163Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.82KG4F2019
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
2544Cameron DiffleyWPointsPan American88KGR12010
2545Cameron AppleWShoulder pressurePan American88KG4F2010
2546Jason EbarbWWristlockPan American88KGSF2010
2547Andre FreitasWPts: 7x0Pan American88KGF2010
2564Frost MurphyWMounted X chokePan AmericanABSR12010
3343Erik AndersonWSubmissionNo Gi Worlds88KG4F2011
3611Brent PrimusWPointsPan American82KGR22012
3675Leandro LoLeandro LoD---Copa Podio85KGGP2012
3849Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaWEzekielNYC Open82KGSF2012
3850Clark GracieClark GracieWPointsNYC Open82KGF2012
3851Rafael RosendoWWristlockNYC OpenABSSF2012
3852Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaWChokeNYC OpenABSF2012
4030Michael PinheiroWChoke from mountWorld Champ.82KGR22012
4038Luis GustavoWChoke from backWorld Champ.82KG8F2012
4048Lucas LeiteLucas LeiteWPts: 6x4World Champ.82KGSF2012
4050Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWPts: 6x6, PenWorld Champ.82KGF2012
4152John CarlquistWChokeIBJJF Pro League94KG4F2012
4565Nic RubenNic RubenWBow and arrowPan American82KGR22013
4776Davi RamosDavi RamosWPts: 6x2World Champ.82KG4F2013
4780Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWArmbarWorld Champ.82KGSF2013
4782Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWPts: 4x2World Champ.82KGF2013
4975Youngnam NohWRNCADCC77KGR12013
4977Ben HendersonWOmoplataADCC77KG4F2013
4982Leonardo VieiraLeonardo VieiraWPointsADCC77KGSF2013
5335Matt JuberaWBrabo chokePan American82KGR12014
5343Leo IturraldeWPointsPan American82KG4F2014
5464Tanner RiceTanner RiceWPts: 9x0WP Montreal85KGNA2014
5470Leo SaggioroLeo SaggioroWPts: 4x2WP MontrealABS4F2014
5473Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWPts: 0x0, AdvWP MontrealABSSF2014
5582Alexander TransAlexander TransWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro.ABSR12014
5618Kit DaleKit DaleWPts: 7x2World Pro.82KGR12014
5620Brian BeauryBrian BeauryWArmbarWorld Pro.82KG4F2014
5772Caio AlmeidaCaio AlmeidaWPts: 2x0World Champ.82KGRDS2014
5779Israel ReyesWArmbarWorld Champ.82KGRDS2014
5783Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWPts: 4x2World Champ.82KG4F2014
5786Alan FinfouAlan FinfouWArmbarWorld Champ.82KGSF2014
6079AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWChoke from backNYC Pro82KGSF2014
6080Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWChoke from backNYC Pro82KGF2014
6702Evandro NunesEvandro NunesWPts: 10x0Pan AmericanABSR22015
6717Kitner MouraWInjuryPan AmericanABSR32015
6772Thabet al TaherWOmoplataPan American82KGR12015
6786Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoWPts: 4x4, AdvPan American82KGR32015
6796Victor SilverioVictor SilverioWReferee DecisionPan American82KG4F2015
6799Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWPts: 2x0Pan American82KGSF2015
7413Luca AnacoretaLuca AnacoretaWMounted X chokeWorld Champ.82KG8F2015
7417Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.82KG4F2015
7893AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWRNCADCC77KGR12015
7901Vagner RochaVagner RochaWReferee DecisionADCC77KG4F2015
8137Mansher KheraMansher KheraWPts: 11x0NoGi Pan Ams82KGSF2015
8138Marcelo MafraMarcelo MafraWPts: 2x2, AdvNoGi Pan Ams82KGF2015
8380Dustin AkbariWOmoplataNoGi Worlds79KG8F2015
8387Rodrigo CaporalRodrigo CaporalWAdvantagesNoGi Worlds79KG4F2015
8488Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaWPts: 2x0IBJJF NY Pro82KGSF2015
8489Victor SilverioVictor SilverioWPts: 2x2, AdvIBJJF NY Pro82KGF2015
9227Youngam NohWPts: 7x0Pan American82KGR12016
9233Ken PrimolaWChoke from backPan American82KG8F2016
9241Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoWPts: 2x0Pan American82KG4F2016
9793Rafael RosendoWN/AAtlanta BJJ Pro82KG4F2016
9794Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoWArmbarAtlanta BJJ Pro82KGF2016
9930Santeri LiliusWChoke from backWorld Champ.82KGR22016
9941Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaWPts: 10x0World Champ.82KG8F2016
9948Dillon DanisDillon DanisWPts: 4x0World Champ.82KG4F2016
9953Yago SouzaYago SouzaWPts: 9x2World Champ.82KGSF2016
10379Stephen HergettWCross chokeGrand Slam LA85KG4F2016
10383Sergio RiosSergio RiosWArmbarGrand Slam LA85KGSF2016
10637Gabriel ArgesGabriel ArgesWBotinhaBJJ Pro LA82KGSF2016
10639Nathan MendelsohnNathan MendelsohnWTriangleBJJ Pro LA82KGF2016
11843Thiago SaThiago SaWChoke from backACBJJ 485KG4F2017
11848Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWReferee DecisionACBJJ 485KGSF2017
12083Douglas KallinWCross chokePan American82KG8F2017
12087Abmar BarbosaAbmar BarbosaWChoke from backPan American82KG4F2017
12089Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWPts: 0x0, AdvPan American82KGSF2017
12090Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseWFlying trianglePan American82KGF2017
12647Pedro ThiagoWChoke from backBrasileiro82KGR12017
12651Anderson LiraWArmlockBrasileiro82KGR22017
12657Felipe CesarFelipe CesarWArmbarBrasileiro82KG4F2017
12658Luan CarvalhoLuan CarvalhoWN/ABrasileiro82KGSF2017
13012Lachlan GilesLachlan GilesWMounted X chokeWorld Champ.82KG8F2017
13020Mansher KheraMansher KheraWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.82KG4F2017
13333Jan BuatimJan BuatimWChoke from backACBJJ World85KGF2017
13629Alexandre MolinaroAlexandre MolinaroWChoke from backSan Diego Pro82KG4F2017
13632Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoWPointsSan Diego Pro82KGF2017
13675Sergio RiosSergio RiosWPts: 9x4Grand Slam LA85KG4F2017
13679Nathan MendelsohnNathan MendelsohnWPts: 9x2Grand Slam LA85KGRR2017
13681Sergio RiosSergio RiosWPts: 8x4Grand Slam LA85KG3RD2017
15201Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoWEzekielPan American82KG8F2018
15206Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarWReferee DecisionPan American82KG4F2018
17535Gabriel ProcopioWChoke from backLA BJJ Pro82KGSF2018
17536Michael LieraMichael LieraWPts: 0x0, AdvLA BJJ Pro82KGF2018
18966Andris BrunovskisAndris BrunovskisWPts: 6x6, AdvLA BJJ Pro82KGSF2019
19176F. BarbarottiWKatagatamePan American82KG8F2019
19185Alexandre JesusAlexandre JesusWChoke from backPan American82KG4F2019
19188Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoWPts: 6x4Pan American82KGSF2019
19818Rodrigo SantosWRNCBrasileiro82KGR22019
19822Manoel MiguelWPointsBrasileiro82KGR32019
19825Igor VerissimoIgor VerissimoWPointsBrasileiro82KG4F2019
19827Ronieri SilvaWShort chokeBrasileiro82KGSF2019
19829Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWDQBrasileiro82KGF2019
20158Hugo MarquesHugo MarquesWChokeWorld Champ.82KGR22019

Banner photograph taken from Gracie Mag.

Otavio Sousa vs Junior Santos

Otavio Sousa vs N/A

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4 Comments

  • dylan says:

    he should be embarassed with how he refused to fight kron

  • Alex D'Hue says:

    Octavio is certainly well known for his competition titles, but I can say from first hand knowledge that he is just as good of a professor as competitor. Furthermore, I have heard nothing but good things from other students who have taken his classes at GB Irvine.

  • Henry Dunn says:

    Otavio Sousa is the best instructor and competitor in the world, hands down. The story about Irvine is false. I'm a current student at his gym in Huntington Beach, I was a student at HQ during that period and he was absolutely as great an instructor then as he is now. He taught the curriculum every single day, was at the gym leading by example as always most of the time. While travel was a part of his activities, it never got in the way of our (students) training or development and we loved that others around the world got the opportunity to train with the best in the world. Nothing but love, respect and admiration for a truly great professor, competitor and a legend in the making.

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