Kade Ruotolo, the current lightweight submission grappling world champion, is having a lot of fun with the verbal sparring that he and his next opponent, Tommy Langaker, are engaging in.
Despite the fact that the 20-year-old phenom is thrilled that Langaker is generating excitement for their high-stakes all-grappling clash, he cautioned that revving him up does indeed have consequences.
The time for conversation between these two brilliant grapplers will finally come to an end at ONE Fight Night 11: Eersel vs. Menshikov, which will be broadcast on Prime Video. The fight will determine who is the better grappler.
In an interview with a promotion located in Singapore, Ruotolo made a promise to inflict severe punishment on his Norwegian opponent once the circle door was closed, and then to finish the fight with a convincing submission:
“I believe that having an opponent that you have some tension with just excites me more than anything else.” I simply have this overwhelming need to dominate him. As soon as I set foot inside of that place, I am going to be really violent up until the point that I acquire that submission.
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The Atos star was asked about a small altercation that took place between him and Langaker during the afterparty for the ADCC World Championships the previous year in the same interview.
In his first two bouts inside the squared circle, Langaker defeated Renato Canuto and Uali Kurzhev, respectively, on his route to earning the opportunity to compete for the desired shot at Ruotolo. When the 29-year-old Wulfing Academy graduate boldly confronted Ruotolo and even resorted to some name-calling, he caused a number of people to look in his direction.
Even more cruelly, Langaker made fun of the youngest ADCC world champion’s distinctive locks by referring to him as “Sideshow Bob.”
After their heated discussion, both combatants will almost certainly attempt to secure a victory that will be captured on video for posterity.
The Lumpinee Stadium in Bangkok will serve as the host location for ONE Fight Night 11, which will be broadcast live in the United States during primetime on June 10. As is customary, Prime Video subscribers in North America have unrestricted access to the stacked card at no additional cost.