Gordon Ryan and Andre Galvao had a fiery interaction backstage at Who’s Number One that resulted in the now-infamous video surfacing of the two exchanging words before the ATOS founder receives a slap from Ryan. This was the first time that Ryan had spoken about the altercation and it seems as though he wanted to make sure he got all of his thoughts out in one go when he made the comments on his official Instagram account.
Not only did Ryan go back into the past and outline the very beginnings of his widely-reported issues with the majority of high-level ATOS competitors back in 2017, but he also took aim at several of them by name. Specifically, he laid into Josh Hinger, Lucas “Hulk” Barbosa, Ronaldo Junior, ex-ATOS competitor Keenan Cornelius, and of course Andre Galvao himself. As of the time of writing, Galvao hasn’t issued any response or made any public comment on the altercation between him and Ryan but it’ll be interesting to see if this recent drama has had any impact on his previous demands for a million dollars in order to face Ryan on the mats.
If it turns out that the incident hasn’t had any bearing on Galvao’s desired salary to settle the beef with Ryan once and for all on the mats, there’s no telling who Ryan might be facing in the superfight at ADCC 2022. Although the most recent person to throw their hat in the ring, and probably the most unlikely, was none other than the most intimidating female grappler of all time, Gabi Garcia.
Alongside his above comments aimed directly at Andre Galvao and the rest of ATOS, Gordon Ryan also took a moment to make some thoughtful comments about his training partner Craig Jones and the performance he delivered in the main event just moments before the slap occurred:
im sorry i stole the main event from you. we all need to take a second and admire how great that performance truly was. Craig was in the driver’s seat from start to finish, and rightfully so. He is one of the hardest workers in the room and one of my absolute best training partners. There are few things i enjoy more than watching him succeed (but also come in 2nd over and over again)