Tye Ruotolo’s ultimate goal is to face Gordon Ryan, and he plans to get there by dominating his colleagues along the way.The phenom of grappling will make his return to competition on May 5 at ONE Fight Night 10, which will take place at the 1stBank Centre in Colorado. There, he will engage in a submission grappling match against Reinier de Ridder, who holds the title of ONE Middleweight World Champion and is a guest trainee at New Wave Jiu-Jitsu.Tye Ruotolo revealed his strategy to eliminate Gordon Ryan’s comrades, beginning with De Ridder, during an interview with Kriel Ibarrola of The MMA Superfan. Ruotolo’s goal was to start with De Ridder.
The young man, who was 20, stated:
“The idea is to eliminate Reinier [de Ridder], then continue eliminating all of the New Wave players, and then really work my way up to Gordon [Ryan]. Therefore, one by one”
In the climactic match of their intense competition from the previous year, Ryan, who is widely regarded as one of the best no-gi competitors of all time, prevailed over Andre Galvao, who served as Ruotolo’s instructor. Later on, Tye Ruotolo would call out ‘The King,’ and the two of them would engage in a social media back-and-forth.Ruotolo already has a grudge against Ryan, therefore he is focused on beating Ryan at his own game in order to challenge him to a bout rather than using his influence on social media. For him, the only way to show that he means business is to prevail against other New Wave Jiu-Jitsu practitioners in competition.
Conquering Reinier de Ridder will be an important first step in the right direction. De Ridder is more of a mixed martial arts (MMA) grappler, but he surely has the skills to compete with the greatest in the world of grappling. He demonstrated it by fighting Andre Galvao to a draw at ONE X the year before, and there is no doubt that he has only become better after training with Gordon Ryan, John Danaher, and the rest of the staff at New Wave Jiu-Jitsu.
Fans in North America who have an active Amazon Prime subscription can watch ONE Fight Night 10 live and without additional cost on Prime Video.