Full match: Watch the Ruotolo brothers battle for a world championship

Make no mistake, twin brothers Tye and Kade Ruotolo do not support close-outs. So when the two were slated to face each other in the finals of the adult brown belt division at the 2022 IBJJF Worlds, they stayed true to their word and competed against each other in a high-paced, entertaining match.

Watch that full match below.

What we see above is the trademark Ruotolo style: aggression, creativity, and submission hunting in every position possible. We also see the Ruotolo brothers using a more no-gi type of game, with collar ties on the feet and aggressive leg locks on the mat.

Shortly after Worlds, the Ruotolo brothers were awarded their black belts from longtime coach Andre Galvao.

That type of evolution in their game makes sense, given the brothers’ recent success in no-gi competition. Kade Ruotolo was named Grappling Insider’s 2021 no-gi grappler of the year after capturing the Who’s Number One (WNO) title and collecting wins over the likes of Ethan Crelinsten, William Tackett, and Keith Krikorian.

Tye Ruotolo found similar success last year. With his only loss to Craig Jones, Tye also earned a WNO title and picked up notable wins against Dante Leon, Mica Galvao, and Nick Ronan.

Ben Coate

Ben has been involved with grappling, whether through wrestling or Brazilian jiu-jitsu, essentially his entire life. After wrestling throughout his childhood, Ben found Brazilian jiu-jitsu as a young adult and quickly fell in love. He has been training for over ten years and currently holds the rank of brown belt, and remains involved in both the MMA and BJJ scene. Ben has been writing about combat sports since 2017. He has interviewed and profiled some of MMA's biggest stars, including multiple UFC champions.

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