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Orlando Sanchez

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Orlando Sanchez, commonly known as The Cuban Tree Stump, is an American-born jiu-jitsu black belt under José “Zé Radiola” Olímpio who first gained notoriety while competing in the lower belt ranks of the sport and, later, conquered an ADCC World title (2015), further cementing his status as one of grappling’s top ultra-heavyweights at the time. Orlando Sanchez was also praised for his life experience, particularly for overcoming his drug dependence through jiu-jitsu, a martial art in which he earned the rank of black belt in 4 years, one of the fastest promotions in American history.

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: 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.

Growing up, Orlando played a variety of sports, being particularly successful in football. A sport he played at a collegiate level. After he finished college, Sanchez’s life took a turn, and partying became his main focus. The excesses of this lifestyle drove Orlando to alcohol, drug abuse, and 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 tried to shift his mindset towards martial arts, then joining a Muay Thai club. Thai Boxing led Orlando to Alberto Crane who became his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu coach.

Sanchez soon discovered he had a natural ability for grappling and started competing regularly, reaching the rank of brown belt in an astounding 3 years of training. This while winning tournaments such as Gracie Nationals, Grapplers Quest, and the IBJJF Pan-American Championship.

Through his training with Alberto Crane, Orlando Sanchez had many opportunities to train with Gracie Barra’s network of exquisite coaches and competitors such as Romulo Barral, Draculino, and José Olímpio, commonly known as Ze Radiola.

Olímpio became a close friend of Orlando Sanchez, and it was Radiola who awarded Sanchez his black belt in 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 from 2010 to 2015, in which he achieved an unbeaten record of 5-0-1.

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

#214eb8
RNC
50
1
#86e620
Armlock f/ crucifix
50
1
2
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
8 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    3 (38%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    1 (13%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (13%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    2 (25%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (13%)

1 SUBMISSION LOSSES

#214eb8
Short choke
100
1
1
(100%) SUBMISSION

Orlando Sanchez Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
4519Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLReferee DecisionPan AmericanABS4F2013
4742Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 6x0World Champ.ABSRDS2013
4813Abraham MarteAbraham MarteLPts: 8x0World Champ.O100KGR12013
5039Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLPenADCCO99KG4F2013
13833Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLPts: 3x0ADCC99+KGF2017
21720Nick RodriguezNick RodriguezLPts: 0x0, PenADCCO99KG4F2019
27668Tex JohnsonTex JohnsonLDQWNO Champ.ABS4F2021
27703Rida HaisamRida HaisamLShort chokeWNO Champ.ABSRPC2021
4502James PuopoloJames PuopoloWAdvPan AmericanABSR12013
4510Leandro LoLeandro LoWReferee DecisionPan AmericanABSR22013
4709Fernando NaraWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4729Pedro MelloPedro MelloWPointsWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
5035Kitner MendogaWRNCADCCO99KGR12013
7876Janne-PekkaWArmlock f/ crucifixADCCO99KGR12015
7883Dean ListerDean ListerWReferee DecisionADCCO99KG4F2015
7886Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesWReferee DecisionADCCO99KGSF2015
7889Jared DoppJared DoppWReferee DecisionADCCO99KGF2015
13819H. SekineWPts: 2x0ADCC99+KGE12017
13828Tom DeBlassTom DeBlassWReferee DecisionADCC99+KG4F2017
13830Jared DoppJared DoppWReferee DecisionADCC99+KGSF2017
21715Mateusz JuskowiakWPts: 2x0ADCCO99KGR12019

Orlando Sanchez vs William Wheeler (MMA)

 

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