Marcus Beddor is a Minnesota-based professional grappler and a jiu-jitsu black belt under Ishmael Bentley, as well as a member of the M-Theory Martial Arts Academy. Beddor broke through as one of the sport’s top light-featherweights while competing in the upper echelon of the sport, the pro-division, where he beat big jiu-jitsu names such as Richar Nogueira, Emilio Hernandez, Brian Mahecha, to name a few, while earning gold medals in numerous tournaments of the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation’s circuit.
Marcus Beddor Jiu-Jitsu
Full Name: Marcus Beddor
- 1st Place IBJJF Orlando Open (2021)
- 1st Place IBJJF Houston Open NOGI (2021)
- 1st Place IBJJF New Orleans Open (2021)
- 1st Place IBJJF New Orleans Open NOGI (2021)
- 1st Place IBJJF Indianapolis Open NOGI (2021)
- 2nd Place IBJJF American Nationals (2020)
Main Achievements (Colored Belts):
- 1st Place IBJJF Pan Championship NOGI (2015 blue)
Favorite Position/Technique: Open Guard
Weight Division: Peso Pluma (64,00 kg / 141.5 lbs)
Marcus Beddor Biography
Marcus Beddor was born on November 1st, 1996, in Buffalo, Minnesota, USA, growing up just outside Minneapolis.
Although not particularly athletically gifted, by his own admission, sports were always an integral part of Beddor’s upbringing with soccer (football) being his preferred competitive activity, playing it at the varsity level throughout high school up until jiu-jitsu became his passion.
While playing sports such as the aforementioned soccer and baseball, Marcus also grew increasingly interested in martial arts. The first combat-related activity practiced by Beddor was tae kwon do, which he started as an 8-year-old. That ended up being a short-lived experience as the young Minnesotan quickly grew bored of the lengthy poomsay work (the Korean equivalent of the Japanese kata).
Although the tae kwon do experience was not a success, Marcus remained a fan of combat sports, particularly boxing. His love for the ring led him towards mixed martial arts and the Ultimate Fighting Championship. From there, while hearing the UFC commentary, he learned about jiu-jitsu.
Fueled by Joe Rogan’s enthusiastic descriptions of the ground game, Marcus decided to join a jiu-jitsu school. He was 13 years old when he signed, with his father, to the M-Theory Martial Arts Academy, a Pedro Sauer team affiliate led by Ishmael Bentley.
By the time he was 14-15, Beddor knew jiu-jitsu was an activity he wanted to pursue as a profession. His dedication led him to become a coach himself, teaching at both M-Theory Martial Arts and Minnesota Top Team.
On August 28, 2020. Mr. Ishmael Bentley promoted Marcus Beddor to black belt. Earning this rank was a major stepping stone in Marcus’ career. In an interview to the BJJ Heroes site on September 2021, Beddor explained that throughout his colored belt career he had suffered from a “small-town mentality”. A self-imposed belief that he was not “good enough” to hang with the best in his division, but with his new grade, Marcus made a conscious effort to change this frame of mind:
“I made a decision to compete at black belt, and if I failed, I would fail upwards. This has freed me from a few shackles, meaning that I have been improving at a crazy rate. I believe in myself, and I just want to get better, not only for me and competing, but for my students.” Marcus said of his excellent performances during his early days of competing as a black belt. His new competitive frame of mind reaped dividends as Marcus Beddor caused quite an impression in the months that followed, particularly in the IBJJF circuit.
Marcus Beddor Grappling Record
- BY DQ
8 SUBMISSIONS WINS
- BY DQ
9 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES
Marcus Beddor Fight History
|23831||Willis NunesWillis Nunes||L||Points||Oklahoma Open||64KG||F||2020|
|23841||Victor HugoVictor Hugo||L||Mounted X choke||Oklahoma Open||ABS||4F||2020|
|23963||Elijah Tagalog||L||Pts: 6x4||Pan American||64KG||4F||2020|
|24381||Bebeto Oliveira||L||Triangle||American Nats||64KG||F||2020|
|25248||Alexander Lane||L||Choke||Orlando Open||ABS||R1||2021|
|25261||Adam BenayounAdam Benayoun||L||Points||Orlando NGO||67KG||4F||2021|
|25283||Francisco Cueno||L||Points||Orlando NGO||ABS||R1||2021|
|25597||Keven CarrascoKeven Carrasco||L||Triangle||Houston Open||64KG||4F||2021|
|25886||Bebeto Oliveira||L||Pts: 12x2||NoGi Pan Am.||61KG||4F||2021|
|26105||Fernando Soares||L||Pts: 6x4||Indianapolis Open||70KG||F||2021|
|26112||Saar Shemesh||L||Triangle||Indianapolis Open||ABS||4F||2021|
|26121||Almog Britsch||L||Armbar||Indianapolis NGO||ABS||SF||2021|
|26643||Felipe LinharesFelipe Linhares||L||Pts: 2x0||Chicago Open||70KG||F||2021|
|26655||Lucas NoratLucas Norat||L||Toe hold||Chicago Open||ABS||4F||2021|
|26662||Alex Hodi||L||Kimura||Chicago NGO||67KG||F||2021|
|27320||Jordan VaismanJordan Vaisman||L||Pts: 4x4, Adv||Pan American||64KG||4F||2021|
|27986||Junny OcasioJunny Ocasio||L||Inside heel hook||NoGi Worlds||61KG||4F||2021|
|23828||N/A||W||Pts: 4x2||Oklahoma Open||64KG||4F||2020|
|23830||Matheus Magalhaes||W||Straight ankle lock||Oklahoma Open||64KG||SF||2020|
|23958||Suraj Budhram||W||Pts: 6x6, Adv||Pan American||64KG||R1||2020|
|24379||Suraj Budhram||W||Points||American Nats||64KG||SF||2020|
|25213||Igor Mancebo||W||Armbar||Orlando Open||64KG||SF||2021|
|25214||Max DeBeen||W||Points||Orlando Open||64KG||F||2021|
|25635||Emilio HernandezEmilio Hernandez||W||Points||Houston NGO||69KG||SF||2021|
|25637||Richar NogueiraRichar Nogueira||W||Inside heel hook||Houston NGO||69KG||F||2021|
|25798||Igor mancebo||W||Tarikoplata||N.Orleans Open||64KG||F||2021|
|25824||Reylando Leon||W||Triangle||N.Orleans NGO||61KG||F||2021|
|26103||Viki Dabush||W||Straight ankle lock||Indianapolis Open||70KG||SF||2021|
|26117||Viki Dabush||W||Points||Indianapolis NGO||67KG||F||2021|
|26642||Brian MahechaBrian Mahecha||W||Choke from back||Chicago Open||70KG||SF||2021|
|26661||David Mosleh||W||Pts: 2x0||Chicago NGO||67KG||SF||2021|
|27315||Kalel Santos||W||Pts: 4x4, Adv||Pan American||64KG||R1||2021|