You may not know the name Ryan Hall, but you probably should
Hall is one of the best Brazilian jiu-jitsu players in the entire world. He’s certainly the best American-born grappling wizard.
Hall has earned medals at such prestigious grappling competitions as the Mundials and the Brazilian National Championships, and is a three-time competitor at the Abu Dhabi Submission Fighting Championships.
As a matter of fact, he’s actually one of the only non-Brazilian competitors to ever score a medal at Abu Dhabi.
So when I tell you that Hall is pretty good at jiu-jitsu, you should believe me. And you should also believe me when I tell you that getting yourself raging drunk and accosting Hall when he’s trying to have a peaceful dinner with friends is probably a bad idea.
The drunk guy in this video found out the hard way. Watch as Hall executes a fantastic double-leg takedown and immediately moves into mount, trying to calm the situation. It didn’t work, however, and Hall was ultimately forced to put the drunk to sleep in order to avoid any more disturbances.
He was a small and frail man, so he needed something that would allow him to defend himself against street thugs and beach gangs in Brazil.
It’s been almost ten years since Ryan Hall was confronted by a drunk bar patron who made the incredibly bad decision to get aggressive with one of the best grapplers on the planet and in honor of his return to at UFC 264, why not revisit that moment?
Of course, Jiu-Jitsu is an incredibly niche sport (even moreso back in 2011) and even someone of Hall’s phenomenal grappling talent can go completely unrecognized in public.
That’s a big part of what led to the aggressive drunk making the shocking decision to attack Ryan Hall after he approached a table of strangers to ask if any of them had a lighter.
When Hall then informed the man that none of his table of friends actually smoked, the man became very angry and started to threaten Hall directly, presumably just because he was the person who answered him.
From there, Hall demonstrated the effectiveness of Jiu-Jitsu (and technically wrestling too) against an untrained opponent.
He quickly set up a single-leg takedown and once the drunk aggressor hit the floor, Hall immediately stepped into mount and controlled him there for a while before eventually choking him out in order to end the violent confrontation.