Mikey Musumeci demonstrated on October 6 at ONE Fight Night 15 that he deserves to be considered among the top greatest grapplers in the world today, regardless of weight class. In addition to that, he paid tribute to the grappling superstar Shinya Aoki, who is also one of his heroes. “Darth Rigatoni” competed against “One Lightweight MMA World Champion” in an openweight submission grappling fight and easily won the match by submitting his opponent with a modified version of an inside heel hook.
Musumeci, who is the current ONE flyweight submission grappling world champion, put Aoki to sleep with his own unique submission move, which is called the “Aoki Lock.” Aoki was a natural lightweight. Mikey Musumeci argued that this behavior was a demonstration of respect and admiration for the legend, despite the fact that other people felt it to be rude. He demonstrated that the most fitting way to honor one’s hero is to outdo that hero in some way.
ONE Fighting Championship has uploaded the entire fight as well as the post-fight interview to YouTube:
“Relive the openweight submission grappling showdown between ONE Flyweight Submission Grappling World Champion Mikey Musumeci and Japanese MMA legend Shinya Aoki at ONE Fight Night 15!”
Musumeci has already won six consecutive bouts in ONE Championship, making him the most active world champion in the promotion at the present time. His victory in this match marks the beginning of his winning streak. His overall professional record now stands at 63 wins with 31 submissions, bringing his promotional record to a perfect 6-0. However, Aoki’s record in ONE submission grappling dropped to 1-3 when he was defeated.
However, this does not in any way harm his legacy, as Aoki is a vital figure in bringing Japanese mixed martial arts into the mainstream consciousness of people all over the world. He is one of the very few grappling purists to ever win a world championship in mixed martial arts (MMA), and he has been an integral part of raising the level of Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ) in the sport.
For viewers in North America who have an active Prime Video subscription, ONE Fight Night 15 may be rewatched in its full and completely free of charge on Prime Video.