Kade Ruotolo to Make MMA Debut at ONE 167 Against Blake Cooper

ONE
April 6, 2024
One of the famed Ruotolo brothers is transitioning over to MMA very soon.

According to ONE Championship on Friday, Kade Ruotolo (0-0) will be springboarding into MMA competition at ONE 167. In his professional debut, the grappler will take on Blake Cooper (2-1) at 170 pounds, and they will come to blows inside of the Lumpinee Boxing Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand.

The 21-year-old from Huntington Beach, California, has exclusively competed as a submission grappler thus far. Currently the ONE Lightweight submission grappling champ, he will be next rolling with Francisco Lo at One on Prime 21 at 180 pounds. Since joining the ONE roster in 2021, the youngster has beaten the likes of Shinya Aoki, Uali Kurzhev, Matheus Gabriel and Tommy Langaker twice en route to the championship.

Cooper, brother of Professional Fighters League champ Ray Cooper III, turned pro in 2022. All three of his outings have ended before the third round. Cooper made his ONE debut at ONE on Prime 14 in September 2023, and he succumbed to strikes from Maurice Abevi to suffer his first loss.

ONE 167 will go down on June 7 at the Lumpinee Boxing Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand. Headlining the event will be 115-pound championship bout between Stamp Fairtex and Denice Zamboanga. Two other title tilts will serve on the billing, as Tawanchai P.K. Saenchai defends his 155-pound muay thai strap against Jo Nattawut while Mikey Musumeci puts his 145-pound submission grappling belt on the line against Gabriel Sousa.

Reference: https://www.sherdog.com/news/news/Kade-Ruotolo-to-Make-MMA-Debut-at-ONE-167-Against-Blake-Cooper-193221

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