Mikey Musumeci has solely fought twice contained in the circle, however he’s shortly tailored to it and used that newfound energy to develop into the inaugural ONE flyweight submission grappling world champion.
The grappling savant took a unanimous resolution win over rival Cleber Sousa to develop into ONE Championship’s first submission grappling world champion at ONE on Prime Video 2: Xiong vs. Lee III on the Singapore Indoor Stadium.
Musumeci already had 5 IBJJF world titles earlier than he arrived at ONE earlier this yr and all of these have been fought on a mat.
ONE Championship’s submission grappling matches, similar to any of its different sports activities, are fought contained in the circle, which provides a brand new and distinct ambiance throughout BJJ matches.
As a substitute of going out of bounds, the athletes are actually compelled to make use of the cage wall to their benefit.
Mikey Musumeci mentioned he loves combating inside a cage because it prevents his opponents from working away. Though it was new to him at first, all ‘Darth Rigatoni’ needed to do was acclimate himself to the cage and ultimately incorporate it into his repertoire.
He mentioned in the course of the post-fight press convention:
“Actually, I just like the circle wall as a result of it makes it more durable for the particular person to run away out of like, there is not any out of bounds. So it retains us inbounds. I really choose the circle wall, nevertheless it undoubtedly is a brand new factor for me. And I simply need to adapt over time. It takes me some time to adapt to issues however I am doing respectable.”
Musumeci and Sousa have been 1-1 of their earlier matches going into ONE on Prime Video 2, nevertheless it was Musumeci’s struggle and he floor out a tricky unanimous resolution win in opposition to his Brazilian modern.
The self-professed nerd was the aggressor for a lot of the competition, whereas Sousa was a tad bit tentative and content material on making an attempt to safe some leg locks.
The pair already confronted one another in 2017 and their stalemate lasted for half a decade earlier than they as soon as once more crossed paths contained in the circle.
Mikey Musumeci highlights distinction between conventional and MMA grappling
Mikey Musumeci has been training submission grappling for greater than twenty years now and this publicity to the game has made him probably the most discerning minds in BJJ.
Whereas it might appear much like the informal viewers, Musumeci mentioned that there are nonetheless unmistakeable variations between conventional grappling and the one utilized in combined martial arts.
In an earlier interview with ONE Championship, Musumeci mentioned that MMA fighters need to concentrate on a number of combating kinds whereas BJJ artists solely consider grappling.
“MMA fighters need to concentrate on the variable of getting punched. So that they have a unique factor that they need to concentrate on. So I really feel like they need to be a bit extra technical in some methods with their framing and stuff and getting punched, however then they need to not concentrate on different issues that jiu-jitsu individuals concentrate on. I simply really feel prefer it’s a bit completely different in some variables like that,” mentioned Mikey Musumeci.