Andrew Wiltse broke the news of a sponsorship deal with Panda Express, claiming the position of jiu-jitsu’s first athlete to be sponsored by a major restaurant chain.
Wiltse has been hinting toward the sponsorship deal with cryptic social media posts for months, and at times, it seemed as if he might just be making a joke. However, on Tuesday, March 15, he made the official announcement,
Wiltse is a black belt under Heath Pedigo and competes for Pedigo Fighting Submission. He is a 5x IBJJF world champion at brown belt and under, and won Pans his first year as a black belt.
The details of his sponsorship are yet to be revealed to the public, but in a previous statement, Wiltse acknowledged the deal as a full sponsorship, “I was starting to think it wasn’t going to happen because the guy said I swear a lot.”
While Wiltse might swear a lot, his grappling is nothing but professional and he might be one of the toughest competitors in the sport. Now, he’ll be doing it all while rocking a Panda Express deal.
Maybe we’ll start seeing a Panda Express stand next to the Açai at tournaments.