ONE Championship is igniting the martial arts world with a sibling rivalry that’s capturing the imagination of fans everywhere. The famed Ruotolo twins, Kade and Tye, are set to throw down on the grandest stage, and it’s a clash that’s dripping with drama.
Tye Ruotolo, a ONE submission grappling sensation, has publicly declared his willingness to cast aside “brotherly love” for a shot at a world title. He’s not just eyeing his twin brother Kade’s ONE lightweight submission grappling world title; he’s set on taking it.
In an interview leading up to ONE Fight Night 13, Tye, a celebrated figure at Atos, held nothing back, stating, “Kade’s got the belt over there. I was thinking maybe we can market our fight. We can have an incredible match. But the thing is, he’s dominating the division right now. I’ll let him do his thing, and when the time’s ripe, I’ll probably want to snatch that belt from him.”
Kade Ruotolo has had a dream run so far in the ONE Championship, remaining undefeated through four matches. He became the inaugural champion of the division last year and has successfully defended his title twice. Kade, also the youngest ADCC world champion, is rumoured to be planning an MMA debut by the end of this year.
But Tye, his brother and potential challenger, holds a psychological edge. He boasts a 3-0 advantage in their jiu-jitsu encounters on the circuit, not to mention their countless unrecorded clashes in their garage.
Before the brother-on-brother duel takes centre stage, however, Tye is all set to battle it out with Dagi Arslanaliev in a 180-lb catchweight submission grappling match. This thrilling event is scheduled for this Friday at the iconic Lumpinee Stadium in Bangkok. Fans across North America can catch ONE Fight Night 13 live on Prime Video, free of charge.
But the story doesn’t end with the Ruotolo rivalry. ONE Championship is making a fiery comeback to the esteemed Lumpinee Boxing Stadium with ONE Fight Night 13: Allazov vs. Grigorian, set to be broadcast live in U.S. prime time on Friday, August 4.
The headline attraction promises an epic rematch, as ONE Featherweight Kickboxing World Champion Chingiz Allazov looks to defend his title and seek redemption against formidable adversary Marat Grigorian.
The co-main event features the astounding ONE Flyweight Submission Grappling World Champion Mikey Musumeci. He is ready to defend his title for the third time against the indomitable Jarred Brooks, the reigning strawweight MMA king, who’s moving up in weight for a shot at dual glory.
In addition to this, an MMA face-off that’s been two years in the making will finally occur. The 17-time BJJ World Champion Marcus “Buchecha” Almeida is set to clash with the Senegalese Wrestling Champion “Reug Reug” Oumar Kane. The victor might just get a shot at the coveted ONE Heavyweight World Title.
The card is packed with additional martial arts stalwarts, such as ONE Featherweight Muay Thai World Champion Tawanchai PK Saenchai, the young Thai sensation Anna “Supergirl” Jaroonsak, and the ex-bantamweight MMA king John Lineker.
As the narrative of the Ruotolo rivalry plays out, the event promises to be one of the most electrifying nights in ONE Championship history. With the perfect blend of redemption, rivalry, and unparalleled martial arts skills, it’s sure to have fans on the edge of their seats. This spectacle of a summer event underscores the reality that in the world of martial arts, sometimes the stakes are personal, and they’re always sky-high.