Robert Drysdale

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Robert Drysdale
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Born Robert Drysdale
(1981-01-01) January 1, 1981 (age 33)
Provo, Utah, United States
Nationality Brazilian
American
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight 205 lb (93 kg; 14.6 st)
Division Light heavyweight
Style Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Team Drysdale Jiu-Jitsu
Teacher(s) Steve da Silva, Leonardo Vieira
Rank black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Mixed martial arts record
Total 7
Wins 6
By submission 6
Losses 0
No contests 1
Other information
Notable students Forrest Griffin, Dan Hardy, James McSweeney
Website www.robertdrysdale.net
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
Robert Drysdale
Medal record
Competitor for  United States
Grappling
ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship
Bronze 2007 New Jersey, US -99 kg
Gold 2007 New Jersey, US Absolute
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
World Jiu-Jitsu Championship
Gold 2005 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil -94 kg
Silver 2006 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil -94 kg
Silver 2007 Los Angeles, US -94 kg
Bronze 2007 Los Angeles, US Absolute

Robert Drysdale (born January 1, 1981, in Provo, Utah) is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt and professional mixed martial artist currently signed with the UFC. Born in the United States to a Brazilian mother and American father, he moved to Brazil with his family in 1987 at the age of six.

As a young man, he moved to Las Vegas, Nevada to begin college. While in the United States, following his growing interest in martial arts, he began training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with Lewis-Perderneiras in 1998 and carried out a submission victory over Marcelo Garcia in 2007. Drysdale also made a successful MMA debut defeating Bastien Huveneers via arm triangle choke.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Beginning in the early 1990s, jiu-jitsu began receiving notoriety worldwide and Brazil was quickly becoming the Mecca of jiu-jitsu. Robert returned to Brazil in 2000 to dedicate himself entirely to training and competing in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Over the years he has trained continually, initially with Maromba Club and eventually team Brasa Jiu-Jitsu Club in São Paulo, Brazil.

While training and competing for Brasa Club he received his Black Belt in 2004[citation needed] from the famed Leo Vieira. He has competed and taught in various countries around the world, including Germany, United Kingdom, Denmark, Estonia, Poland, France, Sweden, Finland, Hungary, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand; while teaching and hosting seminars in cities across the United States.

Most recently he became the 2007 ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship – Open Division ADCC, submitting Marcelo Garcia.

In early 2008, he returned to the USA where he trained with former UFC Champion, Randy Couture and former Pride Champion Wanderlei Silva.

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Robert Drysdale made his amateur MMA debut with Tuff-N-Uff, winning his fight.[3] Robert Drysdale was introduced on Countdown to UFC 101 as the BJJ coach of former UFC light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin. He was also selected as a coach on TUF season 8 for the team coached by Frank Mir.

Drysdale made a successful professional MMA debut defeating Bastien Huveneers via arm triangle choke.[1] In his next fight, Drysdale faced Clay Davidson, a King of the Cage veteran who entered the contest riding a six-fight win streak. Drysdale won via armbar in the first round.[4]

It was announced on February 16, 2012 that Drysdale has signed a multi-fight deal with Legacy Fighting Championship.[5] Drysdale eventually made his debut at Legacy Fighting Championships 12 and went on to defeat Isaac Villanueva, Chris Reed and D.J. Linderman under the Legacy FC banner all by submission in the first round.[6]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Drysdale was expected to make his promotional debut against Ednaldo Oliveira on August 3, 2013 at UFC 163.[7] However, Drysdale pulled out of the bout in mid-July citing a lingering staph infection.[8]

Drysdale was expected to face Cody Donovan on November 16, 2013 at UFC 167.[9] However, Drysdale was refused a fighting license by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) after an out-of-competition drug test revealed that he had an elevated testosterone-to-epitestosterone ratio of 19.4:1.[10]

Drysdale eventually made his debut on July 6, 2014 against promotion newcomer Keith Berish at The Ultimate Fighter 19 finale.[11] He won the fight via submission in the first round. When asked after the fight by the announcer if he had jitters Drysdale said "I fight for my own personal reasons. I love the crowd, I love my friends, family, people who support me all these years. The pressure I put on myself, is myself only. It doesn't really matter where I am."[12] However, Drysdale later failed a post-fight drug test for an elevated testosterone-to-epitestosterone ratio of 12:1.[13]

Personal life[edit]

Drysdale runs and owns "Drysdale Jiu-Jitsu", a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu academy in Las Vegas, Nevada. Robert is married to Sophia McDermott, who was the first female BJJ black belt from Australia. They have two daughters.

Grappling credentials[edit]

2007 (Black Belt)[edit]

  • 1st place in the Abu-Dhabi Submission Wrestling World Championships – Open Division (ADCC)
  • 3rd place in the Abu-Dhabi Submission Wrestling World Championships – -99 kg Division (ADCC)
  • 2nd place in the BJJ World Championships (IBJJF/CBJJ)
  • 3rd place in the BJJ World Championships – Open Division (IBJJF/CB

2005 (Black Belt)[edit]

  • 3x times BJJ World Champion (IBJJF/CBJJ)
  • 1st place Black Belt World Championships (CBJJO)

2004 (Brown/Black Belt)[edit]

  • 2x National Brazilian National Champion (IBJJF/CBJJ)
  • 1st place in the Brazilian National Championship open division (IBJJF/CBJJ)
  • 3rd place World Championship (IBJJf/CBJJ)
  • 1st place in the Scandinavian open
  • 1st place in the Scandinavian open absolute division

2003 (Brown Belt)[edit]

  • 1st place in the BandSports Challenge
  • 2x times Brazilian National equips Champion (IBJJF/CBJJ)
  • 2x times World Champion (IBJJF/CBJJ)
  • World Cup Champion (CBJJO)
  • National Brazilian Champion (IBJJF/CBJJ)
  • Brazilian Cup Champion (CBJJO)

2002 (Purple Belt)[edit]

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

2001 (Purple Belt)[edit]

  • 1st place Summer Festival
  • 1st place in the Summer Festival open division
  • 1st place in the Submission Fighter (1st place) (FESP-BJJ)
  • 1st place Maromba Cup
  • 2nd place in the Maromba Cup open division
  • 1st place in the Submission Fighter (2nd phase) (FESP-BJJ)
  • 3rd place in the Pan-American Championships (IBJJF/CBJJ)
  • 1st place in the State Trials Championship
  • 1st place in the State Trials open division
  • 1st place in the Lerjj 2nd phase
  • 2nd place in the Submission Fighter (3rd phase) (FESP-BJJ)
  • Overall Submission Fighter champion (FESP-BJJ)
  • 1st place in the State Championship
  • 1st place in the State Championship open division
  • 1st place in the Sport JJ Cup
  • 1st place in the Sport JJ Cup open division
  • 1st in the “Jogos Regionais”
  • 1st place in the “Jogos Regionais” Equips
  • 2nd place Brazilian Championship (LBJJ)
  • 1st Place in the Pessoa Cup
  • 1st Place in the Pessoa Cup Open division
  • 1st place in the Fesp-BJJ circuit (1st place)
  • 3rd place in the Fesp-BJJ circuit open division (1 phase)
  • 3rd place in the Nucleo cup open division
  • 1st place in the (2nd phase) Fesp-BJJ circuit
  • 1st place in the Itatiba Cup
  • 1st place (3rd phase) Orlando Saraiva Circuit
  • 1st place (3rd phase) Orlando Saraiva Circuit open division
  • 2nd place in the Brazilian National Championship (IBJJF/CBJJ)
  • Overall Submission Wrestling Champion (Fesp-BJJ)

2000 (Blue Belt)[edit]

  • 2x California State Champion
  • 2nd place Silver State Judo Championship
  • 2x Las Vegas Judo Championship
  • 3rd place in the Copa Pacifica
  • 3rd place in the Copa Pacifica open division
  • 3rd place in the São Carlos JJ Cup
  • 1st place in the Grapplers Quest Las Vegas
  • 1st place in the 2nd American BJJ Championship
  • 3rd place in the 2nd American BJJ Championship open division)

1999 (Blue Belt)[edit]

  • 1st place in the California State Championship
  • 1st place in the California State Championship (absolute)
  • 2nd place in the Silver State Judo Championship
  • 1st place in the 2nd Las Vegas invitational Judo Championship
  • 1st place in the Submission Wrestling open
  • 1st place in the 7th International Jiu-Jitsu Championship
  • 2nd place in the 7th International Jiu-Jitsu Championship (absolute)
  • 3rd place in the Copa Pacifica Jiu-Jitsu
  • 3rd place in the Copa Pacifica de Jiu-Jitsu open division

1998 (White Belt)[edit]

  • 2nd place in the State Championship
  • 1st place in the 3rd phase of the State circuit
  • 2nd place in the overall State circuit

Tournament results[edit]

All results are from International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
NC 6–0 (1) Keith Berish No Contest (overturned) The Ultimate Fighter 19 Finale July 6, 2014 1 2:03 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Submission (rear-naked choke) win overturned to NC; Drysdale tested positive for elevated testosterone.
Win 6–0 D.J. Linderman Submission (rear-naked choke) Legacy Fighting Championship 19 April 12, 2013 1 1:48 Dallas, Texas, United States
Win 5–0 Chris Reed Submission (armbar) Legacy Fighting Championship 15 November 16, 2012 1 1:15 Houston, Texas, United States
Win 4–0 Isaac Villanueva Submission (armbar) Legacy Fighting Championship 12 July 13, 2012 1 1:27 Houston, Texas, United States
Win 3–0 Mike Nickels Submission (guillotine choke) AFC 6: Conviction June 18, 2011 1 1:04 Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Win 2–0 Clay Davidson Submission (armbar) AFC 4: Revelation November 6, 2010 1 2:54 Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Win 1–0 Bastien Huveneers Submission (arm-triangle choke) AFC 3: Evolution July 17, 2010 1 1:12 Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

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