Jeff Glover - 4th-Degree Black Belt & Founder of Donkey Guard

Jeff Glover - 4th-Degree Black Belt & Founder of Donkey Guard

1. Jeff Glover’s Details

Jeff Glover’s Details
Name Jeffery Dean Glover
Nickname The Pipelayer
Born Los Angeles, CA, USA
Date of Birth April 15, 1983
Nationality American
College/University N/A
Last Fight Battlefield 2017
Last Weigh In 76 Kg
Weight Class Featherweight (70 Kg / 154 lbs)
Weight 70 Kg / 154 lbs
Height N/A
Career Disclosed Earning N/A
Fighting out of United States
Foundational Style Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Favorite Technique Deep Half Guard, Donkey Guard
Rank 4th-Degree BJJ Black Belt
Awarded by Ricardo “Franjinha” Miller
Head Coach Ricardo “Franjinha” Miller
Lineage Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Rolls Gracie > Romero Jacare Cavalcanti > Ricardo Miller > Jeff Glover
Team Association Paragon Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
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2. Jeff Glover’s Biography

Jeff Glover, also known as “the Pipelayer,” is a 4th-degree BJJ black belt under Ricardo Miller. He represents Paragon Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at international competitions. Glover is famous for creating an original position known as the donkey guard, which is often perceived as clumsy by other practitioners due to the way it is applied. But it is Jeff Glover who exhibits perfection while applying his favorite technique.

2.1. Jeff Glover’s Early Life

Jeffery Dean Glover or Jeff Glover was born in East Los Angeles, California in the United States of America on April 15, 1983.

Glover often said that he didn’t have many options so he chose Jiu-Jitsu because it was either jail or Jiu-Jitu. So the latter one appealed to him more. BJJ was his way of expressing his emotions that were always so heightened. He coped with Attention-Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in his early life.

2.2. Hyperactive Child

In his early childhood, Glover was diagnosed with ADHD. He often got into trouble at school due to his hyperactive energy. To channel his energy into something productive, he got into jiu-jitsu.

“I needed Jiu-Jitsu. That’s all there is to it. I needed this ****.”

(Jeff Glover)

Before BJJ, Glover was aware of submission wrestling only. He had watched some submission wrestling fights.

2.3. Ricardo “Franjinha” Miller

When Glover was 16 years old, Ricardo “Franjinha” Miller moved to his neighborhood. Glover visited his house to welcome his new neighbor. Miller invited Glover into his house and told him about himself and BJJ. Franjinha helped the young talent in learning BJJ. This was the first time Glover heard about BJJ.

2.4. Starting Jiu-Jitsu at 16 Years Old

After Glover learned BJJ, he decided to get into the sport. At 16 years old, Glover started his BJJ training under Miller.

He paid little to no attention towards his high school study.

2.5. Paragon Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Miller is the founder of Paragon Jiu-Jitsu Ventura located in Santa Barbara, California. He moved to the United States with the aim of forming his own BJJ institute. Glover serves as one of Paragon Jiu-Jitsu’s representatives on the international stage.

“Another thing that Jeff Glover has: drills. Little physical drills, that make you better at the movement, that make you better at Jiu-Jitsu.”

(Jocko Willink)

2.6. Aiming to Compete in the Absolute Division

Early in his career, Glover competed in the featherweight and lightweight divisions. However, his aim was to compete in the absolute weight division. Eventually, Glover was able to compete in international championships that many fighters didn’t step for at the colored belt division.

2.7. Jeff Glover at Cobra Kai Jiu-Jitsu

After winning multiple World Championships as a brown belt, Glover decided to train with other talented practitioners. He would often visit Marc Laimon’s BJJ institute, Cobra Kai Jiu-Jitsu, located in Las Vegas, Nevada. He had decided to become a professional BJJ grappler since the day he started BJJ training. So he remained true to his aim and gave his all time to it.

2.8. Started Teaching at Cobra Kai Jiu-Jitsu

Glover trained at Cobra Kai Jiu-Jitsu every one to two months. Impressed by Glover’s dedication towards jiu-jitsu, Laimon asked him to become a BJJ instructor at Cobra Kai Jiu-Jitsu. After becoming a black belt, Glover accepted the offer and started teaching at Cobra Kai Jiu-Jitsu.

3. Jeff Glover’s Fighting Style

Glover attacks from all angles, whether top, bottom or diagonal. He is often referred to as a “human monkey” due to his unpredictable movements.

“If I had to explain my style in a nutshell, it would be that of a monkey.”

There isn’t a single match of Glover where he didn’t amuse his audience. Regardless of whether Glover is winning or losing, he always provided a show. Known for the efficient use of Donkey Guard, Glover applies it and then transitions to submissions.

“I can’t go into a match too serious. One thing I don’t want to overdue is putting on a boring match, regardless of if I win or lose.”

(Jeff Glover)

Glover got his nickname, “the Pipelayer,” due to once working as a plumber.

4. Jeff Glover’s Travels

Glover’s Travels is a series of YouTube videos created by Jeff Glover himself. In these videos, Glover visits different BJJ schools and gyms to train with different practitioners. In one of the videos, he showed his medals and told how proud he is of himself.

In the second episode of the series, Glover trained at Gracie Barra, talked about its legacy, and how Gracie Barra has been at the top of BJJ World Championships since their inception.

5. Jeff Glover’s BJJ Matches

5.1. Blue Belt National Champion

Glover started BJJ at the age of 16 and was a blue belt by the time he turned 18 years old. He even became a National Champion as a blue belt.

5.2. Grapplers Quest

Glover competed in the Grapplers Quest in 2004 against Mike Fowler as a purple belt. Fowler is famous for his half-guard techniques. Despite being a tough match, Glover emerged victorious.

5.3. IBJJF Pan American Champion

In 2006, Glover won first place at the IBJJF Pan Championship as a brown belt. He even won a Gold medal.

5.4. Promoted to Black Belt

Before Glover’s 23rd birthday, his coach Miller awarded him with a black belt on April 8, 2006.

5.5. IBJJF World No-Gi Champion

In 2007, Glover became the IBJJF World No-Gi Champion as a black belt.

6. Jeff Glover’s Historic Fights

6.1. Jeff Glover Vs. Ben Eddy

Ben Eddy is a 10 Planet black belt under Eddie Bravo. Glover had competed in Gi and No-Gi BJJ, making him adequately prepared to compete while Eddy’s jiu-jitsu moves. Glover showed his exceptional fighting style by aiming straight for Eddy’s neck and wrapping his legs around it.

Eddy caught Glover from the back and seemed to have him trapped, but Glover managed to escape. Glover responded by executing the donkey guard. At the end of the match, Glover escaped Eddy’s grip while keeping a hold of his back. Glover finally went for the Knee Bar and subdued Eddy after eight minutes and 16 seconds.

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Stage Weight Class Location
2014 Eddie Bravo Invitational Ben Eddy Win Submission By Kneebar Semi Final 65 Kg El Paso, Texas

6.2. Jeff Glover Vs. Mike Fowler

Mike Fowler is a 3rd-degree BJJ black belt under Lloyd Irvin. He is a tough competitor who has competed in the lightweight and middleweight divisions. Glover at this point was a purple belt. Both grapplers fought aggressively, with Glover charging but Fowler keeping him at bay. In the end, Glover subdued Fowler via armlock.

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Stage Weight Class Location
2004 Grapplers Quest Beast of the East Mike Fowler Win Submission By Armlock Final N/A Bayonne, New Jersey

6.3. Jeff Glover Vs. Robson Moura

Robson Moura is a 6th-degree BJJ black belt under Andre Pederneiras. He is a member of the IBJJF Hall of Fame due to having won multiple championships. Moura is the founder of Robson Moura Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

During the match, Glover tried to stay on top of Moura. However, Moura being an experienced grappler, knew how to escape and stay in the dominant position. Eventually, Moura tried to apply an Americana but failed to subdue Glover due to his speed. Finally, Glover applied a Guillotine and subdued Moura within nine minutes into the match.

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Stage Weight Class Location
2011 ADCC World Championship Robson Moura Win Guillotine 3PLC 66 Kg Nottingham, England

7. Jeff Glover’s Championship History

Year Event Belt Position
2007 IBJJF World Championship No-Gi Black 1st
2011 ADCC World Championship Black 3rd
2012 World Jiu Jitsu Expo Superfight Winner Black 1st
2014 EBI Invitational Black 2nd

8. Jeff Glover’s Championship (Medals)

8.1. ADCC World Championship

Year Weight Division Medal
2011 66 Kg Gold Gold Medal Icon

8.2. World No-Gi Championship

Year Weight Division Medal
2007 Featherweight Gold Gold Medal Icon
2008 Featherweight Silver Silver Medal Icon

8.3. IBJJF Pan American Championship

Year Weight Division Medal
2005 Featherweight Gold Gold Medal Icon
2006 Featherweight Gold Gold Medal Icon

9. Jeff Glover’s Main Achievements (Belts)

Year Event Belt Position
2005 IBJJF Pan Championship Brown 1st
2006 IBJJF Pan Championship Brown 1st

10. Jeff Glover’s Main Achievements

10.1. Gi Tournaments

Year Event Weight Class Position
2005 IBJJF Pan American Championship Featherweight 1st
2006 IBJJF Pan American Championship Featherweight 1st
2012 World Jiu Jitsu Expo Superfight Winner Featherweight 1st

10.2. No-Gi Tournaments

Year Event Weight Class Position
2007 IBJJF World Championship No-Gi Featherweight 1st
2011 ADCC World Championship Featherweight 3rd
2014 EBI Invitational Featherweight 2nd

11. Jeff Glover’s BJJ Professional Record Breakdown

54 Matches 34 Wins 17 Losses
By Submissions 23 1
By Points 8 11
By Advantages 2 2
By Decision 1 1
By Penalties 0 0
By EBI / OT 0 2
Draws 3

11.1. Submission W/L Methods

Submission Method 23 Wins 1 Losses
Triangle 6 0
Kneebar 2 0
Darce Choke 2 0
Arm in Guillotine 1 0
Flying Triangle 1 0
Armbar 1 1
Guillotine 4 0
Bow and Arrow 2 0
Rear Naked Choke 2 0
Heel Hook 1 0
Choke 1 0

12. Jeff Glover’s BJJ Fight History

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Weight Class Stage
2006 LA Sub-X Robson Moura L Pts: 6x3 ABS SPF
2006 AGGRO Blas Avena W Triangle ABS 4F
2006 AGGRO Ricky Lundell L Pts: 6x2 ABS F
2006 IBJJF Johnny Ramirez W Bow and Arrow NA NA
2006 GQ All Star Pro Brian McLaughlin W Pts: 4x2 72KG 4F
2006 GQ All Star Pro Rob Di Censo L Pts: 2x0 72KG SF
2007 IBJJF Pan American Championship Shane Rice W Pts: 10x2 70KG R1
2007 IBJJF Pan American Championship Bibiano Fernandes L Pts: 5x0 70KG 4F
2007 ADCC World Championship Jamie Ballard W Flying Triangle 66KG R1
2007 ADCC World Championship Leonardo Vieira L Points 66KG 4F
2008 IBJJF Pan American Championship Sandro Batata L Adv 70KG RDS
2008 IBJJF NoGi Worlds Unknown W Choke 76KG 4F
2008 IBJJF NoGi Worlds Philipe Monica W Armbar 76KG SF
2008 IBJJF NoGi Worlds Rubens Charles L Pts: 0x0, Adv 76KG F
2008 IBJJF San Diego Pro Tito Martinez W Darce Choke 76KG 4F
2008 IBJJF San Diego Pro Joel Tudor W Rear Naked Choke 76KG SF
2008 Atama Open Diego Moraes W Rear Naked Choke NA NA
2009 ADCC World Championship Timo-Juhani W Points 66KG R1
2009 ADCC World Championship Rani Yahya L Points 66KG 4F
2009 ADCC World Championship Ryan Hall L Points 66KG 3RD
2009 UFC Expo Wilson Reis W Pts: 2x2, Adv ABS SPF
2009 GQ Expo Sergio Farnes W Points ABS NA
2009 GQ Expo Unknown W Guillotine ABS NA
2009 GQ Expo Mike Tomacelli W Triangle ABS NA
2009 UFC Expo Wilson Reis W Pts: 2x2, Adv ABS SPF
2011 ADCC WC Trials Bao Quach W Guillotine 66KG 4F
2011 ADCC WC Trials John B. W Guillotine 66KG SF
2011 ADCC WC Trials Philip Yoon W Triangle 66KG F
2011 ADCC World Championship Tom Barlow W Points 66KG R1
2011 ADCC World Championship Mark Ramos W Darce Choke 66KG 4F
2011 ADCC World Championship Rubens Charles L Pts: 6x0 66KG SF
2011 ADCC World Championship Robson Moura W Guillotine 66KG 3PLC
2010 UFC Expo Javier Vazquez W Pts: 4x2 ABS SPF
2012 WGG BOTW Chris Haueter W Arm in guillotine ABS SPF
2012 Metamoris Caio Terra L Armbar ABS SPF
2012 World Expo Caio Terra W Pts: 10x6 ABS SPF
2013 World Expo Bruno Malfacine L Pts: 5x2 ABS SPF
2013 UFC Expo Fredson Paixao W Points 70KG SPF
2014 Metamoris 4 Baret Yoshida D --- ABS SPF
2014 Eddie Bravo International Sergio Hernandez W Triangle 65KG R1
2014 Eddie Bravo International Eric Medina W Kneebar 65KG 4F
2014 Eddie Bravo International Ben Eddy W Kneebar 65KG SF
2014 Eddie Bravo International Geo Martinez L EBI/OT 65KG F
2014 UFC Expo Vito Paolillo W Triangle 70KG NA
2015 FIVE SL Ezra Lenon L Pts: 2x0 ABS SPF
2015 ADCC World Championship Daniel Hortegas W Heel hook 66KG R1
2015 ADCC World Championship Geo Martinez L Pts: 5x0 66KG 4F
2015 GT Open Budo Jake W Bow and Arrow 76KG SPF
2016 SubCon K. Woodmansee W Triangle ABS SPF
2016 Metamoris 7 Bruno Malfacine D --- ABS SPF
2016 Fight 2 Win 11 Justin Rader W Referee Decision 70KG SPF
2017 SUG 3 Chad Mendes L EBI/OT ABS SPF
2017 Fight 2 Win 25 Augusto Mendes L Referee Decision N/A SPF
2017 Battle Field Wanki Chae D --- 76KG SPF

13. Jeff Glover’s BJJ Top Fight Links

Jeff Glover vs Robson Moura

Photo Credit: @jeffgloverbjj

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