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BJJ ace Robert Drysdale signed to the UFC; debuts against Ednaldo Oliveira at UFC 163

robert drysdaleAbu Dhabi and BJJ world champion turned pro MMA fighter Robert Drysdale will look to continue his unbeaten streak when he makes his UFC debut against Brazilian heavyweight Ednaldo Oliveira on Aug. 3 at UFC 163 in Rio De Janeiro.

Drysdale (6-0) began his pro mixed martial arts career in July 2010 with a first round submission (Arm Triangle Choke) win over Bastien Huveneers (10-4) at “AFC 3: Evolution” in Canada. Drysdale fought two more times under the AFC banner, scoring first round submission wins over Clay Davidson (7-4) and TUF 3 and UFC vet Mike Nickels (9-5).

In July 2012 Drysdale made his debut with Texas based promotion Legacy Fighting Championship taking home a first round submission (armbar) victory over Houston’s Isaac Villanueva (7-7) at LFC 12. Drysdale went on to fight two more times with Legacy, scoring first round submission wins over Texan Chris Reed (5-2) and Bellator veteran D.J. Linderman (14-5).

Six pro fights, six first round submission wins — and all in under 3 minutes; that’s Robert Drysdale aka Mr. Ronda Rousey — except he uses more than just armbars so his opponents don’t know exactly what’s coming.

Ednaldo Oliveira (13-1-1) was undefeated in his pro career until he ran into the submission game of Gabriel Gonzaga in Jan. 2012 at UFC 142. Gonzaga locked on a fight-ending Rear-Naked Choke at 3:22 of the first round thereby spoiling Oliveira’s UFC debut. Prior to that Oliveira had spent most of his career fighting on Brazil’s regional circuit where he won the majority of his bouts via (T)KO.

UFC 163 is headlined with a featherweight title bout between reigning champion Jose Aldo and challenger Anthony “Showtime” Pettis, who has moved down from lightweight to take his shot at gold.

As it currently stands, the UFC 163 fight card being held on Aug. 3 at HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, includes:

  • Jose Aldo vs. Anthony Pettis – for featherweight title
  • Phil Davis vs. Lyoto Machida
  • Josh Koscheck vs. Demian Maia
  • Thales Leites vs. Tom Watson
  • Vinny Magalhaes vs. Anthony Perosh
  • Cezar Ferreira vs. Clint Hester
  • Robert Drysdale vs. Ednaldo Oliveira
  • Josh Clopton vs. Rani Yahya
  • Neil Magny vs. Sergio Moraes
  • Sheila Gaff vs. Amanda Nunes
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