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Francisco Iturralde, commonly known as “Sinistro” is a Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt under Fernando “Soluço” Di Piero of the Alliance academy, being the first big name to come out of Ecuador in this sport. A 2x World Champion in the juvenile division, Sinistro was quick to make his mark in grappling, later cementing his status as the top talent in South America’s west coast with medals at the Pan American Championships, European Open and countless others.

Francisco Iturralde Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Francisco Antonio Iturralde Lara

Nickname: “Sinistro” literally means sinister in portuguese, however, the common use of the word in Brazilian slang is to describe something out of the ordinary. In Francisco’s case, his coach Fernando di Piero labeled Iturralde “Sinistro” due to his outstanding skill on the mat when he was just 14 years old.

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos GracieHelio Gracie >Rolls GracieRomero CavalcantiFábio Gurgel > Fernando Di Piero > Francisco Iturralde

Main Achievements:

  • IBJJF Pan Jiu-Jitsu No-Gi Champion (2013)
  • IBJJF European International Champion (2014)
  • IBJJF Pan American Championship Runner-up (2016)
  • IBJJF World No-Gi Championship 3rd Place (2016)
  • IBJJF Pan Jiu-Jitsu No-Gi Championship 3rd Place (2014)
  • IBJJF European Championship 3rd Place (2014*/2015)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • IBJJF World Champion (2008/2009 blue juvenile, 2011 purple)
  • IBJJF Pan American Champion (2008/2009* blue juvenile)
  • IBJJF Pan Jiu-Jitsu No-Gi Champion (2012 brown)
  • IBJJF World No-Gi Championship Runner-up (2009 purple, 2011 brown)
  • IBJJF World Championship 3rd Place (2010 purple/2013 brown)
  • IBJJF World No-Gi Championship 3rd Place (2009* purple, 2010** purple, 2011 brown)
  • IBJJF Pan American Championship 3rd Place (2009 blue juvenile, 2011* purple)

* Absolute
** Weight and absolute

Favorite Position/Technique: n/a

Weight Division: Peso Leve (76kg/167lbs)

Team/Association: Alliance

Francisco Iturralde Biography

Francisco Iturralde was born on May 17, 1992 in Guayquil, Ecuador.

During his early teens, 13 years old to be precise, Francisco started training jiu jitsu, influenced by his older brothers Leonardo and Juan Miguel who already practised the martial art. Sinistro’s tuition would later be taken over by Fernando “Soluço” Di Piero, a pioneering figure for jiu jitsu in Ecuador.

Franciso’s talent was evident from the get-go, earning him to junior world titles and the “Sinistro” (Sinister) nickname. Even though he was only a teenager, Iturralde was incredibly focussed and soon understood what it took to be an elite athlete in such a demanding sport, making the decision to move to Florida – USA (where he had family members) to train at Alliance HQ more regularly and be closer to the main Brazilian jiu jitsu competition circuit.

As a brown belt Sinistro spent some time training at the Alliance Academy with Fabio Clemente and Babs Olusanmokun.

Climbing the ranks of jiu jitsu, Sinistro became well known for his entertaining grappling style, often depicted as scrambly and submission driven. His incredible style ultimately led to his black belt, awarded on June 17, 2013 by Fernando Soluço (who had also awarded all of Francisco’s previous belts).

2013 was also the year when Francisco decided to change his diet, first to vegetarianism and later to vegan, becoming one of the strongest ambassadors for this plant based lifestyle in the sport of jiu jitsu, an ethos followed my many important figures in combat sports such as Carlos and Helio Gracie, Walid Ismail, Nick and Nate Diaz, to name a few.

After two years spent in New York Sinistro moved to Los Angeles, to train with Rubens Charles “Cobrinha” in one of Alliance’s top affiliates.

Cover photo by William Burkhardt of BJJPix.

Francisco Iturralde Grappling Record

66 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    21 (32%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    7 (11%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    31 (47%)
  • BY DECISION
    5 (8%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    2 (3%)

31 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke
16
5
#86e620
Armbar
16
5
#5AD3D1
RNC
13
4
#d1212a
Kneebar
13
4
#fad11b
Bow and arrow
13
4
#f58822
Choke from back
13
4
#224aba
Submission
6
2
#ff9124
Necktie
3
1
#bf1f6c
Triangle
3
1
#22c9a5
Darce choke
3
1
31
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
43 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    19 (44%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    6 (14%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    12 (28%)
  • BY DECISION
    4 (9%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (2%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (2%)

12 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
RNC
17
2
#86e620
Choke from back
17
2
#5AD3D1
Loop choke
8
1
#d1212a
Katagatame
8
1
#fad11b
Armbar
8
1
#f58822
Estima lock
8
1
#224aba
Triangle
8
1
#ff9124
Arm in guillotine
8
1
#bf1f6c
Submission
8
1
#22c9a5
Toe hold
8
1
12
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Francisco Iturralde Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
4831Renan BorgesLLoop chokeBoston Summer O.76KGF2013
5119Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLPts: 0x0, AdvIBJJF Pro League82KGSF2013
5342JT TorresJT TorresLAdvPan American76KG4F2014
5446M. PerezLReferee DecisionFIVE Cali. 277KGSF2014
5455Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaLAdvFIVE Cali. 2ABS4F2014
5761Celso ViniciusCelso ViniciusLPts: 5x2World Champ.76KGR12014
5927JT TorresJT TorresLPointsAmerican Nat.82KGF2014
5936Josh HingerJosh HingerLDQAm. Nat. NoGi82KGSF2014
5938Josh HingerJosh HingerLPts: 11x0Am. Nat. NoGiABS4F2014
5955Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLPointsNo Gi Pan Am.79KGSF2014
6068Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLPts: 4x2IBJJF Pro League82KGF2014
6559Davi RamosDavi RamosLPts: 2x0European82KGSF2015
6800Felipe CesarFelipe CesarLPts: 4x2Pan American82KGR12015
6993Rafael RosendoLN/ANY Spring Open82KGSF2015
7275Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLKatagatameBoston Spring OpenABSF2015
7432Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoLArmbarWorld Champ.82KG8F2015
7639Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaLPts: 5x2NY Summer Open82KGF2015
8392Thiago GaiaThiago GaiaLReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds73KG4F2015
9077Felipe CesarFelipe CesarLPts: 0x0, AdvUAEJJF NYC Pro77KGF2016
9096Felipe CesarFelipe CesarLPts: 2x2, AdvUAEJJF NYC ProLWABSF2016
9251Edwin NajmiEdwin NajmiLEstima lockPan American76KGF2016
9957JT TorresJT TorresLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.76KG4F2016
10803Joao RochaJoao RochaLRNCUS OpenABSF2016
10892Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaLPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds79KGSF2016
12142Michael LieraMichael LieraLTrianglePan American76KG4F2017
12614Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaLPts: 3x0World Pro77KGR12017
13082Celso ViniciusCelso ViniciusLPts: 2x0World Champ.76KG8F2017
13414Jamil Hill-TaylorJamil Hill-TaylorLReferee DecisionFIVE Super League70KG4F2017
13776Renato CanutoRenato CanutoLPts: 8x2Grand Slam LA77KGF2017
14242Renato CanutoRenato CanutoLPts: 9x0Long Beach Open76KGF2017
14646Felipe CesarFelipe CesarLPts: 4x0NoGi Worlds79KGR22017
15344Michael LieraMichael LieraLChoke from backPan American76KG4F2018
16428Celso ViniciusCelso ViniciusLArm in guillotineWorld Champ.76KGR22018
16558Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsLSubmissionWorld Champ.ABSRD2018
16905J. GracieLChoke from backW.S.O.G.81KGF2018
18515Marcio AndreMarcio AndreLToe holdNoGi Worlds73KG4F2018
19471Gabriel RolloGabriel RolloLPts: 16x4Pan American76KG4F2019
19558Gustavo BatistaGustavo BatistaLRNCPan AmericanABS4F2019
20577Igor SchneiderIgor SchneiderLPts: 11x2World Champ.ABSR12019
23198Dom HoskinsLReferee DecisionF2W 13677KGSPF2020
23473Jeremy JacksonJeremy JacksonLPts: 4x4, PenCopa Podio76KGRR2020
23481A. MunisLPts: 2x0Copa Podio76KGSF2020
23484Leo SilvaLeo SilvaLPts: 2x0Copa Podio76KG3RD2020
4821Bricklin WelchWN/AChicago S. Open76KGSF2013
4822P. Della MonicaWPts: 0x0, AdvChicago S. Open76KGF2013
4830Keith FlorianWPointsBoston Summer O.76KGSF2013
4952Kenny BakerWRNCNoGi Pan American79KG4F2013
4953Daniel TavaresWKneebarNoGi Pan American79KGSF2013
4954Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWRNCNoGi Pan American79KGF2013
5239Pilo StylinWBow and arrowEuropean76KG4F2014
5242AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWPointsEuropean76KGSF2014
5754Ruy FradeWPointsWorld Champ.76KGR12014
5843Bruno SenaWN/ABoca Raton Open76KGSF2014
5844Rafael PereiraWPts: 10x0Boca Raton Open76KGF2014
5925Josh HingerJosh HingerWAdvAmerican Nat.82KGSF2014
6067Otavio SousaOtavio SousaWPts: 2x0IBJJF Pro League82KGSF2014
6553Paulo SchaufflerWPts: 14x0European82KGR22015
6557Luca AnacoretaLuca AnacoretaWChokeEuropean82KG4F2015
6989Caio AlmeidaCaio AlmeidaWN/ANY Spring Open82KG4F2015
6999Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaWChokeNY Spring OpenABS4F2015
7002Jeferson PereiraWN/ANY Spring OpenABSSF2015
7003Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsWDQNY Spring OpenABSF2015
7273Mansher KheraMansher KheraWN/ABoston Spring OpenABSSF2015
7303Greg McIntyreWArmbarMetamoris 6ABSSPF2015
7638Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoWPointsNY Summer Open82KGSF2015
8085Thiago MacedoThiago MacedoWPointsDallas Open76KGSF2015
8086Kim TerraKim TerraWPointsDallas Open76KGF2015
8312Issa AbleWArmbarSeattle Open76KGSF2015
8313Kim TerraKim TerraWArmbarSeattle Open76KGF2015
8386Rafael BeneditoWPts: 2x2, AdvNoGi Worlds73KG8F2015
8871Daniel RivasWRNCF2W 2ABSSPF2016
9095Charles MurdockWChokeUAEJJF NYC ProLWABSSF2016
9243Luis LimaLuis LimaWChoke from backPan American76KG8F2016
9248AJ SousaAJ SousaWPts: 4x2Pan American76KG4F2016
9250Gabriel RolloGabriel RolloWPts: 2x2, AdvPan American76KGSF2016
9942Antonio MugnaimiWChoke from backWorld Champ.76KGR12016
10797Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaWPts: 7x0US Open82KGRR2016
10798Manny GonzalesWKneebarUS Open82KGRR2016
10884Sergio ArdilaSergio ArdilaWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds79KGR12016
10890Lachlan GilesLachlan GilesWPts: 8x4NoGi Worlds79KG4F2016
11245Stephen MartinezWReferee DecisionFIVE Grappling76KGSPF2016
11747Eduardo VieiraWChoke from backEcuador Pro77KGSF2017
12003Magid HageWReferee DecisionFIVE SL82KGSPF2017
12126Enrique GalarzaWChoke from backPan American76KGR22017
12135Victor SilverioVictor SilverioWPts: 2x2, AdvPan American76KG8F2017
13076Matheus CostaMatheus CostaWKneebarWorld Champ.76KGR12017
13483Scott ThometzWN/ASan Jose Open76KGRR2017
13484Breno BittencourtBreno BittencourtWDQSan Jose Open76KGF2017
13550Blake NolanWNecktieSeattle Open76KG4F2017
13552Alexandre MolinaroAlexandre MolinaroWRNCSeattle Open76KGSF2017
13553Ben ButtarsWArmbarSeattle Open76KGF2017
13773Yago EspindolaWChokeGrand Slam LA77KG4F2017
13775Yan LucasYan LucasWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LA77KGSF2017
14240Alexandre MolinaroAlexandre MolinaroWKneebarLong Beach Open76KGSF2017
14953Piter FrankWSubmissionLos Angeles Open76KGSF2018
15340Rodrigo FreitasRodrigo FreitasWPts: 2x0Pan American76KG8F2018
16267Piter FrankWSubmissionSan Diego Open76KGF2018
16786Dom HoskinsWTriangleKO Finishers76KG4F2018
16787Kolo VidaWBow and arrowKO Finishers76KGSF2018
16788Jake ScovelWBow and arrowKO Finishers76KGF2018
16894Vagner RochaVagner RochaWReferee DecisionW.S.O.G.81KG8F2018
16899Michael PerezMichael PerezWReferee DecisionW.S.O.G.81KG4F2018
16902Ronaldo S.WReferee DecisionW.S.O.G.81KGSF2018
16904J. GracieWN/AW.S.O.G.81KG3RD2018
17300Arannick MonteroWChokeElite Sub League76KGSPF2018
18506Jeremiah VanceWPts: 9x0NoGi Worlds73KGR12018
19220Jeremy JacksonJeremy JacksonWDarce chokePortland Open76KGSF2019
19221Alexandre MolinaroAlexandre MolinaroWBow and arrowPortland Open76KGF2019
23470Kanan ClarkeD---Copa Podio76KGRR2020
23476Leo SilvaLeo SilvaWArmbarCopa Podio76KGRR2020

Francisco Iturralde vs Kim Terra

Francisco Iturralde vs Rafael Pereira

High Percentage Chokes  Instructional by Lachlan Giles

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