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Elder Cruz, commonly known as “El Monstro”, is a Honduran-American professional grappler and a black belt in jiu-jitsu under coach Lucas Leite, who represents the Checkmat team on this sport’s international circuit. Cruz first made waves in the sport as a colored belt athlete while competing in the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) league and in important no-gi jiu-jitsu events such as the SUBVERSIV Invitational and the ADCC American Trials where he conquered several important wins.

Elder Cruz Jiu-Jitsu

Full Name: Elder Alexander Cruz

Nickname: Unlike many Brazilian/Portuguese nicknames which are traditionally founded on the friendly mockery of someone’s physical or personality attributes, “El Monstro” – the tag commonly associated with Cruz – was a self-imposed, planned nickname, much like it happens in the world of MMA or boxing.

Lineage: Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Rolls Gracie > Romero Cavalcanti > Leonardo Vieira > Lucas Leite > Elder Cruz

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championships NOGI (2023)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pan Championships NOGI (2023)
  • 1st Place IBJJF American Nationals NOGI (2023)
  • 2nd Place ADCC East Coast Trials (2021 / 2023)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World Championships NOGI (2023*)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championships (2022 brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championships NOGI (2019 blue, 2022** brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pan Championships (2019** purple, 2021 brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF American Nationals (2019** blue, 2020** purple, 2021 brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF American Nationals NOGI (2020** purple, 2021** brown)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Pan Championships NOGI (2021** brown)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF World Championships (2019** blue, 2021 / 2022* brown)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF World Championships NOGI (2019* blue)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Pan Championships NOGI (2019 blue)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Pan Championships NOGI (2020 purple)

* Absolute
** Weight and Absolute

Favorite Position/Technique: Double Leg, Guard Passer

Weight Division: Pesado (94,30 kg / 208.0 lbs)

Team/Association: Checkmat

Elder Cruz Biography

Elder Cruz was born on May 18, 1994, in Honduras, but relocated with his family to La Habra, California, USA, in 1998, at the age of 4.

The world of combat sports entered Cruz’s life at 12, as a freshman at the La Habra High School, when he joined the institution’s wrestling team. Elder spent 4 years competing for the Highlanders, making the team’s varsity squad and the CIF State tournament in his senior year after taking the Freeway League crown, a CIF-Southern Section Southern Division championship, and a second-place finish at the CIF-SS Masters Meet.

After finishing high school, Elder Cruz set his sights on mixed martial arts, joining Jeff Nolasco’s UFC gym in La Mirada in March 2018. It was through this relationship with MMA and in his attempt to improve all areas of cage-fighting that Cruz started paying more attention to jiu-jitsu and the competitive opportunities available in that sport.

While trying to further develop his ground skills, Cruz discovered Lucas Leite and his Checkmat La Habra gym, one of the top grappling academies in the country. After his early interaction with coach Leite, Elder became more focused on jiu-jitsu’s competitive scene and slowly faded away from his MMA ambitions to pursue BJJ.

Elder Cruz quickly gained notoriety at an international level as one of the rising stars of the sport earning all belts under Leite, who also promoted Elder to the black belt rank in July 2022.

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ELDER CRUZ RECORD

Traditionally BJJ Heroes only records black belt match results, in Cruz’s case, however, he’s been competing against top-tier black belt competition from his brown belt days in professional events against other pro-athletes, with some memorable matches there. Alves was also an important player at the ADCC US Trials, all results we felt should be included in his professional record, despite his brown belt rank at the time (prior to July 2022).

Elder Cruz Grappling Record

65 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    42 (65%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    6 (9%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    8 (12%)
  • BY DECISION
    8 (12%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    1 (2%)

8 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Cachecol choke
25
2
#86e620
RNC
13
1
#5AD3D1
Anaconda choke
13
1
#d1212a
Darce choke
13
1
#fad11b
Katagatame
13
1
#f58822
Choke
13
1
#224aba
Submission
13
1
8
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
28 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    12 (43%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (4%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    9 (32%)
  • BY DECISION
    4 (14%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (4%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    1 (4%)

9 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
RNC
33
3
#86e620
Inside heel hook
22
2
#5AD3D1
Outside heel hook
22
2
#d1212a
Choke from back
11
1
#fad11b
Armbar
11
1
9
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Elder Cruz Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
28928Giancarlo BodoniGiancarlo BodoniLPts: 3x0ADCC EC Trials88KGF2021
31309Rida HaisamRida HaisamLRNCWNO 1292KGSPF2022
31364Paul ArdilaPaul ArdilaLInside heel hookADCC WC Trials99KGSF2022
34229Ryan AitkenLEBI/OTSapateiro Inv93KG4F2022
35084Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLPts: 5x2ADCC99KG4F2022
35124Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLPts: 3x0ADCCABS8F2022
35629Pedro RochaPedro RochaLPts: 4x0NoGi Pan91KG4F2022
35645Henrique CardosoHenrique CardosoLInside heel hookNoGi PanABS8F2022
37427Carlos NetoLPts: 2x0Austin WOABSR12023
37840Caio ViniciusCaio ViniciusLPts: 10x0Memphis Open94KGSF2023
37853Caio ViniciusCaio ViniciusLPts: 4x0Memphis OpenABS4F2023
38047Joao CizeskiJoao CizeskiLReferee DecisionLA Open88KGSF2023
38074Johnatha AlvesJohnatha AlvesLPts: 22x0LA OpenABSSF2023
38526Sebastian RodriguezSebastian RodriguezLPts: 2x2, PenPan American88KGR12023
39180Ronaldo JuniorRonaldo JuniorLPts: 20x4Santa Cruz O88KGSF2023
40170Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoLRNCWNO 1892KGSPF2023
40437Matheus SpirandeliMatheus SpirandeliLPts: 21x2World Champ.88KGR12023
40620Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLChoke from backWorld Champ.ABS8F2023
41040Luke GriffithLuke GriffithLRNCADCC DallasABSF2023
42576Giancarlo BodoniGiancarlo BodoniLPointsBlue CollarABS4F2023
43367Joao RochaJoao RochaLPts: 3x0NoGi PanABS8F2023
43818Jacob CouchJacob CouchLOutside heel hookADCC ECTrials88KGF2023
45866Roosevelt SousaRoosevelt SousaLOutside heel hookNoGi WorldABSSF2023
47246Dante LeonDante LeonLPts: 0x0, AdvIBJJF NGGPABS4F2024
48320William TackettWilliam TackettLPts: 3x0ADCC WC Trials88KGSF2024
49473Rafael VasconcelosRafael VasconcelosLReferee DecisionSan Jose SPO94KGSF2024
49478Sebastian GuevaraLArmbarSan Jose SPOABS4F2024
50336Filipe PimentelLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.94KGR12024
25986Daniel ManasoiuWReferee DecisionSUBVERSIV 5ABS4F2021
25995Rene SousaWReferee DecisionSUBVERSIV 5ABSSF2021
28893Pablo MontesWPts: 7x0ADCC EC Trials88KGR22021
28903Daishi GotoWPts: 13x0ADCC EC Trials88KGR32021
28914Devon CuraWPts: 7x0ADCC EC Trials88KGR42021
28922Sean YadimarcoWPts: 3x0ADCC EC Trials88KG4F2021
28926John SalterJohn SalterWReferee DecisionADCC EC Trials88KGSF2021
29835Nick RodriguezNick RodriguezWReferee DecisionWNO 11O93KGSPF2022
31350Jason PattersonWPts: 9x0ADCC WC Trials99KGR12022
31354Mateusz LimWPts: 6x0ADCC WC Trials99KGR22022
31358Michael LadyWPts: 3x0ADCC WC Trials99KG8F2022
31361Adrian NezWPts: 3x0ADCC WC Trials99KG4F2022
34226Josiah HarrellWEBI/OTSapateiro Inv93KG8F2022
35077Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioWReferee DecisionADCC99KGR12022
35627Nicolae CuryWPts: 10x0NoGi Pan91KGR12022
35642Lucas NoratLucas NoratWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi PanABSR12022
37420Rafael FernandoWPts: 2x0Austin WO94KG4F2023
37422Marlon TanakaWCachecol chokeAustin WO94KGSF2023
37423Thiago AndradeWPts: 4x0Austin WO94KGF2023
37851Felipe CostaFelipe CostaWPts: 0x0, AdvMemphis OpenABSR12023
38070Thiago AndradeWPts: 4x0LA OpenABSR12023
38886Kevin CraneWN/AF2W 226ABSSPF2023
39179Matheus GomesWCachecol chokeSanta Cruz O88KG4F2023
40613Sean CoatesWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.ABSR12023
41025H. AlabedWRNCADCC DallasABSR12023
41029G. LamannaWPts: 5x0ADCC DallasABSR22023
41031J. McLoughlinWPts: 12x0ADCC DallasABSR32023
41035A. La MontagneWPts: 3x0ADCC DallasABS8F2023
41038Caleb CrumpWPts: 4x0ADCC DallasABSSF2023
41385Thiago AndradeWPts: 7x0American NNG91KG4F2023
41386David GarmoDavid GarmoWPts: 4x0American NNG91KGSF2023
41388Sean YadimarcoWPts: 7x0American NNG91KGF2023
41393Adam BradleyWPts: 0x0, AdvAmerican NNGABSR12023
41396Francisco CuneoFrancisco CuneoWPts: 8x0American NNGABS4F2023
41402Carlos HenriqueCarlos HenriqueWPts: 2x0American NNGABSSF2023
41958Javier ZaruskiJavier ZaruskiWPts: 4x0SD SMNGOABSSF2023
43462Jose JuremaWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Pan91KGR12023
43465Andrew MarreroWAnaconda chokeNoGi Pan91KG4F2023
43469Hunter ColvinWPts: 6x0NoGi Pan91KGSF2023
43780London HornWPts: 6x0ADCC ECTrials88KGR12023
43796Charlie GilpinWPts: 6x0ADCC ECTrials88KGR22023
43802Abraham MontagneWPts: 6x0ADCC ECTrials88KGR42023
43806Maxim CoteWDarce chokeADCC ECTrials88KG8F2023
43812Ryan AitkenWPts: 7x0ADCC ECTrials88KG4F2023
43816William TackettWilliam TackettWPts: 3x0ADCC ECTrials88KGSF2023
45818Javier BarterJavier BarterWPts: 6x0NoGi World91KG4F2023
45823Roberto JimenezRoberto JimenezWPts: 2x0NoGi World91KGSF2023
45824Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi World91KGF2023
45864Javier BarterJavier BarterWPts: 4x2NoGi WorldABS4F2023
46333Arthur GarciaWPts: 7x0ADCC LB100KG4F2024
46335Joe KropschotWPts: 15x0ADCC LB100KGSF2024
46336Breylor GroutWPts: 3x0ADCC LB100KGF2024
48270Malik BelhajWPts: 5x0ADCC WC Trials88KGR22024
48293Jared ShaferWKatagatameADCC WC Trials88KGR32024
48298Camron CouchWPts: 10x0ADCC WC Trials88KGR42024
48309Achilles RochaWReferee DecisionADCC WC Trials88KGR52024
48316Abraham MontagneWReferee DecisionADCC WC Trials88KG4F2024
48323Chris WojcikWPts: 5x0ADCC WC Trials88KG3RD2024
49979Eliyah SalaWChokeSDiego SPOABS4F2024
49981Christiano MoreiraWPts: 6x0SDiego SPOABSSF2024
51322Erik SommerWSubmissionADCC Orlando100KGSF2024
51324Kevin BerbrichWPts: 16x0ADCC Orlando100KGF2024
51332Z. GhalayiniWPts: 6x0ADCC OrlandoABSR12024
51336B. GeorgeWPts: 6x0ADCC OrlandoABSSF2024
51338Roosevelt SousaRoosevelt SousaWReferee DecisionADCC OrlandoABSF2024
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