Tim Spriggs ran through the competition to claim Flograppling’s WNO Heavyweight title and the accompanying 30k check.
Thirty thousand dollars ladies and gentlemen.
One of the biggest payouts in BJJ history put on by one of the most criticized productions that can never seem to please Reddit’s keyboard warriors. Tim, on the other hand, drove the crowd (and the Flo crew) wild when he kicked up his feet and slammed down his new belt for his post fight interview with Hywel Teague.
Spriggs recently retired, or really, just got tired of the lame politics that are polarizing the sport, so prior to this event, he had taken a step back. He had been looking for, you know, one of those “real jobs” that provide that elusive state of “financial stability” that most BJJ black belts don’t often get.
But offer a man 30 grand and he’s bound to throw down.
Tim finished his first match with a heel hook and then ended the semis on Saturday with a victory over a former training partner Tex Johnson. Going into the finals on Sunday, all bets were on the 23 year old, Atos black belt Kaynan Duarte.
Unranked, under-rated, and under-appreciated by mainstream media because of the inherent burden that being a Team Lloyd Irvin athlete brings, Tim went into this match with zero to no love and came out with all the respect.