Mikey Musumeci – First American To Win Multiple BJJ World Titles
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Table of Contents
- 1. Mikey Musumeci’s Details
- 2. Mikey Musumeci’s Biography
- 2.1. Mikey Musumeci’s Early Life
- 2.2. Mikey Musumeci’s Journey to BJJ Career
- 2.3. Mikey Musumeci’s No-Gi Career
- 2.4. Mikey Musumeci Introduced The “Mikey Lock”
- 2.5. Winning the World Championship for a Fourth Time
- 2.6. Mikey Musumeci’s Best Developed Skills And Moves In BJJ
- 2.7. Mikey Musumeci’s Debut at ONE Championship Against The Great Masakazu Imanari
- 3. Mikey Musumeci’s Historic Fights
- 3.1. Mikey Musumeci Vs Masakazu Imanari (2022)
- 3.2. Mikey Musumeci vs. Marcelo Cohen (2021)
- 3.3. Mikey Musumeci Vs Lucas Pinheiro (2021)
- 3.4. Mikey Musumeci Vs Ary Farias (2018)
- 4. Mikey Musumeci’s Championships And Accomplishments
- 5. Mikey Musumeci’s BJJ Professional Record Breakdown
- 6. Mikey Musumeci’s BJJ Fight History
- 7. Mikey Musumeci’s Top Fights (Video Links)
1. Mikey Musumeci’s Details
|Name||Michael Musumeci Jr.|
|Nickname||Mikey (Short form of Michael)|
|Date of Birth||July 7, 1996|
|Born||Marlboro, New Jersey, U.S.A|
|Height||170 cm (5.577 ft)|
|Fight Record||58 – 5 (W – L)|
|Division||Featherweight / Roosterweight|
|Gi Weight Classes||Under 64 kg (141 lbs)|
|No-Gi Weight Classes||Under 61.5 kg (136 lbs)|
|Rank||Black Belt in BJJ|
|Awarded By||Gilbert Burns|
|Lineage 1||Carlos Gracie -> Helio Gracie -> Carlson Gracie -> Andre Pederneiras -> Rafael Fofitio -> Gilbert Burns -> Michael Musumeci|
|Lineage 2||Carlos Gracie -> Helio Gracie -> Carlson Gracie ->Andre Pederneiras -> Joao Roque -> Jonatas Gurgel -> Michael Musumeci|
|Foundation Style||Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu|
|Team/Association||Caio Terra Association
Pedigo Submission Fighting
Art of Jiu-Jitsu/ Atos Jiu-Jitsu
2. Mikey Musumeci’s Biography
Mikey Musumeci is the first and youngest American to win multiple BJJ World Championship titles. This pro-record-holder has earned the IBJJF World Championship Title four times as a black belt. Winning two of them in the featherweight division and the other two in the rooster weight division.
Musumeci was born to be a BJJ practitioner. Usually, people try their hands at different martial arts, but he only worked on BJJ from the very beginning. Musumeci’s eagerness to win is evident when he is on the mat. His techniques are famous in the world of BJJ and show that he settles for nothing less than victory. Musumeci is definitely one of the best grapplers in the modern BJJ world.
2.1. Mikey Musumeci’s Early Life
Musumeci has knowledge of many BJJ techniques, showing his raw talent for BJJ. However, he has done a lot of hard work to earn his place in the list of notable BJJ professors and legends at such a young age. This young champion was born in Marlboro, New Jersey, USA on July 7, 1996.
When you are optimistic, passionate, and have dreams, you do not waste time thinking about how to do it. In fact, you start working on it without making excuses. Musumeci started training and learning BJJ when he was just four years old.
2.2. Mikey Musumeci’s Journey to BJJ Career
Mikey Musumeci’s First Trainer – Fernando Cabeça
Under the supervision of Fernando Cabeça, Musumeci became a highly trained young grappler at Fatijo’s Martial Arts Training Center. As Musumeci’s primary focus was to become the world’s best Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu athlete, he utilized all that time and effort to learn new BJJ skills.
Mikey Musumeci’s Second Trainer – Marcelo Ribeiro
When Musumeci was 10 years old, the family had to move to Wellington, Florida. He found his new coach, Marcelo Ribeiro, to further train him in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Musumeci could not continue the training further as Ribeiro decided to move to Texas.
Mikey Musumeci’s Third Trainer – Emyr “Shark” Bussade
Though it was difficult moving from one place to another, Mikey did not lose interest in BJJ. At last, he received tutelage from a new coach, Emyr “Shark” Bussade. Finally, Mikey earned the green belt, and subsequently the blue belt while training at Bussade’s academy.
In the initial phase of Musmeci’s career as a juvenile blue belt, he won various IBJJF tournaments. Finally, with his training from Bussade’s academy, Musumeci managed to win the IBJJF World Title.
Mikey Musumeci’s Relationship With Mendes Brothers
Musumeci’s passion peaked while he was training at Bussade’s academy. He used to attend different seminars focusing on BJJ training. Through the seminars, Musumeci got the chance to meet the Mendes brothers and managed to build a strong relationship with the pair. He does not hesitate to visit their gym every now and then, receiving tips from Mendes brothers as he continues to learn more about BJJ.
Mikey Musumeci’s Further Training At Javill Byron’s Gym
The relocation of Mikey’s family continued further south to Miami. Musumeci started his training under Javill Byron and received the purple belt from Byron.
Mikey Returning to Boca Raton, Florida
At this point of his career, where Musumeci was excelling as a BJJ champion, his family again had to relocate to Boca Raton, Florida. He reunited with and continued his training under Bussade. He also received training at ATT Aventura from another coach, Jonatas Gurgel.
As Mikey Musumeci had gained much experience and become a master of BJJ, he started working as a coach at Jaco Hybrid Training Center. Musumeci’s sister, Tammi, also joined him as she was beginning to make a big name for herself in the world of BJJ. The Musumeci siblings also got to meet Gilbert Burns as their training partner.
Mikey Musumeci Winning The Brown Belt
Musumeci maintained his relationship with the Mendes brothers throughout his family’s constant relocations. Mikey frequently visits their training center, Art of Jiu-Jitsu. Due to the Mendes brothers' efforts, Mikey finally received the brown belt from Guilherme Mendes. This took place shortly after Mikey won the 2014 World Title as a purple belt.
Mikey Musumeci Winning His Black Belt
Musumeci’s success continued to rise as his win count increased with time. Throughout Musumeci’s career, he never got demotivated due to having to move around different places and receiving training from various masters. Also, Musumeci respects every trainer he works with and makes sure to stay in contact no matter what.
Musumeci maintained regular visits to AJ Sousa’s Gym. In the same year, he secured yet another victory at the World Championship event in 2015. Given to him by both Gilbert Burns and Jonatas Gurgel, Musumeci earned his black belt at the age of 18.
Mikey Musumeci’s Journey as a Black Belt
Musumeci continued his journey as a BJJ champion during his first year as a black belt.
His winning streak continued as Musumeci entered every BJJ tournament he could. At the American Nationals, he defeated Joao Miyao, one of the best BJJ athletes and competitors of his generation.
Musumeci, however, didn’t manage to win the 2016 World Championship. He lost the match fighting against Isaac Doederlein.
Mikey Musumeci Then Became A Student Of Caio Terra
Musumeci was not happy with his current training regiment and decided to change the academy. Eventually, he picked Caio Terra to be his new instructor. Caio Terra is considered among the world’s best BJJ grapplers in BJJ arts.
Musumeci trained hard and learned several new techniques which helped him win several competitions in a row. In 2017, Musumeci won the IBJJF European Championship and the Abu Dhabi World Pro Championship. He won the IBJJF World Championship, securing his first world title as a black belt.
Mikey Musumeci Making World Record and History
Musumeci continued winning in the year 2018 as well. His dominance was observed in all his matches. In the 2018 World Championship, Musumeci won against all his competitors. His name was immortalized in BJJ history by becoming the first American black belt to win two world championship titles consecutively.
Musumeci came back to fight in 2019 after losing much weight and competing in the rooster weight division this time. As the World Championship went on, Musumeci faced Bruno Malfacine in the semifinals, who held a record of winning the World Championship 10 times. He won the match against Malfacine by scoring 10 points against eight points.
Again, history was made when Rodnei Barbosa tapped out because he was trapped in an ankle lock by Musumeci. This match ended in 30 seconds, marking another world title that Mikey had won again.
Mikey Musumeci Fights In The Absolute Category
Musumeci wanted to test himself and prove to the world that an athlete’s size is not what determines victory in BJJ. He believes that BJJ is a martial art where techniques and skills matter more than size. With this belief, Musumeci fought in various tournaments in the absolute weight division in 2020. He won two matches but lost in the finals against the world champion at the time, Mahamed Aly by advantage. Despite losing the match, Musumeci won the hearts of millions and amazed the BJJ world.
2.3. Mikey Musumeci’s No-Gi Career
After achieving all that he could at such a young age in gi BJJ championships, Musumeci tried his luck in no-gi BJJ tournaments. There was little change in his top-class performance after his transition to no-gi BJJ.
Musumeci appeared at Who's Number One (WNO 7) for the first time as a no-gi competitor. He defeated one of the top grapplers in no-gi BJJ, Marcelo Cohen in 2021 by using an armbar/triangle.
2.4. Mikey Musumeci Introduced The “Mikey Lock”
In his second no-gi match, Musumeci modified aspects of the heel hook and ankle lock to create a newly invented form against Lucas Pinheiro. The lock became known as the “Mikey Lock.” The second match was won by Mikey Musumeci via submission.
2.5. Winning the World Championship for a Fourth Time
In 2021, Musumeci won another world title after defeating Bruno Malfacine in the final round by earning more points. This was another historic moment in Mikey Musumeci’s career.
2.6. Mikey Musumeci’s Best Developed Skills And Moves In BJJ
Musumeci has developed one of the best skillsets thanks to the versatile training he received from various mentors. His guard is one of the most famous in the BJJ world.
From the time when Musumeci was training with the Mendes brothers, he learned how to execute his favorite technique, the Berimbolo.
Musumeci’s guard game further flourished during his training tenure under Caio Terra.
In addition, the crab ride and foot locks, particularly the botinha technique, were further developed by Musumeci. Talking about modern BJJ techniques and moves, Musumeci’s guard is considered one of the best among famous BJJ athletes.
2.7. Mikey Musumeci’s Debut at ONE Championship Against The Great Masakazu Imanari
Musumeci made his transition to and debut in ONE Championship on Friday, April 22, 2022, against the leg-lock master and Imanari roll inventor Masakazu Imanari. He showed off his techniques and skills that helped him win his debut match. Musumeci won a $50,000 reward after the match.
3. 3. Mikey Musumeci’s Historic Fights
3.1. Mikey Musumeci Vs Masakazu Imanari (2022)
After getting into a dominant position, Musumeci managed to trap Imanari in a rear naked choke, forcing Imanari to submit.
|2022||ONE FC 156||Masakazu Imanari||Win||RNC||SPF||Catchweight|
3.2. Mikey Musumeci vs. Marcelo Cohen (2021)
After showing clear dominance in the match, Musumeci won against Cohen via triangle choke. This was Musumeci’s debut match in no-gi BJJ.
|2021||WNO 7||Marcelo Cohen||Win||Triangle Armbar||SPF||61 kg|
3.3. Mikey Musumeci Vs Lucas Pinheiro (2021)
Musumeci’s match against Pinheiro is when he introduced and used the Mikey Lock to win against his opponent. The match did not last long as Musumeci was fast enough to trap the opponent using a modified inside heel hook and ankle lock.
|2021||WNO 9||Lucas Pinheiro||Win||Inside Heel Hook||SPF||61 Kg|
3.4. Mikey Musumeci Vs Ary Farias (2018)
In his intense match against Ary Farias in the 2018 World Championship, Musumeci emerged the winner. Ary Farias, a pro BJJ, and MMA star gave it his all during the match. However, Farias could not match Musumeci’s techniques. Musumeci was able to take the control of his opponent and managed to get behind. Ultimately, Musumeci won the match by earning more points than his opponent.
|2018||World Championship||Ary Farias||Win||Points: 4x0||F||64 kg|
4. Mikey Musumeci’s Championships And Accomplishments
4.1. Black Belt
- Four-time IBJJF World Champion
- IBJJF Pan Champion
- Two-time IBJJF European Open Winner
- Two-time IBJJF American Nationals Winner
- IBJJF World No-Gi Champion
- AJP Abu Dhabi World Pro Champion
- AJP Grand Slam, LA Winner
4.2. Colored Belts
- Two-time IBJJF World Champion
- Two-time IBJJF Juvenile World Champion
- Two-time IBJJF Pan Champion
- Two-time Juvenile Pan Champion
- IBJJF Juvenile World No-Gi Champion
- IBJJF Juvenile Pan No-Gi Champion
|World Championship – California, USA||2021||Gold|
|World Championship – California, USA||2019||Gold|
|World Championship – California, USA||2018||Gold|
|World Championship – California, USA||2017||Gold|
|Pan American Championship – Florida, USA||2016||Gold|
|World No-Gi Championship – California, USA||2016||Gold|
|European Championship – Lisbon, Portugal||2020||Gold|
|European Championship – Lisbon, Portugal||2017||Gold|
|AJP Abu Dhabi World Pro – Abu Dhabi, UAE||2017||Gold|
|AJP Grand Slam World Tour – Los Angeles, USA||2016||Gold|
|Four times IBJJF World Champion|
|One Time Pan American Champion|
|One Time World No-Gi Champion|
|Two Times European Champion|
|One Time AJP Abu Dhabi Worl Pro Winner|
|One Time AJP Grand Slam World Tour Winner|
Main Achievements (Belts)
|1st||Black Belt||IBJJF World Championship||2021, 2019, 2018, 2017|
|1st||Black Belt||IBJJF Pan American Championship||2016|
|1st||Black Belt||IBJJF European Open||2020, 2017|
|1st||Black Belt||IBJJF American Nationals||2016, 2015|
|1st||Black Belt||IBJJF World No-Gi Championship||2016|
|1st||Black Belt||AJP Abu Dhabi World Pro||2017|
|1st||Black Belt||AJP Grand Slam. LA||2016|
|1st||Purple||IBJJF World Championship||2014|
|1st||Brown||IBJJF World Championship||2015|
|1st||Blue||Juvenile World Championship||2013, 2012|
|1st||Purple||IBJJF Pan American Championship||2014|
|1st||Brown||IBJJF Pan American Championship||2015|
|1st||Blue||Juvenile Pan American Championship||2013, 2012|
|1st||Blue||IBJJF Juvenile World No-Gi Championship||2011|
|1st||Blue||Juvenile Pan American No-Gi Championship||2011|
5. Mikey Musumeci’s BJJ Professional Record Breakdown
|Professional BJJ Record Breakdown|
|63 Matches||58 Wins||5 Losses|
5.1. Submission Method (W/L)
|Submission Method||28 Wins||2 Loss|
|Choke From Back||5||0|
|Arm In Ezekiel||3||0|
|Straight Ankle Lock||1||0|
|Inside Heel Hook||1||0|
|Bow And Arrow||1||0|
|North South Choke||0||1|
6. Mikey Musumeci’s BJJ Fight History
|Year||Event||Opponent||Result (W/L/D)||Method||Stage||Weight Class|
|2022||ONE FC 156||Masakazu Imanari||W||RNC||SPF||Catchweight|
|2022||GrappleFest 11||Kev Corkhill||W||Botinha||SPF||60 kg|
|2022||WNO||Estevan Martinez||W||Referee Decision||SPF||61 kg|
|2021||World Championship||Bruno Malfacine||W||Points: 6x0||F||57 kg|
|2021||World Championship||Jonas Andrade||W||Botinha||SF||57 kg|
|2021||World Championship||Bebeto Oliveira||W||Botinha||4F||57 kg|
|2021||JJWL Cali||Mario Esquivies||W||Mikey Lock||F||69 kg|
|2021||JJWL Cali||Gabriel Villalobos||W||Mikey Lock||SF||69 kg|
|2021||WNO 10||Richard Alarcon||W||Mikey Lock||SPF||65 kg|
|2021||WNO Championship||Gabriel Sousa||L||North South Choke||4F||70 kg|
|2021||Road to ADCC||Geo Martinez||W||Points: 6x0||SPF||66 kg|
|2021||WNO 10||Junny Ocasio||W||Referee Decision||SPF||61 kg|
|2021||WNO 9||Lucas Pinheiro||W||Inside Heel Hook||SPF||61 kg|
|2021||WNO 7||Marcelo Cohen||W||Triangle Armbar||SPF||61 kg|
|2020||Foley Open||Orlando Castillo||W||Choke From Back||F||70 kg|
|2020||Foley Open||Suraj Budhram||W||Arm In Ezekiel||SF||70 kg|
|2020||Pan American||Horlando Monteiro||L||Katagatame||R1||94 kg|
|2020||European Open||Jonas Andrade||W||Referee Decision||F||64 kg|
|2020||European Open||Diego Oliveira||W||Botinha||SF||64 kg|
|2020||European Open||Suraj Budhram||W||Arm In Ezekiel||4F||64 kg|
|2020||European Open||Mahamed Aly||L||Points: 2x2, Advantage||4F||ABS|
|2020||European Open||Seif Houmine||W||Points: 0x0, Advantage||R2||ABS|
|2020||European Open||Jacopo Pasquini||W||Choke From Back||R1||ABS|
|2019||Golden State||Ari Tavira||W||Triangle Armbar||F||70 kg|
|2019||Golden State||Geoff Villarreal||W||Choke From Back||SF||70 kg|
|2019||World Festival||Joseph Lee||W||Omoplata||SPF||70 kg|
|2019||World Championship||Rodnei Barbosa||W||Straight Ankle Lock||F||57 kg|
|2019||World Championship||Bruno Malfacine||W||Points: 10x8||SF||57 kg|
|2019||World Championship||Koji Shibamoto||W||Points: 8x2||4F||57 kg|
|2019||World Championship||Shohei Watanabe||W||Points: 8x2||R1||57 kg|
|2018||World Championship||Ary Farias||W||Points: 4x0||F||64 kg|
|2018||World Championship||Tiago Barros||W||Referee Decision||SF||64 kg|
|2018||World Championship||Alex Sodre||W||Arm In Ezekiel||4F||64 kg|
|2018||World Championship||Eduard Lisboa||W||Armbar||R2||64 kg|
|2018||ACB 10||Rafael Freitas||W||Botinha||SPF||60 kg|
|2017||World Championship||Joao Miyao||W||Points: 0x0, Advantage||F||64 kg|
|2017||World Championship||Ary Farias||W||Points: 10x10, Advantage||SF||64 kg|
|2017||World Championship||Isaac Doederlein||W||Points: 8x8, Advantage||4F||64 kg|
|2017||World Championship||Washington Lima||W||Botinha||8F||64 kg|
|2017||World Pro||Mathias Jardin||W||Botinha||RR||62 kg|
|2017||World Pro||Hiago George||W||Points: 4x0||RR||62 kg|
|2017||World Pro||Cleber Sousa||W||Points: 2x0||RR||62 kg|
|2017||World Pro||Alexis Alduncin||W||Points||RR||62 kg|
|2017||Pan American||Cleber Sousa||L||Referee Decision||4F||64 kg|
|2017||Pan American||Ryan Clay||W||Footlock||R1||64 kg|
|2017||European Open||Gabriel Moraes||W||Points: 2x0||F||64 kg|
|2017||European Open||Hiago George||W||Referee Decision||SF||64 kg|
|2017||European Open||Ryan Clay||W||Bow And Arrow||4F||64 kg|
|2016||NoGi Worlds||Joao Miyao||W||Points: 10x8||F||62 kg|
|2016||NoGi Worlds||Thomas Lisboa||W||Points: 4x4, Advantage||SF||62 kg|
|2016||Grand Slam LA||Joao Miyao||W||Points: 2x0||F||62 kg|
|2016||Grand Slam LA||Tiago Barros||W||Points: 2x0||SF||62 kg|
|2016||Ch. Summer Open||Bruce Guevara||W||Points: 6x0||F||70 kg|
|2016||Ch. Summer Open||Joao Marinho||W||Points: 2x0||SF||70 kg|
|2016||American Nationals||Joao Miyao||W||Points: 2x2, Advantage||F||64 kg|
|2016||American Nationals||Mayko Borges||W||Points: 8x0||SF||64 kg|
|2016||World Championship||Isaac Doederlein||L||Points: 2x2, Advantage||4F||64 kg|
|2016||World Championship||Luis Pinto||W||Botinha||R1||64 kg|
|2016||Pan American||Lucas Pinheiro||W||Points: 6x3||F||57 kg|
|2016||Pan American||Joao Somalia||W||Choke From Back||SF||57 kg|
|2016||Pan American||Tomoyuki Hashimoto||W||Points: 2x2, Advantage||4F||57 kg|
|2015||American Nationals||Joao Miyao||W||Points: 4x4, Advantage||F||64 kg|
|2015||American Nationals||Nobuo Yagai||W||Choke From Back||SF||64 kg|
7. Mikey Musumeci’s Top Fights (Video Links)
Mikey Vs Seif-Eddine (2020)
Mikey Vs João Miyao - World Championship (2017)
Mikey Musumeci Vs Richard Alarcon (2021) – Mikey Introduces the Mikey Lock
Mikey Vs Bruno Malfacine - World Championship (2021)
Mikey VS Rodnei Barbosa - World Championship (2019)
Mikey Vs Orlando Castillo (2020)