Tye Ruotolo, a ONE submission grappling champion, is not the kind of person to kick a man when he is down.
The 20-year-old Brazilian jiu-jitsu prodigy added that despite his hatred for the infamous Gordon Ryan, he still wishes his opponent a swift recovery and that he will be prepared for that match at any time once he is back to 100 percent.
At Lumpinee Stadium recently, the youngest IBJJF world champion was cornering his twin Kade Ruotolo, who had just defeated Tommy Langaker to successfully defend his ONE lightweight submission grappling title.
He reissued his challenge to perhaps the best in the world, pound-for-pound, during his conversation with Nic Atkin of the South China Morning Post:
“Whenever he’s ready, I’ll take that match. He must be a touch under the weather right now, so let’s go on.
Watch the entire conversation with Tye Ruotolo here:
Naturally, Ryan is presently suffering from a severe case of stomach ulcers that were exacerbated by the inadequate medications he took for a strep infection.
The two ADCC alums were involved in a contentious internet debate earlier this year, with one side vowing to defeat the other in a full-scale brawl.
Ruotolo has made it his goal to defeat all the greatest grapplers standing in his way so that he can finally face Ryan, even though that desired showdown was never realized.
At the IBJJF World Championships 2023, where he competed in gi and won the bronze medal in his middleweight debut, the Atos product continued his active season.
Prior to that, at ONE Fight Night 10, Ruotolo defeated Reinier de Ridder, the middleweight world champion of ONE.
Rewatch the full card, which is accessible for free to Prime Video users in the US and Canada, to relax after that extremely sophisticated chess game.