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Ali Monfaradi

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Ali Monfaradi is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt under Fábio Gurgel of Alliance Jiu-Jitsu, who also worked extensively with Reza Monfaradi and is 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: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie (Senior) > Helio Gracie > Rolls Gracie > Romero Cavalcanti (Jacaré) > Fábio Gurgel > Ali Monfaradi

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place IBJJF European Open NoGi (2019)
  • 1st Place IBJJF German Nationals (2017)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Berlin Open (2018)
  • 1st Place UAEJJF Czech Republic Pro (2019)
  • 1st Place JJIF World Ju-Jutsu Championship (2018)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Berlin NoGi Open (2018)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF London Fall NoGi Open (2017 / 2018)
  • 2nd Place UAEJJF Dubai National Pro (2018)
  • 3rd Place JJIF World Ju-Jutsu Championship (2018)
  • 3rd Place UAEJJF Abu Dhabi Pro (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

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, on 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. On July 2017, Monfaradi became the 99th black belt promoted by Master Gurgel.

Ali Monfaradi Grappling Record

42 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    30 (71%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    6 (14%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    6 (14%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

6 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke from back
33
2
#86e620
RNC
17
1
#5AD3D1
Mount pressure
17
1
#d1212a
Choke
17
1
#fad11b
Straight ankle lock
17
1
6
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
27 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    12 (44%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    4 (15%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    11 (41%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

11 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Choke from back
27
3
#86e620
Botinha
18
2
#5AD3D1
Arm in ezekiel
9
1
#d1212a
Von Fluke choke
9
1
#fad11b
Guillotine
9
1
#f58822
Reverse triangle
9
1
#224aba
Choke
9
1
#ff9124
Armbar
9
1
11
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Ali Monfaradi Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
13586Masahiro IwasakiMasahiro IwasakiLPointsAsian Open76KG4F2017
13601Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLArmbarAsian OpenABSR12017
13985Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiLArm in ezekielGerman NationalsABSSF2017
13996Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiLVon Fluke chokeGerman NoGiABSF2017
14025Jake MackenzieJake MackenzieLPointsLondon Fall Open76KGSF2017
14039Darragh OConaillDarragh OConaillLGuillotineLondon Fall NG.O79KGF2017
14045C. NegromonteC. NegromonteLReverse triangleLondon Fall NG.OABS4F2017
14055Adriano AraujoLPts: 0x0, AdvAl Ain Pro77KGF2017
14640Julio AnjosJulio AnjosLPts: 11x2Dubai Nat. Pro77KGF2017
14707Julio AnjosJulio AnjosLPts: 4x2Grand Slam AD77KG4F2018
14713Adriano AraujoLPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam AD77KG3RD2018
14786Masahiro IwasakiMasahiro IwasakiLPts: 2x0European Open76KGR12018
15191Tommi PulkkanenLAdvLondon W. Open76KGSF2018
15984Paulo MiyaoPaulo MiyaoLChoke from backWorld Pro69KG4F2018
17736Alexandre MolinaroAlexandre MolinaroLPointsLondon Fall Open76KG4F2018
17746Max LindbladMax LindbladLChoke from backLondon Fall OpenABSSF2018
17749Alexandre MolinaroAlexandre MolinaroLPointsLondon Fall NGO79KGF2018
17752Anderson LimaLPts: 5x2London Fall NGOABSSF2018
18182Seif HoumineSeif HoumineLChokeBerlin OpenABSSF2018
18516Inseong JangInseong JangLPts: 2x0JJIF World C.77KGR32018
18529Inseong JangInseong JangLPts: 2x0JJIF World C.77KGR22019
18984Adriano AraujoLPts: 2x2, AdvRas Alk. Pro77KGF2019
19776Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoLBotinhaWorld Pro77KGR22019
19792Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoLBotinhaWorld Pro77KGRPC2019
21646Alexandre MolinaroAlexandre MolinaroLPointsRome Open76KGSF2019
21655Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiLChoke from backRome OpenABSF2019
22362Israel SousaIsrael SousaLPts: 7x6Grand Slam AD69KGR12019
11321H. Al RasheedWPts: 2x0Asian Games77KGSPF2017
13976Benedikt SchotthoferWStraight ankle lockGerman Nationals82KGF2017
14054Melksedek Fr.WPts: 9x2Al Ain Pro77KGSF2017
14061Nino AmbrosiniWPts: 0x0, AdvAl Ain Pro NoGi83KGSF2017
14062Samuel CanquerinoWPts: 4x2Al Ain Pro NoGi83KGF2017
14637Vibhudatta RoutWPts: 6x6, AdvDubai Nat. Pro77KG4F2017
14639Flavio SerafinWPts: 2x0Dubai Nat. Pro77KGSF2017
14645Flavio SerafimWPts: 2x0Dubai NoGi Pro77KGF2017
14679Leonardo FernandesWPts: 4x4, AdvBahrain JJL R194KGSF2018
14680Anderson LimaWPts: 2x2, AdvBahrain JJL R194KGF2018
14681Wagner BorgesWPts: 7x0Bahrain JJL R285KGF2018
14682Wagner BorgesWPts: 5x0Bahrain JJL R385KGSF2018
14683Leonardo FernandesWPts: 5x0Bahrain JJL R385KGF2018
14712Raphael MelloWPts: 9x0Grand Slam AD77KGRPC2018
15989Vibhudatta RoutWPts: 2x0World Pro69KGRPC2018
15990Jorge NakamuraWPts: 12x2World Pro69KGRPC2018
15992Thomas HalpinThomas HalpinWPts: 4x2World Pro69KGRPC2018
17742Bruno CelioWChoke from backLondon Fall OpenABS4F2018
17748Kenji SetteWRNCLondon Fall NGO79KGSF2018
18515Szilard SuleWPts: 2x0JJIF World C.77KGR22018
18520Vedran SimeunovicWPts: 11x0JJIF World C.77KGRPC2018
18521Wim DeputterWPts: 5x0JJIF World C.77KGRPC2018
18522Dan SchonWPts: 2x0JJIF World C.77KGRPC2018
18523Sebastien LecocqWPts: 5x0JJIF World C.77KGRPC2018
18524H. KhalafawiWMount pressureBahrain JJL R194KGSF2019
18525M. MonovarovWChoke from backBahrain JJL R194KGF2019
18526Jan BassoWPts: 2x2, AdvCzech Nat Pro77KGSF2019
18527Jan BassoWPts: 0x0, AdvCzech Nat Pro77KGF2019
18528Szilard SuleWPts: 2x0JJIF World C.77KGR12019
18530Vedran SimeunovicWPts: 11x0JJIF World C.77KGRPC2019
18531Wim DeputterWPts: 5x0JJIF World C.77KGRPC2019
18532Dan SchonWPts: 2x0JJIF World C.77KGRPC2019
18533Sebastien LecocqWPts: 5x0JJIF World C.77KGRPC2019
18983Marcos CostaMarcos CostaWPts: 4x2Ras Alk. Pro77KGSF2019
18986Tiago BravoTiago BravoWPts: 2x0Ras A. NoGi Pro75KGF2019
19775David BelucheWChokeWorld Pro77KGR12019
19790Christian DellevagWPts: 4x0World Pro77KGRPC2019
21651Rodrigo MartinsWN/ARome OpenABS4F2019
21654Sean CoatesWN/ARome OpenABSSF2019
21670Marcus PhelanWN/AEuropean NoGi73KGR12019
21673Amin NikiWN/AEuropean NoGi73KG4F2019
21674Tommi PulkkanenWN/AEuropean NoGi73KGSF2019

Ali Monfaradi vs Bruno Célio (2018)

5050 Guard Instructional by Lachlan Giles

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