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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

59 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    10 (17%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    4 (7%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    36 (61%)
  • BY DECISION
    9 (15%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

36 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Submission
31
11
#86e620
Heel hook
19
7
#5AD3D1
RNC
11
4
#d1212a
Outside heel hook
8
3
#fad11b
Armbar
8
3
#f58822
Kneebar
8
3
#224aba
Ezekiel
3
1
#ff9124
Violin armlock
3
1
#bf1f6c
Inside heel hook
3
1
#22c9a5
Violin armbar
3
1
#fad223
Guillotine
3
1
36
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
18 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    7 (39%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    5 (28%)
  • BY DECISION
    5 (28%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (6%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

5 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

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

Ross Nicholls Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
7544Max CarvalhoMax CarvalhoLPointsBritish NationalABS4F2015
8396Gabriel RolloGabriel RolloLPts: 6x2NoGi Worlds73KG8F2015
8911Michael LieraMichael LieraLKneebarEuropean Open76KGR12016
9194Pedro FernandesLPts: 2x0Grand Slam LDN77KGSF2016
9575Gabriel ProcopioGabriel ProcopioLPts: 4x2World Pro77KGR22016
10103Max CamposLPointsBritish National76KGSF2016
10115Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoLPointsBrit. No-Gi Nat.73KGF2016
10881Augusto MendesAugusto MendesLKatagatameNoGi Worlds73KGR22016
11541Ilke BulutIlke BulutLReferee DecisionEuropean Open76KG8F2017
11849Oliver TazaOliver TazaLOutside heel hookTUFF Kumite80KGRR2017
12036Talison SoaresLReferee DecisionGrand Slam LDN77KGSF2017
13633Oliver TazaOliver TazaLReferee DecisionPolaris 576KGSPF2017
16853Eoghan OFlanaganLArmbarSubmitting ThingsABSF2018
19453Vagner RochaVagner RochaLReferee DecisionPolaris 977KGSPF2019
20640Lachlan GilesLachlan GilesLReferee DecisionGrappleFest 580KGSPF2019
21743JT TorresJT TorresLPts: 0x0, PenADCC77KGR12019
23675Frederic VosgroneLPts: 1x0Polaris GPABSF2020
26945Nick RonanD---Polaris SquadsABSRR2021
26955Nathan OrchardD---Polaris SquadsABSRR2021
26962Nick RonanD---Polaris SquadsABSRR2021
27537M. SzczecinskiLStraight ankle lockADCC77KG8F2021
6352Duayne HelvoirtD---SubfifteenABSSPF2015
7536Alex EnlundWKneebarGrapple Nation 4N/ASPF2015
7537Jason TanWKneebarGrapple Nation 6N/ASPF2015
8361Marcos NardiniWReferee DecisionGrapple4Glory73KGN/A2015
8362Max CamposWReferee DecisionGrapple4Glory73KGN/A2015
9195Bruno AmorimBruno AmorimWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LDN77KG3RD2016
10113Max CamposWPointsBrit. No-Gi Nat.73KGSF2016
10854Marco CanhaMarco CanhaWReferee DecisionPolaris 473KGSPF2016
10877Christian LopezWRNCNoGi Worlds73KGR12016
11538Claudevan OliveiraWPts: 6x6, AdvEuropean Open76KGR12017
11842Daniel CrawfordWOutside heel hookTUFF Kumite80KGRR2017
11844Jack CroninWOutside heel hookTUFF Kumite80KGRR2017
11847Sean HarperD---TUFF Kumite80KGRR2017
11996Oliver LovellWPointsLondon WO76KGF2017
12031Melksedec FrancWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LDN77KG4F2017
12038Tiago BravoTiago BravoWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LDN77KG3RD2017
13256Darragh OConaillDarragh OConaillWPts: 4x2British NoGi Nats79KGF2017
13625Sam GibsonD---TUFF82KGSPF2017
13626Rodolfo NygarrdWEzekielTUFF82KGSPF2017
13627Eoghan O'flannaganWSubmissionWelsh Inv.ABSN/A2017
13628Tom CaugheyWPointsWelsh Inv.ABSN/A2017
13629John MaflinWSubmissionWelsh Inv.ABSN/A2017
13630Tom O'haganWSubmissionWelsh Inv.ABSN/A2017
15130Tommi PulkkanenWHeel hookPolaris 673KGSPF2018
16848Fabian EdwardsWHeel hookSubmitting ThingsABSR12018
16849Dan VinniWHeel hookSubmitting ThingsABS4F2018
16852Jack GrantWReferee DecisionSubmitting ThingsABSSF2018
16861Nathan OrchardWReferee DecisionPolaris 777KGSPF2018
17407Jack GrantWArmbarGrapple FestABSSPF2018
17692Rodrigo OliveiraWSubmissionEnglish NGO85KGSF2018
17693Lewis LongWPts: 14x4English NGO85KGF2018
17694Ross RidpathWSubmissionEnglish NGOABSF2018
17703Denis BrotzmannWViolin armlockADCC EU Trials77KGR22018
17708Dinu BucaletWArmbarADCC EU Trials77KG8F2018
17710Vegard RandebergWOutside heel hookADCC EU Trials77KG4F2018
17713Mateusz SzczecinskiWReferee DecisionADCC EU Trials77KGSF2018
17715Mateusz GamrotWInside heel hookADCC EU Trials77KGF2018
18356S. BoukhezzerWHeel hookNAGA Europe75KGSF2018
18358Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWReferee DecisionGrappleFest 380KGSPF2018
18949Kamil WilkD---Pantheon76KGSPF2019
20113H. AyubWSubmissionGrappling Ind.83KGRR2019
20114J. RobertsWRNCGrappling Ind.83KGRR2019
20115J. GraceWSubmissionGrappling Ind.83KGRR2019
20116Christian OzbekWSubmissionGrappling Ind.ABSR12019
20117A. BrownWSubmissionGrappling Ind.ABSR22019
20118J. GroomWSubmissionGrappling Ind.ABS4F2019
20119Ollie BatesWSubmissionGrappling Ind.ABSSF2019
20120Tolan HalleckWPts: 24x2Grappling Ind.ABSF2019
20867Lloyd CooperWArmbarPantheon Inv.80KGSF2019
20868Sean McdonaghWReferee DecisionPantheon Inv.80KGF2019
21043Cees DearWViolin armbarG.I. London77KGRR2019
21044Dominic DillonWPts: 9x0G.I. London77KGRR2019
21045Richard MearnsWPts: 10x0G.I. London77KGRR2019
21046Neil McgwynneWRNCG.I. London77KGRR2019
21047Mads ZerahnWKneebarG.I. London77KGRR2019
21048Tom Asabre-HoltWHeel hookG.I. LondonABSR12019
21049Marcin ZiajaWGuillotineG.I. LondonABSR22019
21050Claudiu CrisuWRNCG.I. LondonABS4F2019
21051Nick ForrerWHeel hookG.I. LondonABSSF2019
21052Jordan AmbeWHeel hookG.I. LondonABSF2019
23671Dominic DillonWPts: 1x0Polaris GPABS4F2020
23673Bradley HillWReferee DecisionPolaris GPABSSF2020
27528Tom MaenurmWPts: 9x0ADCC77KGR12021

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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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