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Frank Cespedes is a professional grappler and a jiu-jitsu black belt under Hector Vasquez who represents team Alliance in the sport’s international circuit. Cespedes became known as one of the rising stars of the roosterweight category during his colored belt career for his aggressive style and his gold medal performances in the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) World & Pan American No-Gi Championships as well as the gi Pan American tournament, later cementing his status as one of the top figures in his weight class in the pro-division of grappling.

Frank Cespedes Jiu-Jitsu

Full Name: Frank Cespedes

Nickname: N/A

Lineage: Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Rolls Gracie > Romero Cavalcanti > Alexandre Paiva > Fernando Terere > Rubens Charles > Hector Vasquez > Frank Cespedes

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place IBJJF American Nationals (2022)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2022 / 2023)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • 1st Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2020 brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship NOGI (2019 purple)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pan Championship NOGI (2021 brown)

Main Achievements (Juvenile):

  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship (2018)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF World Championship (2017)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2017 / 2018)

* Absolute
** Weight and Absolute

Favorite Position/Technique: Open Guard

Weight Division: Peso Galo  (57,50 kg / 127.0 lbs)

Team/Association: Alliance

Frank Cespedes Biography

Frank Cespedes was born on October 27, 2001, in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

A very sporty child, Cespedes’ competitive life started with football (soccer) as a child. Although soccer sparked in Frank the love for competition, the fact that it was a team sport and the fate of the result was not solely in his hands led the young Las Vegas native to seek a more one-on-one type of sport, a control he found in martial arts.

At the age of 12, Frank Cespedes joined a martial arts gym where he was able to train boxing and jiu-jitsu under the tutelage of Michael Ceijas, though it didn’t take long for Frank to lean more towards the grappling portion of his training schedule.

After a few years at Ceijas’s school, Frank started working on his jiu-jitsu with coach Hector Vasquez whose training program had many competitors of the same age and mindset as Frank. Once his first year of high school was finished, Cespedes joined an online program to complete the rest of his secondary education, a decision made so he could focus on his grappling career under a full-time regime, training 2-3 times per day.

Cespedes started training under coach Vasquez as a grey belt, going all the way through to black belt with the same instructor from whom he received his black belt, on May 18, 2021, after a fantastic career in the colored belt divisions.

Frank Cespedes Grappling Record

17 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    5 (29%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    4 (24%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    7 (41%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (6%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

7 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Bow and arrow
29
2
#86e620
Armbar
14
1
#5AD3D1
RNC
14
1
#d1212a
Violin armlock
14
1
#fad11b
Choke from back
14
1
#f58822
Inside heel hook
14
1
7
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
15 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    13 (87%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (13%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    0 (0%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

0 SUBMISSION LOSSES

Frank Cespedes Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
27215Jonas AndradeJonas AndradeLPts: 4x3Grand Slam MIA56KGSF2021
27218Willis NunesWillis NunesLPts: 7x1Grand Slam MIA56KG3RD2021
30460Junny OcasioJunny OcasioLPts: 10x8Atlanta WO64KGF2022
30933Osamah AlmarwaiOsamah AlmarwaiLPts: 4x2LA Open57KGF2022
31608Bebeto OliveiraLPts: 10x8Pan American57KGSF2022
32618Osamah AlmarwaiOsamah AlmarwaiLPts: 6x4Denver Open58KGF2022
32867Thalison SoaresThalison SoaresLPts: 14x8World Champ.57KG4F2022
34588Zayed AlkatheeriZayed AlkatheeriLPts: 5x5Grand Slam MIA56KGF2022
37220Welerson GoncalvesWelerson GoncalvesLPts: 8x4European Open58KGSF2023
38419Hiryu NiwaHiryu NiwaLPts: 6x4Pan American58KGSF2023
40283Jordan VaismanJordan VaismanLPts: 4x2World Champ.58KGR12023
41236Everton TeixeiraLPts: 2x2, AdvAmerican Nats58KGSF2023
46361Keven CarrascoKeven CarrascoLPts: 10x0European Open64KGR12024
47881Jordan VaismanJordan VaismanLPts: 0x0, AdvPan American64KGR12024
48143Deandre CorbeDeandre CorbeLPts: 3x0ADCC WC Trials66KGR42024
30459Dennis PresseyWArmbarAtlanta WO64KGSF2022
31604Italo BonfimWBow and arrowPan American57KG4F2022
32617Dustin OrdinarioWRNCDenver Open58KGRR2022
32864Marko OikarainanWPts: 10x0World Champ.57KGR12022
33388Nobuhiro SawadaNobuhiro SawadaWPts: 7x0American Nat.58KGSF2022
33389Osamah AlmarwaiOsamah AlmarwaiWPts: 12x12, AdvAmerican Nat.58KGF2022
34587Italo FrotaWViolin armlockGrand Slam MIA56KGSF2022
34708Gregory HernandezWBow and arrowJJ Con57KGSF2022
34709Luciano VieiraWChoke from backJJ Con57KGF2022
38410Jordan VaismanJordan VaismanWPts: 6x6, AdvPan American58KGR12023
38417Rodnei BarbosaRodnei BarbosaWPts: 0x0, AdvPan American58KG4F2023
42400Leonardo SouzaWPointsJJ Con64KGSF2023
42401Willis NunesWillis NunesWPts: 0x0, AdvJJ Con64KGF2023
42624Estevan MartinezEstevan MartinezWReferee DecisionEUG JJBNASPF2023
48103Alexis OrtizWPts: 3x0ADCC WC Trials66KGR12024
48116Reuben LopezWInside heel hookADCC WC Trials66KGR22024
48124Andrew DegraffWPts: 6x0ADCC WC Trials66KGR32024
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