RAZOR-CLOSE Grappling Showdown 🔥 Kade Ruotolo vs. Tommy Langaker
[embedded content]ONE Lightweight Submission Grappling World Champion Kade Ruotolo stayed atop the mountain at ONE Fight Night 11. However, it was not an easy victory.”The energy was pretty nuts. I love the venue. Honestly, it’s got to be one of my favorite venues that I’ve ever been to, iconic. And hopefully, the next time I step into this arena, it’ll be maybe for some MMA. I’m super excited, and hopefully, we can mix it up and, you know, really get the crowd on their feet,” Ruotolo said.”Tommy was an amazing opponent. I knew he’d be a tough match leading into this. I think in a couple of more minutes, I definitely would have had him. I felt him really fading at the end, getting really tired,” Ruotolo told ONE Championship.”A lot of my family, friends, and coaches around me are telling me to do it the smart way and make sure that you don’t have to rely on my jiu-jitsu. So you could maybe sleep someone on the feet and if you have to use jiu-jitsu, use it. I want to make sure I have all the tools so that we know when I do step on those mats in the MMA ruleset, I’m going to go straight to the top.”But his team is trying to ease him into his first match so he does not get ahead of himself.The tightly-contested matchup could have gone either way, but Ruotolo felt confident heading into the decision. The deciding factor for the Atos BJJ star was that he felt his submission attempts were just a little bit closer to getting the tap.Whether it’s MMA or submission grappling, Ruotolo wants his next opponent to step up and be hungry. It is those matches that give him the biggest motivation.Tommy Langaker pushed the Southern Californian from the opening bell, getting the first catch of the match. Ruotolo was aggressive throughout and evened the score, and eventually took the judge’s decision when the final second ticked off the clock.
For the 20-year-old, it was his first time gracing Lumpinee Boxing Stadium. The historic venue instantly became one of his favorite places to compete.