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Ross Nicholls

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

45 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    7 (16%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    4 (9%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    27 (60%)
  • BY DECISION
    7 (16%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

27 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Submission
41
11
#86e620
Heel hook
15
4
#5AD3D1
Outside heel hook
11
3
#d1212a
Armbar
7
2
#fad11b
Kneebar
7
2
#f58822
RNC
7
2
#224aba
Ezekiel
4
1
#ff9124
Violin armlock
4
1
#bf1f6c
Inside heel hook
4
1
27
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
14 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    6 (43%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    4 (29%)
  • BY DECISION
    4 (29%)
  • 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
7510Max CarvalhoMax CarvalhoLPointsBritish NationalABS4F2015
8362Gabriel RolloGabriel RolloLPts: 6x2NoGi Worlds73KG8F2015
8867Michael LieraMichael LieraLKneebarEuropean Open76KGR12016
9148Pedro FernandesLPts: 2x0London Grand Slam77KGSF2016
9524Gabriel ProcopioLPts: 4x2World Pro77KGR22016
10051Max CamposLPointsBritish National76KGSF2016
10063Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoLPointsBrit. No-Gi Nat.73KGF2016
10822Augusto MendesAugusto MendesLKatagatameNoGi Worlds73KGR22016
11459Ilke BulutIlke BulutLReferee DecisionEuropean Open76KG8F2017
11754O. TazaLInside heel hookTUFF Kumite80KGRR2017
11936Talison SoaresLReferee DecisionGrand Slam LDN77KGSF2017
13505O. TazaLReferee DecisionPolaris 576KGSPF2017
16632Eoghan OFlanaganLArmbarSubmitting ThingsABSF2018
19064Vagner RochaVagner RochaLReferee DecisionPolaris 977KGSPF2019
6320Duayne HelvoirtD---SubfifteenABSSPF2015
7502Alex EnlundWKneebarGrapple Nation 4N/ASPF2015
7503Jason TanWKneebarGrapple Nation 6N/ASPF2015
8327Marcos NardiniWReferee DecisionGrapple4Glory73KGN/A2015
8328Max CamposWReferee DecisionGrapple4Glory73KGN/A2015
9149Bruno AmorimBruno AmorimWPts: 0x0, AdvLondon Grand Slam77KG3RD2016
10061Max CamposWPointsBrit. No-Gi Nat.73KGSF2016
10795Marco CanhaMarco CanhaWReferee DecisionPolaris 473KGSPF2016
10818Christian LopezWRNCNoGi Worlds73KGR12016
11456Claudevan OliveiraWPts: 6x6, AdvEuropean Open76KGR12017
11751Daniel CrawfordWOutside heel hookTUFF Kumite80KGRR2017
11752Jack CroninWOutside heel hookTUFF Kumite80KGRR2017
11753Sean HarperWN/ATUFF Kumite80KGRR2017
11897Oliver LovellWPointsLondon W. Open76KGF2017
11931Melksedec FrancWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LDN77KG4F2017
11938Tiago BravoTiago BravoWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LDN77KG3RD2017
13136Darragh OConaillDarragh OConaillWPts: 4x2British NoGi Nats79KGF2017
13497Sam GibsonD---TUFF82KGSPF2017
13498Rodolfo NygarrdWEzekielTUFF82KGSPF2017
13499Eoghan O'flannaganWSubmissionWelsh Inv.ABSN/A2017
13500Tom CaugheyWPointsWelsh Inv.ABSN/A2017
13501John MaflinWSubmissionWelsh Inv.ABSN/A2017
13502Tom O'haganWSubmissionWelsh Inv.ABSN/A2017
14949Tommi PulkkanenWHeel hookPolaris 673KGSPF2018
16627Fabian EdwardsWHeel hookSubmitting ThingsABSR12018
16628Dan VinniWHeel hookSubmitting ThingsABS4F2018
16631Jack GrantWReferee DecisionSubmitting ThingsABSSF2018
16640Nathan OrchardWReferee DecisionPolaris 777KGSPF2018
17158Jack GrantWArmbarGrapple FestABSSPF2018
17431Rodrigo OliveiraWSubmissionEnglish NGO85KGSF2018
17432Lewis LongWPts: 14x4English NGO85KGF2018
17433Ross RidpathWSubmissionEnglish NGOABSF2018
17442Denis BrotzmannWViolin armlockADCC EU Trials77KGR22018
17447Dinu BucaletWArmbarADCC EU Trials77KG8F2018
17449Vegard RandebergWOutside heel hookADCC EU Trials77KG4F2018
17452Mateusz SzczecinskiWReferee DecisionADCC EU Trials77KGSF2018
17454Mateusz GamrotWInside heel hookADCC EU Trials77KGF2018
18063S. BoukhezzerWHeel hookNAGA Europe75KGSF2018
18065Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWReferee DecisionGrappleFest 380KGSPF2018
18597Kamil WilkD---Pantheon76KGSPF2019
19695H. AyubWSubmissionGrappling Ind.83KGRR2019
19696J. RobertsWRNCGrappling Ind.83KGRR2019
19697J. GraceWSubmissionGrappling Ind.83KGRR2019
19698Christian OzbekWSubmissionGrappling Ind.ABSR12019
19699A. BrownWSubmissionGrappling Ind.ABSR22019
19700J. GroomWSubmissionGrappling Ind.ABS4F2019
19701Ollie BatesWSubmissionGrappling Ind.ABSSF2019
19702Tolan HalleckWPts: 24x2Grappling Ind.ABSF2019

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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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