Tye Ruotolo - WNO Middleweight & Welterweight BJJ Champion

Tye Ruotolo - WNO Middleweight & Welterweight BJJ Champion

1. Tye Ruotolo’s Details

Tye Ruotolo’s Details
Name Tye Ruotolo
Nickname N/A
Born USA
Date of Birth 22 January 2003
Nationality American
College/University Atos Jiu-Jitsu
Last Fight 2023
Last Weigh In Absolute Weight
Weight Class Peso Leve (76 Kg/168.0 lbs)
Weight 76 Kg/168.0 lbs
Height 5”6’
Career Disclosed Earning N/A
Fighting out of San Diego, California
Foundational Style Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Favorite Technique Darce Choke, Scramble-Jitsu (top position), Leg-Pin Guard-Pass
Rank BJJ Black Belt
Awarded by Andre Galvao
Head Coach Andre Galvao
Lineage Carlos Gracie > Reyson Gracie > Osvaldo Alves > Luis Dagmar > Andre Galvao > Tye Ruotolo
Team Association Atos Jiu-Jitsu

2. Tye Ruotolo’s Biography

Tye Ruotolo is a BJJ Black Belt under Andre Galvao, who is a 4th-Degree BJJ Black Belt and is called the King of Grappling. Tye is associated with Atos Jiu-Jitsu. He became famous when he received his first brand endorsement when he was only 10 years old.

2.1. Tye Ruotolo’s Early Life

Tye Ruotolo’s Early Life

Photo credit: @rvca

Tye Ruotolo was born on 22 January 2003 in Maui. It is a state of Hawaii with Italian and Puerto Rican heritage.

Moved to California

Tye’s family moved to Huntington Beach in California when he and his twin brother Kade were babies.

Enrolled in BJJ School

As his parents had experience with BJJ, they wanted their sons to learn BJJ. So, they enrolled Tye and his twin brother Kade Ruotolo in Cleber Luciano’s BJJ school.

Tye Ruotolo’s First Competition

Tye’s first BJJ competition was in 2006 when he was only 3 years old.

Earned RVCA Scholarship

Tye’s father was an active BJJ practitioner. With his father’s guidance and the training of Luciano, Tye and his brother started to climb the ladder of success in the sport. They were called “Grappling First Child Stars”.

Because of his status, he earned a sponsorship with one of the top athletic brands (RVCA) when he was only 10 years old.

Art of Jiu-Jitsu Academy

The fame of the Ruotolo brothers took them to one of the most famous BJJ academies, the Art of Jiu-Jitsu Academy (AOJ). It was mainly because of Tye and Kade’s relation to the brand RVCA. AOJ was led by IBJJF World Champions Luiz Guilherme and Rafael Mendes. Tye, Kade, and their younger sister Nya trained at AOJ for almost 4 years.

Moved to Atos Academy

In the middle of 2017, Kade moved to Atos Headquarters Academy located in San Diego. At that time, Atos Academy was affiliated with AOJ. At Atos HQ, Tye’s finances were taken care of by Andre Galvao. Training with Andre Galvao was a life-changing experience for Tye.

2.2. Tye Ruotolo’s Pro BJJ Combats

East Coast ADCC Trials

Tye’s first pro-level No-Gi fight was in November 2018, at the East Coast ADCC Trials in New Jersey. Being a 15-year-old Blue Belt, he reached the semi-final of the tournament. He defeated many professional adult athletes to reach there.

Promoted to Black Belt

Andre Galvao awarded him with the Blue Belt on 5 April 2018 when he was 15 years old.

Tye received his Purple Belt on 27 December 2019 at the age of 16.

He earned the Brown Belt on 19 October 2020 at the age of 17.

Finally, he was promoted to Black Belt by Andre Galvao on 14 December 2021 when he was 18 years old.

West Coast ADCC Trials

Tye had a really good experience at the East Coast event so he went for the No-Gi West Coast event too. Due to his excellent performance, he was invited to the semi-final in Anaheim in September 2019. He amazed everybody there because of his performance while being only a 16-year-old boy.

WNO Champion

Tye won the title of WNO Champion by defeating Levi Jones-Leary in only 5 minutes.

IBJJF World Champion

He became the IBJJF World Champion in 2021 while still being a Brown Belt.

2.3. Tye Ruotolo’s Historic Fights

Tye Ruotolo Vs. Garry Tonon

The fight between Tye and Garry was a historic fight. Garry Tonon is a top-class BJJ fighter as he puts his opponent in a dangerous position to gain advantage points. He did the same with Tye. But Type is also a very avid grappler. He swiftly came out of the position and applied the Darce Choke. He submitted Gary Tonon in only 1 minute and 37 seconds.

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Stage Weight Class Location
2022 ONE Fighting Championship Garry Tonon Win Submission By Darce Choke SPF Lightweight Singapore

Tye Ruotolo Vs. Kody Steele

Kody’s fighting style is more like wrestling which is also called wrestling-Jitsu. He fights to gain the dominant position so he can be on top of his opponent.

In most fights, Tye applies the Darce Choke because of his long hands which makes it easy.

Tye grabs his head of Kody and pulls him down to the mat. Tye tried multiple times to pull Kody down to the mat and when he finally succeeded, he gained the dominant position.

Tye tried guard passing by switching the sides. Kody stayed extended on the mat to prevent himself from Tye’s aggressive moves. Tye also put his hand on Kody’s mouth to obstruct his breathing. The throws by Tye were pretty savage. Finally, Tye submitted Kody with the Inside Heel Hook. Tye submitted his Kody in only 13 minutes and 30 seconds.

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Stage Weight Class Location
2020 WNO 5 Kody Steele Win Submission By Inside Heel Hook SPF 77 Kg Austin, Texas

Tye Ruotolo Vs. Johnny Tama

Tye Ruotolo is ranked the number 1 middleweight grappler in the world. His fight in 84 Kg was an epic fight.

Tye grabbed Tama from the back and took him down on the mat. Instantly, Tama pinned Tye to the ground. Tye came in the dominant position when he had his arm around Tama’s neck. From that point, he could easily apply to RNC or Darce Choke.

Tama tried to strip the neck grip of Tye. Tye then rolled into the top position, applied Darce choke, and submitted Johnny Tama in 9 minutes and 37 seconds.

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Stage Weight Class Location
2021 WNO Championship Johnny Tama Win Submission By Darce Choke 4F 84 Kg Austin, Texas

Tye Ruotolo Vs. Kade Ruotolo

Kade got the advantage point for nearly applying the takedown against Tye. Tye tried to apply the Inside Heel Hook but the situation was instantly invented by Kade.

Kade again secured 2 points by the sweep from the guard position. The match was quite difficult and there were not enough chances for Tye’s victory. But he submitted Kade by applying the deadly Armbar. Tye won the match in 6 minutes and 13 seconds.

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Stage Weight Class Location
2021 IBJJF World Championship Kade Ruotolo Win Submission By Armbar F N/A California

2.4. Tye Ruotolo’s Championships


Year Event Position Belt
2015 IBJJF Kids American Nationals 1st White


Year Event Belt Position
2021 WNO Championship Black 1st
2022 IBJJF World Championship Black 2nd
2019 IBJJF World Championship Purple 1st
2021 IBJJF World Championship Brown 1st
2019 IBJJF European Open Purple 1st


  • WNO Middleweight and Welterweight Champion
  • ADCC World Champion
  • Jiu-Jitsu’s Top Lightweight Champion

3. Tye Ruotolo’s Main Achievements (Belts)

Year Event Belt Position
2022 IBJJF World Championship Black 2nd
2020 3QG Kumite 5 GP Purple 2nd
2022 ADCC Black 3rd
2019 IBJJF World Championship Purple 1st
2021 IBJJF World Championship Brown 1st
2019 IBJJF European Open Purple 1st
2019 IBJJF European Open Purple 2nd
2019 ADCC World Champion Purple 4th

4. Tye Ruotolo’s Professional Record Breakdown

35 Matches 25 Wins 10 Losses
By Submissions 10 1
By Points 5 6
By Advantages 0 0
By Decision 9 3
By Penalties 1 0
By DQ 0 0

4.1. Submission W/L Methods

Submission Method 10 Wins 1 Loss
Darce Choke 3 0
Kneebar 2 0
Inside Heel Hook 1 0
Guillotine Choke 1 0
Arm in RNC 1 0
RNC 1 1
Triangle Armlock 1 0

5. Tye Ruotolo’s Courses

Tye and Kade Ruotolo filmed some BJJ courses for beginners so that they can become better at BJJ.

  • Leg Lock Land Mines: Attacking & Counter Attacking
  • Upper Body Submission Assault
  • The Leg Pin Passing System
  • Darces From Everywhere
  • Scientifically Shutting Down Modern Leg Attacks
  • The Good, The Bad, and The Buggy

6. Tye Ruotolo’s Mat Time

The Mat time was calculated with the help of Tye’s fighting method:

  • 55% on the Top
  • 34% Stand-up
  • 11% on the Bottom

7. Tye Ruotolo’s Current Activities

After becoming professional grapplers, Tye and Kade Ruotolo are building their own gym in Costa Rica, Marbella (Guanacaste). Being only 19 years old, both brothers have created a big name in BJJ.

8. Tye Ruotolo’s Fight History

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Weight Class Stage
2019 ADCC Bruno Frazatto W Pts:2x0 66 Kg R1
2019 ADCC Pablo Mantovani W Referee Decision 66 Kg 4F
2019 ADCC Kennedy Maciel L RNC 66 Kg SF
2019 ADCC Paulo Miyao L Pts:4x0 66 Kg 3RD
2019 Fight 2 Win 131 Vagner Rocha W Referee Decision 77 Kg SPF
2019 GrappleFest 7 Thomas Haplin W Referee Decision 73 Kg SPF
2020 GrappleFest 8 Dante Leon L Referee Decision 77 Kg SPF
2020 WNO Nicky Ryan W Referee Decision 75 Kg SPF
2020 3CG Kumite III Roberto Jimenez L Points 81 Kg 4F
2020 Kumite V Oliver Taza W Pts:10x0 81 Kg 4F
2020 Kumite V Renato Canuto W Referee Decision 81 Kg SF
2020 Kumite V Roberto Jimenez L Points 81 Kg F
2020 WNO 5 Kody Steele W Inside Heel Hook 77 Kg SPF
2021 WNO 8 William Tackett W Referee Decision 83 Kg SPF
2021 WNO 10 Craig Jones L Referee Decision 90 Kg SPF
2021 WNO Championship Johnny Tama W Darce Choke 84 Kg 4F
2021 WNO Championship Dante Leon W Guillotine Choke 84 Kg SF
2021 WNO Championship Mica Galvao W Referee Decision 84 Kg F
2021 GrappleFest Nick Ronan W Referee Decision 77 Kg SPF
2022 WNO 11 Levi Jones W Kneebar 77 Kg SPF
2022 One FC Garry Tonon W Darce Choke N/A SPF
2022 IBJJF World Championship Johnatha Alves W Pts:4x2 76 Kg 8F
2022 IBJJF World Championship Levi Jones W Pts:8x0 76 Kg 4F
2022 IBJJF World Championship Lucas Valente W Pts:4x0 76 Kg SF
2022 IBJJF World Championship Mica Galvao L Pts:2x0 76 Kg F
2022 ADCC Josh Hinger L Pts:3x2 88 Kg R1
2022 ADCC Pedro Marinho W Arm in RNC ABS 8F
2022 ADCC Felipe Pena W Pts:0x0, Pen ABS 4F
2022 ADCC Nicholas Meregali L Referee Decision ABS SF
2022 One FC Marat Gafurov W Triangle Armlock 82KG SPF
2023 IBJJF World Championship Rafael Anjos W Darce Choke 82KG 8F
2023 IBJJF World Championship Tarik Hopstock W Kneebar 82KG 4F
2023 IBJJF World Championship Jansen Gomes L Pts: 4x0 82KG SF
2023 One FN13 Dagi Arslanaliev W RNC 81KG SPF
2023 One FC M. Abdulkaridov W Referee Decision 77KG SPF

9. Tye Ruotolo’s Top Fight Links

Mica Galvão vs Tye Ruotolo - Final - Who’s number one

Garry Tonon vs. Tye Ruotolo | ONE Championship Full Fight

Tye Ruotolo v Lucas Valente / World Championship 2022

Tye Ruotolo VS Kekoa Torres / World Championship 2019

Tye Ruotolo vs. Kody Steele | Who's Number One

Photo credit: @onefc

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