Mikey Musumeci To Defend Submission Grappling World Title Against Osamah Almarwai At ONE Fight Night 10
ONE Flyweight Submission Grappling World Champion Mikey “Darth Rigatoni” Musumeci is officially set to defend his throne on United States soil.
On May 5 at ONE Fight Night 10: Johnson vs. Moraes III on Prime Video – the organization’s historic North American debut – the reigning king will square off against 2022 IBJJF No-Gi World Champion Osamah Almarwai.
Widely regarded as one of the planet’s top pound-for-pound grapplers, Musumeci is undefeated across three submission grappling bouts inside the Circle.
The New Jersey native made his ONE debut in April 2022 with a spectacular submission victory over Japanese MMA and BJJ legend Masakazu Imanari. He followed that up with a dominant World Title-winning performance against rival Cleber Sousa in September at ONE on Prime Video 2.
Most recently at ONE Fight Night 6, the BJJ phenom successfully defended his belt in a brutal, leg-breaking showdown with Combat Sambo World Champion Gantumur Bayanduuren.
Now, Musumeci will turn his attention to Almarwai – his stiffest test to date.
Hailing from Saudi Arabia and of Yemeni descent, the challenger has spent the past few years training at the world-renowned Atos BJJ in San Diego under the tutelage of legendary grappler and ONE superstar Andre Galvao.
After a successful colored belt career that saw him win a No-Gi World Championship as a brown belt, Almarwai was awarded his black belt by Galvao in early 2022.
He wasted no time in announcing his presence as one of the world’s most dangerous black belt competitors, racking up gold medals against elite opponents at the IBJJF No-Gi American Nationals and Pan American Championships.
Almarwai then capped off his sensational rookie black belt year with his crowning achievement thus far, a first-place finish at the 2022 IBJJF No-Gi World Championships.
That performance landed him in ONE’s submission grappling ranks, where he will challenge “Darth Rigatoni” in a highly anticipated World Title contest that will have the jiu-jitsu world buzzing for the next few months.