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Ruotolo vs. Langaker Title Fight Set for ONE 165: Rodtang vs. Takeru

LockerRoom Team
13 January 2024

The stage is set for a highly anticipated showdown as Kade Ruotolo, the reigning ONE Lightweight Submission Grappling World Champion, is confirmed to defend his title against Norwegian star Tommy Langaker at ONE 165: Rodtang vs. Takeru. The event is scheduled to take place on January 28 at the Ariake Arena in Tokyo, Japan.

This rematch comes after the two grappling phenoms first clashed at ONE Fight Night 11 in June, a contest that delivered one of the most thrilling submission grappling matchups of 2023. Langaker, with his tricky guard and a daring heel hook attempt, posed an early threat. However, Ruotolo showcased his defensive skills with leg lock attempts and a relentless passing game, ultimately securing a unanimous decision victory.

Since that encounter, Ruotolo has been on a hiatus, focusing on establishing his new gym in Costa Rica and preparing for his impending mixed martial arts debut. Despite being less active on the competition mats, he remains sharp, training alongside his twin brother, Tye Ruotolo, the reigning ONE Welterweight Submission Grappling World Champion.

While Kade Ruotolo has been out of action, Langaker has been enjoying the best form of his career. The 29-year-old Norwegian boasts a remarkable 14-1 record since his loss to Ruotolo, including an impressive streak of 11 consecutive wins that led him to IBJJF No Gi European and World Titles.

As they prepare for their second encounter, Langaker, familiar with Ruotolo's game after their first meeting, is riding a wave of momentum. The upcoming match promises to be another thrilling clash between two of the sport’s current pound-for-pound best.

ONE 165 marks the promotion’s return to Japan with a colossal card headlined by the flyweight kickboxing super-fight between Rodtang Jitmuangnon and Takeru Segawa. The event is expected to deliver a night of intense and unforgettable martial arts action.


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