As one of the pioneers of female Jiu Jitsu, Michelle Nicolini has had a career to rival anybody.
In the last decade, Nicolini has been one of the elite grapplers across the whole sport and has amassed a list of honours that would be the envy of any competitor.
Since winning her first World Championship back in 2006, Nicolini has won 8 IBJJF World Championship gold medals, 4 IBJJF Nogi World Championship gold medals, 4 ADCC World Championship medals and a host of other tournament honours, as well as being the first female to compete, and win, in a Polaris Pro Grappling event - making her one of the most decorated grapplers in history.
In truth, it would take an entire article just to cover the entire catalogue of Nicolini's career accolades.
After conquering the world of Jiu Jitsu, Nicolini had set her sights on taking on the challenge of Mixed Martial Arts. Throughout her 6 career fights, her grappling pedigree has proven to be a headache for any opponent and has evolved the other facets of her game to become a true force in MMA.
Despite achieving so much in combat sports, Nicolini's motivation for more has never waned. In 2018 she secured her third straight first round stoppage victory for ONE Fighting Championship - one of the premiere organisations in MMA, taking her a step closer to adding a MMA world championship to her repertoire.
Part of Nicolini's legacy will be her significant impact on inspiring the following generations in Jiu Jitsu, in particular serving as a role model for females who break into and reach the pinnacle of the sport. In that sense, she is a fantastic ambassador for the sport and at Tatami Fightwear, we're proud to continue to support her journey and the lasting legacy she imposes on those who train, watch or compete with her.
Check out some highlights of Michelle below.