Who’s Number One have just come under fire, as it’s been alleged that they fixed the results of the recent match between Gordon Ryan and Patrick Gaudio at Who’s Number One 20: Night of Champions on October 1st, 2023. The allegations came from AJ Agazarm, who claims to have been given the information by a ‘very credible source’, and he has reportedly been told that the contract between Ryan and Gaudio included language that set up Gaudio to lose the match by armbar.
That is exactly how the match ended, and Ryan even predicted that he would finish Gaudio with an armbar prior to the match as well. At present, there isn’t any physical evidence supporting the allegation by Agazarm, but he also explained that he’s going to try and get a copy of the contract himself as well. This isn’t the first time that Agazarm and Ryan have gone back and forth on social media either, although the pair compete at completely opposite ends of the weight spectrum and have never met in competition. It’s worth noting that there’s no love lost between the two men though, because all accusations should be taken with a pinch of salt until proof is available.
It is interesting though that John Danaher students have been accused of fixing matches before, although in a different fashion to Agazarm’s claims. The previous allegations are that when two of his students have met in competition, they’ve determined who will be the winner privately before the match took place. Agazarm’s allegations are a whole new level though, because they actually involve the complicity of the promotion booking these matches too.
JiujitsuOtter shared the screenshot of AJ Agazarm alleging that Who’s Number One fixed the results of the Gordon Ryan v Patrick Gaudio match in a recent post to their official Twitter account:
🚨 AJ Agazarm alleges that Gordon Ryan and Patrick Gaudio’s fight was fixed 🚨 pic.twitter.com/FpPBjO6Usb
— BJJotter (@JiujitsuOtter) October 3, 2023
Gordon Ryan also shared the screenshots of the allegations in a recent post to his official Instagram account, and clearly denied them: