ONE Championship is preparing a submission grappling match in between Tye Ruotolo and Nicholas Meregali, which might be among the greatest matches of 2023. The 2 rivals formerly took on in the semifinals of the outright department at the 2022 ADCC World Championships, with Meregali winning by a close choice. Ruotolo has actually been singing about desiring a rematch, and it looks like he might quickly get his desire in ONE Championship.
Ruotolo just recently protected his 3rd straight success in ONE, beating ONE middleweight MMA world champ Reinier de Ridder at ONE Fight Night 10. After the occasion, ONE Championship CEO Chatri Sityodtong revealed that Meregali has actually accepted the match against Ruotolo.
Both Ruotolo and Meregali are extremely concerned worldwide of no-gi grappling. Ruotolo, who is just twenty years old, has actually been contending against high-level grapplers because he was a teenage blue belt. In addition to his unbeaten record in ONE, he has significant triumphes over WNO champ Pedro Marinho, previous ADCC outright champ Felipe Pena, and Garry Tonon in his ONE launching.
Meregali, on the other hand, is reasonably brand-new to the no-gi scene however has actually rapidly developed himself as one of the world’s finest. He transferred to Texas in 2015 to train under John Danaher at New Wave Jiu-Jitsu and has actually revealed substantial enhancements in his total no-gi video game, especially in fumbling and leg lock awareness. In addition to his win over Ruotolo, Meregali has actually beat ADCC outright champ Yuri Simoes, ADCC champ Giancarlo Bodoni, and Rafael Lovato Jr. two times.
A rematch in between Ruotolo and Meregali assures to be an interesting and extremely competitive match, offered their previous encounter and their particular abilities. Ruotolo has goals of ending up being the future biggest of perpetuity (GOAT) and has the needed tools, athleticism, natural capabilities, and enjoyment element to make it a thrilling match.
The date and information of the Ruotolo vs. Meregali match have yet to be revealed, however fans of submission grappling can anticipate a face-off in between these 2 first-rate professional athletes in ONE Championship.