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Ronaldo Souza Júnior is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt under André Galvão of the Atos JJ team, who worked extensively with Adilson ‘Bitta’ Lima at the Pitbull Academy (Teresopolis – BR). Ronaldo Júnior became widely recognized as one of the top grapplers of his generation while competing in the lower belt divisions of the sport, where he conquered numerous titles in the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) circuit, including the Brazilian Nationals, Pan American, and World Championship as well as the Abu Dhabi Jiu-Jitsu Federation’s (AJP) Abu Dhabi World Pro. Ronaldo is also the brother of another well-established BJJ black belt, Juan Cleber.

Ronaldo Souza Júnior Jiu-Jitsu

Full Name: Ronaldo Pereira de Souza Júnior

Nickname: N/A

Lineage: Carlos Gracie Reyson Gracie > Osvaldo Alves > Luis Dagmar > André Galvão> Ronaldo Júnior

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2020)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pan Championship No-Gi (2020)
  • 1st Place IBJJF American Nationals (2020)
  • 1st Place AJP Grand Slam, MIA (2020)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2021 / 2022)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF European Open (2020)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship (2018 purple, 2019 brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship No-Gi (2018 brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2018* purple, 2019 brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pan Championship No-Gi (2018 brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF American Nationals (2018** brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF American Nationals No-Gi (2018 brown)
  • 1st Place AJP Abu Dhabi World Pro (2019 brown)
  • 1st Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals (2019 brown)
  • 1st Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals No-Gi (2015 purple)
  • 1st Place ROYAL Invitational II (2017 purple)
  • 1st Place ROYAL Invitational III (2018 purple)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2017 / 2018 purple)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Pan Championship No-Gi (2017* purple)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF European Open (2019 brown)
  • 2nd Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals No-Gi (2014 blue)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World Championship (2018* purple)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World Championship No-Gi (2017 purple, 2018* brown)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2018* purple, 2019* brown)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Pan Championship No-Gi (2017 purple)

Favorite Position/Technique: Toreada Pass, Blitz Passing

Weight Division: Meio Pesado (88,30 kg / 195.0 lbs)

Team/Association: Atos JJ

Ronaldo Souza Júnior Biography

Ronaldo Souza Júnior was born on August 28, 1996, in Teresópolis, a Brazilian municipality located in the state of Rio de Janeiro, in a mountainous region known as Região Serrana.

Growing up Ronaldo Júnior played football (soccer) recreationally, prior to learning about jiu-jitsu, which happened in 2007. At the time, a local gym was offering a free patch to any student who would bring a friend for a trial class, a marketing strategy that drove one of Ronaldo’s friends to convince him to try one. With the permission of his mother, Ronaldo went for his first class wearing sweat-pants and an old gi top, provided by the instructor, and he immediately fell in love with this sport/martial art.

Ronaldo’s first coach, Mr. Luiz Felipe ‘Profeta’ immediately recognized the talent possessed by Júnior, and advised his parents to support their teenage son in the sport, as his future should be as a professional grappler.

Soon after earning his blue belt from Profeta, Ronaldo started training in Teresópolis’s top jiu-jitsu gym, the historical Academia Pitbull led by Adilson ‘Bitta’ Lima, where first started climbing the ladder of success in jiu-jitsu.

At the Pitbull Academy Ronaldo Júnior earned both his blue and purple belts, but by 2017 he was offered the opportunity of a lifetime by André Galvão, to train with the (then) world champion team, Atos Jiu-Jitsu, at the academy’s headquarters, being offered a full scholarship to train with the best. His success at Atos grew exponentially, and by June 2019, after two successful runs at the IBJJF World title, Júnior was promoted to black belt by coach Galvão.

Ronaldo Junior Grappling Record

66 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    26 (39%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (5%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    33 (50%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (3%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (2%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

33 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke from back
30
10
#86e620
Armbar
30
10
#5AD3D1
Triangle
21
7
#d1212a
Submission
6
2
#fad11b
Bow and arrow
3
1
#f58822
Estima lock
3
1
#224aba
Ezekiel
3
1
#ff9124
Toe hold
3
1
33
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
15 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    6 (40%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (7%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    2 (13%)
  • BY DECISION
    3 (20%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (7%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    1 (7%)

2 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Triangle
50
1
#86e620
Inside heel hook
50
1
2
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Ronaldo Junior Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
20983Kyle ChambersLEBI/OTSubversiv 283KGSPF2019
21489Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLPts: 2x0Marianas OpenABSSPF2019
21665Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarLPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LA85KGR12019
22450Gabriel AlmeidaGabriel AlmeidaLPts: 2x0SJJIF Worlds88KGF2019
22855Marcos MartinsMarcos MartinsLPointsNoGi Worlds85KGR12019
23000Jake WatsonJake WatsonLReferee DecisionF2W 13585KGSPF2020
23086Tommy LangakerTommy LangakerLTriangleEuropean Open82KGSF2020
23819Vagner RochaVagner RochaLReferee DecisionWNO86KGSPF2020
23847Marcio AndreMarcio AndreLReferee DecisionF2W 15086KGSPF2020
24008Guthierry BarbosaGuthierry BarbosaLPts: 1x0Grand Slam MIA85KGF2020
25136Craig JonesCraig JonesLInside heel hookWNO 688KGSPF2021
26622Mathias LunaMathias LunaLPts: 2x2, PenAmerican Nats82KGF2021
27545Tainan DalpraTainan DalpraLInjuryPan American82KGSF2021
29466Tainan DalpraTainan DalpraLPts: 8x4World Champ.82KG4F2021
31565Tainan DalpraTainan DalpraLPts: 2x0Pan American82KGSF2022
20943Sergio RiosSergio RiosWReferee DecisionF2W 11788KGSPF2019
21115Jeffrey PrestonWChoke from backFresno Open82KGSF2019
21116Victor AraujoWArmbarFresno Open82KGF2019
21123Cole FransonCole FransonWArmbarFresno OpenABS4F2019
21124Kauan BarbozaKauan BarbozaWChoke from backFresno OpenABSSF2019
21126Hygor BritoHygor BritoWPts: 2x0Fresno OpenABSF2019
21483Inseong JangInseong JangWSubmissionMarianas Open85KGSF2019
21485J. SouzaWSubmissionMarianas Open85KGF2019
21739Matheus LunaMatheus LunaWReferee DecisionF2W 12684KGSPF2019
22366Vinicius WongWBow and arrowLong Beach Open82KGSF2019
22368Breno BittencourtBreno BittencourtWInjuryLong Beach Open82KGF2019
22379Gabriel AraujoWEstima lockLong Beach OpenABS4F2019
22381Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroWArmbarLong Beach OpenABSSF2019
22447Mathias LunaMathias LunaWPenSJJIF Worlds88KG4F2019
22449Carlos SouzaWPts: 7x0SJJIF Worlds88KGSF2019
22454Carlos SouzaWPts: 2x0SJJIF WorldsABSSF2019
22456Otavio SousaOtavio SousaWPts: 2x0SJJIF WorldsABSF2019
23077Rodrigo CaporalRodrigo CaporalWArmbarEuropean Open82KGR12020
23083Lucas ValleWPts: 4x2European Open82KG4F2020
23459Michael TrassoMichael TrassoWTriangleSan Jose Open82KG4F2020
23461Hector BeltranWPointsSan Jose Open82KGSF2020
23462Daniel SpeirnWPts: 7x4San Jose Open82KGF2020
23930Alexander ScottWChoke from backAustin Open82KGSF2020
23932Rodrigo TatuRodrigo TatuWChoke from backAustin Open82KGF2020
23938Matheus RochaWChoke from backAustin OpenABS4F2020
23939Rodrigo TatuRodrigo TatuWTriangleAustin OpenABSSF2020
23941Johnatha AlvesJohnatha AlvesWPts: 10x8Austin OpenABSF2020
23998Vinicius WongWTriangleGrand Slam MIA85KGR12020
24003Kevin CuervoWTriangleGrand Slam MIA85KG4F2020
24006Felipe SilvaWPts: 4x3Grand Slam MIA85KGSF2020
24140Dylan WhyteWChoke from backPan American82KG8F2020
24144Felipe CesarFelipe CesarWPts: 0x0, AdvPan American82KG4F2020
24146Lucas ValenteLucas ValenteWPts: 15x2Pan American82KGSF2020
24148Jackson NagaiJackson NagaiWPts: 6x2Pan American82KGF2020
24255Diego HerzogWPts: 7x2Foley OpenABS4F2020
24259Alexander LaneWPts: 6x4Foley OpenABSSF2020
24361Pedro RochaPedro RochaWPts: 22x2Houston Open88KGF2020
24366Cameron GravesWChoke from backHouston OpenABSSF2020
24394Matheus OliveiraWArmbarAtlanta Open88KGF2020
24397Francisco CuneoFrancisco CuneoWTriangleAtlanta OpenABS4F2020
24401Gilvan CostaWArmbarAtlanta OpenABSSF2020
24433Chad HardyChad HardyWPts: 5x0No Gi Pan Am.79KGR12020
24443Jeferson GuaresiJeferson GuaresiWPts: 4x2No Gi Pan Am.79KG8F2020
24445Stephen SimmsWPts: 0x0, AdvNo Gi Pan Am.79KG4F2020
24449Paulo GabrielPaulo GabrielWPts: 2x0No Gi Pan Am.79KGSF2020
24533Enrique MarchWPts: 14x2American Nats82KG4F2020
24535Andre GoisAndre GoisWArmbarAmerican Nats82KGSF2020
24537Lucas ValleWPts: 6x0American Nats82KGF2020
26538Antonio ZuazoWChoke from backBoise OpenABSSF2021
26540Austin BakerAustin BakerWPts: 2x0Boise OpenABSF2021
26546Joshua BacallaoWPts: 12x2Boise NGOABSSF2021
26547Antonio ZuazoWPts: 16x0Boise NGOABSF2021
26618Thiago GracaWArmbarAmerican Nats82KG4F2021
26621Eduardo AvelarEduardo AvelarWChoke from backAmerican Nats82KGSF2021
26991Miha PerhavecWArmbarPhoenix Open88KGSF2021
26992Jake WatsonJake WatsonWN/APhoenix Open88KGF2021
27534Sebastian GuevaraWArmbarPan American82KG8F2021
27541Eduardo AvelarEduardo AvelarWChoke from backPan American82KG4F2021
29463Guthierry BarbosaGuthierry BarbosaWPts: 7x2World Champ.82KG8F2021
29872Patrick GoncalvesWTriangleAustin WO88KGSF2022
29873William DurkeeWTriangleAustin WO88KGF2022
29880Antonio ZuazoWPts: 13x0Austin WOABS4F2022
29881Clay MayfieldWEzekielAustin WOABSSF2022
29883Arthur DetanicoArthur DetanicoWPts: 8x0Austin WOABSF2022
31558Carlos CastroWToe holdPan American82KGR22022
31563Felipe CesarFelipe CesarWPts: 0x0, AdvPan American82KG4F2022

 

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One Comment

  • Bernard says:

    Ronaldo is an amazing athlete and person. I don’t begin to know his whole journey, but is it not worth mention of him coming to America and his sponsorship and teachings from Marco Nascimento? He trained, taught, and competed under the tutelage of Marco. There’s also no mention of his brother Juan who has also taken the journey with and supported him.

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