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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
    22 (33%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    7 (11%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    30 (45%)
  • BY DECISION
    5 (8%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    2 (3%)

30 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke
17
5
#86e620
RNC
13
4
#5AD3D1
Kneebar
13
4
#d1212a
Bow and arrow
13
4
#fad11b
Armbar
13
4
#f58822
Choke from back
13
4
#224aba
Submission
7
2
#ff9124
Necktie
3
1
#bf1f6c
Triangle
3
1
#22c9a5
Darce choke
3
1
30
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
36 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    15 (42%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    6 (17%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    11 (31%)
  • BY DECISION
    3 (8%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (3%)

11 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Choke from back
18
2
#86e620
Loop choke
9
1
#5AD3D1
Katagatame
9
1
#d1212a
Armbar
9
1
#fad11b
Estima lock
9
1
#f58822
RNC
9
1
#224aba
Triangle
9
1
#ff9124
Arm in guillotine
9
1
#bf1f6c
Submission
9
1
#22c9a5
Toe hold
9
1
11
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Francisco Iturralde Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
4814Renan BorgesLLoop chokeBoston Summer O.76KGF2013
5102Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLPts: 0x0, AdvIBJJF Pro League82KGSF2013
5325JT TorresJT TorresLAdvPan American76KG4F2014
5429M. PerezLReferee DecisionFIVE Cali. 277KGSF2014
5438Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaLAdvFIVE Cali. 2ABS4F2014
5743Celso ViniciusCelso ViniciusLPts: 5x2World Champ.76KGR12014
5909JT TorresJT TorresLPointsAmerican Nat.82KGF2014
5918Josh HingerJosh HingerLDQAm. Nat. NoGi82KGSF2014
5920Josh HingerJosh HingerLPts: 11x0Am. Nat. NoGiABS4F2014
5937Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLPointsNo Gi Pan Am.79KGSF2014
6047Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLPts: 4x2IBJJF Pro League82KGF2014
6532Davi RamosDavi RamosLPts: 2x0European82KGSF2015
6771Felipe CesarFelipe CesarLPts: 4x2Pan American82KGR12015
6964Rafael RosendoLN/ANY Spring Open82KGSF2015
7245Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLKatagatameBoston Spring OpenABSF2015
7402Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoLArmbarWorld Champ.82KG8F2015
7609Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaLPts: 5x2NY Summer Open82KGF2015
8362Thiago GaiaThiago GaiaLReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds73KG4F2015
9037Felipe CesarFelipe CesarLPts: 0x0, AdvUAEJJF NYC Pro77KGF2016
9056Felipe CesarFelipe CesarLPts: 2x2, AdvUAEJJF NYC ProLWABSF2016
9209Edwin NajmiEdwin NajmiLEstima lockPan American76KGF2016
9910JT TorresJT TorresLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.76KG4F2016
10748Joao RochaJoao RochaLRNCUS OpenABSF2016
10837Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaLPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds79KGSF2016
12042Michael LieraMichael LieraLTrianglePan American76KG4F2017
12506Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaLPts: 3x0World Pro77KGR12017
12965Celso ViniciusCelso ViniciusLPts: 2x0World Champ.76KG8F2017
13289Jamil Hill-TaylorJamil Hill-TaylorLReferee DecisionFIVE Super League70KG4F2017
13650Renato CanutoRenato CanutoLPts: 8x2Grand Slam LA77KGF2017
14104Renato CanutoRenato CanutoLPts: 9x0Long Beach Open76KGF2017
14485Felipe CesarFelipe CesarLPts: 4x0NoGi Worlds79KGR22017
15121Michael LieraMichael LieraLChoke from backPan American76KG4F2018
16144Celso ViniciusCelso ViniciusLArm in guillotineWorld Champ.76KGR22018
16275Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsLSubmissionWorld Champ.ABSRD2018
16603J. GracieLChoke from backW.S.O.G.81KGF2018
18107Marcio AndreMarcio AndreLToe holdNoGi Worlds73KG4F2018
4804Bricklin WelchWN/AChicago S. Open76KGSF2013
4805P. Della MonicaWPts: 0x0, AdvChicago S. Open76KGF2013
4813Keith FlorianWPointsBoston Summer O.76KGSF2013
4935Kenny BakerWRNCNoGi Pan American79KG4F2013
4936Daniel TavaresWKneebarNoGi Pan American79KGSF2013
4937Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWRNCNoGi Pan American79KGF2013
5222Pilo StylinWBow and arrowEuropean76KG4F2014
5225AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWPointsEuropean76KGSF2014
5736Ruy FradeWPointsWorld Champ.76KGR12014
5825Bruno SenaWN/ABoca Raton Open76KGSF2014
5826Rafael PereiraWPts: 10x0Boca Raton Open76KGF2014
5907Josh HingerJosh HingerWAdvAmerican Nat.82KGSF2014
6046Otavio SousaOtavio SousaWPts: 2x0IBJJF Pro League82KGSF2014
6526Paulo SchaufflerWPts: 14x0European82KGR22015
6530Luca AnacoretaLuca AnacoretaWChokeEuropean82KG4F2015
6960Caio AlmeidaCaio AlmeidaWN/ANY Spring Open82KG4F2015
6970Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaWChokeNY Spring OpenABS4F2015
6973Jeferson PereiraWN/ANY Spring OpenABSSF2015
6974Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsWDQNY Spring OpenABSF2015
7243Mansher KheraMansher KheraWN/ABoston Spring OpenABSSF2015
7273Greg McIntyreWArmbarMetamoris 6ABSSPF2015
7608Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoWPointsNY Summer Open82KGSF2015
8055Thiago MacedoThiago MacedoWPointsDallas Open76KGSF2015
8056Kim TerraKim TerraWPointsDallas Open76KGF2015
8282Issa AbleWArmbarSeattle Open76KGSF2015
8283Kim TerraKim TerraWArmbarSeattle Open76KGF2015
8356Rafael BeneditoWPts: 2x2, AdvNoGi Worlds73KG8F2015
8831Daniel RivasWRNCF2W Pro 2ABSSPF2016
9035Jason RauWN/AUAEJJF NYC Pro77KGSF2016
9055Charles MurdockWChokeUAEJJF NYC ProLWABSSF2016
9201Luis LimaLuis LimaWChoke from backPan American76KG8F2016
9206AJ SousaAJ SousaWPts: 4x2Pan American76KG4F2016
9208Gabriel RolloGabriel RolloWPts: 2x2, AdvPan American76KGSF2016
9895Antonio MugnaimiWChoke from backWorld Champ.76KGR12016
10742Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaWPts: 7x0US Open82KGRR2016
10743Manny GonzalesWKneebarUS Open82KGRR2016
10829Sergio ArdilaSergio ArdilaWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds79KGR12016
10835Lachlan GilesLachlan GilesWPts: 8x4NoGi Worlds79KG4F2016
11186Stephen MartinezWReferee DecisionFIVE Grappling76KGSPF2016
11659Eduardo VieiraWChoke from backEcuador Pro77KGSF2017
11903Magid HageWReferee DecisionFIVE SL82KGSPF2017
12026Enrique GalarzaWChoke from backPan American76KGR22017
12035Victor SilverioVictor SilverioWPts: 2x2, AdvPan American76KG8F2017
12959Matheus CostaMatheus CostaWKneebarWorld Champ.76KGR12017
13358Scott ThometzWN/ASan Jose Open76KGRR2017
13359Breno BittencourtBreno BittencourtWDQSan Jose Open76KGF2017
13425Blake NolanWNecktieSeattle Open76KG4F2017
13427Alexandre MolinaroAlexandre MolinaroWRNCSeattle Open76KGSF2017
13428Ben ButtarsWArmbarSeattle Open76KGF2017
13647Yago EspindolaWChokeGrand Slam LA77KG4F2017
13649Yan LucasYan LucasWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LA77KGSF2017
14102Alexandre MolinaroAlexandre MolinaroWKneebarLong Beach Open76KGSF2017
14743Piter FrankWSubmissionLos Angeles Open76KGSF2018
15117Rodrigo FreitasRodrigo FreitasWPts: 2x0Pan American76KG8F2018
15985Piter FrankWSubmissionSan Diego Open76KGF2018
16485Dom HoskinsWTriangleKO Finishers76KG4F2018
16486Kolo VidaWBow and arrowKO Finishers76KGSF2018
16487Jake ScovelWBow and arrowKO Finishers76KGF2018
16592Vagner RochaVagner RochaWReferee DecisionW.S.O.G.81KG8F2018
16597Michael PerezMichael PerezWReferee DecisionW.S.O.G.81KG4F2018
16600Ronaldo S.WReferee DecisionW.S.O.G.81KGSF2018
16602J. GracieWN/AW.S.O.G.81KG3RD2018
16967Arannick MonteroWChokeElite Sub League76KGSPF2018
18098Jeremiah VanceWPts: 9x0NoGi Worlds73KGR12018
18736Jeremy JacksonJeremy JacksonWDarce chokePortland Open76KGSF2019
18737Alexandre MolinaroAlexandre MolinaroWBow and arrowPortland Open76KGF2019

Francisco Iturralde vs Kim Terra

Francisco Iturralde vs Rafael Pereira

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