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John Combs

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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: M. Maeda > 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)

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 on 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 on June 2016, after an incredible campaign as brown belt.

John Combs Grappling Record

46 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    7 (15%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (2%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    35 (76%)
  • BY DECISION
    3 (7%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

35 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Guillotine
34
12
#86e620
Arm in guillotine
14
5
#5AD3D1
Armbar
14
5
#d1212a
Choke from back
11
4
#fad11b
RNC
11
4
#f58822
Reverse triangle
3
1
#224aba
Flying triangle
3
1
#ff9124
Darce choke
3
1
#bf1f6c
Botinha
3
1
#22c9a5
Triangle
3
1
35
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
38 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    17 (45%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    17 (45%)
  • BY DECISION
    3 (8%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    1 (3%)

17 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Choke from back
18
3
#86e620
Armbar
18
3
#5AD3D1
Inside heel hook
12
2
#d1212a
Guillotine
12
2
#fad11b
Estima lock
6
1
#f58822
Choke f/ omoplata
6
1
#224aba
Kneebar
6
1
#ff9124
Armlock
6
1
#bf1f6c
Footlock
6
1
#22c9a5
Ezekiel
6
1
#fad223
Mounted triangle
6
1
17
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

John Combs Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
10097Diego BorgesDiego BorgesLPts: 4x0Copa Podio86KGGP2016
10107Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLGuillotineCopa Podio86KGGP2016
10112Erberth SantosErberth SantosLMounted triangleCopa Podio86KGGP2016
10303Josh HingerJosh HingerLArmbarCh. Summer Open82KGSF2016
10312Josh HingerJosh HingerLArmbarCh. Summer OpenABS4F2016
10372Brian MoriziLChoke from backGrand Slam LA77KGR12016
10634G. BatistaLPts: 11x2Guatemala OpenO76KGF2016
11053DJ JacksonDJ JacksonLGuillotineF2W Pro 1882KGSPF2016
11203Edwin NajmiEdwin NajmiLEstima lock5 Super League77KGF2016
11238Yan LucasYan LucasLPts: 5x2Long Beach OpenABS4F2016
11871AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmLPts: 2x0LA National Pro77KG4F2017
12077Clark GracieClark GracieLChoke f/ omoplataPan American82KG8F2017
12378Ian MurrayLInside heel hookADCC WC Trials77KGR22017
12565Andris BrunovskisAndris BrunovskisLKneebarF2W Pro 3182KGSPF2017
12850Gilbert BurnsGilbert BurnsLEBI/OTSUG 488KGSPF2017
13207Marcio AndreMarcio AndreLPointsAmerican Nats76KGSF2017
13233Daniel HamptonLChoke from backAmerican NatsABSR12017
13346Joao RochaJoao RochaLArmbarAustin OpenABS4F2017
13499Thomas KeenanLReferee DecisionF2W Pro 4582KGSPF2017
13621Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarLPts: 4x2San Diego Pro82KGR12017
13658Renato CanutoRenato CanutoLPts: 2x0Grand Slam LA77KG4F2017
13667Yan LucasYan LucasLPts: 2x0Grand Slam LA77KG3RD2017
14231Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaLPts: 10x0GT Open82KGSPF2017
14339Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoLReferee DecisionF2W Pro 5682KGSPF2017
14500AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmLPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds73KG4F2017
14664Renato CanutoRenato CanutoLPts: 4x2European OpenABSR12018
14705Michael LanghiMichael LanghiLArmlockEuropean Open76KGR12018
14804Kauan BarbozaLPointsLos Angeles Open82KGSF2018
14818Gustavo BatistaGustavo BatistaLFootlockLos Angeles OpenABS4F2018
15138Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 6x0Pan AmericanABSR22018
15179Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLPts: 6x0Pan American76KGR12018
15495Enrico CoccoEnrico CoccoLInside heel hookF2W Pro 6877KGSPF2018
17273Victor SilverioVictor SilverioLReferee DecisionGrand Slam LA77KGR12018
18339Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLPts: 4x2NoGi WorldsABSR22018
19130Levi JonesLevi JonesLChoke from backPan American76KG8F2019
19925Gialysson AdaoLPts: 14x2Atlanta Spring Open82KGF2019
20005Michael LieraMichael LieraLPts: 9x2Denver Open82KGF2019
20113Lucas LepriLucas LepriLEzekielWorld Champ.76KGR22019
10105Danilo BorovicWPts: 12x4Copa Podio86KGGP2016
10161Hayward CharlesWGuillotineF2W Pro 782KGSPF2016
10302Jonathan CorreaWArmbarCh. Summer Open82KG4F2016
10402Sergio SilvaWGuillotineG. Slam NG LA83KGF2016
10619Richie MartinezRichie MartinezWArmbarGuatemala Open82KGSPF2016
10632UnknownWGuillotineGuatemala OpenO76KG4F2016
10633UnknownWRNCGuatemala OpenO76KGSF2016
11199Brian MoriziWGuillotine5 Super League77KG4F2016
11201Marcelo MafraMarcelo MafraWReferee Decision5 Super League77KGSF2016
11234Yan LucasYan LucasWGuillotineLong Beach Open82KGSF2016
11235Piter FrankWArmbarLong Beach Open82KGF2016
11762Steve PattersonWArmbarF2W 2682KGSPF2017
12066Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoWGuillotinePan American82KGR12017
12365Chris HargettWGuillotineADCC WC Trials77KGR12017
13204Victor de MatosWReverse triangleAmerican Nats76KG4F2017
13340David RaabDavid RaabWGuillotineAustin Open82KGSF2017
13341Igor PaivaIgor PaivaWFlying triangleAustin Open82KGF2017
13666Mateus GarciaWChoke from backGrand Slam LA77KGRR2017
14232UnknownWArm in guillotineGT OpenABS4F2017
14233Aloisio P.WChoke from backGT OpenABSSF2017
14491Luis HenriqueWGuillotineNoGi Worlds73KGR12017
14497Daniel SethWDarce chokeNoGi Worlds73KGR22017
14801Douglas KallinWArm in guillotineLos Angeles Open82KG4F2018
14815Nichollas GreneWPts: 2x0Los Angeles OpenABSR12018
14851Alexis AlduncinAlexis AlduncinWBotinhaMexico Pro77KGSF2018
14852Alberto SerranoWArm in guillotineMexico Pro77KGF2018
15133Charles McGuireWArmbarPan AmericanABSR12018
15764Bruno MachadoWReferee DecisionDenver Open82KGSF2018
15765Gabriel RochaWReferee DecisionDenver Open82KGF2018
15771Hugo ValdemarWGuillotineDenver OpenABSR12018
15773Rafael VasconcelosRafael VasconcelosWGuillotineDenver OpenABS4F2018
15774Marcus WilsonWChoke from backDenver OpenABSSF2018
16170Aleksandar RajajicWN/AF2W Pro 7482KGSPF2018
16500Brandon BergeronWArm in guillotineF2W Pro 7882KGSPF2018
18333Jared DoppJared DoppWArm in guillotineNoGi WorldsABSR12018
18677Tom GallicchioWTriangleADCC WC Trials77KGR12019
18680Kevin MelendrezWRNCADCC WC Trials77KGR22019
18682Ryan FillingameWRNCADCC WC Trials77KGR32019
18685Max RohskopfWRNCADCC WC Trials77KG4F2019
18688Stephen SimmsWPts: 3x2ADCC WC Trials77KGSF2019
18689W. TacketWGuillotineADCC WC Trials77KGF2019
19128Felipe LinharesFelipe LinharesWPts: 14x2Pan American76KGR12019
19924Jake MackenzieJake MackenzieWPts: 4x4, AdvAtlanta Spring Open82KGSF2019
20003Thomas KeenanWChoke from backDenver Open82KGSF2019
20099Jeremy JacksonJeremy JacksonWPts: 6x4World Champ.76KGR12019
20457Dan MartinezWPts: 14x2Jitz King85KGSPF2019
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