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Gordon Ryan

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Submission Back Attacks Instructional by John Danaher

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 > Helio Gracie > Carlos Gracie Jr > 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 MATCH STATS

Overall Positions

CONQUERED MOVES AVERAGE 2.09

OVERALL CONQUERED

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OPPONENT W/L TOP BOTTOM STAND UP EVENT ROUND YEAR
Mike Hillerband W 1 0 0 EBI 4F 2016
Josh Hayden W 1 0 0 EBI RR 2016
Matt Arroyo W 0 1 0 EBI RR 2016
Kyle Griffin W 0 1 0 EBI RR 2016
Yuri Simoes W 0 2 0 EBI RR 2016
Roberto Abreu W 0 1 0 ADCC RR 2017
Yuri Simoes W 2 1 0 Kasai RR 2017
Felipe Pena L 0 0 1 ADCC RR 2017
Dan Borovic W 0 1 1 EBI RR 2017
Craig Jones W 3 0 0 ADCC 4F 2017
Jean Lebosnoyani W 2 0 0 EBI RR 2017
Chris Mckarski W 1 2 0 EBI 4F 2017
Romulo Barral W 3 0 1 ADCC 4F 2017
Mahamed Aly W 0 1 0 ADCC RR 2017
Marcel Goncalves W 4 0 0 EBI RR 2017
Alexandre Ribeiro W 0 0 1 ADCC RR 2017
Casey Hellenberg W 2 0 1 EBI RR 2017
Eliot Kelly W 2 2 0 F2W RR 2017
Vagner Rocha W 2 1 0 EBI RR 2017
Keenan Cornelius W 1 1 1 ADCC RR 2017
Patrick Donabedian W 2 0 0 EBI 4F 2017
Yuri Simoes W 2 2 0 World NG RR 2018
Vegard Randeberg W 2 2 0 World NG 4F 2018
Khalil Fadlallah W 4 1 0 World NG RR 2018
Patrick Gaudio W 0 2 0 World NG 4F 2018
Jackson Sousa W 2 0 0 World NG RR 2018
E. Evangelous W 4 0 0 World NG 4F 2018
Lucas Barbosa W 1 0 0 ADCC RR 2019
Gabriel Checco W 1 1 0 Kinektic RR 2019
Garry Tonon W 0 2 0 ADCC 4F 2019
Tim Spriggs W 2 1 0 ADCC 4F 2019
Gui Vasconcelos W 1 0 0 Kinektic RR 2019
Rafael Domingos W 1 1 0 Kinektic RR 2019
Ben Hodgkinson W 2 1 0 ADCC RR 2019
Lachlan Giles W 4 0 0 ADCC RR 2019
Vinicius Trator W 3 0 2 ADCC RR 2019
Pedro Marinho W 0 1 0 ADCC RR 2019
Marcus Almeida W 0 1 0 ADCC RR 2019

Gordon Ryan Grappling Record

81 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    3 (4%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (2%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    65 (80%)
  • BY DECISION
    4 (5%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (1%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    5 (6%)

65 SUBMISSIONS WINS

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RNC
29
19
#86e620
Inside heel hook
14
9
#5AD3D1
Reverse triangle
9
6
#d1212a
Choke
6
4
#fad11b
Kimura
5
3
#f58822
Outside heel hook
5
3
#224aba
Armbar
5
3
#ff9124
Kneebar
5
3
#bf1f6c
Arm in guillotine
3
2
#22c9a5
Short choke
3
2
#fad223
Katagatame
3
2
#03861f
Triangle
3
2
#039a1f
Armlock
3
2
#03b41f
Triangle armbar
2
1
#03c61f
Mounted guillotine
2
1
#03d61f
Heel hook
2
1
#03f61f
Tarikoplata
2
1
#82ff5f
Verbal tap
2
1
65
(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
8829Aaron JohnsonAaron JohnsonLPointsGrappling Ind.ABSF2016
11301Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLRNCStudio 540 SPFABSSPF2016
12511Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 4x0ADCC WC TrialsABSSPF2017
13873Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 6x0ADCCABSF2017
16255Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesLPointsACBJJ 13O95KGSPF2018
9094Ian MurrayWInside heel hookSapateiro Inv.ABSR12016
9098Elliott HillWArmlockSapateiro Inv.ABS4F2016
9100PJ BarchPJ BarchWKneebarSapateiro Inv.ABSSF2016
9101Enrico CoccoEnrico CoccoWInside heel hookSapateiro Inv.ABSF2016
9419Pat SabatiniWInside heel hookGoodfight Pro77KGSF2016
9420Kevin BerbrichWChokeGoodfight Pro77KGF2016
9421Joshua BacallaoWInside heel hookPTL Sunday OpenABSSF2016
9423Nathan OrchardWReverse trianglePTL Sunday OpenABSSPF2016
9454James PartridgeWInside heel hookOnnit Inv. 2ABSSPF2016
9637Jacen FlynnWRNCEBI 6ABSR12016
9644Marcello SalazarWKneebarEBI 6ABS4F2016
9647Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesWEBI/OTEBI 6ABSSF2016
9649Rustam ChsievWEBI/OTEBI 6ABSF2016
10321Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusWInside heel hookGrappling Ind.ABSSPF2016
10454Matt ArroyoWInside heel hookEBI 884KGR12016
10462Mike HillebrandWRNCEBI 884KG4F2016
10466Josh HaydenWEBI/OTEBI 884KGSF2016
10468Kyle GriffinWInside heel hookEBI 884KGF2016
10727Todd MueckemheimWKimuraSapateiro Inv.ABSSPF2016
10728Vagner RochaVagner RochaD---Sapateiro 2ABSSPF2016
11424Bryan BrownWRNCSapateiro 6ABSR12017
11431Antonio CarlosAntonio CarlosWReverse triangleSapateiro 6ABS4F2017
11435Jesseray ChildreyWRNCSapateiro 6ABSSF2017
11437Matthew TeslaWReverse triangleSapateiro 6ABSF2017
11625Joe BaizeWReverse triangleSUG 3ABSSPF2017
11947JP LebosnoyaniWRNCEBI 1177KGR12017
11955C. MacKarskiWArm in guillotineEBI 1177KG4F2017
11960Marcel GoncalvesMarcel GoncalvesWShort chokeEBI 1177KGSF2017
11961Vagner RochaVagner RochaWRNCEBI 1177KGF2017
12316Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaWReferee DecisionF2W 3092KGSPF2017
12858Eliot KellyEliot KellyWTriangle armbarF2W 34ABSSPF2017
13581M. JokmanovicWKimuraGrappling Ind.ABS4F2017
13582Aaron JohnsonAaron JohnsonWReverse triangleGrappling Ind.ABSSF2017
13583D. JohnsonWRNCGrappling Ind.ABSF2017
13817Dillon DanisDillon DanisWReferee DecisionADCC88KGE12017
13821Romulo BarralRomulo BarralWRNCADCC88KG4F2017
13823Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroWReferee DecisionADCC88KGSF2017
13825Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusWMounted guillotineADCC88KGF2017
13865Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWInside heel hookADCCABSE12017
13869Craig JonesCraig JonesWKatagatameADCCABS4F2017
13870Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyWHeel hookADCCABSSF2017
14430Ralek GracieWReverse triangleMetamorisABSSPF2017
14466D. BorovicWOutside heel hookEBI 14ABSR12017
14474P. DonabedianWArmbarEBI 14ABS4F2017
14478C. HellenbergWEBI/OTEBI 14ABSSF2017
14480Craig JonesCraig JonesWEBI/OTEBI 14ABSF2017
14501Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesWRNCKasai ProABSSPF2017
17291Max GimenisMax GimenisWRNCNo Gi Pan Am.ABSSF2018
17293Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteWRNCNo Gi Pan Am.ABSF2018
17344Charles McGuireWTarikoplataNo Gi Pan Am.O97KGSF2018
17346Max GimenisMax GimenisWRNCNo Gi Pan Am.O97KGF2018
17613Josh BarnettWTriangleQuintet 3ABSSF2018
17614Marcos SouzaMarcos SouzaWRNCQuintet 3ABSSF2018
17615Roberto SatoshiRoberto SatoshiD---Quintet 3ABSSF2018
17627Craig JonesCraig JonesWShort chokeQuintet 3ABSF2018
17628Vitor ShaolinVitor ShaolinWArmbarQuintet 3ABSF2018
17629Gregor GracieGregor GracieD---Quintet 3ABSF2018
18536Evangelous MoumtzisWArmbarNoGi WorldsO97KGR12018
18545Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesWPts: 11x0NoGi WorldsO97KGSF2018
18546Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWDQNoGi WorldsO97KGF2018
18555Kalil FadlallahWChokeNoGi WorldsABSR12018
18561Vegard RandebergWRNCNoGi WorldsABSR22018
18566Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioWPts: 4x4, AdvNoGi WorldsABS4F2018
18569Jackson SousaJackson SousaWRNCNoGi WorldsABSSF2018
18570Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi WorldsABSF2018
18858Joao RochaJoao RochaWPts: 1x0Kasai Dallas120KGSPF2019
21135Gabriel CheccoWKimuraKinektic 1ABSR32019
21136Rafael DomingosWRNCKinektic 1ABSR42019
21137G. VasconcelosWArm in guillotineKinektic 1ABSR52019
21582Ben HodgkinsonWRNCADCC99KGR12019
21590Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsWRNCADCC99KG4F2019
21641Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaWPts: 3x0ADCC99KGSF2019
21643Vinicius TratorVinicius TratorWChokeADCC99KGF2019
21659P. MarinhoWOutside heel hookADCCABSR12019
21666Garry TononGarry TononWChokeADCCABS4F2019
21669Lachlan GilesLachlan GilesWRNCADCCABSSF2019
21671Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaWPts: 0x0, PenADCCABSF2019
21716Rousimar PalharesRousimar PalharesWReferee DecisionWorld FestivalABSSPF2019
22493Bo NickalWTriangleThird Coast III94KGSPF2019
22502Aleksei OleinikWKneebarQuintet UltraABSSPF2019
22611Gabriel GonzagaGabriel GonzagaWOutside heel hookSUG 10ABSSPF2019
23089Aaron JohnsonAaron JohnsonWKatagatameSub StarsN/ASPF2020
23158Pat DowneyWVerbal tapBJJ Fanatics GPABSSPF2020
23366Kyle BoehmKyle BoehmWArmlockWNOABSSPF2020
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