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Estevan Martinez

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Estevan Martinez-Garcia is a jiu-jitsu black belt under Lucas Rocha and a representative of the ZR Team in the sport’s global circuit, who worked extensively with the Lopez Brothers (Kalo and Kale) prior to his time with coach Rocha. Estevan Martinez first made waves as a black belt while competing in the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation league, where he earned 2 American Nationals titles (Gi and No-Gi) in his debut year, later conquering a Pan American gold medal (2021) in No-Gi.

Estevan Martinez Jiu-Jitsu

Full Name: Estevan G Martinez-Garcia

Nickname: Martinez’s social media tags and brand name is “Giant Slayer”. This is due to Estevan’s willingness to compete in the open weight division, despite being a rooster-weight athlete.

Lineage: Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Carlos Gracie Jr > Jose Olimpio > Lucas Rocha > Estevan Martinez

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship NOGI (2021)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pan Championship NOGI (2021)
  • 1st Place IBJJF American Nationals NOGI (2020)
  • 1st Place IBJJF American Nationals (2020)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2022)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • 2nd Place AJP Grand Slam, LA (2017 brown)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World Championship (2019 brown)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2016 brown)

* Absolute
** Weight and Absolute

Favorite Position/Technique: Blitz Guard Passing

Weight Division: Peso Galo (127.0 lbs / 57,50 kg)

Team/Association: ZR Team

Estevan Martinez Biography

Estevan Martinez was born on March 28, 1993, in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

At the age of 14, Estevan decided to apply for his high school’s wrestling team, competing plenty during a 4 year period for said team. Shortly after graduating from high school (2011), one of Martinez’s wrestling buddies asked him to tag along to a jiu-jitsu class at a local club. Although unfamiliar with the sport, Estevan accepted.

After an initial interaction with the sport, and particularly after learning of BJJ’s strong tournament scene, Estevan became increasingly devoted to submission-grappling. Starting out in jiu-jitsu with coaches Kalo and Kale Lopez, Estevan made waves in the local circuit while climbing the rankings of the martial art up until his brown belt.

Even though he allocated all his resources to the sport, Estevan was not achieving the results he aspired for at an international level. The lengthy, expensive trips to compete in California and the fact that he trained in a smaller team were strong reasons for Martinez to decide on making a switch to a bigger training hub. The opportunity to move out of Albuquerque came by in 2017, through one of Estevan’s friends, Mike Medina. Mike trained at the US Headquarters of the ZR Team with 3 athletes greatly admired by Martinez, namely Lucas Rocha, Diego Ramalho, and Gabriel Sousa. Medina offered the young athlete a chance to come to California and train with the team, an proposal accepted by Estevan.

Estevan Martinez trained under Lucas for three years earning my black belt on June 1, 2019, after a bronze medal at the IBJJF World Championships that year.

Estevan Martinez Grappling Record

40 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    4 (10%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (3%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    29 (73%)
  • BY DECISION
    4 (10%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    2 (5%)

29 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Armbar
31
9
#86e620
RNC
21
6
#5AD3D1
Choke from back
14
4
#d1212a
Crucifix choke
10
3
#fad11b
Short choke
7
2
#f58822
Calf crusher
3
1
#224aba
Reverse omoplata
3
1
#ff9124
Inside heel hook
3
1
#bf1f6c
Kimura
3
1
#22c9a5
Bulldog choke
3
1
29
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
36 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    23 (64%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (8%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    6 (17%)
  • BY DECISION
    3 (8%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    1 (3%)

6 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Botinha
17
1
#86e620
Arm in Ezekiel
17
1
#5AD3D1
RNC
17
1
#d1212a
Kimura
17
1
#fad11b
Triangle
17
1
#f58822
Armbar
17
1
6
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Estevan Martinez Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
21629Kalel SantosLPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LA56KGF2019
23451Pedro SerranoPedro SerranoLPointsSan Jose Open64KGSF2020
23963Jonas AndradeJonas AndradeLPts: 1x0Grand Slam MIA56KGRR2020
23964Jonas AndradeJonas AndradeLPts: 6x0Grand Slam MIA56KGRR2020
24555Gabriel AlmeidaGabriel AlmeidaLPts: 20x0American NatsABS8F2020
24594Jackson DouglasJackson DouglasLKimuraAmerican NGNABSR12020
24934Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroLTriangleOrlando OpenABS4F2020
25404Junny OcasioJunny OcasioLReferee DecisionOrlando NGO61KGF2021
25429Pedro PalharesLPts: 4x2Orlando NGOABS4F2021
25709Rehan MuttalibLPts: 4x2Charleston OpenABS4F2021
25802Joshua BacallaoLPts: 6x2Houston NGOABS4F2021
26192Yago SouzaYago SouzaLArmbarMemphis OpenABSSF2021
26498Andre PorfirioAndre PorfirioLPts: 8x0Atlanta OpenABS4F2021
26522Damion OrandayDamion OrandayLPts: 2x0Atlanta NGOABS4F2021
26967Oliver TazaOliver TazaLPts: 22x5Orlando NGOABSSF2021
26979Roiter LimaRoiter LimaLPts: 2x0Phoenix Open56KGF2021
26997Lucas NoratLucas NoratLPts: 27x0Phoenix OpenABS4F2021
27001Chris FisherLPts: 4x0Phoenix NGO61KGF2021
27152Keith KrikorianKeith KrikorianLEBI/OTEmerald City65KG4F2021
27469Roiter LimaRoiter LimaLPts: 2x2, AdvPan American58KG4F2021
28082Bebeto OliveiraLPts: 36x0Charlotte Open64KGF2021
28097Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaLPts: 14x0Charlotte OpenABSR12021
28119Brian GiorgioBrian GiorgioLPts: 4x0NoGi WorldsABSR12021
28386Damion AndersonLN/AWNO 1070KGSPF2021
28651Aaron WilsonLPoints3CG Underdogs84KGR12021
28747Cole AbateLPts: 3x0ADCC EC Trials66KG4F2021
29360Josh GuerraLBotinhaWorld Champ.ABSR12021
29381Thalison SoaresThalison SoaresLArm in EzekielWorld Champ.57KGR12021
29746Mikey MusumeciMikey MusumeciLReferee DecisionWNO61KGSPF2022
30601Lucas PinheiroLucas PinheiroLReferee DecisionF2W 195N/ASPF2022
31106Enderson DiasEnderson DiasLPts: 10x0Charleston OpenABSR12022
31157Vagner RochaVagner RochaLRNCCharleston NGOABSF2022
31405Mauricio GomezLPts: 3x0ADCC WC Trials66KG8F2022
31464Anderson MunisAnderson MunisLPointsPan AmericanABSR12022
31487Thalison SoaresThalison SoaresLPts: 0x0, AdvPan American57KGSF2022
32433Gavin CorbeLPts: 2x0Toro CupN/ASPF2022
23473Zachary leCatesWRNCSan Jose NGO73KGF2020
24501Jorge VasquezWChoke from backAmerican Nats57KG4F2020
24503Henrique RossiWChoke from backAmerican Nats57KGF2020
24565David ZennarioWArmbarAmerican NGN54KGSF2020
24566Lee RosenfieldWArmbarAmerican NGN54KGF2020
25403Rashawn KershawWArmbarOrlando NGO61KGSF2021
25425Charles McGuireWCalf crusherOrlando NGOABSR12021
26023Keneth NakagawaWReverse omoplataNoGi Pan Am.55KG4F2021
26027Santos RiveraWPts: 2x0NoGi Pan Am.55KGSF2021
26029Roiter LimaRoiter LimaWInside heel hookNoGi Pan Am.55KGF2021
26180Octavio FloresWChoke from backMemphis Open64KGF2021
26191Octavio FloresWArmbarMemphis OpenABS4F2021
26200Jurgens JansenWRNCMemphis NGOABSSF2021
26505Lee RosenfieldWArmbarAtlanta NGO61KGF2021
26964Ricky SemigliaWPts: 9x4Orlando NGOABS4F2021
27146Cameron MelottWEBI/OTEmerald City65KGR12021
28081Gabriel FernandesWChoke from backCharlotte Open64KGSF2021
28108Marko OikarainenWRNCCharlotte NGO61KGF2021
28144Henrique RossiWArmbarNoGi Worlds55KG4F2021
28146Lee RosenfieldWShort chokeNoGi Worlds55KGSF2021
28148Roiter LimaRoiter LimaWRNCNoGi Worlds55KGF2021
28707Jerico FrenchWKimuraADCC EC Trials66KGR12021
28719Tomas GarciaWShort chokeADCC EC Trials66KGR22021
28733Frank RosenthalFrank RosenthalWPts: 3x0ADCC EC Trials66KGR32021
28741Fabio RamirezWReferee DecisionADCC EC Trials66KGR42021
29232Sam MicaleWReferee DecisionHudson ValleyN/AR12021
29233Louis SalomonWRNCHudson ValleyN/A4F2021
29234Billy PedroWArmbarHudson ValleyN/ASF2021
29235Bryce LaymeWRNCHudson ValleyN/AF2021
29733Eric NaplesWEBI/OTEmerald CityN/ASPF2021
30564Tadiyah DanforthTadiyah DanforthWPts: 0x0, AdvMiami WO57KGSF2022
30566Kevin MartincowskiWCrucifix chokeMiami WO57KGF2022
31155Gialyson FreitasWArmbarCharleston NGOABSSF2022
31360James ZengWBulldog chokeADCC WC Trials66KGR12022
31375Raul RosasWPts: 3x0ADCC WC Trials66KGR22022
31390Caleb TackettWCrucifix chokeADCC WC Trials66KGR32022
31480Tadiyah DanfortWCrucifix chokePan American57KGR12022
31483Kevin MartincowskiWArmbarPan American57KG4F2022
31687Manny VasquezWReferee DecisionHudson ValleyN/ASPF2022
32434Manny VazquezWReferee DecisionHudson Valley70KGSPF2022
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