Although BJJ phenom Robert Drysdale has had only one amateur MMA fight, apparently he’s ready to give it a go in the professional ranks.
The Fight Zone, Inc. sent out a press release today announcing that Robert Drysdale will be turning professional within MMA.
His announcement to turn pro is not surprising. What’s even more surprising to some is he even bothered having an amateur MMA bout at all.
Drysdale has been a dominant force in the world of jiu jitsu for several years winning dozens of titles including the highly coveted Abu Dhabi Submission Wrestling Championship, the BJJ Black Belt World Championship (4 times), and the National Brazilian Championship (5 times).
He has served as a coach for the former UFC Heavyweight Champion Frank Mir on Spike TV’s, The Ultimate Fighter and is the head Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instructor at UFC Heavyweight Champion Randy Couture’s training facility, Xtreme Couture, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Executive Director of The Fight Zone and Robert Drysdale’s coach, Skip Kelp, commented, “For the past few years Robert has almost completely dominated the world of Jiu-Jitsu. His advanced skills in this area will make him a formidable competitor in MMA. While he’s known mainly for his grappling, his striking skills should not be discounted. He’s serious about making his mark in MMA. We all welcome him to the pro ranks.”
“I’ve been planning to enter professional MMA since I first started training,” said Robert Drysdale. “I have done what I set out to do relative to the world of Jiu-Jitsu and now I will be turning 100% of my attention to my professional career within this fascinating sport. I look forward to announcing my first professional fight over the next few months.”
Drysdale made short work of his 8-0 opponent in an amateur MMA bout at Tuff-N-Uff last month winning in round one by armbar. His move to the pro ranks will be watched very closely by promoters and fans alike wondering if he will be the next big thing.