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Otavio Sousa

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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

112 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    38 (34%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    11 (10%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    55 (49%)
  • BY DECISION
    5 (4%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (1%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (1%)

55 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke from back
22
12
#86e620
Armbar
15
8
#5AD3D1
Mounted X choke
7
4
#d1212a
Omoplata
5
3
#fad11b
Submission
5
3
#f58822
Choke
5
3
#224aba
RNC
5
3
#ff9124
Cross choke
4
2
#bf1f6c
Kneebar
4
2
#22c9a5
Wristlock
4
2
#fad223
Ezekiel
4
2
#03861f
Brabo choke
2
1
#039a1f
Advantages
2
1
#03b41f
Botinha
2
1
#03c61f
Triangle
2
1
#03d61f
Flying triangle
2
1
#03f61f
Shoulder pressure
2
1
#82ff5f
Armlock
2
1
#a4ff5f
Katagatame
2
1
#dbff5f
Short choke
2
1
Choke from mount
2
1
Bow and arrow
2
1
55
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
50 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    31 (62%)
  • 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
1835Jeff MonsonLN/A10k ChallengeABSGP2007
1845Alan FinfouAlan FinfouLAdvEuropean Open82KGF2008
1867Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposLKneebarPan American82KGF2008
1881Braga NetoBraga NetoLAdvBrasileiroABS4F2008
1890Alan FinfouAlan FinfouLPts: 2x0Brasileiro82KGF2008
1937Bill CooperBill CooperLKneebarWorld Champ.82KGSF2008
2055Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaLArmbarCapital Challenge88KGF2008
2100Alan FinfouAlan FinfouLPointsEuropean88KGF2009
2193Braga NetoBraga NetoLPts: 3x0Pan AmericanABSF2009
2346Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysLFootlockWorld Champ.88KGSF2009
2578Marcel FortunaMarcel FortunaLPts: 3x0Pan AmericanABSR22010
2738Eduardo TellesEduardo TellesLPts: 10x10, AdvWorld Champ.ABS4F2010
2883Eduardo SantoroEduardo SantoroLAdvPan American88KGSF2011
3066Gustavo JunqueiraLPts: 2x0World Champ.88KGRDS2011
3368Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoLPts: 4x0No Gi Worlds88KGSF2011
3626Clark GracieClark GracieLPts: 2x0Pan American82KG4F2012
3668Felipe PreguiçaLPts: 4x4, AdvCopa Podio85KGGP2012
3673Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaLPts: 2x0Copa Podio85KGGP2012
3677Dimitrius SouzaDimitrius SouzaLPts: 2x0Copa Podio85KGGP2012
4145Kron GracieKron GracieLArmbarMetamorisABSSPF2012
4163Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLArmbarIBJJF Pro League94KGSF2012
4581Clark GracieClark GracieLPointsPan American82KG4F2013
4992Kron GracieKron GracieLGuillotineADCC77KGF2013
5357Leandro LoLeandro LoLAdvPan American82KGF2014
5483Lucas LepriLucas LepriLPts: 4x0WP MontrealABSF2014
5606Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLPts: 2x0World Pro.ABS4F2014
5630Leandro LoLeandro LoLPointsWorld Pro.82KGSF2014
5797Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 9x6World Champ.82KGF2014
6065Francisco IturraldeFrancisco IturraldeLPts: 2x0IBJJF Pro League82KGSF2014
6741Alexander TransAlexander TransLPointsPan AmericanABS4F2015
6816Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 5x2Pan American82KGF2015
7438Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLPts: 2x0World Champ.82KGSF2015
7749Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 4x0FIVE SLABSSPF2015
7921Lucas LepriLucas LepriLPts: 4x0ADCC77KGSF2015
7923Gilbert BurnsGilbert BurnsLPts: 6x0ADCC77KG3RD2015
8404DJ JacksonDJ JacksonLReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds79KGSF2015
9260Yago SouzaYago SouzaLPts: 6x4Pan American82KGSF2016
10405Gabriel ArgesGabriel ArgesLPts: 2x0Grand Slam LA85KGF2016
11878Gabriel ArgesGabriel ArgesLKneebarACBJJ 485KGF2017
12691Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoLPts: 2x0Brasileiro82KGF2017
13055Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoLPts: 2x0, AdvWorld Champ.82KGSF2017
13372Helton JoseHelton JoseD---ACBJJ WorldABSF2017
13711Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoLPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LA85KGSF2017
14828Leandro LoLeandro LoLPointsACB 1085KGSPF2018
15169Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseLPointsACBJJ 1185KGSPF2018
15264Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoLPts: 2x0Pan American82KGSF2018
16352Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaLPts: 4x2World Champ.82KGR22018
19039Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoLReferee DecisionLA BJJ Pro82KGF2019
19260Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseLPts: 2x0Pan American82KGF2019
20241Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.82KG4F2019
21855Ronaldo JuniorRonaldo JuniorLPts: 2x0SJJIF WorldsABSF2019
1833Helio PerdigaoWPts: 4x010k ChallengeABSGP2007
1834Nicolas GregoriadesWKneebar10k ChallengeABSGP2007
1866Adriano SilvaAdriano SilvaWPts: 2x0Pan American82KGSF2008
1935Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposWKneebarWorld Champ.82KG4F2008
2052Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWPointsCapital Challenge88KGSF2008
2170Jimmy TangWMounted X chokePan American88KG8F2009
2171Felipe FogolinWArmbarPan American88KG4F2009
2174Nivaldo OliveiraNivaldo OliveiraWAdvPan American88KGSF2009
2188Lucas LeiteLucas LeiteWPts: 4x0Pan AmericanABS4F2009
2191Rubens CharlesRubens CharlesWPts: 2x2, AdvPan AmericanABSSF2009
2343Marcello SalazarWPts: 2x0World Champ.88KG4F2009
2553Cameron DiffleyWPointsPan American88KGR12010
2554Cameron AppleWShoulder pressurePan American88KG4F2010
2555Jason EbarbWWristlockPan American88KGSF2010
2556Andre FreitasWPts: 7x0Pan American88KGF2010
2573Frost MurphyWMounted X chokePan AmericanABSR12010
3352Erik AndersonWSubmissionNo Gi Worlds88KG4F2011
3620Brent PrimusWPointsPan American82KGR22012
3684Leandro LoLeandro LoD---Copa Podio85KGGP2012
3858Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaWEzekielNYC Open82KGSF2012
3859Clark GracieClark GracieWPointsNYC Open82KGF2012
3860Rafael RosendoWWristlockNYC OpenABSSF2012
3861Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaWChokeNYC OpenABSF2012
4039Michael PinheiroWChoke from mountWorld Champ.82KGR22012
4047Luis GustavoWChoke from backWorld Champ.82KG8F2012
4057Lucas LeiteLucas LeiteWPts: 6x4World Champ.82KGSF2012
4059Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWPts: 6x6, PenWorld Champ.82KGF2012
4161John CarlquistWChokeIBJJF Pro League94KG4F2012
4574Nic RubenNic RubenWBow and arrowPan American82KGR22013
4785Davi RamosDavi RamosWPts: 6x2World Champ.82KG4F2013
4789Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWArmbarWorld Champ.82KGSF2013
4791Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWPts: 4x2World Champ.82KGF2013
4984Youngnam NohWRNCADCC77KGR12013
4986Ben HendersonWOmoplataADCC77KG4F2013
4991Leonardo VieiraLeonardo VieiraWPointsADCC77KGSF2013
5344Matt JuberaWBrabo chokePan American82KGR12014
5352Leo IturraldeWPointsPan American82KG4F2014
5473Tanner RiceTanner RiceWPts: 9x0WP Montreal85KGNA2014
5479Leo SaggioroLeo SaggioroWPts: 4x2WP MontrealABS4F2014
5482Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWPts: 0x0, AdvWP MontrealABSSF2014
5591Alexander TransAlexander TransWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro.ABSR12014
5627Kit DaleKit DaleWPts: 7x2World Pro.82KGR12014
5629Brian BeauryBrian BeauryWArmbarWorld Pro.82KG4F2014
5781Caio AlmeidaCaio AlmeidaWPts: 2x0World Champ.82KGRDS2014
5788Israel ReyesWArmbarWorld Champ.82KGRDS2014
5792Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWPts: 4x2World Champ.82KG4F2014
5795Alan FinfouAlan FinfouWArmbarWorld Champ.82KGSF2014
6088AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWChoke from backNYC Pro82KGSF2014
6089Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWChoke from backNYC Pro82KGF2014
6718Evandro NunesEvandro NunesWPts: 10x0Pan AmericanABSR22015
6733Kitner MouraWInjuryPan AmericanABSR32015
6788Thabet al TaherWOmoplataPan American82KGR12015
6802Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoWPts: 4x4, AdvPan American82KGR32015
6812Victor SilverioVictor SilverioWReferee DecisionPan American82KG4F2015
6815Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWPts: 2x0Pan American82KGSF2015
7429Luca AnacoretaLuca AnacoretaWMounted X chokeWorld Champ.82KG8F2015
7433Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.82KG4F2015
7909AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWRNCADCC77KGR12015
7917Vagner RochaVagner RochaWReferee DecisionADCC77KG4F2015
8153Mansher KheraMansher KheraWPts: 11x0NoGi Pan Ams82KGSF2015
8154Marcelo MafraMarcelo MafraWPts: 2x2, AdvNoGi Pan Ams82KGF2015
8396Dustin AkbariWOmoplataNoGi Worlds79KG8F2015
8403Rodrigo CaporalRodrigo CaporalWAdvantagesNoGi Worlds79KG4F2015
8504Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaWPts: 2x0IBJJF NY Pro82KGSF2015
8505Victor SilverioVictor SilverioWPts: 2x2, AdvIBJJF NY Pro82KGF2015
9242Youngam NohWPts: 7x0Pan American82KGR12016
9248Ken PrimolaWChoke from backPan American82KG8F2016
9256Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoWPts: 2x0Pan American82KG4F2016
9809Rafael RosendoWN/AAtlanta BJJ Pro82KG4F2016
9810Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoWArmbarAtlanta BJJ Pro82KGF2016
9946Santeri LiliusWChoke from backWorld Champ.82KGR22016
9957Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaWPts: 10x0World Champ.82KG8F2016
9964Dillon DanisDillon DanisWPts: 4x0World Champ.82KG4F2016
9969Yago SouzaYago SouzaWPts: 9x2World Champ.82KGSF2016
10400Stephen HergettWCross chokeGrand Slam LA85KG4F2016
10404Sergio RiosSergio RiosWArmbarGrand Slam LA85KGSF2016
10658Gabriel ArgesGabriel ArgesWBotinhaBJJ Pro LA82KGSF2016
10660Nathan MendelsohnNathan MendelsohnWTriangleBJJ Pro LA82KGF2016
11872Thiago SaThiago SaWChoke from backACBJJ 485KG4F2017
11877Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWReferee DecisionACBJJ 485KGSF2017
12112Douglas KallinWCross chokePan American82KG8F2017
12116Abmar BarbosaAbmar BarbosaWChoke from backPan American82KG4F2017
12118Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWPts: 0x0, AdvPan American82KGSF2017
12119Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseWFlying trianglePan American82KGF2017
12678Pedro ThiagoWChoke from backBrasileiro82KGR12017
12682Anderson LiraWArmlockBrasileiro82KGR22017
12688Felipe CesarFelipe CesarWArmbarBrasileiro82KG4F2017
12689Luan CarvalhoLuan CarvalhoWN/ABrasileiro82KGSF2017
13045Lachlan GilesLachlan GilesWMounted X chokeWorld Champ.82KG8F2017
13053Mansher KheraMansher KheraWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.82KG4F2017
13367Jan BuatimJan BuatimWChoke from backACBJJ World85KGF2017
13664Alexandre MolinaroAlexandre MolinaroWChoke from backSan Diego Pro82KG4F2017
13667Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoWPointsSan Diego Pro82KGF2017
13710Sergio RiosSergio RiosWPts: 9x4Grand Slam LA85KG4F2017
13714Nathan MendelsohnNathan MendelsohnWPts: 9x2Grand Slam LA85KGRR2017
13716Sergio RiosSergio RiosWPts: 8x4Grand Slam LA85KG3RD2017
15257Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoWEzekielPan American82KG8F2018
15262Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarWReferee DecisionPan American82KG4F2018
17598Gabriel ProcopioWChoke from backLA BJJ Pro82KGSF2018
17599Michael LieraMichael LieraWPts: 0x0, AdvLA BJJ Pro82KGF2018
19037Andris BrunovskisAndris BrunovskisWPts: 6x6, AdvLA BJJ Pro82KGSF2019
19247F. BarbarottiWKatagatamePan American82KG8F2019
19256Alexandre JesusAlexandre JesusWChoke from backPan American82KG4F2019
19259Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoWPts: 6x4Pan American82KGSF2019
19897Rodrigo SantosWRNCBrasileiro82KGR22019
19901Manoel MiguelWPointsBrasileiro82KGR32019
19904Igor VerissimoIgor VerissimoWPointsBrasileiro82KG4F2019
19906Ronieri SilvaWShort chokeBrasileiro82KGSF2019
19908Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWDQBrasileiro82KGF2019
20236Hugo MarquesHugo MarquesWChokeWorld Champ.82KGR22019
21844Edmund KimWSubmissionSJJIF Worlds82KGSF2019
21845Tom GallicchioWSubmissionSJJIF Worlds82KGF2019
21854Rafael VasconcelosRafael VasconcelosWPointsSJJIF WorldsABSSF2019

Banner photograph taken from Gracie Mag.

Otavio Sousa vs Junior Santos

Otavio Sousa vs N/A

Submission Back Attacks Instructional by John Danaher

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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