Alec Baulding: Record, Net Worth, Weight, Age & More!
Who is Alec Baulding?
Alec Jerrod Baulding is an American black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and a well-known competitor and coach. He was born in April of 1989 and has competed as a black belt since being promoted in 2015. His grappling credentials are top notch, having received his black belt from Romero “Jacare” Cavalcanti. Baulding has competed for most of his career out of the venerable Alliance Jiu-Jitsu Academy, which continues to produce world-level talent today. Alliance was co-founded by Cavalcanti, who’s operated schools in both Brazil and in the United States since receiving his black belt from Rolls Gracie in 1982. As far as lineages go in Jiu-Jitsu, it doesn’t get much more pure than Alec Baulding’s.
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Jiu-Jitsu and martial arts were not Alec’s first loves in the sports world. He grew up playing traditional sports like soccer before eventually discovering Tae Kwon Do as a teenager. Although he ranked up fast and competed as an orange belt only months into training, the striking art lasted only a few months before Baulding was introduced to Jiu-Jitsu and began to train daily. He was lucky to find himself under the watchful eye of Robert Shaw, himself one of Cavalcanti’s first American black belts. After Shaw’s gym shut down about a year into his training, Baulding’s promotions began under Cavalcanti as he made a name for himself in the Alliance BJJ Academy in Atlanta.
As a colored belt, Baulding competed heavily and started to become known in the competition grappling world for his hard-nosed style. He battled his way to a world title and multiple championships at the Pan American games before evering putting on a black belt. Baulding was given the nickname “Cofrinho” by the Brazilians, which roughly translates to “Piggy Bank” in loving reference both to his size and his tendency to let his gi pants sag too low.
Although his career was largely at Alliance, there was a brief window in 2012 and 2013 where Baulding split from his team of many years. While the reasons were not discussed publicly, something clearly caused him to leave Alliance in early 2012 and to train with team Lloyd Irvin in Maryland instead. This was a short stint away from his home gym, and Baulding rejoined his former team at Alliance in April of 2013. This team switch didn’t slow down his progress with Cavalcanti, however, who awarded him his black belt in June of 2015 after some stellar competition performances at brown belt level.
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How Old is Alec Baulding?
Alec Baulding turned 32 years old in 2021. He was born on April 5th, 1989 in Atlanta, Georgia.
Alec Baulding Family
Details about Alec’s family have not been made public; Baulding has chosen to share only limited information in interviews.
How Much is Alec Baulding Worth?
Information about Alec Baulding’s net worth has not been made public. He is known for producing many instructional videos over the years.
How Tall is Alec Baulding?
Alec Baulding is known as a short Jiu-Jitsu Player. He is 5’4” and has created several video products that are tailored specifically to the style of shorter athletes. Using his tips, players of any size can compensate for length using other details.
How Much Does Alec Baulding Weigh?
Alec Baulding has competed at multiple weights in professional Jiu-Jitsu matches, but his most frequent division is light heavyweight, which is 194 pounds (88kg). He has also competed at lower weights such as 187 pounds (85kg) and even as low as 181 pounds (82kg) during his professional career. He has also routinely competed in open weight absolute divisions throughout his time as a grappler.
Alec Baulding Fight List
As a professional grappler, Alec Baulding has had far too many matches to list out individually here. Check out his list of major accomplishments in the sport, sorted according to his belt level at the time, below. Events are listed in chronological order.
Purple & Brown Belt Accolades:
- 2010 - IBJJF World Championships - 1st Place
- 2010 - IBJJF Pans Championship - 1st Place (Weight Division & Absolutes)
- 2011 - IBJJF Pans Championship - 2nd Place
- 2015 - Atlanta Winter Open - 1st Place (Weight Division & Absolutes)
- 2015 - IBJJF Pans Championship -2nd Place
Black Belt Accolades:
- 2015 - IBJJF Dallas Open - 1st Place
- 2015 - UAEJJF Grand Slam, Las Vegas - 3rd Place
- 2015 IBJJF Atlanta Summer Open - 3rd Place (Weight Division & Absolutes)
- 2016 IBJJF Atlanta Winter Open - 1st Place
- 2016 IBJJF Asian Open - 2nd Place
- 2017 IBJJF London Fall Open - 1st Place
- 2017 IBJJF European Open - 2nd Place
- 2017 IBJJF London Fall Open, No-Gi - 2nd Place
- 2018 ADCC East Coast Trials - 1st Place
Alec Baulding's Best Fight of All Time
Alec Baulding has a long competition career, but one of his best moments came in the 2018 ADCC East Coast Trials. Baulding was competing in the 88kg division and had narrowly defeated the accomplished Roberto Jimenez on points, 4-2, going into the finals. There, he met future combat jiu-jitsu finalist Dan Martinez in another tight contest. Baulding again edged out his opponent by points, this time 4-0. This win solidified him in first place and is no doubt a career highlight for Baulding.
Who Did Alec Baulding Lose To?
Since his hugely successful competition year of 2019, Baulding has stayed involved in the competition grappling scene. His recent record has been a series of closely contested losses, most recently to Rodrigo Martins in the 2021 Pan Americans. Notably, not a single opponent has been able to submit Alec Baulding; his losses have come by advantages and points.
Alec Baulding Record
Alec Baulding’s overall record as a professional grappler is 42-25. Of his 42 victories, 18 have come by submission. Baulding shows a preference for the rear naked choke from the back, having finished 8 of his opponents with that technique.
Alec Baulding Injuries
Alec has not had any major injuries force him to miss a fight, but he has experienced training with injuries both as an athlete and from a coaching perspective. In an interview, Baulding was open about his tendency to continue training through any injury during his time as a blue belt. He mentioned that he regrets this now, and recommends that anyone who is nursing a small injury air on the side of caution and avoid training hard until things heal up.
Is Alec Baulding Retired?
Alec Baulding is 32 and still actively competing in all sorts of world-level events, including WNO and the 2021 Pan Americans. Although he has suffered some recent losses, all indications are that Alec will be returning to the mats with a renewed focus in the winter of 2021.
While he’s not on the mat, Alec coaches other athletes to help them discover the drive to compete within themselves. He is also notably active in creating and promoting instructional content, much of which is specialized for smaller athletes who share his short, stocky build. Recently, he’s teamed up with BJJ Fanatics for his excellent “Keeping the Guard: How to Avoid Your Guard Getting Passed: No-Gi”. It’s a must-watch for anyone looking to slow down their opponent’s passing game so they can begin to counterattack.
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