Gantamur Bayanduuren was on the receiving end of relentless leg attacks by Mikey Musumeci in the pair’s match at ONE Fight Night 6 on January 13th, and he reportedly suffered four different severe injuries as a result. Fans watching the match were no doubt doing so in horror when Musumeci quickly latched on to Bayanduuren’s leg early in the match and immediately began attacking. Musumeci contorted his opponent’s knee in so many different directions that both commentators and fans immediately knew that damage was definitely being caused.
Remarkably, Bayanduuren didn’t tap at any point during the match and Musumeci actually ended up winning the match and defending his ONE Championship Flyweight submission grappling title by decision instead. Once the time had run out though, the injuries that Gantamur Bayanduuren suffered were immediately obvious to Mikey Musumeci and everyone else watching. Now that the dust has settled on that title-defense, the actual injuries that Bayanduuren suffered have been reported and each one of them is genuinely devastating.
Apparently, the Sport Sambo world champion has suffered a torn ACL, MCL, and Meniscus alongside a broken ankle as well. The recovery is estimated to be around twelve months but realistically, it could easily end up being significantly longer than that depending on how Bayanduuren is able to rehabilitate his leg. Any one of these injuries could have a huge impact to the career of a professional athlete and is especially saddening seeing as Bayanduuren only stepped in to compete at the event on short notice. One thing is for certain, he will not be competing in another ONE Championship submission grappling match any time soon.
The original report of the injuries that Gantamur Bayanduuren suffered in his match against Mikey Musumeci was brought to light in a tweet by South China Morning Post reporter Nicolas Atkin:
Gantumur Bayanduuren suffered a torn ACL, MCL, and meniscus, and a broken ankle, in that leg lock by Mikey Musumeci.
No official recovery timetable, but it’s estimated to be around 12 months.
— Nicolas Atkin (@NicoSCMP) January 17, 2023