I’m starting to think it’s just a 2018-19 trend to call out retired combat athletes to step back in and fight all the top game young pups in the sport. Ronda Rousey kept calling out Floyd Mayweather after the bubble burst with her fame. McGregor was quick to jump on the money train to fight Floyd Mayweather. Now we have this stuff happening in Jiu Jitsu with Gordon Ryan calling out jiujiteiros who have already had their time. Needless to say this athlete lately is the monstrous Andre Galvao.
This has stirred the online jiu jitsu world crazy. On the other hand, actually seeing this match happen is doubtful. Gordon Ryan’s age being 23 and fighting Galvao at age 36 would be on the borderline of a circus match-up. The age difference between the competitors is a whopping 13 years. Fights like these rarely even happen in professional MMA. Needless to say. These fights can and do happen as well. Ryan vs. Galvao would definitely be something I’d be happy to watch. Unfortunately for all of us, it’s probably not going to happen.
Why Won’t This Happen?
Again, why doesn’t Galvao want to participate? Jiu Jitsu practitioners are taken by surprise by this considering his monstrous achievements. Well lets look at some very simple insight.
Galvao has done a lot in his time in the jiu jitsu world. He’s clearly won a ton of friggin’ tournaments. Equally important, he is not getting any younger and in addition, he owns Atos Jiu Jitsu. This means he is now a coach to many students. There is much more than one Atos Jiu Jitsu school which means he travels to teach seminars as well.
In other words: He’s had his professional career. He’s done. He wants to coach and ready the next young world champ. This is something anybody who was once a high competition athlete must do in order to be an effective instructor or coach. As many may already realize, a coach who travels the world to compete often isn’t there for his students. It makes sense for him to retire from competing.
Generally Speaking, there’s no arguing that both Andre Galvao and Gordon Ryan have impressive records. lets take a look at their stats and Records side by side:
Sizing The Two Up. Galvao Vs. Ryan
As you can see Galvao has a bit more of an impressive record. On the other hand Ryan is much younger. Gordon Ryan certainly has time on his side for catching up to Galvao in terms of championships.
- Height: 5’7″
- Weight: 170 lbs
- Age: 36
- IBJJF Worlds 5 Times
- ADCC Champ 2011
- 3 Time ADCC Superfight Winner
- IBJJF Pans Champ 7 Times
- UAEJJF World Pro Champ 3 Times
- CBJJO World Cup Champ 2006
- IBJJF Europe 2015
- CBJJE Worlds 2008
- Ultimate Absolute NYC Champ 2011
- ADCC 3rd Place 2007
- IBJJF Pans 3rd Place 2016
- IBJJF Worlds 3rd Place two times
- IBJJF Worlds 2002 blue belt/2003 Purple/ 2004 Brown Belt
- CBJJO World Cup Champ 2003 Purple Belt/2004 Brown Belt
- ADCC 2nd Place 2009
- UAEJJF Worlds Second Place 2012 and 2016
- Height: 6’2″
- Weight: 160-213 lbs
- Age: 23
- ADCC 2nd Place and 1st Place 2017
- IBJJF Pans No-Gi Champ 2018
- Quintet 3 Champ 2018
- EBI 6 OW Champ 2016
- EBI 8 MW champ 2016
- EBI 11 WW Champ 2017
- EBI 14 OW Champ 2017
- Grappling Industries 2 time champ 2017/18
- IBJJF Worlds No Gi Champ Brown Belt 2015
- Newaza Challenge Champ 2015
- IBJJF Pan American No Gi 3rd Place Purple Belt 2014
Moreover, who would win if this did happen? As for my personal bias: I think Andre Galvao would smash Gordon Ryan into dust if he were still in his prime. On the other end of the spectrum, right now is a different time. Gordon Ryan has shown some absolutely ridiculous accomplishments for being at such a young age. In other words, the dudes got some skill and we can’t knock him for getting a little confident.
All things considered, if this match were to happen right now I don’t know what would happen. Gordon Ryan has shown some impressive feats. He may win if they were to roll right now. I just don’t think he could take the intensity and skill level Galvao displayed in his prime.
All this shit talking though..
As can be seen, tons of people say Galvao is afraid because he doesn’t want to fight. By the same token, several others think Gordon Ryan is a moron who would get his friggin’ head ripped off. Gordon Ryan has been a little loud as of late. He’s stated that he wishes to debut in MMA as well.
It makes sense for Ryan to start getting loud right now. The spotlight is on him at the moment. Why do athletes do this? Because it works of course. It pulls in an audience. Remember the last one?
Additionally, I think many of us forget the trash talk Mike Tyson used to say or how outlandishly ridiculous it was. This type of behavior is going to happen in all sports. Especially fighting sports. Whether it be inappropriate or not. It will happen. This is the truth.
In other words, we’re going to have to take it as a grain of salt when a grappler does or says something a tad on the disrespectful side. As I’m about to go into: It’s actually kind’ve good for the sport.
“I’ll fuck you ’till you love me faggot”Mike Tyson.
How This Effects The BJJ World. The Good and The Bad
The bjj world has clearly shown its reaction to Gordon Ryan calling out Andre Galvao for an event. All in all, it seems to almost be an attempt to bring in some of the MMA type of drama to the jiu jitsu world we often see on T.V. As a matter of fact, people have often said that MMA drama is starting to look like WWE. There’s no denying this, especially with McGregor throwing dolly’s through bus windows and such.
Today, the BJJ world has been all about humbly respecting each other in tournaments for quite some time. BJJ has even proven itself to be effective in improving self esteem. These ‘call outs’ or not quite showing respect to each other is nothing new either. Check out the video below of Andre Galvao cockily pushing around another blackbelt in competition from a couple years ago. A popular and controversial match many of you will recognize. Some even claim the competitor wasn’t a blackbelt at all because he was embarrassed so badly.
With the behavior Galvao showed back in the day its no surprise that today it’s biting him in the rear when he doesn’t want to compete anymore. Many say behavior like this is bad for the sport of jiu jitsu. And…well when it comes to it’s image. Yes there is a negative aspect to this behavior.
But how many hits on Youtube did this match get? The vast majority of the grappling world has seen this match. Grapplers don’t only know Gordon Ryan because of his jiu jitsu skill (alternatively he has clearly demonstrated his abilities to be at world level) but his less orthodox style as well as a few other noticeable factors.
Furthermore, it’s his ability to speak the way he does when he’s on camera, and his utter confidence that’s bringing in some extra shine from the spotlight.
To be honest. It’s Galvao’s confidence in the middle of matches that brought the same kind of attention on him as well.
“Behavior like this may make BJJ look too barbaric” is what some would be concerned about. That letting this continue may make people devalue the sport. On the alternative side: I think of this as a good thing.
This draws in publicity. The public has noticed both of these figures. Now Gordon Ryan says he is going to enter into MMA. This leaves the spotlight on him for his very first match entering the cage with his interesting leg lock style. If he continues winning in MMA his career will skyrocket. The man has set himself up very intelligently.
Regardless. The “badness” is good for the sport of BJJ in my opinion. It brings in more attention to the sport and even has the potential to turn a few non practitioners into watchers of the sport. Something BJJ has long needed. As a practitioner, I want to see BJJ go mainstream. In order to do that, drama like this is a must in my opinion. The public doesn’t want to see all the technical aspects of the sport. They just want to see a dude choke a motherfucker unconscious and talk shit about it.
If you’re interested in Gordon Ryan entering the MMA scene watch the video below. Thanks for reading the post. Feel free to like, share, or comment. OSS!