For quite some time, many MMA and jiu-jitsu enthusiasts intently followed the career of Abu Dhabi champion Robert Drysdale, wondering if and when the decorated grappler would make his pro MMA debut. In July, Drysdale made it official, tapping out Bastien Huveneers in the first round at an Armaggedon Fighting Championship event in Victoria, British Columbia. This past weekend, the Vegas fighter returned to the West Coast city and recorded another first round, submission win over Clay Davidson, to extend his record to 2-0. So far, Drysdale has been able to deliver on the hype that has followed him from the jiu-jitsu world into MMA.
“Not really,” Drysdale told FCF, when asked if he knew much about Davidson, who trains with the UFC’s Rory MacDonald and had lost just once before facing the BJJ champ. “I heard he was a tough guy and was on a five win streak… that was it.”
While it’s likely Drysdale’s services would have been welcomed by most MMA promotions in and around Nevada State, the fighter elected to sign with the AFC, an upstart promotion whose management team includes veteran fighter Jason Heit. According to Drysdale, his third pro bout will once again be under the AFC banner.
“I think in their next show March 12th,” said Drysdale, when asked when he expects to fight next. “But nothing confirmed yet.”
So, in many respects, 2010 has been another banner year for Drysdale, as it will end having seen him make a successful transition into professional MMA. As far as his aspirations for 2011, Drysdale offered this statement, when asked for his thought about the upcoming campaign.
“Fight as much as possible and remain undefeated,” Drysdale stated. “I’m training hard and this win only motivates me even more!”