At 27 years old, Gordon Ryan has staked his claim as the best grappler of all time. This past weekend, the New Wave Jiu-Jitsu product won the 99+kg division at the 2022 ADCC World Championships. But that wasn’t all, he also went on to compete against Andre Galvao in a super-fight and he won that as well.
After that event concluded, Ryan took to Instagram and went over not only his ADCC credentials but also his entire no-gi career accolades.
Let’s take a look at those below.
- 3 ADCC appearances
- 20 wins
- 15 submissions
- 75% submission rate
- 1 loss
- 5 gold medals
- 3 weight divisions
- 1 absolute
- 1 super-fight
- Silver in absolute
- Never scored on in 20 wins
- Only person to win 3 weight classes
- Only person to ever win the super-fight and weight division in the same year
No-Gi Record at Black Belt
- Over 90% submission rate (Highest Ever)
- Unbeaten since early 2018
- Unbeaten in 62 matches
- 2 Golds at WNO
- 2 Golds at No-Gi Pans
- 2 Golds at No-Gi Worlds
- 4 Golds at ADCC
All of that at just 27 years of age. Impressive to say the least. Even more impressive, a number of those victories came while Ryan was having issues with his stomach.
Following his super-fight victory against Galvao, he told ADCC commentator Kenny Florian that his stomach was at 70% — imagine what this man could do at 100%.
With jiu-jitsu and grappling, in general, being a fairly niche sport, Gordon Ryan does not get the credit he deserves. But the John Danaher black belt is arguably one of the greatest athletes of this era.
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