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
- 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)
** 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
- BY DQ
7 SUBMISSIONS WINS
- BY DQ
2 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES
Rolando Samson Fight History
|13701||Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo Moizinho||L||Loop choke||Mexico City Open||ABS||F||2017|
|15362||Nathan MendelsohnNathan Mendelsohn||L||Choke from back||Pan American||82KG||8F||2018|
|15858||Gabriel ProcopioGabriel Procopio||L||Points||Boston Sp. Open||82KG||F||2018|
|16281||Marcelo MafraMarcelo Mafra||L||Adv||San Diego Open||82KG||F||2018|
|16486||Claudio CalasansClaudio Calasans||L||Pts: 0x0, Pen||World Champ.||82KG||R2||2018|
|19242||Edmund Kim||L||Pts: 4x2||Portland Open||82KG||4F||2019|
|20280||Paulo GabrielPaulo Gabriel||L||Points||Dallas SPO||82KG||F||2019|
|20295||Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo Maidana||L||N/A||Dallas SPO||ABS||SF||2019|
|13696||Julio Reyes||W||Points||Mexico City Open||88KG||SF||2017|
|13697||Anderson Souza||W||Pts: 7x0||Mexico City Open||88KG||F||2017|
|13698||Alci Costa||W||Submission||Mexico City Open||ABS||4F||2017|
|13699||Samir ChantreSamir Chantre||W||Points||Mexico City Open||ABS||SF||2017|
|13705||Itua Salles||W||Points||Mexico NG Open||85KG||SF||2017|
|13706||Anderson Souza||W||Injury||Mexico NG Open||85KG||F||2017|
|13707||Alika Angerman||W||Points||Mexico NG Open||ABS||SF||2017|
|13708||Anderson Souza||W||Armbar||Mexico NG Open||ABS||F||2017|
|15855||Brian BeauryBrian Beaury||W||N/A||Boston Sp. Open||82KG||4F||2018|
|15857||Sean Fisher||W||N/A||Boston Sp. Open||82KG||SF||2018|
|16279||Ken Primola||W||Bow and arrow||San Diego Open||82KG||SF||2018|
|16475||Javier Valenciano||W||Armbar||World Champ.||82KG||R1||2018|
|18364||Paul Woo||W||Armbar||F2W 95||85KG||SPF||2018|
|20278||Marcelo MafraMarcelo Mafra||W||Points||Dallas SPO||82KG||SF||2019|
|20289||Vinicius Wong||W||Points||Dallas SPO||ABS||R1||2019|
|20291||Tyrone Goncalves||W||Points||Dallas SPO||ABS||4F||2019|
|23288||Drew Palomo||W||Violin armlock||Portland Open||82KG||4F||2020|
|23289||Fernando Cabrera||W||Points||Portland Open||82KG||SF||2020|
|23290||Jacob Lanier||W||Bow and arrow||Portland Open||82KG||F||2020|
Rolando Samson vs Ali Monfaradi
Rolando Samson vs Alex Souza