Gordon Ryan retires due to health concerns: “I’m basically useless”
Gordon Ryan is hanging up for the foreseeable future, and possibly forever.
Ryan, a three-time ADCC world champion, took to Instagram in late May to announce his retirement from professional competition. The grappling ace was scheduled to face veteran Shinya Aoki in a special openweight grappling match for the ONE Championship on August 27.
“It saddens me to do this post. My stomach is not cooperating with me anymore,” Ryan began. “Most of you now know that it has been an uphill battle for 3 years since staph antibiotics ruined my stomach. As of today I will be taking time off from racing. My stomach is now at a point where I cannot train properly. This has always been a problem, but it has gradually gotten worse with the time.
“In training I’m basically useless because I’m still nauseous. Even though I showed up the day of the competition, I don’t think it’s professional for me to have camps like I have been and to show up to compete, ”he continued. “My future as an athlete is uncertain, but the future as a coach is defined. I was supposed to compete once a month until October, took them all out and have no plans to make a comeback until my stomach is 100% better, if it ever is .
Ryan, 25, had flirted with the idea of switching to mixed martial arts for years. In fact, ONE Championship CEO Chatri Sityodtong has confirmed that Ryan’s contract with the promotion allows for MMA fights.
Ryan retires from the submission struggling with a professional record of 144-9-3 with wins over Vagner Rocha, Gabriel Gonzaga, Josh Barnett, Bo Nickal, Rousimar Palhares, Marcus Almeida, Garry Tonon, Craig Jones and Keenan Cornelius, between other.