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Gordon Ryan

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Gordon Ryan is a New Jersey (USA) born grappler and member of the well-known group – Danaher Death Squad (DDS), known particularly in jiu-jitsu‘s no-gi and submission only circuit where he beat big names of the sport such as Alexandre Ribeiro, Romulo Barral, and Gabriel Arges. A submission orientated competitor and one of the leading jiu-jitsu figures of his generation, Gordon cemented his name as one of the top brown belts on the planet in 2015 by winning the Newaza Challenge and No-Gi World Championship, which led to his black belt promotion under Garry Tonon – this way becoming Tonon’s first ever student to achieve the rank, a belt responsibility shared with another one of Gordon’s coaches, John Danaher.

Gordon Ryan Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Gordon F. Ryan III

Nickname: During his time as EBI champion, Gordon Ryan was announced on stage as “The Iron Dragon”, which was less of a jiu-jitsu/Brazilian culture style nickname with a goofy backstory, and more of a marketing fight-name as seen in boxing and MMA fighters. More recently, after his undoubted success against some of the best grapplers in the world, Ryan started calling himself “The King”. The nickname had the double gratification of boosting Gordon’s credibility among mainstream fans and upset his critics.

Lineage 1: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie Sr. > Helio Gracie > Carlos Gracie Junior > Renzo Gracie > Ricardo Almeida > Tom deBlass > Garry Tonon > Gordon Ryan

Lineage 2: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Carlos Gracie Jr > Renzo Gracie > John Danaher > Gordon Ryan

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place ADCC World Championship (2017)
  • 1st Place IBJJF World No-Gi Championship (2018**)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pans No-Gi Championship (2018**)
  • 1st Place Quintet 3 (2018*)
  • 1st Place EBI 6 (2016*)
  • 1st Place EBI 8 (2016)
  • 1st Place EBI 11 (2017)
  • 1st Place EBI 14 (2017*)
  • 1st Place Grappling Industries (2017*/2016*)
  • 2nd Place ADCC World Championship (2017*)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • 1st Place IBJJF World No-Gi Championship (2015 brown)
  • 1st Place Newaza Challenge (2015)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Pans No-Gi Championship (2014 purple)

* Absolute
** Weight and absolute

Favorite Position/Technique: Triangle/Heel-hook

Weight Division: Super-Heavy (100,50 kg / 222.0 lbs)

Team/Association: Renzo Gracie Association/Brunswick BJJ

Gordon Ryan Biography

Gordon Ryan was born on the 8th of July, 1995 in Monroe, New Jersey – United States of America.

Ryan’s introduction to jiu-jitsu was made by Miguel Benitez at the age of 15. His tuition would be taken over shortly after by the legendary Tom deBlass – one of New Jersey’s most prominent grapplers.

Months after taking his first steps in the sport, as a four stripe white belt, Gordon met Garry Tonon. Tonon had just received his brown belt at the time but was already regarded as one of the rising talents in the sport, and deBlass’ most accomplished student to date. The two grapplers became good friends and as Garry started coaching at the Brunswick BJJ academy, Gordon joined his classes, developing his technical abilities also under Tonon’s guidance.

With Garry Tonon’s growing influence in Gordon’s grappling lifestyle, as a purple belt, Ryan started traveling to New York regularly to train with another one of Garry’s mentors – John Danaher. The Renzo Gracie Academy head coach and his methodology were also a big part of Ryan’s success, particularly in the submission-only jiu-jitsu circuit where Ryan’s potential star status was first noticed.

After a stellar 6-month brown belt run, where Ryan won important tournaments such as the Newaza Challenge and the World Championship, Gordon was awarded his black belt by Garry Tonon (February 2016) in a ceremony supported by the presence of Tom deBlass, Ricardo Almeida. and Danaher – who shared the responsibility of the new belt rank.

Cover photo by Nathalia Santoro.

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Gordon Ryan Grappling Record

63 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    2 (3%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (3%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    50 (79%)
  • BY DECISION
    3 (5%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    5 (8%)

50 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
RNC
30
15
#86e620
Inside heel hook
18
9
#5AD3D1
Reverse triangle
12
6
#d1212a
Armbar
6
3
#fad11b
Choke
4
2
#f58822
Kimura
4
2
#224aba
Short choke
4
2
#ff9124
Kneebar
4
2
#bf1f6c
Arm in guillotine
2
1
#22c9a5
Triangle armbar
2
1
#fad223
Mounted guillotine
2
1
#03861f
Katagatame
2
1
#039a1f
Heel hook
2
1
#03b41f
Outside heel hook
2
1
#03c61f
Tarikoplata
2
1
#03d61f
Triangle
2
1
#03f61f
Rev. triang. armlock
2
1
50
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
5 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    4 (80%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    1 (20%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

1 SUBMISSION LOSSES

#214eb8
RNC
100
1
1
(100%) SUBMISSION

Gordon Ryan Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
8795Aaron JohnsonAaron JohnsonLPointsGrappling Ind.ABSF2016
11256Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLRNCStudio 540 SPFABSSPF2016
12437Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 4x0ADCC WC TrialsABSSPF2017
13785Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 6x0ADCCABSF2017
16100Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesLPointsACBJJ 13O95KGSPF2018
9061Ian MurrayWInside heel hookSapateiro Inv.ABSR12016
9065Elliott HillWRev. triang. armlockSapateiro Inv.ABS4F2016
9067PJ BarchPJ BarchWKneebarSapateiro Inv.ABSSF2016
9068Enrico CoccoEnrico CoccoWInside heel hookSapateiro Inv.ABSF2016
9383Pat SabatiniWInside heel hookGoodfight Pro77KGSF2016
9384Kevin BerbrichWChokeGoodfight Pro77KGF2016
9385Joshua BacallaoWInside heel hookPTL Sunday OpenABSSF2016
9387Nathan OrchardWReverse trianglePTL Sunday OpenABSSPF2016
9417James PartridgeWInside heel hookOnnit Inv. 2ABSSPF2016
9600Jacen FlynnWRNCEBI 6ABSR12016
9607Marcello SalazarWKneebarEBI 6ABS4F2016
9610Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesWEBI/OTEBI 6ABSSF2016
9612Rustam ChsievWEBI/OTEBI 6ABSF2016
10279Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusWInside heel hookGrappling Ind.ABSSPF2016
10412Matt ArroyoWInside heel hookEBI 884KGR12016
10420Mike HillebrandWRNCEBI 884KG4F2016
10424Josh HaydenWEBI/OTEBI 884KGSF2016
10426Kyle GriffinWInside heel hookEBI 884KGF2016
10684Todd MueckemheimWKimuraSapateiro Inv.ABSSPF2016
10685Vagner RochaVagner RochaD---Sapateiro 2ABSSPF2016
11370Bryan BrownWRNCSapateiro 6ABSR12017
11377Antonio CarlosAntonio CarlosWReverse triangleSapateiro 6ABS4F2017
11381Jesseray ChildreyWRNCSapateiro 6ABSSF2017
11383Matthew TeslaWReverse triangleSapateiro 6ABSF2017
11569Joe BaizeWReverse triangleSUG 3ABSSPF2017
11882JP LebosnoyaniWRNCEBI 1177KGR12017
11890C. MacKarskiWArm in guillotineEBI 1177KG4F2017
11895Marcel GoncalvesMarcel GoncalvesWShort chokeEBI 1177KGSF2017
11896Vagner RochaVagner RochaWRNCEBI 1177KGF2017
12247Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaWReferee DecisionF2W Pro 3092KGSPF2017
12780Eliot KellyEliot KellyWTriangle armbarF2W Pro 34ABSSPF2017
13494M. JokmanovicWKimuraGrappling Ind.ABS4F2017
13495Aaron JohnsonAaron JohnsonWReverse triangleGrappling Ind.ABSSF2017
13496D. JohnsonWRNCGrappling Ind.ABSF2017
13729Dillon DanisDillon DanisWReferee DecisionADCC88KGE12017
13733Romulo BarralRomulo BarralWRNCADCC88KG4F2017
13735Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroWReferee DecisionADCC88KGSF2017
13737Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusWMounted guillotineADCC88KGF2017
13777Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWInside heel hookADCCABSE12017
13781Craig JonesCraig JonesWKatagatameADCCABS4F2017
13782Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyWHeel hookADCCABSSF2017
14330Ralek GracieWReverse triangleMetamorisABSSPF2017
14360D. BorovicWOutside heel hookEBI 14ABSR12017
14368P. DonabedianWArmbarEBI 14ABS4F2017
14372C. HellenbergWEBI/OTEBI 14ABSSF2017
14374Craig JonesCraig JonesWEBI/OTEBI 14ABSF2017
14395Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesWRNCKasai ProABSSPF2017
17106Max GimenisMax GimenisWRNCNo Gi Pan Am.ABSSF2018
17108Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteWRNCNo Gi Pan Am.ABSF2018
17159Charles McGuireWTarikoplataNo Gi Pan Am.O97KGSF2018
17161Max GimenisMax GimenisWRNCNo Gi Pan Am.O97KGF2018
17419Josh BarnettWTriangleQuintet 3ABSSF2018
17420Marcos SouzaMarcos SouzaWRNCQuintet 3ABSSF2018
17421Roberto SatoshiRoberto SatoshiD---Quintet 3ABSSF2018
17433Craig JonesCraig JonesWShort chokeQuintet 3ABSF2018
17434Vitor ShaolinVitor ShaolinWArmbarQuintet 3ABSF2018
17435Gregor GracieGregor GracieD---Quintet 3ABSF2018
18309Evangelous MoumtzisWArmbarNoGi WorldsO97KGR12018
18318Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesWPts: 11x0NoGi WorldsO97KGSF2018
18319Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWDQNoGi WorldsO97KGF2018
18328Kalil FadlallahWChokeNoGi WorldsABSR12018
18334Vegard RandebergWRNCNoGi WorldsABSR22018
18339Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioWPts: 4x4, AdvNoGi WorldsABS4F2018
18342Jackson SousaJackson SousaWRNCNoGi WorldsABSSF2018
18343Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi WorldsABSF2018
18610Joao RochaJoao RochaWPts: 1x0Kasai Dallas120KGSPF2019
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