Nicky Ryan was able to get the better of the legendary former WEC champion Urijah Faber in their grappling matchup at Polaris 10 last night.
The bout, by all accounts, was not expected to be overly competitive.
Nicky Ryan, who is the younger brother of ADCC world champion Gordon Ryan, is the more active and more decorated of the two between himself and Faber.
And while he is still one year shy of his eighteenth birthday, this young man is without a doubt one of the most promising talents in the grappling game today.
— UFC FIGHT PASS (@UFCFightPass) May 25, 2019
Coming up against Faber, whose experience in combat sports dwarfs him, Ryan was able to make the technical different quite apparent from the get-go.
The California Kid made the bout scrappy as soon as things started but barring a few bursts, overall, the match was something of a stalemate – with Ryan choosing to attack from his back and Faber did everything he could to disrupt his opponent’s rhythm.
One close leg-lock attempt from the John Danaher-trained prodigy was perhaps the biggest highlight but Urijah’s veteran savvy was enough to see him prevent the tap.
In the end, the champion retained his title on the scorecards and continued to prove himself to be a very special talent.
All in all, it was a fun matchup on paper that resulted in the type of fight you’d expect where there was such a clear gulf in technical ability.
Directly after, Ryan expressed his disappointment in his performance and his inability to submit the Team Alpha Male legend – but this showcase was certainly a fantastic opportunity for both men to draw attention to both Polaris and the sport as a whole.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena