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Roosevelt Sousa - Heavyweight BJJ Black Belt Champion

Roosevelt Sousa - Heavyweight BJJ Black Belt Champion

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1. Roosevelt Sousa’s Details

Roosevelt Sousa’s Details
Name Roosevelt Pereira Lima de Sousa
Nickname N/A
Born João Pessoa, Paraíba, Brazil
Date of Birth 11 March 1993
Age 29 Years
Nationality Brazilian
College/University N/A
Last Fight No-Gi Worlds 2022
Last Weigh In Over 97 Kg
Weight Class Pessadissimo (Over 105 Kg / 232 lbs)
Weight 100.5 Kg / 222 lbs
Height 6’3’’
Career Disclosed Earning N/A
Fighting out of Miami, Florida, United States
Foundational Style Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Favorite Technique Back Attacks
Rank BJJ Black Belt
Awarded by Iuri Alves
Head Coach Iuri Alves
Lineage Carlos Gracie -> Helio Gracie -> Carlson Gracie -> Murilo Bustamante -> Roan Carneiro -> Iuri Alves -> Roosevelt Sousa
Team Association Fight Sports
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2. Roosevelt Sousa’s Biography

Roosevelt Sousa is a BJJ Black Belt under Iuri Alves. He is a former volleyball player with a distinguished volleyball career. Now, he is a well-known name in BJJ’s heavyweight division. He is particularly famous for his colored belt career where he submitted big names such as Roberto Jimenez, Mason Fowler, Giancarlo Bodoni, and many more.

2.1. Roosevelt Sousa’s Early Life

Roosevelt Sousa was born on 11 March 1993 in João Pessoa, the Northeastern Brazilian state of Paraíba, Brazil.

2.2. Roosevelt Sousa At Volleyball

When Sousa was 17, he started his sports career in volleyball. His height is 6 ft 3 inches. Due to his impressive height and strong athletic body, Roosevelt Sousa rose to fame. For almost 4 years, Sousa played volleyball and competed in the in-house as well as the beach strands tournaments.

2.3. Introduced to BJJ

When Roosevelt Sousa turned 20, he created history in his volleyball career. It was his keen determination that led him so high in his career in just 4 years. He was invited to a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu class by one of his friends. Sousa went to the BJJ class to try it out on his 21st birthday. He immediately fell in love with the grappling sport.

He was inspired by Gi BJJ and wanted to continue it professionally. This is the best quality of Roosevelt Sousa that he gives his 100% to whatever he is inspired by. The same thing happened with his volleyball career and now BJJ.

2.4. Iuri Alves - Roosevelt Sousa’s BJJ Instructor

Iuri Alves was the one who made Sousa fall in love with BJJ. Iuri Aves was Sousa’s first instructor. And he is the one who awarded Sousa with all belts. Sousa had learned a lot from Iuri Alves. Unfortunately in 2018, Iuri Alves moved to the United Arab Emirates. This drastically affected Sousa’s training and game but he tried his level best to retain his skills.

2.5. Aimed to Compete For the World Title

After Iuri Alves moved to the United Arab Emirates, Sousa trained under a local coach. For 1 year he trained hard as his aim was to compete for the World Titles. In 2019, Sousa decided to visit California for the World Championship. But being financially unstable, it was difficult for him to reach California.

It was when Roosevelt Sousa came up with a business idea to financially support himself for the championship.

2.6. Roosevelt Sousa’s Business Ideas

Roosevelt started selling water bottles to earn money for world championships abroad. He was an active BJJ practitioner from day one. The news of his business venture reached the BJJ community very soon. Sousa was not only an active athlete but also intelligent. His business ideas earned him more success.

Romulo Barral, Gracie Barra’s instructor, was the one who took notice of Sousa’s business venture. He was fascinated by Sousa’s struggle and offered him to join the pre-worlds training unit in Northridge, USA.

2.7. Role of Romulo Barral in Sousa’s Life

Romulo Barral, BJJ Black Belt under Vinicius Magalhães, was the one who took notice of Roosevelt Sousa. He admired Sousa’s struggle towards BJJ. Being offered a place in the Northridge pre-world team was like a dream for Roosevelt Sousa. He devoted all his time and efforts to BJJ by being a part of that team.

2.8. Joined Fight Sports Academy

Later on, Sousa participated in the World Championship as he always wanted to. Roberto Cyborg was the one who keenly noticed the fighting style of Sousa. Upon seeing such a remarkable fighter, Cyborg decided to make Sousa a part of his team in his own academy in Miami, Fight Sports Academy.

Upon the behest of Roberto Cyborg, Sousa joined the Fights Sport. At that time Cyborg was concerned about one of his biggest fights with Nicholas Meregali. He wanted to have Roosevelt Sousa in his Alliance Team.

Roosevelt Sousa represented the Team Alliance in some BJJ competitions.

3. Roosevelt Sousa’s Pro BJJ Combats

3.1. CBJJ Brazilian Nationals

As a Blue Belt, Roosevelt Sousa competed in the CBJJ Brazilian Nationals in 2016. He won 1st place in the tournament.

3.2. AJP Abu Dhabi World Pro

Roosevelt Sousa won 1st place at the AJP Abu Dhabi World Pro as a Purple Belt in 2018.

3.3. IBJJF World Championship No-Gi

When Roosevelt Sousa was promoted to the Brown Belt, he competed in the IBJJF World Championship No-Gi in 2019. He won 1st position in the championship.

3.4. Promoted to Black Belt

Roosevelt Sousa went to the United Arab Emirates to meet his first instructor, Iuri Alves in August 2020. Iuri Alves awarded Sousa with his Black Belt.

3.5. AJP King of Mats 2021

Roosevelt Sousa competed in the AJP King of Mats in 2021 as a Black Belt. He won 1st place in the championship.

4. Roosevelt Sousa’s Historic Fights

4.1. Roosevelt Sousa Vs. Anderson Munis

Anderson Munis is a BJJ Black Belt under Gabriel Figueiro and Isaque Bahiense. He represented the Dream Art BJJ academy. The fight between Roosevelt Sousa and Anderson Munis lasted only for about a minute. Anderson looked pretty confident at the start of the match but Sousa’s grappling skills are tough for any practitioner to handle.

Anderson grabbed Sousa by his Gi but his own balance was unstable. That imbalanced position led him to submit. Roosevelt Sousa submitted Anderson Munis via Botinha in just 1 minute and won the Grand Slam Abu Dhabi Final.

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Stage Weight Class Location
2021 Grand Slam Abu Dhabi Anderson Munis Win Submission By Botinha Final 120 Kg Abu Dhabi, UAE

4.2. Roosevelt Sousa Vs. Uanderson Ferreira

Uanderson Ferreira is a BJJ Black Belt under Marcio Carreira. He is famous for his performance in the King of Mats. He was hyperactive at the start of the fight and even dropped Sousa to the ground by force. But Sousa’s balanced posture embraced the sudden drop and after that, he came back stronger.

Sousa gained the dominant position and submitted Uanderson Ferreira via Armbar in just 2 minutes.

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Stage Weight Class Location
2021 AJP Teams Cup Uanderson Ferreira Win Submission By Armbar RR 120 Kg Abu Dhabi, UAE

4.3. Roosevelt Sousa Vs. Mason Fowler

Mason Fowler is a BJJ Black Belt under Caio Terra. He is a remarkable representative of the Caio Terra Association. This fight between Roosevelt Sousa and Mason Fowler is from 2019 when both practitioners were at the Brown Belt level. At the start of the fight, Mason went for Sousa’s legs to constrict him in his place. But Sousa locked down Mason’s legs. Mason quickly escaped the leg locks.

Within a minute of the match, Sousa went for Mason's legs and submitted him via Kneebar. That is why Sousa is so famous for his colored belt career. He quickly goes for the submission and then submits his opponent within seconds.

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Stage Weight Class Location
2019 IBJJF World Championship No-Gi Mason Fowler Win Submission By Kneebar Semi Final Ultra Heavyweight Long Beach California

5. Roosevelt Sousa’s Championships

Year Event Belt Position
2021 AJP King of Mats Black 1st
2021 AJP Grand Slam, Abu Dhabi Black 1st
2022 ADCC Brazilian Trials Black 1st
2021 AJP Abu Dhabi World Pro Black 3rd
2022 IBJJF Pan Championship Black 3rd

5.1. Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Jiu-Jitsu World Tour

Year Place Weight Division Medal
2022 Miami 120 Kg Gold Gold Medal Icon
2021 Rio de Janeiro Under 120 Kg Bronze Bronze Medal Icon
2021 Moscow Under 120 Kg Gold Gold Medal Icon
2021 Abu Dhabi Super Heavyweight Gold Gold Medal Icon
2017 Rio de Janeiro 110 Kg Silver Silver Medal Icon

5.2. Abu Dhabi King of Mats

Year Weight Division Medal
2021 Heavyweight Gold Gold Medal Icon

5.3. Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship

Year Weight Division Medal
2021 120 Kg Bronze Bronze Medal Icon

5.4. AJP Tour National Pro Gi

Year Location Weight Division Medal
2021 France 120 Kg Gold Gold Medal Icon
2021 Ukraine 120 Kg Gold Gold Medal Icon
2021 Romania 120 Kg Gold Gold Medal Icon
2021 Netherlands Super Heavyweight Gold Gold Medal Icon
2021 UAE 120 Kg Silver Silver Medal Icon

5.5. AJP Tour Europe Continental Pro Gi

Year Weight Division Medal
2021 120 Kg Gold Gold Medal Icon

5.6. AJP Tour LVIV International Pro Gi

Year Weight Division Medal
2021 Super Heavyweight Gold Gold Medal Icon
2021 Heavyweight Silver Silver Medal Icon

5.7. AJP Tour Asia Continental Pro Gi

Year Weight Division Medal
2021 120 Kg Gold Gold Medal Icon

5.8. AJP Tour Abu Dhabi International Pro Gi

Year Weight Division Medal
2021 120 Kg Gold Gold Medal Icon

5.9. Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship

Year Weight Division Medal
2018 110 Kg Gold Gold Medal Icon

5.10. João Pessoa International Pro Jiu-Jitsu Championship Gi

Year Weight Division Medal
2017 110 Kg Gold Gold Medal Icon

6. Roosevelt Sousa’s Main Achievements

6.1. Gi Tournaments

Year Event Weight Class Position
2022 IBJJF Pan Championship Absolute 3rd
2021 AJP King of Mats Absolute 1st
2021 AJP Grand Slam Abu Dhabi Absolute 1st

6.2. No-Gi Tournaments

Year Event Weight Class Position
2022 ADCC Brazilian Trials Absolute 1st
2022 Abu Dhabi Combat Club Championship Absolute 3rd
2019 IBJJF American Nationals No-Gi Absolute 1st
2019 IBJJF World Championship No-Gi Absolute 2nd

7. Roosevelt Sousa’s Main Achievements (Belts)

Year Event Belt Position
2019 IBJJF World Championship No-Gi Brown 1st
2019 IBJJF Pan Championship No-Gi Brown 1st
2019 IBJJF American Nationals Brown 1st
2019 IBJJF American Nationals No-Gi Brown 1st
2019 IBJJF World Championship No-Gi Brown 2nd
2018 AJP Abu Dhabi World Pro Purple 1st
2018 NEOJJ Norte-Nordeste Championship Brown 1st
2017 AJP Grand Slam Abu Dhabi Purple 2nd
2016 CBJJ Brazilian Nationals Blue 1st
2016 IBJJF South American Championship Blue 1st
2016 IBJJF South Brazilian Championship Blue 2nd

8. Roosevelt Sousa’s BJJ Professional Record Breakdown

91 Matches 77 Wins 14 Losses
By Submissions 51 4
By Points 25 3
By Advantages 1 4
By Decision 0 2
By Penalties 0 0
By DQ 0 1

8.1. Submission W/L Methods

Submission Method 51 Wins 4 Losses
Botinha 13 0
Armbar 5 0
Choke from Back 4 1
Ezekiel 2 0
Kneebar 2 0
Inside Heel Hook 2 0
Manoplata 2 0
Calf Slicer 1 0
Rear Naked Choke 6 0
Submission 4 1
Kimura 2 0
Cross Choke 2 0
Choke 2 1
Violin Armlock 2 0
Triangle 1 0
Armlock 1 0
Outside Heel Hook 0 1

9. Roosevelt Sousa’s BJJ Fight History

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Weight Class Stage
2019 IBJJF World Championship No-Gi Mason Fowler W Kneebar Ultra Heavyweight SF
2021 VP League Mohammed Alshehi W Choke from Back 120 Kg 4F
2021 VP League Max Mendes L Pts: 0x0, Adv 120 Kg SF
2021 VP League Khaled Ahmed W Choke from back 120 Kg RPC
2021 VP League Mohammed Alshehi W Violin Armlock 120 Kg 3RD
2021 Abu Dhabi Pro Sultan Al Ali W Choke from Back 120 Kg SF
2021 Abu Dhabi Pro Rodrigo Ribeiro W Pts: 3x0 120 Kg F
2021 VP Cup - 2R Kamel Alghifri W Rear Naked Choke 120 Kg R1
2021 VP Cup - 2R Hussain Amiri W Manoplata 120 Kg 4F
2021 VP Cup - 2R Y. AlHammad W Kimura 120 Kg SF
2021 VP Cup - 2R H. Mohammed W Submission 120 Kg F
2021 Grand Slam Abu Dhabi Wallace Costa W Pts: 10x0 120 Kg 4F
2021 Grand Slam Abu Dhabi Max Mendes W Pts: 4x2 120 Kg SF
2021 Grand Slam Abu Dhabi Anderson Munis W Botinha 120 Kg F
2021 WP BR Qualifier Joao Rocha L Pts: 1x0 120 Kg 4F
2021 VP Cup R3 Yassir Abdulah W Ezekiel 120 Kg R1
2021 VP Cup R3 Khalid Alshamsi W Ezekiel 120 Kg 4F
2021 VP Cup R3 Max Mendes W Pts: 2x0 120 Kg SF
2021 VP Cup R3 Hazza Mohammed W Cross choke 120 Kg F
2021 UAE Nat Pro Tacio Carneiro W Pts: 2x0 120 Kg SF
2021 UAE Nat Pro Khasan Varando L Submission 120 Kg F
2021 Asia Continental Pro Sultan Al Ali W Violin Armlock 120 Kg SF
2021 Asia Continental Pro Tacio Carneiro W Kneebar 120 Kg F
2021 Lviv Pro Aristides Ktorides W Rear Naked Choke 120 Kg SF
2021 Grand Slam MSK Walter Santos W Triangle 120 Kg RR
2021 Grand Slam MSK Matheus Felipe W Pts: 3x0 120 Kg RR
2021 Netherlands Pro Carlos Eduardo W Submission 120 Kg SF
2021 Netherlands Pro Eric Bergmann W Pts: 3x1 120 Kg F
2021 Romania Pro A. Alexandrov W Submission 120 Kg F
2021 EU Cont. Pro Walter Santos W Kimura 120 Kg SF
2021 EU Cont. Pro Aleksandr Sak W Pts: 5x1 120 Kg F
2021 France Pro Deyveson Oliveira W Submission 120 Kg SF
2021 France Pro Walter Santos W N/A 120 Kg F
2021 Grand Slam Rio de Janeiro Igor Schneider W Pts: 6x4 120 Kg 4F
2021 Grand Slam Rio de Janeiro Pedro Alex L DQ 120 Kg SF
2021 Grand Slam Rio de Janeiro Juan Bittencourt W Botinha 120 Kg RPC
2021 Grand Slam Rio de Janeiro Igor Schneider W Armbar 120 Kg 3RD
2021 World Pro Paulo Brasil W Botinha 120 Kg 4F
2021 World Pro Gutemberg Pereira L Pts: 2x1 120 Kg SF
2021 World Pro Almir Kapic W Botinha 120 Kg RPC
2021 World Pro Paulo Brasil W Pts: 2x1 120 Kg 3RD
2021 King Of Mats Gerard Labinski W Botinha 120 Kg RR
2021 King Of Mats Gabriel Henrique W Pts: 1x0 120 Kg RR
2021 King Of Mats Patrick Gaudio W Pts: 7x2 120 Kg SF
2021 King Of Mats Wallace Costa W Pts: 1x0 120 Kg F
2021 AJP Teams Cup Uanderson Ferreira W Armbar 120 Kg RR
2021 President Cup Abdullah Kubaisi W Armbar 120 Kg RR
2021 President Cup Saeed Alahj W Choke 120 Kg RR
2021 Teams Cup U. Ferreira W Armbar N/A RR
2021 Teams Cup Daniel Conceicao W Botinha N/A RR
2021 Teams Cup Amadu Jorge W Choke from Back N/A RR
2021 Teams Cup Rodrigo Ribeiro L Pts: 7x6 N/A RR
2021 Teams Cup Hazza Mohammed W Botinha N/A RR
2022 ADCC BR1 Trials Henrique Eyroff W Botinha Over 99 Kg R1
2022 ADCC BR1 Trials William Classen W Inside Heel Hook Over 99 Kg 4F
2022 ADCC BR1 Trials Victor Doria W Inside Heel Hook Over 99 Kg SF
2022 ADCC BR1 Trials Pedro Alex W Calf Slicer Over 99 Kg F
2022 Charleston Open Marcos Carrozzino W Pts: 7x2 ABS R1
2022 Charleston Open Jeferson Guaresi L Pts: 2x2, Adv ABS 4F
2022 Charleston Open Levi Guimaraes W Choke Over 100 Kg F
2022 IBJJF Pan American Championship Austin Oranday W Botinha ABS R1
2022 IBJJF Pan American Championship Adam Wardzinski W Botinha ABS R2
2022 IBJJF Pan American Championship Erich Munis L Pts: 0x0, Adv ABS SF
2022 IBJJF Pan American Championship Igor Schneider W Pts: 2x0 Over 100 Kg 4F
2022 IBJJF Pan American Championship Gutemberg Pereira L Choke Over 100 Kg SF
2022 Atlanta SPO Levi Moura W Manoplata Over 100 Kg SF
2022 Atlanta SPO Helton Jose W Pts: 2x0 Over 100 Kg F
2022 Atlanta SPO Renan Cruz W Armbar ABS R1
2022 Atlanta SPO Victor Silva W Armlock ABS 4F
2022 Atlanta SPO Italo Moura W Pts: 2x0 ABS SF
2022 Atlanta SPO Levi Jones W Botinha ABS F
2022 IBJJF World Championship Vinicius Trator W Pts: 2x2, Adv ABS 8F
2022 IBJJF World Championship Erich Munis L Pts: 6x6, Adv ABS 4F
2022 Fight 2 Win 207 Yuri Simes W N/A Over 94 Kg SPF
2022 Grand Slam Miami R. Evangelista W Botinha 120 Kg 4F
2022 Grand Slam Miami Herico Hesley W Cross Choke 120 Kg SF
2022 Grand Slam Miami Wallace Costa W Pts: 1x0 120 Kg F
2022 Abu Dhabi Combat Club Championship Joao Rocha W Kneebar Over 99 Kg R1
2022 Abu Dhabi Combat Club Championship Rida Haisam W Pts: 2x0 Over 99 Kg 4F
2022 Abu Dhabi Combat Club Championship Gordon Ryan L Outside Heel Hook Over 99 Kg SF
2022 IBJJF GP Fellipe Andrew L Choke from Back ABS SPF
2022 Nashville NGO Justin Fabac W Rear Naked Choke ABS R1
2022 Nashville NGO Joseph Watson W Botinha ABS 4F
2022 Nashville NGO Rafael Anjos W Rear Naked Choke ABS SF
2022 Nashville NGO Francisco Cuneo W Rear Naked Choke ABS F
2022 NoGi Worlds Eliot Kelly W Pts: 5x0 ABS R1
2022 NoGi Worlds Helton Jose W Pts: 6x0 ABS 8F
2022 NoGi Worlds Francisco Lo W Pts: 8x0 ABS 4F
2022 NoGi Worlds Henrique Cardoso L Referee Decision ABS SF
2022 NoGi Worlds Helton Jose W RNC Over 97 Kg 8F
2022 NoGi Worlds Antonio Assef W Pts: 5x0 Over 97 Kg 8F
2022 NoGi Worlds Victor Hugo L Referee Decision Over 97 Kg SF

10. Roosevelt Sousa’s Top Fights Links

Roosevelt Sousa VS Giancarlo Bodoni / World No-Gi Championship 2019

ROOSEVELT SOUSA X WALLACE COSTA ( GRAND SLAM MIAMI 2022 FINAL )

Roosevelt Sousa vs Uanderson Ferreira- AJP Teams Cup Asian Qualifiers 120kg Division

Roosevelt Sousa vs Rodrigo Ribeiro- Final AJP Tour Abu Dhabi 2021-120kg

Photo Credit: @rooseveltbjj

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