ONE Championship Stars Tammi Musumeci and Tommy Langaker Win Gold at IBJJF No-Gi World Championships

Published 12/14/2023, 7:14 AM EST

Follow Us

Two ONE Championship stars took center stage at the recent IBJJF No-Gi World Championships, taking home gold in their respective weight classes. 

America’s Favorite Video Today

Former ONE Lightweight Submission Grappling World Title challenger Tommy Langaker won gold in the middleweight (79kg/174lbs) division while strawweight star Tammi Musumeci conquered the light-featherweight (51kg/112lbs) division at the expense of ONE Women’s Atomweight Submission Grappling World Title challenger Jessa Khan. 

Tommy Langaker created history after winning the gold medal

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

With his win, Langaker became the first Norwegian to win no-gi gold in the IBJJF. In an interview with FloGrappling, the 29-year-old shared how important the win was for him.

“It means a lot to me. I always see myself as some sort of pioneer for the younger generation in Norway. I have my students, and I see how (the scene in) Norway grows. To show that this is possible is something that I have always pursued. I never thought twice about it,” Langaker said. 

Trending

Get instantly notified of the hottest stories via Google! Click on Follow Us and Tap the Blue Star.

Follow Us

The Wulfing Academy product won back-to-back matches after he arrived in the world’s largest martial arts organization, which led to a World Title opportunity against reigning lightweight submission grappling king Kade Ruotolo. 

After making history in a heavier weight class at the IBJJF, Langaker could potentially mount a run at newly crowned ONE Welterweight Submission Grappling World Champion Tye Ruotolo’s strap when he returns to ONE.

Tammi Musumeci shines bright

Meanwhile, Musumeci won her fifth no-gi World Championship with a dominant performance in the women’s light-featherweight division. After securing back-to-back submissions in the first two rounds, the 29-year-old had her way against Khan in the final round. 

After the win, she credited her ONE experience for helping her stay on top of her game.

“I actually competed in ONE this whole year. I feel like that helped me a lot. I competed against two of the top competitors in center stage, in a ring – Bianca Basilio and Tubby (Alequin). I feel like that’s definitely helped me,” she told FloGrappling. 

“I was trying to think about this because I’m always like, ‘Why do I put myself through this, with stress and stuff?’ But it’s because I truly want to improve as a person and in general and I feel like if you put yourself out there, win or lose, you’re going to improve. So I’m just very proud.”

Read More: Jiu-Jitsu Ace Danielle Kelly Grinds Out a Hard Fought Draw Against Mei Yamaguchi at ONE X

After thanking everyone who helped her win, she gave a special shout-out to her brother, ONE Flyweight Submission Grappling World Champion Mikey Musumeci. 

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

“My brother and I, we’ve been on teams and stuff, but it’s always been the two of us, and I’m really proud of what we’ve done together,” Musumeci said. 

Read More: WATCH:- Nong-O Gaiyanghadao Flatlines Felipe Lobo in the Third Round With an Uppercut From Hell to Retain His Belt at ONE X

While she has showcased her talents in ONE’s strawweight division, the American grappler showed she can be just as dominant in a lighter weight class. 

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

After two impressive wins in her first bouts in the Asia-based promotion, she could move down to challenge Danielle Kelly for her recently acquired ONE Atomweight Submission Grappling World Title if the opportunity presents itself. 

 

SHARE THIS ARTICLE :

ADVERTISEMENT

Written by:

Anirban Chatterjee

446Articles

One take at a time

I am Anirban, an MMA enthusiast with the opportunity to combine my fascination for the sport with my professional adventures as a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. Apart from being a professional athlete, MMA and Soccer are sports that I have always enjoyed following. I am a huge fan of ‘The Notorious’ Conor McGregor, and Israel Adesanya.
Show More>

Edited by:

Abhishek Kumar Das

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

EDITORS' PICK

America’s Favorite Video Today