Among many great things that will happen this coming weekend, the match up between Gordon Ryan and João Gabriel Rocha at Kasai Super Series, on Saturday, February 2, in Dallas, Texas, is probaly the most exciting one.
Gordon Ryan arrives for the bout as the reigning IBJJF Worlds No-Gi black belt double gold champion after a powerful performance in Anaheim, this past December. The 2017 ADCC 88kg division champion is a fan favorite and will be competing in his natural setting, as the match will feature a submission only format in the first 10 minutes followed by a 5-minute overtime when points will be counted.
João Gabriel Rocha is afraid of nothing. After beating testicular cancer, he returned to a very successful career on the mats. Although his best results are mostly with the gi, the 2015 ADCC, in São Paulo, Brazil, was a definitive proof that João knows how to handle himself without the gi. He finished 2nd in the open class division and fourth in the +99kg division.
Here is a highlight video to get you all warmed up for the battle. Who do you got to win this one?[embedded content]