Bayanduuren tears MCL, ACL, meniscus and breaks ankle in Mikey Musumeci fight

Mikey Musumeci locks in the Mikey Lock against Gantumur Bayanduuren.
Mikey Musumeci locks in the Mikey Lock against Gantumur Bayanduuren.

Mikey Musumeci’s trademark 'Mikey Lock' looked incredibly dangerous during his match against Gantumur Bayanduuren at ONE Fight Night 6 at Prime Video.

But, just how deadly was the modified leg lock that the American superstar put on Bayanduuren?

Well, according to a report from the South China Morning Post, Bayanduuren suffered a torn ACL, MCL, and meniscus. He also had a broken ankle following the 10-minute match.

Though there’s no official timetable for Bayanduuren’s return, but an injury of that extent will likely require a full year of recovery.

ONE Championship, on Instagram, shared a cage-side view of how Musumeci locked in his trademark hold.

“He'll be feeling that tomorrow 😱 @mikeymusumeci."

During his post-fight interview with Mitch Chilson, Musumeci said that he heard Bayanduuren’s leg pop several times and that it was the first time he’s experienced an opponent that much pain:

“His [Bayanduuren's] leg popped like 20 times, I never felt someone's legs go like that. But he didn't tap so the fight kept going on."

The fight was Mikey Musumeci’s third inside the circle and the first time that he defended the ONE flyweight submission grappling world title. ‘Darth Rigatoni’ is now 3-0 in ONE Championship, having secured wins over Masakazu Imanari, Cleber Sousa, and now, Bayanduuren.

The fact that Bayanduuren refused to tap to the submission attempt also pushed his name even further. Despite the severity of the injuries he sustained, the Mongolian star showed ungodly resilience, albeit with a hefty price to pay.

Mikey Musumeci reacts to Bayanduuren’s toughness

Fighters, more often than not, would quickly tap the moment they’re put in a submission hold that they won’t be able to escape from.

Bayanduuren, though, is not like most fighters.

The Mongolian grappler toughened it out against Musumeci at ONE Fight Night 6 and endured until the final bell.

Mikey Musumeci thus had a few words about Bayanduuren’s tenacity. During his post-fight interview, he said:

“I don't know, how do I shut my mind from doing a submission when it's like popping someone's limb? I wasn't being stubborn this time. Like it actually was popping. Like if it wasn't popping and it's like, ‘Okay.’ But I felt it kept breaking. So I feel like I wasn't being as stubborn as I usually am but I still didn't do it enough. What a tough opponent. What a warrior he is for breaking his leg for no reason.”

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Edited by Harvey Leonard
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