The Last Man to Submit Mikey Musumeci Plans to Do It Again at ONE 167


  • Mikey Musumeci will face Gabriel Sousa at ONE 167.
  • Coincidentally, Sousa was the last person to submit Musumeci.

ONE Flyweight Submission Grappling World Champion Mikey Musumeci has been a dominant force in ONE Championship, but a ghost from his past has arrived to end his run.

The last man to submit “Darth Rigatoni,” Gabriel Sousa, has joined the martial arts giant and the pair will renew hostilities at ONE 167 on Prime Video. The non-title, bantamweight submission grappling tilt takes place at Lumpinee Boxing Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand on June 7. The Brazilian defeated Musumeci in 2021 during a Brazilian jiu-jitsu tournament, but this time, he says, the second episode of theirs. rivalry carries even greater weight.

“It will be very different. It will be on the ONE platform, something much bigger with a much bigger audience and a much better structure,” Sousa said.

“I’m happy for the opportunity and happy that Mikey agreed to fight me in a heavyweight division above his. He doesn’t need to prove anything to anyone. I respect him a lot. His attitude speaks for itself.

“I’m also very grateful to ONE for making this fight happen. I know a lot of people have been asking for this fight, and it’s finally going to happen. Everyone has to win.”

So, how does it go this time?

Gabriel Sousa outlines his plan to tap Mikey Musumeci

Gabriel Sousa is confident of going 2-0 against Mikey Musumeci as the pair face off again at ONE 167 on Prime Video. In their initial meeting, Sousa won via north-south choke, but the 27-year-old is open to all possibilities this time around.

“Our fighting styles are different. I like takedowns and I like to pass guard. Mikey, on the other hand, likes to play guard and take the back or attack leg locks. He’s an expert at what he does and I’m an expert at what I do . It’s going to be a great fight,” he said.

“It can end in a number of ways, but I think Mikey will pull a keeper. He won’t trade takeaways with me. He’ll play underneath, playing guard, and I’ll try to get past his guard. My focus will be on passing to side control or taking the back, and Mikey’s focus will be on attacking my legs or taking my back.

“If I could pick an outcome, of course, I’d like to get past his guard and put him down on his back. But, again, we are two very high level athletes. Let’s see how it goes this time.”

While Sousa is making his promotional debut, Musumeci has won 14 straight matches since their first meeting, including six in. ONE Championship.

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