Chael Sonnen gives his opinion on the type of fighter who could potentially defeat Mikey Musumeci
After ONE on Prime Video 2, everyone in the combat sports world is talking about Mikey Musumeci and his historic world title win. “Darth Rigatoni” became the promotion’s first ONE world flyweight submission wrestling champion after a dominating performance against rival Cleber Sousa.
The five-time IBJJF World Champion is now 2-0 inside the circle with impressive back-to-back wins over Masakazu Imanari and the previously mentioned Sousa.
With his prime-time performance in the United States just days away, fans and fighters alike are scratching their heads, wondering who exactly can legitimately challenge Mikey Musumeci inside the circle.
One man with an idea is former MMA fighter and current analyst Chael Sonnen. In a music video uploaded to his YouTube channel, “The American Gangster” cast potential adversary in “The Lion Killer” Garry Tonon:
“Quite frankly, I don’t know who’s going to beat him. You would need to speak like a Garry Tonon level guy. And then you’re gonna have to get Garry fully focused, put MMA aside, put your punching here Garry, go back and focus because you’re gonna need someone like that.
With 72 career wins in grappling competitions, Tonon is a decorated veteran in the sport, but has focused more on mixed martial arts in recent years, winning six straight inside the circle before being arrested. in March by then-world champion Thanh Lee.
Watch Sonnen’s take in the video below:
Mikey Musumeci on the difference between MMA grapplers and straight grapplers
With ONE Championship being home to multiple martial arts disciplines, fighters and grapplers have the unique opportunity to dip their toes into multiple sports under one banner. As a result, mixed rules fights and matches with MMA fighters testing their skills in grappling competitions are becoming increasingly popular.
Mikey Musumeci recently discussed the difference between exclusive grapplers like himself and mixed martial artists who have to deal with multiple forms of combat sports.
“MMA fighters have to focus on the variable of getting hit. So they have a different element to focus on. So I feel like they have to get a little more technical in some ways with their framing and their stuff and get hit, but then they don’t have to focus on other things that people in jiu- jitsu focus. I just feel like it’s a bit different in some variables like that.