MAY 1, 2021, AUSTIN – TEXAS released another version of Flograppling’s Who’s Number 1 (WNO), a self-produced, regular show on the popular streaming platform.
Although it was originally planned to be the title of Craig Jones’s Danaher Death Squad vs. Atos Tos Ruotolo, unforeseen circumstances returned the Australian star, making room for Brazilian Fight Factory’s William Tackett – one of the rising stars in America circuit – to fill Jones’ position in a short time, then pushing the main-event (Rafael Lovato vs. Gilbert Burns) into the main event. See the full results below.
– Rida Haisam DEF. Sloan Clymer by decision
– Jessica Crane DEF. Lauren Sears via RNC
– Andrew Wiltse DEF. David Garmo via RNC
A fun match to follow and a very clear performance from Wiltse. The fight was very even until Andrew pushed for extra equipment in his arsenal, applying a beautifully timed hook sweep to get back. Finish the match with one hand RNC.
– Kade Ruotolo DEF. Ethan Crelinsten arrives in Darce
If there were any doubts about the previous clash between the two, as to who the real winner was, these pushes were completely knocked out of the water last night. A relentless pace and dominant performance by the American grapefruit, who almost ended the fight earlier with a very tight arm from a showdown, an exchange that could very easily injure Canadian DDS member Krelinstein. Ethan appeared to be less or at least more cautious after this interaction. Kade kept pushing forward, eventually grabbing Darce drowning in another nice exchange.
– Grace Gundrum DEF. Alex Nguyen via arm from inverted triangle
Another fun match to follow (there were quite a few of them on the card). Nguyen posed more threats than originally expected, pushing for action early and taking its own positions. Gundrum never stopped missing and looking for the finish, approaching it with an electric chair attempt and later, with a few more minutes, dipping a beautiful arm out of an inverted triangle.
– Nicky Ryan DEF. PJ Barch by split decision
In this clash we saw Ryan playing in the attack throughout the 15 minutes, either trying to get in the foot or trying to climb and fight from below. Barch, on the other hand, never found fault with Nicky’s guard, playing very conservatively that he did not allow as much fun exchanges as we – the fans – could have hoped for. Still, a consistent performance from Ryan
– Tye Ruotolo DEF. William Tackett by decision
Another huge performance from a Ruotolo last night, again a very high race pace. The grinding / relentless movement of both Kade and Tye is indeed one of the twins’ greatest weapons and one, once again, reaped benefits.
Tackett played a good game, looking for Tye’s legs to try one of his strongest games, the lock feet. Ruotolo defended well and tried to counter the foot attacks with the famous pretzel-bolo technique (back taking), getting what he asked for in one of the spare parts. William also tried to fight from the bottom, wiping Tai with a tight body lock on one occasion, but teenager Atos is not an easy guy to hold down as he climbed back shortly afterwards.
Ruotolo pressure started to leave William in the last 5 minutes of the match, where Tye did the most damage. Ruotolo twice passed Tackett’s keeper and also succeeded a few times. A solid victory for Tye.
– Gilbert Burns DEF. Rafael Lovato Jr by decision
Undoubtedly the upset of the night as Gilbert “Durinho” Burns defeated the American legend who is fighting to be Rafael Lovato Junior. While most would confirm Raphael’s favor here, many would also predict that whoever established supreme control would have the upper hand. In the elimination match, Lovato chose to pull out a guard, probably fearing Burns’s fight.
The guard pull option saw Lovato chasing Burns speed, a battle that remained stalled for most of the match. Near the end, however, a beautiful pass from Durinho forced Rafael to expose his back, an opportunity not to be missed by the former IBJJF World Champion. The back control was enough to sway the judges towards Burns for the unanimous victory of the decision.