In his recent Fighter and the Kid podcast episode, Brendan Schaub – a former MMA fighter and a stand-up comedian – spoke with co-host Brian Callen, amongst other things, about wether newly promoted BJJ brown belt, actor Ashton Kutcher could beat Conor McGregor in a BJJ match.
Kutcher was reacting to a BJJEE article from earlier this year:
Schaub and Callen discussed the background of both grapplers and how realistic would it be to claim that Kutcher would be at an advantageous position:
Ashton Kutcher came back in BJJ news yesterday when he was promoted to brown belt by his instructor Rigan Machado. This means that he has been training more or less regularly for the past 5 years (He got his purple belt at the end of 2014).
Kutcher started training sometime in 2013, got his blue belt in early 2014 and purple at the end of 2014. The progression was very fast but Kutcher, having grown up in Iowa, had a strong wrestling background.
ADCC bronze medalist Jeff Glover questioned Kutcher’s true level in BJJ especially since Macahdo has a system in place for celebrities that train BJJ where there is no sparring. He calls it ‘Flow Jiu-Jitsu’:
Jeff Glover stated on social media:
You got punked, he’s never even trained . What tournament did he win ?
You think Rigan would just give brown for nothing ? Of course he’s good.
A few years back, when Rigan Machado was asked by reporters how Kutcher would do against UFC fighter and BJJ brown belt Conor McGregor in a grappling match, Machado told TMZ Sports:
“I put all my money (on) Ashton Kutcher. I think he could do really, really good. He’s 200 pounds, 6-2, 6-3, he’s the best.”
“Ashton Kutcher, for me, is my No. 1 student. He’s a purple belt but he has a really good background in wrestling. I think he has a chance to be one of the top guys in jiu-jitsu.”
Rigan Machado gave an interview to BJPenn.com where he gave more insight on Kutcher’s real level in BJJ:
“For those who don’t know, Machado is known to train a few celebrities at his gym in California. So just for fun we asked the legend which celebrity has the best grappling skills. It turns out it’s Kelso from That ’70s Show. That’s right, when asked who had the best skills Machado said, “I think Ashton Kutcher.” Machado even gave a breakdown about why he thinks the star is so talented, “He’s a phenomenal wrestler, I think people don’t know, but his background in wrestling is a very high level. I was shocked.” He said that Kutcher really loves jiu-jitsu and could probably do very well as far as competing because he has the right body for it, “He has the long legs, the body size like Roger Gracie. Great balance as a wrestler.”
Whatever his true level may be, having celebrities that train BJJ is a good thing as it’s a great promotion of our sport and BJJ needs it.
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