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Alexis Alduncin Barragan is a Mexican born black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, a rank he earned from coach Mario Delgado in 2016. Although suffering from partial blindness, Alexis Alduncin managed to overcome his disadvantage to become the first top-tier BJJ athlete from a Mexico academy, a reputation earned while competing in grappling’s international circuit, in which he conquered numerous International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) titles and medals.

Alexis Alduncin Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Alexis Alduncin Barragan

Nickname: N/A

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie (Senior) > Helio Gracie > Carlos Gracie Jr > Renzo Gracie > Mario Delgado > Alexis Alduncin

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place IBJJF Austin Open (2018)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Mexico City Open (2017)
  • 1st Place UAEJJF Mexico National Pro (2017)
  • 1st Place IBJJF New York Summer Open (2017)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Mexico City Winter Open (2018)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Mexico City Summer No-Gi Open  (2017)
  • 1st Place GT Open Super-fight (2017)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Austin No-Gi Open (2018)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Pan No-Gi Championship (2016 / 2018)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Mexico City Summer Open (2017)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Chicago Summer Open (2017)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Chicago Summer No-Gi Open (2017)
  • 3rd Place UAEJJF Abu Dhabi Pro (2019)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Mexico City Open (2017*)
  • 3rd Place UAEJJF Grand Slam, LA (2017)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Miami Spring Open (2017)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • 2nd Place IBJJF World No-Gi Championship (2015 brown)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF American No-Gi Nationals (2015 / 2016 brown)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World Championship (2016 brown)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF American Nationals (2016 brown)

* Absolute
** Weight and absolute

Favorite Position/Technique: Modern Guard

Weight Division: Pluma (64,00 kg/141.5 lbs)

Team/Association: Renzo Gracie Mexico

Alexis Alduncin Biography

Alexis Alduncin was born on November 30, 1992, in Mexico City, Mexico, where he was raised.

As an infant, Alexis suffered a life-changing accident. He was 9 months old, practicing his first few steps with the aid of a Baby Walker at his home, when he walked inside the kitchen. He found the liquor cabinet there, where a bottle of champagne was kept with a towel under it. Alexis pulled the towel and the bottle fell to the ground exploding into different glass shards, these tragically found their way into Alduncin’s eye.

Alexis went through a long period of surgeries and processes to fix his detached retina, and the many other related eye injuries caused by the kitchen accident, but in the end, none could save his sight. With zero visibility on his right eye, Alduncin had to adapt to not having depth perception and challenge his limitations. In an interview given to BJJ Heroes on November 2018, Alduncin said:

What I struggled with the most was not having confidence in myself, especially around other people. Kids can be too honest sometimes and I used to get a lot of questions and stares from people throughout my childhood because my eye looked different. Ultimately this made me a very reserved and introverted person. At the same time, it sort of fueled me to want to prove something to the world. I wanted to prove not only that I could do whatever everyone else did, but that I could be the better. So everything I do, I try to stand out. I had the best grades throughout school, and in college, I graduated with honors for being the head of my class.

As a child, Alduncing was most enthusiastic about football (soccer), playing competitively and even doing trial tests for a European team in Spain, though his small frame led the interest of the club to cool off.

At the age of 13, Alexis’ eye started getting worse due to a pressure built up. This forced him to have another surgery. The operation meant that part of his eye was replaced with a prosthetic, a procedure that had a lasting effect in Alexis martial arts career:

“Because of my prosthetic and limited vision I discarded sports such as boxing, MMA, and other impact sports, but jiu-jitsu seemed to fit perfectly. I didn’t need to see my opponent as much as I needed to feel him. I even enjoy blindfolding myself in rolling because of this and I feel I have developed a higher ability to distinguish touch and feel of opponents” [through this process].

During Alduncin’s mid-teens, his older brother Salvador started practicing jiu-jitsu. Alexis was living in the United States at the time (Austin, TX), but whenever they met, the big brother would show him a few moves, an exchange that fuelled his desire to join an academy. This eventually happened on June 2009, once Alexis returned to Mexico. He was 16 years old at the time.

Training under Mario Delgado, a Renzo Gracie black belt, Alexis became addicted to the sport, practicing it diligently and earning his blue belt in 9 months. Believing he had the talent to be one of the best in the world, shortly after his promotion, Alduncin decided to travel to São Paulo, Brazil to train with the best BJJ team at the time, Alliance. Alexis shared an apartment with some of the best athletes in the world there, including Bruno Malfacine, Bernardo Faria and Michael Langhi.

Unfortunately for Alexis at the time, was also a reality check, as the level was leaps more advanced than anything he had experienced in Mexico. Disenchanted with how his level paired up with that of São Paulo’s circuit, Alexis returned to base after 2 months, continuing his progress under Delgado with the hopes of one day returning to the international stage. This would happen a few years later, as a brown belt.

After a positive brown belt campaign, where Alexis medalled in 3 of the top tournaments on the IBJJF calendar, Alduncin was promoted to black belt, a celebration that took place on July 16, 2016.

Alexis Alduncin Grappling Record

38 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    14 (37%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (5%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    18 (47%)
  • BY DECISION
    3 (8%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    1 (3%)

18 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
RNC
39
7
#86e620
Choke from back
33
6
#5AD3D1
Choke from the Back
17
3
#d1212a
Inside heel hook
11
2
18
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
30 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    16 (53%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (7%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    12 (40%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

12 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Armbar
17
2
#86e620
Botinha
8
1
#5AD3D1
Submission
8
1
#d1212a
Toe hold
8
1
#fad11b
Omoplata
8
1
#f58822
Choke
8
1
#224aba
Heel hook
8
1
#ff9124
Inside heel hook
8
1
#bf1f6c
Cross Choke
8
1
#22c9a5
Outside heel hook
8
1
#fad223
Choke from back
8
1
12
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Alexis Alduncin Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
7780Russ MiuraLHeel hookEBI 465KGR12015
10273Joao MiyaoJoao MiyaoLPts: 13x0Austin Open70KGSF2016
10286Joao MiyaoJoao MiyaoLPts: 6x2Austin NG Open67KGSF2016
10385Joao MiyaoJoao MiyaoLPts: 5x0Grand Slam LA62KGSF2016
11211Eddie CummingsEddie CummingsLInside heel hookEBI 1061KG4F2016
11331Michael LieraMichael LieraLCross ChokeFIVE CaliforniaABSSF2017
12034Samir ChantreSamir ChantreLPts: 11x0Pan American64KGR12017
12378Nicky RyanLOutside heel hookADCC WC Trials66KG4F2017
12534Cleber SousaCleber SousaLPts: 5x0World Pro62KGRR2017
12535Mikey MusumeciMikey MusumeciLPointsWorld Pro62KGRR2017
12827Joao MiyaoJoao MiyaoLPointsMiami Spring Open64KGSF2017
13512Joao MiyaoJoao MiyaoLPts: 31x0Chicago SMO64KGF2017
13535Joao MiyaoJoao MiyaoLPointsChicago SMNGO61KGF2017
13609Pablo SilvaPablo SilvaLPointsMexico City Open64KGF2017
13678Joao MiyaoJoao MiyaoLChoke from backGrand Slam LA62KGSF2017
14910John CombsJohn CombsLBotinhaMexico Pro77KGSF2018
15312Pedro DiasPedro DiasLPts: 2x0Grand Slam LDN62KG4F2018
15317Wellington LimaLPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LDN62KGRPC2018
15948Wanki ChaeWanki ChaeLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro62KGSF2018
16245Nobuhiro SawadaNobuhiro SawadaLArmbarWorld Champ.57KGR12018
17186Joao MiyaoJoao MiyaoLArmbarNo Gi Pan Am.61KGF2018
17318Gabriel SousaGabriel SousaLPts: 4x2Grand Slam LA62KG4F2018
17324G. CarvalhoLSubmissionGrand Slam LA62KGRR2018
18163Livio RibeiroLivio RibeiroLPointsGT Open64KGSPF2018
19194Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeLToe holdPan American64KG4F2019
19686Gabriel SousaGabriel SousaLPts: 29x0World Pro62KGRR2019
19689Joao MiyaoJoao MiyaoLOmoplataWorld Pro62KGRR2019
21626Suraj BudhramLPointsMiami Fall Open64KGF2019
21820Magid HageLChokeMexico City OpenABSR12019
21823Junny OcasioJunny OcasioLPts: 2x0Mexico City NGO67KGF2019
9108Daniel MaldonadoWInside heel hookGrappling ING61KGSF2016
9109Jimmy SantiagoWRNCGrappling ING61KGF2016
9110N/AWPointsGrappling Ind.61KG4F2016
9111N/AWPointsGrappling Ind.61KGSF2016
9112N/AWPointsGrappling Ind.61KGF2016
11206Ashley WilliamsAshley WilliamsWEBI/OTEBI 1061KGR12016
11316CristobalWInside heel hookESL67KGSPF2016
11329UnknownWChoke from the BackFIVE California62KGF2017
11330UnknownWReferee DecisionFIVE CaliforniaABS4F2017
11332Arun SharmaWRNCFIVE California62KGF2017
11333Alberto SerranoWReferee DecisionUAE Mexico ProABSSF2017
11334Pablo RogelWChoke from the BackUAE Mexico ProABSF2017
11879Luis Felipe NinjaWChoke from the BackMexico City Open62 KGF2017
12357Pedro SerranoWPts: 4x2ADCC WC Trials66KGRS2017
12373Nohel NestasWPts: 3x0ADCC WC Trials66KG8F2017
12537Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeWPts: 2x0World Pro62KGRR2017
12825R. OliveiraWPointsMiami Spring Open64KG4F2017
13301Sidemar HonorioWChoke from backNY Summer Open64KGSF2017
13302David HerndonWN/ANY Summer Open64KGF2017
13511Juan LopesJuan LopesWChoke from backChicago SMO64KGSF2017
13534Juan LopezWPointsChicago SMNGO61KGSF2017
13608Alessandro ChagasWPointsMexico City Open64KGSF2017
13619Javier LopezWRNCMexico NG Open61KGSF2017
13620Alessandro ChagasWRNCMexico NG Open61KGF2017
13680Jorge NakamuraWPts: 2x2, AdvGrand Slam LA62KG3RD2017
14271Marcelo CohenMarcelo CohenWPointsGT Open57KGSPF2017
15094Audrey AdamWChoke from backMexico Winter Open64KGF2018
15944Reuben SagmanWChoke from backWorld Pro62KG4F2018
16740Paulo MeloWReferee DecisionAustin Open64KGSF2018
16741Arnold MonterrosoWPointsAustin Open64KGF2018
16753Paulo MeloWRNCAustin NGO67KGSF2018
17184Perez FigueroaWRNCNo Gi Pan Am.61KGSF2018
19191Matheus MagalhaesWPts: 2x2, AdvPan American64KG8F2019
19693Virgilio CarvalhoWChoke from backWorld Pro62KGRR2019
19694Mohd Ali HayatWRNCWorld Pro62KGRR2019
21817Carlos GuerreroWChoke from backMexico City Open70KGSF2019
21819Jose AlborWPts: 11x2Mexico City Open70KGF2019
21822Jose AlborWPts: 9x2Mexico City NGO67KGSF2019

Alexis Alduncin Highlight

 

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