Stunning BJJ world champion Michelle Nicolini looking to make her name in MMA

July 25, 2016 2:38 pm by Russell Ess

Michelle Nicolini has established herself as one of the most decorated female Brazilian jiu-jitsu competitors in the history of the sport.

Now, the eight-time world champion and member of the BJJ Hall of Fame is looking to put her stamp down in the world of mixed martial arts.

“I just moved to Singapore to train full-time at Evolve MMA and I already signed with ONE Championship,” said Nicolini to Yahoo Sports. “I am super excited to have my first fight, and I think we really have the best team at Evolve MMA.

“The instructors are always there to patiently help and teach me. I totally trust in them, and have no doubt they will help me to improve my game and be a world champion in MMA. I will have to adapt my game to MMA because BJJ is not the same. I must learn Muay Thai, wrestling, and boxing, but my dream is to bring one more belt to Evolve MMA.”

While it won’t be Nicolini’s debut in MMA, her permanent move to an MMA gym will surely help to shape a well-rounded game.

“On my journeys I have visited some other MMA gyms around the world, but this was the first time that I imagined myself moving to one permanently. The training is hard, the instructors are all world champions in something, and the head coach, Heath Sims, has so much experience. I feel like this is the place I was always looking for.”


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