Robert Drysdale is a hot issue in MMA. The fighter, son of an American father and a Brazilian mother, was born in America but raised in Brazil. As an adult and with a black belt, he returned to Las Vegas where he opened his own gym, Drysdale BJJ, and began to help in the training of big UFC names, like Forrest Griffin, Wanderlei Silva and Randy Couture, who encouraged him to start in MMA.
After becoming the ADCC 2007 absolute champion, Drysdale left the competitions on the mats to join the world of cages, but like he says, Jiu-Jitsu remained being more than a sport, it is a lifestyle for him.
Proof of this is found in all his professional fights. The phenomenon of the gentle art has won by submission in the first round every fight. The last one happened Friday, April 12, at Legacy FC 19. The light heavyweight faced D.J. Linderman, an experienced fighter who has fought in events like Bellator and WSOF, and the Brazilian won with a nice rear-naked choke.
To check the level of this fighter, review Drysdale’s duel against Chris Reed at Legacy FC 15:
Now that he is undefeated for six fights, Drysdale aims for the UFC and wants to fight the best in the category. The truth is that his performance within the cages has drawn the attention of the leaders of the sport, and it is quite possible that we will see Drysdale’s BJJ shining on the biggest stage in the world of MMA, in a short time.
His contact with the UFC is old. The professional fighter was one of the coaches of Team Mir on “TUF 8” in 2008. The following year, Drysdale prepared Forrest Griffin prepared for UFC 101, which had the historic title fight between the American and the middleweight champion, Anderson Silva. The program “Countdown to UFC 101” put the spotlight on Drysdale, giving prominence to the coach, who went on to help other stars of the organization.
Check the results of the last event Drysdale attended, Legacy FC 19:
LEGACY FC 19
Allen Event Center, Allen, Texas
April 12, 2013
Will Campuzano beat Alan Nascimento by unanimous decision
Georgi Karakhanyan beat Din Thomas by unanimous decision
Robert Drysdale submitted DJ Linderman with a rear naked choke at 1:48 of round one
Matt Hobar beat Nelson Salas by unanimous decision
George Pacurariu beat Steven Peterson by knockout at 3:42 of round one
Reynaldo Trujillo beat Chris Jones by knockout at 3:59 of round one
Kevin Aguilar submitted Hunter Tucker with an armbar at 2:24 of round one
Brad Mitchell beat David Armas by unanimous decision
Evan Thompson beat Angelus McFarlane by unanimous decision
Bull Lawal beat Jabari Shakur by unanimous decision
Vernon Lewis beat James Hall by TKO after round one