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Jacob Couch - The Hillybilly Hammer

Jacob Couch - The Hillybilly Hammer

1. Jacob Couch’s Details

Jacob Couch’s Details
Name Jacob Lee Couch
Nickname The Hillbilly Hammer
Born Hazard, Kentucky, the United States of America
Age 24
Date of Birth February 3, 1999
Weight Peso Pesado (94 kg/207 lbs)
Weight Division 94 kg (207 lbs)
Last Weigh-in 84 kg
Height 6’1’’
Foundational Style BJJ
Career Disclosed Earnings N/A
College University N/A
Rank Black Belt
Head Coach Heath Pedigo
Last Fight WNO 18
Favorite Technique Closed Guard
Lineage Carlos Gracie > H. Gracie > Rickson Gracie > Rodrigo Vaghi > Heath Pedigo > Jacob Couch
Team Association Pedigo Submission Fighting
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2. Jacob Couch’s Biography

Jacob Couch is a black belt under Heath Pedigo. He was born in Hazard Kentucky, USA on February 3, 1999. Couch found he was fond of competitive sports during his childhood. He earned a name for himself in color belt divisions by winning gold medals at several IBJJF tournaments.

2.1. Childhood

Couch was an athletic child with a fondness for sports at a young age. He started engaging in competitive sports when he was in 6th grade. Couch joined the football team at A.B. Combs Elementary School. But he could not continue his football practice due to transportation issues.

Later, Couch joined the wrestling team for an equally short amount of time, leaving after only three months of training. Shortly afterward, Couch learned about submission grappling.

2.2. Joining an MMA Gym

At the age of 15, Couch was often bullied by other boys. He wanted to learn jiu-jitsu to help him defend himself. Couch’s two friends, Ken Beverly, and Stone Beverly, suggested he join an MMA academy. Though his current financial situation was not stable, Couch was admitted to the gym after paying half the standard fee.

2.3. First Jiu-Jitsu Coach

Donald Neace was Couch’s first BJJ coach and the one who promoted him to a blue belt. After receiving his blue belt, Couch turned to Adam Gomez to be his second jiu-jitsu coach.

2.4. Joining Pedigo Submission Fighting

Joining Pedigo Submission Fighting

Couch became the World Champion in the Blue Belt Division. During the World Championship, he became friends with members of Pedigo Submission Fighting Academy or Daisy Fresh Academy. Couch’s new friends from Daisy Fresh Academy invited him to come and train with them at Mount Vernon, Illinois.

After Couch was promoted to a purple belt, he decided to visit Pedigo Submission Fighting. During his visit to Pedigo Submission Fighting Academy, Couch developed a strong bond with the team and decided to stay and train there.

2.5. Nicknamed “The Hillybilly Hammer”

Athletes are usually given nicknames based on their origin, home country, or occupation. But instead of being given a traditional Portuguese name, Couch’s nickname was inspired by combat sports tradition.

2.6. Jacob Couch’s BJJ Pro Career Highlights

Promoted to Black Belt

Couch won multiple championships in color belt divisions. After becoming the World Champion of the Brown Belt Division in 2022, Couch was promoted to a black belt by Heath Pedigon on December 15, 2022.

World No-Gi Champion

At 21 years old, Couch is a three-time world champion in color belt divisions. He was the 2018 Heavyweight World Champion in the Blue Belt Division. Later, Couch became the 2021 Super-Heavyweight and the 2022 Heavyweight World Champion.

Four-Time World No-Gi Pans Champion

Couch has also won two gold medals in the 2020 and 2022 IBJJF Pan Championships. In 2020, he was the Super-Heavyweight and Absolute Weight Pan Champion. In 2022, he became the Heavyweight and Absolute Weight Pan Champion.

Jacob’s Submission Rate

Couch has a high submission rate, having won 20 out of 30 matches during his time as a brown and black belt.

3. Jacob’s Historic Fights

3.1. Jacob Couch Vs. Roberto Jimenez

Couch faced Roberto Jimenez in the quarterfinal of the 2021 WNO Championship. Both fighters were highly energetic at the start of the match. Jacob Couch started the match in a sitting position. Jimenez tried to use a takedown, but Couch performed actively and strangling his opponent’s right foot. Within the next few minutes, Jimenez could not break free of Couch’s strangled him strongly and did not give him any chance to escape. Couch beat Jimenez by submitting him with a foot lock two minutes after the match started. 

Year Event Opponent W/L Method Weight Class Stage
2021 WNO Championship Roberto Jimenez Win Footlock 84 kg Quarterfinal

3.2. Jacob Couch Vs. Hunter Colvin

Couch faced Hunter Colvin at WNO 10. Couch started the match by attempting a pull guard to grab Colvin’s arm. Couch tried to apply a triangle choke but could not secure his grip. Colvin escaped, but Couch followed up by strangling one of his opponent’s legs. After several minutes, Colvin escaped, but Couch managed to stay on top. Despite this, Colvin still managed to escape yet again. Couch attempted another pull guard with the addition of a triangle choke. Colvin resisted the triangle choke but Couch managed to grab ahold and apply an armbar simultaneously. Couch won the match by submitting Colvin via an armbar.

Year Event Opponent W/L Method Weight Class Stage
2021 WNO 10 Hunter Colvin Win Armbar 92 kg SPF

3.3. Jacob Couch Vs. Michael Carpenter

Couch faced Michael Carpenter in the finals of the 2021 Indianapolis Open No-Gi. Couch started the match in a sitting position and tried to take down Carpenter by strangling his leg. However, Carpenter kept Couch from getting a good grip on his leg while trying to overcome his opponent. After a few minutes, Couch succeeded in applying a full guard. Couch tried to apply a triangle choke and then an armbar but failed. He eventually took Carpenter from behind and submitted him with a rear naked choke.

Year Event Opponent W/L Method Weight Class Stage
2021 Indianapolis Open No-Gi Michael Carpenter Win RNC Absolute Finals

4. Jacob Couch’s Main Achievements

4.1. Jacob Couch’s Main Achievements in International Tournaments

Year Event Belt Weight Division
2018 IBJJF World Championship NOGI Blue Belt Heavyweight
2020 IBJJF Pan Championship NOGI Purple Belt Super Heavyweight
2020 IBJJF Pan Championship NOGI Purple Belt Absolute
2020 AJP Grand Slam, MIA Purple Belt N/A
2021 IBJJF World Championship NOGI Brown Belt Super Heavyweight
2022 IBJJF World Championship NOGI Brown Belt Heavyweight
2022 IBJJF Pan Championship NOGI Brown Belt Heavyweight
2022 IBJJF Pan Championship NOGI Brown Belt Absolute

4.2. Jacob Couch’s Achievements as a Black Belt

Year Event Belt Position
2021 ADCC East Coast Trials Black Belt 3rd
2021 WNO Tournament Black Belt 3rd

4.3. Jacob Couch’s Achievements as Other Color Belts

Year Event Belt Position
2018 IBJJF World Championship NOGI Blue Belt 1st
2018 IBJJF World Championship NOGI Blue Belt 3rd
2019 IBJJF World Championship NOGI Purple Belt 2nd
2019 IBJJF Pan Championship NOGI Purple Belt 2nd
2019 IBJJF World Championship NOGI Purple Belt 3rd
2020 IBJJF Pan Championship NOGI Purple Belt 1st
2020 IBJJF Pan Championship NOGI Purple Belt 1st
2020 AJP Grand Slam, MIA Purple Belt 1st
2020 IBJJF Pan Championship Purple Belt 2nd
2021 IBJJF World Championship NOGI Brown Belt 1st
2021 IBJJF Pan Championship NOGI Brown Belt 2nd
2021 IBJJF World Championship NOGI Brown Belt 3rd
2022 IBJJF World Championship NOGI Brown Belt 1st
2022 IBJJF Pan Championship NOGI Brown Belt 1st
2022 IBJJF Pan Championship NOGI Brown Belt 1st

5. Jacob Couch’s Professional Record Breakdown

5.1. Jacob Couch’s Professional Win-Loss Record

Matches  30 Wins 8 Losses
By Points 3 2
By Advantages 0 0
By Submission 20 5
By Decision 6 1
By Penalties 1 0
By DQ 0 0

5.2. Method of Submission

Method 20 Wins 5 Losses
Inside Heel Hook 7 0
RNC 2 2
Kneebar 1 0
Guillotine 1 0
Triangle 5 0
Smother Tap 2 0
Outside Heel Hook 1 0
Armbar 1 1
Pressure 0 1
Reverse Triangle 0 1

6. Jacob Couch’s Fight History

Year Competition Opponent W/L Method Weight Stage
2021 WNO Champ. Roberto Jimenez W Inside heel hook 84KG 4F
2021 WNO Champ. Mica Galvao L Armbar 84KG SF
2021 WNO Champ. Jon Blank L Reverse triangle 84KG RPC
2021 WNO Champ. William Tackett W Referee Decision 84KG 3RD
2021 WNO 10 Hunter Colvin W Armbar O92KG SPF
2021 ADCC EC Trials Corbin Crisp W Kneebar 88KG R1
2021 ADCC EC Trials Donald Marcelin W Points 88KG R2
2021 ADCC EC Trials Micah Bakefield W Outside heel hook 88KG R3
2021 ADCC EC Trials Achilles Rocha W Triangle 88KG R4
2021 ADCC EC Trials Joseph Watson W RNC 88KG 4F
2021 ADCC EC Trials Giancarlo Bodoni L RNC 88KG SF
2021 ADCC EC Trials John Salter W Pts: 0x0, Pen 88KG 3RD
2022 WNO 11 David Garmo W Inside heel hook 93KG SPF
2022 GrappleFest 11 Santeri Lilius W Referee Decision 90KG SPF
2022 WNO 12 Gordon Ryan L Pressure O92KG SPF
2022 ADCC WC Trials Charles Hiersche W Triangle 88KG R2
2022 ADCC WC Trials Joshua Baerwolf W Pts: 5x0 88KG R3
2022 ADCC WC Trials Kevin Crane W Referee Decision 88KG R16
2022 ADCC WC Trials Harrison Woods L Pts: 3x0 88KG 8F
2022 GrappleFest 12 Tom Breese W Referee Decision NA SPF
2022 WNO 14 Jacob Rodriguez W Referee Decision NA SPF
2022 ADCC Vegas Angel Verduzco W Inside heel hook 91KG R2
2022 ADCC Vegas Daniel Ontiveros W Inside heel hook 91KG 8F
2022 ADCC Vegas Brian Guevara W Inside heel hook 91KG 4F
2022 ADCC Vegas Gabriel Almeida W Inside heel hook 91KG F
2022 ADCC Vegas Jeferson Guaresi W Triangle ABS 4F
2022 ADCC Vegas Andrew Tackett L Pts: 2x0 ABS SF
2022 Grapplefest Jean Baptiste W Triangle NA SPF
2022 GrappleFest 13 Silviu Nastasa W Referee Decision 95KG SPF
2022 WNO Bruno Matias W Guillotine 84KG SPF
2023 Unrivaled 2 Igor Tanabe L RNC SPF 90KG
2023 Chicago SPNG Mackenzie Morales W RNC 91KG 4F
2023 Chicago SPNG Yousef Ghoul W Smother tap 91KG SF
2023 Chicago SPNG David Garmo W Points 91KG F
2023 Chicago SPNG Mackenzie Morales W Triangle ABS 4F
2023 Chicago SPNG Daniel McGuire W Smother tap ABS SF
2023 Chicago SPNG Alexander Seaver W Inside heel hook ABS F
2023 WNO 18 Izaac Michel L Referee Decision 84KG SPF

7. Jacob Couch’s Top Fights Links

Jacob Couch vs Jay Rod | 2022 Tezos WNO: Gordon Ryan vs Felipe Pena

Jacob Couch vs. Hunter Colvin | WNO: Oct. 20 2021

Jacob Couch vs David Garmo / Chicago Spring Open No-Gi 2023

Jacob Couch VS Hector Acosta / Pan Championship 2020

Photo Credit: @thehillbillyhammer

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