Gordon Ryan was on ONE FC’s employee roster for quite a while despite being adamant he won’t be making it into MMA any time soon.
Ryan’s ONE FC deal also compromised his then anticipated combat jiu jitsu debut against Fabrizio Werdum. But now the tides are changing and in fact ONE FC seems adamant to provoke both Gordon Ryan and Garry Tonon with some cleverly disguised jabs.
This all comes on the wings of UFC announcing they’ve inked a deal with Ryan to compete at their impending grappling events – and looks like there’s a number of high profile UFC athletes interested in taking on Ryan.
Caio Borralho recently opened up about wanting to take the lead. Borralho has an MMA record consisting of 13 wins, 1 loss and 1 no contest with his last win comin at UFC 280 against Makhmud Muradov.
Borralho also frequently trains with Khamzat Chimaev and isn’t easy to intimidate.
Borralho told tatame:
“I follow (bjj) now, it’s been a few years now. In fact, I have some of his (instructional) courses and also Danaher’s”
He later added “I think he is at a level above all other jiu jitsu competitors.”
“He’s a guy I’m inspired by, a lot of the way he expresses himself, the way he talks, the way he fights, his confidence, his mentality.”
“He and their coach managed to systematically organize each stage of jiu jitsu. This makes it much better stored in the head and you can see that he already has his natural, physical, physical part too, which helps a lot. He’s a guy I’m inspired by, a lot of the way he expresses himself, the way he talks, the way he fights, his confidence, his mentality.”
“It would be a dream to fight him, man.”
“Being able to compete with him might try to hit deep water, but I’m sure I wouldn’t lose out at all. So I would learn a lot, whether winning or losing from him sooner. I would learn a lot there in that fight.”