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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

71 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    42 (59%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    10 (14%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    18 (25%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (1%)

18 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke from back
50
9
#86e620
Submission
17
3
#5AD3D1
Straight ankle lock
6
1
#d1212a
RNC
6
1
#fad11b
Mount pressure
6
1
#f58822
Choke
6
1
#224aba
Outside heel hook
6
1
#ff9124
Inside heel hook
6
1
18
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
34 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    15 (44%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    5 (15%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    13 (38%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (3%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

13 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Choke from back
23
3
#86e620
Armbar
15
2
#5AD3D1
Botinha
15
2
#d1212a
Triangle
8
1
#fad11b
Arm in Ezekiel
8
1
#f58822
Von Fluke choke
8
1
#224aba
Guillotine
8
1
#ff9124
Reverse triangle
8
1
#bf1f6c
Choke
8
1
13
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Ali Monfaradi Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
13661Masahiro IwasakiMasahiro IwasakiLPointsAsian Open76KG4F2017
13676Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLArmbarAsian OpenABSR12017
14064Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiLArm in EzekielGerman NationalsABSSF2017
14075Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiLVon Fluke chokeGerman NoGiABSF2017
14103Jake MackenzieJake MackenzieLPointsLondon Fall Open76KGSF2017
14118Darragh OConaillDarragh OConaillLGuillotineLondon Fall NG.O79KGF2017
14124C. NegromonteC. NegromonteLReverse triangleLondon Fall NG.OABS4F2017
14137Adriano AraujoLPts: 0x0, AdvAl Ain Pro77KGF2017
14725Julio AnjosJulio AnjosLPts: 11x2Dubai Nat. Pro77KGF2017
14797Julio AnjosJulio AnjosLPts: 4x2Grand Slam AD77KG4F2018
14805Adriano AraujoLPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam AD77KG3RD2018
14884Masahiro IwasakiMasahiro IwasakiLPts: 2x0European Open76KGR12018
15298Tommi PulkkanenLAdvLondon W. Open76KGSF2018
16100Paulo MiyaoPaulo MiyaoLChoke from backWorld Pro69KG4F2018
17898Alexandre MolinaroAlexandre MolinaroLPointsLondon Fall Open76KG4F2018
17908Max LindbladMax LindbladLChoke from backLondon Fall OpenABSSF2018
17911Alexandre MolinaroAlexandre MolinaroLPointsLondon Fall NGO79KGF2018
17914Anderson LimaLPts: 5x2London Fall NGOABSSF2018
18363Seif HoumineSeif HoumineLChokeBerlin OpenABSSF2018
18717Inseong JangInseong JangLPts: 2x0JJIF World C.77KGR32018
18739Inseong JangInseong JangLPts: 2x0JJIF World C.77KGR22019
19224Adriano AraujoLPts: 2x2, AdvRas Alk. Pro77KGF2019
20050Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoLBotinhaWorld Pro77KGR22019
20066Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoLBotinhaWorld Pro77KGRPC2019
22073Alexandre MolinaroAlexandre MolinaroLPointsRome Fall Open76KGSF2019
22085Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiLChoke from backRome Fall OpenABSF2019
22894Israel SousaIsrael SousaLPts: 7x6Grand Slam AD69KGR12020
23535Gabriel SousaGabriel SousaLPts: 9x4Grand Slam LDN69KGSF2020
25076Richar NogueiraRichar NogueiraLPts: 0x0, AdvDallas Open70KG4F2021
25117Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoLPts: 4x2Dallas NGO73KGF2021
25385Daniel VieiraLPts: 4x4, PenGrand Slam AD69KGR12021
25541Israel SousaIsrael SousaLPts: 6x1World Pro69KGF2021
29054Espen MathiesenEspen MathiesenLTriangleWorld Pro77KGSF2021
29058Levi JonesLevi JonesLArmbarWorld Pro77KGRPC2021
11371H. Al RasheedWPts: 2x0Asian Games77KGSPF2017
14055Benedikt SchotthoferWStraight ankle lockGerman Nationals82KGF2017
14136Melksedek Fr.WPts: 9x2Al Ain Pro77KGSF2017
14143Nino AmbrosiniWPts: 0x0, AdvAl Ain Pro NoGi83KGSF2017
14144Samuel CanquerinoWPts: 4x2Al Ain Pro NoGi83KGF2017
14722Vibhudatta RoutWPts: 6x6, AdvDubai Nat. Pro77KG4F2017
14724Flavio SerafinWPts: 2x0Dubai Nat. Pro77KGSF2017
14730Flavio SerafimWPts: 2x0Dubai NoGi Pro77KGF2017
14769Leonardo FernandesWPts: 4x4, AdvBahrain JJL R194KGSF2018
14770Anderson LimaWPts: 2x2, AdvBahrain JJL R194KGF2018
14771Wagner BorgesWPts: 7x0Bahrain JJL R285KGF2018
14772Wagner BorgesWPts: 5x0Bahrain JJL R385KGSF2018
14773Leonardo FernandesWPts: 5x0Bahrain JJL R385KGF2018
14804Raphael MelloWPts: 9x0Grand Slam AD77KGRPC2018
16105Vibhudatta RoutWPts: 2x0World Pro69KGRPC2018
16106Jorge NakamuraWPts: 12x2World Pro69KGRPC2018
16108Thomas HalpinThomas HalpinWPts: 4x2World Pro69KGRPC2018
17904Bruno CelioWChoke from backLondon Fall OpenABS4F2018
17910Kenji SetteWRNCLondon Fall NGO79KGSF2018
18716Szilard SuleWPts: 2x0JJIF World C.77KGR22018
18721Vedran SimeunovicWPts: 11x0JJIF World C.77KGRPC2018
18722Wim DeputterWPts: 5x0JJIF World C.77KGRPC2018
18723Dan SchonWPts: 2x0JJIF World C.77KGRPC2018
18724Sebastien LecocqWPts: 5x0JJIF World C.77KGRPC2018
18734H. KhalafawiWMount pressureBahrain JJL R194KGSF2019
18735M. MonovarovWChoke from backBahrain JJL R194KGF2019
18736Jan BassoWPts: 2x2, AdvCzech Nat Pro77KGSF2019
18737Jan BassoWPts: 0x0, AdvCzech Nat Pro77KGF2019
18738Szilard SuleWPts: 2x0JJIF World C.77KGR12019
18740Vedran SimeunovicWPts: 11x0JJIF World C.77KGRPC2019
18741Wim DeputterWPts: 5x0JJIF World C.77KGRPC2019
18742Dan SchonWPts: 2x0JJIF World C.77KGRPC2019
18743Sebastien LecocqWPts: 5x0JJIF World C.77KGRPC2019
19223Marcos CostaMarcos CostaWPts: 4x2Ras Alk. Pro77KGSF2019
19226Tiago BravoTiago BravoWPts: 2x0Ras A. NoGi Pro75KGF2019
20049David BelucheWChokeWorld Pro77KGR12019
20064Christian DellevagWPts: 4x0World Pro77KGRPC2019
22081Rodrigo TatuRodrigo TatuWPointsRome Fall OpenABS4F2019
22084Sean CoatesWN/ARome Fall OpenABSSF2019
22101Marcus PhelanMarcus PhelanWPts: 4x2European NoGi73KGR12019
22104Amin NikiWN/AEuropean NoGi73KG4F2019
22105Tommi PulkkanenWN/AEuropean NoGi73KGSF2019
23532Sam McNallyWPts: 4x3Grand Slam LDN69KG4F2020
23538Tyrone ElliottWSubmissionGrand Slam LDN69KGRPC2020
23539Haidar AbbasWPts: 6x4Grand Slam LDN69KG3RD2020
25111Fernando SantosWPts: 0x0, AdvDallas NGO73KG4F2021
25116Francisco CuneoFrancisco CuneoWPts: 5x2Dallas NGO73KGSF2021
25538Haidar AbbasWPts: 4x1World Pro69KG4F2021
25540Lucas GalbuseraWPts: 5x4World Pro69KGSF2021
27333Reda AloufiWSubmissionEastern RJJC85KG4F2021
27334Troy HuntWPts: 2x0Eastern RJJC85KGSF2021
27335M. SiyamWSubmissionEastern RJJC85KGF2021
27349B. BenmahammedWPts: 6x4Croatia Pro77KGF2021
27352Ali HayatWChoke from backCroatia ProABSSF2021
27353Martin NedbalWChoke from backCroatia ProABSF2021
27354Ali HayatWOutside heel hookCroatia NGP77KGSF2021
27356B. BenmahammedWInside heel hookCroatia NGP77KGF2021
27821S. MirshokhidWChoke from backJJIF Asian77KGR12021
27822N. OlzhasWPointsJJIF Asian77KG8F2021
27823Aunjai ChanwitWChoke from backJJIF Asian77KG4F2021
27824A. MahdiWChoke from backJJIF Asian77KGSF2021
27825A. Ala AldinWPointsJJIF Asian77KGF2021
28239Eric SabliereWDQFrance Pro77KGSF2021
28240Bruno BorgesWPts: 2x0France Pro77KGF2021
29049Batbayar BatsukhWPts: 7x0World Pro77KGR12021
29053Bruno TcholaWChoke from backWorld Pro77KG4F2021
29622Mahdi AlawlaqiWPts: 4x4, AdvJJIF World C.77KGR12021
29623Y. YangiboyWChoke from backJJIF World C.77KGR22021
29624Michael SheenanWPts: 2x2, AdvJJIF World C.77KG4F2021
29625B. BasukhWPts: 0x0, AdvJJIF World C.77KGSF2021
29626R. NimrodWPts: 2x0JJIF World C.77KGF2021

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