Mikey Musumeci is in Singapore and ready to do a very important task this weekend: eat pizza. But before he does that, the man named “Darth Rigatoni” has another very important task ahead of him.
At ONE on Prime Video 2, Musumeci will enter the circle for the second time in what will be the biggest match of his career to date.
Mikey Musumeci meets the Brazilian Grappler Clever Sousa in US primetime to crown the first-ever ONE Flyweight Submission Grappling World Champion. Ready to seize the moment, Mikey Musumeci revealed on the ONE on Prime Video 2 press conference that he had not taken a single day off in the last three months.
“I’m here in Singapore to do two things – do jiu-jitsu and eat pizza. And pizzerias only open after the game. So I’m here to do Jiu-Jitsu with Cleber, he’s amazing. I’ve worked so hard preparing for this match and I’m so ready. I haven’t taken a day off in about three months so I’m so ready for this match.”
In his first ONE Championship appearance, the New Jersey native earned an impressive submission from grappling icon Masakazu Imanari, scoring a submission in just over four minutes.
The five-time IBJJF World Champion has 58 career wins in the world of submission grappling. He will be looking for win number 59 on September 30th.
Mikey Musumeci believes the ONE Championship Submission Grappling rules bring out the best in competitors
Always innovating, ONE Championship reintroduced the world to submission grappling at the ONE X event celebrating the 10th anniversary of the promotion. Since then, the promotion has signed a slew of incredible submission grappling superstars and developed a ruleset that encourages submissions over survival.
Mikey Musumeci shared his thoughts on the ONE Championship ruleset, saying:
“It’s just a straight fight between two guys trying to kill each other with submissions. I have a feeling this format will bring out the best version of Cleber. And it should bring out the best version of me because it’s just an attack.”
The biggest difference between ONE Championship’s submission grappling and what you would see in a typical BJJ competition is the emphasis on submissions and submission attempts.
Within the circle, Submission Grappling matches have a single 12-minute round, with the only way to win being by tapping or napping. However, if no submission is made by the time limit, the contestant with the most submission attempts will be declared the winner.
No points. No decisions. The man who puts his opponent in the greatest danger emerges victorious.