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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

78 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    31 (40%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (4%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    39 (50%)
  • BY DECISION
    3 (4%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (1%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

39 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke from back
33
13
#86e620
Armbar
31
12
#5AD3D1
Triangle
18
7
#d1212a
Submission
5
2
#fad11b
Ezekiel
3
1
#f58822
Toe hold
3
1
#224aba
Straight ankle lock
3
1
#ff9124
Bow and arrow
3
1
#bf1f6c
Estima lock
3
1
39
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
16 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    7 (44%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (6%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    2 (13%)
  • BY DECISION
    3 (19%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (6%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    1 (6%)

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
20987Kyle ChambersLEBI/OTSubversiv 283KGSPF2019
21493Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLPts: 2x0Marianas OpenABSSPF2019
21669Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarLPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LA85KGR12019
22454Gabriel AlmeidaGabriel AlmeidaLPts: 2x0SJJIF Worlds88KGF2019
22859Marcos MartinsMarcos MartinsLPointsNoGi Worlds85KGR12019
23004Jake WatsonJake WatsonLReferee DecisionF2W 13585KGSPF2020
23090Tommy LangakerTommy LangakerLTriangleEuropean Open82KGSF2020
23823Vagner RochaVagner RochaLReferee DecisionWNO86KGSPF2020
23851Marcio AndreMarcio AndreLReferee DecisionF2W 15086KGSPF2020
24012Guthierry BarbosaGuthierry BarbosaLPts: 1x0Grand Slam MIA85KGF2020
25142Craig JonesCraig JonesLInside heel hookWNO 688KGSPF2021
26635Mathias LunaMathias LunaLPts: 2x2, PenAmerican Nats82KGF2021
27560Tainan DalpraTainan DalpraLInjuryPan American82KGSF2021
29483Tainan DalpraTainan DalpraLPts: 8x4World Champ.82KG4F2021
31590Tainan DalpraTainan DalpraLPts: 2x0Pan American82KGSF2022
32847Tainan DalpraTainan DalpraLPts: 10x0World Champ.82KGSF2022
20947Sergio RiosSergio RiosWReferee DecisionF2W 11788KGSPF2019
21119Jeffrey PrestonWChoke from backFresno Open82KGSF2019
21120Victor AraujoWArmbarFresno Open82KGF2019
21127Cole FransonCole FransonWArmbarFresno OpenABS4F2019
21128Kauan BarbozaKauan BarbozaWChoke from backFresno OpenABSSF2019
21130Hygor BritoHygor BritoWPts: 2x0Fresno OpenABSF2019
21487Inseong JangInseong JangWSubmissionMarianas Open85KGSF2019
21489J. SouzaWSubmissionMarianas Open85KGF2019
21743Matheus LunaMatheus LunaWReferee DecisionF2W 12684KGSPF2019
22370Vinicius WongWBow and arrowLong Beach Open82KGSF2019
22372Breno BittencourtBreno BittencourtWInjuryLong Beach Open82KGF2019
22383Gabriel AraujoWEstima lockLong Beach OpenABS4F2019
22385Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroWArmbarLong Beach OpenABSSF2019
22451Mathias LunaMathias LunaWPenSJJIF Worlds88KG4F2019
22453Carlos SouzaWPts: 7x0SJJIF Worlds88KGSF2019
22458Carlos SouzaWPts: 2x0SJJIF WorldsABSSF2019
22460Otavio SousaOtavio SousaWPts: 2x0SJJIF WorldsABSF2019
23081Rodrigo CaporalRodrigo CaporalWArmbarEuropean Open82KGR12020
23087Lucas ValleWPts: 4x2European Open82KG4F2020
23463Michael TrassoMichael TrassoWTriangleSan Jose Open82KG4F2020
23465Hector BeltranWPointsSan Jose Open82KGSF2020
23466Daniel SpeirnWPts: 7x4San Jose Open82KGF2020
23934Alexander ScottWChoke from backAustin Open82KGSF2020
23936Rodrigo TatuRodrigo TatuWChoke from backAustin Open82KGF2020
23942Matheus RochaWChoke from backAustin OpenABS4F2020
23943Rodrigo TatuRodrigo TatuWTriangleAustin OpenABSSF2020
23945Johnatha AlvesJohnatha AlvesWPts: 10x8Austin OpenABSF2020
24002Vinicius WongWTriangleGrand Slam MIA85KGR12020
24007Kevin CuervoWTriangleGrand Slam MIA85KG4F2020
24010Felipe SilvaWPts: 4x3Grand Slam MIA85KGSF2020
24144Dylan WhyteWChoke from backPan American82KG8F2020
24148Felipe CesarFelipe CesarWPts: 0x0, AdvPan American82KG4F2020
24150Lucas ValenteLucas ValenteWPts: 15x2Pan American82KGSF2020
24152Jackson NagaiJackson NagaiWPts: 6x2Pan American82KGF2020
24259Diego HerzogWPts: 7x2Foley OpenABS4F2020
24263Alexander LaneWPts: 6x4Foley OpenABSSF2020
24365Pedro RochaPedro RochaWPts: 22x2Houston Open88KGF2020
24370Cameron GravesWChoke from backHouston OpenABSSF2020
24398Matheus OliveiraWArmbarAtlanta Open88KGF2020
24401Francisco CuneoFrancisco CuneoWTriangleAtlanta OpenABS4F2020
24405Gilvan CostaWArmbarAtlanta OpenABSSF2020
24437Chad HardyChad HardyWPts: 5x0No Gi Pan Am.79KGR12020
24447Jeferson GuaresiJeferson GuaresiWPts: 4x2No Gi Pan Am.79KG8F2020
24449Stephen SimmsWPts: 0x0, AdvNo Gi Pan Am.79KG4F2020
24453Paulo GabrielPaulo GabrielWPts: 2x0No Gi Pan Am.79KGSF2020
24537Enrique MarchWPts: 14x2American Nats82KG4F2020
24539Andre GoisAndre GoisWArmbarAmerican Nats82KGSF2020
24541Lucas ValleWPts: 6x0American Nats82KGF2020
26544Antonio ZuazoWChoke from backBoise OpenABSSF2021
26546Austin BakerAustin BakerWPts: 2x0Boise OpenABSF2021
26552Joshua BacallaoWPts: 12x2Boise NGOABSSF2021
26553Antonio ZuazoWPts: 16x0Boise NGOABSF2021
26631Thiago GracaWArmbarAmerican Nats82KG4F2021
26634Eduardo AvelarEduardo AvelarWChoke from backAmerican Nats82KGSF2021
27005Miha PerhavecWArmbarPhoenix Open88KGSF2021
27006Jake WatsonJake WatsonWN/APhoenix Open88KGF2021
27549Sebastian GuevaraWArmbarPan American82KG8F2021
27556Eduardo AvelarEduardo AvelarWChoke from backPan American82KG4F2021
29480Guthierry BarbosaGuthierry BarbosaWPts: 7x2World Champ.82KG8F2021
29892Patrick GoncalvesWTriangleAustin WO88KGSF2022
29893William DurkeeWTriangleAustin WO88KGF2022
29900Antonio ZuazoWPts: 13x0Austin WOABS4F2022
29901Clay MayfieldWEzekielAustin WOABSSF2022
29903Arthur DetanicoArthur DetanicoWPts: 8x0Austin WOABSF2022
31583Carlos CastroWToe holdPan American82KGR22022
31588Felipe CesarFelipe CesarWPts: 0x0, AdvPan American82KG4F2022
32837Eduardo AvelarEduardo AvelarWChoke from backWorld Champ.82KG8F2022
32844Jeferson GuaresiJeferson GuaresiWPts: 9x0World Champ.82KG4F2022
33042Shane ShapiroWArmbarEUG 482KG4F2022
33046Alexandre JesusAlexandre JesusWReferee DecisionEUG 482KGSF2022
33048Levi JonesLevi JonesWPts: 2x0EUG 482KGF2022
33303Rafael AnjosRafael AnjosWStraight ankle lockAmerican Nat.88KGSF2022
34482Enderson DiasEnderson DiasWPts: 1x0Grand Slam MIA85KG4F2022
34485Carlos NetoWPts: 1x0Grand Slam MIA85KGSF2022
34487Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarWPts: 8x3Grand Slam MIA85KGF2022
34598Jesse VuorioWChoke from backJJ Con94KG4F2022
34601Italo CostaWChoke from backJJ Con94KGSF2022
34603Marcos LopesWArmbarJJ Con94KGF2022

 

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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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