2007 ADCC open-weight champion Robert Drysdale will turn pro after only one amateur fight, his management team announced Thursday.

?I've been planning to enter professional MMA since I first started training," Robert Drysdale said in a statement. "I have done what I set out to do relative to the world of Ju-Jitsu and now I will be turning 100% of my attention to my professional career within this fascinating sport. I look forward to announcing my first professional fight over the next few months."

Drysdale is a highly decorated Brazilian Jiu Jitsu competitor who moved to Las Vegas earlier this year to join Xtreme Couture as the team?s head Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instructor. The Leo Viera black belt appears on this season?s ?The Ultimate Fighter? as an assistant coach for Team Mir.

Drysdale, who will compete as a light heavyweight, won his amateur debut by first-round submission over Josh Musick on October 17.