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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 went on to become one of the most successful no-gi grapplers of all time by winning back-to-back ADCC World Championships, while also conquering the promotion’s open-weight division (2019).

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: New Wave

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.

GORDON RYAN STOMACH CONDITION

According to Ryan’s social media account (Instagram), after repeated use of antibiotics for a persistent staphylococcus infection (staph) in 2018, the athlete started suffering from stomach issues, which were first diagnosed as Gastroparesis, a condition that affects the stomach muscles and prevents proper stomach emptying.

After suffering from this debilitating condition for nearly 4 years, in May 2021, Gordon officially retired from competition until further notice, explaining to his fans he could not maintain a high standard of training/performance due to his health, as reported by Bloody Elbow (here).

In a later statement, in August 2021, Gordon Ryan posted on his IG account (@gordonlovesjiujitsu) that he had finally been correctly diagnosed by a gastroenterologist (unnamed) with “yeast and bacterial overgrowth” in his stomach. A condition that had started to affect his kidneys as well. In his post’s closing arguments, Ryan added:

Once we can rebalance the microbiome in my stomach and replenish the bacteria needed to fight the yeast infection, I should be good to go. Fingers crossed we get it in order, which we should.

DANAHER DEATH SQUAD BREAK-UP

On July 2021, coach John Danaher announced the end of the Danaher Death Squad as a unified training and competition team, alluding to “the physical location of a future school, personality conflicts, conflicting values and an inevitable tension between the team brand and the growing individual brands of members” as the main factors for the split (original statement here).

Later in that month, Gordon Ryan and John Danaher announced the name of their new team: New Wave Jiu-Jitsu. Although the squad lost a few key players at the time, such as Gordon’s brother, Nicky Ryan, Craig Jones, Ethan Crelinsten, and Nicky Rodriguez (all of which went on to form the “B-Team” workgroup), New Wave kept Garry Tonon and Oliver Taza from the remaining Danaher Death Squad.

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
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
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
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
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
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
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

Gordon Ryan Grappling Record

90 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    3 (3%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (2%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    74 (82%)
  • BY DECISION
    4 (4%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (1%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    5 (6%)

74 SUBMISSIONS WINS

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RNC
31
23
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Inside heel hook
14
10
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Reverse triangle
9
7
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Armbar
5
4
#fad11b
Choke
5
4
#f58822
Kimura
4
3
#224aba
Outside heel hook
4
3
#ff9124
Triangle
4
3
#bf1f6c
Kneebar
4
3
#22c9a5
Arm in guillotine
3
2
#fad223
Short choke
3
2
#03861f
Katagatame
3
2
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Armlock
3
2
#03b41f
Triangle armbar
1
1
#03c61f
Mounted guillotine
1
1
#03d61f
Heel hook
1
1
#03f61f
Tarikoplata
1
1
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Verbal tap
1
1
#a4ff5f
Pressure
1
1
74
(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
8852Tex JohnsonTex JohnsonLPointsGrappling Ind.ABSF2016
11334Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLRNCStudio 540 SPFABSSPF2016
12563Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 4x0ADCC WC TrialsABSSPF2017
13932Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 6x0ADCCABSF2017
16341Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesLPointsACBJJ 13O95KGSPF2018
9118Ian MurrayWInside heel hookSapateiro Inv.ABSR12016
9122Elliott HillWArmlockSapateiro Inv.ABS4F2016
9124PJ BarchPJ BarchWKneebarSapateiro Inv.ABSSF2016
9125Enrico CoccoEnrico CoccoWInside heel hookSapateiro Inv.ABSF2016
9446Pat SabatiniWInside heel hookGoodfight Pro77KGSF2016
9447Kevin BerbrichWChokeGoodfight Pro77KGF2016
9448Joshua BacallaoWInside heel hookPTL Sunday OpenABSSF2016
9450Nathan OrchardWReverse trianglePTL Sunday OpenABSSPF2016
9481James PartridgeWInside heel hookOnnit Inv. 2ABSSPF2016
9665Jacen FlynnWRNCEBI 6ABSR12016
9672Marcello SalazarWKneebarEBI 6ABS4F2016
9675Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesWEBI/OTEBI 6ABSSF2016
9677Rustam ChsievWEBI/OTEBI 6ABSF2016
10349Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusWInside heel hookGrappling Ind.ABSSPF2016
10482Matt ArroyoWInside heel hookEBI 884KGR12016
10490Mike HillebrandWRNCEBI 884KG4F2016
10494Josh HaydenWEBI/OTEBI 884KGSF2016
10496Kyle GriffinWInside heel hookEBI 884KGF2016
10756Todd MueckemheimWKimuraSapateiro Inv.ABSSPF2016
10757Vagner RochaVagner RochaD---Sapateiro 2ABSSPF2016
11468Bryan BrownWRNCSapateiro 6ABSR12017
11475Antonio CarlosAntonio CarlosWReverse triangleSapateiro 6ABS4F2017
11479Jesseray ChildreyWRNCSapateiro 6ABSSF2017
11481Matthew TeslaWReverse triangleSapateiro 6ABSF2017
11669Joe BaizeWReverse triangleSUG 3ABSSPF2017
11999JP LebosnoyaniWRNCEBI 1177KGR12017
12007C. MacKarskiWArm in guillotineEBI 1177KG4F2017
12012Marcel GoncalvesMarcel GoncalvesWShort chokeEBI 1177KGSF2017
12013Vagner RochaVagner RochaWRNCEBI 1177KGF2017
12368Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaWReferee DecisionF2W 3092KGSPF2017
12910Eliot KellyEliot KellyWTriangle armbarF2W 34ABSSPF2017
13639M. JokmanovicWKimuraGrappling Ind.ABS4F2017
13640Tex JohnsonTex JohnsonWReverse triangleGrappling Ind.ABSSF2017
13641D. JohnsonWRNCGrappling Ind.ABSF2017
13876Dillon DanisDillon DanisWReferee DecisionADCC88KGE12017
13880Romulo BarralRomulo BarralWRNCADCC88KG4F2017
13882Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroWReferee DecisionADCC88KGSF2017
13884Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusWMounted guillotineADCC88KGF2017
13924Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWInside heel hookADCCABSE12017
13928Craig JonesCraig JonesWKatagatameADCCABS4F2017
13929Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyWHeel hookADCCABSSF2017
14496Ralek GracieWReverse triangleMetamorisABSSPF2017
14532D. BorovicWOutside heel hookEBI 14ABSR12017
14540P. DonabedianWArmbarEBI 14ABS4F2017
14544C. HellenbergWEBI/OTEBI 14ABSSF2017
14546Craig JonesCraig JonesWEBI/OTEBI 14ABSF2017
14567Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesWRNCKasai ProABSSPF2017
17392Max GimenisMax GimenisWRNCNo Gi Pan Am.ABSSF2018
17394Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteWRNCNo Gi Pan Am.ABSF2018
17445Charles McGuireWTarikoplataNo Gi Pan Am.O97KGSF2018
17447Max GimenisMax GimenisWRNCNo Gi Pan Am.O97KGF2018
17720Josh BarnettWTriangleQuintet 3ABSSF2018
17721Marcos SouzaMarcos SouzaWRNCQuintet 3ABSSF2018
17722Roberto SatoshiRoberto SatoshiD---Quintet 3ABSSF2018
17734Craig JonesCraig JonesWShort chokeQuintet 3ABSF2018
17735Vitor ShaolinVitor ShaolinWArmbarQuintet 3ABSF2018
17736Gregor GracieGregor GracieD---Quintet 3ABSF2018
18671Evangelous MoumtzisWArmbarNoGi WorldsO97KGR12018
18680Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesWPts: 11x0NoGi WorldsO97KGSF2018
18681Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWDQNoGi WorldsO97KGF2018
18690Kalil FadlallahWChokeNoGi WorldsABSR12018
18696Vegard RandebergWRNCNoGi WorldsABSR22018
18701Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioWPts: 4x4, AdvNoGi WorldsABS4F2018
18704Jackson SousaJackson SousaWRNCNoGi WorldsABSSF2018
18705Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi WorldsABSF2018
19003Joao RochaJoao RochaWPts: 1x0Kasai Dallas120KGSPF2019
21348Gabriel CheccoWKimuraKinektic 1ABSR32019
21349Rafael DomingosWRNCKinektic 1ABSR42019
21350G. VasconcelosWArm in guillotineKinektic 1ABSR52019
21808Ben HodgkinsonWRNCADCC99KGR12019
21816Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsWRNCADCC99KG4F2019
21868Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaWPts: 3x0ADCC99KGSF2019
21870Vinicius TratorVinicius TratorWChokeADCC99KGF2019
21886Pedro MarinhoPedro MarinhoWOutside heel hookADCCABSR12019
21893Garry TononGarry TononWChokeADCCABS4F2019
21896Lachlan GilesLachlan GilesWRNCADCCABSSF2019
21898Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaWPts: 0x0, PenADCCABSF2019
21943Rousimar PalharesRousimar PalharesWReferee DecisionWorld FestivalABSSPF2019
22768Bo NickalWTriangleThird Coast III94KGSPF2019
22777Aleksei OleinikWKneebarQuintet UltraABSSPF2019
22890Gabriel GonzagaGabriel GonzagaWOutside heel hookSUG 10ABSSPF2019
23422Tex JohnsonTex JohnsonWKatagatameSub StarsN/ASPF2020
23492Pat DowneyWVerbal tapBJJ Fanatics GPABSSPF2020
23707David NewtonWRNCGrappling Ind.ABSSPF2020
23708Abraham HallWTriangleGrappling Ind.ABSSPF2020
23709Benjamin DixonWRNCGrappling Ind.ABSSPF2020
23710Chad AllenWRNCGrappling Ind.ABSSPF2020
23711Austin TracyWRNCGrappling Ind.ABSSPF2020
23716Kyle BoehmKyle BoehmWArmlockWNOABSSPF2020
24042Matheus DinizMatheus DinizWInside heel hookWNO 4ABSSPF2020
25135Roberto JimenezRoberto JimenezWArmbarWNO 6ABSSPF2021
25356Vagner RochaVagner RochaWReverse triangleWNO 793KGSPF2021
31190Jacob CouchWPressureWNOO92KGSPF2022
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