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Sebastian Rodriguez is a professional grappler from Costa Rica and a jiu-jitsu black belt under Murilo Santana who represents the Unity Jiu-Jitsu team in the sport’s global circuit. Rodriguez first made waves in jiu-jitsu after his winning performances as a colored belt in important tournaments of the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF), namely in the Pan Championships (Gi & No-Gi), American Nationals (Gi & No-Gi), Brazilian Nationals (No-Gi) and European Open (No-Gi).

Sebastian Rodriguez Jiu-Jitsu

Full Name: Sebastian Rodriguez Williams

Nickname: N/A

Lineage: Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Rickson Gracie > Marcelo Behring > Mario Yamasaki > Murilo Santana > Sebastian Rodriguez

Main Achievements:

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

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • 1st Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2021 brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF European Open NOGI (2019 purple)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pan Championship NOGI (2021 brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF American Nationals (2021* brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF American Nationals NOGI (2021* brown)
  • 1st Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals NOGI (2019 purple)
  • 1st Place ACB World Championship (2019 purple)
  • 2nd Place AJP Abu Dhabi World Pro (2019 purple, 2021 brown)
  • 2nd Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals NOGI (2019* purple)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2019 purple)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World Championships NOGI (2018 purple, 2019 brown)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF European Open NOGI (2019* purple)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF American Nationals (2021 brown)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF American Nationals NOGI (2021 brown)
  • 3rd Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals NOGI (2018 purple)

* Absolute
** Weight And Absolute

Favorite Position/Technique: Well-rounded

Weight Division: Meio Pesado (88,30 kg / 195.0 lbs)

Team/Association: Unity JJ

Sebastian Rodriguez Biography

Sebastian Rodriguez was born on September 2, 1995, in San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica.

Very connected with sports from an early age, Sebastian was embedded into gym culture as a toddler by accompanying his father to the local boxing gym where his dad trained. Rodriguez’s contact with boxing led him to box himself while also picking up karate classes at the age of 6, earning a brown belt as a 12-year-old.

Although very fond of combat sports, soccer (football) was the first activity he played at a high level, representing Deportivo Saprissa, one of Costa Rica’s top clubs, during his mid-teens.

Martial arts returned to Sebastian’s life as a regular activity at the age of 17 after a friend invited him to try a class in January 2013. Rodriguez immediately fell in love with jiu-jitsu, becoming a regular student of instructor André Oliveira from then on.

Competition quickly became an integral part of Sebastian’s jiu-jitsu life, earning him many medals at the local circuit. In 2016, Rodriguez had a taste of the highest level of grappling, at the IBJJF World Championships. A loss in the early rounds of the tournament that year helped him realize he needed to seek a more professional team if he was to become a serious challenger to the top of the grappling ladder.

After his 2016 epiphany, Sebastian started looking for a pro team in the United States where he could train, sending a few messages to coaches who provided full scholarships and lodging such as Lloyd Irvin and Clark Gracie. His requests were, at the time, unsuccessful, but Rodriguez did not give up. He then decided to spend some time training in New York, where he could take shelter at a friend’s house, who lived in the Big Apple.

Initially, Sebastian’s intention was to train at a few different gyms in the NYC area, but after 1 training session at Unity Jiu-Jitsu, and witnessing how hard the athletes trained and the level of talent present on the mats, he immediately felt Murilo Santana‘s crew was the perfect training environment for him and joined the squad.

Sebastian arrived at Unity Jiu-Jitsu as a purple belt, earning his brown and black belt ranks from coach Murilo Santana. The latter in a ceremony that took place on May 23, 2021.

Sebastian Rodriguez Grappling Record

65 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    20 (31%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    5 (8%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    31 (48%)
  • BY DECISION
    6 (9%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (2%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    1 (2%)

31 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Armbar
29
9
#86e620
Choke from back
19
6
#5AD3D1
Inside heel hook
10
3
#d1212a
RNC
10
3
#fad11b
Katagatame
6
2
#f58822
Omoplata
6
2
#224aba
Wristlock
3
1
#ff9124
Guillotine
3
1
#bf1f6c
Tarikoplata
3
1
#22c9a5
Muffler
3
1
#fad223
Submission
3
1
#03861f
Armlock
3
1
31
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
24 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    12 (50%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    4 (17%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    4 (17%)
  • BY DECISION
    3 (13%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    1 (4%)

4 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Choke from back
25
1
#86e620
Triangle armbar
25
1
#5AD3D1
Outside heel hook
25
1
#d1212a
Verbal tap
25
1
4
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Sebastian Rodriguez Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
27591Jonnatas GracieJonnatas GracieLChoke from backPan American82KG8F2021
29005Tommy LangakerTommy LangakerLPts: 2x0Warriors Cup88KGRR2021
30874Igor SchneiderIgor SchneiderLPts: 3x0Indianapolis OpenABS4F2022
32976Bruno LimaBruno LimaLPts: 6x4World Champ.88KG4F2022
33778Sergio RiosSergio RiosLPointsOrlando SMO88KGF2022
33800Enderson DiasEnderson DiasLAdvOrlando SMOABSSF2022
34205Hunter ColvinLEBI/OTSapateiro Inv93KG8F2022
35000Breylor GroutLReferee DecisionADCC VegasABS8F2022
35583Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarLPts: 2x0NoGi Pan85KG4F2022
36896Jonnatas GracieJonnatas GracieLPts: 3x2NoGi Worlds85KGF2022
37867Lucas LisboaLucas LisboaLPts: x6Tampa Open88KGF2023
37891Jon BlankJon BlankLTriangle armbarTampa NGO85KG4F2023
38513Francisco LoFrancisco LoLPts: 2x2Pan American88KG4F2023
39348Roosevelt SousaRoosevelt SousaLPts: 3x0Miami OpenABSF2023
39971Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarLPts: 4x2Houston Open88KGSF2023
40420Gustavo BatistaGustavo BatistaLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.88KGSF2023
42129Oliver TazaOliver TazaLReferee DecisionWNO 1984KGSPF2023
42524Ronaldo JuniorRonaldo JuniorLPts: 0x0, AdvIBJJF GP94KGSPF2023
42629Igor FelizIgor FelizLReferee DecisionEUG JJB82KG4F2023
43753Clay MayfieldLPts: 3x0ADCC ECTrials88KGR22023
45763Ronaldo JuniorRonaldo JuniorLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi World85KGSF2023
46784Jacob CouchJacob CouchLOutside heel hookWNO 2284KGSPF2024
48425Fellipe AndrewFellipe AndrewLPts: 7x0NYC SPOABSF2024
48724Davi VetoraciLVerbal tapADGS Rome85KG4F2024
26915Jose ArimateaWChoke from backIFNABS4F2021
26916Ulber BarqueroWOmoplataIFNABSSF2021
26917Alci CleitonWChoke from backIFNABSF2021
27583Thiago AsoWPts: 2x2, AdvPan American82KGR12021
27820Fausto GodoyWReferee DecisionNetherlands Pro85KGSF2021
27821Franck MartinWPts: 6x2Netherlands Pro85KGF2021
27825Janos EstergalWPts: 3x2Netherlands ProABSSF2021
27827Eric BergmannWPts: 5x2Netherlands ProABSF2021
27938Alexandru BirleaWPts: 4x0Romania Pro94KGF2021
28008Saar ShemeshWDQEU Cont. Pro85KG4F2021
28009Espen MathiesenEspen MathiesenWN/AEU Cont. Pro85KGSF2021
28011Nimrod RyederWPts: 1x0EU Cont. Pro85KGF2021
29000Mike UkaWPts: 4x0Warriors Cup88KGRR2021
29001Dinu BucaletWSubmissionWarriors Cup88KGRR2021
29004Ellis YoungerWPts: 7x0Warriors Cup88KGRR2021
30864Gabriel LimaWChoke from backIndianapolis Open88KGSF2022
30866Scott JutrasWChoke from backIndianapolis Open88KGF2022
30873Marcos CarrozzinoWPts: 4x2Indianapolis OpenABSR12022
31247Enderson DiasEnderson DiasWReferee DecisionCharleston Open88KG4F2022
31250Diogo SampaioDiogo SampaioWPts: 2x0Charleston Open88KGSF2022
31687Guthierry BarbosaGuthierry BarbosaWArmlockPan American88KGR12022
31693Alex MunisAlex MunisWReferee DecisionPan American88KG4F2022
32519Bruno TostoWChoke from backAtlanta SPO88KGSF2022
32539Lucas LisboaLucas LisboaWArmbarAtlanta SPOABS4F2022
32964Bruno TostoWArmbarWorld Champ.88KGR12022
32973Pedro MarinhoPedro MarinhoWPts: 4x4, AdvWorld Champ.88KG8F2022
33777Kevin CuervoWArmbarOrlando SMO88KGSF2022
33790Kevin CuervoWArmbarOrlando SMOABSR12022
33797Diogo SampaioDiogo SampaioWPointsOrlando SMOABS4F2022
33819Austin OrandayAustin OrandayWWristlockOrlando SMNGO85KGSF2022
34886John CombsJohn CombsWGuillotineElevated GRPLABSSPF2022
34952Michael EvansWArmbarADCC Vegas83KGR12022
34959Vinicius CoimbraWInside heel hookADCC Vegas83KGR22022
34965Justin DeAndreaWTarikoplataADCC Vegas83KG8G2022
34967Alan SanchezAlan SanchezWPts: 3x0ADCC Vegas83KG4F2022
34970Camron CouchWInside heel hookADCC Vegas83KGSF2022
35577Hunter ColvinWKatagatameNoGi Pan85KG8F2022
36882Angelo ClaiborneAngelo ClaiborneWPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds85KGR12022
36888Oliver TazaOliver TazaWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds85KG8F2022
36891Miha PerhavecWArmbarNoGi Worlds85KG4F2022
36894Bruno MatiasBruno MatiasWReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds85KGSF2022
37866Stephen BonfardinWRNCTampa Open88KGSF2023
38490Elder CruzElder CruzWPts: 2x2, PenPan American88KGR12023
38497Lucas LisboaLucas LisboaWChoke from backPan American88KGR12023
39086Joel AdanWArmbarNashville SPO94KGF2023
39337Bernardo DeliberoWN/AMiami OpenABSR12023
39342Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeWPts: 17x0Miami OpenABS4F2023
39347Leo SaggioroLeo SaggioroWPts: 6x2Miami OpenABSSF2023
39968Rodrigo TatuRodrigo TatuWReferee DecisionHouston Open88KG4F2023
40405Chris GabrielsonWOmoplataWorld Champ.88KGR12023
40409Angelo ClaiborneAngelo ClaiborneWPts: 4x2World Champ.88KG8F2023
41795NAWMufflerSapateiro 33ABS4F2023
41796NAWArmbarSapateiro 33ABSSF2023
41797NAWEBI/OTSapateiro 33ABSF2023
43737Avery BrooksWKatagatameADCC ECTrials88KGR12023
44273Liam AlpangWRNCEuropean NoGi85KG8F2023
44280Daniel AzevedoDaniel AzevedoWRNCEuropean NoGi85KG4F2023
44284Clay MayfieldWPts: 0x0, AdvEuropean NoGi85KGF2023
45751Thiago AsoWPts: 2x2, AdvNoGi World85KGR22023
45758Rene SousaWInside heel hookNoGi World85KG4F2023
48413Gialysson FreitasGialysson FreitasWArmbarNYC SPO88KGSF2024
48423Yan LucasYan LucasWReferee DecisionNYC SPOABSSF2024
48718Daniel SoaresWPts: 7x2ADGS Rome85KGR12024
48730Charlie AdorianWPts: 2x2ADGS Rome85KGRPC2024
48733Nikolay SalminWPts: 9x2ADGS Rome85KG3RD2024
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