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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 UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation’s (UAEJJF) 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 IBJJF Austin Open (2020**)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Fresno Open (2019**)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Long Beach Open (2019**)
  • 1st Place UAEJJF Grand Slam, MIA (2020)
  • 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 UAEJJF 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

48 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    19 (40%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (4%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    23 (48%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (4%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (2%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

23 SUBMISSIONS WINS

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Choke from back
30
7
#86e620
Armbar
30
7
#5AD3D1
Triangle
22
5
#d1212a
Submission
9
2
#fad11b
Bow and arrow
4
1
#f58822
Estima lock
4
1
23
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
11 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    4 (36%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (9%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    2 (18%)
  • BY DECISION
    3 (27%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    1 (9%)

2 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

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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
20861Kyle ChambersLEBI/OTSubversiv 283KGSPF2019
21357Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLPts: 2x0Marianas OpenABSSPF2019
21529Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarLPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LA85KGR12019
22298Gabriel AlmeidaGabriel AlmeidaLPts: 2x0SJJIF Worlds88KGF2019
22695Marcos MartinsMarcos MartinsLPointsNoGi Worlds85KGR12019
22823Jake WatsonJake WatsonLReferee DecisionF2W 13585KGSPF2020
22909Tommy LangakerTommy LangakerLTriangleEuropean Open82KGSF2020
23611Vagner RochaVagner RochaLReferee DecisionWNO86KGSPF2020
23636Marcio AndreMarcio AndreLReferee DecisionF2W 15086KGSPF2020
23790Guthierry BarbosaGuthierry BarbosaLPts: 1x0Grand Slam MIA85KGF2020
24861Craig JonesCraig JonesLInside heel hookWNO 688KGSPF2021
20821Sergio RiosSergio RiosWReferee DecisionF2W 11788KGSPF2019
20991Jeffrey PrestonWChoke from backFresno Open82KGSF2019
20992Victor AraujoWArmbarFresno Open82KGF2019
20999Cole FransonCole FransonWArmbarFresno OpenABS4F2019
21000Kauan BarbozaKauan BarbozaWChoke from backFresno OpenABSSF2019
21002Hygor BritoHygor BritoWPts: 2x0Fresno OpenABSF2019
21351Inseong JangInseong JangWSubmissionMarianas Open85KGSF2019
21353J. SouzaWSubmissionMarianas Open85KGF2019
21601Matheus LunaMatheus LunaWReferee DecisionF2W 12684KGSPF2019
22219Vinicius WongWBow and arrowLong Beach Open82KGSF2019
22221Breno BittencourtBreno BittencourtWInjuryLong Beach Open82KGF2019
22232Gabriel AraujoWEstima lockLong Beach OpenABS4F2019
22234Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroWArmbarLong Beach OpenABSSF2019
22295Mathias LunaMathias LunaWPenSJJIF Worlds88KG4F2019
22297Carlos SouzaWPts: 7x0SJJIF Worlds88KGSF2019
22302Carlos SouzaWPts: 2x0SJJIF WorldsABSSF2019
22304Otavio SousaOtavio SousaWPts: 2x0SJJIF WorldsABSF2019
22900Rodrigo CaporalRodrigo CaporalWArmbarEuropean Open82KGR12020
22906Lucas ValleWPts: 4x2European Open82KG4F2020
23263Michael TrassoMichael TrassoWTriangleSan Jose Open82KG4F2020
23265Hector BeltranWPointsSan Jose Open82KGSF2020
23266Daniel SpeirnWPts: 7x4San Jose Open82KGF2020
23714Alexander ScottWChoke from backAustin Open82KGSF2020
23716Rodrigo MartinsWChoke from backAustin Open82KGF2020
23722Matheus RochaWChoke from backAustin OpenABS4F2020
23723Rodrigo MartinsWTriangleAustin OpenABSSF2020
23725Johnatha AlvesJohnatha AlvesWPts: 10x8Austin OpenABSF2020
23780Vinicius WongWTriangleGrand Slam MIA85KGR12020
23785Kevin CuervoWTriangleGrand Slam MIA85KG4F2020
23788Felipe SilvaWPts: 4x3Grand Slam MIA85KGSF2020
23919Dylan WhyteWChoke from backPan American82KG8F2020
23923Felipe CesarFelipe CesarWPts: 0x0, AdvPan American82KG4F2020
23925Lucas ValenteLucas ValenteWPts: 15x2Pan American82KGSF2020
23927Jackson NagaiJackson NagaiWPts: 6x2Pan American82KGF2020
24028Diego HerzogWPts: 7x2Foley OpenABS4F2020
24032Alexander LaneWPts: 6x4Foley OpenABSSF2020
24133Pedro RochaPedro RochaWPts: 22x2Houston Open88KGF2020
24138Cameron GravesWChoke from backHouston OpenABSSF2020
24166Matheus OliveiraWArmbarAtlanta Open88KGF2020
24169Francisco CuneoWTriangleAtlanta OpenABS4F2020
24173Gilvan CostaWArmbarAtlanta OpenABSSF2020
24204Chad HardyChad HardyWPts: 5x0No Gi Pan Am.79KGR12020
24214Jeferson GuaresiJeferson GuaresiWPts: 4x2No Gi Pan Am.79KG8F2020
24216Stephen SimmsWPts: 0x0, AdvNo Gi Pan Am.79KG4F2020
24220Paulo GabrielPaulo GabrielWPts: 2x0No Gi Pan Am.79KGSF2020
24301Enrique MarchWPts: 14x2American Nats82KG4F2020
24303Andre GoisAndre GoisWArmbarAmerican Nats82KGSF2020
24305Lucas ValleWPts: 6x0American Nats82KGF2020

 

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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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