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Gordon Ryan announces he will retire from BJJ in 2020

Reigning ADCC champ-champ Gordon Ryan has announced he is stepping away from grappling.

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It looks like the self-proclaimed king of grappling is about to hang up his crown.

After an amazing 2019, which saw him win double gold at ADCC and win super fights at SUG and Quintet, Gordon Ryan has taken to Instagram to announce that he is stepping away from grappling to enjoy his life:

Ryan has won all there is to win in no-gi grappling. In 2018, he won the World Championship in his weight class and the absolute division and in 2019 he did the same at ADCC. Ryan is also a multiple time EBI champion. At present, Ryan is rumored to face Kyle Boehm and Felipe Pena in early 2020. Pena defeated him twice previously so it is unlikely Ryan will retire without earning his revenge.

While Ryan has mentioned that he wants to take time off competing in his instagram post, his coach and mentor Garry Tonon has stated that Ryan will likely make his MMA debut in 2020.

Gordon Ryan is the most successful grappler of recent times on the mats, but also off it and he could feasibly retire and live off the proceeds of his DVDs and seminars. Ryan has reportedly made upwards of $50,000 per month on DVD sales this year and it is rumored that Ryan charges around $10,000 for a seminar.

I personally would be shocked if Ryan doesn’t appear at ADCC 2021 in a match against Andre Galvao, but if not, let’s congratulate the king on his reign and let him move on to the next chapter of his life.