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Robert Drysdale: BJJ World Champion & Leading Coach

Robert Drysdale: BJJ World Champion & Leading Coach

1. Robert Drysdale Details

Robert Drysdale Details
Name  Robert Lewis Drysdale
Nick name N/A
Date of Birth October 5, 1981,
Age 41
Height 6′ 3″
Weight 93 kg
Born US
Nationality Brazilian and American
Last fight July 22, 2016, at LFC
Career Disclose Earning N/A
Weight Division Super Heavy
Fought out of US
College/university University in Las Vegas
Foundation Style Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Rank Fourth Degree Black Belt
Lineage Carlos Gracie -> Hélio Gracie -> Rolls Gracie -> Romero Cavalcanti -> Leonardo Vieira -> Robert Drysdale
Team Association Robert Drysdale BJJ/Zenith BJJ
Favorite Position/ Technique Omoplata and Triangle.

2. Robert Drysdale Biography

2.1. Who is Robert Drysdale?

Robert, as a teenager, had the instinct to be the best fighter in the world. He wanted to be recognized publically.

He invested himself in Jiu-Jitsu and found it more powerful and rewarding. Without thinking about what family members feel about that, he put all his energy into training and exercising.

Rober Drysdale has also tried his hand at MMA and later on the UFC but unfortunately, he could not survive in the UFC, because he failed the drug test. Drysdale also formed the best grappling team in association with Zenith BJJ.

2.2. Robert's Early Life And BJJ Career

Robert Drysdale was born and raised in the US by an American father and Brazilian mother in 1981. Robert Drysdale's family relocated to Brazil when he was six years old in 1987.

Robert wanted to pursue a University education and thought that America might be the appropriate place to study and moved to Las Vegas. Robert decided to search for an academy to continue his BJJ training side by side with his study. Luckily he found Steve da Silva Steve, who proved to be a great teacher and helped him to polish his BJJ skills. Robert realized that he can excel in Jiu-Jitsu. Keeping this in mind, he returned to Brazil, the heart of jiu-jitsu.

Purple Belt Achievements

In the year 2000, Robert Drysdale moved to Indaiatuba in Brazil and joined the Maromba Academy with Professor Paulo Streckert. Drysdale devoted his whole attention and energy and he had no time to think about anything else but Jiu-Jitsu. Finally, his skills grew more professional, he earned many medals and a World Championship as a Purple Belt.

Drysdale's Brown Belt Achievements

While Drysdale was in the category of Brown Belt, his friend Demina invited him to join the Brasa academy which was led by the Former Alliance legends. Once he started training with Leonardo Vieira, the competition proved very challenging, and resultantly, he lost the fight. After that, he realized that this could be the academy that will help him to get what he wants in his Jiu-Jitsu career. He spent most of his time training with the Brasa team and finally he received his Black Belt by the hands of Leo Vieira. 

Robert has spent much time training Jiu-Jitsu and after realizing that he is now a professional athlete, Robert decided to return back to the US and started BJJ classes at Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas and started his Jiu-Jitsu Academy.

2.3. Robert Drysdale's career in MMA

Robert Drysdale's career in MMA

Robert Drysdale decided to partake in Mixed Martial arts (MMA). Robert secured the win by the first-round armbar submission. It did not stop there Drysdale won his second MMA fight.

Later on, Drysdale had been one of the great fighters in the MMA, he defeated many top MMA players including Isaac Villanueva and Linderman Cherish Reed, and Andre Galvao via submissions.

2.4. Robert Drysdale's career in UFC

Robert Drysdale's career in UFC

Robert had a great history in BJJ and MMA. He decided to take part in UFC. Drysdale was hopeful to win the fight against Ednaldo Oliveira in 2013 but the fight was canceled because Drysdale was discovered with a lingering staph infection.

Again he rescheduled the match in UFC 167, against Cody Donovan. But, he failed to pass the drug test and his license was declined by the Athletic Commission.

Robert had a chance to fight a match with Ednaldo Oliveira in 2013 at UFC 163 but again he was pulled out because he still had some germs of staph infection in his body.

Drysdale again scheduled his fight with the new fighter Keith Berish in the TUF 19 Finale. He won the fight and later said in a TED talk that after his drug test was positive, he knew his UFC Career was ended but he didn't want to end his career as a failure and that's why he fought another match.

In 2019, Drysdale decided to announce his retirement from MMA.

2.5. Robert Drysdale's Career in MMA Coaching

Robert Drysdale's Career in MMA Coaching

Robert had participated and won many fights in BJJ, UFC, and MMA, he was a one-man Army. Now, he was able to deliver his experience to the next generation. So, he started coaching and produced many champions like Frank Mir, Dan Hardy, Forrest Griffin, Travers Honana, Phil Baroni, Brad, and Kevin Randleman.

And similarly, in the Miesha Tate (in season 18) in the following year 2013. He also provided his coaching services in Ultimate Fighter Season 24 and his services as s grappling coach for Joanna Jedrzejczk’s team in “The Ultimate Fighter Season 23.

Robert had to face a great controversy and he was called off by the Nevada State Athletic Commission officials and charged with pushing his fighter in the cage when Max did not want to fight. Drysdale defended himself by saying that his fighter was not seriously injured but he was not confident enough to continue fighting and I was just pushing him a little bit so he may be motivated to continue his fight.

2.6. Sports Commentary

Drysdale did the commentary in WSOF and provided services as a commentator in famous sports events like FloGrappling and ACBJJ in Portuguese and English.

2.7. Career in Film Production

Being a legend in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Drysdale has planned to work on the documentary film titled “Opening Closed Guard: defining the origin of BJJ, and other related facts.

In an interview, Drysdale, explained that the purpose of the film is to discuss the origin, how it was invented by the Japanese immigrant, and later on spread his roots to the world. Moreover, the main motive of the film is to highlight the great fighters in history. The film is still in production. And there is no news about its release date.

2.8. Drysdale Masterpiece “Opening Closed Guard”

Drysdale Masterpiece “Opening Closed Guard”

Drysdale published a book under the title “Opening Closed Guard''. In this book, he narrates the backstory of the film and all the research-based interviews in order to collect information and other transcripts. The book has many names of shining stars who were interviewed the most famous of them are the Balentre Brothers, Royce Gracie, Flavio Behring, Armando, Robson Gracie, Helio Fadda, Joao Alberto Barreto, and one of the greatest Jiu- Jitsu legends Carlos Gracie Jr. The book is available in several languages in Portuguese, German, English, Polish, and is still under translation for many other languages.

2.9. Speech at Ted Talk

Drysdale also delivered a great speech in the independently organized event called “TED Talk” under the title, “What's The Point of Winning?

In his speech he says, I fought hundreds of fights and lost and won hundreds of them. According to Drysdale, every fight gives you an amazing lesson. After every fight, You feel more powerful and invincible. A man is able to learn and overcome lots of pressure, as every fighter faces lots of pressure from peers, and from sponsors. You have to be careful of every single move you make,  because a split-second wrong decision may ruin your career.

2.10. Robert Drysdale's Personal Life

Robert is in a relationship with Sophia McDermott and Michelle Nicolini and has two beautiful daughters.

Robert Drysdale's Personal Life

3. Robert Drysdale Historic Fights

3.1. Robert Drysdale Vs Steve Rusk ADCC 2007 Absolute

The great fight between two champions Robert Drysdale and Steve Rusk. Initially, Steve was on top and tried to apply the neck choke from the top but Robert broke the rear mount attack easily. This fight was very short and in the end, Robert applied the choke from the back and won the fight in just three minutes and four seconds.

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Stage Weight Class
2007 ADCC 2007 Steve Rusk Win RNC Choke F Absolute

3.2. Robert Drysdale Vs Alexandre Cacareco Ferreira ADCC 2007

Alexandre seems a bit heavy and dominant against Robert. He applied a side mount but failed. The fight ended with Robert Drysdale's victory when Robert managed to apply the RNC Choke and Alexander could not survive it and tapped out.

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Stage Weight Class
2007 ADCC World Championship Alexandre Cacareco Win RNC Choke F Super Heavy

4. Medals and Records

4.1. Records and Medals in BJJ

Robert earned these records and Medals representing America. Because he was born in America and also has dual nationality.

ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship

Year Medals
2007 Bronze Bronze Medal Icon
2007 Gold Gold Medal Icon

4.2. Grappling Record and Medals

World Jiu-Jitsu Championship

Year Medals
2005 Gold Gold Medal Icon
2006 Silver Silver Medal Icon
2007 Silver Silver Medal Icon
2007 Bronze Bronze Medal Icon

5. Robert Drysdale Main Achievements (Belts)

Year Event Belt Position
2007 Abu Dhabi Submission Wrestling World Championships (open Division) Black 1st
2007 Abu Dhabi Submission Wrestling World Championship (99 kg Division) Black 3rd
2007 BJJ World Championship (IBJJF/CBJJ) Black 2nd
2007 BJJ World Championship-Open Division (IBJJF/CB) Black 3rd
2005 3x times BJJ World Champion (IBJJF/CBJJ) Black 1st
2005 World Championship (CBJJO) Black 1st
2005 Local Toughman contest Black 1st

2004 (Brown/Black Belt)

Year Event Belt Position
2004 National Brazilian National Championship (IBJJF/ CBJJ) Brown 1st
2004 Brazilian National Championship Open Division Brown 1st
2004 World Championship (IBJJf/CBJJ) Black 3rd
2004 Scandinavian Open Black 1st
2004 Scandinavian Open Absolute Division Black 1st

2003 (Brown Belt)

Year Event Belt Position
2003 BandSports Challenge Brown 1st
2003 Brazilian National equips Champion (IBJJF/CBJJ) Brown 1st
2003 World Champion (IBJJF/CBJJ) Brown 1st
2003 World Cup Champion (CBJJO) Brown 1st
2003 National Brazilian Champion (IBJJF/CBJJ Brown 1st
2003 Brazilian Cup Champion (CBJJO) Brown 1st

2002 (Purple Belt)

Year Event Belt Position
2002 2x Summer Festival Champion (FESPBJJ) Purple 1st
2002 2x submission Fighter Champion Purple 1st
2002 2x Maromba Cup Champion Purple 1st
2002 2x Maromba Cup Absolute Champion Purple 1st
2002 2x Submission Fighter Champion (2nd phase) (FESPBJJ) Purple 1st
2002 2x State Trials Champion Purple 1st
2002 2x State Trials Absolute Champion Purple 1st
2002 1st Lrjj Purple 1st
2002 Lrjj 1st phase open division Purple 1st
2002 Submission Fighter Championship (3rd phase) (FESPBJJ) Purple 1st
2002 3rd place Professional division Submission Fighter (FESPBJJ) Purple 1st
2002 1st Lerjj 2nd phase Purple 1st
2002 1st Lerjj 2nd phase 2nd place in the Absolute division Purple 1st
2002 1st Lerjj 2nd phase 2nd place in the Absolute division Purple 1st
2002 2x 1st place State Championship (FESP-BJJ) Purple 1st
2002 3rd place State Championship Absolute Purple 1st
2002 1st place in the Brazilian Equips Championship Purple 1st
2002 Rio de Janeiro State Championship Purple 1st
2002 Rio de Janeiro State Championship open division Purple 1st
2002 São Paulo Open Purple 1st
2002 São Paulo Open absolute division Purple 1st
2002 1st “Jogos Regionais” Champion Purple 1st
2002 1st “Jogos Regionais” Equipes Champion Purple 1st
2002 World Champion (IBJJF/CBJJ) Purple 1st

2001 (Purple Belt)

Year Event Belt Position
2001 Summer Festival Purple 1st
2001 Summer Festival open division Purple 1st
2001 Submission Fighter (1st place) (FESP-BJJ) Purple 1st
2001 Maromba Cup Purple 1st
2001 Maromba Cup open division Purple 2nd
2001 Submission Fighter (2nd phase) (FESP-BJJ) Purple 1st
2001 Pan-American Championships (IBJJF/CBJJ) Purple 3rd
2001 State Trials Championship Purple 1st
2001 State Trials open division Purple 1st
2001 Lrjj 2nd phase Purple 1st
2001 Submission Fighter (3rd phase) (FESP-BJJ) Purple 2nd
2001 State Championship Purple 1st
2001 State Championship open division Purple 1st
2001 Sport JJ Cup Purple 1st
2001 Sport JJ Cup open division Purple 1st
2001 “Jogos Regionais” Purple 1st
2001 “Jogos Regionais” Equipes Purple 1st
2001 Brazilian Championship (LBJJ) Purple 2nd Place
2001 Pessoa Cup Purple 1st
2001 Pessoa Cup Open division Purple 1st
2001 Fesp-BJJ circuit (1st place) Purple 1st
2001 Fesp-BJJ circuit open division (1 phase) Purple 3rd
2001 Nucleo cup open division Purple 3rd
2001 (2nd phase) Fesp-BJJ circuit Purple 1st
2001 Itatiba Cup Purple 1st
2001 (3rd phase) Orlando Saraiva Circuit Purple 1st
2001 (3rd phase) Orlando Saraiva Circuit open division Purple 1st
2001 Brazilian National Championship (IBJJF/CBJJ) Purple 2nd
2001 Overall Submission Wrestling Champion (Fesp-BJJ) Purple 1st

2000 (Blue Belt)

Year Event Belt Position
2000 2x California State Champion Blue 1st
2000 2nd place Silver State Judo Championship Blue 1st
2000 2x Las Vegas Judo Championship Blue 1st
2000 the Copa Pacifica Blue 3rd
2000 Copa Pacifica open division Blue 3rd
2000 São Carlos JJ Cup Blue 3rd
2000 Grapplers Quest Las Vegas Blue 1st
2000 2nd American BJJ Championship Blue 1st
2000 2nd American BJJ Championship open division) Blue 3rd

1999 (Blue Belt)

Year Event Belt Position
1999 California State Championship Blue 1st
1999 California State Championship (absolute) Blue 1st
1999 Silver State Judo Championship Blue 2nd
1999 2nd Las Vegas invitational Judo Championship Blue 1st
1999 Submission Wrestling open Blue 1st
1999 7th International Jiu-Jitsu Championship Blue 1st
1999 7th International Jiu-Jitsu Championship (absolute) Blue 2nd
1999 Copa Pacifica Jiu-Jitsu Blue 3rd
1999 Copa Pacifica de Jiu-Jitsu Open Division Blue 3rd

1998 (White Belt)

Year Event Belt Position
1998 State Championship White 2nd
1998 3rd phase of the State circuit White 1st
1998 overall State circuit White 2nd

6. Robert Drysdale Professional MMA Record Breakdown

6.1. MMA Record(Win/Lose)

8 Matches 7 Wins 0 Loss
By Submission 7 0
No Contest 1

7. Robert Drysdale Mixed Martial Arts Record

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Stage Weight Class
2016 Legacy FC 58 Ryan Spann W Submission (rear-naked choke) 2 Heavyweight
2014 The Ultimate Fighter Team vs Team Penn Finale Keith Berish NC Submission(rear-naked choke) win overturned to NC: Drysdale tested Positive for elevated testosterone. 1 Heavyweight
2013 Legacy FC 19 D.J Linderman W Submission( rear-naked choke) 1 Heavyweight
2012 Legacy FC 15 Chris Reed W Submission (armbar) 1 Heavyweight
2012 Legacy FC 12 IKe Villanueva W Submission (Armbar) 1 Heavyweight
2011 AFC 6: Conviction Mikes Nickels W Submission(guillotine choke) 1 Heavyweight
2010 AFC 4: Revelation Clay Davidson W Submission(Armbar) 1 Heavyweight
2010 AFC 3: Evolution Bastien Huveneers W Submission(arm-triangle choke) 1 Heavyweight

8. Robert Drysdale Top Fight Links

Robert Drysdale vs. Steve Rusk ADCC 2007 Absolute

Fight of the Week: Don't Go to the Ground With Robert Drysdale

Robert Drysdale Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt Fight Video

Marc Laimon VS. Robert Drysdale SUPER FIGHT!!!

Robert Drysdale versus Clay Davidson AFC 4

Robert Drysdale vs Josh Musick

Robert Drysdale vs Andre Galvao

Worlds 2007 Adult Black Belt - Super Heavyweight Final - Roger Gracie VS Robert Drysdale

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