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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: 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 Brotherhood)

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 practiced 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 talents 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 a European title and Brazilian national title, Master Cicero Costha rewarded 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 MATCH STATS

Overall Positions

CONQUERED MOVES AVERAGE 1.14

OVERALL CONQUERED

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OPPONENT W/L TOP BOTTOM STAND UP EVENT ROUND YEAR
Gabriel Goulart W 2 1 0 World RR 2016
Otavio Sousa L 0 1 0 World RR 2016
Igor Paiva W 1 0 0 World RR 2018
Josh Hinger W 0 2 0 World RR 2018
Alexandre Jesus W 0 1 0 World RR 2019

Yago Souza Grappling Record

38 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    21 (55%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    4 (11%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    13 (34%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

13 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Bow and arrow
23
3
#86e620
Armbar
15
2
#5AD3D1
Triangle
8
1
#d1212a
Submission
8
1
#fad11b
Triangle armbar
8
1
#f58822
calf slicer
8
1
#224aba
Wristlock
8
1
#ff9124
RNC
8
1
#bf1f6c
Cross choke
8
1
#22c9a5
Straight ankle lock
8
1
13
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
9 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    2 (22%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (11%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    2 (22%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (22%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

2 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

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Armlock
50
1
#86e620
Choke from back
50
1
2
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Yago Souza Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
9992Otavio SousaOtavio SousaLPts: 9x2World Champ.82KGSF2016
12154Scott ThometzLInjuryPan American82KG8F2017
15028Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseLInjuryACB S. American85KGR22018
16186Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoLPts: 0x0, AdvBrasileiro82KGF2018
16480Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.82KG4F2018
20140Ronieri SilvaLArmlockBrasileiro82KGR12019
20498Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoLPts: 4x0World Champ.82KGR22019
21156Nisar LoynabNisar LoynabLReferee DecisionF2W 12186KGSPF2019
23315Roberto JimenezRoberto JimenezLChoke from backKansas OpenABSF2020
8766Jackson RatigueriWTriangleCamp. Regional82KGF2015
8767Gustavo AlmeidaWArmbarCamp. RegionalABSF2015
8915Arturo EspiesWN/AEuropean Open82KGR12016
8921Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaWPointsEuropean Open82KG4F2016
8923Eduardo RiosEduardo RiosWPointsEuropean Open82KGSF2016
8924Alan FinfouAlan FinfouWPts: 2x0European Open82KGF2016
9261Shawn KeyWPts: 58x0Pan American82KGR12016
9267Darragh OConaillDarragh OConaillWPts: 11x0Pan American82KG8F2016
9274Vinicius MarinhoVinicius MarinhoWSubmissionPan American82KG4F2016
9277Otavio SousaOtavio SousaWPts: 6x4Pan American82KGSF2016
9279Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWPts: 4x4, AdvPan American82KGF2016
9979Gabriel GoulartGabriel GoulartWArmbarWorld Champ.82KGR22016
9984Alan FinfouAlan FinfouWN/AWorld Champ.82KG8F2016
9990Jhonny LoureiroJhonny LoureiroWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.82KG4F2016
12145Lucas ValleWTriangle armbarPan American82KGR12017
15025UknownWPts: 2x0ACB S. American85KGR12018
16170Reginaldo TrindadeWcalf slicerBrasileiro82KGR12018
16177Alexandre CavaliereAlexandre CavaliereWPts: 2x0Brasileiro82KG8F2018
16182Ruan OliveiraRuan OliveiraWPointsBrasileiro82KG4F2018
16184Felipe CesarFelipe CesarWPts: 0x0, AdvBrasileiro82KGSF2018
16459Igor PaivaIgor PaivaWPts: 5x0World Champ.82KGR22018
16472Josh HingerJosh HingerWPts: 4x2World Champ.82KG8F2018
19737Lucas HilarioWPts: 12x0Orlando SPO82KGSF2019
19739Piter FrankWN/AOrlando SPO82KGF2019
19743Garrett AldrichWWristlockOrlando SPOABS4F2019
19746Lucas HilarioWN/AOrlando SPOABSSF2019
20487Alexandre JesusAlexandre JesusWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.82KGR12019
21105Kalil NascimentoWPointsOrlando SMO82KGSF2019
21106Pedro PalharesWPts: 12x2Orlando SMO82KGF2019
23067Tyler ScalisiWBow and arrowNew Orleans Open82KGSF2020
23068Fernando CabreraWRNCNew Orleans Open82KGF2020
23074Daniel OlivierWPts: 18x0New Orleans OpenABS4F2020
23075Vinicius ReisWBow and arrowNew Orleans OpenABSSF2020
23297Christian DerrWPts: 28x0Kansas Open82KG4F2020
23298Rehan MutallibWPts: 9x0Kansas Open82KGSF2020
23299Lucas ValleWCross chokeKansas Open82KGF2020
23312Ken PrimolaWBow and arrowKansas OpenABS4F2020
23314Brian BeauryBrian BeauryWStraight ankle lockKansas OpenABSSF2020

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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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