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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

68 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    21 (31%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (1%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    46 (68%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

46 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Botinha
26
12
#86e620
Armbar
11
5
#5AD3D1
Choke from back
9
4
#d1212a
Submission
9
4
#fad11b
Choke
4
2
#f58822
Inside heel hook
4
2
#224aba
Violin armlock
4
2
#ff9124
RNC
4
2
#bf1f6c
Manoplata
4
2
#22c9a5
Kimura
4
2
#fad223
Ezekiel
4
2
#03861f
Cross choke
4
2
#039a1f
Kneebar
4
2
#03b41f
Calf slicer
2
1
#03c61f
Armlock
2
1
#03d61f
Triangle
2
1
46
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
11 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    3 (27%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    4 (36%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    3 (27%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (9%)

3 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Submission
33
1
#86e620
Choke
33
1
#5AD3D1
Outside heel hook
33
1
3
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Roosevelt Sousa Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
24996Max MendesLPts: 0x0, AdvVP League120KGSF2021
25603Joao RochaJoao RochaLPts: 1x0WP BR Qualifier120KG4F2021
26303Khasan VarandoLSubmissionUAE Nat Pro120KGF2021
28552Pedro AlexPedro AlexLDQGrand Slam RJ120KGSF2021
29200Gutemberg PereiraGutemberg PereiraLPts: 2x1World Pro120KGSF2021
29673Rodrigo RibeiroRodrigo RibeiroLPts: 7x6Teams CupN/ARR2021
31135Jeferson GuaresiJeferson GuaresiLPts: 2x2, AdvCharleston OpenABS4F2022
31507Erich MunisErich MunisLPts: 0x0, AdvPan AmericanABSSF2022
31633Gutemberg PereiraGutemberg PereiraLChokePan AmericanO100KGSF2022
32934Erich MunisErich MunisLPts: 6x6, AdvWorld Champ.ABS4F2022
34932Gordon RyanGordon RyanLOutside heel hookADCCO99KGSF2022
24995Mo. AlshehiWChoke from backVP League120KG4F2021
24997Khaled AhmedWChoke from backVP League120KGRPC2021
24998Mo. AlshehiWViolin armlockVP League120KG3RD2021
25249Sultan Al AliWChoke from backAbu Dhabi Pro120KGSF2021
25250Rodrigo RibeiroRodrigo RibeiroWPts: 3x0Abu Dhabi Pro120KGF2021
25454Kamel AlghifriWRNCVP Cup - 2R120KGR12021
25455Hussain AmiriWManoplataVP Cup - 2R120KG4F2021
25456Y. AlHammadWKimuraVP Cup - 2R120KGSF2021
25457H. MohammedWSubmissionVP Cup - 2R120KGF2021
25521Wallace CostaWallace CostaWPts: 10x0Grand Slam AD120KG4F2021
25525Max MendesWPts: 4x2Grand Slam AD120KGSF2021
25526Anderson MunisAnderson MunisWBotinhaGrand Slam AD120KGF2021
25827Yassir AbdulahWEzekielVP Cup R3120KGR12021
25828Khalid AlshamsiWEzekielVP Cup R3120KG4F2021
25829Max MendesWPts: 2x0VP Cup R3120KGSF2021
25830Hazza MohammedWCross chokeVP Cup R3120KGF2021
26302Tacio CarneiroTacio CarneiroWPts: 2x0UAE Nat Pro120KGSF2021
26867Sultan Al AliWViolin armlockAsia Cont. Pro120KGSF2021
26868Tacio CarneiroTacio CarneiroWKneebarAsia Cont. Pro120KGF2021
27440Aristides KtoridesWRNCLviv Pro120KGSF2021
27693Walter SantosWTriangleGrand Slam MSK120KGRR2021
27694Matheus FelipeMatheus FelipeWPts: 3x0Grand Slam MSK120KGRR2021
27786Carlos EduardoWSubmissionNetherlands Pro120KGSF2021
27787Eric BergmannWPts: 3x1Netherlands Pro120KGF2021
27902A. AlexandrovWSubmissionRomania Pro120KGF2021
27980Walter SantosWKimuraEU Cont. Pro120KGSF2021
27981Aleksandr SakWPts: 5x1EU Cont. Pro120KGF2021
28346Deyveson OliveiraWSubmissionFrance Pro120KGSF2021
28347Walter SantosWN/AFrance Pro120KGF2021
28550Igor SchneiderIgor SchneiderWPts: 6x4Grand Slam RJ120KG4F2021
28556Juan BitterncourtWBotinhaGrand Slam RJ120KGRPC2021
28557Igor SchneiderIgor SchneiderWArmbarGrand Slam RJ120KG3RD2021
29198Paulo BrasilWBotinhaWorld Pro120KG4F2021
29203Almir KapicWBotinhaWorld Pro120KGRPC2021
29204Paulo BrasilWPts: 2x1World Pro120KG3RD2021
29343Gerard LabinskiGerard LabinskiWBotinhaKing Of Mats120KGRR2021
29345Gabriel HenriqueGabriel HenriqueWPts: 1x0King Of Mats120KGRR2021
29348Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioWPts: 7x2King Of Mats120KGSF2021
29350Wallace CostaWallace CostaWPts: 1x0King Of Mats120KGF2021
29354Uanderson FerreiraUanderson FerreiraWArmbarAJP Teams Cup120KGRR2021
29624Abdullah KubaisiWArmbarPresident Cup120KGRR2021
29628Saeed AlahjWChokePresident Cup120KGRR2021
29649U. FerreiraWArmbarTeams CupN/ARR2021
29660Daniel ConceicaoWBotinhaTeams CupN/ARR2021
29664Amadu JorgeWChoke from backTeams CupN/ARR2021
29686Hazza MohammedWBotinhaTeams CupN/ARR2021
30010Henrique EyroffWBotinhaADCC BR1 TrialsO99KGR12022
30014William ClassenWInside heel hookADCC BR1 TrialsO99KG4F2022
30015Victor DoriaWInside heel hookADCC BR1 TrialsO99KGSF2022
30017Pedro AlexPedro AlexWCalf slicerADCC BR1 TrialsO99KGF2022
31133Marcos CarrozzinoWPts: 7x2Charleston OpenABSR12022
31166Levi GuimaraesWChokeCharleston OpenO100KGF2022
31495Austin OrandayWBotinhaPan AmericanABSR12022
31503Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiWBotinhaPan AmericanABSR22022
31629Igor SchneiderIgor SchneiderWPts: 2x0Pan AmericanO100KG4F2022
32423Levi MouraWManoplataAtlanta SPOO100KGSF2022
32425Helton JoseHelton JoseWPts: 2x0Atlanta SPOO100KGF2022
32426Renan CruzRenan CruzWArmbarAtlanta SPOABSR12022
32432Victor SilvaWArmlockAtlanta SPOABS4F2022
32436Italo MouraItalo MouraWPts: 2x0Atlanta SPOABSSF2022
32437Levi JonesLevi JonesWBotinhaAtlanta SPOABSF2022
32929Vinicius TratorVinicius TratorWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.ABS8F2022
33709Yuri SimesWN/AF2W 207O94KGSPF2022
34505R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWBotinhaGrand Slam MIA120KG4F2022
34508Herico HesleyWCross chokeGrand Slam MIA120KGSF2022
34509Wallace CostaWallace CostaWPts: 1x0Grand Slam MIA120KGF2022
34922Joao RochaJoao RochaWKneebarADCCO99KGR12022
34929Rida HaisamRida HaisamWPts: 2x0ADCCO99KG4F2022

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