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“The Toughest Guy in the World” – Tye Ruotolo Open to Competing Against Brother Kade Ruotolo in Champion vs. Champion Match

Published 11/10/2023, 5:04 AM EST

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Tye Ruotolo claimed ONE Championship gold in his latest promotional outing, and he’s made it clear that he’s willing to put it on the line against anyone, including his twin brother. The American BJJ prodigy became the inaugural ONE Welterweight Submission Grappling World Champion by defeating Magomed Abdulkadirov in the co-main event of ONE Fight Night 16 on Friday, November 3, inside Lumpinee Boxing Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand, and he wants to stay active as king.

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Tye and his brother, Kade, who reigns supreme as ONE Lightweight Submission Grappling World Champion, say that they have pushed each other to the limit during training sessions since they were three years old, which has helped them hone their skills to world-class levels.

Tye Ruotolo was unperturbed by the offer of a bout against his brother Kade Ruotolo


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“My brother and I, we’re always open to fighting each other because we do it every day, you know? So it’s nothing out of the normal,” Tye told ONE in a post-event interview. But now that they each sit atop their respective divisions in the world’s largest martial arts organization, the possibility of them facing each other on ONE’s global stage has never been more likely. 

They have dominated every competitor that has stood in their way in the promotion and proved they are a cut above the rest, leaving little other option but to take each other on. 


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The twins have squared off a number of times before, so they know each other’s game better than anyone on the planet. And, when discussing the hypothetical match, Tye explained that, although he has more wins over his brother than he has against him, he’d never take him lightly.


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Tye Rutolo reveals the stats of the unofficial matchups between him and Kade Ruotolo

“I have three wins over my brother, which is funny because most of the time he was beating me, you know, so I caught him in the end, pretty much every time,” the 20-year-old said. “And I think, in my life, there’s no one that I’d rather fight in a competition. And my brother, he’s the toughest guy in the world.”


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“You can fight big guys, but the scariest thing is someone technical, and my brother knows my game perfectly. So it’s going to be a war every time we fight, and I’m open to fighting for sure.”

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Written by:

Souvik Roy


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The coveted scrap between Lennox Lewis and Mike Tyson in 2002 was when I realized the passion for combat sports within my family. My interest in combat sports began watching scripted pro wrestling shows. It was my father who directed me towards combat sports and it wasn’t until the late 2010s that I discovered the world of MMA and the UFC.
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