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Francisco Iturralde

Francisco Iturralde

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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 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, 2013 black)
  • IBJJF European International Champion (2014 black)
  • IBJJF World No-Gi Championship Runner-up (2009 purple, 2011 brown)
  • IBJJF Pan American Championship Runner-up (2016 black)
  • IBJJF World Championship 3rd Place (2010 purple/2013 brown)
  • IBJJF World No-Gi Championship 3rd Place (2009* purple, 2010** purple, 2011 brown, 2016 black)
  • IBJJF Pan American Championship 3rd Place (2009 blue juvenile, 2011* purple)
  • IBJJF Pan Jiu-Jitsu No-Gi Championship 3rd Place (2014)
  • IBJJF European Championship 3rd Place (2014*/2015)

* 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

49 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    17 (35%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    7 (14%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    21 (43%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (4%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    2 (4%)

21 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
RNC
19
4
#86e620
Choke
19
4
#5AD3D1
Armbar
19
4
#d1212a
Choke from back
19
4
#fad11b
Kneebar
14
3
#f58822
Bow and arrow
5
1
#224aba
Necktie
5
1
21
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
29 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    13 (45%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    6 (21%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    6 (21%)
  • BY DECISION
    3 (10%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (3%)

6 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Loop choke
17
1
#86e620
Katagatame
17
1
#5AD3D1
Armbar
17
1
#d1212a
Estima lock
17
1
#fad11b
RNC
17
1
#f58822
Triangle
17
1
6
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Francisco Iturralde Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
4741Renan BorgesLLoop chokeBoston Summer O.76KGF2013
5030Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLPts: 0x0, AdvIBJJF Pro League82KGSF2013
5234JT TorresJT TorresLAdvPan American76KG4F2014
5338M. PerezLReferee DecisionFIVE Cali. 277KGSF2014
5347Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaLAdvFIVE Cali. 2ABS4F2014
5644Celso ViniciusCelso ViniciusLPts: 5x2World Champ.76KGR12014
5798JT TorresJT TorresLPointsAmerican Nat.82KGF2014
5807Josh HingerJosh HingerLDQAm. Nat. NoGi82KGSF2014
5809Josh HingerJosh HingerLPts: 11x0Am. Nat. NoGiABS4F2014
5826Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLPointsNo Gi Pan Am.79KGSF2014
5935Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLPts: 4x2IBJJF Pro League82KGF2014
6401Davi RamosDavi RamosLPts: 2x0European82KGSF2015
6634Felipe CesarFelipe CesarLPts: 4x2Pan American82KGR12015
6822Rafael RosendoLN/ANY Spring Open82KGSF2015
7094Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLKatagatameBoston Spring OpenABSF2015
7250Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoLArmbarWorld Champ.82KG8F2015
7448Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaLPts: 5x2NY Summer Open82KGF2015
8173Thiago GaiaThiago GaiaLReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds76KG4F2015
8831Felipe CesarFelipe CesarLPts: 0x0, AdvUAEJJF NYC Pro77KGF2016
8849Felipe CesarFelipe CesarLPts: 2x2, AdvUAEJJF NYC ProLWABSF2016
8996Edwin NajmiEdwin NajmiLEstima lockPan American76KGF2016
9691JT TorresJT TorresLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.76KG4F2016
10480Joao RochaJoao RochaLRNCUS OpenABSF2016
10566Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaLPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds79KGSF2016
11689Michael LieraMichael LieraLTrianglePan American76KG4F2017
12134Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaLPts: 3x0World Pro77KGR12017
12568Celso ViniciusCelso ViniciusLPts: 2x0World Champ.76KG8F2017
12881Shane Hill-TaylorShane Hill-TaylorLReferee DecisionFIVE Super League70KG4F2017
13163Renato CanutoRenato CanutoLPts: 8x2Grand Slam LA77KGF2017
4731Bricklin WelchWN/AChicago S. Open76KGSF2013
4732P. Della MonicaWPts: 0x0, AdvChicago S. Open76KGF2013
4740Keith FlorianWPointsBoston Summer O.76KGSF2013
4862Kenny BakerWRNCNoGi Pan American79KG4F2013
4863Daniel TavaresWKneebarNoGi Pan American79KGSF2013
4864Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWRNCNoGi Pan American79KGF2013
5131Pilo StylinWBow and arrowEuropean76KG4F2014
5134AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWPointsEuropean76KGSF2014
5637Ruy FradeWPointsWorld Champ.76KGR12014
5724Bruno SenaWN/ABoca Raton Open76KGSF2014
5725Rafael PereiraWPts: 10x0Boca Raton Open76KGF2014
5796Josh HingerJosh HingerWAdvAmerican Nat.82KGSF2014
5934Otavio SousaOtavio SousaWPts: 2x0IBJJF Pro League82KGSF2014
6395Paulo SchaufflerWPts: 14x0European82KGR22015
6399Luca AnacoretaLuca AnacoretaWChokeEuropean82KG4F2015
6818Caio AlmeidaCaio AlmeidaWN/ANY Spring Open82KG4F2015
6828Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaWChokeNY Spring OpenABS4F2015
6831Jeferson PereiraWN/ANY Spring OpenABSSF2015
6832Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsWDQNY Spring OpenABSF2015
7092Mansher KheraMansher KheraWN/ABoston Spring OpenABSSF2015
7122Greg McIntyreWArmbarMetamoris 6ABSSPF2015
7447Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoWPointsNY Summer Open82KGSF2015
8095Issa AbleWArmbarSeattle Open76KGSF2015
8096Kim TerraKim TerraWArmbarSeattle Open76KGF2015
8167Rafael BeneditoWPts: 2x2, AdvNoGi Worlds76KG8F2015
8633Daniel RivasWRNCF2W Pro 2ABSSPF2016
8829Jason RauWN/AUAEJJF NYC Pro77KGSF2016
8848Charles MurdockWChokeUAEJJF NYC ProLWABSSF2016
8988Luis LimaLuis LimaWChoke from backPan American76KG8F2016
8993AJ SousaAJ SousaWPts: 4x2Pan American76KG4F2016
8995Gabriel RolloGabriel RolloWPts: 2x2, AdvPan American76KGSF2016
9676Antonio MugnaimiWChoke from backWorld Champ.76KGR12016
10474Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaWPts: 7x0US Open82KGRR2016
10475Manny GonzalesWKneebarUS Open82KGRR2016
10558Sergio ArdilaSergio ArdilaWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds79KGR12016
10564Lachlan GilesWPts: 8x4NoGi Worlds79KG4F2016
10912Stephen MartinezWReferee DecisionFIVE Grappling76KGSPF2016
11322Eduardo VieiraWChoke from backEcuador Pro77KGSF2017
11550Magid HageWReferee DecisionFIVE SL82KGSPF2017
11673Enrique GalarzaWChoke from backPan American76KGR22017
11682Victor SilverioVictor SilverioWPts: 2x2, AdvPan American76KG8F2017
12562Matheus CostaMatheus CostaWKneebarWorld Champ.76KGR12017
12923Scott ThometzWN/ASan Jose Open76KGRR2017
12924Breno BittencourtBreno BittencourtWDQSan Jose Open76KGF2017
12971Blake NolanWNecktieSeattle Open76KG4F2017
12972Alexandre MolinaroWRNCSeattle Open76KGSF2017
12973Ben ButtarsWArmbarSeattle Open76KGF2017
13160Yago EspindolaWChokeGrand Slam LA77KG4F2017
13162Yan LucasYan LucasWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LA77KGSF2017

Francisco Iturralde vs Kim Terra

Francisco Iturralde vs Daniel Rivas

Francisco Iturralde vs Rafael Pereira

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