Mikey Musumeci continues to marvel on the buzz ONE Championship has created to additional put Brazilian jiu-jitsu on the map.
It’s an understatement to say that 2022 has been good to the multi-time grappling world champion. The newly-crowned ONE flyweight submission grappling world champion continues to be on cloud 9 after defeating Brazilian rival Cleber Sousa within the co-main occasion at ONE on Prime Video 2.
Within the post-fight interview at ONE on Prime Video 2, the 26-year-old star defined how the group is altering pre-conceived notions of Brazilian-jiu-jitsu as a non-spectator sport. The promotion does this by giving athletes the chance to showcase their abilities on a world-renowned platform:
“I bear in mind telling all my pals [that] all 5 instances that I gained [in] black belt [during] worlds was nonetheless like 10% of the publicity and recognition you get for profitable one match in ONE. So it simply tells you ways huge this platform is, and what they’re doing for the athletes. , all of us work so onerous and practice so onerous. So all these athletes deserve this recognition for the way onerous they practice. And ONE is giving us a platform that we deserve. I am simply so grateful to be on this platform, and I thank Chatri a lot for this chance.”
On September 30, hundreds of thousands of US subscribers tuned in to observe the grappling phenom compete for the inaugural ONE flyweight submission grappling championship. ‘Darth Rigatoni’ drew main fan curiosity and viral again in April by submitting grappling veteran Masakazu Imanari.
Mikey Musumeci continues to be in awe at the truth that the eye that his match with Imanari garnered was way more consideration within the mainstream media than all 5 of his IBJJF world title wins mixed.
Mikey Musumeci needs to share the mat with MMA icon Demetrious ‘Mighty Mouse’ Johnson
Mikey Musumeci nonetheless needs to drag off one other submission end for his followers. Though he didn’t fairly get the consequence he needed with Cleber Sousa, he believes a grappling match with Demetrious ‘Mighty Mouse’ Johnson may very well be one for the historical past books.
Within the post-fight interview with Mitch Chilson, Mikey Musumeci stated:
“I do know me and him might carry the MMA and jiu-jitsu followers collectively and it could be simply be a historic, unimaginable occasion. It will be an honor to step on the mat with him.”
Johnson was additionally topped this yr as the brand new ONE flyweight world champion in MMA after defeating former flyweight kingpin Adriano Moraes at ONE on Prime Video 1. In previous interviews, Johnson stated he’s trying ahead to going through a former division king in Kairat ‘The Kazakh’ Akhmetov, who has accrued 5 consecutive wins over the past 4 years.
Though a grappling match may be the very last thing on his thoughts, ‘Mighty Mouse’ has by no means backed out of a chance to make historical past once more. Maybe enjoying the historical past card would possibly even encourage Johnson to just accept Musumeci’s respectful callout that a lot sooner.