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Orlando Sanchez, also known as “The Cuban Tree Stump”, is an American born Jiu-Jitsu black belt under “Zé Radiola” who competes in the ultra-heavyweight division for the Gracie Barra team (grappling). Orlando Sanchez is also known for his past drug dependence, which he overcame through practicing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, becoming in the process one of the fastest Americans to have reached the degree of black belt in the sport (4 years). His path in martial arts has also led Orlando Sanchez to Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), a sport he fights for both Gracie Barra and the Kings MMA Team of Rafael Cordeiro.

Orlando Sanchez Jiu-Jitsu

Full Name: Orlando Mario Sanchez

Nickname: “The Cuban Tree Stump” is a direct result of Orlando’s Cuban heritage and his stature (1,79cm/5’9” and an ultra-heavyweight), the nickname was given by his former coach, Alberto Crane.

Lineage:  Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie Sr. > Helio Gracie > Carlos Gracie Junior > Jose Olimpio > Orlando Sanchez

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place ADCC World Championship (2015)
  • 2nd Place ADCC World Championship (2017)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship (2010 blue)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pans Championship (2012 brown)
  • 1st Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals (2012** brown)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF World Championship (2010/2009 blue)

* Absolute
** Weight and absolute

Favorite Position/Technique: Guard Passing

Weight Division: Peso Pesadíssimo (over 100kg/221lbs)

Team/Association: Gracie Barra

Orlando Sanchez Biography

Orlando Sanchez was born in La Cañada, California in 1982. He played sports in his youth, getting through college on a football scholarship. After his sporting career finished, Orlando’s turned to partying, which drove to alcohol and drug abuse, ultimately leading to depression. By the age of 26, Sanchez had reached 360 pounds of weight and felt the urge to change the way his life was heading.

Through the incentive of a good friend, Orlando Sanchez turned his focus towards martial arts, training Muay Thai. Thai Boxing led Orlando to Alberto Crane who became his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu coach. Sanchez started competing regularly reaching the degree of brown belt in an astounding 3 years of training winning tournaments such as Gracie Nationals, Grapplers Quest and the Pan-American. In training with Alberto Crane, Orlando Sanchez had the chance of getting to know and train with Gracie Barra’s network of exquisite coaches and competitors such as Romulo Barral, Draculino and “Ze Radiola“. Ze Radiola became a close friend of Orlando Sanchez, and it was Radiola who awarded Sanchez his black belt on September 2012, after a great competitive year as a brown belt where Sanchez won important tournaments such as the Pan American Championships and the Brazilian Nationals in both his weight class and the open weight divisions.

Being a relentless competitor, Orlando Sanchez also picked up MMA, training with Rafael Cordeiro at Kings MMA and becoming one of the main partners of Fabricio Werdum. Orlando also competed in MMA with a rampant start of 3 wins and one no-contest.

Orlando Sanchez Grappling Record

13 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    3 (23%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (15%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    2 (15%)
  • BY DECISION
    6 (46%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

2 SUBMISSIONS WINS

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RNC
50
1
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Armlock f/ crucifix
50
1
2
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
6 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    3 (50%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    0 (0%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (17%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    2 (33%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

0 SUBMISSION LOSSES

Orlando Sanchez Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
4517Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLReferee DecisionPan AmericanABS4F2013
4740Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 6x0World Champ.ABSRDS2013
4811Abraham MarteAbraham MarteLPts: 8x0World Champ.O100KGR12013
5035Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLPenADCCO99KG4F2013
13741Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLPts: 3x0ADCC99+KGF2017
21259Nick RodriguezLPts: 0x0, PenADCCO99KG4F2019
4500James PuopoloJames PuopoloWAdvPan AmericanABSR12013
4508Leandro LoLeandro LoWReferee DecisionPan AmericanABSR22013
4707Fernando NaraWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4727Pedro MelloPedro MelloWPointsWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
5031Kitner MendogaWRNCADCCO99KGR12013
7864Janne-PekkaWArmlock f/ crucifixADCCO99KGR12015
7871Dean ListerDean ListerWReferee DecisionADCCO99KG4F2015
7874Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesWReferee DecisionADCCO99KGSF2015
7877Jared DoppJared DoppWReferee DecisionADCCO99KGF2015
13727H. SekineWPts: 2x0ADCC99+KGE12017
13736Tom DeBlassTom DeBlassWReferee DecisionADCC99+KG4F2017
13738Jared DoppJared DoppWReferee DecisionADCC99+KGSF2017
21254Mateusz JuskowiakWPts: 2x0ADCCO99KGR12019

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