Tye Ruotolo And Magomed Abdulkadirov To Clash For Submission Grappling World Title At ONE Fight Night 16

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After a series of impressive outings, Tye Ruotolo is finally set to compete for a ONE World Title.

On November 3, at ONE Fight Night 16: Haggerty vs. Andrade on Prime Video, the 20-year-old Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt will take on promotional newcomer Magomed Abdulkadirov for the inaugural ONE Welterweight Submission Grappling World Title.

Slated to air live in U.S. primetime from Bangkok, Thailand, that 10-minute, submission-only matchup joins the ONE Bantamweight Kickboxing World Title main event between Jonathan “The General” Haggerty and Fabricio “Wonder Boy” Andrade.

Undefeated across four submission grappling matches in ONE, Ruotolo has done plenty to earn his shot at gold – and he’s done it in style, securing the submission finish and a US$50,000 performance bonus in all but one of his appearances.

The Californian kicked off his ONE tenure with a bang when he earned a lightning-fast submission win over top featherweight MMA contender and fellow BJJ superstar Garry Tonon in May 2022.

And in his most recent bout, Ruotolo picked up a dominant rear-naked choke victory over Turkish star Dagi Arslanaliev at ONE Fight Night 13.

The Atos representative is undoubtedly determined to keep his winning streak alive and capture 26 pounds of gold in the process, but he’ll have a tough assignment in Abdulkadirov. 

The talented Russian is an imposing athlete with the grappling chops to match. Trained in wrestling, sambo, BJJ, and MMA, the 32-year-old is an ADCC European Trials Champion and a veteran of the prestigious ADCC World Championships.

If Ruotolo can get past Abdulkadirov – especially with another highlight-reel submission – he’ll assert himself as perhaps the planet’s top pound-for-pound grappler.

Of course, it’s a distinction he might have to share with his twin brother, reigning ONE Lightweight Submission Grappling World Champion Kade Ruotolo.

What’s more, a victory would put Ruotolo’s name in the history books as ONE’s first-ever welterweight submission grappling king – an honor Abdulkadirov is aiming for as well.

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