Mikey Musemeci was victorious in his first title defense in Bangkok on Friday the 13th. The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu superstar defended the ONE Flyweight Submission Grappling World Title for the first time against the Gantumur Bayanduuren at ONE Fight Night 6. The grappling champ won via decision after putting Gantumur in one deep leg attack after another.
Mikey aka “Darth Rigatoni” is a submission GENIUS 🧠 and was anxious for his first title defense this year. Mikey took bottom position early on and was viciously attacking the Mongolian’s legs within a couple of minutes. He put Gantumur in some of the deepest heel hooks we’ve seen without completely breaking a leg. Unbelievably, Gantumar did not tap and it’s even more unbelievable his his leg did not completely break. However, it was obvious he suffered heavy damaged as he limped around the cage after the match.
In a post match interview, Mikey stated, “His leg popped 20 times…how can you stop attacking something when it’s popping.” He acknowledged, that perhaps should have advanced to other positions earlier in the match.
Gary Tonon was also in action gaining his first MMA win since receiving his first loss last year. He earned a round 1 submission victory via Kimura over Johnny Nunez.
Last year Mikey won the inaugural ONE Flyweight Submission Grappling World Championship in a bout against Cleber Sousa in September. This was the first submission grappling title in the promotion’s history. He also won a submission victory against grappling legend Masakazu Imanari in last April.
Mikey Musumeci vs Cleber Sousa – Oct. 2022
Mikey Musemeci vs Masakazu Imanari – April 2022