Michael Musumeci, also known as Mikey Musumeci, is a 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, winning sequential world titles from juvenile blue, up to brown belt, with a modern style of grappling heavily reliant on berimbolos and leg weave back attacks, making Michael one of the main representatives of this modern day jiu jitsu approach. Michael is also the younger brother of another high level jiu jitsu athlete, Tammi Musumeci. 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 (2015 brown, 2014 purple, 2013/2012 juvenile blue) IBJJF Pan American Champion (2016 black, 2015 brown, 2014 purple, 2013/2012 juvenile blue) IBJJF American National Champion (2016/2015 black) IBJJF World No-Gi Champion (2016 black, 2011 blue juvenile) IBJJF Pan American No-Gi Champion (2011 blue juvenile) UAEJJF Abu Dhabi Pro Champion (2017) UAEJJF Abu Dhabi Grand Slam LA Champion (2016) Favorite Position/Technique: Berimbolo Weight Division: Peso Pluma (64kg/154lbs) Team/Association: ATT/Atos 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. Mikey Musumeci Grappling Record 21 WINS BY POINTS 11 (52%) BY ADVANTAGES 4 (19%) BY SUBMISSION 5 (24%) BY DECISION 1 (5%) BY PENALTIES 0 (0%) BY DQ 0 (0%) 5 SUBMISSIONS WINS #214eb8 Choke from back 40 2 #86e620 Botinha 40 2 #5AD3D1 Bow and arrow 20 1 5 (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 9567Isaac DoederleinIsaac DoederleinLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.64KG1/4F201611538Cleber SousaCleber SousaLReferee DecisionPan American64KG1/4F20177326Nobuo YagaiWChoke from backAmerican Nat.64KGSF20157328Joao MiyaoJoao MiyaoWPts: 4x4, AdvAmerican Nat.64KGF20158873Tomoyuki HashimotoTomoyuki HashimotoWPts: 2x2, AdvPan American57KG1/4F20168875Joao SomaliaJoao SomaliaWChoke from backPan American57KGSF20168876Lucas PinheiroLucas PinheiroWPts: 6x3Pan American57KGF20169556Luis PintoWBotinhaWorld Champ.64KGR120169822Mayko BorgesWPts: 8x0American Nats64KGSF20169823Joao MiyaoJoao MiyaoWPts: 2x2, AdvAmerican Nats64KGF20169979Joao MarinhoWPts: 2x0Ch. Summer Open70KGSF20169980Bruce GuevaraWPts: 6x0Ch. Summer Open70KGF201610038Tiago BarrosTiago BarrosWPts: 2x0Grand Slam - LA62KGSF201610040Joao MiyaoJoao MiyaoWPts: 2x0Grand Slam - LA62KGF201610453Thomas LisboaWPts: 4x4, AdvNoGi Worlds62KGSF201610454Joao MiyaoJoao MiyaoWPts: 10x8NoGi Worlds62KGF201611006Ryan ClayWBow and arrowEuropean Open64KG1/4F201711009Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeWReferee DecisionEuropean Open64KGSF201711010Gabriel MoraesGabriel MoraesWPts: 2x0European Open64KGF201712008Alexis AlduncinWPointsWorld Pro62KGRR201712009Cleber SousaCleber SousaWPts: 2x0World Pro62KGRR201712013Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeWPts: 4x0World Pro62KGRR201712014Mathias JardinWBotinhaWorld Pro62KGRR2017 Michael Musumeci vs Tony Casarez Michael Musumeci vs Alexis Alducin Michael Musumeci vs Joao Miyao Banner cover by Jiu Jitsu Nerd.