Gordon Ryan To Face Shinya Aoki in a Cage Grappling Match

Gordon Ryan To Face Shinya Aoki in a Cage Grappling Match

A few months back 3x ADCC chanpion Gordon Ryan announced that he had signed with MMA organization ONE Championship for an MMA and cage grappling contract.

He has stated that an MMA career is possible but only under certain conditions:

Gordon Ryan Tells Joe Rogan About His Transition to MMA

Now Ryan has announced his first opponent in a cage grappling match (Grappling match held in a cage) and it’s a big mismatch:

The much lighter lightweight One Championship fighter Shinya Aoki.

Aoki is a BJJ and Judo black belt with a rich Grappling pedigree but nowhere near Ryan’s caliber. Also, he recently convincingly lost by submission to Ryan’s training partner Garry Tonon.

Here are Aoki’s accomplishments in BJJ and Submission grappling:

ADCC Japan
66–76 kg: 1st place
Deep X
Deep X Superfight Champion (2007)
Shooto Grappling Champion (2006)
Dumau/Kansai Cup Champion (2005)
All Japan Jiu-Jitsu
All Japan Champion (2004-brown belt); (2005-black belt)
Rickson Gracie’s Budo Challenge
2005 Middleweight Champion
Rickson Gracie Invitational
1st place
Other Accolades
Top five collegiate Judoka
GI Grappling 05, 1st place
Reversal Cup Champion (2004)