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Yago de Souza

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Yago de Souza is a black belt in Brazilian jiu jitsu under Cicero Costha, being one of the most talented middleweights of his generation. Yago, who started competing in jiu jitsu under the supervision of Eduardo Franco and Rodrigo Ribeiro, built a career in the lower belt divisions of the sport by winning important tournaments such as the world championship, European Open, Brazilian National Championship and South American Championship before receiving his black belt from the PSLPB team head instructor.

Yago de Souza Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Yago Vinicius de Souza

Nickname: Yago is called Tererê by some of his friends and training partners, due to his admiration of the legendary grappler Fernando Augusto “Tererê”.

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Rickson Gracie > Marcelo Behring > Waldomiro PerezRoberto Godoi > Marco Barbosa > Cicero Costha > Yago de Souza

Main Achievements:

  • IBJJF Pan American Champion (2016)
  • IBJJF European Open Champion (2016)
  • CBJJ Brazilian National 2nd Place (2018)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • IBJJF World Champion (2015 brown)
  • IBJJF European Open Champion (2015/2014 brown, 2012 blue)
  • CBJJ Brazilian National Champion (2015/2014 brown)
  • IBJJF South American Champion (2013** purple)
  • IBJJF Rio International Open Champion (2014 brown)
  • IBJJF São Paulo International Open Champion (2013** purple)
  • IBJJF European Open 2nd Place (2014* brown)

* Absolute
** Weight and absolute

Favorite Position/Technique: Open Guard

Weight Division: Peso Médio (82kg/181lbs)

Team/Association: New School Brotherhood (Ns Brootherhood)

Yago de Souza Biography

Yago de Souza was born on September 7, 1993 in Itabuna, state of Bahia – Brazil. Yago moved to São Paulo as a child, and it was there that he initiated his life in martial arts/combat sports, first through capoeira at the age of 8, and later taking on judo and boxing classes.

His first steps in the martial arts world came to a halt in his early teens when he chose to commit to football (soccer), a sport he practised until he was 16 years old.

Growing up, Yago had friends and family who trained jiu jitsu, it was one of these friends (Luiz “Macarrao”) who convinced Yago to try a BJJ class when he was 16, with coach Anderson Pereira.

Yago fell in love with grappling from the get-go and joined a “Godoi Jiu Jitsu” affiliate academy nearby, a gym led by Eduardo Franco and Rodrigo Ribeiro. It would be these two coaches who awarded de Souza his blue belt.

When searching for a stronger and more competitive team to train with, Yago found a home at Cicero Costha‘s famous Projeto Social Lutando Pelo Bem (PSLPB) in 2011, a social project/academy that has consistently developed some of the biggest talent in the grappling community, competitors such as Leandro Lo, the Miyao brothers, Thiago Barros, Igor Schneider, to name a few. Costha took charge of Yago’s development from blue belt onwards.

After a fantastic first half of 2015 where Yago won his first world title (IBJJF) as well as an European title and Brazilian national title, Master Cicero Costha reawarded Yago de Souza with the black belt, on June 2015.

By the end of September 2015, Yago de Souza supported Leandro Lo and a few of his team mates in their exit from the PSLPB team, moving on to help found their own academy, led by Lo. The “Jiu Jitsu New School Brotherhood” was the name awarded to the new team.  Among the most significant athletes who left with Leandro and Yago, were: Luiza Monteiro, Helio Dias, Gustavo “Braguinha”, Ygor Schneider, Anderson Lira and Wellington Luís.

Yago Souza Grappling Record

29 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    18 (62%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    4 (14%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    7 (24%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

7 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Armbar
29
2
#86e620
Triangle armbar
14
1
#5AD3D1
calf slicer
14
1
#d1212a
Wristlock
14
1
#fad11b
Triangle
14
1
#f58822
Submission
14
1
7
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
8 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    2 (25%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (13%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    1 (13%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (25%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

1 SUBMISSION LOSSES

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

Yago Souza Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
9954Otavio SousaOtavio SousaLPts: 9x2World Champ.82KGSF2016
12074Scott ThometzLInjuryPan American82KG8F2017
14880Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseLInjuryACB S. American85KGR22018
16018Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoLPts: 0x0, AdvBrasileiro82KGF2018
16307Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.82KG4F2018
19792Ronieri SilvaLArmlockBrasileiro82KGR12019
20140Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoLPts: 4x0World Champ.82KGR22019
20752Nisar LoynabLReferee DecisionFight 2 Win 12186KGSPF2019
8746Jackson RatigueriWTriangleCamp. Regional82KGF2015
8747Gustavo AlmeidaWArmbarCamp. RegionalABSF2015
8885Arturo EspiesWN/AEuropean Open82KGR12016
8891Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaWPointsEuropean Open82KG4F2016
8893Eduardo RiosEduardo RiosWPointsEuropean Open82KGSF2016
8894Alan FinfouAlan FinfouWPts: 2x0European Open82KGF2016
9229Shawn KeyWPts: 58x0Pan American82KGR12016
9235Darragh OConaillDarragh OConaillWPts: 11x0Pan American82KG8F2016
9242Vinicius MarinhoVinicius MarinhoWSubmissionPan American82KG4F2016
9245Otavio SousaOtavio SousaWPts: 6x4Pan American82KGSF2016
9247Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWPts: 4x4, AdvPan American82KGF2016
9941Gabriel GoulartGabriel GoulartWArmbarWorld Champ.82KGR22016
9946Alan FinfouAlan FinfouWN/AWorld Champ.82KG8F2016
9952Jhonny LoureiroJhonny LoureiroWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.82KG4F2016
12065Lucas ValleWTriangle armbarPan American82KGR12017
14877UknownWPts: 2x0ACB S. American85KGR12018
16002Reginaldo TrindadeWcalf slicerBrasileiro82KGR12018
16009Alexandre CavaliereAlexandre CavaliereWPts: 2x0Brasileiro82KG8F2018
16014Ruan OliveiraRuan OliveiraWPointsBrasileiro82KG4F2018
16016Felipe CesarFelipe CesarWPts: 0x0, AdvBrasileiro82KGSF2018
16286Igor PaivaIgor PaivaWPts: 5x0World Champ.82KGR22018
16299Josh HingerJosh HingerWPts: 4x2World Champ.82KG8F2018
19402Lucas HilarioWPts: 12x0Orlando SPO82KGSF2019
19404Piter FrankWN/AOrlando SPO82KGF2019
19408Garrett AldrichWWristlockOrlando SPOABS4F2019
19411Lucas HilarioWN/AOrlando SPOABSSF2019
20129Alexandre JesusAlexandre JesusWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.82KGR12019
20713Kalil NascimentoWPointsOrlando SMO82KGSF2019
20714Pedro PalharesWPts: 12x2Orlando SMO82KGF2019

Yago de Souza Highlight

Yago de Souza vs Sebastian Brosche

Guard Passing Instructional by Lucas Lepri

One Comment

  • Fernando Schmidt says:

    Yago de Souza is a very talented black belt

    I have been very lucky to have the opportunity to have a few BJJ classes with him.

    He is an outstanding professional.

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