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Oliver Taza is a jiu-jitsu black belt from Canada. Born in Beirut, Lebanon in 1993, Taza trains under John Danaher and represents the Danaher Death Squad. He is a two-time ADCC veteran (2017, 2019) and a European Trials winner. Taza received his black belt in late 2020 from John Danaher.

  1. Grappling Bulletin: ADCC's Year-Long Build-Up Begins at European Trials

    Grappling Bulletin: ADCC's Year-Long Build-Up Begins at European Trials

    Sep 20, 2021

    The year-long qualification process for the 2022 ADCC World Championships is one of the most fascinating things in jiu-jitsu. I love watching the divisions take shape as Trials winners earn their spot at the best-known no-gi tournament in the world, and the names of those invited slowly get revealed.
  2. Mikey vs Kade May Be The Best Potential Matchup At The WNO Championship

    Mikey vs Kade May Be The Best Potential Matchup At The WNO Championship

    Sep 16, 2021

    The men’s 155 lb division at the WNO Championship has shaped up to be one of the most exciting jiu-jitsu grand prixs in history. Any of the eight men in this stacked division could take home the championship belt, and the $30,000 prize that comes with it.
  3. The Case For Betting Against The Favorite | WNO Championship Betting Lines

    The Case For Betting Against The Favorite | WNO Championship Betting Lines

    Sep 15, 2021

    The online betting site BetOnline has released money lines for FloGrappling’s WNO Championship.
  4. Roberto Is The Top Dog; How Does Tye Fare? | WNO Championship Betting Lines

    Roberto Is The Top Dog; How Does Tye Fare? | WNO Championship Betting Lines

    Sep 14, 2021

    The online betting site BetOnline has released money lines for FloGrappling’s WNO Championship.
  5. The Best Submissions In WNO History

    The Best Submissions In WNO History

    Sep 13, 2021

    Who’s Number One (WNO) has emerged in the last 12 months as the premier no-gi superfight event in the world, and the WNO rules result in not only exciting matches but some of the best submission finishes in the sport.
  6. 185-lb Division Dropped! See The Most Stacked WNO Championship Division

    185-lb Division Dropped! See The Most Stacked WNO Championship Division

    Aug 5, 2021

    Update (Sept 14) — Craig Jones is out with an injury, making way for New Wave's Oliver Taza, who is 1-1 on the WNO mats. Andrew Wiltse has also pulled out due to injury, and will be replaced by Pedro Marinho, of Gracie Barra.
  7. 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.
  8. Grappling Bulletin: Kaynan, Mikey The Biggest Winners at Road to ADCC

    Grappling Bulletin: Kaynan, Mikey The Biggest Winners at Road to ADCC

    Jul 19, 2021

    The Road to ADCC was unique in that it was the first time an event ever featured a series of head-to-head matches held under ADCC superfight rules. As Mo Jassim, the 2022 ADCC World Championships organizer, explained, it was conceived to kick start the process that will culminate in September next year at the World Championships.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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?
  14. 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.
  15. Mica Galvao & Oliver Taza To Tangle At WNO On June 18

    Mica Galvao & Oliver Taza To Tangle At WNO On June 18

    Jun 3, 2021

    Mica Galvao and Oliver Taza are set to make a quick turnaround after their standout performances from Who’s Number One last weekend.  The pair will be June 18th's final match on the free prelims - kicking off the tone for the rest of the night on the main card.