GORDON Ryan has undergone a dramatic body transformation since his last fight in December.
The five-time ADCC world champion, 27, recently gave an insight into the aftermath of his crippling battle with strep.
With a record of 93-5-3, fans are used to seeing Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt Ryan shredded.
However, since he hadn’t fought this calendar year, he recently took to Instagram where he gave fans a glimpse of his struggles.
“Everyone posts their best. Be confident enough to post your worst,” Ryan wrote.
He went on to say that he is “not asking for sympathy or help and would actually prefer that you lose faith in me so I can prove you wrong as I always do.”
“The last time I was this size (90kg, over 9kg this week) I was 21 years old.
“When I got strep throat in early March, my ears became so inflamed that every time I increased my heart rate, it felt like my head was going to explode.
“It’s been two months since I was last able to do intensive sport. I spoke to my doctor and had the silicone stints removed from my nose. I’ve been told I won’t be able to start strength training for the next three weeks and can start training in about two months.
“That’s three months without activity and five months without training.”
“That and the fact that antibiotics weren’t good for my stomach for over 40 days, it’s safe to say I have a long way back to competing.”
Ryan went on to elaborate on his long-term goals before emphatically concluding: “You know when I come back boy will I come back?”
Expectations will be high considering Ryan signed a multi-fight deal with FloSports in January reportedly worth a seven-figure sum Jits Magazine.
This was the largest contract in the history of the sport.
Ryan’s first fight under this new deal was supposed to be on February 25 against Felipe Pena.
Unfortunately, health issues forced Ryan to retire.
Then he posted in May a photo On Instagram, he wore a hospital gown as he prepared for “a tonsillectomy and the correction of my severely deformed nasal septum.”
Luckily for Ryan, his recovery seems to be going according to plan. He recently shared a snapshot on his Instagram in which he has clearly returned to weight training.