Black belt world champion Gordon Ryan has officially committed to FloSports with a multi-fight contract.
The company revealed that the “King ” agreed on a deal to fight under FloGrappling’s Who’s Number One (WNO) tournament series.
“This in my opinion is the biggest jump the sport has taken since Royce dominated in the UFC,” Ryan wrote in an Instagram post.
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Ryan isn’t new to the promotional strategies, having clinched the WNO heavyweight title last year and hosting his video podcast “The King Ryan Show” on the network. This announcement came after the 27-year-old’s victory over former teammate Nicky Rodriguez at the UFC’s Fight Pass Invitational last December.
“At 27 years old, Gordon Ryan is already the best no-gi jiu-jitsu grappler in the world,” FloSports Co-founder and CEO Mark Floreani said in a statement for Flo’s website.
“His participation in our WNO Series helps us create the biggest stage possible which will highlight male and female athletes from across the globe on a more consistent basis. We are committed to helping grow the sport for the fans and athletes. This requires an investment in terms of events, content, our digital platform and more.”
This is not the first time that Ryan has signed a mega contract to attract headlines. He signed a five-fight, six-figure deal with the now-defunct Third Coast Grappling promotion in 2020.