Gordon Ryan claims to make more than most UFC champions in BJJ without "getting punched in the head"

Alexander Volkanovski, Aljamain Sterling and Leon Edwards (left) and Gordon Ryan (right) [Image Courtesy: @gordonlovesjiujitsu , @alexvolkanovski , @funkmastermma and @leonedwardsmma on Instagram
Alexander Volkanovski, Aljamain Sterling and Leon Edwards (left) and Gordon Ryan (right) [Image Courtesy: @gordonlovesjiujitsu , @alexvolkanovski , @funkmastermma and @leonedwardsmma on Instagram

Gordon Ryan recently claimed that he has no plans of switching over to compete in MMA as he earns more as a submission grappler than most fighters in the UFC, including the champions.

Widely considered the greatest no-gi jiu-jitsu artist of all time, Ryan's unparalleled dominance in the sport and mastery of techniques has seen him win multiple world championships in some of the biggest competitions.

Considering his achievements in the sport, it's not surprising that fans wonder how he would fare in the octagon.

In a recent interview with Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour, Gordon Ryan was asked about his thoughts on potentially fighting in an MMA bout someday. The American replied:

"Now, I don't have to leave [jiu-jitsu]. I make more money than most UFC champions and there's no reason for me to go get punched in the head every day and then have to fight... I'm like the [Floyd] Mayweather or [Conor] McGregor of jiu-jitsu."

Watch the full interview below:


Gordon Ryan recently competed at the UFC Fight Pass Invitational 3 event, held at the UFC Apex on December 15. The grappling event saw some of the world's greatest submission grapplers go head-to-head for a $25,000 prize.

'King' went up against Nick Rodriguez, whom he defeated in overtime via the fastest escape time.

Gordon Ryan talks about Dillon Danis, calls him a "clown" among the jiu-jitsu community

In the same interview, Gordon Ryan shared his thoughts on Dillon Danis. It's safe to say that the multi-time ADCC champion is not a fan of the Bellator fighter...

Danis gained notoriety after joining Conor McGregor's coaching team as a grappling/jiu-jitsu coach and training partner ahead of the Irishman's rematch against Nate Diaz. Dillon Danis is currently signed to Bellator, but the New Jersey native has only competed twice in the promotion.

Speaking to Ariel Helwani, Gordon Ryan was asked how he and the jiu-jitsu community feel about the controversial internet personality. The 27-year-old replied:

"Clown... Dillon is an absolute master at managing to stay relevant without actually doing anything combat-related... He was pretty well-respected as a brown belt. He won a lot of things at brown belt... Once he kind of got in with McGregor, that's when he started to fall apart. His popularity skyrocketed, but his career kind of fell apart from there."

Ryan further continued to talk about 'El Jefe's professional record:

"I've been dying to actually say this on a big podcast, Dillon Danis has a record in jiu-jitsu since [getting] black belt of 18 wins and 16 losses. He's not nearly as good at jiu-jitsu as people think he is."

Watch a clip from the interview below:

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Edited by Harvey Leonard