Table of Contents
- 1. Robert Drysdale Details
- 2. Robert Drysdale Biography
- 2.1. Who is Robert Drysdale?
- 2.2. Robert's Early Life And BJJ Career
- 2.3. Robert Drysdale's career in MMA
- 2.4. Robert Drysdale's career in UFC
- 2.5. Robert Drysdale's Career in MMA Coaching
- 2.6. Sports Commentary
- 2.7. Career in Film Production
- 2.8. Drysdale Masterpiece “Opening Closed Guard”
- 2.9. Speech at Ted Talk
- 2.10. Robert Drysdale's Personal Life
- 3. Robert Drysdale Historic Fights
- 4. Medals and Records
- 5. Robert Drysdale Main Achievements (Belts)
- 6. Robert Drysdale Professional MMA Record Breakdown
- 7. Robert Drysdale Mixed Martial Arts Record
- 8. Robert Drysdale Top Fight Links
1. Robert Drysdale Details
|Name||Robert Lewis Drysdale|
|Date of Birth||October 5, 1981,|
|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 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 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 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 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.
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.
|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.
|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
4.2. Grappling Record and Medals
World Jiu-Jitsu Championship
5. Robert Drysdale Main Achievements (Belts)
|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)
|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 Absolute Division||Black||1st|
2003 (Brown Belt)
|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)
|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||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)
|2001||Summer Festival open division||Purple||1st|
|2001||Submission Fighter (1st place) (FESP-BJJ)||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 open division||Purple||1st|
|2001||Sport JJ Cup||Purple||1st|
|2001||Sport JJ Cup open division||Purple||1st|
|2001||“Jogos Regionais” Equipes||Purple||1st|
|2001||Brazilian Championship (LBJJ)||Purple||2nd Place|
|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||(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)
|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)
|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)
|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|
7. Robert Drysdale Mixed Martial Arts Record
|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