“I Had 0 Intentions of Harming Sneako” – Mikey Musumeci Shuts Down Bullying Accusations by Claiming to Teach Sneaky Some “Humility”

Published 01/15/2024, 9:57 AM EST

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Appearances, as they say, can be deceiving. Not in the case of bespectacled five-time IBJJf black belt champion, BJJ maestro, and ONE Championship fighter Mikey Musumeci. ‘Darth Rigantoni’ looks like a typical, harmless nerd at first glance. And although he can also beat up 99% of the people in the world, is one of the nicest people in the combat sports world up there with ‘Wonderboy’ and ‘DC’. However, everyone has their limit.

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Controversial streamer Sneako, who got banned from YouTube and Twitch recently and now streams on Rumble, had some very unkind words to say about the sport of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in general and Musumeci in particular. He called BJJ a sport for “autistic” people and was dismayed that people who looked like Musumeci were world champions. The martial artist challenged Sneako to a fight in response, but was accused of being a bully, charges he has vigorously denied.

Musumeci challenges Sneako

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Mikey Musumeci had a strong reaction to Sneako’s diss, claiming he was being bullied for how he looks and for practicing BJJ. He challenged Sneako to a mixed martial arts fight and promised to shut the controversial streamer up.

“I really don’t like bullies, guys, and there is this guy named Sneako making fun of me, making fun of my friend, making fun of Jiu-Jitsu, I challenge Sneako to an MMA fight, I’m gonna shut his mouth,” Musumeci said.

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Sneako has responded, saying that he will agree to an MMA fight with the multiple BJJ world champion on the bizarre condition that he set up a podcast with him and Mark Zuckerberg (who Musumeci trains with) on the topic of “who controls the world,” most likely a reference to anti-Semitic Jews-control-the world conspiracy theories. Even if Musumeci was to ask him, there is no chance Zuckerberg is going to accept and Sneako knows that.

This exchange did not god down well with BJJ instructor Keenan Cornelius, who felt that Musumeci was overreacting. He said to ‘Darth Rigatoni’ that “if you are reacting to verbal insults with threats of violence then you are in fact the bully.” The instructor stated that Musumeci, who had been training martial arts all his life threatening to beat Sneako for verbal insults is the actual bully.

This seems to have taken Musumeci aback, who responded with a detailed post that he also posted on his Instagram Story breaking down the exact reasons he challenged Sneako and why he doesn’t think it was bullying. The four time world champion was insistent he did not want to hurt Sneako seriously and pointing to the streamer’s size advantage over him.

‘Darth Rigatoni’ wanted to humble Sneako

Musumeci clarified he had no intentions of hurting Sneako even if they had fought and wanted to prove BJJ’s effectiveness to Sneako. Plus, given that Sneako trains (or at least claims to train) boxing and can strike, Musumeci have would have given him a free reign on the feet.

“I had 0 intentions of harming sneako, I wanted to show him how effective jiu jitsu is. I had no clue how long he trained boxing for but he said he trains striking and I saw he trained so I wanted him to have his striking against my jiu jitsu. I planned to throw ZERO punches or kicks on him or even harm him,” he wrote.

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The martial artist seemed especially offended at the charge of being a bully. He reiterated that he would not have hurt Sneako, who, he pointed out, was much bigger and taller than him. ‘Darth Rigatoni’ claimed his only aim was to humble Sneako in the least painful way possible. Additionally, it would have been up to Sneako to accept or reject the contest. He felt that because of all these reasons, he was not being a bully.

“What’s beautiful about jiu jitsu is you can completely control your opponent while doing 0 damage to your opponent. Again I did not say to fight on the street. I gave him an option to do a sanctioned mma fight with me, which he could accept or decline,” the 27-year -old continued.

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“I’m such a bully wanting to do this with someone 7 inches taller than me too yeh? Martial arts is about control, but it can also be used to teach someone humility, ofc in a non violent way which is why again I love jiu jitsu. ;)” Musumeci concluded. Do you think Musumeci was being a bully to Sneako? Or was it the other way around?

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Kanishk Thakur

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