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The List: 3 reasons Why ONE Championship could take over the submission grappling world

As ONE prepares for its U.S. debut on Amazon Prime Video, see why the organization could be primed to take over the submission grappling game.

ONE Championship has treated fans of ground-based action to some intense submission grappling matches over the past several months, and the Singapore-based organization looks set to continue this trend heading into the final quarter of the year.

In 2022 alone, there have been five submission grappling battles, and at "ONE 160: Ok vs. Lee II" on August 26, will see Renato Canuto facing off against fellow Brazilian Valdir Rodrigues in a lightweight matchup.

Ahead of the latest chapter in ONE's mat-focused storyline, we look at why the world’s largest martial arts organization could soon be the go-to promotion for all things submission grappling.

1. A growing roster of world-class grapplers


If a true grappler wants to test themselves against the most elite group of fighters, ONE should be their next destination. 

The promotion has added a wealth of talent to its submission grappling ranks in recent months, including Mikey Musumeci, Danielle Kelly, Kade Ruotolo, Tye Ruotolo and Andre Galvao.

Besides that, the promotion’s MMA fighters – including two-division ONE world champion Reinier de Ridder, Shinya Aoki, Garry Tonon, Marat Gafurov and Mei Yamaguchi – have also given the sport a go inside the ONE circle. 

ONE is primed to continue promoting submission grappling matches, and this means adding even more names to its talent-stacked roster.

2. A perfect mix of new and veteran talent


With a growing list of specialists on the canvas, there are bound to be some tightly contested matches in the ONE circle.

This, in turn, will allow athletes to incorporate new aspects of the sport into their arsenals that they attain from their rivals.

Ahead of his recent bout with teen star Tye Ruotolo, Garry Tonon revealed that analysts were unable to compare his skill set to Ruotolo's, who the Brazilian jiu-jitsu legend described as "one of the best next-generation submission grappling artists."

True enough, the youngster's movement and pace troubled Tonon, and his ability to get past the grappling veteran's guard with ease proved that experience doesn't necessarily mean too much in the submission grappling world.

Mikey Musumeci's impressive debut win against Masakazu Imanari backs that theory up. The 26-year-old's flexibility and fight IQ thoroughly outclassed the leg lock specialist's three decades of experience in the art.

The young stars in ONE's submission grappling ranks will continue to learn from the older athletes, but the more experienced fighters will also gain knowledge from the up-and-comers, creating an unending cycle of growth and improvement.

3. The organization's huge fan base


ONE Championship broadcasts live in more than 150 countries, meaning that its submission grappling stars will be able to showcase their talent worldwide.

This also ensures that future grapplers will see ONE as the major promotion to get involved with, and this will inevitably help grow its roster.

The Nielsen Corporation recently ranked the organization No. 2 overall in 2021 digital viewership, with over 13.8 billion video views across Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and TikTok, meaning that fans will continually have access to its events and news whenever and wherever they want.

In addition, ONE’s viewership and global fan base are set to explode thanks to the promotion's Prime Video deal and its long-term global partnership with Media City Qatar.

The future is bright for ONE, and the organization plans to bring submission grappling into the limelight as it continues to expand its footprint.