Machado on Kutcher vs. McGregor
Rigan Machado has a lot of faith in Ashton Kutcher’s BJJ skills. In fact, when asked by TMZ in 2016 how Kutcher would fare in a BJj match against McGregor, Machado had this to say:
“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 number one 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.”
Machado on Kutcher’s BJJ Skills
This wasn’t the first time Machado complimented Kutcher’s BJJ skills. In a 2015 interview with BJPenn.com, Machado heaped praise on the Dude, Where’s My Car? star, even going so far as to compare him to BJJ legend Roger Gracie:
“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.”
Rigan Machado’s Celebrity Jiu-Jitsu Program
Kutcher is a participant in Rigan Machado’s celebrity jiu-jitsu program. According to Machado, the program is designed to protect celebrities from the injuries commonly associated with BJJ. According to Machado:
“I created a new jiu-jitsu system for people who can’t get hurt. It’s technical training. They learn jiu-jitsu and technically train, but it’s all safe. I created a type of jiu-jitsu for the Beverly Hills clientele. Competition, sparring…these guys can’t do that. I can’t even take a 1% chance of them getting hurt. I have 18 celebrities doing this program. Some guys have to sign disclosure agreements; others like Ashton Kutcher and Mickey Rourke come in regularly, while Usher comes in once and a while and Vin Diesel when he’s in town.”
What BJJ Belt is Ashton Kutcher?
Ashton Kutcher is a BJJ brown belt. Rigan Machado promoted Kutcher to brown belt in 2019. Here’s footage of Kutcher’s promotion to brown belt:
Ashton Kutcher Rolls With Craig Jones
BJJ star Craig Jones recently shared footage to his Instagram page of a sparring session with Ashton Kutcher. In the clip, Kutcher plays a top-heavy game, repeatedly attempting to pass Jones’s guard. Kutcher also attacks Jones’s turtle with an armbar, which Jones successfully defends. In addition, Kutcher demonstrates good defense by avoiding a back take by Jones and getting to his feet. Although the pace of the session isn’t high, the clip demonstrates that Kutcher has good fundamentals and a basic understanding of BJJ.