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Cole Franson

Cole Franson

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Cole Franson is a Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt under Maurício Mariano, being also one of the main representatives of the Tinguinha BJJ association in the sport’s adult black belt division. Franson built his reputation as one of America’s rising BJJ athletes while competing in the lower belt divisions of the sport, a time when Cole conquered important titles in the IBJJF Pan American Championship, the UAEJJF Continental Pro tournament, and the SJJF World Championships. Cole’s status was cemented during his very first few months at black belt with more important podium placements.

Cole Franson Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Cole Thomas Franson

Nickname: N/A

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Carlos Gracie Jr > Maurício Mariano > Cole Franson

Main Achievements:

  • IBJJF Asian Open Champion (2018)
  • IBJJF Seattle Open Champion (2018*)
  • IBJJF Las Vegas No-Gi Open Champion (2018)
  • IBJJF Seattle Open Championship 2nd Place (2018)
  • IBJJF Las Vegas Championship 3rd Place (2018)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • IBJJF Pans Champion (2018 brown)
  • UAEJJF Continental Pro Champion (2018 brown)
  • SJJF World Champion (2017 brown)
  • FIVE Grappling California Champion (2018 brown)
  • IBJJF World No-gi Championship 2nd Place (2015 purple)
  • IBJJF World No-gi Championship 3rd Place (2016 brown)
  • IBJJF Pans No-gi Championship 3rd Place (2017 brown)
  • IBJJF San Diego BJJ Pro 3rd Place (2017 brown)
  • UAEJJF Grand Slam LA 3rd Place (2017 brown)

Favorite Position/Technique: Reverse DLR Hook

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

Team/Association: Tinguinha JJ

Cole Franson Biography

Cole Franson was born on July 26, 1994 in Clovis, California, United States of America.

Fascinated by sports from a young age, Cole spent his childhood days playing football (soccer) and baseball, while also developing an interest in pro-wrestling from a fan standpoint. This fascination for WWE style shows led him to mixed martial arts (MMA) during his early teens, and after seeing a few Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) bouts he decided to give Brazilian jiu jitsu a try – one of the most popular methods applied inside the octagon.

The first BJJ gym Cole trained at ended up closing down within 6 months, an episode that drove Franson to high school wrestling. He returned to jiu jitsu a few months later, settling at the Fresno Kickboxing Academy (which later changed its name to Halo BJJ) in 2008, with coach Ray Alvarado – student of Maurício Mariano, also known as Tinguinha.

Although an avid BJJ player, Franson shared his love for the mats with wrestling for a couple of years, playing for the Alta Sierra Junior high school and Buchanan High School.

Training at Halo BJJ, a Tinguinha JJ affiliate, Cole was promoted up to purple belt, by coach Alvarado. In 2013, Franson started training with coach Mariano at the Tinguinha Jiu Jitsu headquarters, where Cole earned his brown and black belts, the latter being awarded on July 2018.

Cole Franson Grappling Record

13 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    4 (31%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    8 (62%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (8%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

8 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Armbar
25
2
#86e620
Estima lock
25
2
#5AD3D1
Guillotine
25
2
#d1212a
Bow and arrow
13
1
#fad11b
Triangle
13
1
8
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
6 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    4 (67%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    1 (17%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (17%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

1 SUBMISSION LOSSES

#214eb8
Anaconda choke
100
1
1
(100%) SUBMISSION

Cole Franson Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
16523Thiago MacedoThiago MacedoLPointsSeattle Open70KGF2018
16656Kennedy MacielKennedy MacielLPointsLas Vegas Open70KGSF2018
16676Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarLPointsLas Vegas OpenABS4F2018
16701Josh HingerJosh HingerLAnaconda chokeLV NG OpenABSSF2018
17160Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeLPts: 6x4LA BJJ Pro70KGSF2018
17396Adam BenayounAdam BenayounLReferee DecisionADCC EC Trials66KG8F2018
16522Spenser NogawaWArmbarSeattle Open70KGSF2018
16533Caleb KhanWPointsSeattle OpenABS4F2018
16535Wellington ModenaWEstima lockSeattle OpenABSF2018
16651Josh MichaelWEstima lockLas Vegas Open70KGR12018
16683Michael MainWPointsLV NG Open67KGSF2018
16684Richar NogueiraRichar NogueiraWGuillotineLV NG Open67KGF2018
16699Josh MurdockWGuillotineLV NG OpenABS4F2018
16708Tomoshige SeraWBow and arrowAsian Open70KG4F2018
16709Hiroaki OtsukaWPts: 15x0Asian Open70KGF2018
16964Chad GeorgeWReferee DecisionSubversiv70KGSPF2018
17387K. StewartWArmbarADCC EC Trials66KGR12018
17392F. RamirezWPts: 9x0ADCC EC Trials66KGR22018
17480Gerson AtiogueWTriangleF2W Pro 9370KGSPF2018

Cole Franson vs Wellington Modena

 

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