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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: M. Maeda > 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**)
  • 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

25 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    6 (24%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (4%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    11 (44%)
  • BY DECISION
    4 (16%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    3 (12%)

11 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Straight ankle lock
36
4
#86e620
Armbar
18
2
#5AD3D1
Triangle
18
2
#d1212a
Choke from back
9
1
#fad11b
Arm in Ezekiel
9
1
#f58822
Kimura
9
1
11
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
8 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    3 (38%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    4 (50%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (13%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

4 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Bow and arrow
25
1
#86e620
Anaconda choke
25
1
#5AD3D1
RNC
25
1
#d1212a
Guillotine
25
1
4
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Jake Watson Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
21355Jonnatas GracieJonnatas GracieLPts: 11x2No Gi Pan Am.85KGF2019
21372Italo MouraItalo MouraLPts: 6x4No Gi Pan Am.ABSR22019
22366Michael LieraMichael LieraLBow and arrowF2W Pro 13284KGSPF2019
22472Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarLReferee DecisionF2W Pro 13386KGSPF2019
22553Gabriel AlmeidaGabriel AlmeidaLAnaconda chokeNoGi Worlds85KGR12019
23298Gabriel ArgesGabriel ArgesLRNC3CG Kumite88KG4F2020
23311John CombsJohn CombsLGuillotineJitz King84KGR12020
23322Fellipe AndrewFellipe AndrewLPoints3CG Kumite IIABS4F2020
20949Vinicius GarciaVinicius GarciaWStraight ankle lockAustin SMO88KGSF2019
20950Diego GamonalWChoke from backAustin SMO88KGF2019
20954Diego GamonalWPts: 10x2Austin SMOABS4F2019
20956Pedro MiglianoWArm in EzekielAustin SMOABSSF2019
20958Vinicius GarciaVinicius GarciaWKimuraAustin SMOABSF2019
20961Vinicius GarciaVinicius GarciaWArmbarAustin SMNGO85KGF2019
20962Robby MalofWReferee DecisionAustin SMNGOABSSF2019
20963Lucas LimaWStraight ankle lockAustin SMNGOABSF2019
21135Samir AbdolakderWTriangleF2W Pro 12285KGSPF2019
21296Adrian NezWStraight ankle lockArizona StateABSF2019
21352Stanley RosaWDQNo Gi Pan Am.85KG4F2019
21353Brian BeauryBrian BeauryWArmbarNo Gi Pan Am.85KGSF2019
21457Aaron WilsonWTriangleSouthwest ClassicABSF2019
21679Nathan BarretoWPts: 2x0Phoenix Open88KGSF2019
21681Mathias LunaMathias LunaWPts: 2x0Phoenix Open88KGF2019
21687Christian BroadnaxWDQPhoenix OpenABS4F2019
21689Tyson AtillonWPts: 12x0Phoenix OpenABSSF2019
21691Mathias LunaMathias LunaWDQPhoenix OpenABSF2019
22089Mateo TenzeraWStraight ankle lockLong Beach Open94KGSF2019
22091Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroWPts: 12x8Long Beach Open94KGF2019
22604Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaWReferee DecisionF2W Pro 13488KGSPF2020
22663Ronaldo JuniorRonaldo JuniorWReferee DecisionF2W Pro 13585KGSPF2020
22961Carlos SouzaWPts: 0x0, AdvArizona Open88KGF2020
22962Carlos SouzaWPts: 9x0Arizona OpenABSF2020
23257Rudson MateusRudson MateusWReferee DecisionF2W Pro 13788KGSPF2020

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