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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

52 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    19 (37%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    7 (13%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    22 (42%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (4%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    2 (4%)

22 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
RNC
18
4
#86e620
Choke
18
4
#5AD3D1
Armbar
18
4
#d1212a
Choke from back
18
4
#fad11b
Kneebar
14
3
#f58822
Submission
5
1
#224aba
Bow and arrow
5
1
#ff9124
Necktie
5
1
22
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
31 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    15 (48%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    6 (19%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    6 (19%)
  • 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
4777Renan BorgesLLoop chokeBoston Summer O.76KGF2013
5066Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLPts: 0x0, AdvIBJJF Pro League82KGSF2013
5273JT TorresJT TorresLAdvPan American76KG4F2014
5377M. PerezLReferee DecisionFIVE Cali. 277KGSF2014
5386Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaLAdvFIVE Cali. 2ABS4F2014
5684Celso ViniciusCelso ViniciusLPts: 5x2World Champ.76KGR12014
5837JT TorresJT TorresLPointsAmerican Nat.82KGF2014
5846Josh HingerJosh HingerLDQAm. Nat. NoGi82KGSF2014
5848Josh HingerJosh HingerLPts: 11x0Am. Nat. NoGiABS4F2014
5865Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLPointsNo Gi Pan Am.79KGSF2014
5974Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLPts: 4x2IBJJF Pro League82KGF2014
6442Davi RamosDavi RamosLPts: 2x0European82KGSF2015
6678Felipe CesarFelipe CesarLPts: 4x2Pan American82KGR12015
6868Rafael RosendoLN/ANY Spring Open82KGSF2015
7145Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLKatagatameBoston Spring OpenABSF2015
7301Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoLArmbarWorld Champ.82KG8F2015
7499Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaLPts: 5x2NY Summer Open82KGF2015
8236Thiago GaiaThiago GaiaLReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds76KG4F2015
8903Felipe CesarFelipe CesarLPts: 0x0, AdvUAEJJF NYC Pro77KGF2016
8921Felipe CesarFelipe CesarLPts: 2x2, AdvUAEJJF NYC ProLWABSF2016
9068Edwin NajmiEdwin NajmiLEstima lockPan American76KGF2016
9763JT TorresJT TorresLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.76KG4F2016
10568Joao RochaJoao RochaLRNCUS OpenABSF2016
10655Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaLPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds79KGSF2016
11798Michael LieraMichael LieraLTrianglePan American76KG4F2017
12246Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaLPts: 3x0World Pro77KGR12017
12684Celso ViniciusCelso ViniciusLPts: 2x0World Champ.76KG8F2017
12998Jamil Hill-TaylorJamil Hill-TaylorLReferee DecisionFIVE Super League70KG4F2017
13308Renato CanutoRenato CanutoLPts: 8x2Grand Slam LA77KGF2017
13727Renato CanutoRenato CanutoLPts: 9x0Long Beach Open76KGF2017
14079Felipe CesarFelipe CesarLPts: 4x0NoGi Worlds79KGR22017
4767Bricklin WelchWN/AChicago S. Open76KGSF2013
4768P. Della MonicaWPts: 0x0, AdvChicago S. Open76KGF2013
4776Keith FlorianWPointsBoston Summer O.76KGSF2013
4898Kenny BakerWRNCNoGi Pan American79KG4F2013
4899Daniel TavaresWKneebarNoGi Pan American79KGSF2013
4900Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWRNCNoGi Pan American79KGF2013
5170Pilo StylinWBow and arrowEuropean76KG4F2014
5173AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWPointsEuropean76KGSF2014
5677Ruy FradeWPointsWorld Champ.76KGR12014
5764Bruno SenaWN/ABoca Raton Open76KGSF2014
5765Rafael PereiraWPts: 10x0Boca Raton Open76KGF2014
5835Josh HingerJosh HingerWAdvAmerican Nat.82KGSF2014
5973Otavio SousaOtavio SousaWPts: 2x0IBJJF Pro League82KGSF2014
6436Paulo SchaufflerWPts: 14x0European82KGR22015
6440Luca AnacoretaLuca AnacoretaWChokeEuropean82KG4F2015
6864Caio AlmeidaCaio AlmeidaWN/ANY Spring Open82KG4F2015
6874Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaWChokeNY Spring OpenABS4F2015
6877Jeferson PereiraWN/ANY Spring OpenABSSF2015
6878Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsWDQNY Spring OpenABSF2015
7143Mansher KheraMansher KheraWN/ABoston Spring OpenABSSF2015
7173Greg McIntyreWArmbarMetamoris 6ABSSPF2015
7498Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoWPointsNY Summer Open82KGSF2015
7936Thiago MacedoThiago MacedoWPointsDallas Open76KGSF2015
7937Kim TerraKim TerraWPointsDallas Open76KGF2015
8158Issa AbleWArmbarSeattle Open76KGSF2015
8159Kim TerraKim TerraWArmbarSeattle Open76KGF2015
8230Rafael BeneditoWPts: 2x2, AdvNoGi Worlds76KG8F2015
8701Daniel RivasWRNCF2W Pro 2ABSSPF2016
8901Jason RauWN/AUAEJJF NYC Pro77KGSF2016
8920Charles MurdockWChokeUAEJJF NYC ProLWABSSF2016
9060Luis LimaLuis LimaWChoke from backPan American76KG8F2016
9065AJ SousaAJ SousaWPts: 4x2Pan American76KG4F2016
9067Gabriel RolloGabriel RolloWPts: 2x2, AdvPan American76KGSF2016
9748Antonio MugnaimiWChoke from backWorld Champ.76KGR12016
10562Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaWPts: 7x0US Open82KGRR2016
10563Manny GonzalesWKneebarUS Open82KGRR2016
10647Sergio ArdilaSergio ArdilaWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds79KGR12016
10653Lachlan GilesWPts: 8x4NoGi Worlds79KG4F2016
11001Stephen MartinezWReferee DecisionFIVE Grappling76KGSPF2016
11427Eduardo VieiraWChoke from backEcuador Pro77KGSF2017
11659Magid HageWReferee DecisionFIVE SL82KGSPF2017
11782Enrique GalarzaWChoke from backPan American76KGR22017
11791Victor SilverioVictor SilverioWPts: 2x2, AdvPan American76KG8F2017
12678Matheus CostaMatheus CostaWKneebarWorld Champ.76KGR12017
13054Scott ThometzWN/ASan Jose Open76KGRR2017
13055Breno BittencourtBreno BittencourtWDQSan Jose Open76KGF2017
13107Blake NolanWNecktieSeattle Open76KG4F2017
13108Alexandre MolinaroWRNCSeattle Open76KGSF2017
13109Ben ButtarsWArmbarSeattle Open76KGF2017
13305Yago EspindolaWChokeGrand Slam LA77KG4F2017
13307Yan LucasYan LucasWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LA77KGSF2017
14317Piter FrankWSubmissionLos Angeles Open76KGSF2018

Francisco Iturralde vs Kim Terra

Francisco Iturralde vs Daniel Rivas

Francisco Iturralde vs Rafael Pereira

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