Retired? Gordon Ryan promises to quit BJJ competition in 2020

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The 2019 double ADCC world champion, Gordon Ryan, may be close to retiring from competition.

An athlete from Renzo Gracie Academy, Ryan published on social media this Thursday, Dec. 26, a message in which he reflects on his reality as a competitor, thinking about abandoning his career in the coming year to enjoy more of his life.

“It’s time to start the next chapter of my life,” he wrote. “I have some matches scheduled early in 2020 which I’ve committed to and will compete in but consider 2019 the last year of my competitive life span.”

Do you believe the 24-year-old is for real and will quit at the top? Here’s his entire, unedited post:

Thank you and farewell. Its been years since i did anything besides training. I haven’t taken a vacation in 5 years. On this trip i realized that there’s more to life than being stuck in a blue basement every day killing myself. i have proven im the best over and over again and now its time for a change. Its time to start the next chapter of my life. i have some matches scheduled early in 2020 which ive committed to and will compete in but consider 2019 the last year of my competitive life span. I dont need anything else in life. All i want and need now is to explore the world with the ones i love and help my team mates achieve twice as much as i have as well as help people around the world through instructional videos. i know it will pain a lot of you to see me go but this is something im sure about. i hope all the fans understand and have enjoyed the rise thus far. its not over. I couldnt have asked for a better career. love you all ♥️.

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Thank you and farewell. Its been years since i did anything besides training. I haven't taken a vacation in 5 years. On this trip i realized that there's more to life than being stuck in a blue basement every day killing myself. i have proven im the best over and over again and now its time for a change. Its time to start the next chapter of my life. i have some matches scheduled early in 2020 which ive committed to and will compete in but consider 2019 the last year of my competitive life span. I dont need anything else in life. All i want and need now is to explore the world with the ones i love and help my team mates achieve twice as much as i have as well as help people around the world through instructional videos. i know it will pain a lot of you to see me go but this is something im sure about. i hope all the fans understand and have enjoyed the rise thus far. its not over. I couldnt have asked for a better career. love you all ♥️. ? @jeffreyschu. @heysonnyy

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