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Top 5 Jiu Jitsu Athletes: No-Gi

Top 5 Jiu Jitsu Athletes: No-Gi

No-gi jiu jitsu is characterized as submission grappling in a rashguard and shorts, instead of the traditional kimono (or gi). Over time, there have been many great no-gi jiu jitsu practitioners, but there are some who stand above the rest. This list will highlight some of these practitioners, in no specific order, and is subjective as everyone will have their own opinions on who should be on this list. We created this list in an unbiased manner and based the criteria of ranking off of a number of factors, the main one being competition accomplishments. In no specific order, here are the top 5 no-gi jiu jitsu competitors of all time:



Gordon Ryan

Record: 99-5

Submission rate: 82% (81 submissions)

Accomplishments: 5x ADCC Champion, 2x IBJJF no-gi Champion, 4x EBI Champion


Mikey Musumeci

Record: 63-5

Submission rate: 49% (31 submissions)

Accomplishments: 4x World Champion, Pan American Champion (colored belts), 5x IBJJF black belt World Champion (4x Gi, 1x No-Gi), ONE Championship submission grappling Champion


Marcelo Garcia

Record: 85-17

Submission rate: 65% (55 submissions)

Accomplishments: 5x World Jiu-Jitsu Champion (IBJJF), 4x ADCC Champion, IBJJF Hall of Fame member, ADCC, Hall of Fame member



Garry Tonnon 

Record: 71-28

Submission rate: 69% (49 submissions)

Accomplishments: 3x World Jiu-Jitsu Champion (IBJJF), 5x EBI champion, Pan American Champion


JT Torres

Record: 95-31

Submission rate: 48% (46 submissions)

Accomplishments: 2x ADCC Champion, 1x World Jiu Jitsu Champion (IBJJF), 3x IBJJF Pans Championship (1x No Gi, 2x Gi)!


Thank you for reading - this list is subjective since there are so many really great and accomplished no-gi grapplers. An argument could be made for a lot of people to be on this list, so we understand if there are some disagreements with this list

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