Demetrious Johnson was stopped for the primary time in his profession in an unsuccessful bid for ONE Championship gold. The previous UFC Flyweight champion got here up brief towards ONE flyweight champion Adriano Moraes, who had entered the bout as an enormous +540 underdog.
Within the aftermath of his loss, Demetrious Johnson was seen congratulating his opponent backstage. Ariel Helwani posted a video of the pleasant alternate between the 2 and included the next caption –
“Who’s cooler than DJ?”
Regardless of the percentages, Moraes efficiently defended his ONE flyweight title towards the UFC legend in Kallang, Singapore in the primary occasion of ONE on TNT. Demetrious Johnson discovered himself in bother within the opening spherical as he was evidently outmatched by Moraes on the bottom. Whereas Johnson tried to maintain the battle standing thereafter, Moraes made wonderful use of his size to remain out of attain.
Adriano Moraes dropped Johnson with a brief uppercut within the second spherical and adopted it up with a vicious knee on the bottom. A closing flurry of punches from the Brazilian was sufficient to make the referee intervene.
Demetrious Johnson nonetheless helps knees to grounded opponents
Adriano Moraes defended his ONE flyweight title with a strike much like the one which price Petr Yan his UFC bantamweight title. Moraes shut the lights out on Demetrious Johnson with a knee on the bottom which is taken into account authorized in ONE championship.
Demetrious Johnson has not too long ago been very vocal about legalizing knees to grounded opponents and hasn’t modified his stance, even after the loss. Johnson stated within the post-fight interview-
“Yeah completely (I nonetheless assist the rule). Like I stated, it ended the battle. I wasn’t stalling one bit. I used to be making an attempt to stand up and battle and I bought blasted with a knee. My very first battle in ONE Championship I did it to Yuya Wakamatsu and ended up getting the end. The rule is supposed to be there to maintain the battle progressing and finish the battle. If Adriano wasn’t in a position to land that knee, sure I’d have nonetheless been in that battle so he would have needed to do one thing completely completely different. I’m completely content material with what occurred. I’m not like, ‘That rule must be taken out!’ That’s what the rule is, Adriano used it to his benefit and I used to be on the opposite finish of the stick.”