Kade Ruotolo, the reigning world champion in the lightweight division of submission grappling for ONE Championship, expresses gratitude for all that he has accomplished in the sport. Nevertheless, he is the first to say that getting there has not been simple, and he is grateful that he is surrounded by such a strong support system, which includes his identical twin brother Tye.
Since they began training in jiu-jitsu as children, the Ruotolo twins have done everything together, from winning all of the top prizes in international events while representing the United States to competing side-by-side in ONE Championship.
Kade Ruotolo, who is 20 years old, stated that Tye has always been there for him, providing him with guidance to assist him in maintaining his path and moving forward.
According to him, one of the most useful bits of guidance that he has received from his identical twin brother is to keep fighting no matter how difficult things get. In an interview with ONE Championship, Kade Ruotolo disclosed the following information:
“I believe the most helpful piece of advise was given to me by my brother. And this is for any moment that [things] start getting extremely difficult, particularly when injuries have a tendency to [prevent us from competing]. When I’m hurting more, this is something that frequently crosses my mind. However, he consistently asserts that “You know, it’s like a war out there, the competition, the fights, it’s like war.”
After signing with ONE Championship a year ago, Kade and Tye Ruotolo have quickly established themselves as two of the most recognizable names in the submission grappling division of the organization.
They have combined to be unbeaten in all six of their matches to this point, and they are showing no signs of slowing down.
In October of 2017, Kade Ruotolo won the inaugural ONE lightweight submission grappling world championship after submitting Russian opponent Uali Kurzhev using a heel hook. This victory earned him the title of ONE lightweight submission grappling world champion. In addition, the victory earned him a performance bonus of fifty thousand dollars.
On June 9, at ONE Fight Night 11 on Prime Video in Bangkok, he is scheduled to make his second title defense against the Norwegian challenger Tommy Langaker. This defense will be against Tommy Langaker.
In the meantime, Tye Ruotolo competed earlier this month at ONE’s first-ever live on-ground event in the United States. In their submission grappling super bout, Tye defeated ONE middleweight world champion Reinier de Ridder by unanimous decision.
Fans in North America who have a Prime Video subscription will be able to watch ONE Fight Night 11 live and for free as long as they have a current membership. The event will take place at the renowned Lumpinee Boxing Stadium.