It’s not very often that I get to write about pro wrestlers competing in jiu-jitsu tournaments, much less winning them. But Montel Vontavious Porter, better known as MVP, did exactly that last weekend. MVP, whose real name is Hassan Hamin Assad, competed in the 2020 World Master IBJJF Jiu-Jitsu Championship in Florida, and managed to take down the whole tournament. The Hurt Business member took to social media to let the world know about it:
For the people that have been asking what medal I’m holding in this photo, let me inform you. On Saturday I won a Brazilian jiu-jitsu world championship competing in the IBJJF Masters tournament. The Hurt Business had an eventful weekend! Now you know. #thehurtbusiness pic.twitter.com/iJyJ5QMfb0
— MVP (@The305MVP) December 21, 2020
Over on Instagram he posted a video of himself getting the medal, and noted that he was promoted to brown belt after his victory:
The 47-year-old was representing Houston’s Gracie Barra Champions. Assad has been a pro wrestler for 18 years, having multiple runs with WWE and extended time with New Japan Pro Wrestling and TNA. Following a couple of sporadic appearances in 2018 and 2019, MVP returned full-time to WWE earlier this year and works as both a performer and a backstage producer.