Bill Cooper is a grappler from the United States who earned the rank of black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under the supervision of Ricardo Miller. Bill is known as “Bill The Grill” – a nickname derived from his exquisite set of teeth. Bill Cooper trains out of the Paragon Jiu Jitsu academy and is one of the most exciting grapplers of his generation. Bill achieved his Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt at a very young age and has even ventured into Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) having competed in Strikeforce, an elite level organization.
DEEP HALF GUARD KILLER DVD BY BILL COOPER
Bill "the grill" Cooper - one of the finest American BJJ black belts also has the unique distinction of being the most experienced man on the planet on dealing with the Deep Half Guard as his long time friend and training partner is the one and only Jeff Glover aka inventor/re-inventor of the Deep Half Guard. In this DVD, Bill will show you all of his tried and true methods of dealing the weapon that is the Deep Half Guard! Cooper will show you 12 solid ways to pass the guard or submit your opponent when he has you in the Deep Half. No longer will you have to worry about being swept! Your opponents will soon learn that you are the guy who they should not pull Deep Half on.
ESCAPES! DVD BY BILL COOPER
Bill "the grill" Cooper - one of the best American BJJ black belts is the master of the escape and he's here to help you with your game. Cooper shows not just how to get out a bad situation but how to escape to a dominant position where you can submit your opponent. These are tournament tested and Paragon approved escapes!
- IBJJF Pan American Champion (2007 brown belt)
- IBJJF Houston International Open Champion (2010)
- GQ Best of the West Champion (2007)
- IBJJF World Championship Runner up (2008/2007 absolute brown)
- IBJJF World No Gi Championship Runner up (2007 absolute)
- IBJJF World Championship 3rd Place (2010)
- IBJJF World No Gi Championship 3rd Place (2008)
- Gladiator Challenge Lightweight Championship (One time)
Bill “The Grill” Cooper Biography
Bill “The Grill” Cooper was born in Santa Barbara California in the United States on May 5th, 1987. He started training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu with Ricardo Franjinha when he was in his early teens. Bill displayed a natural talent for the sport from the very beginning. He started to compete at the age of 15 in Grapplers Quest. Veteran grappler Jeff Glover from Paragaon BJJ, the same academy as Bill Cooper, once remarked that after a year of training he was already struggling to submit Bill Cooper. By year 3 Jeff was trying not to be submitted.
Bill Cooper would go on to compete in the Pan American championship in 2007. He won the competition in dominant fashion by submitting everyone in the brown belt division. Later in the year Bill would compete and ultimately medal in the Mundail in the absolute division. Oddly enough, in the final of this major tournament Bill would be disqualified in a match against Otavio Souza for not wearing any underwear. Cooper was awarded his black belt at the young age of 20 after the World Championships. At the time, Bill Cooper was the youngest American to receive a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
Bill Cooper made his amateur Mixed Martial Arts debut in April 2008. He amassed an undefeated amateur record of 3 - 0 before turning pro. All of his wins came via submission in the first round. Cooper then made his professional MMA debut during February 2011 in the Gladiator Challenge. Cooper would go on to win this bout by submission only 23 seconds into the first round. Then in July 2011 Bill Cooper signed a 4 fight deal with Strikeforce, once of the most prominent MMA organizations at the time. He debut would come on the preliminary card of Strikeforce Challengers: Voelker vs. Bowling III. Cooper defeated his opponent, Maka Watson, in dominant fashion with a rear naked choke submission in the second round.
On November 18, 2011 Bill Cooper faced Matt Ricehouse at Strikeforce Challengers 20. Cooper lost the fight via unanimous decision, giving him the first loss of his career. Despite a 1 - 1 record, Bill Cooper was not on the list of fighters scheduled to be brought over to the Ultimate Fighting Championship when Strikeforce merged with the promotion in 2013. Bill was scheduled to face Scott Catlin at the BAMMA event Bad Beat 6 on July 13, 2012. However, days before the event, the bout was scrapped for unknown reasons.