Meet Robert Drysdale


Robert Drysdale made his amateur MMA debut with Tuff-N-Uff, winning his fight. Robert Drysdale was introduced on Countdown to UFC 101 as the BJJ coach of former UFC light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin. He was also selected as a coach on TUF season 8 for the team coached by Frank Mir.

Drysdale made a successful professional MMA debut defeating Bastien Huveneers via arm triangle choke. In his next fight, Drysdale faced Clay Davidson, a King of the Cage veteran who entered the contest riding a six-fight win streak. Drysdale won via armbar in the first round.

It was announced on February 16, 2012 that Drysdale has signed a multi-fight deal with Legacy Fighting Championship. Drysdale eventually made his debut at Legacy Fighting Championships 12 and went on to defeat Isaac Villanueva, Chris Reed and D.J. Linderman under the Legacy FC banner all by submission in the first round.

Some of his accomplishments include:

2007 (Black Belt)

  • 1st place in the Abu-Dhabi Submission Wrestling World Championships – Open Division (ADCC)

  • 3rd place in the Abu-Dhabi Submission Wrestling World Championships – -99 kg Division (ADCC)

  • 2nd place in the BJJ World Championships (IBJJF/CBJJ)

  • 3rd place in the BJJ World Championships – Open Division (IBJJF/CB

2005 (Black Belt)

  • 3x times BJJ World Champion (IBJJF/CBJJ)

  • 1st place Black Belt World Championships (CBJJO)

2004 (Brown/Black Belt)

  • 2x National Brazilian National Champion (IBJJF/CBJJ)

  • 1st place in the Brazilian National Championship open division (IBJJF/CBJJ)

  • 3rd place World Championship (IBJJf/CBJJ)

  • 1st place in the Scandinavian open

  • 1st place in the Scandinavian open absolute division

In March 2018 Drysdale announced he was involved in a Documentary production titled “Closed Guard: The Origins of Jiu-Jitsu in Brazil.” The film being about how the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu developed from the first Japanese immigrants onward. The goal of the film is to tell a complete account about how Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu drifted away from its Kodokan roots and became such a unique art. Additionally, the purpose of the film is to give credit to many forgotten names that made Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu possible, as well as acknowledge other already accredited names. The film, currently in production.

Rob has been an amazing attribute to the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu community and a leader in the Las Vegas Jiu-Jitsu gym ownership and training.

Beginning in the early 1990s, jiu-jitsu began growing in popularity worldwide and Brazil was quickly becoming the Mecca of jiu-jitsu. Robert returned to Brazil in 2002 to dedicate himself entirely to training and competing in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Over the years he has trained continually, initially with Maromba Club and eventually team Brasa Jiu-Jitsu Club in São Paulo, Brazil.

While training and competing for Brasa Club he received his Black Belt in 2004 from Léo Vieira.

In Brazil, he went on to win multiple national and world titles including the IBJJF world championship as a Black belt in 2005

He has competed and taught in various countries around the world, including Germany, United Kingdom, Denmark, Estonia, Poland, France, Sweden, Finland, Hungary, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand; while teaching and hosting seminars in cities across the United States.

In 2007 he won the prestigious ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship – Open Division ADCC, submitting Marcelo Garcia in just over two minutes. A feat considered to be the equivalent of "out-swimming" Michael Phelps. That same year he was regarded as the best Submission Wrestler in the World by Gracie Magazine.

In early 2008, he returned to the USA where he trained with former UFC Champion, Randy Couture and former Pride Champion Wanderlei Silva. That same year he opened Drysdale Jiu-Jitsu in Las Vegas, still in operation today.

Robert dedicates himself everyday to training his students for competition. He continues to travel world-wide to teach his affiliate gyms his trade moves and help with any questions and technique possible.

It’s always worth your time to come by Drysdale Jiu-Jitsu when visiting Las Vegas, Nevada!

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