Buchecha Almeida and Gordon Ryan to make separate MMA debuts in 2021
- Brazilian jiu jitsu icon Marcus ‘Buchecha’ Almeida could finally make his MMA debut in May or June.
- So says One Championship founder and CEO Chatri Sityodtong.
- Sityodtong also said fans could see another fighting mega star, Gordon Ryan, compete in MMA in 2021.
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Two of the best grapplers in combat sports, both of whom have made highly anticipated moves in mixed martial arts, could make their One Championship debuts this year.
The Singapore-based MMA company, led by founder and CEO Chatri Sityodtong, has long been known for presenting extraordinary Muay Thai and stand-up matches.
But by adding Marcus “Buchecha” Almeida and Gordon Ryan to its roster, the company can rightly claim that it is also home to two of the most decorated jiu jitsu players on the planet.
“At the end of the day, at One Championship, I just want to recruit the best martial artists in the world,” Sityodtong told Insider when asked about these acquisitions.
“I don’t care about the discipline. I just want the best – that’s the most important thing. ‘Buchecha’ is the greatest Brazilian jiu jitsu stylist in history, and Gordon Ryan is the best unsubmissive grappler of gi of history. “
Fans may soon see ‘Buchecha’ and Ryan in a One Championship arena, after hitting Maestro Rodtang added another victory to his ledger against Daniel Williams on April 7.
Muay Thai is featured at One’s next event. The show took place earlier this month, but will air on TNT on Wednesday, April 21. The results were kept secret for the benefit of US cable television.
“You have John Wayne Parr, who is one of the big attackers, who is fighting against Nieky Holzken [on Wednesday] who is one of the big strikers in the world, ”Sityodtong said.
“Rodtang is currently one of the best in the world [at striking], And the list goes on and on. I just want to showcase the best at One Championship – the home of martial arts in all sports. “
Sityodtong hopes to see Buchecha debut soon
Almeida has won gold medals in the most prestigious jiu jitsu tournaments almost every year since 2011.
He trains in mixed martial arts at Javier Mendez’s famous American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose and sparked great interest when it was confirmed that he had signed with One.
Injuries, both to himself and to his opponents, sabotaged the continued efforts to complete his MMA debut. He was first scheduled to compete in a One event last year, then in January 2021, then in April of this year. All these fights have been suppressed.
Sityodtong told Insider it has been a frustrating time for the athlete.
“’Buchecha’ had a lot of bad luck,” Sityodtong told us. “It’s one thing after another. Opponents are injured, or retreat for one reason or another, and it’s just a frustrating time for him.
“I said to Buchecha, I spoke to him last week on WhatsApp: ‘I’m going to beat you – don’t worry.'”
Insider asked if we can see Almeida make her long-awaited debut in One in May or June. “I hope so,” he told us. “This is our plan.”
It also leads to Ryan, and when the American – considered one of the GOATS in his discipline – could feature in MMA after impressing so much, in such a short time, with grappling submission.
Ryan, 25, received his black belt in 2016 and has been in an almost unstoppable race since then, prompting MMA commentator and podcaster Joe Rogan – himself a black belt – to announce his compatriot as “the greatest book. per pound all the time. “
“Gordon Ryan and I are friends,” said Sityodtong, delighted to be the one who signed him.
“He came to Singapore. His trainer John Danayer and I are friends. And that’s because Renzo Gracie is my master in jiu jitsu. John and I love Renzo, Renzo put us together, and John and I got along. good.
“So Gordon came with John to do a seminar in Singapore, and I met them. We hit it off. And Gordon said when he’s ready he’ll sign with us. And he did.”
“[Almeida and Ryan] are two of the biggest grapplers on the planet and it’s no accident in our strategy, ”said Sityodtong.
Ryan’s path to his MMA debut is not as clear as Almeida’s.
“It remains to be seen [when he’ll make his debut in MMA]”Sityodtong said.” He wants to do submission bout while he trains for MMA. “
Sityodtong told us it was too early to determine but “it is possible [he could fight] this year.”
One is halfway through one of the most pivotal months in the company’s history. He’s showcasing some of his best fighters in an ongoing four-event race on TNT.
Adriano Moraes hit Demetrious Johnson with a knee as savage violence marked the US One Championship TV show on April 7.
Christian Lee, 22, scored a brutal 73-second knockout that cemented his place as an MMA superstar in an event that aired the following week.
We return with its third event of the month Wednesday with a five-fight card featuring John Lineker against Troy Worthen in the main event.
Holzken and Wayne Parr compete for a Muay Thai match in the final preliminary bout.