Robert Drysdale

BJJ Blackbelt

Who is it?


Robert Drysdale was born in Provo on the State of Utah, United States of America in 1981. He moved with his family to Brazil when he was just 6 years old, and began training Jiu-Jitsu during his late teens (17) at the Quatro Tempos Academy on the city of Itú, state of São Paulo, Brazil.

As a white belt, Drysdale moved back to the US to pursue his academic studies at a University in Las Vegas. Having already fallen in love with BJJ, he looked for a Jiu-Jitsu academy and ended up finding instructor Steve da Silva. Steve was the first teacher to really believe in Drysdale’s potential. With his instructor’s encouragement, Robert decided then to move back to Brazil where the sport was more professionalized.

The year was 2000 and Robert Drysdale packed his bags and moved to Indaiatuba in Brazil. He first started training at the Maromba academy with Professor Paulo Streckert. At Maromba, Drysdale fully dedicated all his time to grappling and competition. His hard work started paying up with many medals and a world title as a purple belt.

As a brown belt, his friend Demian Maia invited Drysdale to come and train at the Brasa academy, then led by the former Alliance stars who had formed this new academy. After Robert received a “beating” in training from the hands of Leonardo Vieira, he decided this should be the place to train, thus giving start to his association with the Brasa Team, where he received his black belt.

In 2007 Robert Drysdale returned to the USA, running grappling classes at Extreme Couture in Las Vegas, and later moving on to open his own grappling academy. On October 2008 Drysdale ventured in the MMA world, fighting at an Amateur competition named TUFF-N-UFF. He defeated his opponent by Armbar in the first round.

Drysdale’s rampant MMA career brought him to the biggest stage in the sport, the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) in 2014. His début was compromised, as Robert saw his fighter license denied by the Nevada Athletic Commission after testing positive for an elevated testosterone-to-epitestosterone ratio in an out-of-competition test. Later that year the former ADCC champion was released from the UFC after a positive drug test result following his first-round submission victory over Keith Berish at The Ultimate Fighter 19 Finale on July 6.