Tye Ruotolo on submission grappling becoming a mainstream sport

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Tye Ruotolo [Credits: ONE Championship]

Tye Ruotolo picked up his second ONE Championship victory in as many tries by submitting Marat Gafurov. He's hoping that he and his brother Kade can lead the charge in getting submission grappling more mainstream attention.

The Brazilian jiu-jitsu sensation is now 2-0 inside the circle with a pair of submissions, including a D'Arce choke win over Garry Tonon in his debut. Meanwhile, his twin brother is ONE's lightweight submission grappling titleholder.

The brothers, along with other rising talents like Danielle Kelly, are looking to gain the sport more attention from the masses. Tye spoke to reporters in his ONE on Prime Video 5 post-fight presser, saying:

"Absolutely. 100%. It's crazy to see the fans getting more and more knowledgeable with each event. And it's really just up to the competitors to keep it as exciting as possible. As long as we keep doing our job, then it should be mainstream no matter what."

Submission grappling has undoubtedly garnered more mainstream recognition recently, even co-headlining ONE on Prime Video 5, one of the biggest events of the year.

Watch Tye Ruotolo's full post-fight interview alongside his brother below:


Tye Ruotolo thankful for the $50,000 performance bonus

The 19-year-old phenom earned especially high praise for his performance from ONE CEO Chatri Sityodtong in the form of a $50,000 bonus check. To that, Ruotolo said:

"It's been a dream of ours since we were little kids, to own our own gym and to do it at our favorite place in the world, Costa Rica. It's just a dream come true. Life's been so good and really ONE has been life-changing for us. The bonuses from Chartri, we're just going to keep it going and keep the good vibes rolling.”

Ruotolo has certainly been rolling over the past few years. In fact, he has gone 24 matches without being submitted, while scoring seven submissions of his own along the way.

His most recent submission came via a wrist lock against a promotional MMA veteran in Gafurov.

Be sure to check back with Sportskeeda for an announcement regarding Tye Ruotolo's next fight, as it will be against another one of the promotion's world-class grapplers.

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Edited by Aziel Karthak
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