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“I used it to help my family”


After dominating the Brazilian jigsaw puzzle, Matheus Gabriel is ready to show off his grappling skills to the rest of the world.

IBJJF World Champion BJJ is set to challenge Kade Ruotolo for his newly won ONE lightweight wrestling world title at ONE on Prime Video 5: De Ridder vs Malykhin on December 2 (golden hour). USA).

The high grappling war will stream live from the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines and will be completely free to existing Amazon Prime Video subscribers in North America.

Although Gabriel may not have the star power of young Ruotolo, he has performed quite well this year.

In addition to signing with the world’s largest martial arts organization, the Checkmat rep has made a lot of money thanks to his growing reputation and was recently rewarded with a generous sponsorship deal from the Chapter. program Exclusivos Atletas.

The foundation was founded by the owner of the exclusive BJJ academy Paulo Bertuccili, which has been of great help to Gabriel and his family.

The grappling wise man told ONE Championship in an exclusive interview:

“I am very grateful to João and the entire Exclusive BJJ team. This sponsorship is very important to me. It was the first sponsorship that I started earning. I received this money in an account in Brazil and I did not use it because I used it to help my family in Brazil.”

He continued:

“With them, I achieved the goal we set. I followed them from purple belt to black belt and became a BJJ world champion. I am very happy to be on the show and I will forever be grateful to João. And the program continues to help other athletes, and that’s great.”

Turns out, loyalty pays off in the end. Gabriel will certainly have more opportunities in the future if he can surprise the world by defeating Ruotolo on Friday.


Matheus Gabriel says he admires Kade Ruotolo’s style

Dethroning the relentlessly hot Kade Ruotolo is a daunting task for anyone, and Matheus Gabriel understands that he will join the fight of his life.

The 25-year-old is well aware of the danger the 19-year-old BJJ ace brings to the table. After all, Ruotolo has delivered the perfect combination of aggressive yet highly technical grappling style that has earned him a lot of fans.

Gabriel, for one, admits he is also amazed at the skill set of high octane opponents. However, that won’t stop him from achieving his goal of becoming ONE world champion.

The Brazilian player told ONE Championship:

“My expectations on my ONE debut against Kade Ruotolo were very high. I am very happy and looking forward to this release. I am very happy to have the opportunity to compete for the title. Kade is a guy with a very aggressive game, always fighting forward. I love this game, it’s the style I like, always fighting forward. I really admire his style.”

ONE on Prime Video 5: De Ridder vs. Malykhin airs live on Friday, December 2 and is free for fans in the US and Canada with Amazon Prime subscriptions.


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