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Alexandre Molinaro

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:

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

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • IBJJF World Champion (2013 blue)
  • IBJJF World No-Gi Champion (2013 blue)
  • UAEJJF Grand Slam LA Champion (2016 brown)
  • IBJJF World No-Gi Championship 2nd Place (2013* blue)
  • IBJJF Pan American Championship 3rd Place (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 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    55 (85%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (3%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    5 (8%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (3%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (2%)

5 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke from back
60
3
#86e620
Botinha
20
1
#5AD3D1
RNC
20
1
5
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
28 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    12 (43%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (7%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    12 (43%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (7%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

12 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Choke from back
50
6
#86e620
Submission
17
2
#5AD3D1
RNC
8
1
#d1212a
Kneebar
8
1
#fad11b
Triangle
8
1
#f58822
Bow and arrow
8
1
12
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Alexandre Molinaro Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
13377Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaLPointsBJJ Tour76KGN/A2017
13387Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoLN/ABoston SM. Open76KGF2017
13433Francisco IturraldeFrancisco IturraldeLRNCSeattle Open76KGSF2017
13618Otavio SousaOtavio SousaLChoke from backSan Diego Pro82KG4F2017
13854Frederico AugustoLReferee DecisionNo Gi Pan Am.73KG4F2017
14029Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoLPointsMiami Fall Open76KGF2017
14108Francisco IturraldeFrancisco IturraldeLKneebarLong Beach Open76KGSF2017
14760Johnny TamaJohnny TamaLAdvLos Angeles Open76KGSF2018
14795Frederico AugustoLPointsAtlanta W. Open76KG4F2018
14952Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoLChoke from backContinental Pro77KGRR2018
15023Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoLPointsSan Francisco Open76KGF2018
15130JT TorresJT TorresLChoke from backPan American76KG8F2018
15306Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoLPointsChicago Sp. Open76KGF2018
15492Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyLChoke from backWashington SPOABSSF2018
16051Piter FrankLReferee DecisionACB North AmericaABS8F2018
16134Isaque PaivaIsaque PaivaLChoke from backWorld Champ.70KGR12018
16388Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroLTriangleAmerican Nat.ABSSF2018
16511Jamil Hill-TaylorJamil Hill-TaylorLSubmissionNY BJJ Pro70KGSF2018
16900Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoLPts: 10x0Las Vegas Open76KGSF2018
16928Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoLPointsLV NG Open73KGF2018
17515Italo LinsItalo LinsLPointsLondon Fall Open76KGSF2018
17549Ilke BulutIlke BulutLPts: 10x0Geneva Open82KGF2018
18284Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoLPts: 2x0Grand Slam AD77KG4F2019
18372Lucas LepriLucas LepriLChoke from backEuropean Open76KGSF2019
18486Diego SilvaLPts: 8x8, AdvMexico Nat. Pro94KGR12019
18662Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLSubmissionMiami W. OpenABSF2019
18759Francisco IturraldeFrancisco IturraldeLBow and arrowPortland Open76KGF2019
18983Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoLPts: 8x6Pan American76KG4F2019
13384Juan GalarzaWPts: 4x0Boston SM. Open76KG4F2017
13385Renan BorgesWPts: 2x0Boston SM. Open76KGSF2017
13432Robert WolfeWPts: 2x0Seattle Open76KGSF2017
13470Bricklin WelshWPts: 4x2Chicago SMO76KGSF2017
13471Jeffrey CummingsWPts: 2x0Chicago SMO76KGF2017
13557Louis ArmezzaniWPts: 4x0Washington Open94KGSF2017
13611Piter FrankWPointsSan Diego Pro82KGR12017
13811Issa AbleWPts: 2x0Atlanta SM Open76KGSF2017
13812Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoWPts: 2x0Atlanta SM Open76KGF2017
13853Bricklin WelchWPts: 11x0No Gi Pan Am.73KG4F2017
14026Michael PepioWPointsMiami Fall Open76KG4F2017
14028Breno BittencourtBreno BittencourtWPointsMiami Fall Open76KGSF2017
14107Scott ThomasWAdvLong Beach Open76KG4F2017
14348James GuytonWPts: 4x0San Antonio Open76KGRR2017
14349Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaWPts: 2x0San Antonio Open76KGF2017
14757Gustavo EpeeWPts: 2x0Los Angeles Open76KG4F2018
14891Servando AlmarazWPointsHouston Open76KGSF2018
14951Athos MirandaWPts: 2x0Continental Pro77KGRR2018
15022Rodrigo FreitasRodrigo FreitasWPointsSan Francisco Open76KGSF2018
15303Danilo SilvaWPointsChicago Sp. Open76KG4F2018
15305Khristofer SantosWPointsChicago Sp. Open76KGSF2018
15488Kristopher SantosWPts: 4x0Washington SPOABS4F2018
15600Cesar CasamajoWPointsBoston Sp. Open76KG4F2018
15603Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaWPointsBoston Sp. Open76KGSF2018
15604Rodrigo FreitasRodrigo FreitasWPointsBoston Sp. Open76KGF2018
15670Nicolas RenierWPts: 9x0NY Spring Open73KGSF2018
15671Daniel DavisWPts: 2x0NY Spring Open73KGF2018
16029Kim TerraKim TerraWDQACB North America75KGR12018
16032James NivalWPts: 5x0ACB North America75KG4F2018
16385Tanner NicholasWReferee DecisionAmerican Nat.ABS4F2018
16510Felipe DesouzaWPointsNY BJJ Pro70KG4F2018
16683Michael PepioWPointsOrlando Open76KGSF2018
16685Jeffrey CummingsWPointsOrlando Open76KGF2018
16833Danilo LopesWPointsChicago SM Open76KGSF2018
16894Bryan ChristopherWPointsLas Vegas Open76KGR12018
16897Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaWPointsLas Vegas Open76KG4F2018
16924Joshua BacallaoWPts: 2x0LV NG Open73KG4F2018
16927Marcus WilsonWPointsLV NG Open73KGSF2018
16950Murat BesnetWBotinhaAsian Open76KGR12018
16951Kazuke WatanabeWPts: 8x6Asian Open76KG4F2018
16952Moribe ShinsukeWPointsAsian Open76KGSF2018
16953Shinji MoritoWPointsAsian Open76KGF2018
16964Gabe SagmanWChoke from backToronto Open76KGF2018
16967Juliano RochaWChoke from backFlorence Open76KGSF2018
16968Rodrigo ReisWPts: 4x2Florence OpenABSSF2018
16969John LennonWPts: 9x0Florence OpenABSF2018
16970Juliano RochaWPts: 5x0Florence NGOABSF2018
16971Ayub MugamedovWChoke from backAmsterdam Open76KGSF2018
16974Oter CastanoWPts: 18x0Colombia Pro77KGF2018
17513Ali MunfarediWPointsLondon Fall Open76KG4F2018
17524Juliano RochaWPointsLondon Fall NGO79KGSF2018
17526Ali MunfarediWPointsLondon Fall NGO79KGF2018
17548Kenji SetteWPointsGeneva Open82KGSF2018
17898Djalma SantanaWPointsSouth American76KG4F2018
17899Joao RibeiroWPointsSouth American76KGSF2018
17900Vitor MatosWPointsSouth American76KGF2018
18281Cesar MiyahiraWPts: 2x0Grand Slam AD77KGR12019
18367Masahiro IwasakiMasahiro IwasakiWReferee DecisionEuropean Open76KG4F2019
18436Alberto SerranoWRNCUS National Pro77KGSF2019
18438Ricky SemigliaWPts: 2x0US National Pro77KGF2019
18661Luis ArboledaWPointsMiami W. OpenABSSF2019
18757Thiago LemosWPointsPortland Open76KGSF2019
18921Adria PérezWPointsBudapest Open76KGSF2019
18923Sebastian BroscheSebastian BroscheWPts: 0x0, AdvBudapest Open76KGF2019
18978Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaWPts: 6x4Pan American76KG8F2019

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