Jiu-jitsu phenom Drysdale to make MMA debut July 17

source: heavy.com

Brazilian jiu-jitsu superstar Robert Drysdale has signed a four-fight contract with Canada’s Armageddon Fighting Championship.

Drysdale, the 2007 ADCC Absolute Division Champion, is scheduled to make his professional mixed martial arts debut at “AFC 3: Evolution” on July 17. No opponent has been named at this time.

Drysdale is known as one of the pre-eminent superstars in the world of Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Born in Utah, Drysdale moved to Brazil with his family at the age of six, where he stayed until college. He began training BJJ in 1998 and earned his black belt in 2005. Drysdale has six world BJJ championships to his credit.

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Tango_MF site profile image  

7/9/10 3:13 PM by Tango_MF

For those wondering he's fighting at 205 in AFC on July 17th against Bastien Huveneers.

MurdochIRL site profile image  

7/9/10 1:47 PM by MurdochIRL

Jacare got a lot more takedowns than he got points for. Prior to the points time, he had another three takedowns. Jacare never looked like he was in a bad position other than that scramble that Drysdale moved to his back. Drysdale just never seemed to get his game going. Maybe he didn't get owned but he didn't threaten Jacare either. At 90 seconds left Jacare was already raising his hands like he won. I think that Drysdale had the size advantage and the training camp advantage. Jacare hadn't been in a pure grappling mode for awhile. Jacare definitely did disengage multiple times but Drysdale wasn't able to force him to engage either. Just my two cents.

Chappie site profile image  

7/9/10 4:27 AM by Chappie

"Jacare owned Drysdale"Watch the match sometime and I think that your opinion will differ. As pointed out above, Jacare won on the basis of two take downs. At no point during the match was Jacare ever willing to engage in anyway, shape or form on the mat. Regarding, Drysdale's potential progression in mma, he should do really well. Robert has been training on his standup for a few years now with Skipper Kelp & Wanderlie Silva.

MurdochIRL site profile image  

7/9/10 12:18 AM by MurdochIRL

It is possible to pull guard, even half, in mma successfully. I just don't think it was a wise thing to tell Mir to do against Brock. I wouldn't advise anyone to pull guard against a wrestler with a heavy top game and good GnP. I hope Drysdale does well in MMA. Not all BJJ guys can make the transition. I know he trains with Forrest, Mir, Randleman and others.

CJJScout site profile image  

7/8/10 12:45 PM by CJJScout

Jacare hardly owned Drysdale in ADCC. Beat him, yes. Owned him, no.

billy914 site profile image  

7/8/10 12:25 PM by billy914

I think one of the biggest things in his favour is that he seems an intelligent and analytical guy.It's an often overlooked attribute when talking about fighters.

timmyfront site profile image  

7/8/10 12:16 PM by timmyfront

unlike most BJJ phenom to mma transitions, he seems to have been taking his time learning how to box and wrestle.should be interesting

FightPreview site profile image  

7/8/10 11:56 AM by FightPreview

LOL at people trying to degrade Drysdale's skills by pointing out he lost to Roger. Yeah, him and practically everyone else. Doesn't mean he isn't one of the best.

billy914 site profile image  

7/8/10 11:43 AM by billy914

Depending on his opponent, pulling half guard could be a smart move. "Never pull guard" is a useful general guideline, but when you are shitloads better than your opponent on the ground, and may struggle to take them down, it's the right choice. Aoki pulls guard all the time, Maia pulled guard repeatedly in the UFC. Nog has pulled guard. Vinny pulled guard on Soz in TUF. Say a top grappler can't get a takedown, they face the following choices 1) stand up and strike 2) fight from guard. In far more cases than I can bother to count, the risk associated with option 2 is far less than the near certainty of a loss with option 1. They could shoot in repeatedly until they get a takedown, but it could be that it just isn't happening and they will get more and more fatigued.

RocknRolla site profile image  

7/8/10 11:39 AM by RocknRolla

in a past interview he said he had to have his head operated on in brasil b/c he had no insurance in the U.S., before he can fight again. hope all is well