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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 ADCC (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

77 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    25 (32%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (1%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    51 (66%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

51 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Botinha
25
13
#86e620
RNC
12
6
#5AD3D1
Armbar
10
5
#d1212a
Submission
8
4
#fad11b
Choke from back
8
4
#f58822
Kimura
4
2
#224aba
Ezekiel
4
2
#ff9124
Cross choke
4
2
#bf1f6c
Kneebar
4
2
#22c9a5
Choke
4
2
#fad223
Inside heel hook
4
2
#03861f
Violin armlock
4
2
#039a1f
Manoplata
4
2
#03b41f
Triangle
2
1
#03c61f
Calf slicer
2
1
#03d61f
Armlock
2
1
51
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
14 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    3 (21%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    4 (29%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    4 (29%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (14%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (7%)

4 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Submission
25
1
#86e620
Choke
25
1
#5AD3D1
Outside heel hook
25
1
#d1212a
Choke from back
25
1
4
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Roosevelt Sousa Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
25017Max MendesLPts: 0x0, AdvVP League120KGSF2021
25625Joao RochaJoao RochaLPts: 1x0WP BR Qualifier120KG4F2021
26331Khasan VarandoLSubmissionUAE Nat Pro120KGF2021
28583Pedro AlexPedro AlexLDQGrand Slam RJ120KGSF2021
29231Gutemberg PereiraGutemberg PereiraLPts: 2x1World Pro120KGSF2021
29704Rodrigo RibeiroRodrigo RibeiroLPts: 7x6Teams CupN/ARR2021
31207Jeferson GuaresiJeferson GuaresiLPts: 2x2, AdvCharleston OpenABS4F2022
31580Erich MunisErich MunisLPts: 0x0, AdvPan AmericanABSSF2022
31706Gutemberg PereiraGutemberg PereiraLChokePan AmericanO100KGSF2022
33021Erich MunisErich MunisLPts: 6x6, AdvWorld Champ.ABS4F2022
35054Gordon RyanGordon RyanLOutside heel hookADCCO99KGSF2022
35846Fellipe AndrewFellipe AndrewLChoke from backIBJJF GPABSSPF2022
36736Henrique CardosoHenrique CardosoLReferee DecisionNoGi WorldsABSSF2022
36863Victor HugoVictor HugoLReferee DecisionNoGi WorldsO97KGSF2022
25016Mo. AlshehiWChoke from backVP League120KG4F2021
25018Khaled AhmedWChoke from backVP League120KGRPC2021
25019Mo. AlshehiWViolin armlockVP League120KG3RD2021
25271Sultan Al AliWChoke from backAbu Dhabi Pro120KGSF2021
25272Rodrigo RibeiroRodrigo RibeiroWPts: 3x0Abu Dhabi Pro120KGF2021
25476Kamel AlghifriWRNCVP Cup - 2R120KGR12021
25477Hussain AmiriWManoplataVP Cup - 2R120KG4F2021
25478Y. AlHammadWKimuraVP Cup - 2R120KGSF2021
25479H. MohammedWSubmissionVP Cup - 2R120KGF2021
25543Wallace CostaWallace CostaWPts: 10x0Grand Slam AD120KG4F2021
25547Max MendesWPts: 4x2Grand Slam AD120KGSF2021
25548Anderson MunisAnderson MunisWBotinhaGrand Slam AD120KGF2021
25854Yassir AbdulahWEzekielVP Cup R3120KGR12021
25855Khalid AlshamsiWEzekielVP Cup R3120KG4F2021
25856Max MendesWPts: 2x0VP Cup R3120KGSF2021
25857Hazza MohammedWCross chokeVP Cup R3120KGF2021
26330Tacio CarneiroTacio CarneiroWPts: 2x0UAE Nat Pro120KGSF2021
26895Sultan Al AliWViolin armlockAsia Cont. Pro120KGSF2021
26896Tacio CarneiroTacio CarneiroWKneebarAsia Cont. Pro120KGF2021
27468Aristides KtoridesWRNCLviv Pro120KGSF2021
27720Walter SantosWTriangleGrand Slam MSK120KGRR2021
27721Matheus FelipeMatheus FelipeWPts: 3x0Grand Slam MSK120KGRR2021
27813Carlos EduardoWSubmissionNetherlands Pro120KGSF2021
27814Eric BergmannWPts: 3x1Netherlands Pro120KGF2021
27929A. AlexandrovWSubmissionRomania Pro120KGF2021
28009Walter SantosWKimuraEU Cont. Pro120KGSF2021
28010Aleksandr SakWPts: 5x1EU Cont. Pro120KGF2021
28377Deyveson OliveiraWSubmissionFrance Pro120KGSF2021
28378Walter SantosWN/AFrance Pro120KGF2021
28581Igor SchneiderIgor SchneiderWPts: 6x4Grand Slam RJ120KG4F2021
28587Juan BitterncourtWBotinhaGrand Slam RJ120KGRPC2021
28588Igor SchneiderIgor SchneiderWArmbarGrand Slam RJ120KG3RD2021
29229Paulo BrasilWBotinhaWorld Pro120KG4F2021
29234Almir KapicWBotinhaWorld Pro120KGRPC2021
29235Paulo BrasilWPts: 2x1World Pro120KG3RD2021
29374Gerard LabinskiGerard LabinskiWBotinhaKing Of Mats120KGRR2021
29376Gabriel HenriqueGabriel HenriqueWPts: 1x0King Of Mats120KGRR2021
29379Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioWPts: 7x2King Of Mats120KGSF2021
29381Wallace CostaWallace CostaWPts: 1x0King Of Mats120KGF2021
29385Uanderson FerreiraUanderson FerreiraWArmbarAJP Teams Cup120KGRR2021
29655Abdullah KubaisiWArmbarPresident Cup120KGRR2021
29659Saeed AlahjWChokePresident Cup120KGRR2021
29680U. FerreiraWArmbarTeams CupN/ARR2021
29691Daniel ConceicaoWBotinhaTeams CupN/ARR2021
29695Amadu JorgeWChoke from backTeams CupN/ARR2021
29717Hazza MohammedWBotinhaTeams CupN/ARR2021
30075Henrique EyroffWBotinhaADCC BR1 TrialsO99KGR12022
30079William ClassenWInside heel hookADCC BR1 TrialsO99KG4F2022
30080Victor DoriaWInside heel hookADCC BR1 TrialsO99KGSF2022
30082Pedro AlexPedro AlexWCalf slicerADCC BR1 TrialsO99KGF2022
31205Marcos CarrozzinoWPts: 7x2Charleston OpenABSR12022
31238Levi GuimaraesWChokeCharleston OpenO100KGF2022
31568Austin OrandayWBotinhaPan AmericanABSR12022
31576Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiWBotinhaPan AmericanABSR22022
31702Igor SchneiderIgor SchneiderWPts: 2x0Pan AmericanO100KG4F2022
32505Levi MouraWManoplataAtlanta SPOO100KGSF2022
32507Helton JoseHelton JoseWPts: 2x0Atlanta SPOO100KGF2022
32508Renan CruzRenan CruzWArmbarAtlanta SPOABSR12022
32514Victor SilvaWArmlockAtlanta SPOABS4F2022
32518Italo MouraItalo MouraWPts: 2x0Atlanta SPOABSSF2022
32519Levi JonesLevi JonesWBotinhaAtlanta SPOABSF2022
33016Vinicius TratorVinicius TratorWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.ABS8F2022
33824Yuri SimesWN/AF2W 207O94KGSPF2022
34628R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWBotinhaGrand Slam MIA120KG4F2022
34631Herico HesleyWCross chokeGrand Slam MIA120KGSF2022
34632Wallace CostaWallace CostaWPts: 1x0Grand Slam MIA120KGF2022
35044Joao RochaJoao RochaWKneebarADCCO99KGR12022
35051Rida HaisamRida HaisamWPts: 2x0ADCCO99KG4F2022
36175Justin FabacWRNCNashville NGOABSR12022
36178Joseph WatsonWBotinhaNashville NGOABS4F2022
36183Rafael AnjosRafael AnjosWRNCNashville NGOABSSF2022
36184Francisco CuneoFrancisco CuneoWRNCNashville NGOABSF2022
36722Eliot KellyEliot KellyWPts: 5x0NoGi WorldsABSR12022
36730Helton JoseHelton JoseWPts: 6x0NoGi WorldsABS8F2022
36733Francisco LoFrancisco LoWPts: 8x0NoGi WorldsABS4F2022
36857Helton JoseHelton JoseWRNCNoGi WorldsO97KG8F2022
36858Antonio AssefWPts: 5x0NoGi WorldsO97KG8F2022

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