“One of my greatest achievements”

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At ONE on Prime Video 3, submission grappling sensation Kade Ruotolo etched his name in ONE Championship history, becoming the first ONE lightweight submission grappling world champion.

By defeating world sambo champion Uali Kurzhev at this critically acclaimed event, Ruotolo became the second man to hold a submission grappling title. First up is Mikey Musumeci who won the flyweight title the previous month at ONE on Prime Video 2.

After the contest, Kade Ruotolo called the win one of the biggest achievements of his career during ONE on Prime Video’s post-fight press conference:

“It’s right there, at the top, it has to be. For me, ONE is the biggest martial arts platform. And you know, winning that belt for ONE is right there with my ADCC title. I’m not going to put one over the other. It’s right there with that, and I’m so relieved, so grateful. This is one of my greatest accomplishments to date.

In September, Ruotolo made history at the ADCC Submission Fighting Championship, becoming the youngest competitor to become ADCC World Champion at just 19 years old. Ruotolo submitted all of his opponents, completing one of the greatest runs in the history of the famous submission grappling showcase.


Kade Ruotolo prepares to take on the world of mixed martial arts next

Already one of the best submission wrestlers in the world, Kade Ruotolo is preparing for a long-awaited transition into mixed martial arts.

During his post-fight press conference interview, Ruotolo shared his desire to return inside the Circle early next year. Asked about his interest in a move to MMA, Ruotolo said:

“Guaranteed. I worked on it a bit more. I had to kind of brake a bit, I had this huge ADCC tournament and then now this but I’m going to keep working for these hands and my focus is at the start next year to start mixing and having that MMA debut. I’m beyond ecstatic about that too.

Danielle Kelly, who made her ONE Championship debut at ONE X in March, is likely to join him in a move to MMA. Since then, Kelly has been absent from the Circle, although she shared a desire to compete before the end of the year. Like Ruotolo, Kelly anticipates a leap into the world of mixed martial arts in 2023.

Edited by John Cunningham

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