Motivated Yuri Simoes Eager For Victory Over Gordon Ryan


On December 9 KASAI Pro will put two ADCC 2017 champions face-to-face in the main event.

Yuri Simoes, ADCC champ at 88kg in 2015 and 99kg in 2017, will face the brash young upstart Gordon Ryan, the 2017 88kg champ and absolute silver medalist.

“I really want this victory. The simple fact of wanting to beat him is my greatest motivation,” said Simoes.

They faced off once before, meeting in the semifinal of EBI 6. Ryan came out on top in that match, submitting Simoes with a rear naked choke in overtime.

“His game is still basically the same. Sure he should have evolved since our last match, but in terms of his game, his style, I don’t think he’s changed much,” says Simoes.

The superfight will be ten minutes long and only under submission-only rules. However, if there’s no submission they will go to a six-minute overtime which scores points as per IBJJF rules but with no advantages. Leg attacks such as heelhooks will be allowed.

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Last modified: December 7, 2017

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