In the aftermath of an impressive victory over ex-Champion Tyron Woodley at UFC Vegas 11, Colby Covington issued a public challenge on behalf of his Jiu-Jitsu coach and it seems like he’s got someone to accept already, Gordon Ryan. In the post-fight interiew, Covington gave plenty of credit to his coach, Daniel Valverde, who is an accomplished BJJ and Judo black belt and claimed that he would be happy to put up $100,000 of his own money to anyone who thinks they could beat him:
“Daniel Valverde… that guy is the best Judo and Jiu Jitsu player in the world. I’ll put him up against anybody in the world in Jiu Jitsu. I’ll put a hundred grand on it and he’ll go against any Jiu Jitsu guy and I’ll guarantee he smokes them.”
This would no doubt raise a few eyebrows in the BJJ community but the first man to respond is also someone who’s known for issuing plenty of challenges of his own. Ryan was not only eager to accept the challenge but also offered to up the ante by putting up more money on his side, as he was that confident of his victory over Valverde. The most recent ADCC double champion offered double what Covington had suggested and described the hypothetical match as “free money” in a post on his official Instagram account:
As if that wasn’t enough, ADCC head organizer Mo Jassim also decided to jump in the fray and offer even more money to Covington and Valverde, provided they accept the challenge against Gordon Ryan.
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