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Brandon Walensky

Brandon Walensky

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Brandon Walensky is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt under Clark Gracie, also working extensively with coach Paulo Fernando Augusto during his formative years. One of the most exciting grapplers of his generation, Walenski broke out to a mainstream audience while competing as a brown belt, particularly through his performances at the Eddie Bravo Invitational (EBI), Metamoris and International Brazilia Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) World No-Gi Championship, he would later cement his status in the black belt division.

Brandon Walensky Jiu-Jitsu

Full Name: Brandon Woodly Walensky

Nickname: N/A

Lineage:  Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Carley Gracie > Clark Gracie > Brandon Walensky

Main Achievements:

  • IBJJF Mexico Summer Open Champion (2017)
  • IBJJF Mexico Summer No-Gi Open Champion (2017)
  • IBJJF Chicago Summer Open Champion (2016)
  • IBJJF Chicago Summer Open No-Gi Champion (2016)
  • IBJJF San Jose Summer Open 2nd Place (2017)
  • IBJJF Denver Open 2nd Place (2018)
  • IBJJF Denver Fall Open 2nd Place (2018)
  • IBJJF Miami Fall Open 2nd Place (2017)
  • IBJJF San Diego Open 3rd Place (2018)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • IBJJF World No-Gi Champion (2013/2015 brown)
  • IBJJF American Nationals No-Gi Champion (2013 brown)
  • Metamoris Challenger 2nd Place (2015)
  • IBJJF World No-Gi 3rd Place (2014 brown)
  • EBI I 3rd Place (2014)
  • IBJJF American Nationals 3rd Place (2013 brown)

Favorite Position/Technique: Triangle Choke

Weight Division: Peso Pena (70,00 kg / 154.5 lbs)

Team/Association: Clark Gracie JJ

Brandon Walensky

Brandon Walensky was born on April 5, 1992, in Oceanside, California, United States of America, moving on to neighboring San Marcos at the age of 5 where he grew up.

As a child, and into his pre-teens, Brando was involved in football (soccer) and basketball at a competitive level, as he grew older, however, his interest started shifting towards martial arts – much due to his father’s influence.

At the age of 13, after some persuasion from his father (who believed martial arts would be beneficial to his son), Brandon signed on to judo classes at a BJJ + Judo gym that had opened in San Marcos. Although tentative at the start, Walensky did end up loving the experience.

After two years in judo, Brandon decided to add jiu-jitsu to his weekly schedule, combining both judo and BJJ for a while, before opting to focus solely on the submissions aspect of grappling.

Coach Paulo Fernando Augusto was responsible for Brandon’s development up to brown belt, a time when Walensky moved to San Diego’s Clark Gracie Academy (CGA). It was also at CGA that Walensky was introduced to coaching, a trade he picked up as a brown belt, and perfected with the help of his mentor.

On December 16, 2016, after a string of outstanding results in his brown belt career, Brandon Walensky was promoted to black belt by Clark Gracie.

Brandon Walensky Grappling Record

20 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    3 (15%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    17 (85%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

17 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Triangle
29
5
#86e620
Bow and arrow
18
3
#5AD3D1
RNC
12
2
#d1212a
Toe hold
12
2
#fad11b
Darce choke
6
1
#f58822
Armbar
6
1
#224aba
Loop choke
6
1
#ff9124
Crucifix Choke
6
1
#bf1f6c
Armlock
6
1
17
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
18 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    13 (72%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    5 (28%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

5 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Crucifix choke
20
1
#86e620
Inside heel hook
20
1
#5AD3D1
Short choke
20
1
#d1212a
Choke from back
20
1
#fad11b
Cachecol choke
20
1
5
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Brandon Walensky Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
11807Isaac DoederleinIsaac DoederleinLChoke from backLA National Pro69KGF2017
11817Isaac DoederleinIsaac DoederleinLPointsLA National ProU77KGSF2017
11954Rubens CharlesRubens CharlesLPointsPan American70KG8F2017
12282Ricky LuleLPts: 2x0ADCC WC Trials66KG4F2017
13231Leo SaggioroLeo SaggioroLCachecol chokeFIVE Super League70KG4F2017
13301Joe ScovelLPointsSan Jose Open70KGF2017
13579Brian MahechaBrian MahechaLPts: 2x0Grand Slam LA69KGSF2017
13582Alexandre VieiraAlexandre VieiraLCrucifix chokeGrand Slam LA69KGRR2017
13961Silvio DuranSilvio DuranLPts: 6x2Miami Fall Open70KGSF2017
13995Nathan OrchardLPointsEBI 1370KGR12017
14266Marvin CastelleLInside heel hookF2W Pro 5670KGSPF2017
14399Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoLShort chokeNoGi Worlds67KGR12017
15041Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoLPts: 6x2Pan American70KG8F2018
15600Thiago MacedoThiago MacedoLPts: 7x0Denver Open70KGF2018
15919Pablo MantovaniPablo MantovaniLPts: 10x0San Diego Open70KGSF2018
16066Rafael MansurRafael MansurLPts: 2x0World Champ.70KGR22018
17889Adam BenayounAdam BenayounLPointsDenver Open70KGF2018
18011Gabriel MarangoniGabriel MarangoniLPts: 12x0NoGi Worlds67KGR22018
11805Ronald HendersonWCrucifix ChokeLA National Pro69KGSF2017
11948Juan GomezWArmlockPan American70KGR12017
12269Eric MedinaWDarce chokeADCC WC Trials66KGRS2017
12271Chris HansWTriangleADCC WC Trials66KGRS2017
12277Ben EddyWTriangleADCC WC Trials66KG8F2017
13300Manny MorenoWBow and arrowSan Jose Open70KGSF2017
13503Carlos QuinteroWBow and arrowMexico City Open70KGF2017
13514Carlos QuinteroWTriangleMexico NG Open67KGF2017
13576Felipe SimplicioWTriangleGrand Slam LA69KG4F2017
13960Brian MahechaBrian MahechaWArmbarMiami Fall Open70KG4F2017
15597N/AWLoop chokeDenver Open70KGSF2018
15598Bruno ValdivinoWTriangleDenver Open70KGSF2018
15916Rene LopezWBow and arrowSan Diego Open70KG4F2018
16060Joao NetoJoao NetoWPts: 2x0World Champ.70KGR12018
17620B. PenadoWRNCFighting Ind.66KGRR2018
17621Junior AndradeWRNCFighting Ind.66KGRR2018
17622Cristobal ChavezWToe holdFighting Ind.66KGRR2018
17623Alessandro CostaWToe holdFighting Ind.66KGRR2018
17888Jonathan BurenWPointsDenver Open70KGSF2018
18002Frank RosenthalWPts: 4x2NoGi Worlds67KGR12018

Brandon Walensky vs Carlos Sanchez

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