Orlando Sanchez AKA The Cuban Tree Stump - Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Athlete
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Table of Contents
- 1. Orlando Sanchez’s Details
- 2. Orlando Sanchez’s Early life and Amateur Fighting
- 3. Orlando Sanchez’s Historic Fights
- 4. Overcoming Drug Addiction
- 5. Orlando Sanchez with Sean Strickland - The Controversy
- 6. Orlando Sanchez’s Championships and Accomplishments
- 7. Orlando Sanchez’s Main Achievements
- 8. Orlando Sanchez’s Main Achievements (Belts)
- 9. Orlando Sanchez’s Professional Record Breakdown
- 10. Video Links
1. Orlando Sanchez’s Details
|Name||Orlando Mario Sanchez|
|Pro MMA Record||4-1 (W/L)|
|Nickname||The Cuban Tree Stump|
|Date of Birth||02.05.1982|
|Born||La Canada, California|
|Weight||235 Lbs / 106.59KG|
|Stance||Peso Pesadissimo (over 100kg/221lbs)|
|Last fight||April 18, 2015, in CRF|
|Weight Class||Ultra Heavy Weight|
|Rank||Black Belt (Orlando Sanchez has no current regional rankings due to inactivity).|
|Career Disclosed Earnings||N/A|
|Fought out of||Pasadena, California|
|College/University||Gracie Barra School|
Radiola”, Alberto Crane, and
|Foundation Style||Guard Passing|
|Lineage||Carlos Gracie Sr. -> Helio Gracie -> Carlos Gracie Junior -> Jose Olimpio -> Orlando Sanchez|
1.1. Who is Orlando Sanchez?
Orlando Sanchez A.K.A “The Cuban Tree Stump” was born in California, an American-born jiu-jitsu black belt fighter. He competes in the ultra-heavyweight division for Gracie Barra in BJJ tournaments. Orlando Sanchez is also recognized for his life experience, especially for overcoming his drug addiction through jiu-jitsu, a martial art in which he gained the level of black belt in four years, one of the most rapid promotions in American history.
Orlando Sanchez now runs a Gracie Barra Jiu-Jitsu School in Pasadena and continues to compete regularly, with his latest participation being at a Who's #1 heavyweight event in January.
2. Orlando Sanchez’s Early life and Amateur Fighting
Growing up, Orlando was very fond of playing football, so much so that he gained a scholarship to play during college. After finishing college, Orlando couldn't see any path opening up for him, instead turning to partying and drugs to fill the void.
At the age of 26, Orlando started gaining weight as a result of an unhealthy lifestyle and fell into depression. He was well aware that if he didn’t make a change, he would be miserable and helpless for the rest of his life.
Orlando first started his training at a Muay Thai gym close to his house in Pasadena, California. Soon after, Orlando started training classes at a Gracie Barra School and fell in love with the art of jiu-jitsu. He loved training at the school since it allowed him to get back in shape and that jiu-jitsu helped him get over his struggles.
His training began under the guidance of his trainers Jose “Ze Radiola” Olimpio, Romulo Barral, and Alberto Crance.
Orlando spent hours on the mat every day, honing his jiu-jitsu skills to perfection. His trainers were unable to pry him away from the mat.
His passion for BJJ was evident and he soon planned to start practicing the sport professionally.
3. Orlando Sanchez’s Historic Fights
Within a short time, Orlando discovered that he had a natural talent for grappling and began competing regularly. Orlando started participating in jiu-jitsu competitions if they were being held in his area. He spent less than a year as a white belt before being promoted to the blue belt rank. In this weight class, Orlando Sanche dominated the super heavyweight and absolute divisions. He won tournaments including the IBJJF Pan American Championship, Brazilian Nationals, Grapplers Quest, and the Gracie Nationals.
Orlando had numerous opportunities to train with Gracie Barra’s network of outstanding trainers and competitors including Draculino, Romulo Barral, and Jose Olmpio after completing his training with Alberto Crane.
Following a successful competitive year as a brown belt, Orlando won major tournaments in both his weight class and open weight divisions.
Rising to the ranking of brown belt in just three years of training. Orlando became a close friend of Olympio. Orlando was given his black belt in September 2012 by Radiola.
3.1. Mixed Martial Art(MMA) Career
Orlando Sanchez, also pursued mixed martial arts (MMA) from 2010 to 2015 under the training of Rafael Cordeiro at Kings MMA, who encouraged him to learn MMA. He would eventually become one of Fabricio Werdum’s head training partners.
Orlando fought his first match in 2010, a TKO win in under 13 seconds. He fought three more matches in 2011 and 2012 where he won two tournaments by TKO and the third by submission. Before announcing his retirement in 2015, he took his last TKO, where he earned an undefeated record of 5-0-1.
3.2. ADDC Championship 2015
The ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championships is an elite, invitation-only tournament that pits the world's top grapplers against one another. In 2014, Orlando qualified for the 2015 ADCC Championship in the +99 kg division held in Sao Paulo.
Orlando, being the underdog of the stacked division at the time. He fought against world champions like Joao Gabriel, Dean Lister, and Vinny Magalhães.
3.3. ADDC Championship 2017 & 2019
To defend his title, Orlando returned to the 2017 ADCC Championship where he won his first match 2-0, securing his place in the quarter-finals against Tom DeBlass.
In the 2019 ADDC Championship, Orlando lost in a shocking upset in the first round. He lost by points to DDS mastermind Nicky Rodriguez.
4. Overcoming Drug Addiction
Sanchez posted a picture on his Instagram page with the caption: “26 years old white belt. My first Pan Ams Gold Medal. I was 340 lbs, dead broke, trying to quit a cocaine addiction that had been stealing my life from me daily for six years straight. I was suffering from massive depression, blood pressure was so high I couldn't pass any physical. There was no way I should have been alive.This emotion in the picture says it all, I had found a reason to live. Not a day goes by where I don't thank Jiu-jitsu for what it has done for me. I’m wishing all the best out of all the competitors at this Pan Ams.”
5. Orlando Sanchez with Sean Strickland - The Controversy
In 2021, Orlando and UFC fighter Sean Strickland got into a fight that went viral. They both were training at RCVA Training Center in LA. Sean asked Orlando to fight a grappling round with him. Orlando over hooked his arm and torqued it with a standing arm lock, nearly breaking Strickland’s arm. Sean had a fight coming up, he was irritated that he almost got his arm broken. The video went viral, for which they both were criticized by the BJJ and MMA community.
6. Orlando Sanchez’s Championships and Accomplishments
- ADCC World Champion
- IBJJF World Champion
- 3x Pan American Champion
- Gold Brazilian National Champion
- Pro MMA Fighter
7. Orlando Sanchez’s Main Achievements
|2nd||ADCC World Championship||2017|
|1st||ADCC World Championship||2015|
8. Orlando Sanchez’s Main Achievements (Belts)
|1st||Brown||IBJJF Pans Championship||2012|
|1st||Brown||CBJJ Brazilian Nationals||2012|
|1st||Blue||IBJJF World Championship||2010|
|2nd||Blue||IBJJF World Championship||2010|
|2nd||Blue||IBJJF World Championship||2009|
9. Orlando Sanchez’s Professional Record Breakdown
|Professional Record Breakdown|
|21 Matches||13 Wins||8 Losses|
10. Submission Methods W/L
|Submission Method||02 Wins||01 Loss|
11. Orlando Sanchez’s Fight History
|2021||WNO Champ.||Tex Johnson||L||DQ||4F||ABS|
|2021||WNO Champ.||Rida Haisam||L||Short choke||RPC||ABS|
|2019||ADCC||Mateusz Juskowiak||W||Pts: 2x0||R1||O99KG|
|2019||ADCC||Nick Rodriguez||L||Pts: 0x0, Pen||4F||O99KG|
|2017||ADCC||H. Sekine||W||Pts: 2x0||E1||99+KG|
|2017||ADCC||Tom DeBlass||W||Referee Decision||4F||99+KG|
|2017||ADCC||Jared Dopp||W||Referee Decision||SF||99+KG|
|2017||ADCC||Marcus Almeida||L||Pts: 3x0||F||99+KG|
|2015||ADCC||Janne-Pekka||W||Armlock f/ crucifix||R1||O99KG|
|2015||ADCC||Dean Lister||W||Referee Decision||4F||O99KG|
|2015||ADCC||Vinny Magalhaes||W||Referee Decision||SF||O99KG|
|2015||ADCC||Jared Dopp||W||Referee Decision||F||O99KG|
|2013||Pan American||James Puopolo||W||Adv||R1||ABS|
|2013||Pan American||Leandro Lo||W||Referee Decision||R2||ABS|
|2013||Pan American||Andre Galvao||L||Referee Decision||4F||ABS|
|2013||World Champ.||Fernando Nara||W||Pts: 2x2, Adv||RDS||ABS|
|2013||World Champ.||Pedro Mello||W||Points||RDS||ABS|
|2013||World Champ.||Leandro Lo||L||Pts: 6x0||RDS||ABS|
|2013||World Champ.||Abraham Marte||L||Pts: 8x0||R1||O100KG|
12. Video Links
Marcus Buchecha 🇧🇷 vs Orlando Sanchez 🇺🇸 final Adcc 2017
Orlando Sanchez vs UFC Fighter Sean Strickland | The Full Story Behind The Viral Gym Scuffle
Haisam Rida Taps Orlando Sanchez With A Nasty Crank
This week in BJJ Episode 13 with Orlando Sanchez Part 1