ONE light-weight submission grappling world champion Kade Ruotolo is not wanting previous this weekend’s problem at “ONE Fight Night 11: Eersel vs. Menshikov” on Amazon Prime Video, however he does have one thing else brewing within the background.
The younger Brazilian jiu-jitsu phenom places his belt on the road towards heated rival Tommy Langaker within the co-main occasion of the star-studded card, which U.S. and Canadian followers can watch reside on Friday with an Amazon Prime membership.
Though he is been deep in preparation for the problem his adorned Norwegian foe will provide, Ruotolo not too long ago revealed that he has been juggling MMA work alongside his grappling coaching within the hopes he’ll get to check his mettle within the sport very quickly.
“It’s just something new to me,” Ruotolo informed MMA Underground. “I’m learning every single time I step on those mats in MMA. I’m still in jiu-jitsu these days, but every time I step on the mats in MMA, my eyes bulge. I’m learning so many new techniques and moves. I definitely want to make that MMA debut this year.
“I need it to be tomorrow. If it have been as much as me, I’d have it this upcoming week, and I’d be able to go, however everybody round me desires to ensure I do it proper, that I do it sensible. I’m grateful for that.”
As the reigning ONE titleholder, to not point out the 2022 Abu Dhabi Combat Club Submission Fighting World Championship winner, Ruotolo’s grappling prowess is plain. Despite his present eagerness to step into motion within the all-encompassing sport of MMA, Ruotolo understands that he will need to have a well-rounded ability set to compete at an elite stage there, as nicely. Therefore, the Atos Jiu-Jitsu consultant is taking time to shine his placing expertise earlier than he plunges headfirst into the brand new sport.
“I really want to make sure that I don’t want to only have to go rely on my jiu-jitsu when I step in that ONE circle and the guys are throwing head kicks at me,” Ruotolo mentioned. “I want to make sure that I’m well-versed in everything and that if I need to use my hands, I’ll use my hands, and if I need my jiu-jitsu, I’ll use my jiu-jitsu. I’ll make sure I’m well-equipped in every field.”
At simply 20, Ruotolo might have a newfound curiosity in all issues MMA, however the Andre Galvao black belt will not be shying away from his grappling roots. The light-weight submission grappling king admits that whereas MMA has completely captured his creativeness, there’ll at all times be a spot in his coronary heart for his lifelong ardour.
“I’ve been drifting towards MMA, but jiu-jitsu will forever be in my life,” Ruotolo mentioned. “As of recently, though, I’ve been really trying to make that push because I really want to get my MMA debut going.
“I’ll by no means surrender on jiu-jitsu, and I’ll at all times keep competing in jiu-jitsu in ADCC and issues like that, however I simply love MMA a lot proper now, and I’m tremendous excited for that subsequent enterprise.”