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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

44 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    4 (9%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (2%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    32 (73%)
  • BY DECISION
    5 (11%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    2 (5%)

32 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Armbar
31
10
#86e620
RNC
19
6
#5AD3D1
Crucifix choke
13
4
#d1212a
Choke from back
13
4
#fad11b
Short choke
6
2
#f58822
Kimura
3
1
#224aba
Bulldog choke
3
1
#ff9124
Arm in Ezekiel
3
1
#bf1f6c
Calf crusher
3
1
#22c9a5
Reverse omoplata
3
1
#fad223
Inside heel hook
3
1
32
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
40 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    23 (58%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (8%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    9 (23%)
  • BY DECISION
    4 (10%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    1 (3%)

9 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
RNC
22
2
#86e620
Buggy choke
11
1
#5AD3D1
Katagatame
11
1
#d1212a
Kimura
11
1
#fad11b
Triangle
11
1
#f58822
Armbar
11
1
#224aba
Botinha
11
1
#ff9124
Arm in Ezekiel
11
1
9
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Estevan Martinez Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
21635Kalel SantosLPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LA56KGF2019
23459Pedro SerranoPedro SerranoLPointsSan Jose Open64KGSF2020
23972Jonas AndradeJonas AndradeLPts: 1x0Grand Slam MIA56KGRR2020
23973Jonas AndradeJonas AndradeLPts: 6x0Grand Slam MIA56KGRR2020
24564Gabriel AlmeidaGabriel AlmeidaLPts: 20x0American NatsABS8F2020
24603Jackson DouglasJackson DouglasLKimuraAmerican NGNABSR12020
24943Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroLTriangleOrlando OpenABS4F2020
25415Junny OcasioJunny OcasioLReferee DecisionOrlando NGO61KGF2021
25440Pedro PalharesLPts: 4x2Orlando NGOABS4F2021
25720Rehan MuttalibLPts: 4x2Charleston OpenABS4F2021
25813Joshua BacallaoLPts: 6x2Houston NGOABS4F2021
26203Yago SouzaYago SouzaLArmbarMemphis OpenABSSF2021
26509Andre PorfirioAndre PorfirioLPts: 8x0Atlanta OpenABS4F2021
26533Damion OrandayDamion OrandayLPts: 2x0Atlanta NGOABS4F2021
26985Oliver TazaOliver TazaLPts: 22x5Orlando NGOABSSF2021
26997Roiter LimaRoiter LimaLPts: 2x0Phoenix Open56KGF2021
27015Lucas NoratLucas NoratLPts: 27x0Phoenix OpenABS4F2021
27019Chris FisherLPts: 4x0Phoenix NGO61KGF2021
27171Keith KrikorianKeith KrikorianLEBI/OTEmerald City65KG4F2021
27488Roiter LimaRoiter LimaLPts: 2x2, AdvPan American58KG4F2021
28101Bebeto OliveiraLPts: 36x0Charlotte Open64KGF2021
28116Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaLPts: 14x0Charlotte OpenABSR12021
28138Brian GiorgioBrian GiorgioLPts: 4x0NoGi WorldsABSR12021
28405Damion AndersonLN/AWNO 1070KGSPF2021
28670Aaron WilsonLPoints3CG Underdogs84KGR12021
28766Cole AbateCole AbateLPts: 3x0ADCC EC Trials66KG4F2021
29381Josh GuerraLBotinhaWorld Champ.ABSR12021
29402Thalison SoaresThalison SoaresLArm in EzekielWorld Champ.57KGR12021
29770Mikey MusumeciMikey MusumeciLReferee DecisionWNO 1161KGSPF2022
30627Lucas PinheiroLucas PinheiroLReferee DecisionF2W 195N/ASPF2022
31131Enderson DiasEnderson DiasLPts: 10x0Charleston OpenABSR12022
31182Vagner RochaVagner RochaLRNCCharleston NGOABSF2022
31429Mauricio GomezLPts: 3x0ADCC WC Trials66KG8F2022
31494Anderson MunisAnderson MunisLPointsPan AmericanABSR12022
31517Thalison SoaresThalison SoaresLPts: 0x0, AdvPan American57KGSF2022
32467Gavin CorbeLPts: 2x0Toro CupN/ASPF2022
32736Anthony ValdezLBuggy chokeSurvivor 2ABSRR2022
33563Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarLRNCAustin SMOABSSF2022
34071Diogo ReisDiogo ReisLReferee DecisionWNO 14NASPF2022
34763Osamah AlmarwaiOsamah AlmarwaiLKatagatameADCC Vegas60KG8F2022
23481Zachary leCatesWRNCSan Jose NGO73KGF2020
24510Jorge VasquezWChoke from backAmerican Nats57KG4F2020
24512Henrique RossiWChoke from backAmerican Nats57KGF2020
24574David ZennarioWArmbarAmerican NGN54KGSF2020
24575Lee RosenfieldWArmbarAmerican NGN54KGF2020
25414Rashawn KershawWArmbarOrlando NGO61KGSF2021
25436Charles McGuireWCalf crusherOrlando NGOABSR12021
26034Keneth NakagawaWReverse omoplataNoGi Pan Am.55KG4F2021
26038Santos RiveraWPts: 2x0NoGi Pan Am.55KGSF2021
26040Roiter LimaRoiter LimaWInside heel hookNoGi Pan Am.55KGF2021
26191Octavio FloresWChoke from backMemphis Open64KGF2021
26202Octavio FloresWArmbarMemphis OpenABS4F2021
26211Jurgens JansenWRNCMemphis NGOABSSF2021
26516Lee RosenfieldWArmbarAtlanta NGO61KGF2021
26982Ricky SemigliaWPts: 9x4Orlando NGOABS4F2021
27165Cameron MelottWEBI/OTEmerald City65KGR12021
28100Gabriel FernandesWChoke from backCharlotte Open64KGSF2021
28127Marko OikarainenWRNCCharlotte NGO61KGF2021
28163Henrique RossiWArmbarNoGi Worlds55KG4F2021
28165Lee RosenfieldWShort chokeNoGi Worlds55KGSF2021
28167Roiter LimaRoiter LimaWRNCNoGi Worlds55KGF2021
28726Jerico FrenchWKimuraADCC EC Trials66KGR12021
28738Tomas GarciaWShort chokeADCC EC Trials66KGR22021
28752Frank RosenthalFrank RosenthalWPts: 3x0ADCC EC Trials66KGR32021
28760Fabio RamirezWReferee DecisionADCC EC Trials66KGR42021
29253Sam MicaleWReferee DecisionHudson ValleyN/AR12021
29254Louis SalomonWRNCHudson ValleyN/A4F2021
29255Billy PedroWArmbarHudson ValleyN/ASF2021
29256Bryce LaymeWRNCHudson ValleyN/AF2021
29754Eric NaplesWEBI/OTEmerald CityN/ASPF2021
30590Tadiyah DanforthTadiyah DanforthWPts: 0x0, AdvMiami WO57KGSF2022
30592Kevin MartincowskiWCrucifix chokeMiami WO57KGF2022
31180Gialyson FreitasWArmbarCharleston NGOABSSF2022
31384James ZengWBulldog chokeADCC WC Trials66KGR12022
31399Raul RosasWPts: 3x0ADCC WC Trials66KGR22022
31414Caleb TackettWCrucifix chokeADCC WC Trials66KGR32022
31510Tadiyah DanfortWCrucifix chokePan American57KGR12022
31513Kevin MartincowskiWArmbarPan American57KG4F2022
31717Manny VasquezWReferee DecisionHudson ValleyN/ASPF2022
32468Manny VazquezWReferee DecisionHudson Valley70KGSPF2022
32737John BattleD---Survivor 2ABSRR2022
33535Gregory HernandezWArm in EzekielAustin SMO57KGSF2022
33537Henrique RossiWArmbarAustin SMO57KGF2022
33561Theodore SandersWCrucifix chokeAustin SMOABS4F2022
34761Yianni MarinisWReferee DecisionADCC Vegas60KGR12022
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One Comment

  • Henry says:

    Hey Estevan Martinez-Garcia I met you at IHOP in Greenville North Carolina on January 16th 2022. Nice talking to you

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