UFC and Ultimate Fighter veteran Kyle Watson (13-8-1) has been in the sport of mixed martial arts since 2003. He has accomplished many of the things he has set out to do. He has achieved the rank of black belt in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, he made it to the semi-finals of the Ultimate Fighter, he has won the Pan American games, and he has fought for the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Now, as his career winds down, the fighter has focused his energy on training the champions of tomorrow.
“I will always compete in jiu-jitsu until my body can’t do it anymore, but as far as MMA I’m kind of winding down my career,” said Watson. “I still have opportunities, but it is a really hard balance because the gym takes up so much of my time.”
Watson was one of the first fighters from the St. Louis area to make it into the UFC. He is one of the pioneers that have started the MMA “boom” in the area. Watson feels that the future of MMA in his area is bright.
“I think St. Louis, honestly, it a hotbed for MMA. You see a lot of big names coming from here like; you have Tyrone Woodley, Josh Sampo, Alp (Ozkilic), and Adam Cella,” said Watson. “There are also a ton of guys that have the skill set to be there. I have a couple guys right now that are pretty raw, I wouldn’t say there ready for that now, but I can see it in five years or so.”
Though Watson has an extensive background in MMA, one of his biggest passions is Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. Watson feels that it is a sport that can cater to everyone, and that the benefits of it are enlightening.
“If you are not at a school try Jiu-jitsu. It is amazing; it really changes people’s lives. People get fit they gain confidence, there are so many benefits from it,” said Watson. “If you’re not already training go to the nearest school and try it out. I would love for people to come check us out if we are the closest one.”
Below is a video of one of Kyle Watson’s BJJ classes. Kyle is a black belt under Jack Mcvicker, and has been training Jiu-jitsu for over a decade. To find out more about Kyle Watson visit his website at watsonbjj.com.