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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 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)
  • 2nd Place UAEJJF President Cup (2023)
  • 3rd Place AJP Abu Dhabi World Pro (2019)
  • 3rd Place AJP Grand Slam, LDN (2020)
  • 3rd Place AJP Grand Slam, TYO (2024)
  • 3rd Place UAEJJF President Cup (2022)

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

110 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    63 (57%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    14 (13%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    31 (28%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    2 (2%)

31 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke from Back
32
10
#86e620
Submission
16
5
#5AD3D1
Triangle
6
2
#d1212a
Darce choke
6
2
#fad11b
Inside heel hook
3
1
#f58822
Violin armlock
3
1
#224aba
Botinha
3
1
#ff9124
Verbal tap
3
1
#bf1f6c
Toe hold
3
1
#22c9a5
Armbar
3
1
#fad223
Omoplata
3
1
#03861f
Straight ankle lock
3
1
#039a1f
RNC
3
1
#03b41f
Mount pressure
3
1
#03c61f
Choke
3
1
#03d61f
Outside heel hook
3
1
31
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
51 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    25 (49%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    6 (12%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    15 (29%)
  • BY DECISION
    3 (6%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (2%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (2%)

15 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Choke from back
20
3
#86e620
Botinha
20
3
#5AD3D1
Armbar
13
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
#22c9a5
Straight ankle lock
7
1
15
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Ali Monfaradi Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
13687Masahiro IwasakiMasahiro IwasakiLPointsAsian Open76KG4F2017
13702Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLArmbarAsian OpenABSR12017
14091Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiLArm in EzekielSwedish NatsABSSF2017
14103Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiLVon Fluke chokeGerman NoGiABSF2017
14131Jake MackenzieJake MackenzieLPointsLondon FO76KGSF2017
14146Darragh OConaillDarragh OConaillLGuillotineLondon FNGO79KGF2017
14152C. NegromonteC. NegromonteLReverse triangleLondon FNGOABS4F2017
14165Adriano AraujoLPts: 0x0, AdvAl Ain Pro77KGF2017
14754Julio AnjosJulio AnjosLPts: 11x2Dubai Nat. Pro77KGF2017
14826Julio AnjosJulio AnjosLPts: 4x2Grand Slam AD77KG4F2018
14835Adriano AraujoLPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam AD77KG3RD2018
14914Masahiro IwasakiMasahiro IwasakiLPts: 2x0European Open76KGR12018
15328Tommi PulkkanenLAdvLondon WO76KGSF2018
16131Paulo MiyaoPaulo MiyaoLChoke from backWorld Pro69KG4F2018
17937Alexandre MolinaroAlexandre MolinaroLPointsLondon FO76KG4F2018
17947Max LindbladMax LindbladLChoke from backLondon FOABSSF2018
17950Alexandre MolinaroAlexandre MolinaroLPointsLondon FNGO79KGF2018
17953Anderson LimaLPts: 5x2London FNGOABSSF2018
18405Seif HoumineSeif HoumineLChokeBerlin OpenABSSF2018
18758Inseong JangInseong JangLPts: 2x0JJIF World C.77KGR32018
18780Inseong JangInseong JangLPts: 2x0JJIF World C.77KGR22019
19268Adriano AraujoLPts: 2x2, AdvRas Alk. Pro77KGF2019
20095Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoLBotinhaWorld Pro77KGR22019
20111Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoLBotinhaWorld Pro77KGRPC2019
22129Alexandre MolinaroAlexandre MolinaroLPointsRome Fall Open76KGSF2019
22141Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiLChoke from backRome Fall OpenABSF2019
22965Israel SousaIsrael SousaLPts: 7x6Grand Slam AD69KGR12020
23615Gabriel SousaGabriel SousaLPts: 9x4Grand Slam LDN69KGSF2020
25189Richar NogueiraRichar NogueiraLPts: 0x0, AdvDallas Open70KG4F2021
25230Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoLPts: 4x2Dallas NGO73KGF2021
25503Daniel VieiraLPts: 4x4, PenGrand Slam AD69KGR12021
25659Israel SousaIsrael SousaLPts: 6x1World Pro69KGF2021
29209Espen MathiesenEspen MathiesenLTriangleWorld Pro77KGSF2021
29213Levi JonesLevi JonesLArmbarWorld Pro77KGRPC2021
31792Ellis YoungerLPts: 8x1Italy Pro77KGF2022
34854Adriano AraujoLReferee DecisionUAE Nat Pro77KGSF2022
34903Mahdi KhaledLReferee DecisionVP Cup77KGSF2022
35426Lucas ProtasioLucas ProtasioLPts: 13x7NoGi GP Rome77KGF2022
36371Marinaldo MoraisLDQWorld Pro77KG8F2022
36383Andre CantanhedeLBotinhaWorld Pro77KGRPC2022
38864Luiz PauloLuiz PauloLPts: 10x2Presidents Cup77KGRR2023
39769Andre CantanhedeLPts: 3x3ADGS ABD77KGSF2023
39773Joao Paulo SousaLPts: 4x3ADGS ABD77KGRPC2023
40603Luiz PauloLuiz PauloLPts: 0x0, AdvPresident Cup77KGF2023
41043Francisco FreireLPts: 4x4Dubai Pro77KGF2023
44814Pedro RamalhoPedro RamalhoLStraight ankle lockWorld Pro77KG4F2023
44826Artem KaygarodovLPts: 2x1World Pro77KGRPC2023
46127Artem KaygarodovLPts: 1x0ADGS TYO77KG4F2024
46327Talison CostaLReferee DecisionADXC2NASPF2024
48699Tim HinrichsLPts: 11x1ADGS Rome77KG8F2024
49544Jose MatiasLPts: 1x1ADGS ABD77KG8F2024
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
13685Ishimora JinWPts: 8x0Asian Open76KGR12017
14081Benedikt SchotthoferWStraight ankle lockSwedish Nats82KGF2017
14088Marek ZbrogWPts: 4x0Swedish NatsABS4F2017
14102Nicolas PenzerWPts: 10x8German NNGABSSF2017
14164Melksedek Fr.WPts: 9x2Al Ain Pro77KGSF2017
14171Nino AmbrosiniWPts: 0x0, AdvAl Ain Pro NoGi83KGSF2017
14172Samuel CanquerinoWPts: 4x2Al Ain Pro NoGi83KGF2017
14751Vibhudatta RoutWPts: 6x6, AdvDubai Nat. Pro77KG4F2017
14753Flavio SerafinWPts: 2x0Dubai Nat. Pro77KGSF2017
14759Flavio SerafimWPts: 2x0Dubai NoGi Pro77KGF2017
14798Leonardo FernandesWPts: 4x4, AdvBahrain JJL R194KGSF2018
14799Anderson LimaWPts: 2x2, AdvBahrain JJL R194KGF2018
14800Wagner BorgesWPts: 7x0Bahrain JJL R285KGF2018
14801Wagner BorgesWPts: 5x0Bahrain JJL R385KGSF2018
14802Leonardo FernandesWPts: 5x0Bahrain JJL R385KGF2018
14832Burak SarmanWPts: 4x0Grand Slam AD77KGRPC2018
14834Raphael MelloWPts: 9x0Grand Slam AD77KGRPC2018
16129Krzsyiek FlakWPts: 8x0World Pro69KGR12018
16136Vibhudatta RoutWPts: 2x0World Pro69KGRPC2018
16137Jorge NakamuraWPts: 12x2World Pro69KGRPC2018
16139Thomas HalpinThomas HalpinWPts: 4x2World Pro69KGRPC2018
17943Bruno CelioWChoke from backLondon FOABS4F2018
17949Kenji SetteWRNCLondon FNGO79KGSF2018
18757Szilard SuleWPts: 2x0JJIF World C.77KGR22018
18762Vedran SimeunovicWPts: 11x0JJIF World C.77KGRPC2018
18763Wim DeputterWPts: 5x0JJIF World C.77KGRPC2018
18764Dan SchonWPts: 2x0JJIF World C.77KGRPC2018
18765Sebastien LecocqWPts: 5x0JJIF World C.77KGRPC2018
18775H. KhalafawiWMount pressureBahrain JJL R194KGSF2019
18776M. MonovarovWChoke from backBahrain JJL R194KGF2019
18777Jan BassoWPts: 2x2, AdvCzech Nat Pro77KGSF2019
18778Jan BassoWPts: 0x0, AdvCzech Nat Pro77KGF2019
18779Szilard SuleWPts: 2x0JJIF World C.77KGR12019
18781Vedran SimeunovicWPts: 11x0JJIF World C.77KGRPC2019
18782Wim DeputterWPts: 5x0JJIF World C.77KGRPC2019
18783Dan SchonWPts: 2x0JJIF World C.77KGRPC2019
18784Sebastien LecocqWPts: 5x0JJIF World C.77KGRPC2019
19267Marcos CostaMarcos CostaWPts: 4x2Ras Alk. Pro77KGSF2019
19270Tiago BravoTiago BravoWPts: 2x0Ras A NG Pro75KGF2019
20094David BelucheWChokeWorld Pro77KGR12019
20109Christian DellevagWPts: 4x0World Pro77KGRPC2019
22137Rodrigo TatuRodrigo TatuWPointsRome Fall OpenABS4F2019
22140Sean CoatesWN/ARome Fall OpenABSSF2019
22157Marcus PhelanMarcus PhelanWPts: 4x2European NoGi73KGR12019
22160Amin NikiWPts: 11x0European NoGi73KG4F2019
22161Tommi PulkkanenWPointsEuropean NoGi73KGSF2019
23612Sam McNallySam McNallyWPts: 4x3Grand Slam LDN69KG4F2020
23618Tyrone ElliottWSubmissionGrand Slam LDN69KGRPC2020
23619Haidar AbbasWPts: 6x4Grand Slam LDN69KG3RD2020
25224Fernando SantosWPts: 0x0, AdvDallas NGO73KG4F2021
25229Francisco CuneoFrancisco CuneoWPts: 5x2Dallas NGO73KGSF2021
25656Haidar AbbasWPts: 4x1World Pro69KG4F2021
25658Lucas GalbuseraWPts: 5x4World Pro69KGSF2021
27471Reda AloufiWSubmissionEastern RJJC85KG4F2021
27472Troy HuntWPts: 2x0Eastern RJJC85KGSF2021
27473M. SiyamWSubmissionEastern RJJC85KGF2021
27487B. BenmahammedWPts: 6x4Croatia Pro77KGF2021
27490Ali HayatWChoke from backCroatia ProABSSF2021
27491Martin NedbalWChoke from backCroatia ProABSF2021
27492Ali HayatWOutside heel hookCroatia NGP77KGSF2021
27494B. BenmahammedWInside heel hookCroatia NGP77KGF2021
27964S. MirshokhidWChoke from backJJIF Asian77KGR12021
27965N. OlzhasWPointsJJIF Asian77KG8F2021
27966Aunjai ChanwitWChoke from backJJIF Asian77KG4F2021
27967A. MahdiWChoke from backJJIF Asian77KGSF2021
27968A. Ala AldinWPointsJJIF Asian77KGF2021
28385Eric SabliereWDQFrance Pro77KGSF2021
28386Bruno BorgesWPts: 2x0France Pro77KGF2021
29204Batbayar BatsukhWPts: 7x0World Pro77KGR12021
29208Bruno TcholaWChoke from backWorld Pro77KG4F2021
29784Mahdi AlawlaqiWPts: 4x4, AdvJJIF World C.77KGR12021
29785Y. YangiboyWChoke from backJJIF World C.77KGR22021
29786Michael SheenanWPts: 2x2, AdvJJIF World C.77KG4F2021
29787B. BasukhWPts: 0x0, AdvJJIF World C.77KGSF2021
29788R. NimrodWPts: 2x0JJIF World C.77KGF2021
31788Bilal BenmahammedWPts: 1x0Italy Pro77KG4F2022
31790Kalel SantosWTriangleItaly Pro77KGSF2022
31796Bilal BenmahammedWSubmissionItaly NG Pro77KGF2022
31824Adnan MagomedovWPts: 0x0, AdvPresident CupNANA2022
31829A. AlbarguthiWSubmissionPresident CupNANA2022
31830Faraj AlawlaqiWPointsPresident CupNANA2022
31834Andre CantanhedeWPts: 4x2President CupNA3RD2022
34852Jonatham SilvaWPts: 3x2UAE Nat Pro77KG4F2022
34857Yago SouzaYago SouzaWViolin armlockUAE Nat Pro77KG3RD2022
34900Saif HasanWBotinhaVP Cup77KGR12022
34901Saaid AhmadWVerbal tapVP Cup77KGR22022
34902Joao BezerraWPts: 0x0, AdvVP Cup77KG4F2022
35424Pavel KalesnikWPts: 1x0NoGi GP Rome77KGSF2022
36380Thabet AlTaherWPts: 8x0World Pro77KGRPC2022
36381Sebastian GuevaraWPts: 6x5World Pro77KGRPC2022
36382Ali AbualhajWTriangleWorld Pro77KGRPC2022
38866Diego SodreDiego SodreWPts: 2x2, AdvPresidents Cup77KGRR2023
39762Elias CostaWPts: 7x0ADGS ABD77KGR12023
39766Artem KaygarodovWPts: 5x4ADGS ABD77KG4F2023
40598A. AlbaloushiWToe holdPresident Cup77KGR12023
40600Saif AlshamsiWN/APresident Cup77KG4F2023
40602F. AlawlaqiWPts: 2x2, AdvPresident Cup77KGSF2023
41042Mohammad FahmiWDQDubai Pro77KGSF2023
44811Artem KaygarodovWPts: 2x0World Pro77KG8F2023
44824D. MunkhturWPts: 3x1World Pro77KGRPC2023
46122Grant BogdanoveWPts: 3x3ADGS TYO77KGR12024
46131Shinji MoritoWPts: 8x3ADGS TYO77KGRPC2024
46132Moolele CuellarWPts: 2x0ADGS TYO77KGRPC2024
46133Adriano AraujoWPts: 4x0ADGS TYO77KG3RD2024

Ali Monfaradi vs Bruno Célio (2018)

5050 Guard Instructional by Lachlan Giles

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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