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Ross Nicholls

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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

57 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    9 (16%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    4 (7%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    36 (63%)
  • BY DECISION
    8 (14%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

36 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Submission
31
11
#86e620
RNC
11
4
#5AD3D1
Heel hook
11
4
#d1212a
Outside heel hook
8
3
#fad11b
Armbar
8
3
#f58822
Heel-hook
8
3
#224aba
Kneebar
8
3
#ff9124
Ezekiel
3
1
#bf1f6c
Violin armlock
3
1
#22c9a5
Inside heel hook
3
1
#fad223
Violin armbar
3
1
#03861f
Guillotine
3
1
36
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
16 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    6 (38%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    4 (25%)
  • BY DECISION
    5 (31%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (6%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

4 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

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

Ross Nicholls Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
7532Max CarvalhoMax CarvalhoLPointsBritish NationalABS4F2015
8384Gabriel RolloGabriel RolloLPts: 6x2NoGi Worlds73KG8F2015
8889Michael LieraMichael LieraLKneebarEuropean Open76KGR12016
9169Pedro FernandesLPts: 2x0Grand Slam LDN77KGSF2016
9546Gabriel ProcopioLPts: 4x2World Pro77KGR22016
10072Max CamposLPointsBritish National76KGSF2016
10084Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoLPointsBrit. No-Gi Nat.73KGF2016
10848Augusto MendesAugusto MendesLKatagatameNoGi Worlds73KGR22016
11491Ilke BulutIlke BulutLReferee DecisionEuropean Open76KG8F2017
11792O. TazaLInside heel hookTUFF Kumite80KGRR2017
11974Talison SoaresLReferee DecisionGrand Slam LDN77KGSF2017
13549O. TazaLReferee DecisionPolaris 576KGSPF2017
16702Eoghan OFlanaganLArmbarSubmitting ThingsABSF2018
19178Vagner RochaVagner RochaLReferee DecisionPolaris 977KGSPF2019
20328Lachlan GilesLachlan GilesLReferee DecisionGrappleFest 580KGSPF2019
21342JT TorresJT TorresLPts: 0x0, PenADCC77KGR12019
6342Duayne HelvoirtD---SubfifteenABSSPF2015
7524Alex EnlundWKneebarGrapple Nation 4N/ASPF2015
7525Jason TanWKneebarGrapple Nation 6N/ASPF2015
8349Marcos NardiniWReferee DecisionGrapple4Glory73KGN/A2015
8350Max CamposWReferee DecisionGrapple4Glory73KGN/A2015
9170Bruno AmorimBruno AmorimWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LDN77KG3RD2016
10082Max CamposWPointsBrit. No-Gi Nat.73KGSF2016
10821Marco CanhaMarco CanhaWReferee DecisionPolaris 473KGSPF2016
10844Christian LopezWRNCNoGi Worlds73KGR12016
11488Claudevan OliveiraWPts: 6x6, AdvEuropean Open76KGR12017
11789Daniel CrawfordWOutside heel hookTUFF Kumite80KGRR2017
11790Jack CroninWOutside heel hookTUFF Kumite80KGRR2017
11791Sean HarperWN/ATUFF Kumite80KGRR2017
11935Oliver LovellWPointsLondon W. Open76KGF2017
11969Melksedec FrancWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LDN77KG4F2017
11976Tiago BravoTiago BravoWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LDN77KG3RD2017
13178Darragh OConaillDarragh OConaillWPts: 4x2British NoGi Nats79KGF2017
13541Sam GibsonD---TUFF82KGSPF2017
13542Rodolfo NygarrdWEzekielTUFF82KGSPF2017
13543Eoghan O'flannaganWSubmissionWelsh Inv.ABSN/A2017
13544Tom CaugheyWPointsWelsh Inv.ABSN/A2017
13545John MaflinWSubmissionWelsh Inv.ABSN/A2017
13546Tom O'haganWSubmissionWelsh Inv.ABSN/A2017
15016Tommi PulkkanenWHeel hookPolaris 673KGSPF2018
16697Fabian EdwardsWHeel hookSubmitting ThingsABSR12018
16698Dan VinniWHeel hookSubmitting ThingsABS4F2018
16701Jack GrantWReferee DecisionSubmitting ThingsABSSF2018
16710Nathan OrchardWReferee DecisionPolaris 777KGSPF2018
17237Jack GrantWArmbarGrapple FestABSSPF2018
17515Rodrigo OliveiraWSubmissionEnglish NGO85KGSF2018
17516Lewis LongWPts: 14x4English NGO85KGF2018
17517Ross RidpathWSubmissionEnglish NGOABSF2018
17526Denis BrotzmannWViolin armlockADCC EU Trials77KGR22018
17531Dinu BucaletWArmbarADCC EU Trials77KG8F2018
17533Vegard RandebergWOutside heel hookADCC EU Trials77KG4F2018
17536Mateusz SzczecinskiWReferee DecisionADCC EU Trials77KGSF2018
17538Mateusz GamrotWInside heel hookADCC EU Trials77KGF2018
18150S. BoukhezzerWHeel hookNAGA Europe75KGSF2018
18152Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWReferee DecisionGrappleFest 380KGSPF2018
18701Kamil WilkD---Pantheon76KGSPF2019
19815H. AyubWSubmissionGrappling Ind.83KGRR2019
19816J. RobertsWRNCGrappling Ind.83KGRR2019
19817J. GraceWSubmissionGrappling Ind.83KGRR2019
19818Christian OzbekWSubmissionGrappling Ind.ABSR12019
19819A. BrownWSubmissionGrappling Ind.ABSR22019
19820J. GroomWSubmissionGrappling Ind.ABS4F2019
19821Ollie BatesWSubmissionGrappling Ind.ABSSF2019
19822Tolan HalleckWPts: 24x2Grappling Ind.ABSF2019
20549Lloyd CooperWArmbarPantheon Inv.80KGSF2019
20550Sean McdonaghWReferee DecisionPantheon Inv.80KGF2019
20712Cees DearWViolin armbarG.I. London77KGRR2019
20713Dominic DillonWPts: 9x0G.I. London77KGRR2019
20714Richard MearnsWPts: 10x0G.I. London77KGRR2019
20715Neil McgwynneWRNCG.I. London77KGRR2019
20716Mads ZerahnWKneebarG.I. London77KGRR2019
20717Tom Asabre-HoltWHeel-hookG.I. LondonABSR12019
20718Marcin ZiajaWGuillotineG.I. LondonABSR22019
20719Claudiu CrisuWRNCG.I. LondonABS4F2019
20720Nick ForrerWHeel-hookG.I. LondonABSSF2019
20721Jordan AmbeWHeel-hookG.I. LondonABSF2019

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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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