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Ronaldo Junior

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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

    35 (38%)
    4 (4%)
    47 (52%)
    3 (3%)
    1 (1%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)


Choke from back
Bow and arrow
Estima lock
Toe hold
Straight ankle lock
    7 (39%)
    2 (11%)
    2 (11%)
    4 (22%)
    1 (6%)
    1 (6%)


Inside heel hook

Ronaldo Junior Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
20999Kyle ChambersLEBI/OTSubversiv 283KGSPF2019
21505Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLPts: 2x0Marianas OpenABSSPF2019
21682Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarLPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LA85KGR12019
22477Gabriel AlmeidaGabriel AlmeidaLPts: 2x0SJJIF Worlds88KGF2019
22884Marcos MartinsMarcos MartinsLPointsNoGi Worlds85KGR12019
23029Jake WatsonJake WatsonLReferee DecisionF2W 13585KGSPF2020
23115Tommy LangakerTommy LangakerLTriangleEuropean Open82KGSF2020
23853Vagner RochaVagner RochaLReferee DecisionWNO86KGSPF2020
23881Marcio AndreMarcio AndreLReferee DecisionF2W 15086KGSPF2020
24043Guthierry BarbosaGuthierry BarbosaLPts: 1x0Grand Slam MIA85KGF2020
25174Craig JonesCraig JonesLInside heel hookWNO 688KGSPF2021
26674Mathias LunaMathias LunaLPts: 2x2, PenAmerican Nats82KGF2021
27598Tainan DalpraTainan DalpraLInjuryPan American82KGSF2021
29528Tainan DalpraTainan DalpraLPts: 8x4World Champ.82KG4F2021
31677Tainan DalpraTainan DalpraLPts: 2x0Pan American82KGSF2022
32947Tainan DalpraTainan DalpraLPts: 10x0World Champ.82KGSF2022
35858Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarLPts: 0x0, AdvIBJJF GP88KGSF2022
38413Jansen GomesJansen GomesLReferee DecisionPan American88KGSF2023
20959Sergio RiosSergio RiosWReferee DecisionF2W 11788KGSPF2019
21131Jeffrey PrestonWChoke from backFresno Open82KGSF2019
21132Victor AraujoWArmbarFresno Open82KGF2019
21139Cole FransonCole FransonWArmbarFresno OpenABS4F2019
21140Kauan BarbozaKauan BarbozaWChoke from backFresno OpenABSSF2019
21142Hygor BritoHygor BritoWPts: 2x0Fresno OpenABSF2019
21499Inseong JangInseong JangWSubmissionMarianas Open85KGSF2019
21501J. SouzaWSubmissionMarianas Open85KGF2019
21756Matheus LunaMatheus LunaWReferee DecisionF2W 12684KGSPF2019
22393Vinicius WongWBow and arrowLong Beach Open82KGSF2019
22395Breno BittencourtBreno BittencourtWInjuryLong Beach Open82KGF2019
22406Gabriel AraujoWEstima lockLong Beach OpenABS4F2019
22408Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroWArmbarLong Beach OpenABSSF2019
22474Mathias LunaMathias LunaWPenSJJIF Worlds88KG4F2019
22476Carlos SouzaWPts: 7x0SJJIF Worlds88KGSF2019
22481Carlos SouzaWPts: 2x0SJJIF WorldsABSSF2019
22483Otavio SousaOtavio SousaWPts: 2x0SJJIF WorldsABSF2019
23106Rodrigo CaporalRodrigo CaporalWArmbarEuropean Open82KGR12020
23112Lucas ValleWPts: 4x2European Open82KG4F2020
23488Michael TrassoMichael TrassoWTriangleSan Jose Open82KG4F2020
23490Hector BeltranWPointsSan Jose Open82KGSF2020
23491Daniel SpeirnWPts: 7x4San Jose Open82KGF2020
23964Alexander ScottWChoke from backAustin Open82KGSF2020
23966Rodrigo TatuRodrigo TatuWChoke from backAustin Open82KGF2020
23972Matheus RochaWChoke from backAustin OpenABS4F2020
23973Rodrigo TatuRodrigo TatuWTriangleAustin OpenABSSF2020
23975Johnatha AlvesJohnatha AlvesWPts: 10x8Austin OpenABSF2020
24033Vinicius WongWTriangleGrand Slam MIA85KGR12020
24038Kevin CuervoWTriangleGrand Slam MIA85KG4F2020
24041Felipe SilvaWPts: 4x3Grand Slam MIA85KGSF2020
24175Dylan WhyteWChoke from backPan American82KG8F2020
24179Felipe CesarFelipe CesarWPts: 0x0, AdvPan American82KG4F2020
24181Lucas ValenteLucas ValenteWPts: 15x2Pan American82KGSF2020
24183Jackson NagaiJackson NagaiWPts: 6x2Pan American82KGF2020
24290Diego HerzogWPts: 7x2Foley OpenABS4F2020
24294Alexander LaneWPts: 6x4Foley OpenABSSF2020
24397Pedro RochaPedro RochaWPts: 22x2Houston Open88KGF2020
24402Cameron GravesWChoke from backHouston OpenABSSF2020
24430Matheus OliveiraWArmbarAtlanta Open88KGF2020
24433Francisco CuneoFrancisco CuneoWTriangleAtlanta OpenABS4F2020
24437Gilvan CostaWArmbarAtlanta OpenABSSF2020
24469Chad HardyChad HardyWPts: 5x0No Gi Pan Am.79KGR12020
24479Jeferson GuaresiJeferson GuaresiWPts: 4x2No Gi Pan Am.79KG8F2020
24481Stephen SimmsWPts: 0x0, AdvNo Gi Pan Am.79KG4F2020
24485Paulo GabrielPaulo GabrielWPts: 2x0No Gi Pan Am.79KGSF2020
24569Enrique MarchWPts: 14x2American Nats82KG4F2020
24571Andre GoisAndre GoisWArmbarAmerican Nats82KGSF2020
24573Lucas ValleWPts: 6x0American Nats82KGF2020
26583Antonio ZuazoWChoke from backBoise OpenABSSF2021
26585Austin BakerAustin BakerWPts: 2x0Boise OpenABSF2021
26591Joshua BacallaoWPts: 12x2Boise NGOABSSF2021
26592Antonio ZuazoWPts: 16x0Boise NGOABSF2021
26670Thiago GracaWArmbarAmerican Nats82KG4F2021
26673Eduardo AvelarEduardo AvelarWChoke from backAmerican Nats82KGSF2021
27043Miha PerhavecWArmbarPhoenix Open88KGSF2021
27044Jake WatsonJake WatsonWN/APhoenix Open88KGF2021
27587Sebastian GuevaraWArmbarPan American82KG8F2021
27594Eduardo AvelarEduardo AvelarWChoke from backPan American82KG4F2021
29525Guthierry BarbosaGuthierry BarbosaWPts: 7x2World Champ.82KG8F2021
29971Patrick GoncalvesWTriangleAustin WO88KGSF2022
29972William DurkeeWTriangleAustin WO88KGF2022
29979Antonio ZuazoWPts: 13x0Austin WOABS4F2022
29980Clay MayfieldWEzekielAustin WOABSSF2022
29982Arthur DetanicoArthur DetanicoWPts: 8x0Austin WOABSF2022
31670Carlos CastroWToe holdPan American82KGR22022
31675Felipe CesarFelipe CesarWPts: 0x0, AdvPan American82KG4F2022
32937Eduardo AvelarEduardo AvelarWChoke from backWorld Champ.82KG8F2022
32944Jeferson GuaresiJeferson GuaresiWPts: 9x0World Champ.82KG4F2022
33143Shane ShapiroWArmbarEUG 482KG4F2022
33147Alexandre JesusAlexandre JesusWReferee DecisionEUG 482KGSF2022
33149Levi JonesLevi JonesWPts: 2x0EUG 482KGF2022
33407Rafael AnjosRafael AnjosWStraight ankle lockAmerican Nat.88KGSF2022
34617Enderson DiasEnderson DiasWPts: 1x0Grand Slam MIA85KG4F2022
34620Carlos NetoWPts: 1x0Grand Slam MIA85KGSF2022
34622Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarWPts: 8x3Grand Slam MIA85KGF2022
34733Jesse VuorioWChoke from backJJ Con94KG4F2022
34736Italo CostaWChoke from backJJ Con94KGSF2022
34738Marcos LopesWArmbarJJ Con94KGF2022
35861Andre PorfirioAndre PorfirioWChoke from backIBJJF GP88KG3RD2022
37539Felipe CesarFelipe CesarWPts: 2x0Atlanta WO88KGSF2023
37541Lucas LisboaLucas LisboaWTriangleAtlanta WO88KGF2023
37702Joao CizeskiJoao CizeskiWEzekielMemphis Open88KGSF2023
37704Guthierry BarbosaGuthierry BarbosaWTriangleMemphis Open88KGF2023
37825Francisco LoFrancisco LoWPts: 0x0, AdvIBJJF GP88KGSPF2023
37913Gabriel MachadoWBow and arrowLA Open88KGSF2023
37915Joao CizeskiJoao CizeskiWChoke from backLA Open88KGF2023
38391Marlon TanakaWPts: 7x0Pan American88KGR12023
38403Wellington LuisWellington LuisWArmbarPan American88KG8F2023
38408Mateus RodriguesMateus RodriguesWPts: 2x0Pan American88KG4F2023
39014Elder CruzElder CruzWPts: 20x4Santa Cruz O88KGSF2023
39016Joao CizeskiJoao CizeskiWChoke from backSanta Cruz O88KGF2023


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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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