Wiz Khalifa has often shown fans evidence that he’s devoted to his mixed martial arts training. The rapper recently told Logan Paul how he first became interested in the sport.
Khalifa said the following on Paul’s podcast IMPAULSIVE:
“I’ve been training for like five years now. I don’t know, I f**k with it, it’s just fun. It’s cool to learn new s**t. I think the older you get, you just get into different things like your body just tells you what’s cool and what’s not cool.”
Wiz also described how he started his mixed martial arts training.
“I started lifting and I went to Unbreakable with Jay Glazer and just naturally they just put me on this program. I’m kind of just open for whatever. Jiu-jitsu, wrestling, striking, it’s whatever, if you want to teach me some s**t, I’m down to learn.”
When asked whether he could imagine himself engaging in a professional outing, the rap sensation remained evasive. He said that anything could happen.
Although Wiz Khalifa has never competed in MMA, he did mention that he has sparred with champions in the past. The rapper discussed his thoughts while being struck during exercising.
He said: “I don’t know if I like it [getting hit], but I don’t mind it. I’m not one of those people… I do get fired up, but you’re like, ‘Yeah, alright.’ You take a shot, you’re like, ‘Alright, I take one, now I’m going to go give one.’ It’s crazy because I didn’t like playing football ’cause I didn’t want to get hit, but in fighting, I don’t mind at all.”
Rigan Machado is an eighth-degree Coral belt and is Khalifa’s trainer. Machado is the nephew of Carlos Gracie. He was among the first to teach Brazilian jiu-jitsu in the United States and is one of the sport’s founders.
Rigan is infamous for a celebrity modality of BJJ that features no live rolling. He has a ton of celebrity clients but their belts and promotions are usually side eyed by the regular bjj practitioners who are aware of the fact that they’re not really doing BJJ.