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

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

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place ADCC World Championship (2017 / 2019**)
  • 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 Kinektic 1 (2019)
  • 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.

Gordon Ryan BJJ Instructional

Gordon Ryan Grappling Record

79 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    3 (4%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (3%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    63 (80%)
  • BY DECISION
    4 (5%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (1%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    5 (6%)

63 SUBMISSIONS WINS

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RNC
30
19
#86e620
Inside heel hook
14
9
#5AD3D1
Reverse triangle
10
6
#d1212a
Choke
6
4
#fad11b
Outside heel hook
5
3
#f58822
Armbar
5
3
#224aba
Kneebar
5
3
#ff9124
Kimura
5
3
#bf1f6c
Arm in guillotine
3
2
#22c9a5
Short choke
3
2
#fad223
Katagatame
3
2
#03861f
Triangle
3
2
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Triangle armbar
2
1
#03b41f
Mounted guillotine
2
1
#03c61f
Heel hook
2
1
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Tarikoplata
2
1
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Rev. triang. armlock
2
1
63
(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

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RNC
100
1
1
(100%) SUBMISSION

Gordon Ryan Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
8817Aaron JohnsonAaron JohnsonLPointsGrappling Ind.ABSF2016
11282Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLRNCStudio 540 SPFABSSPF2016
12485Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 4x0ADCC WC TrialsABSSPF2017
13843Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 6x0ADCCABSF2017
16211Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesLPointsACBJJ 13O95KGSPF2018
9082Ian MurrayWInside heel hookSapateiro Inv.ABSR12016
9086Elliott HillWRev. triang. armlockSapateiro Inv.ABS4F2016
9088PJ BarchPJ BarchWKneebarSapateiro Inv.ABSSF2016
9089Enrico CoccoEnrico CoccoWInside heel hookSapateiro Inv.ABSF2016
9404Pat SabatiniWInside heel hookGoodfight Pro77KGSF2016
9405Kevin BerbrichWChokeGoodfight Pro77KGF2016
9406Joshua BacallaoWInside heel hookPTL Sunday OpenABSSF2016
9408Nathan OrchardWReverse trianglePTL Sunday OpenABSSPF2016
9439James PartridgeWInside heel hookOnnit Inv. 2ABSSPF2016
9622Jacen FlynnWRNCEBI 6ABSR12016
9629Marcello SalazarWKneebarEBI 6ABS4F2016
9632Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesWEBI/OTEBI 6ABSSF2016
9634Rustam ChsievWEBI/OTEBI 6ABSF2016
10305Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusWInside heel hookGrappling Ind.ABSSPF2016
10438Matt ArroyoWInside heel hookEBI 884KGR12016
10446Mike HillebrandWRNCEBI 884KG4F2016
10450Josh HaydenWEBI/OTEBI 884KGSF2016
10452Kyle GriffinWInside heel hookEBI 884KGF2016
10710Todd MueckemheimWKimuraSapateiro Inv.ABSSPF2016
10711Vagner RochaVagner RochaD---Sapateiro 2ABSSPF2016
11405Bryan BrownWRNCSapateiro 6ABSR12017
11412Antonio CarlosAntonio CarlosWReverse triangleSapateiro 6ABS4F2017
11416Jesseray ChildreyWRNCSapateiro 6ABSSF2017
11418Matthew TeslaWReverse triangleSapateiro 6ABSF2017
11606Joe BaizeWReverse triangleSUG 3ABSSPF2017
11925JP LebosnoyaniWRNCEBI 1177KGR12017
11933C. MacKarskiWArm in guillotineEBI 1177KG4F2017
11938Marcel GoncalvesMarcel GoncalvesWShort chokeEBI 1177KGSF2017
11939Vagner RochaVagner RochaWRNCEBI 1177KGF2017
12293Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaWReferee DecisionF2W Pro 3092KGSPF2017
12832Eliot KellyEliot KellyWTriangle armbarF2W Pro 34ABSSPF2017
13551M. JokmanovicWKimuraGrappling Ind.ABS4F2017
13552Aaron JohnsonAaron JohnsonWReverse triangleGrappling Ind.ABSSF2017
13553D. JohnsonWRNCGrappling Ind.ABSF2017
13787Dillon DanisDillon DanisWReferee DecisionADCC88KGE12017
13791Romulo BarralRomulo BarralWRNCADCC88KG4F2017
13793Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroWReferee DecisionADCC88KGSF2017
13795Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusWMounted guillotineADCC88KGF2017
13835Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWInside heel hookADCCABSE12017
13839Craig JonesCraig JonesWKatagatameADCCABS4F2017
13840Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyWHeel hookADCCABSSF2017
14396Ralek GracieWReverse triangleMetamorisABSSPF2017
14432D. BorovicWOutside heel hookEBI 14ABSR12017
14440P. DonabedianWArmbarEBI 14ABS4F2017
14444C. HellenbergWEBI/OTEBI 14ABSSF2017
14446Craig JonesCraig JonesWEBI/OTEBI 14ABSF2017
14467Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesWRNCKasai ProABSSPF2017
17237Max GimenisMax GimenisWRNCNo Gi Pan Am.ABSSF2018
17239Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteWRNCNo Gi Pan Am.ABSF2018
17290Charles McGuireWTarikoplataNo Gi Pan Am.O97KGSF2018
17292Max GimenisMax GimenisWRNCNo Gi Pan Am.O97KGF2018
17558Josh BarnettWTriangleQuintet 3ABSSF2018
17559Marcos SouzaMarcos SouzaWRNCQuintet 3ABSSF2018
17560Roberto SatoshiRoberto SatoshiD---Quintet 3ABSSF2018
17572Craig JonesCraig JonesWShort chokeQuintet 3ABSF2018
17573Vitor ShaolinVitor ShaolinWArmbarQuintet 3ABSF2018
17574Gregor GracieGregor GracieD---Quintet 3ABSF2018
18461Evangelous MoumtzisWArmbarNoGi WorldsO97KGR12018
18470Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesWPts: 11x0NoGi WorldsO97KGSF2018
18471Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWDQNoGi WorldsO97KGF2018
18480Kalil FadlallahWChokeNoGi WorldsABSR12018
18486Vegard RandebergWRNCNoGi WorldsABSR22018
18491Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioWPts: 4x4, AdvNoGi WorldsABS4F2018
18494Jackson SousaJackson SousaWRNCNoGi WorldsABSSF2018
18495Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi WorldsABSF2018
18770Joao RochaJoao RochaWPts: 1x0Kasai Dallas120KGSPF2019
21005Gabriel CheccoWKimuraKinektic 1ABSR32019
21006Rafael DomingosWRNCKinektic 1ABSR42019
21007G. VasconcelosWArm in guillotineKinektic 1ABSR52019
21433Ben HodgkinsonWRNCADCC99KGR12019
21441Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsWRNCADCC99KG4F2019
21487Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaWPts: 3x0ADCC99KGSF2019
21489Vinicius TratorVinicius TratorWChokeADCC99KGF2019
21505P. MarinhoWOutside heel hookADCCABSR12019
21512Garry TononGarry TononWChokeADCCABS4F2019
21515Lachlan GilesLachlan GilesWRNCADCCABSSF2019
21517Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaWPts: 0x0, PenADCCABSF2019
21564Rousimar PalharesRousimar PalharesWReferee DecisionWorld FestivalABSSPF2019
22284Bo NickalWTriangleThird Coast III94KGSPF2019
22293Aleksei OleinikWKneebarQuintet UltraABSSPF2019
22401Gabriel GonzagaGabriel GonzagaWOutside heel hookSUG 10ABSSPF2019
22841Aaron JohnsonAaron JohnsonWKatagatameSub StarsN/ASPF2020
5050 Guard Instructional by Lachlan Giles

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