Polaris 8 featured a very interesting match between two “leg locking” machines. The old school leg locker Imanari clashed with new age leg locker and young star Nicky Ryan (17).
John Danaher commented on Instagram about his student’s performance:
“Nicky Ryan victorious!! Seventeen-year-old Nicky Ryan took on grappling and Leg Lock icon Masakazu Imanari in Wales today at the Polaris Professional grappling championships for the 145 Pound world Title. Mr. Ryan won brilliantly via rear strangle using a special variation in the back system we utilize. Initially, he went in to test the legs of the man the Japanese call “Tenth Dan in Leg locks” and got several solid attacks with heel hooks before opting for the back and the security of strangulation. Here he is backstage with his belt – another amazing performance from this young man. His discipline and drive in the camp leading to the bout were, as always, an inspiration to the room he trains in and led to this, his greatest victory so far.”
— UFC FIGHT PASS (@UFCFightPass) December 9, 2018