Mikey Musumeci’s Title Defense Leaves Mongolian Combat Sambo Star with Broken Leg

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In a recent fight, ONE Champion Mikey Musumeci was left with no choice but to continue his leg lock and break his opponent’s leg for the title win

Mikey Musumeci's Title Defense Leaves Mongolian Combat Sambo Star with Broken Leg

Mikey Musumeci’s Title Defense Leaves Mongolian Combat Sambo Star with Broken Leg

In a recent fight, ONE Champion Mikey Musumeci was left with no choice but to continue his leg lock and break his opponent’s leg for the title win

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ONE’s reigning flyweight submission grappling champion Mikey Musumeci was heavily favored entering his title defense against Mongolian combat sambo star Gantumur Bayanduuren. Despite expectations of an almost certain victory by “Darth Rigatoni”, Bayanduuren showed an incredible display of resilience by refusing to tap out to the multiple leg attacks locked in by the champion.

Musumeci pulled guard quickly and then attempted a leg entanglement, catching his patented Mikey Lock, prompting a desperate defense from Bayanduuren. As time went on, Musumeci transitioned through several other attacks, such as knee bars and heel hooks, all to no avail as Bayanduuren kept up his stubbornness in not tapping out. In the final minutes of the bout, Musumeci tried both a calf slicer and a rear-naked choke before time was called, and he was declared victorious.

Although Musumeci did manage to win his belt back, it seemed to come at a cost for Bayanduuren, who had to be seen limping across the canvas afterward with clear favoring from the leg attacked by Darth Rigatoni.

When asked about his fight, Musumeci responded:

“His leg popped like twenty times,” Musumeci confirmed in a post-fight interview on the canvas. “I never felt someone’s leg explode like that, but he didn’t tap, so the fight kept going.”

“I really wish he tapped,” said the champion. “The result didn’t change, and now he’s in the hospital. But what a warrior, for showing his will.”

“When I compete, I don’t want to hurt anyone. I want them to train tomorrow, if I had to do it again, I’d just take his back and put him to sleep.”

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