Ryan Out Lasts Pena In 45 Minute WNO Brawl

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Read the full breakdown of the Ryan VS. Pena match and why Pena essentially tapped out for no reason at the 45 in mark

Ryan Out lasts Pena In 45 minute WNO Brawl.

Ryan Out Lasts Pena In 45 Minute WNO Brawl

Read the full breakdown of the Ryan VS. Pena match and why Pena essentially tapped out for no reason at the 45 in mark

Location: Orlando, FL.

Estimated reading time: 4 minutes

Photo by: flowgrappling

Main card

  • Gordon Ryan def. Felipe Pena via submission (verbal tap)
  • Nicholas Meregali def. Rafael Lovato Jr. via unanimous decision
  • Mica Galvao def. Alan Sanchez via submission (one-armed rear-naked choke)
  • Beatriz Mesquita def. Elisabeth Clay via unanimous decision
  • Jacob Couch def. Jay Rodriguez via unanimous decision

Gordon Ryan bested Felipe Pena last Sunday, August 7th, in the Tezos WNO heavyweight title fight in the card’s main event, Gaining his first win over the only man to beat him twice.

The fight had a handful of fast and intense exchanges, with Pena giving Ryan the most significant challenge of the past few years of grappling.

The fight didn’t go to the ground until eight minutes in when Ryan chose to sit down to open guard. Thirty seconds later, Pena was swept by Ryan, almost taking his back in the transition. Pena, though, managed to escape and return to top position after 10 min.

At 25 minutes, both fighters returned to their feet, and the takedowns began again. Ryan Hit a successful takedown ten minutes later in the fight.

During the fight, Pena was carrying unimaginable emotional weight from hearing the news that his longtime friend Leandro Lo had passed away from an altercation at a nightclub earlier that day when he was shot in the head by an off-duty military cop.

Even with this, Pena endured longer than any other of Ryan’s previous challengers on Flo Grappling’s Tezos WNO and even had several offensive runs throughout the submission-only match. Pena dangered Ryan with sweeps and pass attempts throughout and went toe-to-toe with Gordan with minutes of hand fighting on their feet. He made the most of his respected 50-50 guard and X-guard on multiple occasions.

Ryan’s win marks the end of a bitter chapter for him, as he has now redeemed himself against the only fighter to submit him at the black belt level. Thus, a new chapter has begun. This new rivalry has already begun, with Ryan calling for another rematch at Pena on Instagram. Taking it as far as to say that he is owed 2 more matches from Pena. As a requirement of his entrance of this match, Pena has been guaranteed one rematch with Ryan when he chooses. If Ryan were to win both of these matches, and Pena agrees, he would have a winning record over Pena.

Ryan is now 7-0 on Flo Grappling’s Tezos WNO with an average fight length of 20 minutes, 23 seconds.

Meregali outwrestled Lovato Jr.

In the co-main match, Meregali outwrestled Lovato Jr. to a decision victory from the judges. Meregali, 3-0 on Flo Grappling’s Tezos WNO, won the biggest fight of his career with this win over Lovato Jr., a no-gi world champion, ADCC veteran, and undefeated mixed martial arts champion just one month before Meregali’s ADCC debut.

Meregali took Lovato down twice with the same technique, a double under hook uchimata, and demonstrated his passing clinic once again, maneuvering through Lovato’s guards and smothering Lovato from the mount near the end of the fight. Meregali’s win comes at a vital time, potentially impacting his seeding at the 2022 ADCC World Championships. This is the most anticipated grappling event in history!

Mica Galvao submitted Alan Sanchez

Mica Galvao got the only submission win of the night with a rear naked choke over Alan Sanchez in a, let’s be real, one-sided event. Diogo Reis and Fabricio Andrey, Fight Sports Manaus teammates, also won both of their WNO debuts on the preliminary card. Galvao now holds a 6-1 on Flo Grappling’s Tezos WNO with two wins via submission.

Mesquita vs. Clay

Mesquita and Clay fought to a judge’s decision in probably the tightest contested fights of the card. Mesquita scored with multiple diving double legs and calculatedly moved to pass Clay’s guard. However, Clay fought back in the final minutes of the fight, entering a fierce leg contest and working her way to secure a lock. Even with this, Mesquita gained the favor of the judges and now holds a 2-0 Flo Grappling’s Tezos WNO record.

Couch defeated Rodriguez

Couch defeated Rodriguez in a powerful display of control and technique. Couch, pulling guard, was able to secure a kimura lock and used the arm attack to sweep Rodriguez, gaining mount, where he stayed on top for the remainder of the match. Couch advanced to a 4-3 record.

Preliminary card

  • Fabricio Andrey def. Fabian Ramirez via unanimous decision
  • Diogo Reis def. Estevan Martinez via unanimous decision

Fabricio Andrey def. Fabian Ramirez

Diogo Reis def. Estevan Martinez

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P.S. Check Out “Leandro Lo Shot & Killed Early Sunday Morning At A Party In An Sao Paulo” … READ HERE.

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