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, as well as the first American to conquer this title twice in their career.
Michael Musumeci Jiu Jitsu
Full Name: Michael Musumeci Jr.
Nickname: Mikey, short for Michael.
- 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. 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 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.
Mikey Musumeci Grappling Record
- BY DQ
16 SUBMISSIONS WINS
- BY DQ
0 SUBMISSION LOSSES
Mikey Musumeci Fight History
|9903||Isaac DoederleinIsaac Doederlein||L||Pts: 2x2, Adv||World Champ.||64KG||4F||2016|
|12062||Cleber SousaCleber Sousa||L||Referee Decision||Pan American||64KG||4F||2017|
|22624||Mahamed AlyMahamed Aly||L||Pts: 2x2, Adv||European Open||ABS||4F||2020|
|7579||Nobuo Yagai||W||Choke from back||American Nat.||64KG||SF||2015|
|7581||Joao MiyaoJoao Miyao||W||Pts: 4x4, Adv||American Nat.||64KG||F||2015|
|9199||Tomoyuki HashimotoTomoyuki Hashimoto||W||Pts: 2x2, Adv||Pan American||57KG||4F||2016|
|9201||Joao SomaliaJoao Somalia||W||Choke from back||Pan American||57KG||SF||2016|
|9202||Lucas PinheiroLucas Pinheiro||W||Pts: 6x3||Pan American||57KG||F||2016|
|9892||Luis Pinto||W||Botinha||World Champ.||64KG||R1||2016|
|10163||Mayko Borges||W||Pts: 8x0||American Nats||64KG||SF||2016|
|10164||Joao MiyaoJoao Miyao||W||Pts: 2x2, Adv||American Nats||64KG||F||2016|
|10336||Joao Marinho||W||Pts: 2x0||Ch. Summer Open||70KG||SF||2016|
|10337||Bruce Guevara||W||Pts: 6x0||Ch. Summer Open||70KG||F||2016|
|10401||Tiago BarrosTiago Barros||W||Pts: 2x0||Grand Slam LA||62KG||SF||2016|
|10403||Joao MiyaoJoao Miyao||W||Pts: 2x0||Grand Slam LA||62KG||F||2016|
|10852||Thomas LisboaThomas Lisboa||W||Pts: 4x4, Adv||NoGi Worlds||62KG||SF||2016|
|10853||Joao MiyaoJoao Miyao||W||Pts: 10x8||NoGi Worlds||62KG||F||2016|
|11492||Ryan Clay||W||Bow and arrow||European Open||64KG||4F||2017|
|11495||Hiago GeorgeHiago George||W||Referee Decision||European Open||64KG||SF||2017|
|11496||Gabriel MoraesGabriel Moraes||W||Pts: 2x0||European Open||64KG||F||2017|
|12564||Alexis AlduncinAlexis Alduncin||W||Points||World Pro||62KG||RR||2017|
|12565||Cleber SousaCleber Sousa||W||Pts: 2x0||World Pro||62KG||RR||2017|
|12569||Hiago GeorgeHiago George||W||Pts: 4x0||World Pro||62KG||RR||2017|
|12570||Mathias Jardin||W||Botinha||World Pro||62KG||RR||2017|
|13003||Washington Lima||W||Botinha||World Champ.||64KG||8F||2017|
|13008||Isaac DoederleinIsaac Doederlein||W||Pts: 8x8, Adv||World Champ.||64KG||4F||2017|
|13010||Ary FariasAry Farias||W||Pts: 10x10, Adv||World Champ.||64KG||SF||2017|
|13011||Joao MiyaoJoao Miyao||W||Pts: 0x0, Adv||World Champ.||64KG||F||2017|
|14867||Rafael FreitasRafael Freitas||W||Botinha||ACB 10||60KG||SPF||2018|
|16343||Eduard Lisboa||W||Armbar||World Champ.||64KG||R2||2018|
|16345||Alex SodreAlex Sodre||W||Arm in Ezekiel||World Champ.||64KG||4F||2018|
|16349||Tiago BarrosTiago Barros||W||Referee Decision||World Champ.||64KG||SF||2018|
|16351||Ary FariasAry Farias||W||Pts: 4x0||World Champ.||64KG||F||2018|
|20313||S. Watanabe||W||Pts: 8x2||World Champ.||57KG||R1||2019|
|20318||Koji ShibamotoKoji Shibamoto||W||Pts: 8x2||World Champ.||57KG||4F||2019|
|20323||Bruno MalfacineBruno Malfacine||W||Pts: 10x8||World Champ.||57KG||SF||2019|
|20324||Rodnei BarbosaRodnei Barbosa||W||Straight ankle lock||World Champ.||57KG||F||2019|
|21650||Joseph Lee||W||Omoplata||World Festival||70KG||SPF||2019|
|21705||Geoff Villarreal||W||Choke from back||Golden State||70KG||SF||2019|
|21706||Ari Tavira||W||Triangle armbar||Golden State||70KG||F||2019|
|22607||Jacopo Pasquini||W||Choke from back||European Open||ABS||R1||2020|
|22618||Seif HoumineSeif Houmine||W||Pts: 0x0, Adv||European Open||ABS||R2||2020|
|22642||Suraj Budhram||W||Arm in Ezekiel||European Open||64KG||4F||2020|
|22643||Diego OliveiraDiego Oliveira||W||Botinha||European Open||64KG||SF||2020|
|22645||Jonas AndradeJonas Andrade||W||Referee Decision||European Open||64KG||F||2020|
Michael Musumeci vs Tony Casarez
Michael Musumeci vs Alexis Alducin
Michael Musumeci vs Joao Miyao
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