Gordon Ryan on Andre Galvao Match: ‘If anyone should demand a pay increase, it should be me’

Gordon Ryan and Andre Galvao simply can’t stop, won’t stop talking about a potential match-up between themselves. Things picked up again on Wednesday, as Ryan took to Instagram to respond to recent comments made by Galvao.

In a clip of a recent interview, Galvao had harsh words for Ryan.

“I believe he would be scared [to fight], he’s a coward,” said Galvao about a potential match with Ryan.

Naturally, Ryan couldn’t let that slip. In response, the Danaher Death Squad representative posted a full paragraph calling out Galvao and his demands for higher pay for what is easily the sport’s biggest and most anticipated match.

“He wants 1 million dollars to compete against me…” Ryan wrote. “I bring in the money for streaming services so if anyone should demand a pay increase, it should be me, and [I’ve] offered to fight him for charity, with all proceeds going to a kids hospital in Brazil…”

With Ryan winning the 2019 ADCC absolute championship and Galvao defending his ADCC superfight championship in 2019, the pair could have been on track for a 2021 ADCC superfight. However, the coronavirus pandemic delayed the 2021 ADCC championships, and Galvao had previously announced his retirement from competition.

Still, Ryan continues to campaign for a match with Galvao, and Galvao hasn’t entirely dismissed the possibility of returning to competition to face Ryan. This is easily the biggest rivalry in jiu-jitsu. Will it ever come to fruition?

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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