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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:

  • 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

69 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    55 (80%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    4 (6%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    7 (10%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (3%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (1%)

7 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke from back
57
4
#86e620
Botinha
14
1
#5AD3D1
RNC
14
1
#d1212a
Terra footlock
14
1
7
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
31 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    13 (42%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (6%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    14 (45%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (6%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

14 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Choke from back
50
7
#86e620
Submission
14
2
#5AD3D1
RNC
7
1
#d1212a
Kneebar
7
1
#fad11b
Triangle
7
1
#f58822
Bow and arrow
7
1
#224aba
Straigh ankle lock
7
1
14
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Alexandre Molinaro Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
13379Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaLPointsBJJ Tour76KGN/A2017
13389Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoLN/ABoston SM. Open76KGF2017
13435Francisco IturraldeFrancisco IturraldeLRNCSeattle Open76KGSF2017
13620Otavio SousaOtavio SousaLChoke from backSan Diego Pro82KG4F2017
13855Frederico AugustoLReferee DecisionNo Gi Pan Am.73KG4F2017
14034Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoLPointsMiami Fall Open76KGF2017
14113Francisco IturraldeFrancisco IturraldeLKneebarLong Beach Open76KGSF2017
14792Johnny TamaJohnny TamaLAdvLos Angeles Open76KGSF2018
14827Frederico AugustoLPointsAtlanta W. Open76KG4F2018
14986Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoLChoke from backContinental Pro77KGRR2018
15067Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoLPointsSan Francisco Open76KGF2018
15176JT TorresJT TorresLChoke from backPan American76KG8F2018
15361Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoLPointsChicago Sp. Open76KGF2018
15556Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyLChoke from backWashington SPOABSSF2018
16129Piter FrankLReferee DecisionACB North AmericaABS8F2018
16214Isaque PaivaIsaque PaivaLChoke from backWorld Champ.70KGR12018
16469Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroLTriangleAmerican Nat.ABSSF2018
16595Jamil Hill-TaylorJamil Hill-TaylorLSubmissionNY BJJ Pro70KGSF2018
16988Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoLPts: 10x0Las Vegas Open76KGSF2018
17016Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoLPointsLV NG Open73KGF2018
17610Italo LinsItalo LinsLPointsLondon Fall Open76KGSF2018
17645Ilke BulutIlke BulutLPts: 10x0Geneva Open82KGF2018
18418Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoLPts: 2x0Grand Slam AD77KG4F2019
18507Lucas LepriLucas LepriLChoke from backEuropean Open76KGSF2019
18623Diego SilvaLPts: 8x8, AdvMexico Nat. Pro94KGR12019
18802Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLSubmissionMiami W. OpenABSF2019
18899Francisco IturraldeFrancisco IturraldeLBow and arrowPortland Open76KGF2019
19134Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoLPts: 8x6Pan American76KG4F2019
19606M. AbdulkadirovLPointsWorld Pro77KGR12019
19772Arthur DetanicoArthur DetanicoLStraigh ankle lockBrasileiro76KGR22019
20261Thiago MacedoThiago MacedoLChoke from backGrand Slam MSK69KGSF2019
13386Juan GalarzaWPts: 4x0Boston SM. Open76KG4F2017
13387Renan BorgesWPts: 2x0Boston SM. Open76KGSF2017
13434Robert WolfeWPts: 2x0Seattle Open76KGSF2017
13472Bricklin WelshWPts: 4x2Chicago SMO76KGSF2017
13473Jeffrey CummingsWPts: 2x0Chicago SMO76KGF2017
13559Louis ArmezzaniWPts: 4x0Washington Open94KGSF2017
13613Piter FrankWPointsSan Diego Pro82KGR12017
13812Issa AbleWPts: 2x0Atlanta SM Open76KGSF2017
13813Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoWPts: 2x0Atlanta SM Open76KGF2017
13854Bricklin WelchWPts: 11x0No Gi Pan Am.73KG4F2017
14031Michael PepioWPointsMiami Fall Open76KG4F2017
14033Breno BittencourtBreno BittencourtWPointsMiami Fall Open76KGSF2017
14112Scott ThomasWAdvLong Beach Open76KG4F2017
14353James GuytonWPts: 4x0San Antonio Open76KGRR2017
14354Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaWPts: 2x0San Antonio Open76KGF2017
14789Gustavo EpeeWPts: 2x0Los Angeles Open76KG4F2018
14925Servando AlmarazWPointsHouston Open76KGSF2018
14985Athos MirandaWPts: 2x0Continental Pro77KGRR2018
15066Rodrigo FreitasRodrigo FreitasWPointsSan Francisco Open76KGSF2018
15358Danilo SilvaWPointsChicago Sp. Open76KG4F2018
15360Khristofer SantosWPointsChicago Sp. Open76KGSF2018
15552Kristopher SantosWPts: 4x0Washington SPOABS4F2018
15664Cesar CasamajoWPointsBoston Sp. Open76KG4F2018
15667Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaWPointsBoston Sp. Open76KGSF2018
15668Rodrigo FreitasRodrigo FreitasWPointsBoston Sp. Open76KGF2018
15748Nicolas RenierWPts: 9x0NY Spring Open73KGSF2018
15749Daniel DavisWPts: 2x0NY Spring Open73KGF2018
16107Kim TerraKim TerraWDQACB North America75KGR12018
16110James NivalWPts: 5x0ACB North America75KG4F2018
16466Tanner NicholasWReferee DecisionAmerican Nat.ABS4F2018
16594Felipe DesouzaWPointsNY BJJ Pro70KG4F2018
16768Michael PepioWPointsOrlando Open76KGSF2018
16770Jeffrey CummingsWPointsOrlando Open76KGF2018
16920Danilo LopesWPointsChicago SM Open76KGSF2018
16982Bryan ChristopherWPointsLas Vegas Open76KGR12018
16985Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaWPointsLas Vegas Open76KG4F2018
17012Joshua BacallaoWPts: 2x0LV NG Open73KG4F2018
17015Marcus WilsonWPointsLV NG Open73KGSF2018
17038Murat BesnetWBotinhaAsian Open76KGR12018
17039Kazuke WatanabeWPts: 8x6Asian Open76KG4F2018
17040Moribe ShinsukeWPointsAsian Open76KGSF2018
17041Shinji MoritoWPointsAsian Open76KGF2018
17052Gabe SagmanWChoke from backToronto Open76KGF2018
17055Juliano RochaWChoke from backFlorence Open76KGSF2018
17056Rodrigo ReisWPts: 4x2Florence OpenABSSF2018
17057John LennonWPts: 9x0Florence OpenABSF2018
17058Juliano RochaWPts: 5x0Florence NGOABSF2018
17059Ayub MugamedovWChoke from backAmsterdam Open76KGSF2018
17062Oter CastanoWPts: 18x0Colombia Pro77KGF2018
17608Ali MonfaradiAli MonfaradiWPointsLondon Fall Open76KG4F2018
17619Juliano RochaWPointsLondon Fall NGO79KGSF2018
17621Ali MonfaradiAli MonfaradiWPointsLondon Fall NGO79KGF2018
17644Kenji SetteWPointsGeneva Open82KGSF2018
18003Djalma SantanaWPointsSouth American76KG4F2018
18004Joao RibeiroWPointsSouth American76KGSF2018
18005Vitor MatosWPointsSouth American76KGF2018
18415Cesar MiyahiraWPts: 2x0Grand Slam AD77KGR12019
18502Masahiro IwasakiMasahiro IwasakiWReferee DecisionEuropean Open76KG4F2019
18571Alberto SerranoWRNCUS National Pro77KGSF2019
18573Ricky SemigliaWPts: 2x0US National Pro77KGF2019
18801Luis ArboledaWPointsMiami W. OpenABSSF2019
18897Thiago LemosWPointsPortland Open76KGSF2019
19064Adria PérezWPointsBudapest Open76KGSF2019
19066Sebastian BroscheSebastian BroscheWPts: 0x0, AdvBudapest Open76KGF2019
19072Joseph BreslinWChoke from backPoznan Open76KGF2019
19129Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaWPts: 6x4Pan American76KG8F2019
20093Gyalisson AdaoWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.76KGR12019
20258Lucas SilvaWPts: 2x2, AdvGrand Slam MSK69KG4F2019
20365Alexander SalisburyWTerra footlockBritish National100KGF2019

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