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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: M. Maeda > C. 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 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 UAEJJF Colombia National Pro (2018)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Miami Fall Open (2017)
  • 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

    65 (78%)
    4 (5%)
    10 (12%)
    3 (4%)
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (1%)


Choke from back
Terra footlock
    15 (39%)
    2 (5%)
    18 (47%)
    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
13457Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaLPointsBJJ Tour76KGN/A2017
13467Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoLN/ABoston SM. Open76KGF2017
13513Francisco IturraldeFrancisco IturraldeLRNCSeattle Open76KGSF2017
13699Otavio SousaOtavio SousaLChoke from backSan Diego Pro82KG4F2017
13934Frederico AugustoLReferee DecisionNo Gi Pan Am.73KG4F2017
14116Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoLPointsMiami Fall Open76KGF2017
14195Francisco IturraldeFrancisco IturraldeLKneebarLong Beach Open76KGSF2017
14909Johnny TamaJohnny TamaLAdvLos Angeles Open76KGSF2018
14944Frederico AugustoLPointsAtlanta W. Open76KG4F2018
15103Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoLChoke from backContinental Pro77KGRR2018
15184Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoLPointsSan Francisco Open76KGF2018
15293JT TorresJT TorresLChoke from backPan American76KG8F2018
15489Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoLPointsChicago Sp. Open76KGF2018
15684Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyLChoke from backWashington SPOABSSF2018
16269Piter FrankLReferee DecisionACB North AmericaABS8F2018
16353Isaque PaivaIsaque PaivaLChoke from backWorld Champ.70KGR12018
16613Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroLTriangleAmerican Nat.ABSSF2018
16739Jamil Hill-TaylorJamil Hill-TaylorLSubmissionNY BJJ Pro70KGSF2018
17136Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoLPts: 10x0Las Vegas Open76KGSF2018
17164Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoLPointsLV NG Open73KGF2018
17787Italo LinsItalo LinsLPointsLondon Fall Open76KGSF2018
17823Ilke BulutIlke BulutLPts: 10x0Geneva Open82KGF2018
18628Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoLPts: 2x0Grand Slam AD77KG4F2019
18720Lucas LepriLucas LepriLChoke from backEuropean Open76KGSF2019
18843Diego SilvaLPts: 8x8, AdvMexico Nat. Pro94KGR12019
19030Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLChokeMiami W. OpenABSF2019
19128Francisco IturraldeFrancisco IturraldeLBow and arrowPortland Open76KGF2019
19374Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoLPts: 8x6Pan American76KG4F2019
19856M. AbdulkadirovLPointsWorld Pro77KGR12019
20028Arthur DetanicoArthur DetanicoLStraigh ankle lockBrasileiro76KGR22019
20531Thiago MacedoThiago MacedoLChoke from backGrand Slam MSK69KGSF2019
20975Levi JonesLevi JonesLChoke from backGrand Slam TYO77KG4F2019
20979Max LindbladMax LindbladLChoke from backGrand Slam TYO77KGRPC2019
21262Gilson NunesGilson NunesLTriangleDallas SMO76KGF2019
21729L. LarmanLDQLondon Fall Open76KGF2019
22565Natan ChuengNatan ChuengLPts: 2x1Grand Slam AD77KGR12020
23000Paulo GabrielPaulo GabrielLChoke from backPortland Open76KGF2020
23065Gabriel FerreiraLPointsKansas Open76KG4F2020
13464Juan GalarzaWPts: 4x0Boston SM. Open76KG4F2017
13465Renan BorgesWPts: 2x0Boston SM. Open76KGSF2017
13512Robert WolfeWPts: 2x0Seattle Open76KGSF2017
13550Bricklin WelshWPts: 4x2Chicago SMO76KGSF2017
13551Jeffrey CummingsWPts: 2x0Chicago SMO76KGF2017
13638Louis ArmezzaniWPts: 4x0Washington Open94KGSF2017
13692Piter FrankWPointsSan Diego Pro82KGR12017
13891Issa AbleWPts: 2x0Atlanta SM Open76KGSF2017
13892Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoWPts: 2x0Atlanta SM Open76KGF2017
13933Bricklin WelchWPts: 11x0No Gi Pan Am.73KG4F2017
14113Michael PepioWPointsMiami Fall Open76KG4F2017
14115Breno BittencourtBreno BittencourtWPointsMiami Fall Open76KGSF2017
14194Scott ThomasWAdvLong Beach Open76KG4F2017
14446James GuytonWPts: 4x0San Antonio Open76KGRR2017
14447Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaWPts: 2x0San Antonio Open76KGF2017
14906Gustavo EpeeWPts: 2x0Los Angeles Open76KG4F2018
15042Servando AlmarazWPointsHouston Open76KGSF2018
15102Athos MirandaWPts: 2x0Continental Pro77KGRR2018
15183Rodrigo FreitasRodrigo FreitasWPointsSan Francisco Open76KGSF2018
15486Danilo SilvaWPointsChicago Sp. Open76KG4F2018
15488Khristofer SantosWPointsChicago Sp. Open76KGSF2018
15680Kristopher SantosWPts: 4x0Washington SPOABS4F2018
15795Cesar CasamajoWPointsBoston Sp. Open76KG4F2018
15798Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaWPointsBoston Sp. Open76KGSF2018
15799Rodrigo FreitasRodrigo FreitasWPointsBoston Sp. Open76KGF2018
15879Nicolas RenierWPts: 9x0NY Spring Open73KGSF2018
15880Daniel DavisWPts: 2x0NY Spring Open73KGF2018
16247Kim TerraKim TerraWDQACB North America75KGR12018
16250James NivalWPts: 5x0ACB North America75KG4F2018
16610Tanner NicholasWReferee DecisionAmerican Nat.ABS4F2018
16738Felipe DesouzaWPointsNY BJJ Pro70KG4F2018
16913Michael PepioWPointsOrlando Open76KGSF2018
16915Jeffrey CummingsWPointsOrlando Open76KGF2018
17068Danilo LopesWPointsChicago SM Open76KGSF2018
17130Bryan ChristopherWPointsLas Vegas Open76KGR12018
17133Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaWPointsLas Vegas Open76KG4F2018
17160Joshua BacallaoWPts: 2x0LV NG Open73KG4F2018
17163Marcus WilsonWPointsLV NG Open73KGSF2018
17186Murat BesnetWBotinhaAsian Open76KGR12018
17187Kazuke WatanabeWPts: 8x6Asian Open76KG4F2018
17188Moribe ShinsukeWPointsAsian Open76KGSF2018
17189Shinji MoritoWPointsAsian Open76KGF2018
17200Gabe SagmanWChoke from backToronto Open76KGF2018
17209Juliano RochaWChoke from backFlorence Open76KGSF2018
17210Rodrigo ReisWPts: 4x2Florence OpenABSSF2018
17211John LennonWPts: 9x0Florence OpenABSF2018
17212Juliano RochaWPts: 5x0Florence NGOABSF2018
17213Ayub MugamedovWChoke from backAmsterdam Open76KGSF2018
17224Oter CastanoWPts: 18x0Colombia Pro77KGF2018
17785Ali MonfaradiAli MonfaradiWPointsLondon Fall Open76KG4F2018
17796Juliano RochaWPointsLondon Fall NGO79KGSF2018
17798Ali MonfaradiAli MonfaradiWPointsLondon Fall NGO79KGF2018
17822Kenji SetteWPointsGeneva Open82KGSF2018
18190Djalma SantanaWPointsSouth American76KG4F2018
18191Joao RibeiroWPointsSouth American76KGSF2018
18192Vitor MatosWPointsSouth American76KGF2018
18625Cesar MiyahiraWPts: 2x0Grand Slam AD77KGR12019
18715Masahiro IwasakiMasahiro IwasakiWReferee DecisionEuropean Open76KG4F2019
18791Alberto SerranoWRNCUS National Pro77KGSF2019
18793Ricky SemigliaWPts: 2x0US National Pro77KGF2019
19029Luis ArboledaWPointsMiami W. OpenABSSF2019
19126Thiago LemosWPointsPortland Open76KGSF2019
19298Adria PérezWPointsBudapest Open76KGSF2019
19300Sebastian BroscheSebastian BroscheWPts: 0x0, AdvBudapest Open76KGF2019
19306Joseph BreslinWChoke from backPoznan Open76KGF2019
19369Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaWPts: 6x4Pan American76KG8F2019
20360Gyalisson AdaoWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.76KGR12019
20494Kenji SetteWPointsGerman Nat.94KGF2019
20528Lucas SilvaWPts: 2x2, AdvGrand Slam MSK69KG4F2019
20646Alexander SalisburyWTerra footlockBritish National100KGF2019
21149Bruno OliveiraWRNCLas Vegas Open76KGR12019
21153Rene ArangoWPts: 5x2Las Vegas Open76KG4F2019
21154Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaWPts: 4x2Las Vegas Open76KGSF2019
21261Tyson AntillomWN/ADallas SMO76KGSF2019
21665Nicholas NormanWChoke from backSal Lake Open76KGF2019
21725Marcus PhelanWPointsLondon Fall Open76KG4F2019
21726Jonothan MaflinWPointsLondon Fall Open76KGSF2019
21743David GarmoDavid GarmoWReferee DecisionLondon Fall NGO79KGF2019
21800Vibhudatta RoutWPointsRome Fall Open76KG4F2019
21802Ali MonfaradiAli MonfaradiWPointsRome Fall Open76KGSF2019
21804Leon LarmanLeon LarmanWPointsRome Fall Open76KGF2019
22873Tyler ScalisiWTerra footlockNew Orleans NGO79KGF2020
22999Piter FrankWPointsPortland Open76KGSF2020

Alexandre Molinaro vs Gabe Sagman

Alexandre Molinaro vs Ayub Magomadov

Submission Back Attacks Instructional by John Danaher


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