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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 World Championship NOGI (2023)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2020)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pan Championship No-Gi (2020)
  • 1st Place IBJJF American Nationals (2020 / 2023*)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Jiu-Jitsu Con (2022)
  • 1st Place AJP Grand Slam, MIA (2020)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2021 / 2022 / 2023)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF European Open (2020)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Grand Prix (2022)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF American Nationals (2023)

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

101 WINS
    36 (36%)
    7 (7%)
    48 (48%)
    8 (8%)
    1 (1%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)


Choke from back
Bow and arrow
Estima lock
Toe hold
Straight ankle lock
    7 (37%)
    2 (11%)
    3 (16%)
    4 (21%)
    1 (5%)
    1 (5%)


Inside heel hook

Ronaldo Junior Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
21002Kyle ChambersLEBI/OTSubversiv 283KGSPF2019
21508Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLPts: 2x0Marianas OpenABSSPF2019
21685Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarLPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LA85KGR12019
22480Gabriel AlmeidaGabriel AlmeidaLPts: 2x0SJJIF Worlds88KGF2019
22885Marcos MartinsMarcos MartinsLPointsNoGi Worlds85KGR12019
23030Jake WatsonJake WatsonLReferee DecisionF2W 13585KGSPF2020
23116Tommy LangakerTommy LangakerLTriangleEuropean Open82KGSF2020
23854Vagner RochaVagner RochaLReferee DecisionWNO86KGSPF2020
23882Marcio AndreMarcio AndreLReferee DecisionF2W 15086KGSPF2020
24044Guthierry BarbosaGuthierry BarbosaLPts: 1x0Grand Slam MIA85KGF2020
25175Craig JonesCraig JonesLInside heel hookWNO 688KGSPF2021
26675Mathias LunaMathias LunaLPts: 2x2, PenAmerican Nats82KGF2021
27599Tainan DalpraTainan DalpraLInjuryPan American82KGSF2021
29529Tainan DalpraTainan DalpraLPts: 8x4World Champ.82KG4F2021
31681Tainan DalpraTainan DalpraLPts: 2x0Pan American82KGSF2022
32955Tainan DalpraTainan DalpraLPts: 10x0World Champ.82KGSF2022
35895Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarLPts: 0x0, AdvIBJJF GP88KGSF2022
38517Jansen GomesJansen GomesLReferee DecisionPan American88KGSF2023
41267Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroLArmbarAmerican Nats88KGSF2023
20962Sergio RiosSergio RiosWReferee DecisionF2W 11788KGSPF2019
21134Jeffrey PrestonWChoke from backFresno Open82KGSF2019
21135Victor AraujoWArmbarFresno Open82KGF2019
21142Cole FransonCole FransonWArmbarFresno OpenABS4F2019
21143Kauan BarbozaKauan BarbozaWChoke from backFresno OpenABSSF2019
21145Hygor BritoHygor BritoWPts: 2x0Fresno OpenABSF2019
21502Inseong JangInseong JangWSubmissionMarianas Open85KGSF2019
21504J. SouzaWSubmissionMarianas Open85KGF2019
21759Matheus LunaMatheus LunaWReferee DecisionF2W 12684KGSPF2019
22396Vinicius WongWBow and arrowLong Beach Open82KGSF2019
22398Breno BittencourtBreno BittencourtWInjuryLong Beach Open82KGF2019
22409Gabriel AraujoWEstima lockLong Beach OpenABS4F2019
22411Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroWArmbarLong Beach OpenABSSF2019
22477Mathias LunaMathias LunaWPenSJJIF Worlds88KG4F2019
22479Carlos SouzaWPts: 7x0SJJIF Worlds88KGSF2019
22484Carlos SouzaWPts: 2x0SJJIF WorldsABSSF2019
22486Otavio SousaOtavio SousaWPts: 2x0SJJIF WorldsABSF2019
23107Rodrigo CaporalRodrigo CaporalWArmbarEuropean Open82KGR12020
23113Lucas ValleWPts: 4x2European Open82KG4F2020
23489Michael TrassoMichael TrassoWTriangleSan Jose Open82KG4F2020
23491Hector BeltranWPointsSan Jose Open82KGSF2020
23492Daniel SpeirnWPts: 7x4San Jose Open82KGF2020
23965Alexander ScottWChoke from backAustin Open82KGSF2020
23967Rodrigo TatuRodrigo TatuWChoke from backAustin Open82KGF2020
23973Matheus RochaWChoke from backAustin OpenABS4F2020
23974Rodrigo TatuRodrigo TatuWTriangleAustin OpenABSSF2020
23976Johnatha AlvesJohnatha AlvesWPts: 10x8Austin OpenABSF2020
24034Vinicius WongWTriangleGrand Slam MIA85KGR12020
24039Kevin CuervoWTriangleGrand Slam MIA85KG4F2020
24042Felipe SilvaWPts: 4x3Grand Slam MIA85KGSF2020
24176Dylan WhyteWChoke from backPan American82KG8F2020
24180Felipe CesarFelipe CesarWPts: 0x0, AdvPan American82KG4F2020
24182Lucas ValenteLucas ValenteWPts: 15x2Pan American82KGSF2020
24184Jackson NagaiJackson NagaiWPts: 6x2Pan American82KGF2020
24291Diego HerzogWPts: 7x2Foley OpenABS4F2020
24295Alexander LaneWPts: 6x4Foley OpenABSSF2020
24398Pedro RochaPedro RochaWPts: 22x2Houston Open88KGF2020
24403Cameron GravesWChoke from backHouston OpenABSSF2020
24431Matheus OliveiraWArmbarAtlanta Open88KGF2020
24434Francisco CuneoFrancisco CuneoWTriangleAtlanta OpenABS4F2020
24438Gilvan CostaWArmbarAtlanta OpenABSSF2020
24470Chad HardyChad HardyWPts: 5x0No Gi Pan Am.79KGR12020
24480Jeferson GuaresiJeferson GuaresiWPts: 4x2No Gi Pan Am.79KG8F2020
24482Stephen SimmsWPts: 0x0, AdvNo Gi Pan Am.79KG4F2020
24486Paulo GabrielPaulo GabrielWPts: 2x0No Gi Pan Am.79KGSF2020
24570Enrique MarchWPts: 14x2American Nats82KG4F2020
24572Andre GoisAndre GoisWArmbarAmerican Nats82KGSF2020
24574Lucas ValleWPts: 6x0American Nats82KGF2020
26584Antonio ZuazoWChoke from backBoise OpenABSSF2021
26586Austin BakerAustin BakerWPts: 2x0Boise OpenABSF2021
26592Joshua BacallaoWPts: 12x2Boise NGOABSSF2021
26593Antonio ZuazoWPts: 16x0Boise NGOABSF2021
26671Thiago GracaWArmbarAmerican Nats82KG4F2021
26674Eduardo AvelarEduardo AvelarWChoke from backAmerican Nats82KGSF2021
27044Miha PerhavecWArmbarPhoenix Open88KGSF2021
27045Jake WatsonJake WatsonWN/APhoenix Open88KGF2021
27588Sebastian GuevaraWArmbarPan American82KG8F2021
27595Eduardo AvelarEduardo AvelarWChoke from backPan American82KG4F2021
29526Guthierry BarbosaGuthierry BarbosaWPts: 7x2World Champ.82KG8F2021
29973Patrick GoncalvesWTriangleAustin WO88KGSF2022
29974William DurkeeWTriangleAustin WO88KGF2022
29981Antonio ZuazoWPts: 13x0Austin WOABS4F2022
29982Clay MayfieldWEzekielAustin WOABSSF2022
29984Arthur DetanicoArthur DetanicoWPts: 8x0Austin WOABSF2022
31674Carlos CastroWToe holdPan American82KGR22022
31679Felipe CesarFelipe CesarWPts: 0x0, AdvPan American82KG4F2022
32945Eduardo AvelarEduardo AvelarWChoke from backWorld Champ.82KG8F2022
32952Jeferson GuaresiJeferson GuaresiWPts: 9x0World Champ.82KG4F2022
33151Shane ShapiroWArmbarEUG 482KG4F2022
33155Alexandre JesusAlexandre JesusWReferee DecisionEUG 482KGSF2022
33157Levi JonesLevi JonesWPts: 2x0EUG 482KGF2022
33421Rafael AnjosRafael AnjosWStraight ankle lockAmerican Nat.88KGSF2022
34633Enderson DiasEnderson DiasWPts: 1x0Grand Slam MIA85KG4F2022
34636Carlos NetoWPts: 1x0Grand Slam MIA85KGSF2022
34638Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarWPts: 8x3Grand Slam MIA85KGF2022
34749Jesse VuorioWChoke from backJJ Con94KG4F2022
34752Italo LimaItalo LimaWChoke from backJJ Con94KGSF2022
34754Marcos LopesWArmbarJJ Con94KGF2022
35898Andre PorfirioAndre PorfirioWChoke from backIBJJF GP88KG3RD2022
37635Felipe CesarFelipe CesarWPts: 2x0Atlanta WO88KGSF2023
37637Lucas LisboaLucas LisboaWTriangleAtlanta WO88KGF2023
37798Joao CizeskiJoao CizeskiWEzekielMemphis Open88KGSF2023
37800Guthierry BarbosaGuthierry BarbosaWTriangleMemphis Open88KGF2023
37921Francisco LoFrancisco LoWPts: 0x0, AdvIBJJF GP88KGSPF2023
38010Gabriel MachadoWBow and arrowLA Open88KGSF2023
38012Joao CizeskiJoao CizeskiWChoke from backLA Open88KGF2023
38495Marlon TanakaWPts: 7x0Pan American88KGR12023
38507Wellington LuisWellington LuisWArmbarPan American88KG8F2023
38512Mateus RodriguesMateus RodriguesWPts: 2x0Pan American88KG4F2023
39138Elder CruzElder CruzWPts: 20x4Santa Cruz O88KGSF2023
39140Joao CizeskiJoao CizeskiWChoke from backSanta Cruz O88KGF2023
41264Carlos FeitosaWChoke from backAmerican Nats88KG4F2023
41289Mateus RodriguesMateus RodriguesWReferee DecisionAmerican NatsABS4F2023
41293Jackson NagaiJackson NagaiWPts: 4x2American NatsABSSF2023
41295Gabriel CostaGabriel CostaWReferee DecisionAmerican NatsABSF2023
42524Sebastian RodriguezSebastian RodriguezWPts: 0x0, AdvIBJJF GP94KGSPF2023
45752Austin OrandayAustin OrandayWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi World85KGR22023
45759Gabriel CastroWReferee DecisionNoGi World85KG4F2023
45763Sebastian RodriguezSebastian RodriguezWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi World85KGSF2023
45764David GarmoDavid GarmoWReferee DecisionNoGi World85KGF2023
47368Kody SteeleKody SteeleWReferee DecisionUFC FP677KGSPF2024


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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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