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Nick Rodriguez is a purple belt in jiu-jitsu, and an ADCC silver medalist from New Jersey. He is a member of the Danaher Death Squad. Born in 1996, "Nicky Rod" began practicing jiu-jitsu in 2018, and won the 2019 ADCC East Coast Trials with less than two years of jiu-jitsu experience, earning entry into the prestigious ADCC Championships, and subsequently taking silver at the tournament.

  1. 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.
  2. 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."
  3. 10 Facts From Who's Number One: Gordon Ryan vs Vagner Rocha

    10 Facts From Who's Number One: Gordon Ryan vs Vagner Rocha

    Mar 30, 2021

    The seventh installment of Who's Number One is in the books. Many of the competitors involved hit landmark victories which will certainly shake up the rankings. Several of the athletes also made, or altered, history.
  4. Live Updates & Results | WNO: Gordon Ryan vs Vagner Rocha

    Live Updates & Results | WNO: Gordon Ryan vs Vagner Rocha

    Mar 26, 2021

    Tonight, the no.1-ranked pound for pound grappler will take on yet another top-ranked contender. Gordon Ryan is set to face the no.1-ranked middleweight, Vagner Rocha in the main event at Who’s Number One, a 30-minute match.
  5. Betting Lines Released For Who's Number One: Gordon Ryan vs Vagner Rocha

    Betting Lines Released For Who's Number One: Gordon Ryan vs Vagner Rocha

    Mar 22, 2021

    The online betting site BetDSI has released money lines for Who’s Number One: Gordon Ryan vs Vagner Rocha.
  6. By ADCC Standards, The Wrestling of Yuri Simoes Is Superior To Nicky Rod's

    By ADCC Standards, The Wrestling of Yuri Simoes Is Superior To Nicky Rod's

    Mar 11, 2021

    By consensus, the co-main event at Who’s Number One: Gordon Ryan vs Vagner Rocha is going to be a wrestling showdown between two of the best takedown artists in the heavyweight division.
  7. Nick Rodriguez And Yuri Simões To Meet At WNO: Gordon Ryan vs Vagner Rocha

    Nick Rodriguez And Yuri Simões To Meet At WNO: Gordon Ryan vs Vagner Rocha

    Mar 2, 2021

    Who’s Number One returns on March 26 for WNO: Gordon Ryan vs Vanger Rocha. Both athletes in the main event are ADCC medalists, and they’ll be joined on the card by two more member of that exclusive club. In the co-main event, two-time ADCC gold medalist Yuri Simões will take on the Danaher Death Squad’s Nick Rodriguez.
  8. How Roberto Jimenez' Busy 2020 Could Give Him An Edge Over Nicky Ryan

    How Roberto Jimenez' Busy 2020 Could Give Him An Edge Over Nicky Ryan

    Feb 4, 2021

    Nicky Ryan and Roberto Jimenez have often been called prodigies in their budding careers as professional athletes. But their individual ascents to the top of the rankings have been substantially different. 
  9. Atos Shut Out DDS Athletes In 2020; Can They Continue Their Streak At WNO?

    Atos Shut Out DDS Athletes In 2020; Can They Continue Their Streak At WNO?

    Jan 27, 2021

    Atos and the Danaher Death Squad have been jousting for supremacy atop the no-gi scene for several years now. So it seems fitting to open 2021 with another installment of this intense rivalry in the main event at Who’s Number One.
  10. John Danaher And The Entire DDS Will Join Gordon Ryan In Puerto Rico!

    John Danaher And The Entire DDS Will Join Gordon Ryan In Puerto Rico!

    Nov 23, 2020

    After the big news last week about how Gordon Ryan is moving to Puerto Rico, everyone wondered what the training situation would be like for the P4P #1 grappler on earth. It sounds like after Gordon, Nicky, Nat and Big Gord linked up with Mo Jassim down in Dorado, the entire Danaher Death Squad will be joining them shortly.
  11. The Toughest No-Gi Competitors Who Aren't Black Belts

    The Toughest No-Gi Competitors Who Aren't Black Belts

    Aug 26, 2020

    Belt ranks don't always carry over from gi to no-gi competition. Some may call them different sports entirely, and it reflects in the rankings.
  12. Official FloGrappling Predictions: 3CG Kumite IV

    Official FloGrappling Predictions: 3CG Kumite IV

    Jul 11, 2020

    Third Coast Grappling is back with their fourth Kumite event of the summer – and it’s stacked with some of the biggest names in grappling today.  
  13. Nicky Rod, Cyborg, Roberto, Hulk & More Taking Over 3CG Kumite IV

    Nicky Rod, Cyborg, Roberto, Hulk & More Taking Over 3CG Kumite IV

    Jul 7, 2020

    Third Coast Grappling is back with their fourth Kumite event of the summer – and it’s stacked with some of the biggest names in grappling today: 
  14. Here's How Pro Athletes Are Staying Busy During Quarantine

    Here's How Pro Athletes Are Staying Busy During Quarantine

    May 15, 2020

    Romulo Barral, Tye and Kade Ruotolo, Matheus Gabriel, Edwin Najmi, and Nicky Rod break down what they've been doing during the COVID-19 quarantine.
  15. The Danaher Death Squad BodyBuilding & Nutrition Strategies

    The Danaher Death Squad BodyBuilding & Nutrition Strategies

    Apr 2, 2020

    Academies and competitors around the world are eager to adopt the winning formula behind the Danaher Death Squad. Today, John, Gordon and Nick give us a piece of that formula by sharing their bodybuilding and nutrition strategy.