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Jacob Couch, commonly known as The Hillbilly Hammer, is a professional grappler and a jiu-jitsu black belt under Heath Pedigo of the Pedigo Submission Fighting team, a squad also labeled as The Daisy Fresh. Couch first made waves in the sport as a colored belt, competing against veteran names of the sport, successfully, in submission-grappling’s professional events while also conquering numerous gold medals on the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) and the Abu Dhabi Jiu-Jitsu Pro circuits.

Jacob Couch Jiu-Jitsu

Full Name: Jacob Lee Couch

Nickname: Unlike the traditional Brazilian/Portuguese nicknames, whose origins tend to be based on banter among friends and/or family, Couch’s nickname, The Hillbilly Hammer spawns from a combat sports tradition, a promotional name with less of a backstory, aside from Jacob’s place of birth and job description.

Lineage: Carlos Gracie > H. Gracie > Rickson Gracie > Rodrigo Vaghi > Heath Pedigo > Jacob Couch

Main Achievements:

  • 3rd Place ADCC East Coast Trials (2021)
  • 3rd Place WNO Tournament (2021)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship NOGI (2018 blue, 2021/2022 brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pan Championship NOGI (2020** purple, 2022**)
  • 1st Place AJP Grand Slam, MIA (2020 purple)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF World Championship NOGI (2019* purple)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Pan Championship NOGI (2019 purple, 2021 brown)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2020 purple)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World Championship NOGI (2018 blue*, 2019 purple, 2021* brown)

* Absolute
** Weight and Absolute

Favorite Position/Technique: Closed Guard

Weight Division: Peso Pesado (94kg/207lbs)

Team/Association: Pedigo Submission Fighting

Jacob Couch Biography

Jacob Couch was born on February 3rd, 1999, in Hazard, Kentucky, United States of America.

Competitive sports entered Couch’s life in 6th grade when he joined the A.B. Combs Elementary School’s football team. Although he loved the sport, he was forced to quit the team due to lack of transportation, but the love for the challenge remained very much alive in his heart.

Jacob joined his school’s wrestling team as a freshman. A short-lived experience that lasted 3 months, prior to him finding out about submission-grappling.

When Couch was 15 years old he became a target of bullying. Seeing his struggles, two friends of Jacob – brothers Ken and Stone Beverly – suggested that he should join a local MMA gym, which he enjoyed from the get-go. Despite his lack of financial resources, Jacob was allowed to pay half-fee so he could train.

At the mixed martial arts gym, Jacob started learning jiu-jitsu under the guidance of Donald Neace, who saw Couch through to the blue belt level, and later with Adam Gomez.

In 2019, while at the IBJJF No-Gi Pan American Championship, Jacob Couch befriended a few students of Heath Pedigo. These newfound friends invited the Kentucky native to come and train with them at their (now famous) training room in Mount Vernon, Illinois, even offering to drive Couch there, as the young athlete did not own a vehicle.

Couch visited the Daisy Fresh facility – Pedigo Submission Fighting – in 2019 where his relationship with the workgroup grew even stronger, leading to his decision to stay and move to Illinois. Jacob was a purple belt at the time.

While training at Pedigo Submission Fighting, with some of the top athletes in the nation, Couch’s grappling skills shined through even further than they had in the past. After multiple successes in the colored belt divisions, coach Heath Pedigo promoted his student, Jacob Couch, to the rank of black belt. A celebration that took place while The Hillbilly Hammer stood on the podium of the IBJJF No-Gi World Championship, on December 15, 2022.

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NOTE REGARDING JACOB COUCH’S GRAPPLING RECORD

Traditionally BJJ Heroes has only accounted for an athlete’s individual black belt matches in our record displays as they signify an athlete’s entry into our sport’s elite division. Jacob Couch, however, is a special case as he’s been competing against and beating top-shelf athletes in the pro-grappling circuit since he was a colored belt. This has left BJJ Heroes with a delicate predicament of defining when to start accounting for the young prodigy’s match records.

As we saw some of these matches as a fundamental part of Jacob’s entrance into the sport’s rankings, we have opted to include all his pro-division matches from brown belt onwards, on our display (see below). The reader of this page is to keep in mind that every match prior to 2022 was fought when The Hillbilly Hammer was still a colored belt.

Jacob Couch Grappling Record

24 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    2 (8%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    15 (63%)
  • BY DECISION
    6 (25%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (4%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

15 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Inside heel hook
40
6
#86e620
Triangle
27
4
#5AD3D1
Armbar
7
1
#d1212a
Kneebar
7
1
#fad11b
Outside heel hook
7
1
#f58822
RNC
7
1
#224aba
Guillotine
7
1
15
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
6 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    2 (33%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    4 (67%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

4 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Armbar
25
1
#86e620
Reverse triangle
25
1
#5AD3D1
RNC
25
1
#d1212a
Pressure
25
1
4
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Jacob Couch Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
27894Mica GalvaoMica GalvaoLArmbarWNO Champ.84KGSF2021
27911Jon BlankJon BlankLReverse triangleWNO Champ.84KGRPC2021
28903Giancarlo BodoniGiancarlo BodoniLRNCADCC EC Trials88KGSF2021
31282Gordon RyanGordon RyanLPressureWNO 12O92KGSPF2022
31367Harrison WoodsLPts: 3x0ADCC WC Trials88KG8F2022
34976Andrew TackettAndrew TackettLPts: 2x0ADCC VegasABSSF2022
27892Roberto JimenezRoberto JimenezWInside heel hookWNO Champ.84KG4F2021
27913William TackettWilliam TackettWReferee DecisionWNO Champ.84KG3RD2021
28437Hunter ColvinWArmbarWNO 10O92KGSPF2021
28866Corbin CrispWKneebarADCC EC Trials88KGR12021
28875Donald MarcelinWPointsADCC EC Trials88KGR22021
28885Micah BakefieldWOutside heel hookADCC EC Trials88KGR32021
28894Achilles RochaWTriangleADCC EC Trials88KGR42021
28901Joseph WatsonWRNCADCC EC Trials88KG4F2021
28905John SalterJohn SalterWPts: 0x0, PenADCC EC Trials88KG3RD2021
29810David GarmoDavid GarmoWInside heel hookWNO 1193KGSPF2022
30693Santeri LiliusSanteri LiliusWReferee DecisionGrappleFest 1190KGSPF2022
31341Charles HierscheWTriangleADCC WC Trials88KGR22022
31352Joshua BaerwolfWPts: 5x0ADCC WC Trials88KGR32022
31360Kevin CraneWReferee DecisionADCC WC Trials88KGR162022
32795Tom BreeseWReferee DecisionGrappleFest 12NASPF2022
34191Jacob RodriguezWReferee DecisionWNO 14NASPF2022
34943Angel VerduzcoWInside heel hookADCC Vegas91KGR22022
34948Daniel OntiverosWInside heel hookADCC Vegas91KG8F2022
34952Brian GuevaraWInside heel hookADCC Vegas91KG4F2022
34956Gabriel AlmeidaGabriel AlmeidaWInside heel hookADCC Vegas91KGF2022
34974Jeferson GuaresiJeferson GuaresiWTriangleADCC VegasABS4F2022
35095Jean BaptisteWTriangleGrapplefestNASPF2022
35260Silviu NastasaWReferee DecisionGrappleFest 1395KGSPF2022
36143Bruno MatiasBruno MatiasWGuillotineWNO84KGSPF2022
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