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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 Pans Championship No-Gi (2020)
  • 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

102 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    75 (74%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    6 (6%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    16 (16%)
  • BY DECISION
    4 (4%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (1%)

16 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke from back
38
6
#86e620
RNC
19
3
#5AD3D1
Terra footlock
13
2
#d1212a
Triangle
6
1
#fad11b
Mounted X choke
6
1
#f58822
Botinha
6
1
#224aba
Katagatame
6
1
#ff9124
Armbar
6
1
16
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
50 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    19 (38%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (4%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    25 (50%)
  • BY DECISION
    3 (6%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (2%)

25 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Choke from back
52
13
#86e620
RNC
8
2
#5AD3D1
Triangle
8
2
#d1212a
Bow and arrow
4
1
#fad11b
Straigh ankle lock
4
1
#f58822
Armbar
4
1
#224aba
Botinha
4
1
#ff9124
Arm in Ezekiel
4
1
#bf1f6c
Kneebar
4
1
#22c9a5
Submission
4
1
#fad223
Choke
4
1
25
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Alexandre Molinaro Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
13504Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaLPointsBJJ Tour76KGN/A2017
13514Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoLN/ABoston SM. Open76KGF2017
13562Francisco IturraldeFrancisco IturraldeLRNCSeattle Open76KGSF2017
13748Otavio SousaOtavio SousaLChoke from backSan Diego Pro82KG4F2017
13985Frederico AugustoLReferee DecisionNo Gi Pan Am.73KG4F2017
14170Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoLPointsMiami Fall Open76KGF2017
14250Francisco IturraldeFrancisco IturraldeLKneebarLong Beach Open76KGSF2017
14971Johnny TamaJohnny TamaLAdvLos Angeles Open76KGSF2018
15006Frederico AugustoLPointsAtlanta W. Open76KG4F2018
15165Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoLChoke from backContinental Pro77KGRR2018
15245Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoLPointsSan Francisco Open76KGF2018
15354JT TorresJT TorresLChoke from backPan American76KG8F2018
15550Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoLPointsChicago Sp. Open76KGF2018
15745Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyLChoke from backWashington SPOABSSF2018
16333Piter FrankLReferee DecisionACB North AmericaABS8F2018
16418Isaque PaivaIsaque PaivaLChoke from backWorld Champ.70KGR12018
16678Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroLTriangleAmerican Nat.ABSSF2018
16812Jamil Hill-TaylorJamil Hill-TaylorLSubmissionNY BJJ Pro70KGSF2018
17215Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoLPts: 10x0Las Vegas Open76KGSF2018
17243Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoLPointsLV NG Open73KGF2018
17879Italo LinsItalo LinsLPointsLondon Fall Open76KGSF2018
17915Ilke BulutIlke BulutLPts: 10x0Geneva Open82KGF2018
18737Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoLPts: 2x0Grand Slam AD77KG4F2019
18829Lucas LepriLucas LepriLChoke from backEuropean Open76KGSF2019
18959Diego SilvaLPts: 8x8, AdvMexico Nat. Pro94KGR12019
19150Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLChokeMiami W. OpenABSF2019
19254Francisco IturraldeFrancisco IturraldeLBow and arrowPortland Open76KGF2019
19512Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoLPts: 8x6Pan American76KG4F2019
20000M. AbdulkadirovLPointsWorld Pro77KGR12019
20177Arthur DetanicoArthur DetanicoLStraigh ankle lockBrasileiro76KGR22019
20682Thiago MacedoThiago MacedoLChoke from backGrand Slam MSK69KGSF2019
21140Levi JonesLevi JonesLChoke from backGrand Slam TYO77KG4F2019
21144Max LindbladMax LindbladLChoke from backGrand Slam TYO77KGRPC2019
21442Gilson NunesGilson NunesLTriangleDallas SMO76KGF2019
21934L. LarmanLDQLondon Fall Open76KGF2019
22843Natan ChuengNatan ChuengLPts: 2x1Grand Slam AD77KGR12020
23290Andre GoisAndre GoisLArmbarMiami WO82KGSF2020
23330Paulo GabrielPaulo GabrielLChoke from backPortland Open76KGF2020
23403Gabriel FerreiraLPointsKansas Open76KG4F2020
23536Lucas ValenteLucas ValenteLBotinhaHouston WO76KGF2020
23808Johnatha AlvesJohnatha AlvesLChoke from backAustin Open76KGF2020
23822Pedro RochaPedro RochaLPts: 2x0Austin NGOABSF2020
24001Johnatha AlvesJohnatha AlvesLChoke from backPan American76KG8F2020
24232Pablo LavaselliPablo LavaselliLReferee DecisionHouston Open76KGF2020
24433Guilherme CordiviolaGuilherme CordiviolaLArm in EzekielAmerican NatsABS4F2020
24473Rida HaisamRida HaisamLRNCAmerican NGNABS4F2020
25803Kieran KichukKieran KichukLChoke from backN.Orleans Open76KGSF2021
26031Jamil Hill-TaylorJamil Hill-TaylorLPts: 8x0Memphis Open76KGF2021
26646Igor FelizIgor FelizLPts: 7x2Chicago Open76KGF2021
27825Natan ChuengNatan ChuengLPts: 6x2Brasileiro76KG4F2021
13511Juan GalarzaWPts: 4x0Boston SM. Open76KG4F2017
13512Renan BorgesWPts: 2x0Boston SM. Open76KGSF2017
13561Robert WolfeWPts: 2x0Seattle Open76KGSF2017
13599Bricklin WelshWPts: 4x2Chicago SMO76KGSF2017
13600Jeffrey CummingsWPts: 2x0Chicago SMO76KGF2017
13687Louis ArmezzaniWPts: 4x0Washington Open94KGSF2017
13741Piter FrankWPointsSan Diego Pro82KGR12017
13940Issa AbleWPts: 2x0Atlanta SM Open76KGSF2017
13941Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoWPts: 2x0Atlanta SM Open76KGF2017
13984Bricklin WelchWPts: 11x0No Gi Pan Am.73KG4F2017
14166Michael PepioWPointsMiami Fall Open76KG4F2017
14169Breno BittencourtBreno BittencourtWPointsMiami Fall Open76KGSF2017
14249Scott ThomasWAdvLong Beach Open76KG4F2017
14501James GuytonWPts: 4x0San Antonio Open76KGRR2017
14502Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaWPts: 2x0San Antonio Open76KGF2017
14968Gustavo EpeeWPts: 2x0Los Angeles Open76KG4F2018
15104Servando AlmarazWPointsHouston Open76KGSF2018
15164Athos MirandaWPts: 2x0Continental Pro77KGRR2018
15244Rodrigo FreitasRodrigo FreitasWPointsSan Francisco Open76KGSF2018
15547Danilo SilvaWPointsChicago Sp. Open76KG4F2018
15549Khristofer SantosWPointsChicago Sp. Open76KGSF2018
15741Kristopher SantosWPts: 4x0Washington SPOABS4F2018
15856Cesar CasamajoWPointsBoston Sp. Open76KG4F2018
15859Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaWPointsBoston Sp. Open76KGSF2018
15860Rodrigo FreitasRodrigo FreitasWPointsBoston Sp. Open76KGF2018
15940Nicolas RenierWPts: 9x0NY Spring Open73KGSF2018
15941Daniel DavisWPts: 2x0NY Spring Open73KGF2018
16311Kim TerraKim TerraWDQACB North America75KGR12018
16314James NivalWPts: 5x0ACB North America75KG4F2018
16675Tanner NicholasWReferee DecisionAmerican Nat.ABS4F2018
16811Felipe DesouzaWPointsNY BJJ Pro70KG4F2018
16988Michael PepioWPointsOrlando Open76KGSF2018
16990Jeffrey CummingsWPointsOrlando Open76KGF2018
17146Danilo LopesWPointsChicago SM Open76KGSF2018
17209Bryan ChristopherWPointsLas Vegas Open76KGR12018
17212Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaWPointsLas Vegas Open76KG4F2018
17239Joshua BacallaoWPts: 2x0LV NG Open73KG4F2018
17242Marcus WilsonWPointsLV NG Open73KGSF2018
17265Murat BesnetWBotinhaAsian Open76KGR12018
17266Kazuke WatanabeWPts: 8x6Asian Open76KG4F2018
17267Moribe ShinsukeWPointsAsian Open76KGSF2018
17268Shinji MoritoWPointsAsian Open76KGF2018
17280Gabe SagmanWChoke from backToronto Open76KGF2018
17289Juliano RochaWChoke from backFlorence Open76KGSF2018
17290Rodrigo ReisWPts: 4x2Florence OpenABSSF2018
17291John LennonWPts: 9x0Florence OpenABSF2018
17292Juliano RochaWPts: 5x0Florence NGOABSF2018
17293Ayub MugamedovWChoke from backAmsterdam Open76KGSF2018
17304Oter CastanoWPts: 18x0Colombia Pro77KGF2018
17877Ali MonfaradiAli MonfaradiWPointsLondon Fall Open76KG4F2018
17888Juliano RochaWPointsLondon Fall NGO79KGSF2018
17890Ali MonfaradiAli MonfaradiWPointsLondon Fall NGO79KGF2018
17914Kenji SetteWPointsGeneva Open82KGSF2018
18290Djalma SantanaWPointsSouth American76KG4F2018
18291Joao RibeiroWPointsSouth American76KGSF2018
18292Vitor MatosWPointsSouth American76KGF2018
18734Cesar MiyahiraWPts: 2x0Grand Slam AD77KGR12019
18824Masahiro IwasakiMasahiro IwasakiWReferee DecisionEuropean Open76KG4F2019
18905Alberto SerranoWRNCUS National Pro77KGSF2019
18907Ricky SemigliaWPts: 2x0US National Pro77KGF2019
19149Luis ArboledaWPointsMiami W. OpenABSSF2019
19252Thiago LemosWPointsPortland Open76KGSF2019
19433Adria PérezWPointsBudapest Open76KGSF2019
19435Sebastian BroscheSebastian BroscheWPts: 0x0, AdvBudapest Open76KGF2019
19443Joseph BreslinWChoke from backPoznan Open76KGF2019
19507Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaWPts: 6x4Pan American76KG8F2019
20514Gyalisson AdaoWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.76KGR12019
20648Kenji SetteWPointsGerman Nat.94KGF2019
20679Lucas SilvaLucas SilvaWPts: 2x2, AdvGrand Slam MSK69KG4F2019
20804Alexander SalisburyWTerra footlockBritish National100KGF2019
21329Bruno OliveiraWRNCLas Vegas Open76KGR12019
21333Rene ArangoWPts: 5x2Las Vegas Open76KG4F2019
21334Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaWPts: 4x2Las Vegas Open76KGSF2019
21441Tyson AntillomWN/ADallas SMO76KGSF2019
21867Nicholas NormanWChoke from backSal Lake Open76KGF2019
21930Marcus PhelanMarcus PhelanWPts: 4x0London Fall Open76KG4F2019
21931Jonothan MaflinWPointsLondon Fall Open76KGSF2019
21951David GarmoDavid GarmoWReferee DecisionLondon Fall NGO79KGF2019
22016Vibhudatta RoutWPointsRome Fall Open76KG4F2019
22018Ali MonfaradiAli MonfaradiWPointsRome Fall Open76KGSF2019
22020Leon LarmanLeon LarmanWPointsRome Fall Open76KGF2019
23175Tyler ScalisiWTerra footlockNew Orleans NGO79KGF2020
23329Piter FrankWPointsPortland Open76KGSF2020
23535Fernando CabreraWPointsHouston WO76KGSF2020
23821Orlando CastilloWRNCAustin NGOABSSF2020
23835Kevin MelendezWKatagatameOklahoma Open76KGSF2020
24125Jose TorresWPts: 2x0Foley Open100KGSF2020
24126Kevin PaulWPts: 6x0Foley Open100KGF2020
24231Wellington DiasWellington DiasWArmbarHouston Open76KGSF2020
24300Samir ChantreSamir ChantreWPts: 2x2, AdvNo Gi Pan Am.73KG4F2020
24302Joshua BacallaoWReferee DecisionNo Gi Pan Am.73KGSF2020
24431Robert DunnWChoke from backAmerican NatsABS8F2020
25802Tyler ScalisiWPointsN.Orleans Open76KG4F2021
26047Brandon WilkinsonWTriangleMemphis NGO91KGSF2021
26048Jurgens JansenWPts: 9x2Memphis NGO91KGF2021
26373Daniel AquinoWPointsBoise Open76KGSF2021
26374Fernando SoaresWPointsBoise Open76KGF2021
26448Haidar AbbasWPointsAmerican Nats76KG4F2021
26453Italo LinsItalo LinsWPts: 2x2, AdvAmerican Nats76KGSF2021
26454Daniel DinizWPts: 8x6American Nats76KGF2021
26645Roger KremerWMounted X chokeChicago Open76KGSF2021
27818Jonas BrunoWPts: 6x2Brasileiro76KGR12021

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