Two top BJJ stars, Gordon Ryan and Royce Gracie have hit the mats together.
In the world of BJJ, there is always one name that stands out when it comes to history and how the evolution of grappling in the UFC began, and that name is Royce Gracie. The Gracie family can be traced back to the early days of Brazilian jiu-jitsu. The family is often credited for the creation of the jiu-jitsu that we see today all over the world. When the UFC was first created it was Royce Gracie who stepped into the cage and showed the world exactly what his family can do. Gracie winning UFC 1 changed the landscape of fighting forever.
It has been nearly 30 years since a young Royce Gracie stepped in and won UFC 1. In that time the sport of mixed martial arts has grown exponentially. The UFC is now one of the biggest sports organizations in the world and grappling has become a very important part of the sport. BJJ has also taken off on its own as well. There are grappling competitions all over the world and although not as popular as the UFC just yet, there are stars out there making their way in BJJ and very well to boot.
Gordon Ryan is the biggest star in BJJ
One of the biggest grappling stars today is Gordon Ryan. Ryan is said to be the best no-gi grappling athlete on the planet. He has raised his popularity by beating an incredible 44 opponents in a row and has not lost in 54 matches. Gordan has used his success on the mat to grow a business outside of competing. He has a large social media presence and films a wide range of instructional videos for fans.
Gordon is the new wave BJJ star and when he got the chance to meet up with the old school BJJ star, Gracie, he didn’t pass it up. Gordon posted a video of himself and Gracie rolling on his Instagram page.
“Such an honor to meet and train a little bit with @realroyce today,” he wrote. “My 1st introduction to martial arts was watching a Royce Gracie tribute from the early UFCs. The 1st fight I saw was Royce vs Keith Hackney and I was hooked. After watching the whole UFC 1 and 2 rerun I decided right then and there I would make my career martial arts. It’s so awesome to be training with the man who inspired me 15 years ago from behind a TV screen. Thanks to @derekmoneyberg for making this happen.”
This roll was just for fun, but it begs the question if both men were in their prime who would win? Fans will never know but this meeting of two all-time BJJ greats was a nice treat for grappling fans all over the world.