Nicky Ryan Out, Gordon Ryan vs Roberto Jimenez at WNO: Craig vs Ronaldo

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With Nicky Ryan injured, Gordon Ryan has stepped in to challenge Roberto Jimenez at Who’s Number One on February 26.

Jimenez had his work cut out for him in the previously scheduled match against Nicky Ryan. Nicky's older brother, Gordon Ryan, will be an even tougher challenge. He’s bigger, more experienced, and he hasn’t lost in more than 30 matches. 

That test comes with a great potential reward. 

Jimenez, the no. 1-ranked middleweight, spent all of 2020 proving he’s willing to compete against anyone, anywhere, anytime. A win over Gordon Ryan is a huge milestone for any competitor; only a small list of people can claim that feat since 2016. Jimenez has several huge wins to his name already, but this one would put him in the stratosphere.


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This match will be the co-main event, with Craig Jones and Ronaldo Junior remaining the headline match. But unlike the other matchest at WNO, Ryan vs Jimenez will be a 30-minute match. 

Nicky Ryan was scheduled to make his black belt debut at WNO against Jimenez, but injured his knee in training and had to pull out of the match. 


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WNO: Craig Jones vs Ronaldo Junior will be in Austin, Texas with no spectators. We will hold a live press conference and weigh-ins, streamed for free on FloGrappling social media platforms on Thursday, February 25. 

This match will make Roberto Jimenez the first athlete to compete in four WNO events. It will be Gordon Ryan’s third appearance. Roberto is currently 2-1, with wins against Keenan Cornelius and Dante Leon, and a loss to Ryan’s DDS teammate, Craig Jones. Gordon Ryan is 2-0 on WNO, with submission wins against Kyle Boehm and Matheus Diniz.

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Both of these competitors are submission hunters. Gordon Ryan has an 80% submission rate in more than 80 career victories. Jimenez has followed suit in his 14-month black belt career; he currently has a 72% submission rate on 30 wins. 

Regardless of the outcome of the match between Roberto Jimenez and Gordon Ryan, the previously scheduled match between Jimenez and Nicky Ryan remains an intriguing one. That match will be rescheduled for a future WNO.

Gordon Ryan Takes On Vagner Rocha At WNO On March 26th!

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Who's Number One (WNO) is returning on March 26th for another stacked event, with WNO: Gordon Ryan vs Vagner Rocha! The pound-for-pound King returns for his fourth match at WNO, taking on the top middleweight grappler in the world in Vagner.

Live Updates & Results | Who's Number One: Craig Jones vs Ronaldo Junior

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The 2021 season of Who’s Number One is underway, as WNO: Craig Jones vs Ronaldo Junior is almost underway.

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The Rising Stars Who Will Compete In The WNO: Jones vs Ronaldo Free Prelims

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Before Craig Jones vs Ronaldo Junior or Gordon Ryan vs Roberto Jimenez, four prospects will fight on the undercard of Who’s Number One on Friday, February 26. Those matches will be streamed live for free on the FloGrappling Facebook and YouTube channels, and will feature four hungry and exciting competitors.

The Grappler Without Fear: Roberto Jimenez Will Face Anyone

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Roberto Jimenez lives by a code. Based on his words, and expressed through his jiu-jitsu, one of the tenets of that code is to let his jiu-jitsu flow.

Based on his actions, another tenet is never to refuse a challenge.

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5 Must-Watch Matches From Roberto Jimenez

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Perhaps above all things, Roberto Jimenez is known for engaging in dynamic and compelling matches; his only goals: self-expression and the submission.  

Lis Clay Set For First Black Belt Gi Match vs Maria Malyjasiak At F2W 165

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Fight To Win will close out its three-week stint in Dallas with an all-female card. Fight to Win 165 on Saturday, February 27 will be the second ever card featuring women, only; continuing the promotion’s pattern. Fight to Win has scheduled its third all-female event for the third weekend in March in Austin, TX. 

Grappling Bulletin: Lauded by Joe Rogan, Vagner Is On An Unstoppable Run

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Vagner Rocha has been on a tear and though he brings out the haters every time he competes he has fans in high places, including none other than Joe Rogan.

Betting Lines Released For Who's Number One: Craig Jones Vs Ronaldo Junior

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The online betting site BetDSI has released money lines for Who’s Number One: Craig Jones vs Ronaldo Junior.

Revisiting Junny's Unlikely Black Belt Debut vs Geo Martinez

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Edwin "Junny" Ocasio and Geo Martinez had completely different paths to their first encounter at the KASAI Pro 6 Bantamweight tournament in August 2019.

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Vagner Rocha Takes On Two-Time ADCC Champ Yuri Simoes at Fight to Win 164

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Fight to Win will see two no-gi grappling titans face off on Friday, February 19, 2021 as Vagner Rocha moves up in weight to take on two-time ADCC champion Yuri Simoes in the main event of Fight to Win 164.