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3 keys to victory for Tye Ruotolo at ONE on Prime Video 5

Ruotolo faces a stiff test in former ONE featherweight MMA champion Murat Gafurov at latest ONE card to stream live in North American primetime.

Tye Ruotolo will attempt to earn another submission victory and $50,000 performance bonus when he returns to ONE Championship for his sophomore appearance at the organization's end-of-year spectacle on Amazon Prime Video Sports.

This Friday, the second half of the superstar twin grappling brothers meets Murat Gafurov at "ONE on Prime Video 5: De Ridder vs. Malykhin" – the same card in which his brother, Kade, defends his ONE lightweight submission grappling world title against Matheus Gabriel in the co-main event.

Before Ruotolo enters the circle against the former ONE featherweight world champion for this catchweight grappling bout, here are three keys that will help him unlock a victory this weekend.

1. Stay Patient


Despite being only 19 years old, Ruotolo continuously displays a veteran-like amount of patience when he hits the mats, and he'll need to do that against the Dagestani known as "Cobra."

Ruotolo can exercise his patience by using his footwork and feints to set up takedowns instead of darting in with a blindfold on. In fact, he did this in his promotional debut earlier this year to submit former ONE featherweight world title challenger Garry Tonon.

After all, patience will be the antidote to Gafurov's aggressive sambo skills, which will surely test the Cali native.

2. Use the circle wall


While traditional grappling matches take place on the open mats, this one will happen inside the circle.

Although Ruotolo is still learning the battlefield, Gafurov knows it very well. He's used the circle wall like some kind of hybrid octopus-spider to tangle up seven of his victims in fight-ending submissions.

So, Ruotolo should use the mesh perimeter to both improve his positions and make those of the Dagestani's worse off, especially during scrambles.

3. Remain unorthodox


Ruotolo brings a dynamic Brazilian jiu-jitsu style to the ONE circle, a style not often seen in the grappling world.

It may work out to his advantage if he uses his unorthodox attacking style in his grappling encounters with Gafurov. This way, he keeps "Cobra" guessing and doesn't let him take over the fight.

Ruotolo also enjoys keeping things fun and loose, evident in his debut against Tonon. Gafurov may not be so forgiving, though, as the no-nonsense Dagestani will be on the hunt for any opportunity to take his man down.

Fans in the U.S. and Canada can watch ONE on Prime Video 5 live and for free with an Amazon Prime membership at 8 p.m. ET on Friday. Tune in to see if Ruotolo will use any of these keys to victory.