WNO: Craig Jones vs Tye Ruotolo

Kade Ruotolo Returns To Who's Number One On June 18 To Face Cole Franson

Kade Ruotolo Returns To Who's Number One On June 18 To Face Cole Franson

Kade Ruotolo is 2-0 on WNO, and is coming off his submission of the year candidate victory to face Cole Franson, making his WNO debut.

Jun 2, 2021 by Corey Stockton
Kade Ruotolo Returns To Who's Number One On June 18 To Face Cole Franson

Kade Ruotolo is slated to make his third appearance on FloGrappling’s Who’s Number One mats on Friday, June 18 when he takes on the no.5-ranked lightweight, Cole Franson.

Atos’ Ruotolo is the no.2-ranked lightweight in grappling. He certified that ranking with a definitive victory over the no.3-ranked Ethan Crelinsten via his famous darce choke, an obvious submission of the year contender.


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Ruotolo is undefeated on the WNO stage with a record of 2-0, and will look to remain perfect when he takes on R1ng’s Franson at WNO: Craig Jones vs Tye Ruotolo later this month. 

Franson is a talented wrestler with a dynamic pace, which could demand a different style of play from the one we’ve seen from Ruotolo in his previous two matches. Franson has a high submission rate, but has been relatively inactive in 2021; he’s only had one match this year — a decision loss to Thiago Macedo. Ruotolo will be a tough test for him, as he’s carrying momentum from his previous showing.


Who’s Number One: Craig Jones vs Tye Ruotolo will take place on Friday, June 18. The main event is scheduled for 15-minutes, and will be preceded by five 15-minute matches on the main card. The main card is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. ET.

The undercard will feature three preliminary matches, slated for 15-minutes each. The undercard will be streamed live for free on FloGrappling’s Facebook and YouTube channels, beginning at 7 p.m. ET.

You can watch FloGrappling’s Who’s Number One: Craig Jones vs Tye Ruotolo live in person in Austin, TX. Tickets will be on sale soon.

As always, the weigh-ins and press conference will be live on FloGrappling on Thursday, June 17, at 5:30 p.m. ET.

Stay tuned all week for more match announcements for this event.