Three-time ADCC planet winner, IBJJF no-gi world winner, and a 4-time Eddie Bravo Invitational champion Gordon Ryan is now a member of the A single Championship roster, getting not too long ago inked a deal for equally MMA and grappling competition.
That’s according to CEO Chatri Sityodtong, however a day and long term opponent have however to be disclosed.
Ryan, 25, is extensively-regarded as to be one particular of the greatest no-gi grapplers in the entire world, boasting victories in excess of the likes of Gabriel Gonzaga, Rousimar Palhares, Garry Tonon, and Josh Barnett, just to name a number of.
But not most people was on board for his changeover.
“I’m executing my ideal to chat Gordon Ryan out of carrying out MMA,” mentor John Danaher not long ago informed Flo Grappling. “It’s my belief that grappling is at a pivotal point in its background. There is a likelihood submission grappling could extend to a remarkable degree in excess of the up coming 10 years. In get for that to transpire, the activity requires superstars.”
And superstars need to have revenue, which is why most higher-profile grapplers and wrestlers eventually changeover to MMA, including Askren.
“It’s folks who commence revolutions,” Danaher continued. “I feel that men and women like Gordon Ryan, Craig Jones, Garry Tonon, several other men and women from other groups could do a thing genuinely constructive in this way. If Gordon went to MMA, I sense like that would be dropped. My desire is to make a situation wherever younger grapplers don’t will need to go to MMA to make income.”
Hopefully Ryan’s offer with One allows him to maintain pushing the activity of grappling into the mainstream.