Mikey Musumeci, the reigning world champion of the flyweight submission grappling division in ONE Championship, is a great supporter of the no-nonsense approach that Shinya Aoki takes to grappling.
After all, the man who formerly held the title of world champion in the featherweight division of ONE Mixed Martial Arts has never been one to chase points or stall in order to gain an advantage. Every single move that Aoki performs is done with the deliberate precision and nefarious intent to either shatter an opponent’s limb or suffocate an opponent to death.
Mikey Musumeci was lured by Shinya Aoki’s high-wire technique to accept an openweight grappling-exclusive battle against the Japanese legend this coming Friday at ONE Fight Night 15: Le vs. Freymanov, which will be broadcast on Prime Video.
During his pre-event interview with the South China Morning Post for OFN15, “Darth Rigatoni” had nothing but complimentary things to say about his impending opponent:
“Shinya, he doesn’t shrink from the challenge. He does not act in a disengaged manner by kicking out at things. His entire game is based on aggression, and all he does is try to smash you and put pressure on you. He doesn’t retreat at all.
He is going to come directly into me, put pressure on me, and try to fold me like a piece of paper. Therefore, I admire that quality in him. I concur with you that that would be a lot more enjoyable for me.
You can watch the entire interview by clicking here:
In the world of MMA and BJJ, Shinya Aoki’s name is enough to strike fear into the hearts of his opponents.
The icon, who is now 40 years old, is known as “Tobikan Judan,” which translates to “The Grand Master of Flying Submissions.” He has the reputation of being one of the most vicious submission specialists in the combat sports industry.
The standout in mixed martial arts who competes for Evolve MMA has a variety of strangleholds and joint locks at his disposal, and 30 of his 47 career victories have come via submission.
Musumeci will not only have to contend with Aoki’s talent, but she will also have to sacrifice a considerable amount of weight in order to win this epic ground fight.
The five-time IBJJF World Champion, on the other hand, wouldn’t have it any other way, and he welcomes an opponent who will search for the finish just as much as he does.
On October 6, ONE Fight Night 15 will be broadcast live from the legendary Lumpinee Stadium in Bangkok. Prime Video members in North America will not have to pay anything extra to watch this event broadcast live on US Primetime.