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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: 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
Kyle Griffin W 0 1 0 EBI RR 2016
Yuri Simoes W 0 2 0 EBI RR 2016
Josh Hayden W 1 0 0 EBI RR 2016
Mike Hillerband W 1 0 0 EBI 4F 2016
Matt Arroyo W 0 1 0 EBI RR 2016
Casey Hellenberg W 2 0 1 EBI RR 2017
Felipe Pena L 0 0 1 ADCC RR 2017
Eliot Kelly W 2 2 0 F2W RR 2017
Dan Borovic W 0 1 1 EBI RR 2017
Romulo Barral W 3 0 1 ADCC 4F 2017
Vagner Rocha W 2 1 0 EBI RR 2017
Patrick Donabedian W 2 0 0 EBI 4F 2017
Roberto Abreu W 0 1 0 ADCC RR 2017
Alexandre Ribeiro W 0 0 1 ADCC RR 2017
Yuri Simoes W 2 1 0 Kasai 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
Mahamed Aly W 0 1 0 ADCC RR 2017
Keenan Cornelius W 1 1 1 ADCC RR 2017
Marcel Goncalves W 4 0 0 EBI RR 2017
Jackson Sousa W 2 0 0 World NG RR 2018
E. Evangelous W 4 0 0 World NG 4F 2018
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
Ben Hodgkinson W 2 1 0 ADCC RR 2019
Rafael Domingos W 1 1 0 Kinektic RR 2019
Lachlan Giles W 4 0 0 ADCC RR 2019
Pedro Marinho W 0 1 0 ADCC RR 2019
Marcus Almeida W 0 1 0 ADCC RR 2019
Lucas Barbosa W 1 0 0 ADCC RR 2019
Gabriel Checco W 1 1 0 Kinektic RR 2019
Vinicius Trator W 3 0 2 ADCC 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

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
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Inside heel hook
14
9
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Reverse triangle
9
6
#d1212a
Choke
6
4
#fad11b
Kneebar
5
3
#f58822
Kimura
5
3
#224aba
Outside heel hook
5
3
#ff9124
Armbar
5
3
#bf1f6c
Triangle
3
2
#22c9a5
Armlock
3
2
#fad223
Arm in guillotine
3
2
#03861f
Short choke
3
2
#039a1f
Katagatame
3
2
#03b41f
Tarikoplata
2
1
#03c61f
Verbal tap
2
1
#03d61f
Triangle armbar
2
1
#03f61f
Mounted guillotine
2
1
#82ff5f
Heel hook
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
8830Aaron JohnsonAaron JohnsonLPointsGrappling Ind.ABSF2016
11302Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLRNCStudio 540 SPFABSSPF2016
12512Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 4x0ADCC WC TrialsABSSPF2017
13871Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 6x0ADCCABSF2017
16247Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesLPointsACBJJ 13O95KGSPF2018
9095Ian MurrayWInside heel hookSapateiro Inv.ABSR12016
9099Elliott HillWArmlockSapateiro Inv.ABS4F2016
9101PJ BarchPJ BarchWKneebarSapateiro Inv.ABSSF2016
9102Enrico CoccoEnrico CoccoWInside heel hookSapateiro Inv.ABSF2016
9420Pat SabatiniWInside heel hookGoodfight Pro77KGSF2016
9421Kevin BerbrichWChokeGoodfight Pro77KGF2016
9422Joshua BacallaoWInside heel hookPTL Sunday OpenABSSF2016
9424Nathan OrchardWReverse trianglePTL Sunday OpenABSSPF2016
9455James PartridgeWInside heel hookOnnit Inv. 2ABSSPF2016
9638Jacen FlynnWRNCEBI 6ABSR12016
9645Marcello SalazarWKneebarEBI 6ABS4F2016
9648Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesWEBI/OTEBI 6ABSSF2016
9650Rustam ChsievWEBI/OTEBI 6ABSF2016
10322Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusWInside heel hookGrappling Ind.ABSSPF2016
10455Matt ArroyoWInside heel hookEBI 884KGR12016
10463Mike HillebrandWRNCEBI 884KG4F2016
10467Josh HaydenWEBI/OTEBI 884KGSF2016
10469Kyle GriffinWInside heel hookEBI 884KGF2016
10728Todd MueckemheimWKimuraSapateiro Inv.ABSSPF2016
10729Vagner RochaVagner RochaD---Sapateiro 2ABSSPF2016
11425Bryan BrownWRNCSapateiro 6ABSR12017
11432Antonio CarlosAntonio CarlosWReverse triangleSapateiro 6ABS4F2017
11436Jesseray ChildreyWRNCSapateiro 6ABSSF2017
11438Matthew TeslaWReverse triangleSapateiro 6ABSF2017
11626Joe BaizeWReverse triangleSUG 3ABSSPF2017
11948JP LebosnoyaniWRNCEBI 1177KGR12017
11956C. MacKarskiWArm in guillotineEBI 1177KG4F2017
11961Marcel GoncalvesMarcel GoncalvesWShort chokeEBI 1177KGSF2017
11962Vagner RochaVagner RochaWRNCEBI 1177KGF2017
12317Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaWReferee DecisionF2W Pro 3092KGSPF2017
12859Eliot KellyEliot KellyWTriangle armbarF2W Pro 34ABSSPF2017
13579M. JokmanovicWKimuraGrappling Ind.ABS4F2017
13580Aaron JohnsonAaron JohnsonWReverse triangleGrappling Ind.ABSSF2017
13581D. JohnsonWRNCGrappling Ind.ABSF2017
13815Dillon DanisDillon DanisWReferee DecisionADCC88KGE12017
13819Romulo BarralRomulo BarralWRNCADCC88KG4F2017
13821Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroWReferee DecisionADCC88KGSF2017
13823Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusWMounted guillotineADCC88KGF2017
13863Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWInside heel hookADCCABSE12017
13867Craig JonesCraig JonesWKatagatameADCCABS4F2017
13868Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyWHeel hookADCCABSSF2017
14424Ralek GracieWReverse triangleMetamorisABSSPF2017
14460D. BorovicWOutside heel hookEBI 14ABSR12017
14468P. DonabedianWArmbarEBI 14ABS4F2017
14472C. HellenbergWEBI/OTEBI 14ABSSF2017
14474Craig JonesCraig JonesWEBI/OTEBI 14ABSF2017
14495Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesWRNCKasai ProABSSPF2017
17276Max GimenisMax GimenisWRNCNo Gi Pan Am.ABSSF2018
17278Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteWRNCNo Gi Pan Am.ABSF2018
17329Charles McGuireWTarikoplataNo Gi Pan Am.O97KGSF2018
17331Max GimenisMax GimenisWRNCNo Gi Pan Am.O97KGF2018
17597Josh BarnettWTriangleQuintet 3ABSSF2018
17598Marcos SouzaMarcos SouzaWRNCQuintet 3ABSSF2018
17599Roberto SatoshiRoberto SatoshiD---Quintet 3ABSSF2018
17611Craig JonesCraig JonesWShort chokeQuintet 3ABSF2018
17612Vitor ShaolinVitor ShaolinWArmbarQuintet 3ABSF2018
17613Gregor GracieGregor GracieD---Quintet 3ABSF2018
18518Evangelous MoumtzisWArmbarNoGi WorldsO97KGR12018
18527Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesWPts: 11x0NoGi WorldsO97KGSF2018
18528Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWDQNoGi WorldsO97KGF2018
18537Kalil FadlallahWChokeNoGi WorldsABSR12018
18543Vegard RandebergWRNCNoGi WorldsABSR22018
18548Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioWPts: 4x4, AdvNoGi WorldsABS4F2018
18551Jackson SousaJackson SousaWRNCNoGi WorldsABSSF2018
18552Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi WorldsABSF2018
18840Joao RochaJoao RochaWPts: 1x0Kasai Dallas120KGSPF2019
21104Gabriel CheccoWKimuraKinektic 1ABSR32019
21105Rafael DomingosWRNCKinektic 1ABSR42019
21106G. VasconcelosWArm in guillotineKinektic 1ABSR52019
21544Ben HodgkinsonWRNCADCC99KGR12019
21552Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsWRNCADCC99KG4F2019
21603Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaWPts: 3x0ADCC99KGSF2019
21605Vinicius TratorVinicius TratorWChokeADCC99KGF2019
21621P. MarinhoWOutside heel hookADCCABSR12019
21628Garry TononGarry TononWChokeADCCABS4F2019
21631Lachlan GilesLachlan GilesWRNCADCCABSSF2019
21633Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaWPts: 0x0, PenADCCABSF2019
21677Rousimar PalharesRousimar PalharesWReferee DecisionWorld FestivalABSSPF2019
22441Bo NickalWTriangleThird Coast III94KGSPF2019
22450Aleksei OleinikWKneebarQuintet UltraABSSPF2019
22558Gabriel GonzagaGabriel GonzagaWOutside heel hookSUG 10ABSSPF2019
23020Aaron JohnsonAaron JohnsonWKatagatameSub StarsN/ASPF2020
23089Pat DowneyWVerbal tapBJJ Fanatics GPABSSPF2020
23266Kyle BoehmKyle BoehmWArmlockWNOABSSPF2020
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