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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

64 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    22 (34%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    7 (11%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    28 (44%)
  • BY DECISION
    5 (8%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    2 (3%)

28 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke
18
5
#86e620
RNC
14
4
#5AD3D1
Kneebar
14
4
#d1212a
Armbar
14
4
#fad11b
Choke from back
14
4
#f58822
Bow and arrow
11
3
#224aba
Submission
7
2
#ff9124
Triangle
4
1
#bf1f6c
Necktie
4
1
28
(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
Arm in guillotine
9
1
#5AD3D1
Submission
9
1
#d1212a
Toe hold
9
1
#fad11b
Loop choke
9
1
#f58822
Katagatame
9
1
#224aba
Armbar
9
1
#ff9124
Estima lock
9
1
#bf1f6c
RNC
9
1
#22c9a5
Triangle
9
1
11
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Francisco Iturralde Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
4796Renan BorgesLLoop chokeBoston Summer O.76KGF2013
5084Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLPts: 0x0, AdvIBJJF Pro League82KGSF2013
5299JT TorresJT TorresLAdvPan American76KG4F2014
5403M. PerezLReferee DecisionFIVE Cali. 277KGSF2014
5412Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaLAdvFIVE Cali. 2ABS4F2014
5716Celso ViniciusCelso ViniciusLPts: 5x2World Champ.76KGR12014
5876JT TorresJT TorresLPointsAmerican Nat.82KGF2014
5885Josh HingerJosh HingerLDQAm. Nat. NoGi82KGSF2014
5887Josh HingerJosh HingerLPts: 11x0Am. Nat. NoGiABS4F2014
5904Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLPointsNo Gi Pan Am.79KGSF2014
6014Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLPts: 4x2IBJJF Pro League82KGF2014
6495Davi RamosDavi RamosLPts: 2x0European82KGSF2015
6734Felipe CesarFelipe CesarLPts: 4x2Pan American82KGR12015
6927Rafael RosendoLN/ANY Spring Open82KGSF2015
7208Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLKatagatameBoston Spring OpenABSF2015
7365Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoLArmbarWorld Champ.82KG8F2015
7568Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaLPts: 5x2NY Summer Open82KGF2015
8320Thiago GaiaThiago GaiaLReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds73KG4F2015
8993Felipe CesarFelipe CesarLPts: 0x0, AdvUAEJJF NYC Pro77KGF2016
9012Felipe CesarFelipe CesarLPts: 2x2, AdvUAEJJF NYC ProLWABSF2016
9165Edwin NajmiEdwin NajmiLEstima lockPan American76KGF2016
9864JT TorresJT TorresLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.76KG4F2016
10689Joao RochaJoao RochaLRNCUS OpenABSF2016
10777Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaLPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds79KGSF2016
11969Michael LieraMichael LieraLTrianglePan American76KG4F2017
12429Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaLPts: 3x0World Pro77KGR12017
12881Celso ViniciusCelso ViniciusLPts: 2x0World Champ.76KG8F2017
13205Jamil Hill-TaylorJamil Hill-TaylorLReferee DecisionFIVE Super League70KG4F2017
13562Renato CanutoRenato CanutoLPts: 8x2Grand Slam LA77KGF2017
14007Renato CanutoRenato CanutoLPts: 9x0Long Beach Open76KGF2017
14387Felipe CesarFelipe CesarLPts: 4x0NoGi Worlds79KGR22017
15014Michael LieraMichael LieraLChoke from backPan American76KG4F2018
16007Celso ViniciusCelso ViniciusLArm in guillotineWorld Champ.76KGR22018
16138Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsLSubmissionWorld Champ.ABSRD2018
16443J. GracieLChoke from backW.S.O.G.81KGF2018
17881Marcio AndreMarcio AndreLToe holdNoGi Worlds73KG4F2018
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
5196Pilo StylinWBow and arrowEuropean76KG4F2014
5199AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWPointsEuropean76KGSF2014
5709Ruy FradeWPointsWorld Champ.76KGR12014
5798Bruno SenaWN/ABoca Raton Open76KGSF2014
5799Rafael PereiraWPts: 10x0Boca Raton Open76KGF2014
5874Josh HingerJosh HingerWAdvAmerican Nat.82KGSF2014
6013Otavio SousaOtavio SousaWPts: 2x0IBJJF Pro League82KGSF2014
6489Paulo SchaufflerWPts: 14x0European82KGR22015
6493Luca AnacoretaLuca AnacoretaWChokeEuropean82KG4F2015
6923Caio AlmeidaCaio AlmeidaWN/ANY Spring Open82KG4F2015
6933Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaWChokeNY Spring OpenABS4F2015
6936Jeferson PereiraWN/ANY Spring OpenABSSF2015
6937Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsWDQNY Spring OpenABSF2015
7206Mansher KheraMansher KheraWN/ABoston Spring OpenABSSF2015
7236Greg McIntyreWArmbarMetamoris 6ABSSPF2015
7567Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoWPointsNY Summer Open82KGSF2015
8014Thiago MacedoThiago MacedoWPointsDallas Open76KGSF2015
8015Kim TerraKim TerraWPointsDallas Open76KGF2015
8240Issa AbleWArmbarSeattle Open76KGSF2015
8241Kim TerraKim TerraWArmbarSeattle Open76KGF2015
8314Rafael BeneditoWPts: 2x2, AdvNoGi Worlds73KG8F2015
8788Daniel RivasWRNCF2W Pro 2ABSSPF2016
8991Jason RauWN/AUAEJJF NYC Pro77KGSF2016
9011Charles MurdockWChokeUAEJJF NYC ProLWABSSF2016
9157Luis LimaLuis LimaWChoke from backPan American76KG8F2016
9162AJ SousaAJ SousaWPts: 4x2Pan American76KG4F2016
9164Gabriel RolloGabriel RolloWPts: 2x2, AdvPan American76KGSF2016
9849Antonio MugnaimiWChoke from backWorld Champ.76KGR12016
10683Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaWPts: 7x0US Open82KGRR2016
10684Manny GonzalesWKneebarUS Open82KGRR2016
10769Sergio ArdilaSergio ArdilaWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds79KGR12016
10775Lachlan GilesLachlan GilesWPts: 8x4NoGi Worlds79KG4F2016
11126Stephen MartinezWReferee DecisionFIVE Grappling76KGSPF2016
11588Eduardo VieiraWChoke from backEcuador Pro77KGSF2017
11830Magid HageWReferee DecisionFIVE SL82KGSPF2017
11953Enrique GalarzaWChoke from backPan American76KGR22017
11962Victor SilverioVictor SilverioWPts: 2x2, AdvPan American76KG8F2017
12875Matheus CostaMatheus CostaWKneebarWorld Champ.76KGR12017
13270Scott ThometzWN/ASan Jose Open76KGRR2017
13271Breno BittencourtBreno BittencourtWDQSan Jose Open76KGF2017
13337Blake NolanWNecktieSeattle Open76KG4F2017
13339Alexandre MolinaroAlexandre MolinaroWRNCSeattle Open76KGSF2017
13340Ben ButtarsWArmbarSeattle Open76KGF2017
13559Yago EspindolaWChokeGrand Slam LA77KG4F2017
13561Yan LucasYan LucasWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LA77KGSF2017
14005Alexandre MolinaroAlexandre MolinaroWKneebarLong Beach Open76KGSF2017
14640Piter FrankWSubmissionLos Angeles Open76KGSF2018
15010Rodrigo FreitasRodrigo FreitasWPts: 2x0Pan American76KG8F2018
15848Piter FrankWSubmissionSan Diego Open76KGF2018
16335Dom HoskinsWTriangleKO Finishers76KG4F2018
16336Kolo VidaWBow and arrowKO Finishers76KGSF2018
16337Jake ScovelWBow and arrowKO Finishers76KGF2018
16432Vagner RochaVagner RochaWReferee DecisionW.S.O.G.81KG8F2018
16437Michael PerezMichael PerezWReferee DecisionW.S.O.G.81KG4F2018
16440Ronaldo S.WReferee DecisionW.S.O.G.81KGSF2018
16442J. GracieWN/AW.S.O.G.81KG3RD2018
16792Arannick MonteroWChokeElite Sub League76KGSPF2018
17872Jeremiah VanceWPts: 9x0NoGi Worlds73KGR12018

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