September 26, 2022
Demetrious Johnson will get a style of gold in ONE Championship.
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  • Demetrious Johnson will get his redemption by beating Adriano Moraes of their rematch
  • Johnson is the brand new ONE flyweight champion
  • A 3rd combat could also be on the horizon for each males

Demetrious Johnson got here to ONE Championship 4 years in the past with one aim in thoughts—to win the promotion’s coveted flyweight title.

Johnson, who’s regarded by most followers and pundits as the best combined martial artist of all time, had the chance to place the mentioned intricately-crafted {hardware} alongside the celebrated UFC flyweight belt in his trophy room when he challenged longtime division kingpin Adriano Moraes in April 2021.

Nonetheless, Moraes flipped the script and shocked the world by scoring an upset victory over Johnson.

Of their marquee rematch at ONE on Prime Video 1 on Friday, August 26 (Saturday, August 27 in Singapore), “Mighty Mouse” made positive that he would come residence to the USA with the gold-plated strap round his waist this time round by exacting revenge on the person who handed him his first knockout defeat in his illustrious profession.

The paying stay viewers contained in the 12,000-capacity Singapore Indoor Stadium was speechless because the 36-year-old native of Madisonville, Kentucky turned again the clock and returned to his classic type by knocking Moraes out within the fourth spherical of their second cage encounter.

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Demetrious Johnson celebrates after knocking out Adriano Moraes within the fourth spherical.
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Johnson led the dance within the opening minutes of the scheduled five-round conflict as he initiated exchanges on the ft and landed a few low kicks to offset the lankiness of Moraes.

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Nonetheless, Moraes managed to carry Johnson to his pure habitat as he scored a momentum-shifting takedown halfway level of the primary spherical and maintained a sturdy prime management to forestall the American from escaping and getting again to his ft.

“Mighty Mouse” did the whole lot he may to get to the escape door, together with a short-but-crisp elbow strike, which opened a bloody minimize above the precise eye of Moraes.

Sadly for Johnson, the ugly gash was seemingly a non-factor as Moraes held onto his dominant place on the bottom to maintain it in his favor till the bell.

Though “DJ” got here out of his nook within the second body with the intent to show the tide by clobbering wild punches, Moraes was in a position to nullify his advances and would spend a good portion of the interval on prime of Johnson along with his floor recreation.

For the primary time in his two-bout sequence versus Moraes, Johnson had the Brazilian champion damage as the previous UFC flyweight titleholder sustained a stand-up commerce for almost all of the third stanza and acquired the higher of the exchanges by hammering eye-catching combos.

It was in Spherical 4, the place Johnson put a definitive stamp on the world title tilt as he switched from southpaw to orthodox and rocked Moraes with a tough proper hand.

As Moraes defenselessly misplaced his stability and his again touched the cage fence, Johnson launched himself by way of the air with a flying knee that landed flush to the chin of the Brazilian.

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A flying knee provides Demetrious Johnson the victory over Adriano Moraes.
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Johnson walked off as quickly as Moraes unconsciously dropped to the canvas, prompting referee Olivier Coste to name a halt to the motion on the 3:50 mark of the fourth spherical.

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With the spectacular efficiency versus Moraes, Johnson climbed to a 24-4 skilled report and captured his sixth profession win through knockout.

Now that the rivalry stands at 1-1, a rubber match between the 2 could possibly be the subsequent order of enterprise to interrupt the impasse.

However, Moraes snapped his spectacular three-fight successful streak with the heartbreaking setback by the hands of Johnson and dropped to a 20-4 standing.

In different matchups at ONE on Prime Video 1, Nong-O Gaiyanghadao efficiently defended his bantamweight Muay Thai championship by chopping the legs of British challenger Liam Harrison to achieve a fast first-round knockout.

Panpayak Jitmuangnon, who stuffed in for pound-for-pound king Rodtang Jitmuangnon on brief discover, overcame insurmountable odds by knocking Savvas Michael out in Spherical Two to safe a seat within the finals of the ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Grand Prix finals.

Marcus “Buchecha” Almeida moved an inch nearer to a potential shot at Arjan Bhullar’s ONE heavyweight championship as he submitted Kirill Grishenko with a wrenching heel hook within the very first spherical.

Marcus "Buchecha" Almeida
Marcus “Buchecha” Almeida prevails at ONE on Prime Video 1
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Amir Aliakbari lastly arrested his two-fight dropping skid in ONE Championship by overcoming former heavyweight title challenger Mauro Cerilli through second-round technical knockout.

Superlek Kiatmoo9 booked the primary ticket to the ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Grand Prix finals by making fast work of Walter Goncalves through first-round knockout.

In a 58-kilogram catchweight tussle, Diandra Martin outlasted Amber Kitchen to stroll away with a unanimous determination.

In the meantime, Itsuki Hirata returned to her successful methods by cruising to a unanimous determination in opposition to Lin Heqin in a 54-kilogram catchweight bout.

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The curtain-raising contest of ONE on Prime Video 1 set the tone for an action-packed card as former welterweight champion Zebaztian Kadestam solely wanted 57 seconds to thwart Iuri Lapicus with a one-punch knockout of their 86-kilogram catchweight conflict.


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