Osamah Almarwai will step onto the global stage for the first time at ONE Fight Night 10 on May 5. The 2022 IBJJF World No-Gi Champion will challenge Mikey Musumeci for the ONE Flyweight Submission Grappling World Championship in ONE Championship‘s U.S. debut. Ahead of his debut, Almarwai is getting advice from a couple of extraordinary teammates.
Osamah Almarwai on Ruotolo Brothers: “They helped me so much.”
At Atos Jiu-Jitsu Academy, Almarwai has honed his skills under the tutelage of Andre Galvao. The famed camp has also seen the rise of twin sensations Kade & Tye Ruotolo. With ONE experience under their belt, the duo has been helping Almarwai prepare for his title bid against Musumeci.
“They helped me so much. Even when they were blue belts. I remember when they joined Atos. They were blue belts. I was like, ‘Man, these kids are good.’ They made me feel bad because I was a brown belt at the time. And man, they were very good,” Almarwai told ONE.
Both twins have shined since arriving in ONE. Tye set the world on fire with his first-round submission win over Garry Tonon. Kade followed it up by capturing the ONE Lightweight Submission Grappling World Championship.
Almarwai has not been surprised by their success. After spending countless hours on the mat with the duo training, he knows how knowledgeable they are in the game. He is feeding off of that knowledge ahead of his debut.
“Yeah, they’ve been doing it since they were, I think, 3 years old. The knowledge they have in jiu-jitsu is like, you ask them about any position, they’ll just give you so much knowledge. It’s amazing. It’s amazing to be around them because they help everyone,” said Almarwai.
Unsurprisingly, “Osa” credits the head of Atos with the team’s success. Galvao, a World Champion in his own right, is the professor behind the next wave of world-class jiu-jitsu artists. Almarwai states that the reason for that is how dedicated he is to coming to the gym to continually teach.
“Galvao puts a lot of heart into this. What I notice something different about Atos is that Galvao is there every single day, which I think that’s the reason for Atos’ success. He is there every single day running two competition classes, one at 7 a.m. and the other one at 10:45. And he comes again at night, and he teaches us. He’s always there. I think that’s what motivates the competitors. Because if your instructor’s there, you have no excuse not to show up,” said Almarwai.
With Tye competing against Reinier De Ridder earlier in the evening, Atos has a chance to step out and continue their string of successes in ONE. Almarwai hopes to put a button on the evening with a title victory over “Darth Rigatoni.” ONE’s debut will put both Atos stars under the spotlight and help continue bringing the world of submission grappling to the next plateau.
Three bonus bouts kick off ONE Fight Night 10 at the 1stBank Center. The event begins across all ONE platforms at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT on Friday, May 5. The main card is live on Prime Video at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and is free for all Amazon Prime subscribers in the U.S. and Canada.