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Yago de Souza

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5050 Guard Instructional by Lachlan Giles

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

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
RNC
8
1
#d1212a
Cross choke
8
1
#fad11b
Straight ankle lock
8
1
#f58822
Triangle
8
1
#224aba
Submission
8
1
#ff9124
Triangle armbar
8
1
#bf1f6c
calf slicer
8
1
#22c9a5
Wristlock
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

#214eb8
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
9986Otavio SousaOtavio SousaLPts: 9x2World Champ.82KGSF2016
12132Scott ThometzLInjuryPan American82KG8F2017
14991Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseLInjuryACB S. American85KGR22018
16150Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoLPts: 0x0, AdvBrasileiro82KGF2018
16440Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.82KG4F2018
20043Ronieri SilvaLArmlockBrasileiro82KGR12019
20398Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoLPts: 4x0World Champ.82KGR22019
21044Nisar LoynabNisar LoynabLReferee DecisionF2W Pro 12186KGSPF2019
23089Roberto JimenezRoberto JimenezLChoke from backKansas OpenABSF2020
8765Jackson RatigueriWTriangleCamp. Regional82KGF2015
8766Gustavo AlmeidaWArmbarCamp. RegionalABSF2015
8914Arturo EspiesWN/AEuropean Open82KGR12016
8920Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaWPointsEuropean Open82KG4F2016
8922Eduardo RiosEduardo RiosWPointsEuropean Open82KGSF2016
8923Alan FinfouAlan FinfouWPts: 2x0European Open82KGF2016
9258Shawn KeyWPts: 58x0Pan American82KGR12016
9264Darragh OConaillDarragh OConaillWPts: 11x0Pan American82KG8F2016
9271Vinicius MarinhoVinicius MarinhoWSubmissionPan American82KG4F2016
9274Otavio SousaOtavio SousaWPts: 6x4Pan American82KGSF2016
9276Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWPts: 4x4, AdvPan American82KGF2016
9973Gabriel GoulartGabriel GoulartWArmbarWorld Champ.82KGR22016
9978Alan FinfouAlan FinfouWN/AWorld Champ.82KG8F2016
9984Jhonny LoureiroJhonny LoureiroWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.82KG4F2016
12123Lucas ValleWTriangle armbarPan American82KGR12017
14988UknownWPts: 2x0ACB S. American85KGR12018
16134Reginaldo TrindadeWcalf slicerBrasileiro82KGR12018
16141Alexandre CavaliereAlexandre CavaliereWPts: 2x0Brasileiro82KG8F2018
16146Ruan OliveiraRuan OliveiraWPointsBrasileiro82KG4F2018
16148Felipe CesarFelipe CesarWPts: 0x0, AdvBrasileiro82KGSF2018
16419Igor PaivaIgor PaivaWPts: 5x0World Champ.82KGR22018
16432Josh HingerJosh HingerWPts: 4x2World Champ.82KG8F2018
19644Lucas HilarioWPts: 12x0Orlando SPO82KGSF2019
19646Piter FrankWN/AOrlando SPO82KGF2019
19650Garrett AldrichWWristlockOrlando SPOABS4F2019
19653Lucas HilarioWN/AOrlando SPOABSSF2019
20387Alexandre JesusAlexandre JesusWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.82KGR12019
20994Kalil NascimentoWPointsOrlando SMO82KGSF2019
20995Pedro PalharesWPts: 12x2Orlando SMO82KGF2019
22862Tyler ScalisiWBow and arrowNew Orleans Open82KGSF2020
22863Fernando CabreraWRNCNew Orleans Open82KGF2020
22869Daniel OlivierWPts: 18x0New Orleans OpenABS4F2020
22870Vinicius ReisWBow and arrowNew Orleans OpenABSSF2020
23072Christian DerrWPts: 28x0Kansas Open82KG4F2020
23073Rehan MutallibWPts: 9x0Kansas Open82KGSF2020
23074Lucas ValleWCross chokeKansas Open82KGF2020
23086Ken PrimolaWBow and arrowKansas OpenABS4F2020
23088Brian 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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