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Robert “Degle” Diggle

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Robert Diggle, commonly known as Robert Degle, is a jiu-jitsu black belt under Brandon Bennett of the Renzo Gracie Academy, who worked extensively with coaches such as John Danaher, Gregg Depasquale, and Milton Regis. Diggle made a name for himself in the sport, competing almost exclusively in no-gi grappling in the New York circuit, gaining national notoriety after his flawless performance at the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) American National Championship of 2021, where he submitted all his opponents.

Robert Diggle Jiu-Jitsu

Full Name: Robert Anthony Diggle

Nickname: In the sport of jiu-jitsu, Robert is mostly known as “Robert Degle”. The confusion regarding his real family name (Diggle) was addressed by the black belt when questioned by BJJ Heroes for the purpose of his bio, in August 2021. According to Robert, after he finished his bachelor’s degree at Queens College, City University of New York, he started applying to Ph.D. programs. As he did not want the universities he was applying for to find out his alternative lifestyle, he opted to change his tag name on social media. In an unexpected twist of circumstances, his social media started gaining traction soon after and more professional opportunities appeared for him in jiu-jitsu’s pro-circuit during this period. As fans already knew him has Degle, he opted against changing the social media presence back to his real family name.

Lineage: Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Carlos Gracie Jr > Renzo Gracie > Brandon Bennett > Robert Diggle

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place IBJJF American Nationals (2021 brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Atlanta Open NOGI (2021 brown)
  • 12x Grappling Industries Champion (2018-2020)

Favorite Position/Technique: Heel Hook

Weight Division: Peso Leve (73.5 kg / 162.5 lbs)

Team/Association: Renzo Gracie Academy

Robert Diggle Biography

Robert Diggle was born on February 13, 1992, on Long Island, New York where he grew up. Although born and raised in the USA, Robert is a dual citizen (Italian-American) by way of his grandfather.

As a child, Diggle was a football (soccer) fan and practitioner, playing the sport extensively but merely for recreational purposes. Later, at the age of 13, Robert added wrestling to his daily activities, competing extensively in this ancient combat sport up until 10th grade when a broken clavicle bone forced him away from the mats.

During his formative years, while watching mixed martial arts (MMA) develop, Diggle became growingly invested in the sport, taking a particular interest in athletes such as BJ Penn and Shinya Aoki who had strong jiu-jitsu backgrounds. Although curious to try BJJ, Diggle struggled with the cost of tuition in the area. At the age of 18, however, Robert found a part-time job that granted him the funds to start training jiu-jitsu, first with Chris Schlesinger and later at Kioto with coach Milton Regis.

Having been a great fan of philosophy since his early teens, Diggle joined Stony Brook University, in New York, after high school, to pursue a degree in philosophy. While spending time at Stony Brook, Robert started training at the university’s mat room, where a few students trained under the guidance of Krishna Mirjah, this included one special practitioner that would become an influential figure in Diggle’s evolution in the sport at a later stage, Mr. Eddie Cummings.

The experience at Stony Brook, however, was short-lived. Diggle was focussing more on gi work at the time and for that reason, he decided to join Vitor Shaolin’s gym in Manhattan, one of the prime BJJ academies in the country, while also training with Gregg Depasquale, who promoted Diggle to purple belt.

Being a big fan of MMA, a sport that Robert experimented with between 2014-2015, led Diggle to Masakazu Imanari. The Japanese fighter’s flamboyant combat style fascinated the young New Yorker, particularly his creative leg-lock game. This sparked the interest in lower-limb submissions in Robert, ultimately leading him to join the Renzo Gracie Academy of leg-lock expert coach John Danaher. At RGA Robert became re-acquainted with Eddie Cummings who was, at the time, one of Danaher’s prime students.

At the time of Diggle joining Danaher’s training room, the New Yorker was completing his undergraduate bachelor’s degree in philosophy at CUNY Queens College, after which he started applying for Ph.D. programs. Understanding the grappling potential held by Robert, RGA team member Brandon Bennet, and coach John Danaher greatly incentivized and helped Diggle pursuit a career in jiu-jitsu instead of philosophy.

Diggle earned his brown belt from coach Danaher, but as John relocated to Puerto Rico with many of the team’s pro-athletes, Robert remained in the New York area, earning his black belt from Brandon Bennett on August 09, 2021.

Robert Degle Grappling Record

34 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    5 (15%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    28 (82%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (3%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

28 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Inside heel hook
64
18
#86e620
Heel hook
18
5
#5AD3D1
RNC
7
2
#d1212a
Reverse triangle
4
1
#fad11b
Mikey lock
4
1
#f58822
Submission
4
1
28
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
6 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    1 (17%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    2 (33%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (17%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    2 (33%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

2 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
RNC
50
1
#86e620
Inside heel hook
50
1
2
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Robert Degle Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
27428Deandre CorbeDeandre CorbeLPts: 2x0Newbreed71KGF2021
27687D. GrootLPts: 2x2, PenGI Amsterdam70KGRR2021
28319Kamil WilkLReferee DecisionPolaris 1770KGSPF2021
28726Emilio HernandezEmilio HernandezLPts: 0x0, PenADCC EC Trials66KGR22021
29722Ashley WilliamsAshley WilliamsLRNCGrapple Kings73KGSPF2021
31407Keith KrikorianKeith KrikorianLInside heel hookADCC WC Trials66KG8F2022
27426Timothy JohnsonWInside heel hookNewbreed71KGSF2021
27431Omar LaneWInside heel hookNewbreed76KGSF2021
27432Deandre CorbeDeandre CorbeWPts: 4x2Newbreed76KGF2021
27683Jan BrandWInside heel hookGI Amsterdam70KGRR2021
27684Guillaume PradaWInside heel hookGI Amsterdam70KGRR2021
27685Jesse ComerWInside heel hookGI Amsterdam70KGRR2021
27686Bart DubbeldamWInside heel hookGI Amsterdam70KGRR2021
28357Davis GiadooWRNCG.I. Austin70KGRR2021
28358Sean BleamasterWHeel hookG.I. Austin70KGRR2021
28359Ryan RuizWRNCG.I. Austin70KGRR2021
28360Gabriel LitmanWHeel hookG.I. Austin70KGRR2021
28641Jose FernandezWSubmissionG.I. Boston70KGRR2021
28642Ben DeschenesWReverse triangleG.I. Boston70KGRR2021
28643R. ShaughnessyWInside heel hookG.I. Boston70KGRR2021
28713Jason ValleWInside heel hookADCC EC Trials66KGR12021
29625A. AuriemmaWPts: 10x0Grappling Ind.77KGRR2021
29626Joseph RonanWHeel hookGrappling Ind.77KGRR2021
29627Nathan RayWHeel hookGrappling Ind.77KGRR2021
29628Nicholas ToscanoWHeel hookGrappling Ind.77KGRR2021
29744Andrew AuriemmaWPts: 10x0Grappling Ind.77KGRR2021
29745Joseph RonanWInside heel hookGrappling Ind.77KGRR2021
29746Nathan RayWInside heel hookGrappling Ind.77KGRR2021
29747Nicholas ToscanoWInside heel hookGrappling Ind.77KGRR2021
29758Dylan SpyerWPts: 7x0NAGA Austin72KG4F2022
29759Jay LittleWMikey lockNAGA Austin72KGSF2022
29760Zade AnbarWInside heel hookNAGA Austin72KGF2022
30073Angel CruzWReferee DecisionF2W 19373KGSPF2022
31360Jordan WirthWInside heel hookADCC WC Trials66KGR12022
31375Dillon DrewberryWPts: 3x0ADCC WC Trials66KGR22022
31391CJ MurdockWInside heel hookADCC WC Trials66KGR32022
32706Linus TefkeWInside heel hookADCC Sweden66KGR12022
32707Isak HelinWInside heel hookADCC Sweden66KG4F2022
32708Pontus AgrenWInside heel hookADCC Sweden66KGSF2022
32709Aziz MakhmudovWInside heel hookADCC Sweden66KGF2022
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