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The Danaher Death Squad was a group of grapplers who trained under John Danaher and represented him in competition. The team disbanded in July 2021, with Danaher, Gordon Ryan, Garry Tonon and others forming New Wave Jiu-Jitsu, while Craig Jones, Nicky Ryan, Nick Rodriguez and Ethan Crelinsten formed the break-off B-Team.

  1. Exclusive: The Top Names Registered At 66 kg For The ADCC East Coast Trials

    Exclusive: The Top Names Registered At 66 kg For The ADCC East Coast Trials

    Oct 26, 2021

    More than 150 athletes have registered for the 66 kg division at the 1st North American ADCC Trials, the East Coast Trials taking place on November 6-7 in Atlantic City, NJ.
  2. Grappling Bulletin: Coral Belt Yvonne Duarte Makes Jiu-Jitsu History

    Grappling Bulletin: Coral Belt Yvonne Duarte Makes Jiu-Jitsu History

    Aug 23, 2021

    One of the best-known slogans in grappling is "jiu-jitsu for everyone". This is the motto of Gracie Barra, the world's largest network of Brazilian jiu-jitsu gyms, and it reflects their mission of getting all kinds of people onto the mats and practicing this amazing art we all love so much.
  3. Gordon Ryan & Team Announce Plans To Open Jiu-Jitsu Academy In Austin, TX

    Gordon Ryan & Team Announce Plans To Open Jiu-Jitsu Academy In Austin, TX

    Jul 26, 2021

    Gordon Ryan announced on Instagram today that he intends to open a jiu-jitsu gym with his team in Austin, TX.
  4. Craig Jones Announces "B-Team" After DDS Break-Up

    Craig Jones Announces "B-Team" After DDS Break-Up

    Jul 26, 2021

    A day after the news that the Danaher Death Squad is splitting up, Craig Jones made a post on Instagram suggesting that he and three former DDS team members would remain together in a group called "The B-Team."
  5. Grappling Bulletin: Danaher Death Squad Announces Team Split

    Grappling Bulletin: Danaher Death Squad Announces Team Split

    Jul 26, 2021

    John Danaher released shocking news on his Instagram page yesterday, announcing the breakup of the Puerto Rico-based Danaher Death Squad.
  6. Nicky Ryan Finally Lived Up To Training Room Lore With Win vs Dante Leon

    Nicky Ryan Finally Lived Up To Training Room Lore With Win vs Dante Leon

    Jul 21, 2021

    Over the last twelve months, those in the training room with the Danaher Death Squad have said that Nicky Ryan is one of the toughest athletes in the room, perhaps second only to his brother, Gordon. Squad members — and Nicky Ryan himself — have talked about the evolution of the 20-year old’s game, and the development of his guard passing and wrestling. He displayed some of these skills this year in WNO matches against guys like PJ Barch and Gabriel Almeida, but each of those victories fell short of the hype we’d been sold from Puerto Rico.
  7. Duarte Earns Record Submission Win vs Diniz at Road To ADCC

    Duarte Earns Record Submission Win vs Diniz at Road To ADCC

    Jul 18, 2021

    Kaynan Duarte submitted Matheus Diniz with a cloverleaf leg lock just two minutes and three seconds into the main event at FloGrappling's Road To ADCC on Saturday, July 17.
  8. Official Weigh-In Results & Photos | FloGrappling's Road To ADCC

    Official Weigh-In Results & Photos | FloGrappling's Road To ADCC

    Jul 16, 2021

    All 12 athletes are weighed in and ready for FloGrappling’s Road To ADCC.
  9. Craig Jones Looks For 3rd Straight Win Against Atos At Road To ADCC

    Craig Jones Looks For 3rd Straight Win Against Atos At Road To ADCC

    Jul 6, 2021

    Craig Jones enter his Road To ADCC match against Lucas "Hulk" Barbosa on a six match win streak, including five submissions. Three of those wins have come in 2021, and two of them were against Hulk's Atos teammates Ronaldo Junior and Tye Ruotolo.
  10. Gordon Ryan And John Danaher Seminar July 16th In Austin!

    Gordon Ryan And John Danaher Seminar July 16th In Austin!

    Jun 29, 2021

    The FloGrappling seminar series continues on Friday, July 16th, when the P4P king Gordon Ryan returns to teach another seminar, this time joined by DDS head coach John Danaher.
  11. No.3 LW Ethan Crelinsten Takes On No.4 FW Gabriel Sousa At Fight To Win 175

    No.3 LW Ethan Crelinsten Takes On No.4 FW Gabriel Sousa At Fight To Win 175

    Jun 26, 2021

    Fight to Win is back again on Friday, June 26 for another night of grappling superfights. In the main event, Danaher Death Squad's Ethan Crelinsten will face the no.4-ranked featherweight, Gabriel Sousa in a no-gi match. Sousa has been clawing his way toward the top of the rankings, and will meet a heavier opponent in Crelinsten, the no.3-ranked lightweight.
  12. Hollywood Mike's WNO Match Ratings

    Hollywood Mike's WNO Match Ratings

    Jun 22, 2021

    Who’s Number One (WNO) has always been about putting on the most exciting grappling matches possible. This is reflected in the athletes we try to use on the cards, athletes known for caring about putting on a show and entertaining the fans. Our ruleset is designed to favor those who consistently attack and aggressive athletes have been the most successful by far.
  13. Live Updates & Results | WNO: Craig Jones vs Tye Ruotolo

    Live Updates & Results | WNO: Craig Jones vs Tye Ruotolo

    Jun 18, 2021

    The wait is over. After two months' delay, Craig Jones and Tye Ruotolo are ready to square off in another installment of the storied rivalry between Atos and the Danaher Death Squad.
  14. Official Weigh-In Results & Photos | WNO: Craig Jones vs Tye Ruotolo

    Official Weigh-In Results & Photos | WNO: Craig Jones vs Tye Ruotolo

    Jun 17, 2021

    All 18 athletes are weighed in and ready for FloGrappling’s Who’s Number One: Craig Jones vs Tye Ruotolo.
  15. Heavyweight Clash At Fight to Win 172: Yuri Simoes vs Devhonte Johnson

    Heavyweight Clash At Fight to Win 172: Yuri Simoes vs Devhonte Johnson

    Jun 1, 2021

    Here's how to watch Fight to Win 172 on FloGrappling.