Tammi Musumeci admits she doesn’t want to pursue a full-time jiu-jitsu career

Photo Credits: ONE Championship
Photo Credits: ONE Championship

Tammi Musumeci doesn’t see herself training or competing in Brazilian jiu-jitsu full-time.

If her last name sounds familiar, it’s because Tammi Musumeci is the older sister of five-time IBJJF world champion Mikey Musumeci. Six weeks before ‘Darth Rigatoni’ returns to defend his ONE flyweight submission grappling world championship at ONE Fight Night 10 on Prime Video, Tammi Musumeci will make her promotional debut this Friday night as part of the promotion’s return to Singapore Indoor Stadium.

As exciting as it is to see another member of the Musumeci family under the ONE Championship banner, fans may want to avoid getting attached. In an interview with the promotion, Tammi Musumeci revealed that she has other goals outside of martial arts that will keep her from pursuing a combat sports career full-time:

“I could never train full-time, even if I had the option,” Musumeci revealed. “I would just never do it. I also have goals outside of jiu-jitsu in my professional life that I want to reach. I just don’t ever put that as an option for myself to do.”

When she’s not earning medals in BJJ, Musumeci works as an attorney, having graduated from the William S. Boyd School of Law at the University of Nevada in 2020.

For her first appearance inside the Circle, Musumeci will face no easy task when she meets ADCC and IBBJF world champion Bianca Basilio.

Tammi Musumeci's opponent Bianca Basilio has the opportunity to live out her dream with ONE Championship

As Tammi Musumeci steps into the Circle for the very first time on Friday night at ONE Fight Night 8, Bianca Basilio already knows what it feels like to compete on combat sports’ grandest stage. The Almeida Jiu-Jitsu product earned her 101st career victory at ONE 163 in November, submitting Milena Sakumoto in just 42 seconds.

Ahead of her return, Basilio spoke with ONE Championship about her love of the sport and aspirations to become a star, not just for the cosmetic benefits, but to be an example to others who are still pursuing their own goals:

“I came from a social project and today I live from fighting, and I believe that ONE can help me achieve my biggest goals in life and as a consequence of a life dedicated to sport,” Basilio said. “I want to be a star, and – not to brag or anything like that – but to be a light to the world, just like Jesus said to be to each other. I want to be a good example for more people to live something good in life.”

All ONE Fight Night events are broadcast live and for free in North America via Prime Video.


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