Grappling Star Gordon Ryan Recalls Stomach Health Issue That Kept Him Sideline

Gordon Ryan explains his recent bout of stomach health issues while on the Joe Rogan MMA Show.

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Gordon Ryan has been dealing with a load of health issues in past years. 

In the world of Brazilian jiu-jitsu and grappling there is nobody better at no-gi that Gordon Ryan. The multi-time IBJJF World No-Gi Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Champion has been at the top of his craft for some time now but has not been feeling good for years. Ryan has been suffering from a debilitating stomach issue for a while now. The issues got so bad that Ryan had to stop competing for some time.

Ryan was recently a guest on The Joe Rogan MMA Show where he discusses a wide range of topics including his misdiagnosis and how he was able to bring healing himself from his issues.

“I was just 24/7 nauseous, the best way I can describe it as the worst hangover you ever had. Like, where you want to throw up to feel better, but you can’t. That’s like my baseline,” Ryan said. “And then it gets worse from there. And then, imagine you go to training, and now picture you have the worst hangover you’ve ever had and you have to run a marathon 30 minutes later, like, the more tired you get, the worse it gets. So then I was like, Yeah, I just, I can’t do this anymore.”

Gordon Ryan has explained he is getting better and back to grappling

Ryan then explained that he saw a doctor in California that found out he had been misdiagnosed with gastroparesis and in fact, he had a fungal overgrowth in his small intestine. As a grappler, Ryan spends a lot of time in the gym and on a wrestling mat. He says that he got a staph infection that required him to take antibiotics and that killed all his good bacteria. Now he says he is on the mend and has returned to completion. 

From 2018-2019 he says he was almost constantly on antibiotics. He was having trouble in the gym during this time, but now he is 70 percent back to normal. Ryan is now signed to ONE Championship to grapple with the option to try MMA if he wants to but had to take time away due to this stomach problem. He will be competing at ADCC 2022. 

Published on September 9, 2022 at 3:42 pm
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