Joe Rogan Made an Unbelievable Confession on Gordon Ryan’s Training Just Days Before BJJ GOAT’s Health Update on His Illness

Published 01/16/2024, 2:00 AM EST

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Gordon Ryan and his dedication to his craft has earned him widespread acclaim, with podcast host and UFC color commentator Joe Rogan hailing his stunning training schedule! Ryan is considered by many to be the greatest no-gi grappler to ever step foot on the mat. He holds 5 ADCC World Championships and 2 IBJJF No-Gi World Championships!

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And in a conversation with UFC fighter, Sean Brady, Rogan revealed the secret behind Ryan’s meteoric rise to the pinnacle of grappling. His comments highlighted the incredible work ethic that Ryan puts into his craft. However, the BJJ whizz recently revealed he is stepping away from competition due to health issues, further showcasing the toll an athlete has to endure to become the best in the world at their chosen sport!

Gordon Ryan’s intense training regime revealed by Joe Rogan  

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Joe Rogan and Sean Brady touched upon the incredible talent that is Gordon Ryan on the JRE (Joe Rogan Experience) podcast MMA show no. 152 recently. Brady stated that he thinks that Ryan is “the man” for what he has achieved in the sport of grappling. Rogan highlighted that at just 28 years old, Ryan is hailed as the greatest in his field, a testament to his relentless work ethic.

He also revealed, “And that motherf**ker doesn’t take a day off, no days off, 365 days a year they are training, they’re working on something.” The training regimen goes beyond the physical as Rogan further broke down the details behind such a rigorous schedule.

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The podcast host stated, “Training hard, working on skills and they watch tape, they break technique down, and it’s not just like ah, good enough, go home.”

Brady also concurred, emphasizing the intensity of Ryan’s training. Rogan also pointed out the significant advantage of having John Danaher as a coach, describing it as a “cheat code” for success. 

The conversation highlights the meticulous and comprehensive nature of Ryan’s preparation, showcasing the commitment that sets him apart in the grappling world. But in a surprise statement, Ryan has recently announced a hiatus from competition due to his struggles with his health! 

‘The King’ steps away from grappling due to health issues 

In a significant decision prompted by ongoing health challenges, grappling icon Gordon Ryan has opted for a hiatus from all competitions, except for ADCC! Ryan’s sole competition appearance in 2023 resulted in a victory over Patrick Gaudio at WNO 20. Facing recurrent health challenges, including weight fluctuations, Ryan recently announced a hiatus from competition.

In a detailed Instagram post, Ryan explained his health struggles, recounting difficulties following his return for ADCC 2022 and subsequent competitions. Ryan explained, “As much as it pains me, I’m going to attempt to step away from all competitions EXCEPT ADCC until my stomach is 100% healthy on paper, by the tests, and by how I feel.”

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As such, Ryan declared that he would step away from all competitions, except ADCC until his health recovers.  The grappling sensation concluded the post by expressing gratitude to his supporters. The commitment to prioritize health over competitive endeavors showcases Ryan’s dedication to long-term well-being and his goal of cementing his legacy in grappling! 

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Do you think Gordon Ryan has done enough to claim the crown of the GOAT of No-Gi grappling? Share your thoughts in the comments below! 

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I am Dushyant Patni, a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. My passion for Mixed Martial Arts started because my father used to be a boxer and a martial arts fanatic. It passed down to me as my first pair of boxing gloves were his old ones! Prior to joining EssentiallySports, I honed my writing and editing skills across various organizations as a writer and an editor.
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