Demetrious Johnson came back to the One championship ring with a bang. Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson surprised the world with a thunderous knockout at One Championship’s main event and recaptured the flyweight title. The knockout came in the 4th round.
Demetrious Johnson just KNOCKED OUT Adriano Moraes and is once again the ONE Flyweight Champion! 🏆pic.twitter.com/BEsJOrTPMT
— Chamatkar Sandhu (@SandhuMMA) August 27, 2022
Johnson was knocked out for the first time in his career last year at the hands of Adriano Moraes. He returned the favor after a year by knocking out his opponent with a two-shot combination and finished him with a jumping knee.
Now, Johnson became the first person in the history of MMA to hand out a knockout loss to Moraes.
Johnson was famously traded to ONE FC from UFC in return for Ben Askren. The trade was a good move for the UFC – giving way for Jorge Masvidal to become a certified star and a draw.
Recently Johnson revealed that Joe Rogan had something to do with the trade going so far as to explain:
“Honestly, I think it was me. But I still don’t have the full story. I think I’ll probably release it when I’m ready to. Like, I know how it happened, but there are pieces where I still don’t know how it happened. So, I still need to find that out.”
“I know Joe Rogan had something to do with it too. I haven’t had the chance to speak to Joe. I heard something like he told Dana White to get Ben Askren. So I still need to hear his foresight on that, like why would he push that narrative?”
Johnson is 36 years old with an MMA record consisting of 31 wins and 4 losses 1 draw but he’s still not preparing to retire. Ahead of the bout he was quoted saying:
“I think three to four more years,” Johnson said. “I’ll probably keep on competing, depending on how my body feels. And after that, I want to spend as much time with my family and my kids. I love being a father. I love being a husband. I love being at home. That’s one of the things I truly cherish.”
Demetrious Johnson def. Adriano Moraes via KO (punch and knee) at 3:50 of Round 4
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Marcus Almeida def. Kirill Grishenko via submission (heel hook) at 1:04 of Round 1
Amir Aliakbari def. Mauro Cerilli via TKO (strikes) at 4:02 of Round 2