Gordon Ryan wins Double Gold at World No Gi Championships
Gordon Ryan Sets The Bar Again!
This past weekend, Gordon Ryan won the double gold at the IBJJF World No Gi Championships, cemented his claim as one of the most dominant No Gi grappler of present day. He won the Men’s ultra heavyweight division by DQ versus Roberto “Cyborg” Abreu and won the Open Class division by 1 advantage over Yuri Simoes.
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For his weight class, he armbarred Evangelous Moumtzis, then defeated Yuri Simoes by points (11-0), and then faced Cyborg in the finals (won by DQ). For the absolute division, he tapped Kalil Fadlallah with a choke, tapped Vegard Randeberg (Rear Naked Choke), defeated Patrick Gaudio by advantage, Jackson Sousa by Rear Naked Choke, and then faced Yuri Simoes in the finals (won by advantage).
Gordon Ryan Biography
Gordon Ryan was born on July 8th, 1995 in Monroe, NJ. At the age of 15, he began training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Tom deBlass. A few months after he began, Gordon met Gary Tonon, who was a newly promoted brown belt and already regarded as a top grappler. The two became good friends, and when Garry began coaching at the Brunswick BJJ academy, Gordon joined his classes.
Both Gordon and Gary would start travelling to New York City (Manhattan) regularly to train under one of Garry’s mentors- John Danaher. Under Danaher’s tutelage, both would experience great success and become dominant champions.
As a brown belt, Gordon won the IBJJF No Gi World Championships in 2015. He was promoted to black belt in February 2016 by Garry Tonon, in a ceremony with Tom deBlass, John Danaher and Ricardo Almeida presiding.
ADCC World Champion
In September 2017, Gordon solidified his status as one of the best no gi grapplers in the world as he had an amazing run at ADCC World Championships, taking gold in his 88 kilogram weight category, and placing 2nd in the absolute division.
During his awesome ADCC run, in his weight category (88kg), he defeated Dillon Danis by ref’s decision, tapped out Romulo Barral by Rear Naked Choke, defeated Alexandre Ribeiro by ref’s decision, and tapped Keenan Cornelius in the finals by mounted guillotine.
In the absolute weight class, he tapped Roberto “Cyborg” Abreu by inside heel hook, tapped Craig Jones by armlock, and tapped Mahamed Aly by heel hook. In the finals, he would face his lone defeat of the tournament, losing to Felipe Pena, 6-0.
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Other Notable Wins
After his success ADCC run, Gordon continued his winning ways, tapping our Ralek Gracie in Metamoris, defeating Craig Jones in EBI 14, and tapping Yuri Simoes by Rear Naked Choke in Kasai Pro. Additionally, Gordon was dominant in the Quintet 3 Tournament, where he lead Team Alpha Male to victory with submission wins over Josh Barnett, Marcos Souza, Craig Jones, and Vitor “Shaolin” Ribeiro.
Main Achievements- Black Belt
- ADCC Champion (2017)
- IBJJF Pans No-Gi Champion (2018**)
- Quintet 3 Champion (2018*)
- EBI 6 OW Champion (2016*)
- EBI 8 MW Champion (2016)
- EBI 11 WW Champion (2017)
- EBI 14 OW Champion (2017*)
- Grappling Industries Champion (2017*/2016*)
- ADCC 2nd Place (2017*)
Main Achievements (Colored Belts):
- IBJJF World No-Gi Champion (2015 brown)
- Newaza Challenge Champion (2015)
- IBJJF Pan American No-Gi 3rd Place (2014 purple)
** Weight and absolute