It’s a surprising turn of events but Dante Leon and both Tammi and Mikey Musumeci have announced their intention to join the team at Pedigo Submission Fighting. Those watching the WNO Championships a few weeks ago might have noticed that the gym’s head coach Heath Pedigo was actually cornering Tammi Musumeci, and has been doing the same for Dante Leon at several events for over a year now. While Pedigo has already formed an impressive competition team over the past few years, bringing up the likes of Andrew Wiltse and Jacob Couch, the addition of three athletes in the top five of their respective weightclasses is a huge boost.
Tammi and Mikey Musumeci in particular are stellar additions to Pedigo Submission Fighting as both are four-time IBJJF world champions, while Dante Leon is also a no gi world champion in his own right. The presence of these three in the training room will no doubt help further advance the skills of the young competitors at Pedigo Submission Fighting, but Heath’s input will also advance their already-impressive careers. The only unusual aspect is Tammi joining the team, as PSF isn’t known for having a particularly strong or successful slate of female competitors. In the past however, Tammi has done a lot of her training with her brother Mikey anyway so this may not be too much of an issue for her.
The move makes a lot of sense for Mikey, as he’s been vocal about his desire to improve his proficiency in heelhooks and the overall leglock game since the IBJJF legalised them for adult black belt competition. He’s also been seen competing in a number of no gi superfights and events like the WNO championships as he attempts to put those newfound skills to the test. As it stands, all signs point toward Mikey Musumeci aiming for a big year in 2022 with both the IBJJF no gi world championships and the ADCC world championships being on the cards for him.