On Friday, Who’s Number One held a stacked event featuring many of the best no-gi jiu-jitsu players in the world. In the main event, Danaher Death Squad representative Craig Jones played exclusively from top position against Tye Ruotolo, earning a unanimous decision victory. And in the co-main event, Mikey Musumeci continued his march through the no-gi competition scene as he kept leg lock specialist Junny Ocasio on the defensive for the entire, all while using leg attacks of his own.
Craig Jones spent the first half of the match using his weight and size advantage, showing off excellent wrestling on the feet before settling into the headquarters position while trying to pass Ruotolo’s guard. Throughout the match, though, each time Jones passed Ruotolo’s guard, no matter how brief, Ruotolo would immediately threaten a buggy choke — the same choke that Kade Ruotolo used to win earlier in the night against Cole Franson.
Ruotolo displayed incredible heart down the stretch as he attacked relentlessly from his back; Jones earned a passivity penalty in the final 90 seconds. Ultimately Jones earned the unanimous decision in an uncharacteristically top-game heavy approach. Ruotolo acquitted himself well, showing a fearless and aggressive approach throughout, even though he lost on positional disadvantages. This was Jones’ first-ever WNO decision win.
The co-main event saw Mikey Musumeci demonstrate a world class leg lock game as he relentlessly attacked Junny Ocasio’s legs for the vast majority of the match, much of his attacks coming from the double guard pull position. Musumeci found himself deep on a handful of heel hook and straight ankle lock attempts, and even came close on a d’arce choke in final seconds of the match, securing a clear-cut, dominant decision victory.
Who’s Number One: Craig Jones vs. Tye Ruotolo results and highlights:
Craig Jones def. Tye Ruotolo via unanimous decision