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Roberto “Tussa” Alencar

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Roberto Alencar, also known as ‘Tussa’, is a Brazilian born Jiu Jitsu black belt under Carlinhos Gracie from the Gracie Barra academy. Residing in the United States, this World No Gi and Pan American champion is famous for his flying triangle chokes and for being one of the toughest grapplers of his generation.

Roberto Tussa Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Roberto Camargo de Alencar

Nickname: “Tussa” is short for “dentuça” (the letter “ç” is read out as “ss” in Portuguese), which means “Big Teeth”. The nickname was given by his friends as a child because of his grill.

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie Sr. > Helio Gracie > Carlos Gracie Junior > Roberto Alencar

Main Achievements:

  • World No Gi Champion (2009, 2008, 2007, 2012)
  • World Masters Champion (2016 Master 1*)
  • Pan American Champion (2009)
  • World Silver Medal (2007)
  • World No Gi Silver Medal (2015)
  • Pan American Silver Medal (2008)
  • Brazilian National Silver Medal (2004 brown absolute)
  • World Bronze Medal (2010, 2008)
  • Pan American Bronze Medal (2010, 2007)

* Close out with team mate.

Weight Division: Peso Pesado 94kg-207lbs (also fights at Super Pesado)

Favourite Position: Flying Triangle

Team/Association: Gracie Barra

Roberto Tussa Alencar Biography

Roberto Alencar was born on the 15th of May, 1981 in Brasília (Distrito Federal). He started training Jiu Jitsu when he was 14 years old, influenced by Royce Gracie’s performances in the UFC. Tussa’s first coach was Gabriel Ramos in Brasilia, though his time with Mr Ramos was short-lived. His tuition was then picked up by the famous “Jucao” aka Ailson Brites. He received his blue and purple belts from Brites, though his brown belt was given by Eliezer Dutra (also a member of the Gracie Barra family), finally, his black belt was handed by the Gracie Barra leader himself, Carlinhos Gracie.

In 2006 Roberto Tussa decided to move to the United States of America, encouraged by one of his former coaches, Fábio Costa. Since the move to Atlanta – US, Fábio had realized the potential of bringing a fighter and coach of the calibre of Roberto Alencar to the country, and after a little persuasion, Tussa finally made up his mind and moved, settling himself in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he runs a Gracie Barra affiliated gym.

Roberto Alencar Grappling Record

51 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    27 (53%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    5 (10%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    17 (33%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (2%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (2%)

17 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Triangle
18
3
#86e620
Kimura
18
3
#5AD3D1
Armbar
12
2
#d1212a
Brabo choke
12
2
#fad11b
Submission
12
2
#f58822
RNC
12
2
#224aba
Ezekiel
6
1
#ff9124
Guillotine
6
1
#bf1f6c
Toe hold
6
1
17
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
34 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    12 (35%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    5 (15%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    15 (44%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (6%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

15 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Armbar
20
3
#86e620
Choke
20
3
#5AD3D1
Choke from back
13
2
#d1212a
Heel hook
7
1
#fad11b
Ezekiel
7
1
#f58822
Arm in ezekiel
7
1
#224aba
Omoplata
7
1
#ff9124
Flying Triangle
7
1
#bf1f6c
Flying Armbar
7
1
#22c9a5
Bow and arrow
7
1
15
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Roberto Alencar Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
1574Rick MacauleyLHeel hookGQ All Star Pro90KGSF2007
1755Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLEzekielWorld Champ.94KGF2007
1785Eduardo TellesEduardo TellesLPointsNoGi Pan Am.100KG4F2007
1869Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoLAdvPan American94KGF2008
1949Alexandre SouzaAlexandre SouzaLPointsWorld Champ.94KGSF2008
2207Bruno BastosBruno BastosLArmbarADCC Trials88KG4F2009
2557Braga NetoBraga NetoLChoke from backPan American100KGSF2010
2573Antonio PeinadoAntonio PeinadoLChokePan AmericanABS4F2010
2604Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoLReferee DecisionNo Gi Worlds94KGF2010
2614Lucas LeiteLucas LeiteLPointsNo Gi WorldsABS8F2010
2711Ricardo AbreuRicardo AbreuLChokeWorld Champ.100KGSF2010
2879Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLArmbarPan American94KGSF2011
2972Braga NetoBraga NetoLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.ABSR22011
3108Antonio CarlosAntonio CarlosLPts: 4x2World Champ.94KG4F2011
3371Lucas LeiteLucas LeiteLAdvNo Gi Worlds94KGF2011
3502Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLArm in ezekielEuropean Open94KGF2012
3509Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLOmoplataEuropean OpenABS4F2012
3797Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLArmbarWorld Pro.94KGF2012
3892Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLFlying TriangleWorld Champ.ABSR22012
4095Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLFlying ArmbarWorld Champ.94KGSF2012
4257DJ JacksonDJ JacksonLPts: 4x0NoGi WorldsABS8F2012
4477K. CorneliusLPointsNYC World Trials92KGF2013
4649Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLPointsWorld Pro94KGSF2013
4791Lucas LeiteLucas LeiteLPts: 16x0World Champ.94KG4F2013
5112Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 0x0, AdvIBJJF Pro League94KGSF2013
5374Lucas LeiteLucas LeiteLChoke from backPan American94KGSF2014
6019Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds94KG4F2014
6058Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 12x0IBJJF Pro League94KGSF2014
7343Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLBow and arrowWorld Champ.ABS8F2015
7459Igor SilvaIgor SilvaLChokeWorld Champ.100KG4F2015
7865Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 3x0ADCC99KGR12015
8422Joao AssisJoao AssisLPts: 4x0NoGi Worlds97KGF2015
12435Paul ArdilaPaul ArdilaLPts: 3x0ADCC WC Trials99KGSF2017
18592Dominique BellDominique BellLAdvAustin W. Open88KGF2019
1571Jason EbarbWArmbarGQ All Star Pro90KG4F2007
1752Roberto ToziRoberto ToziWPts: 10x0World Champ.94KG4F2007
1753T. GaiaWTriangleWorld Champ.94KGSF2007
1867Roberto ToziRoberto ToziWAdvPan American94KGSF2008
1945Fernando PieroFernando PieroWPts: 6x2World Champ.94KG4F2008
2010Cameron DiffleyWPts: 21x0NoGi Worlds94KG4F2008
2011Bruno BastosBruno BastosWPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds94KGF2008
2203UnknownWPointsADCC Trials88KGR12009
2413Rodrigo TeixeiraWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds94KG8F2009
2414Travis LutterTravis LutterWPointsNoGi Worlds94KG4F2009
2415Joao AssisJoao AssisWKimuraNoGi Worlds94KGSF2009
2416Marcel LousadoWTriangleNoGi Worlds94KGF2009
2424Braga NetoBraga NetoWPointsNoGi WorldsABSF2009
2553Diego HerzogWPointsPan American100KGR12010
2556Rodrigo PinheiroRodrigo PinheiroWPointsPan American100KG4F2010
2560Kouichirou OkaWBrabo chokePan AmericanABSR12010
2603Rafael BettegaWArmbarNo Gi Worlds94KGSF2010
2705Charles LeiteWPointsWorld Champ.100KGR22010
2708Marcel FortunaMarcel FortunaWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.100KG4F2010
3060Matheus SerafimWTriangleWorld Champ.94KGRDS2011
3066UnknownWN/AWorld Champ.94KGRDS2011
3346Leo DavilaWN/ANo Gi Worlds94KG4F2011
3361Kevin CaseyWDQNo Gi Worlds94KGSF2011
3500Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWN/AEuropean Open94KGSF2012
3794Vladimiro AfonsoWBrabo ChokeWorld Pro.94KG4F2012
3795Pedro LottWSubmissionWorld Pro.94KGSF2012
3884Paulo PintoWPts: 7x0World Champ.ABSR22012
4077Adriano Inacio RosaWN/AWorld Champ.94KGR12012
4086Wagner OliveiraWN/AWorld Champ.94KGR22012
4092Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWPts: 0x0World Champ.94KG4F2012
4235Eduardo TellesEduardo TellesWPointsNoGi Worlds94KG4F2012
4237Diego HerzogWPointsNoGi Worlds94KGSF2012
4238Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds94KGF2012
4476UnknownWEzekielNYC World Trials92KGSF2013
4596UnknownWKimuraPan American88KGR12013
4600Bernardo FilhoWN/APan American88KG4F2013
4602Tarcisio JardimTarcisio JardimWSubmissionPan American88KGSF2013
4603Nivaldo OliveiraNivaldo OliveiraWAdvPan American88KGF2013
5367Guilherme SantosWPointsPan American94KG8F2014
5371Fabiano LeiteWPts: 4x2Pan American94KG4F2014
6957Márcio PedraWPts: 2x0ADCC RJ99KGR12015
6958Rodrigo CavacaRodrigo CavacaWPts: 3x0ADCC RJ99KG4F2015
6959Aleksandro SouzaWRNCADCC RJ99KGSF2015
6960Marcus ViniciusWPts: 3x0ADCC RJ99KGF2015
7333Tanner RiceTanner RiceWAdvWorld Champ.ABSR12015
8419James QuinlanWGuillotineNoGi Worlds97KG4F2015
8421Guybson SaGuybson SaWKimuraNoGi Worlds97KGSF2015
12421Charles RooneyWToe holdADCC WC Trials99KGR12017
12430Andy BurkeWPts: 6x0ADCC WC Trials99KG8F2017
12432Kevin GallagherWRNCADCC WC Trials99KG4F2017
18591Josh McKinneyWPointsAustin W. Open88KGSF2019

Roberto Tussa vs Rodrigo Ribeiro

Roberto Tussa Flying Triangle

Roberto Tussa Flying Triangle 2

 

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5 Comments

  • AWESOME TUSSA!!! I HAD THE HONOR TO TRAIN FOR 2 YEARS WITH PROFESSOR TUSSA GREAT INSTRUCTOR GOOD FRIEND AND OF COURSE ONE OF THE BEST COMPETITORS IN THE WORLD!!!

    ALL THE BEST!!!

    JP

  • Lucas says:

    I started training jiu jitsu at Gracie Barra as much a cousin of Tussa I tell him. Today I am a big fan and I consider him a great example!

  • I am a purple belt under Professor "Tussa". He is not only an awesome teacher but a great friend! I'm very gratefull that our paths have crossed.

  • Jocelyn Glas says:

    Love Professor Tussa. He is an inspiration!

  • Luis says:

    Hello! Great Website! you should update Tussa's titles/ wins. He won the NO GI Pan-Am Gold Medal 2012 and he Just wont the Masters Heavy Weight Gold Medal today! Also he won the Bronse Medal in the Open weight World Championship this year also (2012) .Go Tussa!

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