Pro MMA Fighter and CrossFit Athlete, Jay White has fought some of the biggest names in the sport with several notable mixed martial arts organizations like World Extreme Cagefighting, Ring of Combat, HDNet Fights, Bellator Fighting Championships, and Xtreme Fighting Championships.
Jay entered the world of martial arts at a young age. He experimented with various forms of self defense such as: Kyokushin Kai Karate and Tae Kwon Do. However it wasn’t until he was introduced to the martial art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu that he found his natural gifts and abilities for martial arts emerge.
Jay started training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in 2000 under the instruction of Nick Sanzo, Renzo Gracie Purple Belt. Nick owned and operated a Renzo association school in upstate NY. Within Jay’s first week of training, he was already accompanying Nick to Renzo’s NYC Academy in Manhattan to train with the best. Not knowing more than a few basic techniques Jay continued to train with some of the best grappling competitors in the sport. After only 3 months of training, Renzo promoted Jay to blue belt, which can take others up to a year to earn. It was at this time that Jay’s accomplishments were becoming more recognized in the sport. He began competing in events such as NAGA and Grappler’s Quest. He quickly took first in his first ever Grappling tournament, Grappler’s Quest, competing in the intermediate division as well as the Gold medal at the Pan-American Games for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
Renzo promoted Jay to Purple Belt in less than a year, becoming one of Renzo’s fastest students to earn their Purple Belt. Jay again went to compete Pan-American Games in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, where he took Gold for the second year in a row 2 years in a row as both blue belt and purple belt. Following those two victories, Jay was invited to ADCC World Championship of submission wrestling in 2005
After only one year of training in the sport Jay’s accomplishments began to stack up. He is a 5X Grappler’s Quest Champion, 2X North American Grappling Champion, and NAGA 4-man Superfight Champion.
In April 2002 Jay made his MMA debut in Kipp Kollar’s Mass Destruction 7. He immediately fell in love with the sport and decided it was something he would like to pursue. In April 2005 Jay made the decision to pursue his dream of becoming a MMA World Champion and made the move from Albany, New York to Portland, Oregon. It was here that he would be able to put his natural fighting abilities to the test, training with one of the prestigious MMA teams in the world, Team Quest, along with legends of the sport Randy “the Natural “Couture, Matt “the law” Lindland, and head coach Robert Follis. In July of 2007 Jay was asked by UFC legend Randy Couture to come to Vegas and help him get ready for UFC 74 where Couture was set to face Gabriel Gonzaga. After that training camp, Jay loved the gym so much, and with the help of Randy’s wife Kimi, Jay and his family made the move to Las Vegas where Jay is making his mark in the MMA world and beginning his climb to the top.