Cyborg vs Gordon Ryan, You be the judge, was Cyborg’s DQ justified?
The Cyborg vs Gordon Ryan match led to a lot back and forth in the BJJ world in regards to the legitimacy of the Cyborg’s actions as a technique or a strike. As we know in grappling competitions striking is not allowed.
However, Cyborg’s actions did not a punch or a strike with a closed fist or chop. It was, however, a very aggressive club motion that left an echo in the arena as he did it over and over again to Gordon Ryan.
Some call it a clear slap which is not allowed in the sport rules.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is evolving and so are its fans. New promotions are trying to capture the MMA fans by attempted to find the balance between grappling and MMA within these new slap BJJ competitions.