Polarising grappling superstar, Gordon Ryan, could make a long-awaited mixed martial arts debut for ONE Championship after CEO Chatri Sityodtong announces signing via Twitter.
Gordon Ryan To Make MMA Debut at ONE Championship?
Singapore’s ONE Championship may have signed their biggest name to date from the world of submission grappling after CEO Chatri Sityodtong announced that Gordon Ryan had joined the roster to compete in both submission grappling and MMA. Gordon is widely regarded as the world’s best active No-Gi grappler, and, should he make his debut for the promotion, will follow in the footsteps of Renzo Gracie/Danaher Deathsquad teammate Garry Tonon and Brazilin Jiu-Jitsu legend Marcus ‘Buchecha’ Almeida.
Ryan has long teased his transition to the world of MMA but has previously cited resistance from his coach and savant, John Danaher, as the reason for sticking to grappling full-time. He has increasingly bemoaned the lack of opportunities in grappling, however, blaming his prospective opponents for refusing to accept his challenges.
Who is Gordon Ryan?
For those still unfamiliar with Gordon Ryan, the grappling ace can be summarised in two words: dominant, yet polarising. From a grappling perspective, it is difficult to overstate how impressive his credentials in the sport are. At just 25-years of age, the American is a multiple-time ADCC winner and No-Gi World champion and boasts a record of ‘super fight’ victories that is simply too long to list. He has regularly ruffled feathers in the grappling world, however, and most recently made headlines after being captured striking head coach of Atos Jiu-Jitsu and former MMA fighter, André Galvão.
Ryan’s penchant for attracting controversy – displayed in full view via his active social media – will only add to the anticipation for his MMA debut, however. He has competed in grappling at a variety of weight classes, but would most likely compete at 205lbs or 185lbs for the promotion. While Ryan has likely not yet developed a complete striking skillset, at just 25 and with the backing of experienced coaches, he has serious potential to challenge for titles in ONE Championship and elsewhere in the coming years.
Do you think the self-proclaimed ‘King’ can have a similar impact in MMA as in submission grappling? Will we ever see him in the UFC? Let us know your thoughts!
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