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Ethan Crelinsten is a Canadian professional submission grappler and a student of both John Danaher and Firas Zahabi in jiu-jitsu, representing the New York based Renzo Gracie Academy and Montreal’s TriStar Gym in the sport’s international tour. Ethan gained notoriety particularly in jiu-jitsu’s no-gi circuit after his wins at the North American ADCC Trials (2018, 2019), and for his many wins over established pro-athletes while Crelinsten himself was still a colored belt. His long list of accolades earned him a profile on BJJ Heroes before being promoted to black belt, the first athlete to do so on the site.

Ethan Crelinsten Jiu-Jitsu

Full Name: Ethan Crelinsten

Nickname: N/A

Lineage: Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Carlos Gracie Jr > Renzo Gracie > John Danaher> Ethan Crelinsten

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place ADCC East Coast Trials (2018)
  • 1st Place ADCC West Coast Trials (2017)
  • 1st Place Jitz King Invitational (2020)
  • 2nd Place BJJ Fanatics 170lbs GP (2020)
  • 2nd Place P-Belum Invitational (2020)
  • 2nd Place Onnit Invitational 4 (2017)

Favorite Position/Technique: Back Attacks

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

Team/Association: B-Team

Ethan Crelinsten Biography

Ethan Crelinsten was born on May 14, 1994, in Montreal, Canada, where he spent his formative years.

A late bloomer to sports, Crelinsten was not a sporty child growing up, with his first contact with a competitive activity coming at the age of 19, through mixed martial arts (MMA), a decision taken by the influence of the growing popularity cage fighting experienced in Canada at the time.

During his first experience at a small, local gym, Ethan’s training was solely focused on striking and wrestling, and it was only when he made the move to the larger TriStar gym, that Crelinsten added jiu-jitsu to his weekly activities, under the gym’s leader – Firas Zahabi.

With time, Ethan started enjoying jiu-jitsu more than he did MMA, a sentiment that led him to switch gears and focus all his efforts solely on submission grappling.

The link with the Renzo Gracie Academy and John Danaher’s workgroup came by way of Tom Breese, a TriStar fighter who brought in one of Danaher’s star pupils, Gordon Ryan, to TriStar for a fight-camp. The superior technical ability of Ryan led Ethan to the source, in New York. With Crelinsten’s continuous success on the mats, the Canadian quickly became part of the Danaher Death Squad elite group of grapplers, although all belts – from white to brown, were awarded by Zahabi, who continued to tutor Ethan in partnership with Danaher.

In November 2020, Ethan was awarded his black belt from coach John Danaher. On the same day as teammate Nicky Ryan.

THE END OF DDS AND START OF B-TEAM

On July 2021, coach John Danaher announced the end of the Danaher Death Squad as a unified training and competition team, alluding to “the physical location of a future school, personality conflicts, conflicting values and an inevitable tension between the team brand and the growing individual brands of members” as the main factors for the split (original statement here).

Later that year, during the Summer months, Ethan, Craig Jones, and Nicky Rodriguez announced their new team. This new group was labeled the “B-Team” with its training base being set in Austin, Texas.

Ethan Crelinsten Grappling Record

34 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    5 (15%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    21 (62%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (3%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    6 (18%)

21 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
RNC
38
8
#86e620
Triangle
14
3
#5AD3D1
Inside heel hook
10
2
#d1212a
Outside heel hook
10
2
#fad11b
Armbar
10
2
#f58822
Kimura
5
1
#224aba
Reverse triangle
5
1
#ff9124
Toe hold
5
1
#bf1f6c
Verbal tap
5
1
21
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
12 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    4 (33%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    2 (17%)
  • BY DECISION
    4 (33%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    2 (17%)

2 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Darce
50
1
#86e620
Darce choke
50
1
2
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Ethan Crelinsten Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
11841J. CalestineLEBI/OTOnnit Inv. 461KGSPF2017
13893AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmLPts: 2x0ADCC66KG4F2017
18126Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoLPts: 9x2Kasai Pro 465KGR12018
18129Augusto MendesAugusto MendesLPts: 2x0Kasai Pro 465KGR22018
20445Ashley WilliamsAshley WilliamsLReferee DecisionPolaris 1065KGSPF2019
20762Vagner RochaVagner RochaLPointsThird Coast75KGSPF2019
22651Max RohskopfLDarceShugyo Inv.ABSSF2019
23372Oliver TazaOliver TazaLEBI/OTBJJ Fanatics GP77KGF2020
23571Johnny TamaJohnny TamaLReferee DecisionF2W 13975KGSPF2020
23594Kade RuotoloKade RuotoloLReferee DecisionWNO72KGSPF2020
25760Kade RuotoloKade RuotoloLDarce chokeWNO 870KGSPF2021
26594Gabriel SousaGabriel SousaLReferee DecisionF2W 17570KGSPF2021
11839Sheridan MoranWArmbarOnnit Inv. 461KGSPF2017
11840John TorresWVerbal tapOnnit Inv. 461KGSPF2017
12422Domnick HaiderWTriangleADCC WC Trials66KGRS2017
12437Dimitri SalemWKimuraADCC WC Trials66KG8F2017
12444Sheridan MoranWTriangleADCC WC Trials66KG4F2017
13222Marvin CastelleWPts: 15x4Grappling Pro66KGSPF2017
13889Nicollas RenierWReverse triangleADCC66KGE12017
17175Edwin OcasioWRNCKasai Pro 366KGSPF2018
18034Scott DanceWRNCADCC EC Trials66KGR12018
18044Andrew TackettWTriangleADCC EC Trials66KG8F2018
18047Zach GreenWRNCADCC EC Trials66KG4F2018
18049T. RuotoloWToe holdADCC EC Trials66KGSF2018
18050K. KrikorianWPts: 3x0ADCC EC Trials66KGF2018
18132Kim TerraKim TerraWPts: 2x1Kasai Pro 465KGR32018
19452Thomas HalpinThomas HalpinWArmbarPolaris 965KGSPF2019
22650Josh BacallaoWRNCShugyo Inv.ABS4F2019
22652Keith KrikorianWRNCShugyo Inv.ABSF2019
23030Guilherme LimaWInside heel hookJitzKing65KGR12020
23033Spencer MummeWInside heel hookJitzKing65KG4F2020
23036Jose CadavidWPointsJitzKing65KGSF2020
23037Andy TackettWPts: 2x0JitzKing65KGF2020
23174Kalil FadlallahWRNCPara BellumABSSF2020
23182Fabricio BarbarottiD---Para BellumABSF2020
23298Enrico CoccoEnrico CoccoWReferee DecisionSub StarsN/ASPF2020
23368Nick FuryWEBI/OTBJJ Fanatics GP77KG4F2020
23370Jonnatas GracieJonnatas GracieWEBI/OTBJJ Fanatics GP77KGSF2020
23570Andrew AlexanderWEBI/OTSUG 13N/ASPF2020
23754PJ BarchPJ BarchWEBI/OTSUG 17ABSSPF2020
24368E. CarltonWOutside heel hookFreedom GrapplingN/ASPF2020
24689Kuba NajdekWRNCTMS GP83KGR12020
24695Roy DaganWEBI/OTTMS GP83KG4F2020
24698M. AhmadzadaWInjuryTMS GP83KGSF2020
24699Matheus LunaMatheus LunaWEBI/OTTMS GP83KGF2020
26348Charles MurdockWRNCAtlanta NGO73KG4F2021
26350Jeffrey CummingsWOutside heel hookAtlanta NGO73KGF2021

Ethan Crelinsten vs Keith Krikorian

 

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