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Roosevelt Sousa

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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 UAEJJF Grand Slam, AD (2021)
  • 1st Place UAEJJF Abu Dhabi Pro (2021)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • 1st Place UAEJJF 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 UAEJJF Grand Slam, AD (2017 purple)

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

32 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    10 (31%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    22 (69%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

22 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Submission
18
4
#86e620
Choke from back
14
3
#5AD3D1
Violin armlock
9
2
#d1212a
RNC
9
2
#fad11b
Kimura
9
2
#f58822
Botinha
9
2
#224aba
Ezekiel
9
2
#ff9124
Manoplata
5
1
#bf1f6c
Cross choke
5
1
#22c9a5
Kneebar
5
1
#fad223
Triangle
5
1
#03861f
Armbar
5
1
22
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
4 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    1 (25%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (25%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    1 (25%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (25%)

1 SUBMISSION LOSSES

#214eb8
Submission
100
1
1
(100%) SUBMISSION

Roosevelt Sousa Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
24850Max MendesLPts: 0x0, AdvVP League120KGSF2021
25451Joao RochaJoao RochaLPts: 1x0WP BR Qualifier120KG4F2021
26145Khasan VarandoLSubmissionUAE Nat Pro120KGF2021
28373Pedro AlexPedro AlexLDQGrand Slam RJ120KGSF2021
24849Mo. AlshehiWChoke from backVP League120KG4F2021
24851Khaled AhmedWChoke from backVP League120KGRPC2021
24852Mo. AlshehiWViolin armlockVP League120KG3RD2021
25098Sultan Al AliWChoke from backAbu Dhabi Pro120KGSF2021
25099Rodrigo RibeiroRodrigo RibeiroWPts: 3x0Abu Dhabi Pro120KGF2021
25302Kamel AlghifriWRNCVP Cup - 2R120KGR12021
25303Hussain AmiriWManoplataVP Cup - 2R120KG4F2021
25304Y. AlHammadWKimuraVP Cup - 2R120KGSF2021
25305H. MohammedWSubmissionVP Cup - 2R120KGF2021
25368Wallace CostaWallace CostaWPts: 10x0Grand Slam AD120KG4F2021
25372Max MendesWPts: 4x2Grand Slam AD120KGSF2021
25373Anderson MunisAnderson MunisWBotinhaGrand Slam AD120KGF2021
25674Yassir AbdulahWEzekielVP Cup R3120KGR12021
25675Khalid AlshamsiWEzekielVP Cup R3120KG4F2021
25676Max MendesWPts: 2x0VP Cup R3120KGSF2021
25677Hazza MohammedWCross chokeVP Cup R3120KGF2021
26144Tacio CarneiroTacio CarneiroWPts: 2x0UAE Nat Pro120KGSF2021
26696Sultan Al AliWViolin armlockAsia Cont. Pro120KGSF2021
26697Tacio CarneiroTacio CarneiroWKneebarAsia Cont. Pro120KGF2021
27269Aristides KtoridesWRNCLviv Pro120KGSF2021
27516Walter SantosWTriangleGrand Slam MSK120KGRR2021
27517Matheus FelipeMatheus FelipeWPts: 3x0Grand Slam MSK120KGRR2021
27608Carlos EduardoWSubmissionNetherlands Pro120KGSF2021
27609Eric BergmannWPts: 3x1Netherlands Pro120KGF2021
27724A. AlexandrovWSubmissionRomania Pro120KGF2021
27802Walter SantosWKimuraEU Cont. Pro120KGSF2021
27803Aleksandr SakWPts: 5x1EU Cont. Pro120KGF2021
28167Deyveson OliveiraWSubmissionFrance Pro120KGSF2021
28168Walter SantosWN/AFrance Pro120KGF2021
28371Igor SchneiderIgor SchneiderWPts: 6x4Grand Slam RJ120KG4F2021
28377Juan BitterncourtWBotinhaGrand Slam RJ120KGRPC2021
28378Igor SchneiderIgor SchneiderWArmbarGrand Slam RJ120KG3RD2021

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