Mikey Musumeci sure does love his Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and he is preparing to show it once again on May 6.
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As he prepares to face the Yemeni IBJJF World Champion at the sold-out 1stBank Center in Colorado, Musumeci lifted the lid on what a day looks like in his world.
“A typical training day for me would be, I’d probably get up at 9am. I’d roll for an hour and then drill for another hour. Then what I would do is I would rest, probably an hour studying jiu-jitsu that hour,” Musumeci said.
“So, it’s still training, because I’m studying. I usually film my training, and I’ll start studying elements of my training. And I’ll study that for an hour, take notes. And then I’ll add things in that I see them doing problems with. I like analysing a lot of my rolls or just ideas of what I should be fixing. Probably an hour or two. I’m doing that after the two hours of training.
“Then I climb. Like another hour of climbing, then I’ll do another hour of conditioning, like cardio, like running, aerodynamics. Then I’ll do another hour of training at night and then another hour of drilling. And then another four hours of studying videos.”
The hours of studying tape might sound punishing for most, but for Musumeci it’s simply an extension of his time spent on the mats.
Such is the 26-year-old’s love of the sport that any opportunity he gets to watch jiu-jitsu – even if it’s his own training sessions – is time well spent.
“I don’t really like to watch other people anymore. I like to be creative on my own and see what I can fix and brainstorm. Every second, I study jiu-jitsu. There’s not one time of the day that I’m not thinking of jiu-jitsu,” he said.
“I’m in bed, about to sleep; I figure out moves. Then I’ll wake up in the morning and go, oh, I just thought of this in bed last night, and then it would work in training.”
What makes his training routines even more mind-boggling is the fact that he does it all on an empty stomach.
But what comes next is the stuff of dreams.
After fasting through a staggering 12-hour day of training, Musumeci confessed that his nightly diet consists of homemade pizza and pasta.
After indulging in the delicacies of his Italian heritage, the New Jersey native may even cap it all off with a pint of gelati.
“I don’t eat all day. Then at night, I usually end with two pies of pizza and pasta,” he said.
So how does a professional athlete get through such a gruelling training regime without eating? For Musumeci, liquid sustenance is the answer.
“What I do is I drink a lot of water and electrolytes in the morning after training and caffeine. Like half a gallon of water or just electrolytes and coffee, which is very filling because it’s a lot of liquid, right?” he said.
“And then I’ll just drink another coffee a little later. I’ll train again, then it’s already night-time, and you’re ready to eat.
“The day goes really fast, and you’re not hungry all day, and then you eat a huge meal at night. And then you wake up in the morning already full. So, it’s actually not hard to do if you do it like that, I think.”
Given Musumeci’s three-fight winning streak under the ONE banner and his status as the promotion’s flyweight submission grappling king, it’s hard to fault his methods – even if they may seem completely bonkers.
His physique certainly doesn’t resemble that of your average pizza-a-day eater. For the ONE Flyweight Submission Grappling World Champion, life is too short to not eat the things you enjoy.
“Honestly, I just live life every day, you know. We could die at any moment, right? So, I just want to enjoy each meal I have on this earth,” he said.
“I really enjoy what I eat, and it’s not affecting my weight. And I’ve had blood tests, and all my blood numbers are amazing. I don’t have high cholesterol or anything. So, it works.”
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