Mikey Musumeci will be taking on Shinya Aoki on October 6, in an openweight submission grappling match…
In which he’ll be giving up more than 30lbs in size!
Aoki will be Musumeci’s biggest (quite literally) challenge to date. But “Darth Rigatoni” is eager to take on the challenge.
He wants to prove what Jiu-Jitsu stands for, as he emphasized in a recent ONE Championship interview:
I think that I’m able to really show the art of Jiu-Jitsu when I compete, and that’s what I want to show in this match.
And I wanna show it against a bigger opponent, which is what jiu-jitsu stands for – being able to defeat someone bigger than you.
Musumeci understands that Aoki will be a challenge. And he is welcoming it:
I’m on this path where I want to have the most technical finishes that I can, where I use my body to the maximal way to get the amount of leverage I need to finish a guy bigger than me.
So it’s definitely a puzzle for me, and it definitely makes it like a cool science experiment.
Will my submission mechanics be efficient enough to finish a guy bigger than me like Shinya?
It’s all going to come down to finishing mechanics:
It would say a lot about all my finishing mechanics and that they’re on point, you know, that I’m technically on point with my finishing mechanics.
Because again, I do not have a strength advantage against Shinya.
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