Video highlights: Kade and Tye Ruotolo each win via ‘Ruotolotine’ at ONE Fight Night 21

Kade and Tye Ruotolo each hit the same submission – the Ruotolotine – at ONE Fight Night 21 on April 5.

Twin brothers Kade and Tye Ruotolo each competed at ONE Fight Night 21 on April 5, each picking up impressive victories over top-flight competition.

Notably, each brother won with the same unique submission – the arm-in choke from the back, or what Kade dubbed the “Ruotolotine.”

First, Kade Ruotolo squared off with IBJJF No-Gi Pans champion Francisco Lo in a 180-pound non-title submission grappling match slated for 10 minutes. 

After spending the bout’s opening few minutes inside Lo’s closed guard, the American was able to secure his opponent’s back in a scramble before quickly sinking in the Ruotolotine to earn the finish at 4:48 into the contest.

With the victory, Ruotolo – who is the organization’s reigning lightweight submission grappling titleholder – improves his ONE record to 6-0.

The 21-year-old black belt is slated top return to action on June 7 at ONE 167 when he will make his long-awaited MMA debut against Hawaii’s Blake Cooper.

A few fights after Ruotolo’s victory over Lo, Tye Ruotolo entered the same ring to defend his ONE welterweight submission grappling world title against Australian standout Izaak Michell.

The pair spent the first few minutes engaged in a heated wrestling battle, with Michell seemingly getting the better of the stand-up exchanges. 

About four minutes into the match, though, Ruotolo was able to reverse standing back control directly to the mounted position. From there, the young Californian didn’t take his foot off the gas pedal and wasted no time in securing the back where he applied the Ruotolotine.

The finish came at 4:43, just five seconds faster than Kade needed to tap Lo.

After the dust had settled, the Ruotolo brothers spoke about the innovative submission.

“After I got that submission against Francisco Lo, I told Tye in the back locker room that I wouldn’t be surprised if he won via the same submission,” said Kade. “He’s really good at it. He’s the one that taught me the submission and I just put it out there, I wasn’t 100 percent sure if it would happen, but he ended up doing it so it kind of blew my mind as well.” 

This wasn’t Tye’s first time hitting the Ruotolotine in competition. In the absolute division of the 2022 ADCC World Championships, he submitted top light heavyweight competitor Pedro Marinho with the technique after a thrilling, back-and-forth battle.

Ben Coate

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