The rivalry between Gordon Ryan and Andre Galvao came to head this past weekend, and the resulting confrontation has been gobbled up by fans.
FloGrappling’s Whose Number One event made headlines as some of the top stars of the sport showed up to compete – and slap each other around too.
Gordon Ryan pulled a Babe Ruth and called out his victory against Roberto Jimenez, by mounted arm bar, earlier in the day before actually winning by mounted arm bar. Love him or hate him, the guy is an amazing grappler for sure.
In the main event, DDS teammate Craig Jones made short work of ATOS athlete Ronaldo Junior with a leg lock. Lately, the two teams have been beefing with each other on social media and in person.
The story goes that Gordon went to shake Andre’s hand after the match, and Andre pushed him away and gave him the finger. Gordon retailated with a slap to the face. Andre, not happy with that, continued to pursue Gordon, only to get slapped a second time.
Afterwards, Andre continued to pursue Gordon and try to talk to him, with Gordon getting very agitated and having to be held back. Then the two were shouting at each other from a distance. The video above starts with the aftermath of the slaps, which is confusing, as the slaps happened first but it’s at the end of this video for some reason.
My take – this looks bad for Andre.
I’m all for keeping a level head, but getting slapped is a line that personally I would have a hard time not going into fight mode. Perhaps that is my ego talking, but then again, I wouldn’t have shoved someone either unless I was getting ready to start swinging.
Some accounts are saying Gordon was going for a handshake to gloat about the victory. If so, you can just refuse the handshake without escalating the situation. Shoving someone and then giving the finger is a definite escalation. Gordon escalated further by slapping him.
The next bit is confusing. Andre seems stunned, but composed. He continues to pursue Gordon, who is very upset. After getting slapped, if you aren’t going to fight, you back off. Perhaps, that would be the most mature thing to do.
I don’t know. Honestly, I can’t see how you would spin that off and save face. Allowing someone to hit you without consequence is an invitation to every bully to do the same. This isn’t some random stranger in a back alley – this is a rival competitor you see at every event and it was being filmed.
In my opinion, you have to stand your ground. But what happened next was he kept talking and moving forward, to get slapped a second time.
What the hell?
I can understand being surprised by the first slap, although honestly, even that is a bit much for me. If you push someone and give them the finger, and they start advancing at you – I’m expecting hands to come flying my way and I’m bringing my dukes up.
Perhaps Gordon has fast hands, lol, I don’t know. But the second slap? Man, it’s hard for me to hear. In my life, I can’t think of one situation where another man slapped me in the face without getting attacked immediately.
All my “street fights” were in school, before I trained martial arts. But I knew better than to ever let someone touch me without getting touched back. Once I started wrestling in high school, I never got into another fight outside the ring. Not even close to one. This is for a few reasons:
- I don’t hang out in dangerous places
- I don’t talk trash, or speak ill of people
- I don’t lay my hands on anyone unless it’s for self defense
- I don’t let people get close to me that are hostile
- If I find myself in a situation that starts to turn sour, I make a clean exit
- I’m projecting good vibes and I’m confident in my ability to defend myself
All these things play a big role in keeping me out of trouble. If we applied these rules to the above situation, Andre broke nearly all of them.
If I was him, I would have either refused the hand shake (if I felt it was with bad intentions) and walk away, or just shaked his hand and walked away.
What do you think? Do you agree or disagree?
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