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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 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

56 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    23 (41%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (4%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    27 (48%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (4%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (2%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

27 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke from back
33
9
#86e620
Armbar
33
9
#5AD3D1
Triangle
19
5
#d1212a
Submission
7
2
#fad11b
Bow and arrow
4
1
#f58822
Estima lock
4
1
27
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
12 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    4 (33%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (8%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    2 (17%)
  • BY DECISION
    3 (25%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (8%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    1 (8%)

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
20885Kyle ChambersLEBI/OTSubversiv 283KGSPF2019
21381Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLPts: 2x0Marianas OpenABSSPF2019
21555Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarLPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LA85KGR12019
22326Gabriel AlmeidaGabriel AlmeidaLPts: 2x0SJJIF Worlds88KGF2019
22725Marcos MartinsMarcos MartinsLPointsNoGi Worlds85KGR12019
22860Jake WatsonJake WatsonLReferee DecisionF2W 13585KGSPF2020
22946Tommy LangakerTommy LangakerLTriangleEuropean Open82KGSF2020
23659Vagner RochaVagner RochaLReferee DecisionWNO86KGSPF2020
23687Marcio AndreMarcio AndreLReferee DecisionF2W 15086KGSPF2020
23842Guthierry BarbosaGuthierry BarbosaLPts: 1x0Grand Slam MIA85KGF2020
24938Craig JonesCraig JonesLInside heel hookWNO 688KGSPF2021
26402Mathias LunaMathias LunaLPts: 2x2, PenAmerican Nats82KGF2021
20845Sergio RiosSergio RiosWReferee DecisionF2W 11788KGSPF2019
21015Jeffrey PrestonWChoke from backFresno Open82KGSF2019
21016Victor AraujoWArmbarFresno Open82KGF2019
21023Cole FransonCole FransonWArmbarFresno OpenABS4F2019
21024Kauan BarbozaKauan BarbozaWChoke from backFresno OpenABSSF2019
21026Hygor BritoHygor BritoWPts: 2x0Fresno OpenABSF2019
21375Inseong JangInseong JangWSubmissionMarianas Open85KGSF2019
21377J. SouzaWSubmissionMarianas Open85KGF2019
21627Matheus LunaMatheus LunaWReferee DecisionF2W 12684KGSPF2019
22247Vinicius WongWBow and arrowLong Beach Open82KGSF2019
22249Breno BittencourtBreno BittencourtWInjuryLong Beach Open82KGF2019
22260Gabriel AraujoWEstima lockLong Beach OpenABS4F2019
22262Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroWArmbarLong Beach OpenABSSF2019
22323Mathias LunaMathias LunaWPenSJJIF Worlds88KG4F2019
22325Carlos SouzaWPts: 7x0SJJIF Worlds88KGSF2019
22330Carlos SouzaWPts: 2x0SJJIF WorldsABSSF2019
22332Otavio SousaOtavio SousaWPts: 2x0SJJIF WorldsABSF2019
22937Rodrigo CaporalRodrigo CaporalWArmbarEuropean Open82KGR12020
22943Lucas ValleWPts: 4x2European Open82KG4F2020
23302Michael TrassoMichael TrassoWTriangleSan Jose Open82KG4F2020
23304Hector BeltranWPointsSan Jose Open82KGSF2020
23305Daniel SpeirnWPts: 7x4San Jose Open82KGF2020
23765Alexander ScottWChoke from backAustin Open82KGSF2020
23767Rodrigo MartinsWChoke from backAustin Open82KGF2020
23773Matheus RochaWChoke from backAustin OpenABS4F2020
23774Rodrigo MartinsWTriangleAustin OpenABSSF2020
23776Johnatha AlvesJohnatha AlvesWPts: 10x8Austin OpenABSF2020
23832Vinicius WongWTriangleGrand Slam MIA85KGR12020
23837Kevin CuervoWTriangleGrand Slam MIA85KG4F2020
23840Felipe SilvaWPts: 4x3Grand Slam MIA85KGSF2020
23971Dylan WhyteWChoke from backPan American82KG8F2020
23975Felipe CesarFelipe CesarWPts: 0x0, AdvPan American82KG4F2020
23977Lucas ValenteLucas ValenteWPts: 15x2Pan American82KGSF2020
23979Jackson NagaiJackson NagaiWPts: 6x2Pan American82KGF2020
24082Diego HerzogWPts: 7x2Foley OpenABS4F2020
24086Alexander LaneWPts: 6x4Foley OpenABSSF2020
24187Pedro RochaPedro RochaWPts: 22x2Houston Open88KGF2020
24192Cameron GravesWChoke from backHouston OpenABSSF2020
24220Matheus OliveiraWArmbarAtlanta Open88KGF2020
24223Francisco CuneoWTriangleAtlanta OpenABS4F2020
24227Gilvan CostaWArmbarAtlanta OpenABSSF2020
24258Chad HardyChad HardyWPts: 5x0No Gi Pan Am.79KGR12020
24268Jeferson GuaresiJeferson GuaresiWPts: 4x2No Gi Pan Am.79KG8F2020
24270Stephen SimmsWPts: 0x0, AdvNo Gi Pan Am.79KG4F2020
24274Paulo GabrielPaulo GabrielWPts: 2x0No Gi Pan Am.79KGSF2020
24358Enrique MarchWPts: 14x2American Nats82KG4F2020
24360Andre GoisAndre GoisWArmbarAmerican Nats82KGSF2020
24362Lucas ValleWPts: 6x0American Nats82KGF2020
26321Antonio ZuazoWChoke from backBoise OpenABSSF2021
26323Austin BakerAustin BakerWPts: 2x0Boise OpenABSF2021
26329Joshua BacallaoWPts: 12x2Boise NGOABSSF2021
26330Antonio ZuazoWPts: 16x0Boise NGOABSF2021
26398Thiago GracaWArmbarAmerican Nats82KG4F2021
26401Eduardo AvelarEduardo AvelarWChoke from backAmerican Nats82KGSF2021
26767Miha PerhavecWArmbarPhoenix Open88KGSF2021
26768Jake WatsonJake WatsonWN/APhoenix Open88KGF2021

 

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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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