On Friday, April 30, Who’s Number One (WNO) returned with a card from Austin, TX. In the main event, former UFC title challenger Gilbert Burns defeated former Bellator champion Rafael Lovato Jr. by decision. In other action, Atos representatives Tye and Kade Ruotolo impressed in victories over William Tackett and Ethan Crelinsten, respectively. View the full results, recap, and highlights below.
The main event saw Burns, a gi and no-gi world champion, pushing the pace from top position for the bulk of the match, securing him the decision over Lovato. Although Lovato was the larger grappler, it was Burns imposing his physicality, constantly threatening explosive passes before achieving a dominant position late in the match. It was likely that single clean pass and back take that sealed Burns’ decision victory.
In the co-main event, Tye Ruotolo put on one of the best performances of his career, as his pace and relentless guard passing was too much for William Tackett. Ruotolo looked sharp on the feet with foot sweeps, and once on the mat, he was able to pass Tackett’s dangerous guard, and move to mount where he constantly smothered Tackett’s face, threatened armlocks, and generally forced Tackett on the defensive.
Tye’s twin brother, Kade, also impressed with a submission victory over Danaher Death Squad representative Ethan Crelinsten. Just like his brother, Kade Ruotolo was able to dominate the pace of the match from top position. Late in the match, Crelinsten wrestled up from bottom position which gave Ruotolo the opening he needed for his trademark d’arce choke.
Who’s Number One full results and highlights:
- Gilbert Burns def. Rafael Lovato Jr. via decision
- Tye Ruotolo def. William Tackett via decsion
- Nicky Ryan def. PJ Barch via decision
- Grace Gundrum def. Alex Nguyen via submission (armbar from reverse triangle)
- Kade Ruotolo def. Ethan Crelinsten via submission (d’arce choke)
- Andrew Wiltse def. David Garmo via submission (rear choke)
- Jessica Crane def. Lauren Sears via submission (rear-naked choke)
- Haisam Rida def. Sloan Clymer via decision