BJJ Legend Michelle Nicolini Officially Joins Evolve MMA as Coach and Fighter

Singapore, 16th March 2016 – Evolve Mixed Martial Arts, Asia’s top martial arts organization, today officially announces the signing of 8-time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Champion and Legend Michelle Nicolini, to its ever-impressive stable of World Champions on the Evolve Fight Team.

Michelle is known as one of the biggest household names in the world of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and recently transitioned into Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) holding a professional record of 2-1. Her martial arts career kicked off at the tender age of 14, when she first picked up the Brazilian art of Capoeira. After three years of training in the art, she decided to change her focus to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and in the past 20 years has not looked back on that decision.

A 3rd degree Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Robert Drysdale, Michelle Nicolini is the latest female addition to the Evolve Fight Team after ONE superstar Angela Lee. Michelle is a multiple-time ADCC World Champion, a World Pro Cup Champion, World No-Gi Champion, European Champion, and the Pan American Champion. Her favorite techniques are the Shin-on-Shin Guard, Triangle Choke, and Toe Hold.

Michelle will continue to compete in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and at the same time train and compete in MMA. She is currently preparing for the Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship set to take place in April 2016. Aside from training alongside the World Champions on the Evolve Fight Team, Michelle will also be a full-time instructor at Evolve MMA.


Michelle Nicolini joins the world famous Evolve Fight Team alongside the likes of UFC Lightweight World Champion Rafael dos Anjos, ONE Lightweight World Champion Shinya Aoki, ONE Welterweight World Champion Ben Askren, ONE Strawweight World Champion Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichok, Muay Thai World Champions Nong-O Gaiyanghadaogym, Orono Wor Petchpun, Nonthachai Sit O, Sagetdao Petpayathai, WBA Boxing World Champion Yodsanan Sityodtong, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Champions Leandro Issa, Bruno Pucci, Teco Shinzato, Pankration World Champions Angela Lee and Christian Lee, and top Singaporean prospects Amir Khan, Benedict Ang, and much more.


“I’m really excited to join the Evolve Fight Team. I have always heard amazing things about Evolve MMA and how they are #1 in Asia. I knew from the moment I stepped through its doors that I wanted to be a part of the team. I’m looking forward to moving to Singapore and working on my striking and MMA game with all the high-leveled fighters and instructors,” said Michelle Nicolini.

“I am fully confident that I will learn a lot more from all the World Champions here when I am back in Singapore, and this will undoubtedly help me reach my goals. I feel really good here and I fully trust in their experience and abilities,” added the 8-time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Champion.

Heath Sims, Head Coach of the Evolve Fight Team, expressed: “I am truly excited to see yet another high-level Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt join the Evolve Fight Team. To be the best, you have to train and surround yourself with the best, and it does not get any better than an 8-time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Champion joining the team! Having world-class instructors and fighters is the recipe of success.”

“Evolve MMA is the best place in the world for Michelle to develop her overall skill-set. We will work with her to add striking and wrestling to her phenomenal ground game, and there is no doubt in my mind that once she perfects that, Michelle will become an MMA World Champion”, added Heath Sims.

Evolve MMA is home to the largest number of World Champions for any martial arts organization in the world with World Champions in Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Boxing, Mixed Martial Arts, Wrestling, No-Gi Grappling, and more. Additionally, the prestigious Evolve Fight Team includes ONE Lightweight World Champion Shinya Aoki, ONE Welterweight World Champion Ben Askren, ONE Strawweight World Champion Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke, Muay Thai World Champion Orono Wor Petchpun, UFC Lightweight World Champion Rafael dos Anjos, US Olympian Heath Sims, ONE Championship superstars Angela Lee, Christian Lee, Eddie Ng, and Amir Khan, WBA Boxing World Champion Yodsanan Sityodtong, BJJ World Champion Leandro Issa, Muay Thai World Champion Nong-O Gaiyanghadaogym, Muay Thai World Champion Sagetdao Petpayathai, No-Gi World Champion Bruno Pucci, and many other champions.

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