Back in September at ONE on Prime Video 2, pound-for-pound top BJJ stylist Mikey Musumeci made history as the first-ever ONE Submission Grappling World Champion.
Now at ONE on Prime Video 3, American star Kade Ruotolo will be looking to become ONE’s second submission grappling king when he takes on World Sambo Champion Uali Kurzhev for the lightweight strap.
This world title showdown will take place just weeks after 19-year-old Ruotolo became the youngest competitor to win gold at the ultra-prestigious Abu Dhabi Combat Club (ADCC) World Championships.
For his part, Musumeci was watching closely – and he was blown away by the huge accomplishment of the BJJ phenom.
“Darth Rigantoni” told ONE:
“The ADCC for submission wrestling is the biggest no-gi tournament, you know, so it’s the no-gi world championship. And Kade, he went there, broke the record for youngest ADCC world champion, 19, and he submitted every game.
” This is unheard of. It’s really unheard of what he did.
Indeed, no other ADCC champion this year has been able to match Ruotolo’s 100% submission rate, which makes the triumph all the more astonishing.
But while it was undeniably a monumental feat, Musumeci still considers ONE Championship – and the chance to claim a ONE World Title on Prime Video – as the new pinnacle of submission wrestling.
“Now it’s a different competitive league. In ONE Championship, it’s professional, it’s a different area of competition, and it’s for a title. It’s in front of so many people, millions of people who are watching this.
“So this is, in my opinion, the biggest title possible in jiu-jitsu, and it’s going to be the biggest title in jiu-jitsu ever with what we’re doing right now. So it’s so special that Kade and I both have the opportunity to be ONE’s first champions in our divisions.
No match against Kade Ruotolo (yet)
Moments after Mikey Musumeci won the ONE Flyweight Submission Grappling World Championship in September, he called for a contest against MMA GOAT Demetrious Johnson – which he called a “respectful request to ride.”
Naturally, some fans are also wondering if ‘Darth Rigatoni’ would be interested in taking on Kade Ruotolo.
But according to the king of flyweight submission grappling, that’s not something he’s currently considering.
“No, because he’s in a weight class like 35 pounds heavier than me. So I’m really focused on my division right now. Maybe in the future, like one day, I’ll want to go up in weight classes. I don’t know. But right now I just want to focus on my own division.