Gordon Ryan Answers Colby Covington’s $100k Jiu Jitsu Challenge.

Last night, Sep 19th, Colby Covington dismantled former title holder Tyron Woodley at UFC Fight Night. In a post fight interview, Covington credited his team for his performance then said he would put down money on his coach against any Jiu Jitsu competitor in the world. His coach is Daniel Valverde, who is a world champ in Jiu Jitsu and ADCC vet. 

“Daniel Valverde… that guy is the best Judo and Jiu Jitsu player in the world.

I’ll put him up against anybody in the world in Jiu Jitsu. I’ll put a hundred grand on it and he’ll go against any Jiu Jitsu guy and I’ll guarantee he smokes them.”

Of course, Gordon Ryan jumped at the opportunity. He answered the call by posting a clip of Covington’s interview on Instagram with the following response:

“Colby I like you but free money is free money. I’ll put 200 against your hundred in a no gi, no time limit match. I have it ready to transfer to a third party account today. Congrats on the win by the way. Let me know.”

Colby Covington issues a Jiu Jitsu challenge in his post fight press conference.

If that wasn’t enough to stir the pot, ADCC organizer Mo Jassim threw money onto the table by betting in favor of Ryan. “I’ll put 250k if my fighter loses and I get 100k if mine wins in a grappling match.”

Mo Jassim offers bet for Gordon Ryan vs Colby Covington’s Jiu Jitsu coach.


Now it’s up to Covington if he wants a crack at $450k. Ryan has been itching to make a bet with the best guys in the world. Recently, he bet $1 million dollars to Andre Galvao. Galvao, loosely agreed to the deal but it will likely not take place. None of Ryan’s attempts have materialized but can he coax one of MMA’s most controversial fighters into making this one happen?


Josh Clopton

Josh Clopton is a UFC veteran and Jiu Jitsu black belt. In 2005 he left his job in Tulsa, Okla. and moved to San Francisco to pursue fighting. While trying to break into the UFC, he worked on a commercial crab fishing boat to make ends meet. Josh earned his black belt under Jake Shields in 2016 and now helps train other fighters and has been the chief cornerman in over 20 UFC fights. He teaches at El Nino Training Center and also for companies such as Google, YouTube and LinkedIn. He is an avid reader, writer and outdoorsman.

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