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Robert Drysdale

Possibly the most accomplished American Grappler of his generation, Robert Drysdale is a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, a rank he earned training with the legendary coach Leonardo Vieira. Born of an American father and a Brazilian mother, Robert Drysdale grew up, for the most part, in the state of Sao Paulo – Brazil, training with one of the most talented team of the 2000′s (Brasa Clube de Jiu Jitsu). Robert Drysdale earned several important titles such as the world championship and the ADCC (2007) in the open weight division where he submitted Marcelo Garcia on his way to the gold medal. Robert Drysdale  also competed in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) reaching the pinnacle of the sport, the UFC. By the end of 2013 Drysdale joined forces with Rodrigo Cavaca to form a new grappling team which they named Zenith BJJ.

Robert Drysdale Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Robert Drysdale

Nickname: n/a

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Rolls Gracie > Romero Cavalcanti > Leonardo Vieira > Robert Drysdale

Main Achievements:

  • World Champion (2005 IBJJF)
  • World Cup Champion (2005, 2006 CBJJO)
  • World Silver Medallist (2006, 2007 IBJJF)
  • ADCC Open Weight Champion (2007 absolute)

Favourite Position/Technique: Omoplata & Triangle.

Weight Division (BJJ): Super-Pesado (under 100Kg-221Lbs)

Team/Association: Robert Drysdale Brazilian Jiu Jitsu/Zenith BJJ.

Robert Drysdale Biography

Robert Drysdale was born in Provo on the State of Utah, USA in 1981. He moved with his family to Brazil when he was just 6 years old, and began training Jiu Jitsu well in his teens (he was 17) at the “Quatro Tempos” Academy on the city of “Itú” State of Sao Paulo, Brazil.

He was still a white belt when he had to move back to the US to pursue his academic studies at a University in Las Vegas. Having fallen in love with BJJ, he looked up for a Jiu Jitsu academy and ended up training with instructor Steve da Silva. Steve was the first teacher to really believe in Drysdale’s potential. With his instructors encouragement Robert decided then to move back to Brazil were the sport was more professionalized.

The year was 2000 and Robert Drysdale packed his bags and moved to Indaiatuba in Brazil. He first started training at the “Maromba” academy with Professor Paulo Streckert. In the “Maromba” Academy, Drysdale fully dedicated himself to BJJ and competition. With his full atention in the sport he started picking up the benefits of his hard work, achieving many podiums and earning himself a World Title in the Purple Belt Division, and receiving his Brown Belt.

He then met and befriended Demian Maia who invited him to go and train at the mighty Brasa academy, then led by the former Alliance stars who had formed this new academy. After Robert received a “beating” in training by Leonardo Vieira, he decided this should be the place to train. He asked his master Paulo Streckert and they both agreed it was a wise choice, and so began Robert Drysdale association with the Brasa Team.

In late 2007 after winning the ADCC in the open weight division, Robert Drysdale moved back to the USA. First to run the grappling classes at Extreme Couture in Las Vegas, and later moving on to open his own grappling academy. On October 2008 Drysdale ventured in the MMA world, fighting at an Amateur competiton called TUFF-N-UFF. He defeated his opponent by Armbar in the first round.

Robert Drysdale Grappling Record

13 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    4 (31%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (23%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    6 (46%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

6 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Mata leao
33
2
#86e620
Armbar
17
1
#5AD3D1
Wristlock
17
1
#d1212a
Triangle
17
1
#fad11b
Darce Choke
17
1
6
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
10 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    6 (60%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    3 (30%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (10%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

3 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Cross ck. f/ mount
33
1
#86e620
Choke from back
33
1
#5AD3D1
Submission
33
1
3
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Robert Drysdale Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
814Fernando ParadedaFernando ParadedaLRefree DecisionWorld CupU94kgRd 12004
874A. CacarecoLPts: 6x0ADCCU99kg1/4 final2005
1064Roger GracieRoger GracieLCross ck. f/ mountWorld Champ.U100kgFinal2006
1078Marcelo GarciaMarcelo GarciaLPts: 3x0World Champ.Absolute1/4 final2006
1086Rodrigo CompridoRodrigo CompridoLPointsWorld CupU100kgFinal2006
1089Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesLPts: 1x0LA Sub-XAbsoluteSuperfight2006
1252Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLPointsADCCU99kgSemi f.2007
1294Roger GracieRoger GracieLChoke from backWorld Champ.U100kgFinal2007
1309Roger GracieRoger GracieLSubmissionWorld Champ.AbsoluteSemi f.2007
1650Ronaldo SouzaRonaldo SouzaLPts: 8x0ADCCAbsoluteSuperfight2009
870Anthony PeroshAnthony PeroshWMata leaoADCCU99kgRd 12005
922Fernando MarquesWAdvWorld CupU94kgSemi f.2005
969Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesWPts: 4x2World Champ.U94kgSemi f.2005
971Fernando MarquesWAdvWorld Champ.U94kgFinal2005
1058Alexandre PereiraWArmbarWorld Champ.U100kg1/4 final2006
1062Roberto ToziRoberto ToziWWristlockWorld Champ.U100kgSemi f.2006
1127Alexandre DantasAlexandre DantasWAdvTeam NationalsO88kgFinal2006
1200Luiz TheodoroWTriangleADCCAbsoluteRd 12007
1205David AvellanWPointsADCCAbsolute1/4 final2007
1208Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoWMata leaoADCCAbsoluteSemi f.2007
1210Marcelo GarciaMarcelo GarciaWDarce ChokeADCCAbsoluteFinal2007
1247Mario MirandaWPointsADCCU99kgRd 12007
1293Braga NetoBraga NetoWPts: 4x0World Champ.U100kgSemi f.2007

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Drysdale vs Austregelio Reis

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