Video Truth About $46,000,000 Compensation to Injured Student Revealed by BJJ GOAT Gordon Ryan & Ex-UFC Champion

Published 04/02/2023, 9:21 AM EDT

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Japanese martial artist Hwang Lee famously summarized the importance of practice and training in MMA, “Where there is preparation, there is no fear”. Thus many students and masters of MMA have focused on the preparation, training, and sparring sessions of the game. This point is emphasized by many combat sports athletes, such as Gordon Ryan. However, things can go wrong during training and practice and can result in some serious consequences. One such incident happened a few years back and the instructor was criticized for destroying the life of the student.

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The instructor sparred with his student and while doing so placed all his weight on the neck of the student and crushed his cervical vertebrae. The coach was heavily criticized for the same. But recently Gordon Ryan and Tom DeBlass have shared their opinion on the incident. Chris Weidman and some fans have also backed up the claim.

Chris Weidman stands in support of Gordon Ryan and Tom DeBlass’ stance

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Tom DeBlass and Gordon Ryan posted a video of the freak accident that happened in the BJJ gym. DeBlass gave an explanation for the same and defended the instructor who is being blasted for being negligent to his student. He also revealed that the student got a $46,000,000 compensation for the same.

DeBlass wrote a lengthy caption to summarise his thoughts on the video. Ryan shared his post on his Instagram account too.

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Chris Weidman gave his opinion on the subject in the comments section. The former UFC champion wrote, “Agree on all accounts based off this video. Sucks for everyone involved but looks like a complete accident.” The former champion is also a victim of a freak injury in the UFC.

The fans also voiced their opinion in the comment section.

Fans react to seeing the video of the freak accident

Fans sided with the BJJ practitioner’s opinion on the video clip that went viral. Many agreed to the fact that the incident was a result of s freak accident. One social media user said, “Agree 1000%”.

Another fan added, “An accident. Those judging the instructor are clearly trying to take advantage of a tragedy to promote themselves.”

One social media user said, “Thank you for supporting sini” Another Instagram user wrote, “So glad I withheld all opinions until seeing the video. Freak world we live in.”

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Furthermore, a fan added, “100% accidental. Very unfortunately for both, student and for instructor. God bless them”. One fan said, “Glad to see this put into perspective, I know the owner of this school and it’s just a terrible situation for everyone involved”.

Moreover, a social media user justified his stance on the issue, “He just tried to do the old Leo Viera back take. Just a sloppy version that resulted in accidental damage. I’ve seen 100x worse from people wanting to cause harm. This looks accidental to me”.

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Lastly, a fan voiced their opinion as, “The move involved is commonly done. I’ve seen my instructor do it safely in live rolling many times without incident. I have as well. Ideally the black belt should be aware of student positioning and modify his approach accordingly, but sometimes people react in unorthodox ways. I understand the student is recovering nicely, thank God.”.

What do you think about the incident? Was it intentional or a freak accident? Let us know in the comments.

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Faizan Mirza

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Faizan Mirza is a UFC Writer at Essentially Sports. He has had a keen eye on the UFC since 2015 and is a fan of Conor McGregor because of his attitude and charisma. Faizan had been following McGregor's ascent in the sport.
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