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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
38 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    16 (42%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    6 (16%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    12 (32%)
  • BY DECISION
    3 (8%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (3%)

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
4815Renan BorgesLLoop chokeBoston Summer O.76KGF2013
5103Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLPts: 0x0, AdvIBJJF Pro League82KGSF2013
5326JT TorresJT TorresLAdvPan American76KG4F2014
5430M. PerezLReferee DecisionFIVE Cali. 277KGSF2014
5439Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaLAdvFIVE Cali. 2ABS4F2014
5744Celso ViniciusCelso ViniciusLPts: 5x2World Champ.76KGR12014
5910JT TorresJT TorresLPointsAmerican Nat.82KGF2014
5919Josh HingerJosh HingerLDQAm. Nat. NoGi82KGSF2014
5921Josh HingerJosh HingerLPts: 11x0Am. Nat. NoGiABS4F2014
5938Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLPointsNo Gi Pan Am.79KGSF2014
6051Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLPts: 4x2IBJJF Pro League82KGF2014
6536Davi RamosDavi RamosLPts: 2x0European82KGSF2015
6775Felipe CesarFelipe CesarLPts: 4x2Pan American82KGR12015
6968Rafael RosendoLN/ANY Spring Open82KGSF2015
7249Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLKatagatameBoston Spring OpenABSF2015
7406Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoLArmbarWorld Champ.82KG8F2015
7613Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaLPts: 5x2NY Summer Open82KGF2015
8366Thiago GaiaThiago GaiaLReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds73KG4F2015
9041Felipe CesarFelipe CesarLPts: 0x0, AdvUAEJJF NYC Pro77KGF2016
9060Felipe CesarFelipe CesarLPts: 2x2, AdvUAEJJF NYC ProLWABSF2016
9213Edwin NajmiEdwin NajmiLEstima lockPan American76KGF2016
9914JT TorresJT TorresLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.76KG4F2016
10752Joao RochaJoao RochaLRNCUS OpenABSF2016
10841Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaLPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds79KGSF2016
12049Michael LieraMichael LieraLTrianglePan American76KG4F2017
12513Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaLPts: 3x0World Pro77KGR12017
12972Celso ViniciusCelso ViniciusLPts: 2x0World Champ.76KG8F2017
13296Jamil Hill-TaylorJamil Hill-TaylorLReferee DecisionFIVE Super League70KG4F2017
13657Renato CanutoRenato CanutoLPts: 8x2Grand Slam LA77KGF2017
14114Renato CanutoRenato CanutoLPts: 9x0Long Beach Open76KGF2017
14507Felipe CesarFelipe CesarLPts: 4x0NoGi Worlds79KGR22017
15173Michael LieraMichael LieraLChoke from backPan American76KG4F2018
16231Celso ViniciusCelso ViniciusLArm in guillotineWorld Champ.76KGR22018
16362Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsLSubmissionWorld Champ.ABSRD2018
16694J. GracieLChoke from backW.S.O.G.81KGF2018
18226Marcio AndreMarcio AndreLToe holdNoGi Worlds73KG4F2018
19097Gabriel RolloGabriel RolloLPts: 16x4Pan American76KG4F2019
19184Gustavo BatistaGustavo BatistaLRNCPan AmericanABS4F2019
4805Bricklin WelchWN/AChicago S. Open76KGSF2013
4806P. Della MonicaWPts: 0x0, AdvChicago S. Open76KGF2013
4814Keith FlorianWPointsBoston Summer O.76KGSF2013
4936Kenny BakerWRNCNoGi Pan American79KG4F2013
4937Daniel TavaresWKneebarNoGi Pan American79KGSF2013
4938Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWRNCNoGi Pan American79KGF2013
5223Pilo StylinWBow and arrowEuropean76KG4F2014
5226AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWPointsEuropean76KGSF2014
5737Ruy FradeWPointsWorld Champ.76KGR12014
5826Bruno SenaWN/ABoca Raton Open76KGSF2014
5827Rafael PereiraWPts: 10x0Boca Raton Open76KGF2014
5908Josh HingerJosh HingerWAdvAmerican Nat.82KGSF2014
6050Otavio SousaOtavio SousaWPts: 2x0IBJJF Pro League82KGSF2014
6530Paulo SchaufflerWPts: 14x0European82KGR22015
6534Luca AnacoretaLuca AnacoretaWChokeEuropean82KG4F2015
6964Caio AlmeidaCaio AlmeidaWN/ANY Spring Open82KG4F2015
6974Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaWChokeNY Spring OpenABS4F2015
6977Jeferson PereiraWN/ANY Spring OpenABSSF2015
6978Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsWDQNY Spring OpenABSF2015
7247Mansher KheraMansher KheraWN/ABoston Spring OpenABSSF2015
7277Greg McIntyreWArmbarMetamoris 6ABSSPF2015
7612Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoWPointsNY Summer Open82KGSF2015
8059Thiago MacedoThiago MacedoWPointsDallas Open76KGSF2015
8060Kim TerraKim TerraWPointsDallas Open76KGF2015
8286Issa AbleWArmbarSeattle Open76KGSF2015
8287Kim TerraKim TerraWArmbarSeattle Open76KGF2015
8360Rafael BeneditoWPts: 2x2, AdvNoGi Worlds73KG8F2015
8835Daniel RivasWRNCF2W Pro 2ABSSPF2016
9039Jason RauWN/AUAEJJF NYC Pro77KGSF2016
9059Charles MurdockWChokeUAEJJF NYC ProLWABSSF2016
9205Luis LimaLuis LimaWChoke from backPan American76KG8F2016
9210AJ SousaAJ SousaWPts: 4x2Pan American76KG4F2016
9212Gabriel RolloGabriel RolloWPts: 2x2, AdvPan American76KGSF2016
9899Antonio MugnaimiWChoke from backWorld Champ.76KGR12016
10746Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaWPts: 7x0US Open82KGRR2016
10747Manny GonzalesWKneebarUS Open82KGRR2016
10833Sergio ArdilaSergio ArdilaWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds79KGR12016
10839Lachlan GilesLachlan GilesWPts: 8x4NoGi Worlds79KG4F2016
11190Stephen MartinezWReferee DecisionFIVE Grappling76KGSPF2016
11666Eduardo VieiraWChoke from backEcuador Pro77KGSF2017
11910Magid HageWReferee DecisionFIVE SL82KGSPF2017
12033Enrique GalarzaWChoke from backPan American76KGR22017
12042Victor SilverioVictor SilverioWPts: 2x2, AdvPan American76KG8F2017
12966Matheus CostaMatheus CostaWKneebarWorld Champ.76KGR12017
13365Scott ThometzWN/ASan Jose Open76KGRR2017
13366Breno BittencourtBreno BittencourtWDQSan Jose Open76KGF2017
13432Blake NolanWNecktieSeattle Open76KG4F2017
13434Alexandre MolinaroAlexandre MolinaroWRNCSeattle Open76KGSF2017
13435Ben ButtarsWArmbarSeattle Open76KGF2017
13654Yago EspindolaWChokeGrand Slam LA77KG4F2017
13656Yan LucasYan LucasWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LA77KGSF2017
14112Alexandre MolinaroAlexandre MolinaroWKneebarLong Beach Open76KGSF2017
14785Piter FrankWSubmissionLos Angeles Open76KGSF2018
15169Rodrigo FreitasRodrigo FreitasWPts: 2x0Pan American76KG8F2018
16070Piter FrankWSubmissionSan Diego Open76KGF2018
16576Dom HoskinsWTriangleKO Finishers76KG4F2018
16577Kolo VidaWBow and arrowKO Finishers76KGSF2018
16578Jake ScovelWBow and arrowKO Finishers76KGF2018
16683Vagner RochaVagner RochaWReferee DecisionW.S.O.G.81KG8F2018
16688Michael PerezMichael PerezWReferee DecisionW.S.O.G.81KG4F2018
16691Ronaldo S.WReferee DecisionW.S.O.G.81KGSF2018
16693J. GracieWN/AW.S.O.G.81KG3RD2018
17065Arannick MonteroWChokeElite Sub League76KGSPF2018
18217Jeremiah VanceWPts: 9x0NoGi Worlds73KGR12018
18864Jeremy JacksonJeremy JacksonWDarce chokePortland Open76KGSF2019
18865Alexandre MolinaroAlexandre MolinaroWBow and arrowPortland Open76KGF2019

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