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 jiu jitsu. Mikey is also the 4th US national to have ever conquered an IBJJF world title in the male black belt division. Michael Musumeci Jiu Jitsu Full Name: Michael Musumeci Jr. Nickname: Mikey, short for Michael. Lineage 1: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Carlson Gracie > Andre Pederneiras > Rafael Fofitio > Gilbert Burns > Michael Musumeci Lineage 2: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Carlson Gracie >Andre Pederneiras > Joao Roque > Jonatas Gurgel > Michael Musumeci Main Achievements: IBJJF World Champion (2017) IBJJF Pan American Champion (2016) IBJJF American National Champion (2016/2015) IBJJF World No-Gi Champion (2016) UAEJJF Abu Dhabi Pro Champion (2017) UAEJJF Abu Dhabi Grand Slam LA Champion (2016) IBJJF World Champion – Lower Belts (2015 brown, 2014 purple, 2013/2012 juvenile blue) IBJJF Pan American Champion – Lower Belts (, 2015 brown, 2014 purple, 2013/2012 juvenile blue) IBJJF World No-Gi Champion – Lower Belts (2011 blue juvenile) IBJJF Pan American No-Gi Champion – Lower Belts (2011 blue juvenile) Favorite Position/Technique: Berimbolo Weight Division: Peso Pluma (64kg/154lbs) Team/Association: Caio Terra Association Michael Musumeci Biography Michael Musumeci was born on the 7th of July, 1996 in Marlboro, New Jersey. Michael started training 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, 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 centre. 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 hi black belt in a combined effort between Jonatas Gurgel and Gilbert Burns. He was 18 years old at the time. Mikey Musumeci Grappling Record 25 WINS BY POINTS 11 (44%) BY ADVANTAGES 7 (28%) BY SUBMISSION 6 (24%) BY DECISION 1 (4%) BY PENALTIES 0 (0%) BY DQ 0 (0%) 6 SUBMISSIONS WINS #214eb8 Botinha 50 3 #86e620 Choke from back 33 2 #5AD3D1 Bow and arrow 17 1 6 (100%) SUBMISSIONS 2 LOSSES BY POINTS 0 (0%) BY ADVANTAGES 1 (50%) BY SUBMISSION 0 (0%) BY DECISION 1 (50%) BY PENALTIES 0 (0%) BY DQ 0 (0%) 0 SUBMISSION LOSSES Mikey Musumeci Fight History ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year 9589Isaac DoederleinIsaac DoederleinLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.64KG4F201611579Cleber SousaCleber SousaLReferee DecisionPan American64KG4F20177340Nobuo YagaiWChoke from backAmerican Nat.64KGSF20157342Joao MiyaoJoao MiyaoWPts: 4x4, AdvAmerican Nat.64KGF20158893Tomoyuki HashimotoTomoyuki HashimotoWPts: 2x2, AdvPan American57KG4F20168895Joao SomaliaJoao SomaliaWChoke from backPan American57KGSF20168896Lucas PinheiroLucas PinheiroWPts: 6x3Pan American57KGF20169578Luis PintoWBotinhaWorld Champ.64KGR120169844Mayko BorgesWPts: 8x0American Nats64KGSF20169845Joao MiyaoJoao MiyaoWPts: 2x2, AdvAmerican Nats64KGF201610001Joao MarinhoWPts: 2x0Ch. Summer Open70KGSF201610002Bruce GuevaraWPts: 6x0Ch. Summer Open70KGF201610061Tiago BarrosTiago BarrosWPts: 2x0Grand Slam - LA62KGSF201610063Joao MiyaoJoao MiyaoWPts: 2x0Grand Slam - LA62KGF201610477Thomas LisboaWPts: 4x4, AdvNoGi Worlds62KGSF201610478Joao MiyaoJoao MiyaoWPts: 10x8NoGi Worlds62KGF201611047Ryan ClayWBow and arrowEuropean Open64KG4F201711050Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeWReferee DecisionEuropean Open64KGSF201711051Gabriel MoraesGabriel MoraesWPts: 2x0European Open64KGF201712057Alexis AlduncinWPointsWorld Pro62KGRR201712058Cleber SousaCleber SousaWPts: 2x0World Pro62KGRR201712062Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeWPts: 4x0World Pro62KGRR201712063Mathias JardinWBotinhaWorld Pro62KGRR201712465Washington LimaWBotinhaWorld Champ.64KG8F201712470Isaac DoederleinIsaac DoederleinWPts: 8x8, AdvWorld Champ.64KG4F201712472Ary FariasAry FariasWPts: 10x10, AdvWorld Champ.64KGSF201712473Joao MiyaoJoao MiyaoWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.64KGF2017 Michael Musumeci vs Tony Casarez Michael Musumeci vs Alexis Alducin Michael Musumeci vs Joao Miyao Banner cover by Jiu Jitsu Nerd.