What You Need To Know Before Tezos WNO: Couch vs Ryan On March 25

Greg Stevens

Just after a collection of lineup modifications, Tesos WNO is now established to return to Frisco, TX on Friday, March 25, headlined by Gordon Ryan’s very first grappling match in just about specifically a single yr.

Tezos Who’s Amount One particular: Jacob Couch vs Gordon Ryan, introduced by Extra fat Tire will be Ryan’s initially match in 364 days his last bout was from Vagner Rocha when Ryan received by triangle. 

Ryan has been sidelined to deal with health and fitness troubles, but will resume competition in time to put together for his future ADCC superfight with Andre Galvao. It’s one of the most anticipated grappling matches in record. 

Tezos WNO: Gordon Ryan vs Jacob Sofa

On March 25, Ryan will square off with Pedigo Submission Fighting’s Hilbilly Hammer, Jacob Sofa in a match scheduled for 30 minutes less than the Tezos WNO rule established.

Sofa is a critical underdog in this matchup the oddsmakers have him at +1600 to Ryan’s -4000. 

He’s up versus one of the best grapplers of all time, and he’s supplying up dimension to Ryan, but he’s formulated a status for capitalizing on his position as the underdog. In September 2021, Sofa submitted Roberto Jimenez at the WNO Championship, and went on to get third place. Considering the fact that then, he’s taken 3rd at the ADCC North American Trials. 

Even if Sofa just cannot defeat Ryan — and he’ll definitely attempt — even a effective exhibit of grappling talent against him can elevate Couch’s position in the sport. Several have tried and failed to mount an offense from the generally gradual beginning Ryan. Couple of have been capable to capitalize on the possibility. 

In the co-main party, Micael Galvao will confront Dante Leon in a 15-minute match. Galvao has been browsing due to the fact early last 12 months, but he had a person of his most impressive performances ever in the the latest ADCC South American Trials, distributing all 4 of his opponents in a full time of 5 minutes and 9 seconds.

He’ll face an ADCC veteran in Dante Leon, the betting underdog. Leon created his name at ADCC in 2019, defeating division most loved Lucas Lepri immediately after taking his back, and going in to get fourth in the tournament. 

Leon has an aggressive, quickly paced style of jiu-jitsu, and will count on his strength to use out Galvao. But he’ll have to be cautious. Galvao is a sniper, and will be looking for a single blunder from Leon as a catalyst to mount his individual onslaught of attacks.

Earlier in the night: the extensive expected no-gi debut of Nicholas Meregali. Meregali, a two time IBJJF gi globe champion will deal with no-gi planet champ Arnaldo Maidana. Regardless of the lack of encounter in no-gi, Meregali is coming in as the favored. That could be mainly because of his offensive model of grappling and his submission oriented video game. It aids his possibilities that he’s spent the previous thirty day period getting ready with the New Wave Jiu-Jitsu group, headed by John Danaher and Gordon Ryan. Meregali has been invited to compete at ADCC in September. Maidana will be his 1st litmus check to gauge his preparation. 

Also on the principal card, Elder Cruz will try out to maintain his two win streak alive against Haisam Rida, the owner of one of the speediest submissions in WNO background. And In the very first match on the primary card, WNO Championship runner-up Gabriel Sousa will experience the debutant, Keith Krikorian, in the light-weight division. That match, showcasing two perpetually submission-oriented competition, has the potential to be the struggle of the night.


Tezos WNO: Couch vs Ryan, introduced by Extra fat Tire, will also include a 3-match undercard, which will be out there for cost-free on the FloGrappling Fb and YouTube channels. Individuals matches are:

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