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Roosevelt Sousa is a professional grappler and a former volleyball player who made a name for himself in the sport of jiu-jitsu, competing in the ultra-heavyweight division. A very dynamic athlete, particularly for a large man, Roosevelt became widely recognized as one of the top competitors of his generation through his performances in the colored belt divisions of the IBJJF (International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation) circuit, particularly as a brown belt when he submitted important names such as Mason Fowler, Roberto Jimenez, Matheus Luna, Giancarlo Bodoni, and others.

Roosevelt Sousa Jiu-Jitsu

Full Name: Roosevelt Sousa

Nickname: N/A

Lineage:  Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie >Carlson Gracie > Murilo Bustamante > Roan Carneiro > Iuri Alves > Roosevelt Sousa

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship NOGI (2023)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pan Championship NOGI (2023)
  • 1st Place AJP King Of Mats (2021)
  • 1st Place AJP Grand Slam, ABD (2021)
  • 1st Place AJP Grand Slam, MIA (2023)
  • 1st Place ADCC Brazilian Trials (2022)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF World Championship NOGI (2023*)
  • 3rd Place ADCC (2022)
  • 3rd Place AJP Abu Dhabi World Pro (2021+)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2022** / 2023)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World Championship NOGI (2022**)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • 1st Place AJP Abu Dhabi World Pro (2018 purple)
  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship NoGi (2019 brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pan Championship NoGi (2019 brown)
  • 1st Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals (2016 blue)
  • 1st Place IBJJF American Nationals (2019** brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF American Nationals NoGi (2019 brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF South American Championship (2016 blue)
  • 1st Place NEOJJ Norte-Nordeste Championship (2018 brown)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF World Championship NoGi (2019* brown)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF South Brazilian Championship (2016 blue)
  • 2nd Place AJP Grand Slam, AD (2017 purple)

+ The AJP federation ran two Abu Dhabi World Pro events in 2021, one in April, and another in November, the “+” sign represents the 2nd event, in November.

Favorite Position/Technique: Back Attacks

Weight Division: Pesadíssimo (over 100,50 kg / 222.0 lbs)

Team/Association: Fight Sports

Roosevelt Sousa Biography

Roosevelt Sousa was born on March 11, 1993, in João Pessoa, a city located near the mouth of the Paraíba River in the Northeastern Brazilian state of Paraíba.

Roosevelt’s path in competitive sports began by way of volleyball, a sport Sousa started at the age of 17. Already 193cm at the time (6 foot 3), the Paraíba native quickly made a name for himself, playing for 4 years in both the indoor and beach strands of the sport.

Although talented, by the time he hit the 20YO mark, Roosevelt was struggling to break through as a volleyball player at the highest level. Coincidently, at the time, a friend of Sousa invited him to come to a jiu-jitsu class to try it out. Once he did, on his birthday (2014), Roosevelt immediately felt a great connection with the gi and decided to continue.

Iuri Alves was Roosevelt Sousa’s first instructor and the man who guided the grappler through all belt ranks. In 2018, however, Mr. Alves moved to the United Arab Emirates, leaving his pupil behind.

After his instructor moved to the Middle East, Sousa continued working with another local coach and in 2019, decided to try and make a run towards the World title, a tournament held in California. To finance his trip to the US, Roosevelt opted to sell water bottles on the street. At the time the news of Sousa’s entrepreneurial mindset reached a few members of the BJJ community outside of his circle of friends, one of those was Rômulo Barral, the legendary athlete and instructor who was touched by the story and offered the young Brazilian a place in his famous pre-worlds training camp in Northridge, USA.

After the World Championship, it was Roberto Cyborg who requested Roosevelt’s presence in his Miami based Fight Sports academy. Cyborg was then preparing for a super-fight with Nicholas Meregali and was looking for strong, lengthy guard players to prepare for the Alliance world champion. Roosevelt felt at home with Fight Sports and ended representing the team on a few events.

After his time in the United States, Roosevelt re-united with his coach Iuri Alves in the UAE where he was awarded his black belt, in August 2020.

Roosevelt Sousa Grappling Record

105 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    33 (31%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (1%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    69 (66%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (1%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

69 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Botinha
20
14
#86e620
RNC
13
9
#5AD3D1
Armbar
9
6
#d1212a
Choke from back
9
6
#fad11b
Kneebar
7
5
#f58822
Choke
6
4
#224aba
Submission
6
4
#ff9124
Cross choke
4
3
#bf1f6c
Inside heel hook
3
2
#22c9a5
Violin armlock
3
2
#fad223
Outside heel hook
3
2
#03861f
Manoplata
3
2
#039a1f
Kimura
3
2
#03b41f
Ezekiel
3
2
#03c61f
Triangle
1
1
#03d61f
Calf slicer
1
1
#03f61f
Armlock
1
1
#82ff5f
Lateral kneebar
1
1
#a4ff5f
Triangle from back
1
1
#dbff5f
Straight ankle lock
1
1
69
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
23 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    3 (13%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    6 (26%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    11 (48%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (9%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (4%)

11 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
RNC
36
4
#86e620
Inside heel hook
18
2
#5AD3D1
Choke from back
18
2
#d1212a
Submission
9
1
#fad11b
Choke
9
1
#f58822
Outside heel hook
9
1
11
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Roosevelt Sousa Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
25027Max MendesLPts: 0x0, AdvVP League120KGSF2021
25635Joao RochaJoao RochaLPts: 1x0WP BR Qualifier120KG4F2021
26341Khasan VarandoLSubmissionUAE Nat Pro120KGF2021
28593Pedro AlexPedro AlexLDQGrand Slam RJ120KGSF2021
29245Gutemberg PereiraGutemberg PereiraLPts: 2x1World Pro120KGSF2021
29718Rodrigo RibeiroRodrigo RibeiroLPts: 7x6Teams CupN/ARR2021
31222Jeferson GuaresiJeferson GuaresiLPts: 2x2, AdvCharleston OpenABS4F2022
31595Erich MunisErich MunisLPts: 0x0, AdvPan AmericanABSSF2022
31721Gutemberg PereiraGutemberg PereiraLChokePan AmericanO100KGSF2022
33042Erich MunisErich MunisLPts: 6x6, AdvWorld Champ.ABS4F2022
35084Gordon RyanGordon RyanLOutside heel hookADCCO99KGSF2022
35207Kyle BoehmKyle BoehmLInside heel hookEBI 20ABS4F2022
35899Fellipe AndrewFellipe AndrewLChoke from backIBJJF GPABSSPF2022
36796Henrique CardosoHenrique CardosoLReferee DecisionNoGi WorldsABSSF2022
36924Victor HugoVictor HugoLReferee DecisionNoGi WorldsO97KGSF2022
38537Nicholas MeregaliNicholas MeregaliLChoke from backPan AmericanO100KGSF2023
39355Roberto JimenezRoberto JimenezLRNCMiami NGOABSSF2023
42529Roberto JimenezRoberto JimenezLRNCBlue CollarABSSF2023
45626Erich MunisErich MunisLPts: 2x2, AdvThe CrownABSF2023
45638Luke GriffithLuke GriffithLInside heel hookWNO 21ABSSPF2023
45808Roberto JimenezRoberto JimenezLRNCNoGi WorldABSF2023
47184Pedro RochaPedro RochaLPts: 0x0, AdvIBJJF NGGPABS4F2024
47354Victor HugoVictor HugoLRNCUFC FP6ABSSPF2024
25026Mo. AlshehiWChoke from backVP League120KG4F2021
25028Khaled AhmedWChoke from backVP League120KGRPC2021
25029Mo. AlshehiWViolin armlockVP League120KG3RD2021
25281Sultan Al AliWChoke from backAbu Dhabi Pro120KGSF2021
25282Rodrigo RibeiroRodrigo RibeiroWPts: 3x0Abu Dhabi Pro120KGF2021
25486Kamel AlghifriWRNCVP Cup - 2R120KGR12021
25487Hussain AmiriWManoplataVP Cup - 2R120KG4F2021
25488Y. AlHammadWKimuraVP Cup - 2R120KGSF2021
25489H. MohammedWSubmissionVP Cup - 2R120KGF2021
25553Wallace CostaWallace CostaWPts: 10x0Grand Slam AD120KG4F2021
25557Max MendesWPts: 4x2Grand Slam AD120KGSF2021
25558Anderson MunisAnderson MunisWBotinhaGrand Slam AD120KGF2021
25864Yassir AbdulahWEzekielVP Cup R3120KGR12021
25865Khalid AlshamsiWEzekielVP Cup R3120KG4F2021
25866Max MendesWPts: 2x0VP Cup R3120KGSF2021
25867Hazza MohammedWCross chokeVP Cup R3120KGF2021
26340Tacio CarneiroTacio CarneiroWPts: 2x0UAE Nat Pro120KGSF2021
26905Sultan Al AliWViolin armlockAsia Cont. Pro120KGSF2021
26906Tacio CarneiroTacio CarneiroWKneebarAsia Cont. Pro120KGF2021
27478Aristides KtoridesWRNCLviv Pro120KGSF2021
27730Walter SantosWTriangleGrand Slam MSK120KGRR2021
27731Matheus FelipeMatheus FelipeWPts: 3x0Grand Slam MSK120KGRR2021
27823Carlos EduardoWSubmissionNetherlands Pro120KGSF2021
27824Eric BergmannWPts: 3x1Netherlands Pro120KGF2021
27939A. AlexandrovWSubmissionRomania Pro120KGF2021
28019Walter SantosWKimuraEU Cont. Pro120KGSF2021
28020Aleksandr SakWPts: 5x1EU Cont. Pro120KGF2021
28387Deyveson OliveiraWSubmissionFrance Pro120KGSF2021
28388Walter SantosWN/AFrance Pro120KGF2021
28591Igor SchneiderIgor SchneiderWPts: 6x4Grand Slam RJ120KG4F2021
28597Juan BitterncourtWBotinhaGrand Slam RJ120KGRPC2021
28598Igor SchneiderIgor SchneiderWArmbarGrand Slam RJ120KG3RD2021
29243Paulo BrasilWBotinhaWorld Pro120KG4F2021
29248Almir KapicWBotinhaWorld Pro120KGRPC2021
29249Paulo BrasilWPts: 2x1World Pro120KG3RD2021
29388Gerard LabinskiGerard LabinskiWBotinhaKing Of Mats120KGRR2021
29390Gabriel HenriqueGabriel HenriqueWPts: 1x0King Of Mats120KGRR2021
29393Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioWPts: 7x2King Of Mats120KGSF2021
29395Wallace CostaWallace CostaWPts: 1x0King Of Mats120KGF2021
29399Uanderson FerreiraUanderson FerreiraWArmbarAJP Teams Cup120KGRR2021
29669Abdullah KubaisiWArmbarPresident Cup120KGRR2021
29673Saeed AlahjWChokePresident Cup120KGRR2021
29694U. FerreiraWArmbarTeams CupN/ARR2021
29705Daniel ConceicaoWBotinhaTeams CupN/ARR2021
29709Amadu JorgeWChoke from backTeams CupN/ARR2021
29731Hazza MohammedWBotinhaTeams CupN/ARR2021
30090Henrique EyroffWBotinhaADCC BR1 TrialsO99KGR12022
30094William ClassenWInside heel hookADCC BR1 TrialsO99KG4F2022
30095Victor DoriaWInside heel hookADCC BR1 TrialsO99KGSF2022
30097Pedro AlexPedro AlexWCalf slicerADCC BR1 TrialsO99KGF2022
31220Marcos CarrozzinoWPts: 7x2Charleston OpenABSR12022
31253Levi GuimaraesWChokeCharleston OpenO100KGF2022
31583Austin OrandayWBotinhaPan AmericanABSR12022
31591Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiWBotinhaPan AmericanABSR22022
31717Igor SchneiderIgor SchneiderWPts: 2x0Pan AmericanO100KG4F2022
32526Levi MouraWManoplataAtlanta SPOO100KGSF2022
32528Helton JoseHelton JoseWPts: 2x0Atlanta SPOO100KGF2022
32529Renan CruzRenan CruzWArmbarAtlanta SPOABSR12022
32535Victor SilvaWArmlockAtlanta SPOABS4F2022
32539Italo MouraItalo MouraWPts: 2x0Atlanta SPOABSSF2022
32540Levi JonesLevi JonesWBotinhaAtlanta SPOABSF2022
33037Vinicius TratorVinicius TratorWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.ABS8F2022
33854Yuri SimesWN/AF2W 207O94KGSPF2022
34657R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWBotinhaGrand Slam MIA120KG4F2022
34660Herico HesleyWCross chokeGrand Slam MIA120KGSF2022
34661Wallace CostaWallace CostaWPts: 1x0Grand Slam MIA120KGF2022
35074Joao RochaJoao RochaWKneebarADCCO99KGR12022
35081Rida HaisamRida HaisamWPts: 2x0ADCCO99KG4F2022
35202Angel LugoWLateral kneebarEBI 20ABSR12022
36231Justin FabacWRNCNashville NGOABSR12022
36234Joseph WatsonWBotinhaNashville NGOABS4F2022
36239Rafael AnjosRafael AnjosWRNCNashville NGOABSSF2022
36240Francisco CuneoFrancisco CuneoWRNCNashville NGOABSF2022
36782Eliot KellyEliot KellyWPts: 5x0NoGi WorldsABSR12022
36790Helton JoseHelton JoseWPts: 6x0NoGi WorldsABS8F2022
36793Francisco LoFrancisco LoWPts: 8x0NoGi WorldsABS4F2022
36918Helton JoseHelton JoseWRNCNoGi WorldsO97KG8F2022
36919Antonio AssefWPts: 5x0NoGi WorldsO97KG8F2022
37865Leon JacksonWChoke from backTampa OpenO100KGSF2023
37866Chris PassarrelloWChokeTampa OpenO100KGF2023
37867Leon JacksonWChokeTampa OpenABS4F2023
37870Leo SilvaLeo SilvaWChoke from backTampa OpenABSSF2023
37871Daniel DinizDaniel DinizWN/ATampa OpenABSF2023
38533Renato TagliariWTriangle from backPan AmericanO100KG4F2023
39335Ney MedeirosWCross chokeMiami OpenABS4F2023
39336Mathias LunaMathias LunaWPts: 4x0Miami OpenABSSF2023
39338Sebastian RodriguezSebastian RodriguezWPts: 3x0Miami OpenABSF2023
42526Devhonte JohnsonDevhonte JohnsonWRNCBlue CollarABS4F2023
43059Marcos CarrozzinoWBotinhaADGS Miami120KGR12023
43063Felipe BezerraFelipe BezerraWPts: 1x0ADGS Miami120KG4F2023
43065Wallace CostaWallace CostaWPts: 2x1ADGS Miami120KGSF2023
43066Pedro AlexPedro AlexWPts: 2x2ADGS Miami120KGF2023
43429Breylor GroutWPts: 9x0NoGi PanO97KG4F2023
43432Igor SchneiderIgor SchneiderWKneebarNoGi PanO97KGSF2023
43434Jose InacioWOutside heel hookNoGi PanO97KGF2023
44575Matheus GodoyMatheus GodoyWRNCMiami FOO100KGSF2023
44576Matheus GodoyMatheus GodoyWKneebarMiami FOABS4F2023
44578Heitor SenraWKneebarMiami FOABSSF2023
44579Enderson DiasEnderson DiasWInjuryMiami FOABSF2023
45783Austin BakerAustin BakerWArmbarNoGi WorldO97KG4F2023
45787Daniel ConceicaoWReferee DecisionNoGi WorldO97KGSF2023
45789Heikki JussilaWRNCNoGi WorldO97KGF2023
45795Austin OrandayWStraight ankle lockNoGi WorldABSR22023
45805Felipe CostaFelipe CostaWPts: 2x0NoGi WorldABS4F2023
45806Elder CruzElder CruzWOutside heel hookNoGi WorldABSSF2023

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