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Rolando Samson is a Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt under André Galvão, being also one of the most talented athletes of his generation – a reputation Rolando earned while competing in the lower ranks of this sport/martial art, through his victories in important International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) tournaments such as the World Championship, World No-Gi Championship and American Nationals. Samson is also recognised for his hard work ethics, being one of the few high level competitors in this sport who maintain a part-time training schedule.

Rolando Samson Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Rolando Villanueva Samson

Nickname: N/A

Lineage: M. Maeda > C. Gracie R. Gracie > Osvaldo Alves > Luis Dagmar > André Galvão > Rolando Samson

Main Achievements:

  • IBJJF World Champion (2013 blue)
  • IBJJF World No-Gi Champion (2013 purple, 2012 blue)
  • USBJJF/IBJJF American Nationals Champion (2014/2013 purple)
  • UAEJJF Abu Dhabi Pro Champion (2014 purple)
  • IBJJF Juvenile World Champion (2011 blue)
  • USBJJF/IBJJF Juvenile American Nationals Champion (2012 blue)
  • IBJJF Mexico City No-Gi Open Champion (2017**)
  • IBJJF Mexico City Open Champion (2017)
  • IBJJF San Diego Open Champion (2017 brown)
  • UAEJJF US National Pro Champion (2015** purple)
  • IBJJF World Championship 2nd Place (2017/2016 brown)
  • IBJJF Pans Championship 2nd Place (2015 purple, 2013 blue)
  • IBJJF Juvenile Pans Championship 2nd Place (2011 blue)
  • IBJJF Mexico City Open Championship Runner-up (2017*)
  • IBJJF Pans Championship 3rd Place (2017** purple, 2014 purple)
  • IBJJF Juvenile Pans Championship 3rd Place (2010 blue)

* Absolute
** Weight and absolute

Favorite Position/Technique: Long-step and Knee-slide Passing

Weight Division: Peso Médio (82,30 kg /181.5 lbs)

Team/Association: Atos Jiu Jitsu

Rolando Samson Biography

Rolando Samson was born on September 13, 1994 in San Diego, California – United States of America.

As a child, influenced by cartoons such as Dragon Ball Z Rolando gained interest in martial arts. This same curiosity was increased when Samson started watching classes at the after-school karate program in his neighbourhood.

Showing curiosity over martial arts, Samson was guided by his father to a Brazilian jiu jitsu school at the age of 9. Rolando’s dad was a mixed martial arts (MMA) fan and had a decent understanding of grappling and it’s value in hand-to-hand combat, opting to register his son to Alex Brandão’s academy – a gym under the lineage of Master Fábio Santos.

Rolando went through the child and juvenile belt system competing for Brandão, for whom he conquered his first IBJJF World title. More focussed on his jiu jitsu career as a blue belt, Samson started dwelling over the idea of switching to a more competition focussed gym. This thought was doubled down on after a conversation with fellow competitor Michael Liera Junior – who advised Rolando to try a class at Atos HQ in San Diego.

Already a big fan of  André Galvão‘s game, Rolando decided to take the challenge and visit this famed grappling stable. Once there, and given that Samson was already a relatively well known blue belt competitor, he was put through ‘the ringer’. In an interview given to BJJ Heroes in 2017 Rolando remembered that first experience at Atos HQ: “I tried to keep up and I was completely exhausted. I learned so much in that one night and I was already looking forward to the next class right after the class finished. That was how I knew Atos was where I wanted to be“.

While training and competing regularly, Rolando Samson’s focus never strayed from his academic studies having attended a junior college for 3 years before being transferred to San Diego State University to further his education – all this while also working part-time.

On June 2017, after another fantastic competitive year where he achieved a silver medal at the Worlds (while training only 2 times per week), Samson was promoted to black belt by André Galvão.

Rolando Samson Grappling Record

19 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    11 (58%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    7 (37%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

7 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Armbar
43
3
#86e620
Bow and arrow
29
2
#5AD3D1
Submission
14
1
#d1212a
Violin armlock
14
1
7
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
8 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    4 (50%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (13%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    2 (25%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (13%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

2 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Loop choke
50
1
#86e620
Choke from back
50
1
2
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Rolando Samson Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
13653Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoLLoop chokeMexico City OpenABSF2017
15307Nathan MendelsohnNathan MendelsohnLChoke from backPan American82KG8F2018
15803Gabriel ProcopioLPointsBoston Sp. Open82KGF2018
16223Marcelo MafraMarcelo MafraLAdvSan Diego Open82KGF2018
16427Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLPts: 0x0, PenWorld Champ.82KGR22018
19129Edmund KimLPts: 4x2Portland Open82KG4F2019
20151Paulo GabrielPaulo GabrielLPointsDallas Spring Open82KGF2019
20166Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaLN/ADallas Spring OpenABSSF2019
13648Julio ReyesWPointsMexico City Open88KGSF2017
13649Anderson SouzaWPts: 7x0Mexico City Open88KGF2017
13650Alci CostaWSubmissionMexico City OpenABS4F2017
13651Samir ChantreSamir ChantreWPointsMexico City OpenABSSF2017
13657Itua SallesWPointsMexico NG Open85KGSF2017
13658Anderson SouzaWInjuryMexico NG Open85KGF2017
13659Alika AngermanWPointsMexico NG OpenABSSF2017
13660Anderson SouzaWArmbarMexico NG OpenABSF2017
15800Brian BeauryBrian BeauryWN/ABoston Sp. Open82KG4F2018
15802Sean FisherWN/ABoston Sp. Open82KGSF2018
16221Ken PrimolaWBow and arrowSan Diego Open82KGSF2018
16416Javier ValencianoWArmbarWorld Champ.82KGR12018
18271Paul WooWArmbarF2W Pro 9585KGSPF2018
20149Marcelo MafraMarcelo MafraWPointsDallas Spring Open82KGSF2019
20160Vinicius WongWPointsDallas Spring OpenABSR12019
20162Tyrone GoncalvesWPointsDallas Spring OpenABS4F2019
23001Drew PalomoWViolin armlockPortland Open82KG4F2020
23002Fernando CabreraWPointsPortland Open82KGSF2020
23003Jacob LanierWBow and arrowPortland Open82KGF2020

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Rolando Samson vs Alex Souza

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