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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

58 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    9 (16%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    4 (7%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    36 (62%)
  • BY DECISION
    9 (16%)
  • 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
Kneebar
8
3
#fad11b
Outside heel hook
8
3
#f58822
Armbar
8
3
#224aba
Heel-hook
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
17 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    7 (41%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    4 (24%)
  • BY DECISION
    5 (29%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (6%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

4 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

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

Ross Nicholls Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
7536Max CarvalhoMax CarvalhoLPointsBritish NationalABS4F2015
8388Gabriel RolloGabriel RolloLPts: 6x2NoGi Worlds73KG8F2015
8903Michael LieraMichael LieraLKneebarEuropean Open76KGR12016
9186Pedro FernandesLPts: 2x0Grand Slam LDN77KGSF2016
9567Gabriel ProcopioGabriel ProcopioLPts: 4x2World Pro77KGR22016
10095Max CamposLPointsBritish National76KGSF2016
10107Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoLPointsBrit. No-Gi Nat.73KGF2016
10873Augusto MendesAugusto MendesLKatagatameNoGi Worlds73KGR22016
11533Ilke BulutIlke BulutLReferee DecisionEuropean Open76KG8F2017
11841Oliver TazaOliver TazaLOutside heel hookTUFF Kumite80KGRR2017
12028Talison SoaresLReferee DecisionGrand Slam LDN77KGSF2017
13623Oliver TazaOliver TazaLReferee DecisionPolaris 576KGSPF2017
16836Eoghan OFlanaganLArmbarSubmitting ThingsABSF2018
19416Vagner RochaVagner RochaLReferee DecisionPolaris 977KGSPF2019
20599Lachlan GilesLachlan GilesLReferee DecisionGrappleFest 580KGSPF2019
21686JT TorresJT TorresLPts: 0x0, PenADCC77KGR12019
23562Frederic VosgroneLPts: 1x0Polaris GPABSF2020
6344Duayne HelvoirtD---SubfifteenABSSPF2015
7528Alex EnlundWKneebarGrapple Nation 4N/ASPF2015
7529Jason TanWKneebarGrapple Nation 6N/ASPF2015
8353Marcos NardiniWReferee DecisionGrapple4Glory73KGN/A2015
8354Max CamposWReferee DecisionGrapple4Glory73KGN/A2015
9187Bruno AmorimBruno AmorimWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LDN77KG3RD2016
10105Max CamposWPointsBrit. No-Gi Nat.73KGSF2016
10846Marco CanhaMarco CanhaWReferee DecisionPolaris 473KGSPF2016
10869Christian LopezWRNCNoGi Worlds73KGR12016
11530Claudevan OliveiraWPts: 6x6, AdvEuropean Open76KGR12017
11834Daniel CrawfordWOutside heel hookTUFF Kumite80KGRR2017
11836Jack CroninWOutside heel hookTUFF Kumite80KGRR2017
11839Sean HarperD---TUFF Kumite80KGRR2017
11988Oliver LovellWPointsLondon WO76KGF2017
12023Melksedec FrancWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LDN77KG4F2017
12030Tiago BravoTiago BravoWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LDN77KG3RD2017
13248Darragh OConaillDarragh OConaillWPts: 4x2British NoGi Nats79KGF2017
13615Sam GibsonD---TUFF82KGSPF2017
13616Rodolfo NygarrdWEzekielTUFF82KGSPF2017
13617Eoghan O'flannaganWSubmissionWelsh Inv.ABSN/A2017
13618Tom CaugheyWPointsWelsh Inv.ABSN/A2017
13619John MaflinWSubmissionWelsh Inv.ABSN/A2017
13620Tom O'haganWSubmissionWelsh Inv.ABSN/A2017
15113Tommi PulkkanenWHeel hookPolaris 673KGSPF2018
16831Fabian EdwardsWHeel hookSubmitting ThingsABSR12018
16832Dan VinniWHeel hookSubmitting ThingsABS4F2018
16835Jack GrantWReferee DecisionSubmitting ThingsABSSF2018
16844Nathan OrchardWReferee DecisionPolaris 777KGSPF2018
17390Jack GrantWArmbarGrapple FestABSSPF2018
17675Rodrigo OliveiraWSubmissionEnglish NGO85KGSF2018
17676Lewis LongWPts: 14x4English NGO85KGF2018
17677Ross RidpathWSubmissionEnglish NGOABSF2018
17686Denis BrotzmannWViolin armlockADCC EU Trials77KGR22018
17691Dinu BucaletWArmbarADCC EU Trials77KG8F2018
17693Vegard RandebergWOutside heel hookADCC EU Trials77KG4F2018
17696Mateusz SzczecinskiWReferee DecisionADCC EU Trials77KGSF2018
17698Mateusz GamrotWInside heel hookADCC EU Trials77KGF2018
18332S. BoukhezzerWHeel hookNAGA Europe75KGSF2018
18334Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWReferee DecisionGrappleFest 380KGSPF2018
18922Kamil WilkD---Pantheon76KGSPF2019
20073H. AyubWSubmissionGrappling Ind.83KGRR2019
20074J. RobertsWRNCGrappling Ind.83KGRR2019
20075J. GraceWSubmissionGrappling Ind.83KGRR2019
20076Christian OzbekWSubmissionGrappling Ind.ABSR12019
20077A. BrownWSubmissionGrappling Ind.ABSR22019
20078J. GroomWSubmissionGrappling Ind.ABS4F2019
20079Ollie BatesWSubmissionGrappling Ind.ABSSF2019
20080Tolan HalleckWPts: 24x2Grappling Ind.ABSF2019
20826Lloyd CooperWArmbarPantheon Inv.80KGSF2019
20827Sean McdonaghWReferee DecisionPantheon Inv.80KGF2019
20999Cees DearWViolin armbarG.I. London77KGRR2019
21000Dominic DillonWPts: 9x0G.I. London77KGRR2019
21001Richard MearnsWPts: 10x0G.I. London77KGRR2019
21002Neil McgwynneWRNCG.I. London77KGRR2019
21003Mads ZerahnWKneebarG.I. London77KGRR2019
21004Tom Asabre-HoltWHeel-hookG.I. LondonABSR12019
21005Marcin ZiajaWGuillotineG.I. LondonABSR22019
21006Claudiu CrisuWRNCG.I. LondonABS4F2019
21007Nick ForrerWHeel-hookG.I. LondonABSSF2019
21008Jordan AmbeWHeel-hookG.I. LondonABSF2019
23558Dominic DillonWPts: 1x0Polaris GPABS4F2020
23560Bradley HillWReferee DecisionPolaris GPABSSF2020

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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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