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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 Pan Championship (2022)

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

36 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    12 (33%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (6%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    18 (50%)
  • BY DECISION
    3 (8%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (3%)

18 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke from back
28
5
#86e620
Armbar
28
5
#5AD3D1
Inside heel hook
11
2
#d1212a
Omoplata
6
1
#fad11b
Submission
6
1
#f58822
Armlock
6
1
#224aba
Wristlock
6
1
#ff9124
Guillotine
6
1
#bf1f6c
Tarikoplata
6
1
18
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
8 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    4 (50%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (13%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    1 (13%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (13%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    1 (13%)

1 SUBMISSION LOSSES

#214eb8
Choke from back
100
1
1
(100%) SUBMISSION

Sebastian Rodriguez Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
27553Jonnatas GracieJonnatas GracieLChoke from backPan American82KG8F2021
28963Tommy LangakerTommy LangakerLPts: 2x0Warriors Cup88KGRR2021
30785Igor SchneiderIgor SchneiderLPts: 3x0Indianapolis OpenABS4F2022
32866Bruno LimaBruno LimaLPts: 6x4World Champ.88KG4F2022
33631Sergio RiosSergio RiosLPointsOrlando SMO88KGF2022
33653Enderson DiasEnderson DiasLAdvOrlando SMOABSSF2022
34056Hunter ColvinLEBI/OTSapateiro Inv93KG8F2022
34845Breylor GroutLReferee DecisionADCC VegasABS8F2022
26877Jose ArimateaWChoke from backIFNABS4F2021
26878Ulber BarqueroWOmoplataIFNABSSF2021
26879Alci CleitonWChoke from backIFNABSF2021
27545Thiago AsoWPts: 2x2, AdvPan American82KGR12021
27783Fausto GodoyWReferee DecisionNetherlands Pro85KGSF2021
27784Franck MartinWPts: 6x2Netherlands Pro85KGF2021
27788Janos EstergalWPts: 3x2Netherlands ProABSSF2021
27790Eric BergmannWPts: 5x2Netherlands ProABSF2021
27901Alexandru BirleaWPts: 4x0Romania Pro94KGF2021
27969Saar ShemeshWDQEU Cont. Pro85KG4F2021
27970Espen MathiesenEspen MathiesenWN/AEU Cont. Pro85KGSF2021
27972Nimrod RyederWPts: 1x0EU Cont. Pro85KGF2021
28958Mike UkaWPts: 4x0Warriors Cup88KGRR2021
28959Dinu BucaletWSubmissionWarriors Cup88KGRR2021
28962Ellis YoungerWPts: 7x0Warriors Cup88KGRR2021
30775Gabriel LimaWChoke from backIndianapolis Open88KGSF2022
30777Scott JutrasWChoke from backIndianapolis Open88KGF2022
30784Marcos CarrozzinoWPts: 4x2Indianapolis OpenABSR12022
31158Enderson DiasEnderson DiasWReferee DecisionCharleston Open88KG4F2022
31161Diogo SampaioDiogo SampaioWPts: 2x0Charleston Open88KGSF2022
31597Guthierry BarbosaGuthierry BarbosaWArmlockPan American88KGR12022
31603Alex MunisAlex MunisWReferee DecisionPan American88KG4F2022
32414Bruno TostoWChoke from backAtlanta SPO88KGSF2022
32434Lucas LisboaWArmbarAtlanta SPOABS4F2022
32854Bruno TostoWArmbarWorld Champ.88KGR12022
32863Pedro MarinhoPedro MarinhoWPts: 4x4, AdvWorld Champ.88KG8F2022
33630Kevin CuervoWArmbarOrlando SMO88KGSF2022
33643Kevin CuervoWArmbarOrlando SMOABSR12022
33650Diogo SampaioDiogo SampaioWPointsOrlando SMOABS4F2022
33672Austin OrandayWWristlockOrlando SMNGO85KGSF2022
34732John CombsJohn CombsWGuillotineElevated GRPLABSSPF2022
34797Michael EvansWArmbarADCC Vegas83KGR12022
34804Vinicius CoimbraWInside heel hookADCC Vegas83KGR22022
34810Justin DeAndreaWTarikoplataADCC Vegas83KG8G2022
34812Alan SanchezAlan SanchezWPts: 3x0ADCC Vegas83KG4F2022
34815Camron CouchWInside heel hookADCC Vegas83KGSF2022
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