Last Thursday night, Orlando “The Cuban Tree Stump” Sanchez passed away unexpectedly. Prior to his longstanding gym, Gracie Barra, confirming the tragic news in an Instagram post early Wednesday evening, the internet grappling community had been discussing it for the majority of the next day.
The message stated, “The news of Professor Orlando Sanchez’s passing makes us feel extremely sad.” “We appreciate you being a wonderful friend and one of our best athletes,” They would eventually laud Sanchez’s accomplishments as a coach and a talented athlete.
In 1982, on February 5th, Sanchez was born. He experimented with a variety of sports when he was younger. The Californian used drugs and alcohol heavily during his 20s. In college, he engaged in American football. However, he discovered his new interest after a friend advised him to try BJJ with Draculino black belt Alberto Crane.
On the mats, Sanchez was formidable. He took just three years to earn his brown belt. He spent a lot of this time working out with the teachers at Gracie Barra, which helped him develop a stronger bond with the group as a whole. Sanchez officially enrolled in GB as a black belt. He received this rating from José “Zé Radiola” Olmpio, a former GB coach.
When Sanchez defeated Jared Dropp to win the ADCC +99kg championship in 2015, he may have attained the pinnacle of his sport. Dean Lister and Vinny Magalhes were defeated by Sanchez, who used his well-known strength and pressure to win the competition and take the trophy home.
He would come and go from the wrestling news during the ensuing years. He engaged in combat with Sean Strickland of the UFC in 2021 when they were both in training. Throughout his career, Sanchez put up a lot of effort to educate both sports fans and sportsmen about mental health.
Additionally, Sanchez competed in MMA in the past, finishing 4-0-1 from 2010 to 2015.