“#1 Stay on top and break them.” – Nick “Quick” Honstein
Nick “Quick” Honstein captured the first EBI Combat Jiu-jitsu championship, and with a twister submission no less. The Jiu-Jitsu Times talked with Nick about his background.
Jiu-Jitsu Times: Let’s start with a little of your training background. Where is your home academy and your team? Have you been actively competing in the last few years? Any notable titles or wins?
Quick: I train at Lincoln BJJ on O street in Lincoln, Nebraska, under Greg Lawson. I’m also building the MMA program there. I retired from competitive MMA a couple years back, but I have fought in a couple of Fight To Win Pro contests. I submitted Vellore Caballero at 145 and lost a decision to Nick Marr at 155. I would love to take that Fight To Win title but I have to pick a weight first.
Today the real journey begins… I'm super excited, honored and in shock honestly to be graced with this promotion.
Jiu-Jitsu Times: What interested you about the EBI Combat rules and format? Did your jiu-jitsu training change significantly to prepare for this tournament?
Quick: Eddie invented this style of Combat Jiu-Jitsu specifically for me, so I could finally win a world title. At least that what it feels like. I’m always that guy that doesn’t quite fit; the guy at wrestling practice trying to use submissions or fancy sweeps, the guy at jiu-jitsu that uses too much wrestling and pretends to punch from mount, the guy in boxing class that keeps clinching, and the guy at MMA sparring that makes every match a grapple. I didn’t have to change anything. The sport changed for me.
Jiu-Jitsu Times: What did you learn from your matches in the competition? Is the Combat Jiu-Jitsu ground much different than BJJ for MMA? Why did your jiu-jitsu game adapt so well to the EBI rules.
Quick: I learned mostly to watch what I eat after weigh-ins on the same day as the fight. I got really bloated for the first match and felt a couple steps behind. Other than that, it was business as usual. The game plan was simple and it worked.
1. Stay on top and break them.
2. If 1 doesn’t work, survive and win in overtime.
Jiu-jitsu Times: You won the final with a twister. What did Eddie Bravo say to you after the Twister submission?
Quick: Something about tower 7. I’m just kidding. I forget exactly what he said but he was proud. I was drunk with excitement.
I made a vow over 10 years ago to win a world title or die trying. Fortunately, Eddie Bravo invented a new sport just…
Jiu-Jitsu Times: As the inaugural and now defending champion, what are you next challenges?
Quick: I’m not sure what’s next exactly, but I’m hoping Eddie is looking for 15 challengers so I can make some money defending this thing.
Jiu-Jitsu Times: Any shoutouts to coaches, training partners, or sponsors.
Quick: Lincoln BJJ, Bad Boy, Bare Blends, The Groutsmith Nebraska, Willeke FinancialValor, 911,