Gordon Ryan Knee Injury Update: Surgery, Recovery Time and ETA Until Return

Gordon Ryan is on an enforced layoff from training and competition as a result of the knee injury he received during his match against Joao Gabriel Rocha at the recent KASAI Super Series

Entering for a leg entanglement in search of a heel hook, Ryan tore his LCL (lateral collateral ligament) toward the end of the opening 10-min round. Ryan says he felt "five or six" pops when entering the cross ashi garami, and lost all stability in the knee after. 

BJJ black belt and physiotherapist Lachlan Giles released an excellent video explaining the nature of Gordon's injury and detailing how the lifting action of Ryan's butterfly hook caused the tear. He calls the entry position "disastrous" for the knee, and says pushing your leg away while a heavy opponent sprawls on top on your foot is a "worst case scenario". 


Gordon flew back to NYC the Monday after the show, and had gotten an MRI on the Tuesday. 

The diagnosis: a badly-strained biceps femoris tendon and a completely torn LCL. The prognosis: surgery, and a potential six months before a return to competition. 


As yet, Ryan has not yet booked a trip to the operating table. He anticipates he will get the surgery by the end of February. LCL surgery is an open procedure, meaning the operation cannot be performed via arthroscopy as with some other forms of knee surgery. 

The recovery can last between weeks and months depending on the severity of the injury and the subsequent rehab. 


The big question is how will this affect Ryan's preparation for the IBJJF Heavyweight Grand Prix in August, and the ADCC World Championships in September? He says that he'll still be engaged on the mat teaching and observing the daily training sessions at the main Renzo Gracie Academy in New York, but the time off could eat into his ADCC camp, and we know they spent 12 weeks preparing for the World Championships back in 2017. 

We'll be keeping a keen eye on Gordon's progress– as I'm sure many fans will be, too– and will continue to publish updates as we get them. 

WATCH: An Hour Inside The Mind Of Gordon Ryan | A Fistful of Collars

Inside The Mind Of Gordon Ryan

Unlock this video, live events, and more with a subscription!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In



Gabi Garcia To Make Submission-Only Debut On Biggest F2W Event To Date!

You won't believe how BIG this card is! Garcia makes her sub-only debut, plus Ffion Davies, Claudia do Val, Baret Yoshida, and many more! 

F2W 113: Kaynan Duarte vs Tanner Rice, Karen Antunes vs Amanda Monteiro

null

Fight 2 Win 113 comes to Reno, Nevada this Saturday, May 18 with a main event between FloGrappling no.2-ranked heavyweight Kaynan Duarte (Atos) and the no.7 super-heavyweight Tanner Rice (Rice Bros Jiu Jitsu), and a co-main event for the women’s flyweight title between reigning champion Karen Antunes (Checkmat) and Amanda Monteiro (GF Team).

It's Official: Keenan Cornelius vs Nicholas Meregali Superfight Will Happen

Keenan Cornelius and Nicholas Meregali will face off against one another as the main event for the stacked Third Coast Grappling event in June. 

Fight 2 Win 112 Recap: Arges & Diniz Tune Up For Worlds In Sub-Only Clash

Gabriel Arges defeated Matheus Diniz at F2W 112 in Fresno, a performance that earned the black belt Fight of the Night.

Road to Worlds Gym Visit: Loaded Competition Training at Art of Jiu-Jitsu

The second stop on the 2019 Road to Worlds gym tour was the famous white mats of the Mendes Brothers' Art of Jiu-jitsu. 

Tayane Porfirio Accepts Sanction for Anti-Doping Rule Violation

PRESS RELEASE 

Major Update to Black Belt Rankings After World Pro & Brasileiros

Some major changes to the black belt rankings following the bombshell results from the 2019 IBJJF Brazilian Nationals, and to some extent, the Abu Dhabi World Pro.

Road to Worlds: 99 Jiu-Jitsu Training Session With Telles, Tanabe and Rios

Chase and Reid have arrived in Southern California for the 2019 Road to Worlds gym tour. First stop: 99 Jiu-Jitsu in San Diego. 

Gabriel Arges & Matheus Diniz To Face For First Time in Sub-Only at F2W 112

null

Fight 2 Win takes Fresno by storm this Friday, May 10 with a main event featuring 2x IBJJF World Champion Gabriel Arges (Gracie Barra) making his F2W debut against Matheus Diniz (Marcelo Garcia), who comes straight off a victory over Gustavo Batista last weekend.

Fight 2 Win 111 Report: Difficult Decisions, Erberth's Debut & A New Champ

null

In his F2W debut, Erberth Santos dethroned Gutemberg Pereira for the heavyweight title at Fight 2 Win 111.