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Ali Monfaradi is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt under Fábio Gurgel of Alliance Jiu-Jitsu and head coach of the Elements Jiu-Jitsu Academy, who was the first high-level competitor in the sport’s international circuit from the Kingdom of Bahrain – Middle East. Monfaradi earned multiple medals in some of the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) top tournaments while competing in the lower belt divisions of grappling, a good form he continued as a black belt.

Ali Monfaradi Jiu-Jitsu

Full Name: Ali Seena E. A. Monfaradi

Nickname: Ali has two nicknames for which he is well known among his friends. One is “The Beast From The Middle East” (for obvious reasons) and the other one, which was ‘coined’ by his coach Michael Langhi is “Cadeira Elétrica” (Electric Chair). Electric Chair started being referenced during Monfaradi’s early days in São Paulo because he was very clumsy. “limbs everywhere” and often kicked or elbowed his training partners. His clumsiness was as if he was being electrocuted.

Lineage: Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Rolls Gracie > Romero Cavalcanti > Fábio Gurgel > Ali Monfaradi

Main Achievements:

  • AJP’s Best Asian Athlete Award (2020, 2021)
  • 1st Place IBJJF European Open NoGi (2019)
  • 2nd Place AJP Abu Dhabi World Pro (2021)
  • 3rd Place AJP Abu Dhabi World Pro (2019)
  • 3rd Place AJP Grand Slam, LDN (2020)

Main Achievements (Other):

  • 1st Place JJIF World Ju-Jutsu Championship (2021)
  • 1st Place JJIF Asian Championship (2017 / 2021)
  • 1st Place JJIF Asian Indoor Games (2016 / 2017)
  • 1st Place AJP Czech Republic Pro (2019)
  • 1st Place IBJJF German Nationals (2017)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Berlin Open (2018)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Berlin Open NOGI(2018)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Dallas Open NOGI (2018)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF London Fall Open NOGI (2017 / 2018)
  • 2nd Place AJP Dubai National Pro (2018)
  • 2nd Place JJIF World Ju-Jutsu Championship (2020)
  • 3rd Place JJIF World Ju-Jutsu Championship (2018)
  • 3rd Place JJIF Asian Championship (2019)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF London Fall Open (2017)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Berlin Open (2018*)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship (2012 blue)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pans Championship (2012 blue)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF World Championship (2012* blue)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF European Open (2017 brown)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Pans Championship (2012* blue, 2015 purple)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World Championship (2011 blue, 2014 purple)

* Absolute
** Weight and absolute

Favorite Position/Technique: Well Rounded

Weight Division: Peso Leve (76,00 kg / 168.0 lbs)

Team/Association: Alliance / Elements JJA

Ali Monfaradi Biography

Ali Monfaradi was born on October 30, 1993, in the Kingdom of Bahrain, an island country located in the Persian Gulf.

While growing up uncle Reza Monfaradi was a strong reference for Ali, Reza, who was a pioneering figure for jiu-jitsu in the Bahrain region. Although interested in grappling from watching his family members train since he was a young child, it was only on January 2006 that 12-year-old Ali was allowed to join class, after Reza introduced a kids schedule to the academy’s timetable.

During the 2000s decade, the Monfaradi academy joined hands with the Alliance Jiu-Jitsu franchise, which opened a large international network for its training members. This included Ali, who, as soon as he finished high-schools final exams (International Baccalaureate), hopped on the next plane to California, skipping his graduation ceremony to compete in the IBJJF 2011 World Championship, which was his first major tournament experience. Ali conquered a bronze medal at the World Championship, in the blue belt division, and directly from there, 17-year-old Monfaradi moved to São Paulo, Brazil.

Once in São Paulo, Ali was able to train full-time under Fábio Gurgel at the Alliance headquarters (HQ) for a number of years, while further expanding his academic education. That first year (2011-2012), although in a new country by himself, Monfaradi was able to learn Portuguese and qualify for a local computer science university (which required him to have a good understanding of the local language). An interesting side fact about Monfaradi’s academic achievements is that prior to his computer science aspirations, Ali’s plan was to study nutrition in Brazil, to supplement my athletic career, but when Ali realized the nutrition school campus was a 2-hour bus ride away from Alliance academy, he opted to look for a closer university instead, finding one at a walking distance from the gym, which taught computer science.

After 4.5 years in Brazil, in December 2015, Ali Monfaradi returned to his home country as a brown belt, where he continued to live fully submerged in BJJ life while keeping in contact with Fábio Gurgel. In July 2017, Monfaradi became the 99th black belt promoted by Master Gurgel.

Ali Monfaradi Grappling Record

97 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    54 (56%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    12 (12%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    30 (31%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (1%)

30 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke from Back
33
10
#86e620
Submission
17
5
#5AD3D1
Triangle
7
2
#d1212a
Darce choke
7
2
#fad11b
Violin armlock
3
1
#f58822
Botinha
3
1
#224aba
Verbal tap
3
1
#ff9124
Armbar
3
1
#bf1f6c
Omoplata
3
1
#22c9a5
Straight ankle lock
3
1
#fad223
RNC
3
1
#03861f
Mount pressure
3
1
#039a1f
Choke
3
1
#03b41f
Outside heel hook
3
1
#03c61f
Inside heel hook
3
1
30
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
40 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    17 (43%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    5 (13%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    14 (35%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (5%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (3%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (3%)

14 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Choke from back
21
3
#86e620
Botinha
21
3
#5AD3D1
Armbar
14
2
#d1212a
Arm in Ezekiel
7
1
#fad11b
Von Fluke choke
7
1
#f58822
Guillotine
7
1
#224aba
Reverse triangle
7
1
#ff9124
Choke
7
1
#bf1f6c
Triangle
7
1
14
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Ali Monfaradi Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
13686Masahiro IwasakiMasahiro IwasakiLPointsAsian Open76KG4F2017
13701Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLArmbarAsian OpenABSR12017
14090Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiLArm in EzekielSwedish NatsABSSF2017
14102Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiLVon Fluke chokeGerman NoGiABSF2017
14130Jake MackenzieJake MackenzieLPointsLondon FO76KGSF2017
14145Darragh OConaillDarragh OConaillLGuillotineLondon FNGO79KGF2017
14151C. NegromonteC. NegromonteLReverse triangleLondon FNGOABS4F2017
14164Adriano AraujoLPts: 0x0, AdvAl Ain Pro77KGF2017
14753Julio AnjosJulio AnjosLPts: 11x2Dubai Nat. Pro77KGF2017
14825Julio AnjosJulio AnjosLPts: 4x2Grand Slam AD77KG4F2018
14834Adriano AraujoLPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam AD77KG3RD2018
14913Masahiro IwasakiMasahiro IwasakiLPts: 2x0European Open76KGR12018
15327Tommi PulkkanenLAdvLondon WO76KGSF2018
16130Paulo MiyaoPaulo MiyaoLChoke from backWorld Pro69KG4F2018
17931Alexandre MolinaroAlexandre MolinaroLPointsLondon FO76KG4F2018
17941Max LindbladMax LindbladLChoke from backLondon FOABSSF2018
17944Alexandre MolinaroAlexandre MolinaroLPointsLondon FNGO79KGF2018
17947Anderson LimaLPts: 5x2London FNGOABSSF2018
18396Seif HoumineSeif HoumineLChokeBerlin OpenABSSF2018
18749Inseong JangInseong JangLPts: 2x0JJIF World C.77KGR32018
18771Inseong JangInseong JangLPts: 2x0JJIF World C.77KGR22019
19257Adriano AraujoLPts: 2x2, AdvRas Alk. Pro77KGF2019
20084Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoLBotinhaWorld Pro77KGR22019
20100Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoLBotinhaWorld Pro77KGRPC2019
22118Alexandre MolinaroAlexandre MolinaroLPointsRome Fall Open76KGSF2019
22130Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiLChoke from backRome Fall OpenABSF2019
22955Israel SousaIsrael SousaLPts: 7x6Grand Slam AD69KGR12020
23605Gabriel SousaGabriel SousaLPts: 9x4Grand Slam LDN69KGSF2020
25179Richar NogueiraRichar NogueiraLPts: 0x0, AdvDallas Open70KG4F2021
25220Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoLPts: 4x2Dallas NGO73KGF2021
25493Daniel VieiraLPts: 4x4, PenGrand Slam AD69KGR12021
25649Israel SousaIsrael SousaLPts: 6x1World Pro69KGF2021
29195Espen MathiesenEspen MathiesenLTriangleWorld Pro77KGSF2021
29199Levi JonesLevi JonesLArmbarWorld Pro77KGRPC2021
31775Ellis YoungerLPts: 8x1Italy Pro77KGF2022
34823Adriano AraujoLReferee DecisionUAE Nat Pro77KGSF2022
34872Mahdi KhaledLReferee DecisionVP Cup77KGSF2022
35377Lucas ProtasioLucas ProtasioLPts: 13x7NoGi GP Rome77KGF2022
36311Marinaldo MoraisLDQWorld Pro77KG8F2022
36323Andre CantanhedeLBotinhaWorld Pro77KGRPC2022
11390M. MuratazalievWChoke from BackAsian Games77KGR12017
11391Nurlan YespolovWDarce chokeAsian Games77KG4F2017
11392Davar MansooriWArmbarAsian Games77KGSF2017
11393H. Al RasheedWPts: 2x0Asian Games77KGF2017
11412Abbas KhanWOmoplataIMMAF GrapplingN/A4F2017
11413Ahmed AmirWDarce chokeIMMAF GrapplingN/ASF2017
13684Ishimora JinWPts: 8x0Asian Open76KGR12017
14080Benedikt SchotthoferWStraight ankle lockSwedish Nats82KGF2017
14087Marek ZbrogWPts: 4x0Swedish NatsABS4F2017
14101Nicolas PenzerWPts: 10x8German NNGABSSF2017
14163Melksedek Fr.WPts: 9x2Al Ain Pro77KGSF2017
14170Nino AmbrosiniWPts: 0x0, AdvAl Ain Pro NoGi83KGSF2017
14171Samuel CanquerinoWPts: 4x2Al Ain Pro NoGi83KGF2017
14750Vibhudatta RoutWPts: 6x6, AdvDubai Nat. Pro77KG4F2017
14752Flavio SerafinWPts: 2x0Dubai Nat. Pro77KGSF2017
14758Flavio SerafimWPts: 2x0Dubai NoGi Pro77KGF2017
14797Leonardo FernandesWPts: 4x4, AdvBahrain JJL R194KGSF2018
14798Anderson LimaWPts: 2x2, AdvBahrain JJL R194KGF2018
14799Wagner BorgesWPts: 7x0Bahrain JJL R285KGF2018
14800Wagner BorgesWPts: 5x0Bahrain JJL R385KGSF2018
14801Leonardo FernandesWPts: 5x0Bahrain JJL R385KGF2018
14831Burak SarmanWPts: 4x0Grand Slam AD77KGRPC2018
14833Raphael MelloWPts: 9x0Grand Slam AD77KGRPC2018
16128Krzsyiek FlakWPts: 8x0World Pro69KGR12018
16135Vibhudatta RoutWPts: 2x0World Pro69KGRPC2018
16136Jorge NakamuraWPts: 12x2World Pro69KGRPC2018
16138Thomas HalpinThomas HalpinWPts: 4x2World Pro69KGRPC2018
17937Bruno CelioWChoke from backLondon FOABS4F2018
17943Kenji SetteWRNCLondon FNGO79KGSF2018
18748Szilard SuleWPts: 2x0JJIF World C.77KGR22018
18753Vedran SimeunovicWPts: 11x0JJIF World C.77KGRPC2018
18754Wim DeputterWPts: 5x0JJIF World C.77KGRPC2018
18755Dan SchonWPts: 2x0JJIF World C.77KGRPC2018
18756Sebastien LecocqWPts: 5x0JJIF World C.77KGRPC2018
18766H. KhalafawiWMount pressureBahrain JJL R194KGSF2019
18767M. MonovarovWChoke from backBahrain JJL R194KGF2019
18768Jan BassoWPts: 2x2, AdvCzech Nat Pro77KGSF2019
18769Jan BassoWPts: 0x0, AdvCzech Nat Pro77KGF2019
18770Szilard SuleWPts: 2x0JJIF World C.77KGR12019
18772Vedran SimeunovicWPts: 11x0JJIF World C.77KGRPC2019
18773Wim DeputterWPts: 5x0JJIF World C.77KGRPC2019
18774Dan SchonWPts: 2x0JJIF World C.77KGRPC2019
18775Sebastien LecocqWPts: 5x0JJIF World C.77KGRPC2019
19256Marcos CostaMarcos CostaWPts: 4x2Ras Alk. Pro77KGSF2019
19259Tiago BravoTiago BravoWPts: 2x0Ras A NG Pro75KGF2019
20083David BelucheWChokeWorld Pro77KGR12019
20098Christian DellevagWPts: 4x0World Pro77KGRPC2019
22126Rodrigo TatuRodrigo TatuWPointsRome Fall OpenABS4F2019
22129Sean CoatesWN/ARome Fall OpenABSSF2019
22146Marcus PhelanMarcus PhelanWPts: 4x2European NoGi73KGR12019
22149Amin NikiWPts: 11x0European NoGi73KG4F2019
22150Tommi PulkkanenWPointsEuropean NoGi73KGSF2019
23602Sam McNallySam McNallyWPts: 4x3Grand Slam LDN69KG4F2020
23608Tyrone ElliottWSubmissionGrand Slam LDN69KGRPC2020
23609Haidar AbbasWPts: 6x4Grand Slam LDN69KG3RD2020
25214Fernando SantosWPts: 0x0, AdvDallas NGO73KG4F2021
25219Francisco CuneoFrancisco CuneoWPts: 5x2Dallas NGO73KGSF2021
25646Haidar AbbasWPts: 4x1World Pro69KG4F2021
25648Lucas GalbuseraWPts: 5x4World Pro69KGSF2021
27461Reda AloufiWSubmissionEastern RJJC85KG4F2021
27462Troy HuntWPts: 2x0Eastern RJJC85KGSF2021
27463M. SiyamWSubmissionEastern RJJC85KGF2021
27477B. BenmahammedWPts: 6x4Croatia Pro77KGF2021
27480Ali HayatWChoke from backCroatia ProABSSF2021
27481Martin NedbalWChoke from backCroatia ProABSF2021
27482Ali HayatWOutside heel hookCroatia NGP77KGSF2021
27484B. BenmahammedWInside heel hookCroatia NGP77KGF2021
27954S. MirshokhidWChoke from backJJIF Asian77KGR12021
27955N. OlzhasWPointsJJIF Asian77KG8F2021
27956Aunjai ChanwitWChoke from backJJIF Asian77KG4F2021
27957A. MahdiWChoke from backJJIF Asian77KGSF2021
27958A. Ala AldinWPointsJJIF Asian77KGF2021
28375Eric SabliereWDQFrance Pro77KGSF2021
28376Bruno BorgesWPts: 2x0France Pro77KGF2021
29190Batbayar BatsukhWPts: 7x0World Pro77KGR12021
29194Bruno TcholaWChoke from backWorld Pro77KG4F2021
29770Mahdi AlawlaqiWPts: 4x4, AdvJJIF World C.77KGR12021
29771Y. YangiboyWChoke from backJJIF World C.77KGR22021
29772Michael SheenanWPts: 2x2, AdvJJIF World C.77KG4F2021
29773B. BasukhWPts: 0x0, AdvJJIF World C.77KGSF2021
29774R. NimrodWPts: 2x0JJIF World C.77KGF2021
31771Bilal BenmahammedWPts: 1x0Italy Pro77KG4F2022
31773Kalel SantosWTriangleItaly Pro77KGSF2022
31779Bilal BenmahammedWSubmissionItaly NG Pro77KGF2022
31807Adnan MagomedovWPts: 0x0, AdvPresident CupNANA2022
31812A. AlbarguthiWSubmissionPresident CupNANA2022
31813Faraj AlawlaqiWPointsPresident CupNANA2022
31817Andre CantanhedeWPts: 4x2President CupNA3RD2022
34821Jonatham SilvaWPts: 3x2UAE Nat Pro77KG4F2022
34826Yago SouzaYago SouzaWViolin armlockUAE Nat Pro77KG3RD2022
34869Saif HasanWBotinhaVP Cup77KGR12022
34870Saaid AhmadWVerbal tapVP Cup77KGR22022
34871Joao BezerraWPts: 0x0, AdvVP Cup77KG4F2022
35375Pavel KalesnikWPts: 1x0NoGi GP Rome77KGSF2022
36320Thabet AlTaherWPts: 8x0World Pro77KGRPC2022
36321Sebastian GuevaraWPts: 6x5World Pro77KGRPC2022
36322Ali AbualhajWTriangleWorld Pro77KGRPC2022

Ali Monfaradi vs Bruno Célio (2018)

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4 Comments

  • Ali says:

    Great article! Thank you, I’ve been a huge fan of BJJ Heroes since I was a teenager!

  • Abdullah almulla says:

    Wow another beast from Middle East so proud of you Champion wish you all the best brother

  • Aliriddah says:

    It’s so nice to start my first step to MMA by playing JUJITSU under an inspirational person , I got invited by coach ALAA and I’ll do my best to be reach the top , see you soon coach ❤️

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