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Alexandre Molinaro

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Alexandre Molinaro is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt under André Vasconcelos (Alemão), who worked extensively with coaches Vini Aieta and Carlson Gracie Junior, being also one of the main representatives of the Carlson Gracie Academy in the 2010’s decade. Molinaro gained notoriety in the sporting facet of BJJ while competing on the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) circuit, where he conquered numerous tournaments.

Alexandre Molinaro Jiu-Jitsu

Full Name: Alexandre Faria Molinaro

Nickname: N/A

Lineage:  Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie >Carlson Gracie > Carlson Gracie Jr > André Vasconcelos > Alexandre Molinaro

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place IBJJF South American Championship (2018)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Asian Open (2018)
  • 1st Place IBJJF New York Spring Open (2018)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Atlanta Summer Open (2017)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Washington DC Open (2017)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Chicago Summer Open (2017)
  • 1st Place IBJJF London Fall No-Gi Open (2018)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Las Vegas Open (2019)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Houston Open (2018)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Seatle Open (2018)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Orlando Open (2018)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Amsterdam Open (2018)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Florence Open (2018)
  • 1st Place IBJJF San Antonio Open (2018)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Toronto Open (2018)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Poznan Open (2019)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Rome Open (2019)
  • 1st Place UAEJJF Colombia National Pro (2018)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Miami Fall Open (2017)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Miami Winter Open (2019*)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Chicago Spring Open (2018)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF San Francisco Open (2018)
  • 2nd Place UAEJJF Continental Pro (2018)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF American Nationals (2018*)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Pan American No-Gi Championship (2017)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF European Open (2019)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Los Angeles Open (2018)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Long Beach Open (2017)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Seatle Open (2017)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship (2013 blue)
  • 1st Place IBJJF World No-Gi Championship (2013 blue)
  • 1st Place UAEJJF Grand Slam, LA (2016 brown)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF World No-Gi Championship (2013* blue)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Pan American Championship (2013** blue)

* Absolute
** Weight and absolute

Favorite Position/Technique: Open Guard

Weight Division: Peso Leve (76,00 kg / 168.0 lbs)

Team/Association: Carlson Gracie Association

Alexandre Molinaro Jiu-Jitsu

Alexandre Molinaro was born on June 3, 1996, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, being raised in the Rio Comprido neighborhood, located in the center (Centro) of Rio.

From a very young age, Alexandre’s parents tried to have him practicing sports. First through swimming, and later through judo, though neither captivated Molinaro’s interest. On October 2009, at the age of 13, Alexandre finally found something he enjoyed – jiu-jitsu. The main reason for this enthusiasm was that BJJ was similar to judo (which he had practiced) but lacked the physicality of the Japanese art of throwing. Instead of having to be athletic to play the game, Molinaro believed he could just as easily sit back and play guard, something that appealed a great deal to the young Rio de Janeiro native, who struggled with excess weight at the time.

The famous Vinicius Aieta (Vini) of Gracie Tijuca Academy, was Molinaro’s first instructor and the man who conducted Alexandre from white to purple belt, quickly becoming one of Brazil’s rising stars under the prestigious coach’s leadership.

By the end of 2015, Molinaro traveled to the United States together with his good friend Kauan Barboza to compete at the IBJJF No-Gi Pan. The idea was to stay for a whole month in the US, to compete on both the aforementioned Pan and the No-Gi World Championship, taking the chance to also visit close relatives who lived in New Jersey. While traveling through the Northern Emysphere, Alexandre met Carlson Gracie South Bay coach, André Vasconcelos – also known as Alemão. Vasconcelos was most impressed by Molinaro, inviting him to be part of a professional team he was building, a perfect opportunity for Alexandre to live from competing, which he took wholeheartedly.

Under Alemão’s guidance, Alexandre earned his brown and black belts, the latter on June 5, 2017, just a few days after his 21st birthday.

Alexandre Molinaro Shooting

On the same week of Molinaro’s promotion to black belt, Alexandre decided to make his black belt debut. The idea was to compete at the BJJ Tour promotion, in Connecticut, and take the opportunity to visit his relatives in neighboring NJ.

Once in NJ, after the tournament, Alexandre was invited by his cousin to a street party nearby. At this festivity, a fight broke out (unrelated to Molinaro), in which someone drew a gun and fired a few rounds. Unfortunately for Alexandre, he was caught by a stray bullet, being rushed into the hospital.

According to Molinaro, in an interview given to BJJ Heroes in November 2018, the incident had a dramatic effect on his views on life, and on how to lead it. His desire to make an impact and leave a legacy grew stronger, and so did his training intensity from that point onwards.

Alexandre Molinaro Grappling Record

    66 (79%)
    4 (5%)
    10 (12%)
    3 (4%)
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (1%)


Choke from back
Terra footlock
    15 (38%)
    2 (5%)
    19 (49%)
    2 (5%)
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (3%)


Choke from back
Bow and arrow
Straigh ankle lock

Alexandre Molinaro Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
13466Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaLPointsBJJ Tour76KGN/A2017
13476Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoLN/ABoston SM. Open76KGF2017
13522Francisco IturraldeFrancisco IturraldeLRNCSeattle Open76KGSF2017
13708Otavio SousaOtavio SousaLChoke from backSan Diego Pro82KG4F2017
13943Frederico AugustoLReferee DecisionNo Gi Pan Am.73KG4F2017
14128Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoLPointsMiami Fall Open76KGF2017
14208Francisco IturraldeFrancisco IturraldeLKneebarLong Beach Open76KGSF2017
14922Johnny TamaJohnny TamaLAdvLos Angeles Open76KGSF2018
14957Frederico AugustoLPointsAtlanta W. Open76KG4F2018
15116Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoLChoke from backContinental Pro77KGRR2018
15196Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoLPointsSan Francisco Open76KGF2018
15305JT TorresJT TorresLChoke from backPan American76KG8F2018
15501Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoLPointsChicago Sp. Open76KGF2018
15696Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyLChoke from backWashington SPOABSSF2018
16284Piter FrankLReferee DecisionACB North AmericaABS8F2018
16369Isaque PaivaIsaque PaivaLChoke from backWorld Champ.70KGR12018
16629Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroLTriangleAmerican Nat.ABSSF2018
16759Jamil Hill-TaylorJamil Hill-TaylorLSubmissionNY BJJ Pro70KGSF2018
17160Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoLPts: 10x0Las Vegas Open76KGSF2018
17188Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoLPointsLV NG Open73KGF2018
17814Italo LinsItalo LinsLPointsLondon Fall Open76KGSF2018
17850Ilke BulutIlke BulutLPts: 10x0Geneva Open82KGF2018
18657Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoLPts: 2x0Grand Slam AD77KG4F2019
18749Lucas LepriLucas LepriLChoke from backEuropean Open76KGSF2019
18872Diego SilvaLPts: 8x8, AdvMexico Nat. Pro94KGR12019
19059Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLChokeMiami W. OpenABSF2019
19161Francisco IturraldeFrancisco IturraldeLBow and arrowPortland Open76KGF2019
19409Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoLPts: 8x6Pan American76KG4F2019
19892M. AbdulkadirovLPointsWorld Pro77KGR12019
20064Arthur DetanicoArthur DetanicoLStraigh ankle lockBrasileiro76KGR22019
20567Thiago MacedoThiago MacedoLChoke from backGrand Slam MSK69KGSF2019
21013Levi JonesLevi JonesLChoke from backGrand Slam TYO77KG4F2019
21017Max LindbladMax LindbladLChoke from backGrand Slam TYO77KGRPC2019
21302Gilson NunesGilson NunesLTriangleDallas SMO76KGF2019
21782L. LarmanLDQLondon Fall Open76KGF2019
22635Natan ChuengNatan ChuengLPts: 2x1Grand Slam AD77KGR12020
23080Paulo GabrielPaulo GabrielLChoke from backPortland Open76KGF2020
23152Gabriel FerreiraLPointsKansas Open76KG4F2020
23274Lucas ValenteLucas ValenteLBotinhaHouston WO76KGF2020
13473Juan GalarzaWPts: 4x0Boston SM. Open76KG4F2017
13474Renan BorgesWPts: 2x0Boston SM. Open76KGSF2017
13521Robert WolfeWPts: 2x0Seattle Open76KGSF2017
13559Bricklin WelshWPts: 4x2Chicago SMO76KGSF2017
13560Jeffrey CummingsWPts: 2x0Chicago SMO76KGF2017
13647Louis ArmezzaniWPts: 4x0Washington Open94KGSF2017
13701Piter FrankWPointsSan Diego Pro82KGR12017
13900Issa AbleWPts: 2x0Atlanta SM Open76KGSF2017
13901Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoWPts: 2x0Atlanta SM Open76KGF2017
13942Bricklin WelchWPts: 11x0No Gi Pan Am.73KG4F2017
14124Michael PepioWPointsMiami Fall Open76KG4F2017
14127Breno BittencourtBreno BittencourtWPointsMiami Fall Open76KGSF2017
14207Scott ThomasWAdvLong Beach Open76KG4F2017
14459James GuytonWPts: 4x0San Antonio Open76KGRR2017
14460Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaWPts: 2x0San Antonio Open76KGF2017
14919Gustavo EpeeWPts: 2x0Los Angeles Open76KG4F2018
15055Servando AlmarazWPointsHouston Open76KGSF2018
15115Athos MirandaWPts: 2x0Continental Pro77KGRR2018
15195Rodrigo FreitasRodrigo FreitasWPointsSan Francisco Open76KGSF2018
15498Danilo SilvaWPointsChicago Sp. Open76KG4F2018
15500Khristofer SantosWPointsChicago Sp. Open76KGSF2018
15692Kristopher SantosWPts: 4x0Washington SPOABS4F2018
15807Cesar CasamajoWPointsBoston Sp. Open76KG4F2018
15810Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaWPointsBoston Sp. Open76KGSF2018
15811Rodrigo FreitasRodrigo FreitasWPointsBoston Sp. Open76KGF2018
15891Nicolas RenierWPts: 9x0NY Spring Open73KGSF2018
15892Daniel DavisWPts: 2x0NY Spring Open73KGF2018
16262Kim TerraKim TerraWDQACB North America75KGR12018
16265James NivalWPts: 5x0ACB North America75KG4F2018
16626Tanner NicholasWReferee DecisionAmerican Nat.ABS4F2018
16758Felipe DesouzaWPointsNY BJJ Pro70KG4F2018
16933Michael PepioWPointsOrlando Open76KGSF2018
16935Jeffrey CummingsWPointsOrlando Open76KGF2018
17091Danilo LopesWPointsChicago SM Open76KGSF2018
17154Bryan ChristopherWPointsLas Vegas Open76KGR12018
17157Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaWPointsLas Vegas Open76KG4F2018
17184Joshua BacallaoWPts: 2x0LV NG Open73KG4F2018
17187Marcus WilsonWPointsLV NG Open73KGSF2018
17210Murat BesnetWBotinhaAsian Open76KGR12018
17211Kazuke WatanabeWPts: 8x6Asian Open76KG4F2018
17212Moribe ShinsukeWPointsAsian Open76KGSF2018
17213Shinji MoritoWPointsAsian Open76KGF2018
17224Gabe SagmanWChoke from backToronto Open76KGF2018
17233Juliano RochaWChoke from backFlorence Open76KGSF2018
17234Rodrigo ReisWPts: 4x2Florence OpenABSSF2018
17235John LennonWPts: 9x0Florence OpenABSF2018
17236Juliano RochaWPts: 5x0Florence NGOABSF2018
17237Ayub MugamedovWChoke from backAmsterdam Open76KGSF2018
17248Oter CastanoWPts: 18x0Colombia Pro77KGF2018
17812Ali MonfaradiAli MonfaradiWPointsLondon Fall Open76KG4F2018
17823Juliano RochaWPointsLondon Fall NGO79KGSF2018
17825Ali MonfaradiAli MonfaradiWPointsLondon Fall NGO79KGF2018
17849Kenji SetteWPointsGeneva Open82KGSF2018
18219Djalma SantanaWPointsSouth American76KG4F2018
18220Joao RibeiroWPointsSouth American76KGSF2018
18221Vitor MatosWPointsSouth American76KGF2018
18654Cesar MiyahiraWPts: 2x0Grand Slam AD77KGR12019
18744Masahiro IwasakiMasahiro IwasakiWReferee DecisionEuropean Open76KG4F2019
18820Alberto SerranoWRNCUS National Pro77KGSF2019
18822Ricky SemigliaWPts: 2x0US National Pro77KGF2019
19058Luis ArboledaWPointsMiami W. OpenABSSF2019
19159Thiago LemosWPointsPortland Open76KGSF2019
19331Adria PérezWPointsBudapest Open76KGSF2019
19333Sebastian BroscheSebastian BroscheWPts: 0x0, AdvBudapest Open76KGF2019
19341Joseph BreslinWChoke from backPoznan Open76KGF2019
19404Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaWPts: 6x4Pan American76KG8F2019
20396Gyalisson AdaoWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.76KGR12019
20530Kenji SetteWPointsGerman Nat.94KGF2019
20564Lucas SilvaWPts: 2x2, AdvGrand Slam MSK69KG4F2019
20682Alexander SalisburyWTerra footlockBritish National100KGF2019
21188Bruno OliveiraWRNCLas Vegas Open76KGR12019
21192Rene ArangoWPts: 5x2Las Vegas Open76KG4F2019
21193Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaWPts: 4x2Las Vegas Open76KGSF2019
21301Tyson AntillomWN/ADallas SMO76KGSF2019
21715Nicholas NormanWChoke from backSal Lake Open76KGF2019
21778Marcus PhelanMarcus PhelanWPts: 4x0London Fall Open76KG4F2019
21779Jonothan MaflinWPointsLondon Fall Open76KGSF2019
21799David GarmoDavid GarmoWReferee DecisionLondon Fall NGO79KGF2019
21863Vibhudatta RoutWPointsRome Fall Open76KG4F2019
21865Ali MonfaradiAli MonfaradiWPointsRome Fall Open76KGSF2019
21867Leon LarmanLeon LarmanWPointsRome Fall Open76KGF2019
22948Tyler ScalisiWTerra footlockNew Orleans NGO79KGF2020
23079Piter FrankWPointsPortland Open76KGSF2020
23273Fernando CabreraWPointsHouston WO76KGSF2020

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