Winner of the ADCC West Coast Trials under 66kg
“The first of two North American qualifiers for the 2009 ADCC World Championship was held at the Cal State Dominguez Hills campus in Carson, CA. The brackets were filled with accomplished black belts hoping to earn their spot in the world’s most prestigious no-gi tournament, the Abu Dhabi Combat Club (ADCC) Submission Wrestling World Championship.
In the under 66 kg Professional division, Ryan put on the most dominant performance of the tournament, submitting all of his opponents in rapid fashion without surrendering an offensive point.
Ryan finished Matt Betzold (Gracie Barra) in the first round with a triangle and Dustin Thornton (Undisputed) with a 50/50 heel hook in the quarter-final. In the semi-final, Ryan faced off against Matt Sanchez (Team Alpha), an extremely tough opponent who had defeated one of the favourites, Justin Rader (Lovato), in the previous round. Ryan was able to sweep, take the back, mount, and finish with an arm lock from the triangle to advance to the final. In the championship match, Ryan defeated Ryan Lang (Rickson Gracie) with a 50/50 heel hook to earn the opportunity to compete against the world’s best lightweight grapplers at the ADCC main event in Barcelona, Spain later this year.”
Congratulations for the 3rd place at the IBJJ world tournament. We are waiting for you in Barcelona, Ryan!