BJJ promotion Who’s Number One is bringing out the big guns for their next offering. Gordon Ryan will be headlining WNO 20, in a pretty stacked card that’s aptly dubbed as their “Night of Champions.”
Below is everything you will need to know about the October 1 BJJ event.
Full results, and highlights can be seen on our WNO 20 live results page.
WNO 20: Night of Champions preview
Gordon Ryan returns on card with 5 title bouts
Headlining the event is the return of one of the best and most accomplished grapplers in the history of no gi grappling. Gordon Ryan will finally be making his return after dealing with illnesses and getting his foot broken by Nicky Rodriguez (but still won), and will be defending his WNO heavyweight title against Patrick Gaudio.
No disrespect to Gaudio, who is a good grappler in his own right, but against one of the BJJ greats, he will clearly be a massive underdog on this match up. This event is a good chance for people to watch Ryan, who hasn’t really been active lately, but it’s hard not to be disappointed in this booking with the long layoff and other so much more interesting match ups available.
Ilnesses and injuries contribute, but since reaching the pinnacle of the sport, Gordon Ryan just seems to really choose his match ups and events far more carefully now that he has more to lose, outside of just his long unbeaten streak.
So maybe tune in for Gordon Ryan, but really watch the other far more intriguing championship match ups on the card.
Two women’s title bouts at WNO 20
There will be two excellent women’s title bouts at WNO 20.
Atos star Rafaela Guedes will put her heavyweight title on the line against decorated BJJ champ Nathiely de Jesus, while WNO bantamweight champ Brianna Ste-Marie tries to get another belt as she faces accomplished BJJ star Elisabeth Clay for the 145 lb title.
Pedro Marinho was also supposed to defend his light heavyweight title against former Bellator champ and BJJ star Rafael Lovato Jr. on this card, but the WNO champ got injured and has been replaced by Ricardo Evangelista.
Two four-man title tournaments stacked with BJJ stars
Apart from the women’s title defenses, there will also be two pretty fun looking four-man tournaments to determine new champions at 145 lbs and at 170 lbs.
I’m not sure why Tye Ruotolo (or Kade the 155 lb champ) isn’t on the card, as he previously won two WNO titles at 170 and 185 lbs, but the welterweight title is now vacant and up for grabs on this event. The four-man tournament to determine a new champion is insanely packed though, featuring BJJ stars Mica Galvao, Andrew Tackett, PJ Barch and Jay Rodriguez.
The four men vying for the 145 lb title is also very promising. Reigning ADCC champ and BJJ prodigy “Baby Shark” Diogo Reis is the likely favorite, but has a damn good field of pros looking to get the title in Gabriel Sousa, Ashley Williams and Keith Krikorian.
UPDATE: WNO 20 brackets have been released
Full WNO 20 fight card and quick results
Gordon Ryan def. Patrick Gaudio by submission (armbar) [HW title]
Nathiely de Jesus def. Rafaela Guedes by decision [HW title]
Elisabeth Clay def. Brianna Ste-Marie by decision [145 lbs title]
170 lbs Championship Tournament
Mica Galvao def. PJ Barch by submission (flying armbar) [Finals, 170 lbs title]
Andrew Tackett withdraws due to injury, PJ Barch replaces him in the final.
Andrew Tackett def. PJ Barch by decision [Semis]
Mica Galvao def. Jay Rodriguez by decision [Semis]
145 lbs Championship Tournament
Diogo Reis def. Gabriel Sousa by decision [Finals, 145 lbs title]
Gabriel Sousa def. Ash Williams by submission (kneebar) [Semis]
Diogo Reis def. Keith Krikorian by decision [Semis]
Rafael Lovato Jr. def. Ricardo Evangelista by submission (triangle choke)
Thaynara Victoria def. Tiffany Butler by submission (foot lock)
Steffan Banta def. Thomas Bracher by submission (reverse triangle choke)
WNO 20 live stream, how to watch, start time
Headlined by Gordon Ryan and with five championships on the line, WNO 20 will happen Sunday, October 1 at 7 p.m. ET, at the Bayou Music Center in Houston, Texas.
The event can be streamed live on FloGrappling. First couple of matches can be seen below.
Live updates with results, and highlights can be seen on our WNO 20 live results page.
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