Table of Contents
- 1. Bruno Malfacine details
- 2. Bruno Malfacine Biography
- 3. Bruno Malfacine’s Pro BJ Career
- 4. Bruno Malfacine’s MMA Debut
- 5. IBJJF Hall of fame
- 6. Bruno Malfacine Achievements and Championships
- 7. Bruno Malfacine Professional Record breakdown
- 7.1. Professional Grappling Record
- 7.2. Professional Grappling Submission Record
- 7.3. Professional MMA Record
- 7.4. Professional MMA Submission Record
- 8. Bruno Malfacine Fight History
- 9. Video Links
1. Bruno Malfacine details
|Given Name||Bruno Da Silva Malfacine|
|Born||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Current Residence||Franca, Brazil|
|Date of Birth||28 August 1986|
|Last Fight||December 12, 2021, in IBJJF World Championship|
|Weight||57kg 125 lbs|
|Career Disclosed Earnings||$1-5 Million USD|
|Fighting out of||Orlando, Florida|
|Foundational style||Brazilian Jiu-Jisu|
|Pro MMA Record||3-0-0 (W-L-D)|
|Awarded By||Vinicius Amaral and Santana|
|Head Coach||Vinicius Amaral|
|Lineage||Mitsuyo Maeda -> Carlos Gracie -> Helio Gracie -> Carlson Gracie -> Vinicius Amaral -> Bruno Malfacine|
|Team/Association||Alliance Jiu Jitsu|
2. Bruno Malfacine Biography
2.1. Who is Bruno Malfacine?
Bruno Malfacine was born on August 28, 1986, in Duque de Caxias in the state of Rio de Janeiro State Brazil. He started training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in 1998 at the age of 11 under Carlos Santana. Malfacine was influenced by his uncle and started learning BJJ. Even when Malfacine was at the rank of an orange belt, he temporarily halted training because his coach Carlos Santana left the profession of training.
He started training again under new coach Vinicius Amaral, who is the founder of Academia Game Fight (that was an affiliate of Gama Filho Team) GFT, with great courage and new determination. Under the training of Vinicius Amaral, Bruno received his blue, purple, brown, and black belts. Bruno Malfacine is considered among the few athletes in jiu-jitsu who have secured 10 wins in IBJJF World Championships.
2.2. Early Life and Amateur Fights
Bruno Malfacine had a challenging childhood. His parents got divorced when he was a baby. He didn't have his parents to support him when he needed the motivation and support the most, at the very start of his career. He lost his mother at the age of 16. In those uncertain circumstances, he has to relocate to another state to make his dreams come true.
After receiving his early training in BJJ from Carlos Santana, Mafacine completed his advanced training and received his belts from Vinicius Amaral. Meanwhile, he decided to move out of state and that's exactly what he did and eventually received his training from Fabio in São Paulo.
Malfacine said in an interview:
“I always wanted to have Jiu-Jitsu as a job and I would not be able to make it in Rio”.
Bruno also said;
“ I kind of had to make a decision that would change my life”.
The duration of Bruno’s training with Sao Paulo was from 2008 to 2012.
“For me, it was something really incredible to move to Sao Paulo and be surrounded by so many World Champions, I think it's a kind of motivation. You can always think if they can make it, I can make it”.
“I received my back belt from Vinicius Amaral when I was nineteen years old. He promoted me to blue belt first and after winning so many titles in second year competing, he awarded me with a black belt. He made me a world champion.”
2.3. Training Under “The General”
By the end of 2018, Malfacine grabbed the opportunity to train with Fabio Gurgel aka, “The General” who is one of the most prestigious coaches of BJJ and was the leader of the Alliance Team in Brazil. Malfacine knew that he had to seize the opportunity, so he relocated to Sao Paulo and started his training at the headquarters of Alliance.
Under the coaching of Fabio Gurgel, Malfacine excelled at his skills and fighting techniques. In no time he has managed to prove himself as the best rooster weight champion of all time in the history of the sport of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. His name is included in the BJJ hall of fame fighters.
3. Bruno Malfacine’s Pro BJ Career
It is said that luck is when opportunity meets preparation. In the career of Bruno Malfacine, he grabbed the opportunity to train under the guidance of Fabio aka “The General” in the headquarters of Alliance. During that time Malfacine trained with all the big names and champions of the sport including middleweights, middle-heavy, and even heavyweight players.
Malfacine trained with players bigger than him and as the saying of BJJ goes, if you can't fight with guys bigger than you, then there is something wrong with your jiu-jitsu training. Bruno explained, “For me it was something really incredible to move to Sao Paulo and be surrounded by so many World Champions, I think it's a kind of motivation. You can always think if they can make it, I can make it”.
Bruno Malfacine broke the World Championship record of Omar Salum which was set in 2000.
3.1. Bruno Malfacine and Caio Terra
Bruno was an alpha fighter who disliked the taste of defeat and likes to train for the win. This is the reason he rarely lost in competitions. Despite his continuous winning streak, he lost against Caio Terra in the 2008 World Championship via rear naked choke. Although the loss motivated him to train harder with reincarnated sheer determination.
Despite the defeat, Bruno believed that Terra was a skilled athlete and this defeat led him to more focused and dedicated training. In a way, this defeat motivated Bruno to level up his skills. After so many years, he was not a winning champ. The taste of defeat and aspiration to win made him complete his haul of 10 times BJJ World Champion. In 2016 Bruno finally faced Terra in the finals of the World Championship and won the fight. Although they are rivals, they made each other a better athlete. This is the real beauty of jiu-jitsu.
According to Bruno Malfacine,
“In all these years Caio Terra and I have created a higher level of value for our weight division”.
Bruno’s World Championship Record Against Caio Terra
|2008||Caio Terra||L||World Champ.||RNC||SF||57KG|
|2016||Caio Terra||W||World Champ.||Advantage||F||57KG|
3.2. Bruno Malfacine’s Pro BJJ Combats
Bruno had a professional upbringing of a champion. He has whatever it takes to be the best. With so many expectations, hard work, and continuous winning streaks, Bruno has secured his place among the BJJ hallmark heroes with 10 titles in World Jiu-Jitsu Championships. In 2018, Bruno reached the 10th title mark and continues to be a living legend.
According to Bruno Malfacine;
“I’m Glad I could make it. I’m finally happy and I don’t feel any more pressure on myself”.
Rooster Weight King and IBJJF Hall of Famer, Professor Bruno Malfacine shared his insights with students who were enthusiastic to learn from the best competitor of BJJ.
4. Bruno Malfacine’s MMA Debut
After an undefeated run in a competitive jiu-jitsu career, Bruno crossed over to MMA making his debut in Brazil. Bruno started his MMA career and his current professional fight record is 3 wins and 0 losses. In 2018, Bruno reigned from brave CF 11 for his pro-MMA combat against Rafael Vinicius. Bruno is considered a fierce fighter in MMA.
4.1. Malfacine’s Pro MMA Fight
After setting an unprecedented and legendary record of ten titles in the World Jiu-Jitsu Championships in a fashion that has only been achieved by Marcus Almeida, Roger Gracie, and Beatriz Mesquita. But in the Roosterweight category, Bruno Malfacine is the only bearer of this hallmark. 2018 he achieved that double-digit hallmark by defeating (submitting) every single opponent and grabbed the gold medal on the 3rd of June in Long Beach, USA. He left his belt on the Jiu-Jitsu mat, a traditional gesture to show his retirement from the tournament.
He said in an interview;
“Of course, I love to compete, I've been competing since I was 12 years old and I love Jiu-Jitsu. But at some point, Jiu-Jitsu was not making me happy anymore as it used to and that is the reason why I decided to do MMA”.
Bruno Malfacine Vs Christian Rodriguez
The sound of the bell was heard across the Mubadala Arena. It was a highly anticipated and tense fight. It was a purely technical and opponent-oriented bout with initially no takedown attempts by Malfacine. It seemed that Rodriguez finally succeeded in getting into the skin of Malfacine. Rodriguez was constantly trying to throw Bruno off the balance. Right after the 90-second mark, Malfacine skillfully cornered Rodriguez and tried his first takedown attempt.
He managed to hold back Rodriguez on the ground and the spectators saw the class of the 10 times Jiu-Jitsu World Champion proving himself in the MMA arena. After three minutes and eighteen seconds of the first round, Bruno Malfacine locked his arm around the neck of Rodriguez. In the next two seconds, the crowd saw three taps and the rest is history. Malfacine extended his MMA record to 3-0 and remained undefeated in his professional MMA career.
Bruno Malfacine Vs Rafael “Mini Man”
This historic bout took place in the 11th event of the Bravo Combat Federation at the Mineirao Stadium Terrace in Belo Horizonte, Brazil on April 13, 2018. It was the third Bahrain-based mixed martial arts event that took place in Brazil.
The bout started after the magical sound of the bell. Both fighters took their positions and touched their fists. Right after 10 seconds Bruno launched himself at the opponent and tried to land punches on the face but Rafael dodged all the jabs. Both fighters were cautious of giving any weak or uncalculated move to the opponent.
After almost 30 seconds of the nerve-racking tussle from both fighters, finally, Bruno landed a half punch and grabbed Rafael from behind, and took him down near the fence. He strangled his legs around his hips of Rafael and continued landing the punches on the side of his face. Rafael tried to free himself from the grip of 10 times jiu-jitsu Champion but struggled. Meanwhile, Bruno put an Armbar and strangled Rafael. After 3 minutes and 18 seconds of round 1, Bruno was declared the winner.
Bruno Malfacine vs Romario Garcia
This highly anticipated bout was held on 13 April 2018 at the Arena Mineirinho, Belo Horizonte in Brazil.
The fight started and not only was Malfacine’s reputation high, but his fighting style was also elite. He grabbed the opponent and put him down on his back. While sitting on him Bruno continued punching Romario while sitting in the mount position.
While the opponent tried to control his right arm. Suddenly Romario reversed from the bottom mount and put himself on top of Bruno. Bruno applied a closed guard and locked his legs around the opponent. Right after the leg triangle grip, Bruno puts Romario in an Armbar, and Romario submitted by tapping out at 1:34 of the first round.
4.2. Bruno Malfacine’s MMA Fight History
|Christian Rodriguez||W||Submission||Bravo CF 16-Abu Dhabi||1||21-09-2018||4:20|
|Rafael Pereira Costa||W||Submission (Armbar)||Bravo CF 11-Mineiro vs Santiago||1||13-04-2018||3:18|
|Romario Gracia||W||Submission (Armbar)||Shooto Brazil 74||1||27-08-2017||1:34|
5. IBJJF Hall of fame
In 2012, Bruno was inducted into the IBJJF Hall of Fame. This refers to an acknowledgment from the governing body of IBJJF for the accomplishments of the fighter. Bruno set a record of 10 times winning gold in the IBJJF World Championships and set the bar very high.
6. Bruno Malfacine Achievements and Championships
6.1. Main Achievements
|2021||IBJJF World Championship||Silver|
|2019||IBJJF World Championship||Bronze|
|2018||IBJJF World Championship||Gold|
|2017||IBJJF World Championship||Gold|
|2017||IBJJF Pan Championship||Gold|
|2016||IBJJF World Championship||Gold|
|2015||IBJJF World Championship||Gold|
|2015||IBJJF Pan Championship||Gold|
|2014||IBJJF World Championship||Gold|
|2012||IBJJF World Championship||Gold|
|2011||IBJJF World Championship||Gold|
|2011||IBJJF Pan American Championship||Gold|
|2011||IBJJF European Open||Gold|
|2010||IBJJF World Championship||Gold|
|2010||IBJJF European Open||Gold|
|2010||CBJJ Brazilian Nationals||Gold|
|2009||IBJJF World Championship||Gold|
|2009||IBJJF Rio International Open||Gold|
|2009||CBJJ Brazilian Nationals||Gold|
|2009||CBJJ Brazilian No-Gi Nationals||Gold|
|2008||IBJJF Pan Championship||Gold|
|2008||IBJJF Rio International Open||Gold|
|2008||CBJJ Brazilian Nationals||Gold|
|2007||IBJJF World Championship||Gold|
|2007||IBJJF Pan Championship||Gold|
6.2. Main achievements Belt
|2005||IBJJF World Championship||1st||Brown|
|2005||IBJJF Pan Championship||1st||Purple|
|2005||CBJJ Brazilian Nationals||1st||Purple|
|2004||IBJJF World Championship||1st||Purple|
|2003||CBJJ Brazilian Nationals||1st||Blue|
|2002||CBJJ Brazilian Nationals||1st||Blue|
|1999||CBJJ Brazilian Nationals||1st||Yellow|
6.3. Achievements with Medals
|2017||Pan American Championship||California||57KG||Gold|
|2015||Pan American Championship||California||57KG||Gold|
|2013||Pan American Championship||California||57KG||Silver|
|2012||Pan American Championship||California||57KG||Gold|
|2011||Pan American Championship||California||57KG||Silver|
|2011||Brazilian National Championship||Rio de Janeiro||57KG||Gold|
|2010||Pan American Championship||California||57KG||Gold|
|2010||Brazilian National Championship||Rio de Janeiro||57KG||Gold|
|2009||Brazilian National Championship||Rio de Janeiro||57KG||Gold|
|2008||Pan American Championship||California||57KG||Gold|
|2008||Brazilian National Championship||Rio de Janeiro||57KG||Gold|
|2007||Pan American Championship||California||57KG||Gold|
7. Bruno Malfacine Professional Record breakdown
7.1. Professional Grappling record
|Grappling Record Breakdown|
|79 Matches||Wins: 67||Losses: 12|
7.2. Professional Grappling Submission Record
|Grappling Submission Record|
|Submission Method||Win: 41||Losses: 1|
|Bow And Arrow||4||0|
7.3. Professional MMA Record
|Professional Record Breakdown|
|3 Matches||Wins: 3||Losses: 0|
7.4. professional MMA Submission Record
|Grappling Submission Record|
|Submission method||Win: 3||Losses: 0|
8. Bruno Malfacine Fight History
8.1. BJJ fight History
|2021||Thalison Soares||W||World Champ.||Referee Decision||4F||57KG|
|2021||Rodnei Barbosa||W||World Champ.||Pts: 2x2, Adv||SF||57KG|
|2021||Mikey Musumeci||L||World Champ.||Pts: 6x0||F||57KG|
|2020||Thalison Soares||L||European Open||Pts: 4x4, Adv||4F||57KG|
|2019||Javier Gomez||W||World Champ.||Armbar||R1||57KG|
|2019||Caio Terra||W||World Champ.||Referee Decision||4F||57KG|
|2019||Mikey Musumeci||L||World Champ.||Pts: 10x8||SF||57KG|
|2018||Nobuhiro Sawada||W||World Champ.||Bow and arrow||R2||57KG|
|2018||Juan Lopes||W||World Champ.||Choke from back||4F||57KG|
|2018||Tomoyuki Hashimoto||W||World Champ.||Arm in Ezekiel||SF||57KG|
|2018||Rodnei Barbosa||W||World Champ.||Armbar||F||57KG|
|2017||Chad Lundy||W||Pan American||Armbar||4F||58KG|
|2017||Eduardo Barboza||W||Pan American||Bow and Arrow||SF||58KG|
|2017||Lucas Pinheiro||W||Pan American||Pts: 9x2||F||58KG|
|2017||Javier Gomez||W||World Champ.||Triangle armbar||4F||58KG|
|2017||Tomoyuki Hashimoto||W||World Champ.||Armbar||SF||58KG|
|2017||Caio Terra||W||World Champ.||Pts: 4x4, Adv||F||58KG|
|2016||Rodnei Barbosa||W||World Champ.||Pts: 7x0||4F||57KG|
|2016||Tiago Barros||W||World Champ.||Armbar||SF||57KG|
|2016||Caio Terra||W||World Champ.||Pts: 0x0, Adv||F||57KG|
|2016||Jeff Glover||D||Metamoris 7||---||SPF||ABS|
|2015||Koji Shibamoto||W||Pan American||Pts: 3x2||SF||57KG|
|2015||Caio Terra||W||Pan American||Choke from back||F||57KG|
|2015||Washington Lima||W||World Champ.||Crucifix choke||4F||57KG|
|2015||Rafael Freitas||W||World Champ.||Armbar||SF||57KG|
|2015||Joao Miyao||W||World Champ.||Adv||F||57KG|
|2015||Rafael Freitas||W||W. Fitness Expo||Heel hook||SPF||ABS|
|2014||Joao Kuruoka||W||World Champ.||Armbar||RDS||57KG|
|2014||Brandon Mullins||W||World Champ.||Bow and Arrow||4F||57KG|
|2014||Joao Miyao||W||World Champ.||Referee Decision||F||57KG|
|2013||Jeff Glover||W||World Expo||Pts: 5x2||SPF||ABS|
|2013||Takahiko Yoshioka||W||Pan American||Armbar||4F||57KG|
|2013||Felipe Costa||W||Pan American||Submission||SF||57KG|
|2013||Caio Terra||L||Pan American||Pts: 2x0||F||57KG|
|2013||Raul Gomes||W||World Champ.||Submission||4F||57KG|
|2013||Felipe Costa||W||World Champ.||Triangle||SF||57KG|
|2013||Caio Terra||L||World Champ.||Pts: 4x2||F||57KG|
|2012||Daniel Beleza||W||Pan American||Foot Locker||4F||64KG|
|2012||Guilherme Mendes||W||Pan American||Pts: 2x0||F||64KG|
|2012||Samir Chantre||W||NYC World Trials||Points||F||65KG|
|2012||Jordy Pete||W||World Champ.||Armbar||R2||57KG|
|2012||Joao Carlos Hiroshi||W||World Champ.||Armbar||4F||57KG|
|2012||Rafael Freitas||W||World Champ.||Bow and arrow||SF||57KG|
|2012||Caio Terra||W||World Champ.||Referee Decision||F||57KG|
|2011||Gabriel Willcox||W||World Pro Trials||Adv||SF||69KG|
|2011||Theodoro Canal||L||World Pro Trials||Referee Decision||F||69KG|
|2011||Ary Farias||L||European||Pts: 6x4||F||64KG|
|2011||Wellington Dias||W||Pan American||Flying armbar||SF||64KG|
|2011||Caio Terra||L||Pan American||Pts: 2x0||F||64KG|
|2011||Reinaldo Ribeiro||W||World Pro.||Pts: 2x0||R1||65KG|
|2011||Bruno Frazatto||W||World Pro.||Points||4F||65KG|
|2011||Rafael Mendes||L||World Pro.||Pts: 7x0||SF||65KG|
|2011||Wellington Dias||W||World P. NoGi||Triangle||R1||64KG|
|2011||Bruno Frazatto||L||World P. NoGi||Pts: 2x2, Adv||4F||64KG|
|2011||Felipe Costa||W||Brasileiro||Pts: 23x0||F||57KG|
|2011||Koji Shibamoto||W||World Champ.||Choke from back||RDS||57KG|
|2011||Brandon Mullins||W||World Champ.||Pts: 13x0||4F||57KG|
|2011||Josef Manuel||W||World Champ.||Pts: 10x0||SF||57KG|
|2011||Caio Terra||W||World Champ.||Pts: 4x2||F||57KG|
|2010||Wekcilley Cruz||W||European||Toe hold||F||57KG|
|2010||Felipe Costa||W||Pan American||Choke from back||F||57KG|
|2010||Felipe Costa||W||Brasileiro||Pts: 9x0||F||57KG|
|2010||Marcelo Pereira||W||World Champ.||Choke||4F||57KG|
|2010||Caio Terra||W||World Champ.||Adv||F||57KG|
|2009||Narciso Vilaca||W||Brasileiro CBJJE||RNC||4F||57KG|
|2009||William Campos||W||Brasileiro CBJJE||Toe hold||SF||57KG|
|2009||Jonas Fortunato||W||Brasileiro CBJJE||Toe hold||F||57KG|
|2009||Leandro Escobar||W||Brasileiro NoGi||Kneebar||F||64KG|
|2009||Mikio Oga||W||World Champ.||Choke from back||4F||57KG|
|2009||Felipe Costa||W||World Champ.||Armbar||SF||57KG|
|2009||Caio Terra||W||World Champ.||Adv||F||57KG|
|2008||Caio Terra||L||World Champ.||RNC||SF||57KG|
|2007||Felipe Costa||W||World Champ.||Foot Locker||4F||57KG|
|2007||Oga Mikio||W||World Champ.||Points||SF||57KG|
|2007||Yusuke Honma||W||World Champ.||RNC||F||57KG|
|2006||Felipe Costa||L||World Champ.||Pts: 4x2||4F||57KG|
8.2. MMA Fight History
|2018||Cristian Rodriguez||W||3–0||Submission||Brave CF 16: Abu Dhabi||1|
|2018||Pereira Costa||W||2–0||Armbar||Brave CF 11||1|
|2018||Rafael Vinicius||W||2–0||Armbar||Brave CF 11||1|
|2017||Romario Garcia||W||1–0||Armbar||Shooto Brazil 74||1|
9. Video Links
Bruno Malfacine vs Tomoyuki Hashimoto / World Championship 2018
2014 World Jiu Jitsu - Bruno Malfacine vs Joao Miyao - Black Belt FINALS
Bruno Malfacine VS Caio Terra / World Championship 2019
Bruno Malfacine Behind The Scenes Look
Bruno Malfacine / European Championship 2011
Bruno "Bad Boy" Malfacine