“The Negative Energy Can Be Draining”: Jon Jones’ “Sick” Involvement in Gordon Ryan and Nick Rodriguez’s Beef Takes BJJ World by Surprise

Published 02/27/2023, 4:00 AM EST

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The simmering rivalry between grappling legends Gordon Ryan and Nick Rodriguez has reached new heights as the latter stepped up to fight Felipe Pena after ‘The Iron Dragon’ withdrew from their scheduled bout, citing health issues. The showdown between Pena and Rodriguez at Tezos WNO saw the Brazilian ‘Preguiça’ emerge victorious against ‘Nicky Rod’ in a thrilling contest. However, Ryan still managed to make his presence felt, offering a breakdown of the fight and labeling Rodriguez a ‘cheater’ despite his defeat. The feud between the two grappling giants has even caught the attention of UFC legend Jon Jones, who recently weighed in on the situation.

‘Jonny Bones’ weighed in on the rivalry, expressing his hope that the two could resolve their differences someday, even though the feud is ‘entertaining’. The involvement of Jones has added a new layer of excitement for fans, who are now anticipating the possibility of this rivalry materializing into something big in the near future.

Jon Jones gets the BJJ fans hyped


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Gordon Ryan and Nick Rodriguez have a storied history, having faced each other twice last year with Ryan prevailing on both occasions. When Ryan offered his expert analysis of Felipe Pena vs. Nick Rodriguez, it caught the attention of UFC legend Jon Jones. Jones commented on the breakdown, and his words elicited a flurry of reactions from fans who were eagerly following this feud.

Jon Jones commented on the post, “Man I really respect both you and Nicky for the martial artist that you are, at the same time I have to admit this beef is really entertaining. I think you guys are bringing a lot of attention to #BJJ i’m sure the negative energy can be draining at times, but as a fan it’s really awesome to witness. Maybe one day you guys will make up”

Although Jon Jones’ comment added fuel to the already-heated feud, it quickly became a phenomenon for a Brazilian jiu-jitsu page. The page highlighted Jones’ comment along with a clip of Ryan and Rodriguez, sparking a flurry of reactions from the excited and hyped-up fans.


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Here’s how the fans reacted to this:

“More. MORE!!”

“Can we see some combat JJ between these two?”

“That’s so sick that f*cking Jon Jones is commenting on BJJ beef”

“Now we talking”


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“If bones is commenting it’s a good thing for the sport”

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Such feuds between high-level athletes often serve as the foundation for something big, and in the case of Ryan and Rodriguez, a trilogy fight could be the ideal outcome. However, it remains to be seen where this rivalry will lead. What is clear is that Jon Jones’ comments have certainly elevated this feud to new heights for fans.


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Whether or not we see a third fight between Ryan and Rodriguez, their past battles and ongoing feud have cemented their place in grappling lore. As the tension continues to build between these two competitors, fans will be eagerly waiting to see what comes next.

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Written by:

Mayur Soni


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Mayur Soni is a UFC Writer at EssentiallySports. His interest in the UFC heightened when he first saw his favorite fighter Conor McGregor knockout Jose Aldo in mere 13 seconds, in 2015. He thus got hooked on the sport.
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Rohini Kottu