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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

111 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    34 (31%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (1%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    74 (67%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (1%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

74 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Botinha
20
15
#86e620
RNC
14
10
#5AD3D1
Choke from back
8
6
#d1212a
Kneebar
8
6
#fad11b
Armbar
8
6
#f58822
Submission
7
5
#224aba
Choke
5
4
#ff9124
Kimura
4
3
#bf1f6c
Cross choke
4
3
#22c9a5
Inside heel hook
3
2
#fad223
Violin armlock
3
2
#03861f
Outside heel hook
3
2
#039a1f
Manoplata
3
2
#03b41f
Ezekiel
3
2
#03c61f
Calf slicer
1
1
#03d61f
Armlock
1
1
#03f61f
Lateral kneebar
1
1
#82ff5f
Triangle from back
1
1
#a4ff5f
Straight ankle lock
1
1
#dbff5f
Triangle
1
1
74
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
24 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    3 (13%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    6 (25%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    11 (46%)
  • BY DECISION
    3 (13%)
  • 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
25040Max MendesLPts: 0x0, AdvVP League120KGSF2021
25648Joao RochaJoao RochaLPts: 1x0WP BR Qualifier120KG4F2021
26354Khasan VarandoLSubmissionUAE Nat Pro120KGF2021
28606Pedro AlexPedro AlexLDQADGS RJ120KGSF2021
29258Gutemberg PereiraGutemberg PereiraLPts: 2x1World Pro120KGSF2021
29731Rodrigo RibeiroRodrigo RibeiroLPts: 7x6Teams CupN/ARR2021
31237Jeferson GuaresiJeferson GuaresiLPts: 2x2, AdvCharleston OpenABS4F2022
31610Erich MunisErich MunisLPts: 0x0, AdvPan AmericanABSSF2022
31736Gutemberg PereiraGutemberg PereiraLChokePan AmericanO100KGSF2022
33060Erich MunisErich MunisLPts: 6x6, AdvWorld Champ.ABS4F2022
35104Gordon RyanGordon RyanLOutside heel hookADCCO99KGSF2022
35227Kyle BoehmKyle BoehmLInside heel hookEBI 20ABS4F2022
35937Fellipe AndrewFellipe AndrewLChoke from backIBJJF GPABSSPF2022
36836Henrique CardosoHenrique CardosoLReferee DecisionNoGi WorldsABSSF2022
36964Victor HugoVictor HugoLReferee DecisionNoGi WorldsO97KGSF2022
38583Nicholas MeregaliNicholas MeregaliLChoke from backPan AmericanO100KGSF2023
39407Roberto JimenezRoberto JimenezLRNCMiami NGOABSSF2023
42581Roberto JimenezRoberto JimenezLRNCBlue CollarABSSF2023
45686Erich MunisErich MunisLPts: 2x2, AdvThe CrownABSF2023
45698Luke GriffithLuke GriffithLInside heel hookWNO 21ABSSPF2023
45868Roberto JimenezRoberto JimenezLRNCNoGi WorldABSF2023
47248Pedro RochaPedro RochaLPts: 0x0, AdvIBJJF NGGPABS4F2024
47418Victor HugoVictor HugoLRNCUFC FP6ABSSPF2024
51338Elder CruzElder CruzLReferee DecisionADCC OrlandoABSF2024
25039Mo. AlshehiWChoke from backVP League120KG4F2021
25041Khaled AhmedWChoke from backVP League120KGRPC2021
25042Mo. AlshehiWViolin armlockVP League120KG3RD2021
25294Sultan Al AliWChoke from backAbu Dhabi Pro120KGSF2021
25295Rodrigo RibeiroRodrigo RibeiroWPts: 3x0Abu Dhabi Pro120KGF2021
25499Kamel AlghifriWRNCVP Cup - 2R120KGR12021
25500Hussain AmiriWManoplataVP Cup - 2R120KG4F2021
25501Y. AlHammadWKimuraVP Cup - 2R120KGSF2021
25502H. MohammedWSubmissionVP Cup - 2R120KGF2021
25566Wallace CostaWallace CostaWPts: 10x0Grand Slam AD120KG4F2021
25570Max MendesWPts: 4x2Grand Slam AD120KGSF2021
25571Anderson MunisAnderson MunisWBotinhaGrand Slam AD120KGF2021
25877Yassir AbdulahWEzekielVP Cup R3120KGR12021
25878Khalid AlshamsiWEzekielVP Cup R3120KG4F2021
25879Max MendesWPts: 2x0VP Cup R3120KGSF2021
25880Hazza MohammedWCross chokeVP Cup R3120KGF2021
26353Tacio CarneiroTacio CarneiroWPts: 2x0UAE Nat Pro120KGSF2021
26918Sultan Al AliWViolin armlockAsia Cont. Pro120KGSF2021
26919Tacio CarneiroTacio CarneiroWKneebarAsia Cont. Pro120KGF2021
27491Aristides KtoridesWRNCLviv Pro120KGSF2021
27743Walter SantosWTriangleGrand Slam MSK120KGRR2021
27744Matheus FelipeMatheus FelipeWPts: 3x0Grand Slam MSK120KGRR2021
27836Carlos EduardoWSubmissionNetherlands Pro120KGSF2021
27837Eric BergmannWPts: 3x1Netherlands Pro120KGF2021
27952A. AlexandrovWSubmissionRomania Pro120KGF2021
28032Walter SantosWKimuraEU Cont. Pro120KGSF2021
28033Aleksandr SakWPts: 5x1EU Cont. Pro120KGF2021
28400Deyveson OliveiraWSubmissionFrance Pro120KGSF2021
28401Walter SantosWN/AFrance Pro120KGF2021
28604Igor SchneiderIgor SchneiderWPts: 6x4ADGS RJ120KG4F2021
28610Juan BitterncourtWBotinhaADGS RJ120KGRPC2021
28611Igor SchneiderIgor SchneiderWArmbarADGS RJ120KG3RD2021
29256Paulo BrasilWBotinhaWorld Pro120KG4F2021
29261Almir KapicWBotinhaWorld Pro120KGRPC2021
29262Paulo BrasilWPts: 2x1World Pro120KG3RD2021
29401Gerard LabinskiGerard LabinskiWBotinhaKing Of Mats120KGRR2021
29403Gabriel HenriqueGabriel HenriqueWPts: 1x0King Of Mats120KGRR2021
29406Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioWPts: 7x2King Of Mats120KGSF2021
29408Wallace CostaWallace CostaWPts: 1x0King Of Mats120KGF2021
29412Uanderson FerreiraUanderson FerreiraWArmbarAJP Teams Cup120KGRR2021
29682Abdullah KubaisiWArmbarPresident Cup120KGRR2021
29686Saeed AlahjWChokePresident Cup120KGRR2021
29707U. FerreiraWArmbarTeams CupN/ARR2021
29718Daniel ConceicaoWBotinhaTeams CupN/ARR2021
29722Amadu JorgeWChoke from backTeams CupN/ARR2021
29744Hazza MohammedWBotinhaTeams CupN/ARR2021
30103Henrique EyroffWBotinhaADCC BR1 TrialsO99KGR12022
30107William ClassenWInside heel hookADCC BR1 TrialsO99KG4F2022
30108Victor DoriaWInside heel hookADCC BR1 TrialsO99KGSF2022
30110Pedro AlexPedro AlexWCalf slicerADCC BR1 TrialsO99KGF2022
31235Marcos CarrozzinoWPts: 7x2Charleston OpenABSR12022
31268Levi GuimaraesWChokeCharleston OpenO100KGF2022
31598Austin OrandayAustin OrandayWBotinhaPan AmericanABSR12022
31606Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiWBotinhaPan AmericanABSR22022
31732Igor SchneiderIgor SchneiderWPts: 2x0Pan AmericanO100KG4F2022
32544Levi MouraWManoplataAtlanta SPOO100KGSF2022
32546Helton JoseHelton JoseWPts: 2x0Atlanta SPOO100KGF2022
32547Renan CruzRenan CruzWArmbarAtlanta SPOABSR12022
32553Victor SilvaWArmlockAtlanta SPOABS4F2022
32557Italo MouraItalo MouraWPts: 2x0Atlanta SPOABSSF2022
32558Levi JonesLevi JonesWBotinhaAtlanta SPOABSF2022
33055Vinicius TratorVinicius TratorWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.ABS8F2022
33874Yuri SimesWN/AF2W 207O94KGSPF2022
34677R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWBotinhaGrand Slam MIA120KG4F2022
34680Herico HesleyWCross chokeGrand Slam MIA120KGSF2022
34681Wallace CostaWallace CostaWPts: 1x0Grand Slam MIA120KGF2022
35094Joao RochaJoao RochaWKneebarADCCO99KGR12022
35101Rida HaisamRida HaisamWPts: 2x0ADCCO99KG4F2022
35222Angel LugoWLateral kneebarEBI 20ABSR12022
36269Justin FabacWRNCNashville NGOABSR12022
36272Joseph WatsonWBotinhaNashville NGOABS4F2022
36277Rafael AnjosRafael AnjosWRNCNashville NGOABSSF2022
36278Francisco CuneoFrancisco CuneoWRNCNashville NGOABSF2022
36822Eliot KellyEliot KellyWPts: 5x0NoGi WorldsABSR12022
36830Helton JoseHelton JoseWPts: 6x0NoGi WorldsABS8F2022
36833Francisco LoFrancisco LoWPts: 8x0NoGi WorldsABS4F2022
36958Helton JoseHelton JoseWRNCNoGi WorldsO97KG8F2022
36959Antonio AssefWPts: 5x0NoGi WorldsO97KG8F2022
37905Leon JacksonWChoke from backTampa OpenO100KGSF2023
37906Chris PassarrelloWChokeTampa OpenO100KGF2023
37907Leon JacksonWChokeTampa OpenABS4F2023
37910Leo SilvaLeo SilvaWChoke from backTampa OpenABSSF2023
37911Daniel DinizDaniel DinizWN/ATampa OpenABSF2023
38579Renato TagliariWTriangle from backPan AmericanO100KG4F2023
39387Ney MedeirosWCross chokeMiami OpenABS4F2023
39388Mathias LunaMathias LunaWPts: 4x0Miami OpenABSSF2023
39390Sebastian RodriguezSebastian RodriguezWPts: 3x0Miami OpenABSF2023
42578Devhonte JohnsonDevhonte JohnsonWRNCBlue CollarABS4F2023
43111Marcos CarrozzinoWBotinhaADGS Miami120KGR12023
43115Felipe BezerraFelipe BezerraWPts: 1x0ADGS Miami120KG4F2023
43117Wallace CostaWallace CostaWPts: 2x1ADGS Miami120KGSF2023
43118Pedro AlexPedro AlexWPts: 2x2ADGS Miami120KGF2023
43481Breylor GroutWPts: 9x0NoGi PanO97KG4F2023
43484Igor SchneiderIgor SchneiderWKneebarNoGi PanO97KGSF2023
43486Inacio SantosInacio SantosWOutside heel hookNoGi PanO97KGF2023
44629Matheus GodoyMatheus GodoyWRNCMiami FOO100KGSF2023
44630Matheus GodoyMatheus GodoyWKneebarMiami FOABS4F2023
44632Heitor SenraWKneebarMiami FOABSSF2023
44633Enderson DiasEnderson DiasWInjuryMiami FOABSF2023
45843Austin BakerAustin BakerWArmbarNoGi WorldO97KG4F2023
45847Daniel ConceicaoWReferee DecisionNoGi WorldO97KGSF2023
45849Heikki JussilaWRNCNoGi WorldO97KGF2023
45855Austin OrandayAustin OrandayWStraight ankle lockNoGi WorldABSR22023
45865Felipe CostaFelipe CostaWPts: 2x0NoGi WorldABS4F2023
45866Elder CruzElder CruzWOutside heel hookNoGi WorldABSSF2023
51325Leo AnilloWKneebarADCC OrlandoO100KG4F2024
51326Chris LeivaWBotinhaADCC OrlandoO100KGSF2024
51327K. DrakeWPts: 5x0ADCC OrlandoO100KGF2024
51329J. CoxWRNCADCC OrlandoABSR12024
51333T. MarcusWSubmissionADCC OrlandoABS4F2024
51337CJ MurdockWKimuraADCC OrlandoABSSF2024

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