Gordon Ryan returned to competition on July 14, in a bout for the vacant Who’s Number One (WNO) heavyweight title – against Pedro Marinho. Having dominated essentially the entire match, Gordon ultimately submitted Marinho with a Rear Naked Choke.
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After the match had ended, Gordon thanked Marinho for the match and gave him props for defending so soundly. He also revealed to the audience that he predicted a Smother Choke finish, and that this was the reason why he went for this submission so vicariously.