“They’re Both Amazing” – Mikey Musumeci Reveals His Take on the Touted Kade Ruotolo vs. Tommy Langaker World Title Matchup at ONE Fight Night 11

Published 06/05/2023, 6:27 PM EDT

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ONE Flyweight Submission Grappling World Champion Mikey Musumeci will not be in action this month, but he is looking forward to watching the next event unfold. 

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“Darth Rigatoni” is particularly excited about the ONE Lightweight Submission Grappling World Championship bout between reigning king Kade Ruotolo and talented challenger Tommy Langaker in the co-main event of ONE Fight Night 11 on Prime Video on Friday, June 9.

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Mikey Musumeci predicted an attacking bout intending to see Kade Ruotolo’s K-guard tactics

Musumeci knows the strengths of both fighters – who are undefeated in their respective promotional runs – and says it is difficult to predict the outcome of their upcoming match. “I expect this match to be very exciting. I think that [ONE] did a great job making this match. I don’t see any anti-jiu-jitsu in this,” the 26-year-old told ONE Championship.

Tommy only knows one pace, and that’s going forward and attacking. And Ruotolo, I don’t think he knows anything else except attacking. So [it’s going to be] two guys, both attacking each other every second. I don’t really know what happens in this match. I just know it’s going to be very exciting.”

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The BJJ phenom has reached incredible heights in his career thanks to his constant desire to learn and evolve. As such, he is looking forward to seeing what he can take from watching Ruotolo and Langaker mix it up in the ring on June 9.

“I’m excited to see the exchanges when Tommy plays K-guard on Kade, how Kade handles the K-guard, and how Kade is going to work outside, passing on Tommy’s guard. Because Tommy’s guard is so good at attacking the legs; he’s so aggressive, even with his arm bars,” Musumeci said. “As a jiu-jitsu fan, I’m excited to watch it and learn from both of them because they’re both amazing.”

Mikey Musumeci also revealed the winning trick for both the athletes

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Ruotolo has been grappling with his twin brother, Tye, since they could walk, and both have accomplished so much in the sport, even at just 20 years old. Meanwhile, Langaker is arguably the best grappler out of Europe, who dominated his side of the world before taking ONE Championship by storm last year. Musumeci has seen plenty from both stars, and he offered his thoughts on how their match might turn out.

“If Kade’s going to take his back, he’s going to have to do it really, really aggressively and fast. But I think it’s going to be very difficult to do. And Tommy is amazing at taking the back. So, if Kade goes into that game with him, Tommy might be really good at countering and attacking his back,” the ONE World Champion said. Fans in North America can watch ONE Fight Night 11 live and for free on Prime Video with an active Amazon subscription.

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