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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
    21 (32%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    7 (11%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    31 (47%)
  • BY DECISION
    5 (8%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    2 (3%)

31 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke
16
5
#86e620
Armbar
16
5
#5AD3D1
RNC
13
4
#d1212a
Kneebar
13
4
#fad11b
Bow and arrow
13
4
#f58822
Choke from back
13
4
#224aba
Submission
6
2
#ff9124
Triangle
3
1
#bf1f6c
Darce choke
3
1
#22c9a5
Necktie
3
1
31
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
43 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    19 (44%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    6 (14%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    12 (28%)
  • BY DECISION
    4 (9%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (2%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (2%)

12 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
RNC
17
2
#86e620
Choke from back
17
2
#5AD3D1
Arm in guillotine
8
1
#d1212a
Submission
8
1
#fad11b
Toe hold
8
1
#f58822
Loop choke
8
1
#224aba
Katagatame
8
1
#ff9124
Armbar
8
1
#bf1f6c
Estima lock
8
1
#22c9a5
Triangle
8
1
12
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Francisco Iturralde Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
4831Renan BorgesLLoop chokeBoston Summer O.76KGF2013
5119Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLPts: 0x0, AdvIBJJF Pro League82KGSF2013
5342JT TorresJT TorresLAdvPan American76KG4F2014
5446M. PerezLReferee DecisionFIVE Cali. 277KGSF2014
5455Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaLAdvFIVE Cali. 2ABS4F2014
5761Celso ViniciusCelso ViniciusLPts: 5x2World Champ.76KGR12014
5927JT TorresJT TorresLPointsAmerican Nat.82KGF2014
5936Josh HingerJosh HingerLDQAm. Nat. NoGi82KGSF2014
5938Josh HingerJosh HingerLPts: 11x0Am. Nat. NoGiABS4F2014
5955Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLPointsNo Gi Pan Am.79KGSF2014
6068Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLPts: 4x2IBJJF Pro League82KGF2014
6560Davi RamosDavi RamosLPts: 2x0European82KGSF2015
6799Felipe CesarFelipe CesarLPts: 4x2Pan American82KGR12015
6992Rafael RosendoLN/ANY Spring Open82KGSF2015
7274Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLKatagatameBoston Spring OpenABSF2015
7431Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoLArmbarWorld Champ.82KG8F2015
7638Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaLPts: 5x2NY Summer Open82KGF2015
8391Thiago GaiaThiago GaiaLReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds73KG4F2015
9075Felipe CesarFelipe CesarLPts: 0x0, AdvUAEJJF NYC Pro77KGF2016
9094Felipe CesarFelipe CesarLPts: 2x2, AdvUAEJJF NYC ProLWABSF2016
9248Edwin NajmiEdwin NajmiLEstima lockPan American76KGF2016
9951JT TorresJT TorresLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.76KG4F2016
10796Joao RochaJoao RochaLRNCUS OpenABSF2016
10885Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaLPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds79KGSF2016
12117Michael LieraMichael LieraLTrianglePan American76KG4F2017
12589Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaLPts: 3x0World Pro77KGR12017
13054Celso ViniciusCelso ViniciusLPts: 2x0World Champ.76KG8F2017
13382Jamil Hill-TaylorJamil Hill-TaylorLReferee DecisionFIVE Super League70KG4F2017
13744Renato CanutoRenato CanutoLPts: 8x2Grand Slam LA77KGF2017
14204Renato CanutoRenato CanutoLPts: 9x0Long Beach Open76KGF2017
14608Felipe CesarFelipe CesarLPts: 4x0NoGi Worlds79KGR22017
15307Michael LieraMichael LieraLChoke from backPan American76KG4F2018
16388Celso ViniciusCelso ViniciusLArm in guillotineWorld Champ.76KGR22018
16518Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsLSubmissionWorld Champ.ABSRD2018
16857J. GracieLChoke from backW.S.O.G.81KGF2018
18446Marcio AndreMarcio AndreLToe holdNoGi Worlds73KG4F2018
19386Gabriel RolloGabriel RolloLPts: 16x4Pan American76KG4F2019
19473Gustavo BatistaGustavo BatistaLRNCPan AmericanABS4F2019
20483Igor SchneiderIgor SchneiderLPts: 11x2World Champ.ABSR12019
23001Dom HoskinsLReferee DecisionF2W Pro 13677KGSPF2020
23236Jeremy JacksonJeremy JacksonLPts: 4x4, PenCopa Podio76KGRR2020
23242A. MunisLPts: 2x0Copa Podio76KGSF2020
23245Leo SilvaLeo SilvaLPts: 2x0Copa Podio76KG3RD2020
4821Bricklin WelchWN/AChicago S. Open76KGSF2013
4822P. Della MonicaWPts: 0x0, AdvChicago S. Open76KGF2013
4830Keith FlorianWPointsBoston Summer O.76KGSF2013
4952Kenny BakerWRNCNoGi Pan American79KG4F2013
4953Daniel TavaresWKneebarNoGi Pan American79KGSF2013
4954Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWRNCNoGi Pan American79KGF2013
5239Pilo StylinWBow and arrowEuropean76KG4F2014
5242AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWPointsEuropean76KGSF2014
5754Ruy FradeWPointsWorld Champ.76KGR12014
5843Bruno SenaWN/ABoca Raton Open76KGSF2014
5844Rafael PereiraWPts: 10x0Boca Raton Open76KGF2014
5925Josh HingerJosh HingerWAdvAmerican Nat.82KGSF2014
6067Otavio SousaOtavio SousaWPts: 2x0IBJJF Pro League82KGSF2014
6554Paulo SchaufflerWPts: 14x0European82KGR22015
6558Luca AnacoretaLuca AnacoretaWChokeEuropean82KG4F2015
6988Caio AlmeidaCaio AlmeidaWN/ANY Spring Open82KG4F2015
6998Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaWChokeNY Spring OpenABS4F2015
7001Jeferson PereiraWN/ANY Spring OpenABSSF2015
7002Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsWDQNY Spring OpenABSF2015
7272Mansher KheraMansher KheraWN/ABoston Spring OpenABSSF2015
7302Greg McIntyreWArmbarMetamoris 6ABSSPF2015
7637Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoWPointsNY Summer Open82KGSF2015
8084Thiago MacedoThiago MacedoWPointsDallas Open76KGSF2015
8085Kim TerraKim TerraWPointsDallas Open76KGF2015
8311Issa AbleWArmbarSeattle Open76KGSF2015
8312Kim TerraKim TerraWArmbarSeattle Open76KGF2015
8385Rafael BeneditoWPts: 2x2, AdvNoGi Worlds73KG8F2015
8870Daniel RivasWRNCF2W Pro 2ABSSPF2016
9093Charles MurdockWChokeUAEJJF NYC ProLWABSSF2016
9240Luis LimaLuis LimaWChoke from backPan American76KG8F2016
9245AJ SousaAJ SousaWPts: 4x2Pan American76KG4F2016
9247Gabriel RolloGabriel RolloWPts: 2x2, AdvPan American76KGSF2016
9936Antonio MugnaimiWChoke from backWorld Champ.76KGR12016
10790Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaWPts: 7x0US Open82KGRR2016
10791Manny GonzalesWKneebarUS Open82KGRR2016
10877Sergio ArdilaSergio ArdilaWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds79KGR12016
10883Lachlan GilesLachlan GilesWPts: 8x4NoGi Worlds79KG4F2016
11234Stephen MartinezWReferee DecisionFIVE Grappling76KGSPF2016
11730Eduardo VieiraWChoke from backEcuador Pro77KGSF2017
11978Magid HageWReferee DecisionFIVE SL82KGSPF2017
12101Enrique GalarzaWChoke from backPan American76KGR22017
12110Victor SilverioVictor SilverioWPts: 2x2, AdvPan American76KG8F2017
13048Matheus CostaMatheus CostaWKneebarWorld Champ.76KGR12017
13451Scott ThometzWN/ASan Jose Open76KGRR2017
13452Breno BittencourtBreno BittencourtWDQSan Jose Open76KGF2017
13518Blake NolanWNecktieSeattle Open76KG4F2017
13520Alexandre MolinaroAlexandre MolinaroWRNCSeattle Open76KGSF2017
13521Ben ButtarsWArmbarSeattle Open76KGF2017
13741Yago EspindolaWChokeGrand Slam LA77KG4F2017
13743Yan LucasYan LucasWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LA77KGSF2017
14202Alexandre MolinaroAlexandre MolinaroWKneebarLong Beach Open76KGSF2017
14915Piter FrankWSubmissionLos Angeles Open76KGSF2018
15303Rodrigo FreitasRodrigo FreitasWPts: 2x0Pan American76KG8F2018
16227Piter FrankWSubmissionSan Diego Open76KGF2018
16738Dom HoskinsWTriangleKO Finishers76KG4F2018
16739Kolo VidaWBow and arrowKO Finishers76KGSF2018
16740Jake ScovelWBow and arrowKO Finishers76KGF2018
16846Vagner RochaVagner RochaWReferee DecisionW.S.O.G.81KG8F2018
16851Michael PerezMichael PerezWReferee DecisionW.S.O.G.81KG4F2018
16854Ronaldo S.WReferee DecisionW.S.O.G.81KGSF2018
16856J. GracieWN/AW.S.O.G.81KG3RD2018
17246Arannick MonteroWChokeElite Sub League76KGSPF2018
18437Jeremiah VanceWPts: 9x0NoGi Worlds73KGR12018
19138Jeremy JacksonJeremy JacksonWDarce chokePortland Open76KGSF2019
19139Alexandre MolinaroAlexandre MolinaroWBow and arrowPortland Open76KGF2019
23233Kanan ClarkeD---Copa Podio76KGRR2020
23238Leo SilvaLeo SilvaWArmbarCopa Podio76KGRR2020

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