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Tye Ruotolo: Record, Net Worth, Weight, Age & More!

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Who is Tye Ruotolo?

Tye Ruotolo is a Hawaiian born Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competitor who trains out of Atos in San Diego California. Along with his twin brother Kade, Tye became an internet sensation while competing in the juvenile ranks thanks to online coverage of the events. Although both Tye and his brother are still brown belts, they have been competing on the largest international stages against black belts for years.

Who is Tye Ruotolo?

Tye Ruotolo is a Hawaiian born Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competitor who trains out of Atos in San Diego California. Along with his twin brother Kade, Tye became an internet sensation while competing in the juvenile ranks thanks to online coverage of the events. Although both Tye and his brother are still brown belts, they have been competing on the largest international stages against black belts for years.

The Good, The Bad and The Buggy by Kade & Tye Ruotolo

Ruotolo was born in the winter of 2003 in Maui, but wouldn’t be a resident of Hawaii for very long. When Kade and Tye were still babies, the family moved to Huntington Beach, California. Their parents clearly had combat sports in mind, because both twins were enrolled in Jiu-Jitsu classes and competing before the age of four years old. Their “early” success in Jiu-Jitsu is a product of a lifetime spent on the mat.

Because their father had been a lifelong grappler as well, the twins were supported by their parents to embrace the Jiu-Jitsu lifestyle with 100% focus. Both Tye and Kade soon made themselves known in competition and became sponsored by the athletic brand RVCA age 10.

After endorsements from RVCA, the whole family moved their training to the company’s affiliate, Art of Jiu-Jitsu Academy, known as AOJ, in 2013. The twins trained with their father and their younger sister, Nya, for four years under the supervision of IBJJF world champions, Rafael and Guilherme Mendes.

In 2017, after several years spent under the Mendes brothers, The Ruotolo twins made the switch to Atos HQ in San Diego. Although Atos, and it’s leader Andre Galvao, were AOJ affiliates at the time, they have since branched off, taking the gifted young pair of stars along.

Under Galvao’s watch, the two began to compete against professional black belts while they were 15 year old blue belts. In November of 2018, they went with Galvao to the ADCC East Coast Trials, held in New Jersey. Tye picked up a lot of coverage for reaching the semi-finals through a sea of adult black belts. Next, they turned their attention to the NoGi scene, and competed in the ADCC West Coast Trials under that ruleset. Again, their performances against experienced adults was the talk of the tournament.

The next three years saw a flurry of competition for Tye, including many superfights through organizations such as Who’s Number One and GrappleFest. In 2021, Tye competed in FloGrappling’s WNO Championship in the heavier 185 pound division. He managed to out-point fellow young superstar Mica Galvao and claim the WNO title.

The Leg Pin Passing System by Kade & Tye Ruotolo

How Old is Tye Ruotolo?

Tye Ruotolo was born in January of 2003 in Wailuku, Maui in the state of Hawaii. He is 18 years old as of 2021.

Tye Ruotolo Family

Tye’s twin brother Kade is also an 18 year old brown belt competing on an international circuit of professional black belts. Kade drew even more notoriety to the duo in 2021, when he was able to secure a buggy choke against Cole Franson for his own WNO Championship medal. The two have risen from relative obscurity to be crowned as the next big thing in Jiu-Jitsu. 

How Much is Tye Ruotolo Worth?

Tye’s net worth has not been estimated.

How Tall is Tye Ruotolo?

Tye Ruotolo is 5’6” tall. He is known as a lanky & flexible athlete for his weight class.

How Much Does Tye Ruotolo Weigh? 

Tye weights around 80 kg, but has competed at many weights. At his lightest, Ruotolo took on the 66 kg division, or 145.5 pounds, at ADCC in 2019. His heaviest tournament weight has been 84 kgs, or 185 pounds, for his recent gold medal run at WNO 2021. Ruotolo also took an exhibition match at 90 kg against former Danaher Deathsquad and current B-Team Jiu-Jitsu phenom, Craig Jones.

Tye Ruotolo Fight List

Tye is still a brown belt but he competes at a black belt level internationally. These are his professional matchups against black belts, with all of them taking place as a blue, brown, or purple belt.

  • Bruno Frazatto - 2019 ADCC World Championship - 66 kg - Win (2-0)
  • Pablo Mantovani - 2019 ADCC World Championship - 66 kg - Win (Decision)
  • Kennedy Maciel - 2019 ADCC World Championship - 66 kg - Loss (Rear Naked Choke)
  • Paulo Miyao - 2019 ADCC World Championship - 66 kg - Loss (0-4)
  • Vagner Rocha - Fight 2 Win 131 - 77 kg - Win (Decision)
  • Thomas Halpin - GrappleFest 7 - 73 kg - Win (Decision)
  • Dante Leon - GrappleFest 8 - 77 kg - Loss (Decision) L
  • Nicky Ryan - Who's Number One: Gordon Ryan vs Kyle Boehm - 75 kg - Win (Decision)
  • Roberto Jimenez - 3rd Coast Grappling Kumite III - 81 kg - Loss (Points)
  • Oliver Taza - 3rd Coast Grappling Kumite V - 81 kg - Win (10-0)
  • Renato Canuto - 3rd Coast Grappling Kumite V - 81 kg - Win (Decision)
  • Roberto Jimenez - 3rd Coast Grappling Kumite V - 81 kg - Loss (Points)
  • Kody Steele - Who’s Number One 5 - 77 kg - Win (Inside Heel Hook)
  • William Tackett - Who’s Number One 8 - 83 kg - Win (Decision)
  • Craig Jones - Who’s Number One 10 - 90 kg - Loss (Decision)
  • Johnny Tama - Who’s Number One Championships - 84 kg - Win (D’arce Choke)
  • Dante Leon - Who’s Number One Championships - 84 kg - Win (Guillotine)
  • Mica Galvao - Who’s Number One Championships - 84 kg - Win (Decision)

Tye Ruotolo's Best Fight of All Time

Tye has consistently fought heavier, older, and more experienced grapplers throughout his career. With that, comes some doubt about whether the young prodigy has earned his right to compete at the highest level before ever wearing a black belt. Those doubters were silenced in the fall of 2021 at the FloGrappling: WNO Championship.

The small brown belt entered a division full of black belts who cut to 185 pounds looking to prove himself on one of grappling's biggest stages. He first faced off against Alliance’s young star, Johnny Tama, and beat him via a sneaky D’arce choke. Round two saw GF Team’s Dante Leon tap to a guillotine.

Finally, in the last round, Mica Galvao stood opposite Tye Ruotolo on the mat. The up-and-coming brown belt won a decision to claim his first title as the 2021 WNO Champion at 185 pounds.

Who Did Tye Ruotolo Lose To?

In September of 2021, Tye Ruotolo took an exhibition match against another one of the sport's most recognizable faces, B-Team Jiu-Jitsu’s founder, Craig Jones. The match was a true show of sportsmanship, with a 23 pound gap between competitors. Although Jones dominated the match from top position, Tye was able to threaten a buggy choke each time Jones passed his guard, forcing the Australian to back out and rethink his approach. Although the judges gave a unanimous decision to Jones, it was clear that Tye Ruotolo is capable of hanging with the absolute best players in the game.

Tye Ruotolo Record

Tye Ruotolo has a professional grappling record of 19-7. The unique thing about Tye is that he’s still a brown belt, so all of these matches have been against more experienced opponents.

Tye Ruotolo Injuries

Tye has not experienced any time off from significant injury at this point in his career. He has only been competing for about 5 years.

Is Tye Ruotolo Retired?

Tye Ruotolo is not even close to retirement. In fact, he just got promoted to brown belt in 2020! Tye and his brother Kade are only 18, and still have long and impressive careers ahead of them. We can expect more podium finishes for the twins as they compete in 2022. 

Aside from competing, Tye has already started to film content to share his understanding of Jiu-Jitsu with others. He and his brother Kade have partnered with BJJ Fanatics to bring us a series of awesome, submission-focused instructionals: “D’arces from Everywhere”, “The Leg Pin Passing System”, “The Good, The Bad, and the Buggy”, and “Scientifically Shutting Down Modern Leg Attacks” are all available now. Each one focuses on a different aspect of the twins’ incredibly well-developed submission grappling game; don’t miss a chance to get inside the mind of these young prodigies!

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