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Ross Nicholls

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5050 Guard Instructional by Lachlan Giles

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
11
4
#5AD3D1
RNC
11
4
#d1212a
Armbar
8
3
#fad11b
Heel-hook
8
3
#f58822
Kneebar
8
3
#224aba
Outside 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
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
7534Max CarvalhoMax CarvalhoLPointsBritish NationalABS4F2015
8386Gabriel RolloGabriel RolloLPts: 6x2NoGi Worlds73KG8F2015
8901Michael LieraMichael LieraLKneebarEuropean Open76KGR12016
9182Pedro FernandesLPts: 2x0Grand Slam LDN77KGSF2016
9561Gabriel ProcopioGabriel ProcopioLPts: 4x2World Pro77KGR22016
10088Max CamposLPointsBritish National76KGSF2016
10100Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoLPointsBrit. No-Gi Nat.73KGF2016
10865Augusto MendesAugusto MendesLKatagatameNoGi Worlds73KGR22016
11515Ilke BulutIlke BulutLReferee DecisionEuropean Open76KG8F2017
11819O. TazaLInside heel hookTUFF Kumite80KGRR2017
12002Talison SoaresLReferee DecisionGrand Slam LDN77KGSF2017
13593O. TazaLReferee DecisionPolaris 576KGSPF2017
16800Eoghan OFlanaganLArmbarSubmitting ThingsABSF2018
19354Vagner RochaVagner RochaLReferee DecisionPolaris 977KGSPF2019
20527Lachlan GilesLachlan GilesLReferee DecisionGrappleFest 580KGSPF2019
21594JT TorresJT TorresLPts: 0x0, PenADCC77KGR12019
23373Frederic VosgroneLPts: 1x0Polaris GPABSF2020
6344Duayne HelvoirtD---SubfifteenABSSPF2015
7526Alex EnlundWKneebarGrapple Nation 4N/ASPF2015
7527Jason TanWKneebarGrapple Nation 6N/ASPF2015
8351Marcos NardiniWReferee DecisionGrapple4Glory73KGN/A2015
8352Max CamposWReferee DecisionGrapple4Glory73KGN/A2015
9183Bruno AmorimBruno AmorimWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LDN77KG3RD2016
10098Max CamposWPointsBrit. No-Gi Nat.73KGSF2016
10838Marco CanhaMarco CanhaWReferee DecisionPolaris 473KGSPF2016
10861Christian LopezWRNCNoGi Worlds73KGR12016
11512Claudevan OliveiraWPts: 6x6, AdvEuropean Open76KGR12017
11816Daniel CrawfordWOutside heel hookTUFF Kumite80KGRR2017
11817Jack CroninWOutside heel hookTUFF Kumite80KGRR2017
11818Sean HarperWN/ATUFF Kumite80KGRR2017
11962Oliver LovellWPointsLondon WO76KGF2017
11997Melksedec FrancWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LDN77KG4F2017
12004Tiago BravoTiago BravoWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LDN77KG3RD2017
13218Darragh OConaillDarragh OConaillWPts: 4x2British NoGi Nats79KGF2017
13585Sam GibsonD---TUFF82KGSPF2017
13586Rodolfo NygarrdWEzekielTUFF82KGSPF2017
13587Eoghan O'flannaganWSubmissionWelsh Inv.ABSN/A2017
13588Tom CaugheyWPointsWelsh Inv.ABSN/A2017
13589John MaflinWSubmissionWelsh Inv.ABSN/A2017
13590Tom O'haganWSubmissionWelsh Inv.ABSN/A2017
15081Tommi PulkkanenWHeel hookPolaris 673KGSPF2018
16795Fabian EdwardsWHeel hookSubmitting ThingsABSR12018
16796Dan VinniWHeel hookSubmitting ThingsABS4F2018
16799Jack GrantWReferee DecisionSubmitting ThingsABSSF2018
16808Nathan OrchardWReferee DecisionPolaris 777KGSPF2018
17348Jack GrantWArmbarGrapple FestABSSPF2018
17630Rodrigo OliveiraWSubmissionEnglish NGO85KGSF2018
17631Lewis LongWPts: 14x4English NGO85KGF2018
17632Ross RidpathWSubmissionEnglish NGOABSF2018
17641Denis BrotzmannWViolin armlockADCC EU Trials77KGR22018
17646Dinu BucaletWArmbarADCC EU Trials77KG8F2018
17648Vegard RandebergWOutside heel hookADCC EU Trials77KG4F2018
17651Mateusz SzczecinskiWReferee DecisionADCC EU Trials77KGSF2018
17653Mateusz GamrotWInside heel hookADCC EU Trials77KGF2018
18283S. BoukhezzerWHeel hookNAGA Europe75KGSF2018
18285Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWReferee DecisionGrappleFest 380KGSPF2018
18864Kamil WilkD---Pantheon76KGSPF2019
20004H. AyubWSubmissionGrappling Ind.83KGRR2019
20005J. RobertsWRNCGrappling Ind.83KGRR2019
20006J. GraceWSubmissionGrappling Ind.83KGRR2019
20007Christian OzbekWSubmissionGrappling Ind.ABSR12019
20008A. BrownWSubmissionGrappling Ind.ABSR22019
20009J. GroomWSubmissionGrappling Ind.ABS4F2019
20010Ollie BatesWSubmissionGrappling Ind.ABSSF2019
20011Tolan HalleckWPts: 24x2Grappling Ind.ABSF2019
20748Lloyd CooperWArmbarPantheon Inv.80KGSF2019
20749Sean McdonaghWReferee DecisionPantheon Inv.80KGF2019
20921Cees DearWViolin armbarG.I. London77KGRR2019
20922Dominic DillonWPts: 9x0G.I. London77KGRR2019
20923Richard MearnsWPts: 10x0G.I. London77KGRR2019
20924Neil McgwynneWRNCG.I. London77KGRR2019
20925Mads ZerahnWKneebarG.I. London77KGRR2019
20926Tom Asabre-HoltWHeel-hookG.I. LondonABSR12019
20927Marcin ZiajaWGuillotineG.I. LondonABSR22019
20928Claudiu CrisuWRNCG.I. LondonABS4F2019
20929Nick ForrerWHeel-hookG.I. LondonABSSF2019
20930Jordan AmbeWHeel-hookG.I. LondonABSF2019
23369Dominic DillonWPts: 1x0Polaris GPABS4F2020
23371Bradley 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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