Andrew Calandrelli Jr. was born in New Haven, CT. He started training in the Martial Arts at age 4 in Traditional Martial Arts achieving the rank of 4th Degree Black Belt. Looking to complement his training in TMA he began boxing at age 12 and from there started the journey to MMA.
In 1997 he started his training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at the Renzo Gracie Academy in NYC where he trained over 10 years. He now trains with former #1 ranked lightweight Vitor Shaolin Ribeiro at the Nova Uniao NYC academy. He has continued his boxing with Luis Rosa at Boxing in Faith located in New Haven, CT. Andrew also is the owner of a very successful mixed martial arts academy, Ultimate MMA Training Center located in North Haven, CT.
Andrew has trained with such greats as Randy Couture, Matt Lindland, Renzo Gracie, Rodrigo Gracie, Matt Serra, George St Pierre, Jim Miller, Dan Miller, Marcelo Garcia, Caio Terra and many many more. With the ever evolving sport of MMA, Andrew has succeed in competing at the highest levels proving to be a true competitor of the sport.