Kade Ruotolo successfully defended his title as the ONE lightweight submission grappling world champion in the eleventh installment of the ONE Fight Night event. However, in order to keep his position at the head of the category, he had to do a lot of effort.
Kade had to put forth all of his abilities on Friday, June 9, at the legendary Lumpinee Boxing Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand, when he squared up against Tommy Langaker. This was necessary for Kade to ensure that he was able to walk away from the fight with the title still resting on his shoulder.
The current holder of the title demonstrated that he is not only one of the best technicians in the sport, but also an exceptional athlete who possesses the heart of a champion by claiming a unanimous decision victory at the end of the allotted amount of time for the competition.
In addition to his unrelenting pace and intensity, the 20-year-old was compelled to continually think on his feet throughout the entirety of the competition since the two competitors swapped submission attacks back and forth.
Throughout the entirety of the match, the champion was coached by the champion’s brother, Tye Ruotolo, who is also a BJJ specialist. Tye’s goal was to assist the champion in remaining one step ahead of the European magician.
In the post-match interview, Kade Ruotolo expressed gratitude to his brother for all of the assistance he provided throughout the competition and credited him with being the factor that ultimately determined the winner:
“I give thanks to God that Tye was on my side. Who can say for sure what transpired in the wilderness without him? Therefore, it may be said that he is absolutely essential to our success here today.”
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They must consider having a world-class grappler and a brother in their corner to be an essential asset, and it is without a doubt one of the primary reasons why they are both at the top of their respective games.
Viewers in North America have the opportunity to see the entirety of the ONE Fight Night 11 card through replay on Amazon Prime Video.