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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:

  • 1st Place ADCC European Trials (2018)
  • 1st Place IBJJF British NoGi Nationals (2017)
  • 1st Place IBJJF London Winter Open (2017)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF British NoGi Nationals (2016)
  • 3rd Place UAEJJF Grand Slam LDN (2016/2017)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • 1st Place IBJJF European Open (2010 blue)
  • 1st Place IBJJF European NoGi Open (2013 brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF London Open (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

76 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    19 (25%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    4 (5%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    40 (53%)
  • BY DECISION
    13 (17%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

40 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Submission
28
11
#86e620
Heel hook
18
7
#5AD3D1
Armbar
10
4
#d1212a
Inside heel hook
10
4
#fad11b
RNC
10
4
#f58822
Kneebar
8
3
#224aba
Outside heel hook
8
3
#ff9124
Ezekiel
3
1
#bf1f6c
Violin armlock
3
1
#22c9a5
Violin armbar
3
1
#fad223
Guillotine
3
1
40
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
19 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    8 (42%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    5 (26%)
  • BY DECISION
    5 (26%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (5%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

5 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Armbar
20
1
#86e620
Straight ankle lock
20
1
#5AD3D1
Kneebar
20
1
#d1212a
Katagatame
20
1
#fad11b
Outside heel hook
20
1
5
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Ross Nicholls Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
7563Max CarvalhoMax CarvalhoLPointsBritish NationalABS4F2015
8415Gabriel RolloGabriel RolloLPts: 6x2NoGi Worlds73KG8F2015
8930Michael LieraMichael LieraLKneebarEuropean Open76KGR12016
9213Pedro FernandesLPts: 2x0Grand Slam LDN77KGSF2016
9594Gabriel ProcopioGabriel ProcopioLPts: 4x2World Pro77KGR22016
10122Max CamposLPointsBritish National76KGSF2016
10134Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoLPointsBrit. No-Gi Nat.73KGF2016
10900Augusto MendesAugusto MendesLKatagatameNoGi Worlds73KGR22016
11565Ilke BulutIlke BulutLReferee DecisionEuropean Open76KG8F2017
11873Oliver TazaOliver TazaLOutside heel hookTUFF Kumite80KGRR2017
12060Talison SoaresLReferee DecisionGrand Slam LDN77KGSF2017
13657Oliver TazaOliver TazaLReferee DecisionPolaris 576KGSPF2017
16896Eoghan OFlanaganLArmbarSubmitting ThingsABSF2018
19532Vagner RochaVagner RochaLReferee DecisionPolaris 977KGSPF2019
20728Lachlan GilesLachlan GilesLReferee DecisionGrappleFest 580KGSPF2019
21839JT TorresJT TorresLPts: 0x0, PenADCC77KGR12019
23803Frederic VosgroneLPts: 1x0Polaris GPABSF2020
27131Nick RonanD---Polaris SquadsABSRR2021
27141Nathan OrchardD---Polaris SquadsABSRR2021
27148Nick RonanD---Polaris SquadsABSRR2021
27735M. SzczecinskiLStraight ankle lockADCC EU Trials77KG8F2021
32182Tommy LangakerTommy LangakerLPts: 6x0ADCC EU Trials77KGSF2022
6371Duayne HelvoirtD---SubfifteenABSSPF2015
7555Alex EnlundWKneebarGrapple Nation 4N/ASPF2015
7556Jason TanWKneebarGrapple Nation 6N/ASPF2015
8380Marcos NardiniWReferee DecisionGrapple4Glory73KGN/A2015
8381Max CamposWReferee DecisionGrapple4Glory73KGN/A2015
9214Bruno AmorimBruno AmorimWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LDN77KG3RD2016
10132Max CamposWPointsBrit. No-Gi Nat.73KGSF2016
10873Marco CanhaMarco CanhaWReferee DecisionPolaris 473KGSPF2016
10896Christian LopezWRNCNoGi Worlds73KGR12016
11562Claudevan OliveiraWPts: 6x6, AdvEuropean Open76KGR12017
11866Daniel CrawfordWOutside heel hookTUFF Kumite80KGRR2017
11868Jack CroninWOutside heel hookTUFF Kumite80KGRR2017
11871Sean HarperD---TUFF Kumite80KGRR2017
12020Oliver LovellWPointsLondon WO76KGF2017
12055Melksedec FrancWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LDN77KG4F2017
12062Tiago BravoTiago BravoWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LDN77KG3RD2017
13280Darragh OConaillDarragh OConaillWPts: 4x2British NoGi Nats79KGF2017
13649Sam GibsonD---TUFF82KGSPF2017
13650Rodolfo NygarrdWEzekielTUFF82KGSPF2017
13651Eoghan O'flannaganWSubmissionWelsh Inv.ABSN/A2017
13652Tom CaugheyWPointsWelsh Inv.ABSN/A2017
13653John MaflinWSubmissionWelsh Inv.ABSN/A2017
13654Tom O'haganWSubmissionWelsh Inv.ABSN/A2017
15171Tommi PulkkanenWHeel hookPolaris 673KGSPF2018
16891Fabian EdwardsWHeel hookSubmitting ThingsABSR12018
16892Dan VinniWHeel hookSubmitting ThingsABS4F2018
16895Jack GrantWReferee DecisionSubmitting ThingsABSSF2018
16904Nathan OrchardWReferee DecisionPolaris 777KGSPF2018
17458Jack GrantWArmbarGrapple FestABSSPF2018
17743Rodrigo OliveiraWSubmissionEnglish NGO85KGSF2018
17744Lewis LongWPts: 14x4English NGO85KGF2018
17745Ross RidpathWSubmissionEnglish NGOABSF2018
17754Denis BrotzmannWViolin armlockADCC EU Trials77KGR22018
17759Dinu BucaletWArmbarADCC EU Trials77KG8F2018
17761Vegard RandebergWOutside heel hookADCC EU Trials77KG4F2018
17764Mateusz SzczecinskiWReferee DecisionADCC EU Trials77KGSF2018
17766Mateusz GamrotWInside heel hookADCC EU Trials77KGF2018
18417S. BoukhezzerWHeel hookNAGA Europe75KGSF2018
18419Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWReferee DecisionGrappleFest 380KGSPF2018
19015Kamil WilkD---Pantheon76KGSPF2019
20197H. AyubWSubmissionGrappling Ind.83KGRR2019
20198J. RobertsWRNCGrappling Ind.83KGRR2019
20199J. GraceWSubmissionGrappling Ind.83KGRR2019
20200Christian OzbekWSubmissionGrappling Ind.ABSR12019
20201A. BrownWSubmissionGrappling Ind.ABSR22019
20202J. GroomWSubmissionGrappling Ind.ABS4F2019
20203Ollie BatesWSubmissionGrappling Ind.ABSSF2019
20204Tolan HalleckWPts: 24x2Grappling Ind.ABSF2019
20955Lloyd CooperWArmbarPantheon Inv.80KGSF2019
20956Sean McdonaghWReferee DecisionPantheon Inv.80KGF2019
21133Cees DearWViolin armbarG.I. London77KGRR2019
21134Dominic DillonWPts: 9x0G.I. London77KGRR2019
21135Richard MearnsWPts: 10x0G.I. London77KGRR2019
21136Neil McgwynneWRNCG.I. London77KGRR2019
21137Mads ZerahnWKneebarG.I. London77KGRR2019
21138Tom Asabre-HoltWHeel hookG.I. LondonABSR12019
21139Marcin ZiajaWGuillotineG.I. LondonABSR22019
21140Claudiu CrisuWRNCG.I. LondonABS4F2019
21141Nick ForrerWHeel hookG.I. LondonABSSF2019
21142Jordan AmbeWHeel hookG.I. LondonABSF2019
23799Dominic DillonWPts: 1x0Polaris GPABS4F2020
23801Bradley HillWReferee DecisionPolaris GPABSSF2020
27726Tom MaenurmWPts: 9x0ADCC EU Trials77KGR12021
29261Valentin FelsWInside heel hookG. Industries77KGSF2021
29262Davis AsareWPts: 9x0G. Industries77KGF2021
29263Dominic ErkWInside heel hookG. IndustriesABSR12021
29264Tehmoor AbbasWInside heel hookG. IndustriesABSR22021
29265Hejraat RashidWPts: 2x0G. IndustriesABS4F2021
29266Keiren RodwellWReferee DecisionG. IndustriesABSSF2021
29267Max BickertonWReferee DecisionG. IndustriesABSF2021
30085L. PelakauskasWPts: 4x2Grappling Ind.ABSR12022
30086Kial WilkinsWPts: 9x0Grappling Ind.ABSR22022
30087Max BickertonWPts: 4x2Grappling Ind.ABS4F2022
30088Hejraat RashidWPts: 4x0Grappling Ind.ABSSF2022
30089Nikita BerkovicWPts: 2x0Grappling Ind.ABSF2022
32165Moataz BarkoukyWArmbarADCC EU Trials77KGR12022
32170Liam AlpangWPts: 3x0ADCC EU Trials77KGR32022
32176Rafal FarjaszewskiWReferee DecisionADCC EU Trials77KG8F2022
32180Christopher WojcikWReferee DecisionADCC EU Trials77KG4F2022
32185Ellis YoungerWPts: 2x0ADCC EU Trials77KG3RD2022

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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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