Gordon Ryan vs. Joao Gabriel Rocha confirmed for ‘KASAI Super Series’
Two Titans will go to war on February 2nd at The Bomb Factory in Dallas, TX
December 7th– New York City, NY – KASAI Elite Grappling Championships (KASAI) today confirms that Gordon Ryan and Joao Gabriel Rocha will meet in a superfight at ‘KASAI Super Series’ on Saturday, February 2nd at The Bomb Factory in Dallas, TX.
“Ryan vs Rocha is the matchup we have been waiting for” said KASAI President Rolles Gracie. “Ryan has recently been one of the most dominant athletes in the sport. He will be facing literally one of the biggest challenges of his career against an opponent who normally fights in the ultra-heavyweight division”.
João Gabriel Rocha is a black belt under the instruction of Rafael “Formiga” Barbosa and Leandro Escobar. Before earning his black belt, Rocha was regarded as one of the top brown belts in the world, having won every important competition in the Jiu-Jitsu community. He has since become one of the top contenders of the super heavyweight black belt division, with medals at the world’s top tournaments. He is also the IBJJF Pan American Champion (2017 & 2018), and Brazilian National Champion.
Gordon Ryan is a 2016 IBJJF World no-gi champion with a lethal finishing rate. He completed a remarkable rise to the top of the game under the tutelage of coaches John Danaher and Tom DeBlass by becoming the first American to secure gold in the 88kg weight class at the 2017 ADCC World Championships. He also earned a second-place finish in the competition’s absolute division. At ‘KASAI Pro 1’ in December 2017, Gordon bested Yuri Simoes via rear naked choke. Just this year, Ryan won double gold at the IBJJF Pan no-gi in NYC.
In addition to Gordon vs Rocha, ‘KASAI Super Series’ will also showcase some of Jiu-Jitsu’s most decorated names in compelling feature fights and must-see super fights.
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