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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

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
Luis Pinto W 0 1 0 World RR 2016
Isaac Doederlein L 0 1 0 World 4F 2016
Ary Farias W 0 4 0 World RR 2017
Washington Lima W 0 2 0 World 4F 2017
Isaac Doederlein W 0 4 0 World 4F 2017
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
Alex Sodre W 1 1 0 World 4F 2018
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
S. Watanabe W 1 2 0 World RR 2019

Mikey Musumeci Grappling Record

58 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    17 (29%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    8 (14%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    28 (48%)
  • BY DECISION
    5 (9%)
  • 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
9930Isaac DoederleinIsaac DoederleinLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.64KG4F2016
12116Cleber SousaCleber SousaLReferee DecisionPan American64KG4F2017
23019Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyLPts: 2x2, AdvEuropean OpenABS4F2020
24157Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroLKatagatamePan American94KGR12020
27847Gabriel SousaGabriel SousaLNorth south chokeWNO Champ.70KG4F2021
7601Nobuo YagaiWChoke from backAmerican Nat.64KGSF2015
7603Joao MiyaoJoao MiyaoWPts: 4x4, AdvAmerican Nat.64KGF2015
9223Tomoyuki HashimotoTomoyuki HashimotoWPts: 2x2, AdvPan American57KG4F2016
9225Joao SomaliaJoao SomaliaWChoke from backPan American57KGSF2016
9226Lucas PinheiroLucas PinheiroWPts: 6x3Pan American57KGF2016
9919Luis PintoWBotinhaWorld Champ.64KGR12016
10190Mayko BorgesWPts: 8x0American Nats64KGSF2016
10191Joao MiyaoJoao MiyaoWPts: 2x2, AdvAmerican Nats64KGF2016
10363Joao MarinhoWPts: 2x0Ch. Summer Open70KGSF2016
10364Bruce GuevaraWPts: 6x0Ch. Summer Open70KGF2016
10428Tiago BarrosTiago BarrosWPts: 2x0Grand Slam LA62KGSF2016
10430Joao MiyaoJoao MiyaoWPts: 2x0Grand Slam LA62KGF2016
10880Thomas LisboaThomas LisboaWPts: 4x4, AdvNoGi Worlds62KGSF2016
10881Joao MiyaoJoao MiyaoWPts: 10x8NoGi Worlds62KGF2016
11535Ryan ClayWBow and arrowEuropean Open64KG4F2017
11538Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeWReferee DecisionEuropean Open64KGSF2017
11539Gabriel MoraesGabriel MoraesWPts: 2x0European Open64KGF2017
12110Ryan ClayWFootlockPan American64KGR12017
12621Alexis AlduncinAlexis AlduncinWPointsWorld Pro62KGRR2017
12622Cleber SousaCleber SousaWPts: 2x0World Pro62KGRR2017
12626Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeWPts: 4x0World Pro62KGRR2017
12627Mathias JardinWBotinhaWorld Pro62KGRR2017
13063Washington LimaWBotinhaWorld Champ.64KG8F2017
13068Isaac DoederleinIsaac DoederleinWPts: 8x8, AdvWorld Champ.64KG4F2017
13070Ary FariasAry FariasWPts: 10x10, AdvWorld Champ.64KGSF2017
13071Joao MiyaoJoao MiyaoWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.64KGF2017
14955Rafael FreitasRafael FreitasWBotinhaACB 1060KGSPF2018
16445Eduard LisboaWArmbarWorld Champ.64KGR22018
16447Alex SodreAlex SodreWArm in EzekielWorld Champ.64KG4F2018
16451Tiago BarrosTiago BarrosWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.64KGSF2018
16453Ary FariasAry FariasWPts: 4x0World Champ.64KGF2018
20544S. WatanabeWPts: 8x2World Champ.57KGR12019
20549Koji ShibamotoKoji ShibamotoWPts: 8x2World Champ.57KG4F2019
20554Bruno MalfacineBruno MalfacineWPts: 10x8World Champ.57KGSF2019
20555Rodnei BarbosaRodnei BarbosaWStraight ankle lockWorld Champ.57KGF2019
21937Joseph LeeWOmoplataWorld Festival70KGSPF2019
21995Geoff VillarrealWChoke from backGolden State70KGSF2019
21996Ari TaviraWTriangle armbarGolden State70KGF2019
23002Jacopo PasquiniWChoke from backEuropean OpenABSR12020
23013Seif HoumineSeif HoumineWPts: 0x0, AdvEuropean OpenABSR22020
23037Suraj BudhramWArm in EzekielEuropean Open64KG4F2020
23038Diego OliveiraDiego OliveiraWBotinhaEuropean Open64KGSF2020
23040Jonas AndradeJonas AndradeWReferee DecisionEuropean Open64KGF2020
24244Suraj BudhramWArm in ezekielFoley Open70KGSF2020
24246Orlando CastilloWChoke from backFoley Open70KGF2020
25348Marcelo CohenMarcelo CohenWTriangle armbarWNO 761KGSPF2021
26248Lucas PinheiroLucas PinheiroWInside heel hookWNO 961KGSPF2021
26552Junny OcasioJunny OcasioWReferee DecisionWNO 1061KGSPF2021
26861Geo MartinezGeo MartinezWPts: 6x0Road to ADCC66KGSPF2021
28385Richard AlarconRichard AlarconWMikey lockWNO 1065KGSPF2021
29235Gabriel VillalobosWMikey lockJJWL Cali69KGSF2021
29236Mario EsquiviesWMikey lockJJWL Cali69KGF2021
29381Bebeto OliveiraWBotinhaWorld Champ.57KG4F2021
29384Jonas AndradeJonas AndradeWBotinhaWorld Champ.57KGSF2021
29385Bruno MalfacineBruno MalfacineWPts: 6x0World Champ.57KGF2021
29743Estevan MartinezEstevan MartinezWReferee DecisionWNO61KGSPF2022
30594Kev CorkhillWBotinhaGrappleFest 1160KGSPF2022
31713M. ImanariWRNCOne FC 156NASPF2022

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