Mikey Musumeci has always been obsessed with ONE Championship Embodies the “Bushido Code” or the eight virtues of the samurai. In fact, it was one of the biggest reasons why he decided to accept that ONE Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong signed with the promotion earlier this year.
Following his impressive performance against Mazakazu Imanari at ONE 156 last April, “Darth Rigatoni” has furthered his legend to become one of the most recognizable stars in the fighting world.
The 26-year-old Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu ace even has a chance to make history. He will attempt to become the inaugural ONE Flyweight Submission Fighting World Champion in Prime Video 2: Xiong vs Lee III’s ONE on Friday, September 30.
Standing in the way will be a familiar foe in Cleber ‘Clandestino’ Sousa, with whom Musumeci has fought twice before and parted ways in the first two encounters. The stakes will be high for Game 3, which will be streamed live on Prime Video in the US during prime time.
Ahead of the biggest battle of his life, Mikey Musumeci details why a move to ONE Championship was one of the best decisions of his life.
American Fighting Sense told ONE in an exclusive interview:
“What I really like about ONE is that it’s not a toxic environment. It’s very, not really that much shenanigans. It’s just respect, you know, because it’s just martial arts. Chatri takes martial arts and respect very seriously. So he The energy that was brought in really affected all the athletes.”
Obviously, ONE’s core values must be aligned with Musumeci. So much so that the American even packed up and moved to Singapore to train full-time at Evolve MMA.
Mikey Musumeci thinks trash talk is unnecessary in combat sports
Fight sports and trash talk seem to go hand in hand these days. After all, it’s the quickest and easiest way to sell a battle. Mikey Musumeci is familiar with unnecessary hatred because it’s no different in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
Five-time IBJJF Black Belt World Champion shared ONE in the same interview:
“There’s a toxic part of Jiu-Jitsu, all that crap and stuff, people trying to make money out of crap. I’m not too happy with that. I’m a different type of person, I’m very introverted. I have a lot of friends who are just like me and they’re all Abandoned Jiu-Jitsu in that toxic way.”
Now that “Darth Rigatoni” has a new home in the world’s largest martial arts organization, he’s thankful he doesn’t have to go through that again.
“When it comes to that part of Jiu-Jitsu, I really don’t like Jiu-Jitsu. Chatri gives us a format and a platform where we don’t have to be that kind of person, you know. I think in some places, people, they’re a little bit compulsive People do those things.”
Mikey Musumeci is truly unique. He is a model fighter inside the circle, and an outstanding person outside the circle.