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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
7557Max CarvalhoMax CarvalhoLPointsBritish NationalABS4F2015
8409Gabriel RolloGabriel RolloLPts: 6x2NoGi Worlds73KG8F2015
8924Michael LieraMichael LieraLKneebarEuropean Open76KGR12016
9207Pedro FernandesLPts: 2x0Grand Slam LDN77KGSF2016
9588Gabriel ProcopioGabriel ProcopioLPts: 4x2World Pro77KGR22016
10116Max CamposLPointsBritish National76KGSF2016
10128Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoLPointsBrit. No-Gi Nat.73KGF2016
10894Augusto MendesAugusto MendesLKatagatameNoGi Worlds73KGR22016
11559Ilke BulutIlke BulutLReferee DecisionEuropean Open76KG8F2017
11867Oliver TazaOliver TazaLOutside heel hookTUFF Kumite80KGRR2017
12054Talison SoaresLReferee DecisionGrand Slam LDN77KGSF2017
13651Oliver TazaOliver TazaLReferee DecisionPolaris 576KGSPF2017
16890Eoghan OFlanaganLArmbarSubmitting ThingsABSF2018
19526Vagner RochaVagner RochaLReferee DecisionPolaris 977KGSPF2019
20722Lachlan GilesLachlan GilesLReferee DecisionGrappleFest 580KGSPF2019
21833JT TorresJT TorresLPts: 0x0, PenADCC77KGR12019
23797Frederic VosgroneLPts: 1x0Polaris GPABSF2020
27116Nick RonanD---Polaris SquadsABSRR2021
27126Nathan OrchardD---Polaris SquadsABSRR2021
27133Nick RonanD---Polaris SquadsABSRR2021
27719M. SzczecinskiLStraight ankle lockADCC EU Trials77KG8F2021
32156Tommy LangakerTommy LangakerLPts: 6x0ADCC EU Trials77KGSF2022
6365Duayne HelvoirtD---SubfifteenABSSPF2015
7549Alex EnlundWKneebarGrapple Nation 4N/ASPF2015
7550Jason TanWKneebarGrapple Nation 6N/ASPF2015
8374Marcos NardiniWReferee DecisionGrapple4Glory73KGN/A2015
8375Max CamposWReferee DecisionGrapple4Glory73KGN/A2015
9208Bruno AmorimBruno AmorimWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LDN77KG3RD2016
10126Max CamposWPointsBrit. No-Gi Nat.73KGSF2016
10867Marco CanhaMarco CanhaWReferee DecisionPolaris 473KGSPF2016
10890Christian LopezWRNCNoGi Worlds73KGR12016
11556Claudevan OliveiraWPts: 6x6, AdvEuropean Open76KGR12017
11860Daniel CrawfordWOutside heel hookTUFF Kumite80KGRR2017
11862Jack CroninWOutside heel hookTUFF Kumite80KGRR2017
11865Sean HarperD---TUFF Kumite80KGRR2017
12014Oliver LovellWPointsLondon WO76KGF2017
12049Melksedec FrancWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LDN77KG4F2017
12056Tiago BravoTiago BravoWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LDN77KG3RD2017
13274Darragh OConaillDarragh OConaillWPts: 4x2British NoGi Nats79KGF2017
13643Sam GibsonD---TUFF82KGSPF2017
13644Rodolfo NygarrdWEzekielTUFF82KGSPF2017
13645Eoghan O'flannaganWSubmissionWelsh Inv.ABSN/A2017
13646Tom CaugheyWPointsWelsh Inv.ABSN/A2017
13647John MaflinWSubmissionWelsh Inv.ABSN/A2017
13648Tom O'haganWSubmissionWelsh Inv.ABSN/A2017
15165Tommi PulkkanenWHeel hookPolaris 673KGSPF2018
16885Fabian EdwardsWHeel hookSubmitting ThingsABSR12018
16886Dan VinniWHeel hookSubmitting ThingsABS4F2018
16889Jack GrantWReferee DecisionSubmitting ThingsABSSF2018
16898Nathan OrchardWReferee DecisionPolaris 777KGSPF2018
17452Jack GrantWArmbarGrapple FestABSSPF2018
17737Rodrigo OliveiraWSubmissionEnglish NGO85KGSF2018
17738Lewis LongWPts: 14x4English NGO85KGF2018
17739Ross RidpathWSubmissionEnglish NGOABSF2018
17748Denis BrotzmannWViolin armlockADCC EU Trials77KGR22018
17753Dinu BucaletWArmbarADCC EU Trials77KG8F2018
17755Vegard RandebergWOutside heel hookADCC EU Trials77KG4F2018
17758Mateusz SzczecinskiWReferee DecisionADCC EU Trials77KGSF2018
17760Mateusz GamrotWInside heel hookADCC EU Trials77KGF2018
18411S. BoukhezzerWHeel hookNAGA Europe75KGSF2018
18413Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWReferee DecisionGrappleFest 380KGSPF2018
19009Kamil WilkD---Pantheon76KGSPF2019
20191H. AyubWSubmissionGrappling Ind.83KGRR2019
20192J. RobertsWRNCGrappling Ind.83KGRR2019
20193J. GraceWSubmissionGrappling Ind.83KGRR2019
20194Christian OzbekWSubmissionGrappling Ind.ABSR12019
20195A. BrownWSubmissionGrappling Ind.ABSR22019
20196J. GroomWSubmissionGrappling Ind.ABS4F2019
20197Ollie BatesWSubmissionGrappling Ind.ABSSF2019
20198Tolan HalleckWPts: 24x2Grappling Ind.ABSF2019
20949Lloyd CooperWArmbarPantheon Inv.80KGSF2019
20950Sean McdonaghWReferee DecisionPantheon Inv.80KGF2019
21127Cees DearWViolin armbarG.I. London77KGRR2019
21128Dominic DillonWPts: 9x0G.I. London77KGRR2019
21129Richard MearnsWPts: 10x0G.I. London77KGRR2019
21130Neil McgwynneWRNCG.I. London77KGRR2019
21131Mads ZerahnWKneebarG.I. London77KGRR2019
21132Tom Asabre-HoltWHeel hookG.I. LondonABSR12019
21133Marcin ZiajaWGuillotineG.I. LondonABSR22019
21134Claudiu CrisuWRNCG.I. LondonABS4F2019
21135Nick ForrerWHeel hookG.I. LondonABSSF2019
21136Jordan AmbeWHeel hookG.I. LondonABSF2019
23793Dominic DillonWPts: 1x0Polaris GPABS4F2020
23795Bradley HillWReferee DecisionPolaris GPABSSF2020
27710Tom MaenurmWPts: 9x0ADCC EU Trials77KGR12021
29243Valentin FelsWInside heel hookG. Industries77KGSF2021
29244Davis AsareWPts: 9x0G. Industries77KGF2021
29245Dominic ErkWInside heel hookG. IndustriesABSR12021
29246Tehmoor AbbasWInside heel hookG. IndustriesABSR22021
29247Hejraat RashidWPts: 2x0G. IndustriesABS4F2021
29248Keiren RodwellWReferee DecisionG. IndustriesABSSF2021
29249Max BickertonWReferee DecisionG. IndustriesABSF2021
30064L. PelakauskasWPts: 4x2Grappling Ind.ABSR12022
30065Kial WilkinsWPts: 9x0Grappling Ind.ABSR22022
30066Max BickertonWPts: 4x2Grappling Ind.ABS4F2022
30067Hejraat RashidWPts: 4x0Grappling Ind.ABSSF2022
30068Nikita BerkovicWPts: 2x0Grappling Ind.ABSF2022
32139Moataz BarkoukyWArmbarADCC EU Trials77KGR12022
32144Liam AlpangWPts: 3x0ADCC EU Trials77KGR32022
32150Rafal FarjaszewskiWReferee DecisionADCC EU Trials77KG8F2022
32154Christopher WojcikWReferee DecisionADCC EU Trials77KG4F2022
32159Ellis 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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