Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ) phenom Gordon Ryan attempts to settle an old score this evening (Sun., Aug. 7, 2022) when he meets two-time conqueror, Felipe Pena, in the no-time limit, submission-only main event of FloGrappling’s latest “Who’s Number One” event.
MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE coverage of the main event below, as well as quick results for the rest of the main card starting at 7:30 p.m. ET.
Pena submitted Ryan in 2016 and subsequently out-pointed him in the 2017 ADCC Absolute finals, but Ryan has since evolved into one of if not the most fearsome grapplers on the planet. He was last seen running roughshod over world champion Pedro Marinho last month in a performance so dominant he spent 25 minutes working for a smother choke to little resistance before deciding to just put him away with a rear-naked choke.
The rest of the card, which comprises 15-minute bouts, includes former Bellator champion Rafael Lovato Jr. and wunderkind Mica Galvao, among others.
RYAN VS. PENA 3 QUICK RESULTS:
Gordon Ryan vs. Felipe Pena — Ryan def. Pena by retirement at 44:41
Nicholas Meregali vs. Rafael Lovato Jr — Meregali def. Lovato by unanimous decision
Mica Galvao vs. Alan Sanchez — Galvao def. Sanchez by submission (rear naked choke) at 7:26
Bia Mesquita vs. Elisabeth Clay — Mesquita def. Clay by unanimous decision
Jacob Couch vs. Jacob Rodriguez — Couch def. Rodriguez by unanimous decision
Diogo Reis vs. Estevan Martinez — Reis def. Martinez by unanimous decision
Fabricio Andrey vs. Fabian Ramirez — Andrey def. Ramirez by unanimous decision
RYAN VS. PENA 3 LIVE COVERAGE:
242 lbs.: Gordon Ryan vs. Felipe Pena
Aight, we’ll go in increments of five minutes. Hand fighting to start. Brief mutual collar tie. Lots of shoving, Ryan looking for foot sweeps. More collar ties. Continuing to hand fight. Nobody’s hit the mat yet three minutes in. Ryan tries to snap him down.
More of the hand fighting. We’re seven minute in and nobody’s even hit the ground. Now Ryan pulls guard eight minutes in. Half guard for Pena. Slick sweep and Ryan goes directly to the back. Too low, avoids a leglock. Ryan riding well in the scramble, gets to quarter guard. Pena recovering half guard.
Ryan standing over him. Pena just straight-up upkicks him. Going for the inverted heel hook as they settle in 50/50. Continuing the leg entanglement. Ryan slips free and they’re back to the feet. As I type that, he pulls guard again. Pena takes his time to engage. Looking to slip his knee through. Ryan looks to kick him off, can’t get wrist control. Pena snuffs out an attempted kneebar transition.
Pena settles in half guard. Attempts to circle around the guard, bails. Back to the low half guard. God, I can already feel Richardson’s disapproving glare at my lack of BJJ knowhow as he reads through this. Ryan looks for deep half, tries to kick him off. Attempted inversion, no dice. Pena not being super aggressive, but staying out of trouble from the top. Another attempt to circle around, denies Gordon’s attempt to stand. Ryan looks to move to the back, settles for the sweep into top position. Pena wraps up the 50/50 again. Ryan extracts his leg and we return to the feet.
Ryan pulls guard again. Pena again tries to slip the knee through, backs off, re-engages. Pena stands over him, fiddling with Ryan’s legs and trying to circle around. Now Pena committing to an attempted pass, staying super-heavy. Ryan considers an armbar as he regains half guard. He inverts, nothing there. Some half-hearted attempts at wrist control. Pena looks for another heavy pass and Ryan kicks him off to restart on the feet.
More of the lackadaisical hand fighting as they shuffle around the mats. Collar ties. Basically a five-minute stretch of nothing.
Ryan seems a bit more aggressive in looking for wrist and head control, but he’s still not getting anywhere. There’s a takedown from Pena, Ryan immediately uses the whizzer to stand. Slick move to the rear waist lock for Ryan and he drags Pena to the mat. Pena immediately wraps up 50/50. He tries a straight armbar for a moment to no effect. Ryan works his way free, denies a takedown, and shoves Pena off the mats. Brief pause as they argue over what position to reset in. Ryan back on top, keeping his knee between Pena’s legs.
Ryan nearly manages to circle around Pena’s legs, settles in half guard. Pena inverts and tries to stand, but Ryan chases him down for another rear body lock mat return. Back to the knee between the legs. Standing over Pena, trying to navigate the guard. Knee shield by Pena to keep Ryan in half guard. Ryan backs off and Pena gets the 50/50 yet again when he re-engages. Single collar tie by Ryan as he tries to pressure his way through. Pena looks for an X-guard sweep, no luck, still has the leg in 50/50.
He inverts, gets forced back to his back. Nice scramble and Pena manages to stand and get off the mats before Ryan can jump on him. When the ref tries to reset them, Pena talks to the ref about something we don’t hear. Ryan raises his arms as if Pena is quitting, but they resume on the feet. Knee tap from Ryan, Pena immediately goes to the 50/50 again. Ryan gets his leg free for a moment, but Pena manages to stand, only for Ryan to hit a foot sweep and end up on top once again. This time, Pena actually does bow out. Fitting end to a deeply
Final result: Ryan def. Pena by retirement
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