American wrestling phenomenon Tye Ruotolo impressively stopped Russia’s ‘Cobra’ Marat Gafurov via submission on ONE on Prime Video 5. When the fight was over, Ruotolo immediately respected his opponent.
In his ONE on Prime Video 5 post-fight press conference, Tye Ruotolo shared his thoughts on his opponent Gafurov:
“There’s a lot of credit to Marat for even accepting the match. I’m pretty much in my prime right now. I’ve still got, I feel like two more years until I’m even in my prime. He, I don’t. He wants to say he’s too old. , it’s kind of disrespectful, but he’s been around a long time.”
At just 19 years old, Tye Ruotolo is one of the best Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu players on the planet today. It took a lot of guts for the Russian Gafurov to step into the ring against him. The tie continues:
“And he’s met with a weight on top of that, right? So, you know, he’s an absolute beast, and I’ve got a lot of respect for the guy, so I’m looking forward to seeing him take it down one by one.”
Watch the full press conference below:
Tye Ruotolo earns more post-fight bonuses
American athlete Tye Ruotolo wowed fight fans when he submitted Marat Gafurov with an armbar submission on Prime Video 5. Earlier this year, Ruotolo submitted the great Gary Tonone by wrestling in one minute and thirty-seven seconds.
For both of his submission wins in the ONE Championship, Tye walked away with a whopping $50,000 performance bonus. For 2022, just in bonuses, the wrestling phenom earned $100,000. An impressive amount.
Tye and his brother Kade have explained that they will use their ONE Championship bonus money to build a world-class gym. They are investing back into the martial arts club.
Earlier this year, Cade explained in a post-fight interview:
“We’re building a gym in Costa Rica right now and we’re putting everything we’ve got into it and literally finishing it. I’m at a loss for words, thank you so much Chatri [Sityodtong] And everyone behind ONE. I’m so burnt, I’m so burnt, beyond thankful.”