Nick Rodriguez Through the Years

Nicholas Pete Rodriguez was born on August 30, 1996, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was brought up there and went to Clayton High School.

Nick Rodriguez as a kid

In the sixth grade, Rodriguez started wrestling. As a senior, he was eligible for the NJSIAA finals but did not place.

Rodriguez with his mother

Rodriguez attended Ferrum College after graduating from high school, which offered an NCAA Division III wrestling programme. He put on 50 pounds and moved from 170 to 220, between his last bout as a high school wrestler and his first match as a college wrestler.

Nick Rodriguez at junior year of high school
Nick Rodriguez in 2013

During his one year in college, Rodriguez finished fourth in the East Regionals with a record of 23 wins and 4 defeats. Rodriguez made the decision to pursue a modelling career with Wilhelmina Models and also performed with Chippendales for some time.

Nick Rodriguez in 2014

Nick Rodriguez from 170 lbs to 215 lbs

Nick Rodriguez with his girlfriend Brittany

Nick Rodriguez in high school vs in 2015

Nick Rodriguez in 2016

Nick Rodriguez in 2017
Nick Rodriguez with his brother

Nicky Rodriguez in 2014 vs 2017

Nick Rodriguez in 2012 and 2017

In order to keep in shape, Rodriguez was convinced by a friend to sign up for his first jiu-jitsu class in 2018. He attended his first submission wrestling match after two weeks of practice and went on to win the advanced 230-pound and absolute categories.

Nick Rodriguez in 2018

Nick Rodriguez at 215 lbs

On October 5, 2019, Rodriguez made his comeback to wrestling when he competed against Pat Downey. He was a member of the 2019 USA Wrestling World Team. The two competed in a superfight under freestyle guidelines at Who’s Number One. Rodriguez ended up losing the match via a technical fall.

Nick Rodriguez in 2019

Nick Rodriguez then moved to the Renzo Gracie Academy a few months later with coach John Danaher, who subsequently gave him his blue belt.

Nick Rodriguez with Gordon Ryan

Rodriguez competed in the IBJJF World Championship in the blue belt division after failing to earn a spot in the ADCCs. He ended up winning the title after defeating each of his three rivals.

Nick Rodriguez with Wiz Khalifa

Rodriguez won the North American trials to earn a spot in the 2019 ADCC World Championships as a blue belt. He advanced to the finals after defeating three renowned jiu-jitsu black belts, including Mahamed Aly, Orlando Sanchez, and Cyborg Abreu.

At the finals he lost to Kaynan Duarte, a black belt and the IBJJF World Champion. Therefore, he finished in second place in the tournament.

Nick Rodriguez with Gordon Ryan at ADCC 2019

His coach Jay Regalbuto promoted him to purple belt on the ADCC podium. Rodriguez earned the moniker ‘Black Belt Slayer.’

In July 2019, he participated in Third Coast Grappling: Kumite IV. He was defeated in the first round.

Nick Rodriguez with Gilbert Burns

Nick Rodriguez with his brother Jay Rodriguez

With the rest of his colleagues, Rodriguez relocated to Puerto Rico in December 2020 to continue working out with John Danaher.

Nick Rodriguez in 2020

Nick Rodriguez at 170lbs in 2014 vs 235lbs in 2020

In March 2021, Rodriguez and Yuri Simões squared off in the Who’s Number One co-main event. Rodriguez ended up winning the match through decision.

Nick Rodriguez in 2021

In April 2021, he received an invitation to take part in an absolute grand prix at Third Coast Grappling 6. In the first round, Rodriguez won by decision against Pedro Marinho before falling to Victor Hugo in the semifinals.

Nick Rodriguez with Nicky Ryan

News of the Danaher Death Squad’s dissolution surfaced in July. Rodriguez made the decision to keep working out with Nicky Ryan, Ethan Crelinsten, and Craig Jones. In August 2021, the four grapplers founded B-Team Jiu-Jitsu, a brand-new gym in Austin, Texas.

In October 2021, he received an invitation to participate in EBI 20: The Absolutes. Rodriguez won the competition after beating Kyle Boehm, Austin Baker, Luke Griffith, and Ezeqiual Zurita in a single evening.

Nick Rodriguez at EBI 20

Rodriguez was slated to participate in a different absolute tournament at UFC Fight Pass Invitational 3 on December 15, 2021. Rodriguez agreed to fill in for Vinny Magalhes when the latter withdrew from the match against Gordon Ryan in the main event. Both competitors were unable to complete the bout within the allotted time, but Gordon Ryan won in EBI overtime by making the fastest escape.

Rodriguez received an invitation to compete in the 2022 ADCC World Championship not long after that.

Nick Rodriguez in 2022

In January 2022, Rodriguez competed against Elder Cruz at Who’s Number One: Jones v. Marinho and lost the match by a split decision. Rodriguez soon attained the rank of brown belt in BJJ.

At ADCC 2022, Rodriguez competed in the over 99 kg class. On the first day, he submitted John Hansen with a rear-naked choke after defeating Damon Ramos on points. He won the semi-final match against Felipe Pena on points on the second day, but Gordon Ryan submitted him in the championship match. Therefore, he ended up winning a silver medal.

Nick Rodriguez at ADCC 2022

During their bout, Ryan accused Rodriguez of “greasing.” On Mark Bell’s Power Project Podcast in February 2023, Rodriguez refuted such claims.

Rodriguez filled in for Gordon Ryan against Felipe Pena in the Who’s Number One main event on February 25, 2023 with just two days’ notice. He was defeated by a unanimous decision.

Nick Rodriguez in 2023

After that, Rodriguez received an invitation to the UFC Fight Pass Invitational 4’s openweight competition in June 2023. He defeated Dan Manasoiu, Vagner Rocha, and Roberto Jimenez, to win the competition.

Nick Rodriguez wins against Vagner Rocha

Nick Rodriguez with Craig Jones

Nick Rodriguez is currently dating his longtime girlfriend, Brittany Reimel. She has been supporting him since the beginning of his career.