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Ryan, Downey each win one event at BJJ Fanatics Grand Prix

Two weeks ago, BJJ Fanatics announced a unique 2020 Leap Day event, featuring a wrestler vs. a submission grappler in two different matches featuring two different forms of combat -- freestyle wrestling ... and submission fighting.

The results in this two-part main event on Saturday, Feb. 29.: the wrestler - Pat Downey III -- won the freestyle match conducted under freestyle rules ... while Gordon Ryan, ADCC Submission Fighting World Federation Champion, came out the winner in a Brazilian jiu jitsu match with no time limit, with winner to be determined by submission only.

The submission fighting match took place first.

Pat Downey, Steve Mocco and Gordon Ryan
Here's how Jiu Jitsu Times opened its coverage of the submission bout:

"As the submission grappling match kicked off, the competitors spent a few minutes on their feet fighting for grips. Downey managed to get Ryan to his knees, but the athletes quickly sprung back to their feet, where they stayed for a few more minutes. Although there were a few attempts at arm drags and foot sweeps, it was still some time before Downey was able to force Ryan to his knees again. There was a quick scramble, but the grapplers ultimately returned to their feet.

"Downey once again got Ryan to the ground, but this time, Ryan opted to stay down and play guard.

The two combatants went out of bounds, so they returned to the competitive area.

"Ryan managed to secure a triangle from the back," Jiu Jitsu Times continued. "Although he didn't have a submission locked in, Downey tapped out multiple times, grabbing his shoulder and arm as if in pain. Ryan was declared the winner of the match by submission."

In the wrestling match, Downey's mat background -- as a former junior college champ, NCAA Division I All-American, and 2019 U.S. Open Champion and placer at the 2019 World Championships - served him well, as he earned a 11-0 technical fall over Ryan.

"Downey wasted no time in getting Ryan to the floor," according to Jiu Jitsu Times. "After the two went out of bounds, they were reset, and Downey was able to get Ryan to the ground again and roll him over multiple times to quickly end the match by tech fall."

After the evening's two bouts, Pat Downey posted this on his Instagram account:

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it took @gordonlovesjiujitsu 20minutes to beat me in his rule set. it took me 20 seconds to beat him 11-0 in mine. this @instagram video is our entire freestyle wrestling match! unlike Gordons iG i dont post the last 20seconds when he changed his game plan and slug slid into my legs for his eventual finish. hey @flowrestling remember when Gordo said he could beat Pat Downey in wrestling?! rolled this mug up like some dirty laundry. @ the end of the day respect to Ryan he is the best in the world @ @flograppling for a reason he has much skill rolling around on the ground which is why i tried to avoid those scenarios in his rule set. i hope yall enjoyed the show. s/o to my family, team, friends, & sponsors. without yall none of this is possible. thanks to @bjj.fanatics & @fitetv for allowing me to be the main card of a great event. will post more pictures & videos of this throughout the week. 20 seconds vs 20 minutes.. let me know who yall think won this day. #DEBUNKED

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Meanwhile, Gordon Ryan offered his analysis of the event on Instagram:

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Quit after being taken down. DEBUNKED

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