When Jason Howerwon, an editor for TheBlaze, challenged Jocko Willink to a fight via Twitter, he quickly realized he’d made an enormous mistake. In this article, we examine what happens when an internet troll calls out one of the baddest men on the planet.
In 2016, Jason Howerwon had the bright idea of challenging Navy Seal and BJJ black belt Jocko Willink to a grappling match. However, unlike your typical internet troll, Howerwon had a good reason for his callout of the the hulking Navy Seal. As explained by Howerwon in his article for TheBlaze:
“Am I suicidal, you ask. No. Stupid? Maybe a little. But my true motivation behind the challenge was two-fold.
“Firstly, I wanted to honor our service members and show in vivid detail just how elite they really are. They train tirelessly for combat throughout their careers and then carry that grit and determination into their post-military lives. Willink told me he’s been training BJJ for over 20 years. Though every service member I’ve ever met has been too humble to say it, they are just on a different level than the rest of us.
“Secondly, I wanted to entertain TheBlaze’s audience and introduce as many people as possible to Willink, who hosts the highly popular and motivational Jocko Podcast.”
The Result of the Challenge
As you might expect, Howerwon’s challenge didn’t go well for him. Howerwon had this to say about the result of the challenge:
“The outcome of the grappling match was decisive. Predictably, Willink manhandled me as if I were a small child.
“But I can say that I went several rounds with the highly-trained Navy SEAL and never gave up—until he choked me unconscious, that is.”
Jocko’s Take on the Match
According to Jocko, his decisive victory over Howerwon wasn’t due to the size difference between the two men (Jocko is much bigger than Howerwon). Rather, Jocko’s ability to dominate Howerwon was due to his experience and training. According to Jocko:
“Honestly, [the reason I won is] just because I’ve been training for a long time. It’s something that anybody could get. It’s not because I’m special, it’s just because I’ve trained for a long time doing this. And if the roles were reversed, and he’d been training longer than me, he would be doing that right there to me.”
According to Howerwon, Jocko then offered to have a “135-pounder” prove his point about size not being the deciding factor in their match. Howerwon politely declined the offer.
Watch Howerwon and Jocko’s Grappling Match Here
Luckily for us, Howerwon’s grappling match with Jocko Willink was recorded. Watch the video below to find out what happens when you challenge a 230-pound Navy Seal to a fight.
What is the Blaze?
Blaze Media is a U.S. conservative media company that was founded in 2018 as a result of a merger between TheBlaze and CRTV LLC. In December 2018, CRTV, LLC, the owner of Conservative Review and CRTV, announced that it had merged with TheBlaze to form BlazeTV and the underlying entity Blaze Media.