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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
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
Roberto Abreu W 0 1 0 ADCC RR 2017
Felipe Pena L 0 0 1 ADCC RR 2017
Yuri Simoes W 2 1 0 Kasai RR 2017
Dan Borovic W 0 1 1 EBI RR 2017
Jean Lebosnoyani W 2 0 0 EBI RR 2017
Craig Jones W 3 0 0 ADCC 4F 2017
Chris Mckarski W 1 2 0 EBI 4F 2017
Romulo Barral W 3 0 1 ADCC 4F 2017
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
Yuri Simoes W 2 2 0 World NG RR 2018
Vegard Randeberg W 2 2 0 World NG 4F 2018
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
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

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
Triangle
4
3
#224aba
Kneebar
4
3
#ff9124
Kimura
4
3
#bf1f6c
Outside heel hook
4
3
#22c9a5
Armlock
3
2
#fad223
Arm in guillotine
3
2
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Short choke
3
2
#039a1f
Katagatame
3
2
#03b41f
Tarikoplata
1
1
#03c61f
Verbal tap
1
1
#03d61f
Pressure
1
1
#03f61f
Triangle armbar
1
1
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Mounted guillotine
1
1
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Heel hook
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
8851Tex JohnsonTex JohnsonLPointsGrappling Ind.ABSF2016
11333Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLRNCStudio 540 SPFABSSPF2016
12562Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 4x0ADCC WC TrialsABSSPF2017
13931Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 6x0ADCCABSF2017
16340Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesLPointsACBJJ 13O95KGSPF2018
9117Ian MurrayWInside heel hookSapateiro Inv.ABSR12016
9121Elliott HillWArmlockSapateiro Inv.ABS4F2016
9123PJ BarchPJ BarchWKneebarSapateiro Inv.ABSSF2016
9124Enrico CoccoEnrico CoccoWInside heel hookSapateiro Inv.ABSF2016
9445Pat SabatiniWInside heel hookGoodfight Pro77KGSF2016
9446Kevin BerbrichWChokeGoodfight Pro77KGF2016
9447Joshua BacallaoWInside heel hookPTL Sunday OpenABSSF2016
9449Nathan OrchardWReverse trianglePTL Sunday OpenABSSPF2016
9480James PartridgeWInside heel hookOnnit Inv. 2ABSSPF2016
9664Jacen FlynnWRNCEBI 6ABSR12016
9671Marcello SalazarWKneebarEBI 6ABS4F2016
9674Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesWEBI/OTEBI 6ABSSF2016
9676Rustam ChsievWEBI/OTEBI 6ABSF2016
10348Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusWInside heel hookGrappling Ind.ABSSPF2016
10481Matt ArroyoWInside heel hookEBI 884KGR12016
10489Mike HillebrandWRNCEBI 884KG4F2016
10493Josh HaydenWEBI/OTEBI 884KGSF2016
10495Kyle GriffinWInside heel hookEBI 884KGF2016
10755Todd MueckemheimWKimuraSapateiro Inv.ABSSPF2016
10756Vagner RochaVagner RochaD---Sapateiro 2ABSSPF2016
11467Bryan BrownWRNCSapateiro 6ABSR12017
11474Antonio CarlosAntonio CarlosWReverse triangleSapateiro 6ABS4F2017
11478Jesseray ChildreyWRNCSapateiro 6ABSSF2017
11480Matthew TeslaWReverse triangleSapateiro 6ABSF2017
11668Joe BaizeWReverse triangleSUG 3ABSSPF2017
11998JP LebosnoyaniWRNCEBI 1177KGR12017
12006C. MacKarskiWArm in guillotineEBI 1177KG4F2017
12011Marcel GoncalvesMarcel GoncalvesWShort chokeEBI 1177KGSF2017
12012Vagner RochaVagner RochaWRNCEBI 1177KGF2017
12367Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaWReferee DecisionF2W 3092KGSPF2017
12909Eliot KellyEliot KellyWTriangle armbarF2W 34ABSSPF2017
13638M. JokmanovicWKimuraGrappling Ind.ABS4F2017
13639Tex JohnsonTex JohnsonWReverse triangleGrappling Ind.ABSSF2017
13640D. JohnsonWRNCGrappling Ind.ABSF2017
13875Dillon DanisDillon DanisWReferee DecisionADCC88KGE12017
13879Romulo BarralRomulo BarralWRNCADCC88KG4F2017
13881Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroWReferee DecisionADCC88KGSF2017
13883Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusWMounted guillotineADCC88KGF2017
13923Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWInside heel hookADCCABSE12017
13927Craig JonesCraig JonesWKatagatameADCCABS4F2017
13928Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyWHeel hookADCCABSSF2017
14495Ralek GracieWReverse triangleMetamorisABSSPF2017
14531D. BorovicWOutside heel hookEBI 14ABSR12017
14539P. DonabedianWArmbarEBI 14ABS4F2017
14543C. HellenbergWEBI/OTEBI 14ABSSF2017
14545Craig JonesCraig JonesWEBI/OTEBI 14ABSF2017
14566Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesWRNCKasai ProABSSPF2017
17391Max GimenisMax GimenisWRNCNo Gi Pan Am.ABSSF2018
17393Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteWRNCNo Gi Pan Am.ABSF2018
17444Charles McGuireWTarikoplataNo Gi Pan Am.O97KGSF2018
17446Max GimenisMax GimenisWRNCNo Gi Pan Am.O97KGF2018
17719Josh BarnettWTriangleQuintet 3ABSSF2018
17720Marcos SouzaMarcos SouzaWRNCQuintet 3ABSSF2018
17721Roberto SatoshiRoberto SatoshiD---Quintet 3ABSSF2018
17733Craig JonesCraig JonesWShort chokeQuintet 3ABSF2018
17734Vitor ShaolinVitor ShaolinWArmbarQuintet 3ABSF2018
17735Gregor GracieGregor GracieD---Quintet 3ABSF2018
18670Evangelous MoumtzisWArmbarNoGi WorldsO97KGR12018
18679Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesWPts: 11x0NoGi WorldsO97KGSF2018
18680Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWDQNoGi WorldsO97KGF2018
18689Kalil FadlallahWChokeNoGi WorldsABSR12018
18695Vegard RandebergWRNCNoGi WorldsABSR22018
18700Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioWPts: 4x4, AdvNoGi WorldsABS4F2018
18703Jackson SousaJackson SousaWRNCNoGi WorldsABSSF2018
18704Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi WorldsABSF2018
19002Joao RochaJoao RochaWPts: 1x0Kasai Dallas120KGSPF2019
21346Gabriel CheccoWKimuraKinektic 1ABSR32019
21347Rafael DomingosWRNCKinektic 1ABSR42019
21348G. VasconcelosWArm in guillotineKinektic 1ABSR52019
21806Ben HodgkinsonWRNCADCC99KGR12019
21814Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsWRNCADCC99KG4F2019
21866Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaWPts: 3x0ADCC99KGSF2019
21868Vinicius TratorVinicius TratorWChokeADCC99KGF2019
21884Pedro MarinhoPedro MarinhoWOutside heel hookADCCABSR12019
21891Garry TononGarry TononWChokeADCCABS4F2019
21894Lachlan GilesLachlan GilesWRNCADCCABSSF2019
21896Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaWPts: 0x0, PenADCCABSF2019
21941Rousimar PalharesRousimar PalharesWReferee DecisionWorld FestivalABSSPF2019
22766Bo NickalWTriangleThird Coast III94KGSPF2019
22775Aleksei OleinikWKneebarQuintet UltraABSSPF2019
22888Gabriel GonzagaGabriel GonzagaWOutside heel hookSUG 10ABSSPF2019
23420Tex JohnsonTex JohnsonWKatagatameSub StarsN/ASPF2020
23490Pat DowneyWVerbal tapBJJ Fanatics GPABSSPF2020
23705David NewtonWRNCGrappling Ind.ABSSPF2020
23706Abraham HallWTriangleGrappling Ind.ABSSPF2020
23707Benjamin DixonWRNCGrappling Ind.ABSSPF2020
23708Chad AllenWRNCGrappling Ind.ABSSPF2020
23709Austin TracyWRNCGrappling Ind.ABSSPF2020
23714Kyle BoehmKyle BoehmWArmlockWNOABSSPF2020
24040Matheus DinizMatheus DinizWInside heel hookWNO 4ABSSPF2020
25135Roberto JimenezRoberto JimenezWArmbarWNO 6ABSSPF2021
25356Vagner RochaVagner RochaWReverse triangleWNO 793KGSPF2021
31189Jacob CouchWPressureWNOO92KGSPF2022
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