Could Jiu-Jitsu legend and current UFC featherweight Ryan Hall be headed back to his “roots?”
Rumors over the past year have been swirling that Hall is extremely interested in competing at the 2022 ADCC this coming September in Vegas. Even ADCC head organizer Mo Jassim posted on his Instagram about the possibility.
Hall’s most memorable ADCC match was at the 2009 ADCC in Spain against Jiu-Jitsu legend Jeff Glover. Hall defeated Glover by points and went on to win the bronze medal in the 66KG division. The following ADCC (2011), was his last, losing to Robson Moura in the quarterfinals.
Ryan has been focusing on his MMA career and hasn’t competed in a Jiu-Jitsu tournament since 2012. Hall is coming off a big win in his latest UFC fight. He defeated Darrick Minner by unanimous decision at UFC 269 this past December. The fight was a grappling spectacle as most of his MMA fights are.
At the post fight press conference Ryan was quoted saying, “I’m looking forward to doing ADCC, Abu Dhabi submission wrestling next year. I’ve been doing Jiu-Jitsu for almost 18 years now.
I haven’t competed in that sport in a long time, but I do have hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of matches. Obviously, I’ll be doing some Jiu-Jitsu prior to that if the stars align and I’m able to get myself in there… Inactivity hurts me a lot more in MMA than it does in Jiu-Jitsu.”
Hall, The Ultimate Fighter 22 winner, is one of the best grapplers in the sport and it would be beyond exciting to see him compete again in a grappling tournament like ADCC.
“When it comes to Jiu-Jitsu, people don’t think it be like it be, but it do.” Ryan Hall
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