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Ross Nicholls is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt under César Lima and Roger Gracie, as well as a member of the Roger Gracie Academy (RGA), who is widely regarded as one of the top British and European competitors of his generation. Nicholls made himself noticed with eye-pleasing performances in big international events such as the Polaris Jiu Jitsu Invitational and the ADCC European Trials and is well-known for his matches with the likes of Oliver Taza, Nathan Orchard, Max Campos, and many others.

Ross Nicholls Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Ross Nicholls

Nickname: N/A

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie (senior) > Hélio GracieCarlos Gracie Júnior > Roger Gracie (> César Lima) > Ross Nicholls

Main Achievements:

  • ADCC European Trials Champion (2018)
  • IBJJF British No-Gi National Champion (2017)
  • Welsh Invitational Champion (2017)
  • Grapple Nation Champion (2015)
  • Grapple 4 Glory Champion (2015)
  • IBJJF London Winter Open Champion (2017)
  • IBJJF British No-Gi Nationals 2nd Place (2016)
  • UAEJJF Grand Slam LDN 3rd Place (2016/2017)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • IBJJF European Open Champion (2010 blue)
  • IBJJF European Open No-Gi Champion (2013 brown)
  • IBJJF London Open Champion (2013 brown)
  • IBJJF European Open 2nd Place (2013 brown)

Favorite Position/Technique: Butterfly Guard

Weight Division: Peso Leve (76,00 kg / 168.0 lbs)

Team/Association: Roger Gracie Academy

Ross Nicholls Biography

Ross Nicholls was born on March 09, 1990 in London, England, though he grew up in a steelworks town named Port Talbot, South Wales, United Kingdom.

Although he didn’t engage in many sporting activities as a child, Ross did pick up martial arts training from an early age, namely aikido, a combat system he practiced from the ages of 6 to 14.

While growing up, among Nicholls’ best friends, were the Kox brothers: Kevin, Rob, Gareth and Richard, all of who started grappling before Ross. It was through them that Nicholls gained an interest in jiu-jitsu and eventually joined a class under Kevin Kox, who was then a purple belt just starting his coaching career (2007).

Kevin taught in Port Talbot under the guidance of Brazilian black belt, and Wales BJJ pioneer, Pedro Bessa. Although Ross moved to London one year into his training, he continued training and was graded all the way up to purple belt by this coalition, Bessa, Cox.

Following his relocation to study biomedical science at the University College London (UCL) in 2008, Nicholls’ training schedule was split between the aforementioned Kox (when at home [P.T.]) and the Roger Gracie Academy in England’s capital. With time, particularly after Nicholls graduated and started making London his permanent residence, RGA coach César Lima, and Roger Gracie himself took a more permanent control of Ross’ tuition.

After ending his degree, Ross spent some time working outside his academic field of expertise, just to fund his BJJ training and competition schedule. In 2014 he started coaching on a regular basis which set him up to become a full-time athlete/coach in jiu-jitsu. It was also in 2014 (November), that Ross Nicholls was promoted to black belt. A ceremony led by Roger and Lima.

Ross Nicholls Grappling Record

35 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    6 (17%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    4 (11%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    19 (54%)
  • BY DECISION
    6 (17%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

19 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Submission
26
5
#86e620
Heel hook
16
3
#5AD3D1
Outside heel hook
16
3
#d1212a
Armbar
11
2
#fad11b
Kneebar
11
2
#f58822
Ezekiel
5
1
#224aba
Violin armlock
5
1
#ff9124
Inside heel hook
5
1
#bf1f6c
RNC
5
1
19
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
13 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    6 (46%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    4 (31%)
  • BY DECISION
    3 (23%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

4 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Armbar
25
1
#86e620
Kneebar
25
1
#5AD3D1
Katagatame
25
1
#d1212a
Inside heel hook
25
1
4
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Ross Nicholls Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
7454Max CarvalhoMax CarvalhoLPointsBritish NationalABS4F2015
8305Gabriel RolloGabriel RolloLPts: 6x2NoGi Worlds73KG8F2015
8808Michael LieraMichael LieraLKneebarEuropean Open76KGR12016
9080Pedro FernandesLPts: 2x0London Grand Slam77KGSF2016
9453Gabriel ProcopioLPts: 4x2World Pro77KGR22016
9978Max CamposLPointsBritish National76KGSF2016
9990Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoLPointsBrit. No-Gi Nat.73KGF2016
10729Augusto MendesAugusto MendesLKatagatameNoGi Worlds73KGR22016
11334Ilke BulutIlke BulutLReferee DecisionEuropean Open76KG8F2017
11619O. TazaLInside heel hookTUFF Kumite80KGRR2017
11799Talison SoaresLReferee DecisionGrand Slam LDN77KGSF2017
13330O. TazaLReferee DecisionPolaris 576KGSPF2017
16274Eoghan OFlanaganLArmbarSubmitting ThingsABSF2018
6274Duayne HelvoirtD---SubfifteenABSSPF2015
7446Alex EnlundWKneebarGrapple Nation 4N/ASPF2015
7447Jason TanWKneebarGrapple Nation 6N/ASPF2015
8270Marcos NardiniWReferee DecisionGrapple4Glory73KGN/A2015
8271Max CamposWReferee DecisionGrapple4Glory73KGN/A2015
9081Bruno AmorimBruno AmorimWPts: 0x0, AdvLondon Grand Slam77KG3RD2016
9988Max CamposWPointsBrit. No-Gi Nat.73KGSF2016
10702Marco CanhaMarco CanhaWReferee DecisionPolaris 473KGSPF2016
10725Christian LopezWRNCNoGi Worlds73KGR12016
11331Claudevan OliveiraWPts: 6x6, AdvEuropean Open76KGR12017
11616Daniel CrawfordWOutside heel hookTUFF Kumite80KGRR2017
11617Jack CroninWOutside heel hookTUFF Kumite80KGRR2017
11618Sean HarperWN/ATUFF Kumite80KGRR2017
11760Oliver LovellWPointsLondon W. Open76KGF2017
11794Melksedec FrancWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LDN77KG4F2017
11801Tiago BravoTiago BravoWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LDN77KG3RD2017
12978Darragh OConaillDarragh OConaillWPts: 4x2British NoGi Nats79KGF2017
13322Sam GibsonD---TUFF82KGSPF2017
13323Rodolfo NygarrdWEzekielTUFF82KGSPF2017
13324Eoghan O'flannaganWSubmissionWelsh Inv.ABSN/A2017
13325Tom CaugheyWPointsWelsh Inv.ABSN/A2017
13326John MaflinWSubmissionWelsh Inv.ABSN/A2017
13327Tom O'haganWSubmissionWelsh Inv.ABSN/A2017
14700Tommi PulkkanenWHeel hookPolaris 673KGSPF2018
16269Fabian EdwardsWHeel hookSubmitting ThingsABSR12018
16270Dan VinniWHeel hookSubmitting ThingsABS4F2018
16273Jack GrantWReferee DecisionSubmitting ThingsABSSF2018
16282Nathan OrchardWReferee DecisionPolaris 777KGSPF2018
16748Jack GrantWArmbarGrapple FestABSSPF2018
17011Rodrigo OliveiraWSubmissionEnglish NGO85KGSF2018
17012Lewis LongWPts: 14x4English NGO85KGF2018
17013Ross RidpathWSubmissionEnglish NGOABSF2018
17022Denis BrotzmannWViolin armlockADCC EU Trials77KGR22018
17027Dinu BucaletWArmbarADCC EU Trials77KG8F2018
17029Vegard RandebergWOutside heel hookADCC EU Trials77KG4F2018
17032Mateusz SzczecinskiWReferee DecisionADCC EU Trials77KGSF2018
17034Mateusz GamrotWInside heel hookADCC EU Trials77KGF2018

One Comment

  • Diogo Trigo says:

    Ross also came second at Tuff Invitational, May 2017 (round Robin competition). He submitted Daniel Crawford, Tom Coffee, Jack Cronin, Kyle Monteith and William Stone, drew with Sean Harper and was submitted by Oliver Taza.

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