Today before the bell, The Fight Zone announced that Robert Drysdale, winner of the Abu Dhabi championship and virtually every other jujitsu championship in the world, has turned to a professional career in MMA. He has coached former UFC Heavyweight Champion Frank Mir on Spike TV’s “The Ultimate Fighter” and is the head Brazilian Ju-Jitsu instructor at UFC Heavyweight Champion Randy Couture’s training facility, XtremeCouture.
Lloyd Vickers, President and CEO of The Fight Zone, Inc., commented, “We expect Robert to become a dominating force within the world of mixed martial arts. We see few fighters that will be able to match his grappling skills. We welcome him to the professional ranks of the world’s fastest growing sport.”
Skip Kelp, Executive Director of The Fight Zone and Robert Drysdale’s coach, stated, “For the past few years Robert has almost completely dominated the world of Ju-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.”
Mr. Drysdale said he had been planning to enter professional MMA since he first started training and will be putting his 100% attention on what he called a fascinating sport. In conclusion, he stated, “I look forward to announcing my first professional fight over the next few months.”
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