Mikey Musumeci Makes History for Fastest Submission in 12 Seconds

Photo Credit: Kitt Canaria

American black belt and 3x world champion Michael Musumeci has made history and broke a world record (yet to be confirmed by Guinness world records) that’s been unbeaten for the past 20 years.

And the fastest submission during an IBJJF male adult black belt final, goes to Michael Musumeci with 12 seconds at the 2019 IBJJF World Jiu-Jitsu Championship Finals in Long Beach California, USA on 2nd June 2019. Musumeci has been fully recognised by IBJJF and they have backed him up on his Guinness world record claim. Prior to Musumeci, Rodrigo ‘Comprido’ Medieiros held the record since 1999 with a record of 17 seconds when he also won the world championship. After two decades the record has finally been beaten and Musumeci now holds the record for fastest submission in the IBJJF Worlds finals history.

Michael Musumeci defeats Rodnel Barbosa Gabriel Junior via leg lock in 12 seconds during the 2019 IBJJF World Jiu-Jitsu competition in the Adult Black Belt Male Final

Not only did USA’s Mikey Musumeci break a world record at this competition, he also became the first non-Brazilian to become 3x IBJJF world black belt champion when he defeated the legend Bruno Malfacine in the semi final.

Musumeci is known for his highly efficient and innovative approach towards leglocks which he teaches on his instructional series with BJJ Fanatics.

To get the extremely (almost unbelievable) quick 12 second tap, Musumeci executed a straight ankle lock against Rodnel Barbosa Gabriel Junior during the 2019 IBJJF World Jiu-Jitsu competition in the Adult Black Belt Male Final.

Andre Fernandes , Executive Director of International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) recognises this and confirms in writing.

Musumeci announced the news on his social media channels that he is now in the process of having the Guinness World Record books updated to confirm that he is now the holder of the fastest submission in IBJJF history as of last year. His incredible triumph has already been recognized by the IBJJF themselves in an official letter, and they currently regard him as the holder for the fastest submission in their history, but it is not yet formally recognized by Guinness World Records at the moment.

Achievement Recognized by IBJJF

“To whom it may concern,
The International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) officially represents the sport of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) around the world. Our main goal is to organize and regulate the sport on an international level. Working in partnership with the CBJJ (Brazilian Confederation of Jiu-Jitsu), the United States Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (USBJJF), the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation has developed the official competition rules of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and it is actively involved in promoting and managing high quality tournaments.

I write on behalf of Mr. Michael Musumeci, IBJJF Black Belt registration #446, I am the current Executive Director of the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (“IBJJF”). In addition to my capacity as executive director of the IBJJF, I also serve as chief official and technical director of both, the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) and the United States Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (USBJJF).

This letter is to state that the fastest submission during an IBJJF Male Adult Black Belt final is 12 seconds and was achieved by Michael Musumeci (USA) at the 2019 IBJJF World Jiu-Jitsu Championship finals, in Long Beach, California, USA on 2 June 2019. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2JhgcRKS2Lk

Mr. Michael Musumeci is an active competitor in the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) events and achieved the record against Rodnei Barbosa Gabriel Junior during the 2019 World Jiu-Jitsu competition in the Adult Black Belt Male Final.
If you need further information, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Andre Fernandes

Executive Director”

Congratulations to Mikey on the world record, and hopefully you’ll get it certified soon!

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