Who’s Number One returns to action tonight with a stacked card, featuring one of the most highly-anticipated grappling bouts of all time and some of the world’s top grapplers throughout. It all goes down live from the Sports Academy at The Star, the home of the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys training facility in Frisco, Texas.
At the top of the card is a battle between two of the greatest grapplers alive, as Gordon Ryan faces Felipe Pena. Widely considered the best grappler competing today, Ryan has lived up to his nickname of “The King” since winning the 2019 ADCC World Championships in both the -99kg and absolute divisions, and has yet to lose since. Similarly, fellow ADCC World Champion “Preguica” Pena has only lost once since losing in the first round of the 2019 tournament. Anticipation for this bout has built both because Pena holds two wins over Ryan and for the bad blood leading up to tonight’s trilogy match.
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In the co-main event, Nicholas Meregali keeps up an active year as he faces former Bellator middleweight champion Rafael Lovato Jr., whom many consider one of the best American grapplers of all time. The 2021 IBJJF ultra heavyweight semifinalist Meregali has only been submitted once across all competitions, while Lovato Jr. has returned to grappling after retiring from MMA.
Eighteen year old phenom Mica Galvao will look to continue his rampage through the grappling scene against Submission Underground vet Alan Sanchez. Both have recently won high-profile events, as Galvao recently won the BJJ Stars 8 tournament, defeating Leandro Lo in the finals, while Sanchez won the ultra-competitive EBI 19 tournament.
Rounding out the main card are the only women’s bout on the card in 22 year old leg lock specialist Elisabeth Clay taking on multiple-time world champion Bia Mesquita, and WNO mainstay “The Hillbilly Hammer” Jacob Couch facing up-and-comer Jay Rodriguez.
MMA Sucka has fight fans covered with WNO: Gordon Ryan vs Felipe Pena Results, with the preliminary card starting at 7:30pm ET/4:30pm PT on FloGrappling YouTube, followed by the main card at 9pm ET/6pm PT on FloGrappling.
WNO: Gordon Ryan vs Felipe Pena Results
Gordon Ryan def. Felipe Pena via Submission (Exhaustion) at 44:41, defends WNO Heavyweight Championship
Nicholas Meregali def. Rafael Lovato Jr. via Unanimous Decision
Mica Galvao def. Alan Sanchez via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) at 7:26
Bia Mesquita def. Elisabeth Clay via Unanimous Decision
Jacob Couch def. Jay Rodriguez via Unanimous Decision
Fabricio Andrey def. Fabian Ramirez via Unanimous Decision
Diogo Reis def. Estevan Martinez via Unanimous Decision