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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
Armbar
13
4
#5AD3D1
Choke from back
13
4
#d1212a
RNC
13
4
#fad11b
Kneebar
13
4
#f58822
Bow and arrow
13
4
#224aba
Submission
7
2
#ff9124
Necktie
3
1
#bf1f6c
Triangle
3
1
#22c9a5
Darce choke
3
1
30
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
39 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    17 (44%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    6 (15%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    12 (31%)
  • 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
Estima lock
8
1
#d1212a
Triangle
8
1
#fad11b
Arm in guillotine
8
1
#f58822
Submission
8
1
#224aba
Toe hold
8
1
#ff9124
Loop choke
8
1
#bf1f6c
Katagatame
8
1
#22c9a5
Armbar
8
1
12
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Francisco Iturralde Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
4821Renan BorgesLLoop chokeBoston Summer O.76KGF2013
5109Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLPts: 0x0, AdvIBJJF Pro League82KGSF2013
5332JT TorresJT TorresLAdvPan American76KG4F2014
5436M. PerezLReferee DecisionFIVE Cali. 277KGSF2014
5445Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaLAdvFIVE Cali. 2ABS4F2014
5750Celso ViniciusCelso ViniciusLPts: 5x2World Champ.76KGR12014
5916JT TorresJT TorresLPointsAmerican Nat.82KGF2014
5925Josh HingerJosh HingerLDQAm. Nat. NoGi82KGSF2014
5927Josh HingerJosh HingerLPts: 11x0Am. Nat. NoGiABS4F2014
5944Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLPointsNo Gi Pan Am.79KGSF2014
6057Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLPts: 4x2IBJJF Pro League82KGF2014
6542Davi RamosDavi RamosLPts: 2x0European82KGSF2015
6781Felipe CesarFelipe CesarLPts: 4x2Pan American82KGR12015
6974Rafael RosendoLN/ANY Spring Open82KGSF2015
7255Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLKatagatameBoston Spring OpenABSF2015
7412Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoLArmbarWorld Champ.82KG8F2015
7619Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaLPts: 5x2NY Summer Open82KGF2015
8372Thiago GaiaThiago GaiaLReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds73KG4F2015
9047Felipe CesarFelipe CesarLPts: 0x0, AdvUAEJJF NYC Pro77KGF2016
9066Felipe CesarFelipe CesarLPts: 2x2, AdvUAEJJF NYC ProLWABSF2016
9219Edwin NajmiEdwin NajmiLEstima lockPan American76KGF2016
9920JT TorresJT TorresLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.76KG4F2016
10758Joao RochaJoao RochaLRNCUS OpenABSF2016
10847Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaLPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds79KGSF2016
12056Michael LieraMichael LieraLTrianglePan American76KG4F2017
12520Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaLPts: 3x0World Pro77KGR12017
12979Celso ViniciusCelso ViniciusLPts: 2x0World Champ.76KG8F2017
13303Jamil Hill-TaylorJamil Hill-TaylorLReferee DecisionFIVE Super League70KG4F2017
13664Renato CanutoRenato CanutoLPts: 8x2Grand Slam LA77KGF2017
14121Renato CanutoRenato CanutoLPts: 9x0Long Beach Open76KGF2017
14514Felipe CesarFelipe CesarLPts: 4x0NoGi Worlds79KGR22017
15189Michael LieraMichael LieraLChoke from backPan American76KG4F2018
16247Celso ViniciusCelso ViniciusLArm in guillotineWorld Champ.76KGR22018
16378Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsLSubmissionWorld Champ.ABSRD2018
16711J. GracieLChoke from backW.S.O.G.81KGF2018
18241Marcio AndreMarcio AndreLToe holdNoGi Worlds73KG4F2018
19138Gabriel RolloGabriel RolloLPts: 16x4Pan American76KG4F2019
19225Gustavo BatistaGustavo BatistaLRNCPan AmericanABS4F2019
20211Igor SchneiderIgor SchneiderLPts: 11x2World Champ.ABSR12019
4811Bricklin WelchWN/AChicago S. Open76KGSF2013
4812P. Della MonicaWPts: 0x0, AdvChicago S. Open76KGF2013
4820Keith FlorianWPointsBoston Summer O.76KGSF2013
4942Kenny BakerWRNCNoGi Pan American79KG4F2013
4943Daniel TavaresWKneebarNoGi Pan American79KGSF2013
4944Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWRNCNoGi Pan American79KGF2013
5229Pilo StylinWBow and arrowEuropean76KG4F2014
5232AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWPointsEuropean76KGSF2014
5743Ruy FradeWPointsWorld Champ.76KGR12014
5832Bruno SenaWN/ABoca Raton Open76KGSF2014
5833Rafael PereiraWPts: 10x0Boca Raton Open76KGF2014
5914Josh HingerJosh HingerWAdvAmerican Nat.82KGSF2014
6056Otavio SousaOtavio SousaWPts: 2x0IBJJF Pro League82KGSF2014
6536Paulo SchaufflerWPts: 14x0European82KGR22015
6540Luca AnacoretaLuca AnacoretaWChokeEuropean82KG4F2015
6970Caio AlmeidaCaio AlmeidaWN/ANY Spring Open82KG4F2015
6980Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaWChokeNY Spring OpenABS4F2015
6983Jeferson PereiraWN/ANY Spring OpenABSSF2015
6984Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsWDQNY Spring OpenABSF2015
7253Mansher KheraMansher KheraWN/ABoston Spring OpenABSSF2015
7283Greg McIntyreWArmbarMetamoris 6ABSSPF2015
7618Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoWPointsNY Summer Open82KGSF2015
8065Thiago MacedoThiago MacedoWPointsDallas Open76KGSF2015
8066Kim TerraKim TerraWPointsDallas Open76KGF2015
8292Issa AbleWArmbarSeattle Open76KGSF2015
8293Kim TerraKim TerraWArmbarSeattle Open76KGF2015
8366Rafael BeneditoWPts: 2x2, AdvNoGi Worlds73KG8F2015
8841Daniel RivasWRNCF2W Pro 2ABSSPF2016
9045Jason RauWN/AUAEJJF NYC Pro77KGSF2016
9065Charles MurdockWChokeUAEJJF NYC ProLWABSSF2016
9211Luis LimaLuis LimaWChoke from backPan American76KG8F2016
9216AJ SousaAJ SousaWPts: 4x2Pan American76KG4F2016
9218Gabriel RolloGabriel RolloWPts: 2x2, AdvPan American76KGSF2016
9905Antonio MugnaimiWChoke from backWorld Champ.76KGR12016
10752Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaWPts: 7x0US Open82KGRR2016
10753Manny GonzalesWKneebarUS Open82KGRR2016
10839Sergio ArdilaSergio ArdilaWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds79KGR12016
10845Lachlan GilesLachlan GilesWPts: 8x4NoGi Worlds79KG4F2016
11196Stephen MartinezWReferee DecisionFIVE Grappling76KGSPF2016
11673Eduardo VieiraWChoke from backEcuador Pro77KGSF2017
11917Magid HageWReferee DecisionFIVE SL82KGSPF2017
12040Enrique GalarzaWChoke from backPan American76KGR22017
12049Victor SilverioVictor SilverioWPts: 2x2, AdvPan American76KG8F2017
12973Matheus CostaMatheus CostaWKneebarWorld Champ.76KGR12017
13372Scott ThometzWN/ASan Jose Open76KGRR2017
13373Breno BittencourtBreno BittencourtWDQSan Jose Open76KGF2017
13439Blake NolanWNecktieSeattle Open76KG4F2017
13441Alexandre MolinaroAlexandre MolinaroWRNCSeattle Open76KGSF2017
13442Ben ButtarsWArmbarSeattle Open76KGF2017
13661Yago EspindolaWChokeGrand Slam LA77KG4F2017
13663Yan LucasYan LucasWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LA77KGSF2017
14119Alexandre MolinaroAlexandre MolinaroWKneebarLong Beach Open76KGSF2017
14797Piter FrankWSubmissionLos Angeles Open76KGSF2018
15185Rodrigo FreitasRodrigo FreitasWPts: 2x0Pan American76KG8F2018
16086Piter FrankWSubmissionSan Diego Open76KGF2018
16592Dom HoskinsWTriangleKO Finishers76KG4F2018
16593Kolo VidaWBow and arrowKO Finishers76KGSF2018
16594Jake ScovelWBow and arrowKO Finishers76KGF2018
16700Vagner RochaVagner RochaWReferee DecisionW.S.O.G.81KG8F2018
16705Michael PerezMichael PerezWReferee DecisionW.S.O.G.81KG4F2018
16708Ronaldo S.WReferee DecisionW.S.O.G.81KGSF2018
16710J. GracieWN/AW.S.O.G.81KG3RD2018
17082Arannick MonteroWChokeElite Sub League76KGSPF2018
18232Jeremiah VanceWPts: 9x0NoGi Worlds73KGR12018
18903Jeremy JacksonJeremy JacksonWDarce chokePortland Open76KGSF2019
18904Alexandre MolinaroAlexandre MolinaroWBow and arrowPortland Open76KGF2019

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