Kade Ruotolo Set for MMA Debut Against Blake Cooper at ONE 167

Kade Ruotolo, a 21-year-old submission grappling world champion, will make his MMA debut at ONE 167 on June 7 against Blake Cooper. The event, featuring two world title fights, will air live and free for North American viewers with an active Amazon Prime Video subscription.

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Kade Ruotolo Set for MMA Debut Against Blake Cooper at ONE 167

Kade Ruotolo Set for MMA Debut Against Blake Cooper at ONE 167

Kade Ruotolo, the 21-year-old submission grappling world champion, is poised to make his highly anticipated MMA debut at ONE 167 on June 7 at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand. Ruotolo will face American standout Blake Cooper in alightweight bouton the main card.

Ruotolo has already showcased his dominance in submission grappling, most recently defeating Francisco Lo with his signature"Ruotolotine"choke in under five minutes. With an impressive record in BJJ competition, fans are eager to see how his skills translate to the MMA cage.

"I'm excited to learn and grow in the sport,"Ruotolo saidin a recent podcast, highlighting his passion for mixed martial arts. The rising star's transition from grappling to MMA has generated significant buzz in the combat sports community.

Ruotolo's MMA debut is part of a stacked ONE 167 card that features two world title fights. In the main event, atomweight kickboxing champion Stamp Fairtex will challenge Ham Seo Hee for the interim atomweight MMA title. The co-main event will see Fabricio Andrade defend his bantamweight title against Kwon Won Il.

Ruotolo's opponent, Blake Cooper, is the brother of PFL welterweight champion Ray Cooper III. Blake made his ONE Championship debut in September 2023, suffering a first-round knockout loss to Maurice Abevi. He now aims to bounce back and play spoiler to Ruotolo's much-hyped MMA debut.

ONE 167 will air live and free for North American viewers with an active Amazon Prime Video subscription. The event promises to be an electrifying showcase of martial arts talent, with Ruotolo's debut serving as one of the night's most intriguing storylines. As the grappling phenom begins his MMA journey, the combat sports world will be watching closely to see if he can replicate his submission dominance inside the cage.