Mitch Musumage Friday night made history by defeating rival Cleber Sousa on Prime Video 2 to become ONE’s first-ever lightweight submission fighting world champion. Musumeci took control of the game during the game, which was a funny thing. While “Darth Rigatoni” failed to beat the man he faced two times before, it was a very interesting game and a clear win for the New Jersey native.
As ONE World Champion, Musumeci can pretty much single out potential challengers, and the five-time IBJJF World Champion has big ambitions. After his victory over Sousa, Musumeci discussed his next potential opponent with ONE Championship. There was only one person in Musumeci’s mind:
“Right now, my dream opponent is Demetrius ‘The Mighty Rat’ Johnson. Just wrestling with me and a legend like him for the number of eyes we can get at submission. Now for me, I Won every title I wanted in Jiu-Jitsu, literally, every title I wanted. So now for me, it’s important to have an impact on others and get as many people to watch and practice as possible Jujitsu.”
Last time fans saw Demetrius Johnson Inside the circle against the former title holder during the inaugural ONE Main Event on Prime Video Adriano MorasStarting in 2021, Johnson ran back to their main event at ONE on TNT 1, scoring a brilliant flying knee knockout on “Mikinho” to claim the ONE Flyweight World Championship. This is his first ONE Championship gold medal.
Will Demetrious Johnson challenge Mikey Musumeci for the ONE flyweight world title?
The idea of a super fight between the world’s best flyweight grappler and the world’s best flyweight mixed martial artist sounds like an easy sell. Mikey Musumeci vs. Demetrious Johnson would be every MMA fan’s dream, but there are a few details that need to be ironed out before the two get into the ring.
First of all, does this match include Mikey Musumeci’s world title? Of course, fans will enjoy an exhibition game just as much, but a world championship game makes things more interesting. If the two meet in a straight drop fight, it’s hard not to justify a flyweight submission fight championship.
Another possibility is that the two met in a mixed-rule bout.Johnson competes in first-of-its-kind bout with Muay Thai icon rotangit munnon ONE X March. This January, Stamp Fairtex and Anissa Meksen will play their second Mixed Rules match on Prime Video 6.
While “Darth Rigatoni” has shied away from anything involving hitting, a mixed-rules match against one of the world’s finest MMA fighters may be too big for Mikey Musumeci to pass up.