Gordon Ryan was recently forced to withdraw from a grappling match on a FloGrappling Who’s Number One card due to being diagnosed with Coronavirus. The problem wasn’t exclusive to him either, as his training partner Craig Jones had to withdraw from the exact same event due to also receiving a positive diagnosis. Despite being hit with the virus, it hasn’t taken him long to get back on his feet and return to regular training, even setting up a match against ADCC World Champion Matheus Diniz at the very next Who’s Number One event.
Despite him seeming to have little to no trouble with Coronavirus, Gordon Ryan decided to explain exactly how it affected him in a post on his official Instagram account. Ryan explained in the video that he didn’t have any respiratory problems, but explained in later comments that he did end up losing his sense of small and didn’t regain it for over a month. He went into detail about the symptoms he did have, explaining that it was similar to the Flu but that he also ended up losing around 15lbs in weight while he was suffering with it. The most recent ADCC double champion confirmed that he has since managed to gain back the weight he lost however.
The biggest match on the horizon for Ryan is undoubtedly the superfight he’s booked for at ADCC 2021, although ADCC head organizers are still unsure as to whether or not it will be Andre Galvao standing opposite him. When we managed to sit down with the man behind the sport’s biggest no gi competition, Mo Jassim, he explained that he’s eager to allow Ryan to become the first reigning double champion to compete in his own weight-class as well as the superfight, something that fans seem fully on board for.