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Haisam Rida is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt from Ghana who competes in the super-heavyweight division. He lived in Tokyo, Japan from the age of 15 and rose to international prominence as a brown belt competitor. He was promoted to black belt by Yuki Ishikawa of Carpe Diem team in September of 2018. In 2020 he moved to the United States where he trains and competes out of Assembly Jiu-Jitsu in Detroit. He won the 2020 IBJJF American No-Gi Nationals and placed bronze in the absolute division. He is 6'5".

  1. Grappling Bulletin: How Hulk Beat Diniz Even Though He Got Choked Out Cold

    Grappling Bulletin: How Hulk Beat Diniz Even Though He Got Choked Out Cold

    Jun 28, 2021

    Nobody could have predicted the end of the no-gi match between Lucas "Hulk" Barbosa and Matheus Diniz at BJJ Stars VI. A candidate for the most surprising, complicated and controversial finish to a grappling match in living memory, Diniz put Barbosa to sleep with a choke but it was deemed to have been applied after time had run out. Below, I’ll attempt to clarify what happened and you can even see my analysis of the video to determine whether the choke was legit or not.
  2. Must Watch Early-Round Matches | 2021 IBJJF American Nationals

    Must Watch Early-Round Matches | 2021 IBJJF American Nationals

    Jun 22, 2021

    The 2021 IBJJF American National Championships begin on Thursday June 24. The black belts take the mats on Friday, June 25, and switch into no-gi attire on Saturday, June 25. We could see any number of potential matches in the semifinals and finals, but we're promised some exciting matches even earlier in the tournament. Here are our favorite first and second round matchups.
  3. Grappling Bulletin: Why Craig Jones Is Now The Guy To Beat in No-Gi

    Grappling Bulletin: Why Craig Jones Is Now The Guy To Beat in No-Gi

    Jun 21, 2021

    Less confrontational and more human on the mat than his teammate Gordon Ryan, Craig Jones has relished his role as “second place in everything”. Undefeated on WNO with four straight wins, he’s no longer the other guy– Jones has proved time and time again that he is the man to beat, and his match with Tye Ruotolo reaffirmed that.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Meet The Athletes On The Free WNO: Craig Jones vs Tye Ruotolo Undercard

    Meet The Athletes On The Free WNO: Craig Jones vs Tye Ruotolo Undercard

    Jun 15, 2021

    Before the main card grapplers take the mats for FloGrappling’s Who’s Number One: Craig Jones vs Tye Ruotolo six grapplers will square off in the first three matches on the undercard. Those matches will be available on FloGrappling stream, and will also be streamed live on FloGrappling’s Facebook and YouTube channels.
  7. Grappling Bulletin: Keenan Out of WNO, Johnatha Beats Mica Galvao

    Grappling Bulletin: Keenan Out of WNO, Johnatha Beats Mica Galvao

    Jun 14, 2021

    Johnatha Alves was able to stop the surging Mica Galvao and claimed $10,000 in the process. Keenan Cornelius has pulled out of WNO but one of his black belts has stepped up to replace him, and a well-known champion from the women’s divisions will make her MMA debut. All this and more in this week’s Grappling Bulletin,.
  8. Grappling Bulletin: Andre Galvao Will Defend ADCC Superfight Title in 2022

    Grappling Bulletin: Andre Galvao Will Defend ADCC Superfight Title in 2022

    Jun 7, 2021

    We asked what would happen to the ADCC superfight when word came that Gordon Ryan wasn't competing any more, but we didn't expect to get an update this quickly. Andre Galvao has confirmed his participation, the only question now is who will he face?
  9. Betting Lines | The Best Value Bets For WNO: Craig Jones vs Tye Ruotolo

    Betting Lines | The Best Value Bets For WNO: Craig Jones vs Tye Ruotolo

    Jun 7, 2021

    The online betting site BetDSI has released money lines for Who’s Number One: Craig Jones vs Tye Ruotolo.
  10. Keenan Cornelius Back At Who's Number One vs Haisam Rida On June 18

    Keenan Cornelius Back At Who's Number One vs Haisam Rida On June 18

    Jun 1, 2021

    Keenan Cornelius will jump back into competition for the first time since February 2020 when he took on Roberto Jimenez at the inaugural Who's Number One event held in Costa Mesa, CA.
  11. Victor Hugo, Devhonte Johnson & More: The Top SHWs and UHWs At Pan No-Gi

    Victor Hugo, Devhonte Johnson & More: The Top SHWs and UHWs At Pan No-Gi

    May 12, 2021

    The super heavyweight division at No-Gi Pans is up for grabs, as the 2020 champion, Kaynan Duarte, is not returning to defend. That leaves this division open for several long-time contenders to slide in and collect a title.
  12. Play-By-Play & Results | WNO: Rafael Lovato Jr. vs Gilbert Burns

    Play-By-Play & Results | WNO: Rafael Lovato Jr. vs Gilbert Burns

    Apr 30, 2021

    Who's Number One is back with yet another stacked card. In the main event, two MMA veterans and jiu-jitsu world champions will square off in a grappling matchup. Rafael Lovato Jr. has kept himself active in jiu-jitsu since stepping away from his Bellator title. Tonight, he'll look to keep it going against the UFC's no.1 welterweight contender, Gilbert "Durinho" Burns in a 15-minute no-gi match.
  13. Betting Lines | Standout Underdogs In Who's Number One: Lovato Jr. vs Burns

    Betting Lines | Standout Underdogs In Who's Number One: Lovato Jr. vs Burns

    Apr 26, 2021

    The online betting site F2Wbet has released money lines for Who’s Number One: Rafael Lovato Jr. vs Gilbert Burns.
  14. Grappling Bulletin: Andy Murasaki's Black Belt Debut Was Just About Perfect

    Grappling Bulletin: Andy Murasaki's Black Belt Debut Was Just About Perfect

    Apr 5, 2021

    Don't forget to watch the Grappling Bulletin podcast, every Monday at 3:30pm ET. Watch it on FloGrappling.com or the app, or catch it on YouTube or Facebook. 
  15. These Are The  Free Prelims For WNO On April 30th!

    These Are The Free Prelims For WNO On April 30th!

    Apr 4, 2021

    FloGrappling Who's Number One (WNO) returns on Friday, April 30th with another stacked card, headlined by the main event of Craig Jones vs Tye Ruotolo! All eight matches will be 15 minutes in length and under WNO rules. Here is the main card -