Demetrius Johnson, one of the most iconic champions in mixed martial arts history, suffered a catastrophic defeat to Adriano Moras on Wednesday on a key night of ONE promotion. Championship in Asia
The ONE Championship will be held in Singapore and broadcast live in the United States on TNT, the company’s first ever televised event in the United States.
Hailed as one of the greatest fighters of all time, Johnson (30-3-1) was the clear favorite in the headlines. As a UFC flyweight champion, he set an 11th consecutive defensive title, defending the belt from 2013 to 2018.
But it was Moras (19-3) who made the most of the opportunity, beating Johnson with a monstrous knee hit in the 2 minutes 24 seconds of the second round to maintain his flyweight position. Kneeling is illegal under MMA rules in the United States, as Johnson was in a grounded position when he was attacked. But those protests are allowed under the ONE Championship banner in Asia.
“I have to go home and watch the fight, see when I made a mistake,”; said 34-year-old Johnson, who had not been beaten on Wednesday. “Adriano is so long, so big, it’s hard to get to him. This is part of the game. You’ve been in this game long enough.
Moraes of Brazil has been waiting for the opportunity to fight Johnson for years. Although the fight is a flyweight item But it actually fights 135 pounds, as the ONE Championship weight class has been modified from punching in the United States so that it doesn’t lose much weight. Moras won his first ONE Championship title in 2014.He lost the belt in 2015 before returning to win the title in 2017.
Moraes’ stature and reach advantage caused Johnson’s early major problems. Although in the first round there was not much offense But it was evident that Johnson was having a hard time battling a ferocious opponent, and he struggled to fit Moras’ physical condition on the floor. Moras almost fell knee-high in the second round just a moment before the right uppercut knocked Johnson off, then the last knee hit made him cold.
ONE Championship has several more planned broadcasts planned on TNT this month, although Wednesday’s card offers the best lineup in terms of name recognition in the United States.
Alvarez-Lapicus It ended with a quick disqualification.
In addition to the flyweight main event, ONE Championship is promoting a lightweight competition between former Bellator MMA and UFC champion Eddie Alvarez and the promotion’s No. 2 lightweight Iuri Lapicus. Race (30-8) was disqualified in the first round as a blow to the back of the head.
Alvarez, from Pennsylvania, scored early and locked Lapicus’ leg under him by the fence. As Alvarez began throwing with his right hand wide from the top position, Lapicus turned his head towards the fence, exposing the back of his head. Alvarez continued to fire until Lapicus reacted badly to one of them and retreated towards the canvas.
The action was suspended as the referee called the blow illegal and separated the fighters. Alvarez immediately contested the legitimacy of the attack. But later expressed concern for Lapicus’ health only.
“Iuri turned his head the other way, and the judge warned me,” Upside down! “Alvarez said. “If you see, I will take my head and push his head to the side where the fist is coming from, then I think as long as I hit my ear, I think it’s legal, whatever the referee calls it. Well, I hope Iuri is fine. This game is very dangerous. My concern is that everyone is safe. “
If Alvarez wins the tournament, he is one step closer to ONE Lightweight Championship, suffering his third defeat in four battles.