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Jake Watson is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt under André Maracaba, who is widely regarded as one of the top grapplers of his generation, referenced by FloGrappling.com in their ‘Prospect of the Year’ Award Nominees list (2017) for his purple-brown belt runs on the international BJJ circuit that year. Watson is also an accomplished martial artist in other areas of combat sports, where he holds a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, a USMTA National Muay Thai title and an Arizona State Golden Gloves title in boxing.

Jake Watson Jiu-Jitsu

Full Name: Jake Michael Watson

Nickname: N/A

Lineage: C. Gracie > Helio Gracie > Royler Gracie > Regis Lebre > André Maracaba > Jake Watson

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place IBJJF Phoenix Open (2019**)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Long Beach Open (2019)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Austin Summer Open (2019**)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Austin Summer Open NoGi (2019**)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Pan Championship NoGi (2019)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • 1st Place IBJJF Pan Championship Juvenile (2013)
  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship NoGi Juvenile (2014**)
  • 1st Place IBJJF American Nationals (2016 purple, 2017 brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF American Nationals NoGi (2015 / 2016 purple, 2017 brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF BJJ Los Angeles Pro (2019 brown)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF World Championship NoGi (2018 brown)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2018 brown)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF American Nationals NoGi (2015* purple)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF American Nationals (2016 purple)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World Championship (2017 purple)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2017** purple)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Pan Championship Juvenile (2015 blue)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF American Nationals (2017* brown)
  • 3rd Place UAEJJF Grand Slam, LA (2017 brown)

* Absolute
** Weight and Absolute

Favorite Position/Technique: Open Guard, Attacking The Back

Weight Division: Meio Pesado (88,30 kg / 195.0 lbs)

Team/Association: Maracaba BJJ

Jake Watson Biography

Jake Watson was born on December 6, 1997, in Bellflower, California, United States of America. As a child, Watson spent time in Colorado before settling in Arizona, at the age of 6 (2004).

Watson’s interest for martial arts grew at a young age, and by the time he was 8 years old, he was already training Tae Kwon Do with Eric Mendoza at the M3 Martial Arts Academy. This same academy also provided jiu-jitsu under Mr. Mendoza as part of their curriculum, and it was there that Jake started grappling.

Although his weekly sports routine included jiu-jitsu, Jake’s idea behind grappling training was that of a means to an end, the end goal: a career in mixed martial arts (MMA). As such, he put more effort into striking, early on in his competitive career, and started competing regularly in this area of combat, becoming a 2x TBA National Champion and USMTA National Champion (Muay Thai), along with the Arizona State Junior Golden Gloves title in Boxing (2012). While gaining experience in western and Thai boxing, Watson also started dipping his toes into MMA winning the Junior National title in Pankration.

During his teenage years, Watson became known as a promising martial artist from Arizona’s Lion’s Den Academy. His relationship with the team started after meeting and befriending the team’s leader, Clayton Carpenter, at a local tournament (Desert Quest). After this first interaction, Carpenter started to train at the gym’s affiliate in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Once at the Lion’s Den, Jake worked on his jiu-jitsu under the guidance of Carlos Farias, for a short period, and André Maracaba. It was coach Maracaba who convinced Watson to dedicate more time to BJJ, after a period when the youngster was feeling burned out from spreading himself thin training a range of disciplines. After this talk, Jake dropped his activities in all the other martial arts and allocated all his resources to BJJ.

By the time he finished high-school Jake had made up his mind on becoming a full-time jiu-jitsu athlete, a goal he achieved with the help of his parents. Under the instruction of André Maracaba, Jake Watson quickly became one of the biggest names on the American grappling circuit, conquering numerous titles which, ultimately led to Jake’s black belt promotion, on June 22, 2019.

2014 IBJJF World No-Gi Championship

The 2014 IBJJF World No-Gi Championship was Jake’s first tournament after making the decision of leaving his MMA career on the backburner to focus solely on grappling. Watson competed in the Juvenile blue belt division taking double gold at the event. the peculiarity of this successful run was that, although Jake was the only representative of his team that weekend, his win placed the Academy on the #1 team ranking of the event. Likely the first time a team won an important tournament such as the World Championship with only one athlete.

Jake Watson Grappling Record

54 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    16 (30%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (2%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    23 (43%)
  • BY DECISION
    7 (13%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    3 (6%)
  • BY DQ
    4 (7%)

23 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Straight ankle lock
17
4
#86e620
Armbar
17
4
#5AD3D1
Triangle
13
3
#d1212a
Choke from back
9
2
#fad11b
Arm in Ezekiel
9
2
#f58822
Submission
9
2
#224aba
Kimura
4
1
#ff9124
RNC
4
1
#bf1f6c
Katagatame
4
1
#22c9a5
Botinha
4
1
#fad223
Bow and arrow
4
1
#03861f
Inside heel hook
4
1
23
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
25 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    11 (44%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (8%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    10 (40%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (4%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (4%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

10 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
RNC
20
2
#86e620
Katagatame
20
2
#5AD3D1
Choke from back
20
2
#d1212a
Bow and arrow
10
1
#fad11b
Anaconda choke
10
1
#f58822
Guillotine
10
1
#224aba
Straight ankle lock
10
1
10
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Jake Watson Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
21597Jonnatas GracieJonnatas GracieLPts: 11x2No Gi Pan Am.85KGF2019
21614Italo MouraItalo MouraLPts: 6x4No Gi Pan Am.ABSR22019
22693Michael LieraMichael LieraLBow and arrowF2W 13284KGSPF2019
22803Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarLReferee DecisionF2W 13386KGSPF2019
22884Gabriel AlmeidaGabriel AlmeidaLAnaconda chokeNoGi Worlds85KGR12019
23754Gabriel ArgesGabriel ArgesLRNC3CG Kumite88KG4F2020
23769John CombsJohn CombsLGuillotineJitz King84KGR12020
23780Fellipe AndrewFellipe AndrewLPoints3CG Kumite IIABS4F2020
24106Gustavo BatistaGustavo BatistaLKatagatamePan AmericanABS4F2020
24189Matheus LunaMatheus LunaLPts: 0x0, AdvPan American88KG4F2020
24602Joao RochaJoao RochaLPts: 10x0American NatsABSSF2020
26065Flavio AlmeidaFlavio AlmeidaLPts: 4x2JJWL AZABSN/A2021
26685Bruno LimaBruno LimaLPts: 9x0American Nats94KGSF2021
26700Fellipe AndrewFellipe AndrewLPts: 5x2American NatsABSSF2021
26743Bruno MatiasBruno MatiasLPts: 20x0American NGN91KGF2021
27045Ronaldo JuniorRonaldo JuniorLN/APhoenix Open88KGF2021
27056Austin BakerAustin BakerLPts: 0x0, AdvPhoenix OpenABSF2021
27512Mathias LunaMathias LunaLPts: 4x0Pan AmericanABS8F2021
27604Pedro MarinhoPedro MarinhoLPts: 4x2Pan American88KG8F2021
29431Victor HugoVictor HugoLChoke from backWorld Champ.ABS8F2021
29546Gustavo BatistaGustavo BatistaLChoke from backWorld Champ.88KG8F2021
44404Sebastian AttardLStraight ankle lockADCC TijuanaNA4F2023
44527B. GeorgeLKatagatameADCC Florida100KGSF2023
44529Fayyaz AkbariLRNCADCC Florida100KGRPC2023
45930Colin CarrLPts: 0x0, PenADCC Austin91KGSF2023
21174Vinicius GarciaVinicius GarciaWStraight ankle lockAustin SMO88KGSF2019
21175Diego GamonalWChoke from backAustin SMO88KGF2019
21179Diego GamonalWPts: 10x2Austin SMOABS4F2019
21181Pedro MiglianoWArm in EzekielAustin SMOABSSF2019
21183Vinicius GarciaVinicius GarciaWKimuraAustin SMOABSF2019
21186Vinicius GarciaVinicius GarciaWArmbarAustin SMNGO85KGF2019
21187Robby MalofWReferee DecisionAustin SMNGOABSSF2019
21188Lucas LimaWStraight ankle lockAustin SMNGOABSF2019
21373Samir AbdolakderWTriangleF2W 12285KGSPF2019
21538Adrian NezWStraight ankle lockArizona StateABSF2019
21594Stanley RosaWDQNo Gi Pan Am.85KG4F2019
21595Brian BeauryBrian BeauryWArmbarNo Gi Pan Am.85KGSF2019
21713Aaron WilsonWTriangleSouthwest ClassicABSF2019
21940Nathan BarretoWPts: 2x0Phoenix Open88KGSF2019
21942Mathias LunaMathias LunaWPts: 2x0Phoenix Open88KGF2019
21948Christian BroadnaxWDQPhoenix OpenABS4F2019
21950Tyson AtillonWPts: 12x0Phoenix OpenABSSF2019
21952Mathias LunaMathias LunaWDQPhoenix OpenABSF2019
22401Mateo TenzeraWStraight ankle lockLong Beach Open94KGSF2019
22403Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroWPts: 12x8Long Beach Open94KGF2019
22951Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaWReferee DecisionF2W 13488KGSPF2020
23030Ronaldo JuniorRonaldo JuniorWReferee DecisionF2W 13585KGSPF2020
23344Carlos SouzaWPts: 0x0, AdvArizona Open88KGF2020
23345Carlos SouzaWPts: 9x0Arizona OpenABSF2020
23704Rudson MateusRudson MateusWReferee DecisionF2W 13788KGSPF2020
24101Mathias LunaMathias LunaWDQPan AmericanABS8F2020
24188Yuri SilvaWChoke from backPan American88KGR12020
24281Matheus LunaMatheus LunaWReferee DecisionF2W 15588KGSPF2020
24386Scott HoddickWRNCPhoenix NGN/ARR2020
24387Scott HoddickWKatagatamePhoenix NGN/AF2020
24388Nathan BarretoWPts: 4x2Phoenix GiN/ARR2020
24389Nathan BarretoWArm in ezekielPhoenix GiN/AF2020
24576Nathan BarretoWArmbarAmerican Nats88KG4F2020
24579Gabriel AlmeidaGabriel AlmeidaWPts: 4x2American Nats88KGSF2020
24580Josh McKinneyWPts: 2x0American Nats88KGF2020
24593Jackson DouglasJackson DouglasWPts: 3x0American NatsABS8F2020
25264Pedro MarinhoPedro MarinhoWReferee DecisionF2W 16788KGSPF2021
26064Flavio AlmeidaFlavio AlmeidaWReferee DecisionJJWL AZABSN/A2021
26066Flavio AlmeidaFlavio AlmeidaWPts: 4x4, PenJJWL AZABSN/A2021
26067Adrian NezWPts: 2x0JJWL AZ NoGiABSRR2021
26068Adrian NezWPts: 2x0JJWL AZ NoGiABSRR2021
26684Bradley RinglerWTriangleAmerican Nats94KG4F2021
26698Nathan MendelshonWBotinhaAmerican NatsABS4F2021
26741Bruno LimaBruno LimaWPts: 6x0American NGN91KGSF2021
27050Thiago CalixtoWBow and arrowPhoenix OpenABS4F2021
27054Lucas NoratLucas NoratWPts: 7x4Phoenix OpenABSSF2021
29539Wellington LuisWellington LuisWPts: 4x4, PenWorld Champ.88KGR12021
44401Daniel HamptonWPts: 6x0AZBJJL StateNASF2022
44402Jose MunozWArmbarAZBJJL StateNAF2022
44403Joey BalistreriWPts: 5x0ADCC TijuanaNAR12023
44405Dory AounWInside heel hookADCC TijuanaABSR12023
44522Deyvson SouzaWPts: 0x0, PenADCC Florida100KGR12023
44525Jean DionneWSubmissionADCC Florida100KG4F2023
45928Alejandro TolmosWSubmissionADCC Austin91KG4F2023

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