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Robert Drysdale

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Robert Drysdale (born in Provo, Utah) is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt. 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. Several years later, as a young man he returned 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.[1]

Biography 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, Poland, France, Sweden, Finland and Mexico and just recently, Australia; 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 is currently training with former UFC Champion, Randy Couture and former Pride Champion Wanderlei Silva.

Robert Drysdale made his amateur MMA debut with Tuff-N-Uff, winning his fight. [2]. Robert Drysdale was introduced on Countdown to UFC 101 as the BJJ coach of former UFC light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin. On this program Anderson Silva claimed Robert Drysdale attempted to train with him. Along with this claim, Anderson Silva seemed somewhat offended by Drysdale’s assertion that Forrest Griffin is better than Silva at BJJ. Anderson called into question Drysdale’s right to comment on the matter, asking him (rhetorically), what titles he has earned in MMA and called Drysdale a fool and an idiot.

Personal life Edit

Drysdale runs a martial arts school in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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/CBJJ)

2005 (Black Belt) Edit

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

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

See also Edit

References Edit

  1. Robert Drysdale Bio. URL accessed on June 9, 2009.
  2. Robert Drysdale MMA amateur debut a success. MMAMANIA.com (2008-10-23). Retrieved on 2009-08-04.

External links Edit

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