Tommy Langaker is one of the top Brazilian jiu-jitsu competitors in ONE Championship. The submission specialist is set to challenge Kade Ruotolo at ONE FC on January 28th. While Langaker is fully focused on capturing the grappling title, he has aspirations of crossing over into mixed martial arts before he retires.
In a recent interview ahead of his world title shot, Langaker revealed that competing in MMA was always a dream of his from an early age. “The plan was always to do MMA when I was young, but Right now, I’m focused purely on grappling,” said Langaker. “I see a lot of result, and I’m doing good. So I’m on a good role right now, and sticking to that for a little bit longer.”
The Norwegian grappler started training in Brazilian jiu-jitsu at age 11 and received his black belt at age 21. He had an extensive BJJ record before he made his ONE debut in 2022 and has since racked up a 2-1 record in the promotion, including a submission win over Uali Kurzhev last year.
While grappling is currently his priority, the 30-year-old admitted he would love to test himself in the MMA cage before retiring from competition. “I would love to. It’s always been a dream,” said Langaker. “Like, I would say, before I retire, I wanna do one fight in MMA.”
Langaker also mentioned possibly doing “two or three” MMA bouts down the line. Before that, his focus is on capturing ONE gold against Lineker on January 13. The card will be broadcast live from the Lumpinee Boxing Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand.
With his elite grappling skills and growing striking prowess, Tommy Langaker could make an immediate impact if he decides to transition to MMA. But for now, the jiu-jitsu standout is zeroed in on becoming ONE’s bantamweight king.