Rodolfo Vieira Versus Gordon Ryan Coming To FloGrappling Dec. 7!

Gordon Ryan may be the #1 pound-for-pound ranked no-gi athlete today, but a few key names stand in his way of becoming the undisputed GOAT of submission grappling, including Rodolfo Vieira.

The Brazilian grappling legend is a five-time time world champion, ADCC champion, and current UFC fighter. His patented style of passing ushered in a new era of aggression and technical prowess, and he holds wins over some of the most formidable names in our sport, including Buchecha, Bernardo Faria, and Rafael Lovato Jr. among many others.

The matchup is a dream come true for grappling fans as we get to see one of the best to ever do it take on the current king of no-gi jiu-jitsu. 

Watch Gordon Ryan vs Rodolfo Viera LIVE Dec. 7 On FloGrapplng

The pair are set to meet at Third Coast Grappling Dec. 7, and will feature Modified IBJJF rules: 

  1. First fighter to either score 11 points or earn a submission wins
  2. Advantages are NOT used for scoring points
  3. To prevent stalling, a yellow card will be issued to either or both competitors.
    • If a second yellow card is issued, fighters are required to stand up and restart.
    • A third stalling violation results in a red card, requiring the competitor to forfeit 20 percent of their prize money
  1. In the event that there is not a winner after regulation time, overtime rules take effect:
    • Overtime is a sudden death format. The first competitor to score points or submit their opponent within five minutes wins.
    • Overtime is decided by whoever is up on points at the end of regulation. Whoever is ahead will choose top/bottom FULL GUARD or start on the feet
    • If no points scored, the referee will decide who was the aggressor and award them the opportunity to pick or defer to the other competitor. 
    • If no submission or points scored in five minutes...referees will render a decision based on aggression, going for the finish, and legitimate submission attempts. Fighting to win...not to lose. 
    • For no-gi, heel-hooks are permitted for fighters that are brown belts and higher unless otherwise negotiated.

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Farias & Agazarm To Scrap At Fight To Win's Final Event The Year

Grappling fans have a love-hate relationship with MMA. We love seeing our players do well in the professional MMA circuit, but hate missing their performances in grappling-focused competition. Now, in consecutive events Fight 2 Win is bringing some of our favorites back “home” from the cage to the mat. These guys are focused on their MMA careers, so you likely won’t see them at any of the major tournaments any time soon which is why these superfights are, well, super.

No-Gi Worlds: Black Belt Division Reactions

On December 12th through 15th the IBJJF will be hosting their twelfth edition of the World Jiu-Jitsu No-Gi Championship at the Anaheim Convention Center. While a few factors (ADCC burnout, points requirements and fear of the daunting first ever USADA tests at No-Gi Worlds) have led to sparsely filled black belt divisions, there are still quite a few juggernauts of the sport registered along with a solid group of newcomers doing their first major tournament at black belt.

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A List Of All Black Belts Signed Up For 2019 IBJJF World No-Gi Championship

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The wait is over and the deadline has passed – we now know who's signed up for No-Gi Worlds.

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After Knee Surgery, 2-Time ADCC Champ Yuri Simoes Is Eyeing A Move To MMA

Yuri Simoes had hoped to make history at the ADCC World Championships in 2019. Champion at 88kg in 2015 and 99kg in 2017, Simoes wanted to try and win gold in the +99kg division. This would have made him the first person to become an ADCC three-division champion. 

Gordon Ryan Can't Leg Lock Bo Nickal, The Stats Say It Doesn't Even Matter

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