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Michael Musumeci

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Michael Musumeci, also known as Mikey Musumeci, is an accomplished Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt under Gilbert “Durinho” Burns and Jonatas “Tagarela” Gurgel. Musumeci made a name for himself in the lower belt divisions of the sport by winning sequential world titles from juvenile blue, up to brown belt, with a modern style of grappling heavily reliant on the berimbolo and crab ride positions which made Mikey one of the main representatives of this modern-day approach to grappling. Mikey is also the 4th North-American to have ever conquered an International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) World Championship gold medal in the male black belt division, as well as the first USA athlete to conquer this more than two times.

Michael Musumeci Jiu-Jitsu

Full Name: Michael Musumeci Jr.

Nickname: Mikey, short for Michael.

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 PederneirasJoao Roque > Jonatas Gurgel > Michael Musumeci

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship (2017 / 2018 / 2019 / 2021)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2016)
  • 1st Place IBJJF European Open (2017 / 2020)
  • 1st Place IBJJF American Nationals (2015 / 2016)
  • 1st Place IBJJF World No-Gi Championship (2016)
  • 1st Place AJP Abu Dhabi World Pro (2017)
  • 1st Place AJP Grand Slam, LA (2016)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship (2014 purple, 2015 brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Juvenile World Championship (2012 / 2013)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2014 purple, 2015 brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Juvenile Pan Championship (2012 / 2013)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Juvenile World No-Gi Championship (2011)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Juvenile Pan No-Gi Championship (2011)

Favorite Position/Technique: Berimbolo

Weight Division: Peso Pluma (64,00 kg / 141.5 lbs)

Team/Association: N/A

Michael Musumeci Biography

Michael Musumeci was born on the 7th of July, 1996 in Marlboro, New Jersey, United States of America.

Michael started learning jiu-jitsu at the age of 4 with coach Fernando “Cabeça” at Fatijo’s Martial Arts Academy. He remained under Cabeça’s guidance until his 10th birthday, when Musumeci and his family moved to Wellington, Florida.

In Florida, Michael continued his jiu-jitsu journey at Marcelo Ribeiro’s gym. This relationship didn’t last long as Ribeiro moved to Texas shortly after. The Musumeci’s then joined coach Emyr “Shark” Bussade of American Top Team. At Bussade’s academy, Michael received his green and blue belts.

During Michael’s stay at Emyr Bussade’s academy, the Mendes Bros came by for a few seminars, thus starting a long-lasting relationship between Michael and the formidable brothers. Musumeci stayed in touch with Rafael and Guilherme, attending seminars, taking private lessons, and visiting their gym.

As time went by, Michael’s family moved further south, at this point Michael joined Javill Byron’s gym at WMB Miami. Byron awarded Musumeci his purple belt after his second world title as a juvenile blue belt.

After Michael’s family moved back to Boca Raton, Florida, Mikey regained contact with coach Bussade at ATT Wellington, and with Jonatas Gurgel at ATT Aventura. He also started teaching at the Jaco Training Center together with his sister Tammi Musumeci, where they met Gilbert Burns, who became a training partner and mentor.

Throughout his hectic training schedule, Michael Musumeci also maintained regular contact with the Mendes Brothers visiting their Art of Jiu-Jitsu training center. It would be Guilherme Mendes who awarded Mikey his brown belt whilst on the podium, after his 2014 purple belt world title.

After his brown belt world title, Mikey Musumeci also added regular trips to AJ Sousa‘s gym. The following year, after yet another impressive win at the 2015 worlds, Musumeci was awarded his black belt in a combined effort between Jonatas Gurgel and Gilbert Burns. He was 18 years old at the time. He went on to work under the guidance of Caio Terra as well as Heath Pedigo in the following years.

Back Takes Instructional by Michael Musumeci

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Mikey Musumeci Grappling Record

59 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    17 (29%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    8 (14%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    28 (47%)
  • BY DECISION
    6 (10%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

28 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Botinha
29
8
#86e620
Choke from back
18
5
#5AD3D1
Arm in Ezekiel
11
3
#d1212a
Mikey lock
11
3
#fad11b
Triangle armbar
7
2
#f58822
Footlock
4
1
#224aba
Armbar
4
1
#ff9124
Straight ankle lock
4
1
#bf1f6c
Omoplata
4
1
#22c9a5
Inside heel hook
4
1
#fad223
RNC
4
1
#03861f
Bow and arrow
4
1
28
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
5 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    0 (0%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (40%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    2 (40%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (20%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

2 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Katagatame
50
1
#86e620
North south choke
50
1
2
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Mikey Musumeci Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
9936Isaac DoederleinIsaac DoederleinLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.64KG4F2016
12122Cleber SousaCleber SousaLReferee DecisionPan American64KG4F2017
23025Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyLPts: 2x2, AdvEuropean OpenABS4F2020
24164Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroLKatagatamePan American94KGR12020
27868Gabriel SousaGabriel SousaLNorth south chokeWNO Champ.70KG4F2021
7607Nobuo YagaiWChoke from backAmerican Nat.64KGSF2015
7609Joao MiyaoJoao MiyaoWPts: 4x4, AdvAmerican Nat.64KGF2015
9229Tomoyuki HashimotoTomoyuki HashimotoWPts: 2x2, AdvPan American57KG4F2016
9231Joao SomaliaJoao SomaliaWChoke from backPan American57KGSF2016
9232Lucas PinheiroLucas PinheiroWPts: 6x3Pan American57KGF2016
9925Luis PintoWBotinhaWorld Champ.64KGR12016
10196Mayko BorgesWPts: 8x0American Nats64KGSF2016
10197Joao MiyaoJoao MiyaoWPts: 2x2, AdvAmerican Nats64KGF2016
10369Joao MarinhoWPts: 2x0Ch. Summer Open70KGSF2016
10370Bruce GuevaraWPts: 6x0Ch. Summer Open70KGF2016
10434Tiago BarrosTiago BarrosWPts: 2x0Grand Slam LA62KGSF2016
10436Joao MiyaoJoao MiyaoWPts: 2x0Grand Slam LA62KGF2016
10886Thomas LisboaThomas LisboaWPts: 4x4, AdvNoGi Worlds62KGSF2016
10887Joao MiyaoJoao MiyaoWPts: 10x8NoGi Worlds62KGF2016
11541Ryan ClayWBow and arrowEuropean Open64KG4F2017
11544Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeWReferee DecisionEuropean Open64KGSF2017
11545Gabriel MoraesGabriel MoraesWPts: 2x0European Open64KGF2017
12116Ryan ClayWFootlockPan American64KGR12017
12627Alexis AlduncinAlexis AlduncinWPointsWorld Pro62KGRR2017
12628Cleber SousaCleber SousaWPts: 2x0World Pro62KGRR2017
12632Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeWPts: 4x0World Pro62KGRR2017
12633Mathias JardinWBotinhaWorld Pro62KGRR2017
13069Washington LimaWBotinhaWorld Champ.64KG8F2017
13074Isaac DoederleinIsaac DoederleinWPts: 8x8, AdvWorld Champ.64KG4F2017
13076Ary FariasAry FariasWPts: 10x10, AdvWorld Champ.64KGSF2017
13077Joao MiyaoJoao MiyaoWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.64KGF2017
14961Rafael FreitasRafael FreitasWBotinhaACB 1060KGSPF2018
16451Eduard LisboaWArmbarWorld Champ.64KGR22018
16453Alex SodreAlex SodreWArm in EzekielWorld Champ.64KG4F2018
16457Tiago BarrosTiago BarrosWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.64KGSF2018
16459Ary FariasAry FariasWPts: 4x0World Champ.64KGF2018
20548S. WatanabeWPts: 8x2World Champ.57KGR12019
20553Koji ShibamotoKoji ShibamotoWPts: 8x2World Champ.57KG4F2019
20558Bruno MalfacineBruno MalfacineWPts: 10x8World Champ.57KGSF2019
20559Rodnei BarbosaRodnei BarbosaWStraight ankle lockWorld Champ.57KGF2019
21941Joseph LeeWOmoplataWorld Festival70KGSPF2019
21999Geoff VillarrealWChoke from backGolden State70KGSF2019
22000Ari TaviraWTriangle armbarGolden State70KGF2019
23008Jacopo PasquiniWChoke from backEuropean OpenABSR12020
23019Seif HoumineSeif HoumineWPts: 0x0, AdvEuropean OpenABSR22020
23043Suraj BudhramWArm in EzekielEuropean Open64KG4F2020
23044Diego OliveiraDiego OliveiraWBotinhaEuropean Open64KGSF2020
23046Jonas AndradeJonas AndradeWReferee DecisionEuropean Open64KGF2020
24251Suraj BudhramWArm in ezekielFoley Open70KGSF2020
24253Orlando CastilloWChoke from backFoley Open70KGF2020
25360Marcelo CohenMarcelo CohenWTriangle armbarWNO 761KGSPF2021
26260Lucas PinheiroLucas PinheiroWInside heel hookWNO 961KGSPF2021
26564Junny OcasioJunny OcasioWReferee DecisionWNO 1061KGSPF2021
26881Geo MartinezGeo MartinezWPts: 6x0Road to ADCC66KGSPF2021
28406Richard AlarconRichard AlarconWMikey lockWNO 1065KGSPF2021
29258Gabriel VillalobosWMikey lockJJWL Cali69KGSF2021
29259Mario EsquiviesWMikey lockJJWL Cali69KGF2021
29404Bebeto OliveiraWBotinhaWorld Champ.57KG4F2021
29407Jonas AndradeJonas AndradeWBotinhaWorld Champ.57KGSF2021
29408Bruno MalfacineBruno MalfacineWPts: 6x0World Champ.57KGF2021
29769Estevan MartinezEstevan MartinezWReferee DecisionWNO 1161KGSPF2022
30623Kev CorkhillWBotinhaGrappleFest 1160KGSPF2022
31747M. ImanariWRNCOne FC 156NASPF2022
35204Cleber SousaCleber SousaWReferee DecisionOne Fc65KGSPF2022

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