Tye Ruotolo to defend world title against Izaak Michell at ONE 166: Qatar

By BJPENN.COM Staff - January 17, 2024

Tye Ruotolo will put his ONE Welterweight Submission Grappling World Title on the line for the first time in what promises to be a gripping showdown against Izaak Michell.

Tye Ruotolo

This matchup is scheduled to be one of the main attractions at ONE 166: Qatar. The event emanates live from Lusail Sports Arena on March 1.

Ruotolo has taken ONE Championship by storm since he arrived in 2022, racking up five consecutive victories.

His performances have been nothing short of sensational, with three of his last five appearances culminating in submission finishes.

The young American phenom made history in November 2023 by becoming the inaugural ONE Welterweight Submission Grappling World Champion, defeating Magomed Abdulkadirov via unanimous decision.

Now, Ruotolo faces the challenge of defending his hard-earned hardware against a formidable opponent.

Izaak Michell poses intriguing matchup for Tye Ruotolo

Standing in Tye Ruotolo’s way is Izaak Michell, an Australian grappler with an impressive resume.

Michell has honed his skills under the guidance of esteemed coaches such as Leo Arruda, John Danaher, and Craig Jones.

Widely recognized as one of the top no-gi athletes of his generation, he has notched victories over high-profile opponents and claimed prestigious titles, including the gold medal at the IBJJF World No-Gi Championship in 2022 as a brown belt.

As a seasoned competitor with an impressive track record, Michell aims to capitalize on the opportunity at ONE 166: Qatar to showcase his skills to a much wider audience.

A victory over Ruotolo would undoubtedly propel Michell’s stock as a competitor, solidifying his position among the elite.


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