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Rolando Samson is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt under André Galvão, who is 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 recognized for his hard work ethic, 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:  C. Gracie R. Gracie > Osvaldo Alves > Luis Dagmar > André Galvão > Rolando Samson

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place IBJJF JJ CON (2022)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World Championship (2023)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2023)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship (2013 blue)
  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship NOGI (2013 purple, 2012 blue)
  • 1st Place IBJJF American Nationals (2014/2013 purple)
  • 1st Place AJP Abu Dhabi Word Pro (2014 purple)
  • 1st Place AJP US National Pro Champion (2015** purple)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF World Championship (2017/2016 brown)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Pans Championship (2015 purple, 2013 blue)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Pans Championship (2017** purple, 2014 purple)

Main Achievements (Juvenile):

  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship (2011)
  • 1st Place IBJJF American Nationals (2012)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Pans Championship (2010 / 2011)

* 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

40 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    15 (38%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (8%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    19 (48%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (5%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

19 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Armbar
37
7
#86e620
Violin armlock
16
3
#5AD3D1
Choke from back
11
2
#d1212a
Bow and arrow
11
2
#fad11b
Triangle
5
1
#f58822
Submission
5
1
#224aba
Cachecol choke
5
1
#ff9124
Wristlock
5
1
#bf1f6c
Choke
5
1
19
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
12 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    6 (50%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (8%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    3 (25%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (8%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (8%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

3 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Choke from back
67
2
#86e620
Loop choke
33
1
3
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Rolando Samson Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
13728Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoLLoop chokeMexico City OpenABSF2017
15410Nathan MendelsohnNathan MendelsohnLChoke from backPan American82KG8F2018
15906Gabriel ProcopioGabriel ProcopioLPointsBoston Sp. Open82KGF2018
16331Marcelo MafraMarcelo MafraLAdvSan Diego Open82KGF2018
16536Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLPts: 0x0, PenWorld Champ.82KGR22018
19341Edmund KimLPts: 4x2Portland Open82KG4F2019
20393Paulo GabrielPaulo GabrielLPointsDallas SPO82KGF2019
20408Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaLN/ADallas SPOABSSF2019
36866Francisco CuneoFrancisco CuneoLPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds79KG8F2022
38478Tainan DalpraTainan DalpraLChoke from backPan American82KGSF2023
40383Tainan DalpraTainan DalpraLPts: 9x2World Champ.82KGSF2023
47924Natan ChuengNatan ChuengLReferee DecisionPan American76KG4F2024
13723Julio ReyesWPointsMexico City Open88KGSF2017
13724Anderson SouzaWPts: 7x0Mexico City Open88KGF2017
13725Alci CostaWSubmissionMexico City OpenABS4F2017
13726Samir ChantreSamir ChantreWPointsMexico City OpenABSSF2017
13732Itua SallesWPointsMexico NG Open85KGSF2017
13733Anderson SouzaWInjuryMexico NG Open85KGF2017
13734Alika AngermanWPointsMexico NG OpenABSSF2017
13735Anderson SouzaWArmbarMexico NG OpenABSF2017
15903Brian BeauryBrian BeauryWN/ABoston Sp. Open82KG4F2018
15905Sean FisherWN/ABoston Sp. Open82KGSF2018
16329Ken PrimolaWBow and arrowSan Diego Open82KGSF2018
16525Javier ValencianoWArmbarWorld Champ.82KGR12018
18448Paul WooWArmbarF2W 9585KGSPF2018
20391Marcelo MafraMarcelo MafraWPointsDallas SPO82KGSF2019
20402Vinicius WongWPointsDallas SPOABSR12019
20404Tyrone GoncalvesWPointsDallas SPOABS4F2019
23474Drew PalomoWViolin armlockPortland Open82KG4F2020
23475Fernando CabreraWPointsPortland Open82KGSF2020
23476Jacob LanierWBow and arrowPortland Open82KGF2020
34742Carlos NetoWPts: 2x2, AdvJJ Con88KG4F2022
34743Hayden BucknerWCachecol chokeJJ Con88KGSF2022
34745Vitor PeresWWristlockJJ Con88KGSF2022
34813Michael WilkinsWArmbarJJ Con NG85KGSF2022
35495Ethan BaumannWViolin armlockTwin Cities Open82KG4F2022
35497Alef BritoAlef BritoWArmbarTwin Cities Open82KGSF2022
35498Caio CaetanoCaio CaetanoWReferee DecisionTwin Cities Open82KGF2022
35506Ethan BaumannWViolin armlockTwin Cities NGO85KGF2022
36859Valery AstraverkWPts: 19x0NoGi Worlds79KGR12022
37377Eduardo AvelarEduardo AvelarWChokeAustin WO82KGSF2023
37379Yan LucasYan LucasWArmbarAustin WO82KGF2023
38002Rehan MuttalibWPts: 2x2, AdvLA Open82KGSF2023
38003Johnatha AlvesJohnatha AlvesWReferee DecisionLA Open82KGF2023
38469Michael MedeirosWChoke from backPan American82KGR12023
38474Austin OrandayWPts: 3x0Pan American82KG4F2023
40375Yuri RodriguesWPts: 4x2World Champ.82KG8F2023
40380Mauricio OliveiraMauricio OliveiraWArmbarWorld Champ.82KG4F2023
47366Pedro FreitasWPts: 22x0LA Open82KGSF2024
47368Joao CizeskiJoao CizeskiWChoke from backLA Open82KGF2024
47906Victor SantosWTrianglePan American76KGR22024
47918Wilhiam MarquesWPts: 0x0, AdvPan American76KG8F2024

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