Mikey Musumeci, better known by his ring as “Darth Rigatoni,” is the reigning and undisputed ONE flyweight submission grappling world champion. He is always looking for the next biggest challenge. It may be a former mixed martial arts (MMA) world champion, a legendary fighter, or a dangerous Brazilian jiu-jitsu titleholder who wants his belt.
Shinya ‘Tobikan Judan’ Aoki, a multiple-time former ONE lightweight MMA world champion, was Mikey Musumeci’s opponent during ONE Fight Night 15: Le vs. Freymanov, which took place on Prime Video. Mikey Musumeci won the fight in spectacular fashion.
The historic Lumpinee Boxing Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand was the setting for the event on October 7, and it was aired live around the world.
The match was won in dramatic manner by Musumeci utilizing the ‘Aoki Lock,’ which is Aoki’s own hallmark submission move that Musumeci utilized against him. Now, the Italian-American celebrity, who is 27 years old, has his sights set on a major figure in the world of grappling.
In a recent interview with the South China Morning Post, Mikey Musumeci disclosed the identity of the opponent he is contemplating meeting next, and it is without a doubt an extremely difficult opponent.
According to “Darth Rigatoni,”
“Right now, to tell you the truth, I still have some business that needs to be completed in the lighter divisions, you know. I’m interested in engaging in combat with a man named Diogo Reis. He is the best competitor in the 145 weight class, which is the class above him, and he won the ADCC. [beginning at 8:05]
Reis is a BJJ black belt who studied under Melqui Galvao. He is also a Grand Slam champion, having won titles at the European Open, Brazilian Nationals, Pan Championships, and World Championships. Reis is now training under Melqui Galvao. He won first place at the famous ADCC competition the year before.
It is possible that a fight between Musumeci and Reis in the UFC, which is the most popular mixed martial arts organization in the world, might become one of the most viewed jiu-jitsu events ever. Both fighters are rising stars with grappling styles that are comparable to one another.
Mikey Musumeci has earned a reputation as a vicious grappler who is not afraid to break a limb or two in order to score a victory. He has put together some spectacular fights in ONE Championship, which has helped him build his reputation.
Fans in the United States and Canada who want to watch his fight against Shinya Aoki at ONE Fight Night 15 can do so by watching a replay of the event on demand with Amazon Prime Video.