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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

62 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    21 (34%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    7 (11%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    27 (44%)
  • BY DECISION
    5 (8%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    2 (3%)

27 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke
19
5
#86e620
RNC
15
4
#5AD3D1
Armbar
15
4
#d1212a
Choke from back
15
4
#fad11b
Kneebar
11
3
#f58822
Bow and arrow
11
3
#224aba
Submission
7
2
#ff9124
Necktie
4
1
#bf1f6c
Triangle
4
1
27
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
35 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    15 (43%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    6 (17%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    10 (29%)
  • BY DECISION
    3 (9%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (3%)

10 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Choke from back
20
2
#86e620
Loop choke
10
1
#5AD3D1
Katagatame
10
1
#d1212a
Armbar
10
1
#fad11b
Estima lock
10
1
#f58822
RNC
10
1
#224aba
Triangle
10
1
#ff9124
Arm in guillotine
10
1
#bf1f6c
Submission
10
1
10
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Francisco Iturralde Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
4796Renan BorgesLLoop chokeBoston Summer O.76KGF2013
5085Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLPts: 0x0, AdvIBJJF Pro League82KGSF2013
5300JT TorresJT TorresLAdvPan American76KG4F2014
5404M. PerezLReferee DecisionFIVE Cali. 277KGSF2014
5413Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaLAdvFIVE Cali. 2ABS4F2014
5717Celso ViniciusCelso ViniciusLPts: 5x2World Champ.76KGR12014
5875JT TorresJT TorresLPointsAmerican Nat.82KGF2014
5884Josh HingerJosh HingerLDQAm. Nat. NoGi82KGSF2014
5886Josh HingerJosh HingerLPts: 11x0Am. Nat. NoGiABS4F2014
5903Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLPointsNo Gi Pan Am.79KGSF2014
6013Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLPts: 4x2IBJJF Pro League82KGF2014
6487Davi RamosDavi RamosLPts: 2x0European82KGSF2015
6726Felipe CesarFelipe CesarLPts: 4x2Pan American82KGR12015
6919Rafael RosendoLN/ANY Spring Open82KGSF2015
7198Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLKatagatameBoston Spring OpenABSF2015
7354Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoLArmbarWorld Champ.82KG8F2015
7557Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaLPts: 5x2NY Summer Open82KGF2015
8307Thiago GaiaThiago GaiaLReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds73KG4F2015
8976Felipe CesarFelipe CesarLPts: 0x0, AdvUAEJJF NYC Pro77KGF2016
8995Felipe CesarFelipe CesarLPts: 2x2, AdvUAEJJF NYC ProLWABSF2016
9142Edwin NajmiEdwin NajmiLEstima lockPan American76KGF2016
9838JT TorresJT TorresLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.76KG4F2016
10653Joao RochaJoao RochaLRNCUS OpenABSF2016
10741Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaLPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds79KGSF2016
11906Michael LieraMichael LieraLTrianglePan American76KG4F2017
12361Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaLPts: 3x0World Pro77KGR12017
12808Celso ViniciusCelso ViniciusLPts: 2x0World Champ.76KG8F2017
13130Jamil Hill-TaylorJamil Hill-TaylorLReferee DecisionFIVE Super League70KG4F2017
13467Renato CanutoRenato CanutoLPts: 8x2Grand Slam LA77KGF2017
13907Renato CanutoRenato CanutoLPts: 9x0Long Beach Open76KGF2017
14273Felipe CesarFelipe CesarLPts: 4x0NoGi Worlds79KGR22017
14897Michael LieraMichael LieraLChoke from backPan American76KG4F2018
15879Celso ViniciusCelso ViniciusLArm in guillotineWorld Champ.76KGR22018
16010Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsLSubmissionWorld Champ.ABSRD2018
16309J. GracieLChoke from backW.S.O.G.81KGF2018
4786Bricklin WelchWN/AChicago S. Open76KGSF2013
4787P. Della MonicaWPts: 0x0, AdvChicago S. Open76KGF2013
4795Keith FlorianWPointsBoston Summer O.76KGSF2013
4917Kenny BakerWRNCNoGi Pan American79KG4F2013
4918Daniel TavaresWKneebarNoGi Pan American79KGSF2013
4919Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWRNCNoGi Pan American79KGF2013
5197Pilo StylinWBow and arrowEuropean76KG4F2014
5200AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWPointsEuropean76KGSF2014
5710Ruy FradeWPointsWorld Champ.76KGR12014
5797Bruno SenaWN/ABoca Raton Open76KGSF2014
5798Rafael PereiraWPts: 10x0Boca Raton Open76KGF2014
5873Josh HingerJosh HingerWAdvAmerican Nat.82KGSF2014
6012Otavio SousaOtavio SousaWPts: 2x0IBJJF Pro League82KGSF2014
6481Paulo SchaufflerWPts: 14x0European82KGR22015
6485Luca AnacoretaLuca AnacoretaWChokeEuropean82KG4F2015
6915Caio AlmeidaCaio AlmeidaWN/ANY Spring Open82KG4F2015
6925Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaWChokeNY Spring OpenABS4F2015
6928Jeferson PereiraWN/ANY Spring OpenABSSF2015
6929Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsWDQNY Spring OpenABSF2015
7196Mansher KheraMansher KheraWN/ABoston Spring OpenABSSF2015
7226Greg McIntyreWArmbarMetamoris 6ABSSPF2015
7556Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoWPointsNY Summer Open82KGSF2015
8003Thiago MacedoThiago MacedoWPointsDallas Open76KGSF2015
8004Kim TerraKim TerraWPointsDallas Open76KGF2015
8227Issa AbleWArmbarSeattle Open76KGSF2015
8228Kim TerraKim TerraWArmbarSeattle Open76KGF2015
8301Rafael BeneditoWPts: 2x2, AdvNoGi Worlds73KG8F2015
8774Daniel RivasWRNCF2W Pro 2ABSSPF2016
8974Jason RauWN/AUAEJJF NYC Pro77KGSF2016
8994Charles MurdockWChokeUAEJJF NYC ProLWABSSF2016
9134Luis LimaLuis LimaWChoke from backPan American76KG8F2016
9139AJ SousaAJ SousaWPts: 4x2Pan American76KG4F2016
9141Gabriel RolloGabriel RolloWPts: 2x2, AdvPan American76KGSF2016
9823Antonio MugnaimiWChoke from backWorld Champ.76KGR12016
10647Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaWPts: 7x0US Open82KGRR2016
10648Manny GonzalesWKneebarUS Open82KGRR2016
10733Sergio ArdilaSergio ArdilaWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds79KGR12016
10739Lachlan GilesLachlan GilesWPts: 8x4NoGi Worlds79KG4F2016
11088Stephen MartinezWReferee DecisionFIVE Grappling76KGSPF2016
11527Eduardo VieiraWChoke from backEcuador Pro77KGSF2017
11767Magid HageWReferee DecisionFIVE SL82KGSPF2017
11890Enrique GalarzaWChoke from backPan American76KGR22017
11899Victor SilverioVictor SilverioWPts: 2x2, AdvPan American76KG8F2017
12802Matheus CostaMatheus CostaWKneebarWorld Champ.76KGR12017
13188Scott ThometzWN/ASan Jose Open76KGRR2017
13189Breno BittencourtBreno BittencourtWDQSan Jose Open76KGF2017
13252Blake NolanWNecktieSeattle Open76KG4F2017
13253Alexandre MolinaroWRNCSeattle Open76KGSF2017
13254Ben ButtarsWArmbarSeattle Open76KGF2017
13464Yago EspindolaWChokeGrand Slam LA77KG4F2017
13466Yan LucasYan LucasWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LA77KGSF2017
14525Piter FrankWSubmissionLos Angeles Open76KGSF2018
14893Rodrigo FreitasRodrigo FreitasWPts: 2x0Pan American76KG8F2018
15720Piter FrankWSubmissionSan Diego Open76KGF2018
16204Dom HoskinsWTriangleKO Finishers76KG4F2018
16205Kolo VidaWBow and arrowKO Finishers76KGSF2018
16206Jake ScovelWBow and arrowKO Finishers76KGF2018
16298Vagner RochaVagner RochaWReferee DecisionW.S.O.G.81KG8F2018
16303Michael PerezMichael PerezWReferee DecisionW.S.O.G.81KG4F2018
16306Ronaldo S.WReferee DecisionW.S.O.G.81KGSF2018
16308J. GracieWN/AW.S.O.G.81KG3RD2018
16632Arannick MonteroWChokeElite Sub League76KGSPF2018

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Francisco Iturralde vs Rafael Pereira

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