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John Combs is an American-born Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt under the illustrious Amal Easton, being one of the top athletes produced inside the Easton Training Centre in Colorado. A former collegiate wrestler, Combs started making an impact in jiu-jitsu as a purple belt by conquering medals in important tournaments such as the IBJJF World and Pan American Championships. A standard he maintained as he progressed through the ranks of the sport.

John Combs Jiu-Jitsu

Full Name: John Taylor Combs

Nickname: n/a

Lineage: C. Gracie > Helio Gracie > Carlos Gracie Jr. > Renzo Gracie > Amal Easton > John Combs

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place ADCC US WC Trials (2019)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Denver Open (2018**)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Austin Open (2017)
  • 1st Place UAEJJF Grand Slam No-Gi, LA (2016)
  • 2nd Place FIVE Super League (2016)
  • 2nd Place Guatemala Open (2016)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Pans Championship NOGI (2021)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • 1st Place IBJJF Pans Championship (2016 brown)
  • 1st Place UAEJJF US National Pro (2016** brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Las Vegas Open (2016 brown)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Las Vegas Open (2016* brown)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World Championship (2014/2015 purple)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2015 purple, 2016* brown)

* Absolute
** Weight and absolute

Favorite Position/Technique: Guillotine

Weight Division: Peso Médio (82kg/181lbs)

Team/Association: Easton Training Centre

John Combs Biography

John Combs was born on April 7, 1991, in Cleveland, OH – United States of America, though he moved to Agoura Hills – California early on, where he grew up.

Although John had a few karate lessons during his childhood, wrestling was his first sporting passion, a discipline he started as a skinny 14-year-old. Combs’ first steps as a wrestler were done in the 130 lbs division, though he moved up in weight with every passing year, finishing his junior college career (2012) as a 165 lbs athlete. During this period John Combs placed 4th NCWA Nationals (2011) making him an All-American Wrestler.

Combs’ introduction to jiu-jitsu took part in 2007, though at the time his focus was totally geared towards wrestling, and as a consequence, his BJJ experience fell through quickly. John returned to gi work in January 2010, after his friend Jonathan Lipnicki (who trained BJJ) challenged him to a wrestling match. In this friendly contest, Combs quickly took his friend down and proceeded to pin him, but that didn’t stop Jonathan who managed to sink a kimura lock on Combs. That submission sold John to jiu-jitsu.

During his high school, John trained jiu-jitsu irregularly. It was only while already attending the University of Colorado Boulder that he joined the Easton Training Centre, this way being introduced to an outlined grappling program.

Going up through the ranks at ETC, Combs was awarded all belts by different coaches inside the team, including former UFC light heavyweight contender Eliot Marshal, who promoted John to blue belt. Also James Smith (purple), Mike Tousignant (brown), and lastly, the team’s leader Amal Easton, who led John’s black belt ceremony in June 2016, after an incredible campaign as brown belt.

John Combs Guillotine Instructional

John Combs Grappling Record

82 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    10 (12%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (1%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    61 (74%)
  • BY DECISION
    8 (10%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    2 (2%)

61 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Guillotine
34
21
#86e620
RNC
15
9
#5AD3D1
Arm in guillotine
13
8
#d1212a
Armbar
10
6
#fad11b
Choke from back
7
4
#f58822
Triangle
5
3
#224aba
Darce choke
3
2
#ff9124
Kimura
3
2
#bf1f6c
Katagatame
3
2
#22c9a5
Botinha
2
1
#fad223
Triangle shoulder lock
2
1
#03861f
Reverse triangle
2
1
#039a1f
Flying triangle
2
1
61
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
56 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    18 (32%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (2%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    28 (50%)
  • BY DECISION
    7 (13%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    2 (4%)

28 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Inside heel hook
18
5
#86e620
Guillotine
18
5
#5AD3D1
Armbar
11
3
#d1212a
Choke from back
11
3
#fad11b
Kneebar
7
2
#f58822
Footlock
7
2
#224aba
Armlock
4
1
#ff9124
Ezekiel
4
1
#bf1f6c
Kimura
4
1
#22c9a5
Dead orchard
4
1
#fad223
Cross face
4
1
#03861f
Mounted triangle
4
1
#039a1f
Estima lock
4
1
#03b41f
Choke f/ omoplata
4
1
28
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

John Combs Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
10162Diego BorgesDiego BorgesLPts: 4x0Copa Podio86KGGP2016
10172Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLGuillotineCopa Podio86KGGP2016
10177Erberth SantosErberth SantosLMounted triangleCopa Podio86KGGP2016
10373Josh HingerJosh HingerLArmbarCh. Summer Open82KGSF2016
10382Josh HingerJosh HingerLArmbarCh. Summer OpenABS4F2016
10442Brian MoriziLChoke from backGrand Slam LA77KGR12016
10704G. BatistaLPts: 11x2Guatemala OpenO76KGF2016
11125DJ JacksonDJ JacksonLGuillotineF2W 1882KGSPF2016
11279Edwin NajmiEdwin NajmiLEstima lock5 Super League77KGF2016
11316Yan LucasYan LucasLPts: 5x2Long Beach OpenABS4F2016
11988AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmLPts: 2x0LA National Pro77KG4F2017
12195Clark GracieClark GracieLChoke f/ omoplataPan American82KG8F2017
12502Ian MurrayLInside heel hookADCC WC Trials77KGR22017
12691Andris BrunovskisAndris BrunovskisLKneebarF2W 3182KGSPF2017
12985Gilbert BurnsGilbert BurnsLEBI/OTSUG 488KGSPF2017
13346Marcio AndreMarcio AndreLPointsAmerican Nats76KGSF2017
13373Daniel HamptonLChoke from backAmerican NatsABSR12017
13489Joao RochaJoao RochaLArmbarAustin OpenABS4F2017
13644Thomas KeenanLReferee DecisionF2W 4582KGSPF2017
13768Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarLPts: 4x2San Diego Pro82KGR12017
13805Renato CanutoRenato CanutoLPts: 2x0Grand Slam LA77KG4F2017
13814Yan LucasYan LucasLPts: 2x0Grand Slam LA77KG3RD2017
14395Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaLPts: 10x0GT Open82KGSPF2017
14505Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoLReferee DecisionF2W 5682KGSPF2017
14673AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmLPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds73KG4F2017
14868Renato CanutoRenato CanutoLPts: 4x2European OpenABSR12018
14909Michael LanghiMichael LanghiLArmlockEuropean Open76KGR12018
15018Kauan BarbozaKauan BarbozaLReferee DecisionLA Open82KGSF2018
15032Gustavo BatistaGustavo BatistaLFootlockLA OpenABS4F2018
15351Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 6x0Pan AmericanABSR22018
15392Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLPts: 6x0Pan American76KGR12018
15719Enrico CoccoEnrico CoccoLInside heel hookF2W 6877KGSPF2018
17563Victor SilverioVictor SilverioLReferee DecisionGrand Slam LA77KGR12018
18703Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLPts: 4x2NoGi WorldsABSR22018
19579Levi JonesLevi JonesLChoke from backPan American76KG8F2019
20409Gialysson FreitasGialysson FreitasLPts: 14x2Atlanta SPO82KGF2019
20491Michael LieraMichael LieraLPts: 9x2Denver Open82KGF2019
20610Lucas LepriLucas LepriLEzekielWorld Champ.76KGR22019
21838DJ JacksonDJ JacksonLPts: 5x0ADCC77KGR12019
22500Jonnatas GracieJonnatas GracieLEBI/OTBJJ FanaticsABSR12019
23496Oliver TazaOliver TazaLInside heel hookBJJ Fanatics GP77KGSF2020
23745Valdir AraujoValdir AraujoLPts: 4x2Jitz King84KG4F2020
23779Roberto JimenezRoberto JimenezLKimura3CG Kumite III81KGSF2020
23788Andrew WiltseAndrew WiltseLReferee DecisionF2W 14682KGSPF2020
23870Carlos SouzaLKneebarSUBVERSIV 382KG4F2020
24999William TackettWilliam TackettLReferee DecisionF2W 16084KGSPF2021
25742PJ BarchPJ BarchLInside heel hookEmerald City84KGSF2021
26117Andrew WiltseAndrew WiltseLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Pan Am.85KGSF2021
26578Mica GalvaoMica GalvaoLGuillotine3CG MW GP85KG4F2021
28808Alan SanchezAlan SanchezLGuillotineADCC EC Trials77KGR42021
30839Alan SanchezAlan SanchezLDead orchardEBI 1977KG4F2022
31360AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmLReferee DecisionADCC WC Trials77KGR42022
33707PJ BarchPJ BarchLCross faceSO Series VII77KGSF2022
34732Sebastian RodriguezSebastian RodriguezLGuillotineElevated GRPLABSSPF2022
34798David PorterLInside heel hookADCC Vegas83KGR12022
34844Kevin CraneLFootlockADCC VegasABS8F2022
10170Danilo BorovicWPts: 12x4Copa Podio86KGGP2016
10231Hayward CharlesWGuillotineF2W 782KGSPF2016
10372Jonathan CorreaWArmbarCh. Summer Open82KG4F2016
10472Sergio SilvaWGuillotineG. Slam NG LA83KGF2016
10689Richie MartinezRichie MartinezWArmbarGuatemala Open82KGSPF2016
10702UnknownWGuillotineGuatemala OpenO76KG4F2016
10703UnknownWRNCGuatemala OpenO76KGSF2016
11275Brian MoriziWGuillotine5 Super League77KG4F2016
11278Sean RobertsSean RobertsWReferee Decision5 Super League77KGSF2016
11312Yan LucasYan LucasWGuillotineLong Beach Open82KGSF2016
11313Piter FrankWArmbarLong Beach Open82KGF2016
11879Steve PattersonWArmbarF2W 2682KGSPF2017
12184Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoWGuillotinePan American82KGR12017
12489Chris HargettWGuillotineADCC WC Trials77KGR12017
13343Victor de MatosWReverse triangleAmerican Nats76KG4F2017
13483David RaabDavid RaabWGuillotineAustin Open82KGSF2017
13484Igor PaivaIgor PaivaWFlying triangleAustin Open82KGF2017
13813Mateus GarciaWChoke from backGrand Slam LA77KGRR2017
14396UnknownWArm in guillotineGT OpenABS4F2017
14397Aloisio P.WChoke from backGT OpenABSSF2017
14664Luis HenriqueWGuillotineNoGi Worlds73KGR12017
14670Daniel SethWDarce chokeNoGi Worlds73KGR22017
15015Douglas KallinWArm in guillotineLA Open82KG4F2018
15029Nichollas GreneWPts: 2x0LA OpenABSR12018
15065Alexis AlduncinAlexis AlduncinWBotinhaMexico Pro77KGSF2018
15066Alberto SerranoWArm in guillotineMexico Pro77KGF2018
15346Charles McGuireWArmbarPan AmericanABSR12018
15991Bruno MachadoWReferee DecisionDenver Open82KGSF2018
15992Gabriel RochaWReferee DecisionDenver Open82KGF2018
15998Hugo ValdemarWGuillotineDenver OpenABSR12018
16000Rafael VasconcelosRafael VasconcelosWGuillotineDenver OpenABS4F2018
16001Marcus WilsonWChoke from backDenver OpenABSSF2018
16410Aleksandar RajajicWReferee DecisionF2W 7482KGSPF2018
16750Brandon BergeronWArm in guillotineF2W 7882KGSPF2018
18697Jared DoppJared DoppWArm in guillotineNoGi WorldsABSR12018
19079Tom GallicchioWTriangleADCC WC Trials77KGR12019
19082Kevin MelendrezWRNCADCC WC Trials77KGR22019
19086Ryan FillingameWRNCADCC WC Trials77KGR32019
19089Max RohskopfWRNCADCC WC Trials77KG4F2019
19093Stephen SimmsWPts: 3x2ADCC WC Trials77KGSF2019
19094W. TacketWGuillotineADCC WC Trials77KGF2019
19577Felipe LinharesFelipe LinharesWPts: 14x2Pan American76KGR12019
20408Jake MackenzieJake MackenzieWPts: 4x4, AdvAtlanta SPO82KGSF2019
20489Thomas KeenanWChoke from backDenver Open82KGSF2019
20596Jeremy JacksonJeremy JacksonWPts: 6x4World Champ.76KGR12019
20967Dan MartinezWPts: 14x2Jitz King85KGSPF2019
23148Kody SteeleKody SteeleWRNCJitzKing82KGSPF2020
23183Pedro RochaPedro RochaWArm in guillotineKasai Pro 784KGSPF2020
23492Matheus GonzagaMatheus GonzagaWArm in guillotineBJJ Fanatics GP77KG4F2020
23740Jake WatsonJake WatsonWGuillotineJitz King84KGR12020
23776P. LeclercWPoints3CG Kumite III81KG4F2020
23809Aaron WilsonWArm in guillotineF2W 14779KGSPF2020
23855Ruben RiveraWKimuraF2W 15080KGSPF2020
23861Henrique NobregaWReferee DecisionSUBVERSIV 382KGR12020
24278T. CellamareWRNCSubversiv 481KGR12020
24289Hugo MarquesHugo MarquesWTriangleSubversiv 481KG4F2020
24294Kody SteeleKody SteeleWReferee DecisionSubversiv 481KGSF2020
24299Nick RonanWReferee DecisionSubversiv 481KG3RD2020
24587Saul ViayraWRNCAmerican NGN79KGSF2020
24588Carlos SouzaWDarce chokeAmerican NGN79KGF2020
24963Pedro MarinhoPedro MarinhoWPointsThird Coast88KGSPF2020
25552Andy CordovaWRNC3CG 6 Absolute85KGSPF2021
25730Danny StolfiWEBI/OTEmerald City84KGR12021
25738JM HollandWGuillotineEmerald City84KG4F2021
25941JM HollandWKatagatameSUBVERSIV 581KG4F2021
26108Stanley RosaWPts: 37x2NoGi Pan Am.85KGR12021
26114Valdir AraujoValdir AraujoWPts: 6x2NoGi Pan Am.85KG4F2021
28781Ezekiel BroughardWTriangleADCC EC Trials77KGR22021
28793Nick NewellWGuillotineADCC EC Trials77KGR32021
29733Bobby MalofWReferee DecisionKumite75KGF2021
29734Brendan BarryWGuillotineBJJ Fanatics82KGRR2021
29735Brendan BarryWGuillotineBJJ Fanatics82KGRR2021
29918Emilio PereiraWKatagatameSapateiroABS4F2022
29919Adrian NezWArmbarSapateiroABSSF2022
29920Sam BarbozaWGuillotineSapateiroABSF2022
30673Bill CooperBill CooperWGuillotineF2W 19683KGSPF2022
30835Ivan LeyvaWGuillotineEBI 1977KGR12022
31319Drew PalomoWRNCADCC WC Trials77KGR12022
31337David LohreyWGuillotineADCC WC Trials77KGR22022
33700Mike FlachWKimuraSO Series VII77KGR12022
33705Michael SalazarWEBI/OTSO Series VII77KG4F2022
34052Jim AlersWTriangle shoulder lockSapateiro Inv93KGR12022
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