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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)
  • 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 UAEJJF Abu Dhabi World Pro (2017)
  • 1st Place UAEJJF Grand Slam, Los Angeles (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: Caio Terra Association

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.

Back Takes Instructional by Michael Musumeci

Mikey Musumeci MATCH STATS

Overall Positions

CONQUERED MOVES AVERAGE 2.07

OVERALL CONQUERED

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OPPONENT W/L TOP BOTTOM STAND UP EVENT ROUND YEAR
Isaac Doederlein L 0 1 0 World 4F 2016
Luis Pinto W 0 1 0 World RR 2016
Isaac Doederlein W 0 4 0 World 4F 2017
Ary Farias W 0 4 0 World RR 2017
Washington Lima W 0 2 0 World 4F 2017
Alex Sodre W 1 1 0 World 4F 2018
Eduard Lisboa W 1 2 0 World RR 2018
Tiago Barros W 0 1 0 World RR 2018
Ary Farias W 1 0 0 World RR 2018
S. Watanabe W 1 2 0 World RR 2019
Koji Shibamoto W 0 3 0 World 4F 2019
Rodnei Barbosa W 0 1 0 World RR 2019
Bruno Malfacine W 0 3 0 World RR 2019

Mikey Musumeci Grappling Record

45 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    15 (33%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    8 (18%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    19 (42%)
  • BY DECISION
    3 (7%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

19 SUBMISSIONS WINS

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Choke from back
26
5
#86e620
Botinha
26
5
#5AD3D1
Arm in Ezekiel
16
3
#d1212a
Triangle armbar
11
2
#fad11b
Bow and arrow
5
1
#f58822
Armbar
5
1
#224aba
Straight ankle lock
5
1
#ff9124
Omoplata
5
1
19
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
4 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    0 (0%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (50%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    1 (25%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (25%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

1 SUBMISSION LOSSES

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Katagatame
100
1
1
(100%) SUBMISSION

Mikey Musumeci Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
9911Isaac DoederleinIsaac DoederleinLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.64KG4F2016
12092Cleber SousaCleber SousaLReferee DecisionPan American64KG4F2017
22858Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyLPts: 2x2, AdvEuropean OpenABS4F2020
23963Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroLKatagatamePan American94KGR12020
7582Nobuo YagaiWChoke from backAmerican Nat.64KGSF2015
7584Joao MiyaoJoao MiyaoWPts: 4x4, AdvAmerican Nat.64KGF2015
9204Tomoyuki HashimotoTomoyuki HashimotoWPts: 2x2, AdvPan American57KG4F2016
9206Joao SomaliaJoao SomaliaWChoke from backPan American57KGSF2016
9207Lucas PinheiroLucas PinheiroWPts: 6x3Pan American57KGF2016
9900Luis PintoWBotinhaWorld Champ.64KGR12016
10171Mayko BorgesWPts: 8x0American Nats64KGSF2016
10172Joao MiyaoJoao MiyaoWPts: 2x2, AdvAmerican Nats64KGF2016
10344Joao MarinhoWPts: 2x0Ch. Summer Open70KGSF2016
10345Bruce GuevaraWPts: 6x0Ch. Summer Open70KGF2016
10409Tiago BarrosTiago BarrosWPts: 2x0Grand Slam LA62KGSF2016
10411Joao MiyaoJoao MiyaoWPts: 2x0Grand Slam LA62KGF2016
10861Thomas LisboaThomas LisboaWPts: 4x4, AdvNoGi Worlds62KGSF2016
10862Joao MiyaoJoao MiyaoWPts: 10x8NoGi Worlds62KGF2016
11511Ryan ClayWBow and arrowEuropean Open64KG4F2017
11514Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeWReferee DecisionEuropean Open64KGSF2017
11515Gabriel MoraesGabriel MoraesWPts: 2x0European Open64KGF2017
12597Alexis AlduncinAlexis AlduncinWPointsWorld Pro62KGRR2017
12598Cleber SousaCleber SousaWPts: 2x0World Pro62KGRR2017
12602Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeWPts: 4x0World Pro62KGRR2017
12603Mathias JardinWBotinhaWorld Pro62KGRR2017
13039Washington LimaWBotinhaWorld Champ.64KG8F2017
13044Isaac DoederleinIsaac DoederleinWPts: 8x8, AdvWorld Champ.64KG4F2017
13046Ary FariasAry FariasWPts: 10x10, AdvWorld Champ.64KGSF2017
13047Joao MiyaoJoao MiyaoWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.64KGF2017
14916Rafael FreitasRafael FreitasWBotinhaACB 1060KGSPF2018
16395Eduard LisboaWArmbarWorld Champ.64KGR22018
16397Alex SodreAlex SodreWArm in EzekielWorld Champ.64KG4F2018
16401Tiago BarrosTiago BarrosWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.64KGSF2018
16403Ary FariasAry FariasWPts: 4x0World Champ.64KGF2018
20429S. WatanabeWPts: 8x2World Champ.57KGR12019
20434Koji ShibamotoKoji ShibamotoWPts: 8x2World Champ.57KG4F2019
20439Bruno MalfacineBruno MalfacineWPts: 10x8World Champ.57KGSF2019
20440Rodnei BarbosaRodnei BarbosaWStraight ankle lockWorld Champ.57KGF2019
21806Joseph LeeWOmoplataWorld Festival70KGSPF2019
21863Geoff VillarrealWChoke from backGolden State70KGSF2019
21864Ari TaviraWTriangle armbarGolden State70KGF2019
22841Jacopo PasquiniWChoke from backEuropean OpenABSR12020
22852Seif HoumineSeif HoumineWPts: 0x0, AdvEuropean OpenABSR22020
22876Suraj BudhramWArm in EzekielEuropean Open64KG4F2020
22877Diego OliveiraDiego OliveiraWBotinhaEuropean Open64KGSF2020
22879Jonas AndradeJonas AndradeWReferee DecisionEuropean Open64KGF2020
24044Suraj BudhramWArm in ezekielFoley Open70KGSF2020
24046Orlando CastilloWChoke from backFoley Open70KGF2020
25101Marcelo CohenMarcelo CohenWTriangle armbarWNO 761KGSPF2021

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Michael Musumeci vs Alexis Alducin

Michael Musumeci vs Joao Miyao

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