Gordon Ryan Continues to Beef With Lucas Barbosa

Jiu-jitsu’s biggest and best rivalry continues to stay hot. Over the weekend, the Gordon Ryan vs. Team Atos beef heated up again, as Ryan took to Instagram to give some firmly-worded criticism of Lucas “Hulk” Barbosa.

On Saturday, Barbosa competed in the BJJ Stars heavyweight grand prix, losing in the semifinals to Gutemberg Pereira. It was a failed armbar attempt in Barbosa’s quarterfinal match against Yuri Simoes, though, that Ryan seized on.

Quickly, Ryan took to social media. He posted a clip of Barbosa’s match with Simoes, saying it was “possibly the absolute worst arm bar attempt” he’d ever seen.

Ryan didn’t stop there, though. After a fan DM’d Ryan to request a tutorial of what Barbosa should have done, Ryan gladly obliged. By Sunday, Ryan posted a 10-minute video explaining what he believes Barbosa did incorrectly and how Ryan would have finished the armbar from a kimura grip.

“There was almost an infinite amount of solutions and an infinite amount of moves that Lucas could have gone to that were much better than the one he actually attempted,” Ryan said to start the video.

For his part, Barbosa didn’t stay entirely quiet, sending Ryan a DM. Naturally, Ryan posted the conversation.

The Gordon Ryan vs. Team Atos rivalry has no signs of slowing down. Whether it be Kaynan Duarte, Lucas Barbosa, or team leader Andre Galvao, Ryan doesn’t seem to be shying away from conflict in the least.

Ben Coate

Ben has been involved with grappling, whether through wrestling or Brazilian jiu-jitsu, essentially his entire life. After wrestling throughout his childhood, Ben found Brazilian jiu-jitsu as a young adult and quickly fell in love. He has been training for over ten years and currently holds the rank of brown belt, and remains involved in both the MMA and BJJ scene. Ben has been writing about combat sports since 2017. He has interviewed and profiled some of MMA's biggest stars, including multiple UFC champions.

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