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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 AJP King Of Mats (2021)
  • 1st Place AJP Grand Slam, AD (2021)
  • 1st Place ADCC Brazilian Trials (2022)
  • 3rd Place AJP Abu Dhabi World Pro (2021+)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Pan Championship (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, 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

61 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    18 (30%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    43 (70%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

43 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Botinha
26
11
#86e620
Armbar
12
5
#5AD3D1
Submission
9
4
#d1212a
Choke from back
9
4
#fad11b
Kimura
5
2
#f58822
Ezekiel
5
2
#224aba
Choke
5
2
#ff9124
Inside heel hook
5
2
#bf1f6c
Violin armlock
5
2
#22c9a5
RNC
5
2
#fad223
Manoplata
5
2
#03861f
Cross choke
2
1
#039a1f
Kneebar
2
1
#03b41f
Triangle
2
1
#03c61f
Calf slicer
2
1
#03d61f
Armlock
2
1
43
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
9 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    3 (33%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (33%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    2 (22%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (11%)

2 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Submission
50
1
#86e620
Choke
50
1
2
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Roosevelt Sousa Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
24990Max MendesLPts: 0x0, AdvVP League120KGSF2021
25595Joao RochaJoao RochaLPts: 1x0WP BR Qualifier120KG4F2021
26295Khasan VarandoLSubmissionUAE Nat Pro120KGF2021
28536Pedro AlexPedro AlexLDQGrand Slam RJ120KGSF2021
29182Gutemberg PereiraGutemberg PereiraLPts: 2x1World Pro120KGSF2021
29655Rodrigo RibeiroRodrigo RibeiroLPts: 7x6Teams CupN/ARR2021
31114Jeferson GuaresiJeferson GuaresiLPts: 2x2, AdvCharleston OpenABS4F2022
31481Erich MunisErich MunisLPts: 0x0, AdvPan AmericanABSSF2022
31607Gutemberg PereiraGutemberg PereiraLChokePan AmericanO100KGSF2022
24989Mo. AlshehiWChoke from backVP League120KG4F2021
24991Khaled AhmedWChoke from backVP League120KGRPC2021
24992Mo. AlshehiWViolin armlockVP League120KG3RD2021
25241Sultan Al AliWChoke from backAbu Dhabi Pro120KGSF2021
25242Rodrigo RibeiroRodrigo RibeiroWPts: 3x0Abu Dhabi Pro120KGF2021
25446Kamel AlghifriWRNCVP Cup - 2R120KGR12021
25447Hussain AmiriWManoplataVP Cup - 2R120KG4F2021
25448Y. AlHammadWKimuraVP Cup - 2R120KGSF2021
25449H. MohammedWSubmissionVP Cup - 2R120KGF2021
25513Wallace CostaWallace CostaWPts: 10x0Grand Slam AD120KG4F2021
25517Max MendesWPts: 4x2Grand Slam AD120KGSF2021
25518Anderson MunisAnderson MunisWBotinhaGrand Slam AD120KGF2021
25819Yassir AbdulahWEzekielVP Cup R3120KGR12021
25820Khalid AlshamsiWEzekielVP Cup R3120KG4F2021
25821Max MendesWPts: 2x0VP Cup R3120KGSF2021
25822Hazza MohammedWCross chokeVP Cup R3120KGF2021
26294Tacio CarneiroTacio CarneiroWPts: 2x0UAE Nat Pro120KGSF2021
26852Sultan Al AliWViolin armlockAsia Cont. Pro120KGSF2021
26853Tacio CarneiroTacio CarneiroWKneebarAsia Cont. Pro120KGF2021
27424Aristides KtoridesWRNCLviv Pro120KGSF2021
27677Walter SantosWTriangleGrand Slam MSK120KGRR2021
27678Matheus FelipeMatheus FelipeWPts: 3x0Grand Slam MSK120KGRR2021
27770Carlos EduardoWSubmissionNetherlands Pro120KGSF2021
27771Eric BergmannWPts: 3x1Netherlands Pro120KGF2021
27886A. AlexandrovWSubmissionRomania Pro120KGF2021
27964Walter SantosWKimuraEU Cont. Pro120KGSF2021
27965Aleksandr SakWPts: 5x1EU Cont. Pro120KGF2021
28330Deyveson OliveiraWSubmissionFrance Pro120KGSF2021
28331Walter SantosWN/AFrance Pro120KGF2021
28534Igor SchneiderIgor SchneiderWPts: 6x4Grand Slam RJ120KG4F2021
28540Juan BitterncourtWBotinhaGrand Slam RJ120KGRPC2021
28541Igor SchneiderIgor SchneiderWArmbarGrand Slam RJ120KG3RD2021
29180Paulo BrasilWBotinhaWorld Pro120KG4F2021
29185Almir KapicWBotinhaWorld Pro120KGRPC2021
29186Paulo BrasilWPts: 2x1World Pro120KG3RD2021
29325Gerard LabinskiGerard LabinskiWBotinhaKing Of Mats120KGRR2021
29327Gabriel HenriqueGabriel HenriqueWPts: 1x0King Of Mats120KGRR2021
29330Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioWPts: 7x2King Of Mats120KGSF2021
29332Wallace CostaWallace CostaWPts: 1x0King Of Mats120KGF2021
29336Uanderson FerreiraUanderson FerreiraWArmbarAJP Teams Cup120KGRR2021
29606Abdullah KubaisiWArmbarPresident Cup120KGRR2021
29610Saeed AlahjWChokePresident Cup120KGRR2021
29631U. FerreiraWArmbarTeams CupN/ARR2021
29642Daniel ConceicaoWBotinhaTeams CupN/ARR2021
29646Amadu JorgeWChoke from backTeams CupN/ARR2021
29668Hazza MohammedWBotinhaTeams CupN/ARR2021
29989Henrique EyroffWBotinhaADCC BR1 TrialsO99KGR12022
29993William ClassenWInside heel hookADCC BR1 TrialsO99KG4F2022
29994Victor DoriaWInside heel hookADCC BR1 TrialsO99KGSF2022
29996Pedro AlexPedro AlexWCalf slicerADCC BR1 TrialsO99KGF2022
31112Marcos CarrozzinoWPts: 7x2Charleston OpenABSR12022
31145Levi GuimaraesWChokeCharleston OpenO100KGF2022
31469Austin OrandayWBotinhaPan AmericanABSR12022
31477Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiWBotinhaPan AmericanABSR22022
31603Igor SchneiderIgor SchneiderWPts: 2x0Pan AmericanO100KG4F2022
32393Levi MouraWManoplataAtlanta SPOO100KGSF2022
32395Helton JoseHelton JoseWPts: 2x0Atlanta SPOO100KGF2022
32396Renan CruzRenan CruzWArmbarAtlanta SPOABSR12022
32402Victor SilvaWArmlockAtlanta SPOABS4F2022
32406Italo MouraItalo MouraWPts: 2x0Atlanta SPOABSSF2022
32407Levi JonesLevi JonesWBotinhaAtlanta SPOABSF2022

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