Black Belt on Black Belt: Alberto Crane with Draculino

Black Belt on Black Belt Interview: Alberto Crane with Draculino

I came up with a special interviewing process where I get talk to a a black belt and get them to ask another black belt 3 questions, followed by something interesting they know about the person.

This weeks interview is Alberto Crane with Draculino

Interviewing Black Belt:
Alberto Crane




MMA Record:

15 wins (14 Submissions, 1 Decision)

5 Losses (3 Knock out, 2 Decisions)


Alberto Crane (born July 14, 1976) is an American mixed martial artist. He currently fights as a lightweight. He has fought in the Ultimate Fighting Championship and is a former King of the Cage and Ring Of Fire lightweight champion.

Crane moved to Brazil shortly after high school to train at the Gracie Barra academy in Rio de Janeiro, and then Belo Horizonte full-time. He holds a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Vinicius Magalhaes (Draculino) and Carlos Gracie Jr. Upon returning to New Mexico, Crane began teaching Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and opened two successful academies, one in Santa Fe and one in Albuquerque.[1] He started MMA in 2002 where he fought till 2005 undefeated. After a 2 year break Alberto took on the UFC in 2007 and lost his UFC debut against Roger Huerta at UFC 74 via TKO in round three. In his second fight with the UFC, against Kurt Pellegrino, Alberto did not take advantage of a high kick early enough in the first round. Alberto was defeated via TKO in the second round.

He has since moved to Los Angeles to be closer to family. Alberto Crane has opened Gracie Barra Encino, Pasadena, Burbank, Woodland Hills and Hollywood Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts in the Los Angeles Area.

Interviewed Black Belt: 

Vinicius “Draculino:




Main Competitive Achievements: 

  • 4x Pan American Champion (once in the master division)
  • Pan American No-Gi Champion in master division
  • 2x Brazilian National Champion
  • 2x Silver Medalist of World BJJ Championships
  • No-Gi International Master and Senior Champion
  • Abu-Dhabi Contender

(born July 30, 1971) is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu fourth degree black belt under Carlos Gracie, Jr. and has been teaching Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for over 18 years. He has instructed mixed martial arts and grappling champions. Draculino has produced such talent as Joaquim FerreiraRomulo BarralAlberto Crane, Marcelo Azevedo, Cristiano Titi, and Samuel Braga.

Draculino grew up with Ryan GracieRalph Gracie, and Renzo Gracie, taking classes under both Jean Jacques Machado and Carlos Gracie, Jr. at the original Gracie Barra Academy.He began competition early, earning championships from the blue belt upwards. In 2007, Draculino, Ryan Gracie, and Roberto Gordo founded Gracie Fusion MMA team. The unexpected death of Ryan put the fledgling team in question, but Draculino and Gordo kept the team active in tribute to Ryan’s memory.

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