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José Julián Espinosa Flores, commonly known as Julián Espinosa is a professional grappler from Costa Rica and a jiu-jitsu black belt under Arturo Wesson and Rolles Gracie who broke through as one of the most promising athletes in the sport back in 2022 as a brown belt when he conquered two important medals of the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) league, the European No-Gi (gold) & World No-Gi (silver) Championships. Espinosa would maintain his good form in his debut year as a black belt (2023), cementing his status as an important figure on the global circuit.

Julian Espinosa Jiu-Jitsu

Full Name: José Julián Espinosa Flores

Nickname: N/A

Lineage: Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Carlos Gracie Jr > Renzo Gracie > John Danaher > Arturo Wesson > Julián Espinosa

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place IBJJF European Championship NOGI (2023)
  • 1st Place IBJJF JJ CON NOGI (2023)
  • 1st Place Finishers, Money In The Bank (2023)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Pan Championship NOGI (2023)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF American Nationals NOGI (2023)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World Championship NOGI (2023)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • 1st Place IBJJF European Championship NOGI (2022 brown)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF World Championship NOGI (2022 brown)

Favorite Position/Technique: Lower Limb Submissions

Weight Division: Peso Pena (70,00 kg / 154.5 lbs)

Team/Association: Renzo Gracie Academy

Julian Espinosa Biography

Julian Espinosa was born on August 24, 2000, in Costa Rica where he was raised, being the son of a Costa Rican and a Panamanian.

Espinosa played some volleyball at school as a child, but his love for sports only took over his day-to-day life once he discovered jiu-jitsu at 9. A sport that appeared in young Julian’s life through the influence of a family friend who practiced this martial art at the time.

Espinosa’s path in the sport started with Juan Barrantes’ kids’ program and, later, with Javier Valenciano. As a brown belt, Julian shifted training camps and moved to Arturo Wesson’s Renzo Gracie school in Costa Rica. Wesson graded Julian Espinosa to the black belt rank on December 16, 2022, in a promotion led by Arturo and Rolles Gracie.

Julian Espinosa Grappling Record

61 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    11 (18%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (2%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    45 (74%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    3 (5%)

45 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Inside heel hook
47
21
#86e620
Straight ankle lock
18
8
#5AD3D1
Armbar
7
3
#d1212a
Outside heel hook
7
3
#fad11b
Reverse triangle
4
2
#f58822
Choke from back
4
2
#224aba
RNC
4
2
#ff9124
Armlock
2
1
#bf1f6c
North south choke
2
1
#22c9a5
Buggy choke
2
1
#fad223
Kneebar
2
1
45
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
13 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    6 (46%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    5 (38%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (8%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    1 (8%)

5 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
RNC
40
2
#86e620
Katagatame
20
1
#5AD3D1
Kneebar
20
1
#d1212a
Armlock
20
1
5
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Julian Espinosa Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
37007B. DubbelmanLPts: 2x1Polaris CTRNANA2023
37014Dominic MejiaLRNCADCC Mexico65KGR12023
41311Huthayfah PenneyLKatagatameAmerican NNG67KGF2023
43135Ismael SantosIsmael SantosLPts: 9x0Brasileiro NoGi67KG4F2023
43363Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoLPts: 6x2NoGi Pan67KGF2023
43645Ethan CrelinstenEthan CrelinstenLKneebarADCC ECTrials66KG8F2023
45683Diego OliveiraDiego OliveiraLPts: 2x0NoGi World67KGSF2023
45908L. MclendonLReferee DecisionADCC Austin70KGSF2023
46651Eric PhanEric PhanLArmlockMiami Open70KGSF2024
46943Harrison WoodsLRNCPolaris Contenders80KGF2024
46949Leonardo VilelaLPointsLondon Open70KGSF2024
47000Catriel OliveiraCatriel OliveiraLPts: 5x0London NGOABSF2024
47811Kevin BeuhringLEBI/OTIndianapolis NG77KGF2024
37002Roberto CallejasWInside heel hookBattle RoyalNA4F2023
37003Andres FernandezWReverse triangleBattle RoyalNASF2023
37004David FigueroaWPts: 2x0Battle RoyalNAF2023
37005John WoodwanWInside heel hookPolaris CTRNANA2023
37006NAWInside heel hookPolaris CTRNANA2023
37008Brandon GonzalezWArmbarLiga BJJ Open75KG4F2023
37009Isai RiosWStraight ankle lockLiga BJJ Open75KGSF2023
37010Diego FonsecaWChoke from backLiga BJJ Open83KGF2023
37011Adrian FloresWPts: 4x0Liga BJJ OpenABS4F2023
37012Andre LicksWPts: 7x2Liga BJJ OpenABSSF2023
37013Jose ArayaWPts: 2x2Liga BJJ OpenABSF2023
41307Edward KangWPts: 8x0American NNG67KG4F2023
41310Luan GomesWInside heel hookAmerican NNG67KGSF2023
41363A. PapadopoulosWRNCADCC Austria65KG4F2023
41364Ali AliyebWOutside heel hookADCC Austria65KGSF2023
41365Michal TravnicecWArmbarADCC Austria65KGF2023
41366Cesar SecoWRNCLutador OpenNASPF2023
42377Frank RosenthalFrank RosenthalWEBI/OTFSM BashNASPF2023
42381Diego LopezWStraight ankle lockIntegracion SFNA4F2023
42382Jose ArayaWStraight ankle lockIntegracion SFNASF2023
42383Jose CalvoWChoke from backIntegracion SFNAF2023
42467Huthayfah PenneyWOutside heel hookJJ Con NG67KGSF2023
42468Emilio HernandezEmilio HernandezWPts: 0x0, AdvJJ Con NG67KGF2023
43351Guilherme FernandesGuilherme FernandesWInside heel hookNoGi Pan67KGR12023
43358Charles MurdockWStraight ankle lockNoGi Pan67KG4F2023
43361Damion OrandayDamion OrandayWInside heel hookNoGi Pan67KGSF2023
43601Kyvann GonzalezWPts: 7x0ADCC ECTrials66KGR12023
43617Tristan SainzWInside heel hookADCC ECTrials66KGR22023
43633David BarnesWReverse triangleADCC ECTrials66KGR32023
43639Joey DiehlWArmlockADCC ECTrials66KGR42023
44209Danny PlaWInside heel hookEuropean NoGi67KG8F2023
44214Kamil WilkWNorth south chokeEuropean NoGi67KG4F2023
44217Konstantinos LamposWPts: 10x0European NoGi67KGSF2023
44218Sam McNallySam McNallyWInside heel hookEuropean NoGi67KGF2023
45674Thomas HalpinThomas HalpinWPts: 11x0NoGi World67KGR12023
45681Anthony OliveiraWStraight ankle lockNoGi World67KG4F2023
45901A. WaddellWBuggy chokeADCC Austin70KGR12023
45905Jordan HolyWInside heel hookADCC Austin70KG4F2023
45954Trevor PriceWInside heel hookFinishersNAR12023
45955Mason KleinWInside heel hookFinishersNA4F2023
45956Anthony MolinaWEBI/OTFinishersNASF2023
45957A. DegraffWEBI/OTFinishersNAF2023
45958Allan SolanoWInside heel hookCenter RFTNASPF2023
46646Matheus OndaWPts: 2x0Miami Open70KG4F2024
46681Suraj BudhramWInside heel hookMiami NGO67KGF2024
46935Graham StoneWKneebarPolaris Contenders80KG8F2024
46939Mateusz FlagaWPts: 2x0Polaris Contenders80KG4F2024
46941Shane CurtisWInside heel hookPolaris Contenders80KGSF2024
46947Fabio HenriqueWStraight ankle lockLondon Open70KG4F2024
46982Martin RapcanWInside heel hookLondon NGO67KGSF2024
46983Tommy YipWPts: 2x0London NGO67KGF2024
46996Caio ViturinoWInside heel hookLondon NGOABS4F2024
46998Samuel QuinnWInside heel hookLondon NGOABSSF2024
47411Anthony OliveiraWOutside heel hookAIGA Trials65KG4F2024
47808Elijah FloresWInside heel hookIndianapolis NG77KGR12024
47809QuinnWStraight ankle lockIndianapolis NG77KG4F2024
47810Emanuel PereraWStraight ankle lockIndianapolis NG77KGSF2024
48814Randy BakerWInside heel hookSapateiro 3572KGR12024
48820Travis DePriestWArmbarSapateiro 3572KG4F2024
48823Sid TavolaroWInside heel hookSapateiro 3572KGSF2024
48824Carlos HenriqueCarlos HenriqueWInjurySapateiro 3572KGF2024
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