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Ryan McGillivray

Ryan McGillivray was born in Duncan, British Columbia, and lived there before his family moved to Edmonton, Alberta when was 12-years-old. He was very involved in sports, and as a teenager participated in hockey, baseball and lacrosse at the highest club levels in Canada while he earned his diploma at Spruce Grove Composite High School.

At the age of 16, McGillivray broke his back playing lacrosse, and lost two years of athletic competition as a result, ballooning up to 260 lbs. When he had fully recovered, McGillivray wanted to pursue athletics as a full time career. His father, a former amateur boxer, pointed him in the direction of a local gym, where he started to pursue that discipline. McGillivray began training and almost instantly fell in love with the sport of mixed martial arts. Ryan found himself in the gym with two UFC fighters Jason “The Athlete” MacDonald and Victor “The Matrix” Valimaki. Spending a very rough few months training with them, the Maximum Fighting Championship called on him for his first professional fight, and today he sports a 12-6-1 professional record, the ten submissions on his résumé speaking to the progress he has made since starting out as a boxer. He now spends his training camps at the world renowned training camp of Greg Jackson’s, training with the world’s most elite MMA fighters.

McGillivray had signed with the UFC in 2011 to compete on The Ultimate Fighter:

Team Lesnar vs. Team dos Santos. McGillivray was the second pick on Team dos Santos and third overall. Lesnar had selected his number one pick, Len Bentley, to face McGillivray. After a two round war, McGillivray was declared the victor by majority decision, moving him into the quarter-finals. Even though he lost in the quarterfinals, McGillivray remained signed after the show. He made his official UFC debut June 4, 2011 on The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale card He has recently started competing in Jiu Jitsu on a world level. With only a few tournaments to his name, he has shown great promise. In 2010 he competed in his first tournament the California Open, placing 1st in his division as a blue belt and second in the absolute open weight division. Following sometime between competitions due to being on TUF and competing in MMA he returned as a purple belt to the World Championships. He was able to place in the top 8 in the world in his very first tournament as a purple belt. With a renewed love for BJJ he was hungry to do well at the Las Vegas Open. In just his second tournament as a purple belt he place 1st in his division and 3rd in the open weight absolute division.

Looking for more he will be competing in the American National Championships and the US open to close 2012. Owing much of his success to such great Black Belts as Rafael “Barata” Freitas and Roberto “Tussa” Alencar from Gracie Barra Albuquerque. Noting how much “Barata” coaching him to and all the way through his gold medal match in Las Vegas, along with their endless knowledge while training in Albuquerque.

Ryan’s Recent Jiu Jitsu Accomplishments

  • 2010 Gold Medal at California Open (Heavy Weight, Blue Belt)
  • 2010 Silver Medal at California Open (Absolute Division, Blue Belt)
  • 2012 Gold Medal at Las Vegas Open (Ultra Heavy Weight, Purple Belt)
  • 2012 Bronze Medal at Las Vegas Open (Absolute Division, Purple Belt)
  • 2012 Gold Medal at American Nationals (Super Heavy Weight)
  • 2012 Bronze Medal at American Nationals (Absolute Division)
  • 2012 Gold Medal at American Nationals (Super Heavy Weight No Gi)
  • 2012 Silver Medal at American Nationals (Absolute Division No Gi)
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