Video: BJJ world champion Mahamed Aly wins MMA debut via head-kick KO

Top BJJ black belt Mahamed Aly made his MMA debut over the weekend and won by way of a head-kick knockout in the first round.

Accomplished BJJ black belt Mahamed Aly made his much-anticipated professional MMA debut over the weekend and scored a highlight-reel knockout.

On Saturday, the multiple-time ADCC veteran and IBJJF world champion took on 17-fight veteran John Ott in a 215-pound MMA contest at Paradigm Combat Sports 4: But Light Fight Night in Houston, Texas.

Despite his prodigious grappling skills, Aly showcased his striking game en route to a spectacular first-round knockout. 

Check out the video of that knockout below.

Aly is an IBJJF gi and no-gi world champion, a gi and no-gi European champion, an ADCC Trials champion, and a two-time ADCC veteran. Given his experience and accomplishments in grappling, the 30-year-old Lloyd Irvin black belt should be considered one of the most exciting prospects in MMA.

Aly has not competed in BJJ since the 2021 IBJJF Grand Prix when he defeated perennial top heavyweight Fellipe Andrew before losing to Victor Hugo in the event’s final.

Ben Coate

Ben has been involved with grappling, whether through wrestling or Brazilian jiu-jitsu, essentially his entire life. After wrestling throughout his childhood, Ben found Brazilian jiu-jitsu as a young adult and quickly fell in love. He has been training for over ten years and currently holds the rank of brown belt, and remains involved in both the MMA and BJJ scene. Ben has been writing about combat sports since 2017. He has interviewed and profiled some of MMA's biggest stars, including multiple UFC champions.

Ben Coate has 1190 posts and counting. See all posts by Ben Coate