Kade Ruotolo vs. Tommy Langaker for ONE 165 Title Showdown

In the highly anticipated return to Tokyo, Japan, ONE Championship presents ONE 165, featuring a gripping submission grappling showdown for the ONE lightweight world championship. The spotlight is on Kade Ruotolo defending his title against the formidable Tommy Langaker.

A Rematch with Sparks

The initial clash at ONE Fight Night 11 left fans enthralled, witnessing a back-and-forth battle that kept them on the edge of their seats for the entire 10-minute matchup.

Ruotolo’s Triumph

In a display of sheer determination, Ruotolo orchestrated a comeback of epic proportions, securing a unanimous decision victory over the Norwegian star. Now, with the stage set for a rematch at ONE 165, the anticipation is palpable.

Pre-Fight Excitement

In a pre-fight interview, Ruotolo expressed his eagerness to face the new and improved Langaker. He acknowledged Langaker’s recent hot streak and emphasized how it fuels his own fire:

“He’s been on a bit of a hot streak, so he’s definitely feeling himself, and that fires me up even more. I hope he really comes out. Obviously, he’s had a couple of wins since [the last time we fought].”

Langaker’s Redemption

Following his loss, Langaker embraced his inner anime protagonist, claiming gold in the IBJJF No Gi World Championships in December. His resurgence adds an intriguing layer to this rematch, especially after his bronze medal performance in the 77 kg category of the 2023 ADCC European, Middle-Eastern, and African Trials.

Anticipating a Showstopper

Recalling the Thrills

The first encounter between Ruotolo and Langaker promises a repeat of high-octane action within the ONE ring at the Ariake Arena. Langaker had Ruotolo in a precarious position in their 2023 classic, and with newfound confidence, fans can expect an all-out effort for the finish.

Dual Determination

Adding to the excitement, Ruotolo, a San Diego native, has been rigorously training alongside his twin brother, Tye, the reigning ONE welterweight submission grappling world champion.

Tune In to Witness History

For fans eagerly awaiting the fireworks, make sure to check your local listings or visit ONE Championship’s official website to catch ONE 165 from your location. The stage is set, the stakes are high, and this rematch is poised to steal the show in the world of submission grappling.

You can also check out Sage Northcutt vs. Shinya Aoki ONE 165 Showdown in Tokyo.

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