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Robert Drysdale

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Possibly the most accomplished American Grappler of his generation, Robert Drysdale is a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, a rank he earned while training with the legendary coach Leonardo Vieira. Born of an American father and a Brazilian mother Robert Drysdale grew up, for the most part, in Brazil training with one of the most talented teams of the 2000’s era (Brasa). Robert Drysdale was also the 2nd American to win an IBJJF World Championship (2005), later going on to win the ADCC (2007) in the open weight division. Robert Drysdale  also competed in mixed martial arts (MMA) reaching the pinnacle of the sport, the UFC. By the end of 2013 Drysdale joined forces with Rodrigo Cavaca to form a new grappling team – Zenith BJJ.

Robert Drysdale Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Robert Drysdale

Nickname: n/a

Lineage: M. Maeda > C. Gracie > H. Gracie > R. Gracie > Romero Cavalcanti > Leonardo Vieira > Robert Drysdale

Main Achievements:

  • IBJJF World Champion (2005)
  • CBJJO World Cup Champion (2005/2006)
  • IBJJF World Championship 2nd Place (2006/2007)
  • ADCC Champion (2007*)

* Absolute

Favourite Position/Technique: Omoplata & Triangle.

Weight Division: Super-Pesado (under 100Kg-221Lbs)

Team/Association: Robert Drysdale Brazilian Jiu Jitsu/Zenith BJJ.

Robert Drysdale Biography

Robert Drysdale was born in Provo on the State of Utah, USA in 1981. He moved with his family to Brazil when he was just 6 years old, and began training Jiu Jitsu well in his teens (he was 17) at the “Quatro Tempos” Academy on the city of “Itú” State of Sao Paulo, Brazil.

He was still a white belt when he had to move back to the US to pursue his academic studies at a University in Las Vegas. Having fallen in love with BJJ, he looked up for a Jiu Jitsu academy and ended up training with instructor Steve da Silva. Steve was the first teacher to really believe in Drysdale’s potential. With his instructors encouragement Robert decided then to move back to Brazil were the sport was more professionalised.

The year was 2000 and Robert Drysdale packed his bags and moved to Indaiatuba in Brazil. He first started training at the “Maromba” academy with Professor Paulo Streckert. In the “Maromba” Academy, Drysdale fully dedicated himself to BJJ and competition. With his full atention in the sport he started picking up the benefits of his hard work, achieving many podiums and earning himself a World Title in the Purple Belt Division, and receiving his Brown Belt.

He then met and befriended Demian Maia who invited him to go and train at the mighty Brasa academy, then led by the former Alliance stars who had formed this new academy. After Robert received a “beating” in training by Leonardo Vieira he decided this should be the place to train. He asked his master Paulo Streckert and they both agreed it was a wise choice, this way giving start to Drysdale’s association with the Brasa Team.

In late 2007 after winning the ADCC in the open weight division, Robert Drysdale moved back to the USA. First to run the grappling classes at Extreme Couture in Las Vegas, and later moving on to open his own grappling academy. On October 2008 Drysdale ventured in the MMA world, fighting at an Amateur competiton called TUFF-N-UFF. He defeated his opponent by Armbar in the first round.

Drysdale’s rampant MMA career brought him to the biggest stage in the sport, the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) in 2014. His début was compromised, as Robert saw his fighter license denied by the Nevada Athletic Commission after testing positive for an elevated testosterone-to-epitestosterone ratio in an out-of-competition test. Later that year the former ADCC champion was released from the UFC after a positive drug test result following his first-round submission victory over Keith Berish at The Ultimate Fighter 19 Finale on July 6.

Robert Drysdale vs Gabriel Gonzaga “Napão”

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