As we close out 2018, IBJJF hosted its last tournament of the year: World IBJJF Jiu-Jitsu No-Gi Championship in Los Angeles. Teams representing Renzo Gracie Academy or affiliated through linage with Renzo Gracie won major World Titles at Worlds No-Gi.
Ryan Gordon in particular won two World Titles by defeating his 2018 rival, Roberto “Cyborg” Abreu. The rivalry between Ryan and Cyborg began earlier this year on Instagram, when Ryan called out every grappler everywhere. The post triggered a response about Ryan’s failure to respect his elders from Cyborg, which Ryan answered with a string of posts questioning the “respectful” mythology of jiu-jitsu and a side-by-side video comparison of Cyborg’s post-win ritual (chest pounding, tears) and his (casually walking off the mats). During the finals, Ryan initially pulled guard and ultimately was awarded 2 points for position because Cyborg repeatedly disengaged and was penalized by refs. Toward the end of the match strikes landed. Cyborg was DQed with a total of four penalties on the board.
The slaps heard ‘round the world. 👋
Posted by FloGrappling on Tuesday, December 18, 2018
On his way to Double Gold, Gordon did so by winning four out of seven matches by submission and defeating champion rivals Yuri Simoes, Roberto Cyborg Abreau, Jackson Souza and Patrick Gaudio.
On instagram Tom DeBlass, Gordons main professor had this to say :
“Double Gold black belt world champion. Been with the boy since he was 16. I always said he had potential to be the best ever without the Gi, now he is proving it. Unless you train or compete with Gordon you don’t realize how good he is. To complete a match and not get submitted is a huge feat. Congratulations to @gordonlovesjiujitsu, although he messaged me 30 seconds after his matches furious because he didn’t get the submission. Also congratulations to the warriors he competed against in the finals, @cyborgbjj and @yurisimoesjj, 2 of the best to ever step on the mat.”
Also on a day to remember, Ruben “Cobrinha” Charles and his son Kennedy Maciel became the first Father and Son duo to win World Championships in the same Tournaments and Division as Black Belts.
Cobrinha said this on Instagram :