“The Best Pound-for-Pound Jiu-Jitsu Player on Earth” – Joe Rogan Picks a Surprise Name

Published 05/03/2021, 8:15 AM EDT
NEWARK, NJ – APRIL 18: Commentator Joe Rogan looks on during the UFC Fight Night event at Prudential Center on April 18, 2015 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)


Besides being one of the best commentators in the UFC, Joe Rogan also hosts his podcast named ‘The Joe Rogan Experience.’ On his podcast, he is the type of person who likes to be vocal about his thoughts when it comes to combat sports.

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Rogan is a martial artist. The former Fear Factor host, who began training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Carlson Gracie at his school, earned a black belt under Eddie Bravo’s 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu, a style of no-gi Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He is also a black belt in gi Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Jean Jacques Machado.

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As Rogan has experience in Jiu-Jitsu, it validates anything he speaks related to this sport. In one of the recent episodes of ‘JRE’, Rogan invited the grappler, Gordon Ryan, as his guest. Rogan talked about who is the best pound-for-pound Jiu-Jitsu practitioner.

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He said – “Gordon is undeniably the best pound-for-pound Jiu-Jitsu player on earth. Not just the best, but pretty, pretty, it’s a pretty good statement to say that you’re the best ever.”

Why did Joe Rogan pick Gordon Ryan as his best pound-for-pound Jiu-Jitsu player?

To answer this question, let’s take a look at Gordon Ryan’s professional submission grappling record and accomplishments.

By looking at Ryan’s BJJ Heroes and Flo Grappling profiles, fans can see that he has a spectacular professional submission grappling record. Furthermore, he is a three-time ADCC World champion, two-time IBJJF World No-Gi Champion.

Ryan is also a two-time IBJJF Pans No-Gi Champion. He has a very long list of his championship accomplishments, and these are just a few of his notable championships.

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Furthermore, Ryan has competed in many elite-level submission grappling tournaments such as BJJ Fanatics GP, ADCC, IBJJF Pans No-Gi, and many more. He has won in all of those elite tournaments. 

The 25-year-old has certainly accomplished a lot more than any other elite Jiu-Jitsu player. Hence, Joe Rogan picked Gordon Ryan as his best pound-for-pound Jiu-Jitsu competitor on earth.

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After reading about Gordon Ryan’s achievements, what do you make of Joe Rogan’s claim?

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Arman Khan is a UFC author for EssentiallySports. He began following combat sports when Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor competed in 'The Money Fight' in 2017. 'The Notorious' attracted Arman to the UFC and he became an ardent fan of professional fighting as he could draw parallels with the action from his combat sports experience and break down techniques such as striking and striking defense lucidly for the casual fans.

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