In an interview with Yahoo Singapore, Michelle Nicolini has revealed that she has signed with One Championship to continue her MMA career. She recently relocated to Singapore to train with Evolve MMA.
Nicolini made her MMA debut in 2011. She fought once that year and scored a first-round armbar submission over Cristina Mejia. She returned in 2014 with another armbar submission over Lanchana Green. Later that year, she signed with Legacy Fighting Championship. In her debut for the promotion, she dropped a decision to Norma Rueda Center and has not fought since.
The multiple-time world champion retired from competitive grappling after the 2016 IBJJF world championships. She won the worlds at the black belt level eight times. In 2013, she took a gold medal in the under 60 kg division at the ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championships. That win was Nicolini’s second medal at the ADCC after taking a silver in 2011.
One Championship currently promotes only one women’s championship. Angela Lee holds the promotion’s atomweight title. She won the inaugural belt earlier this year with a decision victory over Japanese veteran Mei Yamaguchi.