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Ryan Hall Heel Hooks Penn At UFC 232!

Ryan Hall Heel Hooks Penn At UFC 232!

UFC 232: BJ Penn versus Ryan Hall


This weekend at UFC 232 at the Forum in Inglewood, CA, while the MMA world eagerly awaits to see who will win the newly vacated UFC Light Heavyweight Title with the Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson fight, grappling fans will also be interested in a particular preliminary match up.

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In the Lightweight division, former UFC Lightweight and Welterweight champion, BJ Penn, will be facing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu star and 6-1 MMA fighter, Ryan Hall.


Ryan Hall’s  Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Career:

Ryan Hall was born on February 22, 1985 in Arlington, Virginia.  As a child, he played many sports including baseball, basketball and American football.  While in college, he began practicing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in 2004 at Ronin Athletics under Christian Montes in New York City (Manhattan).    In July, 2004, Hall competed in his first BJJ tournament, and fell in love with the sport (even more), and quit school to train full time.

Ryan decided to move to Lloyd Irvin’s gym in Maryland, where he received world class training with top competitors such as Brandon Vera and Mike Fowler.  Ryan quickly became a BJJ household name as a lower belt, with his awesome guard and triangles. However, in 2009, he quit Lloyd’s and opened up his own academy in Washington DC, the 50/50 BJJ Academy.  On April 2010, he received his black belt from Felipe Costa- two time Black Belt World Champ from the BRASA BJJ team.

As a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu competitor, Ryan earned many accolades including:  IBJJF World Champion, Purple Belt in 2018 and the IBJJF World No Gi Champ, Purple Belt 2007.   His most prestigious BJJ / Submissions Grappling accolade is the third place / bronze medal finish at the ADCC 2009 held in Barcelona, Spain.  At that tournament, he defeated Jeff Curran by points in the first round, then lost to Leo Viera by guillotine in the Quarterfinals. However, he bounced back by defeating Jeff Glover in the third place match by points.  


Ryan Hall’s MMA Career:

In 2012, Ryan decided to pursue a Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) career and began training at world renowned Tristar Gym Mixed Martial Arts in Montreal, Canada (he had fought once in April 2006, losing by decision to Eddie Fyvie).  Hall fought a few times in various small promotions until he was a contestant on the Ultimate Fighter Season 22, reality show. At the finale, Hall defeated Artem Lobov by unanimous decision to become the Ultimate Fighter 22 lightweight winner.    

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Mixed Martial Arts Record

Res. Opponent        Method                     Date

Win Gray Maynard Decision (unanimous) 3-Dec-16

Win Artem Lobov Decision (unanimous) 11-Dec-15

Win Ryan Hogans Submission (heel hook) 31-May-14

Win Leonardo Perez TKO (punches) 8-Feb-14

Win Maged Hammo Submission (choke) 17-Aug-13

Win Phillip Deschambeault TKO (punches) 30-Nov-12

Loss Eddie Fyvie Decision (unanimous) 29-Apr-06

 

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