As the sport of MMA continues to grow we see more and more fighters with backgrounds in other sports make the transition to MMA. Ryan “Who Dat” Keenan played collegiate football at NCAA division 3 Mount Union College in Ohio. In the off season for extra conditioning Ryan took up boxing and over four years amassed a 14-0-1 record in fifteen exhibition bouts.
After graduating with a B.A. degree from Mount Union College he moved to Orlando and began training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under the tutelage of Royce Gracie Black Belt Jonathan Burke, who also happens to train NBA superstar Shaquille O’Neal.
Undefeated in professional MMA competition, Ryan fought his last bout back in February against The Ultimate Fighter season six contestant Blake Bowman. Ryan took Bowman out with a first round TKO. PRO MMA (promma.info) writer Dusty Adams recently spoke with Ryan about the academy where he trains and teaches, trying out for The Ultimate Fighter, his goals within the sport, what Shaq is like in the gym, and more.